Sports Shorts: Squad selection a triumph for Walcha

Making history: Rep footy players Katelyn Smith and Robyn Broadbent from Walcha.
Making history: Rep footy players Katelyn Smith and Robyn Broadbent from Walcha.

HISTORY was made in Tamworth last Saturday when Jillaroos co-coach Robyn Broadbent and her teammate Katelyn Smith represented Group 19 at the Greater Northern Rugby League trials played under full body contact. Robyn, who captained the team, and Katelyn caught the eye of the selectors who picked them in the Greater Northern rep squad following the trials.

NINE Group 19 players were selected in the squad after a narrow 6-4 loss to Group 21 and a 22-0 victory over Group 4 where Robyn scored a try under the posts. The next big outing for Greater Northern will be when they head to the Country Championships at Coffs Harbour on March 9. Go girls.

LOCAL lawn bowler Steve Goodwin teamed up with his sons Nathan and Kyle to finish runners-up in the Triples Tournament held here last Thursday. Although the Walcha trio won all four of their games, they were beaten on a countback by eventual winners Guyra.

GUYRA won 31 ends while winning their four matches, Walcha won 29 ends, which was good enough to get them home against third-placed Kootingal, who also won four games but only 26 ends along the way. A total of 22 teams from all around the region competed on the day.

WELL done to the Walcha District Cricket team that made it through to the M. A. Connolly Cup semi-final which was played in Tamworth last Sunday. Although the visitors went down to Tamworth Blue, they did a good job in qualifying for the semi in the first place.

BATTING first, Walcha were in more strife than “Speed Gordon” at 5/18 in their ninth over before Uralla duo Cameron Wood and Nick Endacott added some much-needed starch to the innings when they put on a 72-run sixth-wicket partnership.

'Cark' caressed a nine wood off the tee into the cup with a stick she reckons she rarely uses but was extremely happy about her club selection on this occasion.

DEFENDING a total of 128, eight of the nine Walcha bowlers were called for 30 wides between them, which certainly didn’t help their cause. Throw in three no-balls and a leg bye for a total of 34 sundries which ended up being Tamworth’s second-highest score behind Adam Lole on 53.

POULTRY Farmers of the Week: Lachie Fletcher, Ed Blomfield, Daniel Boyd and Will Scott all registered a district duck.

ON the local scene, there was no play last Saturday due to the Walcha Races, while this Saturday, the final competition round is scheduled. Kentucky will take on Uralla at the Park and Round Swamp are due to do battle with Colts at John Oxley Sportsground.

CONGRATULATIONS to Caroline Street on acing the third hole here on her home course last Sunday. “Cark” caressed a nine wood off the tee into the cup with a stick she reckons she rarely uses but was extremely happy about her club selection on this occasion. An added bonus on the day was Caroline picked up 15 balls from the Eagle’s Nest.

WINNERS on the day were Jack O’Hara and Jed Wittig after they carded a very handy 51 stableford points. Three four pointers certainly added to the tally, with Johnny shooting a birdie on the 10th and a par on the 12th before Jed chipped in for a birdie on 17.

LAST Sunday wasn’t the NSW Keno Men’s 4BBB qualifying round as per the program book due to that former competition being changed to a 4BBB Medley two-person ambrose. How many drives per player etc to be advised. That qualifier will now be played later in the year.

WELL done to Flippers member Abbey Mackaway who broke her own 16 years breaststroke record when she stopped the clock in 42.10 seconds to shave less than half a second off her old time.

District cricket

WALCHA were defeated by Tamworth Blue in their M. A. Connolly Cup semi-final at Tamworth last Sunday after the home side reached their required total of 128 for a loss of two wickets.

The visitors batted first and were in real trouble at 5/18 in their ninth over before opener Nick Endacott and his Uralla teammate Cameron Wood put on a 72-run sixth-wicket partnership to steady the ship a bit.

Wood made a neat half-century, Endacott contributed 21 runs while the only other two batsmen to reach double figures were Andrew Fuller with 15 and Brad Partridge who remained unbeaten on 11.

In reply, Tamworth needed 26 overs to pass their assignment.

After they were 0/53 after 12 overs, the writing was on the wall for the visitors.

Walcha wicket-takers were Lee Harrison and Lachie Fletcher.

Despite the loss, it was good to see Walcha make the semi-finals of the competition. Well done to all involved.