The Summer of Fun is not just about swimming – a major part of the festival is the extra curricular events. If swimming is not your thing you can always swing a club on the golf day, test your palate at the Wine Tasting, a relaxing game of bowls, or hike with Denise to Manly. There is something for everyone at the Summer of Fun.

First up is sailing day – Thursday December 27th at 11.00AM. If you have a boat and wish to take part or would like to crew please respond to the link at the end of this note and Jack Stening will contact you to co-ordinate your involvement.

Next up on the Friday is Golf Day at Royal Northbridge. Tee off will be at 1:00PM. Come as a single or put together your own foursome to challenge for the prizes.

The most popular event at the SOF is the Wine Tasting. This will be held on Saturday December 29 at the Club from 4:00-6:00PM. Host – Greg MacKay ably assisted by his wine connoisseur Ross Boakes is currently sourcing the best wines from the McLaren Vale and Claire Valley for this year’s tasting. Come along and learn a little of the history of the wines and impress friends with your gained knowledge at the next dinner party.

Generation Relay takes place on Sunday 30th December at 8:15. Originally it was the grandparent/grandchild relay it has now morphed into a child under 12 with their partner – grandparent, parent, uncle, aunt, guardian – whatever. Always fun! It will be followed by a short race for the children so they can practise for the big time.

Denise Elder will be letting her boots do the talking on the Spit – Manly walk, starting at 10:00AM on Wednesday 2nd of January. Breakfast at your favourite café in Manly and then test out the B-Line bus back to the Spit.

It is planned to hold the Bowls Day on Thursday 3rd of January at 4:00PM at the Mosman Bowling Club. This is subject to confirmation. Jenny Hole will have been out manicuring the greens for the annual assault on them by the wayward beach club members.

The festivities finish with the annual Bridge lunch and game on Sunday 6th January. John Mather will be hosting what is always a great event. Those interested will need to go to the trybooking website to book your spot.

Posters and whiteboards will be put up around the front room of the club from the 8th of December for participants to put their name down.

If you are new to the club and interested to find out more about any of the above events please respond on the email link below.


Yes! One of the foundation SOF teams ‘The Mullets’ have thrown out the challenge. Led by their patriarch ‘Big Tony’ their narcissism is unmatched – only Donald Trump comes close.

This is what the SOF is all about – the unabashed swagger of your typical Premier League Football Club supporters. Last year’s winner, Team Neoprene is toying with the idea of rebadging themselves as ‘Mullet Trawlers’ to bring this bunch of burly to the feasting table.

Accordingly we are looking to get all teams in place early this year. The early registration will open up a “Transfer Season” where if you are not happy with your current team or you are looking to strengthen your team there will be an opportunity to get your agent out there to hawk your services to another team or snap up some novices with potential.

Listed below are the teams from last year, listed in finishing order with their Captains. Clive Mancey will be coordinating with the Captains to get their teams in place. Last year’s winner, Team Neoprene, led by the Dark Lord Ross Boakes are already planning their defence to go back-to-back. Captain of the Eels, Chris Webb is plotting the demise of the Mullets and at the same time planning how to seize the ‘Goblet of Fire Trophy’. There is no equal to this quiet, reticent, methodological strategist.

So if you are going to be there for the SOF let your team captain know and if not in a team you are always welcome form your own, join Tim Anderson’s Leftovers or for those coming in from the wild sign up with The Revenants.

Team Neoprene Ross Boakes The Mullets Clive Mancey
Whitewater Helen Kennedy Salties Ken Pritchett
Vice Squad Traicha Jandera Balmoral Tri’s John Simmonds
Paloramas Damon Pal Manly Mob Denise Elder
The Eels Chris Webb Grinners Jack Stenning
Sea Snakes Pauline Nolan Buena Vista Social Club Tony Crosby
The Young & Old Richard Harrison Gerry & the PM’s Gerry Elkan
Bourn Again John Hibbett Leftovers Tim Andereson
The Revenants Terry Carroll

Storytellers – Des Kearney

Caps where compulsory in the 1960s’s L-R: Dick Morath (slightly obscured), Des Kearney (pointing), Lou Morath, Tim Anderson, John Bagnall, Angus McKenzie (behind John), Vin Morath (foreground) – Click image to enlarge.

At the 100th Meeting Karel Moray shared some wonderful stories about her father club legend Des Kearney. This fabulous presentation of anecdotes and insights to the true Des Kearney was followed with a surprise celebration with a spectacular cake and champagne to mark the 100th meeting milestone.

Convenor Clive Mancey with the spectacular cake to celebrate the 100th meeting

The way members have embraced the Storytellers has made it all worthwhile and we all know a little bit more about each other. It’s a fun way to spend an evening being entertained once a month and now helps accumulate some good stories for the BBC Bicentenary publication!

Daughter – Karol Moray

Karel told us how Peter Desmond (call me Des) Kearney was born on 25 July 1917 to Deyra Drummond & Raymond Kearney of Cremorne, Sydney. Deyra was of Scottish background. Des’s father died when he was 2 years old. Deyra, who never remarried, raised Des as a single parent. Continue reading