Grafton's KombiBall co-ordinator John Want, with rules for a game created in honour of friends who died in a car accident last year.
Grafton's KombiBall co-ordinator John Want, with rules for a game created in honour of friends who died in a car accident last year. Debrah Novak

New memorial game success

SHOCK waves were sent through the Clarence Valley community last year when Grafton lost two of its sons, 18-year-old Kyle Clifford and 20-year-old Nathan Chapman, in a car crash 12 months ago yesterday.

However the memory of the two local lads is far from gone.

Friends and family of the men gathered on Saturday to remember them in their own way – by playing KombiBall, a ball game created in their honour by mates.

Put simply, the game involves two teams of two people vying for possession of a football which must be transferred to a bucket goal at either side of the small field which is flanked by a Kombi van.

One of the day's organisers, Craig Want, said the inaugural event, which has been dubbed the Kyle Clifford Memorial Kombi Day, had been a great success despite the wet weather.

“We had a good day, there were 17 teams of two people to a team so it was a knock-out event,” Mr Want said.

“It was a lot of fun and that's what it was all about, everyone having fun.”

Mr Want said the idea was for the Kombi Day to become an annual event.

He also said there was a charitable side to the event too with money raised on the day donated to St Vincent de Paul.

“There was a $20 entry fee per team so we ended up raising almost $350 for St Vinnies on the day,” he said.



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