Hearing of rugby league players passing away no matter where they play is tough to handle, but tragically, it has happened – with Jay Lasscock, the captain of the Queanbeyan Blues, a local Canberra side, passing away on Sunday night.
His death came suddenly, with the entire community mourning the loss of Lasscock, who was a Canberra Raiders junior.
The Blues are not the only team rallying, however, with several other clubs keen to show their respects to Lasscock – with the clubs suggesting a fund-raiser for Lasscock’s widow and three children, one that will take place at the semi-final this Saturday at Seiffert Oval, between the Belconnen United Scholars and the Yass Magpies.
Lasscock was a Raider through and through, having come up through the junior ranks with the club, before playing in the U20’s side – with current players discussing the possibility of wearing black armbands in his memory.
Tom Ebsworth, who is a stalwart at the Queanbeyan Blues, said that Lasscock had been one of the most devoted members to the team.
“I coached him in under-6s so he’s been with the Blues since day one,” Ebsworth said.
“He’s been the backbone of the place for quite a few years now.
“It was a shock to everybody … my phone’s been going hot from other clubs [wanting to help].”
“He was tough as teak, you don’t play for [NSW] Country in the front row if you’re not tough,” Ebsworth said.
Adam Doyle, the Queanbeyan Blues coach, tweeted that Lasscock had gone too young and “will be forever in our hearts”.
On behalf of NRL News, Rest In Peace, Jay Lasscock. You will be missed.