Julian joined BGS in Year 1 in 1961 and his sporting prowess was quickly evident. His talent as a batsman and as a clever Aussie Rules full forward culminated in First XI and First XVIII selection in 1971–72. By the time he was completing his business studies at RMIT, he was playing for Prahran’s First XI.
Julian’s first-class debut for Victoria took place against Queensland in 1977–78; he scored a maiden century. Further centuries followed and, in December 1979, Julian was selected in the Australian One Day International series against England and the West Indies. In 1980, he toured Pakistan, playing two Tests. His personal highlight was scoring 93 in the Third Test in Lahore; this was the last time he would wear the ’baggy green’.
Julian’s cricketing skills continued to inspire at home. Playing for Victoria against Western Australia in 1982, Julian and fellow BGS Old Boy Jeff Moss (1964) amassed an Australian record partnership of 390 runs for the third wicket, with Julian on 221 not out. This record partnership still stands.
Julian retired from first-class cricket in 1985, having played six Tests and seven ODIs, and represented Victoria in 88 matches. He continued with District cricket as Captain Coach of Northcote District Cricket Club, winning premierships in 1986/87 and 1987/88.
From 2006–2010, Julian was a Victorian State Selector. His dedication to cricket is evident in his willingness to take on numerous coaching roles, including Victorian and Australian Indigenous teams. He has been Head Coach of the Australian Government-sponsored junior coaching programs in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore.
Julian’s individual achievements, and his commitment and contribution to cricket at all levels, have been recognised by his Life Membership of the Prahran Cricket Club and his induction as a Legend in Prahran’s Cricket Hall of Fame.
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