Westlawn’s Daniel Amos ties yellow tape around the arm of umpire Jeff Hackett during this year’s ’call to arms’ fundraiser for prostate cancer awareness. And inset, Hackett receives his award from CRCA secretary Jason Thompson.
Westlawn’s Daniel Amos ties yellow tape around the arm of umpire Jeff Hackett during this year’s ’call to arms’ fundraiser for prostate cancer awareness. And inset, Hackett receives his award from CRCA secretary Jason Thompson. Gary Nichols

Hackett's cricketing life

NO-one could ever accuse Jeff Hackett of not putting something back into the sport he loves.

Cricket has been a huge part of Jeff's life as a player and as an administrator.

At the recent CRCA Award's Night Jeff was made a life member of the association and few would argue he is not deserving of such a prestigious award.

As a player Jeff was a quality batsman and a more than handy off-spinner and last year was named in the Clarence Valley Dream Team.

"I got involved playing cricket when I was ten-years-old and gave the game away when I was 38," Jeff said.

"But I did make a comeback when I was 41 when I played for Westlawn in the third grade grand final with my son Rohan."

After finally deciding to hang up his bat Jeff took on several roles with both the North Coast Cricket Council and the CRCA.

"I was involved with North Coast cricket for 28-years as president and vice-president and held various positions with the CRCA," he said.

"I think the only position I didn't hold was that of treasurer."

One of the Clarence Valley's leading umpires, Jeff can be seen most Saturday's officiating Premier League and representative cricket games.

"I do enjoy umpiring and at present I'm the secretary of the CRCA Umpires Association," he said.

"I'll continue helping out as long as my health is okay. There's no reason for me to slow down...it's something I like doing."

Jeff has the honour of being the 24th cricketer or administrator inducted as a life member which he said was one of the highlights of his cricketing career.

"I'm not one to go looking for pats on the back, I'm just willing to do the work to help cricket prosper," Jeff explained

"It was quite an honour to receive the award and something I'll cherish for a long time."



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