"I was there for the 500 -1, I was there for the 43 cans, I was there for the underarm, I was there for the aluminium bat..."
Blond, blue-eyed, aggressive and menacingly fast, Rodney Hogg announced himself with 41 wickets for World Series-depleted Australia against England in 1978-79. The way he regularly beat Geoff Boycott for pace thrilled Australia at a lean time.
Injury and a rebel tour to South Africa interrupted, cricket life was never quite so bounteous again. Nevertheless, Hogg was generally in Australia’s first rank. A quirky character, he once had his wife erase the videotape of a soft dismissal while batting in a Test, saying he did not want his son to see him as a coward!
Rodney Hogg has become established as one of Australia’s foremost public and guest speakers. He also performs exceptionally well as a corporate and motivational speaker. His experiences on and off the pitch are the highlight of many business and sporting functions.
I’m constantly embarrassed for people who mistake me for some other sporting hack. We are talking about a bloke who took 41 wickets at 12.85 in the 1978-79 Ashes series, not some pie-thrower who played a couple of Tests.
"I religiously wear my sunglasses to give people a hint I'm either a cricketer or rock star, given they are the only two professions that find it necessary to wear sunnies indoors. But nothing"
WHAT RODNEY DOES
Rodney Hogg's story
More recently, Rodney has been commentating for C7 in Australia for a couple of years, and was Strategy and Fast Bowling Coach for Victorian Cricket. On top of this, Rodney has built up a great reputation as a corporate speaker.
In his own words: “I was there for the 500 to one, I was there for the 43 cans, I was there for the underarm, I was there for the aluminium bat…” Hoggie has some fascinating stories and a great sense of humour to match.
Hogg continued playing VCA cricket until 1991, finishing with 282 wickets @ 18.08 from 136 matches for Northcote, Carlton and Waverley/Dandenong. He took 5 or more wickets in an innings 13 times.
Hogg returned to Victoria in 1984/85 and was appointed Test vice-captain following Kim Hughes’ resignation during the summer, but his decision to sign for the rebel South African tours in 1985/86 and 1986/87 effectively ended his Test career.
Hogg received his call up for the 1978/79 Ashes series, bowling with great pace and finishing the series with an amazing 41 wickets @ 12.85 including 6/74 on debut in Brisbane and ten wickets in a match twice – a record that must be near impossible to beat these days.
Hoggie became a national favourite and the crowd, in his adopted South Australia, could always be heard chanting,“Hoggie, Hoggie, Hoggie!” when he was charging in.
Hogg was a member of Northcote’s premiership team in 1973/74, taking 4/69 against a strong Melbourne line-up including Paul Sheahan, David Broad, Jeff Moss and Bob Lloyd.
Rodney Hogg debuted with Northcote as a 16 year-old in 1967/68, but a back injury in 1970 saw quicks such as Froggy Thomson, Max Walker and Alan Hurst go past him into the Victorian side. When he saw his former Northcote teammate Gary Cosier move to Adelaide and break into the Test side, Hogg transferred to Prospect in 1975 and was soon in the South Australian team.
Rodney Hogg 'Hits a Six' and Leaves us Dying with Laughter!
" "Rodney Hogg was an absolute entertainer. We had heard about some of his stories but hearing them from him direct was a classic! We were all aware that he was a good bowler for Australia but he made sure we would never forget his bowling average of 41 @ 12.85, a very very funny bloke!" "CFMEU NT Social Club
" Extremely funny and engaging. Spoke from the heart and was very much a huge thumbs up from the customers. Even the younger guys that had never heard or knew of Rodney Hogg were glowing in their praise of him. A very funny guy "Toro Australia
" From time to time you hear of a performer having a great night and delivering a performance out of the ordinary. Hoggy you had such a performance on Thursday night and delivered an out of the box performance for the Dandenong Cricket Club. Your contribution to our Fast Men and Merv - 25 Year Dinner was fantastic - and that’s not just my opinion - plaudits and high praise have been coming in from many quarters over the past 24 hours. At Dandenong we are proud of the tradition we have forged and you have been not only a significant part of our cricketing progress but you have made two memorable dinner celebrations truly great nights. Thank you from all of us at the club. We’d welcome you back to Shepley at any time and would love to shout you a few quiet ones. Or if closer to home is more your thing Bushy and most of us would meet you at the Harp. Many thanks Hoggy - a great Dandenong Man. "