Dot Brewer OAM, one of the most popular figures in NSW Women’s Cricket, has passed away aged 97.
Mrs Brewer was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of her service to cricket in 1992 and, that same decade, made a Life Member of the Sydney Women’s Cricket Association.
The Women’s Premier Cricket Under 18 Brewer Shield is named in recognition of the enormous contribution she and husband Bob made to the game. Mrs Brewer lost her life partner in 2013.
Teams involved in the semi-finals of that competition this Sunday will be wearing black arm bands and pausing for a minute’s silence as a mark of respect.
The much-loved figure served as the most conscientious and effective SWCA Treasurer for close to 15 years.
Together with her husband, Mrs Brewer played a leading role in the administration of the Sydney Women’s Grade competition prior to its merger with the Sydney Cricket Association.
They helped establish the Berala Women’s Cricket Club in the early 1980’s. In more recent years, Mrs Brewer was a loved supporter and ambassador of Bankstown Sports Women’s Cricket Club.
Current and former greats of Australian and NSW women’s cricket paused to remember the enormous contribution Mrs Brewer made to the game.
Former Breakers captain, and Australian cricket great, Belinda Clark AO said Mrs Brewer made an amazing long-term commitment to women's cricket.
“Both Bob and Dot played an important role in the development of the sport and many NSW state players benefitted from their energy to raise funds for assisting with underage competition expenses,” said Clark.
One of those players was current Australian wicketkeeper-batter, and NSW Breakers captain, Alyssa Healy.
She remembered Mrs Brewer as a guiding and encouraging figure in her cricket from an early age.
“Dot and Bob were ever-present at school girl and under age National Championships. Dot’s passion for supporting and growing the game was inspiring,” said Healy.
Former Chair of the Sydney Cricket Association Women’s Competition Sub-Committee, and SCA Life Member, Jessica Henry echoed those sentiments.
“Dot Brewer was the matriarch of Berala Cricket Club and guiding figure in the SCA,” Henry said.
“(She and her husband) played a major role in the development of the game at all levels and made a positive impact on all lives they touched.
“Dot will be remembered as an encouraging, caring and remarkable lady by all those fortunate enough to have known her. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.”
Mrs Brewer passed away peacefully late on Monday 18 March after a short illness.
Her funeral will be held at 10.30am on Wednesday 27 March at St Martha Church, 70 Homebush Rd, Strathfield. The Brewer Family welcomes the attendance of Dot’s cricketing family.