Tribute to John Dighton
was with deep sadness that I heard the news of the untimely passing
of John Dighton late on Wednesday 4 April.
had been a friend and colleague since 2011 when I first met him as a
Sunshine Coast Cricket Umpire at the Maroochydore Cricket Club. I was
the Sunshine Coast Cricket President and the President of Qld
Veterans Cricket at that time.
and I soon realised that we had much in common.......a great love of
Cricket, lengthy careers in Education, which particularly involved
the coaching and mentoring of secondary school students and we were
both surrounded by understanding and supportive families.
invited John to join the Sunshine Coast Veterans at cricket training
at Maroochydore in 2011 and he became a regular participant at our
Tuesday training and our cricket matches to the very end. One of our
fittest and fastest players, John always had a cheeky smile and a few
words of encouragement for everyone. He often starred with his
commentary at our ‘warm down’ sessions held at the club canteen
over a soft drink or cold beer.
little over two weeks ago John travelled with the Qld Veterans teams
to play our annual challenge matches against NSW in Coffs Harbour.
As usual John was in his element. I remember speaking with him at the
Meet and Greet held at the Coffs Yacht Club in the company of his
Australian Touring Captain, Stirling Hamman. He was so happy
reflecting on the happenings of that NZ tour. He had also toured
with the Australians to England in 2012.
loved to talk about the nuances of the game......how he had the ball
swinging, where he was trying to bowl or how he had batted in a
recent match. He could remember every run he scored, every ball he
bowled, and how far he had run to chase every ball in the field....
in fact I am sure he is affectionately known in cricket parlance as a
will be sadly missed by his cricketing friends for his good humour,
gentle manner and sporting conduct. It is with a touch of irony that
Saturday 7 March marks the commencement of the Qld
Veterans Regional Cricket Competition, a day on which he could have
been playing cricket. Some matches are being postponed as a mark of
I am sure that you will be looking on with great interest from your
President, Qld Veterans Cricket
Veterans Cricket Australia.