Tamworth cricket great Bob Hickson passes away

Publié le par The Northern Daily Leader by Ben Jaffrey

Remembering Tamworth cricket legend Bob Hickson
Remembering Tamworth cricket legend Bob Hickson
Remembering Tamworth cricket legend Bob Hickson
Remembering Tamworth cricket legend Bob Hickson
Remembering Tamworth cricket legend Bob Hickson
Remembering Tamworth cricket legend Bob Hickson
Remembering Tamworth cricket legend Bob Hickson
Remembering Tamworth cricket legend Bob Hickson

Remembering Tamworth cricket legend Bob Hickson

The late Bob Hickson wasn't one to stay in one spot for too long.

If the Tamworth sporting great wasn't on the field, he was either absorbing news on the range of sports he took an interest in or he was travelling.

"He loved living life and he loved to travel. He was always looking at places to go. We had lots of family holidays," wife Margaret said of Bob, who passed away early Tuesday morning after battling diabetes and other illnesses in his later years.

Those family holidays created cherished memories for Bob, Margaret, their daughter Cara - who sadly passed away in her late 20s after battling leukaemia - and sons Jason and Matthew.

"And holidays weren't for resting. We were out looking around and doing things," Margaret recalled.

"He just wasn't a person to stand still. He survived on little sleep.

"And he just loved being involved in everything sport."

Cricket, in particular. A game Hickson excelled at.

The left arm orthodox bowler is a life member of the Police Boys Cricket Club - now Old Boys - and captained the team when good friend Terry Psarakis came through the ranks.

Psarakis, likewise a left arm orthodox bowler, honed his craft under Hickson and formed a bond over the years.

"We were quite close. He was my mentor so at training, a lot of that time was spent working with Bob," Psarakis remembered.

"And after training he would sit down and spend time with you, not only to talk about bowling but life as well.

"He liked working batsmen out. He knew his strengths and what he could do. Not many batsmen would get the better of him around Tamworth."

Psarakis can remember a time when Hickson bowled 37-odd overs in a grand final and how "he'd almost nominate how he'd get batsman out" throughout his career.

Psarakis said Hickson's self-confidence combined with his accuracy made him such a dangerous bowler.

"He was very confident with his ability and he showed that on the field, too. He liked to remind batsmen how we got them out," Psarakis said.

Alongside his distinguished career in Tamworth, Hickson represented North West, played Sydney grade cricket for Gordon and also went on a world tour with the Emu Cricket Club.

Psarakis said Hickson would "definitely have made it at state level" and Bob's brother Wayne said that offer was made while playing for Gordon.

"That's when he came to the attention of the state cricket selectors, they said if you can commit to staying in Sydney, we'll give you a spot in the NSW team," Wayne said.

"He had a new wife and home in Tamworth so he said he'd continue to play for Gordon but he wouldn't move to Sydney."

And so, Hickson stayed in Tamworth, brought up his family alongside Margaret and worked as a painter then a reporter at NBN and a sports editor at 2TM.

"He just loved the place, he was a walking tourism officer for Tamworth and the region," Wayne said.

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