Riverina Leader sport news


OUR second shoot for the year - 500 Yards. We had some gusty conditions early but settled down to very easy conditions. In the morning we did some work on our electronic targets.  Thanks to Dave, John and  Rob for a splendid job. Both targets now fully refurbished with new corflute and batons to hold down edges.

After testing it was considered that the newly refurbished target appeared to be working best. However, we still had some missed shots in the afternoon competition. Geoff Roberts from  Ozscore will be coming over on February 24 to help us sort out the issue. 

Next weekend will be the Tumut 1000. Sweepstakes 1pm Saturday and the 1000 starting 8.30am Sunday. Quite a few members will be attending so it may mean we will cancel our shoot next weekend. Please call Scott if you are going to Lockhart.

Please note that membership renewals are now due. Please contact Dave Xuereb to pay.

A dust and wind storm came through as we were leaving and a branch came down off the tree at 900 just before I drove under it! Something to sort out at our next working bee on Sunday, February 25. We have a few jobs to do including putting together our new solar power system and a big tidy up in the target shed including a run to the tip. See you there!

Results: Target Rifle David Xuereb TRA – 149.17, Scott Brindley TRA – 148.17 (Out of 150). F Class Graham Crowe-FS-171.13, Paul Golden-FS-127.2, Hubert Hassall-FS-. (Out of 180). Match Rifle Phil Bain–150.23 (Out of 150).


TUESDAY, February 6: SOCIAL BOWLS: B. Robinson, M. McCrum & M. Thornton def N. Post, A. Purcell & J. Wilson. L. Woolbank & K. McMillan def J. Serhan & J. Brown. E. Larkin, G. Hull & L. Carroll def H. Tyrrell, I. Crouch & K. Reid. DAY WINNERS: L. Woolbank & K. McMillan

THURSDAY, February 8: SOCIAL BOWLS: B. Robinson, A. Bower & K. Reid drew E. Larkin, T. IIirilli & J. Stair. I. Crouch & B. Cotterill def M. McCrum & M. Thornton. E. McCrum & J. Wilson def M. Williams & V. Burkinshaw. DAY WINNERS: E. McCrum & J. Wilson.

SSAA Wagga

NINE shooters took advantage of a beautiful day to shoot one of our more challenging disciplines.

Military Service Rifle can bring even the most experienced shooters unstuck at times with a combination of iron sights and old rifles however Greg Hannon showed us all its still possible to shoot these old rifles well by scoring an amazing 192.2 out of a possible 200. Bruce Milne and Dave Wade tied for 2nd place on 189.2. Our next competition will be Black Powder on Saturday, February 17 and Centrefire 100y Group on Sunday. As always casual shooters are more than welcome, for more information visit our website at www.ssaawagga.org.au or on Facebook @SSAAWagga.


THIS last week has been a bit on the quiet side. The mid-week riders headed off from Billy’s at about 9.10am with George coming over from Temora again without Woody, who still has transmission problems. Fred turned up on his trusty  Beemer and complained to all and sundry about the terrible smell of petrol in his garage at home. It was the two lawn mowers was his obvious conclusion. But not so, it was funny how that smell had followed him all the way down to Billy’s, and there it was good old 98 octane pouring out of his bike on to the ground so he high-tailed it to the Gamble Shop on what was left.  The crew who ventured out were Oscar, Gary, Les, George and Mark and they went through Wantabadgery and Tumblong to Adelong where they stopped off for coffee at the shop  across the road from the Club. After a nice repast they took the Broadleaf Way across to Rosewood and settled into the ‘Gone Barney’ café, trinket and soap shop. A small snack for lunch, a bit of a chat saving the World and then virtually straight back to Wagga to beat the heat which was ramping up as the day progressed. A short ride for the day nevertheless very pleasant.

Saturday saw a dozen lob at Billy’s for Meet and Greet and that dozen took over the footpath and discussed what was happening in the state, and the country. If nothing else the politicians are giving us plenty to talk about, good juicy stuff!

Nothing was planned for Sunday which turned out to be a nice day albeit a bit on the warm side and I daresay a few would have gone somewhere. The weather is starting to cool off a wee bit so we have lot nicer riding conditions. My thoughts are that on the really hot summer days we should leave at about 7am and be back at around midday. Beat the heat and plenty of time in the afternoon for a Poppy-Nap. Ha Ha!

By the time you read this our February Branch meeting will be over, it was last night, so we will see you next month.  There will be a ride this coming Sunday (17th) and again it is a mystery ride leaving McDonalds Edward Street at 9am. Just be there about 8:30am.

For any of you going to the AGM in May you need to get your paper work in by the 16th otherwise you will not be able to order merchandise. You have two days – get to it.

Just remember: Wednesday rides leave Billy’s Café, in Gurwood Street at 9am each and every Wednesday and the destination is discussed over a coffee on the day.  Sunday rides always leave from McDonalds Edward Street car park at 9am. That is normally the first and third Sunday of each month and Meet and Greet takes place at Billy’s Café on Saturday at 10am.  You do not have to be a member to join in any of our activities, just come along and enjoy the company and then join if you think our club is your ‘cup-of-tea’. 

Rules Men’s Bowls

DRAWN Fours Championship quarter finals: Dennis Rawlings, Barry Breust, Rod Cramp, Peter Wild def Noel O'Brien, Mick Carey, Jim Sloan, Alan jacobson 21/20; Chris Leonard, Brian Hughes, Norm King, Mile Knezevic def Rob Marshall, Bob Robertson,Phil Howarth, Harry Conroy 29/8; Mick Connors, Peter Reid, Bernie Benson, Tiny Bower def Gary Brookes, Paul Cooper, Glen Cranswick, Tony darcy 15/12; Bill Bishop, darren Conroy, Henry Sperrin, Zac Bland def Darren Peak, Nathan Gardiner, Max Simmons, Jeff Edwards 16/11.                                               

Wednesday blind draw Triple winners: Col Plater, Jeff Post, Ollie Henderson 22 points; runners up  Barry Belt, Jack Cousley, Mick Mahon 21 points; 3rd place Peter Reid, Jim Sloan, Wayne Smithers 20 points.

Friday Nominated Pairs winners: Col Firman, Mark Pearce 25 points; runners up Rod Cramp, Zac Gabrielson 24 points; 3rd place Dennis Rawlings, Andrew Carey 18 points.

Nominations for Minor Singles Championship close February 26 with first round to be played March 11. Nominations open for Settlers Group Over 50s Tournament Monday, March 5; $ 1530  prizemoney; three games of 13 ends with 9am start. Nomination sheet on Board for Annual Official Fours Tournament, February 25; two games 12 ends with 1pm start. Friday Fully Loaded three bowl Pairs returns February 23. Two games 14 ends, draw for Partner and Card; prizemoney $220 with BBQ and lucky draw to follow.


  • 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 5.30pm for 6pm start.


A HOT contender for “shot of the year” went to Josh Conlan in last Saturday week’s stableford event, after he holed out on the long and testy par three 18th hole with his trusty 4-hybrid. Other winners on the day were Roman Adamcewicz, 38, in A Grade, Paul Hallam, 40, in B Grade, and Darryl Dickinson, 42, in C Grade. Ball comp to 34.

In last Saturday’s stableford comp, Max Horsnell had a great round for 42 to take the A Grade voucher, followed by Bob Alexander and Zac Billingham, each on 39. In B Grade, Paul Hallam scored 40 for a win, a point clear of Eden Stubbings and Jim Neiberding, while Graeme Coulton got home on a c/b from Dean Merrigan on 40, with Peter Smith third on 38. NTP’s to Kyle Harrison on the 9th and 13th, and Sam Beer on the 18th.

In Vets news, last Monday the boys played a 4BBB stableford event, which was taken out by the team of Hedley Chapman and Mick Tilden with 25 pts, from Dave Sutton and Danny McIntyre, Tony Brunskill and Bob Alexander, and Don Thorne and Don Kirwan, each with 22 pts. In Thursday’s single stableford event, Dave Sutton continued his hot form with 22, from low-marker, Phil Powell and Eddie Wall on 21, Bob Hodge 20, Roy Sanders 19, and Grahame Winson, Charlie Down and Garry Forde, each on 18.

The ladies played a stroke event last Tuesday, and in a close finish in Division 1, Jan Marks scored 38 nett to sneak in on a c/b from both Gloria Vonarx and Roz Tilden, also on a c/b. In Div 2, Barb O’Donnell scored 35 nett for a win from Carmel Pearce 37, and Theresa Quinn 38 nett on a c/b. NTP to Sue Oakman. The girls returned for a stableford event on Friday, when Lorraine Hickey claimed the Div 1 voucher with 21, with Val Williams runner-up with 17 pts, and the consistent Gloria Vonarx third on 17.  NTP to Lorraine Hickey.

Last Wednesday’s members stableford event saw Peter Conlin claim the A Grade prize with 40, on a c/b from Matt McMullen, with John Mooney third on 38. Ted Ryan won B Grade with 39, from Merv Patterson 38, and John Brown on 37. NTPs to Tom McDonnell, whose ball ended up only 35cm from the cup on the long par three 9th, John Burkinshaw and Chris Ayton. Ball comp to 34  on a c/b.

Tim’s nine-hole Sunday comp went to Rick Leonard with 20, from Peter Austin 19, Dean Merrigan 18, and Barry Miller, Doreen Hazell, Tony Thompson and Roy Sanders, each on 17


THE Saturday junior tennis competitions at Forest Hill got under way last week in very warm conditions. 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 for all players having played five matches, as well as a best and fairest award. To take part, just turn up at 3pm until 5pm.    

Leading the masters competition after the first week is Oliver Plum on four points, close behind Pat Wright and Lachlan McDonald tied on three, then Caden Maxwell, two,  points with Robert Grantham on one point making up the top five positions.

Winning the Best and Fairest award last competition was Oliver Plum.

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 Tory Grantham on two. Tied winners of the Best and fairest award last competition were Lachlan McDonald and Zac McCarthy. This week’s McDonalds sports award winners were Masters Pat Wright and Junior Tournament winner Victoria Grantham.

The Junior Doubles Tennis Competition at the Bolton Park Tennis Complex commenced last Wednesday. The competition is open to all players that are able to serve. To enter turn up at the courts before 4pm, finish at 6pm sharp. Leading the competition is Riley Wilson on four with Makenna Irlam on three then Lachlan McDonald on two and Kelsey Atkinson on one making up the top four. Winner of the Best and Fairest award last year was Lachlan McDonald. Winner of the McDonalds sports award was Makenna Irlam.

Contact Roman Adamcewicz on 6922 4963 or 0439 584 125. Social tennis every Monday and Thursday from 7pm for all standards at Forest Hill - Col 0447 464 234 or Trevor 0407 513 974.