Thursday, 22 January 2015
The first of the two day Open competitions that Stanley Golf Club host during the season, the Standard Chartered Open, was played in tricky conditions on the weekend. The sponsor's banners on the 1st tee and by the 18th green gave the course a different look and made the competitors realise it was an important event. The two rounds were also Island Games Qualifiers giving a little bit of extra significance and pressure to those hoping to make the team.
Thursday, 08 January 2015
A CONDENSED version of the Christmas 2004 race meeting from three days to two, due to a shortage of race horses, was still declared a hit by both participants and spectators. With light hearted events scattered between the more serious horse racing, interaction was the name of the game and children and adults alike flocked onto the course for sack races, backwards races and keenly competed running races.
Without the usual challenge from the Turner Stable, top jockey Tim Bonner (image - Tim Bonner winning Governor's Cup) truly reigned supreme in 2014. Tim picked up an amazing 15 first places (and an additional win in a trotting race) giving him the title of Champion Jockey.
Wednesday, 07 January 2015
TWELVE students from each of the old and new Year 5 and6, making it 24 in total, went for Gold at the IJS Archery Club. In the case of the old Year 6, it was their last chance to shoot at the IJS Club (we wish Priya, Kirsty, Katalina, Caitlin and Connor well in their endeavours at FICS.)
Image: MLA Elsby with top shooter James Gilding.
The new Year 5 and 6 students were mostly novice archers with only two having shot before. However Cailtin and Connor came back a few times to show how it was done and provide inspiration. It obviously worked as by the third week all were scoring with most hitting with most of their arrows, and by the time grading came around on week seven, they were recording very impressive scores.
Wednesday, 07 January 2015
Golf Report for Sunday January 4
Decor Services sponsored January medal took place in ideal conditions on Sunday for 16 players. This was the fourth of eight qualifying competitions being held to eventually decide who will represent the Falkland Islands from the Stanley Golf Club in Jersey in June/July 2015. With an excellent gross score of 74, some four shots under his handicap (nett 63), Wayne Clement emerged as the winner. Steve Vincent shot a gross score of 80 (a nett score of 63 also) to claim second place.
Thank you to Chris Gilbert and all at Decor Services for the long-term support they give to the Club.
This Sunday the second board competition of the season, the President's Bowl, will be played for. The Golf Club warmly welcomes new sponsorship for this major competition from Noble Energy Falklands Ltd. We look forward to seeing as many members as possible for this competition, sign in by 9:00 for a 9:15 tee off.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
STANLEY football team took part and won a football tournament with the Army and Air Force on Sunday in commemoration of the World War I anniversary and in remembrance of the 1914 Christmas truce.
Conditions were predictable with the match football delivered by helicopter to the penalty spot quickly blowing away in the westerly wind.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
MORE than 140 Community School children participated in the annual Tumbledown Run on Friday December 12. After some concerns about the weather the skies cleared and the runners had perfect conditions to complete the taxing course.
Friday, 12 December 2014
A 7-a-side match between Stanley and a military team from the Resident Rapier Battery was held as part of the centenary commemorations for Battle Day on the Stanley football pitch on December 7.
With a good crowd in attendance, Stanley started the game very quickly and took the lead in the first couple of minutes with Aiden Morris finishing tidily into the bottom corner. Stanley passed the ball well and put the MPA team under pressure throughout the first half. Wayne Clement scored a second goal for Stanley who went off at half-time with a well-deserved 2-0 lead.
Thursday, 11 December 2014
THE golf club welcomed a new tournament to the schedule on November 30. The FIC tournament sponsored by Home Living and Home Builder was played in windy (for a change) and dry conditions.
Thursday, 31 July 2014
COMPETING in a tournament against teams from countries with populations totalling anything from a million to over a billion, the Falklands was always going to be a little out of its depth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
As Stanley Badminton Club team captain Doug Clark told Penguin News yesterday, "it's difficult for everyone mentally when before a match even starts you know you're going to get beaten, but the attitude has to be, if you're going to lose - lose well."
"Chase down every point," was the advice he gave his mainly very young team, "give it your all and stay positive, don't give up."
And give it their all the Falklands teams surely did. Not only that, but the Lawn Bowls team, with members ages ranging up into the late 70s, managed three fantastic wins.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
THE Falklands shooting team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is feeling, "very confident," Small Bore team member Jeremy Poncet told Penguin News this week.
The shooters are one team one of three representing the Falklands. A badminton team and Lawn Bowls team are also competing at the Games. (Pictured: Two of the badminton team Ross Stewart and Sonia Arkhipkina - photo Stanley Badminton Club).
Describing the facilities as, "absolutely amazing," the Commonwealth Games first timer admitted however that with the very new target system, not to mention the team having entirely new guns and shooting jackets to get used to, a settling in period was necessary.
Jeremy and his team mates have had a few days break before the pre team training shoot today, and the qualifiers tomorrow (50m Rifle Prone for Jeremy and also Michael Goss) and he says they are, "really looking forward to it."