Veteran player is still up to demands of the game

Frank Camporeale will play  his 600th game for Kardinya Lakes Cricket Club this weekend.
Frank Camporeale will play his 600th game for Kardinya Lakes Cricket Club this weekend.

KARDINYA Lakes games record holder Frank Camporeale brings up an impressive 600 not out when he suits up against Maddington on Saturday.

Two forfeits, a week away in Singapore and inclement weather at the weekend, mean the 66-year-old has had to wait a month to reach the milestone, but the time off was not unwelcome after 50 consecutive seasons.

“I’ve been playing for Kardinya Lakes since leaving Fremantle as an 18-year-old in 1968,” Camporeale said.

“The club was called Scots Cricket Club back then and a mate that I played footy with convinced me to come down.”

That may stand as Kardinya Lakes’ finest piece of recruiting to date, with Camporeale going on to establish himself as a life member of both the junior and senior KLCC as well as the South Metropolitan Cricket Association.

He has also captained every grade of the club and led the fourth grade team, which he helmed for 14 years, to four consecutive premierships in the 1990s. “My other major highlight is making 96 in a first grade game,” Camporeale said.

“I hit eight sixes and eight fours and then ended up getting caught on the boundary going for it again.

“That was my style though, so no regrets.”

Kardinya Lakes president Ian Del Rosso was full of praise for Camporeale’s contribution to the club.

“Frank is a valued committee man, clubman and mentor with 50 years service to cricket, a feat acknowledged by Cricket Australia recently,” he said.

“Frank’s contribution to KLCC is immeasurable and he is highly respected by all at the club.”

Camporeale said he would keep playing as long as his body held up but was always happy to step aside to give younger players a game.

“I’ve said I’ll be there if they need me but I won’t hold any young person out,” he said.

“I’ll still go to the games and I’m happy to umpire or score if needed.”