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Brett Lack
We chat to Brett Lack (1st Grade cap #38) about his experience with the Lions.
Written By: Alexander Gomez
November 24, 2020

Can you tell us a little about yourself outside of cricket?

I am married to my beautiful wife Sothy of 10 years, and we have five children, Taylor 20, Tyrese 19, Brianna 15, Kael 8 and Rosie 6. I am the Managing Director of LENSO AUSTRALIA, and we supply LENSO WHEELS all over Australia. I love a punt, a beer and spending time with friends and family.

Can you give us a quick rundown on your playing history for the lions?

I first played with the Lions in 1987 was graded in 4th grade, made my debut in 1st grade 1989 v Manly at Manly Oval. I captained 2nd grade for a long time and have had the pleasure of watching our greats grow into quality 1st grade and 1st class cricketers. I always played the game hard, whilst never backing down and being proud to come from Fairfield. In the early days, most opposition clubs regarded us as easy targets. Over time we all created a culture that would breed success. It was never to give up, never leave it to your teammate and do it yourself; belief is the only way you can succeed. Also, I was a massive slogger and was caught on the boundary more than most and I bowled poo.

Any fond memories around the club that you can share with us?

I am a proud Life Member, and I have seen most of the good and bad times at this great club. The struggles that we older players endured has set up this great club and the facilities we enjoy today. Anytime I wear the yellow cap is a chance to make great memories. I love playing our game, and at 52, I must either be crazy or committed, love watching young blokes become men, and I enjoy their successes.

Do you remember your first game for the club?

It was in 4th grade at the most exceptional ground in Sydney, Don Dawson. We were playing my old club Petersham-Marrickville who had told me that due to playing for NSW colts indoor and missing the 1st round I would be dropped to 5th grade. I scored 38 with the bat. Opened the bowling, took three wickets and ran their captain out with a direct hit. I think I won that one.

Is there anyone whom you’ve admired regarding the presence they had or the way they go about their business in a game?

There has been many, but I will narrow it down. Bill York was and is a significant influence on me and everyone at the club. Great bowler, great captain, great mate. I loved playing with him as I always learnt so much and never back down. Plus, he was called the cashier, you can ask him about that. David Kelley this bloke had answers for every attack that he faced; he was strong and brave. One day we were playing at Killara v Gordon and Richard Stobo were bowling thunderbolts on a green deck, pidge goes out no helmet, attempts a pull shot, (The result is his nose is all over his face, I went out to bat after him, and I am sure I saw a bit of his nose cartilage on the crease) Upon his return from the hospital, this lunatic comes back out with a lid on this time, and yep Stobo pins him. This display of courage is the never back down I’m referring too. Ron Harival, this guy brought something to the lions that we did not possess, TICKER. Ron is a great coach and more importantly, a great manager of people and a great friend. Many lunches we had just talking cricket and games of golf with great banter. I cannot give Ron enough credit for he did to change this club into a strong unit of men.

Any standout performances you’ve seen someone put together?

Anything Grant Lambert did from the 1st time he walked into Fairfield to currently what he is achieving with coaching. Absolute freak with bat and ball. Loved playing with him and watching him grow into arguably the greatest 1st-grade cricketer of all time.

Any teams you looked forward to playing the most?

Anyone from over the Harbour Bridge. We copped plenty of rubbish talk from these teams and fair enough we were rubbish, but when we realised we could match it with these teams, we made sure that we gave as good as we got. I didn’t want any team feeling comfortable about playing at Rosedale and our pre-game talks where centred around that. Mental disintegration.

Are there any individual performances from yourself that stand out?

I think it was the last game of the 199/2000 season playing Hawkesbury 2nd grade. I was batting at 3 and went in 20 minutes into play when I got caught on 110 we still had 20 mins left in the 1st session, that dig pushed me up to 599 runs for 2nd grade, which is still the record. That was the best I have ever hit the ball. I hope that someone this year breaks my record.

Any advice for any young players trying to make their way up the grades, or find their feet in grade cricket?

Just be yourself. You have come to play grade because you love playing our great game. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Work hard at training or in the game and always have a plan, whether it is when batting, bowling or fielding. Ask questions of us older blokes or your captain and make sure you know your role. Be the best you can be, and most of all, enjoy yourself, these are the best days of your life.

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Mitchell Lloyd

We chat with Mitchell Lloyd (First Grade cap #131 and current sponsor) about his time with the Lions

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Wendel Delpechitra

We chat to Wendel Delpechitra (First Grade Cap #114) about his time playing for the Lions

Richard Gerdes

We chat to Richard Gerdes (1st-Grade cap #48) about his time with FLCC playing 282 games.

Mitchell Tremain

We chat with Mitchell ‘Egga’ Tremain (1st-grade cap #129) about his time playing for the lions

Dean Attard

We chat to Dean Attard (First Grade cap #122) about his time playing for the lions

Mitchell Lloyd

We chat with Mitchell Lloyd (First Grade cap #131 and current sponsor) about his time with the Lions

Mitchell Williams

We chat with Mitchell Williams (First Grade cap #106) about his time with the Lions

Wendel Delpechitra

We chat to Wendel Delpechitra (First Grade Cap #114) about his time playing for the Lions

Richard Gerdes

We chat to Richard Gerdes (1st-Grade cap #48) about his time with FLCC playing 282 games.

Dean Attard

We chat to Dean Attard (First Grade cap #122) about his time playing for the lions

Mitchell Lloyd

We chat with Mitchell Lloyd (First Grade cap #131 and current sponsor) about his time with the Lions

Mitchell Williams

We chat with Mitchell Williams (First Grade cap #106) about his time with the Lions

Wendel Delpechitra

We chat to Wendel Delpechitra (First Grade Cap #114) about his time playing for the Lions

Richard Gerdes

We chat to Richard Gerdes (1st-Grade cap #48) about his time with FLCC playing 282 games.

Mitchell Lloyd

We chat with Mitchell Lloyd (First Grade cap #131 and current sponsor) about his time with the Lions

Mitchell Williams

We chat with Mitchell Williams (First Grade cap #106) about his time with the Lions

Wendel Delpechitra

We chat to Wendel Delpechitra (First Grade Cap #114) about his time playing for the Lions

Richard Gerdes

We chat to Richard Gerdes (1st-Grade cap #48) about his time with FLCC playing 282 games.

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