Premier Cricket: Subiaco Floreat captain Hansberry to go down as club great

Premier Cricket: Subiaco Floreat captain Hansberry to go down as club great

A HARD working, talented cricketer with both bat and ball, Chris Hansberry was always destined for a gloried career.

Now after reaching 300 A-Grade wickets, the Subiaco Floreat stalwart will be remembered as one of the club’s great players.

The Lions skipper has reached many milestones in his time, with his wicket-taking ability vital to the success of his beloved side.

“I am very proud of the achievement, particularly as I have played for a long time at Subi,” Hansberry said.

“To reach that milestone for the club is fantastic.

“I’ve been there my entire career since Under-13s and I look forward to putting more performances on the board in the future.”

The all-rounder made his debut for the top team in 2004 and since then has become one of Premier Cricket’s most prodigious talents, with the 29-year-old crediting Subi for making him the man he is today.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the club and what they have done for me over the years,” he said.

“Just the whole club atmosphere and how they are able to support individuals not just as cricketers, it’s just a fantastic trait.”

It has not always been easy for Hansberry, with his 13-year first grade career crippled at times by injury, with back problems keeping him out for long periods.

“Anyone who knows me well would probably say I am quite injury prone,” he said.

“Over the last 10 years or so I have had stress fractures in my lower back three times and I have done five hamstrings.

“I certainly am keen to get back as quickly as I possibly can.”

The spinner has bowled to many talented batsmen over his time in the competition, with a fellow team-mate and current New Zealand Test cricketer the most challenging.

“Early in my career Luke Ronchi was a big challenge, and I guess more recently the Claremont batting line-up in general, with so many good left-handers that they have,” he said.

“I got to play with Steven Glew and he was phenomenal against spin, I enjoyed that challenge.”

Subiaco Floreat sit just outside the finals positions with three rounds to play, however Hansberry believes the future is bright, with his role now to mentor, as he begins the twilight of his career.

“I think we have a good balance at the moment between youth and experience,” he said.

“Certainly the direction I am looking to take with the team going forward is to let the young guys play and get the experience they need.

“So when the time comes to step aside they all have the tools they need to keep the club successful moving forward.”