Riverina Leader sport news

SHOOT: Dave Xuereb coaches Wayne Grentell and Chris Veness during the Explorers Rifle Club shoot at the weekend. Picture: Contributed
SHOOT: Dave Xuereb coaches Wayne Grentell and Chris Veness during the Explorers Rifle Club shoot at the weekend. Picture: Contributed


WaggaRoos hosted a very successful Riverina Schools Orienteering Day at Willans Hill last Monday with strong support from the Riverina Schools Sports Association and Wagga Wagga City Council.

More than 60 enthusiastic students from schools across the Riverina participated. For many this was their first orienteering experience.

The day commenced with some basic instruction and a map walk with experienced coaches to explain how orienteering worked and how the various symbols on the map related to features in the bush. This was followed by an individual race and an interschool relay.

The individual races started from the Music Bowl and looped around the bushland to the east. Participants had to find specific features such as earth walls, depressions, trees and rock faces. While some students chose to use the track network others chose cut corners and to go across country.

In the individual races, Wagga High’s McDougall siblings had an outstanding day. Joannah won the G16+ age-class race, Cameron won the B14-15 age-class race and Ed won the B16+ age-class race.

Ladysmith Public School’s Zoe Willis impressed winning the G10-11 age-class race and recording a time that bettered times recorded by many of the older secondary school students who did the same course.

Mater Dei Catholic College was well represented by a competitive team. Claudia Morris, Grace Goldthorpe and Harriet Priest filled the first three places in the G14-15 age-class, Charlotte Priest won the G12-13 age-class and Brandon Ellis came second in the B16+ age-class.

RACE: It is helter skelter as first leg runners head into the bush at the start of the Riverina Schools Orienteering Day Relay.

RACE: It is helter skelter as first leg runners head into the bush at the start of the Riverina Schools Orienteering Day Relay.

Angus Roche and Liam Witing (TRAC) also did well, finishing second and third respectively in the B14-15 age-class.

The relay was enthusiastically competed. Each leg runner had to compete a separate course of about 700m that incorporated 9 control sites.

The Wagga High team of Hayley Hutchinson, Joannah McDougall and Cameron McDougall won the Seconday Schools division, while a composite team of Zoe Willis (Ladysmith PS), Matilda Cole (Ladysmith PS) and Tom Janetski (St Paul’s Lutheran Primary, Henty) won the Primary Schools Division.

Individual Race Placegetters. G10-11: Zoe Willis (Ladysmith PS) 23.07. B10-11: Tom Janetski (St Paul's Lutheran Primary, Henty) 35.15. G12-13: Charlotte Priest (Mater Dei Catholic College) 16.53; Emily Livio (Wagga High) 22.00; Chelsea Clarke(WH) 26.07. B12-13: Charlie Condon (TRAC) 37.12. G14-15: Claudia Morris (MDCC) 29.29; Grace Goldthorpe (MDCC)30.06; Harriet Priest (MDCC) 31.01. B14-15: Cameron McDougall (WH) 16.27; Angus Roche (TRAC) 23.51; Liam Whiting(TRAC) 24.49. G16+: Joannah McDougall (WH) 19.11; Hayley Hutchinson (WH) 19.18; Georgia Macaulay (WH) 43.44. B16+: Eddie McDougall (WH) 20.43; Brandon Ellis (MDCC) 21.14; Jack Janetski (St Paul's College, Walla Walla) 25.49.

Interschool Relay Race Winners. Primary Schools: Composite (Zoe Willis (LadysmithPS), Matilda Cole (Ladysmith PS), Tom Janetski (St Paul’s Lutheran, Henty) 55.02. Secondary Schools: Wagga High (Hayley Hutchinson, Joannah McDougall, Cameron McDougall) 26.17.

Explorers Rifle Club

This weekend at Lockhart saw a small but hardy group attending the range for a long 900 yard shoot.  The wintry blast had blown in and gusts were up to 30kph. So, as a result, some targets saw some horizontal spreads due to wind.   

Great to see Chris Veness again. He has finally been able to get away from the Cotton Gin and brought Garry out for a shot as well.  Also Wayne Grentell came to try out his Savage.  After a little bit of initial trouble he was on target and away. But must have ran out of bullets at the end after the sighting in and a few case loading issues.

All in a good afternoon and many did 3 or even 4 stages, taking advantage of the fewer numbers. Scott was coached by Graham in his third stage and David by Phil. Graham just tried to wear both his FS and FO barrels out to keep them even and put two stages through each. Laura Brindley also phoned in to let us know she had shot a 99.9 at Canberra. Just lost the one shot.

Next weekend will be 1000 Yards. Also on Sunday will be the DRA prize meeting at Cootamundra.

Results as follows: Target Rifle Scott Brindley-TRA-142.13, David Xuereb-TRA-141.8. (Out of 150)

F Class    Graham Crowe-FS-155.3, Chris Veness-FS-152.6, Garry Anderson 143.3, Wayne Grentell-FS-123.  (Out of 180)

Match Rifle Phil Bain – 143.8 (Out of 150).

Rules Men’s Bowls

Wednesday blind draw winners: John Hetherington, Wayne Smithers, Norm King 24 points; runners-up John Ashcroft, Max Simmons, Jeff Edwards 18 points; 3rd place Ralph Todd, Mick Foxall, Kevin Wales 17 points. Nomination sheet on board for the monthly blind draw single entry 2 bowls triples on June 4, with $70 in prize money; 3 games, 14 ends, with 9.45am start. Lunch available after second game at $10 per head. Names must be in by 3pm, Saturday, June 2 for call of the cards at 9.15am Monday, June 4. Nomination sheet on Board for the annual Versatility 5s Tournament on Sunday, June 24 with prize money of $1750. Open draw with 8.45am start. Pairs, triples and fours play 21 ends; singles to 31 shots up. Maximum of 14 Teams. 

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.   


The Vets played a nine-hole 4BBB stroke event last Monday, with the team of Mick Tilden and Tony Thompson scoring 32 ¾ nett for a win, from John Burkinshaw and Eddie Wall 33, Russell Parr and Bob Hodge 34 ½ and Barney Matthews and Grahame Winson 34 ¾. Thursday’s stableford event saw Ken Batt overcome the trying conditions to card 20pts, and get home on a c/b from Peter Kirkman, followed by Eddie Wall 18, Roy Sanders 17, Bob Moore 16, Bill O’Rourke 15 and Bob Hodge 13 pts on a c/b.  

The ladies played a stroke event on Tuesday, and in Division 1, Janelle Doust scored 72 nett, followed by Kitty Howe 74 nett. Una Pocock put in a solid round of 70 nett to claim the Division 2 voucher, with Billie Johnson runner-up, a shot back on 71 nett, while Val Brunskill scored 73 nett for success in Division 3, from Lilian Sutherland 74 nett. 

To Wednesday’s members’ par event, and plenty of cash changed hands when a resurgent Peter Barnes scored +3 for a win in A Grade, followed by Bob Alexander +2, and Brian Smith +1. In the B Grade event, John Mitchell also carded +3 to win on a c/b from Tom McDonnell, with Craig Keith taking third spot with +1. NTPs to Tom McDonnell on the 9th, and Mick Laurent on both the 13th and 18th.  Ball comp to -1 on a c/b.

On Saturday, Barney stamped himself as one of the best 14-markers in the land when he scored his double for the week, combining with Rex ‘Pops’ Kember to card 43pts to win the 4BBB event. A look at their individual scores, however, would support Pops’s claim that he finished the round with bruised shoulders and a dodgy back. Trevor Garside and Bob McKenzie scored 41pts for second place, on a c/b from Mick Thorne and Peter Treharne. Individual winners on the day were Peter Treharne in A Grade with 36 pts, Trevor Garside in B Grade, also with 36 pts, and Dan Emery in C Grade with 32 pts. NTPs to Phil Harrison, Grahame Winson and Andy White. Ball comp to teams with 38 pts on a c/b or better. 

The Business Girls also competed for their May Monthly Medal on Saturday, and it was Doreen Hazell’s turn to collect the ‘gong’ when she scored 75 nett. Lyn Banks claimed the best nett score on the day with 73, while Lazetta Gaffney picked up the NTP on the 18th hole. 

Finally, Sunday’s nine-hole stableford comp went to Steve Rodham with 21pts, from one of our keenest golf-nuts, John Burkinshaw, 20 pts.


Roman Adamcewicz

The Wednesday Junior Doubles Tennis Competition continues today 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. 

Leading the competition is Pat Wright on 40½ points, with Makenna Irlam and Alastair Wright tied on 36 points. Close behind is Riley Wilson on 31 points and Lachlan McDonald on 26 ½ points making up the top five positions.

Last week’s winners of the McDonalds Sports Award were Michael Ellis and Kelsey Atkinson.

Excellent tennis played last Saturday in the junior tennis competitions at the Forest Hill courts.

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.    

Leading the Masters competition is Oliver Plum on 43 points, with Caden Maxwell on 18 points. Close behind is Robert Grantham on 17½ points then Pat Wright on 12½ points, with Lachlan McDonald on 11 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. All players should be able to serve to take part. This competition starts at 3pm to 5pm.

Leading the junior tournament is Tory Grantham on 22½ points close behind Alastair Wright on 20 points then Yassin El Sanabary on 9½ points.

This week’s McDonalds Sports Award winner was Caden Maxwell.

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

Our next event Sunday, May 27, at Henty Community Club, will be highlighted as our monthly event. Your support is needed to create a great day of bowls. Peter White and Mick Broughan have canvased their club members and supporters to provide a joyous day. We will delight in the sharing and new friendships. The volunteers, members and supporters are extending an invitation to all bowlers, new bowlers and friends who would love to share in the welcome to Riverina Travelling Bowlers, the day will consist of 2 games, one game before lunch starting at 10am, playing 12 ends. Cost of bowls including green fees and Jackpot will be $8. We will then break for lunch, $15 per head.

Executive meeting during the lunch break, with the main topic the coming AGM and bowls day on June 6.

At approx 1.30pm, with lunch/ meeting sorted, we will start the second game of 12 ends.  

Next month, all eyes should be focused on Sunday, June 6, our AGM, starting at 10am, new members are welcome, existing members and recent members all encouraged to support the RTB Inc. 

Following the meeting a BBQ lunch will be provided. Non-members $6.

Game of bowls after lunch, resulting in a fruitful day with excitement at the meeting level and lunch over a few needed drinks of choice. 

We have welcomed Muriel Telford as the new secretary as of the April 22. Congratulations Muriel.

There was a notice sent to all members if any require motions or issues raised in general business, they must be submitted in writing to the secretary 14 days before the 6th June.

New business should be lodged with the secretary in writing before or on 24th May.

We welcomed a number of new members to the RTB since our last meeting, thank you for your support.