Colin Sylvia funeral next Friday

THE funeral for Sunraysia football star Colin Sylvia will be held next Friday at the chapel of North West Funerals, Deakin Avenue, at 11am. 

A private cremation will follow the service. 

The 32-year-old former Merbein premiership player and AFL footballer died in a car crash at Irymple on Sunday afternoon. 

This week, Mildura police Inspector Kevin Coughlan said Sylvia’s tragic death had signifi­cantly affected the Sunraysia community. 

The announcement followed days of tributes. 

Sylvia was described as a “great footballer” by Melbourne Football Club chief executive Gary Pert and a “very likable guy” by Geelong captain Joel Selwood.

He forged a 163-game AFL career with Melbourne and Fremantle, and was awarded 

Demons life membership in 2015.

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