Sad farewell to ‘Arab’ Gissell

SAD to hear Woolbrook legend Barry “Arab” Gissell left this world last week and will be laid to rest following a celebration of his life to be held at the Woolbrook Hall tomorrow from 1pm. Condolences to Arab’s wife Jodi, his kids Glenette (“Moo”), Tammy, Ben, Darcy and Stacey along with all other family and friends.

ALONG with numerous other people, I have enjoyed Arab’s company at his residence including watching his nephew Daniel Geale fight for world boxing titles on Foxtel's Main Event, something those present always greatly appreciated. One can only imagine what the banter between Arab and former Woolbrookian “Buck” Cross is going to be like.

BEST wishes to Walcha Jillaroos player Michelle Wayte who underwent back surgery last week and now faces a lengthy road to recovery. Hopefully, everything goes to plan and Michelle is back to her best sooner rather than later.

LAST Thursday afternoon, former Roos rake and Cronulla tragic Tory Martin was tickled pink after he rescued his washing before the rain hit. Unfortunately, when “Marto” attempted to locate some fresh work clothes the next morning, he soon realised he had forgotten to take the basket inside. Let’s just say they were too wet to wear.

WHILE removing trees in Middle Street outside the hospital a while back, Ray Foster and myself must have looked as though we were having trouble working out how we were going to get the vehicle of hospital employee Leanne Marshall shifted to avoid any damage to her car. As “Choom” and I were having a conversation outside Leanne’s car, her mother-in-law and long-time hospital employee Marie Marshall drove into the nearby driveway and asked if we wanted her to get Leanne to shift her car. I did reply that we would look after it - simply because Leanne was sitting in the driver’s seat at the time.

When the lift door opened, Tor soon realised they had travelled the equivalent of about three normal steps which made the big fella slightly embarrassed at the time...

LAST week, a number of Walcha people attended the Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS) Awards in Tamworth, including Tor Thornbury who was there supporting Aussie rules junior player Brayden Bloomfield. The NIAS presentations were held at Tamworth’s West Leagues Club, but Tor and the rest of his crew were a little bit concerned about exactly where they had to go, so they jumped in a lift and headed to the ground floor. When the lift door opened, Tor soon realised they had travelled the equivalent of about three normal steps which made the big fella slightly embarrassed at the time. Catch up with Tor for more details about the NIAS incident.

THE Bowling Club Fishing Club held their AGM recently where president Darren Bird was reinstated along with vice-presidents Glenn Partridge and Ben Smith, secretary Carol Bird, treasurer Sue Partridge and weighmaster Michael “Red” Hoy. Members must be happy with the way the current crew are running the show.

RUMOUR has it vice-president Glenn Partridge ran into a bit of trouble at Copeton Dam not long back when he realised that despite having his rod when he journeyed onto the water, he was short of a reel which he had left back at the bunkhouse. No doubt there was some sort of improvisation to fix the problem. See Glenn for more information.

AS mentioned over in today’s Sports Shorts, A.J. Brennan fished runner-up in his trainee golf professional match on a wind-blown Bonnie Doon course in Sydney on Monday. On the last hole, eventual winner Isaiah Melia hit his approach shot 30 feet from the pin which made Andrew think that if his old mate three-putted, A. J. would then win the event. That was short-lived when a timely big gust of wind collected the winner’s ball and rolled it down hill to within six inches of the hole. Game over.

BIG Wigs of the Week: Bowling Club – Mary Haines; Apsley – “Bentaxle” Bob Crisp; Newie - Steve “Dizzy” Eveleigh Fraser Evans (all 14 pts); West End Store - Shauna Hawkins Eli Duck (12 pts); Vet Supplies - Kyle Goodwin Jason Scott, Harry King, Narelle Dale, Peter King (10 pts each).

AT the Newie, barmaid Wendy Starr played good samaritan for three blokes who hadn’t filled their cards out, Irwin “Delta” Mitch and Steve Eveleigh, when she selected theirs for them. As you can see “Wendles” secured 14 points for “Dizzy” and only missed out on the card when she took his beloved Dragons. Mitch picked up 12 points, Irwin got 10 points and guess just how many Wendy snared on her own card? The answer is eight.

WITH two rounds remaining in the Group 4 Second Division Ladies League Tag competition, the Walcha Jillaroos are currently in equal second position, but they are third after the points for and against are considered, as they are 45 points differential behind the second-placed team, Uralla.

UNLESS something unforeseen occurs, the Jillaroos should play the Dungowan Cowgirls in the minor semi-final at a venue still to be determined due to the closeness of the men’s competition.