BRFC Award Winners 2014

Posted by faulkst | General | Sunday 19 October 2014 4:26 pm

BRFC Award Winners 2014

BRFC Clubman of the Year – Frank Timpano
BRFC Womens Player of the Year – Nicole Whatmough
BRFC Player of the Year – Joshua Faulks & Frank Timpano
BRFC Rookie of the Year – Steven Pitman
BRFC Best and Fairest First Grade – Matt Alcorn & Anthony Oliver
BRFC Best and Fairest Reserve Grade – Frank Timpano
BRFC Best and Fairest Youth Grade – Matt Sink
BRFC Womens Most Improved – Jenna Webb
BRFC Womens Players Player – Jessica Farr
BRFC First Grade Players Player – Matt Alcorn
BRFC Reserve Grade Players Player – Frank Timpano
BRFC Youth Players Player – Paul Burleigh
BRFC Top Goalscorer – Joshua Faulks
BRFC Safe Hands – Clint Worthington

A BALGOWNIE SOLDIER’S DIARY – Part 2

Posted by faulkst | General,History | Thursday 1 May 2014 6:35 pm

A BALGOWNIE SOLDIER’S DIARY – Part 2

South Coast Times 16 June, 1916

The following is a continuance of Pte. J. Masters account of experiences at gallipoli, received by his brother, Mr. R. Masters.

After seeing him to the hospital we parted, au revoir. He was the second in our battalion to get wounded. There was a spare man, the trombone player, he was put with me.

We got orders to leave our packs there, which was signal that there was something doing. We moved round again to our left, getting closer to Suvla Bay. All that time, just at the back of us, was a continious fire. Getting round to our position we had to cross a flat about two hundred yards of which was quite visible to our enemy. The first company of our battalion had to cross over in extended order — that’s about eight at a time, at a distance of about twenty yards apart. The first got across O.K., then they started to put the shrapnel in. All the time this was going on, we were looking on waiting our turn. You would just get about half-way across when they would put in two or three quickly. Suddenly a stray one came right in where we were sitting. By jove! You should have seen the scramble for shelter. Our turn came at length, just as we were half-way across, bang came one just over my head. My mate dropped the stretcher at the back; I thought it had got him. Looking round, I saw him rising again slowly, so we were off for our lives; got across, threw everything off and came back to collect our wounded. Such sight I do not wish to see again. We grabbed the nearest chap. He had his arm neatly blown off, and we took him to the hospital, where there was a continious stream all the time. As soon as they were dressed we had to take them on another couple of miles to the clearing station.

They got twenty-five of our boys in that lot, a fair introduction. When going back to collect the wounded they never offered to fire on us. We received a message from them saying when carrying stretchers always close them, otherwise they would fire on us.

After that we were camped with the Ghurkas for a week, our boys linking up the line between the Ghurkas and Tommies by digging trenches. This was tedious work, carried on only at night, out in the open, practically at the foot of Hill W., which was held by the enemy. You had to go for your life so as to get yourself under cover.

Our work here for three weeks was our worst experience. We were called out at all hours, bringing them in who had been “popped over.” To give you an idea, one of our boys who was carrying got three holes through his overcoat.

A rather good joke occurred here, the subject of which was G. Williamson, one of our old bass players, commonly called Doppie. After carrying in a wounded man he returned to halt for a spell; his two cobbers were waiting on him, sitting down opposite the General’s dug-out. As he came to them one exclaimed, “Where the h— have you been to?” The General, wondering who was outside, walked out; Doppie, not knowing, patted the General on the shoulder and said, “What do you reckon, old squire?” “What!” the General replied, “Do you know who you’re speaking to?” “No,” said Doppie. “You are speaking to a General. How long have you been in the Army?” doppie turned to a cobber saying, “How long is it Mick?” Mick replied, “I’m — if I know.” “Be about your business, quick,” the General said, “or I’ll put you in the guard tent.” — The squad then marched. The General is now in command of our second division — General Cox. The culprit went away from the Peninsula ill. I believe he is now on picket in England. Although in many tight corners we always had our little jokes, it was better than looking on the serious side of things.

We had a week with the Ghurkas, who, on passing our ranch on their way to the firing line, always had smiling faces. They would say “Turkey finish to-night,” and pull their kukri (knife), across their throat. They were cheerful little fellows, great fighters, and had great faith in the Australians. A common saying of theirs was — “One shell, English Tommie gets in his dug-out; two shells, Frenchman lie flat; three shells, Australian look round, say you b– b–!”

We moved round a little farther, into what we called the donga. It was one time a watercourse. We picked this spot as a shelter for a dressing station. I call it a shelter, but traveling one was half-exposed. Our enemy found this out; they got twenty-five of our boys in two days here. It was here our second in command, Major McManamey, got killed; he and the Colonel, while on the way back from the beach for their morning swim went to inspect a well. Johnnie Turk must have spotted them; putting one in which got the Major; killing him instantly. He was a fine man, one of our best officers. This routine continued day after day. Odd ones getting popped over. If the Turks saw a mob swimming, they put a shell right among them, although our boys took no heed of them, being so dirty and lowsey they took the risk for a good swim. My mate and I never missed a day, sneaking away when there was nothing doing.

The heat and flies were awful. After the charge of the Eighteenth, in which they got cut up, and in which we backed them up, there were hundreds of dead bodies lying between the trenches, and in them. Our boys made parapets of them, covering them up with dirt, then they began to swell up with the heat. I tell you, our boys had it pretty rough for some days. One had to eat his food with all this, but at the finish we got used to it. Our boys did a lot of work here, digging trenches; at first they were only two and a half feet; when completed one could carry a patient through any of them without being exposed.

Relieving the Ghurkas for two days, I will relate an experience. It was dusk when we marched off (two squads of bearers). It was a case of follow the leader. At last we came to our destination and were ordered to make ourselves comfortable. Waking the next morning we found ourselves sleeping just opposite a dead Turk, who had been buried in the parapet, his feet projecting; the smell was strong, but being dog-tired we, once asleep, didn’t notice it.

Well, that ended our career with the Ghurkas. Our next position was where the Sixteenth Battalion were, and known as Pope’s Range. The trenches for a time were a bit strange, being very shallow. Quite a few of our boys got popped through the head, which means nearly instantaneous. After they were there a while they kept their heads down. This was quite a change from the left, just like garrison duty. After a while they made lovely trenches of them, a new one in front of the old one, which took a bit of tunneling. Our worst lot here was the fatigue work, climbing up and down the hill, which was like, I would say, the last pinch of the bullock-track, Mt. Pleasant. It was only on a couple of occasions we were called out. The first introduction was to Big Stick bombs, which exploded like the effect of a hundred pounds shell. They are fired out of a trench, going about three hundred feet in the air, then coming straight down behind the lines. The first six must have got about a dozen of us. The first caught a lot round the cooking house just at dinner time. The flies here were so very troublesome, causing a lot of illness; a great number of our boys being sent away made it bad for the ones left behind.

1916 ‘[No heading].’, South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus (NSW : 1900 – 1954), 16 June, p. 18, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page15464309

A BALGOWNIE SOLDIER’S DIARY

Posted by faulkst | General,History | Tuesday 29 April 2014 6:02 pm

A BALGOWNIE SOLDIER’S DIARY

 

In addition to the BRFC Committee Anzac Day post, please read the below letter written by Judy Masters from World War 1. The letter was published in the South Coast Times and has been transcribed by local historian Michael Delhaas. It’s a long read but the letter gives an insight into World War 1.

 

South Coast Times 9 June, 1916

 

Mr. J. R. Masters, Annandale, has received from his brother, Pte. J. W. Masters, a record of his experiences up to February last, as follows —

 

Now, as you have had all news from papers, etc., I will endeavour to try and give you my full routine as a soldier since leaving dear old Sydney, just nigh eight months since — on the 5th June, as you already know. Our march to the boat was one we will not forget for some time to come, quite new to the game, as you know. I never gave you chance by letting you know of my final flutter, and it came hard to me I must give in, to see all of the boys getting perhaps their last farewell from so many who are always so dear to them, and not one of my own to give me good cheer, perhaps for the last time, but with my cornet to my lips I drowned all sorrow by making up for my mates, bogging in until we reached the wharf, where we boarded the ferry, which conveyed us to our transport, the S.S. Ceramic.

 

Once on board we were all abustle till we got settled on our troopdeck, which, I must say, proved the best part of the ship amidships. Taking a time for all to get settled down, we moved off at half past 4. Quite a lot of good friends accompanied us in motor boats and ferry boats in a wild state of excitement. I, with my mate, climbed to the top of the rigging to have a last fond look at the dear old city. Once outside the Heads we kept up for a while slowly moving down the coast to see the dear old Wollongong lighthouse. Our next excitement was as to whether we were to call at Melbourne or not. It seemed as we were when nearing the port, but we were disappointed just pulling up for a pilot to take our mail off. Moving off again, we left the coast altogether. Had four days out on the water before we sighted the coast of West Australia, which was our last fond look for a time — a whole fourteen days. Then we had “the life on the ocean wave” before sighting Aden, which proved a most welcome change. We manouvered round there for an hour, our transport turning round after getting signals. My first thoughts were of us returning to India, but we turned round once more towards Suez, our next port of call. Here we got our first reception of the Gippo, as we call him, coming alongside with their quaint old sailin boats, selling oranges, melons, etc. We put all our sick off there, to travel by rail to Cairo. We then moved off, passing through the Canal, where we are now encamped, distance of ninety miles, about halfway between Port Said and Suez on the Arabian side, way in about ten miles in the wilderness from the Canal, but we will leave that alone for a time. We then dropped anchor at Port Said, after a nine hours run through the Canal: we had some fun with the natives while coaling. We then moved off to Alexandria, where, we landed on the twenty-third July (Friday) – 3. We took train from there to Cairo, a distance of about ninety miles, landing at our camping ground, Heliopolis, at four o’clock on Saturday morning. By the way, our routine of drill coming over for the troops — morning, physical; afternoon, rifle inspection and drill, just to keep one fit. Of course, mine with the band practice, mornings, play program for officers mess every night, taking turns with the Eighteenth Band; Sunday afternoon programmes church service mornings. As you already know, our boat was terribly crowded. I suppose there must have been over three hundred troops aboard. Our sport mainly was boxing tournaments, concerts, and all kinds of games, which passed away the time, and proved good pastime for the boys. The tucker consisted of a little of all sorts, beef, mutton, underground mutton (or rabbits), all sorts of vegetables with a little custard or prunes to top them off. On the whole, it was very good. We had a canteen there, where you could get a change of tin fruits, which I hit up very much, plenty of cordials, which were very welcome coming through the tropics and Red Sea, being very hot. Our most fun was when crossing the Line. Everyone was to be thrown into a big tank of water, then Father Neptune lathers you up with big whitewash brush with soap, shaves you then with a big wooden razor, and throws you in again. Of course, they have a few more colleagues in there all the time to duck you. They are all blackened up; officers and all get their turn. It was fun, I can tell you. Our band played out for the occasion. Didn’t matter what clothes you had on, if they get a hold of you, it was good-bye, in you go. We had six deaths coming over, which, I must say, passed a gloom over the ship. On the whole, our trip was O.K. It is to be hoped we will be as lucky on our return to get as good a transport as the dear old Ceremic and crew.

 

Well, our stay in Egypt was very short, three weeks, and then to business. As you have already had my doings in those three weeks, I will cut it out. Orders to pack our instruments away leaving all that we could in our kit bags, just taking what was necessary to make a light load. Packing all up what we were to leave behind, we took the train once more to Alexandria, leaving Heliopolis at half-past eight a.m. on the fifteenth August, arriving in Alexandria at quarter-past five on Monday morning. Boarded another transport, the S.S. Aaturnia, which was a dirty old thing, just by way of a change from the Ceremic, bound for Lemnos, leaving the wharf at half-past six that night. Had a pleasant trip through the Mediterranean — calm as a milk pond, landing at Lemnos Island on Thursday, nineteenth. After a twenty-four hours spell we transshipped to another transport, the Osmeniah, sneaking out after dusk, we proceeded for another four hours run, which I must say, was quite exciting. All lights out, no cigarette butts, silence, no one allowed to speak. We steered on our way in between destroyers, doing patrol, and keeping a sharp lookout for submarines. At last we eased down. Orders to get prepared to cast off: anchored about a mile from shore, taking some time for the lighter to take us all ashore. Presently we hear the crack, crack of the rifles. This was morning; it was just breaking day when we landed ashore, and there were still a couple of lighter loads to come. All landed, we moved off under the range of a big cliff, so we will call it. Such a march, under difficulties, I will not forget as a stretcher bearer, with a full pack, over two hundred rounds of ammunition, rifle and the stretcher, carrying doctor’s paniers. By jove, it was a good introduction with our joke of an old quack, and sergeant squeaking to keep up. The best of the fun was, we had only about three hundred yards to go, when we turned into a gully known as Rest Gully, where we camped that day. After settling down, we prepared to cook our first meal — not too much of the cooking by me, but I had a good mate, our trombone player, who afterwards proved himself one of the best. So long as I collected the wood and the water, he did the rest. Mat and myself (I was forgetting him), we had a little sleep then; suddenly woke to hear a terrific bombardment starting from our battleships and land batteries creeping up the side of the hill, we viewed the proceedings, which were on our left, round towards Suvla. There were shells bursting everywhere. This lasted for some time, then eased off. Suddenly we hear the crack, crack of the machine guns and rifles. This, as we afterwards found out, was the charge of the Eighteenth, which got cut up. That night, after dusk, we got orders to move round to where we viewed the bombardment, where they were still mixing it, as on our way we passed a number of them getting carried in. As passing each lot of stretcher bearers, we used to get a reminder, “I pity you poor —, there’s any amount for you round there.” Stumbling across rough ground, dark, just practically following the leader, we were led up into another gully, known as Reserve Gully, behind where the Eighteenth were at it. This was about ten o’clock at night. We laid waiting for a while for orders, keeping well in under the ridge from the strays coming over the ridge. At last we got order to dig ourselves in. Whilst in progress, one of our boys got popped with a stray one. Our squad for duty — Mat (a Victorian boy), and myself. This was my first experience as a stretcher bearer. A boy, he said he was twelve stone; by jove, he seemed about twenty-four before we dropped him! Still carrying our rifle and equipment, dark as pitch, not knowing the run of the place, it was one I will ever remember. Had orders to take him to a certain base hospital; didn’t know where it was. We plugged on, came across a New Zealand hospital, woke the doctor up to have a look at our patient. Putting us on our track, we set off on our way again, found out we had missed the sap we were told to take. We thought so too, by the way the bullets were flying about us, the machine guns and rifle fire were deafening. Anyhow, we scrambled back, finding the sap, which led us to the hospital. That was our first introduction, and Mat’s only one. Getting back to our battalion again, we started to make a dugout for our selves, when a stray one came over the ridge, getting my mate in the fleshy part of the leg. It was a miracle how it missed me, must have just shaved my head in the position we were standing. Well, Bob, you can guess how I felt to lose my mate, not practically thirty hours after landing. I was dumb founded, as the saying is; all sorts of queer things passed through my brain. I got about as if lost, not caring if it should be my turn next.

 

1916 ‘[No heading].’, South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus (NSW : 1900 – 1954), 9 June, p. 19, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page15464286

BRFC vs Univeristy ICU Round 8

Posted by faulkst | General | Saturday 26 April 2014 5:56 pm

Youth Grade BRFC 1 (0) vs University 1 (1) at Judy Masters Oval

Starting XI: C Huckel, J Beaumont , P Burleigh, T Green, S Pitman, I Osborne, M Pellici, K Duggan, L Bruce, B Burke and B Waeger.

Subs: J Sweeney for M Pellici.

Goals: B Waeger.

Reserve Grade BRFC 2 (0) vs University 1 (1) at Judy Masters Oval

Starting XI: M Pill, M Bubb, J McCreary, F Timpano, D Barlow, B McAulay, J Faulks, J Winner, J Everson, A Harrower and B Zentrich.

Subs: J North for A Harrower, P Lukin for J Everson, D Masi for B Zentrich and J Waters for D Barlow.

Goals: Own Goal and J Winner

First Grade BRFC 0 (0) vs University 1 (0) at Judy Masters Oval

Starting XI: C Worthington , M Alcorn, C Apolloni, L Veney, A Oliver, A Lehtsalu, B Wilson, M Pitt, S Formosa, A Davis and J Seymour.

Subs: M Luskan not used, B McCarthy for A Lehtsalu, M Scott for J Seymour, J Waters not used and M Pill not used.

Goals: No Goals

ANZAC DAY

Posted by faulkst | Events,General,History,Players | Friday 25 April 2014 8:54 am

As it is ANZAC day, the BRFC Committee wants to pay respect to the Diggers, in particular Balgownie Soldiers from WWI. These people are the reason why we have our freedom and why we enjoy football on a Saturday afternoon. The words and list below are from a few years ago and were written by local historian Michael Delhaas, who was instrumental in the revitalisation of the Balgownie War Memorial, which is situated just down the road from us on the corner of Para Street and Balgownie Road. Please note that we sincerely thank Michael for the below list and that a list of the Balgownie Soldiers for WWII was not available at the time this piece was written.

 

“These are the soldiers listed on the Balgownie War Memorial. The list was compiled in 1929, ten years after the war had ended. By this time Memories were no longer clear and families had left the area. As a result, the Memorial is not an accurate list of those enlisted from Balgownie. This is evident in the incorrect spelling of various names and the duplicate listing of Richard Hird, He was originally listed as returned but was later also added to the list of deceased.

 

The criteria applied to the listing of names were based on the fact that these soldiers had some connection to the village. Some were born and raised in the area, others had lived or worked there, whilst others had some other association with the village. The Memorial covered the Balgownie area including Fairy Meadow, Tarrawanna, Fernhill, Mount Pleasant and Mount Ousley.

 

Those who died:

David Brownlie, Arnold Burling, Edward Percy Clout, John Edward Crompton, John Wheeler Cram, Patrick Devirs, Daniel Fraser, William Burns Gemmell, George Richard Gill, John Joseph Gough, John Boland Green, Richard Hird, John Kenning, Francis William Madden, Frederick McMahon, Patrick Francis McMahon, Thorne North, George Popple, John Reed, Robert William Scott, James Sharples, Colin Leslie Thomson, Jasper Robson Thompson and John Wheeler.

 

Those who returned:

Walter Adie, Thomas Henry Allison, Lester Norman Applebee, John Ashmore, George Alexander Baker, Thomas Stephen Baker, Bertrid Ambrose Barrett, Thomas Batey, William Bloomfield, William Thomas Brett, William Alexander Campbell, T Clarkson, David Grant Cook, Alexander Cowie, David Cowie, John William Crowther, Percy John Davies, William Rowland Davies, Charles McLean Dawson, James Robb Dawson, William Robb Dawson, James Devirs, Alexander Fair Duncan, Charles Richard Easterbrook, Joseph Edgar, Albert William Edwards, Albert Edward Eshman, William Henry Fielding, Alexander Findley, John Ellis Findley, Matthew Ellis Findley, Charles William Foster, Hugh Fraser, William James Furner, Patrick James (James) Gavin, Alexander Webster Gemmell, James Gemmell, David Henry Harris, Robert Alfred Harris, Edward Hayman, William Hayman, Alexander Heslop, John Heslop, John William Hooper, Alexander Hunter, Peter Templeton Hunter, Edward Alexander James, Thomas Kenning, Dr. William Love Kirkwood, Thomas Lithgow, William John Henry Lithgow, Albert Reay Lucock, Joseph Lucock, William Madden, James William Masters, John McDonald, Joseph McMahon, Edward Ernest Moorhouse, Herbert Hercules Murray, W Murray, James Nicholls, William Harold North, John Gillon Parker, Phillip Henry Potter, Thomas Edward Potter, W Price, Andrew Rae, James Rae, Archibald Ridley, James Gibson Russell, Michael Joseph Ryan, Frederick Thomas Sydney Selwyn, Edgar Arnold Sherman, Oswald William Sherman, James Simpson, Cecil C Smith, E J Smith, Francis Claude Soldi, Edwin Harold Stafford, T Stevenson, Peter Taylor, Alice Jane Thompson (Nurse), George Benjamin Ward, Samuel Cunningham Weeks, Lionel Stephen Whitbread, Richard Woods and James Young”.

 

Lest We Forget

Womens Association Cup – BRFC vs Thirroul

Posted by faulkst | Cup,Fixtures,Players,Results,Women's | Wednesday 19 March 2014 6:46 pm

Womens Association Cup

BRFC 0 (0) vs 6 (5) Thirroul at Lakelands Oval

BRFC Squad: Rhea Mangles, Chelsea Veney, Caitlin Lewis, Clare St George, Caterina Zanier, Lorraine Edkins, Amy Oliver, Amber Bubb, Melissa Beaveridge, Michelle Robinson, Kirsty Philpott, Liz Dominis, Jess Farr & Annaleise Geteley.

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