Sports Shorts: Pair of fabulous fives as Round Swamp progresses

Michelle Fivefa's x2:  Luke Wellings and Ben France took five wickets each last Saturday.
Michelle Fivefa's x2: Luke Wellings and Ben France took five wickets each last Saturday.

IN WHAT would have to be local cricket preliminary final record low score, Colts were dismissed by Round Swamp last Saturday for just 18 runs. Seven batsmen failed to score a run. Paul Pittman hit an innings high score of eight runs, meaning not one batsman made double figures.

FIRST impressions would suggest Colts fielded a sub-standard team, but that wasn’t the case at all. The side included two Walcha cricketers of the year in Ed Bloomfield and Chris Watts and they had experienced batsmen listed down to number eight in the batting order.

COLTS were 2/14 midway through the seventh over but from there it really went pear-shaped as they lost their next eight wickets for just four runs inside seven overs.

SWAMP opening bowler Luke Wellings did all the early damage when he snared the first four wickets to fall before finishing with 5/10 off his seven overs. When Ben France was called on to replace Lee Harrison he struck with his second ball, having Josh Wellings caught behind by Barry Hoy before finishing with 5/2 off 15 deliveries.

MIDWAY through his second over Ben trapped Cameron Little LBW, caught and bowled Chris Watts with his next delivery only to see his bowling partner Luke drop Tommy Le Strande on the hat-trick ball from a sharp chance in slips.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 17 Walcha Central School students who have gained selection in the North West Swimming Team to compete at the NSW Championships at Homebush mid-April. They all qualified with great performances at the North West finals in Armidale earlier in the week.

FIVE swimmers will compete individually, Sarah Morris, Abbey Mackaway and Thomas Micallef from Secondary along with Jemma Warden and Sammy Swain from Primary. They will be joined by 12 team-mates to form four relay teams.

THE Secondary Mixed relay team consisting of Murdoc Chawner, Thomas Micallef, Abbey Mackaway and Bella Hayton went within two seconds of breaking the Area record held by Murdoc, Tom, Abbey and her older sister Chloe who has been replaced by Bella this year. Needless to say, they won the race.

WALCHA also won the Senior Girls Primary relay when Bella Mooney, Claudia Kirton, Poppy McClaren and Jemma Warden stopped the clock at 2 mins 25.19 secs. The Junior Girls Lulu Thompson, Sienna Cooney, Phoebe Fenwicke, and Stephanie Blake finished third to qualify while Junior Secondary Girls Sarah Morris, Tahlia Galvin, Charlotte Mooney and Bella Hayton also got the job done.

BEST of luck to Walcha Jillaroo players Robyn Broadbent and Katelyn Smith when they represent Greater Northern against North Coast in a women’s rugby league representative match at Coffs Harbour this weekend. Robyn is in the run-on side while Katelyn will come off the bench.

THE Walcha Bowling club fours championship was decided last Saturday where Steve Goodwin, his son Kyle, Gordon Bird and Mick Steep, who was substituting for Greg Carter, defeated Denis Makeham, Ian Bird, Garth Clare and Fred Henry 26-12 in the final.

THERE are just four shots separating the leading four golfers who are fighting it out in the loca club championships. Andrew Bowden who is defending his A Grade title leads on 149 from Simeon Cross 151, Tim Beaumont 152 and Kyle Goodwin 153. A couple of shots away are are Anthony Smith and Lee Fletcher 155 followed by Wayne Brennan 157 and club captain Willy Brennan, who needs a “major miracle”, on 170.

BEFORE the club championships are decided this Sunday, a reminder to all members that your AGM will be conducted at the clubhouse commencing at 10am.

CRICKET presentations will be held at the Bowling Club following the grand final on Saturday.