Peter came to NHCC in the mid 1980s when his son Malcolm began playing with the Club. One of the then Club committee members knowing Peter’s involvement in sailing and also as a highly regarded finance officer, seconded him to the committee. Thus began a long, happy relationship with the Club which extended long after Mal retired.
Peter enjoyed working through the challenges, Club admin produced over the years. In particular he enjoyed the practical challenges- eg the “dumb waiter” from the ground floor, preparing wickets, building sight screens for white ball cricket and fixing machinery, with little experience or help. All these things he worked through methodically with amazing results. Equally comfortable sitting atop the tractor rolling wickets as he was preparing lunches for the Governor, touring teams, and other dignitaries, Peter gave an unbelievable amount of time to the Club, always there Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and both Saturday and Sunday. Rumour has it that the only way Alison, his wife, could catch up with Peter was to join the catering crew herself.
Most sporting clubs have their ups and downs over the years. North had an extraordinarily successful period on & off the field whilst Peter along with others were at the helm. In the few down years again it was Peter’s calm assurance and his good friend Tas Rooney who kept things going.
Peter was not regarded as a people person and it was said that he didn’t suffer fools. In fact he built strong relationships with players, parents and other Board members. Players, Coaches and Board members over the years with flair and enthusiasm flourished in the O’May years because of his ability to keep their focus on benefiting the Club.
There are not many jobs Peter didn’t do for the Club and it was inevitable that he would become a Life Member of the North Hobart CC. There is a trophy named in his and Tas’ honour unsurprisingly for a player who misses awards because of going up and down the grades. Always in his mind was that the Club and players come first.
Peter finished with the Club due to ill health in 2014. All who knew him were deeply saddened when he passed away last week, and to Alison, Malcolm, Stephanie & their families, rest assured that Peter ‘s influence on, and at this Club, will be forever appreciated and never forgotten.