19 May Vale Martin ‘Gerry’ Daley
Valedictory Gerry Daley
29 September 1934 – 14 May 2020
Died peacefully at the Canberra Hospital
Vikings Rugby offer their deepest sympathy to Maureen Daley and the Daley family following the passing last week of ACT rugby icon Gerry.
Gerry had a 60 year + involvement with rugby in the ACT as a menacing front rower for Royals, the ACT and NSW Country, later moving into significant coaching roles.
He went on to coach at four clubs in the ACT (Royals, Universities, Western Districts and finally Tuggeranong Vikings). Gerry also had an influential role to play with the Canberra Kookaburras early years in the Shute Shield as a selector, chairman of selectors and coach mentor.
Gerry spent five years at Vikings as 4th Grade Coach (2003-2007) and anyone who came into contact during that time would testify to his quick-fire wit, sometimes brutal sense of humour and penchant for dispensing nick names. Players called Karmichael, the Hobbit, Harry Potter, Messerschmitt, Alphabet and so many others were all tutored in our great game with Gerry’ simple philosophy of lemons getting the ball to stars a proven formula.
Gerry was always up for a chat and many will remember long phone calls and even longer chats after training that covered politics, rugby, rugby politics and anything else topical, his fondness of talkback radio and bagging people with that hot tongue. For the 4th Graders who played in all those Grand Finals with multiple premierships, Gerry’s role will be remembered always.
A true legend of our sport, sorely missed.
RIP, Gerry Daley.
In place of flowers, donations to The Australian Kidney Foundation are welcomed.
Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union Football Club (TVRUFC)