Rest in peace, Ry­ley

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

RY­LEY Bjork­sten, 19, died in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing after the ute he was trav­el­ling in over­turned on Faith­fuls Creek Road in Bal­mat­tum.

Ry­ley had been sit­ting in the tray of the ute when it flipped and was treated by paramedics who ar­rived at the scene around 2.15am.

He was pro­nounced dead shortly there­after.

Ry­ley was one of five peo­ple trav­el­ling in the ute at the time.

All four oth­ers, three in their teens and a man in his 30s, were taken to hos­pi­tal in ei­ther Wan­garatta or Shep­par­ton in sta­ble con­di­tions.

Po­lice have not yet con­firmed who was driv­ing at the time.

Ry­ley was a very pop­u­lar mem­ber of the Euroa com­mu­nity.

He will be re­mem­bered as a very tal­ented mem­ber of the Euroa Foot­ball Club, for which he starred in 2017 play­ing 18 se­nior games and kick­ing 35 goals, earn­ing him the club’s Best First Year award.

“Ry­ley’s speed, cou­pled with sub­lime foot skills, meant he was not only in the up­per ech­e­lon of play­ers in the club but in the en­tire Goul­burn Val­ley League,” the Euroa Foot­ball Club’s trib­ute to Ry­ley on Face­book read.

Ry­ley was also a tal­ented mem­ber of the Euroa Cricket Club and Euroa Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, both of which ex­pressed their grief at the loss of such an out­stand­ing and much loved sports­man.

Aside from his sport­ing tal­ents Ry­ley was de­scribed as a ‘won­der­ful and kind young man’ by those who knew him, and his tragic pass­ing has sent shock­waves through the com­mu­nity.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers gath­ered at the Memo­rial Oval on Sun­day morn­ing to of­fer one an­other sup­port and com­fort after hear­ing the news of his death.

Over­look­ing the Memo­rial Oval wing - where Ry­ley ex­celled- was de­scribed by his fam­ily and friends as a fit­ting place for friends and fam­ily to gather to re­mem­ber and grieve.

Ry­ley is sur­vived by his mother Lau­ren, fa­ther Justin and younger brother Jye.

Our thoughts and con­do­lences are with his im­me­di­ate and ex­tended fam­ily, and in­deed with all those af­fected by his death.

Sports Chap­laincy Aus­tralia (www.sportschap­ is pro­vid­ing a ‘deal­ing with grief’ ses­sion with a num­ber of trained chaplains to help peo­ple un­der­stand and be­gin to process their grief at this sud­den loss.

The op­por­tu­nity presents at 6pm this Wed­nes­day night in the Ge­orge Hunter so­cial rooms at Memo­rial Oval, for those who wish to at­tend.

Please note any­one may at­tend if they wish.

There is no com­pul­sion to at­tend.

A TRAGEDY: Ry­ley Bjork­sten 20/02/1998 – 05/11/2017 was killed in a ute rollover on Sun­day morn­ing.

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