Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Cricket Explained to a Foreigner

It occurred to me that we have a number of people going to the Nationals down south, who may run into foreigners who wonder what cricket is about.

The same may apply to some of our members who have visitors over the festive season, or who may be visiting overseas, especially USA.

I found a simple explanation of cricket amongst some of my late father's memorabilia & it is below for your edification, or otherwise.  (Don't blame me, it's a stupid game anyway!)

Cricket: As explained to a foreigner

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in which tries to get those in, out.

Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in, and the next man goes in until he's out.

When they are all out, the side that's out comes in, and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in, and the next man in goes out and goes in.

There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

President's Report & Results Mareeba 30 Oct

Hi All,

Todays game was at Mareeba Golf Club with 80 starters consisting of 66 men & 14 ladies. Todays sponsor is Stratford Painting Contractor (SPC), highly recommended for any painting requirements and is owned by one of our own members Gordon Perry.

The weather was absolutely perfect and the course was as good as any played on recently. Many thanks to Gabby for issuing buggies, preparing the coffee for the early starters and ensuring that everyone was catered for lunch requests and bar services.

Next weeks game will be at HMBGC on MONDAY at the normal time as the Melbourne Cup is on the Tuesday.

Members were advised to register their intentions to play on the final game for 2018 with the Treasurer at normal registration in the coming weeks as it will be our Xmas break up, prior notice of attendance numbers are required for catering purposes at Cairns Golf Club.

Robin A/Pres.


Division 1
Winner: Dennis Voland, 40 points.
Runner Up: Max Smith, 37 points.

Division II
Winner: Brian Rowan, 38 points.
Runner Up: Bill Eden, 36 points.

36 Points: Rod Cade & Graham Morrow
35 Points: Mike Van Cuylenberg, Ross White, Neil Stubbin & Robin Tonks
34 Points: George Atkinson, Russ Gill & Ernie Bingham
33 Points: George Kyriazis, Kevin Mead, George Studham & Alan Dwyer
32 Points: John Tolhurst, Ken Baker, Vaughan Edwards, Mark Buckle & Jeff McGrath

N.T.P.’s 4th Garry Castle, 8th Dennis Vohland, 11th Louis Siedle & 13th Bruce Jenner

Winner: Judy Guzzwell, 39 points.
Runner Up: Kay Bergiel,33 points.

32 Points: Kath Buder
31 Points: Andrina Wilson, Suda Woodward & Jenny Albertsen
30 Points: Edna Atkinson & Glenda Thomas
29 Points: Joy Evans

N.T.P.’s: 4th Judy Guzzwell, 8th Liz Edmonds, 11th Glenis McGrath & 13th Judy Guzzwell

Friday, 26 October 2018

Next Game Mareeba 30 Oct


Our next game is a single stableford at Mareeba. 

I'm advised the course is in great condition with plenty of run & Gabby will no doubt have some of her famous apple turnovers ready. 

Sponsor for the day is Stratford Painting Contractors.

See you there.


PS For those who like to plan well ahead, we've been advised of the 2019 Golden Oldies World Golf Festival planned for 15th – 21st September 2019 in Fiji.  Details at

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

President's Report & Results Gordonvale 23 Oct

Hi All,

Todays game was at Gordonvale Golf Club with 73 starters consisting of 56 men & 17 ladies with 2 new members, Kevin Mead and Catheryn Buder both from Gordonvale GC with todays sponsor being the FNQVGA.

The course was in great shape due to the hard work of Rob and Mike, in particular their efforts to return the greens to great shape after some clowns had spread Roundup on a few of the greens a couple of weeks ago. Thanks also to Belinda for not only providing bar services and the preparation of sandwiches but also for ensuring that the aircons were working after the game, greatly appreciated by all.

There is to be a Cancer Charity Game at Gordonvale GC on Wednesday 24th, all welcome with the timesheet available at the club.

Members were given a heads up for the AGM to be held at Gordonvale on the 27 Nov 18 at 0800 to be followed by a 4BBB shotgun start immediately after the AGM (0830).

Robin A/Pres.


Division 1
Winner: Ian Tindall, 43 points.
Runner Up: Wal Anthony, 42 points.

Division II
Winner: Kevin Mead, 43 points.
Runner Up: Darryl Caplick, 41 points.

40 Points: Ian McDonald & Peter Walters
39 Points: Geoff Barford & Brian Norris
38 Points: Doug Christison & Dave Jackson
37 Points: Gavin Smith, Evert Van Kleef, Tom Stager, Fronk Toth & Louis Siedle
36 Points: Vaughan Smith & Neil Sharkey
35 Points: Graham Ross, Merv Elms, Marcus Morse, Ron Blake, Claud Clarke, Tom McEwan & Garry Castle

N.T.P.’s 5th Ian Tindall, 8th Garry Castle, 14th Kevin Mead & 17th Russ Gill

Winner: Judy Guzzwell, 41 points.
Runner Up: Suda Woodward,36 points.

36 Points: Jenny Albertsen
35 Points: Lois Tate & Edna Atkinson.
34 Points: JCathy Coverdale & Joy Evans
33 Points: Andrina Wilson, Liz Edmonds & Kay Bergiel

N.T.P.’s: 5th Lois Tait, 8th Kay Bergiel, 14th Cathy Coverdale & 17th Rosemary Barker

Friday, 19 October 2018

Next Game Gordonvale 23 Oct


Our next game is a single stableford at Gordonvale.

This is the final round in the Ted Thomasson trophy for the year.

The course is in great condition with plenty of run, which will help the shorter hitters make the drains with their second!

Belinda will be looking after you, so there should be no problems with being overcharged for a cart.  Anyone who was overcharged in error last time we played there should mention it to Bel, as I've been advised by club President Anthony you will be refunded the difference.

See you there.


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

President's Report & Results Atherton 16 Oct

Hi All,

Todays game was at Atherton Golf Club with 72 starters consisting of 60 men & 12 ladies with 1 new member Thomas McEwan from Atherton GC with today's sponsor being Stratford Painting Contractors.

The course was in great shape due to the hard work of Brendan and his crew, thanks also to Kylie and Kevin for the eats and bar service. SPC were advertised as fantastic painting contractors and members were urged to utilise their services when house painting is required.

Lois VP


Division 1
Winner: Vaughan Smith, 40 points.
Runner Up: Ernie Bingham, 39 points.

Division II
Winner: Graeme Hughes, 40 points.
Runner Up: Rod Cade, 39 points.

38 Points: Allan Dredge, Peter Doherty, Peter C Edmonds & Dave Jackson
37 Points: Tom Stager & Alan Dwyer
36 Points: Thomas McEwan & Bill Nigel Eden
35 Points :Bryan Brown
34 Points: Darryl DeClifford, Wal Anthony, Mark Grill Buckle, Marcus Morse, Neil Sharkey, Ian McDonald & Graham Morrow
33 Points: Don McHardie, Trevor Barry, Kevin Walsh, Brian Hughes, John Lombardi & Neil Stubbins
32 Points: Peter Johnston, Merv Elms & John Gregan.
31 Points: Claud Clark, Evert Van Kleef & Gary Castle

N.T.P.’s:3rd Trevor Barry, 11th Don McHardie, 13th Bill Eden & 18th Ross White

Winner: Celia Fox, 39 points.
Runner Up: Liz Edmonds 36 points.

36 Points: Lois Tait
34 Points: Gail O`Shea.
33 Points: Julie Wallace & Doreen Law
32 Points: Andrina Wilson

N.T.P.’s: 3rd Doreen Law 11th Celia Fox 13th Suda Woodward & 18th Gail O`Shea.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Next Game Atherton 16 Oct


Our next game is our last at Atherton for the year, so hopefully we will have a great turnout.  It is a single stableford & counts towards the Ted Thomasson trophy.

We can expect the course to be in its usual good condition, although there is a temporary green on the 16th whilst the regular one is under renovation.

Sponsor for the day is Stratford Painting Contractors.

See you there.


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

President's Report & Results Cairns 9 Oct

Hi All,

Today was Greg Gibbs final day and final speech as President, he was very sincere about thanking committee members individually for their efforts over the previous 12 months stating that without their dedication the FNQVGA would not run as smooth as it does. Greg also paid tribute to Claud Clark our Patron along with all sponsors that support us throughout the year. Greg completed his very exhaustive speech in such an emotional manner that Andrina was required to supply the box of Kleenex to get him over the line.

Many thanks to Greg Gibbs for his jocular attitude over the previous 12 months as President and the committee and members wished him well and nothing but the best for the future for Greg and his family and their move back to NSW.

Todays game was at CGC with 92 starters consisting of 75 men & 17 ladies with 3 new members;
Peter Walters: Gordonvale, Mike George: Yappoon and Ernest Bingham from North Johnstone.

Robin VP


Division 1
Winner:  Marcus Morse, 39 points.
Runner Up:  Kevin Walsh, 39 points.

Division II
Winner: John Famularo, 42 points.
Runner Up: Peter Jostons, 38points.

39 Points: Evert Van Kleef, Keith Schirmer
38 Points: John Gregan
37 Points: Graham Ross, John Bawden.
36 Points: Bob Billingham, Roger Glover, Rod Cade, Trevor Barry, Peter Doherty,
Peter Mcmenamin, Ken Berrigan.
35 Points:George Atkinson, Victor Lee, Gavin Smith, Craig Alman, John Everall.
34 Points: Dave Ingram, John Tolhurst, Bill Foster, Leon Nelson, Vaughan Smith.
33 Points: Mark Buckle, Peter Clarke, Franz Thelan, Don Thomson, Ian Schofield, John Evans, John Pilbin, Claud Clark, Tae Zheng, Ian Tindall.

N.T.P.’s:5th Craig Alman. 8th Gavin Smith, 11th Roger Glover, 17th Lionel Law.

Winner: Celia Fox, 41 points.
Runner Up: Liz Edmonds 37points.

34Points: Gail Wright.
33 Points: Suda Woodward.
31 Points: Kay Bergiel.
30 Points: Jan Wundersitz, Judy Guzzwell.
29 Points: Maria Ling, Joy Evans

N.T.P.’s: 5th Edna Atkinson, 8th Jenny Albertsen, 11th Gail Wright, 17th Judy Guzzwell.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Next Game Cairns 9 Oct


Our next game is a relaxing single stableford at Cairns golf club.

The course looks in good condition & I'm sure the greens will be as slick as usual.

Our sponsor for the day is Cazalys AFL.

This will be President Greg's last event before he moves to NSW, where he will be able to wear his State of Origin blues with less comment than he gets here.  No doubt he will have plenty to say, probably even more than at Mareeba, so do come & express your appreciation for his efforts & advice on rules of golf over the years.

See you there.


President's Report & Results Mareeba 2 Oct

Hi All,

The game today at Mareeba was played on a course that was prepared today by Ron Cade and Michael and presented in an extremely good condition. The holes were cut in some “interesting” places. Some of which the majority of us had not seen before. However it was the same for all.

We had a relatively small field of 77 today, comprising 62 men and 15 ladies. The event which was the final one for the Association’s Consistency Trophy, was sponsored by BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB. Supporting our sponsors is essential if we are to keep our fees at a level that encourages the older golfers to keep playing this great game. So if your looking for a night out try a visit to Brothers.

We had one new member join today, and we welcome Ken Berriman formerly of Wauchope and Howlong and now, after resisting a number of overtures of Cairns members, is a member of H.M.B. A very wise choice.

We are approaching that time of the year when we encourage members to participate in the management of our Association by putting their names forward to serve on the Committee. When we conducted the survey last year, about 8 -10 members indicated they were interested in becoming part of the administration of sport. We usually only have four to five formal meetings a year, with several “email” meetings if required. Game day is obviously when the biggest effort is required but most of our Committee multitask and there is always someone there to help out if needed. If you think you are prepared to help out, please speak to any of the present or past Committee members and they will give you any information they can.

The game next week is at Cairns and I expect the course to be in very good condition. That will be my last game before leaving to live in N.S.W. so to those who won’t be able to make it there, thanks for your friendship over the years, allowing me to serve on the Committee in various roles and mainly the enjoyment of your company.

Yours in golf,
“El Presidente”.


Division 1
Winner: Garry Castle, 38 points.
Runner Up: Peter Wyatt, 37 points.

Division II
Winner: George Kyriazis, 39 points.
Runner Up: Dave Ingram, 37 points.

36 Points: George Atkinson, Ken Berriman.
35 Points: Trevor Barry, Leon Nelson, Zbig Bergiel.
34 Points: Peter McMenamin, Kevin Walsh, Doug Christison, Rod Cade, Ken Baker, John Gregan.
33 Points: Bill Foster, Alan Thorburn, Darryl Chandler, Peter Johnston.
32 Points: Bill Leonard, Peter Edmonds, Brian Hughes, Wal Anthony.
31 Points: Greg Gibb, Peter Doherty, Graeme Chappell, Lou Siedle, Graham Hughes,
John Pilbin, Ian Tindall.

N.T.P.’s: 4th Peter Doherty, 8th Vaughan Smith, 11th John Lombardi, 13th Charlie Brkic.

Winner: Joy Evans, 38 points.
Runner Up: Julie Wallace 35 points.

33 Points: Cathy Coverdale.
32 Points: Edna Atkinson.
31 Points: Judy Guzzwell.
29 Points: Lois Tait, Doreen Law.

N.T.P.’s: 4th Andrina Wilson, 8th Cathy Coverdale, 11th Judy Guzzwell, 13th Edna Atkinson.