Marble Range and Boston pay tribute to Paddy Ryan

MEMORIAL: Marble Range president Tim Davis and Paddy Ryan Memorial Trophy winner Thomas Bradford with Paddy's father Adrian Ryan.
MEMORIAL: Marble Range president Tim Davis and Paddy Ryan Memorial Trophy winner Thomas Bradford with Paddy's father Adrian Ryan.

PORT LINCOLN FOOTBALL

Under 17 players from Marble Range and Boston football clubs will play for a new trophy over the next five years in tribute of young footballer Paddy Ryan.

The two teams started their season on Saturday with one player to be selected as the inaugural winner of the Paddy Ryan Memorial Trophy.

Paddy played his junior football with Marble Range and this season would have been his last in the under 17s.

Many Boston players were also familiar with Paddy, who played basketball in the black and yellow colours.

It was a largely one sided affair at Wangary on Saturday with Marble Range running out 129-point winners with Rangers' Thomas Bradford named the first winner of the trophy.

It's a fantastic effort by both clubs to put it together.

Adrian Ryan

Paddy's father Adrian Ryan presented the trophy and said Bradford had shown he could make it through adversity and chased the ball no matter what.

Mr Ryan said the trophy would be awarded for the first game between the two clubs in under 17s each year.

"It's a fantastic effort by both clubs to put it together," he said.

Marble Range president Tim Davis said the club was happy to have Paddy's family on the day and for Mr Ryan sharing some encouraging words with the players.

"The courage they've shown to drive out here and present the award is admirable," he said.

"Paddy has been here since under 9s, he played all his football with us and it's very much a loss to the club."

Mr Davis said the set up would be over five years although this would be reviewed.

Boston president Jason Fauser said Paddy was a very popular member of the sporting community and his loss had a far reaching impact on a generation of young men and women.

"It is a fitting tribute which gives us reason to reflect on what is most important to us," he said.