Latest news from Benoni Northerns Sports Club
A special greeting from the management and staff at the North to all our readers…..
Best wishes for 2022 to you all, may this year be most prosperous and your best ever….
Finally, with the government’s scrapping of the curfew, we can move around more freely and this peace of mind I hope is able to promote a more positive vibe and a bit of normality returning to our country….
I watched this week all the joy of kids at school… some returning to a higher grade, some entering junior school for the first time, some taking the major leap into high school… other young adults started their final year of school… all of these encompass exciting prospects for them, new challenges and adjusted goals….all with the hope of being a better and smarter individual by the end of the year….judging from the number of parents and loved ones at the first day of school, each one will experience major success…. I sincerely hope that every single one use these kids example and treat this year as a new challenge, setting new goals with the object of being a better person by the end of this year….It feels like the last two years have been spent “running in the spot” and we need to move forwards…I sincerely hope we are able to do this.
With the start of the new year, it is wonderful to see the hive of activity at the North…staff working with a passion at the tasks allocated to them… our Members too are back, practicing to hone their skills in anticipation of the target that they have set themselves….
Our Athletes have already had their first Wednesday Club run… time trials started on Tuesday… morning runs during the week and weekend… the dates have provisionally set for our Marathon this year… more exciting times await…
The Soccer boys have also kicked off training, with the Top 8 competition already set for February…. Practices are conducted Tuesdays and Thursdays in anticipation, the coaches are wanting to have a bumper year!!
The rugger buggers have also commenced their training too….also on Tuesdays and Thursdays….they are wanting to have a fantastic and successful year, after being in hibernation for the last two because of the restrictions.
Baseball and Softball
Baseball juniors and Softball have also begun their training sessions and will be starting their competitive matches soon too…
Cricket have also resumed…practices started this week and matches will already be played this weekend… join us to hear the click of leather on willow…hopefully the weather plays the game and all games are not disrupted….
Our grounds are looking superb, after all the rain in December we have experienced some rapid growth, but thanks to Brian and Lungi, our main fields are in immaculate condition… the council also returned to work this week and are trying frantically to get all the fields across the road back into tip top condition too…
This week sees the resumption of the Joker draw on Friday…just to remind everyone the Jackpot has climbed to R17004 and we are 12 weeks down the road on this draw…. We also see the resumption in music this week and I am pleased to announce that the 5 piece favourite, Omega will be lighting up our lives with their version of some really great hits from the past….
There are also some exciting events planned for the near future….
- The night market resumes on February 4
- As mentioned the Football Top 8 competition commences in February….with both first and reserves sides in action….
- The Friday night Food Fiesta will continue from February 11
- There is a wine tasting evening planned for February 24
These are the current February events planned, but we are awaiting the confirmation with dates of some other functions, I will let you know as soon as they are confirmed.
2022 is an exciting year in the life of Benoni Northern Sports Club…and our Golden festival committee are busy planning and organising some exceptional fun things throughout the year… again, I will be letting you know once we have specific dates and times….keep an eye on our Facebook pages if you want to be the first to know of any changes and announcements….
That’s all for this week….take Care and stay safe…
A sunny good day to everyone out there….
My favourite time of the year is definitely producing my sort of weather….some sweltering heat, splattered with thunder showers….which means swimming and cold beer weather are on the menu on an ongoing basis….I’m sure I heard a few “hear-hear’s” from the Members… We should be on the annual slow down (or is it quicken up) before the holiday season….but with all the to-do about the pandemic, it still doesn’t feel like a normal year for me….that said, the ToyRun will not be held in the normal form again this year….with the limit of numbers of people able to attend, the organising committee have decided to only have a drive through again, so no entertainment, limited stalls, half of the mass arrival….it is a little disappointing , but in the light of the pandemic and the restraint placed on activities, I fully understand the dilemma faced by Peter and his team….
On the positive side….the idea to have a Friday Food Tuck Fiesta is starting this week….the trucks will be parked on the avenue of Oaks lining the road to the Tennis Club….please join us from about 16h00…there will be a variety of cuisine available…..we will have chairs and tables available near the jungle gym….some more available in the beer garden….and if there is rain affecting the evening…we will have these tables and chairs in the hall and on the patio under the tent…..we will also have music entertainment every Friday again…this week we kick off with karaoke….so all the aspirant and budding Idols participants can come along and test their talent at the North…. There is still our usual fare of Joker draw and weekly raffle available too….and the junior cricketers will also be practicing on Friday afternoon, so we can expect a very jolly and happy bunch to celebrate the start of the weekend with us. Load shedding will not affect operations as we have a generator, which will fire into life when Eskom fail us
Next Saturday we are also playing host to the Green and their Gin and Beer Fest…this will be held across the road, on the corner of Hanekam and Brodigan Streets….and promises to be another amazing day out…..please follow the links on our Facebook page and other social media platforms for ticket purchases and more information…. Remember the date November 27, 2021….
With soccer and rugby now being in recess, the only active winter sports are junior baseball and Hockey 5’s….the fives is in full swing on the weekend…please contact Shaun Tayler for more details…the junior baseballers are practicing and playing over the weekends….I have seen quite a lot of activity during the week from the schools too….it is lovely seeing that the kids are not all locked up and are able to get out and play some sport in the open air again….
Athletics have again been active with their time trials and Club runs…..and as we approach the end of the year, there are all sorts of fun functions and runs planned…and then the annual prize giving to look forward to as well….contact the athletics office for more details, if you are wanting participate or join….
Unfortunately our cricketers were taught a comprehensive lesson by Bedfordview on Sunday….losing by 95 runs…Bedfordview won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 255/8 in their allotted overs….their number 8, Leander Lubbe notching up an impressive 57 in 28 balls adding to our misery…..in our reply, we stuttered along with 5 guys getting into the 20’s….but no mainstay, meaning that we were rolled over 160 with just over 4 overs remaining….this week we travel to Kempton Park to play Avion Park…let us hope that we overturn last weeks result and bring home all the points….
Please don’t forget the social sections golf day on December 5th….to be held at the Police Golf Course in Hospital Road….an early start (05h30) followed by the prize giving at the Club at 13h00
Joker draw –
Still elusive…after 7 weeks we now have R14316 in the jackpot, waiting for someone to choose his hiding place… pop along this week…it could be your chance to be drawn….
A quick breakdown of the events planned over the next little while
- November 24 – Baseball Golf Day, Benoni Country Club
- November 27 – Gin and beer Fest
- December 3 – Night Market
- December 4 – Athletic Prize giving (to be confirmed)
- December 5 – Social Golf Day, prize giving commencing at 13h00 in the Hall
That’s it for this week…hopefully I’ll catch you at the Club before my next newsletter…..
Take care and stay safe
Good morning to you all
Rain…rain…rain….lovely rain….after a very hot and dry start to the season we are definitely in the growing season….and everything is a wonderful green and growing profusely….which means that when it isn’t raining, we can hear the sounds of tractors and mowers, weed whackers and generators….(I know the generators shouldn’t be a summer sound….but Eskom has made it an everyday sound these days..) please remember that we do have a generator at the Club, so all the local and international sport is still on all our TV’s in the Scimitar…these is plenty of cold beer and ice awaiting your arrival at the North…..if you are driving past and see all the local robots are off but see that the two small floodlights outside the main entrance are on….We are open and ready to welcome you and your mates, who could already be inside….We have already got phase one of the emergency lighting installed and will commence with phase 2 shortly, which will include the other bars, hall, passage and patio…
In short I would like to summarise what the most important people (our Members) have been doing in the last while
The soccer boys have been very committed in the quest to be the best amateur soccer side in the Gauteng region….and despite some hiccoughs, they ended up coming fourth in the super league….a superb result from our young side….there are two results of which I am most proud of them for…and that was the beating of Randburg (a side that we have battled to do for many a season) and then of course, the double against the boys from down the road…..I am sure that the coaches will say there many more highlights, but these were my stand out moments of the season and made me particularly chuffed….to the all coaches and teams thank you for being here week after week…it has been a trying season (squeezed into two because of COVID)….hopefully we will be able to resume normal operations very soon….vets league is in full flow at the moment, so if there are any players looking for a mid week game, please chat to the committee for more details….
A most frustrating season for our rugger-buggers…. after lots of back room work in attaining new kit and sponsors for the new season…the provincial and national administrators called time on Rugby and postponed all matches until 2022…extremely disappointing for Lourens and his committee…while Coach Herman and his charges were left high and dry following their hard work on the practice fields and only one match in the season completed…. All the best for the new year boys…
A severely disrupted COVID season was completed well into October for both the ladies and gents sections….our Ladies performed most admirably, with the Ya-ya’s winning the Premier, whilst the Fossils annexed the reserve leagued title….. the Men will have to pull up their socks to match up to the accolades of their female counterparts…I know that I will get a lot of flak if I don’t mention that the men did provide plenty of “spirit” in the beer garden while actively following both the girls matches and after their respective games too…. Hockey fives is back in action on the Astro….pop along on the weekend to watch this action packed and high speed version of the sport….
Also a year of fits and starts for our baseballers….featuring plenty of postponements and cancellations following the Pandemic affecting sides participating…the junior Baseballers are hoping to have more success in the next few months…and I see that there are always plenty of matches being hosted over the weekends, while practices also appear to be well attended….well done guys….
Athletics has been one of the sports on offer that has still been able to continue operating, with less restriction being placed on road running than was the norm on team sports…. our Club runs on Wednesday evenings, Tuesday, Friday and weekend mornings, with time trials on a Tuesday evening, have all been well attended. I have noticed that the athletes are supporting the new coffee shop at the Club, and together with the cyclists have made this a popular meeting spot after the completion of their exercise….
Cricket have had to share their fields with senior soccer due to COVID over runs, with the red ball league and event fixtures being moved around to accommodate everyone….and our cricketers were able to host their first full set of matches at the North over the weekend….with positive results for the Premier side…..who played against Boksburg….which ended up with a resounding win for the North….our Len Killeen was Boksburg batting destroyer in chief with figures 3 for 21….which assisted in the opposition being skittled for 98 in just over 24 overs….. Our batsmen finished off the chase in 20 overs….Vaughn Humphries contributing a solid 50….. we passed their total for the loss of three wickets…. Leaving us with a full set of points for the start of the season….keep it up boys….our junior boys are also practicing like crazy and also playing their matches over the weekend….we are allowed spectators again, so please pop along and enjoy the fun, excitement and pleasure with the all the boys….
This is the sub section that is most affected by the “Lockdown Legislation”….but are fairly resilient, as when the bars are re-opened, their fixtures and gatherings can commence immediately….subject to the necessary COVID protocols naturally….they are gearing up for their annual fund raiser, which is set for December 5th….at the Police Golf course in Northmead….please put your names on the list provided in the Main Bar….it is on a “first-come, first served” basis…..and the slots will fill up quickly…. Please hurry and get your four-ball booked now!!
We now have fibre wifi at the club and although we have had some teething problems, all should be up and running as normal within the next couple of days..
Just a quick reminder of the events that are expected over the next few weeks:-
November 11 – Ladies Night in the Hall
November 24 – Baseball Golf Day, Benoni Country Club
November 27 – Gin Fest
November 28 – Toy Run (provisionally booked – awaiting confirmation)
December 3 – Night Market
December 5 – Athletic Prize giving (to be confirmed)
December 5 – Social Golf Day, prize giving commencing at 13h00 in the Hall
We are in the process of starting a new Friday night attraction to start on November 19…..I am hoping to have 5 food trucks available for a variety of foods for all the delectable palates at the North….more details of the “Friday Night Food Fiesta” will be contained in my newsletter next week….We will also offer music on these evenings, to add to the fun of Friday nights…which will include our Joker draw and raffle as normal….
The Joker draw is up and running again and after six weeks, the Jackpot has climbed at R13600…. come and join us…remembering that all Scimitar bar slips issued between 16h00 and 19h00 for over R100, qualify for an extra joker draw ticket….
There is also Springbok rugby also over the weekend….discounts being offered on all alcohol purchased at the bar for the duration of the game….Saturday afternoon we play Scotland 15h00…..hope you are able to support the Boks with us….
I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last few months…. your presence has made everything feel almost back to normal…..and a special thank you to my staff, who continue to surprise me with their ability to take everything in their stride and handle whatever obstacles with ease and aplomb….
A massive thank you Glenda, Shepherd, Themba and your teams….. I am very proud of you!!
That’s it for this week….chat soon….Rod
A fabulous morning to you all
We are finally in the midst of spring feeling…as last weekends weather and temperatures were amazing and warm, filled with plenty of sunshine….but with some thunderstorms having already made their presence known, we must be aware that the warmer weather may not always play along with our plans….the dust has at least settled a little and the world is beginning to turn a beautiful green and having a fresh feel and smell…
Ah well…..after almost 40 weeks of trying to find someone to lure the Joker out of hiding….we found a willing treasure hunter…..Trevor Joss, now a social member, had his name extracted from the beeeg black box on Thursday night and confidently strode up and pointed out his selection…..I did check if he was sure that he didn’t want to alter his selection…..but he was pretty adamant and insistent that his choice was final….and the Joker made his appearance from his hiding place!! Amid much screaming, whooping, laughter and cheering, he jumped and sprinted around the pub “high-fiving” anyone who was willing to share in his happiness….. this joy was caused through the winning of R49111 on the night….a most sizeable amount to fill some of the holes in pockets, that have been caused through the tough conditions over the last couple of years…..well done Trevor, I hope that SAB had enough stock for the celebrations…..
That means the joker draw will start up again this week….beginning with an opening jackpot of R10000…..so come along this week and try your luck and see if we can find the Jester in the new pack….remember that as a Member, you still have two chances at the cherry…..there is a card standing above the joker cabinet each week….if a Member’s choice matches that card on display….they will receive 10% of the Jackpot onto their membership card….this card changes each week, so keep your eye out for the current selection!!
Legends Night Market
With all the changes in the Lockdown, we are finally able to host our night market….this Friday we welcome back all the exhibitors, foodies, live music and stall holders….they will be open from 17h00 to 22h00….it is the first time that our coffee shop, Home Ground, will form part of the festivities….so if you haven’t had a chance to whet you appetite on their fare, this will be your chance….
Our soccer boys had some disappointment last Saturday, as their opposition (Impala Plats) could not field a side due to the long weekend and work commitments….but the super league side were able to play their “catch up” match against Impala last night…and came out victors over Impala 3-2….a most satisfying result, well done….we are now lying in 3rd spot in the league….due to the curfew, we cannot complete both sides matches on one night, so the reserves will be playing tonight, also against Impala… This weekend we travel to the table toppers, Robertsham….hopefully we can eke out a positive result and consolidate our position in the league. We have had some great feedback from the soccer officials, that we can have spectators with some strict COVID protocols relating to social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing….but that is at least some good news for our spectators….with the derby coming up on the 2nd last weekend of October (also our 2nd last match of the season)… we are expecting a bumper crowd in support for our teams…keep it in your diary!!
Hockey is slowing down at the moment with the last two weeks of matches being completed by the 10th of October….the league leaders will be trying to extend or maintain their position, while the pretenders to the crown will be scrambling to claim their rightful place….expect some fierce competition and plenty of analysis and post mortems in the beer garden after the conclusion of play….
This weekend Cricket are hosting a fun festival…. all sorts of cricket matches and other fun for all to participate in are planned….there will be food and snacks available while the Coach will also be on site for light refreshments…. Please come along and have a look….it promises to be super time for all.
That is all for this week….hope you are all well…come in and say “hello”….we miss not seeing you all….
Keep well…stay safe and take care…
A great good day to all
From our far more relaxed headquarters at the North…..the sun is out, the world is bathed in a new coat of green as spring starts to take hold of the world, although that nagging a blustery wind has made its presence felt, there is a more positive feel about with the improved weather conditions….
With the move by the government to level two of lockdown and the easing of regulations, there have been some bold and positive moves made by the Football authorities, allowing spectators to officially watch their matches again, which is a sentiment which will hopefully be mirrored by all the other national sporting bodies in the not, too distant future.
Of course, I am moving into my favourite time of the year…..for those whom have taken any time to read my ramblings over the last few years….will know that winter and I are not the best of friends….and as the years have flashed by, I prefer the warmer to the cooler times….so roll on summer!!
Heritage Day Braai
At the club, things are starting to move along, we are at our happiest when there is sport being played and events being offered…..we were planning to have a day market on Heritage day, but the support from exhibitors for this event was not as solid as for our night market, so the market was unfortunately put on hold for another day…the Club will still be open and will have braai fires available to for Members and their guests to pop in and fulfil their “braai day” at the North….
Next Friday, the 1st, is the first Friday of the month and on our normal fare of Nights markets will resume….please pop along and join us in what is always a festive evening….
As Heritage day is a Public Holiday on Friday, our practice of moving the Joker draw to a Thursday will continue….the Jackpot is up at R49311 and with only 14 cards left, the chances of someone finding the Joker are greatly improved…. additionally, as a Member, you still get two bites of the proverbial cherry…. If a Member’s name is drawn and they do not find the Joker in the pack…. and the card that they select happens to match the card on display above the cabinet…. 10% of the Jackpot available will be paid as a bonus onto their Club card immediately for them to use at any time….a huge incentive for our Members to enjoy our Joker draw evenings at the Club with us… The draw still takes place at 19h30, last ticket sales at 19h20….. if you arrive early enough, you can also take some tickets in our beer raffle, where you stand a chance to win a case of beer or the Matts Meat Market voucher…remember this week it is Thursday, but from next week we are back to Fridays with the draws….
Benoni Northerns Cricket Bash
Another fun day (or should I say weekend) is planned soon, as cricket will have a fun festival over the weekend of 2nd/3rd October….more on this next week….but keep an eye on our other social media platforms for news on this exciting event…
Soccer is back
Our soccer players will be back in action at the North this weekend….so please join us in officially welcoming them back with a bumper crowd to spur them on….the boys were having a really good run, which suffered a little hiccough about three weeks ago….but I have been assured that this has been put behind them and we will be striving to end the season with a bang of positive results….The first team kicks off at 15h30, with the reserves preceding them at 13h45….
Ladies and mens hockey will also continue this weekend and although the long weekend has altered some of the schedules, there will still be plenty of talent on show….all these hockey warriors also usually pop into the beer garden after the conclusion of their match to add to the festivities of the day….
Our runners are all still practicing hard for the various different events on their calendar…Tuesday and Friday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and weekend Club runs are on offer at the Club with a time trial at the dam on a Tuesday….please join them if you would like to join up.
The coffee shop is up and running…I see it is well supported by the running community early in the morning…. please pop in soon….it is open before most get to work 07h00 starting time….so no excuses…
Pizza kitchen is open
The popular pizza kitchen is also open for your convenience….order a pizza and have a beer or two while you wait for your order….
A quick edition for today, to keep everyone up to speed with what is happening at the North….I hope to see you at the Club soon….
Have fun, take care and stay safe…
Hi there to everyone…..
I took a quiet sabbatical from the newsletter during the pandemic, we had enough bad news to deal with….but with things starting to return to normal, I thought I would subject you to my weekly sprinkling of news and thoughts.
Over the last two weeks, I have found that the North is feeling some sense of normality….it was wonderful to see the junior soccer players and hear their shouts of joy and glee as they scored a goal, or dismay as things possibly didn’t go their way….the young cricketers were also around as their trials were held…..there was a junior hockey tournament up at the Astro….our main soccer fields had all of our sides playing at home for a change… the hockey players made their presence felt after the conclusion of their matches….the music was blaring forth from the Karaoke speakers….all the bars were busy with people requiring refreshments…it was marvellous to see….it started to feel almost normal and more like home again…
Uncle Cyril announced relaxed regulations during our family meeting last night and the extended trading hours are most welcome at the Club…..to give everyone a quick rundown of our news and to keep you all up to speed with what is happening at the Club….here goes….
The Joker draw still has not been won and now stands at R48 208…we are 38 weeks into this draw and currently have 15 cards left….each week the chances of a member taking home some cash increases, as every paid up member has two chances to win….if they draw the joker, obviously they will take home the jackpot, but if they don’t find it and their selection matches the playing card displayed above the cabinet…they will receive 10% of the jackpot immediately transferred onto their membership card to spend at their leisure at the bar!! ….. that alone is reason enough for Members to join us on a Friday….please come down this week, we have missed you all….
The craft / cocktail bar is open on Saturdays and Sundays for some fine fare to enjoy, whilst on Fridays their cocktail selection will be available from the mobile bar….the Scimitar bar will be open every day from 3-8 and on Fridays it will be open from 12pm-8pm…..Saturdays and Sundays see the operating times alter to 10am-8pm……our main bar will only open on Friday nights and Saturday as demand requires….
Everyone will have notice the well-appointed grey container near the flag poles that houses our coffee shop that is now open….a most welcome addition….please support this awesome venture…it is open from pretty early every day apart from Mondays…and they offer delicious cappuccino and different hot (and cold) drink choices and amazing home-made sweet treats to make your mornings more fun….our pizza kitchen is still open and making their delicious tasty wares…their hours being very similar to the Scimitar bar…..so while you wait for your order to be made up, have a beer or two to pass the time….
The public holiday that is coming up, we are planning to have a braai day, in conjunction with a day market….keep an eye on our social media for more details…I will also divulge the more info through this medium as well….I think this will be a fantastic day to get out and join us…
With the COVID reduction of our trading hours…we have decided to move our music and karaoke offerings to a Saturday afternoon on home soccer days from 16h00 until further notice…so come along and have singalong fun with us….
COVID protocols and regulations are still enforced…please wear a mask when entering, ordering at the bar or using the restrooms and please keep it with you at all times…wash your hands regularly and maintain the relevant social distancing….
Our soccer leagues and teams are really busy with the premier league still in action for another 7 or so weeks…the next three Saturdays we have home matches…and although there are no spectators allowed, please come along and enjoy some light refreshments, while you “aren’t watching”….
Hockey also has a good few weeks still to complete their season, so we are chock’n’block with the Ladies from their leagues on Saturdays and Men on Sundays. All Rugby leagues and matches were called off for this year, so sadly these will only resume in the new year.
Baseball is continuing and the junior leagues will begin in early October…as mentioned earlier we had junior cricket trails recently, followed by the senior trials… so the click of leather on willow will resume soon as practices get into full swing….
The runners have started their time trials and of course have their club runs too….keep an eye out for all our sports people who are continuing in their quest of fitness and improvement.
That’s it for this week… Stay safe and COVID free…. See you soon….
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