Nonadge, Noaging, Nonintentional, The 90th trip is here. I wonder if Uncle Jimmy ever thought this unique sporting club he started would still be providing the Islanders with sporting competition, friendship and following the ethos he set out some 90 years later. Those principles are set in stone (well nearly, I’m sure you can get away with the odd joke at dinner!) and because of this that the trip continues today. Along with the hard work put in by the D.G. and the Organizator, both of whom I would like to wholeheartedly thank.
I would also like to thank all of you who have made the trip this year and especially welcome the new boys. You are about to embark on one of the most memorable weeks of your life.
My first trip was in 2005 having been invited by my sponsor Simmo. I hadn’t got a clue what he said but agreed to come along anyway. All I knew was it was “down Souff”. Thank you Simmo for making me part of all this and congratulations on winning the golf match last year in your final year as golf captain. How am I going to get in the team now?
On that trip I gave my all in every sport as requested. I loved the competitiveness and the new friendships that followed. Memories that last a lifetime.
All I ask of you is to give the same. I will endeavour (do I get a point for this?) to lead by example but remember to shake your opponents hand or give them a hug before you whip their a***. I want a winning trip Mals. Experience tells me that dinner and beer always taste better after a win.
Stick together and if you’re not playing please make sure you come and support those that are and not just go to the pub. (I said I would give Eddie a mention.) It really does make a big difference to have the support.
With the number we have this year and one day less we have a busy schedule so please make sure you are where you need to be in a timely manner.
One final note of thanks and best wishes must go to our outgoing President Wilf Feely who can’t be with us this year due to illness. On behalf of the Mals I would like to thank Wilf for controlling his students last year. A fine job of leadership and a hard task to follow, despite doing my homework. Wishing you all the best Wilf.
Have a great trip everyone.
Wednesday 27th September, 2023
Monday 2nd October, 2023