Legend endorses Sharks pair

Matthew Hanks, Wilf Rink and Rowan Harwood share 658 games between them at the Apollo Bay Cricket Club.

Former Apollo Bay games record holder Wilf Rink says the mantle is in good hands with dedicated cricketers Matthew Hanks and Rowan Harwood.

Hanks and Harwood will end their 2017-18 seasons this weekend as the coastal club’s most capped players with 220 appearances next to their names for the Sharks, surpassing Rink’s long-standing haul of 219 games.

Hanks broke the record during the Bay’s current two-day match against Colac West.

But Harwood, who currently sits on 219 games, will join his teammate as the joint-record holder due to Hanks’ unavailability for Sunday’s final-round clash with City United.

Rink was the first Shark past 200 games almost two decades ago, with Hanks, Harwood and Gavin Clissold the only other players to reach the milestone at the club, with their feats all coming during the past two seasons.

Rink, 70, was a vital part of cricket’s revival at the Bay when he moved to seaside town in the 1970s.

Rink said he was thrilled the club was flourishing nowadays, paying tribute to the likes of Hanks and Harwood for ensuring the sport remained a huge part of the small community during summer.

The two share different journeys to their long-standing careers with the Sharks.

Harwood, 33, was born and bred in the Bay, while Hanks, who reached another significant milestone this week when he turned 40, shifted to the town from Meeniyan in Gippsland 18 years ago.

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