John’s father Joe played cricket for Nuna for two years in the early fifties, and John often watched the firsts play. One of his earliest recollections was watching Tom Reeves taking 7 wickets in a Semi final in the late fifties. He started playing juniors at Nuna when one of the kids he played cricket with in the street, Col James, encouraged him to go to practice. Sully played two years of under 16’s cricket, once taking the last 4 wickets of an innings with 4 balls.
Moving to senior cricket, he started in the fourths under Arthur Walker, and played through the grades for a couple of years. He got his chance in the First XI at the start of the 1967/68 season, under Jack Kirby. He batted at 6 or 7, and due to the bowling strength of the side, his bowling days were over.
John was on the general committee for quite a number of years, filling various roles including a stint of four years as equipment manager at a time when there were 8 senior and 7 junior teams. He was also involved with the juniors for 7 years. Sully was captain of the Firsts for 4 years in which time they won two premierships, and he also captained the seconds towards the end of his career. John retired at the end of 1996/97.