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28-May-2018
28-May-2018
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The scoreboard commemorates Clem Hurst, a tireless volunteer for the Noarlunga Shoes AFL Club. 

A stickler for perfection who was as community-minded and honest as they come. That is how southern Football League officials have remembered one of the competition’s longest serving volunteers, Noarlunga Shoes’ great Clem Hurst.

Hurst died on May 1 after a short illness. He was 90.

Hurst began his association with the Shoes as a tough-as-nails full-back in 1951. Six decades on, he was still there — as an interchange steward. Hurst held several off-field roles at the league and Noarlunga, including president of both, after playing for McLaren Vale and then 240 games for the Shoes.

A builder by trade, he was the Shoes’ resident handyman. He made their scoreboard, built their changerooms and laid their cricket pitch. Hurst also built his house, overlooking Noarlunga’s home ground, and the neighbouring former squash centre, which he once owned.

“He could lay bricks, do carpentry, do electrical work, do plumbing work — and he would do it all perfectly,” former SFL president Chris Leahy said. “He was terrific and a real community-minded person.” As a tribute to Hurst, Noarlunga’s juniors wore their socks up and guernseys tucked in for games on May 3.

“Clem actually wrote to Neil Kerley when he was manager of the Crows (in the early 1990s) to tell him he ought to do something about the Crows leaving their jumpers out,” Leahy said. “He was an absolute stickler for perfection.”Hurst was an inaugural member of the SFL’s Hall of Fame in 2007 and the league named its under-16 best and fairest medal for him.

Noarlunga delegate Kieron Irvine said Hurst was “really old school” and difficult to please but a giant of the club. Away from footy, Hurst was a volunteer caretaker at Old Noarlunga Uniting Cemetery, where he would lay pavers and tidy graves.
The Advertiser, 15 May 2014. 

 

Location

Address:Patapinda Road, Noarlunga Oval, Old Noarlunga, 5168
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.182748
Long: 138.496242
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Sport
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Clem Hurst Memorial Scoreboard

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