Congratulations Dylan Alcott - Golden SLAM
Dylan said during the trophy ceremony "I just can't believe I've just won the Golden Slam. I used to hate myself so much. I hated my disability. I didn't even want to be here anymore and I found tennis and it changed and saved my life.”
Dylan is an exceptional individual sportsman and role model for all people living with a disability. A the age of 30, Dylan is an OAM, a motivational speaker and also a champion Australian Wheelchair Basketballer.
Taverners are proud to have supported Dylan in the early days of his Wheelchair Tennis career and delighted for our 15-time major singles tennis champion.
Big News: Merv Hughes inducted into Cricket Australia Hall of Fame
It is with great delight we report Taverners Victoria Legend and Hon. Vice President, Mervyn Hughes was elevated into the Cricket Australia Hall of Fame on 2 February, 2021. Merv becomes the 56th cricketer to join this elite group.
One of the great fast bowlers and characters of Australian cricket, loved for his fierce tenacity, bristling moustache and on-field antics, Merv’s career spanned from 1985-94, including 53 Tests and 212 Test wickets at 28.38 apiece.
In 1988, Merv produced his career best figures of 8-87 vs the West Indies in Perth, in the first innings. He snared the last 2 wickets with consecutive balls. With the loss of Geoff Lawson to a broken jaw in that game, Merv completed a famous Hat-Trick with his first ball in the 2nd innings, reflecting the strength and determination of the man. Merv claimed 13 wickets in all for the match.
After helping Australia retain the Ashes in the UK with 31 wickets in 1993, at the pinnacle of his career, Hughes was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year the following year. He had amassed 176 Test wickets over a 4 year span, more than any other international bowler during the same period.
Over 14 first class seasons Mervyn Gregory Hughes also represented Victoria, Essex and the ACT and played 33 ODIs for his country. He became a selector for the Australian cricket ream in 2005 through to 2010. His continued involvement in the game is well known.
Many fine accolades were stated at Merv’s induction to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. These highlights appear on the Cricket Victoria website are well worth reading:
“Hughes’ influence on the game goes beyond showmanship – he was a cricketer and a character that drew people to cricket and made them love the sport. And underneath it all, he is a deep-thinker of the game who continues to be a mentor to future generations.”
Earl Eddings, Cricket Australia Chair, said:
“Merv Hughes is an Australian sporting legend who was one of the greatest bowlers to have played our national game”.
Greg Dyer, former teammate and Australian Cricketers’ Association Chair, said:
“A thoroughly deserved accolade for one of the most wholehearted cricketers of the 1980’s and 90’s. A fine fast bowler – quick and nasty in the best traditions of the breed.”
Congratulations Merv, very well deserved.
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Acting National Chairman, John Jeffries was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of members all over Australia.