Vale - Allan Gandy

Allan Gandy
Allan Gandy
Image © Caulfield Lacrosse Club  

The Australian Lacrosse Association Ltd. (ALA) is saddened to learn of the passing of Allan Gandy, regarded by many as Australia's finest lacrosse player.
There will be a celebration of the life of Allan Gandy on Monday 15 April 2019 at the Sandringham Club (92 Beach Road, Sandringham) from 2.30pm onwards.
Please no flowers, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Melbourne Legacy.


LACROSSE PLAYER (with thanks to Lambton Mount Lacrosse club)

Allan Gandy was born 2 April 1930 and commenced playing lacrosse as a junior in 1940 at the age of 10 for the Legacy Lacrosse Club in Adelaide.

His playing position was crease attack and he wrote the record book as an attack player, including most goals in a game and a season and the world's first lacrosse player to throw 1000 goals. Gandy threw 17 goals on 6 June 1953 playing A grade for North Adelaide against University and threw over 100 goals in two home and away seasons.

While small in stature Gandy had it all - a brilliant stick handler, fast off the mark, a great reader of the game and a great shooter. He could take a pass under extreme pressure, was very accurate and was tough - "You had to be" as former Australian forward and coach Denis Trainor put it " He was 9 stone wet, they would hit him as hard as they could, often finishing a match with a jumper so impregnated with blood that it was painful to just remove the jumper, but if he got the ball he put the ball in the net 9 out of 10 times, and he didn't just put it in the net, he put it in a corner, just inside the post."

During the period that Allan Gandy played lacrosse there was no body protection other than a floppy hat and very basic gloves. The wild slashes into the body often from two defence men guarding him, the rough stuff behind the play, he copped it all and just kept throwing goals.

In the high calibre games including interstate matches and carnivals, and the international matches against the U.S.A. in 1959, he was never held score-less. Regardless of the level of lacrosse he always performed, he always scored, regardless of the circumstances and the competition.

Legacy Club (Junior) 1940-1945
North Adelaide Lacrosse Club - State League 1946-1958
Glenelg Lacrosse Club - State League 1959-1960 
Transferred to Darwin for business (Did not play) 1961-1964
Caulfield Lacrosse Club -State League 1965-1968 
South Australian state team 1952-1960
All Australian selection (Based on carnival performance) 1953, 1956 & 1959
Most outstanding player in Australia (Brady Trophy) 1956
Best and fairest player - South Australia 1960
Leading goal thrower - South Australia 1952-1960
First player in world lacrosse to throw over 1000 goals
All-Australian team member 1959/62

Allan Gandy also played A grade squash and cricket in Adelaide, had a glider pilot's licence and was heavily involved in insurance settlements in Darwin after Cyclone Tracey.

Victorian senior team 1986/87/88/89/92/99
Under 23 Australian team tour - Japan 1986
Senior Australian team tour - USA 1990
Australian team - World Championship Perth 1990

Specialist coach - Caulfield Lacrosse Club 1980
Specialist coach - M.C.C. Lacrosse Club 1981/82
Co - coach - Chadstone Lacrosse Club 1987
Co - coach - Caulfield Women's Lacrosse Club 1985/89

Vice President 1992- 2000s
Past Players Association - President 2002-2016
Chairman - Investigations committee 1992/93/99
Grants committee 1992/1993
Insurance officer 1997-late 2000s

Caulfield Lacrosse Club 1995
Victorian Amateur Lacrosse Association 2002

Allan Gandy's two daughters, Sue and Allison also played lacrosse, representing Caulfield and Victoria