Cricket Victoria has congratulated Victorian cricket community representatives recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.
Jim Higgs, John Hammer, Geoff Reilley, Lawrence Leeman, John Fowler, Stephen Hirt and Collins Dyson all received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to cricket and their local communities.
Collins Dyson OAM – Life Member of Bundoora Cricket Club John Fowler OAM – Life Member of Caulfield Cricket Club John Hammer OAM – Founder, Victorian Mid-Year Cricket Association Jim Higgs OAM – Former Australian Test player, selector, Cricket Victoria Board Member and Life Member of Richmond Cricket Club Stephen Hirt OAM, AFSM – Life Member of Melton Cricket Club Lawrence Leeman OAM – Life Member of Vermont South Cricket Club Geoff Reilley OAM – Life Member of Caulfield Cricket Club
Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide said the recipients had earned national recognition for their many years of service to their local communities.
“On behalf of everyone in Victorian cricket I would like to congratulate these seven recipients on their Order of Australia inductions,” Dodemaide said.
“Collectively they have served Victorian cricket from the very highest levels through to dedicating their time to developing the game at the grassroots level. This is just recognition for their significant contributions over many years,” Dodemaide added.