Norm and Harold get life

FEW get to participate in the final of a competition named after them. But Lismore's Norm Ryder will. Ryder will stand as the lone umpire in the final of the Norm Ryder Shield, the Lismore District Cricket Association's winter competition, at Arthur Park, North Lismore, today. The Shield, which is in its fourth season, will see Goonellabah Workers Sports take on Evans Head in the decider. It will cap a big couple of months for Ryder. Recently he was given the honour, along with Harold Crozier, of being awarded life membership of the Far North Coast Cricket Council. Ryder said it was a nice gesture by the FNCCC. He has been involved with the local game since 1963 as a player, umpire, coach and administrator. "I guess your involvement just shows how much you love the game," he said. "I'm retired now, but the commitments on a family man these days is different than when I became involved. "It's hard to be committed because of employment and other things." Crozier has served as a player, umpire, administrator and media analyst, and had a field in Lismore named in his honour (which has since been redevloped into a football ground). Spending so much time on the cricket field and away from home obviously hasn't harmed Crozier's family life. He will celebrate his golden wedding anniversary later this year with wife Nan. "Cricket has given me a whole lot," Crozier said. "I've had a massive amount of friendship and great fellowship from the sport. "I just love the game." Highlighting his longevity in cricket, Crozier only has to mention one family the Everinghams. "I played cricket with George Everingham and his son Jimmy," Crozier said. "I umpired Jimmy's son Paul and I have got to watch Paul's son James." The Norm Ryder Shield final today will start at 12.30pm. It's 30 overs a side and is the culmination of a season of five rounds and semi-finals. Open and shut case !THESE letters, written by John McMahon, were presented to the FNCCC in support of life membership for Ryder and Crozier: , NORM RYDER From 1963 he has been involved in cricket in this region. Firstly as a substitute fieldsman for many first grade teams temporarily short of players; then as a player for Southern Districts until he reached 50 years of age. He then took up umpiring and remains an official umpire for Lismore and FNC matches. His career includes 20 years as a delegate to the FNCCC from the LDCA, the Hooker League and FNCCUA; coaching and assisting in the selection of Lismore junior teams; treasurer of the LDCA for three years; secretary of the LDCA for 15 years; and secretary-treasurer of the Hooker League for the past few years. Hands-on is how to describe Norm Ryder. Since the Lismore women's association stopped catering, Norm has almost single-handedly catered for representative games at Oakes Oval. He is a member of the Lismore Sports advisory committee. , HAROLD CROZIER Few have given more to or been more involved in cricket in this region over the past 60 years. As a player, administrator, media analyst and part-time curator, he has given his all to the game of cricket. By far the most successful captain in the history of Lismore first grade and arguably, with one notable exception, the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the region from the 1950s onwards his playing career spanned six decades. He represented Northern NSW against England and South Africa, and played and captained Lismore and FNC for many years. He umpired for 15 years. Harold has also stood up for the cricket community against local shire councils that at times have tried to weaken the infrastructure of the game at a local level. He has spent hundreds of hours planting turf wickets with tiny blades of couch. This has helped Lismore wickets, particularly Oakes Oval, to be one of the best in Australia. Harold was a member of the Lismore Sports Trust for 28 years. He has shown the highest of principles at all times sometimes controversial, but always prepared to fight for what he believed to be the best for the game.

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