Memorable cricket season celebrated

Memorable cricket season celebrated

The Millicent Cricket Club recently celebrated its memorable season with a presentation evening which highlighted all four junior teams winning grand finals for the first time.

One of the highlights of the evening was Pat Lawlor presenting club stalwart Michael Gibson with a life membership medal.

‘Gibbo’, as he’s known, joined the ‘Black Caps’ (MCC) in 2010 and has devoted numerous hours over the years to ensure the improvement and success of the club, its players and facilities,

He has been involved in every aspect of running the club from organising food and drinks, cleaning, teams, coaches, equipment and liaising with the broader cricket community and associations, coaches and overseeing the club’s relocation to the Norm Facey Oval.

Gibbo is a strong advocate for junior cricket, running the club’s Junior Cricket Blast program for many years, holding coaching roles which have led to numerous premierships, with a focus on supporting kids throughout their cricketing careers by promoting the sport and serving as a strong role model demonstrating respect, fairness and an attitude of giving everyone a go.

He was the first recipient of the Heath Case Memorial Junior volunteer award two seasons ago, which again recognised his contribution to cricket.

The new life member was elected president of the club several years ago and continues to enjoy playing in Millicent’s senior team.

During the special presentation, Pat Lawlor paid tribute to Gibbo’s dedication.

“On and off the field Gibbo has had the energy and enthusiasm of a 10-year-old on Sour Worms and lemonade,” he said.

“While many have contributed to the club it’s overall success is testament to Gibbo’s ‘above and beyond’ approach.”

Gibbo said he was humbled to be recognised by his club.

“This is the best medal I have ever won by a long way,” he said.

“I’m very proud to represent this club and very proud to represent the kids.”

Another special highlight was the club’s unveiling of the Phil Walker Pavilion.

Gibbo said Walker was one of the driving forces behind the Millicent Cricket Club.

“Phil was the main driver of the club back in the early days and without him the club would not exist,” he said.

“We have the main trophy named after him and now it is a fitting gesture to name the new facility after him.

“Phil spent countless hours running the club and his love for the club is evident by him spending most Saturday afternoons at the cricket.”

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