Sport

Annita Hancock's memory lives on

ANNITA Hancock didn't have as much as a presence in the Clarence Valley as she did in the Northern Rivers, but there's no doubt the Valley was touched by her influence.

Hancock was well-known in the Northern Rivers for her big part in giving girls a way to enjoy the game they loved.

She was known to have played both indoor and outdoor variants of the game, something which gained her a lot of respect when she moved into administration roles later in life.

When Hancock lost her battle to cancer last year, husband Mal and Casino Cavaliers teammate Michael Wood decided to name the inaugural under-14 girls cricket carnival in her honour.

"She did a lot for all forms of cricket in the area," Wood said.

"I played with Mal at Casino for a number of years and Annita did heaps behind the scenes to keep the team going."

Casino is the most successful team in the Far North Coast Premier League's 18-year history.

The Hancocks have been part of most, if not all, of the 12 premierships during that time.

While Mal lead the club as president and as a player, Annita gave her time as secretary.

Perhaps one of her greatest achievements came about three to four years ago when she played a major role in setting up a girls' cricket team in Casino.

Fuelled by her passion for cricket, as well as that of her daughters, Hancock formed the teams to give young girls a chance to play in the boy-dominated sport.

"It's a massive loss for cricket in Casino," Wood said.

"Her input into girls cricket in the region will be remembered and hopefully live on through this cricket carnival."

Topics:  cricket, northern rivers



Beached baby humpback is dragged back into sea

TRAGEDY AVERTED: Beachgoers help to rescue a baby whale beached at Kingscliff. Photo by Emma O'Sullivan/Facebook.

Dramatic video capturing the rescue of a baby whale

Migaloo mayhem: Boaties, drone operators told to back off

A Sea World Cruise charter vessel near Migaloo yesterday, off the Tweed Coast.

Video: Helicopters, charter boats, drones and research vessels out in force to...

Organisers postpone new country music festival

Australian music megastar Kasey Chambers will be playing at the Sawtell RSL on Friday.

Mur'bah's Country Roots Festival cancelled

Latest deals and offers

Vintaea: Why I left The Bachelor on the first night

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

Organisers postpone new country music festival

Australian music megastar Kasey Chambers will be playing at the Sawtell RSL on Friday.

Mur'bah's Country Roots Festival cancelled

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

McClymonts hit the road to mark special milestone

The McClymonts will play Twin Towns in August as part of their 10-date, 10-year celebration tour.

A decade of gold for Grafton sisters.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started