South Broken Hill Cricket Club held its presentation night on Saturday, in a celebration of the season that was, which included the Women’s side winning the premiership after finishing wooden spooners the season before.
In the major awards on the evening, Ben Franklyn won the Peter Johnston Medal (A Grade Cricketer of the Year), while Steph Wylie won the Johns Family Medal (Women’s Cricketer of the Year), and Binu Sebastian took out the Alan Fraser Medal (B Grade Cricketer of the Year).
Ben Franklyn, South Cricket Club President, said the night was a good chance to reflect on the past season, and look ahead to improving for season 2023/24, noting the club has now “got a bit of momentum moving forward”.
“[It’s] good to celebrate tonight. Probably one of the best bunch of people that I’ve ever been involved with in sport. Good to see a couple of the old South supporters out here too. It’s really special to hear their stories and have a look at old photos,” he told the Truth.
“The girls got the big win. Probably weren’t the favourites but cricket’s like that, so [it’s] really good for them. They’ve been the backbone of the club for the last couple of years.
“B Grade, playing through a bit of adversity, they’ve come to the fore and showed their potential. A Grade, some significant improvement this year, after copping a couple of early hidings and then coming good at the end of the season.
“Next year is pretty exciting. We’ve picked up a host of players to fill those gaps. Like people say, you’re looking to improve. I think if you’re not trying to win premierships then it is fun and enjoyable and the social side is great, but that should always be your goal, to be the best team or the best team you can be.
“The improvement, that’s what we want to see, the level of improvement from this year continue on and therefore hopefully that will convert to more wins, and we’ll see what happens from there.”