DOB: 7 February 1914
Died: 5 August 2000
Debut: Round 4, 1934 against Fitzroy at MCG
Last Game: Round 15, 1943 against Richmond at Punt Road
From: Sale High School/Rosedale
Number: 14 (1934-1937), 10 (1938-1943)
Premiership Player - 1940, 1941
Leading Goalkicker - 1935
150 Heroes selection
MFC Hall of Fame - 2013
Statistical categories led
Most goals in a game at Arden Street: 9 - Round 7, 1935
The best and fairest player in the Gippsland League as a 19-year-old in 1933, Maurice 'Maurie' Gibb joined Melbourne after being rejected by Carlton. He agreed to sign on the condition that he was given a job as a clerk with the MCC. He would rise to Assistant Secretary before retiring 43 years later, taking five years off to serve in the Second World War.
In his first season Gibb played seven senior matches, and was recognised as best clubman. In was 1935, his second season where he moved to full forward and kicked nine goals in a game on two occasions - leading the sides goalkicking with 60 for the year.
With the emergence of Ron Baggott, Gibb later moved to the half-forward flank and became renowned for impeccable delivery to the forward line. Struck down by a shoulder injury in 1936 and forced to have pins insert in his shoulder he played just ten games in 1937 after his shoulder was hurt again. The ongoing shoulder injuries initially led him to retire before the 1938 season, but he returned to training in the second half of the year and played five games.
Another shoulder injury caused him to briefly retire again before the start of the 1939 season. He returned to play six games but was down on confidence and not selected for the Grand Final side. Gibb made the team in 1940 and 1941 for two premiership victories. On a half-forward flank opposite Keith Truscott he was deadly in both seasons.
Gibb retired for good to join the army in 1944 and served in New Guinea with the 1n Ordnance division, but returned to work in his role with the MCC as well as serving on the Football Club committee as Assistant Secretary.
He was also a talented cricketer, winning selection in the Sale-Maffra district team before joining Melbourne.
|Round 10, 1941||Striking||Not Guilty|
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Players who served during war
This article suggests Melbourne signed him in 1933. Also suggested he retired due to a collarbone injury.
Herald - 16/01/1934
Sporting Globe - 25/08/1934
Argus - 18/04/1938
Argus - 29/07/1938
Herald - 19/04/1940
Sporting Globe - 27/04/1940
Sporting Globe - 21/02/1942
Herald - 19/08/1943
Australasian - 24/06/1944
Herald Sun - 08/08/2000
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