JUST before the Tigers and Rabbitohs did battle in the opening round of the NRL, Tigers supporter Bob Watts phoned Bunnies tragic Andrew McGuffog to see if he wanted to have a little wager on the game. “Frog” was that confident the Rabbits would bash the Tigers he was prepared to put his fencing contract business on the result, despite Bob thinking a schooner might do. By all accounts, Bob texted Frog after the game to make arrangements about when he could pick Andrews work truck up. Apparently there was no reply.
HAD the pleasure of spectating both the North West Primary and Secondary Schools Swimming Carnivals early last week which were trials for the NSW Championships next month. Not only did the 11 swimmers selected for the North West squad perform well, every Walcha Central representative got in and had a go. Well done kids, you did yourselves and your school proud.
THE seven secondary school swimmers received a bit of extra support from a bloke who smuggled in a small blue megaphone and every time a Walcha relay team or individual was about to swim, it was “Go Walcha” or “Go (which ever individual was about to swim)” over the loudhailer. The reaction from the swimmers made it even more worthwhile. The blue megaphone was a Christmas gift from a certain Walcha Roos supporter and for more info, see the WCS kids Chyna, “Nigel”, Tom, Murdoc, Briar, Ash or Jess Wake.
COUNCIL truck driver Paul Brown added another string to his bow when he won the Traditional Peg Men’s Bowhunter Recurve Division when the Gloucester District Archers hosted the AbA 3D Northern NSW Branch titles recently. Paul racked up 1236 points to cruise home comfortably ahead of the runner-up on 796 points which gave him back-to-back championships as he won last year as well. Good on ya, Paul.
TWO or three people had trouble running into things last week after not taking much notice what was around them. Ted Fenwicke started the ball rolling when he strolled into a post on the halfway mark at the pool while cheering for his daughter Phoebe and then not long later, Judy Eckford did exactly the same thing while barracking for her daughter Sarah.
APPARENTLY, that was nothing compared to what happened at the Newie on Saturday night when council truck driver Bobby Gardiner walked straight into the front door of the pub while attempting to exit the premises. Bob may have been slightly fatigued after attending the Council Social Club partly at the BC earlier in the day, but he certainly wasn’t in that boat by himself as quite a number of the attendees had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
THE E.R. Brazel Memorial Player of the year award was introduced to Walcha cricket 41 seasons ago when schoolboy allrounder Christopher “Pommy” Cross was the inaugural winner. The trophy has been won 50 times by 32 players with Peter “Duke” Boyd leading the way on six just ahead of Steve “Normie” Goodwin with five while A.J. Cross has three. Eight players - Rob Laune, Denis Wall, Steph Sweeney, Mark Schuhkraft, John Andrews, Kirin Walters, Barry Hoy and Kyle Goodwin – have taken the trophy home twice.
THREE “out-of-towners” have claimed the prize. Cameron Wood from the Uralla Club this season followed in the footsteps of his teammate Jay Grills who achieved the feat in 2014 while UNE Nomads all-rounder Andrew Brownlie in 2004 is the third player.
IN the past 30 years, only six players have won the A Grade golf championship including Wayne Brennan this year and his son AJ last year. Before that, Timmy Stackman was victorious 12 times in 13 years only interrupted by eight-time champion Simeon Cross in 2004. From 1988 to 2002, “Simone” Roger Jamieson and Mark Peters all took turns at winning, but remarkably, none of the trio went back-to-back. Simeon won six during that time after winning his first in 1985, “Jagger” won six and “Turbo” three. Maybe Brenno’s other son Luke, a pretty handy golfer in his own right, might have crack at making it a Brennan hat-trick next year.
SIX players will be flying the Walcha flag at the NSW 4BBB Sandgreen Golf Championships in Walgett this weekend. Current champion Wayne Brennan is teaming up with Andrew Bowden after winning the event last year with his son AJ, while Steph Sweeney and Peter Norbury, Tony Asmus and Willy Brennan are also heading west. Best of luck boys and just remember, “Moderation is the Key”.
BIG Wigs of the Week: Apsley Arms – Bob Crisp, Tony Souza 14; Prime Meats - Justin Hayneltz; West End Store - Mitch Dunn, Elight Duck, Troy Hawkins 12; Newie - Goodooga, Ross Green, Petra Evans, Cameron Norbury, Paul Nash, Tim Beaumont, Dal Evans Mac aka Bruce Willis 12; Bet Supplies - Bonne Leigh Smith 10.
THE Bowling Club are holding a Bingo extravaganza on Saturday, March 25 with books on sale from 6pm for a 7pm start. Over 100 prizes on offer with heaps of vouchers and a lot of “blokey” things such as pig dog collars, sports books and a fire extinguisher just to name a few. For more information or to make a booking for the Bingo extravaganza, please call the club on 6777 2077.
CONGRATULATIONS to Zac Warden who sliced nearly six seconds off the 12 years boys 4 X 50 metre medley time previously held for 37 years by Lawrence Harwood, and to Chloe Mackaway for bettering her 4 X 50 metre medley 16 years girls time which both swimmers achieved in the final round of the club championship on Tuesday. Full Flippers report next week.