LASTING MEMORIES: Sisters Donna Beasley and Debra Briggs join Ipswich Eagles committee member Mick Whiteley to unveil the club’s tribute to life member Noel Kimlin.
LASTING MEMORIES: Sisters Donna Beasley and Debra Briggs join Ipswich Eagles committee member Mick Whiteley to unveil the club’s tribute to life member Noel Kimlin. Claudia Baxter

Ipswich Eagles honour work of dedicated Kimlin

THE founder of regular Australian football competition in Ipswich will long be remembered through an impressive framed tribute at Limestone Park.

Noel Kimlin passed away on April 26, having devoted years to Aussie rules and being co-founder of the Ipswich Basketball Association.

One of his most important achievements was getting Ipswich involved in Australian football during the 1960s.

After a suggestion at his memorial service, Ipswich Eagles Australian Football Club officials decided to provide a permanent reminder of Kimlin's service.

Former president and current committee member Mick Whiteley organised a framed tribute to be hung in the Whyte Family clubhouse.

Kimlin's daughters Donna Beasley and Debra Briggs said they appreciated the gesture which was unveiled at last Saturday's match between the Eagles and Logan.

Whiteley said the framed piece would remind players, officials and fans of what Kimlin accomplished through his time in the airforce helping regional sport, especially Aussie rules.

"He got the idea to start a comp in Ipswich and he got his wife to sew numbers on airforce t-shirts,'' Whiteley said.

"That ended up being the Ipswich Cats, which played in the Western Brisbane competition.

"That moved to an airforce side, the RAAF Eagles which I played for in the 80s.''

While the RAAF Eagles later dissolved, the Cats junior and Eagles senior clubs continue to play at Mark Marsh Oval.

"Noel was basically the founder,'' Whiteley said.

"History goes back to 1897 or the early 1900s when an Australian Football team played a rep game at Limestone Park against Essendon. But they never had a competition - sides playing in an association or a league, and Noel started that up in the sixties.''



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