Local sport recently lost one its true characters with the passing of Kevin Higgins in early July aged 68.
A champion footballer and talented sportsman Higgins played 46 matches with the N&CCC from 1994/95 as a punishing right hand bat and thoroughly entertaining team mate. Those matches yielded 1728 runs at 38.4 with 3 centuries and strangely enough 32 wickets.
With 507 runs in his first season (ave. 63.64) Higgins won the top 10 batting award and along with Simon Payne (142no) smashed a 240 run 4th wicket partnership against Leopold 3rds – a club record to this day.
In 1998/99 Higgo again won the Top 10 batting with 511 runs and both the club and GCA 5th XI batting average with 507 runs at 50.7. This was his final season at the club.
Kevin Higgins was natural sportsman debuting for Geelong in 1970 in the then VFL at 19 years. He also played 8 GCA 1sts matches with St Josephs in 1972, and later Thomson averaging 25.8 with the bat with t a top score of 73. He also played social cricket with Newtown Footballers.
Read Nick Wade’s Geelong Addy article on Kevin Higgins, contribution to local footy;