Hawks line up for Kon Demos

Tyson Demos (far right) joins teammates in paying tribute to his father before tonight's game against Cairns. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
Tyson Demos (far right) joins teammates in paying tribute to his father before tonight's game against Cairns. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
Hawks' fans, including Dragons player Jamie Soward (front row middle) bow their heads for a minute's silence.

Hawks' fans, including Dragons player Jamie Soward (front row middle) bow their heads for a minute's silence.

August 1996: Illawarra Red Devils reserve grade coach Kon with players Jared Mills, Francis Cullimore and Col Ballard.

August 1996: Illawarra Red Devils reserve grade coach Kon with players Jared Mills, Francis Cullimore and Col Ballard.

Late 1970s: Kon working for a fruit shop.

Late 1970s: Kon working for a fruit shop.

1979: Fronting the Illawarra rugby league judiciary.

1979: Fronting the Illawarra rugby league judiciary.

1988: Playing for Wests in a trial game.

1988: Playing for Wests in a trial game.

2000: John Neden, Les Thompson, Sam Davey, Royce Ayliffe and Kon at a get-together for Sam at Illawarra Leagues Club.

2000: John Neden, Les Thompson, Sam Davey, Royce Ayliffe and Kon at a get-together for Sam at Illawarra Leagues Club.

May 2011: Shannan Taylor with trainer Brad Gallagher and supporters Kon, and Shaun Tobin.

May 2011: Shannan Taylor with trainer Brad Gallagher and supporters Kon, and Shaun Tobin.

1978: The Illawarra Division team decked out for an Amco Cup game. Kon is second from the front right.

1978: The Illawarra Division team decked out for an Amco Cup game. Kon is second from the front right.

August 2004: Wollongong Bulls coaches Shaun Wessel and Kon.

August 2004: Wollongong Bulls coaches Shaun Wessel and Kon.

2003: At a Hawks board meeting.

2003: At a Hawks board meeting.

October 2011: Mili Simic, Kon and Dan Jackson at the Gigi's opening.

October 2011: Mili Simic, Kon and Dan Jackson at the Gigi's opening.

April 2005: Noreen Parrish, Sally Absalom, Joanne Joyce, Con Demos and Roger Parrish at Dominique Parrish's 40th birthday.

April 2005: Noreen Parrish, Sally Absalom, Joanne Joyce, Con Demos and Roger Parrish at Dominique Parrish's 40th birthday.

October 2011: Kobi Ruzzene with Kon and Tyson Demos at the opening of Gigi's.

October 2011: Kobi Ruzzene with Kon and Tyson Demos at the opening of Gigi's.

Wollongong guard Tyson Demos has bravely lined up alongside his Hawks teammates for tonight’s home game against Cairns.

Still coming to terms with the sudden passing of his father Kon, Demos stood with the Hawks for a minute’s silence just prior to tip-off.

The players and coaches wore black armbands in memory of Kon, who died after collapsing at work on Monday afternoon. He was 54.

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Kon was a top Illawarra rugby league player in the 70s and 80s and remained well known in the community through his construction company and love of many sports.

‘‘He was, as they say, larger than life and we’ll remember him,’’ Hawks chairman Peter Bahlmann told the Mercury during this week.

‘‘We know Tyson’s teammates, coaches and everyone involved with the Hawks will band together and provide support to Tyson at this sad and difficult time.’’

The Hawks have rallied closely around their 24-year-old teammate.

‘‘All of us feel for him,’’ forward Glen Saville said.

‘‘It’s up to us to support him as much as we can.’’

A funeral for Kon will be held on Wednesday at 10am at Hansen and Cole, Kembla Grange.