Hall of Famer
Team of the Century
Team of the 60s
1st XI Premiership player 1965/66.
1st XI Cap #286
Our thoughts are with Sandra and the family and friends of Kevin who passed away recently while visiting family.
Kevin joined the Club in 1959 and immediately made an impact as Hampton emerged from some difficult times. Along with Ron (Banjo) Paterson and later with Barry Reddie and John Wintle, Kevin was a key member of an outstanding fast bowling group who struck fear into the opposition.
One of our all-time greats, Kevin bowled at a fast medium pace and took over 450 wickets for the Club including a club record 17/29 in a 1st XI match against Carnegie. Jim Kenny described him as ‘a master of line, length, swing and pace variation plus an ability to work out a batsman’s vulnerability which he would patiently exploit’. Sam Kenny says he was lucky to have played a few games with Kevin in the 4ths as he was starting his cricketing journey and learned ‘a thing or two about swing bowling’ from him.
Kevin came back to the Club in 1984 and played out his career in the lower elevens and later in the Old Bastards Eleven before finishing up in 1994. He could still make the ball ‘sing’ and was still capable of throwing up the unplayable. He was a much-loved teammate to many.
Kevin also played VFA footy for Sandringham starting in 1959 playing 92 games with 100 goals in the seniors and 35 games and 24 goals in the reserves as a rover and small forward. A member of Sandy’s 1962 premiership side and 1961 reserves premiership.
His lifelong friend, Dennis Bouyer – another Hampton great who played 193 games with the Club and who also played footy with Kevin at Sandringham – says he was just a down to earth, damn good bloke who will be sadly missed.
Kevin had a very successful professional career with a German engineering company, Flender Australia, where he was the CEO for many years including working in Europe for some time.
Kevin was a great supporter of the Club and in recent years was a regular attender at the President’s Lunch. He will indeed be sadly missed.