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2014 – Social Media Report

Ok, social media report guys.

Instagram.

Aaron Puckridge's World Record Green Jobfish
Aaron Puckridge’s World Record Green Jobfish
Aaron Puckridge's World Record Green Jobfish
Aaron Puckridge’s World Record Green Jobfish

Almost a year to the day SSD entered to world of Instagram. Aaron Pucko’s WR Green Jobfish was chosen as the ice breaker. This fish received 35 ‘likes’ but helped boost the SSD account into (possibly) the greatest of the Insta World. It was an underwater pic, had I chosen the other version, with Aaron’s curly blonde locks, on a fancy Yacht, with dreamy blue water in the background it may have received more attention. In fact, it did.

This pic I speak of was posted some time later and received over 60 ‘likes’, thus proving my theory correct ( this had nothing to do with the fact the account had grown substantially).

a nice Eastern Rock Lobster
a nice Eastern Rock Lobster

The most ‘liked’ pic was that of a nice Eastern Rock Lobster with 130. Ironically, this was posted during the time Trippey was giving the social media world hell on their ‘watermarking’ of photos. The accompanying hash tag #dontknowhowtodowatermarks just may have catapulted this pic onto the podium and its first place finish. Some numbskull felt it necessary to tell us “pretty sure you don’t measure like that”. Guess what C%&TFACE, it is.

Evan Leeson's 40kg Cobia
Evan Leeson’s 40kg Cobia

Furthermore, following closely behind in second place was cracking shot of Evan’s 40kg Cobia. This pic captured the attention of many, including a lovely comment from Dan Galea that read, “cracking fish”. However, it also captured the attention of some unsavoury characters such as @j_james_coughtrie who responded “filthy brown log”. I thought this particularly funny as those of us unfortunate enough to have Evan on Snapchat receive daily video’s of his ‘filthy brown logs’. Some other punters recognised Evan and proclaimed “these are the lads we met at the burger shop”. We sure are boys, we sure are.

Evan Leeson's 28kg Spanish Mackerel
Evan Leeson’s 28kg Spanish Mackerel

In third place and just scraping onto the podium was another pic of Evan. A lovely 28kg Spanish Mackerel. This fish received 120 ‘likes’. There weren’t any funny comments on this post, in fact they were all very pleasant. Evan looked particularly handsome also. In the ensuing statistical analysis of the demographic that engaged this post it was found that 98% of the likes were from females ‘over 50’. The remaining 2% were from men in Evans circle of friends . Marshy also liked it, but the Jury is still out on that one.

John Brown's 41kg Mulloway
John Brown’s 41kg Mulloway

Well stuff me, it seems that I have missed a post. Disregard the above as the REAL FIRST PLACE pic is that of longtime friend and corrupter of the club, Mr John Brown. No surprises, but his whopping 41kg Mulloway received an astonishing 164 ‘likes’ and a cloud of Marijuana smoke. Delpopolo was no where to be seen. Lots of comments for this one folks, such as ‘horse fish, and ‘donkey’. I don’t know why fish are referred to as land animals but I guess it’s fine. Other comments included ‘nice soapy mate’, ‘nup, this is fucked’ and aptly put ‘muthafuckan Jewy King’. Well done Browny!

Thank you to everyone who sent in pics throughout the year, I think Instagram really put SSD on the social media map and generated a lot of interest in the club. This was apparent by how many times I had to tell everyone that meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, at South Sydney Amateur Fishing Association Club House, on the corner of Hastings Ave and Macquarie Street, Chifley, Sydney, NSW, Australia at 7:30pm. Despite this knowledge, I was always asking when they were, hey Simon, Derrick and Evan?

I’m not sure if this fits the structure of an annual report but it sure was fun writing it.

2014 – Committee, Calendar, Social Events, Competition

Our final & Annual General Meeting of 2013 congratulated the committee on a great year. The Dolphins still hold the Alliman Shield thanks to a 3 all draw with St George but since we had the shield in 2012 we keep it this year.

Evan Leeson - Club Champion 2013, from left Rex Oxgood (2nd ever club champ), John Black (3rd club champ, multiple state and Australian Champion), Fred Nann (first club champion, first president, first life member), Bill Richmond (foundation member and our first secretary)
Evan Leeson – Club Champion 2013, from left Rex Oxgood (2nd ever club champ), John Black (3rd club champ, multiple state and Australian Champion), Fred Nann (first club champion, first president, first life member), Bill Richmond (foundation member and our first secretary)

The 2013 Club Championship results are finalised and congratulations goes to Evan Leeson taking out the Club Championship just barely in front of the 2013 Alliman Champion and club runner up Derrick Oscar Cruz.

The Dolphins 60th Birthday party was a truly awesome event with some amazing people coming along from previous club generations. There will be a separate post on that soon with some photos and video of the day. There are plenty of shirts and stubbie holders for sale which will be available at the club meetings or just contact the new merchandise officer Ben Bayfield.

The 2014 Committee was voted in and is already working hard on various things. First on the list is the Social Events for the year. Allot of thought has been put into this to get to the right places when fish and weather is likely to be in favour so do your best to get time off or a pass from the boss to get to these events.

SSD 2014 Calendar

High on the list of priorities in the social events is pairing up newer divers with veterans to pass on knowledge and experience. This has proven in the past to build membership numbers and earn us competition wins. You can see all the events for the year on our Google Calendar. Simon Trippe has made a nice one page Calendar if you prefer.

We now have a Dolphins Instagram account for sharing photos on your smart phones and a Twitter account if you prefer getting news that way.

Here is a couple of the photos from the presentation and some highlights from the year.

Aaron Puckeridge – 2013 Most Species
Emanuel Bova – 2013 Largest Rock Blackfish, 2013 Alliman Shield Four Man Team
2013 State Titles
Geoff Buchanon – International Freediving and Spearfishing News Sailfish cover
Aaron Puckeridge – Pending World Record Green Jobfish 17kg or 34.5lb

Club Meeting April – Fundraiser, Social Calendar & 2013 1st quarter update

Fundraiser for the Australian teams members of the Sans Souci Dolphins

This TUESDAY 16th APRIL 7.30pm at the CLUBHOUSE

Hey everyone I would like to bring this fund raiser to your attention. The Dolphins are fortunate enough to have some extremely talented spearos who have been selected to represent Australia in both the Inter-Pacific competition in Qld and the South African Nationals in Durban. As the Dolphins usually do we pull a little fund raiser together to help ease the pocket wearing for these guys. Our members who represent Australia have always put back to the club in the way of talks, training, and assistance to their fellow members, sharing new techniques they pick up when diving with the world’s elite spearfishers. The Dolphins members have garnered such rich knowledge from these events.

Derick and EvanpuckoWe will be having a HUGE raffle with some great prizes (see below) to raise money for 3 club members. Evan Leeson, Derrick Cruz & Ian Puckeridge

So be there Tuesday 16th April (this coming Tuesday) from 7.30pm, it is the Dolphins monthly meeting – Cnr of Macquarie and Hastings Ave, Chifley.

Guys, this is a must come to meeting anyway as Parry has organised a Greek feast for the night to enjoy – feast is free for members – and you get a free ticket for a chance to win the door prize!
So for all the members that don’t make most meetings, please make sure this is the meeting you do attend as you don’t want to miss what the committee has organised as a surprise. See you all there!!
IF you are unable to attend and would like to contribute to the cause by purchasing some raffle tickets please contact me on how you can do this. There are some really great prizes to be won.
Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10
It’s going to be a great night, hope to see you there – bring your wallets.

Prize list so far

  • Pair of penetrator fin blades
  • Cressi Modular Fins
  • Giant Tent valued at around $700 (I believe it sleeps nine people)
  • Omer Zero Mask
  • Neptonics Rig Line of choice
  • Miscellaneous Neptonics gear
  • One spearfishing course with Australian Spearfishing Academy
  • Alcohol
  • Door Prize

There will be further prizes arranged on the night as well. If anyone else has a prize that they would like to donate, please email me.

Thank you to all who have donated a prize:
Penetrator Fins
Derick Cruz
Neptonics
ASA
Frog Dive

Club Comp/Social Calender for 2013

The calendar is also linked on the website front page which you can subscribe to in your own calendar (Google or other). It has links to most NSW comps, our club meetings and social events. Give it a try.

April 28th Bendalong/Sealies
May 19th Rose Bay
June 23rd Forster
July 21st Ulladulla
August 18th South Maroubra
September 22nd Long Reef/Dee Why
October 20th Bendalong/Voodoo
November 23rd-24th South West Rocks
December 15th Currarong/Ulladulla

2013 – 1st Quarter Update

The start of the year saw our own Ian & Aaron Puckeridge, along with two new club members Evan & Derek competing in the Sydney Cup, Canada Cup and Australian Titles. All placing in the top ten, they did our club proud. The Dolphins also won the first Alliman Shield held out of Gunnamatta Bay, having Feb & March Allimans cancelled due to bad weather was a let down for the boys as they were keen to do well again.
Our first two club meetings this year saw a few new members joining, Parry Gryllis our Sports sec/Vice President will get together with Simon Trippe and I for a new comers rock-hop dive to get to know them in and out of the water.
All – in – all it’s been a promising start to 2013, looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

USFA Survey on observations in the ocean relating to climate change

USFALate last year, USFA sent an email with a link to a USFA members’ survey that they’re doing in collaboration with the CSIRO. This survey is your opportunity to have a say about changes you’ve observed in the ocean, the likely impacts of climate change on how, where and what you spear, and how our historical competition records can or should be shared with scientists and used in fisheries management.

For those of you who have already completed the survey – thanks!

If you haven’t already completed the survey, please take a few minutes to click on the link below and complete it before Wednesday February 13. It’s important that as many of us as possible complete this survey to ensure that our voice is heard.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/USFAsurvey

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Christmas Party Meeting / AGM – 2012

Dolphins Christmas Party

Firstly I would like to thank you all for the great year. 2012 has been fantastic for most of us and especially for our club as we have won the Alliman Shield!
That is thanks to the all round effort of everyone that competed this year and especially to our Vice President and Sports Sec Parry!
Parry has done a great job this year and we all owe him A BIG THANK YOU!

So to top off this great year we are having a big Christmas Party/Last meeting of 2012/AGM on Tuesday the 18th December, 7:30pm at the clubhouse!

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