Life Members and former players acknowledged at inaugural Old Boys Day
Earlier this month the Club held its inaugural Old Boys Day at Waverley Oval. A day which coincided with the Kingsrove Cup T20 double header and the social committee's Ladies Day. The day saw a number of Life Members, former players and supporters visit Waverley on what was a great occasion.
The Old Boys Day saw the presentation of honour caps to the Life Members by the oldest living Life Member, Phil O'Sullivan. The event also saw the unveiling of the new Club honour boards which recognises Life Members, Premierships, Australian Players, Batsmen (min 4000 runs), Bowlers (min 250 wickets) and All Rounders (min 3000 runs & min 200 wickets). The honour boards acknowledged the Club's current name as Eastern Suburbs as well as the Club's former name as Waverley District, while also portraying both logos's from today and yesteryear.
Some notable names appeared on the boards including former Australian Test Captains Syd Gregory and Herbert Collins, as well as Life Member and former England Captain Tony Grieg. Eight current or former international players have qualified, including six batsmen and two bowlers. Special note goes to Richard Rowland who's name was acknowledged on four occasions. The late Vic Jackson, Geoff Spring, Don James, George Guest, and Dr Walter Calov also achieved this feat, as did Charlie Ward who's daughter Kellie Harrington attended the day to receive Charlie's cap.
The batting and bowling qualifications have been based on a strong decade of playing performances, and include Poidevin-Gray and Green Shield matches. The honour boards will remain in The Tank at Waverley Oval and the milestones required for current and future players to have their names printed in gold will hopefully increase the playing time of their careers at our great club.
The Club also hosted Ladies Day, which was a day initiated by the social committee and was aimed at giving some recognition to the partners, mothers and other women in our players and supporters lives who, somewhat reluctantly, put up with all of us being involved in cricket year in year out. The Club teamed up with Barefoot Wines and Bumble for the day and offered wine and champagne for the ladies, while Bumble offered styling as the afternoons play took place out on the picturesque Waverley Oval.
Both events were a great success and will be initiatives that will be continued in the coming seasons.
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