MICHAEL SAZENIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
This Award is named after Michael “ SAZ” Sazenis, who played with the Hawks from 2003 to 2012, and is given to a player that displays qualities and characteristics that most exemplifies those that Michael exhibited whilst at the SWHCC.
Michael lived in North Ringwood and attended Holy Spirit Primary School and Whitefriars College followed by a promising start to Deakin University. Michael was a hard working student who achieved excellent results in VCE and was the recipient of his schools Award of excellence for IT (Information Technology).
Michael had many interests in life including travelling, both here and overseas, particularly Canada where his Mother is from, attending AFL games, camping, and fishing. Michael participated in many sports including footy (Park Orchards Sharks), ten pin bowling, fishing, swimming, table tennis, and downhill snow skiing.
But most of all cricket was his passion.
Michael started playing in Milo cricket at the age of 7. He was captain of his Primary schools cricket team in year 6. At the age of 10 in 2003 he joined the SWHCC in the U 12s. During his time in the U 14s team, they won the Premiership with Michael being excited to win the Man of the match, and then the MVP of the finals, the following season he was awarded the team bowling award.
Michael also played for his college cricket team in the ACC turf competition, having been a member of their premiership team in year 10, with him achieving the figures of 7 for 3 off 6 overs including a hat trick during one game. In the U 16s he was nominated by the club and chosen to play Rep cricket for the RDCA in the Jim Bietzel Shield turf competition, with Michael opening the bowling. They won all their games except the rain affected final. Michael enjoyed playing in the juniors in the morning and then in one of the senior teams in the afternoon. He trained many long hours to try to become one of the best fast bowlers at the club. He was chosen by the club to be in the junior development squad and was able to train with the likes of Mick Lewis (ex. Victorian and Australian state player) as his mentor.
Along the way he made many friends at SWHCC and was known for his sense of humour and his cheeky grin especially after he bowled another bouncer. He was loyal to the club having been asked to train at other clubs but stayed with SWHCC to be with his mates. Unfortunately Michael’s senior career was cut short.
Michael was involved in a motor vehicle accident and very sadly passed away on
the 31st of March 2012.
At the start of the 2012/13 season the club named the training nets after Michael and unveiled a dedicated plaque and photo in the clubroom in his memory. 2015 is the first year of this annual award.
The winner of the Schlorship not only is awarded one of the most prestigious awards in the club but also has their playing subs paid until they turn 18.