19th July 2019

The Scimitar 18 Jul 2019


Warm greeting to all……
What a finish to the Cricket World Cup….and whilst we experienced some thrilling matches throughout the 6 week
spectacle…the best nail biter was kept to the very end….to have two teams tie in a World Cup final is absolutely crazy….after
really allowing England through the back door with the additional 4 runs of Ben Stokes’ bat in that frantic last over….from a
crazy rule that no-one really likes anyway…..and then not to be outdone…the “super over” that ICC had brought in to ensure
there would be a winner….also ends in a tie……so there really wasn’t a winner….but due to the number of boundaries scored
in the final….the Cup was awarded to England….which could have been a travesty of justice in the view of the Kiwi’s…as the
English lost more wickets and had that stroke of fortune of four additional runs….. but the rules were clear before the time…
and by the same stroke of luck that struck South Africa in 2003… run short made all the difference…..
And whilst our soccer [players could not advance any further in the AFCON competition, we have our girls playing Netball and
are acquitting themselves admirably…reaching their first World Cup semi final since 1995….I can see that there will be an
upsurge in the interests and level of participation in this sporting code in SA in the near future….so maybe there will be
enough interest for us to start a new sporting section at the North? Time will tell…
Friday saw the return of Ryno and Freedom Unfound….and what a performance they put up for us….they were at their usual
level best and the whole of the Scimitar were baying for more….personally, Ican’t wait for their next visit…. this week we
welcome back Tryst….with their great rocking music….so if you want to enjoy some great rock….join us this Friday….
The Joker draw this week had Paul Walton once again in front of the cabinet…and his luck at trying to find the Joker hasn’t
improved at all….as this time he turned over the seven of Diamonds….so the jackpot climbs again, leaving R62963 up for
grabs this week….come aling this week to try your luck…at only R5 a ticket….you can afford to take a few more tickets to
improve your chances at finding the Joker….
Our Soccer boys had a double header this week… last Saturday playing against Kempton….both sides had very depleted
squads with injury and unavailability…and we landed up with only 20 players available to man up for the two teams….the
reserves began their match a little sloppily….being down by the odd goal at the break of the half…..and in what could only be
construed as a “tongue lashing” the boys reacted positively and produced a great second stanza with all guns blazing, they
were able to bag the two goals to emerge as victors….the first team only had 9 players and had to fill in with players that had
already played a full match…..and played brilliant football for 75% of the match being 2-0 up at that stage….but as the
players began to tire….they conceded a “silly” goal….and then a disaster in what appears to be the norm against us of
late…the opposition were awarded a very dubious penalty…allowing them to draw level and producing our 7 th draw of the
season….and definitely not a true reflection on the match on the day…..
In a catch up game, we played Olympia…and the reserves were in devastating form…being three goals up in the first 5
minutes….a position that the opposition never recovered from…..with the match ending in a 6-0 rout for the reserves…..the
first side, although dominating proceedings on the night….just could not finish off an opposition that defended with
passion…and had to rely on the break-away for any sort of attack….and it was precisely one of these breaks that the
opposition made us pay…. scoring a great goal….and allowing them to take away the full three points….leaving us to rue all
of our missed opportunities…..this week we face Linhill Celtic at home with the reserves starting at 13h45 and the Super
League side kicking off at 15h30…
The rugby boys also had their last match before getting involved in the play offs this weekend…..And in the perfect setup for
this weekend….both the under 21’s and the 1 st ’s with an emphatic 57-17, were victorious over their Meyerton opposition….
this week is semi final play off day…the under 21’s clash with Nigel at 13h15…while the first team take on Sasolburg at
15h30….if you aren’t a soccer follower…maybe you would like to come down to support the rugger buggers….good luck to
both our sides….
The Rugby boys have also had some fantastic news this week as they were given the “go-ahead” for the flood lights of the
rugby fields…. this has thus been week there has been much activity…in the purchasing of lights and cables…hiring of trench
diggers…and the laying of the cable in expectation of the big “switch-on”…well done to Lourens and his team, who have
worked tirelessly in making their dream of lights a reality…well done guys…this will be a great asset to the Club this year and
for many years to come….ensuring the success of our Club by allowing more efficient use of our fields after dark too now…..
The first of our big events is edging ever closer….and next weekend we host the SA Pipe Band competition…this promises to
be a marvellous day and will be the first collaboration with Benoni High School…in hopefully the first of many….diarise the
date….July 27 at the Benoni Northerns…this will kick start a busy period at the Club….being followed up by the hosting of the
Gauteng Junior Hockey Tournament on August 3, where we showcase all the junior talent in the province at our fields…while
the next weekend will be a first for the North… we will welcome the Valke Junior Rugby players playing in our first Junior
Rugby festival….this promises to be a great day all the junior talents on display in a day of superb sporting fun…..
We are hoping to fire up the Pizza oven in the next week and have the first prototypes running off the production line in
expectation of our official opening on July 31…..I personally can’t wait…I am certain that this is going to be a major asset and
draw card at the club…. Don’t forget to participate in the naming game if you haven’t already done so…..
Please let me know if you have any complaints or compliments about the North….email me on
Cheers Rod

Benoni Northerns Naming Competition!

Something exciting and new is happening at Northerns and we want your help! Beady eyed members may have noticed a wee bit of construction going on in the Beer Garden lately, and come 01 July 2019, we will have a new pizza and coffee cafe up and running to serve our members as well as a new mobile drinks bar in the form of the caravan to alleviate some of the bar traffic.   We are running a competition to choose the names of both the pizza/ coffee cafe and the mobile drinks bar. Submit your entries by clicking the link! The winners will each be awarded a R250 Benoni Northerns voucher! You can enter as many times as you like! Winning names will be chosen by the committee and will be contacted directly!

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Benoni! Are you ready for a BIG Day Out!
We have invited *Mango Groove* to join us in a celebration of all things East Rand! Bring your friends, bring your family and let’s make it a day to remember! There will be delightful drinks, awesome food and fantastic entertainment all day long! Kids under 14 are FREE, accompanied by an adult. No entry to 15-17 years olds: Alcohol will be served at this event and unfortunately the organisers cannot risk under age drinking at the event.
Benoni Beer & Gin Fest sold OUT so get your tickets early!
Online Tickets:
– Limited early bird tickets available at R120 a ticket (plus R6 booking fee).
– Normal entry: R140 (plus R6 booking fee).
– At the door: R160

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Paul Walton (Social) drew the Seven of Diamonds – Joker Draw a turnover at R62 963.00 for Friday 19th July. Be present to win!!

“Cedz Tryst” playing on Friday from 18h30

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BNAC Nelson Mandela Day Blanket Run 2019.  To participate bring a blanket/s and or clothes you longer wear to be donated to various charities in Benoni. The plan is to run non-stop for 67 minutes on a set route. Route will be +- 2.5km. Teams will be made up of 5 people, to be made up as you arrive, please get there early. Runners are to complete as many laps as possible in 67 minutes. Winning team will comprise of total distance run between the 5 runners in 67 minutes. Great fun whilst supporting a good cause. Come and join.

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David Fink became the 1st Player to reach 100 goals for Benoni Northerns’ 1st team on Thursday last week, as the side enforced an emphatic 3-1 win against Beaulieu B.  Congratulations to Dave on an incredible achievement in his hockey career.

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    Perry Todd and David De Freitas at the finish of the Washie 100 Miler Ultra Marathon that took place on Friday, July 12, 2019 – Saturday, July 13, 2019. Less than 100 participants took on the challenge this year. David finished 6th in 18.27 and Perry finished 30th in 21.53. Hopefully more Northerns will join next year

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Steven Msimango made it to the podium at the Pirates Cool Ideas 10km on 14 July 2019. Our red and yellow ‘rose amongst the thorns’ taking part in this walking race league

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