Gower birthday girl on the jam donut

Melville “club baby” Selena Timings turned 18 yesterday – and was immediately put to work behind the Gower Park bar.

Selena, right back for the women’s second team, was one of a generation of kids who spent most of their formative years growing up at Gower Park, as life-member parents, Andrea and Stu, diligently applied themselves to a mountain of administrative and operational tasks for Melville.

So it was fitting that she was honoured with a posh birthday cake in the clubrooms between shifts of serving beers at Businesshouse 6-a-side on Wednesday.

“As a baby Selena was even breast-fed in these clubrooms,” noted former club president Kris Allen. “I know, because I watched.”

Earlier Selena celebrated adulthood with her first legal liquor purchase: a four-pack of Jam Donuts (16 per cent raspberry and cream liqueur, 30ml shots) after a store assistant studied her licence very hard.

“All my friends are older than me, so I’ve been stuck in the car until now when it comes to buying alcohol,” she said.

Selena played 6-a-side in a curious green birthday suit designed to advertise the fact she was now 18 (after receiving dispensation from tournament officials Andrea and Stu Timings).

However it did not assist her Advanced Joinery C grade team, which stuttered to a 0-0 draw with Toehax.

Selena said she had fond memories of growing up at Gower in an era when the pitches were much bumpier.

But she would not be drawn on when exactly she would be seeking to join her mother and sister Antonia on the club’s management committee.

“I’m happy just to be on the jam donut for the moment,” she said.

# Pre-season training for both Melville men and Melville women begins of Thursday February 2, 6pm, Gower Park

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