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July 2017
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On June 16, at our Clubhouse at Concord, we held our first Rugby Lunch in over 3 decades.
142 people attended (target 150) and speakers included Singo (introduction of Fab Fenton), Peter Fab Fenton (MC), Eric Tweedale (oldest living Wallaby), Lachlan White (introduction of coaches and coaching objectives), Ash Simpson (introduction of 10 players attending with Rugby O.B. sponsorship), Brett Howle (introduction of Federal, State and Local Members).
Guest included Tim Richards (President SRU), Richard McGrath (President Colleagues RUFC), Dan Moore (SRU Patron and Petersham RUFC Director), Mick Ellem (Wallaby and Briars Coach), Teki Tuipulotu (Tonga, Briars and Penrith RUFC Coach) and others from various Rugby Clubs including West Harbour and Lane Cove.
At the conclusion of the lunch approx. 50 attendees adjourned to the new Ted Stockdale Pavilion for a trial opening where adequate beverages were provided.  The evening finished at approx. 8:30pm.
Photographic reminders of the lunch.
2018 LUNCH
Our objective is to repeat the lunch in 2018 at our Club Rooms with a target of the same 15 tables.  The key is for the identification of reliable table captains and for them to ensure their 10 guests attend and pay. This will greatly assist Andy Craig whose work load in 2017 was enormous.
Table captains for 2018 who did an excellent job in 2017 include:-
Jim Barrett 10 from the 60’s
Chris Walker 10 from the 60’s
Rod Smith 10 from the 70’s
Warwick Williams 10 from the 70’s
Andy Craig 10 from the 90’s
Neil Coyte 10 from the 90’s
Ian Richard 10 various
John Slender 10 from the 2007’s
Aaron Boyter 10 from the 2000’s
Coaches & Guests      10 included Rugby O.B. sponsorships
Players 20 including Rugby O.B. sponsorship
Brett Howle 10 guests and Board Members
2 Table Captains needed for 2018 (your task – get 10 to attend and pay).
Please register your willingness by contacting Andy Craig on (02) 9181 1621.
Date to be advised once Briars Centenary Calendar is issued.
In update no.6 we highlighted that Rugby has cost Briars $150,000 over the last 10 years and it is rare for us to experience a positive year of even modest proportions.
For 2017 we are heading for a solid financial result.  The Rugby Restoration Board set the objective of Rugby to be profitable in excess of the Club grant of $20,000 or, in other words, break even or a profit without counting the Club grant.  Thus we are targeting for a profit of $20,000 - $30,000.
We will achieve this result.

•  Players registrations forecast income of $19,000 has to cover ARU NSW SRU fees of
   $10,385 plus jerseys $9,149 for total $19,534 for loss of $534.
•  Sponsorship forecast to come of $20,000 covers coaching costs of $10,000 plus
   physiotherapy of $5,295 for total $15,295 or surplus of $4,705.
•  Rothwell forecast canteen surplus of $6,397 almost covers Rothwell & Greenlees training
   ground costs of $6,614.
•  The Rugby Lunch profit of $10,000 together with raffle forecast profits of almost $10,000
    are our major profit contributors.
The 2018 profit target above club grant of $20,000 is $20,000.  That is an overall profit of $40,000.
Remember the Club guaranteed grant of $20,000 cuts out at the end of 2019.
Our next re-union is for the 1975 Whiddon Cup side coached by John McNicol (1964 Invincible and 1965 Kentwell Cup Premier).  This 1975 team defeated Lindfield in the Grand Final at T.G. Milner Ground.
It is almost exactly 1 year since the passing of John McNicol who is shown in the following photograph.

This re-union is scheduled for Saturday July 29 at Rothwell in the recently opened Ted Stockdale Pavilion. Craig Hickey is the organizer and has 10 acceptances. Craig can be reached on
0413 732 825.
With only 3 games remaining the 2017 season end is rapidly approaching. 
Our next issue will deal with the successes and failures of the 2017 season.  We have a good number of both.
More next issue.
Both these sponsors are financially supporting Briars Rugby Old Boys.
In return we (you) should be supporting them.
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