TRIBUTE: Northern Force and Avondale line-up for a minute's silence to remember Owen Harms who died last week.
TRIBUTE: Northern Force and Avondale line-up for a minute's silence to remember Owen Harms who died last week. Neil Redfern

NDRL pays tribute to fallen club great

LEAGUE: "I'm sure he would have looked on with a smile on his face.”

Northern Force coach Mick O'Sullivan believes Owen Harms would have been enjoyed what he saw on Sunday afternoon against the Avondale Tigers.

The Force may have lost 40-34 in the Northern Districts Rugby League but it felt like a win.

The side put in its best performance of the year in tribute to the fallen club great, who died last week, to almost win after the Tigers led by as many as 20 points early on.

"It was a very pleasing performance,” O'Sullivan said.

"Our confidence has grown and we know we can beat Avondale.”

O'Sullivan said it was a tough week for the club.

"It was a big and sad day,” he said.

"If it wasn't for Owen there would be no Northern Force.

"He did a lot of work for the club, for Miriam Vale and the community.”

O'Sullivan remembered the good times he had with Harms.

"He was just a likeable person and was a wonderful character,” he said.

"I will always have fond memories from the times I had with him.

"Nice words were also spoken of him during the day and Gin Gin wore black and white socks for him which was a nice touch.”

Avondale also paid tribute, wearing black armbands for the match.

The win for them capped off an unbeaten regular season with 15 wins.

Harms's funeral is on today at the Miriam Vale Community Town Hall from 11am.

If you or anybody you know needs help, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au.



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