Dolphins pay respects to Phillip Hughes at Waverley Oval

30-Nov-2014

Easts Dolphins joined the cricket community in paying tribute to Phillip Hughes on Saturday.

With all Grade cricket called off, Easts players and members gathered at Waverley Oval to lay out 63 bats against the picket fence and observe a minute’s silence.

Hughes was a close friend to many players at the club, including off-spinner Daniel Rootes, who led the tributes.

“It was great to be able to pay our respects – It was special, we had a bat of his there and one of the shirts he gave me.” Rootes said.

“It was evident he was phenomenal cricketer – but he was also an unbelievable bloke.”

“He’d be sitting up there with a cheeky grin wondering what’s with all the attention he’s getting.” 

“He was just a great country lad, who loved his cricket, his sport and his cattle. “

The mood was sombre with players who did not even know Hughes personally, deeply affected by the accident.

Easts President Jim Maxwell, who has covered the game for over 40 years with the ABC, said never before had he seen such a tragic event.

 “There  is a blank mental void for everyone, whether or not they’re connected to the game,” Maxwell said.

“I think its touched everyone at the club – I know my own son Oliver was affected by it and he never even met Phillip.”

“Everyone is numbed“

“The whole of Eastern Suburbs joins everyone else in mourning the loss of such a brilliant cricketer taken from us so suddenly.

Grade cricket is scheduled to resume next week with Easts taking on North Sydney at Waverley Oval.


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