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By Sam Rains, CLUB RUGBY TV
One of the hardest workers at the Northern Suburbs Rugby Club is not a name you would have heard unless you’ve been involved in the behind the scenes action of the club. The Northern Suburbs General Manager Jack Burey credits Richard Maude as the backbone of the rugby club and he has been for a long, long time.
Richard found his love of rugby when his father took him to North Sydney oval back in 1962 to watch a game. He enjoyed that experience so much he decided he wanted to be involved in any way he could and signed up as the ball boy. Richard played for Lane Cove for several years before giving it up. His passion for the game never left him though.
Richard returned as the team manager for Northern Suburbs in 1972, he started with third grade, moved his way up to second grade and from 1975-77 he was team manager for the Northern Suburbs first grade side. His first year in charge was the last time the Shoremen won the Intrust Super Shute Shield premiership until their triumphant return to the top in 2016.
Over those tough 45 years, Richard never left their side. He’d rarely miss a game and offered his help in any way possible. He currently looks after all the gear on game day and will operate as the touch judge, water boy and boll boy, wherever he’s needed.
Richard says, “I do it because I enjoy the whole game day of 4 grades, 3 colts and the culture of the Intrust Super Shield.”
“1975 was a fantastic memory, being part of the premiership team, the players made me feel so proud and involved, it was a huge effort from everyone. 2016 was a very special day for Norths, to see North Sydney oval packed with red and black everywhere and the way the team played on that day is something I will never forget.”
Richard has been involved in the club for over 50-years and has seen many players come through the club but there is one that sticks in his mind.
“Andy Stewart would be my pick. He’s just a relentless backrower, worked 100% and 100 miles per hour. He worked hard at every part of the game, he was on the bottom of all the rucks and mauls just getting the ball, he was a strong, powerful runner, tackler and he never gave up. He went on to become a wallaby.”
“I will never stop being around the club, I’ll just keep on going and helping out wherever possible. To see all players who take the field in the red and black is just a fantastic sight, from fourth grade to first grade and all the colts. I know that they are all playing for Norths and all doing their best”
It is members of the Intrust Super Shute Shield like Richard that keep the competition so strong. Their passion, belief and dedication to the sport is the lifeblood of the clubs. Richard has been involved with the Northern Suburbs Rugby Club for almost half of its 118-year history and there is no sign of him slowing up.
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