Northern Suburbs Cricket Club suffered a sad blow during the 2000-01 season with the untimely death of Mark Beavis.
Mark, aged only 26, died on 8th February 2001 after injuries suffered in a rail work accident near Grafton.
A tall, lanky fast bowler, Mark had been a member of the Club since 1992 and had made his way up through the cricketing ranks to play second grade.
Widely respected within the Club, “Beavo” was a popular figure both on and off the field.
He was described by his captains as “a pleasurable young bloke” and as a player who has “a great heart and is committed to his team and club”.
To honour his memory the Club renamed the trophy for Clubman of the Year the Mark Beavis Memorial Trophy.
There was a further sad loss to the Club in June 2002 with the tragic death of Tony Purcell at the age of 31.
Tony had played with City United and Weston Workers before coming to Northern Suburbs Club in 2000-01.
In his first season with the Club he took on the roles of wicket-keeper and opening batsman in first grade. He proved to be a valuable asset to the team by scoring 330 runs and by his enthusiastic encouragement of the team from behind the stumps.
In the following season he was a member of the Club’s second grade team that won the major premiership.
He was also a long time indoor cricket representative and referee at Maitland Indoor Cricket Centre at Rutherford.
Although a fierce competitor, Tony was well-liked for his fun loving approach to sport and was always ready with a friendly jibe and a joke to lighten the mood of any game.