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Death of 34-year-old footy player during game leaves teammates and relatives shattered 

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A young and fit footy player has suddenly died on the field in front of shocked family and teammates in the middle of a match.

Dale Best, 34, from the Maroochydore Swans collapsed while playing the Kawana Dolphins on Queensland‘s Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Best tackled a competitor on the field, before briefly kneeling and falling down.

Witnesses confirmed there was no evidence of a head or neck injury, or any foul play.

Dale Best (left) from the Maroochydore Swans collapsed while playing the Kawana Dolphins on Queensland's Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon

Dale Best (left) from the Maroochydore Swans collapsed while playing the Kawana Dolphins on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon

Mr Best tackled a competitor on the field, before briefly kneeling and collapsing

Mr Best tackled a competitor on the field, before briefly kneeling and collapsing 

Trainers performed CPR on Mr Best on the field while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

‘Paramedics attempted to stabilise the player, who was subsequently taken to hospital, where sadly he was later reported as deceased,’ Queensland Rugby League said in a statement.

‘The QRL and rugby league community send their most sincere condolences to Best’s family and friends, as well the Maroochydore club.

‘The family offer their deepest thanks to all those who assisted, including sports trainers, paramedics and hospital staff.’ 

Kawana Rugby League said Mr Best was ‘the beast on the field and gentle giant off the field’.

The Maroochydore Swans said Mr Best was a ‘big part of the Swans family for a very long time’.

‘[He] will be missed and remembered by many. All our love, support and best wishes to Dale’s family and loved ones,’ the club said in a statement.

Mr Best’s brother shared his heartbreak on social media.    

‘RIP Dale, I love you. We may have lost you last night but we will not forget you. Say hi to Dad for us. Love you brother,’ he wrote.  

Kawana Rugby League said Mr Best was 'the beast on the field and gentle-giant off the field'

Kawana Rugby League said Mr Best was ‘the beast on the field and gentle-giant off the field’

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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