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PORTUGUESE SKIPPER KEEPER AND BATSMAN

PORTUGUESE SKIPPER, KEEPER AND BATSMAN

 

Well, not quite Portuguese, but Club Secretary Andrew “Roddy” Rodrigues certainly has ancestorial bloodlines going back to Portugal. Without attributing his cricket connections to there, we certainly can track them to India, the birthplace of both his parents. Budding historians would be aware that parts of India were under Portuguese rule for 450 years, from 1505 until December 1961. Cricket has a limited history in Portugal with the country only starting at international level in 1995.

 

 

COSMOPOLITAN INSPIRATIONS

 

Certainly, the cosmopolitan influences have been felt throughout Andrew’s family, business and sporting lifespan.

 

His father Gerard Rodrigues was born in Hyderabad, spent some time in York, England before migrating to Australia as a “Ten Pound Pom” in 1970. Gerry came from a family of sixteen brothers and sisters, with twelve of them eventually living in Melbourne. He worked in the Australian Customs Service for over 35 years where he was involved in the investigation of a major global smuggling operation which led to Australia’s largest ever seizure of drugs. Gerry also had a period based in Brussels as Australia’s representative to the World Customs Organisation. In Australia he played cricket in Melbourne for Clayton District CC and excelled as a left-handed top order batsman.

 

His mother’s (Christabel Gonzalvez) family resided in Bombay (now Mumbai) until moving to Australia in 1965. Chris became an academic at Monash University rising to the position of Dean of Information Technology before stepping down five years ago. She continues as senior lecturer and contributes to numerous research projects in the faculty.

 

RODDY

Andrew had been set extremely a high standard of achievement by his parents and he is well on the way to making them proud.Born in Melbourne, he grew up in Dingley and Patterson Lakes. His first schooling was at St Marks Primary School in Dingley and, from Year 4, after receiving an Academic Scholarship, at Mentone Grammar School. Tertiary study followed at Monash University where he graduated in Commerce.

 

Roddy followed the typical graduate pathway by joining business management giant Ernst & Young (for three years) in Audit and Management Accounting. During this duration he met the finance recruiting guru Anton Martin who opened his eyes to a possible change of direction in his career. Andrew was snapped up by recruiting firm Robert Walters where he came under the tutelage of another future cricketing BDCC team-mate Riaz Rafiq.  After two years he made a sea-change but rather than going to the beach or country-side, he took off to the snow. Being an avid skier and traveller he bought a one-way plane ticket to Canada. The northern hemisphere winter season occupied him in the role of a ski instructor at alpine playground of Whistler, British Columbia (north of Vancouver). Amongst his pupils were the children of legendary Australian Test bowler Glenn McGrath. He earnt enough dollars to spend the next six months holidaying in Canada and central USA.

 

Reality beckoned and he returned home to face another mid-life crisis. The antenna went up and his attention was directed at searching for a career and shortly after finding his future wife Shamen. Roddy joined the established prestige cabinet making business of his stepfather – Engineered Cabinets. He put his professional acumen to the test and tried out some newly developed skills with the tools. He loved it so much that he eventually bought out the business when his step-dad retired.

 

SPORTING PURSUITS

Like any Aussie sporting devotee Roddy loved the opportunities at the extensive sport facilities of a private school. Putting aside the family winter interest in snow skiing he devoted himself to Aussie Rules. Supporting the Blue Baggers in the AFL and shining as a run at-the ball defender in school football he moved to the Old Mentonians FC. He was part of an Under 19 premiership team there. A dislocated shoulder at 16 years old continued to trouble him and eventually required surgery. So, he turned to field umpiring in the Southern Junior FL (2 years) and the Amateurs (1 year). He enjoyed the fitness and running involved in the game, 10-12km each week.

 

CRICKET

As a nine-year-old Andrew involved himself in cricket at school. He drifted from the sport after school but was coaxed back towards the end of his University studies by friends. He joined Malvern Gymkhana CC but they folded after only two more years. In his last season Andrew played in the Grand Final but chasing 80 they were skittled for only 65. After the North America sojourn he played two seasons in the Sunday competition for Vic Stars. His mates dragged him to Victorian Cavaliers Sports Club in Carnegie where in his fourth, and ultimately last, season he managed the accomplishment of not letting through a bye for the whole season.  His stats there are 38 games and 489 runs.

 

BURRAS

Andrew first joined the Burras in 2017 as part of the Vic Cavaliers contingent. It gave him the chance to continue his role as opening batsman (left-handed) and wicketkeeper.  He rejoiced with the big gloves as it involved him in the game every ball. In batting the opening spot forced him to focus on every ball as he enjoys the red cherry coming onto the bat. In his first two Burra years he celebrated in Premierships for the Second XI each year. In the second one he took on the role of skipper from when his decision making and shrewdness has flourished. You can’t do better than leading a team which were unbeaten for the season. He believes that being keeper puts him in the best position to watch the game and strategize about the field settings. He has continued this task for three seasons now.

 

In the past three seasons Andrew stepped up to the role as Secretary and has performed his position extremely efficiently. He is part of the Executive led by Mark Blundell which has delivered current growth and success to Burwood District Cricket Club.  

 

(Andrew with the premiership winning team of 2017-18)

 

BDCC CAREER SUMMARY

                        Played             Games             Runs                Wkts                C/Stps

 

Andrew           2017 to now         55                   821                  0                      64/8     

 

Ian Scholefield

2 March 2021