Sports Shorts: Fab four take awards

Bowls winners: Steve and Kyle Goodwin, Jamie Kerr and John McLean receive their prize from original tournament organiser Aiden Wall.

Bowls winners: Steve and Kyle Goodwin, Jamie Kerr and John McLean receive their prize from original tournament organiser Aiden Wall.

CONGRATULATIONS to the four Walcha athletes who received awards at the annual Armidale District Sports Presentation night in Armidale on Tuesday night. Cyclist Ayllie Allen and lawn bowler Robyn Larkin were named one of 10 finalists in the senior division, sporting all-rounder Jorja Power was a junior finalist, and Morgan Dunn was voted Best Regional Achiever in Junior Aussie Rules. Good on ya, guys.

WELL done also to the local lawn bowling quartet Steve Goodwin, his son Kyle, John McLean and Jamie Kerr who took out the annual Pasture Wonderland Fours bowls competition here at Walcha last weekend. The fearsome foursome won all six of their games.

SOUTH Sydney supporters Steph Sweeney and Darrell Brazel teamed up with another Bunnies fan, Graeme Cameron and his North Tamworth teammate Paul Eggers to form a composite team which finished third after losing a countback for second with West Tamworth. Both teams had five wins each but the Wests mob won more ends.

...there is no need for a bye anymore and all four teams are assured of a semi-final position.

THE Pasture Wonderland Tournament has been held for 44 years and, according to chief organiser Noel Goodwin, it was again a great success last weekend helped immensely by very favourable weather conditions. Wauchope pair Billy Brooker and Paul Jones participated as they have done every year since the competition commenced.

AT the halfway mark of the Walcha News Cup, Round Swamp lead the competition on 30 points followed closely by Uralla 28 with Colts on 24 and Kentucky sitting on 20. After Rugby League pulled out of cricket a couple of weeks ago, there is no need for a bye anymore and all four teams are assured of a semi-final position.

WALCHA Rugby League president Michael Aspinall and committeeman Dal Evans attended the Group 4 meeting held in Gunnedah last Sunday and left none-the-wiser about a draw for next season. Walcha has been put in a reserve grade group with about nine other teams which probably means there will be some Sunday games if that is the chosen path for 2018.

A COUPLE of days ago, four Walcha Swimming Club records were broken – three by Chloe Mackaway and one by Jemma Warden. All the details weren’t available at the time of going to print, but will be available in time for next week’s edition of the Walcha News.

From the pitch

COMPETITION leaders Round Swamp easily accounted for Colts, and Uralla got the job done against Kentucky when Round 7 of the Walcha Cricket competition was played last Saturday.

Out at John Oxley Sportsground Colts could only muster a modest 77 runs off under 2 overs with Thor Crombie 23 and opener Dan Hunt 10 the only two players to reach double figures.

Veteran opener Luke Wellings captured 4/13 off 8.2 overs which included 4/3 after he had 0/10 at one stage.

Fellow opener Lee Harrison did the early damage rearranging the furniture of Hunt and then with his next delivery had Jacob Sherrin caught by Harley Cox before finishing with 2/12.

First change bowler Ben France claimed 2/19 and was the only other Swamp trundler to meet with success against the nine player Colts outfit.

Swamp were in the same boat numbers wise and lost opener Steve Eveleigh on the first ball of their innings after Sam Martin tilted his castle.

Evergreen Barry Hoy hit a game high 31 runs and remained unbeaten while opener France assisted with an unconquered 22 before Swamp passed their assignment three wickets down and with 23 overs up their sleeve.

Martin finished with 1/27 and and Sherrin 2/33.

At the Park, Uralla posted a total of 246 thanks mainly to handy opener Sam Townsend who made 82 runs, which included five sixes and seven fours.

Townsend received plenty of help from Brad Ritchie who reached 48 runs before he was forced to retire hurt. Cameron Wood also made 37, Nick Endacott 30 and Laine Moore who remained 21 not out.

Uralla were dismissed in their 39th over after Kentucky opener Beau Abraham snared an impressive 4/39, Aaron Johnson took 2/54, Andrew McGuffog got 1/31 and Daniel Boyd took 1/82.

In reply, Kentucky managed 85 runs off the 31 overs they faced after recruit from the now defunct Rugby League club Johnson top scored with 34, Boyd chipped in 17 and Tim Weisse was unconquered on 14.

Opener Wood completed a solid all round effort picking up 4/30 Jay Grills took 3/18 while man of the match Townsend finished with 1/13.

This Saturday, Colts play Kentucky at the Park Swamp take on Uralla at John Oxley while Walcha travel to Glen Innes for their Connelly Cup match on Sunday.