BCA cricket stalwart celebrates 400-game milestone

FRANK “Billy” Coppick will enjoy a hard earned thirst after his 400th game with Golden Point in the Ballarat Cricket Association today. 

What’s more important to Coppick, however, is sharing the milestone match with his son Riley, who will play alongside him.

“It’s a kick to play a milestone game with him, so hopefully we get a win,” Coppick said.

Golden Point faces against East Ballarat in a division five match at Victoria Park.

The 50-year-old has clocked up more that 10,000 runs and 500-plus wickets since he joined Golden Point in 1983.

“I’m reasonably fit, apart from the odd niggles and pains, (I’ve) been fairly injury-free so I’m lucky I suppose,” he said. 

According to the Pointies veteran, every club has “an old bloke hanging around”.

“It has been a good atmosphere and great people,” Riley said. 

“I’ve been on the committee for 20 years and was president for five years.” 

The life member said the club had provided him with countless great memories. 

“Obviously captaining four premierships in a row in the thirds was great,” he said.

“Watching some of the young kids that I’ve coached come through to play at a higher level and the camaraderie and friendships are as important as anything.”

Coppick played his juniors at Brown Hill before making the switch to Golden Point to join mates.

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