Vale Laurie Flanders

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 2:06 PM

THE South Fremantle Football Club is mourning the passing of Life Member Laurie Flanders.

Laurie played a huge role in developing the mental strength and confidence of our players for nearly 30 years as the club’s boxing coach.

He also added character and humour to the whole environment of our off-field fitness and medical team down in the changerooms and he will be sorely missed by all that were associated with him at the Bulldogs.

Our thoughts are with his wife Pat, daughter Kelli, son Neil and their families.

Mal Brown, who had a fantastic relationship with Laurie, also passed on his thoughts about Laurie’s impact during the golden era of WAFL football of the 1970s and 80s.

“Laurie played a massive part in the success of that era for South Fremantle by integrating players from all walks of life through boxing," Brown said.

"The confidence and strength developed by our Aboriginal players of that time, along with Laurie having to deal with personalities from the extreme of Mark Jackson to a quiet David Hart made his contribution all the more important.

"Our thoughts are with Pat and the family."