Tribute to Balmain Junior League stalwart Bob Carroll (1936-2018)

Sep 24, 2018 | By Tigers

By CHRIS KARAS 

BALMAIN District Football Club is mourning the death of former director and long serving Junior League secretary Bob Carroll.

A tireless voluntary worker and respected official in rugby league circles for more than 30 years and a proud Ryde Rotarian, Bob passed away in Westmead Hospital last Thursday (September 20) at the age of 81.

He was a former president of the St Gerards Carlingford and St Patricks Dundas Junior Rugby League Clubs and was one of Balmain Junior League’s longest serving secretaries – serving 12 seasons from 1983 to 1994.

During that period with Bob at the helm, the Tigers won Jersey Flegg Cup premierships in 1984, 1988 and 1994 as well as reaching Cup Grand Finals in 1983, 1987 and 1989.

Only the legendary Don Graham served more terms as secretary of the Balmain Junior League – an incredible 13 successive seasons from 1963 to 1975.

A life member of the Balmain Junior League, Bob was a strong advocate for grassroots rugby league and gave outstanding service to St Gerards (now Carlingford Cougars) and St Patricks (now Dundas Shamrocks).

His legacy was fostering the sport and helping attract healthy numbers throughout the age divisions and helping make the Balmain district the powerbase of the NSW Junior Rugby League.

He served on the Balmain District Football Club board during the 1990s and watched his youngest son Bernard Carroll develop into a first grade forward with Balmain, chalking up 22 top grade appearances from 1992 to 1994.

In recent years Bob enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sport.

Only recently he watched his 15 year old grandson Will Carroll – a promising forward with Carlingford Cougars – in semi final action against Dundas Shamrocks at T.G Millner Field.

And he would have been proud of Will’s selection in the U/15 Balmain Development CUBS touring squad to Ballina and the Gold Coast.

Bob’s late first wife Jan also gave tremendous service to St Gerards and St Patricks and her memory is perpetuated each year with the Jan Carroll Memorial Trophy for the Balmain Junior League’s U/17 Player of the Year.

Bob’s funeral service will be Thursday 27th September at St Gerard’s Catholic Church, 543 North Rocks Rd  Carlingford commencing at 11.30am.


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