Red­hage leaves huge void

Wanneroo Weekender - - Sport - With Greg Hire

IT’S hard to imag­ine rock­ing up to a Wild­cats weights ses­sion or get­ting ready to hit the court with­out the great man, Shawn Red­hage.

But that’s how it’s go­ing to be next sea­son af­ter he an­nounced his re­tire­ment this week.

To think back to when I first en­tered the league eight seasons ago, Shawn was this for­mi­da­ble fig­ure, dom­i­nant on the court and the cap­tain of the team.

An ab­so­lute beast once he crossed that white line, he wanted to im­pose his com­pet­i­tive will upon the game and his op­po­nents.

Shawn had the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fi­ciently with his team­mates.

He took me un­der his wing, show­ing me what it took to be a pro­fes­sional ath­lete.

He showed me how to be a leader; that you make the most of your tal­ents through sheer hard work.

He showed me how to get the most out of your body and that your mind can achieve in­cred­i­ble things when your back’s against the wall.

Af­ter a se­ri­ous hip in­jury in 2011, doc­tors told him it was un­likely he would re­turn to his for­mer abil­ity or even make a come­back, but he def­i­nitely showed them.

Shawn has al­ways had the ut­most con­fi­dence in me.

I re­mem­ber a play-off game against the Illawarra Hawks, I hadn’t shot well for the most part and we called a time out with 45 sec­onds left.

He came over to me and said: “Greg, time and time again this year you’ve come up with big plays, you’re go­ing to knock this shot down”.

I knew I was go­ing to hit it af­ter that.

Last of all, Shawny, I want to thank you for show­ing me how to be a cham­pion, a per­son peo­ple want to fol­low, a fan­tas­tic dad and a great friend.

You’ve left an im­print on the club that will last for­ever.

Greg Hire (left) on the bench with Wild­cats su­per­star Shawn Red­hage last year.

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