Hussey and Priddis the pride of Prendiville

Michael Hussey batting against Sri Lanka in Sydney in his final Test for Australia. Picture: Getty  Images
Michael Hussey batting against Sri Lanka in Sydney in his final Test for Australia. Picture: Getty Images

PRENDIVILLE Catholic College is honouring two of its famous sons.

Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey and West Coast Eagles Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis will have the Ocean Reef school’s ovals named after them.

Hussey (class of 1992) and Priddis (2002) will return to their school Friday as part of the Prendiville Summer Fest for college families.

Matt Priddis acknowledges West Coast fans.

The Husseys were one of the first families at the 32-year-old school.

“It was a really small community so we felt like a small team working together,” Hussey said.

“There was no oval so just made do with what we had… and that included dodging ticks and snakes on our runs through the bush.

“Mum and Dad impressed good values on all of us and my education at Prendiville 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.”

Hussey is looking forward to bringing his family back to his old school and having a bat with some of the students.

Priddis came to the school a decade later and said a highlight was the gym being built the year he started. He got involved in every sport and won the ACC Cross Country in Year 9.

“I just love competing – learning how to win and deal with loss, nerves and external pressures,” he said.

“Prendiville made me think about what I stand for as a person and the choices I make.

“The two most important values are respect, to treat people as you want to be treated, and humility, to always be humble.”

Matt is bringing his young family to the festival and will judge a handball competition.

Plaques honouring the pair will be unveiled and their names printed across the ovals.