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500 Games Andrew Hillyer

Burwood Uniting Canterbury Legend celebrates milestone 

Andrew Hillyer (right of banner with match ball) celebrating his 500th Game with his Burwood Uniting Canterbury team mates. Holzer Shield Round 8, Season 2023-24. Photo Chris Mirabella ©2023
Thanks to close friend and long-time teammate Darren Earp for this tribute to Andrew:

Andrew Hillyer (Hillsy) this weekend becomes only the 3rd ever Bulls player to reach the 500 Game Milstone.  500 Games for the one Club deserves a huge congratulations on this amazing achievement.
Not only throughout the Club over 30 years of service but throughout the entire Competition Hillsy has lead from the front in becoming a true legend and one of the most respected people to ever set foot onto Lynden Park. Every game he turns upto at least 2 or 3 of the opposition know Hillsy from either last season or 25 seasons ago. His status and reputation will always follow him everywhere he plays.
Hillsy started his playing days in 1988/89 and has amassed 10,377 runs, taken 145 wickets and taken 402 catches. More important to Hillsy than his stats are the 7 Premierships he has won. Three of these were as 1st XI Captain in 94/95, 97/98 and 20/01, and in this stretch he played in 6 Grand Finals in 8 years.
Not only on the field with all his amazing stats and premierships, Hillsy has spent over 20 years on the Committee and probably most famous for organising all of the end of season trips.
Hillsy’s loyalty to the Club is second to none and that’s also why one of his most proudest and special achievements is being a Life Member.
I know he holds this up there probably even higher than the Premierships.
I’ve had the pleasure of playing cricket with Hillsy for a very, very long time and I will be honoured to share his day on Saturday with him. Not only has he been an amazing teammate to so many, but he has been mates to all as well.
"Hills, you are one in a million and on behalf of myself and all who have played Cricket with you at our great Club, congratulations and thank you.”

From Andrew Hillyer

500 games was not something that I had ever dreamt of playing. It was never about how many games I could play, it was just about the enjoyment of the game, friendships and winning premierships. 
Up until the recent couple of seasons I hadn’t even thought about it then I came to the realisation that I could achieve this milestone as long as I was still enjoying playing the game.  Although this a personal achievement that one day I will look back at and be proud of, I would still prefer to win a flag over this achievement. 
I came to the club as a 21 year old and fell in love with the Bulls family instantly. The thing that really drew me to the club was that it was very family orientated and wanted the partners and kids of the players to be involved.  
I have also created life long friendships at the club which is why I still play today. My son Josh also played his junior cricket at the Bulls, went away from the club to pursue District Cricket for a while, then came back to the club several years ago. 
Having Josh back at the Bulls has also made it great for me and also shows what a great club the Bulls are by having a number of father and sons at the club.
Playing cricket for the Bulls for 35 seasons has given me a lot of fun times and great memories. 
As long as I am enjoying my cricket, having fun with my mates and the body allows me to play, I will continue to do so.“
Burwood Uniting Canterbury's Andrew Hillyer (centre) was in the game early; taking a neat catch at point in the Round 8 Holzer Shield match against Edinburgh. Photo Chris Mirabella ©2023
Burwood Uniting Canterbury's Andrew Hillyer and son Josh. Photo Supplied: Burwood Uniting Canterbury.