After 45 years pulling on the whites, Wangoom’s Norm Gibson will grace the cricket arena as a player for the last time on Sunday.
Gibson’s swansong will be the Grassmere Cricket Association (GCA) C grade derby between Wangoom White and Wangoom Red.
Gibson has played for WDCA clubs West Warrnambool, Koroit, Brierly- Christ Church, with Grassmere and Wangoom his two GCA clubs. While he is retiring from playing, he will stay on as a cricket umpire.
Gibson has a claim to fame as an umpire, having officiated in grand finals at senior Hampden and Warrnambool and District league football, as well at WDCA and GCA A grade level.
Gibson said his cricket career highlight came with the bat.
“I made my one and only century for Grassmere against Wangoom about 16-17 years ago,” Gibson said.
“I was in my 40s so I suppose it’s rare to make your first ton at that age.
“I remember I batted the whole 40 overs.
“The other really big thrill was getting a life membership of the GCA.
“I’m not a life member at club level so that was very special.”
Gibson is buoyant about the future of the GCA, he said strong administration is recent years has the association well placed.
“Everyone involved at association level is connected to a club, but when they come to a meeting they are all about the bigger picture,” he said.
“The association is in good shape and is going in the right direction, everyone is on the same page which is a massive positive.”