Peter Sweeney first joined the Club through the Dowling Shield junior development team for the 2003-04 season. Teammates included Daniel Watson, Brett Forsyth, Kumar Sarna, Jamie Brohier and Pete’s mate Daniel Hunt. Peter also committed to the Club of a weekend and played out the season in the threes and fours, taking 46 wickets as a 15 year old and developing his batting skills.
Records are a little sketchy in some of the earlier years but it would be safe to say that Pete managed in excess of 280 games, about 110 in the twos and 88 in the ones.
Known for his elegant driving and tightfisted bowling, Peter proved a valuable contributor to the Club.
His best years were probably 2011 to 2016 when he turned out for the ones regularly but never really commanded a spot. Under Dan Doran he gained a little confidence and strung a few games together. He believes that at the time he didn’t think he was really a ones player, but looking back now is of the opinion that with a bit more work and positivity, he could have done better.
By October 2010 Peter had established himself as our primary spinner, perhaps for want of competition, his mates would commonly warn the batsmen not to allow for spin. During that year he had the pleasure watching Alex Hales destroy many attacks as we made our way into the finals. Unfortunately Hales was called back to England leaving us short a number three and Darren Dempsey asked Peter whether he was ready to step and so began his campaign against Casey when he was in 3rd ball of the match. A fighting top score of 51 enabled us to hold them out.
He was in again early against Carlton and only managed 7 but a win and the Casey game meant he got the chance in the final against Frankston. Once more we were off to a poor start and Peter was in after 2 balls, hanging in for 11 against a top class lineup of Miller, Groves, Boland, Holland and Chasemore. The game was a beauty, perhaps the best final all time with momentum swinging regularly and the final result a winning draw with Darren Pattinson and Justin Butterfield batting out 8 overs to hang on after 7pm. Justin had managed similarly in the first innings at 11, with a partnership of 32 taking us past Frankston in the first innings.
Peter, a bowler did not bowl an over through the finals series but like all there, will never forget the game and it nestles comfortably as his fondest.
In 14-15 he made his highest score of 76 in the ones against Frankston in a partnership of 197 with Tom Donnell.
Peter spent two or three years on the committee, something he recommends to all players who play with the Club for a while. It gave him a real sense of what happens to get teams on the park and the amount of work that is needed but largely unseen by the players.
He remarks that he has spent more than half his life at Dandenong and and believes the Club and those in it are just like a second family. Over the years he has developed many relationships that will be life long friends and is ever grateful for the support he and his family received from members when his father, mate and best supporter Tony passed away.
It was difficult to decide to move on but in the end, Peter’s commitment to training at Premier level was waning and he had an opportunity to move to his junior Club Cranbourne with Michael. As we have seen Cranbourne has put together quite a team and Peter will join some good mates in an endeavour to renew success at the Club.
Peter has always been a positive influence at the Club, rarely annoyed unless being belted out of the practice nets, and always supportive of his teammates. In 2017 Peter was made a life member for his service. He gave Premier cricket a really good shot and was ever willing to assist where needed. Good luck with the coaching Peter, we hope to see you back with us some time in the future.