NOEL Pollerd, one of Victorian country basketball legends, has sadly passed away this week.
When you discuss those who have significantly impacted Country Victorian basketball, Noel Pollerd from Maryborough is one that comes to mind. Noel had many roles within basketball but will be foremost remembered as a renowned developer of athletes and coaches in the early years of Victorian country basketball.
Noel coached the Victoria Country U16 Girls State Team for four years (1976 – 1979) and won the first ever Vic Country Gold Medal at a national championship in 1978.
Noel, a Life Member at Maryborough Basketball, was involved at the association for over 35 years and played an important role of the growth and development of basketball in Maryborough and across country Victoria. Such was his impact at Maryborough Basketball that court one was named in his honour.
He started at Maryborough Basketball in 1962 as a player and referee and quickly moved into coaching locally in 1963. Noel was appointed coach of Maryborough’s representative teams in 1964. Not taking a backward step, Noel also became President of the Association in 1967.
Noel did not just develop coaches at his local association but would often assist nearby association such as Castlemaine and Kyneton and conducted the VCBC Coaches Camps in Anglesea in 1973 and 1974. He was also instrumental during his early coaching days in introducing the Coaching Clinics conducted by Allan Landells in association with the ‘Rothmans National Sports Foundation’.
He was secretary for the Stadium Management Committee for the basketball stadium at the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre for 10 years and was awarded local Sports administrator of the year in 1971 and 1972.
Noel received the coveted BVC Jack Terrill Medal in 1976, at that time being only the fourth person to receive such distinction and was inducted as a Basketball Victoria Life Member in 2017.
Noel wore many hats in his time in basketball including BVC Council Investigation Officer for 16 years, VCBC Regional Secretary and was part of the development of the Victorian Country Junior Championships.
Noel Pollerd dedicated his life to helping country basketball grow and we express our extreme gratitude to him for the wonderful legacy that he has left.
Rest in Peace Noel.
Service will be held on Court 1 at Maryborough Basketball Stadium, 40 Gillies St, Maryborough VIC 3465, commencing at 2pm on Thursday 3 January 2019. The cortege will then proceed to the Maryborough Cemetery.