Vale Stephen Yeats

It’s with a heavy heart that we regret to inform our members and supporters that life member and club legend, Steve Yeats, has unfortunately passed away yesterday Tuesday 12/7/22 in the morning.

Steve has suffered a series of strokes recently and after some scans, had revealed a stage 4 tumour growing on his brain.  Steve had just been relocated to care in Geelong for rehabilitation and to be closer with his family before sadly passing away.

Steve was a long time serving member and committee member with over 40years service to Carnegie and over 50 years service to cricket, which was recognised by Cricket Australia. Steve was like a father figure to many at the club who always gave advice to those in need of life guidance and cricket thirst, and when Steve spoke, people listened and took in everything he preached.

Over his years at Carnegie, Steve played many years in the 1st XI and played a perfect all rounder role with both bat and ball.  Like everyone, he aged and found his way moving down the grades and while doing so, adding a huge amount of depth and experience to every side he played in.  Steve not only contributed on the field but also served on the committee and had the honour of being President in 1992/93. He was a long time serving general committee member and chairman of selectors for many years. Throughout his playing career he was a 2 time club champion winning our prestigious Merv Sutherland award in 89/90 and again in 99/00.

Steve captained many sides across all grades and had a very big impact on the 3rd XI throughout the 2000s.  Many of the aspiring juniors were mentored by Steve and made their way into the 1st XI in the years to come, where they became core members who excelled with their cricket.

Steve was greatly respected in the not just the Carnegie circle but also the whole cricket community after building friendships with so many opposition players, as a player and also later when he decided to retire from playing and become an official umpire.  No doubt the cricket community is mourning  and are extending their condolences to Steve’s 2 daughters Rachael and Katie who he leaves behind.

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Written by Aarun Tong