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WHO: ALL players – New players welcome
WHAT: Starting with fitness sessions and getting into stick skills and game practice a few weeks in.
WHEN: Wednesdays starting Feb 3rd, 2016 from 6.30pm
WHERE: Eltham Lower Park Wear runners (no boots), bring your gear and water bottle (no or limited access to clubrooms until 1st April)
Vale Dr Graham Webb
It is very sad news that Dr Graham Webb, Co-Founder of the Eltham Lacrosse Club, passed away quietly in a nursing home in Adelaide on Sunday 15/11/15.
In 1963 Dr Graham Webb was a teacher at Eltham High School, and introduced the game of lacrosse to his students. The participation grew quickly into an occasional interschool game against other high schools.
Dr Webb not only organised further inter-school games, but he also discussed the students interest in the game with other lacrosse identities that lived in the area. As a result of these discussions it was decided to form a new club, and use the nucleus of the school team along with a few older experienced lacrosse players, to enter a team in the Victorian Amateur Lacrosse Association competition in 1964.
Two men stood out as the clubs key administrators in these formative years, Bob Russell and Fred Durham. Together with Graham Webb they are recognised as the founders of the Eltham Lacrosse Club.
Grahams love for the game and for Eltham never diminished over time. He always made a point to have a chat with the Eltham players in the representative teams when they played in Adelaide.
As his brother communicated this week;
He had been ill for some time, but he enjoyed the occasion when he came over last year for the 50th Celebrations with Bob Russell.
I have kept Graham up to date with Eltham Lacrosse by phone and mail, together with News Articles etc. (local and International) at the nursing home in which he stayed recently. He knew lots of the players and their dads.
Graham loved Lacrosse and the people at Eltham.
Graham Webb had a big impact on many local Eltham players and helped launch their careers. Eltham Captain Keith Nyberg recently returned from Captaining Australia at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in the USA, and had this to say:
Personally, I have always held a special place in my lacrosse memories for Graham Webb. He was my very first lacrosse coach in 1982 in grade 5 at Eltham Primary School for the Sof-Crosse competition. It was from his coaching and passion that I played 2 years of primary schools competition, before starting my lacrosse career at Eltham as an under 12 player in 1984. From there lacrosse has become the most influential part of my life, taking me to competitions across the globe, and spans some 33 years and counting.
Graham always made a point of finding me whenever he was back from Adelaide visiting the club, and asking about my lacrosse and the club. It was a very special night to have him at the clubs 50th Anniversary dinner, and hear him speak of his love for the game, and love of the Eltham Lacrosse Club.
I am, as he was, Panther Proud.
All ages Social lacrosse is starting again on Wednesday 3rd February,2016 at 5:30pm at Eltham lower on the oval near the butterfly park.
It would be wonderful to have many senior as well as junior players come on down and join in the fun. This is a great opportunity for some informal lacrosse whilst getting to know other members of the club. Newcomers are also welcome to come and have a go, so please invite along your friends and family. Sausages are available for all after the game. See you there!