Walcha Sports Shorts: Brennans make it a family tradition

Well done, Dad: Wayne Brennan is congratulated by his son Andrew after his Armidale "ace".
Well done, Dad: Wayne Brennan is congratulated by his son Andrew after his Armidale "ace".

Top shots for Brenno and his family

FORMER Walcha golf champion Wayne Brennan hit his second hole-in-one last week when he skimmed an eight iron into the 14th hole at Armidale while playing a round with Steph Sweeney and his son Mitchell.

BACK in 1991, “Brenno” whacked a three-wood off the seventh tee here at Walcha into the cup.

HIS youngest son Andrew has aced three holes at Walcha, Tamworth and Longyard courses – all of them on the 16th hole. Just to make it all a family affair, Brenno’s oldest son Luke sunk his tee shot at the third hole here at Walcha a few years back. Well played, Brennans.

Men rule the roost

THE Walcha Golf Club men will rule the roost at the golf club for the next 12 months after they rounded up the women five matches to four when the annual Bywell Cup was contested last Sunday. Tim and Janie Fenwicke generously donate the Bywell Cup trophies each year.

Rose’s blooming good day

ALTHOUGH ladies member Rose Baumer may have been on the losing side, individually she certainly had a day out. Of the four nearest-the-pins on offer, Rose collected three of them after hitting the most accurate tee shot on 9, 16 and 18. She also carded the best score on the day – 39 points – and defeated Jamie Bowden 3 and 2 in their match play. Well done, Rose.

A TOTAL of 28 players teed off last Sunday, and despite scoring the second-lowest total, Jill Burnell still managed to win her match. Jill accumulated 26 stableford points, which was enough to erase any fears of going shot-for-shot with Neil Dark, who could only muster 21 points on the day.

The highlight of the final swim meet just before Christmas was a record-breaking swim by Chyna Smith...

Heading into the semis

THE Walcha News Cup will recommence this Saturday following the festive season break, with Uralla currently leading the competition on 60 points from Round Swamp 52, Kentucky 36 and Colts 26. Semi-finals are scheduled for February 23 and with four rounds remaining, major and minor semi positions are all but decided.

BARRING any unforseen form reversals, Uralla should play Swamp in the major semi while Kentucky should do battle with Colts in the minor semi. Colts will be attempting to avoid the wooden spoon, something they have only picked up five times in the past 50 years.

LEADERS Uralla host Kentucky at the Uralla Sports Complex this Saturday while here in town, Swamp take on Colts at the Park. There is no play scheduled for the Australia Day weekend or Walcha races weekend.

Roos back at training

THE Walcha Roos will commence training tonight from 6pm at the Park, or to be technically correct, Peter Fenwicke Oval. The Jillaroos kick off their training program following the Walcha races.

ROOS president Michael Aspinall is on the lookout for some assistance to help with barbecue cooking duties at the rodeo this Saturday. Any players from the Roos and Jillaroos who could lend a hand, please contact Aspro on 0429 771 345. Club supporters are also certainly more than welcome to chip in should they feel that way inclined.

Back in the swing for cricket

THE Walcha cricket competition resumes this Saturday where leaders Uralla host Kentucky at the Uralla Sports Complex and Colts take on Round Swamp at the Park.

There are only four rounds remaining in the 2018-19 competition with no cricket on the Australia Day weekend or Walcha races weekend.

Semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday, February 23 with the grand final set down for March 9.

Current points score: Uralla 60, Round Swamp 52, Kentucky 36, Colts 26.

Record-breaking season for Flippers

THE Flippers Swimming Club is currently in school holiday recess and will resume on Tuesday, January 29.

The highlight of the final swim meet just before Christmas was a record-breaking swim by Chyna Smith when she lowered the open girls 200m freestyle time previously held by Chloe Mackaway to 2 minutes 43.75 seconds.

AT the halfway mark of the Flippers season, there have been 162 personal best times recorded so far which includes records to Thomas Micallef in the 16 year boys 4x50m medley and 50m backstroke.

Jemma Warden is another record-breaker in the 12 years girls butterfly.