Vale: Don Elphick

The Canberra Raiders would like to pay tribute to one of the clubs life members Don Elphick, who passed away this morning.

Mr Elphick, 84, was an instrumental part of the Canberra Raiders formation and entry into the NSWRL for their debut season in 1982, after a long and distinguished period with ACT rugby league.

Former Canberra Raiders Chairman John McIntyre said Don Elphick’s contribution in getting the Raiders in Canberra would never be forgotten and passed on his condolences to the Elphick Family.

“Don Elphick was one of the driving forces in establishing the Raiders and was made a life member of the club for the wonderful contributions he made to rugby league in the ACT region over many years,” Mr McIntyre said. “Without men like Don Elphick we would not have been able to bring the Raiders to Canberra. The club wishes to pass on their condolences to his family and acknowledge the wonderful contribution Don made to the game of rugby league over many years.”

The Canberra Raiders will wear black armbands in tonight’s match against the Storm in memory of Mr Elphick and rugby league icon Ron Massey who also recently passed away.