400 games last week… breaking his club’s games record this week.
That’s what Phil Kerr will do for the Eaglehawk Cricket Club on Saturday when he lines up for the Hawks’ fourth XI in the BDCA in his 401st game.
The 52-year-old will surpass the club’s previous record of 400 games set in 2009 by Daryl Fullerton in the game against Kangaroo Flat at Raywood.
Kerr is synonymous with sport in the Borough, passionate about both the Hawks’ cricket and football teams and it has always been that way given he grew up a stone’s throw from Canterbury Park.
“I’m a very proud Eaglehawk person, so to become the games record-holder is great, but if you play for long enough these sort of things come along,” Kerr said on Friday.
“I suppose it’s reflective of how long I’ve been playing for.
“I’m really proud just to play for the club, so to have the achievement of playing the most games is very special. Someone will break it one day, but that’s okay.”
Kerr first played cricket with Eaglehawk in 1980-81 in the under-13s in what was initially an Eaglehawk High School team.
“I grew up 500 metres from the ground, so I was down here all the time,” Kerr said.
“When I was a junior I used to follow the A Grade team on my pushbike all over Bendigo and really enjoyed that.
“And then later on to play with some of those players like the Bices, Tuppers, Walshs, Findlays and Max Taylor in my early A Grade days was really special.”
The bulk of Kerr’s career at Eaglehawk has been spent in the second XI where he has racked up 250 games.
He has also played 43 games in the first XI, 81 in the third XI and 26 in the BDCA’s newest competition, the fourth XI.
I’m a very proud Eaglehawk person, so to become the games record-holder is great
“I just love being around the club, the people here and still really enjoy playing,” Kerr said.
“The past few years in particular with the fourth XI has been really enjoyable playing with the kids and trying to teach them a few things and I really like the concept of it in allowing kids to develop.
“I was a bit apprehensive about it at first because I wasn’t going to be playing with my mates any more, but once I started playing with the kids it has probably kept me going.”
Kerr is captain of the Hawks’ fourth XI side, which is primarily made up of junior players getting their first tastes of afternoon cricket.
And Kerr certainly showed them how it was done in his 400th milestone match last round with his all-round double of 100 and 6-41 against Strathfieldsaye.
As well as his contribution on the field, Kerr has also given plenty back to the Hawks off it as well, including 20 years on the committee and 10 as secretary.
The past few years in particular with the fourth XI has been really enjoyable playing with the kids and trying to teach them a few things and I really like the concept of it in allowing kids to develop
When reflecting on his decades of time at Canterbury Park, outside of the premierships he’s won – which he thinks is about nine – there’s one particular game that stands out for Kerr.
“Max Taylor was a childhood hero of mine and one of my favourite memories is we were 5-77 at tea chasing 300 against Kangaroo Flat in A Grade,” Kerr recalled.
“Max was on about 50 at tea and he went on to get a hundred. I batted with him for quite a bit of time and it was nice that us tail-enders were able to get Max to his century and we got over the line.
“I don’t remember a lot of games specifically, but that is certainly one of them.
“But really, what I look back on as my greatest memories of my time at Eaglehawk is just being part of the club because it means a lot to me.”
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