Greats are recognised
The Barooga Golf Club was packed to the rafters when 200 people gathered to celebrate the very best of the Murray Valley Cricket Association.
Four former players were inducted into the hall of fame and one was elevated to legend status.
Ian Miles and Alan Connors were posthumously recognised for their achievements and Stuart Morris and Ron Haley were also inducted.
Mark Baldwin received the association’s highest award, officially claiming legend status for his exceptional achievements, including an unmatched seven Guthrie Medals.
Hall of Fame secretary Lindon Mellier said he was extremely pleased to see a large representation from the inductees’ families, with some travelling from interstate to attend the night.
‘‘It was a brilliant night. We had an excellent crowd and it was great looking over the rich history of the association,’’ he said.
‘‘Nights like this are really important because we found older players were being forgotten.
‘‘There are standout cricketers in our association that need to be recognised. This is a way of resurrecting the past and encapsulating the people who made the MVCA what it is.’’
The four new inductees join 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 in the Hall of Fame.
Family affair: Bill Connors proudly displays his brother’s award with Alan’s immediate family.
Proud as punch: son Andrew. Ian Miles’ award proudly displayed by his