Vale Gavin Maslen


When you peruse the very respectable statistics of Gavin Maslen for Wests in the early 90’s you are left with a sense of disconnect between what you read and what those that played with him remember. A gap between what is recorded to have happened at Oxley Road, Graceville and what he left behind in the DNA of our Club.

The records don’t properly reflect his passion for the game, the vigour of his dedication nor the courage of his ambition. Gavin shone as bright as any character in that colourful and tough era that was Brisbane Grade Cricket in the early 1990’s. In a game on the precipice of its strongest era and amongst some of the best players of all time, he followed a dream to be a cricketer.

A risk taker with the courage to embrace new thinking in his preparation.

A fierce defender of the team’s cause in the face of the game’s biggest names and the most unlikely odds.

An almost tangible effervescence that could often be directed, but never really controlled.

An unmistakeable presence, full of intellectual curiosity and always a source good humour.

He was all of these things, and he was one of us.

His cricket journey left an enduring impression on all that played with him and his character runs through the culture of Wests to this day. WSDCC thank Gavin for his gifts to our club and lament his sad passing

Rest in Peace Gavin Maslen.

Gav’s funeral is at 2pm tomorrow, Tuesday 12 March 2019
Allambe Memorial Park
197 Nerang Broadbeach Road, Nerang