Life Members

 

 

Perry Jones
(Strathalbyn)
Awarded: 2005

 

 Perry Jones is widely regarded as the most talented cricketer that the region has ever produced. A prodigiously talented left-arm bowler, Perry developed a reputation as a devastatingly accurate medium pace bowler who could generate significant pace, bounce, swing and seam.  Over his long career he also proved to be a very handy batsman who registered a number of impressive centuries.

 

In addition to his long list of on-field achievements, Perry continues to be a dedicated volunteer and administrator.  When the Strathalbyn Cricket Club reinstated the turf pitch at the Strathalbyn Oval in 1971, Perry volunteered to become the curator, a role he would hold for over 40 years. He has spent countless hours contributing to club and association committee meetings since 1967 where he has held a range of positions.

 

As a member of the Jones family who have long owned and operated the Southern Argus newspaper, Perry has taken lead responsibiltiy for ensuring the local sporting action is captured in print. All year round he can be seen at cricket ovals, tennis courts and football grounds snapping photos and compiling match reports. 

 

Perry boasts a long list of achievements which are summarised below:
- Over 2,000 wickets across matches played for the Strathalbyn Cricket Club, Alexandra in the South Australian Country Carnival and the Association.
- Was awarded Strathalbyn ‘Cricketer of the Year’ six times.
- Scored 6 x A Grade centuries for Strathalbyn Cricket Club (the first at age 16).
- Took 77 wickets in the 1974/1975 season – including 13 in the Grand Final (which Strathalbyn lost by just one run!).
- Won the Association A Grade bowling trophy 12 times. 
- Has taken 10 hat-tricks in senior cricket. 
- Was the Strathalbyn Cricket Club’s A Grade leading wicket taker for 20 successive years between 1968 and 1987. 
- Was the Association’s A Grade leading wicket taker on 13 occasions. 
- Took all 10 wickets in an innings in a match against Ashbourne in 1974 – all were clean bowled. This remarkable feat was noted in Wisden. 
- Played a key role in 9 premierships for Strathalbyn between 1968-1969 and 1990/1991. 
- Was selected in the South Australian Country Cricket Carnival 'Team of the Year' on 6 occasions. 
- Joined the committee of the Strathalbyn Cricket Club in 1967 and has been delegate / Executive Committee member of the Association during that time. 
- Awarded life membership of the Strathalbyn Cricket Club. 



Trevor Calaby
(Macclesfield)
Awarded: 2005

Awarded life membership in 2005, Trevor played the majority of his cricket in the Alexandra Cricket Association with Macclesfield. 

Trevor was a brilliant all-rounder, amassing over 9,000 runs and taking over 600 wickets in a glittering career that spanned from 1952 and 1987. 

Trevor was A Grade captain at Macclesfield for 15 seasons, and won the batting trophy 16 times and the bowling trophy 13 times. 

Trevor was a member of Macclesfield's A Grade premiership team in 1970/71, which happens to be their only A Grade triumph since 1937/38. 

Trevor played in over 20 Country Carnivals in town, and in 1964, scored a century at Adelaide Oval for the Southern team. 

In addition to life membership, the Under 16 inter-association shield is named in honour of Trevor - namely, the Calaby Shield.





Keith Ness

(Finniss)
Awarded: 2005


Keith Ness boasts a record that is simply beyond comparison. 

He played his first match for Finniss as a 12 year old in 1932 when he went along to watch the men’s team play and was asked to fill in when they were one short. 

From then on he was a regular member of the Finniss team right through to his last game in 1988 at the ripe old age of 67.

Having played over 50 seasons of senior cricket for Finniss, Keith holds the record for the longest playing career of any cricketer to have played in the district. 

He was known throughout his career as a dependable all-rounder who took many wickets as a medium pace bowler and plenty of runs as a reliable middle order batsman. 

During his time playing for Finniss, Keith was part of legendary team that enjoyed a remarkable record of success, particularly for such a small town. 

Between 1935 and 1949, Finniss upstaged the much bigger surrounding clubs to win eight consecutive A Grade premierships – a record that remains unsurpassed today. 

In total, Keith was a member of 13 A Grade premiership teams for Finniss between the 1930’s and the 1970’s. 

This is another record that Keith holds - no other player in the history of the Association can lay claim to being part of this many A Grade premiership teams. 

In 1978, Finniss had enough players to field two A Grade sides with half the players representing Finniss Green and half with Finniss Gold. 

As it turned out, Keith sided with Finniss Gold but had he been with the Finniss Green team that year he would have had 14 premierships to his name. 

While Keith is best known for his on-field contribution to local cricket, it’s his contribution off the field where he’s left his legacy. 

Keith took over the role of President of the Alexandra Cricket Association in 1977 and led the association during a time where dramatic changes were needed to ensure the viability of local cricket. 

With the Alexandra Cricket Association struggling, Keith initiated contact with the neighbouring Mt Barker and Eastern Hills Cricket Association with discussions leading to the creation of the new Alexandra and Eastern Hills Cricket Association in 1983. 

This merger was mutually beneficial to clubs in both Associations, and 34 years later the Alexandra & Eastern Hills Cricket Association is one of the strongest cricket competitions in country South Australia.  

In his role as Association President, Keith showed the foresight to establish a local junior cricket competition for the first time. 

Thanks to his leadership, almost 600 local boys and girls now enjoy playing cricket in the Alexandra & Eastern Hills Cricket Association each weekend through the summer months. 

Like many other small clubs rural parts of South Australia, the Finniss Cricket Club struggled to remain sustainable during the early 1990’s. 

Keith passed away on March 3, 2015, and is survived by his children Rod and Dianne.



 

Clive Wundersitz
(Bremer/Callington)
Awarded: 2010

 
More to come.

 

 

 


Geoff Warren
(Langhorne Creek)
Awarded: 2017

 
Geoff commenced playing cricket for Langhorne Creek in 1970 and was still filling in as recently as 2013. During that time Geoff has played in premiership teams in A Grade, B Grade and C Grade.

He took some time away from cricket in the 1980's due to work commitments but become more involved again once his sons Ben and Nick started playing U/13’s. 

Geoff has coached a number of junior teams at Langhorne Creek, at SAPSASA level and for inter-association carnivals. 

Geoff’s involvement at Langhorne Creek Cricket Club was most significant from an administrative perspective. He held the role of President for 15 consecutive years and has been heavily involved in projects which have seen Langhorne Oval remain one of the top cricket facilities in South Australia. This is demonstrated by the number of SACA Premier Grade fixtures that have been played at the ground over the years. 

Geoff’s contribution as an administrator extended to the A&EHCA in the late 90’s when he attended meetings as his club delegate. Other roles he held in the years that followed include:
o   A&EHCA Junior President,
o   A&EHCA Representative to the Fleurieu South Junior Committee, and
o   Fleurieu South Zone Regional Cricket Council

In 2005, Geoff was elected President of the A&EHCA and held that role during a period of significant reform. Geoff oversaw the evolution of the A&EHCA committee from a group of club delegates to a more streamlined Executive Committee structure. In total, Geoff was A&EHCA President for 6 years before stepping aside to become an Executive Committee member. 

 

 



Roger Farley
(Bremer/Callington)
Awarded: 2018

 

Roger played all his cricket for Bremer/Callington Cricket Club and remains a keen supporter of the club.

 

While he has always been a keen cricketer, his most significant contribution to the A&EHCA has been as an administrator. He joined the A&EHCA Committee in 1982 when the two associations merged and held a number of positions over the preceding 25 years, including the role of President from 2001/02 to 2004/05.

 

The A&EHCA U/14 premiership winner is awarded the Roger Farley Shield which was named in recognition of Roger’s contribution to the association. Since the U/14 competition was established, Roger has volunteered his time to umpire the Grand Final almost every year.

 

Roger has been a great supporter of the Meyer Shield competition. For many years he volunteered his time to manage the Invitational XI team and whenever the Meyer Shield is hosted by A&EHCA, has volunteered to drive the team bus for the Kangaroo Island team.


 

 

 



Trevor Potts
(Langhorne Creek)
Awarded: 2019

 

Trevor began playing cricket for Langhorne Creek Cricket Club in 1983 and remained a regular player in the club’s lower grades when he received life membership of the A&EHCA in 2019. 

 

During that time he has amassed nearly 450 games. As at the end of the 2018/2019 season, Trev had played:

·         269 x A Grade

·         9 x A2

·         108 x B Grade

·         25 x C Grade

·         1 x D Grade

·         5 x T20

·         5 x Courier Cup

·         13 x Rotary Cup

In addition to his significant playing record for his home club, Trevor has also represented the A&EHCA in Meyer Shield cricket and has been a long-time supporter of the SA Country Carnival where he has represented the Alexandra team as a player and team coordinator for over 25 years. Trevor’s contribution to the SA Country Carnival was formally acknowledged in 2019 when he was awarded life membership. 

 

The Langhorne Creek Oval is considered one of the best cricket grounds in country SA and Trevor has played a significant role in this reputation being maintained. He held the role of curator of the Langhorne Creek turf pitch between 1982 and 2012 where he regularly spent the morning tea and lunch breaks of his work week at the oval preparing pitches.

 

Trevor has been a committee member of the Langhorne Creek Cricket Club for over 30 years including 3 years as President. 

 

Trevor has been an active member of the A&EHCA Executive Committee and was previously a club delegate to the A&EHCA. He has prepared pitches for countless A&EHCA inter-association matches and also the U/16 Country Carnival when the event was hosted by the Fleurieu South region. 

 

He has also supported the A&EHCA as coach of the successful U/21 Figg Cup team in 2001/2002, as the A&EHCA delegate to the Fleurieu Districts Cricket Council, and as an assistant to Perry Jones in collecting and collating the match results and statistics.

 

In March 2018, Trevor was presented with a 25 year service award at the SACA Volunteer of the Year Award. This was a great reflection of the commitment he has shown over his many years of service to growing cricket in the local and wider community.


 

 

 

Cheryl Gillies

(Macclesfield)

Awarded: 2020

 

 

Cheryl Gillies was awarded life membership of the A&EHCA in 2020 in recognition of her significant contribution to the association and the Macclesfield Cricket Club. 

 

Upon being awarded life membership, Cheryl has held the role of A&EHCA Treasurer for the past 11 years - the longest tenure of any Treasurer in our association's history.

 

She continues to do a fantastic job ensuring that the A&EHCA maintains a strong financial position. 

 

In addition to the work she does as Treasurer, Cheryl has also been a key member of the A&EHCA Junior Sub-Committee and spent a number of years as the MyCricket Administrator for the junior competitions. 

 

Cheryl is a highly valued volunteer and committee member of the Macclesfield Cricket Club and has a genuine passion for her local community.