THE CLUB IS
CLOSED TILL FURTHER NOTICE !
It’s that time of the year for another update from my
very busy desk.
Since my last update, there have been some staffing
changes within the club. In the kitchen and restaurant,
we have farewelled our duo team Sean and Tim (we wish
them well in their future endeavours) and welcome our
new chef, Kris and apprentice chef, Suki. We have had
some amazing food come out of the kitchen, and a thank
you to Rosemarie Doeberl, our new Vice President Social,
who has been working with Kris to produce some amazing
traditional Austrian food and daily specials. We have
also farewelled long time bar staff member Katrina.
In this year’s club financial audit, some financial
irregularities in the club were discovered. This led to
the resignation of our previous Manager, Mark. We have
advertised the Manager’s position, and thank you to Rob
Bolin for temporarily stepping into the Manager’s role
to keep the club running smoothly.
Now the weather is warming up, there is no excuse for
hibernation. Come into the club and enjoy a great meal.
Friday night is band night with Bucky and Jeffro
bringing in some great talent, including blues, roots
and country, and once a month, Jazz Haus Canberra
presenting jazz artists. We have local, national and
international guest artists performing. We also have our
local DJ Joe playing every month, so put on your dancing
shoes and come along for an evening of dancing. For
further details on club events, see the club’s E-Blatt
(emailed monthly to you), our Facebook page or
brochures/posters around the club.
There was a fantastic turnout on Saturday, 5 October to
raise funds for White Ribbon Australia – ending violence
against women. I was amazed at all the female talent and
some of the domestic violence stories told were very
We will be celebrating our club’s 50th Anniversary next
year. I would like to borrow photos, slides and
negatives from members relating to the last 49 years of
the club. Please send an email to the club, give me a
call or leave a message for me at the club so I can
contact you to arrange pick-up. If you would like to
drop them into the club, package them up and leave your
contact details so I can return them.
Many members have been asking about the Serbian Church’s
vacant block of land next door. From what I can tell,
there won’t be any building works going on in the near
future as the block of land is now up for sale.
Until the next ‘Das Blatt’, looking forward to seeing
you at the club, and I hope you and your family have an
enjoyable and safe Christmas.
the Austrian Choir
Our year commenced with an Autumn Concert. The
auditorium was beautifully decorated in all the colours
of autumn by Jean Roberts and was filled to capacity.
The guest were treated to a wonderful afternoon of
musical entertainment which included guest artists, the
Canberra Harmony Chorus.
On September 15th we travelled to Sydney and
participated in a mini Sängerfest organised by the
Cäcilien Choir. In total four choirs - the Concordia
Choir, Austrian Choir Canberra, Sans Soucci German Male
Choir Wollongong and hosts, the Cäcilien Choir Croydon -
participated. It was a wonderful afternoon of singing,
each choir performing their own program as well as
featuring a ladies only song, Sagt Holde Frauen and a
rousing rendition of the Jägerchor performed by the men.
The program started and ended with combined choir
Our next performance is at the Club’s Heimat Tag
(Austrian Afternoon) on Sunday October 27th at 2pm. Our
young Austrian Dance Group led by Nicole Krege, will be
in action again and the adult Enzian Dance Group will
also add culture to the afternoon led by Franz
Niederkofler and his able assistant Edeltraud. There
will also be a Trachten parade and at interval
coffee/tea and homemade cake will be available.
We will also be fulfilling our obligation to the
community by performing for the residents of the
Mirinjani Nursing Home.
On Wednesday December 4th at 7.30pm we will have our
Christmas Concert at the Club. There is no need to book
just come early to get a good seat. Admission is a gold
coin donation and all funds raised will be donated to
the Country Women's Association for assistance to
farmers and communities who are in hardship due to the
drought. Please invite all your families and friends.
Saturday December 7th is our Advent Singen. The Choir
and the Young Austrians are preparing a wonderful
evening’s entertainment commencing with the
‘Christkindlmarkt’ in the foyer of the Club at 5.30pm.
You will be able to buy homemade Christmas biscuits,
candles and even a small gift for someone. The raffle
will include Christmas hampers as well as other
wonderful prizes. And not forgetting a visit from Santa
with treats for the children. This event is always a
full house, so please book early. Contact either Hanni
6288 7884 or Sue 0405 712 502. Admission is $5 for
adults and children under 16 are free.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the
Austrian Australian Club Management and Committee for
their continued support and to the Club members and
friends for their loyal patronage at our functions
throughout the year.
Our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and
Prosperous New Year to you all.
From the Musical Director, Choir President, Committee
Mit freundlichem Sängergruss,
We are entering some very exciting times with Stock
sports. Ice Stocks is now a sport “recognised” by the
Australian Olympic Committee and it’s possible that Ice
Stocks will be part of the 2026 Winter Olympics in
Italy! Extra exciting news is that we have four Canberra
players that have been selected onto the Australian
squad to compete in the 2020 World Championships in
Canberra Cup – April 2019
With the demolition of the Serbian Club and after the
unexpected demolition of the back wall of our bans, we
were all very concerned about our ability to host the
2019 Canberra Cup. Thankfully, through some timely
intervention from the Austrian Club Committee, we were
fortunate enough to ready the bahns alongside a
construction zone and host, as always, a very successful
weekend. A huge thankyou to Bozena, Kevin, Loyzek, and
Kylie for helping out with cooking and serving all the
delicious food on the day! It was also fantastic to see
some of our retired and founding club members Anita
Leins, Helmut Paier, Walter Schweiger and Werner Binder
come along and support us on the day. The results were
Melbourne 1 first, Melbourne 2 second and Canberra 1 in
Gold Coast Oceanic Target Competition
Our Canberra players returned excellent results at the
National Target championships with Peter Menzel (318
pts) getting second place in the Men’s and Kim Pollock
(255 pts) getting first place, Kim McKay (255 pts)
getting second and Chrysanthe Psychogios (227 pts)
getting third in the Women’s.
In the team event, Melbourne 1 (16:0) was the winner,
Blacktown Workers 1 (14:2) second and Melbourne 2 (10:6)
third. Our Canberra team finished in fifth place (13:15)
out of the eight teams that attended.
Hans Menzel Memorial Trophy – ACT/NSW Cross-border
In what has become somewhat of a tradition, we have held
two cross-border competitions so far this year. One in
March (ahead of the Canberra Cup), where members from
the Blacktown Workers travelled to Canberra, the second
in September where we travelled up to Doonside (ahead of
the Oceania team competition). On both occasions,
Blacktown Workers were the victors.
Sydney Oceanic Team Competition – September 2019
Our third national championship event of the year was
recently held in Doonside (Sydney), where the Canberra
Club entered one team to compete in the 2019 Oceania
Team Competition. After a slow start, Canberra came home
strong – and took out fourth place, only just missing
out on a medal. Congratulations lations to Blacktown
Workers 1 (26:2) for taking the title of Team Champions,
and to Melbourne 1 (22:6) and Melbourne 2 (16:12) for
their second and third places respectively.
China – 13–21 October 2019
In even more exciting Ice Stocks news, three players
from Canberra Stock Sport club have been selected by the
International Federation, to join an Australian
contingent travelling to China to showcase Ice Stocks!!
Peter Menzel, Chrysanthe Psychogios and Kim McKay have
been selected, along with five other Aussies, will be
travelling to Harbin China, to demonstrate and coach the
locals in Ice Stocks, and to compete in the inaugural
China Cup. “Hâo yùn” (“Good luck”) to all the players
Melbourne Cup and Oceanic Distance Competition
The Oceanic Men’s and Women’s Distance championship and
Melbourne Cup event will be held in Heidelberg on 16 –
Finally, the Canberra Club would like to welcome our
newest member, Paul Dritsas. Welcome on board Paul! With
biceps as big as yours, you shouldn’t have any problems
challenging the next distance champions.
What is Stocks?
Played in Bavaria for hundreds of years, stock sport is
a fun, tactical game that anyone can play. If you’re
interested in finding out more, come down to the
Austrian Club any Thursday night from 6:30 pm and join
us. We always enjoy showing new-comers how to play and
would love to see you there.
Stock Sport Canberra
Another year is
nearly coming to an end. Our group is still going strong
despite the occasional member suffering from ill health
or having an unscheduled visit to the hospital.
Unfortunately Walter is not too well and is in hospital.
On behalf of all the card players we wish him a speedy
recovery so he can join us again soon. Best wishes from
all of us.
Approximately fifteen members still turn up to play
A big thank you to Frieda Koeck and Anita Leins for
running the raffles throughout the year. The money
raised finances the lunches that we have regularly. A
big thank you also to Gretl Schweiger and Gunda Froewis
who make the sandwiches for our lunches.
I would like to wish all the card players and their
families a Merry Christmas and a happy and most
importantly a Healthy New Year.