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Saturday 26th September 2020
Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club paid tribute to club stalwart and Life Member Phil O’Sullivan OAM who passed away on the 11th August 2020, at the age of 97.
Phil was a major contributor to the club and the local community over the years.
Phil first walked onto Waverley Oval in 1927. He was a member of the cricket club since 1946 and a Life Member since 1971. He was Vice President from 1967-1979 and President 1979-1987.
One of Phil’s greatest legacies was his Saturday Morning Junior Coaching classes at Waverley Oval which he started some 40 years ago. Today they are still in existence and are still the backbone of our grass roots junior cricket programs. The club has now over 750 Junior Cricketers (boys and girls).
Phil was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and The Centenary Medal in 2001. In May 2012 the grandstand at Waverley Oval was named the Phil O’Sullivan-Bob Horsell Grandstand.
Phil received an OAM in 2013 for service to the Waverley region through a range of sporting and community organisations.
Phil’s son Chris, as well as Phil’s grandchildren Phillip, Christopher, Stephen and Phil’s extended family were present at Saturday’s tribute.
Phil’s family were joined on the morning by Life Members, members and supporters of the club and also special dignitaries including Gabrielle Upton (Member for Vaucluse); Dr Marjorie O’Neill (Member for Coogee), Sally Betts (former Mayor of Waverley, and Waverley Councillor) and John Knox (Chairman of Cricket New South Wales)
Club President Jim Maxwell AM delivered the tribute to all those present, including both Eastern Suburbs and UTS North Sydney first grade teams.
Chris was invited to join the captains Jack Preddey (Eastern Suburbs) and Justin Avendano (UTS North Sydney) for the coin toss. Eastern Suburbs claimed victory in the match and Phil would have been proud!
It was a fitting and worthy tribute to Phil to acknowledge his magnificent contributions.