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Sydney Test Breakfast 2020

By Rick Glover, Management Committee

With the SFS re-development and our venue change to the Entertainment Quarter the previous summer, we were better prepared for the 2020 function, knowing we had a more relaxed format that seemed to work well in the outdoor ‘Market Canopy’ but needed some minor tweaking.

Former Hon Secretary Gavan Carroll took on the role of MC and carried out a masterful performance on the day with a range of special guests to introduce.  First up was The Hon Gareth Ward MP, NSW Minister for Disability Services representing the Premier and Minister for Sport.  Gareth congratulated the Primary Club on our achievements over the past 12 months and announced another grant to help us manage several of our major fund-raising events.

Gavan acknowledged other special guests in attendance including ABC Grandstand’s Brett Sprigg and former Sports Minister Stuart Ayres.

Twelfth Man and Patron Mark Taylor thanked the Minister and then welcomed former Australian Women’s Cricket Captain Alex Blackwell to the podium to formally induct her into the role of Primary Club Ambassador.  Alex has represented Australia on over 250 occasions.  Fellow Ambassador Lisa Sthalekar was present to witness Alex’s induction, before both of them needed depart early for various media commitments relating to the New Zealand Test.

Nova Entertainment’s Pete Charlton then presented Mark a gift from Nova employees in the form of a cheque for $5,250 to support our charity projects.

Staying with the theme of New Zealand cricket, President Jim Maxwell conducted an entertaining interview with former NZ players, Richard Collinge and Jeremy Coney, Radio Sports commentator Bryan Waddle, and our own Mark Taylor.  We were reminded more than once about the wounds still running deep ‘across the ditch’ about the infamous underarm incident.  

The Entertainment Quarter venue is still an experiment in some ways for us.  We believe that there are definitely some improvements we can make, and the challenge will be for us to improve the profit yield of $24k on future occasions.  The space clearly allows us plenty of room to grow the function.  I want to especially thank Anja Smalbil for the effort she has put in to making this function a success over many years.  Anja is retiring after over 17 years on duty for the Club, and this was her 19th and last Breakfast event.  My thanks also go to the 10 volunteers who pitched in on the preceding afternoon  to set up tables and chairs, the picket fence, the pinboards and banners; and to those who helped us ‘bump out’ immediately following the event.

We have some exciting ideas about next summer’s Breakfast when Australia once again hosts India and look forward to sharing details on our events page, which you can find here, soon!


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