Riverina Leader sport news

SLOGGER: Alex Smeeth and keeper Tim McGufficke during Murrumbidgee Rangers and Wagga Sloggers' Twenty20 Regional Bash at Robertson Oval. Picture: Les Smith

SLOGGER: Alex Smeeth and keeper Tim McGufficke during Murrumbidgee Rangers and Wagga Sloggers' Twenty20 Regional Bash at Robertson Oval. Picture: Les Smith


Tennis resumes today in the Wednesday Junior Doubles Tennis Competition at the Bolton Park Tennis Complex at the normal time. 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 for those players playing five matches as well as a Best and Fairest award.

Leading the competition is Alastair Wright on 47 points then Pat Wright on 35 points with Makenna Irlam on 29½  points followed by Lucy Goodyer and Michael Paolucci-Ellis tied on 28 points making up the top five positions. This week’s McDonalds Sports Award went to Mohamed Ghazy.

The Saturday Junior Singles competition at the Forest Hill tennis courts resumed last weekend. The Saturday Singles 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 Singles competition is Caden Maxwell on 21 points then Oliver Plum on 19½ points followed by Robert Grantham on 15½  points with Alastair Wright on 6 points and Tory Grantham on 5 ½ points making up the top five positions. This week’s winner of the McDonalds Sports Award was Robert Grantham and Wyatt Piltz.

Enquires about junior competitions or lessons contact Roman Adamcewicz on 6922 4963 or 0439 584 125. At Forest Hill there is social tennis every Monday and Thursday from 7pm, 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.

Rules Men’s Bowls

BOTH greens were filled to capacity on Tuesday and Wednesday for the annual Knights Meats sponsored Classic Men's Triples Tournament with teams from Griffith, Narrandera, Culcairn, Tumut, Temora , Junee and Wagga  Clubs in attendance competing for the $6500 in prizemoney.

First prizemoney of $3000 went to the Narrandera trio of Alan Monfries, Ian Black, Ian Whybrow who were underfeated with six wins plus 36 shots. Second prizemoney of $1650 was won by the Rules team of Bob Robertson, Mick Connors, Gary Brookes also undefeated with six wins and plus 26 shots Third prizemoney of $900 went to Geoff Holt, Pedro Rudd, Terry Hensiel with four wins and a draw plus 23 shots and fourth prizemoney of $600 was  won by Col Curtis, John Hetherington, David Streher with four wins plus 41 shots. Friday Nominated Pairs, sponsored by Harveys Mowers & Chainsaws, Kooringal Drycleaners, and Scooters Mobility Riverina. Winners: Nick de Bruyn, Mick Carey, 22 points; runners up John Hetherington, Barry Metcalf 21; 3rd Mark Pearce, Peter Wild 20. Saturday blind draw winners: John Stout, Max Simmons, Pat Sullivan 19; runners up Col Plater, Paul Parker, Paul Cooper, 18. Sunday Mixed blind draw winners: Barbara Cotterill, Elaine Larkin 19; runners up Terry Hilton, Anne Purcell, Bev Robinson 18. Nomination sheet on the Board for the Graded 5, 6,and 7 two bowl Triples Tournament November 17, 18 with $2820 prizemoney; six games of 18 ends with a 9am start each morning.

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.   


YIPPEE, we struck the jackpot. Last week’s ride on Wednesday could not have been held in more idyllic conditions. A sunny day, not too hot, little wind and friendly traffic. The Wednesday Warriors Pat, Les, Mark and Oscar left home base at about 9.15am and headed for Grong Grong by way of the River Road and Matong. When we got to Grong Grong, Oscar, who was leading, turned right and pulled up in front of the Grong Grong Supermarket but it was not the supermarket that was the point of interest, it was the little house next door. Billy’s coffee had got the better of him. At this point in time my bike decided that it was not going to start because the starter relay fuse had blown. Luckily I carry spares and we were soon under way again and headed for Leeton after passing through  Narrandera. From Leeton we travelled over to Griffith and headed straight for the Leagues Club where we propped for lunch. After a leisurely lunch we mounted up again and went to Darlington Point where we all topped up with fuel and then came straight back to Wagga.  A great day out in the sunshine. 

Saturday saw a small gathering at Billy’s Café for Meet and Greet on a beautiful Sunny morning, and while they slurped a mug of coffee or two  the Toy Run Committee had an excellent fund raising morning at The South City Shopping Centre where they managed to extract close to $1000 from a very generous shopping crowd. The Toy Run members will be at the Kooringal Mall this coming Saturday between 9am and noon so come along and donate some more!

The next scheduled ride is on this coming Sunday and will lead to Talbingo. Remember that Sunday rides leave McDonald’s Edward Street car park at 9am and Wednesday rides leave Billy’s at 9am. The ride to take place on the third Sunday (18th) will be down to Bright and the next branch meeting is at the Radio Club Rooms, in Small Street on November 20.  Meetings gather at 7pm, and after a bit of considered chit chat, start at 7.30pm and provided no one wants to waffle on meetings are normally over by about 8pm when a raffle is conducted and  more great exposure to knowledge is aired.

Sunday, just gone, was a fantastic riding day and I took my trusty stead out for a ride round the block just for fun. It was not an official ride day but there were dozens if bikes out enjoying the superb conditions, remember that it doesn’t have to be an official ride day,  just grab a few mates and head off somewhere.

Mornington is fast approaching and if you register before January 11 you will go into the draw for the early bird registration prize.  Also take into account that many of the roads are toll ways, so set yourself up to pay the tolls. I purchased a toll account which has been a blessing in disguise. If you want accommodation off site you can contact the tourism office on  the peninsular on 1800 804 009 and remember to tell them you are with the Ulysses event as many discounts have been set up for us over the rally period.For all the latest info go to the rally website on http://agm2019.ulyssesclub.org/FAQs.aspx.  


VETS news, and Don Kirwan continued his recent good form when he scored 33 nett to win last Monday’s nine-hole stroke event on a countback from John Burkinshaw, who has made a remarkable recovery after recent knee surgery. Don Thorne, Danny McIntyre, Kerry Smith and Les Hodges each scored 34 nett to fill in the minor placings. In Thursday’s comp, Keith Withers ran hot for 29 nett for a clear win from Bill O’Rourke 32, Clarrie Ridley 35, and Les Hodges, Bernie Mogford and Phil Powell, each with 36 nett.

The ladies played an 18-hole stroke event last Tuesday, and in Div 1, Simone Pilotto carded 72 nett for a win, from Lorraine Hickey 73 nett on a c/b from Pam Seymour. Carol Martin played well for 70 nett to take out

Div 2 on a countback from Val Williams, with Di Jenkins third on 73 nett. Lorraine McGowan scored 72 nett to collect the Div 3 prize, from Therese Quinn 77 nett on a c/b. NTP’s to Jenny Hazell (Div 1), Fay Baker (Div 2) and Lorraine McGowan (Div 3). Ball Comp to 77 nett on a c/b.

The girls returned for a nine-hole stableford event on Friday, with Jan Marks successful in Div 1 with 17 pts on a c/b from Lorraine Hickey, while Pam Seymour claimed third spot with 16 pts. In Div 2, Val Brunskill scored 19 pts for a win, from Jan Leonard 18 pts, and Carol Gardner 17 pts on a c/b.

It was a close one in A Grade in Wednesday’s stableford event, with John Dare scoring 1 pts to beat Kyle Harrison on a c/b. Kyle was not phased though, collecting a $40 in beer money from his mates. The ever-reliable Bob Alexander claimed picked up third spot with 39 pts. In B Grade, Tom McDonnell totaled 39 pts for a win, from Craig Keith 38, and Alan French 36 pts. NTP’s: Craig Keith, Mick Laurent and John Dare. Balls: 34 pts c/b.

Clarrie Ridley warmed up for this week’s Club Championships with 40 pts, to win the A Grade event in Saturday’s members stableford comp, a point clear of Zac Billingham, with another in-form golfer, Jim Briggs third with 38 pts. In B Grade, John Mooney fired up for 41 pts, to beat Dave Billingham 40 pts, on a c/b from Mick de Vries. Travis Hillier lit up the course with 45 pts to easily win C Grade, from Alan French 41 pts, on a c/b from Danny Aifantis. NTP’s: Josh Conlan, Eden Stubbings and Peter McDonald, who knocked it to under a metre on the 18th. Balls: 35pts c/b.

The Business Girls also played on Saturday, with Maureen Foley winning A Grade with 34, from Lazetta Gaffney 33. In B Grade, Pam Kellam scored 37 for a win, from Kerrie Celegon, while Helen Nixon carded 34 to collect the C Grade voucher, from Joanne Wilson, 32. The week ended with Maureen Martin cleaning up in Tim Barlow’s 18-hole Sunday stableford comp with 47 from Peter Austen 47, and Barry Miller and the red-hot Clarrie Ridley, 40. Ball comp to 39.

Finally, on a sad note, one of the club’s most popular veteran golfers, Barney Mathews, lost his long, brave fight against an ongoing illness last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Sue, and their family.

Wagga Women’s Bowls

SOCIAL bowls, Saturday October 27: B Laing (SL) K Grentell, D Luhrs, E Low d B Laing (SL) M Johnston, C Mackay, J Beck. N Jones, N Gray d L Moorby, J Le Lievre.

Trophy day Saturday, November 17 – bring plate to share for lunch. Christmas party – Saturday, December 8.


SOCIAL bowls, Thursday, October 11: V. Burkinshaw, A. Bower & M. Henderson def I. Plater, L. Woolbank & M. Henderson. V. Quigley, I. Crouch & J. Mitchell def N.Post, H. Tyrrell & K. Reid. S. Lucas & M. Thornton def M. McCrum & K. McMillan. G. Smith & J. Chappelow def E. Larkin & B. Cotterill. DAY WINNER: V. Burkinshaw, A. Bower & M. Henderson, runners up S. Lucas & M. Thornton.