Round 17 of the 2017 Christie and Hood Castlereagh League competition saw the scoreboard attendants around the Group given a heavy work as big scores were the order of the day. Both the Trangie Magpies and the Coonabarabran Unicorns rugby league teams were having their final outing for the year with both teams having a bye next week. They both had road trips to wind up their 2017 commitments and they were on the wrong end of a lop sided score sheet with the Maggies going down 72 to 12 to Coonamble at Coonamble and the Unicorns well beaten by Gulgong at The Gong, going down 78 to six. The biggest score was recorded at Gilgandra with the Panthers downing a gallant, but outgunned Coolah Kangaroos outfit 82 to nil (Official recorded score will be 75 to nil).
The final score did little to reflect the effort that the Roos put in against the competition frontrunners. The visitors would have been well pleased with their first half effort, going to the sheds at 20 to nil down. Things immediately went pear shaped in the second half for the red and whites. In the opening 25 minutes Coolah rather amazingly did not have one touch in possession, their first contact with the ball, just 15 minutes remained in the game! Unfortunately at that point the Panthers had a 76 to nil lead enjoying 100 per cent of the possession in the second stanza up until then. In League Tag the Warren Bulldogs continued their good form, ending any semi final aspirations that Baradine had with a 34 to four win at Warren, Coonabarabran finished their year on a winning note, downing Gulgong 32 to 18. Coonamble took out a high scoring game against Trangie 50 points to 20.
The final round of Christie and Hood Castlereagh League season will be this Saturday with the Baradine Magpies travelling to Gilgandra to face a stern examination against the reigning premiers and currently undefeated competition leaders. The Panthers will be wary of the Maggies, rating the Round 9 clash against the Black and Whites at Baradine one of their toughest encounters so far. In fact Baradine are the only side that has lead the Panthers on the scoreboard at half time in 2017 and if they can replicate their recent form it should be an entertaining Boronia Cup Challenge game. Mathematically Dunedoo can force their way into the semis, but it will take a combination of a big loss by Baradine and a big win by them over the Coonamble Bears at Dunedoo for that to happen. In terms of points difference between The Swans and The Magpies, Baradine currently holds an 80 point advantage. The Swans have proven to be a handy outfit, and at home, and coming off a strong win against Gulgong a fortnight ago they might rate their chances of upsetting the Bears. Preceding the rugby league at Dunedoo will be an interesting league tag fixture with the first placed Swannettes taking on the fourth placed Bearettes. The final four is decided in the league tag but a bold showing by Coonamble against Dunedoo would certainly bolster their confidence going into the semis. Christie and Hood Castlereagh League round 17 scores.
Youth League: Gulgong 36 (Dan Crane 2, Sam Gorrie, Aiden Everingham, Logan Rumming, Tyson Craggs, Mitchell Sheather tries, Gorrie 4 goals) defeated Coonabarabran 22 (Jack Isedale 2, Quade Milgate 2, Konna Newton, Darcy Abel tries, Milgate goal)
League Tag: Warren 34 (Nikki Fuller 3, Taylah Brown, Brittany Darcy, Karen Harris tries, Harris 5 goals) defeated Baradine 4 (Haylee Dunn try). Coonamble 50 (Tori Canham 3, Wanitta Glover 2, Katie Kelly, Emily Ryan, Miley Anderson, Jay Ewers tries, Canham 6 goals) defeated Trangie 20 (Sam Hamilton, Luwana Tumai-Lynch, Dee Carney, Angela Linnett tries, Tumai-Lynch 2 goals). Coonabarabran 32 (Belle Smith 4, Teaghan Barron, Meg Harris tries, Smith 2, Harris 2 goals) defeated Gulgong 18 (Karla Harper 2, Chloe Pennell, Bridie Morrow tries, Cordellia Powell goal)
Competition table: Dunedoo (points for 382/ points against 82/ points difference 300) 30, Warren (358/140/218)28, Gilgandra (303/188/115) 27, Coonamble (304/144/160) 26, Baradine 21, Trangie 14, Coonabarabran 14, Gulgong 6
Rugby League: Coonamble 72 (Matty Hall 3, Jack Kelly 2, Derek Robinson, Josh Gersohn, Mitch Smith, Dan Smith, Joey Goldsmith, Andrew McKenzie, Grant Welsh tries, Jake Fernando 10 goals) defeated Trangie 12 (Jack Healey, Logan Bond tries, Jack Powell 2 goals). Gulgong 78 ( Brad James 5, Brett Warwicker 2, Kyle Hartigan 2, Blake Gorrie 2, Callam Ruming, Tom Reddish, Cameron Milburn, James Morrison tries, James 9 goals) defeated Coonabarabran 6 (Tristan Sulter try, Seb Backhouse goal). Gilgandra 82 (Owen Batten 2, Matt Frecklington 2, Ashley Hazelton 2, Will Morris 2, Brayden Chatfield, Kieren Hazelton, Cameron Bamblett, Tyler Bamblett, Damian Jordan, Adam Hazelton tries, Brandon Hammond 13 goals) defeated Coolah 0 (Official score recorded as 75 to nil)
Competition table: Gilgandra (Points for 713/Points against 128/ points difference 585) 34, Coonamble(552/300/252) 26, Gulgong (420/306/114) 24, Baradine (362/386/ -24) 22, Dunedoo (336/440/-104) 20, Coonabarabran 17, Trangie 15, Coolah 8
Final round August 12: Gilgandra versus Baradine (Boronia Cup Challenge game), Coolah versus Gulgong, Dunedoo versus Coonamble, Warren versus Trangie, Coonabarabran bye.
Wednesday, August 2, 21 players 19 of such playing Round 1 of Burgess Cup which is a two, 18 hole round competition. Twenty one players competed for Carole King’s kindly donated trophy. Carole also kindly donated nearest pin trophies and the Raffle.
First round Burgess Cup, B grade and Carole King trophy winner was Wendy Jeffery with a very impressive 69 nett. A grade ball winner was won by Tracy McIntyre 71 nett. C grade ball was won by Jeanette O’Brien with 76 nett.
Optional ball winners, first Joan Collins 71 nett, second Dale Harding 72 nett, third Sue Richardson 74 nett, fourth Terese Haley 76 nett, winning on a count back from Bev Woods 76 nett.
Robyn Jones won nearest pin ninth, Terese Haley won nearest pin 17th. Drawn Card went to Carole King. Dale went home smiling broadly with the raffle win under her arm!
August 5, 13 players attended the Sandy Mack Memorial Stableford event. Trophies were donated by Sandy and George Mack’s lovely daughter Kirsty Wettenhall and Judy Barlow. Ironically Kirsty was the best player winning her own Trophy with 38 points (which she declined from taking). Runner up, Judy Barlow with 36 points (also declined trophy). Judy won the A grade ball. The beautiful trophy of the day went to a drawn card winner, Heather Bootle. Heather also won nearest pin trophy ninth and Vicki Gainsford nearest pin on the tenth which she donated back for the raffle which was won by Dale Harding Dale also won first optional ball with 33 points. Second opp ball went to Wendy Jeffery 33 points winning on a count-back from Bev Woods also 33 points and did not win a Brass Razoo! Loosing on account back twice in one week.
Three players went to Dunedoo’s Open Tournament August 6 Tracy McIntyre was hoping to win a new teapot at this event. August 9, Round 2 of Burgess Cup with Marie Bishop’s kindly donated Trophy. Round 5 of Monthly Medal is August 12. August 13 Cobar will be holding their Open tournament. Ladies please select a partner to play in the Foursomes Championships Round 1 August 16. A COMMITTEE meeting follows golf. Granny Golfing Guru
Championships results Saturday. B grade singles: Game 1 Andrew MacQueen defeated Geoff Bohm 31 to 21. Game 2 Geoff Anderson defeated Mick Wright 31 to 16. Game 3 Codey Anning defeated Legs Hartas 31 to 7. Game 4 Ben Clark defeated Jimmy Daley 31 to 26.
Next weekend, Andrew MacQueen will play Geoff Anderson whilst Sunday at 10am Ben Clark will play Codey Anning. The final of the a grade pairs along with the final of the B grade singles will be played August 19. Social bowls this week restricted to Sunday. Sunday results Bill West and Heather McIntyre days winners after defeating Bob Davis and Rob Bateman. Other pairs match Peter Kelly and Steve Buttsworth just nudged out Puďy Gillespie an Bill Wilkie.
Coming up: Gub Thorne day August 26.