After 27 seasons, 299 games, 17 career ending calf injuries and 6 previous retirements; Club Stalwart, Shane Kelly becomes only the 14th player to play 300 games for the Glen Iris Cricket Club this Saturday.
Now in his 28th season for the Club, Shane made his GICC debut in the 1990/91 season and in 299 games since then, has shown himself to be one of the great all-rounders for our club.
First XI Cap No. 20, on field, Shane has made 5634 runs, which is the 4th highest in the history of the club. In those runs, he has made 26 x 50s and 2 x 100s with a highest score of 122x. His feats with the bat have led him to the 2005/06 2nd XI, 2009/10 3rd XI, 2010/11 3rd XI and 2012/13 3rd XI Batting Awards.
Shane has also taken 182 wickets for the club, which is the 50th most in the history of the Club. 181 of these were bowling right handed, 1 left handed, which was included in Shane’s 1st 5wi but bettered in his second 5wi when he took his career best figures of 5/42. His bowling achievements include the 2004/05 2nd XI and 2008/09 3rd XI Bowling Awards.
Given his status as a genuine all-rounder, Shane has won 2004/05 2nd XI, 2008/09 3rd XI and 2012/13 3rd XI Most Valuable Player and is one of only 3 Players since the merger of the Club to win the Geoff Ferguson / Ric Ford Club Championship from the 2nd XI. Shane has also won the 1999/2000 Jim Toohey Most Determined Player and the 2003/04 Jim Toohey / Glenan Thomas Most Determined Player and the 2003 / 04 Coaches Award.
The 12th Man in the 1995/96 3rd XI Premiership, Shane also played in the 2005/06 1st XI Premiership as well as the 2008/09 3rd XI and 2011/12 3rd XI Premierships, taking the wicket which won Glen Iris the match and ultimately the flag.
On field, Shane has served the club admirably, most notably as the 2004/05 2nd XI Captain, 2008/09 3rd XI co-captain and 2015 3rd XI captain and served the club off field on the 1998/99, 2001/02, 2004/05 and 2007/08 Committees. He was also Club Vice-President in the 2005/06 season, service which led to Shane’s appointment as a Life Member of the Glen Iris Cricket Club.
300 games of cricket, including seasons where there was only 11 fixtured games, shows a remarkable commitment and dedication to a local sporting club and our club wholeheartedly thanks Shane for his exemplary service over nearly 3 decades. Congratulations on your milestone and good luck for the weekend Funky.