A SAVCA player from 2007 to 15th February 2022
Eighty-two-year-old, Jim Curtis, called stumps on his cricket career, which started in 1950 and ended at Callington on Tuesday 15th February 2022 in the Over 70’s clash between Grange and Adelaide University.
Jim played in the very first SAVCA game at Payneham Oval when the SA veterans defeated Victoria. Jim was employed by the State Bank of SA and moved around to various branches around South Australia and the Northern Territory, hence why he played for so many clubs. Jim is a Life Member of SAVCA and is a former long-term Treasurer.
In 2018 Jim was awarded a Cricket Australia 50 Year Volunteer Award. The following details indicate the full extent of an incredible cricketing journey and why Jim Curtis was worthy of the prestigious award.
Murray Town 1950 to 1955
Flinders Association Team 1955
Port Pirie Senior Colts CC 1956 to 1958
Prospect CC 1959 to 1961
Renmark CC 1962 to 1964
Riverland Association and SA Country Team (against the touring England team) 1963
Port Pirie South and Association team 1964/65
Naracoorte RSL CC & Naracoorte Association team 1965 to 1969
SA Country team 1967 (India) and 1968 (West Indies)
Bank & Insurance CC and Darwin Association team 1970
Port Noarlunga CC and Southern League Association team 1973 to 1975
Berri CC and Riverland Association team 1973 to 1975
Naracoorte South 1981 to 1983
Marion CC (Life Member) 1983 to 2009
Seaford Rise CC 2010 to 2015
SA Veterans Cricket Association 2007 to 2022 (Life Member) including first game v Victoria
Veteran’s Australia Over 60’s first international game against England 2011
SA Veterans team that toured New Zealand 2015.
Jim retired on Sunday, 82* years young after the final game of the inaugural O70’s competition.
What a wonderful innings and we wish him enjoyed success in retirement. But I have heard rumours he will still be seen at a local cricket ground near us all.