Riverina Leader sport news, May 29, 2019

Explorers Rifle Club

BEAUTIFUL autumn weather in Cootamundra and the previous Saturday was the Champion of Champions competition over 500, 600, 800 and 900 yards.

This competition is for each clubs champions to compete to determine the Riverina Champion. The Champions will travel to Sydney in July to compete against other districts champions to determine the NSW Champion.

On Sunday was the Riverina District Prize Meeting which was the centenary of this Meeting. With special guests Mayor Abb McAlister and sisters Marie and Clare.

Riverina Champion of Champions - Saturday

The winners for the different disciplines were:

  • F Standard: Graham Crowe, Explorers Lockhart, 233.12
  • F Open: Neville Lyons, Explorers Lockhart, 239.16
  • FTR: Darren Bradley, Griffith, 233.17
  • Target Rifle: Scott Brindley, Explorers Lockhart, 199.26
  • U25: Jacinta Bradley, Griffith, 226.12

Congratulations to all shooters who competed and good luck to our Riverina Champions in Sydney.

Riverina District Rifle Association Prize Meeting - Sunday

THE Centenary Prize meeting of the Riverina District Rifle Association was conducted on Sunday in great weather conditions. We had 45 shooters attending from all over including Wodonga, Hornsby, Canberra, Nowra, Goulburn, Katoomba, Lyndhurst, Eugowra etc. Conditions were excellent with good light from some light cloud bands and light winds. Great for a social day on the range and high scores! Congratulations to Bill Ballantyne and Garry Trudgett who scored possibles.

For the presentation we had Abb McAlister, Mayor of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, and his sisters ,Marie and Clare, attending.

They are descendants of Dave McAlister whose name is on our second 500 Yard match named in his memory. Dave was killed in the WWI in September 1917 but prior to that represented Australia in Target Rifle shooting.

A rifle won by Dave in Bisley England in 1913 was on display. We thank Ab, Marie and Clare for attending and assisting with the awarding of badges and trophies to the winners.

An award from the NSW Rifle Association was made to Spencer Dunstall for his years of service to the sport. The award was presented by Graham Crowe.

Unfortunately we did have some electronic target issues on the last 600 Yard range which had to be cancelled. But despite that misfortune it was a great day on the range with friends. Thanks to Cootamundra Club for hosting the event and providing lunches and morning teas which were much appreciated.

Thanks to David Xuereb and Dave Waters who put so much effort into organising the electronic targets for the event. And last but not least thankyou to Margaret for registering all the shooters and managing the finances.


Roman Adamcewicz

TENNIS continues today in the Wednesday Junior Doubles Tennis Competition 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 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 Alastair Wright on 73.5 points tied for second place are Robert Grantham and Michael Paolucci-Ellis on 65.5 points closely followed by Isaac Schiller on 64.5 points and Victoria Grantham on 54 points making up the top five placings.

Winners of the McDonalds Sports Awards this week were Wyatt Piltz and Max Laurent.

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 Sunday afternoon from 3pm for all standards contact Col 0447 464 234 or Trevor 0407 513 974.

San Isidore Tennis Club has tennis coaching Monday from 4.30pm. Also, there is social tennis every Friday at San Isidore at 6pm. All standards are welcome, contact Ruth on 0409 743677.


TUESDAY, May 21: Cheryl Darcy, Joy Robbins & Kay McMillan def Annette Englebrecht, Gayle Hull & Verna Burkinshaw. Verna Quigley, Irene Crouch & Michelle Henderson def Trish Hogan, Janette Brown & Mona Thornton. Alice Bower, Marion McCrum & June Chappelow def Alice Bower, Sandra Lucas & Fran Mahon. DAY WINNERS: Cheryl Darcy, Joy Robbins & Kay McMillan.

Thursday, May 23: Minor Singles Championship. Gayle Hull def Glenda Rose. Janette Brown def Joy Robbins. Major Singles Championship: Alice Bower def Michelle Henderson. Anne Leonard def Cheryl Darcy. Muriel Telford def Grace Smith. Leone Maher def Verna Burkinshaw. Elaine Larkin def June Chappelow. Social bowls: Marion McCrum, Pat MacDonald & Jan Wilson def Marion McCrum, Marie Williams & Kay Reid. DAY WINNER: Muriel Telford.

Rules Men's Bowls

WEDNESDAY blind draw Triples, sponsored by The Atheletes Foot and Dom's Pizza saw John Hetherington, John Stout, David Bryant take out the winners prize with 25 points; runners up Col Plater, Wayne Smithers, Don Cox 23 points; 3rd place Mark Pearce, Kkeith Browne, Jeff Edwards 23 points; 4th place Rod Cramp, Dooley Carroll, Ron Myers 22 points.

Friday Nominated Pairs was sponsored by Kotzur Canvas and the Job Centre. Winners: Gary Clarke, Chris Leonard 26 points; runners up Rod McCabe, Mark Pearce 25 points.

Saturday Blind draw saw sets play over five ends with winners playing winners and losers going into a repercharge. Winners over the three sets were Henry Sperrin, Keith Gill three wins plus 17 shots; runners up Col Plater, Pat Sullivan two wins plus 14 shots; 3rd place Keith Wellham, Norm King two wins plus 13 shots.

Sunday Mixed blind draw winners: Col Smith, Alice Bower, Sharon Connors 19 points; runners up Michelle Henderson, Grace Smith 18 points; 3rd place Craig Campbell, Bev Robinson 17 points.

There will be no mixed bowls this Sunday, June 2 due to the Ladies Bowling Club conducting an all day tournament.

Coming Events

Nomination sheet on Board for Versatility 5s Tournament on Sunday, June 23 with prizemoney $2125; only vacancies for two teams to fill the tournament.

Nomination sheet on Board for The Settlers Group monthly blind draw two bowl Triples Tournament on Monday, June 17. Three games of 14 ends; prizemoney $600 with a 9am start.

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 1pm for 1.30pm start.


MARIA McManus has been playing well lately, and it was no surprise to see her claim Division 1 honours in last Tuesday's second round of the GNSW Medal event with a nett score of 71, from runner-up, Marg Hogan, 73.

In Division 2, Cheryl Jeffree also played well for a score of 70 nett, and a win from Sue Matthews, 74 nett. Vi Gardner took care of Division 3 with 72 nett on a countback from Pat Grieve, also on a countback. NTPs to Jenny Myers (Div 1), Pam Kellam (Div 2), and Pat Grieve (Div 3).

Ball comp to 77 nett on a countback.

The girls competed in a stableford event on Friday. In Division 1, Simone Pilotto returned to winning form with 37 points, one clear of Linda Coombes, 36 points on a countback, while Marg Bradley ran hot in Division 2, amassing 40 points for a clear win, from Lorraine McGowan 37 points on a countback. Ball comp to 32 points.

The ladies also continued with their matchplay competition. Results: Marg Hogan turned the tables on Maria McManus, defeating her on the 18th; Carmel Pearce def Jenny Myers 4/3, and Janelle Doust def Kitty Howe 5/4.

The Goddess of Golf was smiling on Grahame Winson in last Wednesdays' members' stableford event.

After playing well for 16 holes poor old Winno hit the wall well and truly, finishing his round with two double-bogeys. Fortunately, he still had enough in stock for a total of 40 points, allowing him to scrape home in A Grade from the unlucky Kyle Harrison, who parred the course off his three handicap for 39 points and second spot, one clear of Roger Taylor, 38 points.

In B Grade, Rod Porter had an even closer call, scoring 36 points to beat Ray Barnett and Peter Lyons on a countback.

NTPs to Ray Harrison on the 9th and 13th, and John Dare on the 18th. Ball Comp to 34 points on a countback.

In Vets news, Les Hodges started his week with a bang, scoring 30 nett in last Monday's nine-hole stroke event, followed by John Mitchell and Bill O'Rourke on 33 nett. Vouchers to 36 nett. Don Thorne took out Thursday's comp with a score of 33 nett to beat Danny McIntyre on a countback, followed by Bill Jacob and Grahame Winson, each with 34 nett. Vouchers to 37 nett, on countback.

Members returned for a stableford event on Saturday, and in A Grade, Warren Lynch continued to play well, scoring 37 points to beat Steve Hall on a countback. Mick Thorne cleaned up in B Grade with 39 points, from Owen Guthrie, 37 points. Ray Barnett put Wednesday's disappointment of getting beaten on a countback behind him to put together 41 points for a solid win from Barry Miller, 38 points. NTPs to Matt McMullen, Mick Thorn and Richard Flanigan. Ball comp to 33 points on a countback.

Sunday saw a GNSW mixed two-person ambrose event complete the week's golf, and it was well done to the winning team of Maureen Foley and Peter McDonald, from Richard Flanigan and Una Pocock, and Mick Hazell and Cheryl McKee.


I MISSED out last week, being away on a short holiday and I forgot until too late. Actually with 11 grandkids it wasn't exactly what you would call a holiday. We have had three rides recently, one on May 15 followed by a Sunday ride on the 19th and another Wednesday ride on the 22nd.

On the 15th, seven took off down the Old Narrandera Road to Matong and speared up to Ardlethan for Coffee and a chat. From Ardlethan the next bit was to Ariah Park, Barmedman and finally the Terminus Hotel in Temora for lunch. Woody materialised from nowhere at Temora and joined the crew for lunch (he loves a feed that boy). Lunch over they all fired up their respective steeds and headed for home.

On Sunday 19th a small group left McDonalds car park at about 9:15am and headed out into the wild blue yonder exploring the Riverina and beyond. I was unable to contact a participant to get the fine details but I can tell you one thing 'the weather was perfect'

The ride on the 22nd took seven riders (two Can Am Spiders and five bikes) down the Mangoplah Road to Maxwell where they all turned right and motored over to Uranquinty.

From Quinty the ride took them through The Rock, Tootal, Pleasant Hills and Alma Park where they stopped for a spell. After a look-about at Alma Park the next stop was Howlong where lunch was begging. After lunch the crew all rode over to Albury, refueled and took the Olympic Road home to Wagga having had a great day out in perfect weather.

The last Branch meeting was on the 21st with a reasonable turn out and the next Sunday ride is on June 2 leaving McDonalds Car Park in Edward Street at 9.30am. Note all rides from now until the end of August will depart at 9.30am, Wednesdays and Sundays.

The second ride for June will be Sunday 16th from McDonalds Car Park and every Wednesday they leave from Billy's Café (Busy Bean) in Gurwood Street at 9.30am.

Keep your eyes open because there is a Christmas in July dinner coming up and I will keep you posted on when and where and how much.

The next Branch meeting will be held in The Radio Club Rooms in Small Street on June 18th starting at 7.30pm. The doors open at 7pm to gather for fellowship and the meeting is usually over and done with by about 8.15pm and supper and raffles follow.

Make sure you have some nice grippy wet weather tyres fitted for the slippery winter months and enjoy the cold.

See you on the road washing off the dust.