Brady Collins & Jai Russell win shared Doug Hogue medal, Geraldton cricket’s highest honour

Victor TantiGeraldton Guardian
Doug Hogue medal winners Brady Collins, left, and Jai Russell with Suzanne Hogue, middle.
Camera IconDoug Hogue medal winners Brady Collins, left, and Jai Russell with Suzanne Hogue, middle. Credit: Victor Tanti

For the second time in 12 years since its inception, local cricket’s highest individual honour, the Doug Hogue Medal, was shared.

The winners were Towns teammates Jai Russell and Brady Collins who were presented with their medals on Saturday night before a big crowd at The Gerald.

For Russell, it was a record-breaking third win but as someone who knew and loved Hogue, as treasured as the others.

For Collins, it was a belated but better prize than Cricketer of the Year, a race he led until the last round before being pipped by Jay O’Brien.

Another highlight was the awarding of life membership to Clint Yeates. The GRCB has been sparing in gifting life memberships and Yeates was only the 17th so honoured in the league’s 59 years.

Being good at cricket for a long time is not a criterium – the measure is what the person does off the field to nurture the game.

Yeates fits the bill and was given a standing ovation when called up by GRCB president Nic Rafanelli.

Yeates responded with a heartfelt acceptance speech in which he thanked his teammates and others involved in his cricket journey but made special note of his wife Hayley and three children.

Other awards:

A-Grade Cricketer of the Year: Jay O’Brien 352 runs, 21 wkts, 9 catches

Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Olivia Bidwell 433 runs, 17 wkts, 6 catches

B-Grade Cricketer of the Year: Jamie Smith 717 runs, 14 catches

Swarbrick Medal (Umpire of the Year): Chris Collins

U21 Chris D’Mello Cricketer of the Year: Kodi Giltrow

U19 Rose & Frank Shaw Cricketer of the Year: Gus Heberle

Keeffe Medal (Country Week Best Player): Ringo McKenna

A-Grade Batting Agg/Ave: Jason Partington 426 runs at 42.60

A-Grade Bowling Agg/Ave: Kodi Giltrow 28 wkts at 8.67

Women’s Batting Agg/Ave: Olivia Bidwell 433 runs at 49.22

Women’s Bowling Agg/Ave: Sam Biddiscombe 25 wkts at 3.32

B-Grade Batting Agg/Ave: Jamie Smith 717 runs at 65.18

B-Grade Bowling Agg/Ave: 34 wkts at 8.85

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