THE Port Fairy and district community has been rocked by the sudden death of talented netballer Rebekah Moroney.
Miss Moroney died late on Sunday night at the age of 20 as the result of an unexpected health complication.
The tragedy has shocked Port Fairy Football Netball Club, where Ms Moroney had been a popular and talented member of the club’s A grade netball team.
“She touched so many lives, not only with sport but at school and university and in the whole community."
Her sister, Sarah, plays A grade for the Seagulls and her father, Mick, is the Port Fairy Netball co-ordinator.
Her mother, Loretta, and older sister, Jess, have also been involved in the club.
Port Fairy A grade netball coach Emma O’Keeffe said the news of Miss Moroney’s death had hit everyone hard.
“Rebekah was one of the most genuine and lovely girls you’d ever meet,” Ms O’Keeffe said.
‘‘She was just so sincere.
“She would never say a bad word about anyone and she always put other people first.
“She was such a good club person and was a pleasure to coach and be around.”
Ms O’Keeffe said news of the widely respected player’s death had profoundly affected people not only in Port Fairy but well beyond.
She said the broader Hampden league netball community was in shock at the loss of such a wonderful young lady.
“This has such an affect on everyone, not only as a club and as a community, but on everyone who was lucky enough to know Rebekah,’’ Ms O’Keeffe said.
“She touched so many lives, not only with sport but at school and university and in the whole community.
“It is going to take everyone a long time to come to terms with what has happened.”
Miss Moroney played more than 50 A grade games for Port Fairy and also won the Hampden league under 17 best and fairest in 2010.
Port Fairy Football Netball Club president Mick Wolfe echoed the words of Ms O’Keeffe in paying tribute to Miss Moroney’s character.
“She was a great girl, very polite and level-headed and was a real quiet achiever,” Mr Wolfe said
“Every one of us at the club is devastated by this news and as a club our first step is to do what we can to help the Moroney family.
“They have the support of the entire club behind them.”