Western Districts awards two new life memberships

LIFE MEMBERS: Ted Speed and Rick Morris after being presented with the Life Membership for their service and playing involvement with the Western Districts sports club.

LIFE MEMBERS: Ted Speed and Rick Morris after being presented with the Life Membership for their service and playing involvement with the Western Districts sports club.

Western Districts Cricket Club, along with the Western Districts Memorial, Community & Sports Centre, would like to congratulate all involved, cricket and tennis, for a hugely successful Grand Final day on Saturday, March 16, at Gosse.

After a very dry summer and none of the usual thunderstorms to green up the oval, it was the driest we had ever seen it. Corey Hammat was out on the oval the night before, trying to slash the kangaroo poo in to pieces, so the ball would roll, and roll it did.

The Under 16's game in the morning had to deal with dew, and was relatively low scoring, but as the day warmed in to a perfect autumn day, with a slight south easterly breeze, it made for perfect cricket and tennis conditions.

By mid afternoon, the crowd had far exceeded anything seen before at at an autumn grand final. Hundreds of people made their way to Gosse to support the playing teams.

A grade cricket was certainly very entertaining with some milestones achieved and a game that will go down in cricket history. Jed Bald, Ryhs Bullard and Zac Trethewey making tonnes, all in one game.

A very rare thing to witness. Retiring umpire, Dean Mucka West, stated in his speech, that in 14 years of umpiring cricket grand finals on Kangaroo Island, he has never seen 100 runs made in a grand final, let alone three in one game.

Congratulations to all teams, trophy winners and century makers.

WD Cricket Club also had a special evening at the club, with long standing members, Ted Speed and Rick Morris, being presented with the Life Membership for their service and playing involvement.

Ted Speed - Ted began playing cricket for Western Districts in 1981, and played for the next 23 years, holding down executive positions over 10 years in the late 80s and 90s. Ted dedicated his services as both administrator and player, captain, and coach for both senior and junior levels including club delegate for 15 years.

Ted's achievements also included representing KI at association level for 12 years, he won Best Wicket Keeper for the Island three times, won batting aggregate at the Meyer Shield in 92-93 after scoring a century, and played in the Invitation Carnival representing Fleurieu Districts.

In Ted's response, his most satisfying achievements were coaching the kids for five years and to three Premierships in a row, watching them grow and improve every season and captaining the A grade to the club's first ever Premiership in 1992-93 season.

Darryl Hammat was unable to present Ted with his badge, but made the statement that Ted had flair, making batting look easy as he hit the ball so crisply and with natural timing.

"He was great to watch and his wicket keeping had the same flair, taking some brilliant catches, and as a spin bowler, I was on the bonus end of some great stumpings. His skill as a batsman and wicket keeper are among the Islands best."

Ben Davis presents Rick Morris with his Western Districts Life Membership badge.

Ben Davis presents Rick Morris with his Western Districts Life Membership badge.

Rick Morris - Rick began his cricket as a junior for Western Districts and played some senior games before moving off Island for about 10 years. He then began playing cricket again when he returned to the family farm in the late 90's.

Rick has had an outstanding career for both the club and at association level.

Rick represented KI at Meyer Shield eight times, and at association level won the batting aggregate five times, bowling three times and the Best All Rounder four times.

At club level, Rick hit 10 centuries, won batting aggregate eight times, bowling aggregate nine times and all rounder 10 times. Captained A grade for five years and won five Premierships, one as captain.

When Ben Davis presented Rick his Life Member badge, he commented that Rick is a guy who when he puts his mind to some thing, gives 100 per cent commitment, which shows in his bowling and batting, not to mention the administrative rolls which Rick undertook.

He supported the club in executive positions as secretary for six years and followed on as president for a further four years. Including club delegate for over 10 years, making the long trip from Karatta to Kingscote.

Rick's speech in response to his award was about the fantastic mateships he enjoyed with fellow players along the way. The good times they had both on and off the field.

Rick's most satisfying achievements were coaching the kids for seven years, making it to a Premiership, and then to see them now in leadership rolls, coaching and captaining the team.

Congratulation to both men on this outstanding achievement.

The WD Cricket Club would like to thank all the volunteers whom made the day highly successful. A fantastic canteen, which ran all day and night. A huge thank-you to the girls who ran the evening meals and to the general committee for their work around the club and running bar. Well done! - WD Cricket Committee

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