THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Local rugby fraternity mourns passing of Maria Cotter

RUGBY: Rugby enthusiasts from not only Phuket and Thailand but from around Asia will this week pay their final respects to Maria Cotter, who sadly passed away in the early hours of last Friday (Jan 26) after being severely ill for several months.

Rugby
By Matt Pond

Tuesday 30 January 2018, 09:46AM


Maria Cotter. Photo: Supplied

Maria Cotter. Photo: Supplied

Alongside her brother Pat Cotter, Maria was a key reason for the success of the annual Phuket International Rugby 10s, which this year will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

However, in addition to her dedication to the 10s, Maria was a founding member of the Black Rose MC, a long-time member of the Khao Lak community and a good friend of ANMC Khao Lak, regarded as a sister to them.

In a recent post on the ANMC Khao Lak Facebook page, they announced that following Maria’s recent admission to a hospital in Chiang Mai, that last Thursday (Jan 25) they were to organise a big tombola at The Story Bar in Khao Lak to help with Maria’s medical costs.

Sadly just the day after it was announced that Maria had passed away.

Since Maria’s passing was announced last Friday tributes have been flying in from near and far, one such tribute posted via The Rugby Lovers Guide to Asia read, “The Rugby Lovers Guide to Asia is saddened to hear of the recent passing of a true legend and friend Maria Cotter. Alongside her brother Pat, Maria was a key reason for the success of the Phuket 10s. I fondly recall how Maria shepherded the referees and myself too and from Thanyapura daily and the hilarious barbs that were exchanged between herself and some mischievous refs. Maria more then held her own, and provided us with wonderful entertainment on that 35 minute car ride. Last year I had the privilege of getting to know Maria during a couple of conversations and appreciated her commitment to Phuket 10s, the ACF and her brother Pat.

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET

“Maria will be sorely missed by everyone who knows her, and we send our thoughts and prayers to Pat, all of Maria’s close friends and family.”

Maria’s cremation ceremony is to be held on Friday morning (Feb 2) at Wat Boon Ruang Champawai in the northern province of Phayao.

Pat has also told The Phuket News that following Maria’s passing the main cup to be won at the Phuket International Rugby 10s will from this year onwards be renamed to the Maria Memorial Trophy.

The Phuket News passes on its condolences to Pat and his family at this time.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket van driver falls asleep at the wheel, slams into street lamp

Judging by the way these van driver drive I thought they were all asleep at the wheel...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

I am sitting in car at right side, the way you have to Drive Thru should be the other way around whe...(Read More)


Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

"Typical Thai low life scum...." Once again, feel the love from P44!...(Read More)


Phuket van driver falls asleep at the wheel, slams into street lamp

Here we see the RTP nationality discrimination thinking. A few days ago a Philippina lady was charg...(Read More)


Hanoi ‘must end eating of dogs before Formula 1 arrives’

We learnt here that dogs can actively help the mentally handicapped,the lonely and even those with a...(Read More)


Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

Typical Thai low life scum, extorting foreigners seems like a national past time, they should be mad...(Read More)


Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

Really, so before it was made a protected national forest it was okay to charge "foreigner"...(Read More)


Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

Freedom Beach has been a few years ago also under the 'Authorities' magnify glass. For same ...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

.... Already more than a year you not have to fill out any form for 90 day report. The Immigration ...(Read More)