400 Wickets for Verve!

The Camberwell Mapies family are wrapped after club favourite Mark Dwyer took his 400th wicket for the club in the 2nd XI’s win against Prahran. He did so in typical fashion – hitting the stumps bowling a tight line in a one day game, before bowling the closing overs into the breeze exposed to the short boundary, encapsulating his unselfish nature.

“Verve” has been a stalwart of the club, first playing in 2001 in the 3rd XI. Always renowned as a hard trainer, he’d bowl all night long at training in his runners, no matter how many coaches told him to put on some spikes. He relished the role of nightwatchman in those early days, scoring hundreds in the 3rd & 4th XI before being stuck down the order in the higher grades!

He made his 1st XI debut against Hawthorn Waverley in the last round of the 2004 season, having begun the season named in the 4th XI.

Having spent the years after this on the fringe of 1st XI selection, and leading the 2nd XI attack, he missed the 2009/10 season in full due to illness. His efforts to get himself down to Camberwell Sports Ground to support the boys, as well as looking after his rehab, over this period was inspirational, and we were all wrapped to see him play in a 3rd XI Grand Final the following season.

The next few years saw some great individual efforts, including 11 wickets and 73 in a 2nd XI match, and a Player of the Final award after his 6/74 in the 2nd XI Grand Final win in 2012/13.

Throughout he has been a constant on the committee of the club, beginning at organising social events and is now the sponsorship manager – doing a power of work to increase the connection between the junior and senior parts of the club, and growing our relationship with the local community.

Well done to the big fella, from all of us and hopefully there’s plenty more wickets to come!