A quiet achiever, Maurie Barry had a brief flirtation with Norwood but really made his mark in country football across South Australia.
Maurie played one senior game for Norwood in 1959 when recruited from the Loxton Football Club in the Riverland Football League. He also played two games and kicked one goal in the Norwood reserves.
A 182 cm centre half-back, Maurie was noted for his high marking and intercept plays. He played for Roseworthy Agricultural College in the Barossa and Gawler league, East Gambier in the Western Border league, Loxton in the Riverland league and Lincoln South in the Port Lincoln league. He represented the Lower North and South-East Leagues at country carnivals and the National Service Woodside team in 1954.
Maurie was a runner-up in the Mail Medal with Roseworthy in 1953 and a Mail Medallist in the Port Lincoln league in 1979.
From 1963 to 1967 he was the captain-coach of Lincoln South Football Club, winning a premiership in 1964 and the Mail Medal in his final year. He also was the captain-coach of Lincoln City teams, winning the Mortlock Shield in 1964 and 1965.
After football Maurie became involved in club and league administration and is a life member of Lincoln South FC and the Port Lincoln Football League, where he was president and a long-time commissioner.
Maurie was born at Barmera on 19 April 1934. He married Margaret Brooksby of Mount Gambier in 1957 and they had six children, David, Greg, Christine, Marianne, Richard and Craig. He initially worked for the Lands Department of SA and then for the Commonwealth Development Bank on Eyre Peninsula
Greg Barry June 2019