Our Vice President
Ian Healy possessed unbridled passion for Queensland and the ‘Baggy Maroon’. He changed the way the Bulls thought and played, laying the foundation for the golden era that followed. It was only appropriate that in 1998-99 Queensland Cricket should inaugurate a trophy named in his honour for the Bulls most outstanding player of the summer.
For 10 years he was the pulse of the Australian team. From his shock selection after just six first-class matches and humbling beginning in Pakistan in 1988-89, he worked and willed himself to become the most-capped wicket-keeper in Australian history.
He prided himself on his total involvement, in training, in team meetings, in slashing and hooking vital runs regularly, in keeping expertly to the quicks, but his signature will always be his work standing over the stumps to Shane Warne, which elevated the role of wicket-keeping into a breathtaking spectacle.
At the time of his retirement, Healy held the world record for the most Test dismissals (395) by a wicketkeeper, a record he held until being surpassed by Mark Boucher and then fellow Australian Adam Gilchrist.
He beat Wally Grout, Don Tallon, Rod Marsh among others to the keeper's job in the Australian team of the 20th century. After retiring, he seamlessly made the move from player to commentator and has been an integral member of the Nine Network’s line-up ever since.
He was honoured by Queensland Cricket with the naming of the Ian Healy Trophy which is awarded to the Bulls Player of the Year. The main oval at the Shaw Road complex was named the Ian Healy Oval by his club Norths.
Ian was named in the Queensland Cricket Team Of The Century at the 2000 Bulls Awards Night.
He is a past President of the Australian Cricketers’ Association and currently Chairman of the Bulls Masters.