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Minova honours former employee
3 May 2010
Following the sudden death of long- term Minova employee Barry Cruickshanks last December, his former colleagues have banded together to support an annual memorial football game in his honour.
Barry worked for Minova for more than 20 years and was a keen Australian Rules player, as Matt Berry, national group sales and marketing manager, explains.
"Barry started working with Minova on the factory floor in Nowra. He then took up the role of cement plant manager before moving into a sales role in Western Australia," Matt said.
"He moved to WA with his wife Karyn and children Caitlin and Aimee where he was a key member of our hard-rock sales and service team.
"Barry was a valued member of two local Australian Rules football teams in Nowra before he moved, playing more than 200 games for the Nowra Blues and receiving life membership with the Albatross Demons."
Following his tragic death last year, at the age of 39, the two local teams decided to dedicate the first match against each other every year as the Barry Cruickshanks Memorial Game.
Minova has shown its support by donating $1,000 prize money for the teams which was presented along with a perpetual shield. Barry's family also donated a best-on-ground medal to be awarded each year.
This event is sure to become an important fixture on the footy calendar, with former team mates getting together to remember and honour Barry's life.