CRICKET Healy to help hon­our Saker

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Aussie cricket leg­end, Ian Healy will visit Be­nalla on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, to cel­e­brate lo­cal hero Trevor Saker, who has re­cently been recog­nised as Aus­tralia’s own Spec­savers Com­mu­nity Cricket Cham­pion.

In recog­ni­tion of Trevor’s in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment Ian will take him and Be­nalla’s ju­nior crick­eters through a per­sonal skills ses­sion, pro­vid­ing them with tips and tricks on field­ing, bat­ting and bowl­ing.

That ses­sion will be held at the Be­nalla Gar­den’s Oval, Wedge St, on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, at 1 pm.

Trevor was se­lected as the na­tional win­ner of the Spec­savers Com­mu­nity Cricket Cham­pion com­pe­ti­tion af­ter be­ing in­volved in the sport for more than 50 years.

He cur­rently coaches the Be­nalla un­der-14 boys team and has coached the North East Re­gion un­der-14 girls team for the past nine years into the State Cham­pi­onships.

Trevor also con­tin­ues to play cricket in Be­nalla and in 2017 trav­elled to Eng­land to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in an Over 60s Ashes Se­ries.

Avid cricket fan Trevor is in­cred­i­bly proud and sur­prised to be recog­nised as the Com­mu­nity Cricket Cham­pion for Aus­tralia.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely flab­ber­gasted and so stoked to be recog­nised for my ef­forts,’’ he said.

‘‘As they all say, you don’t do this stuff for awards, but when they come along it’s pretty spe­cial.

‘‘I am lucky to be ac­knowl­edged for do­ing what I love and I want to thank Mark Saun­ders, who nom­i­nated me, as well as the club, Spec­savers, and my long suf­fer­ing cricket wi­dow, my wife Tr­ish. This has all just blown me away.’’

Trevor will also re­ceive a Spec­savers and Cricket Aus­tralia mem­o­ra­bilia pack to say thanks for his hard work in mak­ing cricket great in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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