The Hawk’s Community recently celebrated the naming of the pavilion at Walter Galt Reserve with an official dinner attended by many past and present players and officials, and a number of local dignitaries.
The pavilion, now known as the Hunt-McLeod Pavilion, in honour of the services provided to the Community by Brian Hunt and Greg McLeod, was officially commemorated by Cr Geoff Gledhill representing the City of Kingston.
Cr Gledhill gladly accepted the Club’s invitation and mentioned in his speech “these two gentlemen have provided a combined 90 years of service to this great Community.
This is truly a remarkable effort and should not go unrewarded.”
The night, hosted by MC and current Hawk’s President, Brett Sebire, provided opportunity for a number of past Club Presidents to speak of the achievements of Greg and Brian, who were both supported by family and friends. Shorye Chopra, Club Captain also spoke of the outstanding commitment and contribution displayed by Brian and Greg, and that the playing group should pay their utmost respects to these two gentlemen who have been the backbone of many generations of cricketers in this Community.
The Club must also acknowledge the efforts of former Club President and current Cricket Director, Mr Phil O’Meara for making this idea a reality. Phil has single handedly canvassed and gained support from the City of Kingston, and co-tenants, Mordialloc Braeside Junior Football Club, and the Walter Galt Committee of Management, as acknowledgement of this remarkable achievement.
The night was a huge success, and thoroughly enjoyed by Greg, Brian, their friends and families, and all those in attendance.
It was humbling to see the support of two of the Community’s greatest Clubmen.
Listed below is an excerpt from the official application lodged with Council highlighting some of the achievements of Brian and Greg:-
Brian has worked tirelessly for the Club since he joined the St John Vianneys Cricket Club at it’s inception in 1975.
Brian has lived in the area all his life and is approaching 80 years of age. He is a local identity, beginning his career as a jumps jockey in the Mordialloc area, and when his children started school at St John Vianneys, Parkdale, he was involved in the running of the District 10 Sports Carnivals. He has also devoted over 40 years of service to other Clubs in the area, firstly as sports trainer for the St Patricks Mentone and Parkdale Vultures Football Clubs, and secondly 25 years as a trainer with the Dandenong Stingrays. Brian is a Life Member of the Vultures and has been recognised by the VAFA for services to the football community.
Brian still keeps busy with his football connections providing maintenance services to the grounds, and ensuring the Clubrooms and surrounds at the Gerry Green Reserve are always clean and ready for match day.
On the cricket side, Brian was a committee member for the first 4 years of the Club and then delegate to the Federal District Cricket Association (FDCA).
He won the Best Clubman award for the first 4 years of the Club and again in 1989. It was decided by the Committee that the Best Clubman award should be named in Brian’s honour, to allow other people a chance to win. The award to this day is called the Brian Hunt Best Clubman award.
Over the years, Brian has been barman and general maintenance man, and for over 40 years the Curator at both turf grounds (Walter Galt & St Bedes College) spending untold hours in this role. He still provides his cleaning services to the Clubrooms and is the Club’s general all round handyman.
Recently the Club installed turf practice wickets, where Brian can be seen watering or rolling 7 days a week on site.
You will often see Brian at the Club, 12 months of the year with his head in the rubbish bins collecting and recycling cans. The Club’s trophies for the first 10 years were donated by R.L. Roberts, the local bottle-o. Brian would collect the empty bottles and cans and cash them in at Roberts, using the money collected to fund the annual trophies.
Brian was an opening batsman and wichetkeeper, playing 278 games for the Club, including 2 premierships. He made 2 centuries and 16 fifties and captained the lower grade teams during his time, winning the batting average on a number of occasions. His teams were affectionately know as Hunty’s Heroes.
Brian received life membership of the Club in 1985, and was recognised with a certificate from Cricket Victoria for 50 years service to cricket on the 12th March, 2014.
Recently Brian became the 14th inductee into the Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club Hall of Fame, requiring a minimum of 40 years of service to gain nomination.
Brian continues his roles to this day and can be found at Walter Galt, Gerry Green or St Bedes front oval, depending on the season, every day of the year.
Greg, like Brian, was a foundation member of St John Vianneys Cricket Club, formed in 1975.
He has been on the Cricket Club Committee continuously for 44 years and has held virtually every possible role, including 2 stints as President, and multiple engagements as Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer. Bar Manager, Chairman of Selectors, Junior Coordinator, and General Committee member.
Greg is also the Treasurer of the Walter Galt Committee of Management (comprising members of the Cricket Club and the Junior Football Club), and has been in this role since the Committee was formed in 2001.
Greg has overseen the Club from formation in 1975 to amalgamation with St Bedes Old Collegians Cricket Club in 1994, and in 2004 become a member of the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association.
5 years ago, Greg was at the forefront of the Club’s amalgamation with the Hawthorn East Melbourne Cricket Club to see the formation of the only Club in Kingston playing Premier Cricket and now known as Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club.
Greg was also a key member of the Federal District Cricket Association (FDCA) for 15 years including the role of President for the last 2 years until the participant Clubs joined the Victorian Turf Cricket Association.
Greg was made a Life member of the Club in 1985 and likewise in 2008 for the FDCA.
Greg played 247 games as an opening batsman with most games represented in the First XI. He made around 5000 runs for the Club and was also the wicketkeeper.
Last year Greg was recognised for 50 years of service to cricket by Cricket Victoria.
Greg, like Brian, was also inducted into the Kingston Hawthorn CC Hall of Fame and becomes 1 of 15 who have been recognised with the highest honour in a club with well over 140 years of history.
Both Brian and Greg have been involved at Walter Galt since the cricket club was formed in 1975.
They have been model citizens within our community, giving a life-time of work and commitment, not only to the cricket club in summer, but the general sporting community over an extraordinary period of time.
These 2 gentlemen have given unrivalled, fantastic service to the local community.