Hi there to everyone
I was awaiting a massive weekend last weekend…but after a very quiet Friday…things turned a little bleaker on Saturday…and I must say that I was getting a little concerned….the weather started to turn decidedly awkward….with a particularly nippy wind, that at times was biting…my outlook for Sunday and the Color run, was as gloomy as the forecasters could have it….a more than 30% chance of rain and cloudy weather was going to be the order of the day….BUT…they got it wrong and Sunday dawned as perfectly as you could ever wished for on a mid autumn morning…cloudless and not a breath of wind (admittedly, the wind did freshen up and clouds began to scud across the skies…but for the most part, the weather was great)….by the time the race began…the wind had dropped and it was quite actually quite warm out on the course…I find this a fantastic event…it really is a “happy” day (quite similar to our nite glow run)…everyone seems to have a smile on their faces…and despite everyone trying to steer clear of the people spraying the colored powder…we landed up with a psychedelic blitz of vibrant splashes of red, blue, orange, pink , purple, green and yellow whether we were participating or not… I thought it was quite appropriate that the “rugger-buggers” landed up with the pink color station (nudge-nudge wink-wink…say no more)but they really entered the spirit of the occasion (it was their first time out at assisting on the day) and I saw them conning many of the participants (I being one, of course) into rather rolling around on the station floor, as the floor was full of their particular colorful powder…I think that everyone present felt the “gees” of the day and it was amazing to be part of this special event….my thanks to everyone who made this day possible…a special word of gratitude to our volunteers, who manned the Color Stations, the water tables, the marshalling and the start and finish shutes….your assistance was invaluable and greatly appreciated and valued….also to my staff, who never cease to amaze me…well done, you meet each challenge with such grace and aplomb….thank you all for the effort and energy with which you completed all the tasks which confronted you….you are all superstars….so the Color Run is over for another year…if you didn’t take part this year…you really missed out…but there will always be a chance next year…. (And you can practice your skills at having fun at the 5km fun-run/walk/crawl in the Nite Glow Run later in the year)
As mentioned previously, Friday was a little quiet…but I’m now starting to get to know my Members of the North…if the weather is slightly inclement…they put their feet up at home and enjoy their evening at home rather…but that said…we still had our Joker Draw….and a “newbie” joined the ranks of being drawn from the beeeeg black box…and Patrick showed his skills at predicting a winner…only to be foiled by actually revealing the whereabouts of the seven of diamonds!! So another carryover means that the Jackpot moves up to R85 015 for this week…and with no winner at the Members draw either…means that there is a sizeable pot in that draw too….with our prize money being R4 800 for this week…we also have the night market making its monthly appearance…and with Boycott Ballad back to entertain us with their unique rendition of cover versions, it should be a bumper evening….I’m certain the weather will play along like it did on the weekend…we will however, have the camp-fires burning outside to take the chill off the autumn evening and adding to the atmosphere….
Not our best weekend out on the sports side with none of our sides recording positive results…. L
The rugby boys travelled to the Vaal Triangle for centralised fixtures, where both of our sides losing out to VUT…revenge will hopefully be sweet this weekend…as we host VUT at home this weekend…so let us arrive in droves to support them..
The soccer boys had a double header last week…on Thursday the first side was held to a 4-4 draw against Sporting away, while on Saturday they travelled to a traditionally difficult fixture at Robertsham…. it has always been a tough place to bring any points home from…and this week was no exception…we went down 1-0….Fish’s seconds also came home with no points from this encounter, going down 2-1 to Robertsham…. but we have a chance to redeem ourselves, with another double header this week…we take on Kempton on Thursday night away…while on Saturday we finally return home…this time to Corinthians…if you aren’t supporting our rugby fellows, you have to come and support the soccer chaps then….
And then on Sunday the hockey boys continued our bad streak with a 1-3 result against Wits…
Overall a most disappointing set of results….
But this week we are back with hockey on the Astro on Saturday and Sunday too….and with the Soccer, Baseball and Rugby home fixtures….Saturday should be a veritable cauldron of activity at the North…
For those that haven’t been up to the North in the last week or so…you will now notice our newest addition to the family….we have a Bedouin tent that has been erected outside the Hall and Ladies bar….I think that once the sides are up (or is it down?) this should be a regular party spot…I’m really looking forward to this becoming a fully operational and functional area at the Club.
It is with disappointment that we have heard that the Child Welfare in Benoni is in serious jeopardy of closing its doors due to some or other official bungling….we have decided to grab the bull by the horns….and will be a drop odd point for any donations that our Members may like to give to ensure that this essential facility can remain open in the interim. Donations can take any form, but please do not make it perishable goods…we don’t want stuff going rotten on us before we can actually deliver it to the home….please bring it into the office (during working hours) our drop it in the Main Bar with Shepherd (after hours) and we will ensure its safe passage to the Child Welfare Home. I thank you in advance for your generous support.
I am officially running out of space….so I need to end off pretty abruptly….take care out there and keep warm…send me your gripes, moans and groans, or your suggestions as what is going wrong or right at the Club to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun…cheers Rod
Patrick Mitchell (Guest) drew the 7 of Diamonds. Joker Draw a turnover – R85015.00 up for grabs on Friday 25th May. Be there to win it !!
“SCIMITAR BAR” AND BEER GARDEN OPENING AT 12H00 EVERY FRIDAY – SERVING PUB LUNCHES
“BOYCOTT BALLAD” from 18h30 on Friday 25th May 2018
COLOR RUN 2018 – AMAZING YEARLY EVENT – ENJOYED BY ALL
10TH June 2018 – Level 0 Umpire Course – EGHA Astro