By Dom Thornely
With Brad Haddin's recent retirement from international and first-class cricket, our club, the Northern District Cricket Club, decided to host a tribute luncheon to pay homage to his wonderful career.
Brad and myself have both called the Northern District Cricket Club home since 1999, after we both moved to Sydney from the country to pursue our careers.
The luncheon, held at the Blue Gum Hotel, saw a 180-strong crowd made up of club members, sponsors and locals come along to honour Brad and his career.
In a very entertaining display of public speaking, club stalwart and legend Mark Taylor interviewed Brad on a number a intriguing topics. With no 'media presence', we were afforded some in-depth, behind-the-scenes views.
Following Brad and Tubby's chat I was invited to pick the brains of the two blokes who know Hadds as well as anyone - Greg Mail and Nathan Lyon. We explored Brad's character, his passion for the game, that nervous energy he had as a player and his ability to get under the skin of an opposition bowler or four.
The club is very proud of Brad and what he has achieved on and off the field. It was a fitting recognition from a Premier cricket club, that has seen a long list of state and international cricketers come in and out of its club rooms.
Brad kindly donated a pair of his keeping gloves worn in last year's Test series and a bat he used during Australia's 5-0 Ashes whitewash.
The day was a massive success and it was great to see the young guys mix in with some of the older heads of the club!
Congratulations on a terrific career, Hadds!