John "Jack" Moroney
Born in Macksville on 24 July 1917, Jack moved to Tucabia when he was 3 years old. In his early days in the Clarence Valley, he played for Tucabia Primary School and later Jack played 1st grade in the local competition for St Mary’s until teaching duties took him around the state. Jack did not begin his professional cricketing career until he joined the Sydney grade aged 26 years.
Jack’s contribution to cricket continued throughout his life. He died at Orange, NSW on 1 July 1999, aged 81.
Jack Moroney came late to big cricket because of the Second World War, and failed to secure the regular Test place many believed he deserved. His fielding was heavy-footed, and his reputation for dour batting was not helped by an odd reluctance to use his power, sparking the observation by RS Whitington that he batted `like a purposeless porpoise'. Moroney grumbled that maintaining discipline as a school-master was difficult enough, without irreverent pupils being offered such a tag for their teacher.