Life membership kept in the dark
USUALLY, as secretary of the Leongatha and District Cricket Association (LDCA), Gary Adams knows everything going on but the announcement of his life membership of the LDCA at the annual awards presentation came as a surprise.
“I was kept in the dark, it all happened behind the scenes,” he said.
Life membership is recognition of a significant contribution and Mr Adam’s contribution as a player and administrator has been just that: significant.
Having played his cricket for OMK, Mr Adams has been involved on the committee since 1986 and secretary for 12 years.
He is justifiably proud of the LDCA which he says is one of the biggest cricket associations in Victoria.
He said the president, Russ (‘Snowy’) Matthews, has been highly successful as someone who is sociable, gets out there among the clubs talking to everyone including the cricketers and is a great promoter of the association.
“There are some clubs not as strong as we would like them to be but we have a sound structure with a system of promotion and relegation which provides the flexibility for teams to find their own level.”
Mr Adams went on to say that one of the great things about country sport is that if teams are down they can get themselves organised and they can come back strong.
A true lover of the game, Gary Adams’ playing days are far from over.
He is about to qualify for the Gippsland Goannas over 60’s team but in the meantime has just returned from the Cricket Sixes tournament in Thailand making up the Woodchoppers’ team, a group of veterans, all over 50, from around the association (see report, page 43, The Star, April 21).
As for where the name Woodchoppers came from Mr Adams said, “Blame it on aspersions cast on our style of batting in a game against Bendigo about 25 years ago; it stuck and has become our non de plume.”
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