FLY HIGH: The Wondai Wolves and Cherbourg Hornets men's teams came together before their match at Cherbourg to release yellow balloons in remembrance of Tyson Christensen's life. Yellow was Tyson's favourite colour.
FLY HIGH: The Wondai Wolves and Cherbourg Hornets men's teams came together before their match at Cherbourg to release yellow balloons in remembrance of Tyson Christensen's life. Yellow was Tyson's favourite colour. Gina Oberle

Opposing players stand side by side to honour Tyson

SOUTH Burnett rugby league teams put aside their rivalry at the weekend to pay tribute to one of their own.

Before battling it out on the field on Saturday, Cherbourg Hornets and the Wondai Wolves stood side by side to release yellow balloons in honour of Wondai under-14s player Tyson Christensen.

Yellow was the 12-year-old's favourite colour, and served as a fitting tribute to him.

Wondai Wolves have rallied behind the Christensen family since Tyson's unexpected death, and his mother said they considered the club "our sports family”.

Tyson played for the Wolves since he was in the under-6 squad, and his father Robert Christensen is a also long-time player at the club.

The tribute to Tyson coincided with a visit from NRL star Preston Campbell, and the Suicide Prevention Round.

Cherbourg Hornet's Club president Warren Collins said the event was planned a couple of months ago to help both clubs "who have recently been hit with tragedies”.

"Preston Campbell did his State of the Mind presentation on Friday at Murgon State High School, plus in Cherbourg,” Collins said.

"He also made himself available for the whole day on Saturday so he could attend the Suicide Prevention Round.”

As someone who has battled with mental health issues himself, Campbell is a former NRL player who is passionate about promoting the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

"After the game finished, Preston presented the Suicide Awareness Shield to both of team's captains,” Collins said.

"It was the first time the two clubs have done something like this and we hope to continue to do it with Wondai every year.”

Collins said things were going well for the Cherbourg squad, but there were a couple of good sides they still had to play before the finals.

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