Wellington sports around the grounds

2018 Mt Arthur: The event was awarded the honour of 'Wellington Community Event of the Year' at the 2016 Australia Day Awards Ceremony.
2018 Mt Arthur: The event was awarded the honour of 'Wellington Community Event of the Year' at the 2016 Australia Day Awards Ceremony.

Junior Rugby Union 

There were no rugby games played over the long weekend but all three grades will be back on the paddock this Saturday, all of our squads have continued to train during the break and are ready and raring to go.

Our 13s who had a very solid win against Bathurst in their last game will be in Dubbo to play the Reds in what should be a cracker of a match.

Our 15s will travel to Forbes full of confidence after a strong performance the last time the two sides met saw the Red Boars take the win.

Our 17s have a tough road trip to Narromine ahead of them, but the massive improvement they have shown in recent weeks should have them well and truly up for the challenge.

KENNYS EXCITED

Bowling

Wednesday social bowls

Ten  bowlers took to the green in last Wednesdays Jackpot Bowls. Winners on the day were Mo Clare, Ray Gersbach and Richard Carpenter who defeated Don Graham, Norm Johnston and Bill Meharg 13–10.

Runners up were Ian Humphries and Terry Dray who drew with Frank Gersbach and Ron Oxenham 16 all.

The Jackpot was not won. Cindy Croker won the Raffle and Mo Clare won a Haircut from Michael Smith with a rester.

Jackpot Bowls are on again today, Names in by 1pm with a 1.30pm start. Phone 6845 1973.

Sunday Mixed Bowls

Last Sunday saw twelve  bowlers take to the greens in the Social Mixed Bowls. Winners on the day were Sue Manning, Colleen Forby and Peter Baker.

Raffle Winners were – Cindy Croker and Peter Baker.

Mixed Bowls are on again next Sunday with a 1pm start.

Names in between 12noon and 12.45pm. Draw for partners – Mixed Pairs 18 Ends. $10 Green Fees.

-by Donna Dray

Up for the Challenge

The 2018 Mt Arthur challenge includes a choice of two running events. The five km Wallaby run and the nine kg Wedgetail challenge. There is also one cycling event, the fifty km Limestone ride.

The former Wellington Rotary Club Mt Arthur Challenge was held between 1985-1991. The event involved a run from Wellington's Pioneer Park, ascending Mt Arthur and returning again.

A new version of the event was brought back by the Mt Arthur Challenge Committee on behalf of the Mt Arthur Reserve Trust in 2014 as part of the Trust's 50th Anniversary celebrations. 

Registration is open now. The Mt Arthur Challenge is a very important annual fundraiser for the Mt Arthur Reserve Trust.

Any profit made by this annual event is used to fund the ongoing maintenance and management of the Mt Arthur Reserve.

Visit www.mtarthurchallenge.org.au for more information.

Racing

At his hometown meeting and before a big crowd, trainer Brett Thompson landed the quinella in the 1200 metres Oatley Fine Wine- Gulgong Cup on Sunday and both horses were ridden by jockeys formerly from England.

More Than Art ( Billy Cray, $10 ) led most of the way to score by a length and a half from the more favoured stablemate Attalea ( James Rogers, $3.80 ) with two lengths to Desert Marshal ( Luke Cumberland, $8 ),the winner of the 2017 Gulgong Cup.

Brett Thompson at the Cup presentation made special mention of John “ Ripper “ Currie, a part owner of More Than Art, who throughout the year on a voluntary basis cares for the Gulgong track and also has a major role in helping Thompson with his big team of racehorses.

Multiple premiership winning trainer Brett Thompson had earlier supplied the first three place getters in the 1000 metres Maiden Plate.

Named after Thompson’s granddaughter,Marley Girl ( Alena Skerritt, )was backed from $8 to $4.20 )before leading throughout to win by nearly four lengths from Brimondo ( Billy Cray, $5 ) and Starlight Treaty ( James Rogers,$5).

Sydney based apprentice Alena Skerritt who is a regular visitor to Central West meetings rode the winners of the first three races, One over fore, Marley Girl and I’m A Prima Donna.

Bred and raced by Neil and Margaret Johnson from Geurie,the Garry Lunn, Dubbo trained One over fore ( $9 ) led throughout to beat Laranta ( Eleanor Webster-Hawes, $4  )  and Captain Dan ( Kacie Chater ,$17  ) in the Maiden Handicap,1400 metres.

Finishing fast from amongst the tailenders, the Samantha McDonald,Muswellbrook trained I’m A Prima Donna, $10 ) completed the Alena Skerritt treble when taking out the John and Sandra Harding Mudgee Machinery Cup Benchmark 50 Handicap ( 1000 metres ) from Vixen Lass ( Michael Hackett, $2.80 favourite  ) and Sound Sleuth ( Kath Bell- Pitomac,$6 ).

An all the way winner at Grenfell Picnics and Quambone Picnics, the Sharon Jeffries, Parkes trained Armedanddangerous ( Tiffany Jeffries, $4.40 ) again set the pace when accounting for Poet’s Spirit ( Ken Dunbar,$6 to $3.70 ) and Beale Street,Leanne.G.Henry, $3.20 fav.) in the Class 2 Handicap,1200 metres.

Aboard the Kylie Kennedy, Narromine trained Zaphod ( $5 ) the Dubbo jockey Ken Dunbar was responsible for a classy front running ride when taking out the Benchmark 55 Handicap ( 1800 metres ) from Killer Miller ( James Rogers,$3.40 fav.) and Unique Shadow ( Luke Cumberland, $5 ).

Dubbo TAB meeting on Friday followed by the Walgett Cup and the Bligh Picnics at Mudgee,on Saturday.

-by Colin Hodges