Five new inductees to the Prahran Cricket Club Hall of Fame were announced at the 140th Birthday Gala.
We were fortunate to celebrate the club's 140th birthday in March with a gala function at the Amora Hotel in Richmond.
Around 180 players, past players, committee, volunteers, parents, and invited guests enjoyed the celebrations which included medallion presentations to life members and the induction of five new Hall of Fame members.
It was a fantastic way to celebrate the end of a very successful season for the club, albeit one that was prematurely cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And a special thanks to Phil Williamson and Lisa Grimwade who did a huge job organising the evening and to Nick Morrey who once again did a fantastic job as MC on the night.
The club recognises and honours the significant achievements of its players, officials and supporters through induction as members of the club's permanent Hall of Fame.
This year we have the pleasure of inducting the following former players into our Hall of Fame. Congratulations all!
Julie Calvert had a phenomenal cricket career. As a right-hand bat she scored 7,369 runs for the Brunswick Park Ladies Cricket Club at an average of 37.98 and a highest score of 147. She holds the club record for most runs and her 261 matches is also a club record.
Julie was a Victorian state representative from 1986 to 1997 and an Australian ODI rep in 1993.
James Higgs is well known to many people for his long-standing commitment to the club. James has been 1st Eleven scorer since 1992-93. His skills in this area are widely known and he is a regular for the Victorian cricket team and has scored Australian internationals. James is a Life Member of the club and honorary historian and statistician. His contribution has been recognised outside of the club as a Higgins Community Award recipient.
Karl Hieser has been a volunteer with our club for nearly 30 years, starting out in 1991-92. He has scored nearly 500 games, over 400 of these for his beloved 2nd Eleven, and over 80 for the First Eleven. Karl is a Life Member of the club and is also a recipient of the Higgins Community Award.
Ray Sibraa had a significant influence across the club for a great many years. As a right-hand opening bat he played across all grades, starting as the Dowling Shield captain in 1996-97. Ray captained the 2nd Eleven for seven years and the 3rd Eleven for four years. He was a successful coach and mentor to many young players and also served on the club committee.
Sam Coates is the club's most successful wicketkeeper batsman. His 342 dismissals is a club record that will stand for many years to come. He holds the record for most dismissals in a season (47) as well as batting partnership records for the 7th, 8th and 9th wickets. Sam played 186 matches and was captain for 83 of these. He is a Life Member of the club.