26 Mar Maguire remembered
The late John “Jack” Maguire will be recognized when Queanbeyan play Royals in round one at Campese Oval. Jack passed away at the age of 61 in January after a battle with cancer.
He played in a premiership team for Royals in 1977 and then went onto become a premiership winning player with the Whites. Jack was named first grade best and fairest in 1980. A prolific goal kicker and a memorable character he will be remembered by the Whites, Royals and his last club, Norths.
Jack’s formative years were at St. Brigid’s School, Daramalan College and finally at Waverley College where he played in the first XV.
After leaving school, Jack joined Royals following in the footsteps of his father “Happy” Maguire, a legendary representative half-back.
Jack was a member of the Royals premiership tea of 1977 and their 1978 semi-final side which lost to the Whites 13-4. He joined Queanbeyan in 1979 and played in the grand final which the Whites lost to Royals 13-12 following Michael O’Connor’s, after the hooter, field goal.
Jack went on to play with the Whites until 1984 and became the 21st player to achieve 100 first grade games for Queanbeyan. He was the club’s and the competitions leading point scorer in 1980 (200 points),1981 (215) and 1982 (217). In 1979 he was named the club’s most consistent and in 1980 was the first-grade best and fairest.
He represented the ACT on a number of occasions including a win over Queensland in 1977 and a victory over the touring Wales team in 1978.