Today we lost the greatest Briar of all. Our Chairman for the past 31 years, Gerard Price, passed away earlier this morning aged 57, surrounded by his beautiful wife Jane and adoring children Damian, Bethany and Erin.
Gerard was a truly remarkable person and an exceptional Briar.
Gerard’s dedicated contribution to his beloved sport of cricket, both on and off the field, will have him remembered as one of Briars Sports favourite sons. His untiring devotion to Briars Cricket over 40 years was immeasurable. He was revered by all cricketers and leaves a legacy and culture within cricket that will endure over time.
Gerard commenced playing as a 16-year-old in 1980 winning the comp in C Grade in that first year playing with his younger brother Paul. He was described in that year’s annual report as “the find of the season”. The following year in 81/82 he went direct to A grade where he was described as “having a good future in cricket in the club” and then spent the next 20 years or so in first grade. Early on he quickly became an integral part of Briars Cricket, with the club becoming his home away from home, especially in summer. He also played Hockey for the club in first grade for many seasons during winter.
In 1989 Gerard took over as cricket chairman and continued in that role ever since. As a player he won many premierships, including at least one in every grade and was a competitive player in 4th grade till last season. One of his proudest moments came a few years back when he played his first game with his son Damian for Briars. Gerard achieved many records both as player and administrator. It was through his determination that Gerard turned Briars Cricket into the most successful cricket club in the shire’s competition, with record breaking club championships and premierships during his time as Chairman as follows;Club Championships - 18 including a current record-breaking run of 8 consecutive years1st Grade-6 Premierships2nd Grade -10 Premierships3rd Grade -10 Premierships4th grade -10 PremiershipUnder 24s- 3 Premierships
However, Gerard’s success will never be judged on premierships alone. More importantly was his ability to offer a stable, well administered, and well-respected sport allowing many juniors and seniors the opportunity to play cricket. It was Gerard’s unique ability to create such a culture within cricket that provided an environment that allowed cricket to grow and flourish under his watch.
The lifeblood of Briars Sports is in the effort of those volunteers willing to put their hand up and make a difference and Gerard epitomised what this stands for. As both chairman and a player he led by example but remained humble. Through his efforts as chairman for over 30 years Gerard was a true representation of what amateur sport is all about, and was a shining example within Briars, and the wider cricket community through his work with Cricket NSW.
Over the years Gerard had also achieved the following across a 40-year playing career;-7453 runs at 23.9 from 467 innings including 155 not outs, 1168 wickets(most ever for Briars) from 6479 overs at 13.2 and 316 catches whilst wearing the Briars cap. He also won 8 premierships as a player across the 4 grades.Gerard also achieved the following;-2009 Granted life membership of Briars Sports-2012 Awarded City of Canada Bay Sport Citizen of the year-2012 The Gerard Price Cricket Trophy for the Briars Junior Cricketer of the year was inaugurated.-2013 Admitted to Shires Cricket Hall of Fame-2 significant fundraising bike rides with a group of friends, firstly from Sydney to Melbourne in 2016, then the following year from Melbourne to Adelaide raising in excess of $70,000 for the Unicorn Foundation.-2020 Order of Australia Medal in recognition for services to cricket and the community
For all those who knew Gerard, the success of Cricket was due to his strength of character. He was the first person to contact and greet you when you first started playing at the club and he always made you feel welcome either from day 1 or year 15. He also made sure you didn’t lose contact with Briars once you stopped playing.
Gerard had the personality that was welcoming and engaging, the drive and motivation to make sure that the job got done and without fuss. He had the spirit, respect, integrity and determination required to be the leader that he was. All these characteristics came together to make him the person we all admired, loved and will now miss so much.
Our thoughts are with Jane and children Damian, Beth and Erin and the wider Price family of his parents Kevin and Moreen and siblings John, Paul, Jenny and Joanne at this very sad time.
Briars Cricket won’t be the same without him.
There will only ever be one Gerard Price.
May he Rest in Peace.