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Origin of Haisman Shield revealed

Cricket Shepparton's Haisman Shield has a long history, but it wasn't named after a district cricketer.

OLIVER CAFFREY January 1, 2014 4:15am

Shepparton cricketing legends Rohan Larkin and Chris Keady with the famous Haisman Shield before the 2011-12 grand final.

Cricket Shepparton’s most prized trophy is the Haisman Shield, but what is the real history behind the prestigious award?

The association’s premier trophy has been named continuously for almost 90 seasons after former newspaper owner Ernest Haisman, despite having no major playing involvement in district cricket.

Bunbartha was the first winner of the A-grade shield in the 1926-27 season after Haisman donated the trophy to the association.

District cricketing legend and former Cricket Shepparton president Steven Winnett said Haisman had a connection with the McPherson Media Group.

‘‘I believe the trophy was donated to the association in the ’20s,’’ Winnett said.

Haisman owned the old Shepparton Chronicle/Advertizer from 1906 to 1925 after buying the newspaper from his older brother, Stephen.

Haisman sold the newspaper to a partnership of Henry Furze and Henry Jacobs, which was then sold to the Elliot Newspaper Group in 1935, before being bought out by the McPherson Media Group in the 1950s.

Late, great Shepparton cricketing legend Bert Lightfoot spoke to The News in 1998 about the history of the trophy after the original shield was brought to Haisman’s grand-niece, Edith Robins.

‘‘Ernest Haisman had a connection with the Shepparton Advertizer and he was a very good friend of Arthur Palmer who was the SCA president at the time,’’ Lightfoot said.

The Shepparton and Youth Club United combine leads the way with 21 Haisman Shield wins, with Old Students next best with 12 trophies, despite not having triumphed since the 1976-77 season.

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