Below is an Article by Denise S. Cahill, published in the Western Suburbs Weekly, 5-11 June 2012.
New Rooms a Winner
DIGNITARIES, players from the club’s 1957 first grade premiership team (George Horsham, Jim Stitfall and John Tinson),members and supporters helped open the new $1million clubrooms at ‘The Foreshore’, where the 78-year-old club has called home since 1951, last month.
The makeover that has unfolded at the Nedlands Rugby Union Football Club over the past eight months.
The new clubhouse has video, conferencing and security systems, a modern and well equipped kitchen, dishwashing area, bar, meeting room, storerooms, separate changerooms for players and referees, disabled access and toilet facilities, female restrooms and an improved social area that is available to the club and community groups.
It’s a far cry from the public toilet and cramped change rooms players used in 1951.
The club received a $160,000 Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund grant and $50,000 from the City of Nedlands.
President Hans Sauer said the bill would have surpassed $1 million but generous members and supporters had offered their expertise, materials and time to keep costs down.
A building committee comprising life members Steve and Terry Bradbury, Chris Lowson and Garry Ash and club stalwart John Walker led the project.
Mr Sauer said the club had fundraised for the new clubrooms for the past two years, and the outcome had been well worth it.
He said the opening of the new clubhouse ranked alongside historic club events such as its formation in 1934, the first premier grade flag in 1940, the move to The Foreshore in 1951 and the club’s 50th and 75th anniversaries, as one of the most significant days in its history.
Nedlands’ premier grade team remains undefeated so far this season and the club aims to contest top grade finals for the 30th consecutive year.
The club have won 73 premiership flags across the colts and senior grades, including 15 premier grade trophies, in their history.