REMEMBERED: Donations are open for a scoreboard at Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club in honour of Jack O'Connor who died in November last year.
REMEMBERED: Donations are open for a scoreboard at Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club in honour of Jack O'Connor who died in November last year. Contributed

Jack's memory to live on with rugby

A FUND has been set up to raise money for a much-needed scoreboard in honour of one of Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club's own.

Jack O'Connor was killed in November last year when he was struck by a four-wheel-drive along Eumundi-Noosa Road.

The 18-year-old's death rocked the community but his memory is set to live on at the place where he spent so much of his childhood.

Jack's dad John O'Connor said the rugby club had been an integral part of their lives and to have his son remembered there meant a lot to the family.

"It's lovely because all three of our sons have played rugby for Noosa since they were under six so we've been going to the club watching junior rugby for 13 odd years,” he said.

"To be able to in five years time when (the family) go to a game and there's Jack's scoreboard, it will be something there forever.”

A force to be reckoned with on the field, Mr O'Connor said Jack was admired by all of his teammates.

"Jack was very fearless. He was quite talented, he wasn't a state champion or anything but he was a good player,” he said.

"All his teammates loved having him in their team.

"Several of the parents said to me over the years I'm so glad he is playing with my son and not against my son.”

Mr O'Connor said the family had been overwhelmed with support since Jack's death.

"Everyone's been wonderful. We're really grateful for all the support we've had,” he said.

He also thanked Noosa Dolphins for their continued support.

The club scoreboard broke during the last day of Rugby 7s competition last year, only weeks before Jack's death, and since then the Dolphins have hired a board for games.

To donate, visit asf.org.au/projects/noosa-dolphins-rugby/the-jack-oconnor-scoreboard-fund.

Donations are fully tax deductible.


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