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The year is finally winding down and one could certainly feel the holiday feeling in the air at Randpark. I had the pleasure of playing with the Randpark Captain, Craig Mcleod, Kyalami Captain, Steve Van Der Klis, and my fellow Nomad and good mate Andre’ Swanepoel. Whilst we tried hard to catch them on the back nine it was all in vain and in the end the drinks were on Craig and I. We held a minutes silence during our round for Doug Bain the CEO of Randpark, who sadly passed away at the tender age of 42. Doug always helped the Nomads out where he could and we enjoyed his company at a good few of our games as well as attending our Andrew Mentis Rugby days. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues at Randpark Club.

We held the inaugural Nomads Xmas Cup for the first time at Randpark. All the captains and their wives from all the clubs we play at throughout 2014/2015 were invited to join us on the day. We managed to raise just over R5000 on the day and the winning captain got to choose a charity of his choice where this money would be donated to. We had a great turnout where ten Captains and their wives joined us on the day. Congratulations to Rob Clousten(37 points) from Bryanston Country Club on winning the trophy. Robs chosen charity was Leopard Conservation and I am sure the money will be put to great use. All in all, I personally think the event was a huge success and I certainly feel that this annual event will go a long way in strengthening the relationships with all the clubs we have the pleasure at playing at. Hopefully Bish will win it for us next year.

Our fines master for the evening was Stephen van der Merwe, another first timer. It is truly fantastic that the new guys are stepping up to the plate. Stevie, its not easy chatting in front of 180 people, so a big thanks for stepping up once again and also a job well done.

We sadly had the passing of Mike Roe, a former Gauteng Nomad of 37 years, Mike moved to Southern Natal where he received his forty year tie this year. I was chatting to his wife Wendy at his memorial and she was telling me how much Mike was looking forward to going down to the 50th Nationals next year. It’s truly sad that we won’t see him there and a reminder of how precious life is! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wendy, family and friends.

It was my honour to induct two new Nomad Members into our club, Lee Fawkes and the super eager Craig Clarke. Welcome chaps and I hope you have many fantastic years with Nomads, remember that what you put in, you get out. So give it horns.

I would like to thank our starters Barry Bruton, Graham Swallow and the ever reliable Tony Shaw. Please could some of the newer Nomads please volunteer for starters duties, it really is a fantastic way of meeting your fellow Nomads.

Last but not least, to our ladies Bev, Roz and Wilma, for helping out over the past year. We really wouldn’t cope without all your help and effort you put in every month. We really, really do appreciate everything you do for us.

I would like to wish all the Nomads and their families a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. Please travel safely and play hard.

See you at Bryanston in the New Year.

Cheers,

Darren.