President’s Luncheon 2018
In its 11th year the President’s Luncheon just keeps getting better. Again at the prestigious Doltone House in Elizabeth Street, City, on Friday 16 November, the 245 people in attendance had an enthralling afternoon at what is a glittering event. With good food, drinks aplenty, outstanding entertainment and the opportunity for a catch-up with the many familiar faces filling the room, you couldn’t ask for more. A simply fantastic event!
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.
Graeme Hughes has been our Master of Ceremonies throughout the 11 years of the event and once again did an outstanding job as only he can. We are fortunate to have professionals like Graeme and Mike as part of the Randwick Petersham family.
The afternoon was away to a flyer with Aussie comedian, film and television actor of Turkish descent, Tahir Bilgic, quickly having guests rolling in the aisles. The star of TV favourites Here Come the Habibs and Fat Pizza, didn’t miss anyone in the audience either and ended up with three on stage as the laughs kept coming.
The star attraction of the day was popular Matthew “Matty” Johns, the Australian rugby league football commentator and former Australian international and NSW State of Origin representative five-eighth. Johns played his club football primarily with the Newcastle Knights and in an interview with Graeme Hughes gave an insight into his playing days as well as those alongside his younger brother, Andrew Johns. Graeme also quizzed him about his comedy days as Reg Reagan and as a regular on the Footy Show.
Matty also had a coaching role with the Melbourne Storm for some years and gave a hilarious account of an occasion when he came off an alcohol free year. After imbibing early in the day he found himself at the Storm-Manly match with an invitation to visit the Storm dressing room after the game. He took up the invite at a stage when he was a little worse for wear and despite his many attempts, he was surprised his offers to the players to “top-up” their water bottles with a dash of vodka from the flask he had hidden were widely rejected. There was however, a clear explanation. It was only half-time!
With a select number of outstanding auction items, the lunch continued well into the afternoon to the call of auctioneer Dale Walker as he found a new home for the many treasures on offer.
The large crowd including many representatives from our fantastic sponsors enjoyed the day which was a brilliant and professionally run function. The organising committee of Chris Sullivan, John Stewart and the Event Management team of Graeme and Narelle Hughes could be highly satisfied with their efforts in pulling together such an impressive event which now has the reputation as being one of the most popular social cricket functions in Sydney. The assistance provided by Mike Whitney, Neale Anderson, Carmel Soames, Robin Gardner and James Tyson added to the success while special thanks are extended to Michael Anker from Bistro Rex, Peter Jenkins at The Star and Colin Wood from Western Zone Cricket. Club photographer Peter Bannigan as well as our former camera-man Steve Smith did a great job catching excellent images of all the action.
The good thing of course, is that it will be on again next year. No doubt those who rolled up this year will be keen to do it all again in 2019. And if you want a tip—don’t miss it--book early!
RPC 1st Grade with Special Guests
The RPC Legends Society