The London Broncos and LBSA are continuing their partnership for the third staging of the John Sullivan Trophy on Sunday 21stJuly in the Super League fixture against St Helens. Previously as a Championship Club the “Sully” has been timed to coincide with the Super League State of Mind Round. The Broncos are current holders of the Sully; beating Rochdale Hornets by 68 points to nil. The inaugural Sully was played against Dewsbury Rams in 2017, where the Broncos triumphed 52 points to 8.
Sully was a member of the Club’s Academy for many years, spanning the Broncos and Quins RL eras, and his tragic suicide in 2014 came as an awful reminder of the struggles former professional players can have coming to terms with post Rugby League life. Money raised at the Sully games has been donated to the Sullivan family’s chosen charity CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably.
Broncos CEO Jason Loubser is proud of the John Sullivan Trophy “Taking this opportunity to highlight this key issue that can affect young men and their families; whether Rugby League players or not; is a big part of our culture here at the Broncos, and the partnership with our supporters gives this added weight. The Sully is a fitting tribute to John Sullivan, and the fact that this year we’re competing against the current Super League leaders gives added meaning”
LBSA Secretary Steve Newcombe said “Anyone who knew Sully saw his commitment and enthusiasm for Rugby League. He was an inspirational coach to my son at the Broncos Summer Camp back in 2005. I’m so proud that, alongside the Broncos, we can pay some respect to Sully and hopefully shine a light on this issue that affects so many young men today.”
Plans are currently underway to stage a post match event to boost proceeds for the day – watch out for details.