In Memoriam


"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
(Author Unknown)

Here, we pay tribute to some of the rugby league greats who have passed.

Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this website contains images and names of people who have died.

 

Vale Michael "Mick" Adams

Born 28 September 1951
Passed Away 10 March 2017

Mick Adams passed away in Tamworth, aged 65. The former Great Britain Test backrower and his wife Christine, had lived in the New England area for some time.

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Vale Keith Glen

Born 28 October 1939. Passed Away 25 February 2017

Former Dragons and Bulldogs prop, Keith Glen, passed away on 25 February at Sanctuary Point, aged 77. The tough forward was a Ramsgate junior and moved into the St. George minor grade teams in 1960.

On 17 June 1961, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, he made his first grade debut in St. George’s 9-7 win over North Sydney. He also played with the top grade side the following week when they defeated Parramatta 32-12 at the old Cumberland Oval. In Keith’s four seasons with St. George, he had to compete for a first grade front row position with such great players as Billy Wilson, Kevin Ryan, Monty Porter and Robin Gourley, while his teammates included men such as John Raper, Brian Clay, Norm Provan, Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands and Billy Smith.

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Vale Keith Ronald Blackett

1945 - 2017

Keith passed away peacefully at home in the care of his loving wife Michelle and family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a highly respected ex-member of the NSW Police Force, an accomplished fullback with the Manly Warringah District Rugby League Club during the 1970s, where he acquired the distinction of being the 196th First Grade player for the Club and he will be dearly missed by all of his community friends in and out of the sporting arena.

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Vale Paul McBlane

The NRL has been saddened today following the passing of former NRL referee Paul McBlane.

As a mark of respect following Mr McBlane’s passing, the referees participating in the Auckland Nines this weekend will all wear black arm bands.

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Vale Jack Giddy

Jack Giddy passed away peacefully last Sunday, 22 January 2017 at Longueville Hospital, Sydney.
 
Jack had a significant role as a coach with the Eastern Suburbs and North Sydney rugby league clubs during the late 80s and 90s as a fitness conditioner/athletics coach.
 
His family have expressed that those who may have worked with or been coached by Jack at any point in their careers are welcome to attend his service next week.
 
The service will be held at 10:15 am on Tuesday 31 January 2017 at the Palm Chapel of Macquarie Park Crematorium, corner Delhi and Plassey Roads, North Ryde.

Vale Adrian Astorquia

Adrian John "Storky" Astorquia - One of rugby league's finest

28 October 1943 – 17 January 2017

Adrian passed away peacefully early morning on 17 January 2017 at the Pacific Lodge Nursing Home, Dee Why after fighting a courageous battle against bowel cancer. He grew up in Innisfail, Queensland and was the youngest of four children and his family (of Spanish decent) are held in high regard by everyone in Innisfail. At an early age his love of playing rugby league took over and he developed his playing skills as a talented, rugged and ferocious second row forward.

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