After years of hard work, Briars celebrated the opening of the Ted Stockdale Pavilion at Rothwell Park on Saturday, 8th July 2017.
The Briars Foundation have been involved in many projects over the years but none as challenging and rewarding as this one. Thanks to the City of Canada Bay Council, the State and Federal Governments and through the generosity of many Briars we now have a $1.5m facility for Briars Cricket and Rugby teams to enjoy.
Rothwell Park has always been one of the great suburban sporting grounds, it now has a brand new change room and viewing facility, making it one of the best in Sydney. What makes it even more special is that it has been named after one of our greatest Briars of all time, Ted Stockdale. Ted touched many lives during his 66 years and we now have something to remind us of what a special person he was.
Thank you again to everyone who helped make Saturday such a great success. The weather was perfect, we had a great crowd in attendance and there was a real positive vibe across the ground.
Thank you to Jules Boyter and the Rugby guys for the catering and drinks and thank you Monique for all the set up and photography.
When I took over the Foundation President role from the late Col Dennis some 10 years ago, I said to him our ultimate goal was to build a new change room facility at Rothwell Park, he replied that it would be a wonderful legacy for the Briars Foundation, we finally got there!
Huge thanks to the Briars Foundation board and in particular John Price who did an amazing job throughout what was a very tough process at times, littered with challenges and setbacks. Without John this would’ve never happened! Yes there are some tweaks required before it is fully operational, which will happen over the ensuing weeks and months but it was great to see a packed pavilion with the canteen functioning and guys running out of the Briars new change rooms on Saturday.
Thank you again to everyone…now onto the next project!
Briars Foundation President