From all of us here at NRL WA we would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Val Murphy’s family and friends.
We were deeply saddened to learn of Val’s passing and would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family on behalf of NRL WA and the broader rugby league community.
Val was a pioneer of our game and highly respected by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. He had an enormous influence in Secondary Schoolboy rugby league development and pathways, as well as working within the WARL head office managing our local competitions and working with our clubs, he was also a huge driver of the game in Papua New Guinea, which we all know recognises rugby league as their national sport.
Val was born in 1939, and had lived a long life involved in our great game including an association with the South Perth Lions Rugby League Club as a player and as a valued member of the committee in the late 70s.
His biggest contributions came in coaching and passing on his knowledge and expertise to the next generation.
An outstanding mentor and coach he filled many different roles, a highlight was when he coached the New Guinea and Papua New Guinea sides at international level, this also extended into the local West Australian community when as Principle at Aranmore College this school established itself as a strong platform for schoolboy football where many young players developed both on and off the field.
He managed the under 15’s WA State team on multiple occasions and the Australian Secondary Schools Combined Affiliated States (CAS) under 18 team from 2000 – 2008
A true testament to Val’s contribution to the game and his tireless efforts are his legacies left behind as a life member of the WARL (NRL WA), Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League (ASSRL), PNG and PNG Schoolboys RL, also in recognition of Val’s passion and commitment to WA rugby league and its community in 2017 NRL WA named in his honour the Val Murphy Trophy which is one of our local grade competitions.
Please accept our deepest sympathies at this time. Val was a truly one of a kind person.
With sincere sympathy,
The NRL WA Community