Riverina Leader sport, Februrary 5

MOVING ON UP: Promising prospect Tia Lyons will step up into the Wagga City Wanderers' first grade ranks in 2020.
MOVING ON UP: Promising prospect Tia Lyons will step up into the Wagga City Wanderers' first grade ranks in 2020.


Garry Forde enjoyed a good start to his golfing week, scoring 30 nett for a win in last Monday's nine-hole vets stroke comp. Garry was followed by Peter Kirkman, 31, Roger Taylor, Barry Longmore and John Burkinshaw, 32, then Bert Adams, Warren Lynch, Peter McDonald, Frank Veliscek and Max Robinson, each on 33 nett. In what ended up being a close contest, Bob Hodge took the honours in Thursday's comp, carding 31 nett for a countback win from Terry Baker and Bob Martin. Ron Culgan, Len Jenkins and Don Thorne were next on 32, while Grahame Winson and Ken Morden collected the last two vouchers with 34 nett on a countback.

The ladies' nine-hole Summer Cup continued last Tuesday, when Jan Marks put together a solid 22 stableford points in Division 1 for one-point win from the consistent Monica Kember, on a countback from Jenny Myers. In Division 2, Fay Baker scored 20 points for a countback win form Sandra Donohue, followed by Barb O'Donnell on 19 points. NTP to Gloria Vonarx. Ball comp to 19 points. Jenny Hazell really got going in Friday's Division 1 event, amassing 23 points for a good win from Dee Harley and Jan Marks, both on 21 points. It was a bit closer in Division 2, with Val Williams scoring 21 points for a countback win from Jan Leonard, followed by Joan Veerhuis on 20 points.

NTP to Jan Leonard. Ball comp to 20 points.

The major voucher in last Wednesday's members' Stableford A Grade comp was collected by John Burkinshaw with a score of 44 points - one better than Max Horsnell - followed by John Dare on 42 points. In B Grade, Garry Forde kept his great week going, firing up for 45 points to clear out from runners-up Rod Whitlock, 40 points, and Dan Emery, 38 points. NTPs to Bob Alexander on the 9th, and Ross Hollis on both the 13th and 18th holes. Ball comp to 38 points.

In sweltering conditions, Members returned for another stableford event on Saturday, and in A Grade, Peter Conlin put together 44 points for a win from Ray Bell, 42 points. Ron Flanigan also scored 44 points to take B Grade honours, one clear of Brodie Moore. NTPs to John Dare, Peter Conlin and Mike Laurent. Ball comp to 37 points.

Peter Austin hung in there big time after starting his round in Tim Barlow's Sunday stableford event with a dreaded wipe. Pete never gave up, amassing 46 points over the next 17 holes for a one-point win from Ken McPherson. Kylie Baker followed with 44 points, then Warren Lynch and Rick Leonard, 39, and Peter McDonald, 38 points.


Stuart Young picked up from last year with a good win as the WaggaRoos resumed their summer series of orienteering last Sunday.

Starting from Anderson Oval participants had to visit specific locations in the Mount Austin-Turvey Park area to find the answer to questions within a 45-minute time limit. Questions included identifying particular garden ornaments, mail box colours, and specific features at various playgrounds. Points were awarded for correct answers and deducted for exceeding the time limit.

Course setter Deb Davey peppered the map with control sites asking 36 questions worth a total of 320 points. With so many options from each location, participants had to think two or three questions ahead to make sensible route decisions. Just moving towards the nearest highest valued question was not always the most efficient modus operandi.

Young chose his route well, focusing on the higher valued control locations and picking up lower valued points if they did not require a significant deviation. He amassed an excellent 220 points in spite of a small time penalty for being just one second over time. This was 50 points more than his nearest rival.

John Oliver and Alex Davey had an interesting tussle for the minor places. Both focussed mainly on the Mount Austin area and although their paths crossed regularly they largely visited different locations. It was John who prevailed by a mere five points taking second place with a very good 170 points to Alex's 165.

Imogen Metcalfe and Fiona Hamilton also focused on the Mount Austin area and were the first ladies to finish with a score of 40 points.

A number of people tried orienteering for the first time and enjoyed the experience. Tom McAllister went with Tracey Buchanan and her son Mac found about one third of the control locations to score 100 points. Susan Robinson and Tracy, Lexi and Zoe Foyle enjoyed a pleasant Sunday mornings walk scoring 60 points.

Next event will commence at 9am from Talbot Place, Tatton next Sunday, February 9.

Results: 45 minute course: Stuart Young 220 points; John Oliver 170; Alex Davey 165; Fiona Hamilton & Imogen Metcalfe 140; Melanie Bradley and Alexander & Nicholas Young 120;

Tracey & Mac Buchanan and Tom McAllister 100; Anthony & Zoe Metcalfe 95; Susan Robinson and Carol, Zoe, Lexi Royle 60; Don MacIntyre 15.


In Wednesday's Blind Draw Triples, sponsored by Riverina Crane Services and Wagga Caravans, Keith Wellhan, John Ashcroft, Peter Hoskins took out the winners prizemoney with two wins plus 23 shots; runners-up: Doug Kinder, Ron Browne, "Tiny" Bower two wins plus 19 shots; third place Alan Jacobson, Mile Knezevic, Peter Reid two wins plus 18 shots; fourth place Dennis Rawlings, Doug Murray, Keith Browne two wins plus 16 shots.

Friday's Nominated Pairs, shortened to 18 ends because of heat conditions, was sponsored by Wagga Meat Supply and Cartridge World. Winners with 17 points were Mick Connors and Wayne Smithers; runners-up Rod Cramp and Wayne Broad, 16 points.

A nomination sheet is on the board for the Monthly Settlers Group Blind Draw Triples on February 10 with $600 prizemoney and a 9.30am start. Nominations for the Major Singles Championship close February 7, with the first round to be played February 16.

Coming Events

Wednesday Blind Draw Triples. Names in by 9am for 9.30am start Friday

Blind 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


The midweek gathering was again well represented, but the majority were there to talk of their life mastering various motorcycles - not to ride that day. Not to be outdone, four of us took off on a day that had threatened to be a bit warm. Pat, Mark, Gino, and, new chum, Warwick Fromtaree sailed off to Temora, stopping there for a look-about. Next part of the journey was across to Young through Milvale and we stopped at Wilders Bakery for an early lunch and for the benefit of our girlfriends at South Wagga ice cream was not on the menu. After our repast, we discussed whether we should refuel at Young or stop off at Cootamundra. After checking with Warwick Fromtaree if his JapaHarley would make the grade, Cootamundra was to be the stop. But Warwick didn't quite make the distance and Mark had to go on and get some fuel for him to make those elusive last 4km. Traditionally, JapaHarleys only have a large jam tin for a fuel tank and not a great range.

We finally remustered at Cootamundra filled up, had a cool drink and rode on back home to Wagga. Heatwise, the day was quite pleasant and we all got home in relative comfort.

Meet and greet at the Commercial Club was very well attended with about 18 rocking up for refreshments and nice, cool air-conditioning. The Saturday morning gatherings are proving to be most popular and comfortable. Last Friday and Saturday were particularly hot and when I left the club on Saturday morning at 11.15am, the outside temperature was already 39 degrees - that definitely put a damper on digging the garden.

It's very disappointing when we have rides scheduled and we get virtually no response. Last Sunday, only three riders bothered to make the effort. Smithy turned up for a coffee but didn't ride due to feeling a bit off colour. So Pat, Sue and Steve all headed north toward Cootamundra and got as far as Illabo when the heavens opened up with great buckets of that magic water that is so lacking in our area. We all managed to get drenched but pushed on and drip dried in the breeze set up by motion.

After a short stop in Cootamundra, we moved on to Wallendbeen then Murrumburrah, where we took a right turn to Jugiong. We had a snack and drink at the Longtrack Pantry in Jugiong then headed back to Gundagai, stopping at the Shell service centre for a top up, and from Gundagai the road home was through Nangus and Wantabadgery. A very enjoyable ride in nice cool weather with sprinkles of rain settling the dust.

Apart from the weekly Wednesday rides, our next adventure will be on Sunday, February 16. Our first branch meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18. Branch meetings are held in the Radio Club Rooms in Small Street and start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm to give you half an hour to socialise and expound your worldly knowledge. In March, members will be given the chance to nominate for committee positions for 2020-21. Our AGM will be held on April 21.

Just a reminder, Wednesday rides leave the Busy Bean Café (35 Gurwood Street) at 9am. Sunday rides leave McDonald's Edward Street car park at 9am. Saturday Meet and Greet is at the Wagga Commercial Club at 10am.

The next important event on our calendar is the national rally to be held in Lismore in May. Please remember you must register by February 12 if you want to order any merchandise.

Many members have been attending the week event over many years and enjoy not only the actual rally, but the tailor-made opportunity to join up with some friends and ride to the destination. This year, as already mentioned, it is being held in Lismore. Details of this year's rally can be found on the 2020 National Rally website at http://agm2020.ulyssesclub.org/ Your chosen ride to the rally - generally by an interesting route, and the ride home - preferably a different way - is definitely a highlight. There's a challenge this year - to ride through the fire affected areas to support those communities. More of that to come. Mostly you'll meet other Ulysses Club members on the road - often at service stations, so make sure you say hello.

Until we meet again, have fun in the sun.