Mildura East all-rounder Geoff John, 61, says he still enjoys playing cricket and dropping down to play on hard wickets this season has resulted in a real run feast for the veteran.
John returned to North West Victoria in 1990 and joined Mildura East where he has served as captain and for the past three seasons has been Chairman of selectors.
On Saturday in the game against Mildura Settlers John hit up yet another century – a 128 after giving two chances, the first when he had topped the 80 mark.
It was his second century for the season in Third Division but he admits that not playing on the turf has made it easier to score runs.
“I don’t know how many centuries I’ve had in my career but its somewhere between 60 and 70 – I never really kept count.”
His highest score is 157 and that was for the Victorian Country team in a national carnival conducted in Newcastle a few decades back.
There was no junior team where his father played for Galah in the Ouyen Cricket Association competition.
“I was eight years of age when I first played – I started out filling in when the team was short.”
As he grew older he became an all-rounder – batting and bowling medium pace.
Mildura would see John play from time to time, particularly when Ouyen fielded a team in the Mildura Country Week competition, which preceded the current Willowfest contest.
There was also inter-association matches where John would play against other players from North West Victoria.
“I remember playing in Mildura Country week against Mildura East which had Geoff Cameron and Brian Weightman in its side,” John said.
“In that game Dad (Keith John) made a century and I made 80,” he said
When he left Ouyen to attend Teachers College at Ballarat, John played for Wendouree.
But when he was 20 the team had an abundance of medium pacers so John switched to become an off-spinner.
These days John bats and bowls his leg spin.
After Wendouree John became a district cricketer with Essendon and played 150 games in District Firsts.
A younger brother Ashley also joined him at Essendon where he played 40 Division one district games.
After leaving Essendon, Geoff John joined Sunshine before coming to Mildura to teach in 1990.
For the next 15 years he played First Division and from 2006 to 2015-16 played for the Club in Second Division.
The Mildura East cricket Club is checking out how many games John has played for them – what they do know that in the near future he will reach the magical 300 mark.
Already this season John has scored 619 runs with an average of 86.4, along with taking nine wickets from 31 overs bowled.
Satrureday’s 128 not out was his second century for the season, following a 117 not out against Nichols Point in the second match of the season.
Since stepping down from First Division after the 2004-05 season John has scored more than 5000 runs, all bar 619 in Second Division.
That 5000 tally includes eight centuries and 19 half centuries.
The veteran shows no sign of giving the game away and expects he will be out there on the field for some time after he reaches his 300 game mark in a few weeks time.