Vale – Clarrie Jeffreys

Born 6 August 1932
Passed Away 27 August 2020

Long term Newtown hooker, Clarrie Jeffreys, passed away on Thursday 27 August 2020, aged 88. In 13 seasons with the Jets from 1956, Clarrie played 242 matches, 94 of which were in first grade. He is second on the all-time list of matches for Newtown, behind only Frank ‘Bumper’ Farrell. Clarrie was a Balmain junior and played three seasons of grade with the Tigers from 1953. He made his first grade debut at 20 years of age at Redfern Oval on 13 June 1953, in Balmain’s 16-12 win over South Sydney. He finished with 23 first grade games with Balmain before moving to Newtown. Altogether, Clarrie played 117 first grade games, scoring two tries. Both his two first grade tries were scored for Balmain. The first was at Erskineville Oval on 20 June 1953 in the 28-18 loss to Newtown, while the second was at Leichhardt Oval on 2 April 1955 in the 26-24 win over Manly. While at Balmain, Clarrie was a member of the 1955 third grade Premiership winning Grand Final team which defeated Eastern Suburbs 15-5 on 19 September at the SCG.

After retiring at the end of the 1968 season, Clarrie coached the Newtown reserve grade side for several seasons from 1969, winning the reserve grade Premiership in 1970. For three seasons from 1974, he was Newtown first grade coach, while in the 1990s, he was a committeeman.

Clarrie is survived by his children, Vicki and Joe, plus his five sisters, Pat, June, Shirley, Carol and Sue, as well as his three brothers, Neville, Greg and Wayne. His funeral will be held at the South Chapel of Woronora Cemetery in Sutherland at 10am on Friday 4 September. The Corona Virus will restrict attendees and the funeral will be live-streamed. Any enquiries should be made to White Lady funerals on 1 300 656088.

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