A GOORNONG boy has been remembered as a fun-loving young man and a talented cricketer after he was killed in a tragic crash.
Sixteen-year-old Jye Eiffert has been spoken of as a great kid, who loved his mates.
He had played sport for several clubs, including the Bendigo Cricket Club, the Maiden Gully YCW Football Netball Club and the North Bendigo Football Netball Club.
His cricket coach Mark Ryan said Jye always had a smile on his face and could laugh at his own antics. But he was also a competitor, who cared how he performed, Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan remembered the confidence Jye gained in himself after he made a century in a match in 2019.
Mr Ryan had known Jye since he began with the BCC in the under-11s. He said Jye was a talented all-rounder at cricket, an aggressive batsman and quick bowler.
Mr Ryan said his friends already missed Jye.
"He was sort of like the glue that everyone gravitated to. They're totally devastated," he said.
"He always wanted to just be a part of things, and just live life and have fun."
Jye's football coach Ben Dyett said Jye was a great kidwho could have been anything in the game.
Mr Dyett coached Jye and his mates when they played for North Bendigo under-17s, then when they moved over to Maiden Gully YCW Football Netball Club.
He remembered Jye as a respectful young boy with a pleasant nature, who loved children.
Mr Dyett joked Jye was going to be his project child, with talent, but a cheeky tendency to avoid the hard work at training where he could.
"He had plenty of skill but he was a young boy playing in an age level two years higher. It was hard for him, but he could certainly play the game," he said.
"He just loved being with all the boys. He was always the first one at training even though he lived at Goornong and we trained out at Maiden Gully."
Maiden Gully YCW FNC president Chris Garlick said the club's thoughts were with the families of the boys involved in the crash, their friends and the wider community.
A GoFundMe has been set up to support Jye's family with funeral costs.
Will be missed. Contagious grin.
Rest easy sweetheart. May everyone's love be of comfort to your family and friends at this time xx
RIP Jye so sad your life was taken away so quickly i support Kaye and Aidren through the tough time
jye, i was just lucky enough to meet you at Damiens. you where always happy and smiling, joking around or laughing at ray. rest in paradise, and don't sesh too hard
All at Bendigo CC loved you very much Jye, and you have left an indelible mark our hearts. You remain a part of our family today and forever, we will remember you always. Until we meet again, bye for now mate
Jye it was always a pleasure having your smiling face around at our place. Fly high young lad. Sending love to your family up the road. Xx
Fliss, Pete, Morgan and Hamish, up the road in Goornong.
Taken to soon, You will never be forgotten by those who knew you. Our thoughts are with your family and friends. Fly high mate. Forever young! Xoxo