Vale Dylan Black
The highlights of Dylan Robert Blacks all-too-short sporting career were his winning of the Junior Cricketer of the Year in 2004 and his selection, along with his cousin and team mate Myles McDowell, to play for Australia in Argentina as part of the Emu Chicks that same year.
A regular Casino Interdistrict representative player as a junior, Dylan was an obvious call up for the senior district Casino team, the Cavaliers, where he debuted last season.
The youngest of the present Casino Cavaliers young guns Wade Sweeney, Sam Irvine and Sam Dietrich Dylan was like a younger brother and he looked up to them and wanted to out-do them. And it was clear to all that watched him that the young opener would do just that in time, but time wasnt on his side.
Born in Casino on the September 12 1989, Dylan was a prankster. In one story recounted at last weeks funeral, Dylan is depicted pouring cordial down his Pop Ceds nose at the age of two.
Dylan also delighted in chasing his Mum, Jenelle, around the house pretending he had a frog in his hand. Only recently she had gone to the trouble of locking herself in the bathroom and bedroom just to get away from him.
Dylan, who was a primary-school and high-school captain, loved sport, any sport, including netball or was that just to get out of school or maybe it was because of the girls?
Dylan also excelled at winter sports playing soccer and rugby league when he was young, but AFL became his passion and he shared that passion with his team mates, taking half his Under-16 cricket team with him to join the Casino Lions.
In the end Dylan only played 13 innings for the Cavaliers, accumulating 237 at an average 18.2 and holding five catches.
Dylan was a great team player and his sudden death was felt throughout Casino and by sportsmen and women across the district.
Until we meet again, may the sun shine warm upon your face, may the wind be gently at your back. Until we meet again.
(Many thanks to Peter Walsh for his assistance with this eulogy.)