WAGGA'S Harlequins Hockey Club is mourning the loss of a legend after Cary Antill died suddenly last week.
The club life member passed away in Canberra Hospital on Monday last week, just a day short of his 60th birthday.
The news prompted Wagga-based deputy prime minister and former teammate Michael McCormack to post his condolences to his family and friends.
Former teammate Kevin Watson said he was an institution of the club.
"I'd known him since he was in juniors and he was quite a good player in his heyday, well respected by his opposition and his teammates," Watson said.
"He was a forward but more a worker than a goal scorer. He could score goals, don't worry about that, but strikers still have to go back and defend."
Watson said Antill's mother, Fay, had requested club members form a guard of honour at his funeral this Friday, but said current social distancing restrictions could be an obstacle.
"I've been talking to the funeral parlour about that and we don't know if it's going to be possible because only allowed 40 people outside or 20 people inside," Watson said.
"Hopefully we can work something out."
The funeral for the man dubbed 'Scary' will begin at 2pm, with relatives and friends invited to view the funeral via livestream at https://funeralsofwaggawagga.com.au/ser/cary-wayne-antill.