David Boge calls time on a wonderful career
Brothers Cricket Club
• More than 10,000 runs
• More than 800 wickets
• More than 300 div 1 games
• 7 Don Tallon Medals
Not too bad for an old bloke
WHEN David Boge walked off Salter Oval in the division 1 grand final recently he knew it would be for the final time.
While the Brothers talisman did not get his fairytale ending, with archrivals Across the Waves securing the title, Boge leaves the game knowing he gave it everything.
At 42 and after 34 years of lacing up for his favourite club, Boge has brought his marvellous innings to a close.
"The boots went into the bin after the final," he said.
"Injuries are catching up with me and I'm constantly sore."
But unlike Sean Connery, who famously vowed to never return as James Bond before sliding into his tux once more, Boge is not ruling out a comeback in the future if his club needs him.
Once he was set you knew it was going to be a battle to get him out. He was a tremendous competitor with both bat and ball - Luke Owen, ATW
Showing he is far from a spent force and still able to mix it with players half his age, Boge picked up several awards at the Bundaberg Cricket Association's awards night earlier in the month.
He won the bowling aggregate (33 wickets) and average (11.79) as well as the coveted Don Talon Medal for an incredible seventh time.
"Not too bad for an old bloke," Boge said.
"To win the Don Tallon Medal this year and to know I've still got it was very nice. It's always an honour."
Mateship: Boge says he will miss his teammates and the bond they share.
Boge was also the inaugural inductee into the Brothers Sports Club's Hall of Fame.
And with more than 10,000 runs, 800 wickets and 300 Div 1 games to his name it's hard to fault the club's reasoning.
"To hear those stats was quite humbling," he said.
He was a very competitive and passionate player. They will be hard boots to fill - Shaun Rose, Norths
In 13 years as Brothers captain, Boge led the team to many NewsMail Cup and Div 1 premiership titles.
Boge recalled his first Div 1 game as a fresh-faced 16-year-old back in 1990 against Norths.
Blast from the past: Boge in his early days
"I was a young boy still in high school playing with all the big boys but I enjoyed it," he said, chuckling.
The game has changed dramatically since then.
"You had to build an innings," he said.
"Now batsmen are coming out and trying to hit fours and sixes in the first over."
The full-time teacher and deputy principal at St Mary's Catholic Primary School will continue to work with junior cricketers, something he holds dear.
You couldn't find a better mentor for the younger players. When the chips were down he was the bloke that was always up for the fight - Matt Turich, Brothers
Strong rivalry: Boge defending a ball in of his many games against ATW.
Boge said he will miss the fierce rivalry against ATW but would ultimately miss the camaraderie of his teammates and sharing a cold beer with them afterwards.
"I played with Michael Warden who came down from Gladstone He was a real competition and I learned a bit off him," he said.
"I've enjoyed playing with Matt Turich as well."
However Boge said the most important influence on his career was his family.
"My biggest supporter is my wife Melissa. She has been patient with me but knew what she was getting into when she married me."