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Sports Day between Ulladulla Men’s Shed and theBay & Basin
Men’s Shed on 23rd February 2011
The Bay & Basin Men’s Shed and the Ulladulla Men’s Shed had planned a social day for some time. It had come out of a collegial day where a number of sheds had met to try the idea of a cluster. Over Christmas 2010 an idea jelled where the guys from Ulladulla would host a combined sports day.
The date and time was set over a couple of emails and then the combatants set the events. Had anyone heard of ‘Aunt Sally’ ?
The day arrived and not only had Ulladulla Men’s Shed organized a venue, a BBQ (with plenty of great food), they had four event stations and even arranged the weather.
The day started at the Ulladulla Men’s Shed where a morning tea and look over the shed was on offer. Bay & Basin Men’s Shed took 14 keen, fit athletic members to represent their shed and all wearing florescent green membership shirts. What a team!!
From there we did a conga line of vehicles out to Narrawallee Reserve. This place is amazing. Early in the 20th century, silica was much sought after for equipment like furnaces. Port Kembla & BHP were just starting. A long extinct volcano had left fissures of silica in an around Ulladulla. Trucks were not strong enough at that stage, so hand mining and a rail network brought the material to Bannister Head for shipping to Port Kembla.
An excellent walk was conducted by one of the Ulladulla members who was able to give historical detail as we looked over some remains of the railway and trestle bridge crossing the Narrawallee Inlet.
Next were the events themselves:
Four stations were located around the reserve where the equipment for staging the contests was set up. Teams of 4 from one shed were paired off with 4 from the other shed. A scoring sheet was available on a clipboard and away we went.
The events were: Aunt Sally, putt putt golf, botches, and quoits. The latter did come up for some ribald comments during each shot so this will be deleted from the next round of contest.
There was even a turned wooden trophy on offer. Unfortunately it was stolen during the course of the day and may in fact been reduced to ashes by now.
A Bay & Basin Men’s Shed crew won the team event, however, Ulladulla won the overall event.
It was such a successful day that there will be a return match with many of the guys psyching themselves up with training over cups of coffee and planning some more difficult type events. We surely have the next one in the bag.
Contact Details for more regarding future events:-
Ulladulla Men's Shed
Bruce: Bruce & Helen email@example.com
Barrie Wilford: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bay & Basin Men’s Shed:
Greg Thornton: email@example.com
Photos taken on the Day:-