Young Walcha local competes in Golf Open

Former Wacha Golf Champion Andrew Brennan may have missed the halfway mark cut at the New South Wales Golf Open last weekend but he can certainly hold his head high after handing in a gutsy performance over the opening two days. AJ shot a two-under par 70 the first day before experiencing a bit of bad luck on day two and missed the cut by five shots. Initially disappointed AJ lightened up a bit on himself when he reflected on his effort and considering seasoned professionals Brett Rumford, Matty Goggia and Peter O'Malley also failed to play the last two days things weren't that bad after all. There is little doubt the New South Wales open experience will be of value further down the track. Well played anyway AJ!

Dapto coal miner Graham Stinson, son of Middle Street residents Peter and June Stinson, didn't have a happy New South Wales Open after he opened up with a seven over par 79 and then backed it up with 81 the following day.

Congratulations to Margaret Davidson and Kathryn Smith on winning the net division of the Walcha Ladies Open last Sunday after they accumulated 40 Stableford points in sometimes wet conditions.

A pat on the back to Jenny Lisle and Vicki Heffernan after they took out the scratch section of the same Open with 26 Stableford points. A good field of around 60 players competed on the day despite the damp conditions at times.

Junior cricket all-rounder Will Hall has been selected in the northern New South Wales Polling cricket team after finals held at Gunnedah last Friday in 39 degrees heat. Will was a member of the Armidale Diocesan side which also included Hunter Scrivner. Will now plays a trial at Lismore next year for a placed in a Polling Squad to play at the state championships.

Rep cricket is nothing new to Will who is also a member of Armidale and district under 14 Team. Will plays for a Walcha/Uralla combined side where he bats right-handed and opens the bowling with his left arm.

CRICKET CRAZY: The ambidextrous Will Hall

CRICKET CRAZY: The ambidextrous Will Hall

Local cricket legend Barry Hoy has just returned from the National Over 50s veterans Championships in Perth where his team the New South Wales Emus finished seventh in Division 3 of the tournament. The Emus won one game during a three-match round-robin before winning their playoff game.

With the willow, Baz scored 64 runs (13 n o, 26 and 25) from his three innings and executed a couple of stumpings while wicket-keeping along with taking two catches. By all accounts Vets cricket is no different to most sports, some players take it a bit more serious than others.

The Walcha under 10's cricket team remains undefeated so far this season after they rounded up TAS here at home last weekend.

Word has it Fletcher France was on a hat-trick at one stage while Hugo Ussher snared a cracking catch at third slip.

The girls are leading the boys in the Walcha world records at swimming club so far this season. In week 1 Poppy McLaren bettered her own 12-year-old 50m backstroke and then the following week Jemma Warden lowered her 12-year-old 50m butterfly time by over half a second. Come on boys !

The girls are leading the boys in the Walcha world records at swimming club so far this season. In week 1 Poppy McLaren bettered her own 12-year-old 50m backstroke and then the following week Jemma Warden lowered her 12-year-old 50m butterfly time by over half a second. Come on boys !

Junior Aussie rules player Morgan Dunn is off to Coffs Harbour next Monday to take part in a 3-day training camp with the Sydney Swans. Morgan is in the Swans under 18 squad and we'll get a chance to mingle with senior Swan players, He is keeping himself busy during the off-season training hard on a program set by the club.