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Bowls Update 1 Dec 2016

D avid Ndlovu (our barman) was very excited to receive his long service award and the bowls guys are grateful that he was rewarded in this way. He’s been a star for a very long time .

The Saturday Leagues as well as the Wednesday League are now behind us for 2016 and will pick up again in mid-January 2017. Our 3rd Division team won a close match on Saturday but our 6th Division guys lost as did the Pennant side. Both our Wednesday sides managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday with our one team losing on the last end. Thanks again to Fiona for some really yummy snacks after the day’s play.

The 3rd Division team has moved up to 8th out of 12 but the points difference between the team lying 7th and that lying 11th is only 2.5 so things are very tight with victories becoming increasingly important.

Cavin Cornelius’s singles tournament, happily known as Cavin’s Canary, will be played on Saturday and Sunday 7/8 January 2017. Entries cost R300 and may be paid to either Cavin or David the barman. This will be the 21st running of this tournament which promises to be a more special event than usual. Do try to enter as it gives you the opportunity to play against some of Gauteng’s real hotshots .

Richard Oosthuisen is back from a well earned break and will be putting some additional work and TLC into the Pirates green, especially with the Canary in mind.

Newsletter – 25th November 2016

We’re going Mexican tomorrow but first we would love to see you all here this evening as we celebrate the long service of our bar, house and ground staff. The Springboks play Wales in their final game of the European tour at 19:00.  Adiós

Friday 25th November: Club Night — final Club Draw and Long Service Awards. events
Friday 16th December: 32nd Annual Wobblers and Wigglers Hat Race. events


Saturday 26th November: 
Tequila & Mexican Food Festival
Live Entertainment:
12:00 – 13:00 ☀ Gunshot Blue
13:00 – 14:00 ☀ Justin Serrao
14:00 – 15:00 ☀ Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses
15:00 – 16:00 ☀ Matthew Mole
16:00 – 17:00 ☀ Francois van Coke
17:00 – 18:00 ☀ Shortstraw


Paid-up Club Members will be allocated complimentary tickets on a first-come first-serve basis from the bar or from the office on Saturday morning.
Anyone exiting the clubhouse via the deck and towards fields will need to wear a festival armband.


Club Members will need to display a Pirates Club car sticker or membership card at the Braeside Rd entrance. All non-member parking will be in the park.

Jozi Food Market

will continue as normal but there will be no access to the front lawns or deck area.



Beniamino Pellegrini pulled off a stunning feat with his top ten finish in the 100km SkyRun this past weekend in a time of 15:21:07! Only a handful have ever completed the event in under 16 hours in its 20 year history and less so achieving Comrades silver in the same year. Other Pirates who did us proud include Jan Vreken claiming the coveted 24 hour medal (22:00:18). Louis-John  Ferreira (27:50:11) and Bradley Nelson (28:16:54) both finished comfortably within the 30 hour cut-off while Jack Davis pulled off an epic 13th position on the 65km course in a time of 12:09:29.

Congrats too to our 94.7 cyclists! Rodney Matthews – 02:52:52 | Jason Smith – 02:52:52 | Brian Malcomees – 02:53:25 | Ian Benson – 02:53:57 | Clive Main – 02:57:05 | Marc Corker – 03:02:04 | Paul Vlaming – 03:17:03 | Peter Botha – 03:24:40 | Shirley Buchholtz – 04:59:47 | Matthew Smith – 06:30:00 and
Best of luck to all runners taking part in the Tough One this Sunday!

4Play Challenge

An annual tradition between Pirates, Kudus, Wanderers and Old Eds running club the 4Play Challenge usually starts with a run between 5–8km, and then the clubs get down to all sorts of fun and games.  The host club comes up with newly invented games to bring out the best of silliness in the teams.  The whole idea is to cheat as much as possible, and no matter who gets the most points, this is always rigged by the judges so that the home team wins! This is followed by a bring-and-braai and club members stick around and do some socialising with each other, and with their families, who also participate.


‘Who Am I’ Riddle

Pirates Road Running Chair, Hennie Booysen, was the only Pirate to correctly guess the three athletes in Almanac Riddle. winning R300 loaded onto his membership card!


Two Day December Clinic 

Date: 8th & 9th December

Place: Pirates Tennis Club

Time: 9:00am-11:30am

Contact Alex:
082 635 5043/ 076 905 3834 


Double Vodka & Elite only R30!


High Performance Training: R499  per month
** Get ready for your season with world-class techniques and international trainers **
Three sessions a week | 17:45-18:30


All our Saturday League sides lost last weekend. Sadly we’re near the bottom of our respective leagues but with a little bit of good fortune things should change.

Only one of our Wednesday league teams was in action this week but they came up against a strong Old Parks combination that showed no mercy.

Our barman, David Ndlovu, will be receiving a long service award at the Main Club tomorrow evening . David is highly regarded by all who come into contact with him and we congratulate him on this achievement . Some of us have known David for almost thirty years which takes us back to the days of The Bulls & Bears restaurant in the old Stock Exchange building in the Johannesburg CBD.

Dave Price is in the Netcare Clinton hospital in Alberton having his knees fixed up again. For those of you who know him there’s no doubt that he’ll appreciate a visit will.



NEWSLETTER – 17 November 2016

It’s the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge this weekend, good luck to all members taking part and read more below how you can show your support! Remember there will be road closures, particularly along Jan Smuts Drive, click here for live traffic updates. The Bokke continue their European Tour against Italy on Saturday at 15h00! Finally if you’ve ever thought of doing Comrades join us for a chat and advice from our experienced runners in The Old Bones on Tuesday from 7pm.

Coming up

Tuesday 22 November: Comrades Intro Chat, 7pm at the Old Bones
Wednesday 23rd November: Harry Potter Pub Quiz.
Friday 25th November: Club Night — final Club Draw and Long Service Awards


“Old Pirates Never Die, They just get blown off shore”

Need we say more?


Saturday 26th November: Tequila & Mexican Food Festival
Club Members will be allocated complimentary tickets for this exciting event taking place on the grounds next Saturday. Save the date and look out for more important details next week!



94.7 Cycle supporters

The Annual Pirates 94.7 Cycle Race Support Gazebo will once again be just off Jan Smuts Avenue at Timber City, Blairgowrie (the slip road) on Sunday. We will be there from about 7am until 2pm. The braai skottle will be available so bring your own Brunch, cooler box & chairs. It has been great fun over the last  8 or more years. Come down and Support. All Welcome. Dress in Pirates Club gear or as a pirate, arrrghh!
See Ya There!
Neil | BaseBall/Road Running | 0824570285




Two Pirates members, Beni Pellegrini and Brad Nelson, will be taking on the 100km SkyRun this weekend. You can track their trek through the Winterberg at



The Rugby section held their AGM last night with thanks to the 2016 committee and those members who have volunteered their time again and to our new committee members and newly elected president, Mark Marais.


High Performance Training: R499  per month
** Get ready for your season with world-class techniques and international trainers **
Three sessions a week | 17:45-18:30



Our sides have had something of a topsy-turvy start to the season . All three of our league sides (1st, 2nd and Pennant) lost on Saturday although the scores do not give an accurate reflection of how the games progressed. Our 1st team played at home against the current log-leaders Old Parks. What was rewarding was to hear the very complimentary things that were said about our Greenside green by the opposition. There were also many good things said about the quality and quantity of the snacks provided after the game and we compliment Fiona of Puff Pastry on a job very well done. May her efforts long continue!

Yesterday was Wednesday league again and we had a derby game in that our two Pirates sides met each other . Ultimately Mike Theunissen’s side prevailed over that of Cavin Cornelius by four shots .

Joker Draw

Our waitress, Abby Edgar, was drawn last Friday but unfortunately did not turn the joker so its now rolled over to R5930. Come try your luck on Friday!

For the next two weekends we will be hosting fundraising charity events at The Bowls Club Hall. Poker this Saturday and Jazz the next, it promises to be fun!




What a week it’s been with Trumped up American politics and local floods so why not come down to the club this weekend to unwind? And don’t miss the  Springboks take on England at Twickenham on Saturday at 16h30!

Coming up

Saturday 19th November: Pirates Cricket Braai Master Competition
Wednesday 23rd November: Harry Potter Pub Quiz.
Friday 25th November: Club Night — final Club Draw and Long Service Awards.


We won our two Wednesday League matches last week as well as seeing a clean sweep from all three of our sides on Saturday . Sadly the Wednesday sides lost in very close fought matches yesterday . It’s still early stages for our Saturday League teams but there have been encouraging signs that we may do well all round.


Find two mates and join us on the Greens this summer for the Thirsty Trips Competition. Represent your section!  More details below!




Old Boys Tens Tournament

The Club hosted a very successful Old Boys Tens Tournament on Saturday – if any members were here they would have seen the fantastic crowd and the great vibe at the Club. I would like to thank all our staff for their extremely hard work and for keeping a sense of humour through all of it.  We all worked 12 hours with no break so it was a fantastic effort.

A special thank you must however go to two of our members who stepped up to the plate and go involved with helping, once they started we would not let them go so they ended up working all day!

Thank you to Johnny Dixon, Mike Carlisle and Brad Guymer– you have no idea how your help and cheerful faces kept us going all day.
Pirates Club always amazes me as to what a special place it is where members just roll up their sleeves and get involved to help the Club.

Here’s to Old Boys Tens 2017– they are coming back as they loved Pirates so much.

~ Non





Congrats to the First XV and their great wins to start off their 20/20 campaign! CATCH ALL THE RESULTS
Pirates Cricket will once again be hosting their Braai Master Competition on 19 November, please come join the fun! More details below:





Last weekend of league for 2016.  Come and watch your club members in action!  Pirates Mixed A and Mixed C team both playing at home starting at 08h30 and Pirates Junior A team in action at home from 13h30.

The tennis section is having an end of year get together on Saturday 3 December from 4pm.  Come and play some tennis, have a drink and meet your fellow tennis members.

RSVP to Caroline: 


Congratulations to the new 2016/2017 committee: Hennie Booysen (continuing as Chair) | Greg Cleeve-Edwards (continuing as Treasurer) | Matthew Smith | Neil Smith | Michael Green | Rodney Matthews | Julia Giddy | Struan Brown | Brian Malcomess

Joker Draw

was postponed last Friday due to the Old Boys Tens so this evening we will be starting at  R5530.00. You know the drill, its R10 a ticket and if your ticket is drawn and you turn the card you walk away with the pot!





Cricket Update 10 November

 RESULTS: 5th and 6th November 2016


Pirates won the toss and chose to bat, after an incredible opening partnership of 182 between Henrico Crouse and Nick Whitelaw the rain came down forcing the game to be rained out.
Pirates were on 188/1 with Nick Whitelaw scoring a special 104 and Henrico finishing on 68 not out

Pirates won the toss and chose to bowl against Kagiso. Kagiso ended on 276 at the end of their innings.
Pirates unfortunately lost the match after losing early wickets which they could not recover from.
Pirates lost by 138 runs.

Played against Khosa. Pirates batted first and put on a massive total of 364. Well done to Jason Onslow on scoring his first Pirates hundred. He ended on 104.
In an absolutely extraordinary game, Pirates managed to lose. Khosa chased down the total, it must’ve been one of the most surreal game to be in. Unlucky guys.

Pirates started their 20/20 campaign this past weekend and play a double header on Sunday
First game was against EP Ottermans- Pirates bowled first.
In overcast conditions the bowling was superb and EP Ottermans were bundled out for just 92.
Pirates batting got off to the worst possible start by losing both their openers for zero. After that the runs flowed and Pirates ended up winning comfortably, by seven wickets.
Well done to Doug Gird for getting 42 runs off 25 balls

The second game was in Alexandra. Pirates lost the toss and were put into bat. The innings went along steadily, but a few quick wickets fell in the middle order and Pirates needed some spark from the tail-enders, which is exactly what happened and they ended on 155 all out in 19.4 overs
Key batting performances:
Imeraan Fredricks 42 (30)
Doug Guy 31 (25)
Richard Brett 23 (16)
The opening bowler were fantastic, with Matt Parr bowling 4 overs for just 9, incredible! Alexandra were definitely not good enough for the Pirates bowling attack and eventually lost the game by 72 runs.
Well done to Alan Brown who took 3/16 in his 4 overs

Junior Cricket results 29th/30th Oct:


Sat 5th November 2016

Old Parks batted first and ended on 105/6 in their allotted overs. Pirates unfortunately fell short, scoring 74 all out. Old Parks won by 31 runs. Well Done U9 boys, improving all the time.



Good luck to all teams play this weekend: “We play cricket anywhere in Africa”


Senior practice: Tues & Thurs 16:30-18:00
Junior practice: Saturdays: 09:00-11:00




We’re really excited to once again be hosting the Stor-Age Old Boys Tens Rugby Tournament. This is the biggest event on our calendar and we are looking forward to some great support from our members!

  • All members have access through main gate with parking available up to the Pigeon House for members and VIP Tournament guests: Members need to display membership sticker or card at gate.
  • All players and supporters of the Rugby Tournament will enter through Sir Lionel Philips Park: parking on top cricket field.
  • Main Bar will be open as usual showing the Barbarians vs Springbok game (kick-off at 17:00) with a large tent, outside bar and TV’s on the grass area in front of the Club.

Thank you to all members for your co-operation over this very busy weekend and we hope to see many of you here!



Neil Smith, Player /Manager for the Gauteng Masters Vets Team, recently participated in the annual SA inter-Provincial Baseball Tournament in Cape Town. The team beat Northerns, KZN, WP A & B but unfortunately lost to WP A in the closely contested Finals.





The oldest baseball club in the country, started by the American miners in the early 1900’s, we are proud of the Silver Medal brought back to the Club by Neil!






Our senior sides sadly lost their games this past weekend but both the u7 and u13 sides chalked up victories. CATCH ALL THE RESULTS HERE





Joker & Club Draw

Joker Draw is now up to R5530. Only R10 a ticket! The Club Draw was won on the second draw at R2750 by Bruce Munro with Peter Magni of Road Running missing out on R5500 in the first draw. Next Club Draw is R3250 on 25 November.



Mixed league and under 14 league continues on Sundays – 0830 hours start for mixed and 1330 hours start for juniors.  Come and support your fellow club members.



Bowls finally got underway on the Greenside green on 22 October 2016  with the penultimate round of the monthly Saturday morning Round Robin taking place. Things are happening at the clubhouse with the much anticipated coffee shop underway. READ MORE





Bowls Update-3 November

Bowls finally got underway on the Greenside green on 22 October 2016 with the penultimate round of the monthly Saturday morning Round Robin taking place . This gave us the opportunity to have a large number of bowlers “walking” the green as well as playing on the entire surface . This put us in good stead for the first official use of the green because of leagues which started on Saturday 29 October . This use has been followed by the second round of Wednesday league matches on 2 November , at Pirates , when we used the Greenside green again . We lost our first Wednesday and Saturday league games quite badly but came charging back yesterday when our one team lost by only a shot and the other team won by a large margin . The thunderstorm afterwards will have done most of Jo’burg , let alone our greens , a serious amount of good .

We were very pleased to hear a number of positive comments about the Greenside green, although it was a little heavy , which was to be expected bearing in mind the rains ( wasn’t that fabulous ? ) during the previous couple of weeks and the fact that it was being used for the first time since its spring treatment . The little bit of rain that we’ve had will do both greens the world of good as the magic stuff that comes down with the rain just spruces things up even more .There were also some very encouraging comments made as to the way the place is looking at present . Thanks to all who have helped with the various clean-up processes . Even more complimentary things were said yesterday after play about the state of the Greenside green .

Things are happening at the clubhouse . The Puff Pastry team have bashed down walls, painted, re-tiled and really enhanced the kitchen with a view to setting up their much anticipated ” coffee shop ” in the very near future . Their initial efforts have been great and the the bowls guys have devoured Fiona’s sarmies and knick-knacks with relish .

Cricket Update: 3 November

RESULTS:    29/30 OCT 2016
SA 7’s
  • Bye
SA 3’s
  • Azaadville batted first scoring 276, pirates ended on 270 after a partnership of over 100 between Arthur Mosley and Peter Butcher.
    •  Arthur ending up on 106
    •  Butcher scored 69
  • Pirates lost by 6 runs
SU 4’s
  • Pirates won the toss and chose to bowl on a carpet/concrete deck, after starting well and restricting Riverlea at the first drinks break, Riverlea accelerated and scored a massive 368 with Alessandro Ceruti taking three wickets as the pick of the bowlers.
  • Pirates in turn got off to a shaky start losing both openers early on, a 50 partnership between Whitelaw and Butcher steadying the innings. Unfortunately there was a batting collapse and Pirates only managed to score 162.
  • Pirates lost by 206 runs
  • Bye
  • Pirates bowled first on Sunday, but weren’t looking at their bowling best.
  • Jeppe’s opening pair put on over a hundred for the first wicket with the aid of some rather average Pirates fielding. Jeppe ended on 301/5 over their 50 overs
    • Key bowling figures:
      • Kieron Rogers: 7 overs 2/42
  • Pirates looked down and out at lunch with quite a few heads hanging low. Pirates got of to a stable start with the bat, after losing two wickets reasonably early Imeraan Fredricks and Matt Hardy steadied the ship. They put on another excellent partnership as they had done two weeks prior. No one had given Pirates much chance as they have a history of struggling with the bat. But after 40 overs Pirates found themselves on 201/4 and still in with a shout.
  • Sadly the Pirates Prem side fell agonizingly short at the end, losing by a mere 6 runs
    • Key batting performances:
      • Matt Hardy: 84 (104)
      • Imeraan Fredricks: 56
      • Doug Gird: 42 n/o (28)
      • Doug Guy: 27 (17)
  • Well done Pirates for showing immense determination. Hard lines about the loss. This team definitely show signs that they moving the right direction and will undoubtedly keep improving as the season goes on.
Junior Cricket results 29th/30th Oct:
UNDER 7- Good win over Randburg
Well done to the u7 team for yet another victory this weekend against Randburg.
o   Our young Pirates boys batted first and made 105.
o   Randburg managed to make 97.
o   Congratulations to the coaches, Dean & Kirst  for all your effort with the team.
·         Bye
UNDER 13 Close victory over Randfontein
 Pirates batted first and amassed 174/5 in 25 overs.
o   Unbelievable batting displays from Damian (55) and Callum (74 not out). Well done gentlemen.
·   Randfontein came close, scoring 164/10. At one stage they were 30/6 but put on a great 8th wicket partnership to make the game really exciting.
o   Shaneel bowled the spell of his life picking up figures of 6/18 in 5 overs. We are proud of you young man!
·         Well done and thank you to the coaches: Imeraan & Herman
·         Thank you to Laden for umpiring the match
Good luck to all teams play this weekend: “We play cricket anywhere in Africa”

Senior practice: Tues & Thurs 16:30-18:00
Junior practice: Saturdays: 09:00-11:00