Riverina Leader sport, Februrary 12

GONE: Lake Albert's Jacson Somerville is bowled by Wagga City's Jon Nicoll.

GONE: Lake Albert's Jacson Somerville is bowled by Wagga City's Jon Nicoll.

WAGGA CITY GOLF CLUB

The ladies' nine-hole Summer Cup comp continued last Tuesday.

In Division 1, Kitty Howe took the honours with 20 stableford points, one clear of June Byrnes on 19, while Doreen Hazell took third spot with 18 pts.

In Division 2, it was as close as it gets with Kerry Celegon scoring 22 points for a countback win from Colleen Mavroudis and Joan Veerhuis.

Doreen Hazell added to her account by claiming the NTP voucher, while the ball comp went to 18 points on a countback.

The girls returned on Friday, and in Division 1, Ann Leonard scored 19 points for a win from Marg Bradley, 18, and Dee Harley, 17 points.

Val Brunskill played well for 22 points to take care of Division 2, while Kerry Celegon picked up second place with 21 points, and Sandra Donohue third spot with 19 points. NTP to Val Williams. Ball comp to 16 points.

Barry Longmore found his way back to the winners' circle last Thursday, taking out the nine-hole vets' stroke comp with 32 nett from Tony Thompson and Ron Culgan, 33, Les Hodges, 34, Vince Bradley and Ken Morden, 35, and Peter Kirkman and Don Kirwan, 36 nett.

Seasoned veteran Mick Laurent, put together a great round of golf in last Wednesday's members stableford event, claiming the A Grade voucher with 43 points for a one-point win from the consistent John Burkinshaw, 42 points, followed by Col Smith on 41 points.

In B Grade, Gary Chamberlain also ran hot with 43 points and a win from Matt McMillan, 41 points, on a countback from Garry Forde.

NTPs to Owen Guthrie, Peter Conlin and Ray Harrison, who landed his ball only 72cm from the hole on the 18th. Ball comp to 39 points.

Trevor Garside carried the good form from his recent golf trip to Thurgoona into Saturday's members stableford event, picking up the A Grade voucher with 38 points and a countback win from Tony Merrigan, while the ever-reliable Eddie Wall took third place with 36 points.

In B Grade, a delighted Trent Blackney celebrated breaking 100 for the first time while he put together 45 points for a seven-point win from Graeme Loes, 38, and Maurie Hogan, 36 points.

NTPs to John Dare, Trent Blackney and improving up-and-comer Rowan Laurent. Ball comp to 250cm.

Tim Barlow's 18-hole Sunday stableford comp saw the week out, with Jim Neiberding carding 36 points for a win from Eddie Wall, John Burkinshaw and Roy Sanders, each on 34 points, and Frank Veliscek and Kylie Baker, 33 points on a countback.

ORIENTEERING

It was tight at the top in event six of the WaggaRoos Summer Series of Orienteering event last Sunday.

Starting from Talbot Place, Tatton participants had to navigate to specific locations to find the answers to questions within a selected time limit.

Questions included finding the names of specific houses, identifying particular garden features and details on signs.

Each correct answer earned points and points were deducted for exceeding the time limit.

A total of 34 questions were on offer, and 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 next nearest question was not always the most efficient modus operandi.

Roylene Stanley, John Oliver and Alex Davey had a great battle on the 45-minute course.

Each focused their efforts on the southern half of the mapped area but went in quite different directions and although they answered many of the same questions they also differed in which locations they chose not to visit.

Alex Davey chose to include some of the flatter sections near Kimberley Drive rather than climb up to the Brindabella Drive and Atherton Crescent areas.

By contrast, Roylene and John did climb to the higher elevations and chose to visit some of the more southern and western locations.

Despite their different routes, Alex and Roylene both amassed a very good 185 points.

Roylene visited one more location than John but because John chose more of the higher valued questions he ended up winning with a score of 190.

A tie for second place was then followed with a tie for fourth place.

Mel Bradley wheeled Nicholas around in his pusher amassing 140 points the same as the Farquhar family group.

On the 30-minute course Deb Davey focussed her efforts on the northern part of the map and amassed an excellent 160 points.

Pro-rata, this was a better performance than those on the 45-minute course. Alison Lloyd finished second with 50 points.

Event seven will start at 9am from the Peter Hastie Oval in Darnell Smith Drive, Charles Sturt University.

RESULTS

30-Minute Course: Deb Davey 160; Alison Lloyd 50. 45-Minute Course: John Oliver 190; Alex Davey 185; Roylene Stanley 185; Farquhar family 140; Mel Bradley & Nicholas 140.

RULES MEN'S BOWLS 

In the Wednesday Blind Draw Triples sponsored by Hertz Rentals and Wagga Nursery, Barry Belt, Bill Wilson and Jim Davis took the prizemoney with two wins plus 16 shots; runners-up: Dennis Rawlings, Dooley Carroll, Peter Hoskings two wins plus 11 shots; third: Paul Fitzgerald, Bernie Bensun, Trevor Taylor two wins plus eight shots.

Friday's Blind Draw Pairs was sponsored by Settlers Village and Flick Pest Control. Winners with 21 points were Col Plater, Henry Sperrin; runners-up: Gus Williams, Dooley Carroll 20 points.

Nominations for the Major Singles Championship close February 7, with the first round to be played on February 16.

Nominations for the Minor Singles Championship close March 6 with the first round to be played March 14.

Nominations are open for the three-day Easter Tournament with $5000 prizemoney. On Friday, April 10 is mixed fours with three games 12 ends starting at 12.30pm. On Saturday, April 11 is men's and ladies three-bowl pairs with four games of 12 ends starting at 9.30am. On Sunday, April 12 is the mixed three-bowl pairs with four games 12 ends starting at 9.30am. Entries close April 3 or when filled. Single entries will be accepted in any event.

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 5pm for 5.30pm start

ULYSSES

On Tuesday of last week, the Wagga Classic Motorcycle Club held a ride through the towns that had been ravaged by bushfires. The idea was to stop off and spend some money at each of the towns and villages to inject some funds into their economy, and what a great day it was.

About 20 riders and pillions left El Presidente's home at 7.45am and headed to Holbrook, where some members had to stop off for a coffee having missed breakfast due to the early start. Having satisfied a rumbling belly, we all trundled off to Jingellic and Walwa and then on to Corryong where we stopped for morning tea at one of the local cafes. Once again we filled those hungry torsos, had a chat to some of the locals and made for the hills and Tumbarumba. The ride to Tumbarumba took us through Tooma and the Southern Cloud lookout, past the Elliot Way and Paddy's River Falls, arriving at just on noon. First job there was to fill our bikes tanks with fuel and next up we all lobbed at the Tumbarumba Hotel for a counter lunch. We probably spent a good hour at the pub and then moved on to Batlow and Tumut. Some of the group took the Gocup road down to Gundagai and home while a others went on through Adelong back to home camp. We were all back home by about 3pm after a great ride in great weather.

The Wednesday riders assembled at the usual Gurwood Street launching pad and took the back road toward Gundagai doing a right turn at Wantabadgery to the low level bridge and on to Tumblong. Trevor had to bail out at Tumblong due to problems with his Can Am Spyder and Oscar headed home from there as well. Don got as far as Adelong and he had to return home as well. The rest of the bunch, Les, Woody, Sue, Gino, Gary and Thommo took the Pine Leaf road across to Rosewood and had very respectable lunch at Gone Barney's, and with lunch out of the way headed home through Kyeamba and Gregadoo. They all beat the heat and hit home soil at about 2.30pm.

A great crowd of 20 graced the deck of the Commercial Club for meet and greet on Saturday and drifted off in dribs and drabs after coffee, cake and a chat. The next Branch ride will be on Sunday, February 16, leaving from McDonald's Edward Street car park at 9am. I can't tell you where at this stage, but turn up at about 8.30am and all will be revealed. The ride conditions are very favourable at the moment, so get the bike out of the shed, wipe off the dust and get going.

The next branch meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28 at the Radio Club Rooms at 7.30pm. Get there at about 7pm and enjoy some fellowship before the meeting gets under way. If you are going to the rally in Lismore, today is your last chance to order merchandise.

I was reading some club notes recently where there have been a couple of cases of riders suffering severe dehydration, which can be fatal. The answer to prevent this happening is to drink plenty of water both before and during a ride. Coffee is not the fix. Water makes up the largest component of the human body representing 45 per cent to 70 per cent of our weight. For example, a 75kg person would contain 45 litres of water, representing 60 per cent of body weight. Any excessive change in the normal body water balance, such as fluid loss causing dehydration can be a serious outcome for the motorcyclist. We lose body water daily through normal tasks such as breathing, sweating, urinating and some medications for example. A reduction of only 1 per cent can start to impair our body's normal temperature regulation system and dehydration will kick in. So take care, ride safe.