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CLUB NEWS: Dot Brewer Remembered; Blackmail #13 (12 Mar)!
Date of Event : Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:48PM



It is with great sadness to inform that Dot Brewer has passed away. In memory of Dot all players this weekend will wear black arm bands and that the Brewer Shield Semi Final matches hold a minute silence before the start of the match.


Cricket NSW has released the following message about Dot's passing:


"Cricket NSW has been saddened by the passing of Mrs Dot Brewer OAM, one of the most popular figures in NSW women’s cricket.

Together with her husband Bob who passed away in 2013, Dot helped establish the Berala Women’s Cricket Club in the early 1980’s. Dot and Bob went on to play leading roles in the administration of the Sydney Women’s Grade Competition prior to its merger with the Sydney Cricket Association. Dot served with several SWCA Presidents as the most conscientious and effective Treasurer. A role she fulfilled for close to 15 years. In more recent years, she was a loved supporter and ambassador of Bankstown Sports Women’s Cricket Club.

Dot was made a Life Member of the Sydney Women’s Cricket Association, while the Sydney Women’s Grade U/18 competition is named the Brewer Shield in recognition of Dot and Bob’s contribution to the game. In 1992 Dot was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of her service to cricket.


 Bob and Dot Brewer presenting the Brewer Shield to HK&HDCA for season 2004/05


Former Chair of the Sydney Cricket Association Women’s Competition Sub-Committee and SCA Life Member Jessica Henry, said women’s cricket in NSW had lost one of its most loved figures.

“Dot Brewer was the matriarch of Berala Cricket Club and guiding figure in the SCA. Dot and Bob played a major role in the development of the game at all levels and made a positive impact on all lives they touched. Dot will be remembered as an encouraging, caring and remarkable lady by all those fortunate enough to have known her. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered”.

Cricket legend Belinda Clark said Dot Brewer made an amazing long-term commitment to women's cricket. “Both Bob and Dot played an important role in the development of the sport and many NSW state players benefitted from their energy to raise funds for assisting with underage competition expenses”.

Current Australian star and NSW Breakers Captain, Alyssa Healy remembers Dot as a guiding and encouraging figure in her cricket from an early age. “Dot and Bob were ever-present at schoolgirl and under age National Championships. Dot’s passion for supporting and growing the game was inspiring.”

After an amazing innings of 97, Dot Brewer OAM passed away peacefully late on Monday 18 March after a short illness.

Dot’s funeral will be held at 10.30am on Wednesday 27 March at St Martha Church, 70 Homebush Rd, Strathfield. The Brewer Family welcomes the attendance of Dot’s cricketing family."




Stumps have been drawn on the regular part of the season for many, but Men's Thirds are in the finals; Women's Seconds are in their Grand Final, whilst the Women's Brewer Shield Gold team's semis are just around the corner, and the Under 15's Girls still have a couple of rounds to see out their season.


The game goes on, so those not playing finals, have a well earned break, and get ready for a big pre-season and a fresh start for season 2019/20.


This edition of Blackmail shows there was quite a frenzy of activity in the past few weeks, which is captured in great detail, so click on the logo below and enjoy:


Last updated: Friday March 22, 2019 3:08PM
Author: Steve Jones