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 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 actively have helped out 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 63 Spartans have been inducted as Life Members.

You can view the list below.

Life Members:

Year InductedFirst NameSurnamePositions HeldBody Of WorkNotesMatchesExecutive YearsFirst Season
1950AlbertWestPresident
Secretary
Deceased1014 Seasons1941/1942
1955GeorgePrinceCommittee351945/1946
1957TomLanglandsVice PresidentLongtime Spartan
First Grade Stalwart
Deceased571 Season1945/1946
1962JackKnox-PedenPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Deceased30 Seasons1945/1946
1962JoeRaynerVice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Deceased1139 Seasons
1966ColinCromptonVice President
Treasurer
Club CaptainDeceased1316 Seasons1956/1957
1967BrianWatererPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Club Captain44643 Seasons1958/1959
1968AlfredDyerCommitteeDelegateDeceased1191945/1946
1968LaurieFarmerVice President
Committee
Bar ManagerDeceased1383 Seasons1956/1957
1969GeorgePluskeSecretary
Committee
Club Captain
Club Coach
1612 Seasons1956/1957
1970LewReadVice President
Treasurer
Club Captain
Club Coach
Deceased2054 Seasons1956/1957
1971RonStantonTreasurer
Committee
Administrator2154 Seasons1957/1958
1972HaroldBellCommitteeOff field achievements2191959/1960
1973RoyGoughVice President
Committee
Team CaptainDeceased1944 Seasons1961/1962
1973HarryWortleyCommitteeCommittee
Social
Deceased
1974JohnSpencerCommitteeCaptain Coach
Team Captain
F&DMCA Delegate
Deceased1771965/1966
1974PeterDamaPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Committee20512 Seasons1966/1967
1974LydiaReadSub CommitteesSocial
Canteen
Fundraising
Mrs.
1974PatriciaWortleySocial CommitteeSocial
Canteen
Deceased
Mrs.
1976BevanJamesCommitteeCommittee
Fund raising
2801960/1961
1977MarionFarmerFundraising
Bar
Social
Mrs.
1978BarryMaherClub Captain1411965/1966
1980MorriePietroniroCommitteeClub Captain
Team Captain
3291967/1968
1982BarryPreedyVice President
Committee
Team Captain2624 Seasons1968/1969
1983PeterReadPresident
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Committee
Committee
Team Captain
4009 Seasons1972/1973
1983Stephen CarterTreasurerClub Captain
Team Captain
1072 Seasons1973/1974
1983TedVeseyCommitteeCommittee
Fund raising
1985TerryWortleyVice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Committee
Team Captain
1356 Seasons1970/1971
1987DavidBlightVice President
Treasurer
Committee
Team Captain
Selector
Actively Playing4887 Seasons1975/1976
1987GeorgeMazziniSecretaryCommittee
Social
2002 Seasons1974/1975
1987RayTurnbullSecretaryCommittee
Team Captain
3212 Seasons1974/1975
1989KeithWarnerLong time player1821973/1974
1990MalcolmJohnsonCommittee
Equipment maintenance
1991GraemeAshleySecretary
Treasurer
Registrar
Committee
Team Captain
Bar Manager
32618 Seasons1976/1977
1991JuneJamesCanteen
Social
Fundraising
Mrs.
1991MaureenPreedyCanteen
Social
Mrs.
1993MervynSmithVice President
Secretary
Committee
Team Captain
Bar Manager
933 Seasons1975/1976
1994EricThurkleCommitteeCommittee
MCC liaison
1161981/1982
1994NoelWoodVice President
Treasurer
LSA Treasurer2793 Seasons1981/1982
1995LeeDonovanTreasurerCommittee
Team Captain
Registrar
2042 Seasons1982/1983
1997ChrisBibrlikLong time player2961981/1982
1998PeterMcGilvrayVice PresidentClub Coach
Team Captain
2195 Seasons1988/1989
2002AntonyBrightCommitteeJunior Coach
Team Captain
2501986/1987
2002RonMcDonaldVice President
Committee
Committee
Selector
Team Captain
Actively Playing4124 Seasons1988/1989
2004CraigForsythVice PresidentCommittee
Team Captain
2183 Seasons1987/1988
2006BradleyMantVice PresidentCommittee
Fund Raising
Team Captain
Actively Playing4014 Seasons1990/1991
2006GrahamPoundCommitteeTeam Captain1931992/1993
2007GaryBoyesVice PresidentCommittee
Team Captain
Bar Manager
3543 Seasons1990/1991
2007ShayneHerseyPresident
Committee
Committee
Team Captain
Actively Playing3141 Season1991/1992
2007AndrewWraggCommitteeCommittee
Team Captain
Actively Playing3401990/1991
2008MickBennettCommitteeCommittee
Selector
"Collector of monies"
Actively Playing2611992/1993
2008JimLeinasarsLong Term Player3151990/1991
2010DeborahBlightSecretaryCanteen
Social
Mrs.
2010SandyBoyesSecretaryCanteen
Bar
Mrs.
2010GraemeBondCommitteeCommittee
Team Captain
Actively Playing2881991/1992
2010DarrenRoseVice President
Committee
Committee
Team Captain
2451 Season1991/1992
2010AndrewWalkerTreasurerTeam Captain2623 Seasons1991/1992
2011SeanWrightVice PresidentFund Raising3015 Seasons1991/1992
2012JohnIpsenPresident90th Anniversary
Sponsorship
Projects
Fund Raising
847 Seasons2005/2006
2012MatthewSmithCommitteeCommittee
Club Coach
2141992/1993
2013Gareth FinlayLong Time PlayerActively Playing2811994/1995
2014DavidAbercrombieCommitteeLong Time PlayerActively Playing3001994/1995
2016CraigPereiraTreasurerCommittee
Team Captain
Actively Playing2163 Seasons1999/2000

Last Updated: January 2017


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History Of Life Membership:

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

Since then, there have been another 62 recipients in almost seven decades, less than one new entrant per season.

It is evident then, that this accolade is not one handed out at will or 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 would be any new Life Members 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.


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.
  • Craig Pereira is the most recent inductee of Life Membership, in 2016.

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