Gympie Cats also mourning death of Wayne Dover
THE Gympie Cats Australian Football Club is mourning the loss of an "all round top bloke", after a tragic incident on the weekend.
Former Cats senior player Wayne Dover died after being attacked outside a Maroochydore night club .
Three men in their 20s have been charged with the murder of the 45-year-old Kuluin man outside The Factory, at Sunshine Plaza.
Mr Dover had left the nightclub and was walking along the Riverwalk when he was allegedly set upon after an argument. Police allege he was knocked to the ground, then kicked and punched in an attack that lasted less than 20 seconds.
Gympie Cats senior coach Glen Warren said he was "gutted" when he heard of the death of his former team mate.
Mr Dover played three seasons with the Gympie Cats and left a lasting impression on the club.
"He was a great player and a great bloke," Mr Warren said. "It's a shame ... I'm gutted actually ... he was a nice genuine bloke.
"You met him and you liked him ... he was that sort of bloke."
Mr Warren said Mr Dover was well respected in Sunshine Coast Aussie Rules circles.
Even after leaving the Cats, he continued to mentor young Gympie players whenever he saw them play.
"He always took an interest in our young players," Mr Warren said.
"He will be sadly missed."
His death prompted an outpouring of grief from the Sunshine Coast Aussie Rules community, which hailed him as a universally loved "good bloke".
Mr Dover, known as Dozer to his mates, was a 1997 premiership-winning fullback with the Noosa Tigers.
He was the inaugural coach at the Northshore Jets in 2004, coached the Caloundra Panthers senior side, mentored the Noosa under-18s to a state title and was recently played with the Gympie Cats.
Born in Western Australia, he was a West Coast Eagles fan.
Police appealed for witnesses and hoped to talk to anyone who was in The Factory nightclub on Friday night.