DAVID MARK McLATCHEY
Appointed AGM 28/07/99
Commenced playing for SRDCC in the season 1977/78 in the Under 18 Grade coached by Life Member Jim Boardman. In his first season he played in a premiership winning team. He continued to play in Under 18 Grade through to the 1979/80 season where he captained the team to another premiership. During that season he scored two centuries as well as being involved in several century partnerships.
That season was a real bumper for Mark as he was also selected in both the Queensland State Secondary Schools Team and the Queensland Under 19 Schoolboy Team.
Mark only played two games in 3rd Grade the following season before being promoted to 2nd Grade for the remainder of that year. He finished second in the batting averages as well as captaining the club Under 19 team.
In 1981/82 he played in his first 1st Grade game but limited opportunities restricted his chances to show his determination and grit. He spent the remainder of the season in 2nd Grade. The following season he played 7 games in 1st Grade but several indifferent umpiring decisions went against him and his true potential was again on hold.
Mark then played 2nd Grade from then until the 1993 where he captained the team from 1989 to 1993. He led the team to another premiership win in the season of 1990/91 in a complete turn around from the season prior where they ran last.
Mark still holds three club record partnerships with the most memorable being the then club record for any wicket of 264 with Don Munt against Wynnum/Manly in 1983/84.
Work commitments ended his career early, however he was always willing to fill in the lower grades when the club was short of players.
Not only has Mark been involved with activities off the field, but there has been a whole family support since day one. His grandparents (Hedges) and mother and father (Bruce and Vicki) have been members of the Ladies Committee helping in the canteen as well as all fund raising activities of the club. Bruce was an active Board Member and even when the club did not have a groundsman for a season he produced some decent wickets to play on even though he was still being a shift worker with the Railways. His grandfather Roly was a great supporter of the club not for only watching over Mark's playing career but being the club's number one spectator.
In 1988/89 season his now wife Julie came on the scene and became an instant member of the Ladies Committee and has remained an active helper to this date.
In the 1992/93 season, Mark commenced his Administration career with the club in a big way. He took on the role of Junior Secretary in our junior foundation year with the now Junior President again Trevor Barsby. In the same year, he also took on the role as the club's Chairman of Selectors.
1993/94 saw Mark become a member of the senior board of management as well as being the club's Delegate to Queensland Cricket. Mark remained the club's delegate until the 1996/97 season where he had to resign because of his job with Queensland Cricket as a Development Officer.
Mark also served as the club's representative on the Brisbane Grade Committee from 1995 until its new streamline body was formed.
Mark was President of SRDCC from 1994 until tonight.
It is a fitting time to award Mark with Life Membership of the club on his final night on the committee. It is unfortunate that the club will lose Mark because his employment takes him away from Brisbane on a regular occurrence.