Your executive Committee has much pleasure in nominating Mr. Cec Anstey OAM, for Life Membership of our Association. Life Membership is the greatest honour an Association can bestow upon a person.
I feel most humble, extremely privileged and very proud that I have the opportunity to propose to you the nomination of Cec Anstey for Life Membership of the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association.
First of all Cec, I would like to wish you a belated happy birthday on the occasion of your 93rd birthday, which you celebrated on the 14th June.
It was around 1990 when I became involved in Senior Grade cricket that the name Anstey first came to my notice. Cec Anstey and his mate Errold La Frantz were the driving force behind Toombul District Cricket Club and at that time Cec was Vice President of Queensland Cricket. These two were always present at the various delegate meetings and held in very high esteem by the their peers in the Queensland cricket fraternity. However, it was not until Ray Wonnacott gave me some old junior “Zone 1” minute books that the realisation started to dawn as to what an enormous part Cec played in the formation of Junior Cricket in Queensland.
Then when we realised that organised Saturday morning junior cricket was celebrating 30 years, it all flowed from there. Casual visits to the Anstey and La Frantz households began to reveal an incredible story of a man who has dedicated his life to a diverse range of community organisations.
In his younger years, a top all round sportsman, Cec represented Warwick at cricket and captained the side for many years. He also played “A” grade cricket at Souths. He played representative Rugby League and distinguished himself at Hockey, by not only playing for Queensland for a number of seasons but also by being selected and playing for Australia. The highlight of his Hockey career was his selection in an Australian Olympic team. Unfortunately, these Olympics never eventuated because of World War II. All this is a proud record indeed.
But for Cec it did not end there. He had been very active on many committees and this continued when he was transferred to Brisbane from Warwick by the Education Department. He was the first Principal of Wavell High School. He was also the first Registrar of the Queensland Institute of Technology putting in place the processes and procedures. He was Registrar from 1967 to 1975.
His move to Brisbane was to the benefit of Toombul District Cricket Club where he took on the role of President in 1971 and served in that role until 1980.
It was during this period that he questioned why other sports had organised junior competitions but none was existent for cricket. So in 1972, with Cec Anstey as Chairman, the Toombul District Cricket Junior Cricket Competition was formed to provide organised Saturday morning cricket fixtures for juniors. In the first season thirty-two teams participated. With the competition up and running the Brisbane Junior Cricket Association was formed with Cec Anstey as Chairman. He also initiated the formation of the Queensland Junior Cricket Association.
Cec was given Life Membership of Toombul District Cricket Club in 1977 and Life Membership of Queensland Cricket in 1983.
Cec was an elected Vice President of Queensland Cricket from 1981 to 2002 when he stood down.
He is a Life Member of both the Warwick Hockey Association and Warwick Cricket Association.
He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1995 for his services to cricket. He was the recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and just recently received the Centenary Medal for his services to the community. The community service, well that is another story in itself and I won’t go into that here tonight, sorry Cec.
His drive, enthusiasm and energy to see his dreams come true is astounding.
Cec, you must be a very proud man today to see what your cricket dream has achieved.
Cec, if I may I would like to bestow on you the mantle of “Father of Queensland Junior Cricket”. It is thanks to you and your foresight, energy and drive and love of the game of cricket that we are here tonight as the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association.
Cec Anstey, it is with great pleasure that I put forward your nomination of Life Membership of the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association.