Archive for month: July, 2023

Revesby Workers’ Cricket Club | Home-Grown Star

Home-Grown Star

Ashleigh “Ash” Gardner emerged as one of Revesby Workers‘ Cricket Club’s finest talents. She developed her all-round game before eventually debuting in the Australian women’s Twenty20 team against New Zealand in 2017.

Jumping forward, Ashleigh is currently in England playing for Australia in the Women’s Ashes Series, which is played with several formats of the game. The first match was a rare 5-day match, where Ash excelled with her spin bowling taking an amazing 4 wickets for 99 runs in the first innings and an even more amazing 8/66 in the second innings – a total of 12 wickets for 165 for the match, a record tally for any Australian woman, also winning the Player of the Match award. Earlier this year she was also selected by the Gurjarat Giants to play in the inaugural Women’s Premier League in India for a huge valuation of $558,000.

At only 26 years of age, Ash has already amassed many achievements and awards including the Women’s World Cup championship in 2022, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Championships in 2018 and 2020, Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in 2022, Women’s National Cricket League Championship in 2016-17 and 2018-19 and Women’s Big Bash League Championships with the Sydney Sixes in 2016-17 and 2017-18.  She was awarded the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup player of the Final in 2018 and the very prestigious Belinda Clark Medal in 2022, having been judged the most outstanding Australian female cricketer of the season.

During the COVID-19 lockdowns, Ash set up her Ashleigh Gardner Foundation, took up painting Indigenous art, at which she is considered to be excellent, and spent time discovering her Indigenous heritage, of which she is immensely proud.

The Ashleigh Gardner Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established to give Aboriginal children a positive experience at school and a healthier start to the day by providing breakfast and unstructured play, encouraging them to complete their education, long term.

Ashleigh “Ash” Gardner

Player Sporting Assistance | Supporting Sport Development

Supporting Sport Development

Revesby Workers’ Club generously provide Sporting Assistance to any Revesby Workers’ Club athlete who attends representative events interstate and internationally.

In the last quarter, we have been proud to support the following members of Illawong Revesby Workers’ Senior Athletics who all participates in the NSW Junior Track and Field Championships in Brisbane in April:

  • Kurt Michael (Under 17 – Boys High Jump);
  • Rosalee Floyd-Kerr (Under 16 – 800m);
  • Channary Royal (Under 16 – 400m);
  • Karina Bell (Javelin, Discuss and High Jump);
  • Helena Macarthur (Under 17 – Girls High Jump).

Revesby Workers’ Netball Club | The Talented Trio

The Talented Trio

Revesby Workers’ Netball Club had three (3) outstanding athletes recently competed in the Netball NSW HART Senior State Titles; Izzy McFarlane, Megan Hallowes and Lexi Dredge.

The HART Senior State Titles is a flagship event within the Netball NSW pathway. The 3-day tournament, held from 10-12 June 2023, showcases the strength of grassroots netball with players from all over the state coming together to play the game they love.

The road to playing in the State Titles has been a long and drawn-out process that has seen immense dedication to the sport from these young ladies.

All 3 girls successfully made representative teams in U12s, U13s and U14s, but unfortunately did not get the chance to play State Titles.

The Under 12s in 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Under 13s was delayed due to COVID-19 Lockdown the week before State Titles and then cancelled a few months later. The Under 14s in 2022 went ahead at Penrith. Day 1 was played in torrential rain. Days 2 and 3 were cancelled as Penrith and Surrounding areas all flooded.

Despite the numerous set-backs, these girls trained hard and stayed committed.

2023 saw them move into the Under 15s, which is the Senior Representative Platform. All 3 girls were selected into their respective teams and continued to train hard.

The June long weekend saw them travel north to the Maitland District Netball Association where other talented players from all over NSW would all come together and compete in the intra-state competition.

They played 19 games of Netball over 3 days. It was high quality Netball and Izzy, Megan and Lexi played with grit, determination and passion.

The State Titles showcase the best that netball has to offer at a community level and Revesby Workers’ Netball Club are lucky to have these ladies within the club and could not be prouder of their achievements.

These young ladies continue to play in the club’s top team on a Saturday. Lexi and Izzy are also coaching the youngest Workers’ Superstars (Under 8s) to hopefully inspire a new batch of Netball lovers and future representative players.

Continue to shine bright ladies.

Izzy McFarlane, Lexi Dredge and Megan Hallowes

Vale William Pearce (Foundation Member #68)

Vale William Pearce (Foundation Member #68)

It is great sadness that we advise our members of the passing of Foundation Member William “Bill” Pearce on 3 July 2023 aged 97. Bill was one of the Club’s 8 remaining Foundation Members and living local, he still frequented the Club when he was able.

As a young married man having moved into Sphinx Avenue with his wife Jean, both Bill and Jean established themselves in the community where Bill became a member of the Workers’ Club. He enjoyed socialising in the Sports Bar, playing snooker and darts and always had a bet on a Saturday with friends. When Bill reached retirement age, he celebrated with his family in the old dining room upstairs in the Club as you can see highlighted in the photo on the right. Upon losing his wife Jean in 1991, Bill became a regular golfer and with that came beers after each game in the Sports Bar with his golf buddies. The Club became such a great support for Bill in his later years since becoming a widow.

Bill was always very proud of the Revesby Workers’ Club, acknowledging the work within the community that it did and he always sang the praises of the staff and Directors and felt very proud to be part of the history and day to day life of such a great Community Club.

Ian Stromborg – Final Director Report | November 2022

Ian Stromborg – Final Director Report | November 2022

Ian Stromborg

OAM Director

If the COVID pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that we cannot thrive in isolation. Our wellbeing relies heavily upon the power of community and connection. On the eve of my retirement from my role as Director of Revesby Workers’ Club, I feel immense gratitude for the positive impact that the Club has had on my life and my community.

I first started visiting the Revesby Workers’ Club with a group of mates in 1967. We were soon swept up in the fun and friendly atmosphere and that sense of connection that we were craving as young people learning about the world. We became members as soon as we could (age 21 back in those days) and set about enjoying all the Club had to offer.

The sporting clubs were very popular, and I soon joined the golf club and the A-reserve cricket team, enjoying success as Minor Premiers and Premiers. Joining these clubs was as much about the friendships and celebrations as it was about the sport. I’ve also represented Revesby Workers’ Club at snooker, darts, lawn bowls and basketball creating some treasured memories.

After meeting a lovely young lady named Lesley on the East Hills train line to work one morning, we enjoyed our first date at the Revesby Workers’ Club in 1969. We had dinner in the club dining room and watched a show in the auditorium. This is still our favourite thing to do on a Saturday night as lucky for me she agreed to marry me, and we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last year.

In 1980 when our daughters were aged 4 and 6 years, we moved to a quiet street in Milperra near the golf course. When developers tried to have the golf course rezoned to permit residential housing on this land, I started a successful small residents’ action group opposing this proposal. Little did I know that this would set me on a path of community service and representation that would last for decades. I was soon endorsed as the ALP candidate in the 1987 Bankstown Council West Ward election, and I went on to be a Councillor for 29 continuous years until I retired in 2016 when Bankstown City Council was amalgamated with Canterbury Council.

I had the incredible honour of being the Mayor of Bankstown for five terms which was a great experience and created
memories which I will cherish forever. Most notable was Bankstown’s involvement in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the partnership we forged with the USA Olympic team as well as countless local projects designed to make Bankstown a great place to live and work.

Throughout this time, I enjoyed a great relationship with Revesby Workers’ Club, feeling very supported in my Council role and in 2006 I was approached to put myself forward for election to the Revesby Workers’ Club Board of Directors. I have been serving as a director ever since and it’s been an incredible privilege to be part of the evolution of the Club into a real community hub encompassing expanded entertainment and dining options, healthcare, fitness facilities, childcare and more.

The time has now come for me to retire from the Board of Directors to spend more time with my two daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, most of whom live in Wollongong and Berry. I leave the Club in very good
hands, with a robust Board and an incredible team of staff. A heartfelt thanks to all the Directors and staff I have worked with over the years. I would like to also specifically thank the people connected to the sub-clubs I have worked with – you represent the true spirit of the Club and its connection to our community. It’s a strange feeling to be retiring from official duties after serving the community for 35 years. You’ll still see me regularly though, especially at the Club enjoying a meal and a show or at Health Mates. The enjoyment and pride that I feel being part of the Club now is no different to what it was when I was a bright-eyed 21-year-old. From the Club’s humble beginnings as a small place to meet for a drink to the thriving hub with some 70,000 members it is today, the essence has stayed the same. We all need that connection and community just as much now in 2022 as we did back in 1962.

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital – Ensuring Optimal Health Care

On 26 May 2023, Club President Daryl Melham AM and Director Christine Benham attended Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital to proudly present the hospital with a cheque in the amount of $50k from the Club’s Bill Bullard Charity Foundation.

This much needed funding enabled the hospital to purchase a high quality ultrasound machine that will allow anaesthetic doctors and nurses to help Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital patients in three key ways:

  1. Providing ultrasound-guided ‘nerve blocks’ for patients having surgery, reducing or eliminating pain after surgery, and allowing a speedy recovery and return home;
  2. Assisting vascular access, to allow medications and monitoring lines to be placed first time; and
  3. Allowing assessment of patients, by scanning the heart and lungs to ensure doctors can guide medication and fluid therapy more effectively.

As a Club we are extremely appreciative of all those who donate to the Bill Bullard Charity Foundation and its Charity Committee. Named in recognition of one of the clubs past presidents’ Mr Bill Bullard OAM, these committee members work tirelessly every year running many different events, including a weekly Charity Raffle at Revesby Workers’ Sports Club on a Friday night, that all contribute to supporting the local community.

Left to right: Christine Benham – Director Revesby Workers Club, Eleanor Halvey – Nurse Manager Perioperative, Daryl Melham AM – President of Revesby Workers’ Club, Dr Amy Taylor – Deputy Director Anaesthetics, Neema Rajak – Acting Nursing Unit Manager Anaesthetics and Recover and Peter Rophail – General Manager of Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital.

Asbestos Dust and Diseases Research Institute (ADDRI)

A Commitment to Research and Prevention

Asbestos Dust and Diseases Research Institute (ADDRI)

As in previous years, Revesby Workers’ Club Ltd has again committed $45k to the newly named Asbestos Dust and Diseases Research Institute.

Australia had one the world’s highest incidence of malignant mesothelioma per capita in 2018, with more than 700 new cases diagnosed each year due to the widespread use of the known carcinogen, asbestos.

However, it was three years earlier when the fight against this disease really hit home at Revesby Workers’, after the club’s very popular president and ClubsNSW chairman Pat Rogan contracted the disease and later died in February 2015 from the consequence of working in an asbestos environment.

Going on 5 years, the Club remains committed to supporting the Asbestos Dust and Diseases Research Institute. This is key research which, if successful, will alleviate the suffering of many Club members and members of our local community that are affected by this wretched disease. It also has implications around the World, where asbestos is still being utilised with no regard, particularly in third world countries.

While asbestos continues to be a cause of concern for public health, the Revesby Workers’ Club will continue to support ADDRI who will continue to pursue a prevention of this life-threatening disease.

President Daryl Melham AM attending the opening of the renamed “Bernie Banton Centre” in Concord