PASSING OF BARLA UNDER 23 INTERNATIONAL JORDAN WELSBY
BARLA have been made aware of the passing of Blackbrook ARLFC’s Jordan Welsby 26yrs who passed away on New Years Eve, Thursday 31st December 2020, following an accident on Prescott Road, St Helens on Boxing Day 26th December.
BARLA would like to pass on their condolences at this sad time to Jordan’s parents Nicky and Tony, his brother Callum, girlfriend Laura, his family and friends, including all those at his club and those within the amateur game who played with and against him who knew him. BARLA’s thoughts are with them all at this sad time.
Jordan a former BARLA Great Britain Under 23’s international began playing rugby league at Pilkington Recs at the age of six in their Under 7’s side spending a couple of years there before following his brother Callum to Blackbrook Royals.
Jordan had a year at Portico Vine ARLFC U16’s due to the Royals not fielding a team at this age group, culminating in Portico winning the 2010 BARLA Under 16’s National Cup, before returning to his beloved Brook for the rest of his career at Under 18’s.
Jordan a talented half back made his first team debut for the open age team Blackbrook ARLFC at 18yrs of age in April 2011 when then coach Mark Lee brought him into the side for the ‘derby’ game at Shevington Sharks ARLFC.
Jordan produced a man of the match display scoring a try and converting a goal from the touchline. Jordan went on to play over one hundred games, including many with his brother Callum, scoring 37 tries and kicking 74 goals.
Jordan gained representative honours whilst at the club firstly representing Lancashire in the BARLA Three Counties Championship, which led to the ultimate selection of representing his country in the BARLA Great Britain Lions Under 23’s side on their unbeaten tour to Jamaica in 2016.
The successful side won all three games culminating in a 46-0 success over Jamaica which saw Jordan contribute with a 100% record of three goals from three.
BARLA Vice Chair,
“On behalf of BARLA I would like to would like to pass on their condolences at this sad time to Jordan’s parents Nicky and Tony his brother Callum, girlfriend Laura, his family and friends. Also to all those at his club and all those within the amateur game who played with and against him who knew him. BARLA’s thoughts are with them all at this sad time.
“Jordan began playing rugby league career at Pilkington Recs before moving onto Blackbrook. He stayed there until moving to Portico Panthers and winning the BARLA National Cup before returning to the Blackbrook.
“Playing for their Under 18 side he made his first team debut at that age and went on to represent in county Lancashire before achieving the ultimate honour of representing his country with the BARLA Great Britain Lions Under 23’s when they toured Jamaica in 2016.
“He will be missed by all which is shown from all the messages and tributes within press and social media and BARLA echo those thoughts and thanks his family assistance in putting this release together.
BARLA Media Manager