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After siren hero killed in South Africa


It is with a heavy heart on the sad news of the death of South African Simphiwe “Stone” Mbhalo that we offer our condolences to the family, friends and the AFL South Africa community.  Details are scant but we believe he was shot and died aged just 24.

In the international footy community he is best known for kicking the after the siren goal in the International Cup match against Ireland in 2008.  For those unfamiliar with the moment the report of the match can be found here (and see the footage below).  He kicked two goals in that match and was named in the best players four times in the IC08 tournament.



He also played for the South Africa Lions at IC11 and was named in the best players in their match against the USA played at the Olympic Stadium (ANZ Stadium) in Sydney and again in the best playersin South Africa’s win over the Great Britain Bulldogs.

In 2010 he was named Best on Ground in the footyWILD National Championships Grand Final.   Stone had been a volunteer with AFL South Africa since 2010 in Nyanga and was made an AFLSA Community Development Coordinator in 2012.

AFLSA published the following notice on their website
1989 - 2014
"Your sudden death has touched our lives and hearts dear colleague. We will miss you very much but as our dear friend you live further in our hearts as a fountain of friendship"


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After siren hero killed in South Africa
Authored by: John Enright on Monday, January 20 2014 @ 06:50 am ACDT
RIP Stone - You broke our hearts in 2008 through no fault of your own!

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

John Enright
After siren hero killed in South Africa
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Monday, January 20 2014 @ 07:16 am ACDT

Well said John.  Might be too soon to ponder on such things (and by those in a position of authority on the matter) but maybe future Ireland vs South Africa matches might be played for the Stone Cup?

After siren hero killed in South Africa
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, January 22 2014 @ 08:03 am ACDT

Very sad indeed.  It's some small comfort to think he had such a wonderful high after that win.  I remember the day quite clearly, probably the most tumultuous, controversial and emotion packed moment in International Cup history.

When I read of his passing I immediately also thought of the death of PNG's Peter Meli:

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN