Robert Attard mourned. Kavallieri share memories

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 13:30

Kavallieri RFC and the whole Malta rugby confraternity are going through a very sad moment following the news that their friend and fellow rugby player, Robert Attard, has perished following a tragic motoring accident. At the tender age of 18, Robert was a promising youth player who was gradually gaining ground into the senior squad. Knowing that the medical condition of Robert was desperate, the majority of Kavallieri players yesterday evening paid a visit to the blood centre to donate blood. Later that same evening, as a big family, they met at their club house to unite spiritually in their prayers for Robert and his family.

Some of the Kavallieri members wanted to share their memories and thoughts of Robert.

Robert Attard in action for Kavallieri

Robert Attard in action for Kavallieri

“A smile, a bright prospect, talking eyes, an intelligent character. Family, loved ones, friends and our Club, we all saw you part of big plans and projects. We were wrong as our Lord had other plans. We still cannot understand. I saw you grow through your teenage journey which stopped just a while ago. Kavallieri RFC is a family, our second family, and the demise of one of our younger members is a big loss, but you will always be here with us, in our hearts, in our souls. Robert you are one of the first ‘Kavallier’ from our Club to leave this world and one way or another there will be others joining you, but your memories and spiritual presence will be part of us forever. Robert we miss you so much.”
Brian Miller – President Kavallieri RFC

“I will remember Robert as a courageous, young player who was always looking to improve his game. Ultimately I trusted Robert to make the right decisions under pressure that is why he made his debut for the 1st team at the relatively young age of 18 years in the pivotal position of fly half. To see him executing the game plan on that day was a great sight and I believed then he had the potential to one day play for his country. But I always tried to ‘keep his feet on the ground’ to try and protect him, as like any real young talent they are vulnerable. Unfortunately it was not to be and my main regret is I never told him how much I appreciated his talents, effort and above all else his love for his team mates and the sport of rugby in general”.
Matt Emmerson – Ex UK Premiership Player and Championship Coach

“Robert Attard was an very solar and energetic youth always wearing a smile. always amusing those around and ready to accept a joke played on him, he knew how to discuss serious but you’d also expect the sarcastic moment.
This year i had the opportunity to be one of his teachers at the Higher Secondary in Naxxar. He knew how to entertain his fellow student whilst retaining his attention at what’s happening and contributing to the lectures. he respected at all times his lecturers and his friends.
This same character he carried on the rugby field. Although he started playing rugby in the recent years, he was always to be seen running around with a rugby ball and never missing an opportunity the pass ball with his friends. In short time he was leading his fellow youth rugby players as well as the Kavallieri’s 10s team. He had become a real “Kavallier”.
His departure will leave a vacuum within those who knew him. I thank God for the opportunity to have known him as a student and as a fellow Kavallieri member.
Steeve Jones – lecturer and friend to Robert”

“I have coached Robert for the past 2 years within the Kavallieri youths setup and this year was his first year with the senior team. He was a very promising player and hoped that he would have had a bright future with our club. He loved the game very much and always wanted rugby to grow in malta. As a person he was out going and was always there when you needed him. Good or bad, he always handled things with a big smile on his face. He always knew what he wanted in life and tried his best to obtain it. I will miss him a lot on and off the pitch, as a teammate and as a friend.
Joseph Cutajar – Kavallieri RFC Youth Coach”

Kavallieri RFC along with all the Malta rugby community would like to express the deepest condolences to the Attard family.

The editor and contributors of would also like to extend their heartfelt condolences to Robert Attard’s family and friends.

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