This season we are congratulating our SACA Volunteer of the Year, Damien Breen, our six Volunteer of the Year finalists, five 50 Year Service Awards, and twenty-three 25 Year Service Awards.

Damien Breen from the Grange Cricket Club has been named as SACA’s Volunteer of the Year for the 2020-21 season. Damien is a deserved winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award for his tireless work for the Grange Cricket Club and cricket in the Western Suburbs. Damien personifies a can-do and willing attitude, helping the club grow in leaps and bounds in recent seasons to continue in offering more and more people, particularly young boys and girls, the opportunity to get involved in cricket.

Damien has been instrumental in finding new volunteers, providing more opportunities for junior boys’ teams to compete, active in supporting junior girls cricket, hosting carnivals and Rookie Programs for girls. In addition, Damien coordinates the Cricket Blast centre at Grange with well over 100 kids, is junior coordinator and a junior coach. His passion, great ethics and drive ensure that the Grange Cricket Club is of the highest standard, welcoming and a great place to be.

Congratulations Damien!

Congratulations also to our Volunteer of the Year finalists:
Kel Wegner (Modbury Cricket Club)
Hamish Browning (Hahndorf Cricket Club)
Daryl Hancock  (Adelaide Cricket Club)
Annie Schiller (Northern Districts Cricket Club)
Michael Slade (Kangaroo Island Cricket Association)
John O’Halloran (Whyalla Cricket Association)

Service to Cricket Awards
This season we are celebrating five amazing volunteers who have served 50 or more years of service to the game of cricket. Service can be defined as being a player, coach, administrator, office bearer or any other role as a volunteer. Someone who has done it all is recent Alexandra and Eastern Hills Cricket Association life member, Robin Crompton. Robin began playing cricket at age 11 and played at the Mount Barker Cricket Club for 22 years and the Wistow Cricket Club for a further 26 years. Known as a friendly and respected team-mate and opponent, Robin was also awarded life membership at both Mount Barker and Wistow Cricket Clubs. Having spent many years serving on committees and holding Secretary and Treasurer roles, Robin took up umpiring, continuing his involvement in the great game.

Our second recipient is “proud Ramblers man”, Anthony (Tony) Benson who first played for the Coromandel Valley Ramblers Cricket Club in 1969, playing 306 games for the club while amassing more than 7,000 runs and 100 wickets. Tony served on the Ramblers committee for several years as President, Treasurer and Secretary as well as taking on the Club Coach role for nearly two decades. You will still find Tony out at every Ramblers training and out on Saturdays supporting the players.

Our final 50 Year Service Award recipients are SACUSA Cricket Umpire, Ian Berry, Don Cranwell and Geoff Cranwell. Ian has been the umpires’ coordinator for the Riverland Turf Cricket Association for several years, driving from Adelaide each week to umpire and oversee umpires in the Riverland. Meanwhile, Don and Geoff Cranwell have been players, committee members and supporters at the Basket Range Cricket Club for well over 50 years. Don has recently taken on team manager, selector, and Club President roles while Geoff has been a volunteer groundskeeper for more than 30 years.

Congratulations to Robin, Tony, Ian, Don and Geoff!

Congratulations also to our 25 Year Service to Cricket Award winners:
Kingsley Munchenburg
(Truro CC, Angaston CC, Barossa & Light CA), Corey Roberts (Barossa & Light CA, PDCA), Jason Waterworth (South Augusta CC), Matthew McInnis (South Augusta CC, Wilsden CC), John Mosey (Eudunda/Robertson CC, Barossa & Light CA), Kevin Hammond (Central United CC, Para Districts CA), Bob Fradd (ICC Sharks CC, South Central Junior CA), Michelle Mahoney (Kapinnie/Mt Hope CC, Southern Eyre South CC, Great Flinders CA), Mark Wiskar (North Eastern Knights CC), Mark Cameron (Lipson CC, Tumby Bay & District CA), Matthew Smith (Coromandel Valley Ramblers CC), Stephen Davenport (Coromandel Valley Ramblers CC), Craig Holmes (Wayback CC Port Lincoln CA), Ian Strange (Enfield United Community CC), Lachlan McAuliffe (Springton CC, Mount Pleasant/Springton CC,  Risdon CC, Torrens Valley CA, Port Pirie CA), Craig Davids (Enfield United Community CC), Neil Ricketts (Adelaide CC, Marion CC, Glenelg District CC, Clarence Gardens CC), Les Kosonen (Central United CC), Matthew Oshaughnessy (Wandearah CC, Port Pirie CA), Andrew Congdon (Wandearah CC, Kelly CC, Port Pirie CA), Scott Gray (South Port CC, Wandearah CC, Port Pirie CA), Marc Crouch (Wandearah CC, Port Pirie CA), Andrew Stidson (Ashbourne CC, Alexandra & Eastern Hills CA).