Steve J. Pascoe OAM

Life Membership Awarded - 1981/1982

Steve was born in East Malvern, Vic. in August 1949. Educated at East Ringwood Primary School and Norwood High School, Steve was a career banker with the ANZ for 39 years. He married Ann who is also an RDCA Life Member and has a daughter Rachelle, son-in-law Scott and 3 young grandsons to keep him busy. Ann has provided grand support to Steve during his cricketing career, as has Rachelle, who for many years was the RDCA scores co-ordinator on a Saturday night.

Sport has always played a significant part in Steve's life and he had a lengthy and successful relationship with Norwood Football Club where he is a Best and Fairest winner in both the Firsts (1975) and Reserves (1967 and 1968) and is a Life member of the club. Steve played around 220 games in total for the club.

Steve's cricketing history is impressive to say the least – both on and off the field and at both club and Association level. As a player he commenced at Norwood High School C.C. in the Under 16's during the 1963/64 season and the following year, he was a member of that team when they won the premiership, no doubt assisted by Steve's scores of 102 and 70 in the Grand Final. His First Eleven debut was in B Grade during the 1965/66 season and the following year that team also won a premiership. Steve captained the RDCA Under 21 team that won the VJCU competition in 1969-70. His playing association with Norwood C.C. (previously Norwood High School C.C.) also resulted in premierships in A Grade and the Twilight Competition and statistics that include 156 matches, 4,050 runs @ 26.64, 502 wickets @ 12.14, 3 centuries, seven times 7 or more wickets in a match and 4 hat tricks. Steve was also chosen as a member of the Norwood C.C. “Team of the Half Century” for 1959-2009 and he won 6 Club Champion awards. An Under 16 and two First Eleven batting awards and eight First Eleven bowling awards round off an excellent career at Norwood.

Steve was awarded Life Membership of the Norwood Cricket Club in 1982 in recognition of his service to the club.

In the 1977/78 season Steve was appointed Captain Coach of Warrandyte and during his career at Warrandyte he has played in two Chandler 1 premierships, a Chandler 2 premiership, and two Veterans premierships (perhaps more to come?). His playing statistics across all grades include 393 matches, 9,186 runs @34.15, 409 wickets @ 20.89, 6 centuries, thirteen times 5 wickets or more in an innings and 3 hat tricks. Steve also won 3 Club Champion awards at Warrandyte as well as two First Eleven, five Second Eleven and two Third Eleven batting awards and one First Eleven, two Second Eleven and two Third Eleven bowling awards. At various times he was/is also Chairman of Selectors, Veterans Co-ordinator and Milo Have-A-Go co-ordinator.

Steve was awarded Life Membership of Warrandyte Cricket Club in 1990/91 in recognition of his service to the club.

Put all of these playing statistics together and you see a playing career that to date, covers a period of over 45 years – a simply magnificent record! In addition, Steve won the Chandler All Rounder award in 1971/72, two Association 'A' Grade and one Chandler 2 batting awards, and a 'B' grade and two Chandler 2 bowling awards.

Off field Steve has a similarly impressive record in cricket administration. At Norwood High School C.C./Norwood C.C. he was Secretary from 1966 to 1975. After moving to Warrandyte, Steve served as Treasurer in 1978/79 and from 1988/89 to 1992/33, as Secretary from 1988/89 to 1990/91 and again from 1995/96 to 1997/98, and as President of the club from 1981/82 to 1984/85 and again from 1993/94 to 1994/95.

Not only does Steve have an impressive administration record at club level, he has an extraordinary record of further voluntary service for the Association over a lengthy period of time. He first joined the Executive in 1975/76 as Secretary of the Association and was one of the youngest Executive members for some time. Steve served as the Honorary General Secretary of the Association from 1974/75 to 1985/86 and was a Vice President for the period 1986/87 to 1998/99. During the period 1999/2000 to 2005/06 Steve served as President of the Association and Chairman of the (then) new Board of Management. After stepping down from that position Steve had a short break from official involvement until he became the President of the RDCA Umpires Association in 2008, a position he still holds at the time of writing. Steve was awarded Life Membership of the Association in 1980/81 in recognition of his significant and dedicated service. As further recognition, in 1997/98 it was decided that the award for the Best and Fairest Player in the second most senior grade of the competition would be known as “The Steve Pascoe Medal” and from the 2010/11 season the Senior A Grade competition will compete for the “Steve Pascoe Shield”.

The following excerpts are taken from a “Farewell to Steve Pascoe” that appeared in the 2004/2005 RDCA Annual Report. The tribute was written by RDCA Life Member Stuart Newey.

"During his time on the Executive, in particular as President, Steve has played a significant part in many reforms aimed at improving cricket playing conditions and the standard of cricket played in the RDCA. Some of these reforms have included:
• establishing the RDCA Veterans competition
• establishing a 4 tier competition – Premier, Senior, Junior, Veterans
• moving the Executive function into a more appropriate structure – A Board of Management with supporting sub-committees spreading the work load over more volunteers."
"Behind every good man is said to be a good woman and in Steve's case there are two ladies involved, namely Ann and Rachelle".

"The position (President) requires a person of strong conviction to take the role and based on the past 6 seasons it is obvious that Steve is such a person."

"Steve, on behalf of the clubs, and the players who form the RDCA, thank you for your involvement in running the Association over such a long time."

Steve was a deserved recipient of an Order of Australia (OAM) Award in the 2016 Australia Day Honours to further recognise his impressive record of service to the Association and the game of Cricket. He also officiated in the 2015/2016 Trollope Shield Grand Final and won the RDCA Umpire’s Association Umpire of the year award for the same season.

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