Vale: 2017 In Memoriam
NRL.com remembers those we lost in 2017.
Keith Glen (St George and Canterbury, 1961-66)
After playing five first grade matches in the front row for St George between 1961 and 1963, Glen moved to Canterbury. He spent three years at the Bulldogs, playing 29 matches.
Mick Adams (Canterbury, 1975-76)
After playing 19 matches for England and Great Britain and 415 club games for Widnes, Adams joined the Bulldogs in 1975 and played 23 first grade matches over two seasons.
Adrian Astorquia (Manly, 1968-69)
After spending the early parts of his career playing in Queensland, Astorquia spend two years with the Sea Eagles. The rugged forward was a member of two reserve grade teams that won premierships.
Bernie Seymour (Manly, 1954-63)
The first person to rack up 200 grade games for the Sea Eagles, Seymour played 45 first grade matches during that time. He later served the club off the field in different roles.
Keith Blackett (Manly, 1970-72)
Blackett played for the Sea Eagles and was the club's 196th first grade player. He also served in the NSW Police Force.
Mark Wright (Newtown, 1975-79)
The Moree product played 78 matches for Newtown between 1975 and 1979 and one match for NSW in 1975.
Paul McBlane (referee, 1990s)
McBlane was an NRL referee between 1994 and 1999 and officiated the City v Country fixture in 1996.
Bob Moses (South Sydney and Manly, 1965-73)
Moses won two premierships for the Rabbitohs (1968-69) and was also part of the sides that were beaten in the 1965 and 1969 premiership deciders. In 1971 he switched to Manly for a three-year stint.
Jason Moon (Illawarra and South Sydney, 1984-89)
After breaking into first grade with the Illawarra Steelers in 1984, Moon went on to play a further 31 first grade matches with South Sydney.
Wally Watsford (South Sydney, 1961-63)
Watsford played 34 grade games for the Rabbitohs between 1961 and 1963 and later coached lower grades (including a reserve grade premiership in 1983) at the same club.
Norm Nilson (South Sydney, 1948-56)
Nilson played with the Rabbbitohs team that beat Newtown in the 1955 grand final after having spent most of that season as reserve grade captain. He played 34 first grade matches.
Ken Boothroyd (St George and Illawarra trainer, 1970s and 1980s)
Boothroyd was the lead conditioner at both St George and the Illawarra Steelers during the 1970s and early 1980s.
Wally O'Connell (Roosters and Manly, 1942-48, 1951-52)
O'Connell played 10 Test matches for Australia and served as Test captain. He played for the Roosters and Manly between 1942 and 1952 (captain-coach at the Sea Eagles) and coached Queensland in 1973.
Terry Wand (Wyong and Central Coast official)
A long-serving official, Wand was a life member of the Wyong club and the Central Coast Division and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2017.
Bill Owens (Wests and Canterbury, 1954-58, 1960)
After playing 45 matches for the Magpies, Owens made 13 appearances during one year with Canterbury.
Malcolm Boyle (voice of the Warriors)
Boyle (along with Graham Lowe) was a former owner of the New Zealand Warriors and remained a boisterous supporter of the club.
Keith Aggett (Eels and Balmain, 1953-55, 1956)
After playing predominantly lower grade football for Parramatta and Balmain, Aggett was a coach before commencing a lengthy run as a director and then president of the Ryde-Eastwood Hawks.
Ron Rowles (Manly, 1950-54)
Wollongong-born Rowles scored 842 points while playing for Manly between 1950 and 1954. He also played for NSW Country in 1948-49.
Alan Heiler (Souths, 1962-71)
Heiler made 42 first grade appearances among 180 matches for the Rabbitohs. He won three lower grade premierships and was awarded life membership of the club in 1996.
Tony Stavrianos (Roosters, 1962-64)
Stavrianos played lower grades with South Sydney before joining the Roosters in 1962. He was fondly remembered for his organisational skill in the halfback position.
Blair Kurtz (Eels, 1984-87)
Kurtz spent four years at the Eels during some of the greatest years in the club's history. He made his first-grade debut as a substitute in 1986 before playing another match the next year.
The wife of former NRL and NSW player Brett, Sharnie Kimmorley passed away following a battle with brain cancer. She was a mother of four daughters – Maddi, Mia, Ava and Ivy.
A 15-year-old Kurri Kurri High School student, Rye passed away after a battle with cancer – but not before she partnered Newcastle Knights player Trent Hodkinson to her school formal.