Volunteers - The Backbone Of Community Cricket
20 January 2017  
2016-17 Volunteer of the Year Award winners with WACA Chair and President The Hon. Dr Ken Michael and CEO Christina Matthews (front L-R)
The spectrum of contributions to cricket in Western Australia were yesterday celebrated as the WACA hosted the 2016-17 Volunteer of the Year Awards around the Victoria Bitter ODI match at the WACA Ground.

The top two gongs were awarded to a pair of volunteers contributing to the game at opposite ends of cricket, with Volunteer of the Year – Female going to Wembley Districts Cricket Club’s Margie Oldfield for the tremendous achievements the club achieved in junior girls’ programs and Volunteer of the Year – Male awarded to Senior Cricket WA’s David Horsley.

A total of six volunteers took home awards for contributions ranging from coaching, scoring and umpiring, running club canteens, keeping the finances in check or leading clubs.

The winners of the 2016-17 awards were: 
  • Volunteer of the Year – Female – Margie Oldfield (Wembley Districts Cricket Club) 
  • Volunteer of the Year – Male – David Horsley (Senior Cricket WA) 
  • Toyota Country Volunteer of the Year – Female – Melinda Lucas (Toodyay Cricket Club) 
  • Toyota Country Volunteer of the Year – Male – Paul Clune (Bakers Hills Cricket Club 
  • Young Volunteer of the Year – Female – Bryanna Paterson (Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club) 
  • Young Volunteer of the Year – Male – Ryan Mclay (Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club) 
General Manager – Game & Market Development Jo Davies said volunteers were integral to the fabric of cricket in Western Australia.

"Without the dedication, commitment and passion of the thousands of volunteers who give up their time each year, community cricket would not exist,” Ms Davies said.

"If we had to pay for the hours volunteers work, the sport would not survive.

"And while there are many reasons why people put their hand up to volunteer, it can often be a thankless job.

"We are extremely grateful to all our volunteers and thank them for their continued support of community cricket.”