Leichhardt Union

of Old Rowers

Invitation and Newsletter for July 2014


ALL ACTIVE AND SOCIAL MEMBERS OF LRC are cordially invited to the 68th Annual reunion and luncheon of The Leichhardt Union of Old Rowers at the clubhouse on 20 July commencing at 11.00am.  This is a Special Get Together when we recognise many of our old members and the contribution they have made, both on and off the water.  Your families are welcome and children are free. 


If you are one of the many new Social or Junior club members the following brief statement helps to explain who LUOR is and what we do:  Formerly known as the Leichhardt Union of Ex Rowers until May 2008, when it was clear that rowers might get old but they just never stop rowing or wishing they could. The LUOR is a supporter group of the Club which holds regular functions and events aimed at creating opportunities for rowers of all ages to get together socially for fun and fund raising. LUOR has provided the club with financial assistance, boats and equipment on many occasions in the past.


But for the moment, the newsThe First World Champion – Edward (Ned) Trickett.  Our 67th Winter reunion held on 21st July '13 was followed by our Christmas Newsletter.  If you enjoyed our “Underbelly” guest speakers last year, at our next reunion on 20 July'14 you will gain an insight into the life and times of Edward (Ned)  Trickett – Australia's first World Champion - in any sport. Ned held the title of “World Professional Single Scull Champion” from 1876 to 1880 and it's a great family story.  The Trickett regatta is a permanent fixture on the Rowing Season’s Program


Our Guest Speaker:  This touching and intimate story of Ned Trickett will be told by Lyn Lockrey, his great grandson, in a power point presentation covering his upbringing - not far from Leichhardt in Greenwich; his successful World challenge and subsequent depression.  It is a good story, similar to that of several recent elite champions.


The ANZAC Connection:  On July 31, 1914, 100 years ago almost to the day, Andrew Fisher, Australia's 4th Prime Minister announced Australia's intention to “stand by Britain” and one month later, war was declared.  The Leichhardt Rowers who both served and paid the ultimate price are recognised on the A.I.F. Memorial Board in the club foyer.  In view of the ANZAC CentenaryCommemoration Australia wide, we will take a few moments on 20 July this year at the Reunion, to remember those old rowers, all of whom have passed away, but never to be forgotten. 


The “H.H. Hauenstein”:  This elite single scull was donated by LUOR earlier this year to the club. Henry Hauenstein was Leichhardt's first Olympian (1912). He along with Tom McGill was a member of the successful 1919 Australian Eight at the Henley Peace Regatta which led to the inauguration of the King's Cup, Australia's premier rowing event.


On The Water:  Following the NSW State Championships in February this year, the Australian Championships held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, complemented a World Cup event, the Australian Schools Championships, and traditional Interstate races including the Kings Cup, which NSW won.  Pymble Ladies College competed in the U17 and U19 School eights, Quads and Fours with Charlotte Medway, taking out the State Schoolgirl sculls.  Richard, her dad, is a strong competitor in the Masters category at LRC.   Leichhardt Juniors competed in the U21 Women’s Quad, U21 Women’s Four (4th in final behind Mercantile, Melbourne Uni and Adelaide).  The male Juniors also competed with best performance coming from Michael McCrea (winning the B Final) in the Schoolboy Sculls. We will acknowledge him and other Juniors at our reunion.

Also now a Life Member, Frank Thorn a strong LUOR supporter and coach, with Kerry Thorn, of the large junior contingent, is looking forward to meeting once again, the older LUOR brigade. 


Senior and Masters Competition: Club Captain Steven Duff, has put an incredible amount of time into Leichhardt's participation in the NSW rowing program. Steven's enthusiasm and capacity to lead the membership encourages our full support.  As at the end of May, after the State Masters regatta,  it has been confirmed that the Club will take out the Premiership for 2013-14 Season.  Hopefully Captain Steven and Club President Charles Bartlett will confirm this personally at our luncheon and reunion on the 20th July by displaying the relevant RNSW trophies that the club won.


 Old Rowers Never Die:  The club's more mature oarsmen and women competing in the Masters category share the same interest as our old rowers.  Very few row socially; most have a strict early morning schedule in crews and small boats.  Aged between their 30's and 70's+ , some have enjoyed state representation, rowed at World Masters level overseas or are gold medallists at State and National events.  The LUOR are looking forward to meeting the membership and passing on their congratulations


The “Balcony Boyz” - who organise and prepare the Luncheon, supported by the “Balcony Girlz”Sandy Rourke, Doreen Borg and Janine Lippi, have some wonderful surprises in store for those Masters who can join the LUOR 20th July Reunion. 


 Long Executive Service:  Our long service awards on the day, are to recognise the golden oldies who trace their Leichhardt origins as far back as the 1940's (eg: Lionel Robberds, Club Patron) and 1950's. Whilst they have retired from 'Active Service', their roles as either President, Captain, Secretary or Treasurer (eg: Alan Flint as treasurer, 27 years) are very much valued. Establish  your espirit de corps on the 20th July and become part of Leichhardt Corporate Memory.


Fund Raising:  LUOR 400 Club Draw #24 

Due to the success of our past 400 Draws, this years prize, to be drawn at our Annual Reunion on 20 July is worth $400 to the winner.  Hopefully with the support of all club and LUOR members and friends this will continue to be a successful way to to assist the club to add boats, oars, club upgrades and training equipment etc. Over the 20 + years of its existence the old “400 Draw” with the support of our members has been most valuable and has enabled the LUOR to provide a large amount of equipment to the club. Some of our contributions  have been: $15K for Septic System installation,, Initial sets of tables and table cloths, crockery & cutlery, PA System, Bain Marie and trays, replaced kitchen oven, 3 x Ergs, half cost of 2 x junior Coxed Quads, 2 x Sculls, 1 x new Quad (T. McGill) and 1 x new 8 HP Tinnie motor.

 Only with continued support can we carry on this important work.  Should Club Members be interested, numbers or tickets in the draw only cost $20 each with all the proceeds going to the club.  Tickets can be obtained from Steve Jaques or Dave Bodell at the club on weekends or whenever you see them at the shed. Or by contacting them by phone (see contact numbers below).  It will also be possible to purchase tickets prior to the draw on the day of the Luncheon Reunion.

Early purchase by post - send your payment (cheque,  money order) to: Tony Potter, Secretary LUOR, PO box 3 Leichhardt 2040  (to reach us by Friday 18/7/14). Or alternativly by Direct Deposit to our BANK  Account No. 163526251  -  BSB No. 112 879. 

 Extra numbers / tickets are obtainable by contacting Steve, Dave or our Secretary, Tony Potter Tel: (02) 9592 3258 – Juniors might consider getting a Family Ticket to assist this most worthy cause.  The draw will be made at our reunion dinner.  If the winner is not present on the day we will notify them by phone by Wednesday of the following week. Please support your club & buy some tickets.  Last years winner was Alan Flint.


REMEMBER COSTS  for the day :        


                                  LUNCH                     $25.00

 (Optional)         400  DRAW  TICKET   $20.00 


Please  R.S.V.P.  By no later than 11th July through the LUOR Committee below.  


 Annual Election of Office Bearers:  which is always entertaining and the only “Roast of the Day.” A brief report on the status of the LUOR will be followed by our (cullinary delights) Hot Buffet Lunch provided by 'Chef De Charge' Ross Ullo  and his helpers.

To assist with our catering arrangements please contact Tony Potter or Barry Moynahan to confirm attendance. 



                                                     THE LUOR COMMITTEE: 



Barry Moynahan  (T: 9689 4290)  Email: philm1@bigpond.com 


Bern Story           (T: 9809 3337)  Email: bst64930@bigpond.net.au  


Tony Potter         (T: 9592 3258)  Email: pottert@optusnet.com.au


Steve Jaques     (T: 9568 3163)  Email:  s.jaques61@gmail.com  

Dave Bodell      (T: 9558 0041)  Email: djbodell@optusnet.com.au  

Catering:     Ross Ullo      ( M. 0407 669 090) Email:  ross_ullo@hotmail.com  


All of the LUOR committee can be contacted by post:

 C/- LRC, PO Box 3, Leichhardt.  NSW  2040.