Rodney has played cricket at Nunawading since 1980, and played over 300 games for the club in that period. He is bettered in this feat only by such club luminaries as John O’Sullivan, Colin James and Graham Harris. Barring injury, he has made himself available week in, week out for over 30 years.
Rod is best known as a cavalier batsman and solid wicket-keeper. He somewhat under-estimates his own ability and, with some more confidence, who knows how high up the grades he could have gone. He has a great eye and just needs to keep his head on occasions. Who can forget, however, the 1995-96 D1 Grand Final. Rod had a pretty good year both behind the stumps and with the bat. In the 120 over grand final, Nuna were in a reasonable position at 6/160 after 80 overs when Rod came to the crease. In somewhat uncharacteristic fashion, Rod batted out the remaining 40 overs to score 75 with a combination of patience and classic pulls and cuts to push the team score to 279. A target we defended easily. A grand performance in a grand final. There is also the less distinguished story about Rod having to leave the ground one day in a B2 match due to heat stroke. It was a bloody hot day and we were all struggling but poor old Rod had to go off. He summonsed the strength to return a few overs later but the boys remind him of this regularly.
Rod also played in an 8th XI Grand Final in 1985/86. In the semi, Nuna scored only 56 in both innings but Rod helped win the game by taking a sensational outfield catch to help dismiss Bulleen Temp 15 runs short for an outright win.
Rod’s career in stats is as follows:
307 games, 353 inning, 5576 runs at 18.5 including 1 century and 21 half centuries.
His bowling may surprise you: 490 overs, 85 maidens, 102 wickets at 16.5
Rod also scored 99 in a 6th match in 91/92 and won the batting average in that grade the following year. He also won the 5th XI batting averages in 1994/95 and 95/96.
Rodney has also served on the committee at Nunawading over the years, most notably as Treasurer and on the general committee. He also distinguished himself in the work he has done on updating the club’s statistics over recent years.
Rodney is a constant presence at the club, be that at training, or after the match. He is always there with his can of diet coke, and has been for over 30 years. While others are busy rushing off early, he is sitting there waiting patiently for the scores to be read out, congratulating those who achieved that day and reminding us of how unlucky he might of been on any particular day.
Rodney is old-school. He is a Nunawading Cricket Club person. He reveres the legends of Nunawading’s history. To Rod, the Col James Shield game against Blackburn is the one he wants to play in and win. This is the kind of attitude that shows us what he is made of, what flows through his veins. It is purple and gold.
Life Membership would be a fitting reward for someone who has spent so long and achieved so much at our club. Nunawading is a better club for it.