MIKE HUSSEY (CLASS OF 1992)
The official naming ceremony of the HUssey Oval will take place this Friday, 6.30pm at the Prendiville Catholic College Prendi Summer Fest. For more details of this event, visit the EVENT PAGE to get your tickets.
Mike Hussey will be present at Prendi Summer Fest. See below for Prendiville’s interview with the former Australian cricketer.
What you are most proud of?
Obviously I am most proud of the family stuff, of getting married and my children. I am also proud of representing Australia and the long, long journey it took to get there. It took me 10 years of first class cricket to finally achieve my primary school dream of playing for Australia. I started as a six year old, playing in the backyard with my brother and dad. My dad didn’t really like cricket at the time and wanted me to do Little Athletics. Luckily he was quickly converted! I played for Whitfords then Wanneroo at District level.
What was the highlight of your career?
My favourite memory was hitting the winning run in the 2006 Ashes in Adelaide. Nobody had expected us to win and I will never forget the look on my team mates’ and the crowd’s faces. Just getting to play in an Ashes is something special – this one was amazing.
What was your favourite memory of Prendiville Catholic College?
I just loved the people at Prendiville and all the students getting along. It was a really small community so we felt like a small team working together. There was no oval so we just made do with what we had. I played basketball, tennis and did cross country. We made the best of what we had and that including dodging ticks and snakes on our runs through the bush.
Who was your favourite teacher?
I really liked Mark McComiskie. He was the Chemistry teacher and made chemistry really interesting. He had a great sense of humour and was just a good guy. He inspired me to study to become a Science/Maths teacher at Uni.
Mum and Dad impressed good values on all of us and my education at Prendiville also taught me about having a good moral compass and good manners. I think these values are critical in a team setting where you need to be surrounded by good characters.
Mum and Dad were pretty involved in the school back in the day – Dad was on the P&F or Board. As kids we didn’t really know what they were doing, but I know that they always got involved in whatever we four kids were doing at school and in sport. When I was playing cricket full-time I was away from home 10 months of the year and I really like being home more now so that I can get involved in my kids’ activities just like my parents were. I am a Big Bash commentator and play in India in the Big Bash which still takes me away for two months but it is definitely a lot less stress on my family.
What is your favourite food?
I love seafood and I love pasta so seafood marinara would have to be the best.
What is your favourite hobby outside of football?
My hobbies are definitely my kids’ sports now. I also love watching the AFL and playing golf.