Cricket icons will be named

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion will hold its fourth Hall of Fame Din­ner on Satur­day night, where an­other four icons will be in­ducted into the pres­ti­gious club.

Each re­cip­i­ent will re­ceive a Pow­erPoint dis­play and a col­lage of their ca­reer in cricket, high­light­ing the im­pact their time had on the his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The cur­rent com­mit­tee, un­der the guid­ance of Greg Mor­gan, had the tough task of se­lect­ing these four new in­ductees from more than 90 nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted from cur­rent and past clubs, past play­ers, the lo­cal com­mu­nity and by fos­sick­ing through old records.

The com­mit­tee was charged with the task of eval­u­at­ing the past crick­et­ing his­tory of each per­son nom­i­nated and iden­ti­fy­ing their cre­den­tials.

The four new in­ductees will join cur­rent mem­bers De­nis Stokes, Shane Mad­dox, Harold Evans, Mark Bald­win, Terry Col­ston, Gra­ham Gem­mill, Den­nis Bur­ton, Stan Brown, Ray Nye, Frank Brew, Greg Thomp­son and Arthur Owen.

With a De­niliquin side en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in re­cent years, the com­mit­tee views its his­tory as im­por­tant and as such any of its pre­vi­ous icons should be nom­i­nated and be eli­gi­ble to en­ter the MVCA Hall of Fame.

This hon­our re­wards those who made a huge im­pact on cricket in their time in the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The com­mit­tee aims to re­ward those who made an im­pact whether it was achieved in a few years or over a long pe­riod of time.

A gala din­ner will be held at the Ba­rooga Sports Club on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7 at 6.30 pm where the nom­i­nees will be in­ducted.

This year also marks the in­stal­la­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s first le­gend.

It is re­garded as the high­est award the MVCA can give, and will be a high­light among all the other hon­ours given.

The MVCA is proud to be the first coun­try as­so­ci­a­tion to hon­our its cham­pi­ons in this way.

It is ex­pected there will be a sig­nif­i­cant turnout of past and present play­ers ea­ger to pay trib­ute to the four in­ductees, but also re­liv­ing sto­ries of past glo­ries and achieve­ments.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Fin­ley icon Jack Hawkins, who played cricket for the club and rep­re­sented the MVCA through the late 1970s and 1980s.

He is well known for his ex­ploits at Gee­long Foot­ball Club and is part of a great sport­ing fam­ily. He is also the fa­ther of Tom, who is an im­por­tant part of the cur­rent Gee­long team. mel­liers@big­

Any­one wish­ing to be part of this great night can phone Lin­don Mel­lier on 0459 148 084 or email: Join­ing the ranks: Four new in­ductees will join Mark Bald­win in the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame.

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