Vale Robert William Waters

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Tuesday, 30th April 2019


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Vale Robert William Waters

It is with deep sadness that the Prince Alfred Old Collegians Cricket Club advises of the passing of Robert “Bob” “Stormy” Waters (PAC 1948-1952), aged 83 years. Stormy began his playing career for the club in the 1965/66 season. He played in 23 seasons amassing 176 x 2 day games and 4 x 1 day games. His playing involvement at PAOC was only halted by a five season stint playing for the Port Adelaide District Cricket Club in the mid 1970’s.

Stormy’s love for cricket and his dedication to upholding the spirit of the game was stuff of legend. In his last season as a player in 1993/94, when not selected he would go to games to act as scorer.  In one round, we had two sides out in the middle of Victoria Park and when one side had a player not front up, he came over from the other oval and filled in as a sub fielder.  It was a stinking hot 38C day and he refused to leave the field at the drinks breaks. His reasoning was that as he was not included on the official team sheet he was not eligible to share in the player’s drinks.

After his playing days ended Stormy was still eager to remain involved at the club and from 1994/95 to 2008/09 he was dedicated to the role of A-Grade scorer. He had a final season as the B-Grade scorer in 2009/10. His dedication to his role of scorer was never more evident than in the 2005/06 season when he had been in critical care from October 12 – 14 (in hospital from October 12 – 19).  Stormy still arrived at Pooraka on 22 October ready to score wearing his old school blazer as he always did.

Whilst he had many passions, cricket always came first. He was a devoted Port Adelaide supporter from 1953 onwards but the following quote sums up where his heart truly lay – “I love the Port Football Club (Power and Magpies, the latter especially) but SANFL and AFL Football are there only to fill the year between cricket seasons and therefore cricket is always number one”. Owing to his dedication to the Port Adelaide Football Club, it was a hi-light when in the 2005/06 season, Stormy was given a massive surprise not only by being awarded the Moffat Family Trophy for Best Club Man, but by the club organising to have one of his idols, Russell Ebert, in attendance to present it to him.  Such was the esteem Stormy was held in, Russell jumped at the opportunity and it made for a great moment of recognition to one of the club’s favourite sons.  

Stormy achieved Player Life Membership at PAOCCC in 1973. He is also a 25 Year Life Member of the ATCA. Stormy’s passion for the game is unsurpassed and his loyalty and impact on not only the PAOCCC but community cricket in general has been immense. He will be sorely missed and on behalf of the club I would like to pass on sincere condolences to Stormy’s family and friends.

Regards,

Ben Lobban

PAOCCC Secretary on behalf of the PAOCCC Committee.

 

Funeral Details:

1.30pm Thursday 2 May, 2019

St Margaret’s Church Woodville.