Greats are recog­nised

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

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

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