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The Snick - Queanbeyan Cricket – 150 years strong......

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Queanbeyan Cricket Club, The Queanbeyan Age takes a look back at the incredible history behind the baggy blue cap.

OVER the past few months, The Snick has reflected on many of the players and officials to have made their mark at the Queanbeyan Cricket Club during its illustrious 150 year history.

There is one person however, who stands for everything Queanbeyan strives to achieve both on and off the field – past Bluebags player and president and current club patron and Cricket ACT chairman Ian McNamee.

Ian had a brief stint playing for Queanbeyan in the mid-sixties, occasionally in the first XI but mainly in second grade due to the work commitments that would eventually force him to abandon his playing career.

He recalls fondly however, the days where his good mate Lloyd Buckley would knock on the door seeking business support for a new player or the new coach of the Bluebags. Generally in the form of assistance for player accommodations or a few bob to ensure the club's survival.

In 1983, Ian was approached to be patron and some 30 years on he still carries the honor of that role and wears it with great pride.

Stints on the ACT Board and other cricket roles have filled many hours and kept Macca busy over the decades but it was in 2007 with Queanbeyan when his greatest cricket challenge was thrust upon him.

His beloved Bluebags were in trouble on and off the field. Struggling performances, limited junior development and crippling debts had left the club in deep trouble as Ian stepped in to the role of club president.

As usual, Ian set about the job of garnering support from key people and got the job done.

The old adage that a strong administration off the field leads to improved performance on it was proved true once more as by the 2009/10 season, the club's trophy cabinet had started to swell.

Three consecutive first grade premierships since brought a great sense of satisfaction to the business warrior.

But when asked of his most treasured cricket administrative achievement, it does not take long before he beams across the phone that the opening of new Freebody Cricket Pavilion is a crowning moment.

Fifteen years of toil, lodging and changing plans, lobbying for funding and looking at every angle to get the building to reality.

He offers that the design and aesthetics of the building will be still a talking point in 50 years and it is difficult to argue when you look at the structure. Macca's most recent project, the new lights at Manuka Oval, are also a source of great pride.

There is no doubt he tackles the difficult tasks and then delivers and the Queanbeyan Cricket Club can only hope he remains Patron and involved with the Bluebags for many more years to come.

Invitations are being sent to anyone we have addresses or emails for to make sure bookings are made for the 150th Anniversary Dinner. Please go to the 150th Anniversary page for more information as numbers are limited.

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