Bendigo star to break David Flint's record
CHRIS Hogan will break the Bendigo Braves’ men’s games record on Friday night.
The basketball star will play his 319th game with the club, surpassing Braves legend David Flint’s record.
Ironically, Flint who now coaches the Ballarat Miners, will be leading his team against Hogan’s Braves in their round 15 SEABL clash.
Hogan said reaching the special milestone with the club he has grown up with meant a lot.
“To be honest, when I first started I had no idea who the Braves were apart from the logo on the floor,” he said.
“To get given the chance from someone like David Flint to play was pretty special and something I have learned to appreciate as I get older and wiser.
“It is really quite fitting that we play against him on Friday.”
Hogan moved to the city in 1995 and rose through the Bendigo Braves ranks, before making his senior debut in 2002.
“I played junior representative basketball and have gone the whole way through which has been good,” he said.
“Whether it inspires anyone or not I am not sure, but hopefully for those young kids who are involved in the Braves SuperCamp it can inspire them if it is something they want to do.”
The 31-year-old has had a successful career, he was part of the Braves' 2005 ABA National Championship win and has won several SEABL conference titles.
“It would have been nice to win a few more championships but that is sport and that is why it is so interesting, it is why you keep playing,” Hogan said.
“Playing with Warren Randall, Chris Novak and Adam Tanner and all those sorts of guys for years and the friendships is what makes you enjoy the game.
“Now it is Taylor Bell, Kevin Probert and Ben Harvey who have been there for nearly as long as I have.
“It is great way to keep fit and hopefully I am still contributing in some capacity.”
Braves coach Ben Harvey said he has shared a great friendship with Hogan on and off the floor.
“Chris had been a great player, leader and asset for our club," he said.
Hogan, who is the current co-captain of the Braves said the decision to play on next season would be made at the end of this year’s season.
“The body is still good,” he said.
“I might be old but my I can still run a little bit, I will keep doing it while I can and work it out at the end of the year.”
Hogan said he was looking forward to taking to playing against Bendigo’s biggest rival, Ballarat.
“A rollercoaster is an accurate description of what our season has been like,” he said.
“But having beaten both the top teams in each of conference shows we have the potential.
“Hopefully we can turn it on at the right end of the season.”
The Braves tip-off against the Miners at the Bendigo Stadium at 8pm on Friday.