Hodge set for Rd 1 debut with Zebras

It is amongst the biggest signings in suburban cricket history. Just 6 years from having announced his retirement from first-class cricket to focus on the shorter forms of the game, former Australian test batsman Brad Hodge will once again pull on the whites when he makes his debut with the mighty East Sandringham Zebras in their Round 1 clash of the 15/16 SECA season against Washington Park this Sunday 11th October at 12pm.

When speaking to supporters, sponsors and his new teammates at the Zebras’ Season Launch last week, Hodge said he was both excited and nervous on the eve of the upcoming season. “This is really the first time I have been involved in a club environment and I am loving it. I can’t wait for Round 1 to come around.” Hodge said.

Those who attended the event were not left questioning what to expect from Victoria’s highest ever Sheffield Shield run scorer. “I've heard the batting record in 2 day games for east sandy is 177……I'll be aiming to shatter that” Hodge said with a smile.

East Sandringham have been a powerhouse of the competition over the past 25 years, having won 13 Longmuir Shields, including 8 of 9 from 2001 - 2010. Yet after a disappointing 14/15 season where missed the finals, they are looking to bounce back in a big way. Skipper and 6 time Longmuir Shield winner Mark Devereaux said the Zebras have had their best pre-season that he can remember and that is largely due to the signing of Hodge. “Not only have we had record numbers throughout pre-season training, the vibe at each session is electric. Then the sessions Hodgey has been to, it goes to a new level. He is great to watch at training.” Devereaux said.

Zebras President and the man behind orchestrating the Hodge signature, Jamie Ross said that the club is firing in all areas. “Our sponsorship is at a record high and a ball hasn’t even been bowled yet. Training numbers have been great, we are going to be introducing a whole new range of club events and initiatives…..there is just such an exciting feeling around the club. It all starts this Sunday when Cracker (Devereaux) and Hodgey lead the boys out to battle against Washington, and let me tell you – we can’t wait” Ross said.

Don’t miss Australian Test player BRAD HODGE make his SECA debut with mighty EAST SANDRINGHAM this SUNDAY 11th October when his ZEBRAS take on Washington Park at Packer Park (Leila Road, Carnegie) from 12pm.

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