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  • In Memoriam | Mark Harris

    https://www.roosters.com.au/news/202...--mark-harris/

    The Sydney Roosters have been deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player Mark Harris

    Harris passed away on Wednesday evening after a long battle with cancer.

    Player number 608, Harris played 195 games for Eastern Suburbs between 1970-1979.

    Harris cut an imposing figure on the field throughout his career.

    He was a strong and fast centre who etched his place in history when he scored the match-winning try in the 1974 grand final to end a 29-year Premiership drought.

    In 1975, Harris was the season’s leading try-scorer (14 tries).

    In 1976, Harris played at centre for Easts in the first ever World Club Challenge match played against St Helens at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which Easts won 25-2.

    Harris also represented New South Wales and Australia throughout his career, and played 33 games for North Sydney (1980-1981).

    The Sydney Roosters wish to extend their condolences to Mark’s many family and friends at this sad time.
    Last edited by bondi.boy; 01-17-2020, 11:21 AM.

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    Sincere apologies, I did not see the other thread.

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    • #3
      I was a kid in Port Moresby , New Guinea when a young Mark Harris, came there and played in the local rugby league competition, he was a good bloke, and had so much natural ability. I believe one of the clubs there had a reserve grade eastern suburbs coach, who was transferred to Moresby in his job, and I believe he was the one to tell Mark to try his luck in the Sydney comp, as he was way too good a plyer to be wasting his talent up there. He told Mark to contact Easts when he got back to Sydney, and tell them he told you to mention his name. It was along time ago, but I think the coach's name was something like Barry Vanheckenan.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chooksforme View Post
        I was a kid in Port Moresby , New Guinea when a young Mark Harris, came there and played in the local rugby league competition, he was a good bloke, and had so much natural ability. I believe one of the clubs there had a reserve grade eastern suburbs coach, who was transferred to Moresby in his job, and I believe he was the one to tell Mark to try his luck in the Sydney comp, as he was way too good a plyer to be wasting his talent up there. He told Mark to contact Easts when he got back to Sydney, and tell them he told you to mention his name. It was along time ago, but I think the coach's name was something like Barry Vanheckenan.
        Barry Van Heekeren (7 March 1932 - 25/1/04)
        The Sydney Roosters have mourned the passing of their longest serving staff member, Barry Van Heekeren after a long battle with cancer.

        Honoured with Life Membership of the Roosters in 2002, Barry was involved with the club for 54 years, playing in Roosters lower grades in 1951 & 1952, a variety of coaching stints at the Roosters as well as the first National
        Coach of Papua New Guinea in 1966. He was appointed Operations Manager in 1972 and has held this position throughout.

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        • #5
          A blockbusting big, fast centre with a strong fend, practically unstoppable from ten out, Harris had the perfect foil inside him. In the era when Centres played most of a game side by side John Brass' smarts and, pretty much new fangled spiral passes made Mark a human Exocet missile whom Brass could cut loose from anywhere on the paddock. As many have opined, Easts' best ever Centre paring , matched only by Latrell and Joey Manu.

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          • #6
            Only Gavin Miller came close to a snozza like Mark Harris had.
            Originally posted by OMR;n823956
            You guys will soon be shot down by mickie lane for saying negative stuff about his much admired bunnies. So be gentle with your hatred for souffs as you might hurt his feelings too

            Originally posted by The Sack;n823995

            Watch out, you will get bombarded with gay and animal porn now. One sick individual.

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            • #7
              Mark Harris was one of my favourites back in the day, along with Bill Mullins & Horrie. I distinctly remember him leaving a trail of Pommies behind him running down the the left wing to score for the Kangaroos.

              Rest in peace big fella.

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              • #8
                Before Eric Grothe and Meninga, there as Mark Harris.
                Vale.

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