Rob Wright

Harradine bows out on a high

FROM a cricket point of view Luke Harradine could not have picked a worse time to vacate his spot at Harwood.  

Harradine departed the Clarence Valley yesterday, leaving behind an average of 110 in the GDSC Premier League competition this season.

He capitalised on low run chases with two not outs from three innings, including 63 not out against South Services in round three.  

The 41-year-old school teacher has accepted a position at Hunter Sports High School in Newcastle.  

"About 11 or 12 years ago I got a transfer from Walgett High to Maclean High," Harradine recalled.

"I drove over before year's end and met up with Andrew Whiteside who introduced me to Ferrett (Tim McMahon) that afternoon. I've played for Harwood ever since and loved it.   

"I know we cop a bit of flack but it's a good club to be a part of. They're a good bunch of blokes and handy bunch of cricketers, so I'll certainly miss the friendsips and playing cricket with them."  

Harradine finished up as relieving head teacher PE at Maclean High yesterday afternoon before completing his move to Newcastle, where wife Audrey and two wons Thor (9) and Oslo (7) moved a few weeks ago.

"Audrey took the boys down a couple of weeks ago to enrol in school and a cricket team and they've hit the ground running," he said.    

Returning to his roots, Harradine will reunite with his former club Belmont in the Newcastle grade competition, and is excited at the prospect of working alongside NSW Country Cricket legend Mark Curry, who enjoyed a short stint playing in Grafton and is the deputy editor at Hunter Sports High.  

The family will also be closer to Harradine's parents which for Thor, who is starting to follow in his uncle and Olympic discus thrower Benn Harradine's footsteps, means having greater access to his coach and grandfather, Ken Harradine.    

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