Shared from the 8/7/2018 Bayside Leader eEdition

New coach and prez for Tonners

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Ross Teschendorff presents Brighton Cricket Club life membership to outgoing president Andrew Beck. Picture: Bernard Mutimer World of Photography.

Brighton looked far and wide for a new senior coach.

It need not have; it turned out an excellent candidate was at the club already.

After a long search had come to nothing, committeeman Bernard Mutimer approached experienced all-rounder Michael Nyary three weeks ago and asked him to consider taking on the position.

Nyary quickly agreed.

“It just sort of hit me that he was the one we needed to talk to,’’ Mutimer said.

“When he was injured last year he did some good work with the kids. He was fantastic. The players really like him. It hadn’t crossed his mind about coaching and it hadn’t crossed our minds to ask him. But he’s a good fit for it. He’s passionate.’’

Nyary joined Brighton last season from rival Subbies club Elsternwick and earlier Premier Cricket stints at Prahran and Dandenong.

Mutimer said Nyary had quickly established himself as a respected figure at the Tonners and his “broad knowledge of the game developed from playing at a consistently high level made him the ideal candidate to lead our young and emerging playing group’’.

He replaces Sam Kindlen, who has joined Premier club Monash Tigers, and will be assisted by captain and champion batsman Ricky Damiano.

The Tonners have recruited well in the off-season, securing Yarraville opening bowler Alex Hewat and Dandenong batsmen Brenton Murphy and Marcus Glenister. All three played First XI Premier Cricket.

Meanwhile, Brighton last Monday night granted life membership to outgoing president Andrew Beck, who served for five years and is credited with reviving the club’s fortunes on and off the field.

Mutimer has assumed the presidency.

Brighton stalwart Ross Teschendorff said Beck — the club’s 98th life member — had made a fine contribution.

“Andrew took on the club presidency in 2013 at a time where club finances were low,’’ he said.

“Under his leadership many improvements and club stabilisation actions took place.

“These included the development and construction of our turf practice facilities, maintenance of the club’s momentum during the Brighton Beach Oval renovations, the development of a girl’s cricket team, the introduction of a club history subcommittee resulting in the introduction of the hall of fame, the 175th year celebrations, the club’s support of the Jane McGrath breast cancer research charity and the support and encouragement of David King’s great book on the club’s history … and finally the reestablishment of club financial stability.

“There is no doubt that Andrew ranks alongside our most effective club presidents.

“He truly has earned and deserves his life membership.’’

Teschendorff joked that Beck was “no doubt the tallest player in our 175 years’’ and “as a batsman he could hit the ball out of sight and was one of the hardest and longest hitters ever seen at Brighton Cricket Club’’.

“He hit in the ‘V’ and easily cleared fences, roads and front fences with his lofted drives.’’

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