Nunawading Cricket Club

Bob Saker

 Bob Saker

Bob and Margaret came to live in Nunawading in 1955.  Bob was originally from Leeton, NSW, where he had played rep cricket as a teenager.  He joined the Rural Bank after leaving school in about 1947/48.  He worked with the bank in Dubbo, where he won association batting averages and played rep cricket.

He joined the Police Force in 1952 and played cricket for Port Melbourne until 1956, when he joined Nuna. At about the same time, he was asked to play for Footscray, in District cricket, but he turned down the offer because he was newly married, with a young child (Trevor), busy at work and it was too far to travel. 

Nunawading in 1956 was a new suburb of Melbourne and growing fast.  Nuna was fortunate to attract a number of good cricketers to the club, who provided the nucleus of Premiership sides throughout the 60’s (4 premierships and 3 runner ups). 

Such was Bob's batting prowess, he made 191 out of 413 in the winning A Grade Grand Final in 65-66. 

Bob played in 6 First XI Premierships and was Captain of the winning 1960-61 side.  He won Association batting averages 5 times. 

Margaret also served the club in many capacities, hosting social gatherings and committee meetings.  Margaret was also our representative on the Mahoneys Reserve Committee of Management. 

The four Saker children were also integral parts of Nunawading history. Daughter Ros was tireless in her work for Nunawading.  The three boys, Trevor, Bill and David, all played in premiership teams in the Firsts (Trevor 3 times), whilst Bill and Trevor both captained the Firsts.  The Saker clan contributed immensely with their committee work and towards making Nunawading a better place to be. 

Bob and Margaret retire to Narooma in 1987 and the Club officially sent them off on June 19 with a function in the Social Rooms.  Bob was an icon on the bowls circuit in Narooma and was as large as life on the bowling rink as he was on the cricket field.  He was the type of guy you could hear before you would see. 

The naming of our main ground at Mahoneys Reserve to the Bob Saker Oval in 2001 is, in a small way, an attempt by the club to recognise and thank the Sakers for their contribution to our club both on and off the field, for many, many years.  Bob was also named as Vice-Captain of our Team of the Century, whilst Bill was named in the same team. 

Finally, it is worth noting that there have been only two Shield or A Grade premierships won in the history of Nunawading Cricket Club, that do not feature a Saker in the team.  Enough said.