News Update October 2017

New POTC Webpage up and running

The webpage has been totally redesigned thanks to Paul Clarke Creative (Park Orchards Local Business). The new design has more accessible input options and will enable a faster upgrade of information. We are still editing the content and hope to include a shop type interface to allow secure online payment of fees and purchase of merchandise via PayPal. There is provision for better publicity with news and photos easier to be uploaded.

Darwin Trip  June 1-4

We may have been a bit light on numbers with 12 ending up on the first end of season trip to Darwin but we did all manage to have a great time.

Arrival and departure times varied as the smart guys used the opportunity to have their partners join them for a shared holiday, before and after the official trip dates.

A last minute decision to select a better class of accommodation paid off as we stayed in the almost new Argus Hotel with spacious rooms and good facilities. The lovely warm weather varied from 20◦ at night to 32◦

During the day and required many expeditions to various institutions to ensure adequate hydration happened.

Very pleasant scenery and facilities were enjoyed at the impressive waterfront park. One highlight was an evening cruise and threadfin fish n chip dinner on Darwin Harbour with a chance to grab some great sunset photos while walking on low tide exposed sandbank and a bonus visit to a moored Collins class submarine with commentary from a crew member who happened to be on the same cruise.

We had an enjoyable golf game at Palmerston, Several groups organised their own sightseeing tours to the great waterfalls in Litchfield National Park, including a meal at the Rum Jungle Inn.  The fishing squad were successful while the rest of us headed to Litchfield.

The gala dinner at Rourkes Hotel in a room half in and out of the adjoining balcony was a highlight. I am advised our able research panel investigated several night clubs in the wee small hours.

This trip was a new venture for Twilighters with timing and venue to allow partners to share the activities before and after (but not during) the boys few days together. Darwin is an interesting location with revamped architecture and facilities and surrounded by some great tourist attractions. The trip also reinforced the strong preferences to come out of Big Al’s earlier Twilighter survey.  The popular preferences were moderate expense, travel time of 4-5 hours, warm weather, not too strenuous recreational activities and good catering facilities.

Annual Meeting POTC   June 28

The AGM happened with minimal fuss, thanks to those who turned up to create the quorum. Andy James was elected President, Mark Hughes is our secretary but warns he will need a replacement next year, Tim Shepherd is again Treasurer.  Bob Hadley has resigned from the committee after 14 years as our facilities manager, a sterling effort.  The other usual suspects were elected to committee with Stuart Holland and Chris Knight deciding to join in the fun. Twilighters have always stepped up to help run the club but are probably over represented on committee.  We should be encouraging representatives from Juniors, Parents and the Ladies to get involved in club management.

Christmas in July (in August)   Weds August 16

The traditional Christmas in July Winter dinner was held mid August and after the usual sluggish RSVPs to Paul Marris, we had 63 turn up to enjoy another gastronomic feast. We have all weighed in for the pre-season biggest loser competition using some better scales this time.

Master Chef, Alex Goetzke prepared the signature main course ham specialty with trimmings and customized Gluwein to follow. The traditional smoked salmon, calamari entrees, turkey breast, roast vegies and spuds and desserts were supplied by the trusted assistant chefs (or their partners) and not much was left at the end of the night.  All agreed the meal quality was excellent and great value.

Alex also announced his retirement as head chef and will pass the responsibility to a new slightly younger team. There will be ongoing supervision to ensure standards are maintained.

Thanks to organiser Paul Marris for overseeing the event and ensuring another great night was had by all.

Summer Season 2018

Easter and school holidays are earlier this year and man we will start the summer season a week earlier than normal with no options for mid season byes including the social Park Orchards Cup with the Park Orchards Sharks.

Congratulations by the way to the Sharks for winning the Div 3 Grand Final for all 3 teams, Seniors, Reserves and Under 19’s.  A training venue clash with them meant we had to cancel the PO Cup in 2017 otherwise we could have claimed some credit for their excellent form this year.  We will have to wait to 2019 for a rematch on the tennis courts.

Twilighters Important Dates:

Wednesday December 6                                           Twilighters Christmas Dinner

Monday Jan 1                                                        2018 Memberships due: POTC Senior ($110) and Twilighters ($115)  Total ($225)

Wednesday Jan 17                                                     Warm up night

Wednesday Jan 24  to March 21                               Twilight Summer Comp  Rounds 1-9  No breaks or byres

Wednesday March  28                                               Grand Final & Gala Dinner

Thursday April 12 to Sunday April 15        End of Season Trip to Rich River

Trip 2018   Rich River (Moama, Echuca)    Thursday April 12 to Sunday April 15

We are returning to a traditional venue at Rich River for 2018 and have paid a deposit for accommodation and golf.  There is a lead time of 10 months when booking golf tee times at this popular venue and a decision was required before the end of June.  Put the dates in the diary now.  Numbers are limited to 36 starters.

POTC Social Event   Race Meeting now 2018. 

We have decided to defer the social race day at Healesville to later in 2018.  There was a clash for many attendees with the suggested race meeting in Alexandra in late October and the alternatives at Healesville were deemed to be too close to Christmas and school holiday dates.

Hopefully we can get early notice to you of a suitable date at Healesville in November 2018 so watch this space.

Keep turning up for a social hit any Weds night, there are regularly 4 courts in action.  Court hire and ball costs are all covered by your POTC and Twilighter membership so come along and enjoy yourself.