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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.




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


[su_heading size=”20″] RESULTS: 5th and 6th November 2016[/su_heading]


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

[su_heading size=”15″]Junior Cricket results 29th/30th Oct:[/su_heading]


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”

[su_heading size=”20″]PRACTICE TIMES

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







It’s the end of the month when the spooks come out to play. Make sure you’re at the clubhouse this evening for the Club Draw, Jokers Draw and a draw for a magnum of Wellingtons VO brandy! The Jozi Real Food Market turns eight tomorrow and Vegan Hippie Connection market returns on Sunday.



Coming up

TODAY: Club Draw NOW AT R5000!
Sunday 30th October: Presidents Handicap 21km
Tuesday 1st November: Road Running AGM (Old Bones Bar at 19h30)
Saturday 19th November: Pirates Cricket Braai Master Competition







Our League and Junior cricket sides put in a good showing this past weekend. Well done to both the SA5’s and SA73’s sides for their wins!
Join us for the Braai Master Competition on 19 November, more details below and HERE







Crack the names of the three famous sports people behind the three rhyming riddles in THE ALMANAC, send your answers to before next week Friday and win!



Joker Draw

is now starting at R4675.00 this Friday. It’s only R10 a ticket and you can walk away with all this and whatever is raised on the night if you turn the Joker!







Jozi Real Food Market turns eight this Saturday! Come sample the fare and enjoy the vibe.

We also welcome back the Vegan Hippie Connection Market on Sunday for a wide selection of  animal-friendly food and products.







The Old Goats have made it to the top of pile first in the internal competition. Runners will be wearing shinier shoes this evening at the black-tie formal year end and no watches at the President’s Handicap on Sunday. Finally there is AGM on Tuesday following Time Trials. Read MORE







We’re champing at the bit to experience our next internal Sunday competition which is going to be a trips set-up ( 3 players per side ) starting early in November and going through to February 2017 . We hope to welcome members from other sections such as the rugger buggers , hockey hooligans, cricket characters and more!






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