On Friday night, the Robson family and 80 friends celebrated the opening of the “Ken Robson” pavilion at Seiffert Oval, named in honour of my father, for his 43 years of service to both the cricket community and citizens of Goulburn.

Ken’s five children, myself, Bill, Wendy, Suzanne, Annette and our families, all travelled to Goulburn for the occasion, to honour this beautiful pavilion named after our father, who passed away in 2009.

My father’s involvement with cricket in Goulburn and Country NSW spanned over half a century. His contribution to the community was acknowledged in 2002 when he received the Order of Australia Medal for “service to cricket as an administrator, coach and selector, and to the community of Goulburn”.

Ken also received the Australian Sports Medal and was a member of the Olympic Torch Relay during the year 2000.

He was a NSW Country Cricket Selector, Manager and Life Member of the Association.

My father was President and Secretary of Goulburn Cricket Association for many years, and a groundsman at Seiffert Oval, where the pavilion is named in his honour, as well as nearby Prell Oval. He was still playing cricket at the age of 67.

Ken was also President of Goulburn Legacy for several years. In 2001, he was named Goulburn Citizen of the Year.

The grand opening coincided with the first of three days play for the Southern Pool of the NSW Country Cricket Championships which saw Greater Illawarra advance to the Final next Sunday.

Through the support of Cricket NSW, local, State and Federal Governments a wonderful English-style pavilion has been built in honour of my father.

Mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Bob Kirk, was in attendance on Friday as well as a number of Country Cricket NSW officials including Bruce Whitehouse, Ian Hogg and Tim Grosser.

I am sure this will certainly be a big boost for the sport in the region. Thank you to everyone involved.