Lyn’s one of a kind
THEY are the unseen hands, the determined battlers, the silent workers - they largely go unrecognised and do it because "they have to" or for the sheer love of it.
Lyn Brown is one of these people, except that her deeds have been acknowledged.
The Emerald Brothers secretary was last week chosen as a regional finalist in the Suncorp Bank Bulls Masters Community Cricket Volunteer of the Year awards. She was rewarded with a $500 cash prize and $1000 for her club.
"I had forgotten about it actually, I think Alan Jackson rang up about four or five months ago and said 'oh by the way I was supposed to ask permission but you have said yes and I have nominated you' - so that was a bit of a surprise," Lyn said.
"I don't think anyone that works hard does it for the accolades but it is good for people to know that they can be recognised and maybe encourage other people to come forward.
"Suncorp and Bulls Masters do a great deal for the region so it's quite nice to be recognised."
A regular game day can mean a whole range of things for Lyn, who in her 10 years has grown to understand and love the game of cricket.
"It can be full of surprises - from being rung up at 5am by Clermont asking if it's raining down here to registrations to scoring appointing managers," she said.
"Saturday morning junior cricket with my youngest boy Josh, to afternoon cricket with both my boys then go home at night and put the stats into the MyCricket App. Then Sundays if there are rep games, do it all over again.
"I knew nothing about it, when I started going to games with my husband in Rockhampton I couldn't understand why people would want to go stand in 40 degree heat all over Christmas and watch this silly game. And now I have gotten to know the rules and it becomes part of your life."
Throughout her tenure at the club she has seen a number of changes, some of which she has initiated, some the club did.
"I think just getting the showgrounds up and running as our home ground was my biggest achievement, working with the council, we were here but didn't have a user agreement," she said.
"We replaced 'green beast' that Jim used to use - he has a brand new mower.
"The seniors and juniors really didn't have much to do with one another a few years ago but now we are one club.
"The seniors mentor the younger players, we all know them but now through friendships we all get along."
Steve Smith accompanies the lady in the television advertisement but Lyn said she would have chosen Mitch Johnson to assist with her pampering session.
Grant for iPads for scoring
Grant for new matting
Commonwealth Bank grant for nets
Revitalise the showground scoreboards
GBFC grant for new mower
Found shirt sponsorship
Restart Have a Go cricket