Around the grounds with The Leader sport | January 15

SHOT: RSL opener Ethan Perry plays his shot in Wagga District Cricket. Photo: Emma Hillier

SHOT: RSL opener Ethan Perry plays his shot in Wagga District Cricket. Photo: Emma Hillier


In Vets news, Ron Culgan claimed the honours in last Monday's nine-hole stroke event, scoring 30 nett for a one-shot win from Warren Lynch and Russell Parr, followed by Ken Batt, Roy Sanders and Don Kirwan on 33, then Bob Alexander, Len Jenkins and Peter McDonald on 34 nett.

Thursday's comp went to Max Robinson, who carded 29 nett for a three-shot win from Peter Barnes, Eddie Wall and Peter Kirkman, 32 nett, followed by Bert Adams, Roy Sanders, Len Jenkins and Grahame Winson, each on 34 nett.

In ladies news, last Tuesday's nine-hole Summer Cup Comp continued, with Monica Kember taking care of Division 1 with 21 stableford pts, one clear of Jenny Hazell and Dee Harley.

In what ended up being a tight contest, Pat Grieve took out Division 2 with 23 pts on a countback from Ros Tilden, while Sue Oakman claimed third spot with 20 pts. NTP to Doreen Hazell.

In Friday's comp, June Byrnes won Division 1, with 22 pts, from Dee Harley 17, and Marg Hogan 16 pts. In Division 2, Jan Leonard scored 21 pts for a countback win from Ros Tilden, followed by Cae Cobby on 20 pts. NTP to Carole Gardner.

Max Horsnell found his way back into the winners' circle last Wednesday when he scored 44 stableford pts to collect the A Grade voucher on a countback from the consistent Bob Alexander.

In B Grade, another one of our most prolific winners, Eddie Wall, did it again, scoring 44 pts for success, from the ever-improving Mick Landrigan, 42 pts. NTPs to Bruce Chalmers, Bob Alexander and Col Smith. Ball Comp to 37 pts.

Members returned for another stableford event on Saturday, and in A Grade, Keith Bevan played well for 41 pts and a win from Grahame Winson, 40 pts on a countback from John Dare.

Eddie Wall picked up his double for the week, scoring 41 pts to again secure the B Grade voucher, on this occasion from Ian Morris, 39, and Ken McPherson, 38 pts.

In C Grade, Graeme Coulton scored 38 pts for a win from Graeme Loes, 36 pts on a countback from Peter Amos. NTPs to Bob Alexander, Steve Rodham and Eddie Wall. Ball Comp to 36 pts on a countback.

Tim Barlow's 18-hole Sunday Stableford completed the week, and it was Frank Veliscek's turn to take home the major prize, scoring 41 pts for a close win, from Peter McDonald 40 pts, Daren Johnston, John Burkinshaw and Ken McPherson 39 pts, then Gary Rake and Sam Rodham, 38 pts.


Well, here we are again in a brand new year. There has not been a lot of activity with a large percentage of members away visiting friends and relatives spread across this vast continent.

The last Wednesday ride for 2019 was a team of just two riders (Les and Mark) who rode up Mates Gully road to Tarcutta and Humula stopping off at Rosewood for a sandwich and cold drink at Gone Barneys.

They arrived at about 10.20am and were out of there by 11.15am and on the way home down Tumbarumba and Gregadoo roads beating the noon day heat.

Last week three members took off down the Old Narrandera Road to Matong where Mark stopped to pump up his rear suspension.

Don and Les waited patiently for this to happen and then the happy trio went back down to Coolamon savoured a toasted sandwich and a thirst quencher and arrived home back in Wagga at noon, once again beating the heat and smoke.

The Saturday Meet and Greet sessions have been well patronised over the Christmas-New Year break and are being held each Saturday at the Commercial Club in air-conditioned comfort.

The Saturday just past we had a turn out of 17 and a very pleasant morning it was. The Commercial Club is to be our Saturday venue from now on.

One of our long-time members, Lionel Callaghan, passed away on December 27 at the grand old age of 87.

Lionel was a regular Wednesday rider until about three years ago when his health started to flag, and what a great ride planner he was. Just ride to the town that had the nicest bakery for morning tea, and there was Lionel. He had a stellar career in the Australian Army and upon retirement, he managed the James Barnes cannery at Bomen (Now Heinz) and later on the Wool Combing Plant. A few of us attended his funeral which was held last Friday.

You can now register for the Rally to be held in Lismore which starts on May 4. The Registration portal is now available both via the national website or the 2020 National Rally website.

Please either go to the main website and follow the link to the registration portal, or through the 2020 National Rally website and find the link on the home page. You will need to login to the portal to register - if you do not yet have a username and password either contact or

Note that orders for the commemorative merchandise must be received by February 12.

Please make sure that if you would like commemorative merchandise, the order must be placed by COB February 12.

Our next get-together will be on Sunday, January 19 of this month meeting the Gerhard and Lesley Grauer's residence at 11 Tywong Street in Ladysmith for breakfast.

Start time will be 7.30am and after breakfast there will be a short ride to somewhere but that will all depend on the heat and bushfire activity.

The bushfire activity has curtailed much of our riding over the past three months and we hope that all our members and riders are safe and sound with little or no property loss.

The next branch meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18 in the Radio Club Rooms in Small Street. Doors open at 7pm and the meeting gets underway at 7.30pm.

Try and make it along and enjoy some fellowship with like-minded people. Ride safe, keep cool and enjoy your ride.

Rules Men's Bowls  

Week ending December 30

The Wednesday blind draw triples sponsored by the Rules Club Bistro saw Andy Carey and Mick Foxall take out the winner's prize money with 25 points; runners-up: Terry Rosewall, Keith Gill, Johnno Johnston 20 points; 3rd place Gary Brookes, Paul Fenwick, Cliff Priest 19 points.

Friday Nominated Pairs was sponsored by Settlers Village Group and Battery World.

Winners, with 24 points, were Kevin Wales, Andy Carey 24 points; runners-up Col Firman, Keith Wellham 22 points; 3rd place Zac Gabrielsen, Max Simmons 21 points.

Boxing Day blind draw was sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank.

Winners: Barry Belt, Mick Foxall, Wayne Broad 21 points; runners up: Andy Carey, Phil Howarth 19 points; 3rd place Col Firman, Mick Carey 18 points.

Attendance Sheet on Board for Presentation night 31st January commencing at 6.30pm.

Cost $30 per head includes 3 course meal and drinks. Wives and Partners are most welcome to attend.

This week

2020 Open Draw Fours Championship first round Kevin Cheney, Noel O'Brien, Paul Cooper, Phil Howarth def Bob Wright, Bill Bishop, Alan Jacobson, Harry Conroy 25/17; Andy Carey, Graham Rutherford, John Rankin, Bill Wilson def Ian Groves, Terry Rosewall, Doug Murray, Col Plater 21/16; Ross Maguire, Barry Belt, Mick Foxall, Kevin Rafter def Gary Brookes, Bob Robertson, Joe Knox, Rod Cramp 25/14.

Wednesday blind draw triples, sponsored by Settlers Village and Harvey Mowers and Chainsaws, saw Gus Williams, Peter Turner, Bill Wilson take out the winners prize money with 2 wins plus 17 shots; runners-up: Gary Brookes, Mick Foxall, Kevin Rafter 2 wins plus 2 shots; 3rd place Dennis Rawlings, Alan Jacobson, Jeff Edwards 1 win plus 3 shots.

Friday Blind Draw Pairs was sponsored by Crestia Carpets and Harvey Mowers and Chainsaws.

Winners, with 21 points, were Dennis Rawlings, Bernie Benson, Bob Warner; runners-up John Cowper, Max Simmons 19 points; 3rd place Wayne Broad, Wayne Smithers 17 points.

Friday 3rd Jan Pairs was sponsored by Bance Funeral Home and Remedial Massage.

Winners: John Hetherington, Terry Rosewall 28 points; runners-up: Mick Foxall, Joe Knox 27points; 3rd place Rod Cramp, Paul Cooper, Kevin Wales 23 points.

Attendance Sheet on Board for Presentation Night 31st January commencing at 6.30pm.

Cost $30 per head includes three-course meal and drinks.

Wives and Partners are most welcome to attend.

Draw for first round of 2020 Pennant season on the board with first round commencing February 1.


Wednesday blind draw triples, names in by 9am for 9.30am start.

Friday Nominated Draw Pairs, names in by 9am for 9.30am 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 Bowling Club

Normal club competition returned this week following a short break the festive season.

Wednesday am Blind Draw winners with a total of 13.25 Wally Paton, Ken Morton and Ian Hilton from Wayne Barlogie, Allen Mulholland and Brian Dietsch on 10.75 with John Kingston and Des Withers coming in third on 8.75points.

Wednesday pm Nominated Pairs coming in first John Swaffield, Phillip Post & Bill Nolan with 14.50 points from Denis Knight, Geoff Chisholm & John Cowper with 14 , filling third spot was Mick Barber, Alan Tipping and Gary on 13.25.

Friday am Blind Draw winners were Ken Hamilton and Brian Dietsch with a score of 11.50.

Sunday am Mixed Blind Draw saw Laurie Vaseo, Roy Hollis & Judy Hilton scoop the pool with a score of 15.50, from Nick Williams and Alby Perkins on 14.50 with Janet Graham & Christine Waring next in on 12 points.

Sunday 5-1-20 Mixed Blind Draw winners with a massive score of 23.50 were Bill Graham, Fay Smythe and Dianna Dean, runners-up were Ian Williams, Leonie Hand and Louise Pearce on 16 points with Mark Pearce Frank Boyd and Selwyn Dean coming in third on 12.75 points.