At the 2012-2013 Presentation Night, Bernard Sharp was awarded the honour of Life Membership and rarely have we seen a more popular choice. We saw once again what the club means to Bernard and for those who have known him for many years it was a wonderful be part of such a fitting acknowledgment to a true Mountie and a great person.
Bernard started with Mt Clear in the juniors in the late 1970’s winning back to back U/14 premierships in 1977/78 & 1978/79. He made his senior debut 30 years ago in season 1982/83 and since then has played over 270 senior games winning two premierships and amassing over 7000 runs including 10 centuries as well as taking 39 wickets. He has played in every grade with the majority in the 2nds and 3rds. His unorthodox grip on the bat did not stop him from clubbing attacks and for many who batted with him there was often the risk of serious injury from one of his thumping drives. His bat was so big that legend says that it was in fact fashioned from a railway sleeper! In recent years due to his work commitments he has often been forced to play every second week and it is safe to say if not for this he would be much closer to the 300 game milestone.
Bernard was also captain of the 4ths in 1990/91 and was on the senior committee from 1998-2000. He was always available to lend a hand and never complained or shirked his responsibilities and his leadership and commitment was an example to all. He received the Most Serviceable Award in 1994/95.
Off field is where Bernard also shone. He has rarely missed a social function in 30 years (even when he has had to work that day) and is usually at the clubrooms every Saturday night. He is the first to admit that there is nothing flash about Bernard however he is well respected and liked by all players; no matter the grade or ability Bernard would have a beer and a laugh with anyone.
The support of his wife Maree and his children Aaron and Emily should not be forgotten. When Bernard comes to the clubrooms or a match his family are usually there. It is fantastic to see Aaron play for the club and we hope he lines up many times next to his father on the field in the years to come. If Bernard was delighted with his Life Membership then Maree was equally happy as she out of any of us knows what Mt Clear means to her husband.
Congratulations, Sharpy on receiving Life Membership. You should be proud of your contribution to the club.