Past cricket presidents receive life membership honours
JUNIOR CRICKET: The men who started it all 13 years ago was honoured at the recent Clarence River Junior Cricket Association awards night.
Steve Whitton, who with the support of a community, created the local association in 2003 from a sub-committee of the Clarence River Cricket Association was made a life member alongside his right hand man and vice-president Adam Brown.
Brown is also a former president of the junior cricket association after assuming the role when Whitton stepped down in 2009, and held the position until the start of last season.
Whitton said he was caught off-guard by the recognition of their efforts to begin the association but were honoured to become the inaugural life members of the CRJCA.
"I said in a speech the other night you don't do these things to get these accolades but it is great to be recognised," Whitton said.
"I did it because I wanted to put something back into cricket.
"When I was president it wasn't something that we pushed towards but the current committee have decided a life member's award is fitting. It is just good recognition for the junior cricket association."
Brown was also surprised by the award but took great pride in accepting it.
"I was not expecting this to happen at all," Brown said. "It was just a little reward for what I have put into the junior cricket over the years.
"It is nice to receive the acknowledgement but it is definitely not why I did the job for those years."
When Whitton began the association the juniors had been looked after by the Clarence River Cricket Association but the long-time player had seen the potential for growth.
"Back in 2003 I thought we should really push these juniors, we ran as a sub-committee of the CRCA with the permission of then-president Bruce Baxter for one year," Whitton said.
"Then we applied to have the association as a standalone association in its own right. Bruce really supported the move.
"I approached different people from different clubs, probably it was about a two year thing to get up and running."
Whitton believed the juniors in the region was a real untapped resource for the cricketing community until that time.
"We doubled in numbers for participation within the first couple of years," he said.
"There were also a lot of volunteers willing to jump in and help out."
Brown and Whitton were not the only individuals recognised at the recent awards night with a swag of junior cricketers rewarded for their efforts in a first class season.
Life Members: Steve Whitton and Adam Brown
Under 12 Minor Premiers: Brothers
Under 14 Minor Premiers: Souths
Under 16 Minor Premiers: Westlawn
Under 12's Major Premiers: Brothers
Under 14's Major Premiers: Souths
Under 16's Major Premiers: Coutts Crossing
CLUB CHAMPIONS: Coutts Crossing 636.93 points
CRJCA All River Night Comp Major Premiers: Coutts Crossing
Batting: Eli Fahey (Coutts) 318 runs
Bowling: Jackson Grieve (Easts) 17 wickets
All-Rounder: Eli Fahey (Coutts) 492 points
Most Catches: Eli Fahey (Coutts) 8 catches
Fielding: Jacob Ellis (Westlawn) 14 points
Five Wickets: Jackson Grieve (Easts v Brothers) 5/20
Batting: Noah Fahey (Coutts) 180 runs
Bowling: Xavier Hodgeson (Souths) 10 wickets
All-Rounder: Noah Fahey (Coutts) 280 points
Most Catches: Jason Durrington (Coutts) 7 catches
Fielding: Matthew Dalton (Souths) 18 points
Batting: Ethan Lucas (Brothers) 170 runs
Bowling: Sam Shipman (Westlawn) 11 wickets
All-Rounder: Keaton Stutt (Tucabia-Cop) 256 points
Catches: Ethan Lucas (Brothers) 10 catches
Fielding: William Simmons (Coutts Crossing) 15 points
Most Wicket Keep Dismissals: Ryley Cropper (Coutts) 6 dismissals
100 Runs: Eli Fahey (Coutts) 100* v Westlawn 6/11/15
Nick Lawson (CRJCA U16's) 104* v NBJCA Rd 5 6/12/15
Ethan Cahill (Westlawn) 100* v Brothers 10/3/16 SF
Juniors playing seniors with 100 runs: Eli Fahey x 2, Jackson Grieve, Bailey Sinclair and Jacob Ellis. Harry Grosser from afar.
Coach of the Year: Brett Pardoe - Under 12's rep team
Female Encouragement Award: Ellynie Cameron
Garlie Gerrard Award For Sportsmanship: Naomi and Grace McDonald
Rep Players of the Year - Dylan Cleaver and Amy Riddell
McDonalds Passion for Cricket Awards - Krystelle Lentfer, Angus Hebblewhite, Lachlan Willis, Tristan Boney and Hollie Warren