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PICTURE PERFECT: Laura after shooting 49.8 at 800m with her little 223 at the State versus the Rest event at Sydney-Malabar at the weekend. Picture: Contributed
PICTURE PERFECT: Laura after shooting 49.8 at 800m with her little 223 at the State versus the Rest event at Sydney-Malabar at the weekend. Picture: Contributed

Explorers Rifle Club

IT WAS 600 Yards at Lockhart last weekend with a wind that was ideal for shooting, other than a breeze from right running up to 3.5 minutes at times. Some had good scores while others paid the price for if not paying attention. This was the monthly prize shoot which after handicap calculation was won by Graham. Hubert Hassall had a good shoot with a borrowed rifle. Off gun Ben Goodwin was the clear winner. Thanks to Graham and David who did some more work relining the clubhouse with Gyprock.

WORKING BEE – 9am start. Next weekend is the last weekend before our prize meeting. Members are requested to come out and lend a hand getting the range ready. 

State versus the Rest: State versus the Rest was on in Sydney-Malabar on the weekend. Scott was in the State team and this is a practice prior to the National Championship in September at Perth.  A very close tussle with both teams only dropping four points out of 1600. The scores were tied after three ranges and both teams shot possible’s on the last 800m.  In the end the “rest” won by six centres.  1596.195 versus 1596.189. The ACT also fielded a team in which Laura was a member, 1552.152.  

Next week will be 700 Yards. Results from Lockhart as follows: Target Rifle David Xuereb-TRA-148.15 (Out of 150). F Class   Ben Goodwin-FO-174.11, Graham Crowe-FS-169.8, Neville Lyons-FO-166.8, John Dixon-FO-166.8, John Goodwin-FO-165.5, Hubert Hassall-FO-158.5. (Out of 180).

Rules Men’s Bowls

THIS week’s Wednesday competition was sponsored by Flick Anticimex Pest Control. Winners were Geoff Rainbird, Norm King, John Wilson 21; runners up Jeff Post, Kevin Wales, Keith Gill 19; 3rd Andrew Carey, Peter Reid, Tiny Bower 18; 4th Mark Pearce, Mick Foxall, Barry Ingram 17. Friday Nominated Pairs winners: Robert Marshall, Noel O'Brien 22; runners up Mark Pearce, Max Simmons 21; 3rd Noel Comerford, Jeff Edwards 19.

Sunday Mixed blind draw winners: Jeff Post, Bob Connors, Ian Hilton 19; runners up Jenny Mitchell, Judy Hilton, Elaine Larkin 17. Nomination sheet on Board for the Annual Challenge pairs Tournament Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16 with prizemoney of $2950. Nomination sheet on Board for the Monthly Settlers Group 2 Bowl blind draw Triples Monday, August 13 9.30am start, $610 prizemoney; Single entry; three games 14 ends.

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 12.30pm for 1pm start.


WE HAD three members depart from Billy’s last week and they took the back road to Gundagai through Nangus.  From Gundagai the next part of the day’s journey was up the Hume to Jugiong and then across to Harden and Wallendbeen.  From Wallendbeen the ride took them to Cootamundra but they took a back way off the Olympic which bought them on to the Cootamundra/Jugiong road. The bakery at Cootamundra was blessed with their presence for lunch and having got that out of the way it was Home-James back to Wagga. Another good outing in good weather.

Saturday saw a good turn out for Meet & Greet and those there took the opportunity to farewell Jan and Allan Wells who moved down to Pambula on Monday.  After many  years in Wagga they have decided to retire down on the South Coast  -  good choice.

Fifteen Wagga members went to Morundah for the three branch get-together on Sunday and all up there were 39 for  lunch from Wagga, Griffith and Albury/Wodonga.   Our mob went out through Coolamon, Grong Grong and Narrandera. The meal at the Morundah Pub was, as usual, excellent and there was plenty of it.

Our next outing is a ride on August 19 which will leave McDonalds Edward Street at 9.30am and following on from there is the Tri Branch weekend at Yackandandah on August 31. If  you intend going give Bill Allott a call on 0417 652 974. Our next branch meeting is on August 21 at the Radio Club Rooms in Small Street.  Turn up at 7pm and the meeting will get under way at 7:30pm. Give our National Office a call on 1300 134 123  for any further information on the Ulysses Club.


ALBURY secured a seven-point win over WaggaRoos in event 7 of the Interclub Orienteering Challenge last Sunday. Held in the Murraguldrie State Forest the harder navigation courses involved careful navigation across steep slopes looking for specific rock features among the rocky outcrops, while the easier navigation courses were constrained to the flatter more open areas looking for more distinct rock features. Apart from some blackberry patches along Nursery Creek the forest was very open and runnable with the greatest challenges being able to cope with the ascents and descents on the hills and the various changes in direction.

In the Interclub Challenge points are awarded to each competitor for participating and for successfully completing a course and bonus points awarded to the first three place getters on each course. Albury was represented by a strong contingent which dominated the Hard courses while WaggaRoos picked up most of its points on the Moderate and Easy courses. Michael Burt from the RedRoos club in ACT trumped the local participants by winning the 5.2km hard navigation course by a strong 7 minutes. Then followed a string a Albury orienteers before Phil Roy finished for WaggaRoos. Rob Simmons, Leigh Privett and Wayne Bajenoff gave Albury a solid 23:2 points start to the competition.

It was a similar story in the 4.4km hard navigation course with Albury’s Rick Armstrong, Norm McCann and Hugh Cameron finishing in the first three places and ahead of WaggaRoos Pauline Moore and Wes Campbell. At this point Albury had surged ahead 43:6.

However, there were no Albury participants in the easier navigation courses allowing WaggaRoos to pick up valuable points. Dale Clegg won the 4.3km Moderate course ahead of John Oliver and Carolyn and Oliver Hatherly and Rob McDougall had an excellent win on the 2.1km Easy course well ahead of the Farquhar and Mestan family groups. Nonetheless Albury won the day 43:34 although WaggaRoos still lead comfortably 324:271 after seven events. The final event in the Interclub Orienteering Challenge will be conducted on Sunday, August 26 on Nail Can Hill in Albury.

Results: 5.2km Hard: Michael Burt (RRA) 65.49; Rob Simmons (A) 72.49; Leigh Privett (A) 76.13; Wayne Bajenoff (A) 83.34; Phil Roy (W) 85.08; Ronice Goebel (A) 122.44. 4.4km Hard: Rick Armstrong (A) 58.49; Norm McCann (A) 76.49; Hugh Cameron (A) 92.56; Pauline Moore (W) 94.42;

Wes Campbell (W) 100.44; Bill Krautz & Vera McCluskey (A) 109.08. 4.3km Moderate: Dale Clegg (W) 59.01; John Oliver (W) 79.27; Carolyn & Oliver Hatherly (W) 92.53. 2.1km Easy: Rob McDougall (W) 27.11; Farquhar family (W) 58.21; Mestan family (W) 60.52.


VETS news, and last Monday it was Peter Briggs’ turn to shine, when he scored 33 nett to win on a c/b from Mick de Vries, followed by Bob Hodge 34, and Bob Alexander and Kerry Smith, each on 35 nett. Denis Stillman cleaned up in Thursday’s Comp with 34 nett, from Les Hodges 35, and Dave Sutton and John Burkinshaw, 36 nett.

The ladies played a stroke event last Tuesday, and in Division 1, Kitty Howe took the honours with 75 nett, while Glad Leitch was the best in Division 2 with 72 nett, from Trish Gray 75 nett. Colleen Mavroudis found her self back in form when she won Division 3 with a solid 71 nett, beating Janine Fitzgerald on a c/b. NTP’s to Val Williams and Theresa Quinn.

Members lined up for their mid-week stableford event last Wednesday, and consistency paid off yet again for Bob Alexander, as he scored 39 pts to get home in A Grade on a c/b from another player who rarely makes mistakes, Bob McKenzie. Matt McMullen took third spot with 37 pts. In B Grade, Daryil Dickinson scored 39 pts for a win, from Bill Whalan 37 pts, on a c/b from Geoff Hanns. NTP’s to Les Ryan and Roman Adamcewicz. Ball Comp to 35 pts on a c/b.

The boys returned for another stableford event on Saturday, and it was good to see Warren Lynch back in the winner’s circle, when he scored 38 pts to collect the A Grade voucher, from runner-up, Roman Adamcewicz 36 pts on a c/b from low-marker, Matt Tooze. In B Grade, Steve Rodham scored 37 pts for a one-point win from John Burkinshaw, with Luke Tooze third with 35 pts. Michael Buckley took out the C Grade event with 38 pts, from Dan Emery, 36 pts on a c/b from Ray Barnett. NTP’s to Adam Snow, Dan Emery and Ray Barnett. Ball Comp to 33 pts.


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 4.pm finish at 6pm sharp. Sportsmans Warehouse Giftcards awarded at the end of the competition for those players playing five matches as well as a Best and Fairest award.

Leading the competition is Pat Wright on 15 points then Makenna Irlam on 9 points close behind Lucy Goodyer on 8½ points then Alastair Wright on 7 ½ points with Kelsey Atkinson on 6 ½ points making up the top five positions. This week’s McDonalds Sports Award went to Pat Wright and Holly Versteeg.

The Saturday Junior Singles Tennis competition at Forest Hill got underway last Saturday.

The Singles 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 Singles competition after the first week is Caden Maxwell on five points then Oliver Plum, Pat Wright and Alastair Wright all tied on 3 ½ points with Robert Grantham on 2½ points making up the top 5 positions. This week’s Singles winners of the McDonalds Sports Award were Caden Maxwell and 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 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 at 6.30pm. Contact Ruth on 0409 743677.