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EXPLORERS RIFLE: Members of the Explorers Rifle Club had a shoot at 800 Yards at Lockhart on Saturday in challenging conditions. Picture: Contributed
EXPLORERS RIFLE: Members of the Explorers Rifle Club had a shoot at 800 Yards at Lockhart on Saturday in challenging conditions. Picture: Contributed

Explorers Rifle Club

A VERY challenging shoot at 800 Yards at Lockhart on Saturday. The wind was changing in strength and direction almost continuously making it very difficult if you lingered too long between sight adjustment and firing. Neville Lyons though shot very well in the conditions in F Class whilst David Xuereb had an excellent first stage in Target Rifle.

The upgrade electronic target system worked flawlessly all day. Though did not help us read the wind any better!

In the morning Graham and helpers put up some new Gyprock in the clubhouse to tidy up our solar panel inverter installation. Great to have a cold drink at the end of the day without an Esky full of ice. Electricity is a handy thing!

Next weekend will be 900Y. 


  • Target Rifle David Xuereb TRA – 142.13, Scott Brindley TRA – 135.11 (Out of 150).
  • F Class Neville Lyons-FO-162.4, Graham Crowe-FS-160.4, Paul Golden-FS-134, John Smoothy-FS-121. (Out of 180)

SSAA Wagga

SATURDAY was a beautiful day to shoot some clays and 16 competitors agreed. Mick Reed shot another 49 with that elusive 50 being just out of reach again. Matthew Wilesmith wasn't far behind on 44, followed by Mat Colvin on 43. On Sunday we held Centerfire Field Rifle and Mick Reed again showed us all the benefit of experience by shooting an incredible 374.06 out of a possible 400 to take the win. Josh Arundell followed on 348 to get 2nd, and Rob Baird took 3rd with 343. In Lever Action we tried a whole new competition on brand new targets for our Classic Caliber Postal Shoot. Rob Baird shot 172.02 to win, followed by Mick Doughty and Mick Reed on 165 and 149 respectively. Next weekend we have a rimfire 200yd Fly Shoot on Saturday starting at 10, and on Sunday we have Military Service Rifle. For more information see our website www.ssaawagga.org.au or visit us on Facebook @SSAAWagga.


THIS Friday the San Isidore Tennis Club is having a $2 pizza social night which includes tennis at 6.30pm. All standards are welcome, contact Ruth on 0409 743 677.

At Forest Hill there is social tennis every Monday and Thursday night from 7pm for all standards contact Col 0447 464 234 or Trevor 0407 513 974.

Last Wednesday there was a great roll up in the 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. Sportsman’s Warehouse giftcards awarded at the end of the competition as well as a Best and Fairest award. Leading the competition is Lachlan McDonald on 15 points with Makenna Irlam on 14 points close behind Riley Wilson on 12½ points with Pat Wright on 11 points then Kelsey Atkinson on six points making up the top five positions. Last week’s winners of the McDonalds Sports Award were Lachlan McDonald, Sabrina Donebus, Alastair Wright and Julia Weston.

Excellent tennis played last Saturday in the junior tennis competitions at 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 twenty players in the competition for all players having played five matches, as well as a best and fairest award at the end of the competition. To take part, just turn up at the start time of 3pm until 5pm. Leading the masters competition is Oliver Plum on 16 points, then Pat Wright on nine points close behind Robert Grantham on eight points with Lachlan McDonald on six points with Caden Maxwell on 5½ points making 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 is Tory Grantham on eight points close behind Yassin El Sanabary on 7½ points with Alastair Wright on three points. This week’s McDonalds Sports Award winners were Masters Pat Wright and Junior Tournament Alastair Wright.

Contact Roman Adamcewicz on 6922 4963 or 0439 584 125.


A SMALL troop of five took off from Billy’s last Wednesday and headed for Gundagai then Jugiong by way of Brungle (a favourite trek) and from Jugiong across to Harden then Young. They stopped off at Wilders Bakery for lunch and headed home down the Olympic Way, getting home early to beat the heat.

The Saturday Meet and Greet was well attended with the usual banter and after tea and bickies it was off home to mow the lawns.

On Sunday seven riders shot off to Tallangatta for lunch at the Victoria Hotel, travelling down through Holbrook where they took a break for a light snack and fuel. The next stage was to be straight down to Jingellic and Walwa but road works in Holbrook sent them off down the highway to Woomargama  and across to Talmalmo and Granya Gap.  Having had an excellent lunch at the pub the ventured home through Albury and Culcairn,  and it was at this point that things went a little pear shaped with people getting lost looking for fuel and cigarette stops. However they all did make it home, some through Morven and some through Uranquinty albeit fairly late in the day.  By all accounts it was a good day out.

The next ride will be the Black Dog ride, March 18 leaving from Wagga Motorcycle Centre at Gumly and we will give you full details next week. Our next branch meeting is on Tuesday, March 20 at the Radio Club Rooms in Small Street Starting at 7.30pm with the doors opening at 7pm. It is a great time of the year to be riding so we hope to see you on the road with the wind whistling through your hair.

Rules Men’s Bowls

TWENTY-TWO teams took part in the presidents’ day annual fours tournament with all district clubs in attendance. Winners were: Dennis Rawlings, Jim Sloan, Alan Jacobson, Wayne Smithers with 26; runners up were Mark Pearce, Peter Dolden, John Stout, Joe Knox on 24 and 3rd to John Hetherington, Rod Cramp, Barry Metcalf, Jim Davis on 22.

Wednesday winners: Peter Reid, Joe Knox, Scott Bourne 25; runners up Gary Brookes, Ralph Todd, Kevin Wales 24; 3rd Mark Pearce, Wayne Smithers, Keith Browne 19.

Friday winners: John Hetherington, "Cowboy" Metcalf 26; runners up Jim Sloan, Doug Kinder 23; 3rd Paul Fitzgerald, Dennis Rawlings 22.

Friday fully loaded three bowl pairs returns March 23. Two games 14 ends, draw for partner and card; prizemoney $220 with barbecue and lucky draw to follow. Draw on Board for Minor Singles Championship; first and second rounds to be played March 11.


  • 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 5.30 pm for 6pm start.

Wagga City Golf

BARNEY Matthews scored 32 nett to win last Monday’s nine-hole Vets comp, a shot clear of Kerry Smith 33, followed by Ken Batt 35, Grahame Winson, Don Kirwan, John Mitchell and John Hazell on 36 nett. Country Club visitor, John Glastonbury, took out Thursday’s comp with a score of 34 nett, from Tony Brunskill 35 nett on a c/b from Bob Alexander, Peter Briggs and Bruce Leary, followed by Mick Bailey and Bob Moore 36 on a c/b.

The ladies played a stableford event last Tuesday, and Sue Matthews matched her husband’ success in Monday’s Vets by winning Division 1 with 19, from Ros Tilden 18, and Marg Hogan 17 on a c/b. In Division 2, Simone Pilotto continued her recent good form by amassing 24 for a six-points win from Marg Wise 18, with Jan Leonard third on 17, who also claimed the NTP prize on the 18th hole.

In Friday’s stroke event, Gloria Vonarx took out Division 1with 37 nett on a c/b from Cassie Gill, with Sue Oakman third on 38 nett. Simone Pilotto made it a quinella for the week by winning Division 2 with 37 nett, from Carole Gardner 38, and Jan Leonard 39 nett. NTP to Gloria Vonarx.

Wednesday’s members’ stroke event saw Peter Biscaya score 70 nett to win A Grade, from the consistent John Mooney 71 nett, and Kyle Harrison third on 72 nett. Geoff Hanns fired up for 66 nett to collect the B Grade voucher, with second place going to successful golf-tripper, Peter Friedlieb 69 nett, on a c/b from Tom McDonnell. NTP’s to Andrew White, Eddie Wall (20cm on the 13th), and Ray Barnett. Ball comp to 72 nett on a c/b.

The club welcomed the boys from the unlikely-named “Queanbeyan Socially Challenged Golf Club” on Saturday. Members also played a stableford event, and in A Grade, John Dare scored 41 for a win, from Roman Adamcewicz 37, and Warren Lynch 36. In B Grade, Phil Harrison scored 39 to win by two from Matt McMullen and Bill Whalan, while Bruce Masters carded 40 to win C Grade from FrankVeliscek 37 and Jack McGlynn 35. NTPs to Geoff Nicholls, Mick Landrigan, who nearly knocked the flag out on the 13th, and Frank Veliscek. Ball Comp to 34.  

Barry Miller cleaned up in Tim Barlow’s Sunday nine-hole comp, scoring 23 for win from Phil Harrison 22, Cloud Merrigan 20, and Andrew White, Kyle Harrison and Doreen Hazell, 19 on a c/b.


  • TUESDAY, February 27 social bowls: N. Post & J. Brown def G. Rose & E. McCrum. M. McCrum , A Purcell & P. McDonald def M. McCrum, J. Howard & V. Burkinshaw. H. Tyrrell, L. Woolbank def G. Hull & R. Woodbury. DAY WINNERS: H. Tyrrell, L. Woolbank
  • THURSDAY: H. Tyrrell & I crouch def S. Davidson & V. Burkinshaw. E. McCrum, J. Taylor & K. McMillan def E. McCrum, J. Serhan & J. Edwards. DAY WINNERS: E. McCrum, J. Taylor & K. McMillan.

Wagga Women’s Bowls

  • February 20 social bowls: C Mackay, N Gray, N Jones d J Bishop, B Patterson, J Willis. M Johnston (SL) J McClure, E Low d M Johnston (SL) J Le Lievre, L Moorby.
  • Saturday, February 24: F Permezel (SL), M Johnston, J Le Lievre d F Permezel (SL) R Evershed, E Low. C Mackay, J Beck d B Laing, L Moorby.
  • TFebruary 27: M Johnston, J Le Lievre, N Gray, N Jones d B Patterson, C McKay, J Bishop, L Moorby.
  • March 1: M Johnston (SL) B Patterson, L Moorby, J Le Lievre d M Johnston (SL) C Mackay, R Evershed, N Gray.
  • March 3: B Laing, N Gray, J Le Lievre d K Grentell, N Jones, J Beck.

Friday, April 13 is the bus trip to Altina Wildlife Park. Committee meeting Monday, March 12 at 1.30 pm.

Any ladies interested in trying lawn bowls phone Norma on 6921 4610.

Wagga Field & Game 

February Shoot Handicap: with a hot summer’s day, 42 nominated to shoot some clay target. With the range setter having an eye on the weather the stands set with shade from the sun and a short walk around the club house. With some little problems with the targets everyone enjoy their day out in the sun

  • AA Grade 1st Paul Critterdon 68/75, 2nd Matt Wilesmith 65/75 on c/b.
  • A Grade 1st Mitch woods 72/75, 2nd Michael Elmes 69/75, 3rd Mark Carlson 62/75.
  • B Grade 1st Gary Brill 70/75, 2nd Alex Mikolajewic 68/75, 3rd Bruce Irvine 62/75.
  • C Grade 1st Harrison Sewell 71/75.