Left to Right: The late George Sparnon presents the Cricket Club’s Man of the Match Award to Mike.
Mike Burnett was born on 7 May, 1948 at Chatham Road Hospital. The hospital immediately shut down the day after Michael was born.
Born to parents Norma and Lawrence. Mike’s Dad passed away some 20 years ago and his mother Norma is now 91 years of age and living in a Nursing Home where Mike and wife Helen do volunteer work.
Mike started his education at Saint Joseph’s Keswick and then Saint Joseph’s Kurralta Park. His secondary education was at Marist Brothers, Thebarton. Yes, Mike is a good Catholic lad.
Mike has had lots of jobs, he has worked as a creamer at Arnotts Biscuits, at Johnnies he was a salesboy and a nipple greaser at Lightburn washing machines.
He got called up for National Service which he enjoyed mainly because he was based in Victoria and not in Vietnam. It was in training that he first met Russell Wight.
After Nasho not wanting to grease any more nipples he got a job at The Old Guv and started as a shitboy in October, 1970. His job was taking type formes out of the lift and delivering them to the press operators. Then it was forklift driving and store work under Peter Shepherd and Gordon Miels. He was then moved on to despatch working as a van delivery driver and spy for Frank McDermott.
Mike loved this work and became mates with Sam Sly. After Frank had a stroke Mike was appointed Despatch Officer. He was now a big boss. He had a busy sports life outside of work, tennis as a youngster, then football at Edwardstown with Russell Wight and then had a short time with South Road Cricket Club.
Then it was 20 years of Cricket with the Independent Cricket Association as a player and Chairman of the Saints Cricket Club where he was awarded Life Membership. Mike also made several trips to Melbourne with the Guv Cricket Club where he got blind drunk and still opened the bowling and batting. Mike married Helen in 1991.
Mike used to be a fanatical West Adelaide Footy supporter but has mellowed somewhat and now sits up in the grandstand with Rod Parham and both he and Rod miss the late Warren Pietsch sitting up there with them. Mike did a wonderful job officiating at Warren’s Funeral service.
After leaving the Guv in 1995, Mike worked in the Funeral Industry for 15 years and still gets called in from time to time.
Mike has a daughter Donna who lives in Melbourne with grandson Riley. Mike’s other daughter Kelly sadly died 20 years ago when she was only twenty years of age. He misses her dreadfully.
Mike you are a truly great and genuinely nice man and you are A Legend.