St Pat’s player’s home town mourns

FUNERAL arrangements have not yet been finalised for StPat’s rugby league player Brendon Collits, whose death has shocked the club.
Nanjing Night Net

Mr Collits was killed when his car left the road and strucka tree at Mandurama on Saturday afternoon while he was driving back to Bathurstfrom his home town of Forbes.

He had celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday.

St Pat’s cancelled its scheduled Group 10 matches againstOrange CYMS on Sunday as players struggled to come to terms with the news.

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Residents of Forbes, and the nearby village of Eugowra,where Mr Collits has family ties, are also struggling to come to terms with thenews.

Mr Collits is the son of a wellknown Forbes couple, Mark andKath, and a brother to Jonathon and Laura.

The Forbes Advocate reported that Mr Collits was known inthe town due to his popularity and sporting ability shown during his schoolyears. He was school captain at Forbes Primary, and had representative honoursin athletics, rugby league, touch football and cricket during his time atForbes High.

St Pat’s player-coach Mick Armstrong said on Sunday thathe’d had contact with Mr Collits’ parents.

“Brendon’s dad Mark came in to see us and told us to keepour heads up,” he said.

“I can’t imagine what Mark and Kath are going through, butthey are being incredibly strong.

Brendon Collits.

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