Tribute to Dutchy
BASKETBALL was his passion and former Lismore player Glenn Murphy will be honoured by the first game of the year being played in his memory next Wednesday night.
Murphy was killed in a car crash on Bangalow Rd when he was on his way to a tournament at Byron Bay last month.
The 34-year-old played in the Lismore Basketball Association for 12 years with the Tatts Bats.
The team will be renamed the Flying Dutchmen in honour of Murphy, whose nickname was "Dutchy".
"Basketball was his number one sport and he was playing long before I met him," partner Mel Davis said.
"It really touched my heart when I heard about what they were doing and I'm sure he would have loved it.
"All the family will be there and we're looking forward to it."
His playing singlet will also be raised above the court - similar to when a player has their singlet number retired and hung on the wall in the NBA.
"It's the ultimate respect you can show a player and it will be great to see the No 44 hanging there," teammate Ben Conte said.
"He started with me, Glenn and Jason Bevan about 12 years ago and it will be tough not having him there any more."
In a fitting tribute, Conte and his teammates will play against one of their oldest rivals in the competition, the Rous Rebels.
Rebels' player Michael Willemsen is looking forward to the game.
"It's always a tough contest and we're hoping to make it a special night," he said.
And while nobody can remember how Murphy ended up with the nickname Dutchy, Conte will always remember him as a joker and fierce competitor.
"He played hard, but off the court he was easygoing and a great bloke," Conte said.
"It wouldn't take much to fire him up either.
"I think he brought out the best in both teams whenever he was on the court."
The game is scheduled for a 7pm start with all family and friends welcome.