PROLIFIC Ballina batsman Andrew Gordon is set to trade the sky blue of the Bears for that of the police force after accepting an offer to join the Australian Federal Police in Sydney.
After nine seasons at the Bears, Gordon will leave with a swag of runs including club record innings of 165, which he has totalled twice, once this season and once in 2007.
With Ballina scrapping for top spot in the FNC LJ Hooker League, Gordon has arranged to fly back on weekends to play out the season as they strive for back-to-back premierships.
“The club has been great for me,” Gordon said.
“So it was only fair that I arrange to complete the season and hopefully grab another trophy.”
The No 3 batsman rates Bears’ 2008-09 triumph as his greatest moment in cricket, and with his form this season there is no doubt his departure will leave a hole.
“Winning the grand final last year is something I will never forget,” he said.
“Over the first five years I never thought it would happen; we were always finishing mid-field and losing games we should have won.”
But times have changed and Bears are now one of the most powerful outfitson the Far North Coast.
Amassing 277 runs at an average of 39.6 over the season sees Gordon sit in the top echelon of run-makers and he is keen to add one more big score when it counts most.
“Every batsman wants a hundred every time they step out, but to get a ton in the run home or in the finals would be amazing,” he said.
One of Gordon’s greatest achievements, he says, is playing alongside his now captain, Sam Adams, and young gun Toby Hordern.
The top-order terrier coached the pair through the juniors and feels a sense of accomplishment.
“They are very talented, those boys,” he said.
“They just needed a bit of time and effort; they have put in the effort and now look at them.”
Adams sits below his former mentor on the Bears top-scorers list with a 146, while Hordern is opening the batting and averaging 30-plus.
Gordon will now swap roles, becoming the mentored with the Federal Police, which he applied to join 18 months ago.
He will complete an entry- level program before becoming an unsworn officer with the border protection unit.