Woops! Bit of a wowser at the bowser for Walcha's Ronnie

ONCE upon a time local builder Ronnie Latham drove a Great Wall ute powered by petrol, but now drives a Triton which runs on diesel. Last Saturday, Ron decided to fill up the Triton before he went to the footy, but unfortunately missed the Roos in action after putting about 10 litres of petrol in the tank and then had to drain it. For more info, see the 2016 Roos premiership winning co-coach.

RUGBY league president Peter Berry had lined up the Roos to do a rousing rendition of the team song following last Saturday's big win which was to be videoed and then sent into TV’s Footy Show which is currently conducting a competition for the best team song. The boys put in one of the most enthusiastic performances, if not the best, since former Roos player and local vocal Doug Jamieson wrote the lyrics around 40 years ago.

THE only problem was the man who put his hand up to do the camera work, injured Roos front rower Max Abraham, managed to catch about the last 10 seconds of the magnificent display by his teammates and support staff. To say Max copped it well into the night would be understating the fact, and it probably hasn’t finished quite yet.

WALCHA council traffic control co-ordinator Peter Griffiths received a call over the two-way radio from rural roads supervisor Wayne Brennan enquiring if Pete had left his tucker box in the North Street Depot last Monday. When Pete replied he had, “Brenno” informed him he would be heading to the Emu Creek Road work site and he would drop it off. When Wayne arrived, he was asked by another crew member how he knew it was Pete’s esky, prompting the response “Griffo” written on the lid may have given it away.

ONE of the other Emu Creek crew members came unstuck on Tuesday or let’s say became stuck when Andrew Clarke found himself in somewhat slippery conditions while filling up his water cart near the Summervale bridge. Andrew was forced to call for assistance over the walkie talkies we were all using, and did so in a round-about way. When Pete returned after helping Andrew get back on track, all the young bloke said was “it would have to bloody happen to me when Coog was about”.

Council 'Highway Man' John Brazel has been pretty happy with himself after he made the bold prediction there would be no rain during July when forecasting back at the end of June.

THE subject of high percentages of alcohol in certain drinks came up in conversation at one of the public houses last weekend. A few different spirits were bandied about including rum and bourbon, until Davie Fletcher came up with American Shoe Polish. When the “Mayor of Auchen Dhu” was asked if he really meant “Moonshine”, he nodded in the affirmative.

IF you are travelling out the Niangala Road past “Oak Hill” and spot a mountain bike in one of the paddocks, can you please get in contact with Cameron Greig because by all accounts he has misplaced his after riding it to where he was doing some sowing. Full details are a bit hazy, but no doubt “Cam” can paint the full picture of what happened.

REGULAR New England Hotel patrons were treated to some of the best 45-degree angle parking ever seen outside the pub last Tuesday when car salesman Peter Norbury attempted to do just that on the western side of Pakington Street. Some viewers were in awe of his effort, while others were less than impressed.

BIG Wigs of the Week: Apsley – Scott Withers picked the card, sensational effort really; B.B - Simone Haines; Newie - Jack Nash, Nathan Denniss (all 14 pts); Vet Supplies - Narelle Dale; Prime Meats - Stephen Dunn who has now hit the lead ( both 12 pts)

AT Prime Meats, Newcastle supporter Brian Wellings predicted he would catch former leader Clint Lyon in one week, but unfortunately for Brian he only managed one correct selection last week and it wasn’t his Knights - it was Penrith. Newie leader Jenny Hill would have been further in front if she picked her beloved Parramatta which she originally did but then changed her mind and went for the Broncos.

MODERATION will be the key when the Walcha Rugby Club hold their 20 years reunion this weekend for the 1997 side that last won a Central North competition when they defeated white-hot favourites Tamworth on their home ground. Appearances have certainly changed somewhat in the past two decades. Hope you all have a great weekend, guys.

WHILE watching the state U/13 field hockey titles at Armidale recently, June Hayes reckons some of the City players were surprised when a sizeable kangaroo bounded across the field while they were playing. June also reports her daughter Sandy has been selected as a tech official for the Australian Country Hockey Championships in Townsville in a couple of weeks’ time.

COUNCIL “Highway Man” John Brazel has been pretty happy with himself after he made the bold prediction there would be no rain during July when forecasting back at the end of June. Well, except for a few scuds, “Stork” has been right, but surely he can’t rest on his laurels and will have to continue with his “Lennox Walker” like forecasts.