Vince Maher

2009 State Volunteer of the Year - Vince Maher

Friday, April 23, 2010

Vince has been with the Murrabit FC for 50 years.  He is a life member and has served the club in many capacities. After his playing & coaching days were finished he took on the role of head trainer, a position that he still holds today.  At 72 years of age, Vince’s enthusiasm is still very strong as he performs his work on all grades of footballers and netballers, both at training nights and on game day. Vince has also been head trainer for the Golden Rivers Football League during interleague matches for the past 15 years.  Vince has been a long standing committee member of the Murrabit Football Cub and he was the driving force behind the construction of our fantastic community sporting complex.

In his long serving role as the maintenance supervisor, his foresight and innovative ideas have resulted in many other additions, upgrades and repairs to the Club’s amenities.

His contribution to the Murrabit Football Club and Golden Rivers Football League is unprecedented.

ACHEIVEMENTS:

  • Vince played for 10 years with other clubs prior to Murrabit
  • Played over 150 games from 1960-75 (including 4 premierships)
  • Coached reserves to 2 premierships during the 60’s
  • Head Trainer 1976 – current (including interleague matches for the past 15 years)
  • Committee Member 1963 – current
  • Life member
  • Winner of the Sports Focus Award – 2000
  • Winner of the Golden Rivers FL Les Pay Memorial Award – 2004
  • Worksafe VCFL ‘Country Football Legend’ – June 2009

Vince has been a strong community leader of Murrabit being involved the local tennis club, golf club, hall, fire brigade, scouts, school, church and as a Justice of the Peace.

He has been associated with the Murrabit Recreation Reserve Committee from 1960 to 1975 and President from 1975 to 2009.

Vince’s work with the Recreation Reserve has been instrumental in the construction of many facilities, principally the Murrabit Sporting Complex which is the home of the ‘Blues’. The facilities at Murrabit are a credit to Vince and the committee he leads, which are on a par to other much larger towns.

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