Justin Hemphill.

One of the most difficult things a sporting club has to deal with is the tragic passing of a young Club member. Justin "Justy" had been a playing member of the Burnside Lacrosse Club since he commenced as a junior player just over 10 years ago. His exceptional ability as a player meant he commenced playing seniors in 2007 as a 14 year old, and played his first League game for the Burnside Bears in 2009 as a 16 year old. He played 105 senior games for the Club, with 80 of those at League level as the always courageous goalkeeper.

A quiet unassuming guy, he displayed courage and determination beyond his years - and such was his courage he played the recent 2015 League finals series with at least one broken upper rib. Despite reaching a high playing level at such a young age, Justy remained a very down to earth type of guy - who could chat to anyone in a polite way. In recent times he also ran the bar at the Club in his usual affable and efficient manner.

Justy will be sorely missed. In the coming days, weeks or maybe months the Club will "cry as one" - but I am very confident everyone at the Club will unite (as Justy definitely would want) and continue to do its very best on and off the field in memory of Justin's legacy, and continue the foundation he has helped lay for the Club to be an ongoing great one. We are establishing a junior scholarship program to honour the memory of Justin. The club is still developing the scholarship details, but will include 1-on-1 mentoring, strength and condition training and support with playing fees and uniforms. Donations can be made in one of three ways:

  • Posted to PO Box 316 Glenside SA 5065 in the name of 'Burnside Lacrosse Club'.

  • EFT > BSB 105 086 A/C 3301 790 40 Account Name: Burnside Lacrosse Club. Please reference 'Justy' and your name in the comment field and email so we can stay in touch with you about the program.

  • Call Nathan on 0488 179 831 to make a donation via credit card. (Note: this attracts fees, EFT preferred)

Please ensure you provide your name, contact number and email address so we can communicate with you about the scholarship details once they are finalised. Alternately, for those attending the funeral, donation envelopes will be available. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nathan Aston on 0488 179 831 or email Nathan Aston Burnside LC

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