Vale Brian Griffin

The Australian lacrosse community is mourning the passing of Brian Griffin who passed away on Wednesday, 17 June, 2020.

Brian contributed to all levels of lacrosse as a player, coach, administrator and volunteer. At the National level, Brian was the 2nd male player to represent Australia and was a member of the 1962, 67, 70, 72 and 74 Australian Teams.

In 1966 Brian was awarded the Isaachsen Trophy for the best & fairest player in Australia. In the following year, 1967 Brian captained the Australian Team at the World Championship in Toronto, Canada, and was selected as the most valuable player for the tournament. Being able to throw and catch with both hands was unheard of until then and he also developed a back-hand shot which made for greater depth in play. American experts described Griffin as the best player in the world and he was recognised by the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Baltimore, in 1972. Brian was also part of the Team Staff as an Assistant Coach for the 1984 Australian Men's Team which toured the USA leading up to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

In recognition of Brian’s vast and positive contributions to the sport of lacrosse Brian was awarded with a Lacrosse Australia Fellowship and was also inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1999.

Brian’s work and contribution reached many people in the lacrosse world and he will be sadly missed. Brian is survided by daughter Nadine and son Scot along with 5 grandchildren, and our thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s family and friends.

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Brian Griffin pictured in back row 1st from the left

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Brian Griffin pictured in front row 3rd from the left.

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Brian Griffin pictured in back row 9th from the left.

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Brian Griffin pictured in the second row 6th from the left.

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Brian at the 2018 ALA Annual Dinner receiving his recognition certificate as the 24th male player to represent Australia in touring teams.  
 

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