Rohan Larkin won his eighth Haisman Shield premiership at the weekend and he has no thoughts of hanging up the gloves yet while he can enjoy a game of cricket with his sons.DAMEN FRANCIS March 24, 2014 4:15am
A pair of Tiger cubs are keeping Central Park-St Brendan’s champion Rohan Larkin young.
Larkin won his eighth Haisman Shield premiership yesterday and second alongside son Tyler, while younger son Joshua made six appearances in B-grade this season.
‘‘I played in a couple of premierships out at Stanhope and Ian Hall played with his two sons out there in the premierships and Ian Sartori has said to me over the years the best thing you can ever do is play cricket with your son, and it’s true, and the parents that get that opportunity they’ll say the same thing,’’ Larkin said.
‘‘To go to the next level and play in a premiership with them is the best thing I’ve ever done in cricket and who knows, there might be a few more to come.
‘‘I would love to play an A-grade season with (Josh) so that will keep me going for a few years.
‘‘Whether that means you’re premiership teammates or not, just the enjoyment I’ve got out of batting with Tyler and even jumping in the car and going to a game with him, I’d love to be able to do that with Joshua.’’
Rohan wrote himself into Cricket Shepparton folklore in the 2004-05 grand final, with an incredible, match-winning 243 not out in the first of seven straight Tigers flags, while Tyler announced his arrival on the big stage in 2011-12 by scoring a courageous 42 in a losing side.
Tyler didn’t trouble the scorers this weekend and Rohan wasn’t required to bat in the seven-wicket victory.
Indeed Rohan has spent much of the season batting down the order and has mostly been used as — to borrow a phrase from his former teammate Brendan Kenna — the Tigers’ insurance policy.
Not that it bothers him one bit.
‘‘It would be incredibly selfish of me at my age to still bat up the top when we’ve got guys that have genuinely earned the right to have a go up there, so I’m more than happy to do that job,’’ he said.
The likes of Brayden McGregor, Connor Hayes, Rhiley Lau, Layton McCann and Nathan Berry were part of this year’s A-grade squad, while Tyrone Bradley, Tim Kelly, Brendan Scott and Brayden Tracey form the backbone of the team for year’s to come.
The significance of premierships is no longer lost on Tyler, either.
‘‘I was 16 when I first played in (a premiership) and I did take it for granted,’’ Tyler said.
‘‘After two years of losing and since I got older I’ve realised how much it means and it did hit home, especially last year.
‘‘I’ve been fortunate to come into such a great club. I’m the oldest of the young boys and we’re such a tight knit group and to play in two with my father, I’m very lucky.’’
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