Re-named oval honours 'immortal'

IT'S official.

Queanbeyan has a new Campese king, with a ceremony on Tuesday, April 1 marking the name change of David Campese Oval to Terry Campese Oval.

The decision was made by Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall after Terry, the nephew of Wallabies representative David, had played more than 120 matches for the Raiders. Terry had also represented in the Prime Minister's XI, NSW Country, NSW and Australia.

Cr Overall said these achievements "by far outweighed" those of his uncle, and that called for the renaming of the well known rugby union park.

"Terry Campese's performance for the Canberra Raiders, NSW and Australia during his career have been outstanding and there is no doubt that he deserves to have this fine oval named in his honour," Cr Overall said.

"If it wasn't for a few unfortunate injuries, Terry Campese would already be an immortal, and even with those injuries it's a formality that he will eventually join the likes of Dally Messenger, Wally Lewis and Andrew Johns.

"Obviously, if David Campese is to come out and play a leading role in the Wallabies winning the World Cup, or better still help the Queanbeyan Whites to premiership glory, the name of this field will again be up for debate."

Cr Overall added that Terry would soon become immortalised along with the likes of Andrew Johns and Wally Lewis, and was proud to be a part of "this significant community event".

Terry Campese was also on board himself to claim his new oval.

Later that afternoon, it was revealed the whole ordeal was an April Fools joke.

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