Riverina Leader sport, November 20-27

DEFENSIVE: Isaac Cooper tries to block a bowl as Lake Albert struggled to start their innings on Saturday.
DEFENSIVE: Isaac Cooper tries to block a bowl as Lake Albert struggled to start their innings on Saturday.

WAGGA CITY GOLF CLUB

Rex "Pops" Kember reckons last Saturday's Monthly Medal was the best day he's had in years. He collected the B Grade medal as a result of him playing to his age for the first time in his 76 years on the planet, leaving him with a nett score of 60. This was seven shots clear of runner-up and playing partner, John Tritton.

What really put the icing on the cake for Pops, however, was that after years of trying, he finally got his golflink handicap below that of club legend and good mate, Peter Barnes.

John Dare fired up with a great score of 62 nett to win the A Grade medal, a shot clear of Jim Briggs, while in C Grade Doug Emery also carded 62 nett to beat Les Ryan, 64 nett. NTPs went to Warren Lynch (who deserves a special mention for notching up six birdies in a top round of 67), Tim Crowley and Phil Powell. Ball comp to 68 nett.

Bob McKenzie putted like a demon on his way to scoring 40 points in last Wednesday's members' stableford event, picking up the A Grade voucher, from Bill Whalan 39, and the always-present Bob Alexander, 38 pts.

In B Grade, Garry Chamberlain ran hot for 43 points and a one-point win from Roy Sanders, with Geoff Asgill taking third with 41. NTPs to Eddie Wall, Lex Boardman and Trevor Garside. Ball comp to 38 points (countback).

Fifty ladies competed in a pinehurst foursomes event as part of last Tuesday's closing day celebrations.

Scratch winners: Jenny Hazell and Jan Marks, 76. Runners-up: Ann Leonard and Cassie Gill, 83. Third: Kitty Howe and Monica Kember, 84. Fourth: Doreen Hazell and Jenny Myers, 85 c/b. Handicap Winners: June Byrnes and Marg Bradley, 64 7/8 nett. Runners-up: Lorraine Hickey and Trish Gray, 66 3/8 nett. Third: Cae Cobby and Vi Gardner, 67 5/8 nett. Fourth: Sandra Mellen and Gloria Vonarx, 68 1/2 nett. NTPs: Lyn Evans (Div 1), Lorraine McGowan (Div 2) and Sally Davidson (Div 3). Ball Comp to teams with 73 nett or better.

The girls returned for the first round of their nine-hole Summer Cup comp on Friday, when Gloria Vonarx kept her good week going, scoring 24 points for a win in Division 1. Vi Gardner took care of Division 2 with 25 points, while the NTP voucher went to Val Williams. Ball comp to 21 points (countback).

In vets news, Grahame Winson's 30 nett was enough for a countback win from Lex Boardman in last Monday's vets stroke comp, followed by Bert Adams, Barry Longmore and Kerry Smith on 31, Ron Culgan, Roger Taylor and Peter Biscaya, 32, and Peter McDonald and Bob Alexander, 33 nett.

In Thursday's event, Eddie Wall returned to the winner's list with 29 nett, on a countback from Len Jenkins, followed by Barry Longmore, Don Kirwan, Bert Adams, Peter Briggs and Garry Forde, each on 31 nett.

Finally, it was Peter McDonald's turn for a win when he carded 42 points in Tim Barlow's Sunday stableford comp. Steve Rodham claimed second with 39 points followed by Ken McPherson, Barry Miller and Tony Martin, each on 37.

RULES MEN'S BOWLS

Teams from Tumbarumba, Adelong, Leeton,Tarcutta,Wagga RSL and the Rules Club competed for $3360 prizemoney in the Bance Funeral Services-sponsored Graded 5-6-7 two-bowl triples tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The composite side of Lionel Sands, Buster Wilson of RSL and Keith Gill of The Rules went through the Tournament undefeated to claim first prize of $1050 with 6 wins plus 56 shots. Runners - up and prizemoney of $750 went to the RSL trio of Trent, Damien and Peter Lord with 5 wins plus 17 shots; 3rd prizemoney of $600 went to Ron Francis, Dennis Melmoth, John Ashcroft with 4 wins a draw plus 25 shots; 4th place prizemoney of $375 with 4 wins a draw plus 19 shots was won by Barry Belt, Peter Reid, Bill Wilson; and 5th prizemoney of $225 was won by Max Simmons, Mick Carey, Phil Howarth with 4 wins plus 36 shots. Best day 1 prizemoney of $180 went to Lonnie Hampton, Cowboy Metcalf, Mick Mahon with 3 wins plus 19 shots and best day 2 winners were Terry Rosewall, Ken Hamilton, Ron Smith with 3 wins plus 37 shots.

Major and Minor Pairs Championship quarter finals: John Hetherington, Bill Wilson def Nick de Bruyn, Alan Jacobson 17/15 ; Brian Hughes, Darren Conroy def Nathan Kemp, Kevin Wales 26/24 ; Dennis Rawlings, Wayne Broad def Keith Wellham, Norm King 26/14.

In Wednesday blind draw triples sponsored by Tasco Petroleum and Rules Bistro, Dennis Rawlings, Jim Brown, Cliff Priest took out the winner's prizemoney with 28 points; runners - up Chris Leonard, Cowboy Metcalf, Tiny Bower 18 ; 3rd place Alan Jacobson, Wayne Smithers, Keith Browne 17 points.

Friday blind draw Pairs was sponsored by Bunnings and Scooters Mobility Services. Winners with 21 points were Andy Carey,Chris Brown, Ron Myers runners-up Nick de Bruyn, Cowboy Metcalf 20 points.

Draw for Mixed Pairs Championship on board with first round to be played November 28.

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 Sets Play. Names in by noon for 1pm start

Sunday Mixed Blind Draw. Names in by 1pm for 1.30pm start

WAGGA RSL MEN'S BOWLS

Club competition matches this week at the RSL went as follows: Wednesday am Blind Draw with a score of 10.25 Wally Paton & Viv Harris were the winners, runners up on 9.50 were the trio of Ron Myers, Pos Hay & Terry Hilton from Trevor Urquhart, Arthur Doswell & David Huthwaite scoring 9. Wednesday pm Nominated Pairs saw a win to Ron Campbell & John Swaffield with a score of 2+19 , runners up were Darren Walker & Allan Tipping with 2+12 & third money going to Mark Pearse & Jim Smith with a score of 2+11. The Minor Jackpot was won by Bobby Stoll & Ken Hamilton. Friday am Blind Draw winners were Brian Lawrence, Ken Morden & Ken Howell with 11.25 points from Jack Whyte & Bob Young on 10.50. Sunday am Mixed Social Pairs saw a win to Brian Lawrence, Trish Whyte & Alby Perkins with a score of 14 from John Waring, Sue Brown & Pauline Reeves on 13.25.

Coming Events: Wednesday 9:30am Blind Draw. 1pm Nominated Pairs & Major Jackpot. Friday 9:30am Blind Draw. Sunday 9:30am Mixed Social Blind Draw.The entry form is in the clubroom for the 1Bowl Fours to be played on Friday Evening 29 November commencing at 5:30pm this event is a mixed & is open to all bowlers. All going to the Club Presentation evening on December 13 please indicate on the form in the clubrooms this year it will be dinner in the club Bistro at 6pm. All bowlers taking part in the next pennant season to start on February 1 please indicate your intentions on the members list in the clubrooms. Your early nomination will greatly assist the selectors.

TENNIS

By Roman Adamcewicz

Four weeks remain 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. Intersport Australia gift cards are 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 Victoria Grantham on 43.5 points, then Michael Paolucci-Ellis on 38 and Wyatt Piltz on 28.5 points. Max Laurent and Beau Bradley, tied on 22.5 points, make up the top five.

This week's winners of the McDonald's Sports Award were Seth Piltz and Max Laurent.

For inquiries about the junior competition or tennis lessons, please contact Roman Adamcewicz on 6922 4963 or 0439 584 125.

ULYSSES CLUB

Les, Gerhard, Alan Read, Don, Gino, Oscar and Mark made up the team of motorcycle trippers last week and the first stop was Culcairn for a brief spell.

The group followed the track down to Ettamogah and from there down Table Top Road out to the Hume Weir, across the Bethanga Bridge and down to the Walwa Pub for lunch.

With lunch out of the way they headed for home through Jingellic, Holbrook and Mangoplah.

Meet and Greet saw a good number out enjoying he sun and swapping tall stories while the toy run committee held a fundraiser at the Marketplace. At the end of the day, it was most successful. Santa arrived to entertain kids, and this drew the crowd away from the fundraising for a while, but things soon turned back to normal after the fuss was over.

Altina Wildlife Park tour on Sunday 17th as reported by Gerhard. It was very pleasing to depart Fox Street with 23 riders/passengers/drivers and then to catch up with the Junee duo as we neared Narrandera, giving us a total of 25 members. We rode/drove through Currawarna, Ganmain, Matong and part of Grong Grong for this first section. We had a leisurely stopover near the Narrandera information centre, visiting several cafes, walking the main street or watching the cricket game in progress on the oval - someone even spoke of looking at the wetlands near the river.

We continued towards Altina Wildlife Park via Yanco and across the Euroley Bridge arriving in the parking area in time to collect the admission fees, check-in and answer nature calls as required. The park tour in single horsepower and a multi-seat carriage was enjoyed by everyone. It was most interesting and presented by knowledgeable tour guides. The return trip was along the Sturt Highway back to Wagga Wagga, with a short stop at Gillenbah for human and motorcycle fuel.

The 2020 Lismore National Rally will be held from May 4-10. Check out details at http://agm2020.ulyssesclub.org

Our next local event will be the Christmas party at Tallangatta on November 30. The event will be held at the Victoria Hotel and those going will leave after meet and greet at the Busy Bean Café on the 30th. You will need to book some accommodation for the night, so phone the hotel on (02) 6071 2672 for guidance.

The only other organised event this side of Christmas is the toy run to be held on Saturday, December 7. Get yourself and bike ready for a fun day traversing the suburbs of Wagga Wagga between 9am and noon.

Ride safe and enjoy the sunshine.