Around the Grounds with Riverina Leader Sport

STRONG: Wagga Tigers proved too strong for MCUE in the top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. Pictures: Les Smith
STRONG: Wagga Tigers proved too strong for MCUE in the top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. Pictures: Les Smith


By Roman Adamcewicz

Finals of the Wednesday Junior Doubles Tennis competition were held last week at the Bolton Park Tennis Complex.

Presentations were held and congratulations to all the winners.

The next competition will commence after the school holidays beginning July 31.

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. Intersport Australia (formerly Sportsman's Warehouse) gift cards awarded at the end of the competition for those players playing five matches as well as a Best and Fairest award.

The winner of this competition was Alastair Wright on 961/2 points, in second place is Robert Grantham on 90 points, with Michael Paolucci-Ellis on 85 points then Victoria Grantham and Isaac Schiller tied on 74 1/2 points making up the top five placings.

Tied winners of the Best and Fairest Award for this Competition were Makenna Irlam and Isaac Schiller.

Thank you to the following for their support of this competition: Riverina Leader, Intersport Australia (Sportsmans Warehouse), McDonalds and Southern Sports Academy.

Inquires 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 commencing at 6pm. All standards are welcome contact Ruth on 0409 743677.


Eddie Wall and John Burkinshaw combined well to put together 25 stableford pts in last Monday's Vets 4BBB event, followed by in-form playing partners, Warren Lynch and Clarrie Ridley 22 pts, and Bert Adams and Dave Sutton, 21 pts on a c/b from Tony Pollard and Bob Moore, and Tony Martin and Peter Kirkman.

Thursday's stableford comp went to Ron Culgan with 20 pts, from Clarrie Ridley 19, Peter Biscaya and Grahame Winson 18 pts, and Bill Jacob 17 pts.

Vouchers to 16 pts on a c/b.

The ladies competed in their 4BBB Qualifier last Tuesday, and in what turned out to be a closely fought contest, Fay Baker and Sally Davidson claimed the win with 43 pts, followed by Carol Martin and Lyn Donohoe 42 pts on a c/b from Janelle Doust and Cassie Gill, also on a c/b.

NTP vouchers were collected by Maria McManus (Div 1); Una Pocock (Div 2), and Trish Gray (Div 3).

Ball Comp to teams with 37 pts or better on a c/b.

The girls returned on Friday for their 4BBB Matchplay event, and the results were as follows: Carol Martin and Lyn Donohoe def Maria McManus and Linda Coombes on the 19th; Monica Kember and Trish Gray def Jenny Hazell and Una Pocock 3/2; Janine Fitzgerald and Sandra Donohue def Lorraine Hickey and Val Brunskill 2 up; and Marg Hogan and Therese Quinn def Cassie Gill and Janelle Doust 3/2.

The day also included an individual stableford event, which went to Sandra Mellen with a solid score of 41 pts, from Marg Wise, 37 pts. Ball comp to 32 pts. Last Wednesday's members stableford saw Roman Adamcewicz score 37 pts for a win in A Grade, from Kyle Harrison 36 pts on a c/b from Grahame Winson.

In B Grade, Tom McDonnell scored 39 pts for a c/b win from Peter McDonald, with Griffith visitor, Don Hillam third with 38 pts.

NTPs to Bruce Yeatman, Clarrie Ridley and Jim Briggs. Ball comp to 33 pts on a c/b. Members returned for a 4BBB on Saturday, when Charlie Adams and Mark Beggs cleaned up with 45 pts, from Eddie Wall and Warren Lynch 43 pts on a c/b from John Burkinshaw and Clarrie Ridley.

Charlie topped off a big day by also claiming individual honours with 41 pts, from Geoff Asgill 38, and Clarrie Ridley 37 pts.

NTPs to Phil Harrison, John Burkinshaw and Craig McDowall.

Ball comp to teams with 39 pts or better on a c/b.

Shot of the day went to quiet achiever, Trevor Garside, who holed a challenging 40 metre bunker shot on the long part three 9th for a sensational birdie two.

The Business Girls also played for their July Monthly Medal on Saturday, which was collected by Sally Davidson with a score of 74 nett, from Lyn McMullen, 76 nett, while the NTP on the 18th went to Kerrie Celegon.

Winding up the week was Tim's nine-hole Sunday Stableford, which was won by Andy White with 19 pts on a c/b from Gary Rake and Kyle Harrison.

Ball comp to 18 pts on a c/b.


Tuesday, July 2

Nominated Pairs Championship Semi-Final

Verna Burkinshaw & June Chappelow def Trish Hogan & Mona Thornton


Norma Gay, Jan Wilson def Verna Quigley & Fran Mahon

Elsie McCrum, Joy Robbins & Anne Leonard def Irene Crouch, Marie Williams & Jenny Mitchell

Grace Smith, Alice Bower & Elaine Larkin def Glenda Rose, Marion McCrum & Kay McMillan

Janette Brown, Sandra Lucas & Cheryl Darcy def Nola Post, Carole Freeman & Kay Reid


Norma Gay & Jan Wilson


Verna Burkinshaw & June Chappelow

Thursday, July 4

Nominated Pairs Championship Final

Alice Bower & Trish Irilli def Verna Burkinshaw & June Chappelow


Trish Hogan, Norma Gay & Jenny Mitchell def Elsie McCrum, Sandra Lucas & Jan Wilson

Ann Purcell, Muriel Telford & Mona Thornton def Marie Williams Verna Quigley & Michelle Henderson

Joy Robbins, Lorna Woolbank & Joan Stair def Grace Smith Pat MacDonald & Anne Leonard


Trish Hogan, Norma Gay& Jenny Mitchell


Ann Purcell, Muriel Telford & Mona Thornton

Rules Men's Bowls 

Wednesday blind draw triples sponsored by Bunnings Hardware and Kooringal Drycleaners saw Chris Leonard, Norm King and Keith Gill take out the winners' prize with 20 points; runners-up John Hetherington, Jeff Post, Rod Dunlop 19 points; 3rd place Mark Pearce, Ron Myers, "Tiny" Bower 18 points.

Friday Nominated Pairs was sponsored by Teasco Petroleum and Barbeques Galore.

Winners with 25 points were Bob Robertson and Max Simmons; runners-up Ron Francis, Chris Leonard 22 points.

Saturday set play winners: Ian Groves, Alan Jacobson, Pat Sullivan 17 points; runners-up Keith Wellham, Bob Linnett, Norm King 11 points; 3rd place Col Plater, Peter Wild, Kevin Wales 9 points.

Nomination sheet on the board for the Annual Commonwealth Bank sponsored Challenge Pairs Tournament on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th September, with $4230 prizemoney.

The committee is trialling for a month every alternate Friday as a Blind Draw event commencing this Friday the 12th July.

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 1pm for 1.30 pm start.


Six Wednesday warriors took off last week and travelled through Cootamundra and Young before landing in Boorowa for lunch.

Les, Gino, Fred, Thomo, Mark and Oscar settled into the Boorowa bakery for a scrumptious feed and the usual discussion about world affairs, the weather and everyone else's business but their own.

Having satisfied their hunger pangs and other things they rode off toward Wallendbeen where Gino roared up from the back of the pack, stopped the lead riders and said: "We have lost two of them".

After a head count, it was discovered that Thomo and Mark were missing so they waited for 10 minutes or so and finally the stragglers caught up.

When Mark was about to leave Boorowa he started his Harley and it made a god-awful racket that he hadn't experienced before so Thomo waited with him until the problem was sorted which took about 10 minutes and then they continued on their merry way.

Mark hadn't put his earplugs in!

The warriors when regrouped at Wallendbeen continued on to Temora, stopped at the visitor's centre and then rode back to Wagga via Old Junee.

A great day out in great conditions.

Saturday Meet and Greet was pretty poorly attended with only 6 making the grade.

It was relatively warm and we all sat outside so I have no idea what kept the rest away

And, the Christmas in July function was held on Sunday with Mick Ellis leading eleven riders along the old Narrandera Road to Millwood Road then across to Coolamon.

At Coolamon a gentleman by the name of Howard Atkinson has converted the old Catholic Convent into a function Centre and it was here the riders stopped off for morning tea and some refreshments.

Fully refreshed they continued on to Marrar and followed Yathalla Road to Harefield finally lobbing at the Red Steer for 'Christmas in July' lunch.

Altogether there were 20 for lunch with 9 non-riders joining in on the festivities.

A fairly successful day with rain threatening to fall all morning and it finally did at about 2.30pm when it was time to consider going home.

Such is Life.

Here are a few upcoming events from around the district you may be interested in.

Morundah ride with Griffith and Albury will be on the 4th of August and further details to follow.

Unfortunately, it clashes with the Black Dog Ride but I am sure we will sort something out.

Black Dog Ride

New South Wales State Ride - Starting in Wagga Wagga NSW on 4th August, finishing in Byron Bay 9th August. You can ride for 1 day, or for the full 7 days. Contact Graham Falconer (

Ghost Town Rally - Copi Hollow near Menindee, SA - 6th, 7th & 8th September

Registration: $40 includes badge, entertainment and camping Friday and Saturday (extra camping to be organised with caravan park - Rally rates)

Polo shirts to be pre-ordered by 31st August 2019.

All welcome - including non Ulysses Club members.

Contacts: Chickenman 0419 983 193 - -

Spotlight on M.I.A Branch

The MIA Ulysses Club branch was formed in 1996 in the Riverina region of NSW better known as the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. With a large demographic area the MIA covers such towns as Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera, Ardlethan, Barellan and Coleambally to name but a few.

We meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Griffith Northside leagues 6.30pm for a meeting and a meal. Rides are set for each weekend alternating between Saturdays and Sundays.

With many things to see and do in the MIA including award winning wineries and small interesting towns of historical significance.

Did you know that 1 in 4 bottles of Australian wine is produced and bottled in Griffith and surrounding areas? Or that Leeton was once home to famous Australian poet Henry Lawson? There are also many fine museums and places of interest such as the Rocking Horse collection at Murrami, an extensive collection of old wooden rocking horses and horse toys, some dating back 130 years.

The MIA Branch is currently finalising plans for our Tri Branch weekend to be held on the 6th 7th 8th September to coincide with the national memorial day. With plenty of activities in store, including a visit to the Rocking Horse collection we would be more than happy for any fellow Ulyssians to join us

For more information on any of the above please feel free to contact David Schoer, MIA Branch President