Riverina Leader sport news

IN FORM: Pip Stephens keeps her eyes on the prize in the weekend softball clash between Saints and Turvey Park. Picture: Laura Hardwick
IN FORM: Pip Stephens keeps her eyes on the prize in the weekend softball clash between Saints and Turvey Park. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Rules Men’s Bowls

GARY Brookes and Norm King are the the 2017 Major and Minor Pairs Champions after a come from behind win in the final against David Streher and Wayne Smithers. Trailling by four shots 16 /12 after 17 ends Brookes and King scored eight shots to one over the final four ends to claim the Title 20 shots to 17.

In the semi finals Brookes def Glen Cranswick and Nathan Kemp 23/13 and Streher def Dane Bland and Bob Robertson 22/14. 

Mixed Pairs Championship first round: Peter and Kay Reid def Chris and Anne Leonard 21/10; Col Firman, Cheryl Darcy def Mick and Fran Mahon 26/22; Bernie Benson, Jenny Mitchell def Bill and Raelene Woodbury 19/16; Gary Brookes, Joan Stair def Alan jacobson, Helen Tyrrell 27/17; Dane and Vanessa Bland def Mark and Louise Pearce 22/12; John Hetherington and Lyn Eggleton def Tony Darcy and Bev Robinson 27/16; Dennis Rawlings, Verna Burkinshaw def Bob Robertson, Michelle Henderson 20/15.

Wednesday blind draw Triple winners: Andrew Carey, Norm King, Mile Knezevic 25 points; runners up John Stout, Jack Cousley, "Tiny" Bower 23 points; 3rd place Mark Pearce, Brian Carroll 22 points. Friday Nominated Pairs winners: Robert Marshall, Dane Bland 27 points; runners up  Dennis Rawlings, Rod Cramp 26 points; 3rd place John Stout, Andrew Carey 20 points.  Sunday mixed mufti winners: Owen Cotterill, Verna Quigley, Grace Smith 18 points; runners up Jenny Mitchell, Helen Tyrrell 17 points;  3rd place Bob Robertson, Alice Bower, Ollie Henderson 16 points.  Nomination sheet on Board for Graded 5,6 and 7 players Triples Tournament Saturday and Sunday. Prizemoney $2820; six games of 18 ends.                                                                                                                 

  • 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   


THE usual handful of regulars went exploring the highways and byways of the district last week with the first stop along the way being Gundagai after passing border control at Wantabadgery, and  from Gundagai they navigated the way to Tumut for morning tea. 

Morning tea over and filling up Woody’s half  gallon tank the group trundled over to Tumbarumba for a well-deserved  lunch. It was at Tumbarumba that Woody became disorientated, misplaced his wallet, misplaced his bike, had trouble finding the “used beer” department and a lady there suggested he could stay with her at her dementia hospital. However his mate, Brian Jennings (Tommy) offered to see him home in one piece. And did. After lunch the trip home was down Westbrook Road to Tarcutta and then Wagga. It was a very good day’s ride in terrific weather and confused company. 

Saturday morning Meet and Greet was attended well in beautiful weather, on the  Gurwood Street sidewalk. Around 20 were there and the subject matter was a variation of the week before and the week before that. So if you do miss the gathering it is not hard to catch up on the gossip at a later date. Sometimes the subject gets a little enhanced due to the  fading  (or glorified) memories of some of our members.

The next event on our calendar is the November Branch meeting on Tuesday, November 21 at the Radio Club Rooms in Small Street. Doors open at 7pm  for fellowship and the meeting gets under way at 7.30pm, which is followed by supper, the swapping of stories (fact and fiction), and a raffle. The Christmas Party is on Saturday, November 25. Toy Run is Saturday, December 2 and there will be a run up to the Chinese Gardens in Young on Sunday, December 17.  Our final Branch meeting for the year will be on Tuesday, December 19 at 6.30pm with a sausage sizzle.

A few of us are going to the Motorcycle Show at Darling Harbour, November 24 to 26. The Ulysses Club will  have  a stand there for you to visit and catch up with the latest developments. Anyone who  has  designs on being a member of the Ulysses Club National Committee will need to get their paper work into the National Secretary by November 30. Give the National Office a call on 1300 134 123 for further information.

Wagga City Golf

AFTER two rounds of the Wagga City Golf Club Championships, there is nothing between our two best golfers, Kyle Harrison and Mick Hazell, who look set to fight it out for the big prize over the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday. A full report of the event will be in next week’s golf report.

As far as handicap scores are concerned, last Saturday’s second round saw Chris Ayton score 70 nett to win A Grade on a c/b from Josh Veliscek, with Roman Adamcewicz third on 71 nett. In B Grade, Tony Merrigan ran hot with a 64 nett for a decisive win, from Peter Biscaya 67, and John Messing 68 nett. Ray Barnett also played well to claim the C Grade voucher. NTP: Roman Adamcewicz, Peter Conlan and John Dare. Ball comp to 70 nett.

Last Wednesday’s members’ stableford, and John Dare continued his recent good run with 38 for a c/b win from Max Horsnell in the A Grade event, while Bruce Chalmers had the same score to win B Grade, on a c/b from Ross Hollis. NTP:  Brian Smith, Ray Barnett and John Mooney. Ball comp to 34 on a c/b.

The ladies got last Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup festivities off to a flying start by playing in a best-ball stableford event. Honours went to the team of Jan Marks, Anne Turner and Trish Gray with 41, while individual prizes were collected by Carmel Pearce 39, Sue Matthews 37 on a c/b from Marg Hogan, and Sue Oakman 35 pts. NTP:  Doreen Hazell, Anne Turner and Janene Fitzgerald.

The girls returned on Friday for a single stableford event, and in Div 1, Marg Hogan scored well for 39 for a win, from Gloria Vonarx 37, and Anne Leonard 36. Glad Leitch won Div 2 with 38 pts, from Jan Leonard 33, and Carmel Pearce 32.

The vets welcomed a number of visitors to last Thursday’s nine-hole stroke event, however it was a local, Tony Thompson, who cleared out from the field with 25 nett, followed by Charles Baker and Ron Culgan 21 nett, Chris Morrow 20, and Bernie Mogford and Dave Bussenschutt each on 19 nett.

A big week of golf wound up with Tim’s nine-hole Sunday stableford comp, which went to Peter McDonald with 22, from Gary Rake 21, while Chris Ayton followed his big win on Saturday with 20 for third spot. 


LAST Saturday there was a good roll up in the junior competitions at the Forest Hill courts. The masters competition is for players wanting more serious tournament play, with proper tie-breaker sets being played. There is prizemoney for the top 20 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 43½ points next is Caden Maxwell on 23½ points then Robert Grantham on 20½ points with William Marsh on 12½ points and Reece Rutland on 11 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. This competition starts at 3pm to 5pm. 

Leading the junior tournament is Lachlan McDonald on 37½ points then Tory Grantham on 27 ½ points with Zac McCarthy on 26½ points then Ally Haisell on 12½ points with Yassin El Sanabary on 8½ points. Winners of the McDonalds Sports Awards for this week were: Masters winners were Dylan Haisell and Sam Hood. Junior Tournament winners were Lachlan McDonald and Youssef El Sanabary.

Tennis continues 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 89½ points with Makenna Irlam on 50½ points then Zac McCarthy on 35 with Victoria Grantham on 23½ points and Riley Wilson on 22½ points making up the top five positions. Winners of the McDonald’s Sports Award were Lachlan McDonald and Mohamed Ghazy.

Enquires 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.


TUESDAY, November 7: SOCIAL BOWLS: E. Larkin, G. Rose & S. Lucas def E. larkin, G. Smith & J. Wilson. A. Bower, P. McDonald & K. Reid def H. Tyrrrell, N. Gay & F. Mahon. DAY WINNERS:  A. Bower, P. McDonald & K. Reid.

Thursday, November 9: SOCIAL BOWLS: A. Leonard & B. Cotterill def F. Dalinger & M. Williams. T. Hogan, B. Robinson & F. Mahon def G. Hull, L. Woolbank & V. Burkinshaw.

DRAWN TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP: A. Bower, N. Gay & K. McMillan def M. McCrum, P. McDonald & J. Mitchell. A. Purcell, M. Telford & J. Chappelow def N. Post, J. Stair & S. Lucas. V. Quigley, E. Larkin & L. Eggleton def J. Robbins, E. McCrum & M. Thornton. G. Smith, C. Darcy & J. Wilson def R. Woodbury, M. Henderson & M. Hounsell. DAY WINNERS: A. Bower, N. Gay & K. McMillan. Runners Up: T. Hogan, B. Robinson & F. Mahon.

Travelling Bowlers

WHAT a great weekend, November 10 to 12, as we celebrated with Tuggeranong Vikings Men’s and Women’s bowling clubs. Tuggeranong Vikings Bowling Club extended a great welcome to Riverina Travelling Bowlers on their first six monthly Inaugural Bowls Trip away event.  A great, well-presented, and organised venue and highly recommended if travelling to that part of Canberra.

Riverina Travelling Bowlers, 23 in all, arrived Friday mid-afternoon gave us time to settle in to our great  accommodation, the Alpha Motel. Changing into ours bowls attire, we ventured to the bowling greens, they were a picture and looked a size bigger than our local greens; they looked and played magnificent and a little on the heavy side.  Before the game we all enjoyed a delicious hamburger to settle any hunger pains. Everyone enjoyed that special time to evaluate the surroundings and to get to know the local bowlers. Peter Tait excelled at the presentation of great salads and juicy burger fillings. Thanks Pete!

Scrounges was a recently introduced event and the choice of the evening bowls, a new game to us and only introduced to the local members the week before – so there was very little advantage over the visiting Riverina Travelling Bowlers. We played 12 ends enjoyed by eight teams of triples, playing three bowls for an individual progressing to the finals. Winners going to the semi-finals played four ends and Riverina were represented by Helen Tyrell and Doug Kinder.

Not playing each other, Kinder managed a win and through to play in the finals which consisted of two ends. Scottie (Tuggeranong Vikings) verses Kinder, who came away excited with the $40 prize money. 

Saturday started with a few hours of free time, the weather looked unpredictable and it turned out that way. About 90 bowlers attended lunch - thanks again to Peter and his handiwork. Twenty-one ends on the card and Sue Smith, president of the Women’s Bowling Club, helped in issuing the cards. Lunch and bowls (then Sunday’s breakfast and bowls) was a total cost $25!

As I mention the weather was going to try to spoil our enthusiasm.. we played about seven or eight ends ... when lightning was the cause of holding up play .. the bell was rang and we had to follow instructions to cease play. After about 45-minute delay and a few ales  we resumed play. After one end it was decided the bowls was called off – the game called at nine ends and rink winners were presented with their winnings.

On Sunday 80 bowlers played 18 ends of four bowl pairs... and (no rain thankfully). The game fiercely contended claiming bragging rights and everyone looking for a win.  After the event we all retired to the main club. An exciting time for Alice and Tiny Bower, the winners of a weekend away at Merimbula attending the Australian Bowls Championships. Jeff Post won the main prize in the 50’s Club draw. Results of the bowls mainly went to Tuggeranong Viking Bowlers – winners of the rink selection were deemed winners of the prize money. Rink 4, 9, and 17 were the lucky bowlers. 

Special thanks to Helen Tyrrell in the initial organisation and forward planning and choice of venue. Helen, Brain Harmer  vice-president and co-ordinatoring the event. Terry Hilton played a major role in organising members and the transport. Safe passage was assured when Brain guided us to our destination and  Des Spear keep us safe on the homebound trip.

Clubs represented were Adelong, Gundagai, RSL Wagga, Rules Club Wagga and Tarcutta Club – thank you for supporting your group and being great ambassadors to encourage others to share a great time  at future events.