The Courier-Mail

Death of Wally’s teammate shocks Coast league fans

Police search for car of murdered gambler

- TRAVIS MEYN

A FOOTBALL coach has dropped dead while running water during a weekend match.

The Gold Coast rugby league community was last night mourning the shock death of a Tweed Heads Seagulls coach Craig Farrugia.

The former first-grade hooker died yesterday of a suspected heart attack while running water for the Seagulls at Tugun.

Farrugia played alongside Wally Lewis for WynnumManl­y during the club’s glory days and was the 751st player to pull on an Eastern Suburbs Roosters jersey when he made his NSWRL debut in 1983. He also played for Runaway Bay and coached Currumbin and Gold Coast junior representa­tive teams.

Seagulls trainer Aaron Zimmerle, who was running water alongside Farrugia during the Coast 2 Coast Cup preliminar­y final yesterday, said Farrugia had dedicated his life to rugby league.

“He was the most loyal man any of us have ever met,” a shattered Zimmerle said.

Farrugia, 54, walked off the field midway through the game before collapsing. Medical staff were unable to revive him. A RARE Mercedes-Benz sports car stolen from a house could hold the key to solving the murder of high-roller gambler and money launderer Peter Tan Hoang.

The Vietnamese orphan turned $90 million gambler was shot in a quiet Sydney street before his assassin fled in the luxury car, police have revealed.

A year after the brazen murder, detectives have released new images of the getaway car and CCTV showing Mr Hoang in his final moments, leaving his luxury apartment in Sydney’s World Square before he met his fate last September.

Police believe Mr Hoang was ambushed by a man, who then took the car. “We believe he knew his killers,” Detective Inspector Grant Taylor said.

Police believe the car may have been dumped in a carpark and gone unnoticed by the public.

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