CLASH OF THE COPS: Members of the Richmond Local Area Command, Senior Constable Malcolm Bird, Sergeant Brad Walpole and Constable Joseph Green are match-ready to take on the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command in the inaugural Bryson Anderson Memorial Shield match.
CLASH OF THE COPS: Members of the Richmond Local Area Command, Senior Constable Malcolm Bird, Sergeant Brad Walpole and Constable Joseph Green are match-ready to take on the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command in the inaugural Bryson Anderson Memorial Shield match. CATHY ADAMS

Footy: cops versus cops

COPS from across the region will face off against each other this weekend - all for a good cause.

Richmond Local Area Command have put together a team to take on the Tweed/Byron LAC in a rugby league match this Sunday to raise money for the family of Inspector Bryson Anderson who was killed in the line of duty at Windsor west of Sydney, on December 6.

"It's a nice way to bond with Tweed/Byron and forge closer ties," Richmond LAC coach Sergeant Brad Walpole said. "And it's a nice way to remember a colleague who died so tragically."

The fundraiser will kick off at 3pm at Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Football Club, Kingsford Smith Drive, Ballina, with some mixed touch footy leading into the rugby league main event.

A gold coin donation is all it costs. There will be food available.

The Richmond team will don Newcastle Knights jerseys with Tweed/Byron LAC in Mullumbimby Giants gear.

There are signed jerseys from the Rabbitohs, Titans, Dragons and Penrith Panthers as well as a Sydney Roosters family game pass in a raffle to be drawn after the game.

The Richmond LAC have a few tricks up their sleeves with multiple experienced Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League players participating.

"It's not hard at all to get cops involved," said Senior Constable Malcolm Bird, a Richmond officer.

"Tweed/Byron have 22 players lined up, and Richmond has about the same."

Are they concerned about the outcome of the match?

"We'll take any chance to smash Tweed/Byron and build a rivalry," Sgt Walpole boasted.

And it looks like the public may not be the only ones supporting their local team.

"Maybe we'll bring the sniffer dogs along as mascots," Sgt Walpole joked.



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