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Swimming Seasond: New Members are welcome with the proviso that they are members of the Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club and for Juniors to compete a family member must also compete on the night.
Swimming Seasond: New Members are welcome with the proviso that they are members of the Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club and for Juniors to compete a family member must also compete on the night.

Wellington Diggers Swimming Club News

Our first swim for the 2018/19 season will be held at the Geurie Pool on Tuesday, October 16 commencing at 6.30pm or earlier if possible. We ask that members make an effort to be early to prevent us running overtime for the time allocated.

Events will be 25 and 50 for Juniors and Seniors as well as the 2 x 50 metre Brace Relay draw for partners.

New Members are welcome with the proviso that they are members of the Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club and for Juniors to compete a family member must also compete on the night. Membership cost is $2 for Adults. Please contact Terry Dray 0408 294 526 or Neil Miller 0438 359 348 for further information.

Our after swim BBQ will continue at a members residence with only Sausage and Steak Sandwich’s available with refreshments. Cost for the Tuesday Swim & BBQ are as follows: Swim Only - $2 + Pool Entry.

BBQ  -  Seniors and Juniors - Sausage Sandwich $3  Steak Sandwich  $4  + Pool Entry.

The following were Elected at our recent AGM: President – Terry Dray, Vice President – Mark Inwood, Secretary – Neil Miller, Treasurer – Di Donnelly, Captain – Wayne Rich, Vice Captain – Nick Knowles, Handicapper – Donna Dray, Committee – Colin Wykes, Janelle Frappell, Charlie & Aaron Edwards.

The 2019 Western District AIF Championships will be held in Condobolin on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

-by The Platypus


Wednesday Bowls: Eight Members participated in last Wednesday’s Jackpot Bowls.

Winners on the day were Mo Clare and Ron Oxenham who defeated Graham Cope and Terry Dray 20 – 7.  Runners up were Frank Gersbach and Ian Humphries who defeated Norm Johnston and Jason Cornish 20 – 16.

The Jackpot was not won and Cindy Croker won the Raffle. Wednesday competition fees are $12. Jackpot Bowls are on again today, Names in by 1.00pm with a 1.30pm start. Phone 6845 1973.

Club Championships

Results of  the Final of the Minor Singles.

  • Peter Baker Defeated Garth Watts  31 - 9

Major Singles

  • Garth Watts defeated John Gersbach  31 – 27
  • Norm Johnston defeated Ian Humphries  31 - 21
  • Peter Baker defeated  Norm Johnston  31 – 9
  • Ron Oxenham defeated Scott Reid  31 - 27

Games set down for Saturday, October 13 from 1pm start are as follows:

Major Singles

  • Jason Cornish versus Garth Watts – Marker  Scott Reid

Games may be played prior to this date by arrangement.

Sunday Mixed Bowls: Winners last Sunday were Alison Cope and Jason Cornish. Norm Johnston won the Raffle.

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

Tuesday night bowling, daylight saving: Nominations are now being taken for the Annual Tuesday Night Bowls during Daylight Saving.

12 Ends of three bowl triples. Cost $5 per player – BBQ available as well as Raffles. Phone 6845 1973 to enter.

-by Terry Dray


Wellington Darts competition played Round 11 of it's Winter competition last Monday night at the Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club. Allan Brown gave Jason Cornish a darting lesson to retain the belt.

Sharks look like being the Winter Shield winners with another easy victory and this time it was over Him'N'Hers by 6 legs to 0.

Doubles results; Alf Wilson-Zac West defeated Jason Cornish-Wendy Wilson and Allan Brown-Jason Robbins defeated Hayley-Kirsty Watts.

Singles results, Jason Robbins defeated Kirsty Watts, Zac West defeated Hayley Watts, Allan Brown defeated Jason Cornish, Alf Wilson defeated Wendy Wilson.

Odd Ones Out are starting to climb up the table after an easy win over BDDP by four games to two. Doubles results, Cindy Croker-Robert Driscoll defeated Dorren Saunders-David Wilson and Ken Fairley-Helen Jeff's defeated Kevin Baker.

Singles results, Cindy Croker defeated Dorren Saunders, Helen Jeff's won on a forfiet, Robert Driscoll lost to Kevin Baker, Ken Fairley lost to David Wilson.

Soldiers and Were Here were both looking for the win but alas they had to share the points with a three all draw.

Doubles results, Richard Kent-Mark Phillips defeated Scott Reid-Peter Baker and Teena Hill-Vicki Button defeated Carolyn Stace-Parish Petrovic.

Singles results, Vicki Button lost to Scott Reid, Mark Phillips lost to Peter Baker, Richard Kent defeated Parish Petrovic,Teena Hill lost to Tracey Reid.

High scores, Teena Hill 140, Richard Kent 140, Cindy Croker 134, 101, David Wilson 127, 103, Scott Reid 123, 121, 100, Hayley Watts 121, Mark Phillips 116, 113, Wendy Wilson 112, Kirsty Watts 108, Dorren Saunders 103, Peter Baker 102, Allan Brown 4x100, Jason Robbins 2x100, Ken Fairley 100, Kevin Baker 100, Zac West 100.

Draw for round 12 see's Him'N'Hers taking on Odd Ones Out, Were Here take on BDDP, Sharks take on Soldiers.

Points table after Round 11 see's Sharks 69 points, BDDP 36 points, Soldiers 35 points, Odd Ones Our 31 points, Were Here 28 points, Him'N'Hers 24 points.


Wellington Golf Club had 46 starters on Saturday and there was a small drop off for Round 2 in Sunday of it's Club Championships with Ruth and Col Arnold the major sponsor of this event and many thanks to them.

Please make sure you do not throw your bottle tops on the course as these damage the mowers and cause an increase in expenses.

All those players playing on Saturday will be given a ticket to go into draw on Sunday for a great prize, so play Saturday and then come on out and play Sunday, but if not still cine out later on and congratulate the winners.

Nominations are now open for the Board for 2018/2019 and are available now on the notice board.

Kierles Pharmacy summer competition will begin shortly so get your team nominations in please.

Saturday see's Division 3 teeing off from 12.20pm with all other seeded groups to follow 6 minutes apart. Sunday will see the first seeded group tee off at 11am.

Division 1 leader is Joe Ryan who holds a three shot lead 149, over Kurt Cusack 152 his closest challenger, Lewis McCarthy 156, Mitchell Cusack 157 tee time 12.50. Gary Cusack 158, Robert Baker 160, Garth Watts 161, Matt Reid 167, tee time 12.44.

Division 2 Daniel(Magpie)Baxter has surged to the lead by 1 shot 175, Norm Royal is his closest challenge 176, next is David Naveau score to be confirmed, Errol Flood 178, tee time 12.38. Tim Parker 179, Rod McMahon 182, Neil Hollow 184, Ashley Bullock 186, tee time 12.32.

Division 3 see's David Wilson somehow leading buy the barest if margins two, 187, Gary McNaughton is his closest challenger 189, James Drew 190, Rod Irwin 192, tee time 12.26. Geoff Walker 199, Warren Hurst 201, Tony Cowan 207, Rex England 209, tee time 12.20.

Saturday saw the October Monthly Medal being played which was kindly sponsored by the Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club. A grade Monthly Medal winner was David Naveau who put together a great round of golf and finished with a 70 nett.

  • Runner up in B grade was Joe Ryan who had a one over par 73 off the stick, nett 71.
  • B grade Monthly Medal winner was James Drew who produced the round of the day with a 66nett.
  • Runner up on a count back was David Wilson with 71nett.
  • Winner last Sunday and on a count back was Norm Royal with a 71nett.
  • Runner up also on a count back was Lewis McCarthy with a 71nett.

Ball competition winners from Saturday and Sunday were James Drew, Lewis McCarthy, David Naveau, Joe Ryan, David Wilson, Kevin Reid, Gary McNaughton, Norm Royal, Brent Eather, Garth Watts, Robert Baker, Mitchell Spradbrow, Tony Cowan.

Stubberfield Toyota terrific tee shot on the third went to Paul Hannelly and David Naveau, on the eighth it went to Robert Baker and Noel Stanford, on the 14th it went to Gary Cusack and Daniel Baxter, on the 16th it went to J Dutton and Errol Flood.

Gersbachs Mechanical nearest the pin in two shots went to Joe Ryan and Lewis McCarthy. McDonald's biggest whack in A grade went to Mitchell Cusack and in B grade it went to Mitchell Spradbrow.

Brent's NFI award winners over last weekend went David Hillard easily on Saturday with a 91 nett and on Sunday it was Brent himself but he had a challenger on Sunday, his final score was 90 nett.

Neil Hollow putting competition winner was David Naveau with 21putts, only nine on the back nine.

Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club Pointscore top five see's Kurt Cusack 196 points, Gary McNaughton 184 points,  Gary Cusack 162 points, Norm Royal 157 points, John Donnelly 153 points.

Raffle winner was James Drew with Rod McMahon claiming the schooner.

-by David Wilson


Given the responsibility of riding the favourite in the Coonamble Gold Cup on Sunday, inexperienced apprentice Reece Jones came through with flying colours when winning the $45,000 feature race on the Rod Northam trained Red Knot.

Jones ( 22 ) who is indentured to Northam at Scone, commenced his race riding career less than six weeks ago and had only ridden two winners before the important assignment in the Geronimo Farm Equipment and New Holland sponsored Cup over 1600 metres at Coonamble which attracted a capacity 16 horse field.

Riding before the biggest crowd seen at Coonamble for at least 30 years, Reece Jones took Red Knot to the early lead from Wild Cavalier, Genetics and Apache Lad.

Over the concluding stages Red Knot ( $2.80 favourite ) was challenged  but held on to win by a long neck from All But Gone ( Josh Oliver, $10 ) which came home well along the rails while Hirokin ( Mathew Cahill, $9.50 ) was a handy third.

A one million dollar yearling sales graduate, Red Knot is owned by Paul Frampton and Reg Inglis and was originally trained by Gai Waterhouse at Randwick. Included amongst the wins since joining the Rod Northam stable has been the 2017 Coonabarabran Cup, a likely target again, on Monday October 22.

Formerly a trainer at Coonamble and now with a big team in work at Wyong, Damien Lane was the toast of his old hometown when winning the first three races on Cup day with Thiswilldous, Kate’s Pearl and Kanguru.

Mick Heaney, a hardworking Vice President of the Coonamble club organised a local syndicate comprising himself, Matt White, Adam Firth, Greg Tyack and Jen Law to race Thiswilldous with Damien Lane.

The plan to win a Maiden race on Cup day came to fruition when Thiswilldous ( Jake Hull, $1.65 favourite ) led throughout to breeze home over four lengths clear of Zamali ( Mikayla Weir, $51 ) and Regal Cannon,Jake Pracey-Holmes, $3 ).

Damien Lane had to be content with a close second in the Cup with All But Gone however he won another feature race, the $27,000 Keady Family Crystal Sprint ( 1200 metres ) with Kanguru ( Rachael Murray, $6.50 ) which came from midfield with a rails run to beat Desert Marshall (  Mikayla Weir, $8.50 ) by a short half head.

The $27,000 Loch Lomond Border Leicester Stud Baradine Cup ( 1400 metres ) saw a close finish with the Clint Lundholm, Dubbo trained Hammoon Bridge ( Mathew Cahill, $5.50 ) bursting through the pack and then holding out Austin ( Alena Skerritt, $5 ) And Quietly Confident ( Andrew Banks, $21 ).

After more than 30 years as the official starter at central and western area tracks Ray “Icy” Canham from Coonamble has retired and sent them on their way for the final time, in the 1600 metres Batterline Earthmoving sponsored “Icy”Canham Appreciation Class 3 Handicap at Coonamble.

With a powerful finish from last of the 14 runners, the Rod Northam trained Athena’s Voice ( Rachael Murray, $3.70 favourite) swept to a two lengths win over Western Parade ( Greg Ryan, $8 ) and Podium Bound ( Ken Dunbar, $6.50). 

-by Colin Hodges