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Life member Keith Dudgeon

Keith was born in Cairns on 5 th September 1946. He played 41 First Class Matches and 8 List A games between 1967-75. His statistics are there for you all to read on Cricinfo however there is much more to this man than being a top cricketer.

 

Keith Dudgeon was minuted as an attendee at the very first meeting run by our founders Errold La Frantz M.B.E., Cec Anstey O.A.M and Cliff Christensen which was held at Bishop Park in 1972, to discuss forming a junior cricket competition and Keith has been involved in junior cricket in some way ever since.

 

Keith was very active in assisting the Committee in the running of the Valley Norths Zone 2 competition prior to the amalgamation of the Zones in 1998 to form the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association. During that time at Valley Norths Zone 2 he was a selector of Representative teams and an advisor to the Committee on the formulation of the Rules and the running of the Saturday morning competitions. As the numbers of players increased in Junior Cricket there was a push to introduce more player participation through a modified game of cricket and Keith was very much involved in introducing modified rules for cricket for the younger age groups.

 

He was also, in conjunction with Barry Richards the then CEO of Queensland Cricket, instrumental in introducing the Under 16 Lords Taverners competition in Season 1991-92. One of his many roles was as a Selector at the QJC Championships. They used to select a Queensland team from Under 16s and Keith was the City Selector and Ross Duncan the Country Selector. Keith coached the very first Under 16 Queensland Junior Cricket team. From that team there were two standout cricketers that were spoken about; one was Gary Hayden (Matthew’s Hayden’s elder brother) and the other, Alfie Langer, who both scored a prolific amount of runs.

 

On a personal note I first met Keith around 1984 when he approached me and asked me if he could coach my youngest son Dean. The answer was obviously yes. It was certainly worthwhile as my son progressed through to play First Grade cricket with Valley. But it also benefitted me in that while the coaching sessions were happening I was acting like a sponge and taking in everything that Keith was instructing. It was an experience that has been of great assistance to me personally and it has stayed with me and been instrumental in my own coaching efforts. Keith further enhanced his coaching abilities when he attended the very first Level 3 coaching course in Queensland and from there became a coaching director for Queensland Cricket

 

He has been a supporter of Junior Cricket for many years and has been a very generous sponsor to all of our Junior Clubs across the Association. He offered sponsorship of our Anstey/La Frantz and Reevesie Cup competitions by supplying the balls used and the caps for the winning teams.

 

Whilst there is certainly much more that can be added to this summation of Keith’s list of achievements and support for our Association, I put forward to you that Keith Edward Dudgeon, with his involvement in junior cricket since 1972, some 42 years, is very much deserving of Life Membership of the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association and I am personally delighted to nominate him this evening.