Shark joins rare company at coastal club

Apollo Bay cricketer Gavin Clissold, pictured middle with wife Tina and children Myla, Zac, Kai and Remy, has become just the fourth Shark to reach 200 games.

Apollo Bay’s Clissold clan has been at the core of cricket at the coastal club spanning almost two decades.

Gavin Clissold joined the Sharks 18 years ago after making a move to the Bay from Beeac to start an apprenticeship in cabinet making.

The 41-year-old has ticked off plenty of important milestones on and off the field along the journey, with wife Tina by his side.

He reached dizzy heights in 2007, when he was president of the club during its first and only premiership in the CDCA’s top grade, playing an important role in the side’s batting line-up.

Clissold has also joined a special club in the Sharks’ history this summer, becoming just the fourth cricketer to reach the 200-game milestone, alongside Wilfred Rink, Matt Hanks and Rowan Harwood.

He has found his way back in the Bay’s Division One ranks this season, playing alongside fellow 200-gamers Harwood and Hanks in the Sharks’ two-day clash with Birregurra, which resumes tomorrow.

“It’s certainly not something you set out to do, but 18 years down the track I’m still playing the game I love and I still love doing it,” Clissold said.

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