It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that the Board and Management of North Coast Football acknowledges the recent passing of Urunga FC president, Dixie Erlandsen. Dixie’s untimely death was compounded by the loss of her daughter, Rachel, who had only just finished high school.
Such a terrible loss will be felt for some time and its impact will be particularly grievous for the Urunga club, whose current stability and success is, in large measure, attributable to Dixie’s tireless efforts. We also acknowledge the work Dixie did in other parts of the community, especially the Bellinger Valley. The bereavement is felt well outside the football community.
Dixie set down a number of markers at Urunga FC: she was the club’s first female president, she introduced pre-season coaching for the youngest age groups & she aligned the colours of seniors & juniors at Urunga for the first time in its history. But surely Dixie’s proudest moment came when she stepped forward, at the North Coast Football annual awards, to accept the 2015 Club of the Year shield. It was well deserved and a testament to her indefatigable strength, determination and vision.
Our thoughts are with Urunga FC at this difficult time and we express our sincere condolences to Dixie’s surviving family. It is impossible for us to imagine the depth of grief they must be experiencing.
But they are assured the football community knows how to rally around its own. Dixie will not be forgotten and her contribution to the local game will continue to bear fruit long into the future. But the game must go on. And, thanks to Dixie, it will go on in Urunga all the more because of her.