In the front on the Left we have Geoff Morey with beard (who was a loud mouthed Victorian or was it New South Welshman and great bloke).
I think Geoff was a sort of honorary member of the South Australian Cricket Club.
Sadly, Geoff died quite young. The Morey Family kindly donated a Pewter Mug in Geoff’s memory to be given to a South Australian who made an outstanding non sporting contribution to the successs of each Annual Trip.
Moving along we have a lady unknown and then the late Bob Allen. Middle Row: Reg Handke and Ian Grunert (looking more like a woman each passing day).
Back Row: The late Adrian Chennell (seated), Darryl “Chook” Preece, Bulldog, The late John Elsdon, Parham, Big Den and on the extreme right is that Rob Powell or Sleepy?
Photo: (from left to Right) Bob Allen, Keith Oxley and Coralie Hills.
Sadly our little Aussie battler Bob passed away quietly on 1 February, 2017, aged 83.
Bob was born in Belfast in Northern Ireland and emigrated to Australia in the late 1950s. Within two days of his arrival he was working at the Old Guv in King William Road as a Binder.
Some Highlights of our Bob’s time at the Guv.
1. Arranged the controversial Casino Night at the Netley Canteen which was raided by the Police Vice Squad, resulting in headline news, arrests, broken property and the theft of Anatoli Onishko’s cash register.
2. Entered Australia as a Ten Pound tourist and was employed at the Guv after telling Merv “Nobby” Clark that he had played cricket for the Northern Ireland Test team.
3. He was duly appointed to the GPO Cricket Club as Head Coach and senior adviser to our Captain for Life, Mr. Russell Wight.
4. Bob organised the Cricket Bus Trip to Hell by hiring Eric Miles “The Crayfish” to be the bus driver to go to Melbourne. The Crayfish got lost just outside Bacchus Marsh arriving hours late in Melbourne. By that time Bob was purple with rage at Eric’s blinding incompetence.
It was difficult to understand Bob on some days, especially when he got excited!
A little Aussie Battler who was innovative and daring as our Cricket Club Secretary. And, I’m richer for having known this man.
Bob Allen was a great bloke who achieved Old Guv Legend status and shed a grateful tear when receiving his Award!