MICK Thomson is currently the longest standing member of the Sunraysia Cricket Association Board.
Having been a board member for the past six years, this being his seventh, Thomson felt it was his time to lead the association – and so he became president.
“What I would like to achieve is to make sure we have done everything as a board to get as many participants into the game of cricket,” Thomson said.
“It’s easy to say that I would like to leave it in better shape than when I took the role on, but how do you gauge that you have actually achieved this?
“No matter what we aim for as a board, we have to do it together.”
So who is this man who is determined to grow cricket within our community?
Husband to Jeanette, and dad to Daniel, Adam, Anna and Mark, Thomson was born in Melbourne and attended Kingswood College until year eight, relocating to Daylesford.
“Daylesford as a town was a polar opposite to what it is today, trust me it was pretty rugged,” Thomson said.
“I attended Daylesford Tech/High School until Year 11.
“Twelve months later I studied at Dookie Ag College for two years, where I met my now wife Jeanette.”
They moved to Bungendore in NSW, managing a beef cattle property, owned by the then owner of the King Gee clothing company, before relocating to Werrimull to work on Jeanette’s family farm.
Raising a family of four children, all of who were raised in the Millewa and attended Werrimull P-12 School, the family took over the farm about 20 years ago and worked the property up until two years ago, when they opted to live a less stressful life.
“We now live at Cullulleraine on the shores of the lake and life there is pretty good,” Thomson said.
“Both Jeanette and I have both had our share of illness over the years and decided it was time to enjoy life a little more.
“I am actually about to celebrate 10 years since my kidney transplant and that is nearly another story in its self.”
With the farm days set like the sunset, Thomson now spends his days operating their two school buses, working in his shed, helping his kids out, and of course he said, spending time with his eight-month-old granddaughter, Violet.
“The shed work is restoring several cars, an FJ Holden, Morris Ute and a Moke for one of our sons,” Thomson said.
“There are also many woodworking projects along with old petrol bowser restorations taking place.”
When he isn’t doing the above, Thomson said he can be found sitting on the back deck, watching the lake, drinking and eating, which, he laughs, has caused him to gain a few pounds of late.
Thomson describes himself as easy going most of the time, but can get upset when things go wrong.
And if you ask him, which I did, he’s a handy man when it comes to giving guidance.
“I give plenty of good advice to my family, just ask them,” he said.
“Like any parent, I would do anything for family.
“I always pay for dinner when we dine out, the kids never offer,” he laughed.
He agrees with the motto “happy wife, happy life” dedicating time, he said, to pampering his wife so he can continue to grow his collection of cars and petrol bowsers.
Thomson’s sons play in the SCA, and he said having children in the sport does lead to assisting at a club level and volunteering.
“When the boys started playing at Merbein South they never had a coach, so I took on that role and continued coaching the juniors for many years,” he said.
“As the boys progressed through to senior cricket I became involved with the senior side of things and held several positions at Merbein South.
“First of all I joined the committee then became secretary/treasurer, moved onto vice president and then to president.
“I decided to join the board when the boys went and played at different clubs.
“Adam and Daniel went to Gol Gol and Mark to Irymple.
“Rather than being seen as biased towards one more than the other I decided to give back to the association and join the SCA Board.”
Despite being entrenched in cricket in Sunraysia now, he’s never had a hit locally.
“When I arrived in Sunraysia I decided it was way too hot to play cricket, which was probably a silly decision to make,” Thomson said.
“I played junior cricket in Melbourne for East Box Hil Cricket Club up until I was about 15.
“I then moved to Daylesford and played two games there.
“After that I wasn’t involved with cricket again until we had children and they started playing at Merbein South 22 years ago.”
Taking over the president role in challenging circumstances, Thomson said COVID is by far the biggest hurdle the association faces with so much indecisiveness as to what they can and cannot do, as well as when cricket can actually start the proper season.
“Clubs are restricted from recruiting overseas players, these players do create some extra interest in the competition and are an essential make-up for many of our clubs,” he said.
“Hopefully we will see more overseas players back into the competition in the 22/23 season.”
As for the future, after the COVID era, Thomson said he would like to see an SCA club take up residence at the Mildura Sporting Precinct and utilize the facilities that have been put in place there.
“The club that does take up residency at the precinct will have access to two turf wickets and four practice turf wickets,” he detailed.
“For a club to have permanent turf training wickets will be a first for the district, that has to be an exciting prospect for any club.
“But right now our main goal for this season is to get a start date and play an uninterrupted season right through to the very end.”
By ZOEY ANDREWS
ABOVE: Mick Thomson and granddaughter Violet.