On Wednesday the Nedlands family was devastated to learn of the death of our wonderful friend and member Sheryl Ball.
Sheryl has been a key member of Nedlands since 1976, when she arrived from Thames via Sydney with her husband Kevin. In the intervening years she has been an enormous contributor to our Club in a myriad of ways, always willing to roll her sleeves up and help – whether with mending jumpers, preparing food, transporting players, acting as a team manager, helping to organise social functions, attending working bees – the list goes on.
As the photo on our clubhouse wall shows, Sheryl has been the guiding strength behind the Ball family that is such a key factor in the Club’s success. Her guidance and support have enabled the Balls to be the only family at Nedlands (and probably in any Australian Club) to have produced three life members. Husband Kevin was honoured with life membership for his huge playing, coaching and administrative efforts; elder son Tony, who had a promising playing career cruelly cut short by injury was similarly honoured for a long and distinguished coaching career, and younger son Rodney won his life membership by playing 150 first grade games for the Club. Nowadays, a third generation of Balls is making their presence felt at Nedlands, as Kevin and Sheryl’s grandsons Travis, Xavier and Isaac are emerging as players and club-members of note. There’s no doubt that all these people would recognise that they owe so much to Sheryl and the quiet love, support and encouragement she has given them.
Sheryl has stoically lived with a serious illness for many years and following her retirement she enjoyed pursuing another of her great loves – reading, proudly boasting that she would read 4-5 books per week. Sadly though, in October last year she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and in spite of rigorous treatment, she was not able to overcome this as she had her Crohn’s disease.
Sheryl has been an ever-present Neddies member, and we will be lost without her cheerful support on the sideline at the Foreshore.
Remembrance Drinks will be organised at the clubhouse shortly. The family will notify Club members about this.