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Darryl Quigley – Always the spirit of the team

Former Gordon player Darryl Quigley passed away up the north coast on Saturday 13th May after a long illness aged 63. Darryl was part of a great Gordon cricketing family. Father Jack played for many years, reaching the First Grade side in the 1942-43 season (he is no.12 on the All Grades batting list).

One of Darryl’s brothers, Warren, also played 1st Grade in the 70s (as well as 1st Grade rugby for Gordon), while another brother, Martin, also played for the club.

Educated at Riverview, Darryl captained the Green Shield team in the 1969/70 season, in a team that included John Dedman, Jim Cameron, Craig Peifer and Michael Falk, before going on to play Grade cricket that year before finishing in the 1977/787 season.

In total Darryl scored 3183 runs at 22.57. A dogged opening batsman, he played lower grades for a number of years before reaching 1st Grade in the 1975-76 season. Not long after that, the family moved to Lismore, where he had a variety of jobs before completing his Law degree and setting up his own practice in Byron Bay.

                                            The 1974/75 Poidevin Gray team
Back row: N.Spence, P.Olsen, C. Pheifer, R. Huey (scorer), P. Baird, D. Meagher, A. McElvoy
Front Row: D. Quigley, S. McDowell, J. Dedman (Capt.), H. Crow (Pres.) M. Falk, J. Cameron, J. Crawford

He was also responsible for the formation of a rugby club – the Mullumbimby Moonshiners. A special claim to fame for Darryl was that he played for 6 years continuously in the Gordon Poidevin Gray team, playing in the same year he played Green Shield.

Some of Darryl's mates who gathered for the funeral. From left, Michael Falk, Graham Mackie, David Gray, Jim Cameron, Warren Quigley and John Dedman
Possibly Darryl’s most memorable innings for Gordon was in the Poidevin-Gray Shield final of the 1974-75 season. After Gordon lost two wickets in the first two overs, Darryl batted for most of the rest of the day (the final in those days went over two Sundays) to score 84. It was an innings of great grit and determination which Darryl had in abundance. Gordon was able to post a total of 250 which proved to be too many for Sutherland (despite them having two batsmen, Andrew Hilditch and John Dyson, who went on to play Test cricket).

The team held a 40 year reunion 18 months ago, which Darryl attended, and were able to relive that great game (NB. That was the last time Gordon won the Poidevin-Gray Shield!)

Darryl possessed a gregarious personality and was a wonderful team man with a very sharp cricket brain. At the same time, he always enjoyed a good time and was always the life of the party.

To his wife, Julie, children Vinnie, Kellie and Hollie, and brothers Warren, Martin and Bruce, the club extends its sincere condolences – a terrific character sorely missed.

Michael Falk


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