A LOVE of cricket that began in 1955 when he joined Tocumwal Cricket Club at 12 has seen Arthur Owen become an all-rounder of the sport beyond the pitch.
He has been a regional administrator, umpire, coach, manager and had a best and fairest medal named in his honour.
Mr Owen has now received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to cricket.
"It's very good, it's very pleasing," he said of the accolade which follows several life memberships and being inducted into the Murray Valley Cricket Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
Also recognised with an OAM were Wangaratta's Ken Broomhead and Deniliquin's Jeanette Crew.
OTHER HONOURS RECIPIENTS:
- Former mayor joins predecessor as OAM recipient
- Bushfire recovery and environmental education honoured
- Jet pilot, cricket servant, Indigenous leader saluted
- Pottery nous results in gong for community service
- Nurses' endeavours across Albury and Africa get kudos
- Love of Myrtleford, Yarrawonga reflected in retiree's gongs
Mr Broomhead, a former chief flying instructor at Wangaratta Aero Club and past Tiger Airways pilot, was recognised for service to the aviation industry and Mrs Crew was hailed for service to Indigenous culture, and to conservation.
She has chaired the Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre since 2003.