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Maurie moving on

Friday, 14th March, 2014

Former footy umpire Maurie Hetherton has blown full-time on his stay in Broken Hill and will move back to Cairns with wife Margaret next month. Former footy umpire Maurie Hetherton has blown full-time on his stay in Broken Hill and will move back to Cairns with wife Margaret next month.

By Ethan James

If you’ve played Aussie Rules or had a hit of golf any time in past decade, chances are you’ve crossed paths with Maurie Hetherton. 

Among other pursuits, Maurie has been a football umpire, Shinglebacks’ member and South Golf Club administrator. For the past four years he has been the club’s president.

But after an enjoyable time in the Silver City, he is moving back to Cairns. 

“We have enjoyed our time in Broken Hill the last ten years, especially being involved with the South Golf Club,” Maurie said.

“We have made many friends at the club and hope they keep supporting the club.

“I was a keen golfer before coming here but had never played on a dirt course before, so that was a bit of a challenge. 

“We would like to thank all the members that have volunteered their help with improvements to our clubhouse and work on our course and any other tasks.”

Born in Melbourne, Maurie and his wife Margaret moved to Broken Hill for family reasons but didn’t anticipate staying for this long.

“I was rapt in Broken Hill but I like the outback. Everyone is really friendly,” he said. 

“We didn’t envisage going back either, but we thought we would like to spend time with our grandkids.”

He arrived in 2004 and became involved in the footy umpiring ranks as a goal, boundary and field umpire. 

The former Albury-Wodonga junior ump also played for the Shinglebacks footy team. 

Maurie, who works at the hospital as a Grade Three Assistant, was one of the driving forces behind the team’s now-annual trip out of town - something he says he’ll miss dearly. 

“I was playing Superrules Football (a modified version for over-35 players) before coming here,” he said. 

“When I first joined and got talking about some of the carnivals, everyone seemed to jump at the idea. They were always great fun.”

He is planning to hire a removalist truck to make the 2,500 kilometre trek north.

“The drive won’t be too bad. I’ve got relations all the way up through the journey. 

“I’ll definitely come back for a visit when I can to catch up with all the great folk in town... even the Shinglebacks.

“We would like to mention the many friends we made through our sporting activities including the Shinglebacks, golf, dart and bowls.

Maurie and Margaret will be holding a farewell function on Saturday, March 22 at the South Golf Club. 

A courtesy bus will be available to take people home.

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