We regret to inform you of the passing of celebrated Gordon player and coach, Brian Moffat.
Brian graduated from that well-respected Rugby nursery, North Sydney Boys High School, to the Gordon District Rugby Club in 1948. In 1949, the then Club Coach, Slab Allan, father of Trevor, promoted him from 4th Grade to 1st Grade. That year, Brian, a diminutive half-back, all 165 cm (5ft 5in) and 54 kg (8stone 7 lbs), went on to win a First Grade Premiership, a feat which was repeated in 1952. Brian played with Gordon from 1948 to 1957. His last game for the Club was another 1st grade Grand-final which, unfortunately, was a loss as the team could not overcome the loss of 6 players to the 1957-58 Wallabies tour to the United Kingdom and France. Brian played around 150 games for Gordon, of which 113 were in First Grade and represented NSW against Queensland in 1950.
Brian became a High School PE teacher and taught at many high schools in the Sydney area. One of his favourites was Hurlstone Agricultural High School, Glenfield, where from 1951, he was the Boarding School House Master responsible for organising the life and leisure of the student boarders. During this period, whilst raising the standard of rugby at the school, he was still able to play with Gordon.
After a long playing career, Brian returned to Gordon as Club Coach for seasons 1973-75. Over this period, his vast rugby experience lifted the overall standard of play of the Gordon teams resulting in winning Club Championships in 1974 & 1975. In 1974, Brian was the coach of a very successful Gordon touring team to Italy, England, Wales, Scotland and Singapore.
Vale Brian Moffat – a Rugby man through and through.
1949 1st Grade Premiership Photo
Behind the 1st Grade pack in 1949