Maurie Day started his rugby career playing rugby league in primary school in Sydney but graduated to rugby union at Sydney Boys High School. He lapsed back into rugby league in Sydney in the late ’40s, but saw the light and joined Western Suburbs Rugby Union Club NSW in the early 50s. After a break from the game he returned as a referee in 1967. He was a member of the second panel in Sydney from 1973-76, and coached Western Suburbs third grade in 1977.
He moved to Perth and recommended refereeing in 1978, refereeing grand finals in 1979-83 (including first grade in 1982), and 1986-87. He has participated in referee coaching and allocations since 1989.
Maurie coached Perth-Bayswater U20s in 1984-85, the team making the grand finals both years and winning the flag in 1984. He was one of the club’s foremost and most valuable sponsors over a long period and was recognised with a life membership in 1993. Maurie also received Coach of the Year and the President’s Cup in 1984.
Maurie was treasurer for the W.A. Referees Association in 1979, and vice-president of W.A.R.U. in 1986-87. He managed the state U21s team in 1986-87, and the state senior team in 1989-90.
Maurie also contributed to district clubs and was awarded life membership of Murdoch University Rugby Union Club in 1994. Maurie’s contribution to refereeing was recognised in 1996 with life membership of the Referees’ Association. His contribution to rugby in this state was recognised with life membership of WARU (now RugbyWA) in 1998. In 2000 he was honoured with an Australian Sports Award.
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