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AGM Postoned indefinitely
11th May 2020
To all Members of Benoni Northern Sports Club,
Please note that, due to the National State of Disaster Regulations (as a result of COVID 19), the AGM scheduled for 14 May 2020, cannot take place and will be postponed indefinitely.
Members will be timeously informed of next date for the AGM.
Laurence (Lockey) Brown
Benoni Northern Sports Club
Good day to everyone out there….. Usually my view is of the North from my window as I pen this message to you….today I am within three hundred metres of that window as the crow flies….but I am not at work….I am, as most of the rest of our responsible nation….at home, in isolation or under “house arrest”….as we all face this common enemy that we cannot see or hear….the dreaded COVID19….. (more…)
Warm greetings from the North….
What a difference a week makes…..from a calm and relaxed world a mere week ago, to a frenzied nation in panic….never in the world would I have said that we would have experienced crowds worse than Christmas at our local stores in the middle of March… on Monday I stood gobsmacked at our local supermarket, as I saw people literally fighting over food stocks….what we definitely do need is a calm and measured approach from us as individuals, as a community, as city, metro and ultimately nation….
Good morning to everyone out there…
Life is all about ups and downs….and we have definitely had a roller coaster in the last few weeks….but this weekend was so marvellous and wonderful in both with our Club sports and mostly on the international front….whilst there was absolute heartbreak for our girls at the World Cup….as they lost in a rain shortened semi-final against the Aussies…losing by just five runs….and this after the first semi-final match had been abandoned a few hours before at the same venue….such is the life of a cricketer….and whilst it was devastating for the girls…I am sure that valuable lessons were learned…and as we have a pretty young side, with new stars emerging as on both the batting and bowling fronts, which will hold us in good stead for the future ….well done to the girls on topping their group in the pool stages and for reaching the semi’s….we are all extremely proud of you….and then in retribution, our boys went out and whacked the Aussie side comprehensively on the weekend to land up with a clean sweep….a heart warming result after a disappointing summer…the boys now jet off to India to look horns in some white ball antics against the hosts….I imagine this will be a different prospect to the red ball game….so good luck chaps…may you all play above your expectations….on the Super Rugby front two wins and loss for the weekend means that the glass is more full than normal….keep that up boys…
Come to “The North” and celebrate St Patrick’s day. Irish Lamb Stew & 440ml Guiness – R50.00 per head, Spot prizes, free Jello Shot and live music only in Irish style.
A very good morning to everyone…
Maybe the moving of the calendar dates into leap year country….has indicated positive moves on our sporting front….both at the North and internationally (but we will be specifically quiet on the Super Rugby front….as the Sharks were the only side to come out with their feathers unruffled after the weekend) but on the international cricket front…both our Men and Ladies sides played with pride and passion as they overcame Australia and Pakistan respectively… the Men came up with a new match winner in Heinrich Klaasen who batted maturely to hold our innings together, Lungi Ngidi kept the opposition under pressure with some super pace and guile…resulted in us winning comfortably by 74 runs….we await the second match in the ongoing saga…this time in Bloemfontein on Wednesday evening…..and our ladies have played some scintillating cricket to keep a clean sheet with a three wins in three result thus far….with the fourth being rained out….which has meant that our ladies are in unchartered territory….topping the league standings for the league standings in a World Cup….and now we will play the Aussie ladies in the semi’s on Thursday and will need to beat them for the first time ever to advance to the final….despite this fact, I am sure that all staunch and loyal supporters will be egging them on… the final will be shown on Sunday morning on the big screen in the Hall if we are able overcome the semi-final hurdle…I most definitely will be shouting at the top of my voice showing my support……go the Saffa’s….
BNSC’s mobile drinks Bar “The Coach” will be present at Northern Areas serving our Members and Visitors at sports games and events. Thanks as always to the forever reliable Wonderwall Murals.
A warm good day to you all….
There is definitely something going on with the weather….I was sitting outside on Sunday evening…and there was a bitingly cold wind that swept through Benoni…as though there had been snow in the Berg….but sanity had prevailed by yesterday and the temperature had returned to a warm and toasty day in the late 20’s…..I hope we don’t have to feel that pesky little wind again for a very long time….
Our national cricketers surprised us massively within two days….as we were humbled by a huge margin on Friday night….and after 75% of the match on Sunday it looked like we were in for another one….before the Aussies pushed the “self-destruct” button….playing silly shots and losing wickets far too quickly to lose by a narrow margin….if you were part of the SA bowling coaching staff, you would claim that they bowled disciplined lines and lengths, slowly throttling the opposition…I will believe them, but just this once….I fervently await the final showdown tonight in the three match series….
Good day to everyone
I can’t believe how quickly this year has already flown past and we are already approaching the end of February…Our National cricketers flattered to only deceive again…as they again won the first of the meetings with England and then allowed the opposition to get back into the series and finally we fell away completely in the last match….I must say that T20 is exciting stuff…as we witnessed over 760 runs collectively in 80 overs between the two sides only….and being separated by one single run after the first two internationals….but in the third, it appeared that our bowlers let us down as the English passed our total with some space to spare…this week, we welcome back the “sandpaper” crew and hopefully we have a better showing against them…time will tell…but I will not be holding my breath about the possibility of us beating them… maybe I should watch the behind the scenes footage rather…that may prove to be more exciting…
Well it is the week of February 14th, the famous (or is it infamous) Valentine’s day….the time of the year that all men are reminded to be romantic and buy flowers, chocolates and shower their partners with love and affection….I decided to do a little research into the history of the day, and apart from having a distinctly Pagan start….it would surprise everyone that it actually has no romantic connection at all….that said, the commercial enterprises all climb on the band wagon at this time of the year….for us to purchase goodies and memoirs to satisfy most romantics at heart….and at the North we will celebrate the day with giving away something for free to the ladies joining us on Friday night….they will receive a free Strawberry Lips shooter…..to say thank you for being with us and we hope that you have an enjoyable evening….join us!!
Warm greetings to everyone…..
After receiving an absolute “klap” in the test series against the English…..Proteas cricketers decided to surprise us once again…and put on a show of note on Tuesday evening and handed the world champions a batting, bowling and fielding lesson….I must say that after 9 odd overs at the start of proceedings…I thought we were up to chase a total in excess of 300….but with some tight and disciplined bowling we took wickets in batches….and with only two of their other batsmen showing any form of resistance….it meant that we had to chase a total at a smidgen over five runs to the over….and while one of our openers giving the opposition a brief period of hope….thereafter it was one way traffic….a most satisfying display by the Proteas….considering they had four new caps in the side and with two of our previous mainstays of the side absent…it sent out waves of hope for the future to all the fans….let us keep up that good form fellows….roll on the two next matches on Friday and Sunday…. (more…)
A very good day to you all….
I won’t even try to spend too much time analysing our teams at international sport over the weekend….our cricketers were at their poorest best…..while our BlitzBokke made sure the Kiwi’s decision to not play quarter finals in the sevens format, was fully exploited and then even went and lost to the other African team at the tournament to eventually lose out to Fiji in the run in for 9th place….the only team that showed any sort of form, were our under 19 cricketers that in a week have shown a massive improvement….we fervently await the quarter final against Bangladesh to see if we can continue in our quest for the Junior World Cup….
A very good day to you all…..
As we start the new year we also have a new joker draw…..last Friday saw the jackpot being won by one our Baseball Member Brigette Weiderman….she chose wisely, two from the right and two rows from the bottom….she was pretty empathic in saying she wanted the one with the white drawing pin…..and there the joker showed his face for the first time in over eight months…..as expected, initially there was a hushed silence amongst the waiting crowd…..but then as the baseball crew recognised it was one of their number…..massive yelps of jubilation erupted and calls for beers, drinks, shooters were heard amongst the enthusiastic followers….and so we see the end of another draw……and another large winner….this time one of our Members….well done Brigette….I am sure that the reality only really set in once you saw the deposit go through the bank early this week…..it must have made your heart very happy….. (more…)
A very good day to everyone
The new year has arrived at the North and with the schools back this week, I am sure that the routine will kick in and it will soon feel like that we never had any break….but with the new year always hold exiting prospects….our children have all moved up a grade at school and all the parents are asking “where has the time gone?”….the children look forward to the new challenges with verve and vigour….I wish we were able to maintain that early year positive outlook always….