Walcha Rams hope for Pirates rematch

TRY TIME: Jack Shelton twists his way through the Walcha defence to score Pirates' third try. Photo: Peter Hardin.

TRY TIME: Jack Shelton twists his way through the Walcha defence to score Pirates' third try. Photo: Peter Hardin.

BAD luck to the Walcha Rams who went down 24-18 to undefeated Central North minor premiers Pirates in the major semi-final played at Chillingworth Oval in Tamworth last Saturday. The Rams were right in the game up until the final whistle before missing out by less than a converted try.

The Rams crossed for three tries, one each to “Dom” Bower, Simon Newton and “Dicko” Young while Newton landed a penalty goal in very windy conditions. “Bass” was desperately unlucky with two of his three conversion attempts from the sideline as they just shaved the outside of the goalposts.

Co-coach Barry Hoy was happy with the effort put in by his charges and is hopeful of a rematch against Pirates in the premiership decider.

“Baz” reckons if they can get an even share of the 50/50 calls, they will test the minor premiers but did also mention the Rams will have to get around Gunnedah here this Saturday if they are expecting to advance to the big dance.

Walcha Jillaroos minor semi

BEST of luck to the Walcha Jillaroos when they take on the Dungowan Cowgirls in their Group 4 Second Division Ladies League Tag minor semi-final at Bendemeer this Saturday.

Between the three of them, 'Fox Turbo' and 'Rockin' contributed a staggering 444 runs from the combined Colts and Bendy team totals of 606.

Victory will see the reigning Group 4 Tier 2 premieres advance to the preliminary final. Go the Jillaroos.

City to Surf challenge

VETERAN Walcha athlete Paddy Macfarlane was one of 67,8888 participants in the recent Sydney City to Surf where he stopped the clock in 72 minutes .09 seconds which was 5 mins outside his PB.

Paddy crossed the 14 kilometre course finish line in eighth position out of 399 competitors in his 70 to 79 year age group. Well done, Paddy.

Cricket flashback

FLASHBACK February 1995 - Brazel Brothers Dale and Robbie combined to put on a second wicket partnership for Colts of 253 runs against Bowling Club assisting their team to a total of 8/383 off their 45 overs.

“Fox” racked up 162 and “Rockin” made 122 against a BC bowling attack that was  a bit under strength on the day.

The same day, “Master Blaster” Mark Peters belted an unbeaten 160 runs for Bendemeer against Rugby League out of a team total of 223. Between the three of them, “Fox Turbo” and “Rockin” contributed a staggering 444 runs from the combined Colts and Bendy team totals of 606.

The other 16 players who got to bat made 162 between them at an average of 10 runs each. Incidentally, I should mention “Turbo” was also coming off an unconquered 132 against Bowling Club the previous week.