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Meet the SPL Stars - Belsak "Eye of a Tiger"

Andrew Belsak - Personal Cricket info:

I was born in 1971and played my first game in grade 4 as a 10yrs Old, Opened the batting made 42 not out against Grade 6 players using my Grey Nichols 4 scope bat which my parents paid $107 and I still have the bat today.

My cricket Pathway:

  • I played my junior cricket at Mayfield Primary, Summerdale Primary.

  • High School Cricket – Prospect High

  • 4th Grade – Old Scotch CC

  • 4th, 3rd,2nd & 1st Grade – Launceston Cricket Club

  • 1st Grade – Riverside CC, Georgetown CC, Brothers Diggers CC (QLD), ACL CC, Hadspen CC, Warradale CC (SA), Eastern Nights CC (SA)

  • 1st Class Tasmanian Tigers Cricket Team.

  • Top Order Batsman and part time medium pace bowler with a major focus as a team player who loves to keep busy as a bat & fielder.

My highest scores were all for Launceston CC

  • 1st Grade – 189no vs Riverside @ Riverside

  • 2nd Grade – 169 vs Old Scotch @ Launceston

  • 3rd Grade – 254no vs Riverside @ Riverside

My best bowling figures were 8 overs, 7 maidens, 7 wickets for 9 runs – Launceston @ Mowbray and awarded a life membership at eh Launceston CC.

Life Membership - Launceston CC

Being a very passionate Tasmania, David boon was my idol growing up in the apple Isle.

Bellerive - my favourite Oval

I am currently self employed as an Electrician for Andrew Belsak Electrical and Air Conditioning.

Best players

The fastest bowler I faced Greg Wilson @ Launceston CC – Fast outswing bowler and very intimidating. while Andrew Gower from Mowbray CC was the best Leg spin bowler and very competitive. I have seen a few gun keepers over my time but none better than Tim Coyle @ Launceston CC – he was a great glove man, While Darren Berry for Victoria was awesome up to the stumps.

Peter Faulkner was the best skipper I played under, a great thinker of the game. While Wayne Squires was extremely funny and always in the umpires face.

My greatest achievement & memories was obviously playing my first game for the Tasmanian Tigers and also played in a social game against Ricky Ponting.

Personally the greatest win was chasing 542 runs in an A grade Grand Final, getting the runs with 6 wickets down, myself making 179 runs.

Personalities in cricket

Who are the three sports personalities from around the world you would like to share a round of golf and a red wine with & why?

  • Valentino Rossi – because he is an amazing motorcycle rider.

  • Greg Norman – to obtain some golfing tips.

  • Shaquille O’Neil – just to see how tall he is.

You’re now playing over 50s cricket, what the best part of playing veterans cricket and what advice would you offer anyone over 50 who is thinking about playing or joining a team?

Playing with mature like minded people whom have the knowledge and experience of the game.

Give it a go, because you are never too old to play.

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