19th December 2014
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Notice from Nick, 5 July 2014
In the Christmas of 1984 a very peculiar yet strangely wonderful Society of Gentlemen, residing in Carlos Road, Artarmon, had a dream and so began began their pursuit of the little white ball at an indecent hour on a Sunday morning and Smerging was added to the Australian sporting landscape. Those Founders of Smerging could not have imagined the popularity and respect with which their modest afterthought, at an alcohol-fuelled street party, would be held amongst future generations of sport lovers.
And so, fast forward to the present and we are faced with the prospect of celebrating the 30th anniversary of this auspicious event.
To the Founders: Phil Alexander, Rob Lowndes, Phil Stabback, Rick Chadwick, Peter Burns and Mike Bell, the rest of us acknowledge your foresight and bow to your leadership, if not your golfing excellence, ( which, by the way, has never been a criteria for successful Smerging! ) and I put it to you that this occasion should be commemorated as close to the actual anniversary as possible and in the esteemed surroundings of our spiritual home, to wit, The Royal Northbridge Golf Club.
Accordingly I have made a reservation at said Club for Friday December 19th., at 6.30p.m. for the 30th ANNIVERSARY DINNER. This date may not suit everyone and by making a booking this far in advance we have a little wriggle room should you deem it too close to Christmas but really, would we celebrate Anzac Day on any other date? Would we hold the New Years Day Test in February? Does March Fools Day sound appropriate? I put it to you that an anniversary is an anniversary and I beseech you all to make this the first and irrevocable Christmas booking for your social calendar.
For the first time, the many NGC members present for other less noble activities were regaled with a stirring rendition of the SMERGS song. MC Nick did a superb job and his ode "30 Years of SMERGERY" is deserving of an Emmy or Oscar or something. Thornto was at his best with the abbreviated scorer's report while Ricky B took us for a tour through the Majors' trophies and winners.