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Robinson, David Brian
Date of Birth:b 20 March 1958
Career:1975/76 - 1999/2000
Teams:St Kilda, Waverley, SM, Frankston Peninsula
Matches:292
Batting Style:RHB
Bowling Style:LAWS

 

 

Opening batsman in three St Kilda premierships in the mid-'80s and early '90s, David "Bagga" Robinson returned as coach in 2002-03 and landed premierships in each of his first two seasons. He carried on, too, as captain of the thirds, continuing his stalwart service, in one early match in 2004-05, taking six for 15 against Ringwood.

Tall, correct and determined, Robinson played for two states, as a 22 year-old in his debut season making 60 and 40 for Tasmania against a Victorian attach which included Max Walker, Ian Callen, Ray Bright and Jim Higgs.

Originally from St Brendan's College in Devonport, he'd been regarded as a teenage prodigy. Among his early batting mentors were noted ex-internationals Rohan Kanhai and Billy Ibadulla.

Teammates on the inaugural Young Australia tour of England in 1977 - where he broke his thumb after just four games - included future Test pair Geoff Marsh and David Boon.

His move to the mainland was work and cricket orientated and triggered the first of almost 300 first XI appearances, at four clubs. "Tasmania was playing a Gillette Cup game (in Melbourne) and I'd made it known I'd be better off moving. The (team) manager came from Devonport and without any fanfare, it was bandied around to club delegates at the game and Ted Lynch who was the secretary at St Kilda, followed it up, rang me and it went from there. Jack Maddox came to see me at home. It was terrific to be able to talk to someone who was tangible rather than someone you'd never met on the phone. He was pretty relaxed about it all. For a 17 year-old kid it was a big move. They got me a clerical job (at Federation Insurance) and organised somewhere for me to stay. I bit the bullet and shifted in the off-season."

Starting in the seconds, Robinson was soon promoted and helped form the nucleus of the club's first back-to-back teams since the '20s.

With a St Kilda aggregate of 5073 runs and three centuries in 169 matches, including a highest score of 143 against University in 1986-87, Robinson had some outstanding moments. His catching at slip was always sure while his underrated left-arm wrist spinners also proved crucial in several finals.

His best alltime analysis was five for 14 against Hawthorn-East Melbourne in 1986-87.

Robinson said it was his lucky day being recruited by St Kilda and the club's passion and professionalism was a major reason for his return after coaching stints at Frankston Peninsula and in the country, with Bairnsdale club Glenaladale. "Over the years you see how other clubs' facilities, the people who are involved and how they operate. How lucky could you possibly be coming here (to the Junction)? It's a good set up, well-structured, the facilities are excellent and they have a fantastic culture which tends to rebound from one player to another and one season to the next.

"You meet a lot of people and it creates a lot of disciplines. If you don't conform to the disciplines you fall over. They are good life rules."

As a fill-in in the fourths during the 2003-04 season, Robinson, then 45, made a century at Frankston Peninsula nd helped George Voyage and his team of rookies into the finals. He, however, drew the line against joining in full training, especially the once-a-week run around the Lake. "I find the car goes best around it these days," he said. "I have been tempted though. The younger guys have enlightened me to the fact that there are some extraordinary sights around there these days, particularly when it's hot! I might try....next year!"

He was awarded life membership in 2005.

From "Down At The Junction" by Ken Piesse