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Hard-working Knight to be honoured

Michael Dwyer will be recognised for his years of service to Kialla Knights Cricket Club during the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

MATTHEW GALEA December 20, 2013 4:10am

No-one could accuse Michael Dwyer of not pulling his weight around Kialla Knights Cricket Club.

Coming into the club 12 years ago as a player and taking on the treasurer’s role, Dwyer has served as team manager to several junior teams, club vice-president and even president before returning to the treasurer’s role, service Cricket Victoria will recognise on day three of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Dwyer will be one of 20 volunteers to receive recognition for their efforts in the local game through this year’s Kookaburra Sport Volunteer Recognition Program, and he is delighted to see his efforts acknowledged.

‘‘I’m not one for the accolades, but it was very rewarding to get home from work and open the envelope,’’ Dwyer said.

Dwyer retired from playing three years ago, ending a career that he said didn’t have many playing highlights, but one that was ultimately rewarding.

‘‘I always enjoyed the mateship and camaraderie,’’ Dwyer said.

‘‘I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of blokes who have been friends for a long time and who will be lifetime friends in the likes of Phil Squire, Denis Magee, Greg Burness, Graeme Mansfield, Robert Thompson, Mick Lewis and Alan Tonks.

‘‘My son Joe is 20 and has played right through at Kialla from Milo Cricket to the seniors, and I had an active involvement in all his junior teams in a team manager type role.’’

Dwyer joined the club after relocating from Shepparton to Kialla, and said seeing the players enjoy success was what had made the various roles he had during his time at the club so enjoyable.

‘‘I think that when the boys have success, it buoys the whole club, from the executive to the players,’’ Dwyer said.

‘‘If the players are enjoying themselves, we are too.’’

Dwyer will receive the award at the MCG alongside his wife Chris.

Knights president Grant Rowe said the award was due recognition for a man who was the heart of the club.

‘‘He’s been the cornerstone of the club for the 10 years I’ve been there,’’ Rowe said.

‘‘A lot of people like that go under the radar ... and we felt it was time he was recognised and it’s been done by Cricket Victoria.’’

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