SCC 150th Year Celebration

150th Year Celebration

10th February, 2018

It was truly a night long to be remembered, with just over 150 past players, friends and family of our great club in attendance. Old team mates got together for the first time in many years, stories of cricket from long ago were shared with a captive audience, the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees and Sam Riggio compelled the audience with his memories of his time as a young promising SCC cricketer and his trials and tribulations since his unfortunate accident.
Presidents welcome
The night started off with a brief introduction, at times in verse, by MC Michael Corcoran and the traditional welcome from President Brendan Doyle.
Special guests in attendance included SCC  No. 1 Ticket holder Jack Ogilvie, Hume Councillors Leigh Johnson and Jack Medcraft and  GDCA Life Members Kevin Sulivan and Mick Jenson.
SCC Life members in attendance were also welcomed:

Don Bremner, Travis Botten, Ken Hosking, Marty Kelders, Richard Lee, Ray Lethlean, Bill Morrison, Barry Palmer, Jim Pearson, Dean Surkitt, Paul Webber, Scott Yardley, Gary Wollington (apologies due to ill health)

Sponsors Phil Lithgow of Sunbury Social Club, Devin Powell of DJP Accounting and Travis Botten of Colour Perfect were thanked for their ongoing support.

Brendan spoke of SCC being a family club, its push to promote womens cricket and the focus on the future through our junior program as a pathway to 1st grade cricket.

Club History

SCC Secretary Marty Kelders gave a brief run down of the formation of the club and a few highlights up to the time of the first premiership in 1952/53. The formation of the club, the building of a new pavilion in 1895 and joining GDCA in 1923.
1952/53 Premiership player Ron Forbes gave his account of the early 1950’s, our first 2 premierships, moving to the Clarke Oval on a turf wicket, interestingly the soil for the wicket was sourced from out the back of Rupertswood.
1969/70 Premiership Captain Clyde White congratulated his team mates from the 1969/70 premiership team all of which were present bar one, Ron Harris who has sadly passed. Clyde joked with GDCA Life member Kevin Sullivan about the condition of the wicket at times. hearing these stories were very entertaining.
SCC Life Member Bill Morrison gave a brief account of his experience in the early 70’s and how SCC had 4 teams i the same grade of the GDCA but chose to select even teams for the betterment of competition.
SCC Life Member Doug Smith spoke of the late to early 80’s with the rise of the juniors coming into the senior ranks and propelling the club into an era of great success including the 1986/87 Premiership.
SCC Life Member Dean Surkitt spoke passionately about former coach Tony Pearson and his ability to attract young players to the club in the mid 80’s, the tough times as a young player in uncompetitive teams and the rise to ultimate glory.
1992/93 Premiership Captain / Coach Neil White entertained the crowd by not only praising the strong committee during the early 90’s and resounding success of winning 3 of the available 4 GDCA premierships but retelling some classic moments from Bendigo country week cricket.
SCC Life Member Scotty Yardley spoke of the difficult era of the early 2000’s without the investment in the junior program and the slide to 2nd grade cricket. Scott had led the senior XI back to McIntyre cricket after a long campaign with many setbacks and the current status which has a strong committee and a focus of youth development.
Hall of Fame
The inaugural Hall of Fame inductees  will have their names on a new purpose built honour board and those in attendance were presented with a plaque.
Sunbury Cricket Club  –  Hall of Fame
Heath Boffey Ian McPherson
Keith Boffey William Morrison
Mathew Botten Paul O’Farrell
Travis Botten Matthew Schilling
Michael Corcoran Doug Smith
David Cordy Dean Surkitt
Doug Cue Ian Theodore
Brendan Doyle Patrick Tyler
Darryl Finlay Andrew Warne
Glenn Hatty Paul Webber
Colin Hatty Neil White
Marten Kelders Clyde White
Adam Kirk Scott Yardley
Richard Lee
Hall of Fame criteria

Current day committee members and Life members gathered to form a committee and discuss the formation of a SCC Hall of Fame.

It was decided that minimum qualification is to be 10 years service followed by 9 criteria. Where possible 6 of these 9 criteria would ensure entry to the Hall of Fame.

These 9 points are a combination of on field and off field performance and achievement. These include: committee member (2 yrs), junior coaching role, senior premiership player, senior best and fairest, senior captain role, club coach, senior batting, senior bowling and GDCA award.

A survey of all known records was conducted. Currently a data base is being formulated so for the time being records from our honour board and past season committee reports where used. In some cases individuals were contacted for clarification. Please note records prior to the early 1980’s were not available.

The Hall of Fame committee has decided on 27 inductees for the inaugural Hall of Fame during our 150th year. Each year a function will be held to announce additional inductees as records become available and as current members achieve the criteria.

 Sam Riggio – “Nothing to Fear”
The night was capped off by SCC’s own Sam Riggio. Sam is a former SCC U16 Captain and senior player and we are very fortunate for him to recount his time at SCC, his love for cricket and sport in general and other outdoor activities.
Sam captivated the audience of his honest and open description of his tragic accident, of being told he would never walk again and his strength and determination to prove those who doubted him wrong. SCC are very proud of what Sam has acheived and was very fortunate to have him share his award winning presentation with us on this momentous occasion.

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