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A very good day to you all
We are being treated by Mother Nature at the moment a kaleidoscope of colours…..there is still some green hue around on the grasses and in the trees….bit the vivid autumn colours are prevalent…. Aged yellow, fading to orange, ravishing reds, burnished brown…and the dull beige (“vaal”) of the dry vegetation…..It is a brilliant time of the year for colour, but the temperatures are dropping….dry skin and chapped lips are the norm….bring back summer…I miss it already….
On a positive note….the kids are on school holidays….so the Club has been a little quiet since Friday….with everyone travelling to their holiday destinations…whether it be at the sea, in the mountains, in the bush…or just the favourite spot that we are able to relax and unwind after a really difficult last twelve months…
On Friday we had the return of someone from the legal eagle corner….as Brad Knight had his name chosen from the beeeg black box…..and he confidently pointed out his selection….which when turned, revealed the six of diamonds…everyone in the bar breathed a sigh of relief and it meant that everyone was alive to possibly be a winner for another week…the jackpot has moved up to marginally below the R34k level and settled in at R33991…. We are approaching the half way stage this draw and have had 22 cards revealed already…which means it is more difficult for the joker to remain in hiding…. Please come down the to the Club this week and try your luck at choosing the Joker…perhaps you are the lucky one to be in front of the Joker cabinet at 19h30 on Friday….
With it being a long weekend…. hockey had a general bye, whilst Soccer and Baseball and Soccer had fixtures in their league…. I saw that the baseball boys were busy at Northerns with centralised fixtures…I have not had any feedback on our results…hopefully I will get these for reporting back next week.
Our soccer club welcomed Randburg to the North on Saturday afternoon…..and unfortunately we did not have achieve the set of results we wanted….the reserves started off with a 1-0 loss that was possibly a fair reflection of the game…as we had chances that we were unable to convert….but the young side is gathering valuable lessons which will stand them in good stead… our injury list has been growing every week and both the reserves and first side have been affected by this problem…. That said, we are still second in the league, four points behind Robertsham….with Luso breathing down our necks a point adrift….. in the late game, the first side found themselves 3-0, before they showed some fight to claw back two goals ….but that was not enough to get a share of the points on the day….injuries and unavailability have been the thorn in the side of this team…. And we have been playing with players out of position to make up numbers…. the loss means we slide back to 5th on the league table….one point behind last week victors and two points behind Luso….hopefully this week will improve….and we need to work hard at training and remain positive, as this week we move down the road to play Old Bens…..reserves kick off at 13h45, whilst the first side kick proceedings off at 15h30… please follow the fortunes of our sides at the Club down the road on the weekend….
This week we have a full house pf our side competing in soccer, hockey and baseball….and with rugby soon to be returning to the playing park, we can look forward to chock’n’block festivities weekly at the North….. we should have a good turnout of players and locals alike this weekend…if you are at a loose end, join us at the Club…. we would love to welcome you…
I leave you with an honest request…..this horrid disease that has changed our whole lifestyle in the last year….is silently there…waiting to pounce…. Please do not be complacent….wash or sanitise your hands regularly….wear your mask and maintain adequate social distance of people… if you have any changes in your health…raised temperature or fever, sore throat, tiredness, loss of taste of smell, cough….and the new one, a runny tummy…please be responsible and self -isolate and / get yourself checked up by a trained medical physician….
Take care and stay safe….
A fine and fresh good day to you all, from a bright and breezy Northerns.
Mother Nature obviously heard my comments about the weather last week and came back to show me who’s the boss (remember the TV show)….and autumn has arrived on our doorstep….that said, the weather during the day is still lovely, just as that sun starts to dip toward the horizon in late afternoon that there is a bit of a scramble for the jerseys and jackets.
At our special general meeting held last week…there was overwhelming support for the proposals that were presented….for those that have been in a hole for the last while and have not heard about the meeting or the reason thereof, I will quickly explain…..In the recent past, we have been approached by three different business entities, as to the possibility of them housing their operations at the North….I will start with the first of those being the Cricket Shop, a retail sporting goods retailer, that have five current stores, in three major sporting fields namely the Wanderers, SenWes in Potch, and SuperSport Park in Centurion…whilst having a retail store in the Brooklyn Mall….their other store is at the Alberton Cricket, which is where their humble beginnings originated….they have a footprint in almost all of the sports that we offer here…..another is Home Ground which is a coffee shop and boutique bakery which will be offering gourmet coffees and sweet treats…some of our early morning members and weekend fitness movers have requested such an offering for a while now….The final one is the Benoni Actions Sports Arena….they are currently in an area that is not conducive to an after hours sport and are willing to relocate their operations to Benoni Northerns… with all of these businesses, the owners are prepared to build their own premises which will house their operations….At the meeting, there was over a 95% support vote that we continue with these negotiations…. As a club, the way forward now is to get approval from the Council who are the owners of the property… hopefully this will not hold up the process, in order that building operations can commence….
Despite the cooler climes, we have still had masses of happenings at the North….and our winter sports are busy with their leagues and matches… only our rugby fellows are still not in their competitive matches as yet, but are till on the training grounds getting fit and honing their skills in anticipation of the forthcoming leagues….
Baseball also began their league programme last weekend with centralised fixtures at Boksburg. At the time of writing, I have received no results, so I am unable to broadcast their progress as yet….
The hockey has had mixed results…. with our ladies forming majority of the Premier league, we have teams in the second to fifth spots in the 10 team league…. In the reserve league, we only have one side which is currently 3rd out of 7…..but with only 2 matches played thus far, it is really difficult to assess our relative success….in the mens premier leagues we have all our sides in the lower half of the league, but after two rounds some of our sides have only played one match which skews the results somewhat…..in the reserve league some sides have also only played one match….so it may be easier to assess after one full round of fixtures….what I can say is that it is wonderful to have the hockey and other sports people back at the club…..2020 was a crazy quiet and silly COVID year and we missed all of our sports people with their antics and shenanigans….
Our athletes are still a really busy bunch….morning runs….time trials….club runs….and then their weekend outings where they are all putting in lots of mileage….and supporting the Club and pub as the true athletes they are….
The Soccer boys were away at Olympia (which happens to always be our bogey side) last weekend…..and the reserves shrugged off their loss against Robertsham, with a solid 2-0 win…. we remain in second spot, but after only 6 matches it is clear who the top two sides are, with some space already appearing from the chasing pack…. The first side unfortunately suffered a temporary setback….after some players let us down at the last minute…despite conceding a silly goal, we still were able to dominate the game without being able to score….we were even unable to convert a penalty in our favour…. Followed by a minute of madness as our goalkeeper was sent off for a silly offence…..so the bogey side mantle remains….after 6 matches we are now in third place, one point behind Alberton and two behind Robertsham…. This week we host Randburg, who are usually a quality unit….and this promises to be a super match up between our Clubs….as usual, proceedings start at 13h45 with the reserve match, followed at 15h30 by the First teams….please remember to come to the Club to support….but we are still not able to watch according the Local Association COVID protocols….
We are still looking for someone to find the Joker….as Mike Williams, who’s name was drawn for a third time in recent history, was still is unable to the have the x-ray vision required to find this elusive card… This week the Jackpot has been raised to R33246….. please join us this week….for a mere R5 you could be drawn from the beeeeeg black box….and find yourself in front of the Joker cabinet to make your selection….
Have a super rest of the week…. See you over the weekend….
Take care and stay safe….. Rod
Good day to everyone
We appear to still be in the grip of summer in the last few days….we played hockey just after midday on Sunday and it felt like we were back in summer….as you all well know by now, I love summer weather, so I am an extremely happy fellow at present….long may it continue…
As I requested last week, we had an epic and bumper weekend at the North, with the weather to match….and starting off on Friday, the Night Market was a great success….with plenty of visitors and lots of new faces at our Joker draw which was great to see…my wife had the good fortune of being the one drawn to see if she could find the Joker…..but luck was definitely not on her side….as she drew the Ace of Hearts….which happened to be the back-up Members card….if she was a Member of the Club she would have instantly had 10% of the jackpot proceeds on her membership card (which was over R3000 on Friday night)…so no luck for her…but she has vowed to now become a social member!!.. this means that with the Joker still in hiding as the Jackpot rises up to R32323 for this week….interest is now starting to build up again and the numbers on Friday nights are beginning to grow….so please come through this week and try your luck…tickets still only cost R5 and are sold in the hall until about 19h20….with the draw taking place at 19h30….
The night market was very popular again and on the few occasions that I walked through, there were always people browsing and milling around….thanks for all the support…the next market will be on May 7, with the same operating times 17h00 to 22h00….the night market will then have a short winter break and reappear on the first Friday of September….
Saturday saw the official return of team sports to the North…with senior and junior soccer and senior hockey also making a welcome return….and although there was a late moving of hockey fixtures, as the Astro was declared unplayable, it was noted that on their return to the North, the Hockey Ladies appeared to enjoy the new cocktails on offer in the Craft bar, whilst their fines and antics were most amusing…. the Men were back in top form on Sunday, looking as fresh as fresh as daisies from their massive break because of COVID….
The soccer boys made their return to the North on Saturday…..and they must have been most chuffed to see that there were lots of people who had turned up to not watch (we are still not allowed spectators for soccer matches)….. and the reserves (who admittedly were a few key players short on the day with injury) seemed to freeze a little and did not play to their true potential….going down three two to the league leaders Robertsham….we remain in second place on the log….three points behind the side who beat them on Saturday….the first side had no such problems, playing quality football….and despite playing majority of the second stanza with only 10 players (one of our boys being sent off for two yellow card offences) we were able to achieve a feat that hasn’t been done too often in recent history….beating the mighty Robertsham…..scoring a brace of goals and keeping a clean sheet in return….very well done to the lads…. A super result…. keep on going…. we are now top of the league table, swopping league positions with Robertsham…..this week we are off to the Italian Club in Bedfordview to take on Olympia…. All the best chaps…
There was a final round of action for Junior cricket, with a mini tournament being played over the weekend on the B field…..that is now the end of the season for the cricketers until spring.
Our rugby players have had the go-ahead to play league matches again soon, so are hard at work at practices. We have not as yet had exact dates for the resumption of Juniors…but the moment we are told, I will let you know…also keep an eye on our social media platforms for up to the minute news….
Have a fantastic rest of the week…and I hope to see you all soon at the Club….if you are free on Friday afternoon, join me in the Scimitar….an old musician friend of ours is going to have a bit of an unplugged session…literally!!
*STOP PRESS*I do not have the final results of the Special General Meeting which was held last night….but it looked as if the Members were happy with the items that were proposed, namely the sports shop, a coffee shop and the action sports arena….I will have the final results of the voting next week…
Take care and stay safe…
A very good morning to you all…..
Easter has come and gone….slipped passed far too quickly….but what it has done is sprinkled the air with some ice flakes….to show us that summer is starting to disappear into the distance….and the cooler climes are fast approaching….instead of cutting lawns, we are now sweeping leaves…. Instead of pulling on whites and spikes, we now don track suits and studs….our running colleagues are now starting to take torches with when they run….and jerseys and closed shoes are becoming the norm.
A quick run down of what has happened at the Club over the last little while….
Our cricketers capped off a very quick season with a comprehensive win over their proverbial arch rivals Kempton in the T20 league that we hosted….after us posting a quite respectable 151 in our batting innings….Kempton were sitting in a favourable position after 9 overs needing only 60 runs and still having 6 wickets in the bank…..but our bowlers came to the party and “blitzed” their way through the rest of the batting….for us to win by 39 runs….a massive round of applause for Dylan, Nic, Kurt and the boys….the celebrations definitely continued late into that night….and while we say goodbye to the cricketers, I wish to offer congratulations to Kurt on his marriage… may married life bring you years of joy and happiness….
The soccer boys have also shown flair in their matches just before Easter….with the matches for both of our sides at Impala going in our favour…although all reports say that neither side was at its best….it is hugely encouraging to see that we can still pull it off…the reserves kept a clean sheet whilst securing a two goal advantage, but the first side score sounded more like a game of tennis the match ending up in our favour 6-4!…we are ging to need to be at our best this weekend, as we host Robertsham, both of their teams topping the log at the moment…with our sides in second place….these should both be marvellous games, in this top of the table clash….please still remember that in strict terms of the law, there are no spectators allowed….I am sure that there will be plenty of “parties” in the beer garden of people “not watching”….Junior soccer also makes a welcome return to our fields and there will be little (and some not so little anymore, as our kids have grown so tall over lockdown) bodies scurrying around, emblazoned in their beloved Northerns kit….. welcome back, it marvellous to see you all….
Hockey makes a welcome return to the astro’s of the East….with Benoni High now being added to the list of available grounds….Ladies hockey starts on Saturday with men starting their run around on Sunday…so please expect an influx of hockey players in and around the club house over the weekend….please tap them on the shoulder if they happen to be facing the soccer fields and remind them that we still aren’t allowed to spectate yet…. 😊
The joker draw is still happening with another week or so passing since my last letter….and the “pot” has pushed up over R30k…..settling at R30391 for this week….we are now 19 weeks into the current draw….please come along to try your luck at finding the Joker…
Another bit of good news if you are planning to come down to the North on Friday…is that our night market makes a welcome return….this is always a fun evening and this week will include a putt-putt course adding to the almost 50 stalls that are available…please do pop along….for those that haven’t been to the Club for a while, you will also be able to visit our Craft bar, which also offers a variety of cocktails….this is housed in the old Ladies Bar and would welcome your presence….
Rugby practices have already started… so if any of our Members know of players who would like to join us, please get hold of the office for the contact details of the relevant people for dates and times of practices…
A reminder to Members that the Executive Committee has some exciting news to share with you at a Special General Meeting on Wednesday 14th April….please join us at the Club at 19h00 to find out what could be happening….
Join us this weekend….lets make it an epic one at the North…
Please stay safe and take care, cheers
Good day to all from a cool and overcast day at the North…..
Seems like Cape Town and us have swapped weather, they are sunny and boiling, whilst here we have an 80% chance of rain and there is a fresh breeze lurking just to remind us that winter is only a heartbeat way….and with the next three weeks being four day working weeks, we will all have a little more time to spend relaxing…. hopefully in the warmth of summer rather than in fresh autumn weather….
We are fully back in the swing of things here at the Club….and may I asl that it remains this way for an extended period….It is now almost a year since this COVID craziness became a reality….and if it disappears I am sure that I am one of the majority who will rejoice…..it is wonderful to be able to interact with people again….hear the shrieks of delight from the children on the sports fields and also experience the commitment and tenacity of the adults as they enjoy their running and antics on the fields at Northerns and the roads in our area….all these sports has meant that our club house and bars are filled with patrons…. Thank you for the support….
On an interesting and historical note…..two of the legends at our home at Albert Bekker Park have been honoured with a very comprehensive report compiled in the local press this week….the Benoni City Times have featured Ted Jarvis and Manny Ferreirinho as heroes of the North…..the links to these articles are included in the newsletter…..let it be said that each and every one of us are indebted to the commitment and passion that these two gentlemen have displayed over the last 45+ years….without their efforts the Club would not be the Champion that it is today…..
TED AND MANNY……BENONI NORTHERNS SALUTES YOU!!!
A quick run down of the sports that have occurred and what is happening over the next week or so…..
We had the St Patricks day celebration run/walk pub crawl last week, which was a resounding success, despite the weather not entirely playing the game with us….everyone I spoke to said that they had an amazing experience….. most of our Members did not realise that there was a bar at the Baseball or at our Rugby fields…so now when they see there is a Rugby match on…or they see that Baseball is being played, they can pop across to watch, knowing that will be access to a quick frostie or two….thanks to all for joining us and to all the organisers for a super event that will definitely be welcomed back with open arms…
Our Soccer boys had the resumption of their leagues last week…with the second and first sides taking on Alberton…the second side was a ding-dong affair….real end to end stuff…..with both youthful sides giving it their all, plenty of quality goals, both goal keepers pulling off astounding saves….Northerns were first to score followed by an Alberton equaliser…..once again Northern took the lead and Alberton almost immediately regaining the parity…..when our boys scored to take the lead again with almost half of the second stanza remaining…Alberton threw everything at our goal….but our defence was resolute and held firm to emerge as 3-2 winners on the night…. Great stuff…as we carry the two results from last year…we now have 3 out of 3 and 9 points at this stage of proceedings….the first side was a more organised and structured affair, and the very disciplined Alberton took the lead to go into the break 1-0 up….this was a match of two halves…with Alberton dominating the first half…and Northerns coming out with guns blazing in the second half…to equalise shortly after the break after change in the home team formation…. Our coaches have said they were satisfied with the result between these two very evenly matched sides and are happy with 2 wins and a draw after three matches in the current league….this week we are away to Impala….hopefully the first team can get onto winning ways again….and the reserves can keep their momentum going….best of luck to them all….junior soccer have started practices, so expect an influx of excited footballers from just after Easter…..
The joker draw this week also had no winner as Mike Williams drew the Ace of Clubs and pushed the jackpot up to R27451….we move into the second third of the draw as there are 36 cards now still face down, with 17 already uncovered….join us this week, try your luck at finding the Joker….last ticket sales are at 19h20…with the draw taking place at 19h30…
Cricket T20 finals are on this weekend (Sunday) with our Team 1 in the semi-finals at 09h00….followed by the finals at 14h00….join us in “not watching” the Final from the beer garden and Deck…. Junior cricket will still be played on Saturday as usual…..
Fixtures Sunday 28 March 2021
|9am||BN A||WCQ1 The North 1 vs WCQ2 Bedfordview CC|
|9am||BN B||WCQ3 Kempton Blue vs WCQ4 Old Bens|
|9am||BED A||WPQ1 SK11 vs WPQ2 Avion|
|9am||BED B||WPQ3 Tembisa 1 vs WPQ4 Tembisa 2|
|2pm||BN A||The North 1 / Bedfordview vs Kempton Blue / Old Bens|
|2pm||BED A||SK11 / Avion vs Tembisa 1 / Tembisa 2|
Rugby and Baseball are getting busy with their practices….and with hockey are expecting resumption of all their respective leagues just after the Easter weekend….if there any prospective future stars of these three codes please contact the office for us to forward contact persons for any of our sports….Junior hockey will commence soon on Saturdays, whilst junior baseball now wraps up their season…. We expect the junior rugby to only commence in a couple of month’s….keep an eye on our Facebook page for all developments….or this newsletter for the most up to date news….
Please stay safe and take care Rod
Benoni City Times celebrates Benoni Nothern Legends
Benoni resident Ted Jarvis (76) is well known within the community due to the work he has put in at Benoni Northerns Sports Club.
He attended Parktown Boys’ High in Johannesburg and relocated to Benoni in 1975.
Manny Ferreirinho (73) is well-known in Benoni for starting the first football section at Benoni Northerns sports club.At the time he was just a cricket player for the St Patricks cricket club and committee member.
A warm and hearty hello to everyone out there…
“Beware the Ides of March” it was said to Julius Caesar more than 2050 years ago…..and most of us were reminded at school of this fact by William Shakespeare in his setwork book about the ruler….but for us this year the “dreaded date” have brought relatively good news…. The lockdown has been extended for a month…. with no major changes on the horizon and Ides of March definitely didn’t present any major obstacles for us…..
It is wonderful to see the North starting to get back to normal….people coming in and out of the front gates….the sounds of excited laughter on the cricket fields…..screams of “howzat!” and the click of leather on willow…. I love hearing the chirps and shouts of “pass the ball” or “shoot! Shoot!”….followed by the groans of disappointment at the miss….or the shrieks of delight at the successful conversion….I personally stay very close to the Club…..and I am overjoyed to be granted the privilege to be able to listen to these sounds from my yard….sometimes early in the morning….other times after dark…..but it still fills me with great joy to once again be able to hear these sounds, that the last year has stolen from us all…. long may it continue…
To everyone that has taken the time out to come and join us at the Club for sporting ventures or to sneak in a quick one or two….possibly even a more extended stay….I thank you….it has been marvellous to see you all and spend some time with you…. To those that are still considering it….please come along….it will be fantastic to have you join us….
As I have mentioned….soccer is in full swing with vets and ladies football being played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday….follow our Facebook page to get up to the minute reports on upcoming fixtures….In addition, our first and second sides are raring to go and have played friendlies over the last two weekends in expectation of the resumption of the league that was so cruelly postponed by COVID in March 2020…..we have a hugely talented and exciting young side that will do us extremely proud over the season, which is resuming this Thursday and will be played at the North “C” field against Alberton…. the reserve side playing at 18h30….followed by the first side at 20h00….I can’t say come and watch….as in terms of the ruling body of soccer, there are strictly no spectators allowed…..but if you have watched the innovative hockey parents….you will know exactly how to sort that out….please do not get out of your cars, as there will be officials from the Local Authority, who will happily fine the Club for being in contravention of the COVID Protocols that they issue…..
Cricket is also still in full swing with our very enthusiastic committee organising a T20 competition between the top local sides hosted at the North….. being played on Sundays on our A, B and C fields….it has been marvellous to watch (oops did I say that??? I was in the beer garden and?….) there is a pile of talent on show, but we aren’t allowed to really watch….this weekend are all the knock out games, so there should be some exciting stuff to hear about (hee-hee)
Rugby and baseball are also set to start….with practices about to commence….please keep an eye on our Facebook page for developments on events, practices and training….
The athletic sub section have been really busy…. whilst we were in both full lockdown and now under the new relaxed regulations have been most innovative….so please make sure that you join us this Wednesday…. It is St Patricks day…. with a bit of a twist, as the Club run has given way for a “beer run”….. for a modest entry fee….you can run miles or walk whatever distance you believe appropriate, between the four pubs that we have available at the North on the night…Baseball, Rugby, the Coach and the Main Club which will be refreshment stops along the way….where you can “whet your whistle” and have some fun…. Please wear something green to enter into the spirit of the day and show your support for the function….festivities will commence at 17h45….and entries will be limited in terms of the COVID numbers allowed for outside activities….all contestants are requested to be aware of the COVID protocols that need to be adhered to and will be applied….more details are contained on our Facebook page…
Hockey is also gearing up to commence just after the Easter weekend….so please dust off your boots and sticks and I will see you on the Astro….
Our Joker draw is still in full swing….we are already up to week 17 already and this week the jackpot has risen to R26724…..pop along on Friday to try your luck….this week it could be your chance to be drawn and try your luck at finding the Joker….
It will also be a god time to visit the new craft bar that is on offer….. have a pink gin and tonic on tap….. or try one of the super cocktails on offer or test one of the variety of craft beer available…..it is quite refreshing place to visit…
That is all for this week…..thank you all for the efforts that everyone of you have put in….joining us in the pubs and on the fields….it meant that I definitely did not have to pay heed to the warning of “beware the Ides of March”
Take care and stay safe….Rod
Good day to all on cold and chilly autumn evening..…
The leaves are changing colour… the days are shortening…. autumn is arriving at speed….this morning was a jersey and thoughts of wearing long pants day….so that is great news for the winter sport players and lovers….. AND…..
On Sunday night we received a bit more positive news, as the President announced that we have now moved to level one of the lockdown regulations….which of course means that we have less of a curfew….our operating hours for the bars are relaxed…whilst there are still no spectators allowed….we are able to practice and play our winter sports….in addition our summer sport, cricket, which is going to have an extended season of T20 excitement…. So we can finally look forward to some team sports again at the North….although we will have to look the “other way” whilst standing in the beer garden to ensure that we do not actually “watch” any sport in compliance with the regulations….
We will also still have our running and hockey 5 which are the two sports that have been able to support us over the last few months, for which we have been most appreciative… but with the addition our “family” of players and supporters of sports now allowed….hopefully we will be able to see a lot more of our friends in the pub in the future…
I am quickly going to deal with some sad news we have had….we had a wake last week for one popular friend and member and another wake later this week for another sports campaigner and legend…. Last week bade fond farewells to Ralph Cook…our pizza man, who stepped into the role of pizza chef with enthusiasm….I am sure that almost all our Members have enjoyed one of Ralph’s scrumptious pizza’s…..your presence will be sorely missed Ralph….and this week we bid farewell to one of our hockey legends, Graham Bolton….who was already here in the 70’s representing the North at Hockey with distinction, 1st side, 2nd side, 3rd side, Bears and Mammoths….there will be plenty of team mates and friends that will fondly remember Bolts, whether it was on the field, in the pub, playing darts or discussing the merits of many current affairs….sincere condolences and deepest sympathy on behalf of the entire cub to their families and loved ones of these two amazing humans….they will be sorely missed….
Now onto some good news… the joker draw is still running and we have still not found anyone able to extract the joker from his hiding place….the current jackpot stands at R24893….and we are into week fifteen of this tenth draw….Members must also please not forget that they have two bites of the “cherry”….. if they are unable to find the joker, but do find the card displayed above the joker cabinet (this week it is the eight of spades) they will receive 10% of the Jackpot onto their Membership cards immediately….so don’t forget to join us this week at the joker draw….ticket sales are in the Hall and close at about 19h15 with the draw taking place at 19h30….
This week we have some more news….as our Night market makes a welcome return….with the relaxation of regulations, we will have the market this Friday from 17h00 to about 21h00…singer, new stalls, come along….
A new addition from this week is that young men that have been serving cocktails to us over the last year or two…are in a new home!!! They will be now located in the Ladies bar, with a new improved variety of available cocktails…and in addition we will be offering Craft beers that will also be served from this bar….the menu selection offered by this bar will be altered over time as more lines become available and others that aren’t as popular will be replaced…. Please join us in supporting this new venture and show your support for the new innovations available…
On Sunday we welcome back the evergreen band Omega….who have come along to offer us a live gig in return for meals and drinks….in the current economic climate it has been impossible to pay for musicians….but Omega have some along to support us….a gesture that is greatly appreciated…..thank you Bruce and his crew of merry making musicians making up Omega….
That is about all for this week….please remember that subs are due…the new membership cards are already out and the new pricing will kick in as the suppliers start to compensate for the shutdown and new “sin-taxes”….I promise that I will limit our increases to the minimum possible….but there will always be that inevitable increase in selling prices…initial thoughts from suppliers are in the region of 8% to 10%…..so please so not complain when it does come through….and say you were not aware….
Take care and stay safe Rod
A fine good day to everyone from a very up-beat me today….
As I am sure you have all heard, Uncle Cyril has lifted the restrictions that pertain to the curfew times and most importantly, the resumption of alcohol sales….Whoopee!!!
This means that we are back in business and are able to offer the superb service to our Members that they are accustomed to…. this does not mean that the dreaded COVID has disappeared….we will still need to adhere to the strict protocols of hand sanitising, social distancing and the wearing of masks….but we have our life-blood of the Club available again. We will still ask that all patrons wear masks when ordering at the Bar….and we will ensure that our staff also wear their masks, to indicate our mutual respect that we will do our best to contain the spread of this disease….
We are cleaning and sanitising all areas and surfaces on a regular basis…in an attempt to ensure that we are being responsible in the attempt to minimise the risk…..
The hours of operation are published on our social media platforms, but these will be subject to change, based on regulations and/or operational issues….the opening of the Scimitar bar, does not mean that the Club is once again the flourishing enterprise it was before the onset of this disaster, but that we are able to firstly offer a service to our Members and secondly to generate the much needed income to pay our expenses and more importantly to be able to pay our loyal staff…..this has been the most difficult and trying period in the Clubs history at being able to “keep the doors open”….and I would request the Members to bear cognisance of the Committee’s decision to only open one bar and beer garden to try to minimise operational expenses. The rest of the areas of the Club will remain open and clean, so the Main Bar, hall, deck, ladies bar and tented area and Members are welcome to use these areas to sit and socialise in, in order for people to spread out to maintain adequate social distancing protocols…..
We are still in crisis management mode and will continue to be offering curtailed operations until normal trading circumstances return….in the interim, please continue supporting us in our endeavours at producing and income, whether it be by just visiting the bar on a regular basis, paying your subs, or with any fund raising efforts that are initiated….thank you to all the Members that have supported my call last week to pay their subs, it is greatly appreciated….keep your Subs rolling in….
We are also immediately starting the Joker draw off on Friday….and it will continue where it finished off just before Christmas….so this week there will be a Jackpot available of R21144….the same terms and conditions as always will apply….ticket sales will commence this Friday afternoon in the Hall and will close at about 19h20….with the draw taking place at 19h30…..we will also be offering our ever popular beer raffle….so keep a lookout for Jamela selling these tickets, which will be drawn five minutes before the Joker draw at 19h25…remember that for the Joker draw you have to be present to participate, whilst with the beer raffle, we will contact you if you are a winner….(remember to leave your contact number on the raffle sheet in case you know you won’t be present at the draw…)
Hockey 5’s and the cricket academy are the only team sports on offer at the Club at present, but there is still the “no spectator” policy in force….. I am pretty certain the spectators and players alike will take the opportunity to maintain their bodies and soul with some cool refreshments from the pub. Our runners will be having their club run on Wednesday…..albeit also with staggered starting times to ensure the protocols of large gatherings being adhered to…..hopefully we will see them all tonight to revitalise their tired legs….
A short little note this week, to just let everyone know that “WE ARE BACK’
Hope to see you all soon.
Warm regards, stay safe
A very good day to everyone out there……
Well well well…..we find ourselves in a New Year, but in the most strange circumstances that I have experienced at this, normally joyful, time of the year…. At the outset, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone who is taking the time out to read this message, a very happy new year….I trust that this year will present wonderful opportunities and experiences to each one of you.
At this time of the year, we would have already hosted our cricket 6-a-side tournament and all staff would be furiously cutting grass and trimming edges, cleaning bars and washing glasses in anticipation of the new sporting year beginning and the carry over of our joker draw…..but at present the Club is strangely quiet….there is no laughter or joy, no clinking of glasses or sounds of wood on willow, no pre- season training for soccer and rugby….as we experience another “lockdown”….
And as we face the prospect of the “second wave”…I think that the reality of the situation is hitting home with all of us….as suddenly we have friends and family that have been or are being affected by this dreaded COVID….could I please ask that each and every one of you be extra careful….wear your mask, sanitise and maintain social distancing…..and to please keep those in mind who have been affected, either directly or indirectly, in your prayers..
There are a few little stars in the dark sky of doom and gloom of level three lock-down restrictions…
- As some you may have noticed, there has been some frantic activity at one of the unused tennis courts near the cricket nets….and with that “Young Guns” cricket academy has been introduced to the North…… They have altered the one tennis court into some pretty impressive net facilities…..so welcome to the Young Guns….I trust that our association will be a long and mutually beneficial one….under the current restrictions, the academy have to follow full COVID protocols but are able to coach individuals at this facility…
- Hockey 5’s has made a return to the Astro….playing circumstances are still very difficult, with registers, check-ins and full COVID protocols being maintained…additionally no spectators are allowed, so the parents and friends have made grandstands of the pavements on the side of the fields, in order for them to watch their loved ones on the fields….
- Rugby, soccer, bridge and baseball are still under a “no play” rule….so there is unfortunately no prospect of any sport under these banners at the North in the foreseeable future…..Bridge are competitively playing on some on-line platforms, but I have heard that although it is very enjoyable…it is not the same as a face-to-face competition….
And while we are under the level three conditions, means that our bars are officially closed…..and that means that the Joker draw is also not being held….which of course is not good news for the club, as there are still expenses that need to be fulfilled monthly…electricity, insurance, waster disposal and of course the lifeblood of our staff…..wages….
Our President, Doctor Witstock initiated a staff challenge last year that was wonderfully supported by our Members, that funded a food voucher of R500 every fortnight for all staff…..the last payment on the challenge was made in January….so a new effort will now need to be started again in order for us to continue this initiative….
We are also needing to come up with other innovative ideas to fund our staff costs….and details of these initiatives will be published on our Facebook page, our website or using this newsletter….
Please could I please make a call on all Members to settle their Main Club subs…. this is one of the simplest methods for Members to show their support….and will produce the much needed funds that the Club will require in order to “balance the budget” in these difficult and trying times…. Our subs were significantly down last year when compared to the previous years….if we could reverse this trend this year….it will be greatly appreciated….
Hopefully we will be able to have a more positive outlook when our country’s President announces the next set of regulations….please hold thumbs….that we can move forwards in our quest to beat this dreaded disease….
Take care and stay safe…..
Hi there to everyone…..
As this dreadful year draws to an end, I feel as if we were never allowed or given the opportunity to really get us into the swing of things and fulfilling the full potential that 2020 should have enjoyed….I believe that all the sportsmen have a horrible empty feeling inside at not being able to have had their “fix” this year…..businessmen look back at frustrating year of feeling “hand-cuffed” in most regards without being charged or guilty of any crime…. In general we all look back at a “year lost”… and as I write this, there are rumours rife that we face some serious challenges in the coming weeks, as the Minister of Health advises that we have a “second wave” upon us….and that this time it appears that our youth are more susceptible to COVID…all we can ask is that everyone be responsible and take care to stay safe…..
At the Club we have faced extraordinary challenges over the last nine months…and albeit we have not come out unscathed on the other side….we have at least emerged on the other side….we are all a lot wiser, not necessarily better off but we have our health….please still be aware to still take as many precautions that you are able, ensuring that you keep as healthy as possible.
At the Club we are definitely not hoping for a resurgent second wave in the new year, in fact I am hoping for exactly the opposite….and looking forward to the relaxing of regulations that would allow our sports people back on the fields….to participate in the pastime and hobby they live for and enjoy….
Dependent on the regulations that are still to be announced, we will make sure that we are within the boundaries of the law and all the COVID protocols….. please keep an eye on our social media, Facebook and website….we will keep you abreast of all happenings at the Club over the next month….I will send another message as an additional mode of communication if necessary, to let everyone know the how’s, when’s and where’s of how and when the Club will be operation….
The only real changes that we are to experience for the Festive break, is that we need to wear a face mask on entry and keep it handy at all times…..with the curfew not moving to 23h00….we will call last round at 21h30 and will close the Club at 22h00, to ensure that all Members and Staff have adequate time to get out and home by the start of curfew…..please do not try to convince the staff to work outside these parameters, or fail to wear you mask, sanitise or not to maintain an adequate social distance protocol….if there are any inspectors around…we have the possibility of having our licence revoked….which will be tantamount to financial suicide for us….please work with us in these trying times to ensure the continued success of the North….
At present, we are planning to open the Scimitar bar every day between 10h00 and 22h00…..and only closing for the public holidays of Christmas day (25th) Day of Goodwill (26th) and New Years day (1st)….otherwise it will be business as usual….
We had a fantastic weekend over the 4th to 6th of December ….and even though the weather did not exactly play the game with us, with a little rain….we had a super Night market on the Friday night…thank you to everyone for the support….this resulted in heightened interest at the Joker draw….and lo and behold….in a replay of two weeks previously…the first name drawn out of the beeeeg black box not arriving at the cabinet…resulting in a second ticket being selected…. in a complete turn up for the books…. Eric Hutchinson had his name called out on both these occasions…..the first week he missed the joker and the bonus card…and unfortunately for him, his luck did not improve at all in his second attempt, as his guess produced the ten of Clubs …..all the Northerns faithful are all very chuffed at Eric’s misfortune that the Joker is still alive for them….and with a pot of R19850 this week, we were expecting a good turnout of punters for their opportunity to “have a go” at finding the Joker…. And at the last.. very last draw of 2020, Cheryl Bartle had her name pulled from the mysterious beeeg black box….and while she pondered for a lot longer than Eric….she suffered the same fate as he and didn’t draw the Joker or the bonus card….but settled with the nine of hearts and R500 loaded onto her membership card….the Joker draw will only resume in the new year, the date of the new draw being January 8, 2021 with a prize of R21144 available…….so please come along to celebrate the first draw of the year….
The Saturday of previous weekend, we hosted the Athletics prize giving where all the achievers and stars of the year were honoured….well done to all the prize and trophy winners….we are very proud of you all….whilst Sunday appeared to be the day of celebration….with everyone having a marvellous day out…thank you to all for the support….I can do with those sort of party weekends all the time..
This Sunday the Social section closed off the year with a wonderful golf day which was played at the Police Mashee course in Northmead…. With a really early start, 05h30 for most (a lot later for others, who overslept/turned off their phone/had a hangover) it was a laugh a minute….and I must say that even though one of our fourball did not make it through to the 18th, due to a mysterious “lurgi” that he suffered at the start of our 15th …(no names mentioned, as we are afraid of being “maced”)…..we all experienced massively overworked tummy muscles at all the chirps, some dreadful and hilarious golf shots and their outcomes and other antics of the day….I am sure that most if not all of the players on the day experienced the same fate, sunburnt, too much beer and sore jaw muscles from giggling the day away…. The winners on the day were Struan King and his happy crew of hackers, who were able to overcome the odds of mis-directed flying golf balls, constant calls of “fore” and successfully evading the “Silver Dream Machine” who supplied a never-ending flow of beverages for the morning….thank you to all who participated in this fantastic annual event….special mention must be made of Mark Hardman and Lockey Brown for controlling the masses and ensuring that starters orders were adhered to and keeping all the parched throats lubricated….Hector King for marshalling a rowdy crowd with his MC’ing skills at the prize giving….Adele Steyn and Glenda for setting up all the prizes and venue for all the weary bones to relax after the gruelling day….
In closing, on behalf of the Executive committee and Staff at the North….may we wish you a fantastic festive season….filled with love, happiness and goodwill….for all our Christian Members, a very merry Christmas, let our hearts be filled with the true joy and reason for the celebrations…. and for everyone a prosperous new year…. 2021 has a simple act to follow, we are expecting a bumper year to follow this really crappy one….
If you are travelling, please have a safe journey and a pleasant and enjoyable holiday….but if you’re staying at home, I will see you at the North…..
Take care and stay safe…..
Good day to everyone….
It has been marvellous to be at the Club over the last few weeks and see that sporting action is starting to return after an hiatus that was just far too long….I think that the last time there was no sport on these fields, I was still a kid and the fields were not covered in grass, but mielies…..but now with the return….we have cricket players on the field with the click of leather against willow…..some frantic energy on the astro with hockey 5’s….some vets and ladies soccer on Wednesdays and Fridays…..and Baseball practices have also begun…. whilst our runners are getting out there to get themselves fit on what seems to be almost every day of the week….
I would like to personally thank each and every Member for their continued support over this really tough and unique year…..that we have been able to “weather the storm” to now has been an amazing feat…but with from the assistance of our regulars coming to have a “tipple’ and some unique and audacious fund raising efforts and events to assist with fund raising…it has really made me even more proud of the ethos and dedication of the Northerns faithful….I really do get a lump in my throat, when I see how committed our Members are to ensuring that our staff are well catered for…. Once again…thank you from the bottom of our hearts from myself the executive committee and all the staff….
This weekend would normally be a crazy weekend of work and fun….masses of bikers converging on the North from all over Gauteng and even some neighbouring provinces….as the annual Toy Run would be held….gathering toys for the needy and having a fun day in the sun….well this year is a little different….as has been the rest of 2020 too…. There will be a toy run….but it is to be held over two days and will merely be a drop off….no party…no music….no stalls….
But at the North this weekend… to coincide with the Toy Run, we have decided to try to make the trip for the bikers worth-while…. And offer some music from the deck and have refreshments available from the caravan….so if you are in the area…please pop in….we will be abiding by strict COVID protocols and limiting access and numbers that are able to attend….but please come along and enjoy the time with us….we are sure it will be most memorable….
Our Joker draw has been gently “bubbling” along….we still do not have a winner yet….but we have had a higher percentage of Members to Guests being drawn from the beeeeg black box….and while the ability of the lucky ticket holder has not improved…we have now been going for 7 weeks and the Jackpot has already swelled to R16969….which will be available for someone this Friday, if they can find the Joker….remember that Members have two opportunities to win at the Joker draw…if they don’t win by drawing the Joker….they will have a second chance, if they are able to match the card displayed above the joker cabinet….and will have 10% of the jackpot immediately credited to their membership card….to be enjoyed whenever they are at the Club….so don’t forget to join us on Friday…tickets are sold every day in the Scimitar or on Fridays from about 16h00….with the last sales being at about 19h20…..the draw will be held at 19h30…..we have also commenced with the popular raffle again….this draw is 5 minutes before the Joker draw….so hope to see you all this Friday…
As I mentioned earlier…..sport appears to be reaching a point of normality….
Our Cricketers have started a a friendly league amongst the club sides….and of course competition is stiff to prove who is the best….whilst our Juniors had their trials and their first scheduled day to be back at practice was rained out….hopefully this week the weather gods will play along….most of our soccer is on hold until the new year, but our two vets sides and ladies side play every Wednesday (men) and Fridays (ladies)….our ladies played in their postponed cup final….and only lost by the odd goal in 5 to a very strong and experienced Latins team…but according to reliable sources, the future looks very bright for this young and enterprising side….hockey 5’s continues on Saturday and Sunday on the Astro and it doesn’t look as though the break had any adverse effect on the players, as te games are of high standards and are fiercely competitive….the baseballers are enjoying their run back on the diamonds and are practicing for their return to competitive sport in the new year…. Please take note that in terms of the COVID protocols, none of the matches or practices may have any spectators….it is a crying shame, but the ruling is final and we have to live with it and “toe the line”….
Hopefully I will see you over the weekend…either at the joker draw or celebrating the dropping off of toys….come and introduce yourself if I don’t know you….I would love to meet you….
Regards….take care and stay safe….