JOHN GLEESON MEDAL

John was a natural athlete. He was twice Victorian champion diver (U15 and U16). He played competitive tennis, played football for Hawthorn reserves in 1951, prior to being part of the National Service intake.

 

John was an outstanding all-rounder. His hard hitting quickly changed games and he was a very good fast-medium pace bowler. His name apperas 4 times in the all time best 50 bowling performances for Riverside A Grade. He was such a talented player that he was recalled to the A Grade team when in his mid 40s and played in the 76/77 Grand Final, a game Riverside lost narrowly.

 

John's massive individual contribution does not compare to the dynasty that he and Maureen provided for his beloved Riverside. Each of their 5 sons played A Grade as 16 year olds! John has treasured memories of playing A Grade cricket with 2 of his sons. He proudly recalled that "my kids kept me going" to play cricket. For 20 consecutive seasons, John was driver, umpire, scorer and babysitter from when Kevin started as a junior and Stephen finished his junior career.

 

There are many outstanding cricketers that John played against. Fred Leslie (Lower Plenty) "for his defence and ability to compile runs"; Frank Milne (Plenty) "for his flair and preparedness to take a bowler on"; Don Fisher (Plenty) "ferocious attitude to batsmen - plenty of mongrel"; Peter Barnett "overall bowling ability". Then there were the Riverside greats. Batsmen Lou Balcombe, Kevin Fitzpatrick and the late Jack Morrissey. Bowlers Shane Barry, Tony Corcoran and Leo Hart.

 

John recalled the time when Umpire Bill Cousins told John that it was just as well he hit the ball otherwise he would have been bowled. This was said as the ball disappeared amongst the trees up on the hill at Greensborough Park.

 

Upon the sudden death of Brian Barclay, John became DVCA Treasurer, making his first book entry on 1 October1991. He was as meticulous and diligent as ever.

 

John's advice to budding cricketers is " Enjoy what you are doing as a young player and always demonstrate commitment as you mature".

 

John Gleeson is a genuine legend of the Diamond Valley Cricket Association.

 

Riverside Cricket Club
Seasons:  57/58 - 77/78
Games: 202
Runs: 5021 @ 23.5 High score 113, Centuries 1, Fifties 23
Wickets: 386 @ 13.9 Best Bowling 7/66, 5 Wickets x 10
Life Member:  76/77
Hall of Fame: 2003/04 (only 1 of 4 members)
Official: "Countless Years" (Committee, Club Delegate to the Association)
Sire:  5 A Grade cricketing Sons

 

Association
Life Member 2003/04
Treasurer 1991/92 - 2005

 

The John Gleeson Medal is awarded to the best player in the Money Shield competition every season.

John Gleeson Medal Vote Count Round by Round 2019-2020

John Gleeson Medal Final Votes 2019-2020

John Gleeson Medallists

2019/20

Steven Kemp

Lalor Stars

 

2018/19

Scott Barnett

Bundoora United

 

2017/18

Justin Whitcher

Heidelberg

 

2016/17

Mitch Johnson

Plenty

 

2015/16

Mark Minney

Eltham

 

2014/15

Prabath Priyankara

Mill Park

 

2013/14

Dhushanta Ranatunga

Camrea Taipans

 

2012/13

Dhammika Perera

Hurstbridge

 

2011/12

Glen Motschall

Panton Hill

 

2010/11

Ray Kelsey

Greensborough

 

2009/10

Jason McGann

Camrea Taipans

 

2008/09

Brent Gutterson

Eltham Collegians

 

2007/08

Greg Duggin

Whittlesea

 

2006/07

Glen Motschall

Panton Hill

 

2005/06

Mark Reid

Mernda

 

2004/05

Mark Reid

Mernda

 

2003/04

Robert Wise

Macleod

 

2002/03

Stuart Duncan

Eltham Collegians

 

2001/02

Paul Baker

Mernda

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