Local legends raise bat for 50-year milestone

Hats off: Cricket Victoria 50 Year Service award winners, Greg Ross, Allan Giddens, Latrobe City Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan, Paul Coffey, Steve Kay, David Little Snr, Roger Ries and Neil Meredith. Absent: Chris Giddens and Barry Mathieson. photograph supplied

Staff Writers


A NUMBER of local cricket legends were formally recognised for their services to the game recently.

The acknowledgement came at the MCG on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test.

Recipients from across the state were invited to a special luncheon from Cricket Victoria, to formally toast 50 years service to cricket.

The Gippsland group was joined by family and friends, as well as Latrobe City Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan, to enjoy the on field action between Australia and South Africa, and share their stories from a lifetime in the game.

Those in attendance were Greg Ross, Allan Giddens, Paul Coffey, Steve Kay, David Little Snr, Roger Ries and Neil Meredith. Absentees were Chris Giddens and Barry Mathieson.

All have given tremendous service to cricket in Gippsland, not only through their own clubs, but through avenues such as league administration, junior development and umpiring.

To give an idea of just how much they have given to cricket, all have served the game longer than most current players on the local scene have been alive.

Kids from Morwell Cricket Club also made sure the Valley was well-represented, taking to the hallowed turf to play during the lunchtime break.

Who knows, perhaps the next Peter Siddle was even among the ranks.