There were better local cricketers than David Dick, but few more determined.
There were some magic days for the bowler (a 5/21, a 4/8, a 3/5) but more importantly, he could be counted on to nab three wickets every game - a consistency honed by hours of practise at the Glen Iris Cricket Club nets.
"There were better skilled people than him, but irrespective of where the score was, he'd never, ever give up or throw the towel in," former coach and teammate George Koumantatakis said.
However, it was the commentary David made throughout his overs that his teammates remember most.
"Dicky's got ya here," he'd call to his opponent, with a big grin on his face.
A week ago, the 36-year-old was killed in the carpark of Westfield Doncaster. The carpenter, who lived near the shopping centre, was on his way to work.
He regularly cut through the car park to reach the bus stop nearby and detectives say his killer knew his routine. A gym instructor found David seriously injured near the car park's lift well shortly after 6am on Friday. He died at the scene.
His older brother Jonathan is a person of interest and is being sought by police.
One of David's longtime friends said the brothers were close.
They had owned a house in Ringwood and lived there together until Jonathan bought a house in Seymour in 2011, where he worked as a plasterer.
Even after the move, Jonathan would return to Melbourne on spontaneous visits to see his brother.
"Dave treated his big brother with kid gloves, he'd baby him ...there was big love there," he said.
Jonathan, three years older than David, had been diagnosed with a mental health condition, but didn't have a criminal history.
David's friend said he had genuinely changed his life.
"He was all about the gym and fitness and all of his friends - like one of his friend owned a protein company, another owned a hotel - he was surrounding himself with these positive people, not dealing with dodgy people," he said.
Mr Koumantatakis had known David since he was 10 and playing under-12s. He went on to coach him, then play with him in seniors when David captained the side to a premiership in 2005. Mr Koumantatakis said he was determined and respectful, but had a larrikin streak.
When he was 28, he decided it was time he led the club.
"He wanted to push the club more towards younger members," current Glen Iris president Toby Tribe said.
The 2008-09 season he was president was his last at the club. Stresses in his life outside the club had been building. His carpentry business was failing after clients defaulted on payments, the step-father he was close with died, his biological father with whom he'd reconnected at 18 was moved into a nursing home with Alzheimer's, and three friends died.
"All these things happened to him all at once," Mr Koumantatakis said.
He left cricket and lost touch with his teammates.
"He was a good kid with good prospects and life just got him at the crosshairs," Mr Koumantatakis said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jonathan Dick is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.