Ben Treloar won NSWCUSA’s highest honour for the third time as he took home the George Borwick Memorial Award on Saturday night at the 2018-19 Annual Dinner and Awards Night in Bankstown.
Treloar won the award for the second time in three summers on the back of an impressive season, averaging 4.72 from First Grade captains alongside perfect attendance and availability for Saturdays throughout the NSW Premier Cricket season.
With 210 in attendance, NSWCUSA celebrated the 2018-19 summer, with key highlights including having ten umpires appointed to national finals and one umpire and two scorers making international debuts.
Gerard Abood made his ODI debut in the match between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval in November, whilst Kay Wilcoxon and Ian Wright made their Test match and T20I debuts in the respective Australia v India matches at the SCG.
Special presentations were made to Claire Polosak for her appointment to the England v India semi-final of the ICC Women’s World T20 in Antigua and to Wagga Wagga’s Brian Walker, who stood in his 800th match during the 2018-19 season.
The E. F. Wykes OAM Association Medal, the Borwick equivalent for NSWCUSA Affiliated Associations, was presented to the North Coast’s Rob Pye. Pye beat an outstanding selection of nominees from around the State to win the award for the first time.
Also the pick of an impressive field of nominees, Brothers Cricket Club scorer Judy Disson took out the Malcolm Gorham Scorer’s Award. Disson scores in the GDSC Premier League conducted by the Clarence River Cricket Association.
Keith Shannon was awarded the Alan Marshall Medal for rookie umpire of the year, capping off a memorable first season in Premier Cricket – which featured a Third Grade debut on the back of an average captain’s mark of 4.38.
Members and guests were entertained by former Australian, NSW and Tasmanian cricketer, and now media personality, Ed Cowan who shared stories about his cricketing journey and umpires he came across throughout his career. Sydney Cricket Club’s Nic Bills was a superb MC for the evening, hosting the evening with his trademark quick wit which was appreciated by all.
Bathurst’s Graeme Glazebrook was again awarded the Kevin Pye Medal. This is the fourth season in a row that Glazebrook has been recognised as Country Umpire of the Year, capping off a memorable season which featured on field appointments in both the T20 and One-Day National Finals of the Men’s Division at the Australian Country Cricket Championships.
The SCA Panel Medals were handed out on the evening, recognising the best umpires in each grade of NSW Premier Cricket – as assessed by the captains. Darren Goodger took out the Panel 1 Medal, with an average captain’s mark of 4.97 (of a possible 5) across the season. This is a record ninth time that Goodger has won the medal – and the fourth season in a row.
The Panel 2 Medal was jointly awarded, for only the second time in history, with Bede Sajowitz and Andrew Yarad unable to be separated with average captain’s marks of 4.66 seeing the pair both win their first Panel Medals.
After a few years officiating in the Sydney Shires competition, Clay Finnemore picked up the Panel 3 Medal in his first full season of Premier Cricket. An average captain’s mark of 4.48 saw Clay a deserving winner.
The Panel 4 Medal was won by Greg Carmock, one of NSWCUSA’s most enthusiastic umpires, with an average mark of 4.42 across the ten matches he umpired in Sydney Cricket Association competitions.