A fine and fresh good morning to you all, from a cold and crisp office here at the North
This week is a major period of frantic activity (whilst trying to keep very calm and relaxed) for a very large contingent of our runners…who make the “groot trek” to Pietermaritzburg in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands… for a race that spans over 90 kilometres this year, which will wend its ways through a most scenic part of our country (but I’m sure most of them won’t be stopping to admire the view) to the finish in the coastal city of Durban (remember to not stop at Kingsmead this year, but to keep running onto the new finish at the Moses Mabida stadium)…many, many hours have been spent in preparing our athletes for the task at hand….but it is only on the day will they be able to truly see if they will able to conquer one of the ultimate challenges in a runners career…I have never even contemplated long distance running (I get tired just trotting for one quarter of the hockey field, which all of my team mates will gleefully attest to), so it is with great respect that I honour these brave foot soldiers of the North with their task at hand (or is it foot?)….may your feet be swift and may your legs and mind be strong…..we have over 200 runners competing, I trust that each and every one of you are able to attain your goal…and will return with a coveted Comrades Medal…. I will be watching from my couch and my heart will skip a beat each time a see one our beloved Club colours on the telly, showing one of our courageous Members….all the best to each and every one of you… I will be cheering you on.
Our first week back after the Joker jackpot was a quiet evening…bearing testimony that our Members at the North are a fragile lot…when the weather turns, whether it is cold or raining…they all seem to crawl up at home and do not venture to put their noses outside…and for those who didn’t arrive, you missed out on a great evening….with a most talented guitarist, Eben, who’s skills on the strings were a sight to behold and produced some excellent listening pleasure. He will definitely be on the schedule again….the initial selection in the new joker draw was not a successful one for Paul Walton, whose name was drawn from the beeeg black box this week…and he took his chances near the middle of the board…only being successful in choosing the Ace of Clubs…and albeit it was a little quiet, the Jackpot now escalates to R51 320 for this week…. The Members draw also provided no winner, so that also moves up and now sits on R5 400…. This week we have Jef Penn serenading and entertaining us…so pull in for an enjoyable and relaxed start to your weekend….
Our first soccer side battled manfully against the high flying Luso, going down to the odd goal in three…but the second side pulled out another win and are now top of their league…and have a little cushion of 4 points…well done to the Fish and his fellows….Coach Jannie’s first side will be wanting a big win this weekend on the local “Derby Day” which will be at Currin Park, which is “down the road” for all the people in the know…..this really is a massive game for both sides…as a win will give the first team some much needed impetus, while a positive result for the second side will reinforce their position at the top of the table….good luck Chaps…
The Hockey boys first side had a solid 2-1 win over Old Eds seconds over the weekend, whilst the second team had their match cancelled…
A terse “no comment” was the only reply that I received from the disappointed coaching staff of our rugger buggers…so I can only imagine that the result did not go our way in Nigel…that means some tough work on the training fields for the next two weeks…as this weekend we have a bye…while next weekend we entertain Sasolburg at home…give your best at training that we can get another positive result….
The baseball Major A side were unfortunately humbled by the Giants while the Major B’s had a nail biter against the Mustangs…coming out on top 14-12 in the end…well done… we have a home fixture against the Cardinals on Sunday…this is always a fiercely contested affair…and this year should prove to be no different…good luck boys bring home the win…..
After all the festivities of the Gin and Beer fest up next to the Astro last week…this week will be a far more sedate affair…but I am sure that there will be some marvellous but tense hockey wars played in pursuit of the wins…. Followed by a cooling drink in the beer garden…..possibly we will even be able to be part of an in depth analysis and post mortem by one of our esteemed resident hockey pundits, Brent Colley…I eagerly await his report back… J
That’s about it for this episode in the ongoing saga at the North…please remember to watch for our yellow and white vests, with the blazing red shorts in the Comrades on Sunday and give each one a little cheer as they proceed on their way to the finish-line…again, good luck to all…
Have a fantastic week…and remember to wrap up warmly…
Paul Walton (Social) drew the Ace of Clubs – R51 320.00 up for grabs on Friday 08th June 2018. Be there to win it !!
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Over the next 10 days we will be building up to the start of the 2018 FIFA Soccer World Cup. We will be doing a daily World Cup Countdown, World Cup Trivia, World Cup Polls to test your soccer brains and loads of fun facts to get you ready… Stay Tuned for more information… #BenoniNortherns
“JEF PENN” will be entertaining us from 18h30 on Friday 08th June 2018
To qualify for #TheUltimateHumanRace, South African runners need to be part of – and in good standing with – a South African running club. These are the largest running clubs represented on the#Comrades2018 field. — doing math with Benoni Northerns Athletic Club, Discovery Vitality and Rand Athletic Club (RAC) .
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