The bestowment of Life Membership is the highest honour an individual can receive at the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club, and as such, it is awarded to only those who have dedicated years of service to furthering the Club’s success.

Awarded at a yearly Life Members meeting held at the clubhouse every February, the existing Life Members select in a majority vote from select individuals the next line of inductees into this prestigious category.

Decades worth of servitude to the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club is the prime requirement into being nominated, but it is certainly much more than that.

Commitment and contribution are key. To simply have played at Leeming Spartan for decades does not fit the bill – you must have helped out repeatedly and actively off the field for that amount of time.

As such, it is a very difficult honour to receive, and only the greatest Spartans have Life Membership next to their name or are in the running to do so. In fact, despite one hundred years of operation, and over a thousand representatives, only 65 Spartans have been inducted as Life Members.

Many of our Life Members have served as members of our Executive Committee, as Captains of the Club, have been involved in the facilitation of years worth of events and functions, and been significant members at the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club for a large period of time.

Thus, to be awarded Life Membership at Leeming Spartan is the greatest individual award one can be bestowed, and it is a testament to the many fine individuals who have been apart of our great Club.

You can view the full list of Leeming Spartan Life Members below.


Life Members:

Year Inducted Life Member Year Inducted Life Member
1950 Albert E. West 1991 Graeme E. Ashley
1955 George Prince 1991 Mrs. June James
1957 Tom Langlands 1991 Mrs. Maureen Preedy
1962 Jack Knox-Peden 1993 Mervyn K. Smith
1962 W. Joe Rayner 1994 Eric F. Thurkle
1966 Colin A. Crompton 1994 Noel R. Wood
1967 Brian M. Waterer 1995 Lee J. Donovan
1968 Alfred E. Dyer 1997 Chris W. Bibrlik
1968 W. Laurie Farmer 1998 Peter A. McGilvray
1969 George Pluske 2002 Antony R Bright
1970 Lew F. Read 2002 Ronald J. McDonald
1971 Ron B. Stanton 2004 Craig L. Forsyth
1972 Harold Bell. 2006 Bradley K. Mant
1973 Roy E. Gough 2006 Graham Pound
1973 Harry Wortley 2007 Gary K. Boyes
1974 John Spencer 2007 Shayne J. Hersey
1974 Peter J. Dama 2007 Andrew S. Wragg
1974 Mrs. F. Lydia Read 2008 Mick J. Bennett
1974 Mrs. Patricia Wortley 2008 Jim Leinasars
1976 Bevan G. James 2010 Mrs. Deborah F. Blight
1977 Mrs. Marion Farmer 2010 Mrs. Sandy J. Boyes
1978 Barry Maher 2010 Graeme R. Bond
1980 Morrie Pietroniro 2010 Darren J. Rose
1982 E.J. Barry Preedy 2010 Andrew F. Walker
1983 Peter A. Read 2011 Sean P. Wright
1983 Stephen A. Carter 2012 John R. Ipsen
1983 Ted Vesey 2012 Matthew Smith
1985 Terry J. Wortley 2013 Gareth A. Finlay
1987 David J. Blight 2014 David W. Abercrombie
1987 George S. Mazzini 2016 Craig T. Pereira
1987 Ray R. Turnbull 2017 Kevin Poller
1989 Keith Warner 2017 Shannon J. Davies
1990 Malcolm B. Johnson    

Life Members Positions:

#Year InductedFirst NameSurnamePositions HeldBody Of WorkNotesMatchesExecutive YearsFirst Season
1.1950AlbertWestPresident
Secretary
Deceased1014 Seasons1941/1942
2.1955GeorgePrinceCommittee351945/1946
3.1957TomLanglandsVice PresidentLongtime Spartan
First Grade Stalwart
Committee
Deceased571 Season1945/1946
4.1962JackKnox-PedenPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Deceased30 Seasons1945/1946
5.1962JoeRaynerVice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Deceased1139 Seasons
6.1966ColinCromptonVice President
Treasurer
Club CaptainDeceased1316 Seasons1956/1957
7.1967BrianWatererPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Club Captain44643 Seasons1958/1959
8.1968AlfredDyerCommitteeClub DelegateDeceased1191945/1946
9.1968LaurieFarmerVice President
Committee
Bar ManagerDeceased1383 Seasons1956/1957
10.1969GeorgePluskeSecretary
Committee
Club Captain
Club Coach
1612 Seasons1956/1957
11.1970LewReadVice President
Treasurer
Club Captain
Club Coach
Deceased2054 Seasons1956/1957
12.1971RonStantonTreasurer
Committee
Administrator2154 Seasons1957/1958
13.1972HaroldBellCommitteeOff-Field Achievements2191959/1960
14.1973RoyGoughVice President
Committee
Team CaptainDeceased1944 Seasons1961/1962
15.1973HarryWortleyCommitteeCommittee
Social
Deceased
16.1974JohnSpencerCommitteeCoach
Team Captain
F&DMCA Delegate
Deceased1771965/1966
17.1974PeterDamaPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Committee20512 Seasons1966/1967
18.1974LydiaReadSub CommitteesSocial
Canteen
Fundraising
Mrs.
19.1974PatriciaWortleySocial CommitteeSocial
Canteen
Deceased
Mrs.
20.1976BevanJamesCommitteeCommittee
Fundraising
Deceased2801960/1961
21.1977MarionFarmerFundraising
Bar
Social
Mrs.
22.1978BarryMaherClub Captain1411965/1966
23.1980MorriePietroniroCommitteeClub Captain
Team Captain
3291967/1968
24.1982BarryPreedyVice President
Committee
Team Captain2624 Seasons1968/1969
25.1983PeterReadPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Committee
Committee
Team Captain
4009 Seasons1972/1973
26.1983Stephen CarterTreasurerClub Captain
Team Captain
1072 Seasons1973/1974
27.1983TedVeseyCommitteeCommittee
Fundraising
28.1985TerryWortleyVice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Committee
Team Captain
1356 Seasons1970/1971
29.1987DavidBlightVice President
Treasurer
Committee
Team Captain
Selector
Actively Playing4887 Seasons1975/1976
30.1987GeorgeMazziniSecretaryCommittee
Social
2002 Seasons1974/1975
31.1987RayTurnbullSecretaryCommittee
Team Captain
3212 Seasons1974/1975
32.1989KeithWarnerLong Time Player1821973/1974
33.1990MalcolmJohnsonCommittee
Equipment Maintenance
34.1991GraemeAshleySecretary
Treasurer
Registrar
Committee
Team Captain
Bar Manager
32618 Seasons1976/1977
35.1991JuneJamesCanteen
Social
Fundraising
Mrs.
36.1991MaureenPreedyCanteen
Social
Mrs.
37.1993MervynSmithVice President
Secretary
Committee
Team Captain
Bar Manager
933 Seasons1975/1976
38.1994EricThurkleCommitteeCommittee
MCC liaison
1161981/1982
39.1994NoelWoodVice President
Treasurer
LSA Treasurer2793 Seasons1981/1982
40.1995LeeDonovanTreasurerCommittee
Team Captain
Registrar
2042 Seasons1982/1983
41.1997ChrisBibrlikLong Time Player2961981/1982
42.1998PeterMcGilvrayVice PresidentClub Coach
Team Captain
2195 Seasons1988/1989
43.2002AntonyBrightCommitteeJunior Coach
Team Captain
2501986/1987
44.2002RonMcDonaldVice President
Committee
Committee
Selector
Team Captain
Actively Playing4124 Seasons1988/1989
45.2004CraigForsythVice PresidentCommittee
Team Captain
2183 Seasons1987/1988
46.2006BradleyMantVice PresidentCommittee
Fund Raising
Team Captain
Actively Playing4014 Seasons1990/1991
47.2006GrahamPoundCommitteeTeam Captain1931992/1993
48.2007GaryBoyesVice PresidentCommittee
Team Captain
Bar Manager
3543 Seasons1990/1991
49.2007ShayneHerseyPresident
Committee
Committee
Team Captain
Actively Playing3141 Season1991/1992
50.2007AndrewWraggCommitteeCommittee
Team Captain
Actively Playing3401990/1991
51.2008MickBennettCommitteeCommittee
Selector
"Collector of Monies"
Actively Playing2611992/1993
52.2008JimLeinasarsLong Time Player3151990/1991
53.2010DeborahBlightSecretaryCanteen
Social
Mrs.
54.2010SandyBoyesSecretaryCanteen
Bar
Mrs.
55.2010GraemeBondCommitteeCommittee
Team Captain
Actively Playing2881991/1992
56.2010DarrenRoseVice President
Committee
Committee
Team Captain
2451 Season1991/1992
57.2010AndrewWalkerTreasurerTeam Captain2623 Seasons1991/1992
58.2011SeanWrightVice PresidentFundraising3015 Seasons1991/1992
59.2012JohnIpsenPresident90th Anniversary
Sponsorship
Projects
Fundraising
847 Seasons2005/2006
60.2012MatthewSmithCommitteeCommittee
Club Coach
2141992/1993
61.2013Gareth FinlayLong Time PlayerActively Playing2811994/1995
62.2014DavidAbercrombieCommitteeLong Time PlayerActively Playing3001994/1995
63.2016CraigPereiraTreasurerCommittee
Team Captain
Actively Playing2163 Seasons1999/2000
64.2017KevinPollerTeam CaptainActively Playing2531995/1996
65.2017ShannonDaviesSecretaryCommittee
Team Captain
Actively Playing2284 Seasons1999/2000

Last Updated: June 2017

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Life Members Overview:

#Year InductedFirst NameSurnamePositions HeldNotes
1.1950AlbertWestPresident
Secretary
Deceased
2.1955GeorgePrinceCommittee
3.1957TomLanglandsVice PresidentDeceased
4.1962JackKnox-PedenPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Deceased
5.1962JoeRaynerVice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Deceased
6.1966ColinCromptonVice President
Treasurer
Deceased
7.1967BrianWatererPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
8.1968AlfredDyerCommitteeDeceased
9.1968LaurieFarmerVice President
Committee
Deceased
10.1969GeorgePluskeSecretary
Committee
11.1970LewReadVice President
Treasurer
Deceased
12.1971RonStantonTreasurer
Committee
13.1972HaroldBellCommittee
14.1973RoyGoughVice President
Committee
Deceased
15.1973HarryWortleyCommitteeDeceased
16.1974JohnSpencerCommitteeDeceased
17.1974PeterDamaPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
18.1974LydiaReadSub CommitteesMrs.
19.1974PatriciaWortleySocial CommitteeDeceased
Mrs.
20.1976BevanJamesCommitteeDeceased
21.1977MarionFarmerMrs.
22.1978BarryMaherClub Captain
23.1980MorriePietroniroCommittee
24.1982BarryPreedyVice President
Committee
25.1983PeterReadPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Committee
26.1983Stephen CarterTreasurer
27.1983TedVeseyCommittee
28.1985TerryWortleyVice President
Secretary
Treasurer
29.1987DavidBlightVice President
Treasurer
Actively Playing
30.1987GeorgeMazziniSecretary
31.1987RayTurnbullSecretary
32.1989KeithWarner
33.1990MalcolmJohnsonCommittee
34.1991GraemeAshleySecretary
Treasurer
Registrar
35.1991JuneJamesMrs.
36.1991MaureenPreedyMrs.
37.1993MervynSmithVice President
Secretary
38.1994EricThurkleCommittee
39.1994NoelWoodVice President
Treasurer
40.1995LeeDonovanTreasurer
41.1997ChrisBibrlik
42.1998PeterMcGilvrayVice President
43.2002AntonyBrightCommittee
44.2002RonMcDonaldVice President
Committee
Actively Playing
45.2004CraigForsythVice President
46.2006BradleyMantVice PresidentActively Playing
47.2006GrahamPoundCommittee
48.2007GaryBoyesVice President
49.2007ShayneHerseyPresident
Committee
Actively Playing
50.2007AndrewWraggCommitteeActively Playing
51.2008MickBennettCommitteeActively Playing
52.2008JimLeinasars
53.2010DeborahBlightSecretaryMrs.
54.2010SandyBoyesSecretaryMrs.
55.2010GraemeBondCommitteeActively Playing
56.2010DarrenRoseVice President
Committee
57.2010AndrewWalkerTreasurer
58.2011SeanWrightVice President
59.2012JohnIpsenPresident
60.2012MatthewSmithCommittee
61.2013Gareth FinlayActively Playing
62.2014DavidAbercrombieCommitteeActively Playing
63.2016CraigPereiraTreasurerActively Playing
64.2017KevinPollerTeam CaptainActively Playing
65.2017ShannonDaviesSecretaryActively Playing

Last Updated: April 2017


History Of Life Membership:

The first Life Membership was awarded to President Albert West in 1950, when the Club itself was into its thirty second year.

Previously, our founding fathers, the Church Of Christ in Fremantle had elected not to introduce Life Membership into the Club, believing it to be a pointless exercise.

This lasted for over two decades since our 1918 foundation, but with the several years that followed, the Club was placed into hiatus during World War Two between 1942 and 1945, and with our return for the 1945/46 season, new attitudes and ideals towards this honour had emerged.

With that, the Club saw its first introduction of Life Membership. However, in keeping with the traditions of years past, it was decided that the Club would honour the wishes of those who had come before, and no Life Membership awards were given to those before 1942, although there were certainly many who deserved such recognition.

Mr. Albert West, the first Spartan Life Member.

Since the first Life Membership was awarded to Albert West in 1950, there have been another 65 recipients in the almost seven decades that have followed, equating to less than one new entrant per season.

It is evident then that this accolade is not one handed out at will or simply because it seems like it should be done.

In fact, there are a number of years when there has not been an update to the list, and with the 2018 Centenary Celebrations quickly approaching, it would appear unlikely that there will be any new Life Members inducted until that time.

It is certainly the highest individual honour one can receive at the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club, and to those men and women above who have earned their place in Club history, they are without doubt most deserving.

Becoming a Life Member is a hugely prestigious honour for the recipient, and those who have been awarded the honour for the Club are amongst our greatest assets and are the most genuine Spartans one could meet.

We encourage all members to try to replicate even some of the incredible achievements – both on and off the field – that our Life Members have accomplished.


Facts About Life Membership:

  • Life Membership was first awarded in 1950.
  • Albert West, our former President, was the first recipient of the award.
  • There have been 63 Spartans to receive Life Membership.
  • Albert West, Brian Waterer, Peter Dama, Peter Read, John Ipsen, and Shayne Hersey are the only Spartans who have both served as President and are Life Members.
  • A total of seven women have been inducted as Life Members, most recently Sandy Boyes and Deborah Blight in 2010.
  • The first ladies to receive Life Membership were Lydia Read and Patricia Wortley in 1974.
  • Shannon Davies and Kevin Poller are the most recent inductees of Life Membership, in 2017.

Photos:

Some of our Leeming Spartan Life Members at the Club Windup in 2016, celebrating the most recent inductee, Craig Pereira.

Back Row: B. Mant, S. Wright, P. Read, G. Boyes, D. Abercrombie, Mrs. D. Blight, G. Ashley

Front Row: J. Ipsen, S. Hersey, N. Wood, C. Pereira, B. James, Mrs. J. James, D. Blight, Mrs. S. Boyes


Leeming Spartan Life Members at our Windup in 2017, celebrating the induction of our most recent Life Members, Kevin Poller and Shannon Davies.

Back Row: D. Abercrombie, G. Boyes, M. Bennett, G. Ashley

Front Row: Mrs. S. Boyes, K. Poller, S. Davies, R. McDonald


Spartan Legend Lew Read receives his Life Membership (presented by our President at the time Jack Knox-Peden) at our 1970 Club Windup at the Jandakot Hall.

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