NO Rams, no Jillaroos, no Roos, no Aussie Rules, no kangaroo rissoles, no nothing last weekend, but there was lots of bowls and golf played. The Rams get another weekend off when they receive the bye while the Roos and Jillaroos head to Tenterfield on Saturday.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Walcha trio Jamie Kerr, Greg Carter and Gordie Bird on winning the annual John Oxley Autumn Open Men's Triples Bowls Carnival played here last weekend. The boys registered four wins and won 42 ends to count out runners-up Tingha after they recorded four wins and 37 ends.
THIRD position was tight when Sawtell and South Tamworth racked up three wins and also finished on 37 ends each. When a shot countback was called for, Souths snuck home 85-79.
LAST Monday the John Oxley Mixed Pairs was contested and five teams registered a maximum of two wins each. Comboyne duo Melissa Murray and Brian Donkin won 18 ends to sneak home in a photo finish from Walcha's Robyn Larkin and Mick Bullen on 17 ends, 32 shots.
THE runners-up counted out Wauchope/Panthers pair Margie Ratcliffe and Shane Manning also on 17 ends, but only 31 shots while June Hayes and Jamie Kerr were next best on 14 ends followed by Esther Hunt and Brian Goodwin, 13 ends.
CHIEF organiser Noel Goodwin reported there was a good rollup of 18 teams each day over the weekend and was thankful the weather was kind.
FORMER Walcha Golf Club champion Andrew Brennan, who won the title here in 2016 competed in the Queensland Trainee Professional Championships at Windaroo Lakes last week and after two very average rounds came home with a wet sail to finish strongly.
ON DAY one AJ opened his campaign with an eight over par 80 before carding 11 over par on the second day after playing in what he believed were the most testing conditions of his career so far. After Day One AJ was in 41st position, and on Day Two improved to 39th.
ON Day Three he shot a two under par 70 climb up to 24th position before shooting the lights out in the final round.
TWO three putts certainly cost AJ any chance of equalling the course record 65, but he did manage the lowest score of the day with a 67. Andrew finished the tournament equal ninth tournament after producing the best 36 hole total of 132, four strokes better than any other player.
THERE has been a change made to the golf program book where the Tri Club two person ambrose between the rugby union, rugby league and golf clubs has been postponed until Sunday July 7 instead of this weekend. This Sunday is a stroke medal round for a trophy donated by Doug McDonald.
THE Roos continue their search for a Group 19 rugby league title when they travel to Tenterfield this Saturday to take on the Tigers. Walcha are coming off a workman-like 30-14 win over Uralla last start and if they continue to improve the way they have been lately, there is no reason why the Roos can't give the top teams a run for their money.
THE Jillaroos are currently in third spot on their Group 19 Second Division Ladies Leaguetag ladder on 10 points trailling Tingha and Uralla who lead on 14 points. Bingara and Tenterfield are both on 8, Bundarra 4, while Ashford hasn't recorded a win this season.
WALCHA suffered a heartbreaking loss against Uralla last outing when they were pipped at the post by the equal competition leaders. The Jillaroos will be without one of their speedsters Shae Partridge who has suffered a season-ending knee injury which required surgery.
At the 19th
WITH a number of members away playing at the coast over the long weekend a field of 19 players teed off last Sunday in a stableford and for a trophy donated by DA Locke. Winner on the day was Dion Bird after he accumulated 40 points, while sweepstakes went to miles Archdale 38, club president Allan Green, John Mann and Michael Stackman, all 36, whereas Don Brooks collected the last ball on 35. Sharpest shooters at the pins were Gary Brennan (3) and John Mann (16).
IN match play John Mann beat David Sweeney, 3 and 2, while Miles Archdale downed Jamie Bowden 3 and 2 also. The weekly 9 hole competition last Saturday saw Col Higgins run out the winner after he racked up 18 points to finish four points clear of runner-up Gary Brennan.
YESTERDAY 20 golfers braved the heavy fog to play stroke, putting, monthly mug and Country Vets for Lyn Laurie's trophy. The winner with an amazing score was Cheryl McDonald with 67 nett. Julie Hoad counted out Marg Parsons to come in next on 69. Julie Olrich also made the sweepstakes on 70 and Cark Street followed on with 71. Cheryl also managed to have the least number of putts as well, to win with 25 putts. Division 1 went to Cheryl, Division 2 was Marg Parsons' trophy and Division 3 went to Janelle Archdale. Nearest the pin on 3 was Barb Mulligan's win and on 16 went to Julie Hoad. The second shot on 7 went to Jenny Lisle.