Leichhardt Union of Old Rowers

Invitation and Newsletter for July 2015

ALL MEMBERS OF LRC are cordially invited to the 69th Annual reunion and luncheon of The Leichhardt Union of Old Rowers (LUOR) at the clubhouse on Sunday 19th July commencing at 11.00am.  Your families are welcome and children are free.  (see below for Luncheon costs)

If you are one of the many new Social / Recreational 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.

Our Guest Speaker: This year our guest speaker is Russell Smith, Club member and retired QANTAS Airline Captain – Hear all about what goes on at the pointy end of our airliners.  It is a good story.

2015  ANZAC  Commemoration: The July 2014 LUOR Reunion Luncheon saw a new commemorative plaque attached to the Club’s A.I.F. Great War Honour Roll, displayed in the club Lobby.  This year, early on ANZAC Day morning 25th April, Club members from Leichhardt and Pymble joined about 20 eight oared crews from other clubs in a moving tribute beneath the ANZAC Bridge.  Club President Charles Bartlett referred to deceased members from World War 1 including Tom McGill and Harold Hauenstein our first Olympian.  We will always remember them.

Boat Namings and Presentations: Following the Leichhardt regatta held on 2nd May 2015, six new racing shells purchased by the club were christened by various Club members  – one magnificent double scull was christened by LUOR President Barry Moynahan in honour of “Michael Lowrey” (former Life member and coach) and we appreciate the Club Executive for their thoughtfulness in allowing the perpetuation of his name in this way.

Last year the LUOR donated the “H.H.Hauenstein” an elite single scull, to the club.

This year we are proud to be able to donate another elite single scull to be named and christened on the day. Recently the Club membership made a magnificent presentation of a timber single scull bow suitably marked, to Steve Roll on the occasion of his 80th Birthday. Steve is the sculling coach at Leichhardt where at weekends he literally sleeps and eats rowing.

Our past President, Bob Stone, was presented with a 50 year Service Mug by Keith Jamison, President of Sydney Rowing Club, at that club’s Old Rowers Day (Early May, 2015).

On The Water: In competition on the water this year we have seen Leichhardt just shaded by St. George Rowing Club for Premiership Honours with Sydney Rowing Club coming in 3rd place.

A hearty “Well Done” to all of our competing members for their tremendous efforts this season.

Club members outstanding “on-water” performances:

Our juniors at State Championships held in February 2015: Final Championship Men’s U/17 Scull – 7th  –

Final Championship Men’s U/19 Scull – 4th   Final Championship Men’s U/21 Scull – 5th   –

Final Championship Men’s U/21 Lightweight Double Scull – 2nd  –

Final Championship Men’s  Lightweight Double Scull – 3rd  –

Final Championship Men’s Lightweight Quad Scull –  2nd

Considering the representation from across Australia, full credit to our Coaches Frank Thorn and Kerry Thorn for obtaining these excellent results.

Our Masters results from State Representation Championships May 2015: Congratulations to Daniela Borgert selected for State representation in the Women’s Eight at the Australian Championships and Angela Conry to represent NSW in the Women’s Quad.

An outstanding performance as a finals medalist at the Masters State Championships was achieved by Sandy Rourke in the Mixed G-J Double Scull (1st ), F Single Scull (4th ), Mixed G-J Quad (1st), F Double Scull (2nd), E Women’s Eight (1st),  E Double Scull (3rd), F Quad Scull ( 1st ) with fellow members Anne Parbury and Angela Conry who also won another 5 and 4 medals respectively.

Other great medals efforts were: Daniela Borgert 5, Di Williams 6, Deanna Fekete 5,  Matt Bourke 5, Simon Hoadley 5, Chris Seeliger 4, Dan O’Callaghan 4, Steven Duff 4, Belinda Brigham 4, and Jane Hutchison 4. Thirty four other members gained from 1 to 3 medals.

Captain Steven Duff stroked the Leichhardt Men’s E Eight which finished a canvas behind a strong Mosman crew. The same crew also finished 2nd to Mosman in the Men’s F Eight.

Naming of the Sydney International Regatta Centre – Grandstand (Pavilion)

Recently the Grandstand was named after John Coates, President of the AOC and International Arbitration of Sport. It may not be known but John, as a schoolboy at Homebush High, commenced coxing  at Leichhardt under coach George Carlson, and later focused on the sport at Sydney Rowing Club.

The “Balcony Boyz” – who raise funds also organise and prepare the LUOR Luncheon, supported by the “Balcony Girlz” Sandy Rourke, Janine Lippi and Doreen Borg have some wonderful surprises in store for those Masters and Recreational rowers who can attend our Sunday 19th July Reunion Luncheon.

Fund Raising:  LUOR “400” Club Draw #25

Due to the success of our past 400 Club Draws, this years prize, to be drawn at our Annual Reunion on Sunday 19 July is worth $400 Cash to the winner.  Hopefully with the support of all club and LUOR members and friends this will continue to be a successful way to raise finances so that we can continue to assist the club to add boats, oars, club upgrades and training equipment etc.

Over the last 20 + years of its existence the old “400 Club Draw” with the support of our members has been very good and has enabled us to provide a large amount of equipment to the club.

Some of our contributions  have been: $15K to Septic System, 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, 3 x Sculls, 1 x new Quad (T. McGill) and 1 x new 8 HP Tinny motor. Only with your continued support can we carry on this important work.

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 17/7/15).

Or  alternatively by Direct Deposit to our Bank  Account No. 163526251  –  BSB No. 112 879.

Ring us if you pay this way. 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 luncheon.

If the winner is not present on the day we will notify them by phone in the following week. Please support your club & buy some tickets.


JUNIORS – $15.00

(Optional) “400” CLUB DRAW TICKET – $20.00

Those in our Thoughts

Two former elite oarsmen from Leichhardt Rowing Club, Ralfe Currall and Max Annett are not enjoying the best of health at the moment.  As at the 20th May Ralfe, now aged 82, was a resident of the St. John of God Hospital at North Richmond, and hopes to be returning home soon to be cared for by his wife Faye, whilst Max Annett, now of Avoca, is also well looked after by wife Barbara at home.

Ralfe represented NSW in Kings Cup Eight Oared crews in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 winning the 1959 event in Perth, W.A.  He was a representative in the Australian eight oared crew at the 1958 Henley Royal Regatta, and in the same year represented  Australia in the Eight at the 1958 Empire Games.

Max Annett represented NSW in the Kings Cup, in 1958, as a member of the winning eight 1959, and again in 1960.  Max also competed in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome as a member of the Australian Coxed Four.  This was the only Australian crew to make a final that year. Both men have the best wishes and support from the club and Union members.

A Champion Retires

Our first female Club Captain, Life Member and last Olympian, Gillian Campbell retired as the Pymble Ladies College Coach at the end of the 2014/2015 Season.  Both Gill and Mark as great parents of five youngsters will concentrate on their veterinary practice at Harbord – for all their success over many years we say congratulations and many many thanks.

Rowing NSW Update:

Rowing NSW has recently moved from Sports House at Homebush to new waterfront premises at 37 Nicholson Street, Balmain East. Annual Report:  A brief report on the status of the LUOR will be followed by our (culinary delights) hot buffet gourmet 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 – see below.


President:  Barry Moynahan (T: 9689 4290)  Email:   Philm1@bigpond.com
Treasurer:  Bern Story           (T: 9809 3337)  Email:   bst64930@bigpond.net.au
Secretary: Tony Potter         (T: 9592 3258)  Email:   pottert@optusnet.com.au
Consultants: 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

LUOR shot

LUOR Day – 19 July 2011

Back:   Mary & Bob Stone, Steve Sherry, Alan Flint, Ben Woolven, Barry Docwra, Arthur King, Ross Ullo
Front:   Bern Storey, Steve Jaques, Sandy Rourke, Geoff Martin, Dave Bodell.