Middlemount mourns for 'Shorty'
THE life of a well-loved Middlemount teenager was taken too soon on Saturday when Nathan Moffatt, 18, was tragically killed in a car crash.
Nathan was camping at Twin Bridges when the crash happened late on Saturday night on the Lotus Creek-Dysart Rd, injuring two 19-year-old men and a 19-year-old woman and killing the young football player.
As a part of the Middlemount Panthers rugby league team, the proud wearer of the No. 9 jersey, Nathan had recently been selected to play in the Villa Capri Capras U20 representative squad.
The Central Highlands Rugby League group rallied to support the family and small club through its los.
The 2015 pre-season Under 21s comp has been named in Nathan's honour "to remember his talents on the field and his mateship off the field".
Middlemount Panthers president Damian Cavanagh said Nathan, who was called Shorty by his friends, was "a great young bloke".
"Basically he's a young fella who came up through the juniors playing for Middlemount," he said.
"Everything he was aiming towards he had to work for," Mr Cavanagh said.
"He always found a way to get injured before big games."
Mr Cavanagh said Nathan's biggest ambition was to play for the Panthers' senior team, which he achieved this year.
"The under-18s folded last year and his mum made him wait a year before coming up," he said.
"He was named our Colt of the Year and he was very proud of that."
Just a week before the crash, Nathan was told he had been selected to play in the Villa Capri Capras U20 team.
"He was just so proud of that and he was so looking forward to his training, but he unfortunately didn't get to wear that Capras jersey," Mr Cavanagh said.
CHRL president Frank Lambley said it was clear Nathan would be missed in the football community.
"You look at his resume and you see he was one of our rep players, one of our best, and was definitely well respected at Middlemount as a great club man," Mr Lambley said.
He said naming the pre-season competition after the teenager was "an easy decision".
Mr Lambley said the CH rugby league community was "tight knit" and Nathan had been the third player lost in little more than a year.
Allen Johnson and Paul McGuire were also much-missed members of the CHRL and Mr Lambley said it was "hard" because "the players know each other".
"A lot of them have grown up playing with them, against them - they know each other that way," he said.
Mr Cavanagh said Nathan was "a club man" and always eager to help out in any way he could.
"If we were short of someone to mark the lines, Shorty and his father would be down there," he said.
"With his younger brothers playing in the juniors, he would be happy to run the lines or coach the juniors if we needed someone.
"The Moffatts are very family-oriented and they definitely deserve to be very proud of everything Shorty achieved. He was so proud to play in front of them.
"Shorty will be very missed."
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.
The Springsure Mountain Men would like to send our condolences to Middlemount Panthers, the Middlemount community and to the family of Nathan Moffatt. It is a sad loss, and too young.
CHRL: Today it is with great sadness that we hear the news of the passing of Nathan Moffatt, a young and talented player who proudly wore the No.9 jersey for the Middlemount Panthers.
The Tigers would like to send out their deepest condolences to the Middlemount Panthers and the Middlemount Community.