Community shocked by death of Wauchope Blues rugby league club president and surfboat champion Ged Roods

Best mates: Mat Bird (left) and Ged Roods. Photo: supplied
Best mates: Mat Bird (left) and Ged Roods. Photo: supplied

A HEART like Phar Lap, the soul of a rugby league club and the glue that helped to hold a proud surf life saving club together.

A son. A brother-figure. A grandson. A King.

They're just some of the ways the Port Macquarie-Hastings sports community have remembered Ged Roods who passed away suddenly at the weekend.

Wauchope Blues teammate and best mate Mat Bird said Roods always drove the fact that effort equalled reward.

"Whether it was footy training, surfboats or community-based events, Ged taught us what you put in is what you get back," he said.

"He was always the guy standing beside you, driving you and encouraging you to reach your goals and I'm so grateful that I was able to call Ged my best mate.

"He will remain in my heart forever."

Life of the party: Ged Roods surfs the bow of the Wauchope-Bonny Hills' under-23 women's surfboat. Photo: Phil Kaufmann

Life of the party: Ged Roods surfs the bow of the Wauchope-Bonny Hills' under-23 women's surfboat. Photo: Phil Kaufmann

Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club surfboat sweep Steve Monaghan reflected on the bond Roods had formed with his daughters and the entire under-23 women's surfboat crew.

It was a similar bond he had formed with Ged's dad Danny growing up as the Roods family became synonymous with the club.

"Manfred Sonntag recruited Ged's dad and his twin brother David, Terrance Shaw and myself to form an under-18 crew in 1980," Monaghan said.

"So when Ged decided to row it was a great feeling to have a Roods back in the surfboat fold."

As a result, the 26-year-old then formed a tight bond with the entire Monaghan family.

"He was always the first person the girls would call up for training," Monaghan said.

"He was always willing to jump in with them and taught them a lot about surfboats and that they're not there just to look good."

As team manager, Roods also played his role as the Boatettes continued to develop and progress through the women's surfboat ranks.

Ged Roods (front) was a member of the Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club and a valued teammate on the men's surfboat crew.

Ged Roods (front) was a member of the Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club and a valued teammate on the men's surfboat crew.

The girls posted a touching tribute on Sunday afternoon.

"You were our manager, favourite super sub, body guard, brother," the tribute read.

"Our private comedian who always put up his hand to help us out and and apparently the best looking "Boatette".

"The one that held our boat on the line, more times than we can remember. We are going to miss you surfing the bow on a Sunday morning.

"Watch over us Ged. Love you forever."

Ged was also president with the Wauchope Blues for the last four Group 3 rugby league seasons.

Clubmate Aaron Ison paid tribute to Ged's ability to balance his role as president and making tough decisions with also being everyone's mate.

"He was the King," Ison said.

"He was the heart and soul of the club and for a young man who learned a lot of things along the way, he did well to keep everyone happy.

"He touched so many people so you wish he could see how everyone's acting now he's gone."

The 14-year age difference did little to dampen Ison and Roods' ability to almost always be the last ones to leave the pub on any night of the week.

"He was the life of the party," Ison said.

"He was kind-hearted, genuine and honest; it's hard to put it all into words."

Ged Roods is the son of Karen and the late Danny Roods and much-loved grandson of Monica.

Touching: Community members have paid tribute to Ged Roods.

Touching: Community members have paid tribute to Ged Roods.

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