‘It all started here’ – Kyle Mills inducted as HPCC legend

Kyle Mills (right) is officially inducted as the Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club’s 12th official legend. Photo/ Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club

He was already considered somewhat of a legend on and off the cricket field at the Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club and now it’s been made official.

Kyle Mills was inducted as the club’s 12th official legend last night at a ceremony attended by fellow club legends, former and current club members and family along with other well-wishers.

Those who played with him at the club recalled his promise as a young player and his dedication to the club both on and off the field.

Stories were told, banter was exchanged and many a laugh was had as fellow HPCC legend Kerry Walmsley decided to forgo a traditional speech in favour of a song.

Mills told the Times being inducted as a legend was humbling – although he was shocked he was old enough to qualify as he thought  “legends were more for the old fellas”.

Mills began playing at the club at age five and said it was nice to be recognised for his efforts over the years.

“I remember clearly when I started playing and had my whole cricketing journey here, then through senior club and then onto the [Auckland] Aces and the New Zealand side but it all started here.

“You look back and think what you’ve achieved in your career and it all started right here on this field.”