From an overcast and grey morning outside my office, a very good day to you all….
It looks like this week is going to continue with the cloudy outlook, with rain forecast almost every day this week… and albeit I know that we always are in need of rain, I must say that I do not enjoy the prospect of an English summer…even if it is only for a short while….I am a Saffa…I need sunshine, I thrive on sunshine, I want sunshine, please give me sunshine, I live for and with my sunshine…..bring back the thundershowers…beautiful mornings, balmy days….with a short shower in the afternoon, followed by more sunshine and an exquisite sunset, after the rain has cleared, the scents that fill the air, wonderful aromas of wet grasses, leaves and damp soil are present….I do love summer….enough! Back to our amazing sports Club and it’s fantastic Members.
Up front, I would like to apologise to Barbara Wentworth for my omission last week….in that message I mentioned that Marc Daniel had completed his 25th Midmar (and was featured in a write up on his hard work in the Benoni City Times too)…and I have subsequently been told that I omitted to mention that there was another Member who flew below the radar but also completed her 25th Midmar at the same event…..a massive congratulations to Barbara Wentworth for her marvellous achievement, which is made extra special by the fact that she is a septuagenarian…phenomenal!! I can but wish that I am as fit and healthy at that age….Once again congratulations Barbara, with my humble apology that I missed your magnificent accomplishment last week…
Our Soccer boys did not have their best result over the weekend, with a 3-0 loss to Alberton…but it is still early in the season…as the league will only start in early March… Good luck to both our sides in their quest this year… bring some silverware back to us this year boys….
Our Junior Footballers will descend on the Club in force and numbers on Saturday….it is registration day….so expect a queue of excited and jabbering football players at the club from early in the morning….I’m sure the parents won’t be able to cap the children’s excitement at the prospect of playing Club football…. I remember my first outing…many years ago as a 10 year old (playing in the under 14 league, as that was the first age group catered for in those days)…we were to play against Daggafontein…most of u were all the same age and the opposition looked like giants!!!… needless to say we got a thrashing of note…15-2 was the final score…but our coach was most impressed that we never gave up and were able to notch up 2 goals against these formidable opponents (who eventually won the league that year)…. but our home fixture almost three months later was eagerly awaited…..where we lost by the odd goal in 7, the opponents only scoring in the last few seconds of the match…..of course we were all in uproar (as there was no official referee and their coach took the whistle on that occasion!)….but that said irrespective of the result, we had improved in leaps and bounds over the season…which stood us in good stead in our sports path going forward…we learned some valuable and lasting lessons from that first season of Club football….so good luck to our Juniors, all the best….may your season be as rewarding as mine was, with huge improvement in your skills and attitude…..
Our Premier cricket side hosted Alberton (who were riding the crest of a wave and on top of the league when they arrived)…it was a hard fought encounter…but our chaps sailed through and won the encounter by 5 wickets… well done boys….that is phenomenal and keep it up…so we now swop places with them and move up to the top of the league (whoop whoop)…but there are still 6 more games till the end of the season….with still lots of work to do before that….keep on winning and it will make our final placing a little easier to determine……
Our runners have also had another busy week…ending with the Pirates Half Marathon…..they advertise this as the “tough one” and as I heard from a friend at a braai on Sunday, that it lived up to its name…it was really tough…. to all our Members that completed, a very well done… super efforts…another week closer to the Comrades….
Our Friday nights have been a little quiet for the last couple of weeks…after the massive build up to the big win at the start of the year…it feels like there is no-one here….but there are still plenty of the old faithful here to try their luck with a fair sprinkling of guests, there is a fair turnout, but we are enjoying the chance to talk to mates and enjoy a drink without half of it being spilled before we get to our seats (if you are lucky enough to find one)…last Friday the Members draw wasn’t won…so the new potential winning amount is R2000 this week for our Members only draw…also a nice little fillip to aid some additional spending… On the Joker draw, we had Louis (a guest) who had the chance to select a card….and he found the hiding place of the 10 of hearts…so with 5 cards gone, our jackpot has moved up to R59 174….which would be a most pleasing sum to find on the credit side of your bank balance… pop along this week and give yourself a chance at winning this handsome amount…we have some spectacular and very popular entertainment back…the duo of the Boycott Ballad….Adam has an amazing voice and some special guitar skills and his new drummer was most impressive on their last visit…. with the odd weather, the organisers of the Night Market have decided to postpone the market for this week….which does make sense…as we had quite a few cancellations in the last year due to the inclement weather….. so we will only host the market next week March 2nd…
Rugby practices have started already…on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18h00 to 20h30…if you know of any new or interested rugby jocks, please send them along on either evening…
With our Junior hockey registrations up for next Saturday… we are about to move into our busiest season…with the runners, gearing up for the Comrades and all our winter sports readying themselves for another busy season ahead.
That’s it for today….take care of yourselves….if I don’t see you through the week, I’ll see you through my window!!
Any yays or nays that you may have about us, please send them to my email firstname.lastname@example.org Cheers Rod
Friday Night Club Draw Results: 16th February 2018
Member Weekly Draw: 2 x Cases SAB: Clint Breen (Cricket) – Not Present
Club Member Draw: R1 800.00: Jacques Dorfling (Rugby) – Not Present
Winnings now stand at R 2 000.00. for 23rd February 2018 at 19h00
Weekly Raffle Draw: 1 x Case SAB: Marge Mellis (Kitchen)
Matts Meat Voucher: Struan King (Social)
“SCIMITAR BAR”AND BEER GARDEN OPENING AT 12H00 EVERY FRIDAY – SERVING PUB LUNCHES
Luis (Guest) drew the 10 of Hearts. Joker Draw amount of R59174.00 up for grabs on Friday 23rd Feb. Be there to win it. !!!
“Boycott Ballad” will be played from 18h00 – Friday 23rd February 2018
BNAC’s very own B D Wentworth – 70 years of age accomplished her 25th swim in the 2018 Midmar Mile. Proud of you Barbara!!
PIRATES HALF MARATHON 2018
With a number of games still to go as the season comes to a end, there is still places available for players willing to join our senior sides. Its never to late to join our prestigious club. For more info, or to join our club, please contact Tian on 0845998862
Senior Cricket Results 17-18 Feb 2018
Premier won by 5 wickets [Alberton], TOP OF THE LOG NOW!
Premier 2 won by 8 wickets [Bedfordview]
Sat 1st lost by 103 runs [Kempton]
Senior Cricket Fixtures 24-25 Feb 2018
Sat 24th February – Sat 1sts vs Springs O.B. – 13h15 away PP “A” Field
Sunday 25th Feb – Premier (1) vs Tembisa – 10h00 @home “A” Field
Premier (2) vs Avion Park – 10h00 @home “B” Field