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Melbourne Cup Day, 7 November 2017
Melbourne Cup Day was sponsored by The Esplanade Hotel and brought 32 punters to the bowling green. Some were dressed in Spring Carnival mufti with the strong winds playing havoc with hats. There were triples and fours playing in 2 games of 10 ends. There were three teams that won both games. Coming in with 31 points was the team of Carol Waters, Joe Bonnici and John Sutcliffe. On 32 points with 9 shots up were the runners up of the day, Edith Perrett, John Arnold and Carol Hughes. Congratulations to our winners, Harry Dunn, Keith Cousens, Veronica Muir and Marg Flett. We were all happy to leave the bowling green behind for the comfort of the club house where we were joined by non-bowlers enjoying watching the races on the big screen. A buffet style lunch of chicken with a variety of salads fed the hungry bowlers and guests. There was plenty for a second helping for those who needed a little more. This was followed up with a cheese, fruit and biscuit platter. Thank you to our catering crew for taking such good care of our stomachs. There were raffles to be won. Thanks to those members who donated prizes. A speech was given by Danielle Snelling, founder of Motherless Daughters. She spoke from the heart of her personal experiences and the reasons the Motherless Daughters group was established. Proceeds of the day will be directed to this organisation to further their work with girls of all ages as they face life milestones without their mothers. Bookies Trevor Scott and Huie Nation sold the Cup Sweep tickets. Punters cheered on the horses and the lucky ones collected their winnings. To end the day, there was a Men's and Ladies Hat Parade which saw suitably hatted members sashay down the club rooms for the judges. Winning the Men's section was Jack Miller with Pam Lawson taking the honours in the Ladies section. A great social way to spend another Cup Day.