Much-loved Valley basketball figure being remembered fondly
The Latrobe Valley basketball community has been saddened by the loss of one of the region's most passionate supporters of the game.
Tributes are being paid to Joe Brouns, after the Morwell Basketball Association announced the passing of its much-loved president, mentor, life member and friend.
"It is difficult to put into words the sense of loss and sadness Joe’s passing brings to Morwell Basketball and the many players, coaches and friends that have been a part of Joe’s life throughout the years," the MBA said in a statement on its Facebook page.
"Joe was a champion player at Junior, Senior and Representative level and has coached and mentored countless players and coaches, both from our region and as part of the Country Vic program.
"Along with all the work Joe performed coaching and mentoring, he worked tirelessly for many years on the Morwell committee and his leadership and guidance as our President will be missed enormously.
"Joe had one vision for the people and teams he coached and that was to help them be the best they could be.
"His infectious love of all things basketball, his basketball knowledge and guidance and his dedication to the Morwell Basketball Association is admired by all that knew him and will never be forgotten."
Many message of love for Joe, and to his family, are being left on the Morwell Basketball Association Facebook page.