Cricket club marks century
LEEMING Spartan Cricket Club is raising the bat to celebrate its 100th year.
The club was formed in 1918 as a way for returning servicemen to ease their way into post-war life and it began life as the Spartan Cricket Club in Fremantle.
More than 2000 people have played for the club, including Australian Test batsman Cameron Bancroft and former WA player Mark Atkinson, who won two Olly Cooley Medals for being the fairest and best player in the WA District Cricket competition.
The club has accumulated 55 premierships, including 11 first grade flags – the first was claimed in 1922.
A celebration night will take place at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle on November 17, with media personality Di Darmody the MC and Taxiride lead signer Jason Singh providing the entertainment.
During the night, the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club Team of the Century sides, leaving Fremantle victorious in the first innings.
Fremantle will take on Bayswater Morley at Stevens Reserve in round 6, while Wanneroo will battle it out against Mt Lawley at Breckler Park. will be announced.
Club secretary Daniel Coombs said the vibe at the club was very good and everyone was excited about the celebrations.
“The celebrations have been two years in the making,,” he said. “Our history is second to none and the guys have been meticulous in looking back at the years; if you look at our website you can go into great depth about it.
“Just on the weekend, Michael Bennett became our leading wicket-taker with 635 wickets.
“Our culture has always been about winning games and having fun; last year we had five of our seven sides win premierships.”
Centenary ball tickets can be purchased online at www.spartans.com.au, via email at email@example.com or by contacting the club on 0438 005 493.
Tickets are $150 and they must be pre-purchased by Monday, November 12.