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Waratah-Mayfield to honour its cricketers with Hall of Fame unveiling

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The Waratah-Mayfield District Cricket Club (WMDCC) has boasted some exceptionally talented players over the past century.

And, to complement the organisation’s 100th anniversary in February, the “best of the best” will be showcased in a new Hall of Fame.

Judges are in for a tough time to decide the inaugural class, with a plethora of stars to select from, according to Mick Redpath.

“We’re hosting our Centenary Dinner at The NEX Convention Centre, the old Newcastle Workers, on Saturday 10 February,” he said.

“While that’s an occasion to celebrate anytime, the highlight will be the announcement of our first-ever Hall of Fame, which we’ll continue to add to in the future.

“So, it’s exciting for our former and current players.

“Waratah-Mayfield’s produced many top cricketers, including Australian representatives Grahame Corling (5), Gary Gilmour (15) and John Watkins (1); Ron Harvey, Hugh Marjoribanks; Ireland’s Shane Getkate; and NSW quick Burt Cockley, who’s the conditioning and development coach for the new USA T20 side, the Washington Freedom.

“On top of that, current England opener Zac Crawley enjoyed a brief stint with the club.

“Then there’s well-known local identities such as Greg Arms and Murray Christie… the list is endless.

“But, it’s a great opportunity to recognise those guys’ feats.

“We’ll also honour non-playing personnel, just as much as the players who have made their mark on the ground.”

Formed from the amalgamation of the Waratah and Dangar Park cricket clubs in August 1924, Waratah-Mayfield has gone on to win 24 NDCA Club Championships and 14 first grade premierships.

It’s contested 11 senior grand finals, too.

Overall, the organisation’s captured a total of 188 titles across all formats – men’s and women’s – within Newcastle District Cricket Association, Suburban Districts and Newcastle City and Suburban Cricket Association.

“We’re the most successful club with premierships,” said Redpath, who’s on the sub-committee for the event.

“We’ve got a very proud history, too, obviously being 100 years old.

“It’s a tremendous achievement… and one we are keen to celebrate in fine style.

“We’re anticipating a big turnout.

“Tickets sales are going really well, but there are some still available.

“Along with the Hall of Fame announcement, the night will feature a two-course dinner, music, presentations, ‘live’ and recorded interviews with club legends, video and photographic highlights of our history and memorabilia displays.”

Redpath believes most players, ex and present, will make a weekend out of the centenary.

“We have the second day of our club game on the Saturday,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“So, we’re hoping to see the old boys come down and watch the young blokes.

“And, with any luck, the current players will turn up that evening having had victories.”

Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/waratah-mayfield-district-cricket-club-centenary-dinner-tickets-717607552507?aff=ebdsshios

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