Photo by Craig Baxter.
Nine not out doesn't sound like much, but it's a
performance which made Donna Burns the toast of Dunedin cricket
Mrs Burns, president of Taieri Junior Cricket Club, has given
nine summers to junior cricket at Brooklands Park and her
dedication to the club was rewarded as she was awarded the
Gordon McGregor Trophy for services to cricket at the Dunedin
Cricket Association (DCA) awards last Wednesday.
''I was totally taken surprise. I had no idea,'' Mrs Burns
''Tim [O'Sullivan, operations manager of the DCA] was reading
out a story and I thought I wonder who this is. He was quite
a bit through the story and I realised it was me.''
She was ''absolutely'' pleased to receive the award.
''It was really good to be acknowledged because it is
voluntary; it's all done on your own time and for love - but
I like supporting kids to play sport.''
Although she was not always a fan of the game - ''I think
it's safe to say I came to cricket through my children's
interest'' - she was a big fan of the game now. She is not
ready to call time on her presidency.
''I have thought of things that could improve the club and I
want to do those, so I don't want to quit just at the
moment,'' she said.