Riverina Leader sport news, April 24, 2019

Explorers Rifle Club

THE Victorian Queen's Prize was conducted at Bendigo with Graham, Brendon, Ben, Laura and Scott competing from our Explorers Rifle Club.

The Riverina district was well represented and all shot well.

In the lead up match held on Wednesday and Thursday Warwick Sides finished in third place in FB, and Darren Bradley third place in FTR.

Then Friday was the start of three days of shooting for the Queen's Prize. Laura Brindley shot very well and finished fourth in Target Rifle B Grade.

Brendon Crowe had a great shoot and finished second.

Scott managed a very consistent shoot and was surprised to learn from Laura and Emma that he had come second in Target Rifle A grade, dropping just two points.

The conditions for the Queen's at least was some of the best seen at the Wellsford Range.

Day two particularly and that could be seen in the results with 16 shooters in A grade all getting triple possibles for the day. However as usual the final 1000 Yard stage on day three was difficult with the wind switching around and different strengths all down the range - very difficult to read and make good corrections.

The results overall for Riverina shooters was very good. Ben Goodwin and Graham Crowe shot very well against some tough competition.


THERE was no shoot at Lockhart but Graham, Ben, David, Neville, Ben and John Goodwin, Warwick Sides and John Young went to the "Easter at Glenrowan" shoot. As can be seen in the photos the range was extremely dry so hopefully they also received some rain.

Saturday - Ovens and Murray DRA Prizemeeting: 88 shooters attended the DRA Prizemeeting on the Saturday.

In Target Rifle our David shot well only dropping two points on the last range to come 4th. The winner was Mark Bunt from Katoomba.

In FA Graham came 9th and Warwick 11th. The winner was John Simons all the way from Broken Hill!

In FB John Young came 14th.

In FO Ben came third and John Goodwin 16th. The winner was Paul Deehan.

FTR was won by Michael Waites.

Sunday - Wangaratta Prize Meeting: 60 shooters attended the Wangaratta Prizemeeting on the Sunday.

In Target Rifle Brett Thurtell from Wodonga came first with a possible.

In FA Graham came 4th and Warwick 7th.

The winner was John Simons again!

In FB John Young came 5th.

FO was won by Trevor Jury.

FTR was won by Gerry Thomas from Bendigo.


We are having an Anzac Day shoot at the Lockhart Range as well as attending the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph in Hebden St, Lockhart.

A wreath has been organised from the Rifle Club - thanks Hubert and Carol.

So please come along to Remember and Commemorate. All welcome.

The plans for the day are as follows:

  • 10:15am: Meet at Cenotaph in Hebden St Lockhart
  • 10:30am: Watch the March
  • 10:45am: Wreath laying ceremony.
  • 11:15am: Head out to the Range to set up.
  • 12:30am: BBQ Lunch under the Trees at 900 Yards
  • 1pm: Shooting to commence - 900 Yards - Two 15 shot stages.


NO TENNIS today in the Wednesday Junior Doubles Tennis Competition at the Bolton Park Tennis Complex due to the school holidays.

The Wednesday competition will resume next week May 1 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. 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 Isaac Schiller on 52.5 points followed by Michael Paolucci-Ellis on 48 points with Robert Grantham and Alastair Wright tied on 47 points and Caden Maxwell on 41 points making up the top five placings.

Winners of the McDonalds Sports Awards this week were Robert Grantham, Yassin El Sanabary and Kelsey Atkinson.

Enquires about the junior competition 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. There is also social tennis every Friday at San Isidore at 6.30pm. All standards are welcome contact Ruth on 0409 743677.


LAST week's ride on Wednesday was called "I have no Idea".

Oscar, Woody, Doug, Les, Mark, Gerhard and Gino all departed, in dribs and drabs, from Billy's at around 9.10am with Woody being nominated as the ride leader. Well, that was the theory.

From then on it was anyone's guess and Woody was to take them to Boree Creek then Narrandera and over to Leeton for lunch. But by the time they had all regrouped had the Silverlite Woody seemed to have forgotten he was ride leader and was pushing the job onto Oscar. Finally he got the message and off they went only for him to lead the pack down the Lockhart Road and when they got to within a whisker of Lockhart he found a road that led to Boree Creek and was found propped outside the Boree Creek Hotel some time later?

During all this kerfuffle Gerhard had had an electrical fault with his Beemer so he crept back home to Ladysmith. In the meantime the others arrived at Boree Creek and the ride then continued on to Narrandera and they finally rode on to Leeton for Lunch at the Leeton Hotel. Lunch at the Leeton Hotel is always a pleasant affair and when that was dispensed with the happy crew travelled back to Wagga by way of Narrandera, Grong Grong, Ganmain and Coolamon.

A very mixed up day with no one really knowing where they were going except to say they would all end up back home at some stage. Keep 'em guessing I say.

On Saturday morning we all congregated at the Commercial Club for 'Meet and Greet' owing to the fact that Billy's was closed for Easter and this coming Saturday will be Annette's final day behind the counter so all turn up and we will give her a rousing send off. The following Saturday Kylie Bean takes over to cater for all of our needs, let's see if she can keep up the good work.

On Sunday a fair swag of our mob went over to Narrandera to check out the old vintage and hot-rod cars on display. It is always a good show and this year was no different. At our last Branch meeting the Committee was returned to office with ride committee being Ian Adams, Roger Self and Gerhard Grauer so I will give them a rev to sort out our next few rides.

The next being May 5 leaving from McDonald's car park in Edward Street at 9am.

The applications for the 2019 Toy Run Have been lodged and most of our various venues are locked in place.

That's about it for the moment so will see you next week.


IT WAS a tight contest, but in the end, the highlight of the week had to go to in-form three-marker, Mick Hazell, who put together a sensational five-under par round of 67, for 44 stableford points and an easy win in Saturday's Members' Stableford A Grade event.

Mick just pipped playing partner, Peter 'Why-Wasn't-My-Name-In-The-Paper-Last Week' Barnes, who thought the title should have gone to him for his chip-in on the final hole to complete a terrific round of 38 points for second place in B Grade.

The unlucky Peter Treharne was runner-up to Mick in A Grade with 41 points, from Ray Bell, 40 points.

In B Grade, Peter McDonald rained on Barney's parade, also with 41 points, while Col Moore took third place with 38 pts. Eddie Wall ran hot with 42 points for a solid win in C Grade, from Peter Fulmer 39, and 'Comeback King', Alan French, 38 points.

NTPs went to Matt Tooze, Col Smith and John Mooney. Ball comp to 35 points on a countback.

The ladies played the first round of the Golf NSW Medal last Tuesday, and in Division 1, Maria McManus maintained her good recent form with an 85 off the stick and a nett score of 70, followed by June Byrnes, 73 nett.

Sue Oakman also carded 73 nett to win Division 2 on a countback from Carmel Pearce, while in Division 3, Fay Baker kept the 73 nett scores going for a win from Vi Gardner, 75 nett on a countback. NTPs went to Maria McManus (Div 1), Sue Oakman (Div 2) and Marg Bradley (Div 3). Ball comp to 77 nett on a countback.

In Vets news, Peter Biscaya got home in a close one last Monday, scoring 34 nett for a c/b win from Les Hodges, Charlie Down, Peter Kirkman and Max Robinson. Vouchers to 36 nett.

Shot of the Day went to Terry Baker, who somehow clipped the perfect pitch shot off a dusty lie adjacent to the third green, over a high grassy mound, a couple of bounces and straight into the hole. Thursday saw Barry Longmore fire up with a score of 31 nett for an easy win from John Burkinshaw, Peter Kirkman and Grahame Winson, each on 35 nett. Vouchers to 37 nett on a countback.

Wednesday's members' stableford comp saw Billy Whalan score 38 points for a win in A Grade, from the previously-mentioned short game guru, Peter Barnes 37, and Mick Hazell, 35 points. In B Grade, Zac Nimmo ran hot for 41 points for success, from Rod Whitlock 38, and John Mitchell 36 points. NTPs to Mick Hazell on the 9th and 13th, and Grahame Winson on the 18th. Ball comp to 33 on countback.

A good week of golf, highlighted by Mick Hazell's 67 off the stick and Peter Barnes amazing chip-in on the 18th hole last Saturday, wound up with Tim Barlow's nine-hole Sunday Stableford, which went to Cloud Merrigan with 20 points, on a countback from Kyle Harrison. Ball comp to 19 points on a countback.

Rules Men's Bowls

THE inaugural Easter Tournament with $2500 in prizemoney saw all events well supported with local and visiting bowlers. The Good Friday Mixed fours event saw Mark Pearce, Dennis Rawlings, Louise Pearce and Joy Robbins unbeaten with three wins plus 25 shots claim first prizemoney. Second with two wins plus eight shots went to Chris Leonard, John Hetherington, Lynn Eggleton and Anne Leonard. Third to Darren Kelly, Andrew Carey, Louise Kelly and Betty Stockley with two wins plus seven shots.

Easter Saturday's Ladies' Pairs saw Lynn Eggleton and Anne Leonard undefeated with four wins plus 22 shots take out first by one shot from Leone Maher and Elaine Larkin also unbeaten with four wins plus 21 shots and third to Mona Thornton and Joy Robbins with two wins a draw plus 17 shots. The Men's Pairs went to the well credentialed team of Pedro Rudd and John Hetherington who were unbeaten with four wins plus 28 shots. Second to Mark Pearce and "Cowboy" Metcalf with three wins plus six shots and in third place was Zac Gabrielsen and Dennis Rawlings with two wins a draw plus 16 shots.

Easter Sunday Mixed saw Mark and Louise Pearce go through unbeaten with four wins plus 32 shots to claim the winner's prizemoney. In second place also unbeaten was Gary Brookes and Joan Stair with four wins plus 30 shots and third place went to Nick and Loz de Bruyn with three wins a draw plus 36 shots. Best day card was won by Darren and Louise Kelly three wins a draw plus 28 shots.

Wednesday blind draw Triples sponsored by Bunnings and Kooringal Drycleaners saw Ron Francis, Jack Cousley and Norm King claim first prize with 23 points; second Chris Leonard, Eddie Forbes, Bernie Leitch 22 points; third Dennis Rawlings, Mick Mahon, Bernie Benson 21; 4th Henry Sperrin, Jim Sloan, Keith Gill 19 points. Sunday Mixed blind draw winners : Barb Cotterill, Alice Bower 22 points; runners up Rex Lloyd, Norma Gay, Joy Robbins 21 points.

Draw on board for Major Pairs Championships with first round to be played May 27.


  • 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 5pm for 5.30pm start.