VALE MAURIE CONSIDINE
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maurie Considine overnight.
Maurie is one of the absolute legends of the Old Paradians Football Club. He joined the Club in 1949 as a 17 year old, and in an interview in 2014 he stated that this was the first time he’d ever played competitive footy. Two years later he opened his premiership account, as a full-back in our 1951 side. The Club’s first premiership. Apart from the premiership success, he says “cold showers” is his enduring memory of the football club around that time. “If your feet were warm, it meant the urinal was blocked”.
One year later, and just three years after playing his first “real game”, Maurie was recruited by Hawthorn, playing 37 games between 1952 and 1956. After hanging up the boots, he went on to coach four senior VAFA premierships (three in A Grade) across eight seasons, handing over the reigns to John Booth in 1966, when Maurie was asked back to the Hawks as an assistant coach. A role he held until 1971. He returned to the OPs in official capacity in 1985 as President, when just 12 months later he oversaw a treble of Premierships in the Under 19s, Reserves and Seniors. He was named as coach in our Team Of The Century.
Off the field, Maurie started a successful logistics company named Secon in 1969. Secon have been a incredibly generous supporter of the Club in all of those years, through Maurie at first, but then his sons Brendon, Matt, Paul, Terry (dec.) and Vin. In his post-work and post-football life, Maurie was a regular at the Club, especially on function days, when he would politely ask anyone, after the formalities were completed, if the television could be switched over to Sky Channel so he could keep an eye on the races.
On behalf of the Players, Members, Sponsors and Supporters, the Committee of the Old Paradians Football Club would like to send our sincere condolences to the entire Considine family at this very sad time.
May he Rest In Peace