Shepparton man Brodie Humphreys fulfilling promise to schoolboy friend Jayden Hocking by attending Jayden's wedding in Germany.JOHN LEWIS July 12, 2014 3:55am
When schoolboy mates Brodie Humphreys and Jayden Hocking promised to attend each other’s weddings, they never considered it would involve a 14
The two friends shared their whole education from primary school at Katandra West through to VCE at Shepparton High School.
They even got the same ENTER score and went on to study together for a double degree in sports administration and business management at Sunbury’s Victoria University.
Their friendship was further cemented when they spent a month together coaching young Aboriginal footy players in the Northern Territory.
Somewhere along the line they promised to be there at each other’s side when the moment came to say ‘‘I do’’.
However, following their graduation in 2010, Jayden and Brodie were separated by distance when Jayden left to visit his German girlfriend Katharina Jaensch and work in Europe.
Brodie returned to Shepparton where he now works as an Aboriginal Partnerships Officer at Greater Shepparton City Council.
For the past four years the two have been in regular contact and earlier this year Brodie got the call.
It was time to honour the promise.
‘‘It’s probably one of those things you say as a kid, but we’re really happy to go. My partner has always wanted to go,’’ Brodie said.
Brodie and his partner Shepparton paramedic Steph Sewell fly out next month for Jayden’s marriage to Katharina in her home town of Bexbach in southern Germany.
Brodie will be a groomsman at his mate’s wedding on August 14 after attending a buck’s party in Munich.
He said their friendship had survived the tyranny of distance because it was based on the simple boyhood bonds of sport.
‘‘We’re similar people. We both like footy and cricket. We’d play day-long test matches at each other’s houses as kids,’’ he said.
Their friendship has lasted despite footy rivalry — Brodie barracks for Essendon while Jayden is a Geelong supporter.
‘‘There’s always a bit of banter about that,’’ Brodie said.
He said while he had no plans to make Jayden honour his side of the promise yet, he reckons his mate will be ready to answer the call.
‘‘Jayden said he’s got a ‘nudge fund’ to make me name a date. But I reckon I’ll let him keep saving for a bit,’’ he said.
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