Dear Life Members, Players & Officials, Past Players & Officials, Supporters & Sponsors, It is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of Ferntree Gully Cricket Club Life Member, Emilio Russo. The Ferntree Gully Cricket Club President, Committee and Members are mourning the passing of a much respected life member in Emilio. A teammate who will be sadly missed. Deepest sympathy to Yvonne, family and friends.
Emilio joined our Cricket Club in 1966 as a first year Under 16 and commenced playing senior cricket immediately. One of the greatest on field contributors in club history, when he retired from Veterans cricket in 2010, he had become just the third player to reach 400 games (after Bob DeCoite and Mick Kirkpatrick) and had contributed to the Club’s on field success for over forty seasons.
His career record is littered with highlights…
• Debuted as 1st XI player 295 in 1975 • Scored almost 8,000 runs in Senior/Veterans cricket, scoring 31 × 50’s, 4 × 100’s including a highest score of 141, participated in 7 x century partnerships • Took almost 200 wickets in Senior/Veterans cricket, with a best bowling effort of 8/15 in an innings & 11/33 in a match • One of only 13 players (in over 130 seasons) to have scored a century and taken 5 wickets in an innings in the same match • Played in 5 Premiership teams • Won almost a dozen Grade Champion, Batting and Bowling average awards throughout his long career
Honoured with Life Membership of the FTGCC in 1997, and subsequently having the Club’s 4th XI Batting Award perpetually named the “E.F. Russo Award”, Emilio served the Club committee for a few terms in the 1970’s and as a Junior coach for a decade or so in the 1970’s/80’s after which his contribution was recognised by the prestigious Club President’s Award. His loss marks the passing of one of the Club’s greatest ever servants. R.I.P. Russo.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Mr Emilio Russo at David W Bull Funeral Home, 190 Princes Hwy Pakenham on FRIDAY (Sept. 6, 2019) commencing at 2.00P.M. A burial will follow at the Pakenham Cemetery. On Behalf of the Ferntree Gully Cricket Club Committee.