It is with great sadness that we announced the passing of Speros Beasley on Friday the 24th November.
Speros was well-known and loved fixture at the Magpies and one of our greatest Clubmen, playing over 300 games for the Club. Many of us had the honour of playing and serving the club with Speros for close to forty years. He played with a determination and desire to win, and it was always a fun day on and off the field with him on the team.
Speros was involved at the Club at all levels. He was a player, a Captain, Vice President, Treasurer, Life Member and Premiership player (CCC). He always gave his time freely and loved being involved at the Magpies.
As a Junior, Speros played for the Under 16 Eleven team, playing 20 games from 1976-78. A capable batsman and occasional bowler, ‘Beasa’ scored 476 runs at an average of 47.6, while claiming 8 wickets for 131 runs, at an average of 16.3. Amongst his achievements were 100 n.o. vs. Burwood Gold, and 100 n.o. vs. West Hawthorn during 1977-78.
Speros played 218 games for Camberwell Cricket Club at a senior level between 1977-96. He played a variety of positions with determination, including opening, top or middle-order batsman and as a wicketkeeper, and scored 4,019 runs at an average of 25.3. Memorable scores included his 139 vs. Geelong Second XI, 79 vs. Malvern First XI, and 138 n.o. vs. Croydon Second XI in the semi-final.
Beasa was a member of the CCC from 1982-83 and 1985-86 First XI Championship teams, the 1984-85 Group premiership side was Captain of the CCC 1991-92 Second XI Championship team, and a member of the 1979-80 Group premiership side. Speros and Col Kelaart put on an unbroken 214 run partnership for the third wicket against Croydon Second XI in 1983, which is a Club record.
He then became part of the Camberwell Magpies of today playing 92 senior games in the lower grades as captain & VC to myself as well as holding senior committee roles.
Off the field, Beasa was a dedicated family man and father of four quality young men in Tom, Hugh, Ed & Charlie, as well as being married to the lovely and patient Liz for 30 years. Owner of his own accounting practice which helped many a friend and teammate, he still found time to coach junior and senior football at Old Trinity AFC, get to the races and spent plenty of time at the Kooyong Lawn tennis club gym. He was awarded the Vernon Wilcox Trophy for outstanding service in 1991 and Life Membership in 1992.
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Liz, Tom, Hugh, Charlie and Ed at this time. Our thoughts are with you all. As a mark of respect, all teams will wear black armbands.
We will provide further details of the funeral details as they become known.
Anthony Hall – Past Player, President, Life Member & Teammate
PLEASE NOTE: The funeral details are as follows:
10:30am, Thursday 30th November
Rosina Function Room, Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford