Hay Park stalwart on prize shortlist

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Graham Harradine is in his second season volunteering his time as groundsman at Hay Park Cricket Club.
Camera IconGraham Harradine is in his second season volunteering his time as groundsman at Hay Park Cricket Club. Credit: Josh Zimmerman

Hay Park Cricket Club stalwart Graham Harradine was nominated for the P and O Cruises Local Legends competition during last weekend’s Channel 7 first Test match coverage between Australia and India.

Nominated by club skipper Jono Whitney, Harradine is an instrumental figure at the Redbacks.

Along with being the ground curator, he is the treasurer, major sponsor, club patron and property man.

And believe it or not, in his “spare time” he is a full-time veterinarian.

“I’ve been involved with the club from the start,” Harradine said. “I was part of the old Bunbury club and when we merged in 2010 to become Hay Park, I’ve been involved ever since.

“My involvement started because my son was playing for them. I really enjoyed that and they asked me to be involved in the first committee, which I did.

“Jono Whitney did the curating for our first year and was planning to go back to England and stay there.

“And we had nobody, so I got some books and went to a few seminars and picked it up.

“I’ve enjoyed being able to help the club from its embryonic stages — we had two premierships in the first few years which was really good for us.”

Those unfamiliar with cricket may be surprised to learn the time spent by local curators in preparing grounds — venues that they may pass while driving around Bunbury on any given Saturday in summer.

“It takes us a full three days to prepare a pitch for a Saturday game,” Harradine said. “If it were say a BDCA grand final at the end of March and it’s a two-day game, it would take us four days.

“It’s time out here.

“We are here pretty much every day for those three or four days preparing.”

If Harradine wins the competition, he will receive a 10-night P and O cruise for four people of his choice, along with the Redbacks receiving $2500.

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