On 11th November 2002 at 11.00am when the Nation were having a minutes silence for those men and women that lost their lives in fighting wars for their countries, the communities of the Hills District and Narrabeen were waiting for news on the survivors of a plane that had crashed in the Philippines on that Monday morning.
Later that evening it was confirmed that Sam aged 24, Tim aged 26 and 3 of their friends had lost their lives in this tragic accident.
Sam & Tim were just two young men living their lives to the fullest and with everything to live for. I had the greatest of pleasure in meeting the Coddington family in 1986 and today we still remain friends.
I coached Sam from an 8 year old (1986-2002). Sam was a robust centre with natural skills and the ability to go all the way in rugby. After playing junior ranks at Hills, Sam played for Parramatta Colts where he was an instant success. After colts, he returned to the Hills Club to play in the NSW Suburban Competition in years 2000 – 2002.
Sam throughout this years of Rugby was selected in various Parramatta Junior representative sides, along with Sydney Juniors at the age of 15.
Tim was a totally different rugby player, who played up front in the engine room. Tim’s size and ability to hold up the strongest opposition’s scrums was second to none.
Tim represented Parramatta at a Junior Rep level and then made the trek to Parramatta Colts were he was able to make his way through the ranks to the 1st grade team.
Tim also had a three-year stint at coaching one of the Hills clubs junior teams where he was admired by his players and was able to pass on many of his skills and knowledge. In year 2000 Tim returned to the Hills club to again play in the engine room, playing in the NSW Suburban competition, however after suffering some back problems was forced to give Rugby away in 2001.
The loyalties that these two men have shown to the Hills and Parramatta clubs needs to be bottled. While the brothers had played rugby together at school it was only made possible for them to return to Hills Club and play together due to the efforts of their close friend James Lovely who got Suburban Rugby at the Hills Club back on its feet after a few years absence.
It was decided that the Players Player Cups for 1st and 2nd Grade that are awarded at each round will now be names “The Coddington Cups” in memory of these two fine Hills Rugby men, who have served this club in the true spirit of rugby and mateship.
From 2002 – Craig Brinnand