THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF TATTERSALL'S CLUB SYDNEY
VOL. 48 No. 10
Chairman: J.V. Comans
Treasurer: B.G. Osborne
j.L. HICKEY, G.P. HURST, A.R.
McCAMLEY, j.R. McKELL, A.V. MILLER,
G.j.C. MOORE, J.P. O’NEILL,
Secretary: P. Cameron
HOUSE: I.V. Comans (Chairman), B.G.
Osborne (Treasurer), J.L. Hickey, A.R.
McCamley, J.P. O’Neill, L.l. Tidmarsh.
RACE MEETING: J.V. Comans (Chair¬
man), B.G. Osborne (Treasurer), A.R.
McCamley, J.R. McKell, G.J.C. Moore,
MAGAZINE: J.V. Comans (Chairman),
B.G. Osborne (Treasurer), J.L. Hickey,
G.P. Hurst, A.V. Miller, J.P. O’Neill.
CARD ROOM STEWARDS: J.R. McKell,
A.V. Miller, G.J.C. Moore.
ENTERTAINMENT & PROMOTIONS: J.V.
Comans (Chairman), B.G. Osborne
(Treasurer), J.L. Hickey, G.P. Hurst, A.R.
McCamley, A.V. Miller, L.l. Tidmarsh.
SWIMMING CLUB: A.S. Block (Hon.
Secretary), A.R. McCamley, J.V. Comans,
A. McLelland, F.L. Bowes and M. Sernack.
HANDBALL: P. Ashby (Secretary), A.
O’Connor (Assistant Secretary), A.S. Block,
A.R. McCamley, N.R. Rogers, M. Sernack.
BOWLING CLUB: Dr. H. K. Porter
(President), P.W. McGrath (Hon. Secretary),
S. Green (Publicity Officer).
BILLIARDS AND SNOOKER: J.P. O’Neill,
P.W. McGrath, J.H. Peoples, A.V. Miller,
, S.J. Lane.
GOLF CLUB: I.G.L. Bell (President),
A.C. Black (Vice-President), R.M. Fisher
(Hon. Secretary), V.N. Vadas (Hon.
Treasurer), O.L. Bates, K.J. McCann,
K.R. Humphrey, P.G.L. King.
SKI CLUB: B.B. Phillips (President), R.S.
Debney (Secretary), K. Finn (Treasurer),
G. Andrews, M. Frawley, A. Patterson,
). Stigter, R.W. Tobias.
EPICUREAN CLUB: V. Vadas (Chief), N.
Amy (Deputy Chief), A. Hickey (Registrar),
W. Tyler, B. Phillips, J. Fagan (Public
Relations Officer), R. Swinbourne.
TCM EDITOR: L. Maher
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Riviera Country Club.
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Said one of our prominent
members “You waste your time
writing a ‘Chairman’s message’.
Nobody reads it”.I replied “Yes they
do”. Said my eloquent friend “How
many letters did you receive when you
wrote articles on racing for the
magazine?” I replied “About 300” and
he asked “How many do you receive
in respect of Chairman’s message” to
which I answered “Actions speak
louder than words”. You will recall
that in a previous message I stated that
the husband and wife dining at
Tattersall’s Club twice a month would
save in 12 months the member’s annual
subscription. The same applies to
members who lunch regularly or bring
friends with them, that in racing
parlance is percentage thinking. I am
now happy to report that Andy the
maitre’d of the Dining Room requires
six more tables and an additional
waitress. The present usage of the
Dining Room is the best for years.
Please keep it up!
I feel the following quotation is
worth repeating. An eminent
American, Duncan Hines, appraising a
wine and food dinnner wrote. “If the
soup had been as warm as the wine, if
the wine had been as old as the turkey;
and if the turkey had a breast like the
waitress, it would have been a splendid
dinner”. This is an entirely different
standard to our own Epicurean dinners.
These are wonderful evenings, and the
atmosphere is one of friendship where
members quickly get to know one
another. If you are wise you won’t
miss out, just drop a line to Vic Vadas
care of the Club stating you are
interestered and Vic will make the rest
easy for you.
Prominent legal identity, Charles
Robinson, a daily user of the Club
had a few terse words to say to me
about the use of the second floor on
Saturdays. The result is that members
may now attend the Club on
Saturdays until 5.00 p.m. in casual
dress, that is neat sports clothes and
prior to going to the football, cricket
or races may enjoy a swim, game of
snooker etc. whilst the second floor
buffet is open for a hot meal, pies,
sandwiches and beverage.
Your Committee has recommended
that all members living within a radius
outside 100 kilos from the G.P.O. pay
an annual fee of $75-00. However, as
we operate under the Tattersall’s Club
Act 1888 it is necessary to have this
adopted at a General Meeting by the
creating of a new type of member
known as “Overseas, Interstate and
Just as we are sailing the Club on
an even keel there is a 6.4 increase
made in respect of wages. Again being
a percentage man (I must write more
articles on how to beat the books for
you) the 6.4 is a misnomer. To this
must be added the increase in Pay Roll
Tax, the increase in the amount
payable for Worker’s Compensation
plus the increase on the 17.5 loading
for four week’s annual leave. In short,
the 6.4 increase is going to cost the
Club approximately $40,000 over
and above the present out goings.
Last y ear our wage bill increased by
$133,000 without the addition of
an employee. The above is not a bad
start for 1976. Do you know a better
way to increase unemployment?
However, your Committee will not
drag the cross. We will pick it up, carry
it on our shoulders and face the
I have received a few letters about
the resignation of Les Dury, our Hall
Porter. The only thing that matters is
what are the facts, so let us have them.
For many years we have had three
telephonists working shifts from 7.30
a.m. until 11.30 p.m. at a cost
exceeding $18,000 per year.
We have transferred the
switchboard to the room adjacent to
front desk where it will be operated by
twoswitch girls 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.,
which, with the aid of the Hall Porters,
will cut out an overlap and overtime
plus penalty rates and a reduction in
wages of approximately $10,000 a
This necessitates the Hall Porters
working to a roster, which Les was not
keen to do, and he tendered his
resignation. This was received with
regret because he was a good and
However, your Committee is
elected to serve the members, and,
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Tattersall’s Club Magazine
Continued from page 2
whilst we insist on excellent
conditions and full courtesy to the
staff, let it be rembered that so long as
I am your Chairman the interest of
maintaining the Club for the benefit of
members on a proper economical basis
Your Club Room has been
described by a visiting English architect
as equal to the best of its type in
Europe. This room must be used. Up
to the mid sixties the Swimming Club
held its Annual Ball in the Club Room,
black tie and lots of cases of white tie
and tails. The band rostrum was where
the spectators now sit to watch the
snooker and the dance floor between
the centre pillars. What a picturesque
spot to hold wedding receptions,
birthday parties and large private
functions. Especially with parking
facilities that are now available. Your
Committee is taking all steps to see
that full use is made of this valuable
I know this message will not please
every member of Tattersall’s as the
membership comprises men who are
grandfathers, men who are fathers and
the balance who for want of a better
word could be described as sons —a big
generation gap between the three. The
young look to the future; they are full
of plans, all relating to tomorrow which
unfortunately sometimes never comes.
The old look back trying to live in the
pastand the past becomes moreand more
present to them. Where the members of
the “glorious present” and to do this we
need the co-operation of every member
- as the philosopher Lavell said, “The
greatest good we can do for others is
not to give them what we have, but
show them how much they have to
With every good wish,
J.V. Comans, Chairman.
TERRY BUCK reason to preen —
coached Woollahra Amateur Swimming
Club to win the 1976 Swimming
Premiership in the State Open, and also
gained the Silver in the State Age
Swimming Championships . JIM
HARDY in TV ad. for the Olympics
quite trendy in hisT-shirt.TALBOT
DUCKMANTON soothes harassing
ABC moments with 16 laps lunch
time swim in our pool . LEO
KEATING making his regular trek to
the Club again after hospitalisation.
a most impressive hostess is the
Chairman’s wife GWEN COMANS -
had a brief sojourn in St. Vincent’s —
soon to be greeting you again with her
charming smile . one of Australia’s
best-known union officials, LAURIE
SHORT, has been appointed a
commissioner of the Australian Broad¬
casting Commission for a three-year
term. Since 1951 he has been national
secretary of the Federated
NAVY COMES TO THE
Once again the close attachment
between two of Sydney’s oldest
institutions, Sydney Hospital and
Tattersall’s, has achieved a significant
Kanematsu-Gosho, (Japan), celebra¬
ting the 40th Anniversary of the
Kanematsu Memorial Institute of
Sydney Hospital presented the Sydney
Eye Hospital with an ultra sensitive
electron microscope with a magnifying
capability of 500,000 times and valued
A problem of installation soon
became apparent and Sydney Hospital
contacted the Royal Australian Navy’s
Research Laboratory at Rushcutter’s
Here Tattersall’s came into the
picture through popular member Mike
Turner who leads the RANRL Mine
Acting closely with Sydney Eye
Hospital officers the problem was
solved and a world first chalked up to
Mike Turner’s team.
The rewards: A patent is pending
for the design and Mike has been
elected a Life Member of Sydney
SATURDAY TRADING HOURS
Second Floor Bar and Snack
Facilities: Bar 11.00 a.m. —
5.00 p.m. Snack Service 11.00
a.m. — 2.30 p.m. Billiards and
Snooker, Card Room facilities
Anzac Day Holiday — Club
Closed, Monday 26th April.
Easter: Good Friday — Closed.
Easter Saturday— Normal. Easter
Monday — Closed.
your committee must live is in the present, Association.
Owner or Trainer to join in development of race course
or training course in Hills District.
Low-cost, level land available for one-mile course, plus
7 acres for car park plus 4 acres for stables, yards etc.
Please phone K. Duncan 43 1458 (A.H. 89 3635)
Tattersall’s Club Magazine
WINING, DINING & SOCIAL
That irrepressible and irresistible
Bill Band was the genial host to a
merry “Band” of TattersalPs cohorts
and their charming ladies, amongst
whom were Os. Bates, Norm Burston,
John Cameron, John Rush, Brian
Gapes, Stan Swain and Sam Block at a
preview screening of Liza Minelli and
Gene Hackman in “Lucky Lady”.
The show was greeted with
tumultous applause and filmgoers are
certainly in for a treat when it is
Happy was the silver wedding of
Frank and Patricia Kennedy and
around the table with fun and
happiness were their four sons and two
* * *
Col Dodds saw that the engagement
of his son Stuart to Lynette Strathdee
was properly celebrated.
* * *
* * *
Bill and Mollie Aitkenhead,
celebrated her birthday (not telling)
and combined the occasion with apple
of the eye son Greg’s natal day which
occurred one week later - around the
festive table were Bert Miller, Edward
Kennedy, Ron Codner, R.P. Miller and
* * *
Dr. Tom Axcell’s graduation was
suitably celebrated by the M.H. Pike
family and around the table were
Isabel, mother and daughters, Anne,
Jenny and Catherine.
* * *
Well known radio, television and
racing personality, Ian Craig’s birthday
was celebrated at a party which
included his father Michael, his
mother, one brother and sister-in-law.
* * *
The Coonamble E.L. Kennedy’s
and Mr. & Mrs. A. Millar entertained
the James O’Brien’s from Walgett. It
being Mrs. O’Brien’s birthday and we
are pleased to record it followed a
successful outing at Rosehill races.
* * *
Minister for Health, Dick Healy
suitably celebrated wife Doreen’s
birthday with a scintillating party.
Many, many happies Doreen.
* * *
Celebrating birthday of John
Plimsoll were daughters Kathleen,
Susan, Jane and also Stephen Marquet.
Of course, Mrs. Patricia Plimsoll cut
Dr. Kevin Byers and wife Lil
enjoyed birthday celebrations with
Peter and Marie Jean and their
charming daughter Helen and sons
Richard and Ian.
GARMENTS FOR GARRY
Having a regular work out on the
Third Floor is regarded as a “must” by
busy members whatever their craft,
trade, profession or industry might be.
To go through the list of
occupations reads like a “Who’s Who”
— if we haven’t got one, it does not
Prominent among the callings are
those in the clothing industry - we
hesitated to say “rag trade”.
And amongst the budding
Australian trade entrepeneurs
marketing not only nation wide but
overseas is Garry Solomon.
And how conclusive is his
enthusiasm is featured in the trade
name he has established — “Mr. Garry”.
Garry was born in Sydney in 1933
and is a Scots product having
matriculated in 1950.
After a brief retail experience
Garry joined the clothing firm of
David Soloman and Sons created by
In 1972 Garry commenced business
in his own company producing “Mr.
Garry” slacks and shorts.
In connection with his expanding
business Garry travels overseas at least
twice a year, visiting the main fashion
centres and studying the latest trends
whilst promoting his own exports.
Garry is married, with one daughter,
whilst his late father, Hyman
was a Tattersall’s Club member, as is
his brother, Ross.
Garry is an ardent follower of the
Eastern Suburbs “Roosters” and for
some years played Rugby League and
was alongside team mate Sir Nicholas
Shehadie in the City and Suburban
But now he is more content with
social tennis and limbering up under
the watchful eye of Sam Block on
TattersalPs Club Trading Hours
Mon. — Fri. Noon — Midnight
Saturday 5 pm — Midnight
Dinner: Mon. — Wed. 6pm—8.00pm
Thurs. — Sat. 6pm—8.30pm
(Dinner Dance — Saturday)
Luncheon: Mon. — Fri. 12.30—2.15pm
Breakfast: Daily 7.30—9.30am
No Luncheon on Public Holidays
Tue. — Sat. 9.30—7pm
Children (Male): Tues. 2.30—4.30pm
(1 2 years and upwards)
(Boys all ages)
Mon. — Fri. 10.00am—5.00pm
SECOND FLOOR BAR:
Mon. — Fri. 11.30am—11.00pm
Fri. night 11.30pm)
Mon. — Fri. 10.00am—11.30pm
(Fri. night 11.30pm)
Saturday 1 0.00am—11.30pm
(Card Room facilities available)
Mon. — Thurs. 1 0.30am—7.15pm
Mon.— Fri. 9.00am—4.30pm
(Tuesday following Holiday meeting)
Ladies Fourth Floor only from 3.00pm
Mon. — Fri. 5.00pm Saturday.
Tattersall’s Club Magazine
by Peter Cameron
Commencing with this issue of the
Club’s magazine we introduce a new
feature for our members’ pleasure.
The format will comprise the Chefs’
special dishes and the introduction of
the availability of selected wines from
the Club’s Private Bin Cellar.
The wines will be served in the
Dining Room throughout March and
These palate wines are also available
in limited supply for your private
stock at the Bottle & Grocery
Chef Danny’s selection for March is:
SMOKED LOIN OF PORK
2 lbs of lean smoked loin of pork.
1 bay leaf.
pinch of sugar.
6 pepper corns.
]4 of cabbage.
1 oz of butter.
2 rashes of bacon.
1 tablespoon of plain flour.
pinch of carraway seeds.
salt & pepper to taste.
8 medium sized new potatoes.
1. Boil the pork until tender.
2. Chop onion and bacon finely, saute
together, add flour and brown very
lightly. Add 1 cup of hot water, salt &
pepper, carraway seeds and shredded
cabbage and simmer for approximately
3. Wash potatoes well and boil in salted
Chef George’s selection for April is:
8 Medium Capsicums.
1 lb Veal & Pork Mince.
1 Cup of Rice.
2 Medium Onions.
12 oz Can of Tomato Paste.
3 Tablespoons of Sour Cream.
2 Teaspoons of Cornflour.
Salt & Pepper.
1. Cook rice (not completely) and wash in
2. Wash capsicums and remove centres.
3. Finely chop onions and mix with mince,
egg, cold rice and season with salt and
4. Fill the capsicums with this mixture.
5. Mix tomato paste and water in a deep
saucepan, bring to boil, thicken with
cornflour and add a tablespoon of sugar.
6. Place filled capsicums in saucepan,
reduce heat and simmer for 3 A hour.
To serve four persons.
Sour cream may be added when serving if
To complement the Club’s
extensive menu with these special
dishes are the following selection of
ORLANDO BLUE RIBBON SPAETLESE
This is a late-picked wine, the grapes being
left on the vine considerably longer than at
other times — often up to four and six
weeks later, it contains a tremendous
density of fruit, enormous flavour, extreme
grapiness of character and matures
extremely well. The grapes are thoroughly
ripened, have high Baumes and have started
to shrivel. This wine gets its character from
the high natural sugar content plus the fruit
of the variety which is retained by the
LINDEMAN’S WATERVALE RHINE
These wines tend to be more mature than
many of the fresh Rhine Rieslings and they
have quite a marked flavour, very deep
middle palate and a smooth, soft finish. The
show records of the 1966 to 1971 vintages
are very impressive. These vintage dry white
are produced from selected Rhine riesling
grapes grown at Watervale, South Australia,
and bottled shortly after vintage to retain
the original fresh, fruity flavour of the
grape. A crisp, delicate riesling with a
marked varietal character.
ORLANDO BAROSSA RHINE RIESLING
(MOSELLE STYLE) 1970
Made from specially selected Rhine Riesling
grapes which have been allowed to get a
little riper on the vines. It is vintaged
according to the same process as used for
the Barossa Rhine Rieslings and, in fact, is
much the same style of wine, except with a
slightly richer flavour with greater depth
and a little sugar on the middle palate. This,
of course, appeals to a number of palates
who don’t like to have their wines bone dry.
PENFOLD’S COONAWARRA CLARET
BIN 128 1968 & 1969
Made entirely from shiraz grown on
Penfold’s vineyard at Coonawarra in South
Australia. They are a most interesting line of
wine in that the wine varies enormously.
The 1969 reflects a rain fall through vintage
at Coonararra. The wine is very clean,
pleasant, quite austere, but without the
fruit normally associated with the style of
wine, and it will mature well as one of those
lighter rather high acid Coonawarra wines.
In contrast the 1968 was produced with a
rich fruit and shows the regional character
of Coonawarra. The 1968 is a beautiful rich
wine, tremendously appealing when young
even, because it was so beautifully put
together, superbly balanced and with so
much complexity of fruit; a wine that
would live for many years.
LINDEMAN’S ROUGE HOMME CLARET
A vintage dry red of great quality, produced
from shiraz grapes grown at Lindeman’s
Rouge Homme vineyards in Coonawarra. It
is matured in small oak casks prior to
bottling, approximately eighteen months
after vintage for ultimate sale at about five
years of age. These vineyards were planted
in 1908 and have consistently produced
wine which is full of flavour, light and
delicate with a fine clean tannin astringency
on the palate.
PENFOLD’S ST. HENRI 1970
One of the top two Penfold’s wines and
certainly one of the most celebrated wines
in Australia. Traditionally, a set styled wine
with a slight stalky character. The St. Henri
has shown a great deal of variations from
vintage to vintage although basically they
have all had good fruit, a pleasant Rose,
showing a lot of flavour and balanced to a
very clean finish.
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His 40 years of froth and bubble...
A lot of beer has flowed
under the bridge since Ted
Wales took over the taps of
the Robin Hood Hotel at
In December last he
celebrated his 40th year as a
publican which he believes
must be close to a record
among the State’s hoteliers.
“It’s been a long time,’’ he
said. “It’s just occurred to me
that I’m now serving the sons
and even the grandsons of a
lot of my original customers.
“I remember when I first
started here beer was sixpence
a middy, so that gives you a
fair idea how time flies and
Ted, now 70, remembers
most of his customers by their
And he remembers the
depression years when most
hotels put on free counter
“Nothing flash,” he said.
“Just pies and sandwiches
because even hotels were
having a tough time in those
The Robin Hood has bars
with appropriate names— the
Maid Marion, the Sherwood
Bar and The Merry Men.
Congratulations Ted, on a
Perhaps the best known of
Tattersall’s amateur photographers is
Max Sernack who joined the Club in
We are indebted to Max for many
of the photographs appearing in
Tattersall’s Club magazine, and in
payipg this tribute we must
acknowledge that it is the only payola
he receives, as he does it all at not
inconsiderable expenses and often
inconvenience to his good self.
Max was educated at Sydney Boys’
He saw service in World War II in
Egypt, Palestine, New Guinea,
Morotai, Borneo and was discharged
with the rank of Captain.
He is a past president of the
Garment Industries Association of
NSW and played a leading part in
cementing the major producing states
NSW and Victoria into a Federal body.
For many years Max has taken an
active part in the promotion of social
activities within the Club.
He is an Administrative Officer of
the Swimming Club.
Anyone interested in
advertising in Tattersall’sClub
Magazine is invited to contact
Miss Jan Carslake.
EAST R.U. NEW HEAD
In our earliest Kingdergarten we
were told that “King Bruce of Scotland
flung himself down in a mood to
think” as he watched a spider weaving
Whatever the answer to the spider,
we can now say that down through
the ages the name of Bruce as a leader
and thinker has been preserved, even
in the Rugby Union season of 1976
when that great Tattersall’s identity,
Bruce Chiene, was elected as President
of Eastern Suburbs.
Good luck, Bruce, but don’t let it
interfere with your first floor activities.
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PRIVATE FUNCTION BOOKINGS
A selection of a variety of menus is now available for members'
wishing to hold private functions within the Club. These
comprehensive menus at reasonable cost, will cover members
needs to cater for small, medium or large functions.
To assist members in their selection, the Secretary will be only too
happy to discuss your requirements. All bookings should be
directed to the General Office and by contacting the Secretary's
Private Secretary appointments can be arranged.
The administrative staff of
Tattersall’s has been augmented by the
appointment of Norman C. Smith as
Mr. Smith was formerly the
Assistant State Secretary of the R.S.L.
He served with the R.S.L. for 13
years and was regarded as a dedicated
and outstanding official.
Mr. Smith joined the R.S.L. in
1963 after being an accountant with
With the R.S.L. he was chief
Accountant and more recently Assistant
He is a member of the Sutherland
Bowling Club. He has also been
President of the Sutherland R.S.L. for
a period of three years and was also a
Foundation Member of the N.S.W.
R.S.L. Bowling Club, Sutherland.
He is married with a family of two
girls and one boy.
During the war he served as a
Sergeant with various signal units in
New Guinea at both Milne Bay and
As a young man Norman was a
very competent cycle racer and in
later years has become a very
enthusiastic and crafty bowler.
He was awarded Life Membership
of the R.S.L. on 20th November,
1971, for his outstanding service to
T.J. CRIED A SECOND TIME
When we settled down to watch
Mike Willeesee’s “This is your life”
little did we expect to be beautifully
portrayed the life story of our
Tattersall’s identity, leading horse
trainer over interminable years, the
voluble, successful, often times dour,
but the doyen of all trainers, Tommy
Smith, or “T.J.” as he is universally
On to the TV scren came all his
private life from birth, his family,
break into racing, and the day on
which he first cried, when Tullock
won the Brisbane Cup.
And as the gripping story unfolded,
we met all his closest - wife Valerie,
the touching and poignant moment of
his beautiful daughter Gai’s purposeful
visit from London — and that brought
tears — the second time that T.J. wept.
How human he is — as you and I.
And we can never forget the great
names that have been overlooked for
Hollywood’s epics. Such gallivanting
heroes as brothers Ernie and Dick,
Percy Sykes, Ray Selkrig and George
But the one who almost stole the
show was Hollywood’s overlooked
swashbuckling heart-throb, real Errol
Flynn type talent lost to posterity, our
own Tom Clune.
THREESCORE AND TEN
It is widely known that Noel
Simpson owns more horses - trotters,
pacers, gallopers and trotting sires -
than any other person in Australia, but
few would realise he is 70 years old.
Noel’s birthday came up on
January 11 and family and friends
flew in from various parts of the world
for the celebration.
On a happy cruise in the South
Pacific, cartoonist colleague, Jim
Russell, creator of “Mr. and Mrs.
Potts”, took ill.
He was taken ashore when the ship
reached Port Vila.
Here it became necessary for an
RAAF mercy flight as Jim’s condition
deteriorated and local doctors had to
operate on him.
The medical crew aboard the
RAAF Hercules had to carry out a
further operation on Jim before he
could be flown to Sydney.
After about three hours his
condition improved sufficiently for
“He slept for most of the journey,
but he was the only one who did” was
the crew’s laconic report.
And we are glad to record a great
recovery for our smiling Jim who has
done so much through the years to
make millions laugh.
We received several commendations
on a recent par, dealing with
comparison of chances of winning a
soccer pool and of being murdered
which we headed “Odds and Ends”.
Tony McSweeney has brought
under our notice another captivating
caption which Tony thinks may have
“got under the guard ” of many readers.
That most competent racing
journalist, T.V. identity and horse
owner John Curtis of the Daily
Telegraph, wrote the story of Kikuyu’s
win at Canterbury which incidentally
landed a bet of $60,000 to $8,400.
Those knowing of the stress caused
many gardeners by the rapid growth
and expansion of the Kikuyu grass and
its incursions on a well kept lawn
would like his caption “Kikuyu bets
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SAMMY BLOCK- GREAT
BLOKE, GREAT SPORTSMAN
A new member enquiring for Mr.
Samuel Block might well meet with
blank looks, but if he asked for Sam
Block or even, Sammy, he would
certainly be greeted with understanding
For those who have joined our
ranks, say in the past five years, for it
is that long since we recorded Sam’s
background in these columns, one
might well ask “what makes Sammy
Sam joined Tattersall’s in 1931 and
has always been an ardent worker in
the Club’s interests, without any blare
of trumpets, and the Committee saw
fit in May last to accord him the
highest accolade — Honorary Life
At Crown Street School, from
whence came many of Australia’s
best sportsmen, Sam was captain of
the school and of football for three
years, representing NSW in Schoolboys’
Rugby Union. He could run very
close to “evens” and from 1925 to
1930 was champion of the Corinthian
AAC over 100, 220 and 440 yards,
and in 1928 won the Club Decathion
The East Sydney Memorial Cup
came to him in 1926, but probably
his best performance was a dash over
75 yards in 7.4 seconds, though Sam
wryly claims the timekeeper must have
had an itchy finger.
He was truly an all rounder.
He was taught boxing by
champions Matt Wells and Harry
Stone, and mixed in those days with
such famous gladiators as Lew
Edwards, Jackie Green, Jamito and
Sam took part in a number of
contests, some of which he won, and
in a number of others he confesses
with a twinkle in his eye, he took
some good hidings. Still he got a lot of
fun and made a lot of friends in his
association with the manly art.
In helping to launch Tattersall’s
Handball Club he became its first
secretary in 1932.
Officialdom did not cramp his
playing style, and from 1933 to 1939
he was the Club champion on four
He has passed his knowledge on to
many others, and today he is as keen
as ever to bring on the younger players.
Though not in Olympic class as a
swimmer, as a youth Sam’s enthusiasm
and consistency carried him far in
Club contests, and he took the Dewar
Cup, forerunner of the Native Son
Trophy, outright, by winning it in
1934-35, and 1935-36, after being
runner up in 1933-34.
Though competitive dominoes
appear to have lapsed in the Club,
temporarily we hope, it once carried
annual competitions attracting many
In partnership with the late Percy
Hunter in doubles, Sam comprised a
redoubtable combination which made
them champions of both Tattersall’s
and the Civic Clubs.
Horses have always been part of
Sam’s make-up, and this came from
his father who was one of the finest of
the pony owner trainers. He had many
first rate ponies, including the
champion Signet, winner of 39 races
carrrying up to 12 stone.
Sam, too, owned and raced horses,
including Persian Fire, Cayenne, and
Miss Fluency, all good winners.
Nor did he confine himself to
owning horses, as he rode winners as
an amateur in the country.
Here is a story not generally known
about how Sam became an official in
the Third Floor Athletic Dept., even
unto being one of “the Gestapo”.
We hopefully trust he will excuse
In 1941 Sammy joined the A.I.F.
and -as a member of the Water
Transport unit saw service in New
Guinea and the North.
In 1944 he suffered a war illness
and for nearly two years he was in
hospital prior to discharge in 1946.
Even then he was a very sick man
and seemed to Swimming Club
officials to have the idea that no one
wanted him, and he had lots of chips
on his shoulders.
The then officials jollied him over
this and insisted that he help them
out in running the Club.
Sam was persuaded and from that
day became his old cheery self, up to
his eyes in Club interests and his
summing up of the situation speaks for
“I was really saved from myself.
Anything I have since done for
Tattersall’s Swimming and Handball
Clubs has been repaid a thousand
times by the members and officials
who will never realise what they really
have done for me”.
During his hospitalisation Sam
learned weaving as part of his
rehabilitation. This has remained a
hobby and his tartan scarves are
something over which to enthuse.
In addition, few Scotsmen can
equal his knowledge of the history and
make up of tartans.
Today as secretary of Tattersall’s
Amateur Swimming Club, he follows
in the footsteps of his friend, the late
Jack Dexter, who gave to the Third
Floor an example of sportsmanship
and administrative ability which Sam
hopes to emulate.
Though wrapped in officialdom
there is none less official than Sam, a
prime exemplar of service to his Club
and to his fellow man.
Tommy Smith recalled his
childhood stories in the Gem and
He remembered the rotund
character, Billy Bunter and because
Don Storey in those days and prior to
his diet, had a rather big tummy — it
followed that Don’s colt was called
Billy Bunter — but Don’s slim like
figure of today makes such a story
“History” as another of Don’s horses
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157 ELIZABETH STREET, SYDNEY
NOTICE OF MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members will be held in the
Club Room on Wednesday, 9th June, 1976 at 8 o’clock p.m.
(a) To confirm Minutes of Annual General Meeting of the Members held on 11th June,
(b) To adopt the Annual Report, Profit and Loss Account, Balance Sheet and accompanying
Statements for the year ended 29th February, 1976.
(c) To elect a Chairman.
Mr. J. V. Comans retires in accordance with the Rules and being eligible offers himself
(d) To elect a Treasurer.
Mr. B. G. Osborne retires in accordance with the Rules and being eligible offers himself
(e) To elect eight Members to serve on the Committee for one year.
Messrs. J. L. Hickey, G. P. Hurst, A. R. McCamley, J. R. McKell, A. V. Miller, G. J. C.
Moore, J. P. O’Neill and L. I. Tidmarsh are retiring members of the Committee, all of
whom are eligible for re-election and offer themselves accordingly.
(f) To elect an Auditor or Auditors.
Messrs. Fell & Starkey retire and offer themselves for re-election.
(g) To transact any other business that may be brought before the Meeting in accordance
with the Rules of the Club.
(h) To deal with the recommendation of the Committee and which due and timely notice
has been given as required by the Rules of the Club ie., to introduce a new classification of
membership known as “Overseas, Interstate and Country Members”. This class of
membership to apply to residents of overseas, interstate and country areas outside a
radius of 100 km. from the G.P.O., Sydney and that the Entrance Fee for such class of
membership be $90 and the Annual Subscription $75.
N.B. — Nominations for the office of Chairman, Treasurer or Members of the Committee,
signed by two Members and with the written consent of the Nominee endorsed thereon,
must be handed to the Secretary by 5.00 pm. on 12th May, 1976. Nominations for Auditors
must be lodged not later than 12 noon, 24th May, 1976.
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1976 BILLIARDS & SNOOKER
RE-DRAW AFTER EACH ROUND
BILLIARDS HANDICAP - 250 UP
TROPHY VALUED AT $100.00
» „ „ $ 50.00
„ „ „ $ 20.00
» „ „ $ 10.00
SNOOKER HANDICAP - HEATS 1 FRAME
SEMI-FINALS & FINAL - BEST 2 OF 3 FRAMES
1st PRIZE: TROPHY VALUED AT $250.00
And Special Trophy donated by
Mr. Tom Powell
ENTRANCE FEE: $2 EACH TOURNAMENT
A CALCUTTA WILL BE CONDUCTED ON SNOOKER TOURNAMENT
ENTRIES CLOSE MONDAY, 10TH MAY, 1976
CALCUTTA CLOSES FRIDAY, 28TH MAY, 1976
CALCUTTA DRAWN MONDAY, 31ST MAY, 1976
CALCUTTA AUCTION MONDAY, 14TH JUNE, 1976
TOURNAMENT TO COMMENCE MONDAY, 21st JUNE, 1976
ENTRIES ACCEPTED ONLY ON ENTRY FORM BELOW
Please include my name in the entries for:
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ALSO A BOWLER
Len Burke is one of the best opinion bookies around.
That means he does not stick strictly to a book, like Digger Lobb or Jack Muir,
nor does he go to the other extreme as a gambling bookie like Bill Waterhouse
or Terry Page. In short, he backs his own judgement.
His turnover this year will be close to $11 million. It puts him, with Les
Tidmarsh, high in the rank of bookies.
Len was once the “leviathan, dashing, million-quid leader of the ring”.
Now, at 54, he is content to take things a little easier, to head north to his
motel for some fishing.
His father, Monty, raced bush horses and had pubs in the country.
Instead of doing his homework, young Len studied the form. He took out a
licence when 17, only to be banned when his age was discovered.
Reinstated in 1945, he rose in the game before bookies had boards, when they
shouted the odds in gravel voices and suffered ruptures.
He says: “It’s not a bed of roses any more. The whole atmosphere has changed
rapidly in 10 years.
“The professional punters often have bigger staffs than we have.
“I wanted to be the biggest gambler, the best bookie. I was. There were kudos,
recognition, and big bad debts.
“Yes, racing has been good to me. And there’s the egotism. But there’s no
superannuation when you quit, nothing”.
He has seven children - “that’s my ambition, to provide for them - and a pet
galah, Joey, who says: ‘Six-to-four the field’ ”.
And Len plays bowls — and how!
KEN REID IS A CHAMPION
OF RED AND WHITES
Ken Reid, national Sales Manager
and Branch Administrator for
McWilliam’s Wines, is dedicated to
furthering the wine industry.
Leaving Sydney High School, Ken
joined McWilliam’s 43 years ago as a
delivery clerk. He was made works
manager in 1941, general works
manager in 1946 and NSW manager a
In 1956 Ken was elected to the
executive committee of the Wholesale
Wine and Brandy Merchants’
Association of NSW and has been
president of that body for the last
Ken became a member of the
Australian Wine Board in 1963 and
still serves on the Board.
He has always been an “industry”
man and has been of great service to
An instance of this service was his
suggestion of a Tariff Board Inquiry
into the duty on corks.
When this became a reality he
prepared and conducted the case for
the industry, which resulted in the
complete removal of duty, thus saving
the industry hundreds of thousands of
In his more active days Ken was a
keen athlete, playing Rugby at school
and later continued at tennis for many
years. He took to golf seriously at one
stage, but now only plays socially.
Today his preferences are for horse
racing and league football.
Ken is also a member of the A.J .C.,
and St. George Leagues’ Club, the red
Ken and his charming wife, Bernice,
lived at Kingsford for many years but
now reside in one of the gracious
homes in Lang Road, Centennial Park.
Their only son, Peter, is with the
Australian Mission to the United
Nations in New York.
Jim Whyte, part owner of Nook,
and a great identity in Tattersall’s Club
Bowling Club is being challenged for
his title of “King of the Turf” by
colleague Horace Abbott.
In partnership with his father in
law, Jack Mandel, they race the very
promising Our Sharyn.
They ran second to the flying
machine Market Garden, but Jack was
not too disappointed as he has also
four shares in the son of Market
Garden, the imported stallion King of
Babylon which George Ryder secured
some years back and even when he was
at the time in his hospital bed.
The Family Trophy raced for by
the Third Floor swimmers was
donated by Jack Mandel, and with
Horace’s son, Adrian, they comprise a
generous and sporting triumvirate.
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BILLIARDS & SNOOKER
by A.V. Miller
Nominations for the 1976 Billiards
& Snooker are now due. Members are
reminded to obtain their entry forms
at the main office.
Last year’s tourneys were quoted as
a grand success and we have no doubts
1976 will provide our viewing
members with plenty of exciting
games from our vastly improved
The Club’s Billiards and Snooker
Committee has provided some very
fine trophies for all events plus the
lovely trophy given annually by our
generous supporter Tom Powell.
Then the Calcutta Sweep will again
be conducted which gives added zip to
the snooker event.
Again the members should watch
the closing date for these events. See
A tremendous feat performed by a
visitor, Warren Simpson, who is a past
world champion amateur snooker
player, in a friendly game against
Bruce Cox who received 75 start at
snooker. The game started Bruce
potted two reds. Then Warren cleared
the table making 115 break, something
I have never seen done in my lifetime.
And there was a very fortunate
audience on the Second Floor to see
the epic game.
AGE OF CHIVALRY
Doyen journalist David McNicoll,
highly respected regular in the Club,
must surely have a persuasive effect on
the editors of Bulletin — his well
There was Tattersall’s member and
Bulletin editor Peter Coleman, now
Chief Secretary of the N.S.W.
government, who was succeeded by
another Tattersall’s colleague in the
boss chair, Trevor Kennedy.
Peter at 47 has really been about.
Former Sydney Uni. lecturer, once
a N.S.W. Supreme Courst barrister,
master’s degree in economics from the
London School of Economics, Peter
also spent a year in the Sudan teaching
And now the latest incumbent of
Australia’s oldest portfolio, that of
SNAKE GULLY CAPTAIN
Captain and President of the Snake
Gully Cricket team Paul O’Mally on
his visits to Sydney always stays in
Fie is a third generation Tattersall’s
scion. His grandfather Hubert
O’Shannessy has been a member since
1963, his father Len O’Mally from
January, 1964 to July, 1964 when he
died in his forties, and Paul has been
carrying on the tradition since.
Where is Snake Gully?
It is on Paul’s adjoining property
“Nulty” outside Bourke, and the
cricket team is registered with the
Association as Snake Gully.
We remember the Dad and Dave
Series of wayback when each year the
Snake Gully Cup was called in phantom
fashion by “London to a brick” Ken
The pitch is on a claypan and the
adjoining valley hasa snake population.
Paul says that the Snake Gully
cricketers are never beaten until the
last ball is bowled.
Their fighting spirit is legendary,
and, he says, is derived from the old
axiom “snakes never die until
Paul was educated at St. Joeys and
whilst there was in the second XI and
won a G.P.S. competition.
Paul was recently in Sydney for
medical treatment having severed an
artery in his leg following a fall from
his horse when drafting a bullock out
of the mob.
With wife Helen they have four
As his grandfather and father both
AJC and STC members, and raced
horses, it is fitting that Paul also takes
an active part in racing.
Apart from the Darling River, Paul
has other watering holes including the
Bourke R.S.L., Bowling and Golf
Clubs, and whilst in Sydney he spends
some of his time at the Manly Civic
Club and Harbord Diggers.
But his greatest interest is in Snake
“I SHALL RETURN”
For authenticity no member will
doubt the credit status of colleagues
like Peter Holohan, Jim McManus and
So they joined with well known
Tattersall’s identity and artist, Ossie
Bates at Randwick Races.
Always the centre of a group with
a magnetic story to tell Ossie Bates did
not let the party down.
But as he temporarily left to make
a bet, it was of Ossie that they spoke.
And so came to light a little known
episode of the War, the Army of
Occupation, General MacArthur, and
Always with the twinkle in his eye,
Ossie had prepared his mates for the
meeting with the General.
He said “I know the General well,
we are on a Christian name basis, you
And as the General moved through
the ranks the inimitable Ossie greated
the General with “Hi, General!”
And open mouthed and thoroughly
beguiled, his mates heard the response,
And it is an historical fact this is no
BACK IT IN THE LAST
At the Kindred Club’s function
ex-Treasurer and one time rails
bookmaker, Barney Fay, applauded
Chairman Jim Coman’s remarks.
In that easy fashion apparently
with which he was born, and not
acquired, Jim held his audience to
each quiver and comma.
Said Barney “He speaks so
and each time he hits the nail on the
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BARBECUE —GREAT SUCCESS
On Sunday the 15th February, the
Epicureans opened their 1976 Season
“with a splash” at a poolside in
Altogether about 70 Epicureans
attended, some driving a long way like
the two Zappia couples and the
Thorleighs from Cronulla, the
Camerons from Connell’s Point, the
Amys from Blakehurst, the
McCamleys and the Tingwells from the
Eastern Suburbs and the Clarks from
Palm Beach — however, according to
the general opinion their effort was
Fine weather, lovely garden setting,
excellent catering and an occasional
splash in the pool — cool refreshing
drinks very expertly served by our
committee men and, above all, it was
nice to be together again.
Our next Dinner Meeting is planned
for the 6th April and invitations will
be sent out to all members and a
notice will be displayed in the Club in
the usual manner. All Club members
and their ladies are welcome.
NEXT GOLF DAY
TO BE HELD
by Sol Green
The curtain for 1975 was lowered
when the annual Christmas Day meet
was held at the Rose Bay Club on
Thursday 18th December.
As is our custom, the visitors on
this day were the Presidents of those
clubs where we had been entertained
during the year. We have never had a
full quota of these gentlemen, and by
reason of the close proximity of the
day to Christmas, we had as was to be
expected one or two apologies.
However we were happy to
welcome those who joined us, and
were able to introduce them to Stan
Richardson, President of the Rose Bay
For many years we have always
played host to a trio from City
The Epicureans of Tattersall’s Club.
If you are already a member of our Epicurean Club then please be advised
that the fee for 1976 is now due. You are requested to complete the form
below and return it with your cheque for $5.00.
However, if you are not a member yet and wish to join the Epicureans,
then you are requested to do likewise.
The Epicurean’s committee has prepared an interesting and varied
programme for 1976. Meetings will be held at about six weekly intervals —
most of them in, but a few outside our Clubhouse.
Notice of all meetings will be sent to all financial members as before.
So you are invited to join us and take part with your lady and guests, if
you wish, in our friendly, informal meetings and remember our motto “Good
Food and Wine amongst Good Friends”.
See you soon
The Committee of Epicureans
Registrar, Epicureans of Tattersall’s Club.
Enclosed is my cheque for $5.00 covering membership for 1976.
My Name .
My Wife’s Name.
My Account Number.
from $ 20,500
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Tattersall’s, and it was good to have
their President Ron Young with us
This is always a good day and 1975
was no exception and the year ended
on the happiest of notes.
Since we began again in 1976 the
weather man has been unkind with
three days already washed out. This
has not pleased the Committee as
matches in the singles and Gordon
Booth triples have had to be
postponed, no games being played as
yet (13th February).
As previously announced, the 11th
Turf Bowlers Carnival which begins on
Sunday 14th March will be held in
Canberra. It looks as if we may have a
few of our “tops” in the party which
should improve things in more ways
My scouts advise that Brisbane
(holders), Newcastle (always tough),
and City Tattersall’s (always very
tough) will all be fielding their best, so
the going won’t be easy, but don’t
despair, Fuzz has promised to take his
needle this year.
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W.j. (Bill) ORME WAS KICKED IN THE HEAD
Educated at Grafton High School,
Bill Orme first commenced engineering
at Sydney University where he was
resident at St. Paul's College.
Bill was kicked in the head playing
football and amongst his many pals on
the Third Floor, there are varying
opinions as to the after effects.
The immediate outcome was
cessation of his Uni. engineering, a few
months in hospital, and his return to
Grafton where he was articled in law
to Colin Pollack.
Bill’s boss was a leading figure in
the Clarence River Jockey Club and
Bill, in his spare time, added up the
tickets and calculated the odds on the
Grafton manual tote.
His National Service was spent in
the Air Force at Newcastle, Richmond,
and George’s Heights as a corporal,
radar operator, and aircraft plotter.
In 1955 Bill hitchhiked around
Australia with a National Service pal,
Bill Cronshaw, who is now business
manager for Orson Welles and living in
In 1957 he married Nedra, another
Uni. acquaintance and came to Sydney
in 1958 when he was admitted as a
In the same year Bill became a
partner in Smithers, Warren and Lyons,
now merged as Smithers Warren &
The Tobias section includes Robert,
prominent swimmer on the Third
Floor, and Robert’s dad who is a
Senior Member of Tattersall’s.
Bill specialised in commercial and
taxation law, and restrictive trade
practices and prices justification.
With children arriving every
eighteen months Bill filled in the time
qualifying as an accountant.
Bill and Nedra now have four
children, John, Warwick, Kate and
For the fourth time Bill and the
children competed in the 1975 City to
Their preparation covered five
month’s training and over 1,000 miles
of running. Nedra is extremely
independent and exercises a strong
influence on the family.
She does not agree with early
morning running, but as the team’s
trainer, would lie in bed and think out
In 1975 she travelled the distance
of the City to Surf route four minutes
faster — having found a short cut in
Bill was President in 1965 of
Sydney Junior Chambei of Commerce
when it hosted the World Congress of
Junior Chamber International.
He had numerous overseas trips
bidding for the Congress.
In particular Bill organised the
instantaneous translation between
England, Spanish and French with the
United Nations and US. State
Departments in Washington and
ECAFE in Bangkok.
As Australia emerged to the front
in these negotiations prominent also
was Anne Robson who headed and
recruited the translators from around
She was later to become the wife of
our Governor General.
Bill became National President,
World Legal Councillor and finally in
1969 World Executive Vice-President
of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
During that last year, he was
responsible and negotiated extensions
into Czechoslovakia, Indonesia and
In May last Bill was appointed by
the Governor as Executive Member of
the NSW Privacy Committee (having
to resign from his legal firm and other
directorships), to monitor and control
privacy both in the public and private
So perhaps a kick in the head at the
right time can lead on to better and
THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
Just a quarter of a century ago
Roger McCloskey left these shores for
And now after those 25 years
Roger is back with lots of memories.
He spent the time in Europe,
Africa, the U.S.A., where he married,
and the Caribbean.
Mostly he lived in the U.S. Virgin
Island St. Thomas where his six
children were born.
They are aged 5 to 13 and enjoy
dual citizenship. St.Thomas is U.S. and
Roger contacted the Australian Consul
in New York and with his approval the
young McCloskeys can have either
Australian or U.S.A. passports until
they are 18.
Then they will have to decide and
though they will have their own
decisions to make, Roger will bet odds
on they will be good old Aussies.
Roger is a consulting engineer and
went to Ashfield de la Salle and
played R.U. with Sydney University.
He also had a penchant for the 220
and 440 hurdles both with the Uni.
and Western Suburbs A.C.
And the best part said Roger “We
were home in time to celebrate my
mother’s 90th birthday, and she
enjoyed the champagne as well as any
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by Sam Block
STAR PERFORMERS SINCE LAST
ISSUE WERE DEREK JACKSON WINNER
OF DECEMBER-JANUARY POINT
SCORE AND TED JOYE WHO TOOK OUT
THE MONTHLY FOR JANUARY-
Jackson’s score of 32 points out of
the possible 36 was an outstanding
performance as the handicapper had
docked him three records during the
month. John Fay was unlucky in
bumping such a formidable opponent
and was only V /2 points behind with
consistent Bill Hannan in third place.
Ted Joye, the poppa of Ian who
won the Native Son Trophy last year,
showed what pluck and grim
determination can do in annexing the
Ted improved his handicap by 10
seconds over six weeks, at the same
time not only reducing his waistline
but also his weight by 10 lbs. or
metrically speaking 4 Vi kgs.
The lads feel that we now have
another of the famous lovable
“George Goldie” image in our Ted and
his win was a shining example to our
younger stars. John McClean finished
in second place (perhaps next month
John) whilst Michael Frawley took the
honours for third.
Michael’s times and diving have
improved at a great rate which suggest
many wins in the near future.
SILVER SHARPE TROPHY
With half the season over Tony
Salier with a clear lead of 7 points has
left the field standing after a
continuance of his December-January
successes. The handicapper has not got
his measure yet, though the way he is
going at present nothing seems beyond
A few seasons ago the “Silver
Bullet” Russell Debney was always in
the running, but his bulldog brother
Bill is claiming the limelight with a
score of 90 points and going great
guns. Former leader Hugh Keller is still
batting in fine style with a total of 88
with John Nicholas, Gordon Salier and
Peter Joseph all within striking
Lots of water will be forced into
the scuppers ere the final result will be
For the benefit of newcomers,
events are held every Tuesday (heats)
and Thursday (finals).
JACK MANDEL FAMILY EVENT
will take place each Thursday
commencing April 15th seven events
in all of Relays over 40 and 80 yards.
What with the Bowes, Kings, Saliers,
Dobbins, Joyes, Emanuels, Dinds,
Debneys, Richards, Carpenters,
Hannans, Keatings, McRoberts, Pages
and Camerons I feel sure the pool
habitues are in for some spectacular
The sad news of the month was the
passing of the wives of Col Bowes and
Max Sernack, whilst a popular former
member in the person of Gordon
Boulton was laid to rest.
David Dobbin who left for overseas
has lost his prominent position on the
ladder, but will still be a force to be
reckoned with on his return.
Tony Salier also leads the “Tom
Powell” Trophy with 7 wins from
Keller 6, Ferris and Nicholas 5Vi t
McLelland, Dobbin and Bill Debney 5,
whilst Hannan, Frawley, Russell
Debney, Carpenter, Fay, Gordon
Salier and Ken Tickle on 4.
Doug (Hercules) Ferris seems to
have fully recovered from his muscular
ailment recording a win in the smart
time of 18.3 secs, and amongst others
in fine form were Hannan 20, Murray
20-1, T. Salier 20-5, D. Barnett and B.
Carpenter 20-6 and M. Kunkel 21 secs.
Manifred Kunkel made a welcome
re-appearance with a fine winning
performance in 21 secs, whilst Paul
Donohue also got back in the swim by
winning his heat in 24-2. Another
wanderer in Ski Club Chairman Basil
Phillips arrived back after tussling
with the Matterhorn.
Newcomer to the ranks of the
competitive swimmers was popular
A.B.C. General Manager Talbot
Duckmanton who received a well
merited ovation on appearing on the
Winners of events were:
6/1/76 40 Yards Handicap: J. McGuire, D.
Jackson, D. Dind and B. Cox Dead Heat, W.
Hannan. 13/1/76 80 Yards Brace Relay: T.
Joye and R. Debney, D. Dind and P. Joseph
and J. McClean and G. Salier Dead Heat.
20/1/76 40 Yards Handicap: D. Ferris, J.
McClean, D. Dobbin. 27/1/76 80 Yards
Brace Relay: J. Shaffran and M. Frawley,
W. Tyler and H. Keller. 3/2/76 40 Yards
Handicap: T. Joye, M. Frawley, B.
Carpenter and Philip Twigg. 10/2/76 80
Yards Brace Relay: I. Foulsham and T.J.
Ward, W. Richards and P. Winn. 17/2/76 40
Yards Handicap: J. Levy, P. Rowe, K.
Tickle. February Point Score with two
events to complete. P. Rowe 16, T.J. Ward
16, B. Debney 14, I. Foulsham 12, G. Salier
11, C. Griffiths 10, B. Upcroft 10, D. Dind
10, T. Salier 10. Silver Sharpe Trophy all
points to 17/2/76: T. Salier 99, B. Debney
90, H. Keller 88, J. Nicholas 86, G. Salier
83/2, P. Joseph 80/2, T.J. Ward 74^, A.
McLelland 73V2, W. Hannan 72, D. Dobbin
65/2, R. Debney 63, D. Ferris 62, N. Heath
62, P. Moses 56V2, D. Bruce 56, D. Castle 55.
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r?r THE COOGEE PHENOMENON
by Peter Ashby
Those methodical readers of
Tattersall’s magazine, judged by all
discerning people as the leading club
production in Australia, would by now
have become familiar with a whole
host of members, and sometimes their
wives and friends, who have enjoyed
the many Club facilities available, or
who have excelled themselves in a
variety of human endeavours.
These readers who persevere with
this article will read with interest, I
hope, of the resurgence of handball
activity in Coogee, a once great club,
which to all intents and purposes was
dead, but would not expire, would not
give up its ghost, would not allow it to
be said that the Coogee Handball Club
would ever again be able to be
represented in inter-Club contests or
Coogee Handball Club will be
represented in all contests in which
they are eligible and they will not only
play but they will field players and
teams who will be hard to beat and
who will also acquit themselves like
good sportsmen in fair competition.
This once great club could not field
a team against Bondi Icebergs Club in
the return match of two annual
contests to decide the winner of the
Gilesberg Trophy. Bondi became the
winner of this much sought after
trophy by default for 1975.
But 1976 will be a different matter.
Bill Moore, great stalwart of the
Coogee Club, when giving this decision
accurately summed up the position
with the rejoinder “Bondi are only
postponing the inevitable”.
Coogee captain Wal Gray had
another great year in 1975 fielding a
quarter-finalist in the Tattersall’s Plate
and winning the NSW State Doubles
Championship with Frank Frankowski
and Jim Campbell.
He was confident to the last
moment when the handball court at
Coogee was the only part of the
Coogee Baths standing undamaged
after record high seas had caused
devastation and almost irreparable
destruction to the sports complex. Old
players were lost to the Club and no
new members were available for
recruitment and almost everyone
considered that this court where so
many great players had performed
with distinction, over so many years,
would soon be razed or that it would
be retired to an undeserved seclusion.
It will never suffer any such
ignominious end. The Club began
organised competition in the early
1930’s and it will now assuredly
function well into the 20th century.
Players of the calibre of Eddie
Davis, Geoff Clifton-Smith, Bill
Harrison and Wally Gray, all
Tattersall’s Club members, will be
replaced by handballers just as keen,
just as competitive and probably their
equal in ability. Present players who
will undoubtedly return to the Club
include Frank Frankowski, RonTubb,
Charlie Robinson, Ron Rogers, Jim
Campbell, Bill Moore, George Inman
and a host of others.
South Sydney Rugby League
identities are responsible for the
virtual rebirth of the Club.
John O’Neill and Bob McCarthy,
two greats of the Rugby League code,
together with one of the trainers,
George Motto, have secured a long
lease of the baths and have
commenced a reconstruction
programme that is nearing completion
and will make this venue for
sportsmen one of the most popular on
the coast. Handball will rate highly in
the activities along with P.T., squash,
swimming and running.
Both John O’Neill and Bob
McCarthy are two of the recent
recruits to handball with Bob slightly
shading big John at the moment.
Practice and patience will improve
Bob’s game immensely.
Some practice games are so keenly
contested that on a recent Sunday
morning two protagonists found the
pressure of play, the heat of the day
and the closeness of the scores too
much for them to remain calm.
Following a heated verbal exchange
about one player claiming too many
points from doubtful shots, the
exchange developed into a fistic one.
Perhaps a natural tendency to argue
evinced by both players led to this
unethical development but it was soon
finished and two flushed contestants
soon cooled themselves in the pool. It
must have caused some consternation
at home to see dad return from a quiet
game of handball sporting some facial
bruising not usually associated with
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by Ken Finn
Thanks to the kind invitation of
Basil and Pam Phillips members of
Tattersall’s Club Ski Club and their
friends enjoyed a delightful evening
in the Phillips’ home on Saturday, 21st
Among the guests of the Ski
Club were Ian McCloy and Larry
Adler. Ian is a foundation, and very
active member of Wirruna Ski Club in
Perisher Valley where, it will be
remembered, Tattersall’s skiers had a
magnificent week test year.
Larry is a well known ski instructor
from Thredbo and the Chalet.
Diametric views taken by Ian led to a
lengthy and lively discussion with
Larry during the evening to the delight
Also among the guests were Carol
and Anita Candolin from Finland who
came along with Arni and Seija
Valkama; the Candolins will be
returning to Finland soon.
The weather which threatened all
day very accommodatingly lifted and
we could use the outdoors where with
Basil as chef, we were all treated to
a barbeque which certainly lived up to
its billing as a gourmet’s delight. This
was suitably lubricated by appropriate
beverages. The delicious and exotic
desserts wich followed were prepared
by Pam who had the assistance of four
delightful “slave girls” during the
evening - three of the four lovely
Phillips’ daughters Wendy, Jo-Anne
and Sally; Susan being on her way
home from Europe.
Another of the highlights of the
evening was the showing of movie
films taken by members during their
ski ventures, included amongst which
was Philip King’s epic production of
the Tattersall’s Ski Club Championships
Slalom 1975 which was being
thoroughly enjoyed by all when a
technical difficulty occurred which
prevented the completion of the
showing. This was most unfortunate as
some of the “stars” had not yet made
their runs and these were known to be
of a highly spectacular nature and
certain to be of great educational value
to the less experienced viewers. No
doubt this much sought after film will
become available for a future occasion
when we will have the benefit of the
lessons it offers.
Once again the Ski Club wishes to
thank the Phillips’ family for opening
their charming and well equipped
home to members and friends for the
enjoyment of getting together and
incidentally raising a very tidy sum to
boost the Club funds.
Members are reminded that their
annual subscriptions to the Ski Club of
$2.00 is due and payable.
As previously mentioned in
Tattersall’s Magazine and in a separate
letter to members, our Ski Club has
been given a block booking of Roslyn
Ski Lodge at Thredbo from 3rd to
10th July — this promises to be
another great occasion and those
wishing to go along (with wives if
desired) are advised to let Jan Carslake
in Tattersall’s office know as soon as
Always a touch of humour pervades
the many stories and nostalgic
recollections ever readily given by that
great raconteur Morrie Anderson.
Way back in 1961 he was staying at
New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria on
the occasion of his great pacer
Apmat’s visit for the International
Pacers at Yonkers.
A cable arrived for Morrie.
“Put it under the door” instructed
“Can’t do, sir, the tray won’t fit”
came the reply.
Morrie woke in a stride.
He opened the door and the
grinning beam behind the perfect set
of ivories said — “Your cable, suh,” on
a nicely embossed silver tray.
“Here” said big hearted Morrie,
“have a drink” and gave the boy the
equivalent of an Australian 1961 ten
shilling note thinking he was acting in
a “big note” way.
“What, watta”! replied the boy, —
and it’s not often that Morrie is
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