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A Message from the Club President

- Saturday, August 21, 2021
Hi Dolphins Cricketers, Parents/Guardians, Coaches, Managers, Volunteers and Supporters.

We are of course in very challenging times, and we wish everyone at Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club a safe, healthy and comfortable time in managing this period.

Normally at this time of year, cricket kits are dusted off and pre season training and preparations have commenced for a new and exciting cricket season commencing end September/early October.

Sadly at the moment, this is not the case.

The club is however working closely with Cricket NSW, and through the NSW Government in navigating as much cricket to be played as possible this summer.

The commencement of the season remains in the hands of relevant NSW Public Health Orders. We will update the club with details as they come to hand.

Cricket NSW and the club are strongly encouraging vaccinations to expedite the commencement of the season. (Age criteria to be advised by the NSW Government).

In terms of Registrations, the club is committed to refunding any fees paid but not expended should extended parts, or the full season, not be possible.

So please do keep the Registrations coming in!

On the international stage, I can’t wait to call another Ashes Series here in Australia this summer and a historic Test against Afghanistan. Its going to be an exciting summer!

We take heart that the Test Match at Lords between England and India just completed was played in front of full houses each day. Hopefully this is the norm again around the world soon, in safe and healthy conditions.

May the magnificent game of cricket again soon be our local community benchmark that is all things great around competition, the spirit of play, friendship and fun.

Take care.

Jim Maxwell AM
President

The Battle of Chiswick – Easts Piranhas U12 Div 1 Grand Final Victory

- Tuesday, April 20, 2021
With the rivalry established over the season between the Easts Piranhas (2nd) and Concord Briars White (1st), the grand final was set to be a close one. What a game it was, with Easts overcoming injuries and a strong opposition to prevail by 6 runs!

Concord won the toss and elected to bowl. Our openers, Rehaan Shyam Sundar and Hugo Wise, faced down the tightest bowling the team has faced all season and both retired unconquered after 30 balls. Conor Pepper played a great “number 3” knock and Sid Basham, promoted on the day due to injuries to “number 4”, batted solidly. A poor return for good shots on a slow outfield left the lads at a modest 2/33 after 15 overs. Following the drinks break, Conor and Jimmy Milne took the bowling on and added 45 runs in 6 overs before both retiring unconquered. Impressively, the Piranhas scored 88 runs in the second 15 overs to set a defendable total of 121.

The coaching panel then had to scramble to put out a full fielding team with the original ten reduced to seven fit players. Fred Robertson (unwell and initially just attending as a spectator) gritted his teeth and put the wicket-keeping gloves on. Also, 7 year old James Cowan was called up as a substitute fielder (for the unwell Willem Bongardt) and played with his older brother Charlie. Edward Copping with his broken arm also briefly fielded for an ailing Remy McKay.

It was a good start with the ball, Charlie steamed in for his signature intimidating opening overs, partnered by Hugo who claimed 2 wickets in 2 balls, leaving Concord 2/2 off 2 overs. Sid and Forbes Blackstone kept the bowling tight with Concord 2/39 after 15 overs. Concord surged in the middle overs and needed 38 off the last 7 overs. The result could have gone either way! From that point, our captain Rehaan superbly managed the field placements into the close. Conor bowled a wicket maiden with Fred gloving a beauty, Hugo held a ripper catch in the deep off Rehaan and the screws were tightening. It came down to the last over with Concord needing 13 to win. Charlie removed a batsman with a magnificent ‘Starc’ like yorker, then closed out the victory with Concord 6 runs short!

The lads showed great self-belief, played positive cricket, supported and covered for their injured team mates, adapted to new batting and bowling line-ups and demonstrated composure and maturity beyond their years. A memorable win and a great way to cap off an outstanding season of cricket, friendship and development.

Eastern Suburbs win inaugural Jim Maxwell Plate

- Friday, December 11, 2020
On Sunday the 6th of December Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club took on The Primary Club at Waverley Oval in Round 4 of the Jack Pace Shield.

As well as being a Jack Pace Shield competition round, the game also served as the inaugural playoff for the Jim Maxwell Plate, in recognition of Jim’s Presidency of both Clubs.

The Primary Club of Australia is a registered charity founded in 1974 by a group of cricket lovers whose fundamental aim was to give those with disabilities the opportunity to engage in physical activity. This came off the back of the charity’s establishment in England 50 years prior.

The Dolphins won the toss on a picturesque afternoon at Waverley Oval, with Captain Chris Thanos electing to bat. Thankfully for the Dolphins Chris backed his decision up with action, notching a fine 52, being supported by one of our young guns and 2019/20 Green Shield Premiership player Matt Hield, who scored a quickfire 64 off 38.

The Primary Club had a steep task on their hands, requiring 212 for victory and lacking numbers by virtue of the fact they had two other teams competing across Sydney at the same time. As such Eastern Suburbs agreed to loan a few batsmen for their innings.

One of our youngest and finest Alex Sidhu, also a member of our 2019/20 Green Shield Premiership side, stared for the opposition, bringing up a measured 54 off 66 balls.

However, with minimal support and a late batting collapse, The Primary Club were all out for 136. A fighting effort considering conditions and availability.

This means that the Jim Maxwell Plate now resides in The Tank at Waverley Oval, for now.

The clash is one the two clubs are looking to make a yearly event, raising awareness to noble cause and paying tribute to one of the most famous voices in Australian Cricket, Jim Maxwell AM.

If you would like to read more or donate to The Primary Club, click here.

125 Years of Walter Carter Funerals: Sep Carter

- Saturday, December 05, 2020

Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club is delighted to announce that Walter Carter Funerals Is on board as a Sponsor for season 2020/21.

While Walter Carter Funerals is based in Eastern Suburbs heartland, on Bronte Road Waverley. That isn’t the only thing that draws similarities between the club and Walter Carter Funerals.

Following the death of Founder Walter Carter in 1914, the day to day running of the business was handed to his son, Hanson “Sep” Carter, a then playing member of the club.

Sep Carter joined the club in 1897, playing continuously for 30 seasons and representing and one-time captaining Australia with distinction.

Sep was born on the 15th of March 1878 in Yorkshire, England, and debuted in First Grade at the tender age of 19, alongside Test players Syd Gregory and Frank Iredale. In his first season of grade cricket he was selected to play for NSW. 

In 1902 he went to England as the reserve keeper. And it was in 1902 Cater invented the "crouch" position which wicket keepers across the world quickly adopted.

While being born in England, the Carter’s decided to move to Sydney in the late 1800s, with Hanson even celebrating his sixth birthday on the oceans as the Belgravia headed away from England. Little did he know that in just a few short years he would be making the return voyage to England to represent his new adopted country of Australia in Test Cricket.

With Walter Carter Funerals celebrating an incredible 125 Years of operation in 2011, they wrote the below piece in their book detailing the rise of Hanson “Sep” Carter the cricketer, and his burgeoning role in the daily running of the business.

Whilst his father Walter was working hard to establish the family business, Hanson was throwing himself into cricket with equal fervour and showing his prowess as a wicketkeeper.

Not only was Hansen making a name for himself in the sport, he was also picking up a few nicknames along the way including ‘Sep’ and ‘Sammy’.

Hanson ‘Sep’ Carter came to meet many of the greats of Australian cricket at an early age. In fact, even before he commenced his Test cricket career, ‘Sep’ went into business with one of the icons of the game, the legendary Victor Trumper.

In August 1904, Hanson ‘Sep’ Carter and Victor Trumper opened a sporting goods store in Market Street Sydney called ‘The Trumper and Carter Sporting Depot’.

In one of our family’s proudest moments, it was in the 1907/08 season that ‘Sep’ debuted in the Australian Test Cricket Team and donned the baggy green for the first time.

His was an illustrious cricketing career and one of which his father Walter must have been rightly proud, even though ‘Sep’s’ touring commitments often took him away from the family business for long periods of time.

In fact, it was often remarked that ‘Sep’ would turn up for practice at the SCG arriving on a horse-drawn hearse!

‘Sep’ was a legendary wicketkeeper who had a style all his own and one which was quickly nicknamed the ‘Carter Crouch’; in fact, it is said that the crouching style we now associate with wicketkeepers all began with Sep’s unique crouch.

His Test Cricket career spanned twenty-eight Test Matches, many of which saw him compete against England at famous grounds such as Old Trafford and Kennington which is better known as the Oval.

But, amidst the sporting glory, ‘Sep’ was touched by sadness with the loss of his father, Walter Carter, in 1914. Walter’s will dated the 8th October 1910 appointed his wife Eliza and children Annie and Hansen as the co-executors with the entire estate bequeathed to Eliza.

Yet it was Hanson who took up the day to day running of the family business after Walter’s death.

CANE Financial Back on Board for 2020/21

- Tuesday, November 03, 2020
The Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club are delighted to have CANE Financial back on board as a sponsor for the 2020/21 season.

CANE Financial are highly regarded mortgage brokers based in Bondi Junction. They use their industry knowledge and substantial experience to ensure their clients are well educated to get the most appropriate loans for their particular circumstances. They are with you every step of the way on your journey, ensuring you have the confidence that your finances are taken care of.

Following the announcement of CANE Financial’s alignment with the Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club, Director, Craig Forman, expressed his delight to be associated with his local club once again.

“CANE Financial are delighted to once again sponsor Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club as being based in Bondi Junction, we wish to continue our support of the local community as well as grass roots cricket. Being an ex-player and now a passionate cricket fan, I think cricket provides so many valuable life skills such as teamwork, patience, respect and integrity and we love the family environment provided by Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club.”

If you want to know any more about cane Financial, click here.

A tribute to Phil O'Sullivan

- Monday, September 28, 2020
On Saturday Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club paid tribute to club stalwart and Life Member Phil O’Sullivan OAM who passed away on the On the 11th August 2020, at the age of 97.

Phil was a major contributor to the club and the local community over the years.

Phil first walked onto Waverley Oval in 1927. He has been a member of the cricket club since 1946 and a Life Member since 1971. He was Vice President of the club from 1967-1979 and President 1979-1987.

One of Phil’s greatest legacies were his Saturday Morning Junior Coaching classes at Waverley Oval which he started some 40 years ago. Today they are still in existence and are still the backbone of our grass roots junior cricket programs. The club has now over 750 Junior Cricketers (boys and girls).

Phil was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and The Centenary Medal in 2001. In May 2012 the grandstand at Waverley Oval was named the Phil O’Sullivan-Bob Horsell Grandstand.

He received an OAM in 2013 for service to the Waverley region through a range of sporting and community organisations.

Phil’s son Chris, as well as Phil’s Grandchildren Phillip, Christopher, Stephen and Phil’s extended family were present at Saturday’s tribute.

Phil’s family were joined on the morning by Life Members, members and supporters of the club and also special dignitaries including Gabrielle Upton (Member for Vaucluse); Dr Marjorie O’Neill (Member for Coogee), Sally Betts (former Mayor of Waverley, and Waverley Councillor) and John Knox (Chairman of Cricket New South Wales)

Jim Maxwell AM, Club President
delivered the Tribute on Saturday. All those present, including both the 1st Grade cricket teams, Eastern Suburbs and North Sydney, participating in the opening game of the season on the day, lined up facing Phil’s named grandstand, in a Moment of Silence out of respect to Phil.

Chris was invited to join the Captains Jack Preddey (Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club) and Justin Avendano (North Sydney Cricket Club) for the Coin Toss. Chris’s coin toss went well, with Jack winning the toss and gladly Eastern Suburbs side claiming victory on the day! Phil would have been proud!

It was a fitting and very worthy tribute to Phil to acknowledge his magnificent contributions.

The Cricket Club’s Eulogy for Phil O’Sullivan OAM Life Member

- Wednesday, September 02, 2020

 Delivered by Peter Lovitt (Vice President: Life Member). 21st August 2020

 

 

AN ODE TO PHIL

I do like to be by the seaside, I do like to be by the sea, down at the junction there’s a cricket ground and that’s where the Waves all like to hang all around.

So let’s give three cheers to good old Waverley, for this year the Premiers we will be, and all though it’s not yet in the bag we have hopes of winning the flag, beside the seaside beside the sea”

When Dennis Hourn called to inform me of Phil’s passing, I thought  NO. NO NO. HE’S TOO YOUNG TO DIE. Such was Phil’s stature, strength and energy. Phil never dies.

Today is a SAD DAY….but amongst the sadness is a celebration of a great man and a great life, and a huge acknowledgement of Phil's achievements for his cricket club and his local community.

Now I am sure Phil is up there now, somewhat jittery, wondering how he could somehow include himself into today’s order of ceremony. Such was his passion in talking about his club and his community.

Sadly this time Phil, you are just going to have to listen.

Phil's contributions to the cricket club and his community include:

- Phil first walked onto Waverley Oval in 1927.
- He was Vice President of the club from 1967-1979 and President 1979-1987.
- He was a Delegate to NSW Cricket Association 1979-1986.
- Phil was a Player and Manager of the club’s tour of New Zealand in 1968.
- Phil was ahead of his time, when he saw the potential to grow cricket in China, when he devised the Australian-China Friendship Cricket Tour of China in 1988.  (The ICC has partnered China since 2004, some 16 years later. The Chinese Cricket Association’s moto is “A Better Tomorrow”. How appropriate for Phil).
- He was a Patron to the South Eastern Junior Association. (SEJCA). Each year Phil would present, at the SEJCA Awards the “Club Championship Phil O'Sullivan Perpetual Shield”
- One of Phil’s greatest legacies were his Saturday Morning Junior Coaching classes at Waverley Oval which he started some 40 odd years ago. Today they are still in existence and are still the backbone of our grass roots junior cricket programs. The club has now over 750 Junior Cricketers (boys and girls).
- He worked at the family garage since 1938, and was still seen there up until early this year.
- Phil has been a member of The Rotary Club of Bondi since the 1960’s (and for some of us who were lucky enough to attend some of those Rotary dinners would have seen first hand Phil's great sense of humour as he bantered with some of his close mates John Morrison, Henry Hootman and John Wright!)  
- Phil was a Benefactor to Little Sisters of the Poor (Randwick) since 1966
- He was made Life Member of the Australian Red Cross 1985.
- He was the Vice President of Waverley College Old Boys Union for 6 years. Executive Member since 1990. 
- He was named an Icon/Honorary Membership of the Waverley Historical Society 2005.
- He was a long time member of the AJC and of course supporter of Randwick Racecourse. On Race Day he proudly paraded his duck egg blue Safari Suit as he cut a swathe through the Members Area.
- He has a plaque in his name on the Bronte Beach Promenade Walk of Fame.

Phil's other notable achievements include:

- He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and The Centenary Medal in 2001
- In May 2012 the grandstand at Waverley Oval was named the Phil O’Sullivan-Bob Horsell Grandstand.  (Bob is here today, as is Phil's great mate Tom Deen) .
- He received an OAM in 2013 for service to the Waverley region through a range of sporting and community organisations.

Wow! That’s our Phil!

I first met Phil in December 1984. I had just joined the club from school. It was a Tuesday afternoon after my first grade training at Waverley Oval.

I was invited up to the famous Back Room (the club rooms behind the grandstand) by a few of the senior players. I was on debut.

As we were walking behind the grandstand an older camouflaged ute came rumbling down the drive way.  So camouflaged I’m surprised we saw it.

Anyways, on the side of this ute was written O Sullivan Garage. On top of the ute was written “we are gunning for your business”.

The ute pulled up, and stepped out was this handsome strong jawed gentleman. I thought Lordy….Clint Eastwood is running the show here at Waverley!

You must be Lovitt. Phil said

Yes sir I replied.

I’m O Sullivan. Come with me.

He took me into the back room and we sat for some time and chatted over a beer or two.

Phil was engrossing and engaging as he spoke of his beloved club, its history, its traditions, its culture and the great people that had been involved at the club both on and off the field.

The Back Room stood for many things to many people. But it was Phil’s domain. A centre of great comradery, fun and friendship. Many of those friendships as strong as they are today as they were some 36 years ago.

Phil over the years spoke fondly of the likes of  KIPPAX, FINGELTON, CARTER, BUTLER, GREGORY, McGILVRAY ,POIDEVAN, BROOKS and ALTERATOR.

In more recent times the Hourn brothers (Dennis and David), Gibson, Francis, Boycott, Boyd, Marshall, Matthews, Patterson and Haddin amongst many.

He formed a great friendship with Tony Greig and his brother Ian.

Tony was a very special person for Phil. Tony arrived to the club as a young man from Sussex, England. Phil had encouraged Tony to come and play for Waverley in 1975 . Tony delivered a 1st Grade Premiership for Phil. During that season Tony met Kerry Packer. The rest is history.

He took a young South African cricketer under his arm who went on to play for Australia and Sth Africa. His name Kepler Wessels.

He also watched a young cricketer David Warner come through the South Eastern Junior Cricket Association (SEJCA) to Easts Cricket Green Shield and 1st Grade Teams and into his selection for Australia.

Off the field Bob Wilson, John Chapman, John Morrison, Rod Foord, Peter Mackenzie and Geoff McMah were amongst many of his great mates.

Phil was inclusive. From the 5th grade number 11 through to the 1st grade number 1, and everyone in between, he spoke to them all.

He just wanted the best for everyone and for cricketers to challenge themselves to achieve the best out of themselves.

Phil was a pioneer.  He did what ever he could for the cricket club, always looking for ways to raise valuable funds….from his:

Club Raffle Tickets

Chocolate Wheels

Telephone Book Deliveries

Thursday Night Player of Week Presentations at Billy the Pigs Hotel at Bondi Junction

His weekly cricket articles in the Wentworth Courier

Everything was important to Phil and in any-way he could better the club he would.

Phil was a walking Memorabilia Display Case. I can only imagine what the family has found tucked away at home and at the family garage!

In January the club won the U16 Green Shield Competition. Phil was most excited, as the club hadn’t won it for 43 years, a time when Phil oversaw young cricketers coming into the club at that time.

In March of this year, the Club celebrated its 125th Anniversary, at a Luncheon, in the city. Phil was at the Luncheon and he spoke about his club and showed the crowd a photo of him as a 7 year old playing cricket with his Waverley Blazer on.

Sadly 2020 wasn’t to be the end we had all wanted for Phil.

97. Gosh I can only imagine if a batsman was dismissed for 97 under Phil’s watch. Phil would have been ropable. Why didn’t you get your 100 would have been shouted around the old Waverley Oval dressing rooms!!!

We say the same to you our old dear friend Phil. You should have got your 100!

To his life partner Joan of over 74 years a huge thank you from all of us. Thank you for your love and support of Phil. Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with you today Joan.

We are sure you wanted him out of the house on a Saturday, as much as we wanted him at Waverley Oval at the same time!

…and as Phil mentioned at his club Tribute Luncheon a few years ago at the SCG your words that  “Phil was indeed married to you and that cricket club at the same time!” 

To Phil’s son Chris, and Grand Children Phil, Paul, Stephen and Chris and the extended family, our thoughts are with you all. You should be very proud of Phil, the man and his achievements.

Phil is the ultimate definition of Community.

To Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW, we hope there is room in your trophy cabinets for a gold-plated case, and it placed Phil’s legacy and memories.   Phil stands for all the right reasons this great game of cricket is played and the importance of community whatever the sport or organisation is. He is your benchmark.

In closing , I was reading many of the comments on the clubs social media platforms re Phil’s passing and this Post on Instagram from Trent Griffiths grabbed my attention…

It said…”A Legend, so many kids in the Eastern Suburbs over the last 50+ years can credit their love of the game to this great man”

A PART OF THE CRICKET CLUB DIED TOO WITH PHILS PASSING.  WE HAVE A REPSONSIBILITY TO PHIL’S LEGACY TO ENSURE THAT THIS GREAT CRICKET CLUB AND INDEED PHIL’S LOCAL COMMUNITY, REMAINS STRONG AND STANDS FOR EVERYTHING THAT IS RIGHT, IN THE GREAT SPIRIT THAT PHIL WOULD HAVE DEMANDED.

RIP PHIL. YOU LEGEND.

Funeral of Phil O'Sullivan OAM

- Saturday, August 15, 2020
The Funeral of Life Member Phil O’Sullivan OAM will be held next Friday 21st August 2020 at 11am at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Waverley.

Due to COVID restrictions, access will be limited to 100 persons inside the church.

The service can also be viewed on:



Phil O'Sullivan

- Wednesday, August 12, 2020
PHIL O'SULLIVAN OAM
LIFE MEMBER
EASTERN SUBURBS (WAVERLEY) CRICKET CLUB




The club is sad to announce the passing of Phil O'Sullivan, past president and life member of the Eastern Suburbs (Waverley) Cricket Club. Phil passed away after a short illness on 10 August at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Phil is survived by his wife of 74 years, Joan, his son Chris, daughter-in-law, Patricia, four grandsons and five great grandchildren. Phil was 97.

Phil O'Sullivan's involvement with our club goes back to before the Second World War and continued right up to his passing - a total of more than 80 years. Phil had been a player, captain, committeeman, publicity officer, promotions officer, trustee, delegate to the NSWCA, long time sponsor and coaching director as well as our president from 1979 to 1987. He was the inaugural winner of the clubman of the year in 1972 and again in 1984. Phil was the driving force in bringing to the Eastern Suburbs (Waverley) Cricket Club modern management practices especially with regards to sponsorship and coaching.

Phil's passing is truly the end of an era for our club covering the better part of the last century up to the present day.

Phil, as a young boy, watched and admired the majestic and stylish batting of Alan Kippax at Waverley Oval and in the latter years the brutal aggression of David Warner. Hundreds in between such as Wendell Bill, the Fingletons, Harold Butler, Bruce Francis, Alan McGilvray, David Hourn, Geoff Boycott, Malcolm Marshall to name but a few.

He would have crossed paths with the prince of wicket keepers and Waverley Captain, Sep Carter who debuted for Australia in 1902 and who was a regular attendee at the Oval up to 1948. He crossed paths with Peter Nevill who debuted as keeper for Australia in 2015.

He was around in the 1930’s when the club was set to abandon Waverley Oval as it's home ground in favour of Woollahra Oval to the building of a magnificent new grandstand at Waverley Oval in 2012 named in his honour.



Phil was the ultimate club man. When he was nominated as a life member his nominee Mick Alterator stated on the nomination form "I nominate Phil O'Sullivan for life membership as he has done more work for this club than anyone I know". In his centenary book on the Waverley Cricket Club John Morrison was to write " It should be recorded that Phil O'Sullivan is one of the most respected and loyal members that Waverley has ever had."

Phil was a visionary who was also a realist with regards to running an amateur sporting club. The bottom line was Phil was always willing to have a go at anything which could promote cricket in the district.

As a visionary Phil organised the first overseas tour by a grade cricket club to New Zealand in 1968/69. He was one of the movers and shakers who bought out Tony Greig to captain Waverley in 1975, against some opposition it has to be said. He organised the first ever cricket tour to China.

The New Zealand tour was a trailblazer for Sydney Grade Cricket and led to many other clubs undertaking similar overseas trips.

Phil and Tony were to remain the firmest of friends until Tony's untimely passing in 2012.

The acquisition of Tony Greig was revolutionary and not only changed the course of our club but also the course of world cricket. It was through Phil and Waverley Cricket Club that Tony Greig met Kerry Packer in 1975 and as Tony was to say in his Colin Cowdery oration in 2012 the Waverley Club had introduced him to a business world he had not known. This meeting of minds spawned the World Series Cricket revolution.
The first cricket tour of the People's Republic of China took place in 1988. This tour is still celebrated on a regular basis. Phil was once called Australia's unofficial cricket ambassador to China. This was a momentous undertaking which was challenging logistically, diplomatically and financially. But Phil, the being the great organiser he was, pulled it off. The tour became the subject of a well received documentary on the Channel 7 network.

Phil considered one of his greatest achievements was in 1983 when he led a spirited rear-guard effort which saved the Waverley Club from extinction after the New South Wales Cricket Association had voted to amalgamate the club with Randwick. Phil led the fight again 10 years later when the same resolution was passed by the NSWCA. Indeed without Phil it is almost certain there would be no Eastern Suburbs (Waverley) Cricket Club today.

Yes so Phil was a visionary but also realised the importance of grassroots administration. He was a tireless worker for the club from the time he went on to the management committee and well beyond his retirement as president in 1987.

Phil's strong suite was coaching. Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club has a proud tradition in the development of junior cricket and junior cricketers. It was started by Dr Les Poidevin in 1922 and Phil was to take on this role from the 1960s onward. Thousands of children have gone through the Phil O'Sullivan junior ranks. Phil was not shy in seeking support from players and others, including his son Chris, who was the junior cricket registrar, to build and develop the coaching class. Phil had a particular knack in motivating volunteers for the greater good and was the ultimate networker, especially amongst local business.

By 1982, thanks largely to Phil, 323 juniors were registered in the coaching class. The sheer size of Phil's coaching class put great pressure on the 1983 NSWCA amalgamation resolution and was instrumental in saving the club. It was also to play a significant part in the 1993 amalgamation attempt.

Many of Phil's coaching class participants such as David Warner have achieved great heights in the game. Most have made lasting friendships through their involvement with the junior coaching class. This junior academy is now the largest in Australia and it's all thanks to the groundwork laid by Dr. Poidevin and Phil O'Sullivan.

Phil played a prominent role in the South Eastern Junior Cricket Association (SEJCA) and each year he would present the “Club Championship – P O’Sullivan Perpetual Shield”. His last presentation was in 2019 (COVID prevented 2020) where he delivered a rousing speech to the large gathering of young players and parents. It received a huge ovation.

Phil's fundraising efforts are legion. He raised tens of thousands of dollars for the club through any means possible from Melbourne Cup raffles to chocolate wheels, distribution of telephone books, in fact anything that could raise money. At one stage the club even had a poker machine in the backrooms courtesy of Phil and his mate John Chapman!

Phil realised the importance of advertising and exposure, especially in the newspaper print. Year after year Phil posted articles in the local papers, most notably the Wentworth Courier. A recent visit to Phil's house revealed articles by the hundreds which are currently being digitised and archived. Phil never missed a deadline and players of the 70s and 80s look back with fond memories at their games receiving the coverage they did.

Phil maintained strong ties with Waverley Council. He is held in highest of regards by Council but that did not mean he could not be firm in his dealings with them. In 1988 for example, after years of agitation by Phil with both Council and the Department of Sport and Recreation, all weather facilities were built at the southern end of the ground. This transformed our practice regime.

Another area in which Phil excelled was attracting sponsors to the club. Prior to Phil sponsorship was sporadic and mostly non existent. Phil, though a combination of newspaper publicity and being actively involved in the local business community, was able to attract a wide range of sponsors who either directly donated or had club awards in their names.

Phil worked in the community as a member of Rotary. He also had a long lasting association with Waverley College and was the oldest known old boy of the school.. No doubt those organisations would be preparing an appropriate tribute and are equally saddened by his passing. Phil was indeed a very busy man and led a full life to the end.

Phil was, without doubt, the quintessential community minded citizen.

Phil O'Sullivan OAM 1922 to 2020. Thank you Phil. Thank you for your service not just to the Eastern Suburbs (Waverley) Cricket Club but to the community in general.

The club extends it's sincere condolences to Phil's family.

Rest peacefully Phil.

Dennis Hourn
(Life Member)

For and on behalf of
The President and Members
Eastern Suburbs (Waverley) Cricket Club


Vale Phil Sullivan

- Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The club is very saddened by the passing of club stalwart and Life Member Phil O’Sullivan OAM last night.

Phil has been the backbone of the club for many years, and the clubs strength and standing in the local community both on and off the field is testament to his loyalty, passion and commitment he has shown to it.

Club President Jim Maxwell AM on Phil’s passing.

“This is a sad day for the club. Phil was a leading community figure, who's contribution, not only to this club but also to the broader community, was unmatched.

From Phil’s ‪Saturday Morning‬ Cricket Coaching Sessions that he started over 40 years ago which are still going strong, through to his special relationship with Tony Greig, and a host of other international cricketers, including Malcolm Marshall, and all the players, supporters and volunteers who had the pleasure of having Phil in their lives during their time at the club, we are indebted to his vision and hard work. He was a great man.

Our thoughts go to his wife Joan, son Chris and Phil’s extended family”.

The club will update as to details of Phil’s Funeral as they come to hand.

RIP Phil. You legend.




 




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