Riverina Leader sport news

Rules Men’s Bowls

Wednesday blind draw triple winners: Jeff Post, Kerry Delaney, Peter Hoskins 23 points; runners up Andrew Carey, Jim Davis, Barry Ingram 20 points; 3rd place Geoff Rainbird, John Ashcroft, Jim Brown 19 points.

Friday nominated Pairs winners: Nathan Kemp, Rod Cramp 25 points; runners up: Chris Leonard, Jim Sloan 18 points; 3rd place Gus Williams, Bernie Benson 16  points.

Sunday Mixed mufti blind draw winners: Col Smith, Alice Bower 24 points; runners up Jenny Mitchell, Helen Tyrrell, Grace Smith 16 points.

Nomination sheet on board for the 12th annual Duffy Bros Fruit & Veg Mixed Pairs Tournament on Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22 with prizemoney of $1200; three games of 14 ends each day with 9am start.

Nominations for Major Pairs Championship close April 24 with first round to be played May 5.

  • 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 12.30pm for 1pm start   


IT WAS looking like being a pretty warm day last Wednesday so the crew of seven who headed out were spot on with their prediction and only opted for a short run - because it was hot. They ran down the Sturt Highway past Borambola then  down Mates Gully Road to Tarcutta. From Tarcutta the next stretch was through Humula and Carabost up to Rosewood where they all settled into a nice lunch at Gone Barny Nursery and Eucalyptus Café and shop. After lunch the trip back to Wagga was down the Tumbarumba Road to Kyeamba and  Gregadoo, managing to get home before the tarmac melted. In spite of the heat it was a pleasant run.Seventeen fronted up at Billy’s for Meet and Greet on Saturday morning with Barry still hobbling along on his broken leg and Di putting on a brave face with her moon Boot back home in the garage or somewhere.   Much of the discussion was about who is going to South Australia in May, who they are going with, what route they are taking, where they are staying on the way there and back and how many tickets they plan to collect on the journey and who cares.

Sunday saw three gather at Maccas for the ride out west, Pat, Les and Steve. The day didn’t look very promising to start with but by the time we got to Narrandera  things were looking good. I know when I arose on Sunday morning and looked at the skies there was not a cloud to be seen -  it was all cloud – and cold. 

We went to Narrandera through Coolamon, Ganmain and Grong Grong and stopped at Narrandera for a 10 minute look-about. Next stop was Leeton for a Coffee and after that was disposed of we took the Whitton Road to Whitton and  Darlington Point, Stopping at Wadi for a top up of fuel. By this time it was about 12.20pm and we headed down the Kidman Way to Coleambally where we had a meal at the Community Club. The journey home was further down Kidman Way, turning off to Morundah, heading down Urana Road, turning off to Boree Creek, up to Lockhart and back through Collingullie, home by 3.45pm. Apart from a small gale at Boree Creek, for about 15 minutes, the weather was most kind to us and we all enjoyed a great day out in the saddle.

Our branch meeting and local AGM was held last night but this will have gone to press before all the news erupted from the floor so will give you an update next week. The next scheduled ride is put down for Sunday, May 6 but a good percentage will have headed off to Barema, SA, but if you are not going and feel like a district ride be at McDonalds car park, in Edward Street at about 8.30am and join anyone else who may be in the same boat.

Explorers Rifle Club

A SMALL but dedicated group turned up on Saturday at Lockhart despite the very windy conditions. Before shooting we were eagerly awaiting results from the Commonwealth Games to see how our fellow shooters were going in the Fullbore Target Rifle final (Day 3) on the 900 and 1000 yard range.

Despite putting up a valiant effort Jim Bailey from Sydney was caught in the last couple of shots after leading for three days and was relegated to the silver medal position with the English Pair of David Luckman and Pareq Patel taking the gold and bronze medals. Country NSW shooter (and world champion) Ben Emms ran into a bad patch but finished ninth out of the 33 shooters competing. Over a great result for two fine marksman who gave it their best effort.

We are all extremely proud of these two men and were kept up to date with their changes in fortune by Scott Brindley and his family who were on hand to cheer them on.

A more difficult task however was at the Lockhart range with wind increasing intensity all day and true to the weather report reached its peak around 5pm thankfully we had just finished and were able to save our target that looked like it was about to be torn off its mountings despite being attached to two very solid 90mm posts.

Fortunes varied on the day with wind gusts enough to change the point of impact of the bullet almost a metre from the central bullseye. Given that the actual central bullseye at 600 yards is only 145mm it is easy to see why some went home with their tail between their legs after a real beat up on the range. Next weekend is a practice shoot.

  • Results: F Class  John Goodwin-FO-161.1, Ben Goodwin-FO-160.2, Graham Crowe-FS-143.3, Hubert Hassall-FS-124.1, Paul Golden-FS-118.1(Out of 180). Match Rifle Phil Bain – 142.6 (Out of 150).


TIM Barlow thought he was going to be the only star shining at the club last week. After all, he’d just collected over $100 from his mates when he picked up five birdies in his three-under round of 69 to win last Wednesday’s A Grade stableford event with 42 points. But come Saturday’s 4-Ball Multiplier event, and up pops Mick Landrigan. Mick played a perfect draw with his three-rescue club on the long and tricky par three 9th hole. Despite the flag being set in its most difficult position at the back of the green, his ball landed on the front of the green and rolled gently into the hole … for a 1 a 5! Sorry Barney, but your chip-in on the 14th on Saturday doesn’t even rate. Consistent golfers, Roman Adamcewicz and Kyle Harrison, fought it out for second spot behind Tim in Wednesday’s round, with Roman winning on a c/b with 38 points.

Craig Keith also scored 42 points to win B Grade, from Geoff Hanns 40 points on a c/b from Bruce Yeatman, while the NTP’s went to Bob McKenzie, Riley Portors and John Burkinshaw. Ball comp to 36 points c/b.

Max Horsnell and Maurie Hogan took out Saturday’s 4-Ball Multiplier with 80 pts, from Mick Landrigan and Grahame Winson 74, and Eddie Wall and Warren Lynch 72 points.Individual honours went to David Billingham 43, Mick Landrigan 40 and Doug Emery, also 40 points, while the other NTP’s went to Peter Conlin on the 13th, and Mick Laurent on the 18th. Teams ball comp to 58 points c/b.

In Vets news, last Monday saw them compete in a 4BBB, which went to the team of Don Thorne and Don Kirwan with 24 points, on a c/b from Dave Sutton and John Mitchell, followed by Les Hodges and Ron Culgan. In Thursday’s stroke event, Roy Sanders carded 33 nett for a one-shot win from John Burkinshaw and John Hazell, followed by Eddie Wall 35, and Don Kirwan, Grahame Winson and Peter Kirkman, each with 36 nett.

The ladies played for their April Monthly Medal last Tuesday, with the medals going to Marg Hogan in Div 1 with a terrific 67 nett, and Pam Seymour in Div 2 with 72 nett. Jenny Hazell collected Div 1 scratch with 98, while the nett event went to Lyn Donohoe, 77.  Lorraine Hickey with 98 won the Div 2 scratch, while Billie Johnstone claimed handicap honours with 72 nett. In Div 3, Colleen Mavroudis putted well for 107 and a win in the scratch event, with Barb O’Donnell taking out the nett with a score of 74. NTP’s to Jan Longmore, Billie Johnstone and Lorraine McGowan. Putting comp winners, Kerrie Celegon, Jenny Myers and Colleen Mavroudis. Ball comp to 82 nett on a c/b. The girls returned for a Moneyball Stableford event on Friday, which was won by the team of June Byrnes, Gloria Vonarx and Simone Pilotto with 35 points. Ball comp to 30 points.

Finally, the Business Girls returned to the fray on Saturday when they competed for the Golf NSW Medal. Well done to winner, Doreen Hazell with 75 nett, and runner-up, Maureen Foley 77 nett. NTP, Maureen Foley.       


THERE is Wednesday Junior Doubles Tennis Competition at the Bolton Park Tennis Complex due to the school holidays. The competition will resume after the holidays on May 2. The competition is open to all players that are able to serve. To enter turn up at the courts before the start time of 4.pm finish at 6pm sharp. Sportsmans Warehouse giftcards awarded at the end of the competition as well as a Best and Fairest award.

Leading the competition is Pat Wright on 36½ points with Makenna Irlam on 33 points then Riley Wilson on 27 points close behind Lachlan McDonald and Alastair Wright tied on 26½ points making up the top five positions. Last week’s winners of the McDonalds Sports Award were Lachlan McDonald and Michael Ellis.

Due to the school holidays there is no tennis in the Saturday junior tennis competitions at Forest Hill courts. Competitions will resume May 5 at the normal times.

The masters competition is for players wanting more serious tournament play, with proper tie-breaker sets being played. To take part, just turn up at the start time of 3pm until 5pm.    

Leading the masters competition is Oliver Plum on 34 points, then Robert Grantham on 14½ points close behind Pat Wright on 12½  points with Caden Maxwell on 11 points than Lachlan McDonald on 8 points making up the top 5 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 18½ points close behind Alastair Wright on 16½ points then Yassin El Sanabary on 7½ points. This week’s McDonalds Sports Award winners were Masters Lachlan McDonald and Junior Tournament Tory Grantham.

Enquires about the junior competitions or tennis lessons please contact Roman Adamcewicz on 6922 4963 or 0439 584 125. 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. San Isidore Tennis Club has tennis coaching every Monday from 4.30pm and social tennis every Friday commencing at 6.30pm. All standards are welcome contact Ruth on 0409 743677.

Riverina Travelling Bowls

YERONG Creek Bowling Club, our next mixed event scheduled for next Sunday, April 22 at 10am. Riverina Travelling Bowlers are invited and Paul and Sally Flynn, Paul the president of Yerong Creek Bowling Club welcomes the challenge to provide a great day out – hopefully experiencing great although cooler weather - forecast  max 28 degrees and could be showers. Preparations are well advanced to stage an enjoyable day playing two games of 12 ends, one before lunch.Traditional Bowls 3 bowls triples is the preferred game names and entries in by 9.30am. Contact: Paul at the Yerong Creek Bowling Club paulandsally2@gmail.com, Michelle Henderson 0409 048 148 and Betty Stockley on 0401 139 614.

The day also includes the usual raffle, jackpot and winners presentations. All invited to this event – help our neighbours, help their community clubs and be a supporter of bowls.