JUNIOR CLUB PERSON
JEAN FOWLER: JUNIOR CLUB PERSON AWARD
Jean was very short in physical stature (less than 5ft in height), but very tall in spirit and action. She was a proficient cricketer and probably, through that sporting interest, married Ron Fowler who played baseball at Preston in the 1950’s. His father, Len, was President from 1954 to 1962.
The sporting genes continued on through a son Graham (“Chooka”), who was successful in both cricket and baseball, being one of the first Under-14’s to play at Preston in 1961. Jean supported the club as canteen manager and also scorer for juniors in the morning and the first IX in the afternoon – Saturdays in those days. Jean had a very strict interpretation of the rules of scoring. To get a safe hit with Jean scoring, you really had to earn it and if you dropped a foul fly, that was an error – as per the rules.
Unfortunately, Jean died relatively early, in her forties and to honour her contributions to the club, a memorial trophy was inaugurated, to be presented annually for the best junior clubperson. Any inspection of the PBC honour board will reveal some noticeable recipients of this award, which is a fitting tribute to the memory of a fine person.
(The Club is currently researching historical winners and progressively updating these records online).