South Augusta legend Colin Waterworth has raised his bat for half a century of service to cricket.
Colin was presented with a certificate by the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA), recognising his 50 years of service to Australian cricket at Adelaide Oval on Monday, March 12.
A life member of South Augusta Cricket Club, South Augusta Football Club and the South Australian Country Cricket Carnival, Colin has dedicated much of his life to both local cricket and football.
Colin said he was ‘chuffed’ to receive the accolade.
“The ceremony was magnificent. It was very, very well run,” he said.
“I just want to put back into the club. I get a lot of pleasure out of it.”
With Colin already playing football for the Bulldogs, it was a no-brainer for him to jump on board when South Augusta formed their cricket club in 1962.
Part of the inaugural cricket side as a teenager, Colin went on to become a committee member before working as Club President for about 20 years.
Colin’s selfless dedication to the cricket club is certainly not undervalued, with South recently introducing the Colin Waterworth Trophy for Club Person of the Year.
After watching his two sons become life members for both the cricket and football clubs, Colin’s biggest source of pride is seeing a third generation of Waterworths donning the red and white.
Colin said watching his grandsons play football and cricket for South Augusta keeps his passion for volunteering alive.
“My grandkids are pretty proud too. They love playing where their dad and their granddad played,” he said.
Colin is the Vice President of the SA Country Cricket Carnival and has been involved for 23 years, winning the Organiser’s Trophy on eight occasions.
Colin said sending a team to Adelaide for the carnival every year for the past 25 years, which they won for the first time in 2014, has been one of the biggest highlights during his time with the South Augusta Cricket Club.
A Grade premierships and three consecutive under 14 titles, as well as watching his grandsons win Grand Final best on ground medals round out the list of his favourite moments in the past 50 years.
Colin’s son Jarrod Waterworth, as well as fellow Southies Darren Baker, Mark Shirley and Kym Maule were all recognised at the SACA ceremony for 25 years of service.