6th June 2019

The Scimitar 6 Jun 2019



Good morning to you all….

Well!!! Cricket World Cup 2019 is unique for me…after only one game, I lost a lot interest in the event….and after only 4 days…I lost complete interest in the outcome of this said trophy….that said….it has nothing to do with any of the other 9 sides…well done to England and Bangladesh…they were better than us in every single aspect of the matches concerned….our national team, once again, flattered to deceive….they exuded a quiet confidence prior to the first ball being bowled…and I was drawn into this web of confidence and expected a positive performance in the opening fixture….only to be deflated by the poor application and mind set by our national team….and then to be followed up by what appeared to be arrogance in putting the opposition to bat in the second match again…expecting to blow the minnows out with a supposed bunch of quick bowlers, who turned out to only be damp little squibs….the asking to opposition to bat, always reminds of the old WG Grace urban legend story…..where on winning the toss, he said he would always choose to bat first….if however, he had any doubt, he would glance at the pitch and then announce that he would bat….and if any further doubt ensued….he would consult with his vice captain….and despite whatever advice he would give, WG would over-ride it and choose to bat anyway…. I suppose that SA will win the next toss and decide to bat…and then the batsmen won’t know what to do anyway….let us see…I will not be wasting my time on watching too much of our matches…but there are some juicy prospects with the Windies looking like a very polished team and would be my side bet as possible World cup Champions….

Our Soccer boys had a reasonable day at home when they hosted Alberton….both of these sides were one point ahead of us on the league table….so it was going to be a very tight afternoon for both match…neither side wanting to give away any points to the opposition… the reserve match was definitely not our boys best…with their opponents coming through in waves, but their finishing let them down significantly…and with 10 minutes to go, we were surprisingly still on level terms and were awarded a penalty for an infringement, which was calmly converted to take the spoils for the day….definitely not a fair reflection of the possession and territory statistics….but a win that the coach and players are willingly accepting and moving forward….and with the top team, Robertsham also faltering, we find ourselves level at the top of the league on points….our goal difference pushing into second place….there is currently a three way tie at the top, Alberton now giving up their second spot to now be fourth, 2 points off the pace… the Super League match, our side acquitted themselves really well….controlling the match for long periods…only to be disappointed by some below average finishing..we went ahead early…only to concede what was considered a “soft” penalty…and land up with shared spoils…. we start the second round of league fixtures in sixth place 8 points off the pace, but only 3 points separating positions 4 to 7…and only one point separating the top 3…quite a congested top half of the league….let us see what the second round produces….we start with a return match against Musa United at home this weekend….good luck to the boys….lets have the full 6 points available brought home after the matches….

Our rugger buggers have had a tough little period of playing away from home…and have found things a lot tougher than being in front of our home crowd….last weekend in our match against VUT, we came out on the wrong side of the 24-28 scoreline….but we are still maintaining 2nd place on the log despite the adverse game results of the last couple of weeks….this week we travel to Kempton Park…good luck chaps…let us get that much needed win to get our season back on track…..

After many hours of training and commitment….many miles of running….assistance from friends, family and loved ones…the day is approaching for the big “C”….Sunday will be D-Day for more than 20 000 runners to see if they can complete the world’s most famous ultra marathon, the Comrades….they will start the trek at 05h30 in Durban to end in Pietermaritzburg almost 90 kilometres away….with rewards for completion being the following…..Gold Medals (Ladies and Men – first 10 finishers) Wally Hayward Medals (men only – 11th place to sub 6 hours) Silver Medals (men only 6.01 to under seven and a half hours) Isavel Roche Kelly Medals (Ladies only 11th place to 7 and a half hours) Bill Rowan Medals (all runners 7:30.01 to nine hours) Robert Mtshali Medals (9:00.01 to ten hours) Bronze Medals (10:00.01 to eleven hours) and finally Vic Clapham Medals, which are copper (11:00.01 to twelve hours)…. good luck to all our Club Members and representatives…may your legs be swift and your head and heart strong….I know that there is a large back up crew that will be assisting all the runners…all the best to you all…. travel safe…and come back with your precious medals in your pocket and all your goals achieved……

I received a lot of compliments and positive feedback from our Members for the Friday night in relation to the entertainment…which was the band called Black and Blue….I must say that I enjoy this band thoroughly…they play a variety of music…and are most professional…next time they are here, please make sure that you make a turn….this week we are on the lookout for talent again…as Karaoke returns….let us see if we can unearth some new talent that we can enter into the Voice or SA has talent…please warm up and lubricate your vocal chords and join us on Friday from about 18h30 ish….

The Joker remains elusive after week 3 and with one of our running members Richard Pretorius being the lucky one selected this week, he decided to choose the last card available in the bottom right corner, showing us that the 2 of Diamonds has now been revealed….and despite there being a fairly small crowd, the pot has increased this week to R53870…..a significant sum of money in most individuals eyes….please come along this week to try your luck at finding the Joker for us….

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Have a super week….keep warm and take care…

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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Richard Pretorius (Athletics) drew the Two of Diamonds – Joker Draw a turnover at R53 879.00 for Friday 07th June. Be present to win it!!

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To be drawn on Friday 28th June at 19h45 after the Joker Draw on the night

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Baseball news from last weekend:
Benoni Indians were at it again, having great games.
The 3 sides that played on Sunday we there to do some damage:
Major A: Chippewa beat Alex – 20-3
Major B: Wichita beat Badgers – 28-0
(Rookie: Clayton Lown was outstanding with the bat, as he hit his 1st home run. What an achievement as a Rookie player.
Welcome to the side, kakaaw…)
Sioux beat Midgets: 16-7. Keep up the tempo Guys, proud of you – Shaun Deyzel,


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