Riverina Leader sports news | September 18

CONTEST: Griffith and GGGM battled it out for a spot in the Riverina League grand final on the weekend.
CONTEST: Griffith and GGGM battled it out for a spot in the Riverina League grand final on the weekend.


The shortened course continues to be there for the taking for short game specialists such as Eddie Wall, who scored 28 nett to beat Tony Thompson on a c/b in last Monday's Vets nine-hole stroke event. John Burkinshaw took third spot with 30 nett, a shot clear of Bert Adams, Peter 'Possum' Briggs, Charlie Down and Bill O'Rourke, with the last voucher going to Ken Batt, with 32 on a c/b.

In Thursday's comp, Peter Biscaya scored 29 nett for a c/b win from Eddie Wall, then John Burkinshaw, Bob Moore and Max Robinson on 31, Tony Martin 32, and Russell Parr, Grahame Winson and Terry Baker, 33 nett.

The ladies competed in a Stableford event last Tuesday, and in Division 1, Di Jenkins played well for 45 pts, one better than runner-up, Sue Mathews. Therese Quinn took care of Division 2 with a great score of 49 pts, while Carole Gardner also played well for 45 pts and second place. A special mention also for Fay Baker, who just like Marg Gregurke a couple of weeks ago, aced the par 3 second hole! NTP: Di Jenkins. Ball comp to 39 pts c/b.

As 15 of our girls travelled to Howlong to compete in the Riverina Ladies Open last week, it was a reduced field for Friday's Stableford event. Well done to Pam Seymour who scored 44 pts to take care of Division 1, and Cae Cobby, who really set the course alight with 52 pts to win Division 2. NTP: Sue Oakman. Ball comp to 42 pts on a c/b. Well done also to Kylie Baker and Linda Coombes, who collected trophies in the Howlong Tournament.

Wednesday's Members' Stableford event, and in A Grade, consistent Vet, John Burkinshaw, scored 43 pts to win on a c/b from the back-in-form big-hitter, Brian Smith. Ross Hollis ran hot with 48 pts to get home in B Grade, from cagey veteran, Alan French, 46 pts. NTPs to John Parker, Grahame Winson and Graeme Coulton. Ball comp to 41 pts on a c/b. Members returned for another Stableford event on Saturday, and in A Grade, Grahame Winson made the most of some good breaks on the temporary greens to score 49 pts for a win, from fellow-vet, Bob Alexander, 42 pts. John Parker got home in a close one in B Grade, scoring 45 pts for a c/b win from John Burkinshaw, while Doug Emery also went well, scoring 48 pts for success, from Collingwood tragic, Graeme Loes. NTPs : Mick Laurent, John Burkinshaw and Grahame Winson. Ball comp to 41 pts c/b. The Business Girls also played a Stableford event on Saturday, and it was Jeanette Ronnsfeldt who claimed the major prize with 45 pts, from Cheryl McKee, 40 pts. NTP: Carmel Pearce. Tim's nine-hole Sunday Stableford comp completed the week, and in what was a close one, Frank Veliscek snuck home with 24 pts, on a c/b from Jim Neiberding and Tony Martin, while Eddie Wall took fourth spot with 23 pts.


WaggaRoos' Deb Davey has been selected in the Australian team to contest the Australia-New Zealand Challenge during the Oceania Orienteering Carnival to be conducted in and around Wagga in a fortnights time. The event has attracted just on 1000 entrants including Australia's best orienteers as well as orienteers from New Zealand, Hong Kong, New Caledonia and Europe.

The 9 day Carnival will include the Oceania Championships, the Australian-New Zealand Challenge, the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships and a three-day public event.

The Carnival will commence at CSU on Saturday 28 September with the Oceania Sprint Distance Championships and Unisport National Orienteering Championships. Then it will move to Bethungra for the Australian Long Distance Championships and Relay Championships in a new area comprising rugged rocky outcrops.

On Tuesday, October 1 it will return to Wagga for the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships. A total 160 school children from across Australia and New Zealand in representative state and national teams will compete in sprint distance, long distance and relay races. The sprint distance will be held at Kildare Catholic College on Tuesday 1 October, the long distance at Connorton on Wednesday, and the relay at Pomingalarna on Thursday. Associated with these events will be the Riverina Run, a public event that has attracted over 500 entries including Olympic marathoner Martin Dent and Australia's oldest orienteer, 95-year-old Herman Wehner from Canberra.

Enter-on-Day will be possible at CSU and the three mid-week events for Wagga residents who might like to try orienteering.

The carnival will conclude on the weekend of Oct 5 and 6 with the Oceania Middle Distance and Long Distance Championships near Beechworth.

Deb Davey's selection is just reward for her consistent performances at national and international level for the past 3 years. Deb will team with Ballarat's Jenny Bourne and Newcastle's Hilary Wood in the W60 age-class and should be too classy for the New Zealanders.

On the local front, WaggaRoos conducted a sprint orienteering race at Rawlings Park last Sunday. On the 4km course in the early part of the race Stuart Young and Jack Janetzki were just a few seconds apart to each control. However, in the middle part of the course as the race moved from the ovals to the bushland Stuart was able to navigate a bit better and eventually won by 5 minutes. Deb Davey came in third a further minute behind.

On the 2.9km course, Imogen Metcalfe ventured out on her own for the first time and excelled. Laura Shelton started very well and after 3 controls had built up a 3 minute advantage. Imogen had started more slowly but as her confidence built she started to catch up. Laura made a navigational error between 7 and 8 allowing Imogen to take the lead which she maintained despite a miss at the 9th control. Wes Campbell came in third.

Elena and Tahlia Franklin and Charli Speers tried orienteering for the first time. They sensibly tackled the 2km Easy course first and enjoyed it so much they then completed the 4km course.

Results: 4.0km Course: Stuart Young 25.13; Jack Janetzki 31.26; Deb Davey 32.31; Elena Franklin 63.27; Talia Franklin & Charli Speers 65.01. 2.9km Course: Imogen Metcalfe 33.10; Wes Campbell 38.45; John Oliver 39.18; Laura Shelton 51.11; Kath Oliver 60.55. 2.0km Course: Elena Franklin 24.28; Talia Franklin & Charli Speers 24.41.


Tuesday, September 10

CONSISTENCY SINGLES SEMI-FINALS: Elaine Larkin def Trish Hogan; June Chappelow def Sandra Lucas

SOCIAL BOWLS: Verna Quigley, Anne Leonard & Jenny Mitchell def Grace Smith, Kay Reid & Barbara Cotterill; Alice Bower, Cheryl Darcy & Kay McMillan def Lorna Woolbank, Trish Irilli & Fran Mahon.

DAY WINNERS: Alice Bower, Cheryl Darcy & Kay McMillan

Thursday, September 12

CONSISTENCY SINGLES FINAL: Elaine Larkin def June Chappelow

SOCIAL BOWLS: Nola Post, Sandra Lucas & Jenny Mitchell def Gayle Hull. Barbara Cotterill & Fran Mahon; Irene Crouch, Marion McCrum & Trish Irilli def Trish Hogan, Verna Quigley & Mona Thornton; Pat MacDonald, Kay McMillan def Elsie McCrum & Kay Reid

DAY WINNER: Pat MacDonald, Kay McMillan

Rules Men's Bowls  

Sunday's Bowling Club AGM saw Jeff Edwards re-elected as president for a third term. Vice Presidents are Jim Sloan and Wayne Smithers. Secretary Mick Connors and Treasurer is Bill Wilson. Elected to the Committee were John Hetherington, Keith Gill, Col Firman, Andrew Carey, Alan Jacobson. Wednesday Blind draw Triples was sponsored by Tasco and BBQ Galore. Winners with 25 points were Andy Carey and Norm King; runners-up Dennis Rawlings, Jim Brown, Rob Nolan 24 points; 3rd place Paul Fenwick, Ron Myers, Bruce Barber 21 points. Nominated pairs Friday Draw, sponsored by Bunnings and Scooters Mobility, saw Gary Brookes and Paul Fenwick win 1st prize money with 26 points; runners-up Bob Robertson and Trent Lord 24 points; 3rd place Doug Kinder, Jim Sloan 23 points. Saturday blind draw Sets Play winners: Keith Wellham, Keith Browne 13 points; runners-up Noel O'Brien, Keith Gill 12 points; 3rd place Steve Wilson, Greg Harron 11 points. Nominations for Club Triples Championship close 30th Sept with first round to be played Thurs 10th Oct at 6.30pm. Nomination sheet on Board for the Monthly Settlers Group Blind Draw Triples on Monday 14th Oct with $600 in prizemoney.

Coming Events: Wednesday blind draw Triples. Names in by noon for 1pm start. Friday Blind Draw Pairs. Names in by noon for 1pm start. Saturday Blind draw Sets Play. Names in by noon for 1pm start. Sunday Mixed blind draw. Names in by noon for 1pm start.


Les, Oscar, Gino, Noel and Gerhard headed off into the sunlight toward Lockhart, continuing down to Walbundrie where they took the Berrigan Road to Corowa. Hunger and thirst were starting to set in so they continued on to Rutherglen and settled into the Pie Shop. Oscar overdid it a bit, he had a pie and a sausage roll which topped himself up for tea as well. Gerhard and Gino had to be back in Wagga by about 2pm so they took off by themselves straight up the highway and byway. After a suitable rest period, the rest came back via Howlong, Culcairn, Morven and Mangoplah, clocking up 380kms for the day.

Meet and Greet on Saturday was a nice pleasant affair in the sunshine with the usual discussions taking place.

The Sunday ride had only two starters, being Sue and Steve Oldfield. The last I heard the were heading down toward Holbrook and beyond.

Woody is going to organise an overnight ride on October 16 to Mitta Mitta and beyond. Watch this space.

On October 6, Mark Williams will be leading a ride and knowing Mark it will be a good day out.

October 12 sees an escort ride for Dee and Guy's wedding which, I believe will be galavanting through Bourkelands. And on the 20th of October will be the annual Pink Ribbon Ride.

The next Branch meeting will be on October 15 in the Radio Club Rooms, which are located in Small Street. The meeting gets underway at 7.30pm but the doors open at 7pm for you to mingle prior to the meeting and discuss what needs to be discussed.

We are well into getting the 2019 Toy Run off the ground and are looking for donations and new toys. The age span we cater for is about 3 to 15 and this year's run will be held on December 7.