YEAR SIX TOUR BIG BASH ... by Martin Snell

Friday, August 22, 2014

Last Sunday afternoon at the the Cheryl Tennis Club saw the second "Big Bash" cricket tournament played under beautiful sunny skies and hotly contested by 6 competitive teams. This event was the last major fundraiser for the 2014 Year 6 School Tour group who were providing the usual tasty sausage sandwiches and hot chips throughout the afternoon. The games were played in an indoor cricket format with each team made up of 8 players including 3 girls. The teams were split into two pools with the winner from each pool playing off in the final.

Pool 1 consisted of Norfolk Green, New Zealand and Queensland and pool 2 saw NSW, Norfolk Gold and Barbarians square off. The first games of the afternoon saw New Zealand defeat Norfolk Green 96 - 93 and NSW defeat Norfolk Gold 108 - 58. In the second pool games New Zealand and Queensland played out an 86 all draw and NSW defeated the Barbarians 105 - 78. With NSW winning both of their pool games they progressed straight into the final so Norfolk Gold and the Barbarians played a dead rubber which saw Barbarians win 78 - 66. In the other final pool game, Queensland defeated Norfolk Green 96 - 73 which was enough for them to progress to the final with a superior for and against over New Zealand.

So it came down to a State of Origin rematch in the final with NSW versus Queensland. NSW batted first and with accurate bowling and committed fielding, Queensland managed to limit NSW scoring opportunities and held them to just 73 runs. Queensland started their innings with a slow and steady pace knowing that they could easily reach their target of 74. NSW struggled with their bowling attack and handed plenty of free runs to the Queensland total, which in the end was the difference between the two sides. Final score saw Queensland defeat NSW 91 runs to 73.

All in all it was a great afternoon of cricket played in the right spirit with lots of laughs as well. The day concluded with a presentation of prizes to the Queenslanders kindly donated by Beauty N More and the auctioning of the signed Michael Clark cricket bat which was picked up by Matt Lee.

The Year 6 Tour fundraising group would especially like to thank Jason Ellem for organising the event and the Cheryl Tennis Club for hosting us for the afternoon.


Visiting Quotarians and invited guests joined with us at Governors Lodge for our Birthday Dinner. In all 140. A warm welcome was extended to all by President Maureen.  Our Mistress of Ceremonies Lillian made sure the evening ran smoothly. His Honour the Administrator (Toast to the Queen) and the Hon David Buffett’s (Toast to Quota) prelude speeches were both personal revelations, interesting and sincere. Following grace, a bountiful 3 course buffet-style meal was enjoyed.

A special and touching part of the evenings formalities was the presentation of Life Membership to a very surprised Joan Kenny, one of the 2 remaining Charter Members of our Club.

Gifts were presented by President Maureen to ‘His Honour Gary Hardgrave and Mrs Lorraine Hardgrave and the Hon David Buffett and Mrs Buffett. To Quota International Inc President- Karen Murphy, Executive Administrator Pacific Regions and Past International President - Beris Pritchard, Regional Director- Alison Lingard and Past Governors Phil Meredith and Peg Whittaker. Gifts of appreciation were also presented to Towoomba Quota Club as a thank you for our personal club badges and to Rebecca Christian and Jacqui Jackson for the groups efficient travel arrangements.  (This would have been one of the evenings more entertaining moments).  Birthday greetings and gifts from other clubs were acknowledged by Ann. This was followed by cutting of the Birthday cake, by our clubs   old friends, Phil Meredith and Peg Whittaker. A great evening was had by all.

Saturday morning 10am saw many gathered at the Kingston Pier for a short history tour with Puss and Liz. Both are passionate about their Island so it was a very informative morning. Unfortunately the weather was a bit chilly and windy.

Saturday afternoon about sixty ladies attended a demonstration by Kyla Blackwell and Kathy King with products of their new cottage industry ‘Unna’ which supplies locally-made, all natural body lotions and hand creams and rose oil. Kathy’s daughter Lily danced and Kathy gave lessons in the Norfolk Language, teaching the song “I Gude”.

While the ladies were trialing the creams and lotions, our 18 men visitors were taken by bus, and chaperoned on an afternoon of ‘men things’ by President Maureen and Jilly.  All I can say is “What transpired on the bus, stays on the bus”. I do know that they uplifted a sailor from Cascade Pier…..

Sunday morning saw the start of our farewells with the departure of our two friends from New Zealand. It was special for Joan to be able to spend time with them.

Sunday afternoon 2pm we gathered at Headstone reserve for the presentation of our 35th Birthday Gift  - a picnic table for the enjoyment of the community and visitors to Norfolk Island.

Sunday night a special church service was held at St Barnabas’ Chapel and we packed the church. We were welcomed by Rev Stan Colefax and David. Readings were done  Karen and Beris and the sermon for the service by David was based on New Testament, Matthew Chapter 5 verses 31-40 and the connection to the Pitcairn Anthem. Julie South sang ‘Oakley’, Barbara Nobbs played the Willis organ and at the conclusion of the service Rev Colefax thanked us for coming and please come back next Sunday. Tom Lloyd then invited us all to join in singing some well known  hymns of our choice.  This was done with gusto, a nice finish for another enjoyable time together.

Monday morning 10am for morning tea  was a small gathering of  Beris, Phil, Peg, David and local Members at Mawson Units Lounge.  This was a very special time for us to present Joyce Dyer Lodge with her Life Membership. A very deserving recipient.  It was an emotional time for Joyce and her long time friends.

Monday afternoon we farewelled the 28 Members from New South Wales. Lots of hugs, laughter  and promises to return left us  realizing that a fabulous week was drawing to an end.

Monday night at Paradise Hotel and a good turn up of Quotarians joined the ladies of the Lion’s Club of Arthurs’ Vale at their Housie night.  This was a fun night.  We didn’t win the jackpot but several lines, Houses and raffle items did come Quotarians way.

That brings us to Tuesday. We arose to a blanket of fog but unfortunately not enough to delay the planes departure. The sun was shining brightly when we met to say our goodbyes to remaining 88.   The majority of men who had gone on the Bus trip were in this group and lots of winking, laughs and comments behind hands still leaves the rest of the us wondering, what did happen on that bus trip. Many of those now leaving had been here before, some more than once, so there was a lot of feelings went with our goodbyes.    

It was a sight to see dozens of green ‘Chill Out-Norfolk Island’ bags carried towards the plane. These green ‘welcome diddie bags’ had been presented with a variety of items inside, to each Quotarian on their arrival and we had been told how useful they were whilst they were here, which was now pretty evident.  Good thing they weren’t going in the hold.

It was very much appreciated that at each plane departure Mrs Hardgrave and her mother Thelma joined us to say farewell to our visitors.

You were all such a happy group and I know from remarks that some retail therapy was enjoyed.  Purchases were many and varied, which means the Island business sector benefited much from your visit.

We did enjoy having you join us to celebrate our birthday. Thank you so much for coming, you made us feel very special and an included part of such a great organization.   

So ended a wonderful week. 



Rather exciting to hear the sounds of a helicopter as it flew over our skies last weekend!  
Nice to have met David Adamson (Chief Pilot – Specialist helicopters ) and Nathan Tomlinson (Senior Camera Operator – Airview Extreme) who were on assignment to film aerial footage for the Coast TV show.

Presenter Neil Oliver, guest presenters and a crew visited the island in June to film for the programme & the aerial footage will complete the Norfolk feature - scheduled to screen early 2015.

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