The Sydney Metropolitan Zone’s Alliman Shield competition is named in honour of Alec ‘Curly’ Alliman.
Curly Alliman, the 1955 NSW Spearfishing Champion, was attending the USFA outing at Malabar on March 11th 1956 and while wearing Scuba was walking up the hill behind the Anzac Rifle Range when he collapsed and died of a heart attack. He was only 26 and had recently passed a medical prior to enlisting in the army.
The following tribute was published in the Australian Skindiving and Spearfishing Digest:-
Whatever our colour, creed or sport, somewhere, sometime we must all leave this world. That is inevitable.
When a man reaches his six score and 10 he is prepared to go, but when it strikes a healthy, happy-go-lucky club mate of 26, there seems a tragic waste. “Curly” Alliman was a club mate in every respect of the word, a good spearman and aqualunger, ready to lend a hand when work was to be done.
Always smiling, Curly’s passing is a big loss to his friends and club.
The first heat for the “Curly” Alliman Memorial Trophy was held on Sunday 8th July 1956 at Bilgola.
It attracted 64 entries with all clubs represented, but with only three feet visibility only four fish were weighed-in, two small groper, one drummer and a Sergeant Baker.
The newly formed St. George club was declared the winner with D. Rowlands 1st with 20 points and N. Shaw 2nd with 6 points.
A meeting following the weigh in confirmed the following rules to apply for future Alliman Trophy competitions:-
- Staring time shall be from 10AM – finishing time 2PM.
- That the next seven monthly meetings will be conducted by the Branch Club’s Captains, who with their committees, will set down the programme for the day and attend to all amenities etc.
The August Day Outing will be in the hands of “Parramatta”.
- Boundaries. No boundaries for monthly competitions, except State Championships.