Macarthur Saints prepare to honour late club champion

Late Macarthur Saints club champion Craig Cloos will be honoured on Saturday at Rosemeadow's Oswald Oval. Picture: Macarthur Saints
Late Macarthur Saints club champion Craig Cloos will be honoured on Saturday at Rosemeadow's Oswald Oval. Picture: Macarthur Saints

Saturday is set to be an emotional day for the Macarthur Saints.

The Saints junior rugby league club will hold its third annual Craig Cloos Memorial Round at Rosemeadow's Oswald Oval.

Cloos was an active club member for about five years. He was best known for helping kids from disadvantaged backgrounds to get involved in the sport.

Cloos died unexpectedly in early 2017, but Saints secretary Belinda Prakhounheuang said he would never be forgotten around the club.

"Craig would help out with fitness and training initially, and later became a trainer and would run water [during games]," she said.

"He knew a lot of kids in the area and would bring them to the footy for a positive experience. It gave them something to look forward to on the weekends.

"Craig was always inclusive of everyone and not judgmental.

"He was really good bloke. Craig was quietly spoken, but a gentleman."

Nine matches will be held at Oswald Oval on Saturday, with the action kicking off from 9am.

A minute's silence will be held before each match and all Saints players will don black armbands in Cloos's honour.

Ms Prakhounheuang said the club would also hand out South Sydney Rabbitohs badges, because Cloos was a passionate Souths supporter.

"We will also play all of Craig's favourite songs between games," she said.

Saints junior vice-president Nathan Osborne said Saturday would be a big day for the club.

"We invite everyone to come down and remember Craig. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten," he said.