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Two City of Rockingham's 2023 Sports Star Awards Nominations revealed for Peel Cricket Association

Updated: Sep 2, 2023

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Peter Ritchie

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The PCA congratulates, Life member and current Treasurer Peter Ritchie of the Shoalwater Bay Cricket Club for his well-deserved nomination in the John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award category at the City of Rockingham’s 2023 Sports Star Awards. This remarkable achievement is a testament to Peter's exceptional dedication and contributions to the world of cricket and sports.

An incredible array of accomplishments has marked Peter’s remarkable journey through the realm of cricket. With an astounding 50 years of dedicated service to WA cricket, his tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed. Last year's recognition at the WA Community Cricket Awards further solidified his standing as a true icon in the cricket community.

A consummate player, Peter's impressive record speaks for itself. Having represented the Shoalwater Bay Cricket Club in a remarkable 350-plus games, he has been a constant source of inspiration and leadership for his teammates. His presence was also felt beyond the club, as he proudly represented Peel CA over 77 occasions at Country Week, Country Masters, and Focus Cup representative cricket. His passion and talent also earned him spots in the WA over 50's and 60's teams, showcasing his prowess on a broader stage.

Yet, Peter's contributions extend beyond the boundary lines. His exemplary service in various committee roles further underscores his commitment to the cricket community. Serving as the PCA Committee Member for well over ten years in the roles of Vice President and PCA Treasurer for six years (and counting), He has also held positions of PJCA Vice President, PJCA Treasurer, WA Country Cricket Board Member, and Peel Cricket Board Member; he has played an integral role in shaping the sport's development at different levels.

Notably, Peter’s legacy also includes being a founding member of the Rockingham-Mandurah District Cricket Club, a testament to his enduring dedication to fostering cricket at the grassroots level.

Recognition has followed Peter at every step of his journey, as reflected in his Life Memberships with the Shoalwater Bay Cricket Club, Rockingham-Mandurah Cricket Club, Peel Junior Cricket Association, and Peel Cricket Association. These accolades are a testament to his indelible mark on the cricketing landscape.

As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming Sports Star Awards Gala on September 20, 2023, at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham, we extend our best wishes to Peter Richie. His nomination for the John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award is a celebration of his achievements and a recognition of his unwavering passion, commitment, and dedication to the world of cricket. Peter Richie, you inspire us all, and we are truly proud to celebrate your journey.

and Baldivis Districts Sports Complex is again abuzz with the news of being nominated for the City of Rockingham’s 2023 Sports Star Awards. Competing under the 'Champion Club of the Year' category, this nomination is a testament to the club's exemplary achievements over the past year.

The WKBCC isn't just a club; it's a community. With an impressive lineup of 7 men's teams and a pioneering senior female side in the Peel Cricket Association, it stands tall in its commitment to inclusivity and sportsmanship. Additionally, with 16 junior teams with almost 300 members, the club ensures that the flame of cricket passion burns brightly in the hearts of Rockingham and the Greater Baldivis' young talents.

Dazzling Sports Achievements:

Success isn't an accident for WKBCC; it's a habit. The seven senior sides didn't just compete; they dominated, each securing a place in the preliminary final. While competition was fierce, four teams emerged as Grand Finalists, with two clinching the title as Premiers in C and D Grade. These accolades speak volumes of their dedication and enthusiasm.

Noteworthy Off-field Endeavor’s:

Beyond the game lies the spirit of community. 2023 was a milestone year as WKBCC transitioned to their state-of-the-art abode at the Baldivis Districts Sports Complex. More than just a ground, this facility symbolises growth, community, and a bright future. Moreover, their accolade as 'Community Club of the Year' at the WA Community Cricket Awards isn't just a win; it's a testament to their unwavering commitment to cricket and the community.

At the heart of all these milestones and memories lies the people. WKBCC President Daniel Cole encapsulates this sentiment perfectly, saying, “It's fantastic to be a finalist for such an award. We have many people at our club who work tirelessly to ensure we succeed both on and off the field. Our junior and female cricket pathways are something we are especially proud of, and we aim to continue to build on this for many seasons to come. Thank you to our members, our sponsors, the Peel Cricket Association, and the City of Rockingham."

In the vast canvas of sports that stretches across Rockingham and spills into the larger Peel region, the WKBCC stands not merely as a cricket club but as a beacon of warmth, dedication, and excellence. The Sports Star Awards might be a single evening, but the legacy of the White Knights Baldivis Cricket Club is timeless. Whether they seize the award or not, they have already won many hearts and carved a special place in the Baldivis sporting community.

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