It was the Sydney cricket function of the year! A glittering new venue, a star-studded guest list and a capacity crowd of people who love their day out produced the perfect combination for a great event. And it was.
The President’s Luncheon has been the club’s premium function and fund-raiser in recent years and while it has always been a terrific occasion, this year’s was exceptional. The lavishly appointed new Doltone House inside what was the old Tattersall’s Club in Elizabeth Street, Sydney with a view over Hyde Park, was a perfect venue. Outstanding food, a huge variety of cold drinks flowing at the ready and a welcoming party of glamourous young ladies assisting in the running of the day added to the attraction.
President Mike Whitney offered a heartfelt welcome to everyone and particularly to the many special guests in attendance while noting the long distances many people had travelled to be with us. He also made a glowing reference to the many sponsors of the club thanking them for their involvement and generosity while emphasising their importance to our functioning and success as a community-based sporting organisation.
Master of Ceremonies for the day was again Graeme Hughes who was joined on stage by two South Sydney rugby league stars, John Sutton and Adam Reynolds who provided an interesting insight into “the Bunnies” chances next season. They were followed by Sydney’s top funny-man Vince Sorrenti, who “laid ’em in the aisles” with his views on current affairs and fixing the Australian cricket team’s problems!
The star attraction of the day was former Australian Cricket captain Steve Waugh. In an interview-style presentation with Graeme Hughes, Steve had the large gathering enthralled in recanting his memories of one of cricket’s greatest careers. Many of his special moments were captured on film and replayed on the big screens around the room to the delight of all. It was a special presentation by one of Australia’s special cricketers.
With a select number of outstanding auction items, the lunch continued well into the afternoon to the call of auctioneer Steve Smith as he found a new home for the many treasures on offer. Steve also did a great job catching all the action on camera throughout the day as did Peter Bannigan. We are fortunate to have two outstanding photographers assisting the club.
Attendance totalled 310 which was over 100 more than in previous years. It was a brilliant and professional function and the organising committee of Chris Sullivan, John Stewart and the Event Management team of Graeme and Narelle Hughes could be well satisfied with their efforts in pulling together such an impressive event. The assistance provided by Mike Whitney, Neale Anderson, Carmel Soames, Robin Gardner and James Tyson added to the success. The good thing of course, is that it will be on again next year. No doubt those who rolled up last Friday will be keen to do it all again in 2017. And if you want a tip—don’t miss it--book early!