Vale Noreen Dalmau

09 May 2013

Noreen Dalmau, nee Evans, grew up in Brunswick, the eldest of 7 children.

(Mary) Noreen Dalmau 1916 – 2013 (Age 96) R.I.P. 

Noreen has been a lifelong fan of football, beginning when she was very young by supporting her father Jack, in their love of the Mighty Blues.

Rob Dalmau married Noreen in 1939 and together they raised a family of ten - 6 boys and 4 girls.

The connection with St Bernard’s College began in the late 50’s, when Noreen’s 2nd son began his secondary education. He was the first of 5 sons, Peter, Frank, Michael, Paul and Mark, 2 grandsons, Michael and Kyle and 2 nephews, Francis and Jack Coppinger, who so far have attended the college.

Noreen’s love of football extended to supporting her sons in their own football pursuits at school and afterwards. She enjoyed watching, was always supportive and invariably found a positive comment about her son’s game to impart.

Her connection with the ‘Old Boys’ actually began with her nephew, Francis Coppinger, who played in the club’s first year and was a member of our very first premiership side that won the 1963 ‘E Reserve’ Grade Premiership (just pipping the seniors for that honour as they won the main game later that day as well!) I believe her other nephew, Jack Coppinger, also played some footy for the club as well.

Three of Noreen’s sons played with the ‘Old Boys’.

Michael, a determined, physical type ruckman, played in the early 70’s, mainly in the 2’s but was starting to break through into the ones as he matured. However, he had his football career cut short by his business career in the rural hospitality industry.

Paul, a wing man, played over 200 games for the club, including being 21st man for our 1st ‘A Grade’ Flag in 1975 and recently was named in the team of the club’s second decade.

Noreen’s son-in-law, Vin Slater, was a member of the 1975 premiership team as well.

Mark, a rugged back man, also had his football career cut short by his career in hospitality. Mark was vice captain in the club’s 1st ever Under 17 team.

Present player, Kyle Dalmau, also a long striding wingman, continues to represent Noreen’s family on field at the club. Kyle was captain of ‘Miracle Mel’s’ Under 17 premiership side in 2005.

Regarding her own sporting achievements, I am told Noreen was a handy tennis player in her youth, and in later years she became an excellent lawn bowler, including having the honour of being President of the Maribyrnong Park Ladies Bowls Club.

Noreen was a strong but very loving person who was always prepared to go that extra mile for those in need and though she will be sadly missed, we celebrate her life and know she is now at peace.

Her funeral will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ascot Vale, at 11.30am on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013. 

Paul Dalmau