Peter Daniel Sherman 1965 – 2020

QLD Veterans Cricket pay tribute to Peter Daniel Sherman RIP

Qld Veterans Cricket and Valley District Cricket Club lost a very much loved and admired player, Administrator and friend on Monday 23rd March in Peter Sherman who passed away at Wesley Private Hospital after a battle with cancer.

Peter was blessed with a lovely wife in Amanda of 25 years and two beautiful daughters Soph and Izzy.

Peter over the years has been heavily involved with Valleys, the Golden Oldies and more recently QLD Veterans Cricket.

Peter attended Nudgee College from 1978 – 1982 and then went on to QLD University of Technology to study Electrical Engineering and later Economics and Physical Education.

Peter’s first foray in to Cricket Administration was in late 1980’s and early 1990’s when with another Valleys stalwart in Peter Easton they set up the Valley District Cricket Club Junior Competition which was as big as if not bigger than any Junior Zone in Brisbane.

Peter played 217 Senior Games for Valleys, he held numerous positions on the Executive.

  • Treasurer
  • Conducts Commissioner
  • Over 40’s Coordinator
  • Golden Oldies Festival Coordinator
  • VDCC delegate to QLD Cricket for 10 years
  • Set up the Member Protection Policy

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Recently, he was bestowed with Life Membership of Valley District Cricket Club for the many years of service and dedication.

Peter was also a keen member of the QLD Cricketers Club and played many games with them, which included representing QLD against NSW and Victoria on the hallowed turf of the SCG and MCG

When Rob (Crawfo) Crawford gave away the coordinating of the Valleys Golden Oldies Tours, Shermo took it over after 2010 with trips to Adelaide, Capetown, Barbados and Christchurch. In Christchurch Shermo bid for the opportunity to play a game on Richard Hadlee Oval and won the bid

Peter represented QVC in the Over 50’s Division 1 in Orange NSW in 2018 and became player #48 with a QLD victory. He managed the Division 1 side at the National Championships in Brisbane in 2018 and played Cooper Finlay against NSW in 2019 at Redlands.

Peter played Division 1 for Brisbane in the Gill Chapman Shield Competition, who is another Valleys stalwart.

Peter also assisted Stirling Hamman (NSW) in a coordination role with the Over 50’s World Cup that was held in Sydney in 2018.

On the global scene, Peter was the Host City Volunteer Coordinator for the 2015 World Cup which was held in Australia and was also supposed to hold the same position for the Women’s T20 World Cup games in 2020 Brisbane games until he fell ill. He also ran the QLD Volunteer program for the Under 19 World Cup in 2018.

Peter has held many roles in the Electrical Industry since 1995 and for the past six years Peter has been the Trading Manager for InterGen Australia, where he was responsible for  the financial market activities of the Company and for developing and implementing trading strategies to meet the objectives of business risk and revenue maximisation. The portfolio consisted of the 840 Mega Watt Milmerran Power Station and a 50% share of the Callide C Power Station.

Crawfo’s perspective on the MAN.

Peter was one of the most universally respected and loved guys that I have ever met in my cricketing years. He had so much talent and yet was so humble with nothing ever being too much trouble for Sherms.  He played the game nonchantly and I don’t ever recall him sledging an opposition player, but whenever Pete was involved, there was heaps of humorous banter.

He not only played our great game, but he was a tireless worker for the club on so many fronts. He was also a great contributor to charities and every November; he became passionately involved in the Movember movement to raise funds for the awareness of men’s health. As you can see below, Pete grew some interesting looking moes over the years.

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Amanda enrolled their two daughters into dance classes when they were quite young and my daughter became their dance instructor, so in the morning I would be dropping my daughter off and Peter or Amanda would be dropping the girls off and in the afternoon we would be chasing leather together on a cricket field somewhere

After the game we would enjoy a few beers and reminisce on what should have, could have happened on the paddock and enjoyed a lot of laughs.

Peter Daniel Sherman was so respected and loved by so many, that the outpouring of condolences from a myriad of people, acquaintances, teammates, opposition players and others that just knew him was a tribute in itself. There has been many a tear shed already and I am sure there will be many more and quite a few beers when we can all get together again to reminisce about the family man, the player, the administrator, the volunteer and a bloody good all-round bloke.

I have also played against and partied with Peter at a few Golden Oldies Carnivals and always had a ball and enjoyed his company.

To Amanda, Soph and Izzy and on behalf of QLD Veterans Cricket and the rest of the Cricketing fraternity, I would like to pass on my sincere condolences, love and best wishes for the sad loss of the MAN.

Rod Rice

QVC President

(Thank you very much to Andrew Knight and Rob Crawford for their assistance with this tribute)

Lew Cooper May, 1937 – April, 2019

Lewis Dale Cooper  May, 1937 – April, 2019

Lew was Patron and Life Member of Queensland Veterans Cricket.

Lew was born in Mackay, but made his name in cricket when he played for Queensland from 1958 til 1968 as a wicket keeper.

Lew played 34 matches for Queensland scoring 462 runs, at an average of 14.

However, he excelled as a keeper, claiming 84 catches and 18 stumpings.

Later in life, and until his death, Lew was heavily involved with Lord’s Taverners Australia – a cricket-based charity organisation that gives disabled and/or disadvantaged children a chance to improve their lives by playing or participating in sport.

Lew spent many years on the management committee of QVC, and helped steer the organisation into the strong position it is in today.

Lew attended as many QVC matches as time permitted. And for those who were not aware, Lew is the “Cooper” in the annual Cooper-Finlay competition.

Most veteran’s cricketers across Australia know Lew, and have all enjoyed some of his humour.


A dedication from Rupert McCall

 Lew : t-t-t-t-telling a j-j-j-j-joke.



John Dighton

John Dighton    July, 1948 – April, 2018

John played his veteran’s cricket with Sunshine Coast region as well as representing Queensland over many years in the National Championships and at Cooper-Finlay carnivals.
John also represented Australia in a New Zealand over 6o’s tour in 2015.

One of the fittest of all QVC players, John was always giving his best, and captains always knew they had a player they could rely on.

Whether at training or in a close match, John was always chirpy and contributing.

A friendly face that will be sadly missed.

John – as all QVC players knew him.

QVC Career Matches – 43

Runs – 473   Av.- 16.89   HS- 40 no

Wickets – 27    Bowling Av. – 22.93    Best – 4/10

John and his beautiful family

Inaugural Past Players Tribute Day, 2018


 Tributes to John Dighton


It was a total shock yesterday to receive the news of John’s passing, a person of great enthusiasm and love for the game of cricket! I expect there is not one of us who played with or against John who failed to notice these qualities. Both on and off the field he was a gentleman, representing what Veterans Cricket is about. He will be greatly missed as a fellow player and friend.

I am sure John would not want us to dwell on his passing, instead he would want us to keep playing the game we love and enjoy….while we still can!

Keith Christiansen

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It was with deep sadness that I heard the news of the untimely passing of John Dighton late on Wednesday 4 April.

John 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.

John 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.

I 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.

A 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.

John 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 cricket tragic!!!!

John 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 respect.

John, I am sure that you will be looking on with great interest from your heavenly abode.

Kerry Emery, OAM
Past President, Qld Veterans Cricket
President, Veterans Cricket Australia.

I extend to John’s family my deepest and sincerest condolences on behalf of our Queensland Over 70’s playing group.
John had just joined our very privileged Over 70 active players list this year. He was looking forward to being a leading player for his State and hopefully would earn a touring cap in the Australian side. I spent considerable time with John on and off the field in New Zealand in 2015 with an Aussie Over 60 team led by Sterling Hamman. John by nature loved his cricket, was outgoing, and a great team man. He was always eager to improve his present-day skills and give a helping hand where he could.
John was one of the last I spoke to at the Coffs Harbour end of day bbq. He was his cheery self and said he might catch up for dinner down the street. Unfortunately our paths did not cross.
John often spoke of his family. They will dearly miss him and so will all our cricket Over 60’s and Over 70’s.
We have some great memories of John for which we are thankful. It was our pleasure to play and socialise with him.

Ian Petherick
QVC Over 70’s Co-ordinator

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