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CRICKET: Michael Mitchell looks solid during the Twenty20 cricket at Bolton Park, between St Michaels and South Wagga at the weekend. Picture: Les Smith

CRICKET: Michael Mitchell looks solid during the Twenty20 cricket at Bolton Park, between St Michaels and South Wagga at the weekend. Picture: Les Smith


WAGGAROOS Deb and Alex Davey competed with distinction at the recent Australian Orienteering Championships. Deb won the Sprint Distance Championship, was second in the Middle Distance Championship, third in the Long Distance Championship and her team finished fourth in the Relay Championship. Alex gained an third placing in the Long Distance Championship.

On the local scene Imogen Metcalfe and Lucia Cook excelled at the WaggaRoos orienteering event at Pomingalarna last Sunday. Starting near the western entrance to Pomingalarna the courses looped around the western slopes creating several changes in direction. The open forest enabled comfortable running so often the decisions were about running straight and taking on the undulations or running wide along flatter track options.

The 4.6km Medium course involved a large figure of 8 looking for various earth banks, mounds and ditches. Schoolgirls Imogen Metcalfe and Lucia Cook paired up and, despite their inexperience, performed brilliantly. In a close competition they finished first, just ahead of the Zoe Metcalfe, Anthony Metcalfe, Fiona Hamilton group. Experienced orienteer Bob Moore was just off the pace and Pauline Moore finished fourth.

The 6.5km course involved three large loops that had participants criss-crossing their tracks several times. Alex Davey continued his good form to win just ahead of John Oliver. Loren Edmanson and Phil Roy participated at a much more leisurely pace and finished third. Fergus and Geordie Russell, in their first event, finished fourth.

Next local event will be on Willans Hill starting at 10am near the Museum in Baden Powell Drive.

Results: 6.5km Long Course: Alex Davey 55.37; John Oliver 57.49; Loren Edmanson & Phil Roy 104.11; Fergus & Geordie Russell 119.00. 4.6km Medium Course: Imogen Metcalfe & Lucia Cook  67.44; Zoe Metcalfe group 69.34; Bob Moore 70.11; Pauline Moore 93.18.

Rules Men’s Bowls

Major and Minor Pairs Championship second round:  Dane Bland, Bob Robertson def Doug Kinder, Peter Wild 21/16; David Streher, Wayne Smithers def Mark Pearce, Joe Knox 24/8; Gary Brookes, Norm King def Keith Wellham, Kevin Wales 33/11; Glen Cranswick, Nathan Kemp def Jeff Edwards, Mick Carey 26/13. Wednesday blind draw Triples winners: Andrew Carey, Johnno Johnston, Ollie Henderson 25 points; runners up John Hetherington, Eddie Forbes, Bernie Leitch 20; 3rd place Paul Fenwick, Jeff Edwards, Don Anderson 19. Friday Pairs winners: Chris Leonard, Noel Comerford 23; runners up John Hetherington, Jim Davis 20; 3rd place Paul Fitzgerald, Paul Cooper 19. Sunday Mixed mufti blind draw winners: Barb Cotterill, Sue Brown, Bev Robinson 23; runners up Col Smith, Greg Newbold 18 points; 3rd place Elaine Larkins, Joy Robbins 17. Nominations for Club Triples Championship close October 16 with first round to be played October 28.                                                                             

Coming Events: Wednesday blind draw Triples: Names in by noon for 1pm start. Friday Nominated Pairs: Names in by noon for 1pm start. Saturday Blind draw: Names in by  noon for 1pm start. Sunday Mixed Blind Draw: Names in by 12.30 pm for 1pm start.   

Wagga City golf

EDDIE Wall and John Burkinshaw took out the Monday Vets 4 Ball event combining well to score 29 nett from Jimmy Briggs and Tony Brunskill also 29 nett. Next in was Ron Culgan and Les Hodges.

Tuesday Ladies this week: Division 1: Winner Pam Kellam 93-24-69, runner-up Kitty Howe 95-23-72. Division 2: Winner Anne Turner 92-27-65, runner-up Fay Baker 98-29-69. NTP:  Div. 1 Cheryl Jeffree, Div. 2 Marg Hogan, Div. 3  Jan Leonard.

Wednesday was a stroke round which saw Fred Simmons with the score of the day 68 nett winning A Grade from Ray Gladman 70nett. B Grade winner was Rod Porter 69 nett from Col Smith also on 69 nett. Balls went to 73 on a count back, John Dare and Ray Harrison took out the nearest to the pin awards.

A refreshed Donnie Thorne returning after holidays won the Thursday Vets with 28 nett from improver Tony Thompson 29 nett coming in second. All 33s got into the ball run down.

Ladies played a 3 ball Irish Stableford on Friday. Winners: Monica Kember, June Rootes, Trish Gray 98 points. Runners up:  Jan Leonard, Billie Johnston, Kitty Howe 89. NTP:  Kitty Howe.

Sam Robbins won the Saturday A Grade event with 68 nett on a count back from close mate James Richards. Must of been a gun group because B Grade was winner was John Hoey 67 nett, Tony Merrigan finally holed some putts to shoot 69 nett which got him into second place. C Grade winner was Kevin Rafter 67 nett Ray Barnett second also 67 nett. Balls went to 73 on a count back, Mic Hazell and Kev Rafter winning the NTPs. Sunday Comp this week was won by Ricky Bevan 31 nett from Steve Seetanna 33 nett. Balls going to all 34s.


TENNIS lessons have recommenced this week at the normal times and days. Both Saturday junior competitions at Forest Hill will resume this Saturday, October 14.

The masters competition is for players wanting more serious tournament play, with proper tie-breaker sets being played. There is prizemoney for the top twenty players in the competition for all players having played five matches, as well as a best and fairest award. To take part, just turn up at the start time of 3pm until 5pm. Leading the masters competition is Oliver Plum on 20½ points close behind is Caden Maxwell on 15½ points then Pat Wright on nine points with Reece Rutland on 7½ points and Robert Grantham on 6½ points make up the top five positions.

The junior tennis competition is open to all juniors wanting to play tennis in a friendly relaxed format, and is their first steps to playing competition. All players should be able to serve to take part. There will be trophies to all players having played at least five matches. As well there is a special best and fairest award presented at the end of the competition. This competition starts at 3pm to 5pm. Leading the junior tournament are Lachlan McDonald and Zac McCarthy tied on 17 points just ahead of Tory Grantham on 14½ points with Mohamed Ghazy on three points then Joseph Mimi on 2½ points.

Winners of the McDonalds Sports Awards for this week were: Masters winner was Caden Maxwell. Junior Tournament winner was Zac McCarthy.

Tennis resumes today in the Wednesday’s Junior Doubles Tennis Competition at the Bolton Park Tennis Complex.

The competition is open to all players that are able to serve. To enter turn up at the courts before the start time of 4pm finish at 6pm sharp.

Leading the competition is Caden Maxwell on 71 points with Makenna Irlam on 29½ points then Zac McCarthy on 27½ with Pat Wright and Oliver Plum tied on 21 points making up the top five positions.

Winner of the McDonald’s Sports Award was Pat Wright.

Enquires about the junior competitions or tennis lessons please contact Roman Adamcewicz on 6922 4963 or 0439 584 125. Social tennis every Monday and Thursday night from 7pm for all standards at Forest Hill contact Col 0447 464 234 or Trevor 0407 513 974.

Wagga Field & Game

A FINESaturday afternoon of clay target shooting was held at our field & game range with 44 shooters from around the Riverina region. The range layout was interesting and challenging, as relatively lower than normal scores indicated on the score board. Wind, distance, angles and flight path of targets challenged most shooters with only a few ‘give me ‘targets across the range. Well done to the range setters.

Winners throughout the day were: AA Grade – 1st Greg Newton, 2nd Evan Spiers. A Grade – 1st Greg Allen, 2nd Peter Rea, 3rd Luke Pianca. B Grade – 1st Col Kneebone, 2nd Michael Rouse, 3rd Justin Badaco. C Grade – 1st Narelle Cook, 2nd Bob Tye.

Thank you to kitchen staff and range setter for a great day.

Next month’s shoot is on Saturday and is the 100 target Riverina Motor Group challenge,starting at 10am.

The event will be held across two layouts. Overall High Gun sash and numerous other prizes for all grades are up for grabs. Riverina Motor Group will also be bringing out a number of vehicles on the day, so make sure you go over and have a look at what is on display and support our main event sponsor.

Wagga Women’s Bowls

SOCIAL matches: Saturday, September 30: B Laing, R Evershed, J le Lievre d C Mackay, N Gray, J Beck.

Tuesday, October 3: R Evershedm B Patterson, C Mackay, J Le Lievre d W Grinter, N Jones, N Gray, J Willis.

Coffee morning Friday, October 27 at 10am.  Trading table, raffle, lucky doors. A well-known apiarist will be the guest speaker.  All welcome.

Any ladies interested in trying bowls phone Norma 6921 4610.


TUESDAY, October 3: Drawn Fours Semi Final: G. Hull, N. Gay, J. Mitchell & B. Cotterill def N. Post, M. Telford, S. Lucas & F. Mahon. B. Robinson, P. McDonald, M. Henderson & M. Thornton def M. Williams, C. Freeman, T. Iirilli & L. Eggleton. Social Bowls: T. Hogan, A. Leonard & L. Woolbank def C. Kubak, J. Serhan & V. Quigley. J. Robbins & E. Larkin def G, Smith & J. Stair. R. Woodbury & J. Edwards def F. Dallinger & K. Reid. Day Winner: T. Hogan, A. Leonard & L. Woolbank.

Thursday, October 5: Drawn Fours Final: B. Robinson, P. McDonald, M. Henderson & M. Thornton def G. Hull, N. Gay, J. Mitchell & B. Cotterill. Social Bowls, Triples: A. Leonard, T, Hogan & K. Reid def A, Leonard, L. Woolbank & J. Chapplow. J. Robbins, G. Smith& C. Darcy def N. Post, V. Quigley & E. Larkin. B. Bland, J. Serhan & F. Mahon draw A. Purcell, G. Rose & J. Wilson. Day Winner: A. Leonard, T, Hogan & K. Reid.


WE START on a sad note with the passing of a long  time friend and club member Peter Meiklejohn. Peter passed away October 4 and a memorial service will be held for him at St Andrews Presbyterian Church on Thursday, October 12 at 1.30pm.  The family would welcome your presence.

A small group headed off last week going through Mangoplah to Holbrook where Les thought it prudent to top up the tank before proceeding through to Jingellic.   After a brief stop at Jingellic they swung into the corners of the Granya Gap to arrive at Tallangatta in time for lunch at the Victoria Hotel.  After lunch the group  travelled across to Culcairn, stopping for a coffee at the Bakery there. Coffee over it was “Home James” up the Olympic Goat track back home. 

The usual crowd turned up at Billy’s on Saturday morning for meet and greet while the Toy Run Committee had the launch of the 2017 Toy Run at Thomas Bros, in Dobney Avenue. The major sponsors for this year’s run, GEO group (Junee Jail),  Ron Crouch Transport and the Commonwealth Bank all presented their Sponsorship cheques which  gives each years run a really good leg-up. The Toy Run this year takes place on December 2, starting at Jubilee Oval at 9am.  In the lead up to the event there will be three fund raisers held with the first at South City Shopping Centre this coming Saturday morning, followed by Kooringal Mall on October 28 and finally the Marketplace on November 18.  All start at 9am so if you are out and about on those days and you can find a few shillings to help us out that would be good.

Our next ride is the Pink Ribbon Ride this coming Sunday which will leave from McDonalds car park in Edward Street at 9am. Jackie Starr is the ride organiser and has been doing the Pink Ribbon for many years. If need more details, give Jackie a call on 0413 305 753. The next branch meeting is on October 17 at the Radio Club Rooms in Small Street at 7.30pm.