Category Archives: Sport

Yarn February – March 2019

The Southern Yarn’s February – March 2019 issue is ready for your reading enjoyment again. Here’s the editorial to get you started:

Thanks to Jenny Gates for typing up the Getting to Know feature for this issue – about “Two-Up” (p.6). Now, I think there needs to be some explanation for readers who have never attended one of our events here in Winnipeg.

We play Two-Up at many of our gatherings – it is easy and fun for all ages, and results in a winner in just a few tosses. So, here’s the explanation: the way we “place our bets” is to stand up and place both hands on your head, or both hands on your butt, or one hand on your head and the other on your tail. Everyone who doesn’t match the result of the toss of the two pennies (yes, we use genuine pre-decimal Australian pennies) is out and they sit down. Those left standing place their bet again and there is another toss. It usually only takes three or four tosses to get a winner. So, we’re not really breaking any laws; and, in fact, we’re upholding a long-observed ANZAC Day tradition.

There is a charming 1937 book titled The Lore of the Lyrebird by Ambrose Pratt in which much of the credit for advancing the knowledge of lyrebirds is said to be due to an amazing friendship between a male lyrebird and a widowed lady named Mrs Edith Wilkinson, who, at that time, lived hermit fashion on one of the higher slopes of Mt Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. Since then these birds continue to fascinate and impress and have become superstars through YouTube and David Attenborough documentaries. They are also the subject in this issue’s Birds I view (P.8).

Thank you this month to Jude McCudden, Jenny Gates, Chris Brasher, Malcolm Whyte, Judy Powell, Peter Munn, Terry Delong, Murray Burt, our advertisers and you, our readers!

AFL Grand Final this Friday night!

Join us this Friday September 28 for the 4th Annual AFL Grand Final Night in Winnipeg.

Members and friends of the Winnipeg Bears Australian Football Club and the DUCW will be at Boston Pizza, 1475 Henderson Hwy, from 9:30 pm onward.

The Aussie Rules football grand final is the biggest event on the Australian sporting calendar, and will be broadcast live from Melbourne. This year it’s the Collingwood Magpies versus the West Coast Eagles. The large projector screen will be going, with all the pre-game live music and, of course, a rousing rendition of the Australian national anthem. Can we top last year’s effort?!?! Yes, we can!

No need to RSVP. Just turn up and be part of the event. Family and friends welcome.

More details at the WBAFC’s Facebook page.

World Masters Ultimate Club Championship

All this week in Rosser, MB (30 mins NW of Wpg), New Zealand and Australia are competing in the World Masters Ultimate Club Championship.

Note that finals are on Saturday August 4 at Investors Group Field, so if you can’t make it out to Rosser, there is an opportunity to see our teams in Winnipeg. Here’s hoping both the Kiwis and the Aussies get to the finals.

The New Zealand teams are:

  • Silver Foxes – Women, Pool B
  • Aotearoa Eh!? – Mixed, Pool B

The Australian teams are:

  • Duff Stout – Men, Pool D
  • Fine Wine – Mixed, Pool A

Visit the WMUCC website for tickets and other information. I also found this link especially helpful.

Thanks to Terry Roberts for letting us know about this.

Yarn March 2018

The March 2018 edition of The Southern Yarn is ready for your downloading and reading, ahead of the printed version. 

You may want to note a couple of events coming up very soon:

Commonwealth Day celebration
Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm
Cathedral Church of Saint John
135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg

Casual get-together
Saturday 17th March, 2:00 pm
High Tea Bakery
2103 Portage Ave, Winnipeg

Congratulations, Kaitlyn!

This just in …

“Orange athlete Kaitlyn Hinrichsen has won 12 gold medals across two sports in two weekends. The 13-year old Orange High School student won nine gold medals at the Mountains and Plains Summer Swimming Championships at Grenfell earlier this month. It followed her winning three gold medals and a bronze at the regional Little Athletics championships in Dubbo.

“Her father Grant said Kaitlyn won her swimming gold medals in all strokes [freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly] in both the 50 metre and 100 metre events and also won gold in the 200 metre individual medley. At the athletics she dominated the distance events. He said she won gold in the 800, 1500 and 3000 metre events and took bronze in the 400 metre final.

“Kaitlyn’s next event is the NSW Country Swimming Championships in Sydney this weekend. He said she would be contesting seven individual events. Her next stop in athletics is the Little Athletics State Championships in late March.”

The Hinrichsens moved to Orange (NSW) in January 2017, and by all accounts the entire family is thriving.

Read more of Kaitlyn’s story here, but like, wow. How proud are we!