Over the last week our great game lost several former lacrosse players, who made an impact on the game in their different ways.
Noel Jeffrey was not only a very good player, representing Australia in the first touring team in 1962, but also as an administrator, where if you read the history of men’s lacrosse you can see how much he did to raise the profile of lacrosse in Australia and importantly raise funds for Australian teams.
Noel moved to the U.S. many years ago, and resided on Rock Island, off the coast of Oregon. He moved back to Portland some time ago as he and his wife felt that they needed better medical support than could be offered on the island, where he contracted pneumonia, and passed away on 13 July 2016.
Vale Noel, thanks for a fabulous contribution to Australian lacrosse, and your ongoing support of the game in Australia, he remained a member of the Past Players Association, and more recently joined the Lambton Mount Lacrosse Club, and emailed how impressed he was with the history of men’s lacrosse in Australia, and the fact that we correctly spelled his wife’s name!
Noel started and finished with Malvern in Victoria, and l understand from Graeme Reddaway that Noel’s wish is to have some of his ashes scattered across the Malvern Lacrosse Ground. Not sure if that is legal, but l suggest they ask forgiveness, not permission! Noel was 93 when he passed away.
While Noel and his wife lived in the U.S. from the1970s, Noel continued to contribute to Australian lacrosse through his role as liaison officer for Australian men’s touring teams for many years.
Noel was awarded a fellowship from the Australian Lacrosse Council in 2004 for his many years of service to Australian lacrosse as a player and administrator.
Murray Redfern’s lacrosse life commenced in 1952 at the age of 12 when he joined the South Perth Lacrosse Club with other Como Primary School mates.
27 years later when South Perth ceased Murray continued his lacrosse connection as a referee and administrator. He helped establish the Canning Club. When the club folded he spent 4 years with Subiaco and then 4 years at the Phoenix Lacrosse Club.
Murray refereed at state and international level and managed Australian and WALA teams. Murray joined the Kuljak Lacrosse Club in 1971, and was a life member of Lacrosse WA and ALRA (WA).
Murray passed away on 17 July 2016 after a long illness.
Vale Murray, and thanks for your valuable contribution.
I have just been advised that Norm Haley passed away earlier this week, after a long period of illness.
Norm played lacrosse for Malvern for many years, represented Victoria on several occasions as a senior player, and was selected in the 1978 box lacrosse team that toured Canada and participated in the Commonwealth Games at Edmonton.
Norm was a character and will be dearly missed.
Pleased to hear that Graeme Reddaway, a current member of our club, former champion player and referee, and president of the Australian Lacrosse Council for several years, is recovering well after a heart attack and triple bypass.
Never one to do things in halves, Graeme is recovering on in his usual energetic style. Get well Graeme!