Cricket clubs honour John Turner

FOR the first time, Sandhurst will be striving to hold the John Turner Memorial Cup when it faces Bendigo United on the cricket field.The Dragons broke Bendigo United’s cup-winning spree when it scored a 4-3 victory in last summer’s contests to honour the BDCA legend.This year’s duel is the sixth betwReen the clubs.Seven matches - first, second and third XI, under-17, as well as the three A-grade matches in under-15, 13 and 11 - will determine who is the Turner Cup victor.Sandhurst’s immediate past president, Morrie Hesse has many fond memories of Turner’s playing and coaching days at Sandhurst.“John returned to Sandhurst to captain the A-grade team in the mid 70s,” Hesse said.“He had a great belief in the ability of every player, and his encouragement and enthusiasm was incredible.Sandhurst was runner-up to Bendigo in the 1976-77, and then went on to achieve back-to-back A-grade premierships with Turner in charge.“John was the greatest leader I played cricket with,” Hesse said. “He did so much for every club he was involved with, and for the game.“His greatest legacy at Bendigo United is its junior program and how many players have gone on to excel in senior cricket.”Hesse said the John Turner Memorial Cup and Ron Slattery Memorial Cup matches were a tremendous way to honour great cricketers and clubmen.