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Eagles, Power mourn De Goldi

NEWTOWN & Chilwell and Newcomb are mourning the death of local football great Laurie De Goldi.

De Goldi, who also spent time at Geelong, playing in premierships at both under-19 (1962) and reserves (1963) level, passed away as a result of illness on Sunday morning.

The 75-year-old’s death comes only two days after the passing of East Belmont/Belmont Lions games record holder Peter Newton.

Eric Nicholls, who played alongside De Goldi at the Cats, battled prostate cancer at a similar time.

“He is the of the greatest mates you’d ever want to have,” Nicholls said.

“We’ve been through a lot together over the last 19 years and he’s been an absolute trojan in his battle.”

A Newtown & Chilwell junior, De Goldi is a life member and a member of both the Team of the Century and Team of the 1960s at the Eagles.

On his return to Elderslie Reserve from Geelong, he played in the 1964 and 1965 premierships.

Former president ‘Jacky’ McLean says De Goldi was a regular at club functions up until last year.

“He never missed a reunion,” McLean said.

“He loved the club and the people around it.”

At Newcomb, De Goldi was a non-playing coach as the then Dinosaurs won three consecutive premierships from 1980-82, their first since the club was formed in late 1976.

He was named Newcomb’s coach of the first 40 years at a function in 2016.

DeGoldi spent five years as captain-coach of Rokewood-Corindhap between 1966-1970, guiding it to the 1967 Western Plains league premiership.

He was also a more than handy cricketer with GCA powerhouse Newtown & Chilwell. A wicketkeeper, De Goldi represented Geelong on a number of occasions.

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