Tribute after tragedy

Members of the Scarborough Junior Football Club pay tribute to teammate Mo Maslin. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper
Members of the Scarborough Junior Football Club pay tribute to teammate Mo Maslin. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper

Scotch College yesterday briefed teachers on how to deal with students arriving back today from school holidays to the news Year 7 student Mo Maslin (12) will not be returning.

A school spokeswoman said all years would be briefed today with counselling services in place for the students.

Deanmore Primary School, where the two youngest Maslin children, Evie (10) and Otis (8) attended, held a closed assembly yesterday, also offering counselling to students.

Scarborough Junior Football Club president Stephen Cross said Mo loved his football and playing with his mates and was a well-respected and loved club member.

‘We’re a close-knit club and families are all pulling together to work our way through this tragedy,’ he said.

‘These kids that were down there on Sunday, to see them get through what they had to after losing one of their mates, it was a credit to them. It shows how strong the team is.’

Scarborough JFC coach Troy Ramshaw told ABC Radio yesterday the club rallied on Sunday behind Anthony ‘Mas’ Maslin and Rin Norris over the loss of their three children and Ms Norris’ father Nick Norris.

‘Probably one of the most courageous acts I’ve ever seen was for Mas and the family and Rin to walk out on to that ground and Mas actually addressed the boys before we set those balloons off and some of his words were unbelievable. It was heartbreaking,’ Mr Ramshaw said.

– Riding for the Disabled Association WA paid tribute to Carine coach Dafne Nieveen via social media on Sunday.

Ms Nieveen was also travelling on Malaysian Airline flight MH 17.

‘Dafne will be greatly missed by all at RDA Carine and in RDAWA and our thoughts and prayers are with her partner Werner and all her family and friends near and far,’ it said.