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Vol 44 Summer 2015/16 : December | January | February

PERFECT PLATES

PLEASE ALL PALATES NEW RESTAURANTS

SEASON’S GREETINGS

YOU’RE REWARDED

Lucky Cheng’s Noodle House and Chocolateria San Churro

We wish all our members and guests a joyous Chrismas

Member points ring in the New Year


Merry Christmas

& Happy New Year!

From the Board, Management & Staff at Bankstown Sports Club


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04 Bankstown Sports Club 8 Greenfield Pde, Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 9722 9888 F: 9793 9355 www.bankstownsports.com Baulkham Hills Sports Club 11 Renown Rd, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 T: 9639 2100 F: 9639 1100 www.baulkhamhillssports.com Bankstown Sports Bowls Club 41 Northam Avenue, Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 9790 0176 F: 9796 2445 www.bankstownbowling.com.au Birrong Sports Club Cnr Rodd St and Gascoigne Rd, Birrong NSW 2143 T: 9644 1600 F: 9645 2602 www.birrongsports.com.au Editor – QT Communications Material contained in InTouch is accurate at the time of print, however, information is subject to change without notice. Material contained in InTouch magazine is subject to copyright and reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without the written permission of Bankstown Sports Club. InTouch is printed by Offset Alpine Printing under ISO14001 Environmental Certification. Paper fibre is from certified forests and audited sources.

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EDITORIAL 04 Lucky Cheng’s Noodle House opening 07 Chocolateria San Churro is here 09 More rewards for members in 2016 10 New Year’s Eve celebrations 12 Celebrating the club’s sporting heroes 13 Giving kids a special Christmas visit 14 Atrium Bar wins a major award 19 Exclusive interview with Santa 28 Lunar New Year fun facts 29 The food of love 34 Christmas valet parking and carwash 35 Addicted to love 36 Spring into barbeque season 20 21 22 23 24 25 31 33

ENTERTAINMENT Get into the groove with Madonna Sprinkle a little Beatle Magic Lights, camera, action December at a glance January at a glance February at a glance The legend lives on with The Animals A tribute to Elvis and Priscilla

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ASSOCIATED VENUES Adam Troth wins Greenkeeper of the Year What’s On at Birrong Sports? Baulkham Hills Christmas Family Fun Day What’s On at Baulkham Hills Sports? Bowls Club’s Christmas Drive What’s On at Bankstown Sports Bowls?

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CLUB EXECUTIVE DEDICATED TO THE CLUB AND COMMUNITY

Back Row (from left): Jim Hanna (Director), Jim Ronis (Director), Richard Phillips (Vice-President), Vern Falconer (Director), Martin Klumpp (Director) and Alex Fulcher MBE, OAM (Director). Front Row (seated from left): Mark Condi (Chief Executive Officer) and John Murrary (President).

PATRONS Jason Clare MP, Federal Member for Blaxland; Tania Mihailuk MP, Member for Bankstown; David Coleman, Federal Member

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for Banks; Craig Kelly, Federal Member for Hughes.

LIFE MEMBERS N. Barkle*, S. Boddy*, D. Bourne*, M. J. Cook*, E. Evans*, J. Fitzpatrick OAM*,

N. Foley*, W. Hall*, J. Logan*, J. Long*, K. McCormick OAM*, E. McDonald*, K. McDowall*, R. McManus*, H. Neville, M. O’Connor*, E. C. Roberts*, G. Rudd*, F. Summers*, R. J. Kelly*, C. Glozier*, D. Jones*,

J. Phillips, J. Mackay OAM, J. Burgess*, B. Green*, J. Murray, R. Phillips, R. Madden*, P. Keating, D. Shedden, J. Burling*, J. Donehue*, J. Mackay and T. Stewart. *Deceased


Chairman’s & Welfare Report

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT JOHN MURRAY, CHAIRMAN As we end the year and herald in 2016, I bring you good news and glad tidings. With sincerity, I wish to thank each and every member of the club, for your generosity. Thank you for supporting Bankstown Sports and all our associated venues. The past year has been good and productive, when your club has made remarkable progress, as we strive to provide you with facilities and services that are more in line with what you expect. The club has traded well and has registered another successful financial year. On Monday 2nd November we held our 58th Annual General Meeting. The event was well attended and the directors, who were up for election, were returned, unopposed. In addition to the formalities of the AGM, Mark Condi, our CEO, did an informative presentation for the benefit of members, providing them with an overview of how the club performed, the challenges we face, what is being done to manage the business in a professional way to stay competitive and our plans to move forward. We concluded the year with total revenue of just over $103 million, an improvement over last year. Following this performance, we paid our share of State and Federal taxes amounting to $22.4 million. We recognise the fact that one of our greatest assets is our staff, so our investment in employee and employee related costs amounted to $22.8 million. We remain true to our mandate, which is to work in the interest of the community, so we ended the financial year with a contribution of over $2.6 million to our dedicated sporting clubs and the local community. I am proud to say that our associated venues performed well and each venue has made positive contributions. We are constantly working on improving the way we respond and serve our members, by

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lifting our standards of customer service and providing new facilities. Thanks for your understanding and patience shown over recent months, while the builders were in the club expanding the Travelodge Hotel and completing new restaurants. As we approach the festive and holiday season I am pleased to say that Lucky Cheng’s Noodle House and Chocolateria San Churro will be open for business. Children will enjoy watching the noodle chefs kneading and pulling hand-made noodles to a degree that are ever so fine, and the menu offers a great variety of soups and dishes. There are hand-made pancakes, dumplings, wonderful wontons and interesting side dishes like ‘silken tofu with pork floss and preserved duck eggs’. The delights of chocolate needs no introduction and the offerings at Chocolateria San Churro will appeal to both young and old alike. Both these new food outlets are certainly worth a try and I would urge you to read all about it in this edition of the magazine. The Rainforest Lounge will also have a new spectacular bar with a ‘grand staircase’ leading down to the Sports Bar. Next year we will begin work on redeveloping the Sports Bar so that it represents an entirely new concept and venue that appeals to one and all. I am happy to inform you that the expansion of our Travelodge Hotel is well ahead of schedule and all construction work will be completed in January/February 2016. This summer your family and friends can enjoy movies in the comfort and security of the club. The Theatre is being specially equipped with a big screen and state-of-the-art projection and audio system to bring you popular and latest movie releases for your enjoyment. For the last twenty years your club, along with many of our business associates, have supported the Forbes Jockey Club, in the

Forbes Shire, in country NSW. In appreciation of our support as usual 35 members of the Forbes Jockey Club spent a weekend at Bankstown Sports, at their own expense, at the end of October. They enjoyed their stay and wanted to register their gratitude to the club and its members. I would like to reinforce our position as a community club. When we were established 58 years ago, we were set up to serve the local community. As we approach another landmark of six decades, we will continue to remain true to our purpose. This has been a good year, so we have put back a significant amount of money into the community. We have every intention of continuing to do so over the years to come. The Board has decided to build a commercial office tower within the precinct of the club. In the New Year we hope that construction will begin on a nine-storey building, located on the site that used to be the old Masonic Centre, at the corner of Restwell Street and Greenfield Parade. We have spared no efforts in planning the structure as an A-Grade building, with A-Grade office space, that meets the best environmental standards. The building, named the ‘Flinders Centre - Bankstown’, will accommodate all our administrative offices while most of the floor space will be leased out. The Flinders Centre will have a distinct advantage over most local office buildings, because it will enjoy all the services and facilities available from our adjacent Bankstown Sports. My thoughts and good wishes are with you, your family and friends, over Christmas, New Year and the festive season. It is a time catch up, to relax and enjoy ourselves, but also to remember those loved ones who have helped enrich our lives but have passed on. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The following members have passed away recently and to their relatives and friends may we offer our sincere condolences in their time of grief: Heather Davidson, Margaret Snell, Colin Hanna, Lilian Mueller, Jean Casamento, Anthony Trad, Norma Ayling, Maggie Christensen, Arthur Dawson, George Paxton, Frederick Smith, Viktor Iliasiewicz, Jack Bishop, Judith Serong, Gerald McCrossan, Bruce Rowan, John Lyons, Dirk Van Acquoy, Robert Rose, George Morton, James Beak, Leslie McInney, Patricia Hutchinson, Gwenth Wooding, Clifford Couper, Ruth Treuer, Stanley Hayes, Alfred Tegova, Mary Ernest, Peter Callaghan, Yvonne McDermott, Margaret Wicks, Raymond Cameron, Garry Blackadder and Giovanni DeCataldo. The following members were reported as being in hospital and on behalf of our President, Directors and all our members we wish them a speed recovery: John Mackay, Eris Dignam and Sydney Pooley. Bankstown Sports InTouch

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NOODLE HOUSE GRAND OPENING! A visit to Bankstown Sports’ brand new noodle restaurant, Lucky Cheng’s, is like stepping back into old Shanghai. PAN-FRIE

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Order a steaming bowl of hand pulled noodles, dumplings or soups, teamed with a fragrant jasmine tea or a refreshing Tsingtao beer. The restaurant’s interiors have been designed to bring all the noise and colour of an Asian hawker market, right to the club, with cobblestone floors, colourful lanterns and old style carts. The menu, inspired by the dishes of Northern China, reflects the current trend of freshly made noodles and dumplings served in piping hot, spicy broths or bamboo steamers. Patrons will also be able to enjoy culinary theatre as expert noodle chefs deftly prepare their meals. “Lucky Cheng’s Noodle House will provide a complete visual experience with patrons being able to watch our skilled noodle chefs turn 4

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dough into authentic handmade noodles and freshly made dumplings,” says Bankstown Sports CEO, Mark Condi. “The experience is not only fun, but highlights the authenticity and the freshness of the product.” Lucky Cheng’s Noodle House will use a popular Asian ordering system to bring food swiftly to the table. The menu will feature on a disposable placemat, replaced after each customer. Diners will also receive a small order card, with a simple listing of the menu items. Patrons simply tick off their menu choices, add the number of dishes they require and hand it to their server to take to the kitchen. Easy! Another handy feature will be that patrons can choose to dine in or takeaway their meal.


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“Patrons will be able to sit in the restaurant or take away to any other part of the club,” says Mark Condi. “The restaurant will operate throughout the day to accommodate those people who like to eat outside the traditional times for lunch and dinner.” This is the first stage of an expanded Asian

precinct for Bankstown Sports Club. “The club hopes to start stage two of the Asian precinct next year,” says Mark Condi. “We plan to extend the Lucky Cheng’s Noodle House experience by adding a complete handmade dumpling kitchen, and possibly our own Peking duck oven.”

Mr Cheng, or ‘Lucky’ as he’s known by the locals, is a wily character who grew up on the streets of Shanghai. His drunken chicken is famous around here and he serves up tasty treats in the small hours of the morning. When he’s not cooking up a storm you’ll find him at the Mahjong table. Challenge him if you’re feeling lucky but be warned, Mr Cheng knows every trick in the book! Bankstown Sports InTouch

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Editorial

Chocoholics rejoice! Chocolateria San Churro is open, serving delectable Spanish-style chocolate desserts and sweet treats. Let’s meet franchise owners, David Perez and Vien Nguyen… What appealed to you about opening a San Churro store at Bankstown Sports? David: I am of Spanish heritage with both my parents born in Spain. I chose San Churro because eating churros and chocolate was something I grew up with and this was an experience replicated at my first visit to a San Churro store in Fremantle whilst holidaying in 2010. Vien: David and I have worked together since 2004 and have been talking about going into business for years. This is our first franchise together. Having worked in hospitality in the past, San Churro seemed like a business I would enjoy being a part of. Do you each have a sweet tooth? David: I love eating chocolate and enjoy good coffee. My favourite item on the menu is the Chocoholic’s Sundae with a delicious coffee. Vien: I have a Nutella sandwich every morning and like to eat ice cream. My favourite San Churro menu item is the Spanish latte – fresh espresso with condensed milk. I grew up drinking a similar style latte in Vietnam. In my opinion, San Churro has the best Spanish latte ever!

Why do you think people love chocolate so much? David: Chocolate makes you feel good, enlightens your spirit and makes you happy. It brings people together and is something that can be shared on many occasions. Vien: Good chocolate is a guilty pleasure that delights all ages. What is the must try on the San Churro menu? David: The new Churro Funnel Cake is something everyone must try. We describe it as ‘the love child of a doughnut and pancake’. Made fresh to order, it’s covered in cinnamon sugar, drizzled in melted milk chocolate and topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate flakes. We are also excited to be serving the new Churro Ice Cream Sandwich. This is made with delicious San Churro ice cream sandwiched between two mini funnel cakes! Vien: The Melting Chocolate Bomba, don’t miss that this summer! The Chocolate Bomba is the perfect mix of dark chocolate, berry coulis and vanilla raspberry semifreddo. This is served as an enclosed globe with the hot berry coulis poured over to melt the chocolate and reveal the semifreddo inside.

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What’s so special about a visit to San Churro?

David: San Churro provides customers with an affordable, premium dessert experience and destination to spend quality time with their loved ones and take a break from the everyday. There are currently 48 San Churro stores and Bankstown Sports Club will be number 49! Vien: San Churro is a place where people can come to socialise, celebrate, share and indulge in a fun experience together. San Churro has a delicious and different menu of mouthwatering treats. As of the beginning of November 2015, San Churro is proud to be serving chocolate made using Fairtrade Cocoa. What special celebrations can we expect at San Churro Bankstown? David: For any customers that join our newsletter, we will invite them to enjoy a Churros for Two on their birthday for free! Vien: San Churro believes in celebrating. This Christmas you can expect to see some great gift ideas from our retail range like the take-home hot chocolate pouches or the boxes of delicious truffles. N E R S, HISE OW FRANC PEREZ AND ID V DA G U YE N VIEN N

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More Rewards for

MEMBERS IN 2016! Each year, on the first Monday after New Year’s Day, Bankstown Sports gives members a special gift – New Year Rewards! From Monday 4 January 2016 until midnight on Monday 29 February 2016, members will have the opportunity to use their New Year Rewards Points. The value starts at $15 in points for Bronze members right up to $100 for Diamond members. Members’ current reward level as at Monday 4 January 2016 will determine the value of points given. New Year Reward Points can be used at restaurants and bars throughout Bankstown Sports and of course at our associated venues, Baulkham Hills Sports, Bankstown Sports Bowls

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Club and Birrong Sports. The only places you can’t use the points are at Monkey Mania or our Online Rewards Shop. This year we have two new outlets to use your rewards. They are Chocolateria San Churro and Lucky Cheng’s Noodle House. That chocolate or dumpling will never taste so good when it’s a gift from the club! From 4 January 2016, remember to present your membership card so you can use the points before they expire. We hope you and your family enjoy this New Year gift from Bankstown Sports.

STUZZICHINO, LA PIAZZA

CHOCOLATERIA SAN CHURRO

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations Looking for a place to party this New Year’s Eve? There’s a host of celebrations right across the club as we close the curtains on 2015.

WINE AND DINE If your idea of a great night involves a gourmet feast, then our club restaurants are sure to deliver. From family friendly pizza to a romantic dinner for two – we’ve got your New Year’s dining covered.

Platform One Indulge in an exquisite culinary experience this New Year’s Eve with an a-la-carté menu at Platform One. Climb on board one of two Victorian-era railway carriages where Executive Chef Helmut Gundendorfer and his team of talented chefs will prepare sumptuous dishes such as lobster and prime cuts of beef. Bookings essential, call 9722 9888.

La Piazza – Pizzeria Bellucci

PLATFORM ONE

Gather the whole family for an authentic Italian meal in La Piazza’s Pizzeria Bellucci. Live la dolce vita as you tuck into gourmet wood fire pizzas, rustic pastas, fresh oysters and seafood. There’s a bambino menu for the little ones and mouth-watering Nutella and apple crumble dessert pizzas. Open 5.30pm – 9.30pm. No bookings, please arrive early.

favourites such as sizzling Mongolian lamb, honey prawns, roast duck, sang choy bau and wagyu beef. Finish with fried ice-cream. Bookings essential, call 9709 8633.

Chocolateria San Churro Don’t forget to treat yourself with the amazing variety of chocolate available at our newest venue, Chocolateria San Churro. There’s something for everyone from a simple hot chocolate to the super indulgent churros (like a straight donut) – which you can dip in either chocolate or caramel.

Lucky Cheng’s Noodle House As the New Year approaches, there’s nothing like a bowl of fresh, steaming noodles to keep you going. The handmade noodles come either with or without soup and you have a great choice of vegetable or meats to add to the flavour. Chopsticks will never look the same again.

Atrium Bar And of course don’t forget to pop in to our award-winning Atrium Bar on any night of the week or in particular on New Year’s Eve, for the freshest cocktails and other choice drink selections.

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SERVICE TO SPORT MEDAL AND AWARDS 2015.

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SERVICE TO SPORT MEDAL AND AWARDS 2015.

Celebrating the club’s

SPORTING HEROES A wonderful range of dedicated people were recognised at our annual gala event, the Service to Sports Medals and Awards, held in October within The Grand Ballroom at Bankstown Sports. The club is reliant on the dedication of members for the success and integrity of all the sporting codes represented. CEO of Bankstown Sports, Mark Condi, says “As a club founded on the values of community sport, we are always very honoured to be able to provide this important recognition of the commitment of good people to their sporting codes. “So many people volunteer hours of their time every year to keep things running smoothly. These awards are a thank you and a pat on the back to people who constantly give, without any expectation beyond the personal rewards of supporting their clubs.” In the Community Engagement through Sport and Recreation Award, the club recognised Ms Shane Le Claire of Bankstown Sports Strikers Football Club. Shane was acknowledged for her tireless work with the Lightening Bolts Program which began in 2008. Since 2009 Shane has run the squad on Saturdays during the regular season and also managed to develop one of the participants into an assistant coach. 12

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The Young Club Person of the Year Award was given to James Pisani of Bankstown Sports Little Athletics Club. James has been at the club since he was five years old and gives so much of his time across weekends and even most weekday afternoons to provide opportunities to other children. The Volunteer of the Year is Gary Penman from Bankstown Sports Women’s Cricket Club. Often described as the backbone of the club, Gary has been an active executive committee member and tireless volunteer for over 15 years. The Club of the Year is Bankstown Sports Athletics Club, which has now won five NSW championships in a row. The club also had Olympians at the London Games and five Australian junior champions in 2015. There were three Service to Sport Medals this year. This award acknowledges life-long service to sport with 20 or more years of service as a volunteer. Our three worthy recipients were Phil Watson from Bankstown Sports Strikers Football Club, Terry Minton of Baulkham Hills Football Club and Max McCleay of Bankstown Sports Women’s Cricket Club.

“So many people volunteer hours of their time every year to keep things running smoothly.”


Giving kids A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS VISIT Christmas is a tough time for children who have a mum or dad in jail. Bankstown Sports has contributed $24,850 to the SHINE for Kids Supported Transport and Child/Parent Activity Day Program, which assists children who are otherwise unable to attend prison visits. SHINE for Kids is a charity dedicated to supporting children with a parent in the criminal justice system. “The program enables children to visit parents in prisons, which are often located far from the child’s home,” says CEO of SHINE, Gloria Larman. “Without these visits, these children are at risk of losing this important relationship with a parent, which can have very damaging consequences for the children in both the short and long-term.” The funding will service 45 children and their families from the Bankstown LGA. School holiday programs provide an opportunity for imprisoned parents to spend a whole day with their children in a way that removes the sterile, ordered and directional environment of a ‘normal’ prison visit. “Child/ Parent Activity days allow an opportunity for children to have fun, play and bond with their mums and dads in prison in a completely child focused environment, unlike a standard prison visit,” says Gloria Larman. The program will allow children to enjoy fun activities with their reunited family. “We will support children from Bankstown to interact with their parents through group activities like creating art and craft or playing ball games.

Parents will also have an opportunity to make their child’s lunch, feed them a bottle, play and create without the other carer present – empowering them to participate in everyday parenting tasks.” The innovative program does more than just foster stronger families. “By facilitating the positive experiences between the children of prisoners and their parents, this creates a positive flow-on effect within the communities they live in, by reducing isolation and stigma as well as the likelihood of reduced crime rates over the long term,” says Gloria Larman. Research has shown that children of prisoners are five times more likely than other children to go to prison*. “Programs such as this help break the cycle of children following in their parents footsteps, reduce overall crime rates and create stronger families and local community,” says Gloria. “This program enables children to maintain positive family relationships with their imprisoned parent and it supports the successful reformation of families upon parents release from prison.” *The Centre for Children of Incarcerated Parents, United States, 2000. Bankstown Sports InTouch

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Celebrate as the …wins a major award! Bankstown Sports’ Atrium Bar has won a 2015 National Restaurant and Catering Award in the Small Bar category at the 17th Restaurant and Catering Awards. More than 380 local restaurants, cafes and catering businesses were judged across 71 categories. An independent team of trained judges, who anonymously visited venues to determine the winners, judged the awards. CEO of Bankstown Sports, Mark Condi, says “This is wonderful recognition for all the hard work the club and our staff have been doing to provide our members with exceptional food and beverage experiences for all tastes and budgets. These awards recognise industry best practice and we’re so pleased to be acknowledged. The Atrium Bar has become a special place in the club for those looking for a

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unique atmosphere and world-class cocktails.” This summer the Atrium Bar will be introducing a new cocktail and tapas menu. Bankstown Sports Executive Chef, Helmut Gundendorfer, takes great pride in providing exceptional tasty bites for the Atrium Bar to accompany the great range of wines, cocktails and tap beers, with different kegs added every week. With stylish and comfortable furniture all set under a pixel wave ambient light show, the Atrium Bar is set up for your comfort and enjoyment.


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THE ANIMALS

THE KING LIVES

With Beatles Magic

Direct from the UK!

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BACK TO THE

TIVOLI

Paula Watt Nick Bavarelli Dave Burke Lucky Starr Santa The Tivoli Showgirls The Tivoli Band Your Host Jenifer Green

WEDNESDAY 9 DECEMBER | THE GRAND BALLROOM Experience some of the best variety acts Australia has to offer. Plus enjoy Devonshire Tea before the show.

TICKETS $15 ALL Doors open 10.00 am. Showtime 11.00 am. Unreserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

BACK TO THE

TIVOLI Sharon Calabro Al Showman Bob Howe Wayne Horsburgh The Tivoli Showgirls The Tivoli Band

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Colour My World

WEDNESDAY 3 FEBRUARY THE GRAND BALLROOM

WEDNESDAY 2 MARCH THE GRAND BALLROOM

Experience some of the best variety acts Australia has to offer. Plus enjoy Devonshire Tea before the show.

Showcasing songs of Petula Clark, a star through the decades. Plus enjoy Devonshire Tea before the show.

TICKETS $15 ALL

TICKETS $8 ALL

Doors open 10.00 am. Showtime 11.00 am. Unreserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

Doors open 10.00 am. Showtime 11.00 am. Unreserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

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Santa comes to visit! • Friday 11 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

• Friday 18 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

• Sunday 13 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

• Sunday 20 December 11.00am – 1.30pm

• Saturday 12 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

RAFFLES EXTRA CHRISTMAS PRIZES FOR RAFFLES IN DECEMBER.

• Saturday 19 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

• Thursday 17 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

CHRISTMAS MAJOR RAFFLE

• Thursday 24 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Thursday 17 December, 6.30pm

Carol Singers! • Friday 11 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

• Saturday 12 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

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SHOWS HOLLY AND JOLLY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AND A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS SHOW

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• Friday 18 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

• Saturday 19 December 6.00pm – 8.00 m

• Sunday 20 December 12.00pm – 2.00pm

• Thursday 24 December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Christmas Day GREENFIELD STATION BISTRO BUFFET LUNCH

PLATFORM ONE BUFFET LUNCH

$79 Adults, $25 Kids (under 12, under 3 free)

$155 Adults, $29 Kids (under 12, under 3 free)

Bookings and pre-payment through 9722 9888 or in person.

Please refer to the Inside Back Cover for Trading Hours over the festive season.

IAN MAGIC , UO AND D -2PM 12PM

Carollers: 11.30am – 1.30 pm Santa: 12.00pm – 2.00pm Mike Mathieson: Rainforest Lounge, 1.30pm – 4.30pm Crushed Ice: Rainforest Lounge, 5.30pm – 8.30pm


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Exclusive!

INTERVIEW WITH SANTA Christmas VIP, Santa Claus, took time out from running his global gift empire for an exclusive one-on-one chat. The world’s most generous man revealed plans for special appearances and celebrations at Bankstown Sports. Santa! Can we expect to see you at the club this year? I never miss a chance to drop by my favourite club and meet some amazing kids and their parents and grandparents. I usually sneak in a nice glass of cold milk and a burger at the Greenfield Station Bistro and put my boots up by the air-conditioning. I won’t forget to buy my raffle ticket for the Christmas raffle – they’re on sale from 6pm, Thursday 17 December. After all my hard work spoiling others, I deserve a few treats myself! Did you have anything to do with the Christmas spirit at the club? Of course! I sent an email to my old mate, Mark Condi, making a few suggestions for festive fun. Like my elves, Mark got right to work! My North Pole carollers will be spreading the Christmas cheer throughout December. I do love it when they sing Santa Baby! I won’t get homesick as the club has transformed into a winter wonderland, including a giant Christmas tree in the foyer waiting area. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, I’ll be letting it snow with a special snow machine on The Rock (outside Greenfield Station Bistro) for the visiting penguins, polar bears, reindeers, owls and elves.

When will you be here Santa? I’ve cleared my very busy schedule and will be appearing throughout December at Bankstown Sports, see dates on page 18. Kids can get a selfie with me outside Greenfield Station Bistro at the Santa Photo area. I hear you have a special Christmas kid’s competition? Why yes! Kids need to fill in three simple questions: Where is Patrick the Polar Bear? Where can you see Paige the Penguin and her friends? And what is your favourite Christmas treat? Mine is Mrs Claus’ shortbread! Pop your entry into the barrel near the giant Christmas tree in the main foyer and one lucky child could win a yearly pass to Monkey Mania. Find out the winner at the Children’s Christmas show on Sunday 20 December. Ho-Ho-Hoping you win! And what else is on for the kids? Don’t miss the stage show Holly & Jolly’s First Christmas on Sunday 20 December in The Grand Ballroom at 10.00am and 2.00pm. Whoops, is that the time? Better get back to the toy factory! Don’t forget to be nice, not naughty. I’ll be making a list and checking it twice, you know.

Thanks Santa! * Festive trading hours will be varied over the Christmas period. Check opening hours on the back cover. Bankstown Sports InTouch

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Here’s a chance to win tickets to see Madonna next March at Allphones Arena when she visits Australia for the first time in 23 years. Madonna, yes the real Madonna Ciccone, is coming back to Australia for the first time in 23 years and bringing her full international Rebel Heart tour with her. The Material Girl is due to perform at Allphones Arena on Saturday 19 March and Bankstown Sports Club has picked up two tickets to give away. To enter, buy tickets online between 1 December 2015 and 29 February 2016 to any of our live shows in The Theatre and The Grand Ballroom and you will go into the draw. Remember to leave your email and mobile number when you purchase.

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The competition prize consists of two Platinum Madonna tickets for Saturday 19 March 2016, with limousine transfer to the show. The prize also includes a special dinner for two created by Executive Chef, Helmut Gundendorfer. The dinner will include a delicious tapas selection with winners greeted at the club by Helmut, who will personally explain all the dishes. What a fabulous prize! The prize will be drawn on Friday 4 March 2016.


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BEATLE MAGIC! The wonderful Beatle Magic show makes its way to The Theatre on Saturday 5 December. To prepare you for the magical mystery tour we asked the band a few questions. How do you choose which Beatles songs to sing? Do you like a certain period or do you draw from the whole catalogue? We find that because The Beatles had such a large catalogue of songs that everyone likes, we try and please everyone by singing songs from throughout their career. We do a lot of Number Ones, but we also sneak in a few album tracks to keep the die hard fans happy. Something for everyone. Has the band ever been to the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool in the UK? No not yet, but we were asked by them to contribute to a world celebration of 50 years since the release of From Me To You back in 2014. We were asked to represent Sydney joining other Beatles tributes from around the world to be part of a medley video that was uploaded to YouTube on the very day 50 years after the original was released. That was such an honour for us.

Where is the magic in the show? It’s in the sound and attention to detail. We have been described by some of the big names in the industry as one of the most soundalike Beatles tributes in the world. We have that WOW factor. How does the band go with the Liverpudlian accents? Very well, we have had some of the biggest compliments from scousers from here and overseas. If you watch the Beatles movie A Hard Days Night enough times, it tends to rub off! Where is the band originally from – don’t say Liverpool?

SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER THE THEATRE TICKETS $15 ALL Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

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Lights,camera ... ACTION! Movie magic hits The Theatre this summer as we launch cinema-style screenings of recent releases complete with popcorn, soft drink, ice-cream and an open bar. Get ready to experience the club in a whole new way! Soon there’ll be more than just live entertainment to enjoy, with movies to be screened in The Theatre from January 2016. Latest released movies will feature such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. So don’t worry if you missed that blockbuster flick everyone was raving about because you will get a second chance within weeks to see it on the big screen and brought to full glory thanks to our state-of-the-art audio system, plush seats and sophisticated interior design. For those who can’t imagine a visit to the cinema without the candy bar classics, The Theatre has you covered with all your favourites, including popcorn, ice cream and soft drink available, as well as an open bar.

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Bankstown Sports General Manager, Andrew Kelly, says “Movies will screen multiple times a week with a variety of session times. This makes it perfect for combining a movie with lunch or dinner at one of our ten restaurants. What better way to enjoy a day or night out in comfort and style.” Watching movies at the club will soon become a favourite outing for the family as all tickets are at affordable prices for the family and children will be catered for during the school holidays with age-appropriate films. “We’ve always provided an exciting variety of live entertainment at our club but the addition of movie screenings means we now have a full and dynamic offering with something for absolutely everyone,” Andrew says. For more information and the list of upcoming movies, visit BankstownSports.com.


• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 1.30pm Phil Crawshaw, Rainforest Lounge • 2pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, Total Sports Bar • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, Total Sports Bar • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, Total Sports Bar • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 11am Back to the Tivoli, The Grand Ballroom • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, Total Sports Bar • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 5.30pm The Starliners, Rainforest Lounge • 7.45pm The Kites, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm New Year’s Eve, The Grand Ballroom • 8.30pm All That Jazz, Piano Bar • 9.30pm After Party Band, Rainforest Lounge

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• 6pm Santa & Christmas Carollers • 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 6pm Santa • 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 11.30am Christmas Carollers • 12pm Santa • 12pm Magician, Platform One & Greenfield Station Bistro • 12pm Re Groove, Greenfield Station Bistro • 1.30pm Mike Mathieson Duo, Rainforest Lounge • 5.30pm Crushed Ice, Rainforest Lounge

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• 6pm Santa & Christmas Carollers • 8pm Mike Mathieson, Rainforest Lounge • 8pm All That Jazz, Piano Bar

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• 6pm Santa & Christmas Carollers • 8pm Time Machine, Rainforest Lounge • 8pm All That Jazz, Piano Bar

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• 8pm Kafe Kool, Rainforest Lounge • 8pm All That Jazz, Piano Bar

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• 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 5.30pm Joanna Melas, Rainforest Lounge • 8.30pm Di Solomon, Piano Bar • 9pm Mr James Band, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 5.30pm Gabby, Rainforest Lounge • 6pm Santa & Christmas Carollers • 8.30pm Rob Devlin, Piano Bar • 9pm Mr James Band, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 5.30pm Ron Ashton, Rainforest Lounge • 6pm Santa & Christmas Carollers • 8pm A Magical Christmas Show, The Theatre • 8.30pm Kim Gock, Piano Bar • 9pm Mr James Band, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 5.30pm Brian Gillett, Rainforest Lounge • 8.30pm Ian Blakeney, Piano Bar • 8pm Beatle Magic, The Theatre • 9pm Mr James Band, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 2.30pm Natalie Calavito & Chris Castle, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 10am & 2pm, Kid’s Christmas Show, The Grand Ballroom • 11am Santa • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 12pm Christmas Carollers • 2.30pm Joanna Capitanakis & Aubrey & Martin, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 2.30pm Julianna Melfi & Paul Stevens, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 6pm Santa • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 2.30pm Susan Penno & Adam Scicluna, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, Total Sports Bar

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 1.30pm Twin Set, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 11am Kid’s Bingo, Rainforest Lounge • 1.30pm & 6pm Cinderella, The Theatre • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location • 8pm Vietnamese Song & Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 11am Kid’s Bingo, Rainforest Lounge • 1.30pm & 6pm Lion King, The Theatre • 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 7pm God of Fortune • 8pm Cath & Him, Rainforest Lounge

• 8pm Mike Mathieson Duo, Rainforest Lounge

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• 8pm The Armchair Travellers, Rainforest Lounge

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• 1.30pm Sudden Comfort, Rainforest Lounge • 8pm Showpony, Rainforest Lounge

Thursday

• 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 7pm God of Fortune • 7.30pm Gabby, Rainforest Lounge • 8pm Lennon Through A Glass Onion, The Theatre • 9pm Over the Edge, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 5.30pm Paul Fisher, Rainforest Lounge • 8pm Divas of Motown, Soul & Disco, The Theatre • 9pm Over the Edge, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 5.30pm Ron Ashton, Rainforest Lounge • 8pm The Australian Katy Perry & 100% Kylie, The Theatre • 9pm Over the Edge, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 5.30pm Brian King, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Over the Edge, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 5.30pm Kristy Lee, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Over the Edge, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 2.30pm Rosemaree Dinaro & Wayne Horsburgh, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 2.30pm Mick Reid & Marty Morton, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 2.30pm Lonnie Brabender & Donna Boyd, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 2.30pm Ziggy Zapata & The Abba Experience, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

• 2.30pm Leigh Archer & Gary Sterling, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Lunar New Year concert, Rainforest Lounge • 8.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 7.30pm Music Man Trio, Rainforest Lounge

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• 10.45am Bingo, see reception for location • 2pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre

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• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 11am Musical Mornings, The Grand Ballroom • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

• 10.45am Cash Housie, see reception for location • 11am Back to the Tivoli, The Grand Ballroom • 7pm Summer Members’ Draw • 7.30pm Vietnamese Song and Dance Night, The Theatre • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 8pm Mike Mathieson Duo, Rainforest Lounge

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• 8pm The Whispering Jack Show, The Theatre • 8pm Showpony, Rainforest Lounge

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• 8pm Jo Karas Duo, Rainforest Lounge

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• 7pm God of Fortune • 8pm Rachel Laing Duo, Rainforest Lounge

Thursday

• 6.30pm Meat Raffle, Rainforest Lounge

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• 5.30pm Gabby, Rainforest Lounge • 8pm The Animals, The Theatre • 9pm Ipanema Band, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 5.30pm Franky V, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Ipanema Band, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 5.30pm Ron Ashton, Rainforest Lounge • 8pm Melinda Does Doris, The Theatre • 9pm Ipanema Band, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 5.30pm Joanna Melas, Rainforest Lounge • 7pm God of Fortune • 8pm Stars from Oz & Superstarz, The Theatre • 9pm Ipanema Band, Rainforest Lounge • 9pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 2.30pm Brett Thomas & Keith Scott, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

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• 2.30pm Susan Jon Rose & Greg Hayes, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7pm Valentine Angel & Violinist • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

• 2.30pm Kerryn Grant & Frankie Davidson, Rainforest Lounge • 5pm Mahjong, see reception for location • 7.30pm DJ Night, Rainforest Lounge • 7.30pm Poker, see reception for location

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Cinderella PANTOMIME

TWO S SHOW

WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY | THE THEATRE Help the Fairy God Mother and friends make it possible for Cinderella to go to the ball and find her Prince. Watch out for her ugly step sisters as they try and steal the Prince.

TICKETS $5 MEMBERS, $7 NON-MEMBERS Show One: Doors open 1.00 pm. Showtime 1.30 pm. Show Two: Doors open 5.30 pm. Showtime 6.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

FREE KID’S WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY & THURSDAY 21 JANUARY

BINGO

RAINFOREST LOUNGE

Doors open 10.30am. Bingo starts 11am. Bingo ends 12pm. Limited Seating available.

& MUSIC NG! DANCI

Tickets $15 on the day

$10

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Friday 11th Dec

(ending 8 Dec or if sold out sooner).

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Entertainment

Diva’s of

Motown Soul & Disco

SATURDAY 23 JANUARY | THE THEATRE The Divas of Motown Soul and Disco Show is a celebration of artists from the 50s, 60s and 70s. This show captures the excitement and atmosphere of Motown with dazzling costumes.

TICKETS $10 MEMBERS, $15 NON-MEMBERS Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

SATURDAY 30 JANUARY | THE THEATRE Award-winning actor and singer, John Waters, takes the stage with accompanist Stewart D’Arrietta. Showcasing part spoken word, part concert and all heart, a celebration of one of the most distinct voices of his generation: John Lennon.

TICKETS $45 ALL Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

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Lunar New Year

FUN FACTS! This Lunar New Year is the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese Zodiac. The Year of the Monkey begins on 8 February, 2016 and lasts until 27 January, 2017. Here’s everything you need to know about this important celebration and the cheeky animal who represents it… • The Monkey is the ninth position in the 12 year Chinese Zodiac cycle. Monkey years include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, and 2028. • 2016 will be the Year of the Red Fire Monkey, which is the most forceful of all the Monkeys. • Those born in the Year of the Monkey are: clever, fun-loving, cheerful and energetic. Just like the animal, they’re inquisitive, mischievous, adventurous and opportunistic. Monkeys can be entertaining and have plenty of friends, however sometimes their curiosity lands them in hot water. Monkeys have long memories and while they readily forgive misgivings, they never forget! • Strengths: People under the sign of the Monkey are honest, wise, intelligent, good with finances, confident, charismatic, loyal, lucky in love, inventive and strong leaders. • Weaknesses: Monkeys can have a short fuse, arrogance and tendency to look down on others. They can be suspicious, jealous, immature, insecure, careless, restless and

show-offs who take over the limelight. • Careers: Creative fields like film, TV, music or entertainment, sales, science, accounting as well as banking and engineering. • Lucky Colours: White, blue, gold; Avoid: red, black and grey. • Lucky Numbers: 1, 8, 7; Avoid: 2, 5, 9. • Lucky Flowers: Chrysanthemum, alliums. • Zodiac Sign Compatibility: • Perfect Matches: Ox, Rabbit Similar values, a love of fun and tolerance make for a harmonious coupling, just make sure you each have space and freedom. • Bad Matches: Tiger, Pig Clashing viewpoints and a lack of communication leads to conflict and arguments. • Celebrities born in the year of the Monkey: Leonardo da Vinci, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Julius Caesar, Bette Davis, Gisele Bundchen, Patricia Arquette, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez.

ROVING GOD OF FORTUNE From 7 pm Friday 29 January | Saturday 30 January Friday 5 February | Saturday 6 February

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Prosperity Banquet - $38 per person Gold Fortune Banquet - $68 per person To book, call 9709 8633 Info: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/monkey.htm


The food of love! Everyone knows the way to a lover’s heart is through their taste buds. Surprise your Valentine this year with a delectable seafood feast at Platform One. Around the club on 14 February love will be in the air as a strolling violinist and one of Cupid’s angels hand out chocolate hearts from 7pm to 9pm. If you’re out to impress, book a table and enjoy a romantic seafood platter for two at the intimate and elegant Platform One. “There’s no better way to celebrate your loved one than by treating them to an unforgettable meal,” says Chef Helmut. “Our generous and flavourful seafood platter is sure to impress your special Valentine.”

amounts of fertility boosters, zinc and amino acids. Our loved-up seafood platter also features fresh and tempura style fish, prawns, calamari, lobster and a range of dipping sauces. Pair with a glass of chilled French champagne and it’s amoré! $90 per person, paid at time of booking, includes glass of Moet and rose for the lady 9722 9888.

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SEAFOOD PLATTER FOR TWO FOR LUNCH AND DINNER Fresh from the ocean and designed for sharing, Platform One’s impressive, tiered seafood platter is an absolute show stopper. The spread includes oysters – served fresh with a squeeze of lemon or Kilpatrick style, cooked with chopped bacon and tangy Worcestershire sauce. If you’re feeling in the mood for love after eating them, don’t blame the chef! Oysters are historically a well-known aphrodisiac. Casanova, the infamous 18th century lover, used to consume 50 of the shellfish for breakfast, which contain high

Valentine’s Day Sunday 14 February

Treat your Valentine to a lavish seafood platter for two with a glass of champagne in the romantic Platform One

lunch & dinner All ladies receive a rose

$

Every 14 February, lovers around the globe celebrate their relationships with chocolate, flowers, cards, romantic meals and other gifts. The international day of romance dates back to the 5th century. There are a few different versions as to why we have a Valentine’s Day, but most agree it is named after Saint Valentine, a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage for young servicemen.

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DOUBLE SHOT SATURDAY NIGHT TWO SHOWS IN ONE NIGHT

AND

Melinda does Doris

SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY | THE THEATRE

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY | THE THEATRE

In this special double header Starz from Oz showcase some of Australia’s best performers. Followed by Superstarz paying tribute to music greats like Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson and more.

Melinda Schneider steps back in time to pay homage to one of her musical heroes, Doris Day. With timeless hits including Sentimental Journey, Que Sera, Sera, Secret Love and more.

TICKETS $10 MEMBERS, $15 NON-MEMBERS

TICKETS $30 MEMBERS, $35 NON-MEMBERS

Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

The

Whispering Show Jack FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY | THE THEATRE Celebrate the life of John Farnham with Australia’s Got Talent performer Mike Vee and his six piece band. Sing along to Australian classics such as You’re the Voice, Pressure Down, That’s Freedom and more.

TICKETS $10 MEMBERS, $15 NON-MEMBERS Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

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After 50 years, the legend lives on, with…

In 1964 a new wave of rock and roll swept around the world from the UK, as bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Animals caused a perfect entertainment storm. Now you can hear The Animals live at Bankstown Sports as they tour direct from the UK. Featuring two founding members of the original band, The Animals will perform in The Theatre on Saturday 27 February, one of only two Sydney shows. Bruce Springsteen recently revealed on stage in the US that it was The Animals who were his favourite British Invasion band of the 60s and 70s, declaring We’ve Got To Get Out Of This Place as a song that has informed all of his own songwriting. The Animals were also the second British band after The Beatles to top the American charts with their multi-million selling and instantly recognisable House of the Rising Sun. Hear these hits and others like Don’t Bring Me Down and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and relive a formative time in the history of music with The Animals, direct from the UK, appearing at Bankstown Sports. Tickets are just $40 or you can book a whole booth for 4 people for $180 and make a real night of it!

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SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY THE THEATRE TICKETS $40 ALL Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

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SATURDAY 5 MARCH | THE THEATRE A nostalgic journey through the history of Irish music. Recreating 60 years of Irish hits from 25 Irish singers including U2, Van Morrison, The Corrs, The Fureys, Ronan Keating and many more. Starring Peter Byrne, Eileen McCann, Cameron Mather and Paul Martell.

TICKETS $15 MEMBERS, $20 NON-MEMBERS Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

SATURDAY 12 MARCH | THE THEATRE Get your Latino Rhythm with a night full of dancing and singing starring Mercedes, Latin Vibes and Jayden Rodrigues.

TICKETS $10 MEMBERS, $15 NON-MEMBERS Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

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Time to shake your hips with

A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS & PRISCILLA The world’s best Elvis tribute artist, Bill Cherry and Priscilla Presley look-a-like Kay Shannon come together for their very first tour of Australia and New Zealand and Bankstown Sports Club is on the venue list! Have you ever thought what it would have been like to have seen Elvis and his wife Priscilla on stage together? Well now is your chance, as US based dynamos Bill Cherry and Kay Shannon bring their tribute act to Australia. Bill Cherry is a professional Elvis tribute artist and in 2009 won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Memphis, Tennessee, a national contest arranged by

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Elvis Presley Enterprises. High praise indeed! One look at Bill’s website (billcherryelvis. com) and you can see just what an authentic experience you’re in for. This man channels the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and takes great pride in every performance, having been an Elvis Tribute Artist since 1989. Onstage, with precise vocals, movements and an uncanny physical resemblance you’ll hear him perform

to Priscilla the most tender love ballads like Are You Lonesome Tonight or Love Me Tender and of course the hard-rocking show stoppers like Return To Sender and Jailhouse Rock. Elvis and Priscilla will appear in The Theatre on Saturday 19 March. Tickets are just $55 or you can book one of our VIP booths for four people for just $240.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH THE THEATRE TICKETS $55 ALL Doors open 7.15 pm. Showtime 8.00 pm. Reserved seating. Purchase tickets at BankstownSports.com or at main reception.

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Addicted to love! The Grand Hall was the scene of great joy as Joanne and Eben Caldwell said I do in a summery beachthemed wedding which defied the rain outside. It was a second chance at love for devoted parents Joanne and Eben Caldwell when they married in an evening ceremony in front of 110 guests in The Grand Hall on Saturday 26 September. Dressed in a gorgeous ivory gown with a small train, Joanne was walked down the aisle by her two daughters Ashley, 21 and Jemma, 17, who were also her bridesmaids. The Illawong couple exchanged vows underneath a stunning love heart arch made of balloons. “It was a magical moment making our commitment to each other in front of our closest family and friends,” says Joanne. “Both of us had been married before but Eben had been alone for 13 years and myself six years. It was lovely to celebrate having found one another.” The cold, rainy weather outside couldn’t put a dampener on the relaxed ‘beach themed’ reception, which included a fun lolly station for guests. “The weather was first and foremost in our planning and we were relieved Bankstown was so well covered!” says Joanne. The couple and their guests were blown away by the club. “The Grand Hall was amazing,” says Joanne. “The balcony meant our guests could enjoy fresh air, having an elevator was very handy for the older guests and the facilities were very new and modern. The staff were friendly and helpful and they set up the tables beautifully.” Some guests even compared Bankstown Sports to a lavish Las Vegas Casino! “Bankstown Sports has the wow factor,” says Joanne. “Our guests from New Zealand had never seen such an amazing club with the water, fish and rainforest area, plus all the restaurants. They were gobsmacked and commented that they had never seen such a beautiful club, except in Las Vegas!”

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The couple decided on a buffet for their wedding feast. “We had an array of lovely salads and meats as well as a full dessert buffet, which included cake rolls, fruit salad and pavlova. My favourite dish was the incredible mushroom soup. My friends are still talking about it.” The couple cut a three-tiered white chocolate mud cake made by a friend, and guests were entertained on the night by Joanne and Eben’s talented neighbours, the Milic family. The newlyweds danced to You’re Too Good To Be True by Frankie Valli. “We had dancing lessons for a few months,” says Joanne. “We both have left feet but perseverance paid off and the dance was a success.” The Bankstown Sports Events Department helped guide the couple through every detail of the event. “Eben and I met with the Events Department on numerous occasions and spoke regularly on the phone. They were very professional and it was fantastic to have them there on the day to make sure it ran smoothly.” As the party wound up, many of Joanne and Eben’s guests opted to stay at the onsite Travelodge Hotel. “Once we knew international and interstate guests wanted to come to our wedding we needed a venue that had accommodation as well as a function area,” says Joanne. “Bankstown Sports was the perfect choice. Many of our guests stayed the night – around 15 rooms were booked by our guests, who found it so convenient.” Eben and Joanne honeymooned in Phuket for 11 days, returning to a lifetime of memories of their special wedding day. “We had a beautiful wedding day and it was so much fun,” says Joanne. “It couldn’t have been better.”

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Spring into

BARBEQUE SEASON Bankstown Sports’ Executive Chef, Helmut Gundendorfer shares his secrets to cooking the best steak and the perfect barbeque. As the weather gets warmer and the season’s best produce becomes available, summer is the perfect time to fire up the barbeque for a great family lunch or dinner. “The most important thing you need to do is buy a good quality steak. Make sure it’s grain fed and has been graded by Meat Standards Australia,” Chef Helmut says. “Next, get the grill really hot so the meat is sealed properly to ensure the juices don’t escape. Seasoning is important for great flavour. Ideally, use sea salt or Himalayan salt, or whatever you like as long as it’s good quality. Once you have cooked it how you like it (rare, medium or well done), take the steak off the grill and let it rest so when you cut it the juices don’t run out.” When it comes to checking if a steak has been cooked, rare, medium, or well done, Chef Helmut relies on touch. “A rare steak feels very soft and a well done steak is firmer. This is the sort of thing that takes experience but it’s something you can learn over time as long as you keep at it,” he explains. Chef Helmut’s secret to cooking a great barbeque is to use fresh ingredients and don’t be afraid to try something different. “When I have a barbeque at home I start by 36

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cooking mini cheese kransky, Spanish chorizo sausage, served with mustard and haloumi (cheese) wrapped in bacon with a balsamic glaze.” “For the main meal, I like to cook a quality rib eye cutlet, Tasmanian salmon or lamb cutlets marinated with mustard and rosemary. Prawns with garlic and chilli are great, or lamb kofta, which has a great Middle Eastern flavour, served on pita bread warmed on the barbeque with lemon juice, oregano, garlic dip or hummus.” For vegetarian options, Helmut recommends corn on the cob and chargrilled asparagus, eggplant and zucchini served with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, aioli, chilli or lime. For something sweet to finish off the meal, try grilling fruit such as mango, pineapple or peaches, using brown sugar to caramelise, then serve it all with ice cream. Perfect for summer, no sweat! You can keep up to date with Chef Helmut’s great tips and delicious dishes on Instagram at @BankstownSports or follow #ChefHelmutCreates.

EXECUTIVE CHEF, HELMUT GUNDENDORFER


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AVAILABLE DAILY UNTIL 6AM!

• Test Matches

Tasty menu items including: • The Bratwurst Dog • Soft Shell Prawn Taco • Legendary Sports Burger + more!

• KFC Big Bash: From 17 December

TEXAS HOLD ‘EM POKER

• One Day series: From 17 January

NFL

FOOTBALL

MONDAY Registration from 1.00pm. Game starts at 2pm. $5 buy in with $2 option for extra chips. $10 re-buy or add-on. Guaranteed prize pool of $400*.

• Playoffs: From 9 January

WEDNESDAY

• Super Bowl 50: 8 February

Registration from 6.30pm. Game starts at 7.30pm. $12 buy in freeze out, with $2 option for extra chips. Guaranteed a prize pool of $1000* on Wednesday nights.

• $20 all you can eat buffet

Watch every televised EPL, A-League and Champions League game LIVE!

SATURDAY Registration from 7.00pm. Game starts at 8pm. $35 buy in freeze out, with $2 option for extra chips. Guaranteed prize pool of $1500.

SUNDAY Registration from 6.30pm. Game starts at 7.30pm. $22 buy in freeze out, with $2 option for extra chips. Prize pool of $2000* depending on player numbers. * Please be advised that there are varied prize pools over the holiday period. Supported by Crocodile Entertainment.

Broadcasting over 15 channels. See BankstownSports.com for full channel listing. *Opening hours may vary depending on sports events.

TENNIS Australian Open: 18 – 31 January

SUPER RUGBY Season kicks off 26 February


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A complete night out • Overnight stay for two at Travelodge Bankstown • $50 Dining voucher to be used in any of our restaurants • 2 tickets to Bankstown Sports entertainment

• Complimentary bottle of wine • Buffet breakfast for two at Greenfield Station Bistro

PACKAGE 1

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The Australian Katy Perry/100% Kylie Saturday 16 January Total Value: $379 Total Price: $249

Melinda Does Doris Saturday 13 February Total Value: $399 Total Price: $249

Celtic Beat Saturday 5 March Total Value: $359 Total Price: $249

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Grease Fever/Dancing Through The Decades Saturday 26 March Total Value: $359 Total Price: $249

Divas of Soul & Motown Saturday 23 January Total Value: $359 Total Price: $249

The Whispering Jack Show Friday 19 February Total Value: $325 Total Price: $249

Latino Rhythm Saturday 12 March Total Value: $359 Total Price: $249

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Stars from Oz/Superstarz Saturday 6 February Total Value: $359 Total Price: $249

The Animals Saturday 27 February Total Value: $419 Total Price: $249

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PACKAGE 9 Elvis and Priscilla Saturday 19 March Total Value: $449 Total Price: $249

NB: If you plan to dine at one of our restaurants please book in advance by calling 9722 9888.


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BIRRONG SPORTS Adam Troth wins top

GREENKEEPER AWARD The NSW Bowling Greenkeepers Association has announced Adam Troth, the head greenkeeper at Birrong Sports, as the Greenkeeper of the Year. Sponsored by Living Turf, the award takes into account not only the surface prepared, but the work put in behind the scenes by the greenkeepers. The award is the most prestigious accolade awarded for bowling greenkeepers in NSW. “It was awesome to be recognised by my peers,” says Adam. “The judges have a very high standard, so it was great to know they deemed the greens at Birrong Sports a high class standard. There’s only been 12 winners of this award in 20 years, so I’m honoured to have won it this year.” The Greenkeeper of the Year Award is presented at the annual Bowls NSW Legends Vs NSW Greenkeepers Day held in July each year. The award was presented to Adam on 31 July by Mike Darlington of Living Turf. Nominations are considered by a panel of judges who undertake thorough site visits. Adam had been nominated for the award several times before but this was his first win.

“It was a complete surprise,” Adam says. “They announced the award after we had played Legends Vs NSW Greenkeepers. My family had come down to watch me receive the award, which made it even more special. I have one award for home and one that’s displayed at the club.” Adam has been the head greenkeeper at Birrong Sports for 15 years and a greenkeeper for 26 years. He’s hosted World Masters Games, Premier League and State finals over the years. “I love my job. I play golf and lawn bowls, so that gives me an understanding of how the greens need to be for the players,” says Adam. “I enjoy working at Birrong Sports and have two other great staff here with me who help maintain five greens and surrounding gardens.” The award recognises outstanding performance in greenkeeping, including quality of greens and surrounds, machinery storage, chemical storage, awareness of

DID YOU KNOW? Adam and his team keep the Birrong Sports greens trimmed to two millimetres. That’s the thickness of a 20 cent piece!

environmental programs and professional approach and contribution to the industry. “People think we just cut grass, but there’s quite a bit more to it,” says Adam. “We also carefully maintain the soil condition, checking PH levels and microbial activity and have to comply to strict environmental standards. It’s constantly challenging and interesting work.”

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Birrong Sports

CHRISTMAS TOY RAFFLE!

OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY

SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER

Relax and enjoy our facilities from 2pm until late on Christmas Day.

$1,500 in toys up for grabs! Tickets from $1. Tickets on sale from 5pm. Draw from 6.30pm.

The Italian Bistro will be open from 6pm – 9pm with limited menu items.

New Year’s Eve Dance the night away with American Grafitti performing LIVE from 8pm – 1am.

KID’S PIZZA MAKING CLASSES 11.30am Tuesday – Thursday in the January school holidays Only $10 – Including lunch, drink and goodie bag. K TO BOO 45 6 9 L L CA 6 6 86

Kid’s Holiday Bingo THURSDAY 7, 14 & 21 JANUARY FROM 11AM Only $5 – includes bingo book, soft drink and a lolly bag.

Australia Day

FAMILY FUN TUESDAY 26 JANUARY 11AM – 3PM • • • •

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES POKER Monday: 7pm, $15 buy in Thursday: 6.30pm, $12 buy in/ $10 add on

TRIVIA *Tuesday: 7.30pm, FREE

MEAT RAFFLE Friday: 6pm, Tickets from $1

BINGO **Wednesday: 10am, $3 per book

HOMEWARE RAFFLE Sunday: 5pm, Tickets from $1 * Trivia is cancelled 15 December 2015 **Bingo is cancelled 23 & 30 December 2015

Jumping Castle FREE Dining specials Clowns & face painting Entertainment from 2pm

FESTIVE SEASON HOURS – THE ITALIAN BISTRO: Christmas Day – 6pm-9pm* Boxing Day – 5.30pm-9pm New Year’s Eve – normal trade New Year’s Day – closed lunch, open dinner* *Limited menu only

Lunch: Monday to Sunday – 11.30am to 2.30pm Dinner: Monday to Sunday – 5.30pm to 9.00pm Phone 9645 8666 for bookings.

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BAULKHAM HILLS Baulkham Hills

CHRISTMAS FAMILY FUN DAY Christmas is arriving early for the families of Baulkham Hills Sports Club. The club is hosting a Christmas Family Fun Day on Sunday 20 December from 12pm until 4pm with a Christmas Toy Raffle to follow at 5pm. There’ll be no shortage of activities to keep the kids entertained. Kids can pat and feed their favourite furry friends at the Petting Zoo. There’ll be a selection of farm animals including a sheep, baby lambs, kid goats, duckling, rabbits and chicks. Baulkham Hills family, the Kelly’s, can’t wait to join in the fun. “My kids James, 5 and Olivia, 8, absolutely love animals and will adore being able to pat their favourites,” says mum Nicola Kelly. A kids disco will burn off some energy and will include face painting, games, silly hair spray, tattoos and nail painting. Of course no family day would be complete without rides, and the kids will be able to try out a mini Ferris wheel, Wizards Flight and the Jurassic Park Inflatable which features two slides, rock climbing wall, two dinosaur rockers and a large jumping area. It also has safe net walls, so parents can watch their kids have fun from

all sides. “The inflatables, disco and activities will be a great school holiday treat for our kids,” says Nicola. “James can’t wait to let loose on the Jurassic Park and try rock climbing. Olivia is looking forward to the face painting, tattoos and nail painting. My husband, Damien and I will also be able to get a rare moment to relax and catch up with our friends!” The highlight though will no doubt be a visit from the big man himself, Santa, at 2pm. “James and Olivia can’t wait to meet Santa and make sure he’s across their Christmas toy list!” says Nicola. “Baulkham Hills Sports Club is a great venue for local families, and this event is fantastic in the lead-up to Christmas, which is often very busy and stressful. We’re always looking for activities in the school holidays, and the Family Fun Day provides hours of entertainment for all of us.” All snacks and drinks will also be provided on the day, catering to even the fussiest little tummy.

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Sunday to Thursday – 9am to 11pm* Friday and Saturday – 9am to 2am* *Closing times subject to manager’s discretion.


Baulkham Hills

WEEKLY We have just launched our NEW menu – try it out today!

ACTIVITIES TRIVIA Thursday – 7.30pm

POKER Wednesday 7.30pm - $15 buy in Friday 7.30pm - FREE 10.30pm - $11 buy in Saturday 7.30pm - $22 buy in 12 PM - 4 PM

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HOLIDAY BINGO Wednesday 6, 13 and 20 January From 10am Only $5 – includes bingo book, soft drink and a lolly bag

BINGO Monday – 10am, $4 Friday – 10am, Free

CASH HOUSIE Tuesday – 7.30pm, $12

TRADING HOURS Lunch: Monday to Sunday – 12pm to 2.30pm Dinner: Sunday to Thursday – 6pm to 8.30pm Friday to Saturday – 6pm to 9pm Phone 9639 2100 for bookings. Trading hours remain the same over the festive season.

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ROLL INTO

BANKSTOWN SPORTS BOWLS Bowls Club’s Christmas Drive The Bankstown Sports Bowls Club’s Christmas Drive is the perfect opportunity to lend support and raise the spirits of sick children and their families at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. For over 20 years member Brian Gray and his colleagues have been collecting toys and cash for the Westmead Children’s toy drive, donating thousands of dollars for new equipment for the oncology ward and sackfuls of toys for the children. “It breaks your heart seeing these sick kids in hospital doing it tough. It’s great that we all chip in and hopefully make a difference where we can at this time of year,” says Brian. “Every little bit helps and it’s a real team effort every year. The last few years the money raised has gone to home monitoring equipment so the kids don’t always have to come into the hospital for treatment and instead they can stay in the comfort of their own home. This year money raised will go towards equipment again and we’re hoping to collect hundreds of toys. We usually fill up the van, which is fantastic.”

MONEY RAISED IN … 2012: $3000 + lots of toys 2013: $4000 + lots of toys 2014: $5000 + lots of toys 2015: Let’s beat the RECORD!

WHAT YOU CAN DO? Drop a new and unwrapped toy to the Bowls Club before 12 December 2015. The toys will go to the volunteer section at the hospital, arriving unwrapped so that volunteers can match the toy with the child and then wrap them on site. Good ideas for toys include colouring books, storybooks, DVDs, board games, puzzles and arts and crafts. “Think of gifts that they can play with without running around,” suggests Brian. “And consider all ages, including teenagers.” Buy a ticket to the Bankstown Bowls Club Christmas ham raffle. Wednesdays 7.30pm, until 23 December 2015.

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Open 7 days 9am until late* *Closing times subject to manager’s discretion.


Bankstown Sports Bowls

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES LINE DANCING Monday – 10.30am $8 ALL

POKER

Christmas Ham Raffle Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 23 December. All money raised will be donated to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Annual Christmas Toy Drive A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! If you would like to donate, please drop a new and unwrapped toy to the Bowling Club before 12 December.

Barefoot Bowls Have some fun in the sun this summer!

Tuesday 7pm – FREE for members, $5 non-members Friday 7pm – $12 buy in

BRAIN TEASERS TRIVIA Wednesday – 7.30pm FREE

PIANO NIGHTS Thursday – 6-8pm FREE

MEAT & VEGGIE RAFFLE Sunday – 4.30pm Tickets from $1

INCLUDES: • Green hire and coaching • FREE beverage • Dining specials available Call 9790 0176 for details.

COURTESY BUS CALL 0401 140 589 Door to door pick up service from your home within a 5km radius of Bankstown Sports Bowls.

BISTRO TRADING HOURS Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday – 12pm to 2.30pm Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday – 5:30pm to 8:30pm Sunday – 4pm to 7pm

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SPORTS REPORT We share the news from our sporting clubs

BIRRONG FOOT BALL FOOTBA LL CITY FOOTBA LL CLUBS FRIEN CLUB & SUITA DLY EXCHANGE

BIRRONG FOOTBALL CLUB, SKILLS AND DRILLS SESSION.

Memories

FOR A LIFETIME In what has been an on-going cultural exchange with Bankstown’s sister city, Suita in Japan, Birrong Sports Football Club this year hosted two junior Japanese teams with ages ranging from 11 to 14 years. Birrong families billeted the 30 footballers and the six day visit included trips to Sydney beaches and harbour attractions, as well as football matches with club teams and neighbouring schools. Secretary of Birrong Sports, Susan Kanisek,

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says “We used our smart phone apps to translate conversations but language was no real barrier for the boys.” The football cultural exchange has a proud 17 year history between the clubs, forging friendships and breaking down cultural barriers along the way. A friendly football match was played at Jim Ring Oval, which was a great exhibition for all members and the public to view.


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N STOW BANK S SQUASH T R O BERS SP MEM CLUB

BANKSTOWN SPORTS SQUA SH MIXED COMPE TITION

VOLLEYING ACROSS COURTS The Bankstown Sports Squash Club is renowned for producing talented sportspeople. Volleying her way across the world is Rachel Gibson, who has represented Australia at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa and the club at the World Championships. Both of these events were extremely competitive, with Rachel finishing with a junior world ranking of 80th. Another individual with a big future in the sport is Michael Bolton. Michael recently played in a tournament in Coffs Harbour where he has been named into the main professional draw. Bankstown Sports Squash Club President, Allan Condie, says “Even though we are a small club, we have a great family culture and want the best for all of our members. With the exceptional performances of both Rachel and Michael it has been a great stepping stone for others to follow.” If you would like to get involved or witness some of these great competitors contact president Allan Condie on condie.a@optusnet.com.au

GRAND F BANKS INAL WINNER TOWN SPORTS S U 11 HOCKE Y CLUB

LOOK AT US NOW! A very successful few seasons has seen the emergence of young talent at both Bankstown Sports Hockey Club and Baulkham Hills Hockey divisions. Bankstown Sports Hockey Club, who play at Crest Fields in Bass Hill, had a stellar season with their youngest members, the Under 11s, ages ranging from 7 to 11 years, being crowned champions. The moment was a big highlight for the club, which has seen an influx of new players due to the efforts by committee members in organising ‘come and try’ sessions for the general public during the off season. Club President, Graeme Bernard, says

BAULKHAM HILLS JUNIOR HOCKEY CLUB

“We are a very warming club that welcome anyone in to have a go and have some fun.” Baulkham Hills Junior Hockey Club have a similar approach and provide feedback to all their players through skills based development. The club has worked tremendously hard to provide workshops that improve a range of skills for all participants. Club Secretary, Andrew Attard, says “The club has seen a great growth in numbers from junior participation and the love of the game. We are in the right place at the moment with the expansion of an Over 35s team, which consists of parents of junior members taking up the game, most for the first time!”

Bankstown Sports proudly supports 40 sporting clubs. These clubs are run by volunteers for the community. To get involved as a participant or volunteer see the sports secretaries list overleaf.

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SPORTS SECRETARIES BANKSTOWN SPORTS CLUB

DRESS

TEAM

NAME

EMAIL

PHONE

AFL

Matt Oliver

mattoliver@telstra.com.au

0408 272 031

ATHLETICS

Matthew Whitbread

matthewwhitbread@msn.com

0410 588 321

LITTLE ATHLETICS

Leanne McDonald

bycomholdings@optusnet.com.au

0413 622 888 or 9603 7446

BASEBALL

Diane Richardson

bs.baseball@hotmail.com

0478 729 508

BASKETBALL

Sandi Avery

sportiesbasketball@hotmail.com

0402 220 391

INDOOR BOWLS

Paul Criminale

paulmich32@hotmail.com

9790 1960

THURSDAY LADIES BOWLS

Val Austen

valerieja@optusnet.com.au

0414 974 754

CRICKET (JUNIOR)

Andrew Honey

ahoney@nswnma.asn.au

9771 2761

CRICKET (SENIOR)

Andrew Honey

ahoney@nswnma.asn.au

9771 2761

CRICKET (WOMEN)

Justin Newman

bankstownwomenscricket@gmail.com

0409 151 573

CYCLING

Peter Buckingham

cycling.secretary@tpg.com.au

9645 1831 or 0407 954 917

DARTS (TUESDAY)

John Taylor

jwt42@hotmail.com

0418 629 168

FISHING

Larry Ilic

oliljuba@optusnet.com.au

9774 4495 or 0424 341 975

FOOTBALL (STARS)

Spero Semann

sperosemann@hotmail.com

0407 787 135

FOOTBALL (STRIKERS)

Kylee Freeman

secretary@bankstownsportsstrikers.com.au

0417 005 753

GOLF (LADIES)

Elaine Ward

elainei40@yahoo.com.au

9771 1450

GOLF (MENS)

Lee Dunks

bdsc.mensgolf@gmail.com

0412 572 274

Set a limit

HOCKEY

Graeme Barnard

president@bankstownhockey.org.au

0403 770 624

NETBALL

Michelle Boulais

secretary.sportsnetball@gmail.com

0412 384 127

Track gaming spend

RUGBY LEAGUE

Harry Chahoud

bsjrl@hotmail.com.au

0414 564 759

SQUASH

Graeme Horsnell

horsnell50@hotmail.com

0408 756 034

SWIMMING

Neil Rogers

nro85578@bigpond.net.au

9649 5866

TENNIS

Michael Clunie

mclunie@iconco.com.au

0419 464 317

BANKSTOWN SPORTS BOWLS CLUB MEN’S BOWLS

Marcus Kearns

kearnsm8@bigpond.com

0421 977 618

WOMEN’S BOWLS

Marie Smith

nationsmith@optusnet.com.au

9790 1339

DARTS

Cathy Cassidy

cathy@atdec.com

0408 550 092 or 9730 2769

BAULKHAM HILLS SPORTS CLUB BASEBALL

Don Beileiter

bieleiter@optusnet.com.au

0447 404 194

CRICKET

Rick Thomas

secretary@baulkocricket.com.au

0409 150 703

FOOTBALL

Tony Hughes

ahughes@parra.catholic.edu.au

0432 056 959

GOLF

Phil Deare

melven57@tpg.com.au

9899 3094

HOCKEY WOMENS

Margaret Sargant

alan.sargant1@bigpond.com

0438 320 775 or 9876 4115

HOCKEY MENS

Carolyn Campbell

ccampbell@netballnsw.com

0410 522 268

HOCKEY JUNIORS

Andrew Attard

communications.bhhc@gmail.com

0449 697 852

NETBALL

Michelle Bullock

housie7475@hotmail.com

0416 041 751

TENNIS

Marek Bogatek

marekb@testcomdata.com.au

0409 877 140

JUNIOR SPORTS & SOCIAL

Deseline Binning

9639 5072 or 0407 077 074

BIRRONG SPORTS CLUB MENS BOWLS

Allan Cain

bowls@bankstownsports.com

9644 1600

WOMENS BOWLS

Elaine Fearnside

mefearn@yahoo.com.au

9708 2669

FOOTBALL

Susan Kanisek

secretary@birrongfc.com.au

0438 620 816

GOLF

Lorraine Smith

lsmith62@bigpond.com

0407 912 788

NETBALL

Lee Hill

Lee_Hill@codea.com.au

0418 759 874

REGULATIONS Neat clean work attire is permitted at all times.* *Excludes Platform One and Piano Bar. Work attire, running shoes and tracksuits are not permitted in these areas.

VOLUNTARY PRE-COMMITMENT

Exclusion from gaming promotions Cooling off periods Real-time implementation of reduced limits

TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE SEE ONE OF OUR DUTY MANAGERS. For help with information, counselling and referral call Gambling Help 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au

IMPORTANT

INFORMATION about our fire alarm and evacuation procedure can be found at


TRADING HOURS BANKSTOWN SPORTS – Open 7 Days, 9am – 6am PLATFORM ONE – Phone 9722 9888 for bookings Lunch Monday to Friday Dinner Monday to Thursday Friday Saturday Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

BANKSTOWN SPORTS – Continued VINO AT LA PIAZZA

12pm – 2.30pm 6pm – 9pm 6pm – 9.30pm 5.30pm – 10pm

Friday and Saturday

Monday to Thursday Friday and Saturday Sunday

GREENFIELD STATION BISTRO – Phone 9722 9888 for bookings

TOTAL SPORTS BAR

Breakfast Everyday Lunch Monday to Tuesday Wednesday to Sunday Dinner Sunday to Thursday Friday Saturday

6.30am – 9.30am 11.30am – 2.30pm 12pm – 2.30pm 5.30pm – 8.30pm 5.30pm – 9pm 5.30pm – 9pm

INTOUCH CAFÉ

Monday and Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday Friday and Saturday Sunday

7am – 12 Midnight 7am – 1am Open 24hrs 7am –1am

Monday to Sunday Sunday to Thursday Friday and Saturday

12pm – 2.30pm 5.30pm – 9.30pm 5pm – 10.30pm 11.30am – 11pm 11.30am – 12am

Monday to Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

10am – 5pm 10am – 10.30pm 9.30am – 10.30pm 9.30pm – 6pm

Monday to Thursday Friday and Saturday Sunday

8am – 5pm 8am – 9pm 9pm – 5pm

Friday and Saturday

6pm – 11pm

Lunch Dinner

PIZZERIA BELLUCCI AT LA PIAZZA

Tuesday to Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday to Friday and Sunday Saturday

Tuesday to Saturday Tuesday to Saturday Sunday

12pm – 2.30pm 5.30pm – 8.30pm 4pm – 7pm

BAULKHAM HILLS SPORTS Open 7 Days, 9am – late, Friday & Saturday - 9am to 2am* THE GALLERY RESTAURANT – Phone 9639 2100 for bookings

12pm – 2.30pm 12pm – 9.30pm 6pm – 9.30pm 6pm til late 12pm – 9.30pm

Lunch Dinner

STUZZICHINO AT LA PIAZZA – Phone 9722 9810 for bookings Lunch Dinner

BANKSTOWN SPORTS BOWLS – Open 7 Days, 9am – late* BOWLS BISTRO – Phone 9790 0176 for group bookings

Refer to BankstownSports.com for trading hours

Lunch Monday to Saturday Sunday Dinner Monday to Thursday Friday and Saturday Sunday

11.30am – 6am* 9.30am – 6am*

VALET SERVICE

SAN CHURRO

8pm - late* 5.30pm - late*

Monday to Thursday, Sunday Friday and Saturday

5pm – 12am* 2pm – 2.30am* 2pm – 12am*

PIANO BAR Fridays Saturdays MONKEY MANIA – Phone 9722 9864

LUCKY CHENG’S

Sunday to Friday Saturday

CLUB CARWASH

IMPERIAL JADE PALACE – Phone 9709 8633 for bookings Lunch Dinner

6pm – 10pm

ATRIUM BAR

12pm – 2.30pm Closed 12pm – 3pm 6pm – 9.30pm 6pm – 10.30pm

Daily Sunday to Thursday Friday and Saturday

12pm – 2.30pm 6pm – 8.30pm 6pm – 9pm

BIRRONG SPORTS – Open 7 Days, 9:30am – late* THE ITALIAN BISTRO – Phone 9645 8666 for bookings Lunch Dinner

Closed Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Daily Daily

11.30am – 2.30pm 5.30pm – 9pm

*Closing times subject to manager’s discretion

FESTIVE SEASON TRADING HOURS Platform One

Imperial Jade Palace

La Piazza

Monkey Mania

Birrong Sports

Pre-booked Christmas Day Buffet Lunch only: 12.00pm

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day: Closed

Christmas Eve: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Christmas Day: 2.00pm – 10.00pm

Boxing Day: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Boxing Day/New Year’s Day: Closed

Chocolateria San Churro

Pizzeria Bellucci New Year’s Eve: 12.00pm – 2.30pm and 5.30pm – 9.30pm

Italian Bistro Christmas Day: Pizza Menu only, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Greenfield Station Bistro

Christmas Eve: 10.00am – late

Pre-booked Christmas Day Buffet Lunch only: 12.00pm

Christmas Day: 12.00pm – late

Lucky Cheng’s

New Year’s Eve: 10.00am – late

Christmas Day: 11.30am – 4.00pm

New Year’s Day: 12.00pm – late

BANKSTOWN SPORTS CLUB AND BANKSTOWN SPORTS BOWLS

Christmas Day/Boxing Day: Closed Bankstown Bowls

Boxing Day: Closed for lunch

Stuzzichino New Year’s Eve: closed

Christmas Day: 11.00am – 7.00pm

New Year’s Day: Closed for lunch, Pizza menu only for dinner.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day: Closed

Boxing Day and New Year’s Day: 12.00pm – 7.00pm

Unless noted below, normal trade will occur.

Boxing Day: 10.00am – late

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Call 0401 140 589

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day: Closed

New Year’s Eve: 10.00am – 3.00pm

FREE

COURTESY BUS

See BankstownSports.com or reception for schedule.

for members & your guests BIRRONG SPORTS

CALL 0401 759 606 

 Thursday 5pm-9pm, Friday/Saturday 5pm-12am

BAULKHAM HILLS SPORTS

CALL 0413 244 557 Friday/Saturday 6pm-12am

MILPERRA/PICNIC POINT/EAST HILLS

CALL 0401 140 589 Wednesday to Saturday 5pm-1am


Commences 2 December 2015 & concludes 24 February 2016. Terms & conditions at BankstownSports.com. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPS/15/08363.

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