Hangyasi hurls down the winners

Phil Hangysai bowling against North Sydney. Picture: Simon Bennett
Phil Hangysai bowling against North Sydney. Picture: Simon Bennett

THERE have been days when Phil Hangyasi has helped as scoreboard operator during first grade cricket games at Rosedale Oval.

That's when he hasn't been playing firsts for Fairfield Liverpool.

That's what you call a clubman.

Hangyasi now prefers to have the scoreboard operator tally up his wickets when he's bowling, or scoring a few runs as a tailender.

Hangyasi made his debut for the Lions in 2003/04 and a decade later is still hurling down the red cherry.

The speed gun has recorded Hangyasi at a brisk 130km/h.

An engineer, Hangyasi is the team's Mr Reliable.

He can open the bowling, come on as first-or-second change; bowl short spells trying to blast batsmen out, or frustrate them bowling long, accurate spells.

"I have never been blessed with the abilities of some of the bowlers I have played with such as Grant Lambert, Doug Bollinger and Don Nash," he said.

"I am happy to do my job and be a part of the team."

He did his job when the Lions won the title in 2005/06 and made the final the next year, but wasn't a part of those games despite playing plenty of first grade during the season.

But it doesn't trouble him.

"I have always been happy to be part of the team and the club," Hangyasi said.

"I didn't get to play in those two finals but that's how it goes. I believe you play together and stick together.

"There is always a very good atmosphere in our dressing room.

"We're all mates, it's a great club."

Hangyasi has taken more than 120 first grade wickets.

"Don Nash taught me a lot about seam bowling," Hangyasi said of playing with the top-notchers.

Now he's teaching the younger bowlers. Most of all, he's teaching them about putting the club first.


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