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Vale Darryl Van de Velde

The Bulldogs express their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Darryl Van de Velde, who sadly passed away yesterday at age 72.

The Club was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of such a prominent member of the Rugby League community.

Bulldogs General Manager of Football, Phil Gould AM offered his sincere condolences on behalf of the Club to Van de Velde's family and friends: "This is such terrible news. Daryl was a wonderful Rugby League man who made a huge contribution to the game. He will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences to his family and many friends."

Over many years, Van de Velde made a significant contribution to the game at all levels, as a player, coach and administrator.

He was extremely passionate about the game of Rugby League and growing and strengthening its pathways program. He was instrumental in shaping Queensland Rugby League's statewide footprint and played a key supporting role in helping the Club secure its current partnership with the Western Clydesdales in Toowoomba.

Chairman of the Western Clydesdales, Tony Coonan, also reflected on the impact of Darryl in a statement from the Club: “I have the utmost respect for Darryl Van de Velde. He has been an amazing supporter of the Western Clydesdales. In simple terms, without his guidance, we would not be playing in Hostplus Cup. He supported the Board and myself throughout the re-entry process. He fought hard on both the QRL and NRL levels to have our entry approved.

"Personally, he was a great mentor for me and a good friend. We have learnt so much from him. To carry on his legacy, it’s important for all of us to keep working hard to secure the long-term future of the Western Clydesdales in all Statewide Competitions,” Coonan stated.

The Bulldogs wish to pay their respect to Darryl and his family. Our thoughts are with the Van de Velde family at this difficult time.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.