What's the Goss? Sad and glad times in sport

LAST Monday, a service was held at The Armidale School (TAS) to honour one of its own – Jordon Wiggins – who was tragically killed in a car accident over a week before. A large crowd was in attendance including plenty of his Robb College rugby mates. Our thoughts are with his parents, Steve and Fiona, sister Millie along with all other family members and his many friends during these very tough times.

NOT only was Jordon a member of the Robb rugby club, he enjoyed playing touch football and did so with his dad Steve with the “Mighty” Wizards during the past few seasons. It goes without saying, Jordon will be sadly missed by all his Wizards teammates.

ON the subject of touch football, a grading day will be held this afternoon and hopefully all team organisers have nominated their sides for the 2017-18 season. One item on the agenda at the recent annual general meeting was that abuse of referees will not be tolerated and if you aren’t sure about what lines can be crossed, it would be a good idea to be familiar with the Australian touch playing rules which have been adopted by the Walcha Association.

WHEN the Walcha Ladies Golf Open was on recently, a few male members decided to play a 12-hole winner take-all late in the day which equated to a pot of $40 after they all chipped in $5 each. On the very last hole, the cast was still up for grabs with David Dunn odds-on to pick up the spoils.

FUNNY old game golf, as David was about to line up his rather short putt to win the match, “sandgreen specialist” John Mann suggested there was no way in the world David could miss the putt. Unfortunately for him, David missed the job leaving him in tie with Crichton Barr which he lost on a countback.

ON the bright side, David received his $5 back for finishing runner-up. And apparently “Ming” got the blame for making David miss what should have been the final and winning putt.

STILL on golf, local sheriff Anthony Smith, club champion Wayne Brennon and president Allan Green have been playing a few holes of skins over the past weeks, with the “Sarge” not meeting with a lot of success. The first week at the end of their round, “Smithy” owed “Brenno” $1 and couldn’t find one anywhere, although he did have a $50 note. Despite copping it from his opponent, Anthony decided he would have to remain in debt for a short time until he could find a coin.

IT certainly was a short time, because as “Smithy” backed out of his driveway the next morning, low and behold, Brenno was heading up to the depot in his work ute which he pulled up and turned the flashing lights on before asking the local law enforcer if he had the dollar he owed him. Luckily for the Manly supporter, he did and he couldn’t hand it over quickly enough. No doubt both the boys had a good laugh about their $1 transaction as they drove off in different directions.

The village of Tia will be buzzing this weekend when a sizeable number of former residents return for an organised reunion which will be attended by Member of Tamworth Kevin Anderson...

THE village of Tia will be buzzing this weekend when a sizeable number of former residents return for an organised reunion which will be attended by Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson. Mr Anderson has been invited to unveil an official war memorial plaque. Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes has also been asked to unveil a reunion plaque which has been made especially for the occasion.

ALL the formalities commence in front of the Tia Union Church tomorrow from 1.45pm where the official guests will be introduced. The organising committee has a big weekend planned which also includes a church service at Tia on Sunday morning from 9.45am. Following the service, there will be some plaques to be unveiled at the Tia Union Church Cemetery. A picnic lunch is on the agenda before the reunion comes to an end.

QUITE a few of the 80 tipsters from the New England Footy Tipping competition enjoyed their end of season party last Sunday and as per usual, organisers Desiree and Bob Denniss delivered the goods. Punters enjoyed a few beverages, prawns, oysters including some beautiful oysters kilpatrick and a barbecue cooked by Dal Evans. Throw in friendly bar service from Kate Natty and it is easy to see why the competition is so well supported.

FOR the record, Pakington Street resident and local photographer Jenny Hill was the winner of the footy tipping competition. Ross Green and Timmy Stackman finished runners-up while the random $70 winners were Debbie Robertson, Liam Brennan, Pat “Roachy” Clare and Peter Hayes.

POULTRY Farmers of the Week: Andrew McGuffoo (golden), “Chocy” Laurie, Josh Wellings (both golden), Jock Rutherford, Michael Aspinall along with Aaron Olsen.

I RECENTLY heard a whisper the Rugby League Cricket team is on the verge of folding after they have found it difficult to field a team each week so far this season. If that is indeed the case, it would be a good idea if the team organisers sort things out before the 40-over competition commences in a fortnight’s time.