Geoff Walsh

Geoff Edward Walsh

Life member 1959

Geoff Walsh – Hon Sec 89-91, Treasurer 90-94

‘Vale as written by the then Secretary Basil Wright of Geoff after his passing in April 1995‘

On 21 April 1995, Geoff Walsh died after suffering a heart attack and South Brisbane Cricket Club lost a man who had been a pillar of the Club during the past 50 years.

When I joined the club in 1979 Geoffrey Edward Walsh was just a name from the Club’s history and I did not get to know Geoff until about 10 years later when he returned to active involvement with the Club following the passing of his wife Joan in 1989.

Geoff took over as Secretary from 1989-1991 and was then Treasurer until 1994 when ill health forced his retirement from the Management Committee. Throughout his career with the Club, Geoff held most Major positions with the club other than that of President. He was awarded Life Membership in 1959.

Geoff, the son of former State Treasurer Ted Walsh, hailed from Mackay and joined Souths in 1947 after serving with distinction in New Guinea during World War 2.As well as being a fine left arm bowler Geoff quickly involved himself in the administration of the club and was Chairman of Selectors for many seasons. Geoff had first hand experience with the vagaries of team selection having been dropped to Second Grade, to make was for a representative player, immediately after taking 9 for 35 in an A Grade match in 51/52.

Because of his background, Geoff was heavily involved in the Queensland Country Cricket Association. He was also a foundation member and office bearer of the Queensland Cricketers Club and it is fitting that I last saw and spoke with Geoff at the Cricketers Club on the evening of 19 April 1995 as he was waiting to go into a gourmet dinner. On that occasion the conversation was dominated by the research Geoff was doing with Sid Redgrave in preparation for the Club’s centenary in 1997.

Geoff also made a contribution as coach of various Junior teams and the Club intends instituting a Geoff Walsh Memorial Trophy to be based on performances in the under 16 grade.

Beyond cricket Geoff was involved in a wide range of community activities including the Mt Gravatt Show Society and Skillshare Committee and as a Santa in the Queen St Mall.