Ray Jorgenson accepts the 1969 IRL premiership trophy, Goodna’s first, following the grand final win against RAAF. Jorgenson died on Sunday.
Ray Jorgenson accepts the 1969 IRL premiership trophy, Goodna’s first, following the grand final win against RAAF. Jorgenson died on Sunday. Contributed

Club legend a huge loss

GOODNA Rugby League's centenary year has brought a concentrated focus on the club's proud history.

Unfortunately, another page of that history turned on Sunday with the passing of club legend Ray Jorgenson.

Jorgenson, who was 67, helped lay the foundations for much of the club's subsequent success.

He captained Goodna to its first IRL A grade premiership in 1969, took over as coach for the following two seasons and was named in the Goodna team of the century in 2008.

Before coming to Goodna as a senior player, Jorgenson played for Brothers, winning the A grade title with them in 1967.

When his playing and coaching days were over, Jorgenson and wife Lorraine continued to support the Goodna club and the Ipswich Rugby League.

Jorgenson took on the IRL presidency between 2001-03 following Mark Boettcher's first stint in the chair and before his second stint.

"He was on the IRL board when I was there and took over from him," Boettcher said.

"He had his heart and soul in rugby league and the Ipswich Rugby League.

"He was a Goodna man and had a lot to do with the club.

"When he and his wife came to the IRL, they put their heart and soul into it."

Goodna Old Boys vice-president John Lowry played under Jorgenson when he coached Goodna and the two were life-long friends.

"He was a no-nonsense sort of player," Lowry said of Jorgenson.

"A raw-boned type front-rower.

"He played a lot of rep footy in the back-row.

"He's certainly one of our favourite sons down our way."

Jorgenson represented Ipswich in the Bulimba Cup and played against the touring Great Britain team one season.

Jorgenson was not far from state selection either, once being chosen on the bench for a state trial, before getting an unexpected promotion.

Back then selection was based on a trial between the incumbent Queensland side and The Rest trying to take their places.

"Ray had made The Rest team as a reserve," Lowry recalled.

"On the morning of the match, one of the Queensland team pulled out so Ray took his spot.

"I went to watch the game and walked through the gate to see him run 50m to score under the posts."

Behind the posts at the clubhouse end of Richardson Park was where Jorgenson would watch the Goodna Eagles go round in recent years.

It was there club president Gary Parker knew he could find him for advice.

"Ray was well respected by all," Parker said.

"If I ever wanted advice about the club, I could go and talk to him. He was ahead of his time recognising some of the issues we have to deal with now."

Jorgenson is survived by daughters Cathy, Raylene and Missy.



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