Cricket Australia announced their A Sport For All State awards with four of the Tasmanian awards going to four North-West Coast clubs and individuals.
For the club awards, Sheffield Cricket Club was chosen as Community Facility Project of the Year, Latrobe Cricket Club as Community Club of the Year.
For the individual honours, Latrobe’s Callan Morse won Ambassador of the Year and BCL umpire coordinator Ray Howe chosen as Community Match Official of the Year.
Sheffield Cricket Club president Peter King said the award was great recognition for a small club.
“It is great because we are a very small club and it is good to be seen doing the right thing,” King said.
“The second ground had been out of action for 15 years and it would not have been possible without Don Thwaites and the council.
“We are hoping to have a women’s team for next season, and also gave the juniors a ground to train on.”
Latrobe Cricket Club president Stephen French said winning the award was a great pat on the back for all the hard work the whole club.
“We were a new board this year and there was a push to a one club model where we were more inclusive,” French said.
“Everyone has embraced the move and we have a lot of volunteers who deserve a pat on the back as well as the local council being terrific.”
Ambassador award winner Morse said he was honoured to receive the award after the work he put in.
“It is a bit of acknowledgement for being involved pretty heavily at the club in a non-playing capacity, being in In2Cricket, T20 Blast and girls coach and shows I do more roles than just playing the game,” Morse said.
For Ray Howe, the award came as a surprise as he said he continues to contribute to cricket out of love for sport.
“It is indeed an honour, primarily I do this for the love of the game itself and umpiring is the best way to remain involved in the game,” Howe said.
“Good cricket requires good umpires, I have put my hand up over the years to help the game and other umpires, with umpire training and volunteered to help improve the leagues by-laws.”
See below for a summary of all Tasmanian award winners.
Story courtesy Jarryd McGuane, Fairfax Media. Photos courtesy Hobart Hurricanes - North West office.