What's the Goss? Walcha league crisis meeting

WALCHA Rugby League is in chaos after none of the executive committee positions was filled at the annual general meeting held at the bowling club last Sunday. Just nine people were in attendance, which included the only player present, Jillaroos captain Robyn Broadbent.

PRESIDENT Peter Berry, secretary Robyn Broadbent and treasurer Jenny Latham have all indicated they are stepping down from their positions, which means if Walcha Rugby League is going to continue next season, some people need to step up and take on these important roles. Hopefully, that will happen at a “crisis meeting” scheduled for Sunday, October 29, at 3pm.

STILL on rugby league, although Fraser Evans broke his ankle in a trial match with the Newcastle Knights after just 20 minutes, the club has indicated they are still interested in him training on. Fraser’s father Dal reckons the Knights’ medical staff were fantastic, even to the point where a phone call was made to inquire how Fraser was getting on after he returned home.

Joey’s key strategy...

MAYOR of Towers Street Lawrence Hunt was a no-show for one of our early morning bike rides last week and, when he wasn’t at the Lions Park as he usually is, Wayne Brennan and myself decided to continue around Darjeeling Road to the Uralla Road without him.

ON our way back, we spotted a light and sure enough it was “Joey” who was late after he couldn’t find a key to unlock his back shed to get his bike out. After blaming his much better half Ester for putting the key in a different spot than it usually is, “Joe” then found the key in the work trousers he had on the previous day. Certainly hope you apologised to Ester when you got back home, Lawrence.

They reckon only 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' go out in the midday sun – well it was exactly the opposite of that last Sunday when a heaps of 'old blokes' were running around playing cricket in the rain at the Park.

MASTER painter and interior decorator, North Street resident and Roosters supporter Barry Klindienst must have been in a hurry to get to the bowling club footy tipping party last Saturday, or was he just making a fashion statement? “Baz” wore his “Chooks” supporter shirt, only he had it on inside out. Hopefully, he won’t carry out the threats he made if he received a mention in this week’s column.

Right on cue...

LOCAL plumber Adam Dark is now in line to win his fourth hat trick of Ex-Services Club snooker and billiards titles after winning both individual championships recently. He will now team up with his father Neil in the snooker doubles final against Charlie Brown and Andrew McGuffog, who are the reigning champions.

LAST Saturday, Adam defeated Daniel Harrison in the snooker final and then a few days before that, rounded up Graeme Fairweather in the billiards final to clinch his fifth championship on the trot. Adam did mention if his old man “Frank” has a go in the doubles they might be able to give Charlie and “Frog” a run for their money.

Crackers cricketers...

THEY reckon only “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” go out in the midday sun – well it was exactly the opposite of that last Sunday when a heaps of “old blokes” were running around playing cricket in the rain at the Park. The New England Vets crickets competition commenced on that day with a number of Walcha players participating, including “Truck” Laurie – who reckons they had Armidale’s measure when the stumps were drawn early due to the rain.

Numbers game...

BACK in the early 2000s, there was a Veterans touch football team called the Squash Club Racqueteers who were sponsored by the Apsley Hotel. Rustling around in my clothes cupboard the other day, I found one of the shirts we used to play in which reminded me of why the then Apsley publican, John Harvey, wasn’t too thrilled with the shirts I had organised for our team.

WHEN arranging the shirts, I informed the bloke who was doing the printing that the Apsley phone number was 6777 2501 without checking it because I had rung the number on numerous occasions beforehand. The only problem was, that number was and still is the Walcha Caravan Park number, while the Apsley number ends in a two not a one. Little wonder “Hightower” wasn’t happy.

THE Racqueteers played for three seasons under that name, winning one vets premiership in 2002, but after they finished undefeated minor premiers the following season and then failed to make the grand final, they changed their name to Bowling Club Wizards. The team still is known by that name today.

Cross purposes...

READERS might remember that last week, the Colleen Cross Memorial Trophy was listed as having started in 1906 which isn’t quite the case – it was 1986. Best of luck to all the players competing in the 2017 4BBB Mixed event which will be held on Sunday, October 22.