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 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
2801960/1961
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: April 2017

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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.

Mr. Albert West, the first Spartan Life Member.

Since then, 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 the Leeming Spartan Life Members at our 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, J. 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