Community farewells basketball legend Noel Pollerd

Remembered fondly as a champion of his sport, Noel Pollerd has left behind a long and treasured legacy in country basketball.

Mr Pollerd passed away late last month at the tender age of 81 and has been remembered for his tireless contribution to local basketball.

Long-time friend and fellow local basketball royalty, Bob Osborne, said Mr Pollerd was instrumental in a lot of local basketballers’ development as both players and people.

“He was a fella that was a champion in his sport. When basketball came along he embraced it as his sport,” Mr Obsorne said.

“Noel would coach anybody whether they were the next champion or not, he spent time on that character development.

“Many people who are now grandparents in this town had their start with Noel.

“He and I were very close, we were mates for about 55 years.”

Mr Pollerd had many roles in over 35 years involvement with remembered as a developer of athletes and coaches in the early years of Victorian Country basketball.

He first started at Maryborough Basketball in 1962 as a player and referee and quickly moved into coaching the following year.

For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, January 8

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