Last Saturday the Rugby Union Club bowed their heads in silence to remember their teammate and friend, Chris Noble. The Pythons stood united at their presentation night as a team jersey with the number 13 was dedicated to Chris.
The Dirty Reds, a Drummoyne team Chris played for during the five years he lived and worked in Sydney, also held a minute’s silence and wore black arm bands at their semi-final on Saturday.
Rugby Union Club stalwart, Robb Morris, reflected on the community’s shock and sadness, “In a big city like Sydney, Chris’s tragic death is a shock for all who knew him there. In close-knit Canowindra it has touched virtually everyone who lives here.”
After the awards were handed out and the presentation evening wound down, the Pythons and friends headed up to the Rugby Club, but not before a visit to the pitch. In a circle, on bended knees, they raised their cans to Chris, pouring them onto the grass in a symbolic gesture for their mate to share with them.
Canowindra will officially farewell Chris at a memorial service this coming Saturday, September 13th. The service is to be held at 11am at the Sports Oval. Friends, football colleagues and residents will join the Noble family in their grief, pride and love of Chris. Attendees are advised to bring their own chairs.
By Rhi Quinn