WALCHA Golf Club champion Wayne Brennan was the standout performer when our quartet - which included eight-time club champion Simeon Cross, club life member Neil Dark and yours truly – played four rounds of golf at Kooralbyn Valley near Beaudesert last week. Although the other three did play some good shots, “Brenno” was the most consistent despite suffering a bit of fatigue on Tuesday.
LAST week, it was reported 2016 golf champion Andrew Brennan, son of the bloke mentioned above, won the Castle Hill PGA trainee tournament early last week after he shot a four under par 68. What madeit even more remarkable was A.J. four-putted his opening hole.
THE Walcha Roos and Jillaroos found out why Kootingal is leading both Group 4 second division competitions after Kooty racked up 118 points against Walcha while conceding just 11 points last Saturday. Walcha were never in the hunt in both games, and going on last weekend’s performances, Kootingal will be hard to beat in both grades.
WITH three matches remaining plus the final round bye, the Jillaroos now look destined to finish in third position on their ladder and will probably be up against Dungowan or Werris Creek int he elimination minor semi-final. The girls missed playmaker Kimberley Lisle last Saturday and her season is over due to a family matter, but on the positive side, captain Robyn Broadbent is on the verge of returning from injury which could be as early as this Saturday.
THE Roos were a downhearted mob in their dressing shed last Saturday following their loss to the Roosters, but should hold their heads up because they are still out there on the paddock having a go. Down on troops for the umpteenth time this season, there were plenty of good individual performances, but team-wise, it just wasn’t there last Saturday. Just three more games boys, stick with it.
FOLLOWING presentations after the Boggabri games this Saturday, the Walcha Roos guernseys played in on the day will be auctioned off for a good cause. All the action will commence around 5.30pm at the Bowlies, so make sure you have a bit of extra cash.
Walcha Rams rugby report
with Henry King
On a frosty but perfect day for rugby in Walcha, A Grade took to the field knowing Scone had come to play and were expecting a win against after only going down by 6 points at their previous match-up.
The Walcha forward pack were not having a bar of it however, with a clinical line-out in the first three minutes taken down by Sandy Cameron and driven through by the pack to open the scoring, with Sione Kamoto coming up with the try.
The forwards continued to dominate, forcing turnovers in defence and charging forward in attack and it wasn’t too long before Henry King drove over from close range to extend the lead. The backs were not to be outdone however and Ed Churchill soon celebrated his return to A grade with a try down the blind-side, slipping through a number of tackles on the way to the line.
Richard Young got in on the act, breaking the line and finding Henry King who then offloaded back to Dicko to finish off the movement. Dom Bower closed out the half impressively slicing through the Scone backline off a well-timed Simon Newton pass to score under the posts, making it 35-0 at half time, with Simon yet to miss a kick.
Rams continued to dominate in the second half, particularly in the forwards and Simon Newton’s kicking game was outstanding. Forced to defend for much of the second half, Walcha managed to keep the opposition scoreless, which is no mean feat in the tier 1 competition.
Forced to defend for much of the second half, Walcha managed to keep the opposition scoreless, which is no mean feat in the tier 1 competition.
Second half tries went to Sione Kamoto and a late double to Ed Cordingley to take the final score to 52-0 to the Rams. Best for Walcha were Dom Bower and Sione Kamoto with 1 point each, Simon Newton with 2 and Henry King with 3 points and players’ player.
The Rams fielded a full reserve grade side for the third week in succession, keen to avenge the tough loss at Scone earlier in the season. Scone took the field short a player.
Scone piled the pressure on Walcha early. Some solid tackling saw the ball turned over and in the ensuing phases, Olly Crawford was able to slip through some would-be tacklers and dot down for the team’s first try under the posts. The reports of Cameron Norbury’s purple patch were only intensified as he managed to snare a double and Olly Crawford was scything in attack and spearing in defence – although the latter saw him shown the cheese earning him a 10-minute spell.
The second half was adjusted to 10-a-side to cater for a couple of injuries from Scone and from there, Walcha really put the accelerator on, running in 36 points in the second half to finish the game 53-5. Stu Hobbs continued his fine form taking out players’ player, while 1 point was shared between Dougal “I’ve retired for life” Elliot, Tom Rose and Toby King, 2 points to the salty sea dog Hayden Jarmen and 3 points in his final game for the Rams for the year to Olly Crawford.
This week, we turn our attention to the ladder-topping Tamworth Pirates which will be a huge challenge. Thanks to all the supporters on the weekend, once again it was a great crowd, which is a huge help to keep the boys charging.