Tall tales of the club­house

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

DUR­ING the big flood of 1979, the low level Fox­ton cross­ing of the Moss­man River flooded, pre­vent­ing ev­ery­one who lived on the north side from reach­ing town for four days. Th­ese peo­ple be­came des­per­ate for sup­plies, and as a pub­lic ser­vice the then provi­dor Ian May opened the club­house so they at least could have a drink. Con­se­quently, de­spite risk­ing his mar­riage, he stayed open till the club ran out of beer and the road was opened. THE club­house was con­structed us­ing blocks made by mem­bers at work­ing bees. To make cav­i­ties in the blocks they used beer cans which had to be emp­tied first. The process of mix­ing ce­ment and pour­ing it into moulds how­ever was hot and thirsty work and a ready sup­ply of ‘cav­i­ties’ was al­ways avail­able. DEREK God­man and his dugout were syn­ony­mous with Legacy Day over many years. Derek would con­struct his dugout on the course to raise funds for Legacy. At this ex­tra hole some se­ri­ous drink­ing and yarning took place, de­lay­ing the game some­what. The story goes that Derek and a mate were a lit­tle the worse for wear af­ter a big Legacy Day and jumped in a ute and drove as far as Moss­man be­fore they re­alised they weren’t in Derek’s ute. They turned around and snuck back be­fore the loss was re­ported, and then drove home in the right ve­hi­cle.

NEAR­ING COM­PLE­TION:

Just wait­ing for the win­dows

UN­DER­WAY:

con­struc­tion of the club­house

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