ON A day marked by tragedy, the family and friends of Jason Best gathered yesterday to remember him.
As a soccer enthusiast, it was only fitting Mr Best’s loved ones held a soccer match in his honour.
This is the second year since Mr Best’s death the memorial match has been held, and according to teammate and friend Simon Jago, it is something that is hoped will continue.
“He loved the game. He grew up playing and his kids play,” Mr Jago said.
“We wanted to think of a way we could remember him and this was a part of his family life.”
One of the teams was made up of Mr Best’s old teammates, including Mr Jago, and the other team was put together by Mr Best’s children, Brody, 17, and Shannon, 16.
Despite having experience on his side, Mr Jago wasn’t confident his team would beat the younger team and his predictions came true.
Brody and Shannon’s team won 9-6.
“The old fellas will keep coming back until we beat [the younger team],” Mr Jago said.
Brody and Shannon demonstrated they were their father’s children by choosing, yet again, a winning team and by Brody kicking the first goal of the game within the first couple of minutes.
Mr Best’s sister, Debbie Stones, hoped the memorial match would become a permanent fixture in their lives.
“[Mr Best] would be proud and pleased that they are remembering him this way.
“They are paying tribute to him in a way that he loved,” Mrs Stones said.
Mr Best’s mother, Kate, was reminded by all of the games she attended to watch her son play soccer.
“He’s been playing since he was four-and-a-half,” Mrs Best said.
“To see [his children] come out and do this for their dad, it’s great.”
HONOURING THEIR DAD: At the Jason Best Memorial Soccer Game held at Montello are three of Jason’s children (from left) Kyle, 14, Brody, 17, and Shannon, 16. Picture: Katrina Dodd.
Brody Best gets the ball past Burnie player Timmy Jarman to kick the first goal of the match.
Somerset player Bobby Eaves gets the ball away from his opponent Eli Luttmer.
Timmy Jarman defends against player Stuart Batt during the memorial game.
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