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February 2018
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Later in this update there is a message from John Slender, our 2018 Rugby Chairman (also 2006 2X Premiership Chairman), which includes an announcement on the 2018 Rugby Committee.
Before we get to that we need to clear up confusion concerning the 2 Club lunches in 2018. 
Many Rugby O.B. have contacted us for clarification.
Briars Lunches for 2018

1. Briars Rugby Lunch.
Trading as:- Briars Bi-Centenary Lunch (It’s our 2nd lunch)
  • Friday June 22nd (Aust. v Ireland June 23rd)
  • Briars Sports Club – Wellbank St. Concord.
  • $150 per head.
  • No auctions
  • All proceeds to Briars Rugby
  • 12:00 start. Finish at Rothwell Pavilion.
Contact:  Andy Craig | M: 9181 1621 or Chris Walker | M: 0412 000 616.
Table Captains are to be announced next month.

Briars Hockey Lunch
Trading as:- Briars Centenary Lunch
  • Friday May 4th
  • NSW Parliament House – Macquarie Street, City
  • $175 per head
  • All proceeds to Briars Hockey
Contact: John Price

Briars Rugby Old Boys. 
We need you to attend the June 22nd Rugby Lunch at the Briars clubrooms. The $10,000 this generated last year for rugby was a major contributor to the $4,536 profit for Briars Rugby last year.  Without the successful lunch, Rugby would have lost $5,464.  Please reserve this date.

Many Rugby O.B. are also attending the hockey lunch on May 4th.  Why not?  It features rugby speakers.
No – we will not have hockey speakers at the June 22nd Rugby Lunch.

2018 Rugby Chairman - John Slender

Good day to Briars Masters.
I think Old Boys is a bit rough to identify us all with, as we’ve done our time and mastered the game on and off the field. 

For many of you, my name isn’t new around the Briars.  I was Chairman and a player in the early 2000’s and had a break from the club for about a decade.  During my absence I’ve witnessed our demise from Div.2 to 4 which has been tough to acknowledge, particularly for many Old Boy/Masters the $3,000 bad behaviour bond applied by Suburban Rugby to Briars in 2016.  Last year I was invited with Chris Walker to restore Rugby, an initiative of Brett Howle.  Initially it wasn’t easy.  Young people are different these days.
After our few early meetings with the club, I said to Chris, “advise the Board to wind up seniors and concentrate on the development of junior rugby.  We can come back in ten years with a whole new generation of Briars.”
It took members from Colleagues, Petersham and Blue Mountains to convince us to persist with restoring the club and last year the hard yards were done on priority items being administration and overall club player skill level.

I met a lot of young Briars and committee people struggling to do their best last season.  This year I made a tough decision to come back and lead Rugby, juggling my engineering company and Briars at the same time.  The only way to do this is by having good people on board and effectively managing our time and tasks.
In doing so a group of young Briars have nominated themselves to help administer Rugby and I believe that their skill sets are the best that have come together in a long time.
The following are the management team for 2018:-
  • Secretary – Mark Nelson (Business Insights Manager-Suncorp)
  • Treasurer – Andy Hogg (Chemical Systems Engineer & Project Manager)
  • Registrar/Gear Steward – James Ashton-Maxwell (Product Sales Manager – DFS Australia)
  • IT & Communications – Andrew Quo (PR Marketing & Management. Also studying a Computer Degree)
  • General Committee – Alex Gonano (Civil Building Project Manager – Crookes Constructions)
  • General Committee – Stacey Howcroft (Project Controls Co-ordinator-Lend Lease)
  • General Committee – Praveen Shanmugalingam (Project Accountant – Mirvac) 
Lachlan White has already been announced as Club and 1st Grade Coach.  Next update will advise the full coaching and fitness panel.

An Event’s Team will come together soon and I will give you all a briefing about them and a list of Club events you will hopefully attend.
I hope to see you at some games this year.
John Slender – Rugby Chairman
Rothwell Re-Unions 2018

Once the draw is issued we will be scheduling 4 Rothwell re-union days for Briars O.B.
Playing Era
1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s            Rothwell Re-union no.1          Ted Stockdale Pavilion
1980’s                                     Rothwell Re-union no.2          Ted Stockdale Pavilion
1990’s                                     Rothwell Re-union no.3          Ted Stockdale Pavilion
2000’s                                     Rothwell Re-union no.4          Ted Stockdale Pavilion

More in March / April.
2017 Briars Rugby Annual Report

We have completed the 2017 Rugby Annual Report.

If you would like a bound hard copy of the Report mailed to you or an electronic copy emailed to you please get in contact with the Club on 9743 1907.

The first 2 pages are below followed by an icon to the full Report:
For the full 25 page report, click on the icon below:
2017 Briars Rugby Annual Report & Year Book
Tender Writing - For more information click here
Technical Writing - For more information click here
Marketing Material - For more information click here
Testimonials - For more information click here
Both these sponsors are financially supporting Briars Rugby Old Boys.
In return we (you) should be supporting them.
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