Happy New Year Sharks - Juniors, Womens and 5ths are back in action this week
Each year, the Washington Park Cricket Club recognise outstanding efforts on and off the field.
The most prestigious of the awards presented is the JQ medal.
Presented annually to the player voted by his teammates as the most valuable player by a voting system where after each game, every player in each grade submits votes in a 3,2,1 format for individual performances that round. In true Brownlow style, each weeks votes are counted after the final days play for the year - with the winner being presented their medal on senior presentation night.
About John Quiney.....
John Quiney was a stalwalt of the club, holding many positions including player, president, staunch supporter and most importantly - friend to everyone.
JQ first played cricket at the age of 22 - and 5 years later was captain of Channon Parks Longmuir Shield side. His career included 4 centruries the most memorable coming in a one dayer - a batting resume anyone would be proud of.
JQ's love of cricket extended beyond his 180 odd games: his off field support began as in 1973 - becoming president in 1982. This position was held by John for 17 years. An amazing effort by any standards. But supporting the club was not enough - John also served the controlling body (CMCA) for many years, in many positions - Club Delegate, Commitee Member, Treasurer and Vice President.
Add to this 10 years managing the CMCA 1st XI representative side and 16 years coordinating umpire appointments and you begin to understand the extent of JQ's reach within the local cricketing community. The fact that the CMCA 'C' Grade shield is named after John is no surprise.
JQ passed away in December of 2008 and is still missed by all at the club.