Ray Clifford SCHUBERG
New South Wales Police Force
Class 195 from Redfern Academy
Regd. # 20999
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 3 June 1983
Constable 1st Class – appointed 3 June 1988
Senior Constable – death
Stations: Mona Vale ( 1983 ), Warilla, Albion Park
Service: From ? ? pre June 1983? to 24 November 1997 = 13+ years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: 20 May 1960
Event date: 23 November 1997 – early a.m.
Event location: Crown St, Wollongong, NSW
Died on: 24 November 1997
Death location: Wollongong Hospital
Cause: Assault – Murder downgraded
Funeral date: 28 November 1997
Funeral location: ?
Buried at: Wollongong Lawn Cemetery, Wylie Rd, Kembla Grange
Grave location: Lawn 1, Row L, Plot 4
Memorial Location: NSW Police Memorial Wall – Police Centre, Sydney – details were added to Wall at the 2nd dedication ceremony on Sunday 25 September 2016
Senior Constable Ray Schuberg died about 5.30pm on the 24 November 1997 when life support was turned off at Wollongong Hospital after being bashed by Christopher O’Rourke who is a football coach for Figtree, during the early hours of Sunday morning, 23 November, 1997, in Crown St, Wollongong.
Ray was Off Duty at the time of the event and struck his head on the footpath after being punched by O’Rourke.
Mate to take on mate to boost charity
| IT will be mate against mate on Sunday when the Wollongong branch of the NSW Police Association holds its second annual charity rugby league match in North Wollongong.The match, for the Chief Inspector Graham Donnelly Memorial Cup, pits the Wollongong Police Station Falcons against the Lake Illawarra Police Station Lions to help raise funds for NSW Police Legacy and local PCYCs.
Several trophies will be presented on the day along with the Chief Inspector Graham Donnelly Memorial Cup.
They are for the Sergeant Nick Skomarow Player of Match, Senior Constable Ray Shuberg Memorial Touch Game and the Sergeant Colin Stevenson Memorial Tug of War.
All trophies are named after police officers who had died in the last decade.
Part of the proceeds of the day go to help the families, widows and children, of these officers.
Recent wet weather meant the game has been moved to the soccer ground near the PCYC in North Wollongong. The gates will now open at 2pm on Sunday with the main game starting at 3pm.
Sergeant Robert Minns said it was also a family day with activities for children and a display of new and vintage police vehicles.
“Last year we raised $6000 with the goal of $10,000 this year.
“It is a gold coin donation to come and watch,” Sgt Minns said.
He said PCYC did great work in the community and the NSW Policy Legacy helped hundreds of people each year.
He said it helped a lot more people than many realised.
Officers honoured in sport
WOLLONGONG and Lake Illawarra police officers battled it out during a sports day to honour fallen comrades and raise funds.
The Graeme Donnelly Memorial Cup Fund-raiser for Police Legacy (Police Bushfire Appeal) and PCYC on October 22 drew more than 800 spectators and raised almost $6000.
The event was a fitting memorial day for Kiama’s Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly, Sergeant Nick Skomarow and Senior Constable Ray Schuberg.
It involved a fierce tug-of-war won by the heavyweight Wollongong team, which had three members weighing more than 120 kilograms each. The Wollongong team also won the Senior Constable Ray Schuberg Memorial touch football game.
Senior Constable Schuberg died in 1997, and a memorial trophy was made in his honour for touch football between the emergency services, but hasn’t been played since 2002.
The main game of rugby league featured Wollongong recruiting guest player, former Australian representative Paul McGregor, while the Lake Illawarra team turned to former Australian halfback John Simon.
Both teams had a few other ring-ins and the game was played hard, like police football used to be played.
The Wollongong Falcons did well to hold out a strong Lake team and win the game by only two points. The Sergeant Nick Skomarow Man of the Match award went to Fletcher Wyver.
Inspector Donnelly and Sergeant Skomarow‘s families attended and presented the awards.
Coppers pull strings for footy trophy
|Wollongong and Lake Illawarra police officers battled it out during a recent sports day to honour fallen comrades and raise funds for worthy organisations.The Graeme Donnelly Memorial Cup Fund-raiser for Police Legacy (Police Bushfire Appeal) and PCYC on October 22 drew more than 800 spectators and raised almost $6000.The day was a fitting memorial day for Kiama’s Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly (Wollongong Local Area Command), Sergeant Nick Skomarow (Wollongong LAC) and Senior Constable Ray Schuberg.The fun included a fierce tug-of-war competition won by the Wollongong team, which had three members weighing more than 120 kilograms each.
The Wollongong team also won the Senior Constable Ray Schuberg Memorial touch footy game.
Senior Constable Schuberg tragically died in 1997 and a memorial trophy was made in his honour for touch footy between the emergency services but it hasn’t been played for since 2002.
Organisers were “thrilled” to use the trophy again and remember “a good copper who loved his touch footy”.
In the main game of rugby league Wollongong recruited former Australian representative Paul McGregor, while the Lake Illawarra team turned to former Australian halfback John Simon.
Both teams had a few other “ring-ins” and the game was played hard and tough, like police footy used to be.
The Wollongong Falcons did well to hold out a strong Lake team and win the game by only two points.
The Sergeant Nick Skomarow Man of the Match award went to Fletcher Wyver.
The families of Inspector Donnelly and Sergeant Skomarow attended the event and were presented awards.
On 22 October the Wollongong and Lake Illawarra Branches of PANSW conducted a sports day. The day was fitting memorial day for C/Insp Graeme Donnelly, Sergeant Nick Skomarow as well as the late S/Cst Ray Schuberg. The captains of the teams were Phil Bunker for Wollongong and Paul Winston for Lake Illawarra. Both members did a great job in putting the teams together and playing their part in organising the event.
There were close to 800 spectators on the day when the main game started with approximately $6000 dollars raised. Most of this money went to Police Legacy and moved into the Police Bush Fire Appeal. An amount was donated to the local PCYC club as well. There were some great local sponsors of the day including H.Parsons Funeral Directors, Collegians Rugby League Club, PANSW Panel Solicitor Chris Nikolovski Lawyers, Cleary Bros, West Wollongong Rotary and other local companies.
The day involved a Tug a War competition. The Wollongong team stacked with nine members who were all over the 100kg mark. The Wollongong team made the tonne and some more on top. The Lake team had no chance with an average weight of about 85kg except a couple of their team but they know who they are. Wollongong team defeated the Lake team in record time but when it was suggested it should be the best of five attempts both teams walked off exhausted. The Captain of the Wollongong Team Anthony Collier, when he received the trophy, acknowledged the good fight the Lake team put up but they had no chance against the big Wollongong Team.
The next part of the day was the S/Cst Ray Schuberg Memorial Touch Footy Game. Ray worked at Wollongong. He was a great street Police Officer and a good bloke who loved his touch footy. Ray tragically died in 1997 and a memorial trophy was made in his honour for touch footy between the emergency services but hasn’t been played since 2002. This was a great time to use the trophy again and remember a good copper that Ray was.
Again this was a hard fought game with a speedy Brain Rice and Pete Roncato the standouts for the winning Wollongong Team. Daryl Smith formed Lake and now PTC and Cate Johnston from the PCYC were the standouts for the Lake Team.
The game was won by Wollongong with all members again looking pretty exhausted. The captain of the winning team Darrell Buckman, who wasn’t working at Wollongong when Ray died but was informed of the tragic circumstances of his death, stated it was a great honour to play in the touch footy game and to honour and remember Ray.
The main game of rugby league was one tough game with some massive hits ups which got the emotions of both teams boiling over at times. It was played like rugby league of old, nothing fancy. The Wollongong Team’s guest player was former Australian centre Paul McGregor who has still got it. The Lake Illawarra Team had former Australian half back John Simmon who still has the ball skills. The coaches were Commissioned Officer Delegate Brian Wyver who was the patron on the day and Life Member of the Wollongong Falcons Police Rugby League Club. Wollongong also had Former Sgt Barry Doherty as manager and Joe Davidson as head masseur who is the father of two NSW Police Officers, Jackie and Matt. Lake coach was Det/Sgt Steve Worthington who was a tough second rower in first grade for the Illawarra Steelers in his youth.
Both teams had a few “ring ins” along the way, which made the game even more interesting. The score went back and forth over the three quarters of 20 minutes each with Paul and John weaving their magic for both teams. Due to the high intensity and the average age of both teams there were a lot of bench changes. In the end the Wollongong Falcons won by two points which showed how close the game was.
The Sgt Nick Skomarow Man of the Match award went to Fletcher Wyver. Captain Phil Bunker took possession of the Graeme Donnelly Memorial Cup and thanked all the players for their efforts and for the big turnout by the spectators.
The families of Graeme and Nick were in attendance with Graeme’s son Brad Dean playing a good strong game. Graeme’s wife Kerry was presented with Graeme’s Police Board and Nick’s wife Coralie was presented with a framed “Wall to Wall” board. It was great game and a great day for a great cause.
The second annual Graeme Donnelly Cup will be held on Sunday the 10th of August 2014 and will no doubt be bigger and better than last year.