SOUTH West Cricket’s (SWC) newest life member Kelvin White has used the honour to applaud all grassroots cricket volunteers.
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The Western Waves president and Victorian Country Cricket League (VCCL) board member was awarded life membership of SWC at the association’s presentation night at Noorat on Monday.

“To be acknowledged in this way is very humbling,” he said.

“It’s easy for someone like myself, as president of the region and a member of the VCCL board, to be recognised, but it’s very important that clubs keep encouraging younger people and families to be involved.

“This highlights the need for volunteers to keep up the good work at grassroots level.”

SWC awarded the life membership to acknowledge the time and effort that White has put into cricket across the south-west, which includes representing local associations at VCCL meetings and being a region selector.

In 1977-78 he started his association with Cobden Cricket Club, where he played for more than 20 years.

It included a drought-breaking premiership in 1979-80, the same year he was secretary/treasurer of both Hampden Cricket Association and Cobden. While premierships and individual honours piled up as both a coach and a player, off the pitch he took on executive roles at zone and regional levels.

He chaired the inaugural meeting of the Mount Emu Creek Cricket Association (MECCA), which was formed in 1990 after Hampden united with Hopkins/Nullawarre.

He later worked with Malcolm Roberts and Warren Riches to bring MECCA, Timboon/Stoneyford and Western Plains/Mininera associations together to form South West Cricket in its two sections in 1996.

The SWC life membership was part of a momentous long weekend for White, who is fresh from celebrating his 60th birthday.

While the birthday celebrations were planned, the life membership was a surprise.

He believes it was organised at a SWC meeting.

“I think I’ve only missed one meeting in the last few years and that must’ve been the one,” he said.

“My wife was in on it, too.

“She doesn’t always come (to the presentation) but she stayed for the meal.

“It was all a bit suss.”

Monday night’s audience heard a summary of White’s cricket background.

“They read it out and I missed the first couple of lines because I was talking to somebody,” he said.

“Then I heard Cobden mentioned and heard something about ’77-78 and my ears pricked up. I thought ‘hang on, what’s going on here?’ and realised I’d been set-up.”

The honour adds to life memberships with Cobden and the Corangamite zone/Western Waves region.

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