WHEN the Lindisfarne Football Club (LFC) goes face-to-face with the Claremont Football Club, it is always a passionate bout.
The game played on 23 June was no exception.
But this game proved to be an extra special occasion, with LFC taking to the field in honour of former player and club legend, Alex Harris.
Alex tragically passed away of brain cancer last year at just 19 years of age.
When he was unable to continue playing football at LFC due to his illness, Alex adopted the role of a team trainer under the guidance of the senior’s trainer.
Mother Trudi Harris said Alex was a “mad footy fan” and was rarely seen without his LFC jumper.
“He just loved playing with his mates at Lindisfarne, with his dad, Greg, driving him to footy every week,” she said.
“After being diagnosed with the illness at age 14, Alex continued to amaze all around him with his determination, enduring two years of chemotherapy and having to learn to walk again.
“When chemo kept Alex sick at home, he would constantly be looking on Facebook for the scores of the Lindisfarne games.
“Alex met every day with a smile on his face, never giving up and even on his bad days he thought of others.
“He was a true hero to everyone that knew him.”
The seniors team were victorious on the day and defeated their opposition 132 to 67.
Hall Payne Lawyers offered to be Lindisfarne’s goal sponsor for the day, donating $2000 to CanTeen Tasmania for the total number of goals kicked in the match.
Both during his illness and following his illness, CanTeen Tasmania – which supports young people living with cancer – continued to support the Harris family.
“Hall Payne Lawyers believes in people and community and are proud to be able to support the Lindisfarne Football Club as it remembers Alex Harris, who was such an integral and important member of the community,” Hall Payne chief executive officer Mark Wiggins said.
“We are humbled to be able to support CanTeen in the vital work it does in communities around Australia.”
Caption: The late Alex Harris (pictured centre back) with mum Trudi, dad Greg and brothers Christopher and William in 2017.