July 6, 2014

Club nights

The following club nights have been arranged by our house manager Dean Paddy and we hope you enjoy attending them. If your club is involved, please get a group of your old friends together and come and enjoy a night in the club at Eden Park. Club nights start from 4.30pm each Friday.

July 18 – Marist
July 25 – Ponsonby
August 1 – Onewhero, Maramarua, Ardmore-Marist
August 8 – North Shore
August 15 – Takapuna
August 29 – Northcote
September 5 – College Rifles

Annual subscriptions

We have had an excellent response to the request for payment of club annual subscriptions. Even though it’s getting very late in the year to be paying your annual sub, it’s still not too late.
If you are reading this newsletter and haven’t paid your sub, please do so straight away. The club account number is – 02 0400 0009813 000 or send a cheque to; P.O. Box 26418, Epsom, Auckland 1023.
We have received three payments through the bank but unfortunately, there was no identifying information given to identify the payer.
If you have paid your sub and haven’t received your membership cards, please ring or email the secretary (846-7241 or sec @brfc.co.nz) and advise when you paid and which bank you paid your sub to.

New club blazer purchase arrangements

After 35+ years, Cambridge Clothing have advised that it will no longer be able to manufacture our club blazers as it is closing its NZ manufacturing operation and outsourcing the garments through China.
Obviously, we are very disappointed as the relationship with Keven Whittam at Cambridge has been outstanding and, similarly, he is very disappointed too.
A new arrangement, therefore, has been made with a new tailor and company.
The new company is Payne Tailors, who are located in Karangahape Road, Auckland and the same purchase arrangements apply, as per the Cambridge Clothing Company arrangements. That is, if you would like to purchase a club blazer, please contact the secretary,
Phone: 09-846-7241 or
Email: sec@brfc.co.nz
The secretary will then give you the full purchase details and advise Payne Tailors that you will be calling to be measured, et cetera for a new Barbarians blazer.

Book launch

In conjunction with several Massey University friends, Tom Johnson has produced a book called Legends in Black which is based on his PhD thesis – on ‘Organisational culture and ‘Why the All Blacks win’.
The book will go on sale late in July and Tom has asked to launch the book in the Baabaas club at a time to be agreed.
We will keep you informed and will look forward to the release of Tom’s new book. Well done, Tom.

New members’ introduction night

Please note Wednesday July 23 at 6.30pm in the clubrooms.
Twenty-six new members have been selected as members of the club and their introduction to the club, together with the presentation of a club tie, will be made on July 23.
All club members are invited to the club to meet the new members and to help introduce them to the club.

Barbarians v Blues and Highlanders

Barbarians’ RFC teams played two games in June at the request of the Blues and Highlanders coaches, who asked for competitive teams to play practice games during their break while the All Black v England series was played.
Both of these games were an outstanding success and both achieved the objectives that each of the coaches asked for.
In the Northland game, played in Whangarei, the Baabaas led 14-0 after 20 minutes and after scoring what President Bryan Williams described as one of the best tries he has seen.
Although the Blues ran out 48-21 winners, they had to work hard for their win.
In Invercargill, the Southland Times headline says it all – ‘Highlanders made to work hard for win over Barbarians’. We think that the workout the Baabaas gave the Highlanders, was the wake-up call they needed to beat the Chiefs on June 27.

Club visitor passes

Visitor pass No 4, issued at the Junior World Championship finals on June 20, is missing and hasn’t been returned to the office. If you have visitor pass No 4 or know who has it, please return it when you are in the club next.