Some background on Michael. He arrived in Brisbane at the age of 18 from Clermont in 1978, for those not aware it is between Emerald and Mackay in Central Queensland, to play grade cricket with Northern Suburbs Cricket Club (Norths). Actually he was recruited by the club.
Season-1978-79, I quote Norths website
The club's second gain for this season was a young speedster from Clermont, Michael Mainhardt, right arm fast medium, who in his first season took 42 wickets, 32 in first grade at 20.15. Michael lived up to the potential he displayed and on his retirement, after a total of 147 matches in first grade, had 336 wickets to his credit at the healthy average of 25.63. From there he was selected to represent Queensland.
This season saw Club history for Norths made when Ian Healy was selected to represent Australia on a tour to Pakistan and Michael Mainhardt was selected in the Australian Aboriginal team which toured England in June in the Bicentenary Year.
Michael has also been involved with Indigenous cricket for some time selecting teams and finally taking the role of Coach of the team this past season when he coached the Queensland team in the Imparja Cup winning the National Title.
However “Ducko” as he is best known, he might. I hope, explain the origin of the nickname to us tonight did not rest on his representative laurels he decided to become involved in Junior Cricket when his son Ben commenced playing Under 10s with Wilston-North Junior Cricket Club in 1998. He decided to put something back into the game he loves and the game that gave him many life opportunities. Michael coached a junior team at Wilston-North each year from 1998 through to 2004. He served on the Wilston-North Executive from 2000 to 2004 in the positions of Junior or Senior Vice-President. He has coached the Norths Lords Taverners team since its inception in Season 1991 / 1992.
He first became involved with the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association back in 2001 taking the Under 13 Championship Team to Maryborough winning the State Championships and has continued his involvement since with selection and coaching of Brisbane North teams even after his son Ben had moved into Senior Cricket. Michael last Season coached our Under 16 Representative team to win the State Championships undefeated.
He has travelled quite a bit with the teams:-
2001 - U13 - Maryborough - State Champions
2002 - U14 - Charters Towers
2003 - U15 - Toowoomba
2004 - U14 - Charters Towers
2005 - U15 - Bundaberg
2006 - U15 - M S West - Griffith University
2007 - U16 - Brisbane North (Northgate) - State Champions (Undefeated)
On a lighter note I was going to say he is a very quietly spoken man, which he is, however, as I have found out with a couple of Bundies under his belt the stories do have a tendency to rise to the surface.
Like all Life Members Michael always has the best interest and concern for our young cricketers in Brisbane North both at Club and Association level. He has been and always will be, a great ambassador for Junior cricket.