SAD LOSS: Oscar Bickley
SAD LOSS: Oscar Bickley Brett Wortman

Friends remember cheeky mate Oscar

OSCAR Bickley's final weekend before the horrific crash that claimed his life was filled with one of his favourite things - his friends.

The 19-year-old was surrounded by them on the fields at Stockland Park during the Oztag Senior State Cup on the Sunshine Coast.

He played for his beloved Bulimba Broncos in the mixed open division, and even helped coach an under-16 girls' team through to the grand final.

Those friends are mourning him after his death on Monday night.

A week before, while driving back to Brisbane for work after his weekend on the Coast, Oscar's car left the Bruce Hwy at Bells Creek and crashed into a tree.

It took emergency services more than two hours to free him from the wreckage.

The RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter airlifted him to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition where both of his legs were amputated.

His life support was turned off on Monday.

One of his best mates yesterday paid tribute to an "all-round good guy".

Mitchell Wood, 21, from Caloundra, met Oscar through Oztag about a year ago.

"You couldn't have asked for a better person to come across," Mr Wood said.

"He was one of the nicest blokes you'd ever meet. He would drop anything for his mates. He considered every one family.

"Everyone loved Oscar for Oscar as soon as they met him. They couldn't help but love him, especially the girls."

Mr Wood said Oscar had a blast during his weekend on the Coast playing Oztag.

"He was loving life and talking about how he was hoping the surf picked up

over the next couple of weeks," he said.

Bulimba Broncos official Bernard Otto said Oscar got into the sport only a few years ago, making it to the Oztag nationals last year.

"Life was a party for him. He was always seen as the little brother of most of the teams," Mr Otto said.



In the days after his crash Oscar Bickley's friends rallied around him on Facebook. A group titled Oscar Bickley Foundation has attracted close to 4000 followers. Many have left tributes to him following his death.

Love to you and your beautiful family, always had a soft spot for you kid. - Nerissa Nicolai

Rest in peace Oscar. You don't have to fight any more. You were a beautiful young man. And my love also goes out to Jaye and all the family xxx - Jennifer Dipple

Such a loveable larrikin, you will be missed by all that crossed your path. Thoughts are with your family at this time. RIP Oscar xxx - Megan Kinsey

RIP Oscar. Fly free with the angels now. - Karla-Jane Dewe

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