In­flu­en­tial Silinger honoured

South Western Times - - Sport - Ge­orge Good­win

Bun­bury cricket leg­end Peter Silinger’s out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the sport for more than 45 years in nu­mer­ous playing, coach­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tive and lead­er­ship roles has been recog­nised with life mem­ber­ship of the WACA.

Silinger joins one of his for­mer pupils Mur­ray Good­win, who was honoured last sea­son, as the only two coun­try crick­eters to be af­forded the honour.

De­scribed as one of the most in­flu­en­tial in­di­vid­u­als in coun­try cricket, Silinger served the State as a player for nearly 30 years.

He then be­gan coach­ing, where he started at a ju­nior level in 1971 across Nar­ro­gin, Ko­jonup and Bun­bury and dis­tricts.

He helped es­tab­lish mod­i­fied for­mats in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of Kanga Cricket into the South West, or­gan­ised and coached at car­ni­vals and in what he termed his “great­est achieve­ment”, es­tab­lished the Jack Birken­shaw Bun­bury Cricket Pro­gram in the 1980s.

A decade later, Silinger’s fo­cus shifted to se­nior cricket, where he coached the Aus­tralian Coun­try XI (1999) and the WA Coun­try XI (1996-99).

He coached the 1998 team to its in­au­gu­ral Aus­tralian Coun­try Cham­pi­onship in the process.

He also in­sti­gated and was man­ager of the in­au­gu­ral South West Un­der 21 team which toured Eng­land in 1996. In 2001, he be­came a mem­ber of the WA Coun­try Cricket Board Ex­ec­u­tive and was chair­man from 2004 un­til 2016 dur­ing a pe­riod of growth and suc­cess.

Eleven years later, Silinger turned his fo­cus and skills to fe­male cricket as chair­man of the Fe­male Cricket Coun­cil.

His strong ad­min­is­tra­tive back­ground, along with his fo­cus and lead­er­ship helped to re-es­tab­lish the coun­cil with a strong strate­gic agenda.

Un­der Peter’s lead­er­ship a num­ber of key ac­tiv­i­ties have been achieved in­clud­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of the Karen Read Medal, the Jenny Owen Medal and the Avril Fa­hey Medal.

Coun­try Cricket Board chair­man Rob Marshall be­lieves Silinger has no peer when it comes to cricket ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Peter is sim­ply hailed as a “lo­cal leg­end” in WA re­gional cricket cir­cles,” he said.

Peter Silinger

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