Cricket NSW and the cricket community in Sutherland Shire paid a fitting tribute to the memory of one of their finest members, the late Gerard Price, this week, by renaming the club’s Stage 1 girls’ competition award after him.
The inaugural Gerard Price Memorial Shield was awarded to the winners of the Stage 1 girls’ competition, Bangor Comets 1, just as registrations to play cricket this summer are about to open.
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Gerard Price was a valued member of the Sutherland Shire cricket community, having spent many years as the game development and cricket manager for the area.
He was a true champion of the sport, his contribution leading to him being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to cricket and the community in 2020, the year that he passed away from cancer.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ray Amos, president of the Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association (SSJCA), who was also Price’s friend, said, “Gerard was a primary driver of girls’ cricket. The programs we have today rest squarely on his efforts.
“From the SSJCA being a foundation participant in the first Mollie Dive Shield representative competition and supporting our clubs in the Sixers League over time – to now having both a dedicated girls’ representative program and our Stage 1 and Stage 2 girls’ only competitions – Gerard’s fingerprints are all over those achievements. They reflect his vision.”
In attendance were Price’s wife Jane, son Damien and daughter Bethany. The shield was presented to the winners by Damien Price.