IN THIS EDITION
- Our new logo
- Lacrosse Australia Foundation – what’s in it for me?
- Membership to date - who is joining and where to from here?
- History of women’s lacrosse in Australia
- Oldest living former lacrosse players in Australia
As you can see above we have adopted a new logo. After briefing the designer we went through several iterations before we came up with our logo, which we trust you appreciate and enjoy. What it does say is that we are a national based club, not state based, and we are a club for both women and men.
You can see in the logo that there is a women’s stick and a men’s stick, it may be subtle but it is important.
We are also looking for a tag line to insert under the logo, something like “reconnecting former lacrosseurs with lacrosse”. Have your say, what do you think?
LACROSSE AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION
Following lengthy negotiations between the former Australian Lacrosse Council (ALC) and the Australian Women’s Lacrosse Council, which merged in 2007, agreement has been reached and funds from the former ALC and the Australian Lacrosse Association has resulted in the incorporation of the Lacrosse Australia Foundation (LAF).
The initial transfer of funds into the LAF from both bodies amounted to approximately $280,000 and the objective of the foundation is to encourage donations from lacrosse minded people, to invest the initial investment and donations to achieve the best possible return with minimal financial risk. All donations made via the Australian Sports Foundation are tax deductible.
The initial operating Board of the LAF was appointed in June 2016, with 2 directors appointed by the following lacrosse bodies - ALA, LSA, LV & LWA – a total of 8 directors, of which each state or ALA has to appoint one director from women’s lacrosse, and one director from men’s lacrosse.
The inaugural chair of the LAF is Fran Maunton from WA.
The LAF will be developing strategies to grow the fund through donations and investment income, and the income generated is to be used to develop lacrosse in Australia.
Most of us have got more out of lacrosse than we have put in, and if we are to grow this great game we need the financial support of people who have enjoyed and benefited from being involved or playing lacrosse.
So when you receive a request for a donation, do the right thing to help the game, remember what you got out of lacrosse, and recognize how your donation, big or small, can make a difference in growing this great game of ours. Make a difference this year.
The LMLC fully supports the objectives of the LAF and trust it will be successful. If you have any queries or questions, please contact any of the directors of the LAF, who are listed on the ALA website.
We kicked off our membership drive early in the year with over 200 names of people who had indicated they would join or were members of the former Past Players Association in Victoria. We told people what were all about, how we wanted to help the game and reconnect with former lacrosse people.
The challenge is for you TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
Our first member paid his fees on 26 December 2015 when we met for the first time in many years at the MCG for the first day of the Boxing Day test – Bill Stahmer, who is now living in Phuket, Thailand.
So thanks to you Bill, you are not only our first paid up member, but our first overseas based member.
Unfortunately another great lacrosse person, a fellow of the ALA, Noel Jeffrey, who lived in the U.S. for the last 35 years, passed away a few weeks ago, a great contributor to the game and had been a member of the Past Players Association since its inception in the 1990s. Vale Noel and thanks for your invaluable contribution.
As l write we have just under 100 members, well short of our written objective of 1,000 members.
What is disappointing is that old friend of lacrosse, APATHY, is playing the role it has played since the 1960s, where people say they will join, but for some reason don’t! We don’t take NO for an answer, and we continue to follow up these former lacrosseurs, and generally they say they will join - “been a bit slack lately mate”, “Yes l will get to it, it is sitting on my computer at home”, but don’t quite get to it. We continue to send our newsletter to them in the hope that they will join up.
If you are a member of the APATHY club, have a think about the help, guidance and enjoyment you got out of lacrosse, put in your resignation to the APATHY club, not tomorrow, today, and complete your application form, and pay the $25 annual subscription. If you need another form let me know l will gladly send one out to you. Once you have joined pass on the form to a friend and get them to join. If you can’t afford the $25, let me know, we will find a way to pay for it.
We did not form this club to help ourselves, we did it to help the game of lacrosse grow in Australia. We did not set it up to see it fail or just cruise along like the game has for many years, we are determined to make this the highest lacrosse membership club in the world, but we can’t make you join, we can only encourage you, and that is what we are asking.
We definitely need more members from states other than Victoria and we also need more female members. I am pleased to say that we have a lot of high profile lacrosse people, including former leaders from women’s and men’s lacrosse. The breakdown of membership is as follows:-
OVERSEAS 1 0
NEW SOUTH WALES 1 0
QUEENSLAND 3 1
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 7 2
VICTORIA 66 11
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 0 3
TOTAL 78 17
Given the club emanated from Victoria it is understandable that Victoria has the most members, but it is equally disappointing that we don’t have any men from the west, nor do we have any members in Tasmania.
We need everyone to work together to help lacrosse grow. There are plenty of former lacrosse people living overseas, in Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
We are expanding our committee to include women and men from other states, we currently have 3 women on the committee, and would like a few more, maybe from W.A. and N.S.W.
The alternative is to sit back and do nothing and let the APATHY take over! Come on, do something, NOW!
HISTORY OF WOMEN’S LACROSSE IN AUSTRALIA
Following on from the document that Bill Gray and l completed, due to the great work of our forebears, which was titled “The history of men’s lacrosse in Victoria”, we have started building the history of women’s lacrosse in Australia. While both documents are a long from be complete or exhaustive, we believe with the help of quite a few women that we have got off to a good start in terms of the history.
Obviously men’s lacrosse has a longer history in Australia than women’s lacrosse, we are looking for more photos and historical information to help us build this document into something quite substantial, and we need input from women on how the game evolved, what is what like playing lacrosse from 1936 and again from 1961. If you have any information or photos, or would like a copy, please contact John Nolan at email@example.com
OLDEST LIVING FORMER LACROSSE PLAYERS
Who is the oldest living former Australian lacrosse player?
From the records l have for Victoria, l believe that Colwyn “Pud” Martin, who now resides at Port Fairy, is the oldest male former lacrosse player, aged 102. Colwyn played for Williamstown and has memories as far back as Captain Fearon, who was a legend around Williamstown, taking teams by ship to Tasmania for matches. Colwyn is not on email, so we send him a hard copy of the newsletter, and he still sounds pretty active. Here is a photo of Colwyn just before he turned 100 in 2014 and one of when he played in the Williamstown Wanderers in 1929.
Given that lacrosse was played from 1936 in Victoria up until WW2, the oldest living former female lacrosse player we believe is Lorna Rolley (Nee Saker), who is 99, turning 100 next January. Lorna also played with Williamstown, so there must be something in the air down at Willy that produces longevity. Lorna is the mother of champion players Alan Rolley and Pam Molloy. Well done Lorna. Attached are a couple of photos of Lorna.