FOR 100 years the game of cricket has been played in Leeton shire.
To mark the special milestone, the Leeton District Cricket Association (LDCA) is jazzing up its annual presentation night.
Former Australian and NSW fast bowler Geoff Lawson will be attending the night as a guest speaker, with the evening to not onlu highlight the achievements and successes of the past season, but to also hear about Lawson's career.
A brief rundown and anecdotes of the past 100 years of cricket in Leeton will also be presented.
Lawson was born in Wagga and was an outswing bowler during his career.
He first came to the attention of those in the cricketing know in 1978-79 before eventually going on to take 180 Test wickets for Australia.
Lawson was also the captain of NSW and went on to coach Australia.
He also coached Pakistan to the ICC World Twenty20 trophy.
He also as a junior cricket competition in the MIA and Riverina region named after him.
Leeton District Cricket Association treasurer David Tiffin said the presentation evening was open to all players past and present, supporters and anyone with an interest in cricket in general.
"You don't need to have a current association with Leeton cricket to attend," he said.
"We wanted to get a guest speaker this year for the 100 years celebration, so hopefully people come out and support it."
Each club within the LDCA will be represented on the night, with awards to be handed out for each grade.
Tiffin will be MC on the night and plans to give the audience some interesting facts from the last 100 years of cricket in Leeton.
The evening has been well supported by sponsors, meaning the LDCA can offer tickets to the night at a reasonable price of $25 per person, which includes dinner.
Tickets are currently available from the Leeton Soldiers Club, where the evening will be held on March 29 at 6.30pm.
"Hopefully being a Friday night, we'll have people come out and support it," Tiffin said.
Each club within the LDCA has been allocated a number of tickets, so current players should check with their representatives to purchase one prior to the night.
Who is Geoff Lawson?
GEOFFREY Francis Lawson, OAM is an Australian cricket coach and former cricketer and the former coach of the Pakistan cricket team.
Nicknamed "Henry" after the Australian poet, Lawson was a fast bowler for NSW and Australia.
He first played for NSW in 1977-78 and made his international debut in 1980-81.
Lawson was selected to represent Australia for three tours of England, including the 1989 Ashes-winning tour.
For a few seasons in the early 1980s, Lawson was Australia's leading fast bowler, but his career suffered from poor luck with injury.
Lawson received the Order of Australia in 1990 for services to cricket and, in 2002, he was given the Australian Sports Medal. Since his playing retirement, Lawson has also been a commentator and writer on the game for several national outlets.
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