Mate takes on mate in North Gong match

Police from Wollongong and Lake Illawarra area commands trained on Thursday for this Sunday's charity match on the soccer ground near the PCYC in North Wollongong. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Police from Wollongong and Lake Illawarra area commands trained on Thursday for this Sunday's charity match on the soccer ground near the PCYC in North Wollongong. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

It will be mate against mate on Sunday when the Wollongong branch of the NSW Police Association holds its second annual charity rugby league match in North Wollongong.

The match, for the Chief Inspector Graham Donnelly Memorial Cup, pits the Wollongong Police Station Falcons against the Lake Illawarra Police Station Lions to help raise funds for NSW Police Legacy and local PCYCs.

Several trophies will be presented on the day along with the Chief Inspector Graham Donnelly Memorial Cup.

They are for the Sergeant Nick Skomarow Player of Match, Senior Constable Ray Shuberg Memorial Touch Game and the Sergeant Colin Stevenson Memorial Tug of War.

All trophies are named after police officers who had died in the last decade.

Part of the proceeds of the day go to help the families, widows and children, of these officers.

Recent wet weather meant the game has been moved to the soccer ground near the PCYC in North Wollongong. The gates will now open at 2pm on Sunday with the main game starting at 3pm.

Sergeant Robert Minns said it was also a family day with activities for children and a display of new and vintage police vehicles.

"Last year we raised $6000 with the goal of $10,000 this year.

"It is a gold coin donation to come and watch," Sgt Minns said.

He said PCYC did great work in the community and the NSW Policy Legacy helped hundreds of people each year.

He said it helped a lot more people than many realised.

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