Justin Frew (1st Grade No: 539) and Western Suburbs District Cricket Club Wicketkeeper/ Batsman has called time on his cricket career. Unfortunately, a nagging ankle injury which requires surgery and rehabilitation, has drawn the curtain on his career.
Justin joined Wests as a junior in 2003 and had a stellar junior career making several centuries, was one of the leading junior wicket keepers of his era and made various representative teams including the Queensland Schoolboys. Justin coached the last Wests premiership winning Lord Taverners team in the 2012/13 season and won a Lord Taverners’premiership as a player with other current 1st grade players Sam Truloff and Ryan Tazelaar in the 2009/10 season. A Brisbane Boys’ College product where connections with the University Club are strong, Justin wasn’t swayed as his allegiance was always to the Bulldogs and he commenced his Senior Men’s club career in 2008/9 at the age of 15. He then made his 1st Grade debut for the Club in 2013/14.
Justin was a fixture in 1st Grade since his debut finishing with ninety-seven 1st Grade matches, 1618 runs, 144 catches and 24 stumpings. Justin was known as an aggressive batsman with several scores in the nineties including a brilliant 99 opening the batting against Valleys with a Bulls opening bowling attack of Feldman, Steketee and Gode. Unfortunately, a 1st Grade hundred eluded him. He was explosive in T20 cricket with a top score of 91 and an extraordinary strike rate of 147 only surpassed by club legend Steve Paulsen at 150.
“I’m a very proud Bulldog and will miss playing. This is a great Club. My greatest highlight was being part of the 2016/17 1st Grade Premiership winning team. That was special beating Uni.”
That sums up Justin who has always been regarded as a great team and clubman. He will hang up the bat and gloves but with Isaiah Snell and Samuel Dennien in the Club all goes well for the future keeping stocks. You will see Justin around as he will still be assisting Buck with Club training and his work coaching with the Academy.
Well done Justin. Bulldog for life.