What's the Goss? Fraser’s top 18th birthday present

RIVERGLADE resident Fraser Evans recently celebrated his 18th birthday at the New England Hotel, but it was the day before the party that “Frase” received his best present – an email from the Newcastle Knights inviting him to trial for their Holden Cup Squad which is what he will be doing this weekend. Go gettum, Fraser.

RUMOUR has it that following the party, one young damsel found herself in distress while booked into the Newie when she became slightly disoriented after visiting the bathroom down the hallway. By all accounts, the young lady in question somehow chose the wrong room on the return trip, and ended up in bed with the wrong bloke – not that he minded too much. Don’t worry, nothing untoward happened.

WHILE working for the Marchant Brothers a while back over in the Dorrigo area, Michael Aspinall was surprised when he arrived at the “Top Pub” in Dorrigo to confirm his accommodation booking and was informed none had been made. On investigation, it was revealed company CEO Megan Marchant had, in fact, made the booking at the “Top Pub” – just not in Dorrigo. It was in Uralla. Luckily, they did have a spare bed available for “Aspro”.

DURING recent times, councillor, Pakington Street resident and my oldest daughter Rachael Wellings was culling a few toys from her house, suggesting to her kids they could be taken to Vinnies to be shared with other people. Her youngest son Toby soon cottoned on to the idea. When “Rach” was taking some vitamins a bit later, the nearly three-year-old asked her if she would be sharing some of them with Vinny – as if to say, we share – you share.

The touching ceremony was taken to a higher level after a particular livestock manager, who has received mentions in this column over the past fortnight, borrowed my Manly esky and flew it at halfmast on the flagpole, just for the benefit of Anthony.

WEREN’T the Prime Meats butcher boys full of fun when I rode my bike around to the Telecottage to deliver some sports reports to the Advocate on Monday. When I came back outside, a sign saluting the Penrith Panthers had been attached to the bike seat, and when I turned to face the butchery, there they were in the window doing the “dance of joy”, especially Panthers tragic Jonnie Cross.

IT wasn’t much fun when the Sea Eagles were eliminated by the Panthers last Saturday night, but at least the pain is over now. The longer your team goes, the worse the hurt if they don’t go on to win the competition. Now Manly is out and, without putting the “mocker” on them – go Parramatta. The simple fact is if you don’t make the “Big Dance” early in October, you can’t become NRL Premiers. Good luck to the supporters whose teams are still in with a chance.

THE annual Ride 4 the Chopper mountain bike adventure over the Great Divide kicks off at Woolgoolga this weekend and finishes in Tamworth next Friday, September 22. Walcha will be represented by Dave Ledingham, his wife Mel, and Dion Bird, out of a group of 80 riders. To support our three riders, wood raffle tickets can be purchased at Graze, Mountain Motors and Walcha Vet Supplies, with the raffle drawn on Thursday, September 21 at a dinner here at the bowling club.

A NIGHT of Fun is scheduled for that Thursday evening at the bowling club, with those attending invited to dress up as their favourite movie or TV character. A dinner and auction are planned from 5.30pm to support the Westpac Helicopter Service, with the meal costing $20 per head. Bookings can be made on 0427 780 345.

SO much for my bold prediction that Roos fullback Steve Eveleigh was going to be in the running for Group 4 Second Division Player of the Year after my records had him on 26 best and fairest points. The winner was Manilla captain-coach Mitch Doring on 37 points, which is an average of just under two points every game - and that is if he played in all 20 matches – well clear of runner-up Bendemeer halfback Adam Rutley on 26. The official tally for “Dizzy” was 25, but the disappointing thing was that the third place-getter didn’t even rate a mention, when the top five candidates in his category were listed on the leaderboard before the award was handed out last week.

BEFORE the final round of the Men’s 4BBB Championships commenced last Sunday, weren’t some of the players in a jovial mood as they drove it into Manly supporters Anthony Smith and A. J. Cross about their loss to Penrith the previous evening. Black armbands were handed out to celebrate Manly’s loss, but they went even further with Smithy.

MAKING sure they kept a look out for the local sheriff to arrive, the majority of the players assembled outside the clubhouse door to form a guard of honour in respect for the departed Sea Eagles in 2017. The touching ceremony was taken to a higher level after a particular livestock manager, who has received mentions in this column over the past fortnight, borrowed my Manly esky and flew it at halfmast on the flagpole, just for the benefit of Anthony.

IT’S been a long time between drinks (so to speak) - 11 years in fact, since Steph Sweeney and A. J. Cross won their last 4BBB nett championship. But both were excited to get the job done last Sunday. We had a ding-dong battle over the two rounds with runners-up Don Brooks and Neil Dark, with just half a shot separating us in the end. Hopefully, “Brooksy” and “Darky” enjoyed the 36-hole journey as much as Stephen and I did. You could possibly imagine the amount of friendly banter and sledging during that time.

FOR anyone interested in improving their golf game, professional Terry Hayes will be here next Monday, September 18 to conduct lessons. To book an appointment, please contact “Waterloo Mayoress” Penny King on 6777 2832.