Sad story about Ben? Not that i know of. I know he was cut by the Warriors and went to Widnes. Cricket wise he could have gone onto higher senior honours he had gone with cricket instead of league. Ben has a younger brother Tim who is still with my old club Suburbs i think.
The rugby league community is rallying around former Vodafone Warrior Ben Lythe (pictured playing for the Vodafone Warriors in 2000) after his wife Mardie was seriously injured in a flying fox accident last week. Photo: Photosport.
Brother-in-law Nick Margison said Mardie had severed her spine in the fall.
“Tragically she is now a paraplegic and has zero chance of ever walking again,” he said.
“Her next four months will be spent in a spinal unit before returning home in a wheelchair.
“A trust fund has been set up so Ben can take time off work to look after their four kids and to find a rental without stairs that will allow wheelchair access to be built.”
Margison appealed to Lythe’s former team-mates at the Vodafone Warriors, the Mount Albert Lions and the Glenora Bears to contribute to the fund.
Former Vodafone Warriors Awen Guttenbeil is working with the old boys’ network to generate support for Warrior No 79 Lythe, who made five NRL appearances for the club in 2000, represented New Zealand Residents and played extensively on the Auckland club scene and in the old Bartercard Cup competition.
Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said the club would donate $5000 towards the fund.
“Our hearts go out to Ben, Mardie and their family at this terrible time,” he said.
Donations can be made via internet banking to:
Account name: Lythe Account No: 38-9007-0327920-01 List your name in reference field
72 Scott Pethybridge - Coach of the Narrabeen Sharks A Grade team. Link Still coach of the Narrabeen Sharks A Grade team. https://www.narrabeensharks.com.au/#/coaches-managers/4577724114 Scott also owns a Labour Hire company in Western Sydney in the Blacktown area. Cant track the companies...
As per our last update Ben is still landscaping and building but he's remarried and living in the Bay of Plenty.
Deckedout NZ is a family run business that prides themselves on detailed workmanship and building strong relationships with their clients to achieve their design goals. Ben Lythe brings over 25 years of landscape building and design experience to the Bay of Plenty. Ben is able to problem solve and adapt any outdoor and indoor space including decks, pool surrounds, fences, pergolas and more.
Lynn works the admininistration side of the business and enjoys communciation with clients throughout the project process. She has a background in education and currently helps run the business from their home in Tauranga, whilst caring for their 3 little people, Benny, Flynn and Olly. Ben and Lynn are nature lovers and are learning how to be more sustainable in their day to day lives. They are proud, new franchise owners of Tauranga Biform solid composite decking and are excited to pair Biform’s sustainable ethos and building practices into their business, “saving the planet, one deck at a time.”