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RIDE EM: Brock Mulhall leaves the arena after the open bare-back saddle bronc event at theGil Mathew Wagga Pro Rodeo at Equex. Picture: Les Smith

RIDE EM: Brock Mulhall leaves the arena after the open bare-back saddle bronc event at theGil Mathew Wagga Pro Rodeo at Equex. Picture: Les Smith

Rules Men’s Bowls

MAJOR Singles Championship round three: Rob Marshall def Steve Wilson 31/19; Rod Cramp def Mark Pearce 31/18; Col Plater def Wayne Broad 31/9 ; Kevin Cheney def Ross Maguire 31/19  ; Pedro Rudd def McKenzie Bob Robertson 31/27; Ben Sharp def Andrew Carey 31/17; Zac Gabrielsen def Nathan Willis 31/21; Paul Fitzgerald def Terry Rosewall 31/18.

Quarter finals: Rob Marshall def Rod Cramp 31/14; Kevin Cheney def Col Plater 31/27; Pedro Rudd def Ben Sharp 31/18; Zac Gabrielsen def Paul  Fitzgerald 31/14.

Drawn Fours 2019 Championship first round: David Streher, Darren Conroy, Nathan Willis, Nick de Bruyn (sub) def Ross Maguire, Peter Dewhirst, Max Simmons, Bill Wilson 22/9; Dennis Rawlings, Paul Cooper, Mick Carey, Bernie Leitch def Graham Rutherford, Col Plater, Rod Cramp, Harrison Conroy 21/14.  Paul Fitzgerald, Jeff Post, Rod Roy, Jim Davis def Peter Roberts, Mick Foxall, Jeff Edwards, Peter Wild 22/12.

Quarter finals: David Streher def Dennis Rawlings 28/16; Paul Fitzgerald def Gary Brookes, Darren Kelly, Wayne Smithers, Alan Jacobson 28/7; Robbie Marshall, Andrew Carey, Phil Howarth, Bob Parker def Mark Pearce, Terry Rosewall, Jim Sloan, Brian Carroll 21/18; Noel O'Brien, John Stout, Bob Robertson, Norm King def John Hetherington, Nathan Kemp, John Ashcroft, Wayne Broad 19/15.

Wednesday Blind Draw Triples sponsored by Riverina Crane Hire and Scooters Mobility saw take John Stout, Jim Sloan out  the winners prize with 21 points; 2nd Peter Roberts, Tiny Bower, Bill Woodbury 20 points; 3rd Andrew Carey, Keith Browne, Bruce Barber, 19 .

Friday Nominated Pairs was rained out.Sunday Mixed blind draw winners : Bob Connors, Joy Robbins,Alice Bower 20 points; runners up Col and Grace Smith 19 points. Nominations for 2019 Minor Singles Championship close Feb 25 with first round March 10. Nomination sheet on board for the monthly Settlers Group Blind Draw Triples Monday, Feb 11 with $600 prizemoney; 9.30am start; three games 14 ends.


  • Wednesday blind draw Triples: Names in by 8.30am  for 9am 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 5pm for 5.30pm start.


BRIOHNY Seaman had a superb win in event seven of the WaggaRoos Summer Orienteering Series in Estella last Thursday evening.

As usual participants had to visit specific locations in the area to find the answer to questions within a set time limit. Questions included identifying particular features within laneways, particulars about various signs, and numbers on electrical sub-stations. Points were awarded for correct answers and deducted for exceeding the time limit.

Starting from the playground in Manneke Park the course included a number of lower value control sites in the northern part of Estella and some higher value ones further away to provide participants with the option of running further to sites with higher value or obtaining a high score by visiting many more sites close by. Although the numerous laneways and open areas allowed reasonable access between the various cul-de-sacs most found themselves doubling back and retracing footsteps during their course.

Briohny Seaman chose to participate on the 30-minute course to pick up many of the higher valued sites and in spite of returning three minutes early amassed an outstanding 215 points. This was 75 points more than second placegetter Alex Davey who has been consistently winning summer series events this season and just 15  points fewer than John Oliver who won the 45-minute course. Pauline Moore also did very well finishing in third place on the 30 minute course and won the handicap for the evening.

The next event in the WaggaRoos Summer Orienteering Series will start at 6pm at Wagga Wagga Beach.

Results: 30 Minute Course: Briohny Seaman 215 points; Alex Davey 140; Pauline Moore 135; Bob Moore 115. 45 Minute Course: John Oliver 230.


Len Jenkins and Grahame Winson combined well to take out last Monday’s Vets nine-hole 4BBB stableford event with 28, from Mick Tilden and Tony Thompson 26, Kerry Smith and John Mitchell 25, Kerry Smith and Mick de Vries 25, and Don Kirwan and Tony Pollard 24. In Thursday’s individual stableford event, Peter Kirkman cleared away with 21, from Les Hodges, Len Jenkins, Roy Sanders, Tony Thompson, Keith Withers, Bob Moore and Denis Adams 19, and Tony Pollard, 18.

In ladies’ news, Pam Kellam scored 19 to collect the Division 1 voucher in last Tuesday’s Summer Cup stableford event, from Jenny Hazell 16 on a c/b from Janelle Doust. In Division 2, Barb O’Donnell played well for 20 for a win, from Sandra Mellen 18, and Carole Gardner 16. NTP to Dee Harley. Ball comp to 14. The girls competed in another stableford event on Friday, and in Division 1, Dee Harley grabbed the honours with 19, from Jan Marks 18. Carole Gardner had a great round in Division 2, scoring 21 for a good win, from Collen Mavroudis 19. NTP to Sue Oakman. Ball comp to 18.

Wednesday’s members stableford comp, and in A Grade, Roman Adamcewicz only had to play to his handicap for 36 and a c/b win from Mick Hazell, while Max Horsnell took third place with 35. Kevin Rafter took care of B Grade with 40, two clear of Ray Gladman 38, followed by Roger Taylor with 36. NTP’s to Warren Lynch on both the 9th and 18th, while Max Horsnell knocked it close on the 13th. Ball comp to 34.

The boys returned for another stableford event on Saturday, and the well-and-truly-in-form Warren Lynch did it yet again, scoring 40 to win A Grade, from Zac Billingham 39, and Trevor Graham 37. In B Grade, Todd Gunning got home in a close one, scoring 39 for a c/b win from Richard Flanigan, with John Messing third with 38. New member, John Tritton, continues to improve, as evidenced by his 41 to take out

C Grade, from Eddie Wall 37, and Matt Barton 36. NTPs to Michael Campbell, Todd Gunning and Ray Harrison. Ball comp to 33 on a c/b. Ken McPherson wound up his week by winning Tim’s nine-hole Sunday Stableford comp with 20, from Gary Rake 19 on a c/b from Eddie Wall and Jim Neiberding.


THE Wednesday Junior Doubles Tennis Competition at the Bolton Park Tennis Complex got under way last Wednesday with a great roll-up for the first day.

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. 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 after the first week is Pat Wright on 6, closely followed by Caden Maxwell on 5, then Alastair Wright on 4½ points with Michael Paolucci-Ellis and Robert Grantham tied on 4 making up the top five placings.

Winners of the McDonalds Sports Awards this week were Kelsey Atkinson and Michael, Alastair Wright and Robert Grantham.

The Final Saturday Junior Singles competition was held at the Forest Hill tennis courts. No Saturday singles competition at Forest Hill this year. The singles competition will now be held of a Thursday afternoon starting at 5pm to 7pm, commencing February 14.

The new Thursday 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 5pm until 70pm.

Winning the Final Saturday Singles competition was Oliver Plum on 42 points followed by Robert Grantham on 30 points then Caden Maxwell on 28½ points with Tory Grantham on 14½ points and Riley Wilson on 6½ points making up the top 5 positions. Unanimous winner of the Best and Fairest Award was 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 Friday from 4.30pm commencing February 15th.  There is also social tennis every Friday at San Isidore commencing at 6.30pm. All standards are welcome contact Ruth on 0409 743677.


TWELVE veterans arrived at Billy’s last Wednesday and of those 12, eight took off for a ride in pretty much ideal conditions. First destination was Murrumburrah after travelling through Junee and Cootamundra. Of course thirst and hunger had set in by then so they pulled over and took care of the dietary needs before setting off to Jugiong.  And this is where the bunch split. Les, Mark, Gary, Mark, Gerhard and Woody took the turn to Jugiong which is near the top of the hill on the way to Harden, but not Oscar and Big Trev they just blissfully sailed on heading toward Boorowa, finally finding the Hume Highway and then coasting back down to Gundagai where the caught up with the main bunch.  Lunch at the Soldiers Club was the next task and it was near 2pm before they mounted up and followed the Hume to the Sturt junction arriving home around 3pm as the afternoon temperature was starting to get a little uncomfortable. A good day out enjoyed by all the participants.

Saturday saw the usual crowd at Billy’s for Meet and Greet on Saturday, discussing the usual amount of clap-trap, over the usual mug of coffee.

We didn’t have an official ride on Sunday but the wife and I took a trip up to Tumut and Talbingo for the day and I have never seen so many bikes on the road – they were everywhere enjoying idyllic conditions. We struck a couple of gentlemen on their way back home to the Blue Mountains. The had been to Melbourne and on their way north from there they nearly froze with the icy rain and wind, seems they were only kitted out for hot weather!

At the rally there will be a road safety forum on February 28, which I believe will be worth while attending.  

Presentations will be from the following:

  • Tim Conboy– Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. Will be giving us all the latest of our legal rights as motorcycle riders and what they have been fighting for on our behalf.
  • Kenn Beer – Safe System Solutions. Kenn is a specialist road safety engineer and accredited trainer with 18 years of experience in road safety. During his time at VicRoads, Kenn held a variety of positions including Senior Road Safety Engineer, Motorcycle Safety Coordinator, Team Leader Road Safety Projects and Manager Program Development. Kenn is recognised as a world leader in motorcycle safety infrastructure. While at VicRoads he spent years managing the Motorcycle Safety Infrastructure Program.
  • Dr. Liz De Rome, PhD – Deakin University (Motocap): Dr Liz de Rome has worked in motorcycle safety research and strategic planning for almost 20 years. Liz developed the first Australian motorcycle safety strategic plan for the Motorcycle Council of NSW including their unique website to provide riders with evidence-based information about motorcycle safety. Her Gear Study was a world-first cohort study of motorcycle crashes to investigate the effectiveness of motorcycle protective clothing.

There will be a ride this coming Sunday but full details have not been worked out yet.  What I can tell you is that lunch will be at the Cheese Factory in Coolamon. The rest is weather dependent. Be at McDonald’s, Edward Street, at about 8.30am.