Hello everyone and welcome to the September edition, footy finals month.

We have had some great weather and golf over the past month, at the start of the month our stroke winner was Tommy Smith with 72 nett, other winners were Steve Foskett with 40 points, Neil Coombs with 36 points and Mick Cook with 39 points.

We would like to congratulate all players that entered into the open Amateur on the 9th September where we had a gallant 2nd placing with Tim Oregan in a playoff.

On the 22nd we had our annual moaners race day at Rosehill, it was the best one yet. All the women looked fantastic and the men looked sharp as well, everyone had a great time starting with the chicken and champagne breakfast and continuing all day with lots of fun and laughs. The bus was full and in great spirits especially on the way back with some not so great singing and tons of laughing. Golf the next day was a struggle for a lot of us especially yours truly who only had 18 points but thankfully Ronny Taylor was in the last group and saved my bacon with his 16 points to take the NAGA from me. The race day is a lot of hard work putting together and I must send a huge congratulations to Darrell Dempsey on his organisation of the day, it is greatly appreciated by all. The day gets better every year.

We had our Footy Day on the 30th, and what a way to start it off, 140 moaners and invited guests all dressed in their favourite footy gear, a nice crisp morning and the course in fantastic condition. Once all the golf was completed with the scores in and lunch finished we started the presentation with Don Parish giving us a heads up regarding one of our many clubs that we donate to being the Men of League (we raised approximately $2000 with a 300 club, 2 silent auction pieces and the usual closest to the pin on the 10th hole run by Keith Fealy). This was followed by Alby Foskett presenting our winner of the day Alan Wilson who had a creditable 38 points.

During the early part of the presentation and unbeknown to almost everyone Paul McPhail took over with the microphone and we made a presentation to Alby. Alby is a Shelly Beach Golf Club life member as well as a Moaners life member and is extremely well liked at the club, his contribution to both clubs has been outstanding over a very long period. So with the golf clubs permission the bottom bar has been renamed “The Alby Foskett Sports Bar “in honour of his long standing commitment and dedication with the club. The moaners committee would like to thank the board for this renaming as we think it is very well deserved.

This year’s footy day was huge as it is the 30th anniversary of the footy day, the 60th anniversary of the Shelly Beach Moaners and the 110th year of Rugby League. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Peter Wynn Sports store for his continued support of our footy day.

Again we would like to thank Andy Banning and all his staff for turning the course out in such wonderful condition as well as Jason Hart and all the pro shop staff for their work.

In signing off it would be remorse of me not to say that the mighty Sydney Roosters were way to good for the storm in the grand final.

Happy golfing.

Brett Phillpot