Glynn to bat on in long career

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Glynn Cameron has just turned 38 and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Cameron is part of the victorious North Otago Hawke Cup squad that has won the right to a challenge, having so far played 58 representative games, but he was also known on the rugby field.

Twenty years of playing competitive sport is a long time for anyone, but it’s something Cameron thrives on.

“I just love it, and the competitiveness of Hawke Cup cricket keeps me going, and until the body can’t handle it, then I’ll keep playing,” he said.

His debut came back in 1995 on his 18th birthday when he opened the batting.

“I was brought into the side for the South Canterbury game after Duncan Drew couldn’t play, and I can’t remember exactly how I did that day, but it was all right.”

Fifty-seven games later he is still representing the province and he has loved every minute of it.

“I really enjoy playing for North Otago, I always have and it’s something I’ll continue to enjoy.”

On the cricket pitch Glynn is known as a patient top-order batsman and handy medium pacer, who has a couple of highlights that really stand out.

“Winning the Hawke Cup was awesome, but taking seven wickets against Country was also on par with that,” he said.

He has played about 280 senior club games for the Union Cricket Club, and is hoping to continue playing until his sons can play at senior level.

“I want to be able to play with my sons Jack and Liam for Union, that’s something I want to achieve because I got to play with Pete [his dad].”

With the 300-game milestone likely to be reached next season, if Glynn plays for at least the next five years – until his boys are ready – he could have close to 400 senior games under his belt.

However, his sporting prowess did not end there – Glynn was also a handy rugby player, amassing 280 senior rugby games between four different clubs, Athletic Marist, Old Boys, Excelsior and Maheno.

“The highlight was in 2001 when I was playing for Maheno and we won the shield. It’s the last time they won it, and the side we had knew how to play rugby and was very talented.”

Cameron hopes his experience in a previous Hawke Cup challenges will help and he feels this season’s team is full of talent right across the park.

He celebrated his 38th birthday yesterday.

Cameron won five Citizen’s shields during his rugby career and has so far claimed eight Borton Cups with the Union Cricket Club.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Glynn Cameron played 280 senior club rugby games, 58 Hawke Cup cricket matches and is set to play his 300th senior club cricket game next season.