Moving match tribute to Forrestfield United footballer Marko Banjac


Players observe a minute’s silence before the match. Picture: Bruce Hunt d472485
Players observe a minute’s silence before the match. Picture: Bruce Hunt d472485

Family and friends have farewelled Forrestfield United footballer Marko Banjac, who died late last month after falling from a 20m wall while holidaying in Monaco on the French Riveria.

The 27-year-old from Lesmurdie was on holidays with his older brother to visit relatives in Serbia and was making a side trip to Monaco to catch up with former university colleagues before returning to Australia.

The Forrestfield United Soccer Club paid tribute to the footballer by holding a pre-match memorial ceremony before its match against the South West Phoenix on Saturday. Players were led on to the field by a lone piper prior to the match at Hartfield Park.

Marko had played for the football club since he was seven years old. His father Rod Banjac is head coach and technical director of the club.

Scores of mourners attended Marko’s funeral service at the Serbian Orthodox Church of Holy Trinity in Perth last Friday.