Jim Boardman has been associated with cricket in this district for many years. Earlier, he kept wickets and batted for Redcliffe City in the "A" Grade Competition of the Warehouse Division. Since its inception, nearly 25 years ago, he was associated with the Redcliffe Junior Cricket Association of which he was Honorary Secretary for 10 years. He is a life member of that body.
Local schoolboy sides were entered by this Club in the Redcliffe competition in the years 1967/68 to 1972/73, 1974/75 and 1978/79. The helpfulness of Jim and other Redcliffe officials and the interchanges of visits by the teams did much to cement friendships in the areas. The steady flow of gifted players from the Peninsular has benefitted this Club.
Jim was first associated with the Club Under 18 Grade (then Intermediate) in 1974 and was appointed manager of the side. He retained that position until 1986 and, naturally, was appointed manager of the new Under 17 Grade in 1986/87.
Teams managed by Jim won 4 premierships (1977/78, 1979/80, 1980/81 and 1984/85). They were finalists in 1975/76, 1978/79, and 1985/86. The years 1974/75 and 1982/83 were the only years in his 13 years that the Club side did not reach the semi finals.
When the Under 19 Grade was re-introduced in 1980/81, Jim was appointed manager and has continued in that position. After many shaky seasons for junior teams from this club, the 1986/87 team did him proud by winning the premiership.
Jim became a member of the Club Executive Committee in 1980 and still holds that position. He was elected a Vice President of the Club in 1981. He has served with distinction on the building and grounds sub-committee. His expertise was of tremendous help during the negotiations for and construction of the clubhouse. He has made a big contribution by the procuring of club trophies in recent years. He has been a trophy donor since 1982 and has filled other trophy gaps on several occasions.
His long, friendly and devoted service with young cricketers, his organising of coaching seminars on the Peninsular, his inspiring of many gifted club members to coach the boys on Friday nights are remarkable. Many young men are indebted to him as is this District and this Club for his special services to cricket and the youth of this District.