Sports Shorts: Nine off to state comp

Off to Sydney: Relay reps Stephanie Blake, Elke Payne, Claudia Kirton and Lulu Thomson are off to the state championships.
Off to Sydney: Relay reps Stephanie Blake, Elke Payne, Claudia Kirton and Lulu Thomson are off to the state championships.

CONGRATULATIONS to the nine Walcha Central School swimmers (five primary and four secondary) who have been selected in the North West Squad to compete at the NSW Championships at the Sydney Aquatic Centre the second week in April. They qualified with good performances at the North West trials held in Armidale on Monday and Tuesday.

THE primary school junior girls 4x50 metre relay team Lulu Thomas, Elke Payne, Claudia Kirton and Stephanie Blake sliced 13 seconds off their seeded time to finish in 3 min 10 sec to book a spot on the team. They will be joined by Jemma Warden who finished third in her 50 metre backstroke after swimming a PB more than two seconds in 42.62.

THE hard luck story of the day would surely have been Sammy Swain who smashed his 50 metre butterfly PB by an amazing 12 seconds only to just miss out on N.S. selection after he finished fourth overall despite swimming in the third fastest heat, which meant he was faster than more than 20 other competitors in the event.

What a great effort by the Walcha secondary mixed relay team who broke their own 200 metre Central Schools Relay record by nearly five seconds ...

EIGHT other primary competitors represented WCS, including Poppy McLaren who won her 50 metre backstroke heat after she trimmed more than four seconds off her PB in 44.34 seconds. The remaining squad members Hamish Warden, Charlotte Mooney, Toby, Bella and Charlie Crawford, Cody Wellings and Ryle Smith all performed well with the majority producing PBs.

WHAT a great effort by the Walcha secondary mixed relay team who broke their own 200 metre Central Schools Relay record by nearly five seconds on Tuesday in a time of 2 min 08.18 sec. Murdoc Chawner, Abbey Mackaway, Tom Micallef and Chloe Mackaway blew their opposition out of the water to win by 11 seconds and are off to Sydney with the North West team. Abbey also qualified in the 100 metres breastroke and Chloe in the 50 metres freestyle events.

LAST year Murdoc, Tom and Chloe combined with Chyna Smith for a podium finish after they finished third to pick up a bronze medallion at the state championships. They also set the previous mixed 200 metre relay record in 2017. This year Abbey takes over from Chyna who is representing O’Connor High School at the Polding Swimming Carnival in Moree today. Well done also to Jess Wake who swam for WCS at Armidale on Tuesday.

DESPITE less than ideal weather conditions, the opening round of the swimming club championships were held on Tuesday although only the individual medley events were contested. The highlight of the afternoon was when Chyna Smith registred her first Flippers record when she bettened the 16 years girls medley time previously held by Chloe Mackaway.

WEATHER permitting, the Walcha cricket season will be finalised this Saturday when minor premiers Round Swam take on Colts for the Walcha News Cup at the Park followed by the annual presentations at the commercial Hotel from 6.30pm. Good luck to all players involved and may the best team win.

THE “Swampies” have given themselves an opportunity of claiming all three major trophies after they won the Yalgoo Shield (minor premiers) and Turton Cup (Twenty/20) earlier in the season. The club has achieved the feat five times previously in 1970, 1986, 1991, 2003 and 2010.

SINCE the early 1930s, all three major trophies have only been won in the same season 16 times according to the names engraved on those trophies. Colts lead the way with six 1947,1950,1983, 1997, 2009 and 2016, while Commercial 1948, Walcha Road 1952, Nowendoc 1964, Rugby League 1988 and Bowling Club 1996 also got the job done. In 1949, Commercial won both the Walcha News Cup and Yalgoo Shield while Commercial Blue won the Turton Cup.