Two of the most valuable servants for the game of cricket in Country New South Wales, Mr Graham ‘Bear’ Hudson and Mr Tony ‘Snow’ Wells, have been acknowledged with an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List released on Monday.
Mr Hudson received his honour for services to cricket and to the community of the Hunter region, while Mr Wells was awarded the medal for his marvellous service to cricket within the Bathurst area and the wider Western zone.
The love of the game for Mr Hudson has been a lifelong pursuit and his contribution to the game, whether that be as an administrator, coach, umpire, president or in some other capacity, has been enormous.
The Port Stephens Examiner recently recalled that since 1971, when he started with his home team, Gresford Cricket Club, his involvement with cricket in the Hunter has never waned.
“I feel content that I have given back. I don’t do it for the accolades but I do it in the belief that if you can, you should,” Mr Hudson told the Examiner.
He began as a secretary of Gresford in 1983, and over the last 35 years, has fulfilled various roles for many associations across the Hunter.
Mr Hudson is a Life Member of the Hunter Valley Junior Cricket Council and its junior affiliate, Dungog and District Cricket Association, and Gresford Cricket Club.
His service to the Hunter Valley Cricket Council is such that the Graham Hudson Shield was named in his honour.
Mr Hudson remains to this day the President of the Hunter Valley Cricket Council and the Dungog Cricket Umpires Association.
He somehow also manages to juggle his many commitments outside of cricket. He continues to serve as a patron and committee member for the Gresford District Agricultural Society, and is a member of the Gresford District Bushman’s Carnival Association and Gresford RSL Sub-Branch respectively.
Mr Hudson also received the Dungog Shire Council Australia Day Sports Award in 2008. He served his country as a National Serviceman in Malaya, and is about to enter his 50th year as a mathematics teacher, in the Newcastle suburb of Toronto.
Likewise, Mr Wells has made a significant contribution to the cricket community in Bathurst and the Western district.
“I was really quite thrilled when I (found) out. It’s really fantastic,” Mr Wells told the Western Advocate.
Mr Wells is a Life Member of both the Bathurst District Junior Cricket Association and the Rugby Union Cricket Club. He has coached within the junior association since its formation in 1978.
He has been a coach at the local Rugby Union Cricket Club since 1987 and continues to coach the Under 14s side, which the 67-year-old told the Western Advocate he intends to do for another two seasons, despite starting to slow down.
“The ball comes back quicker and a bit harder now,” he told the newspaper.
“I’ll see (the Rugby Under 14s) through juniors and then that’ll do me.”
The Western Advocate reflected that before Mr Wells came to Bathurst in 1976, he was also a coach and a player in the St George Junior Cricket Association with Ramsgate RSL from 1970 to 1976.
In 2016, Mr Wells was named a Living Legend by Bathurst Regional Council which recognises residents of the area that make a positive impact on the community.
Mr Graham Hudson - service to cricket, and to the community of the Hunter:
Central North Cricket Zone:
Hunter Valley Delegate, since 1990.
Hunter Valley Cricket Council:
President, since 2007.
Management Committee Member, since 1985.
Graham Hudson Shield named in his honour.
Hunter Valley Junior Cricket Council:
Assisted in formation of the Hunter Valley Cricket Institute, 1999.
Dungog Cricket Umpires Association:
Umpire, since 1999.
Member, since 1999.
Dungog and District Cricket Association:
Coach, Dungog Colts (Under 21's), 2000-2005.
Dungog Junior Cricket Association:
Gresford Cricket Club:
Gresford Junior Cricket Club
Gresford District Agricultural Society:
Patron, since 2013.
Sponsor, since 2005.
Committee Member, since 1993
Member, since 1989.
Gresford District Bushman's Carnival Association:
Member, since 1996.
Returned and Services League of Australia, Gresford Sub-Branch:
Delegate, Hunter Valley District Council, since 2010.
Secretary, since 2010.
Member, since 1971.
Member, Dungog Branch, Hunter Legacy, since 2013.
Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Australia Day Sports Award, Dungog Shire Council, 2008.
Mr Anthony Wells - service to cricket:
Bathurst District Junior Cricket Association (BDJCA):
Coach since formation in 1978.
Held a range of executive and administrative positions, 1982-2016.
Rugby Union Cricket Club (RUCC):
Coach, since 1987.
Junior Co-ordinator, 1987-2006.
Delegate to BDJCA.
Manager, Bradman Cup Under 16, Western Zone Cricket, 2012-2016.
Regional Director of Coaching, Mitchell Cricket Council, 2012-2017.
Coach CMA Cricket Club, 1980-1986.
Coach, Ramsgate RSL in St George Junior Cricket Association, 1970-1976.
Awards and recognition includes:
Named, Living Legend, Bathurst Regional Council, 2016.