Congratulations to Mick Wright, Jimmey Daley Steve Riley and John Edwards who annexed our first club Championship event of 2018. This quartet won the final of the Club Fours last Saturday defeating Alex Sambrook, Ben Clark, Sam Crook and Robert French 23/17. In what some pundits would consider an upset the victors lead from go to whoa, and despite ‘Frenchy’ and co getting a couple of Multi’s late in the match to make the score tighten up, ‘Johno’ and co seemed to have their measure for most of the day. Whilst the ends were almost level 11/10 it was some 12 unanswered shots from end 8 to end 11 that did the damage, with the score going from all square at 6 apiece to 18/06 in Johno’s favour and from this point onwards it was cruise mode for our 2018 Champions, as they gave Frenchy and co barely a look in. So that finishes our first event for 2018, which means we can start our next, which in this case will be the consistency singles, which was due to commence the last weekend in February but will now be delayed until the first weekend in March. Nominations close next weekend for this event, for those of a mind to have a go.
A very successful pennant trial was held on Sunday morning with Narromine Hosting some 7 rinks of West Dubbo’s Grade 01 and 05 Pennant Squads: Our Grade 3 were defeated by the West Dubbo Number 01 Team, but not before some keenly contested Bowls were played by the Lads in the Red Trousers. In the final wash up it was West Dubbo 66 shots and two rinks defeated Narromine 45 Shots 1 rink, whilst in the Grade 5 contest Narromine won 96/69 with 3 out of or 4 rinks winning their match, whilst the fourth rink went to West Dubbo by the barest of margins, so all in all a pretty good result and a good hit out for all involved. My personal thanks to Robbie Stanford for looking after the master board for the top grade, and Fellow House Directors Jimmy Daley, Peter Cross and Steve Riley for their help around the greens. As usual the catering under the care of Bev, Ron, Melissa and Carol was spot on, and a special thanks to those members who filled in late to make up that fourth rink we needed in the 2nd grade contest.
Social Bowls this week saw some 20 players have a hit out on Thursday, whilst Sunday proved to be a non-event due to the pennant trial. The full wrap of Thursday went something like this. On rink 03 Des Lincoln, Bob Davis and Peter McPhee scored some 12 points along the way to a 19/15 win over Doug Potter, Clifton Harris and Terry McDonald. On rink 4 it was Trent Jacobson and Danny Carnevale who garnered some 11 points along the way to a 16/12 win over Phil Harding and Peter Payne. On rink 02 the duo of Murray ‘long day’ Woolfe and Aaron Clarke squeeked out 10 points for their 20/15 win over Mark Hilder and Peter Cross, whilst in the other triples confrontation it was Noel Delboux, David McNair and Edddie McPhee who prevailed 13/13 over the trio of Rex Williams, Lionel Ayoub and Don Sullivan.
At day’s end master of ceremonies Daniel Carnevale awarded Des, Bob and Peter the prize for the day’s best performed team. The runners up cheque went Trent and Danny, whilst not to be out done Noel, David and Eddie got the Jackpot prize pool.
A pennant trial against Bourke Bowling Club has been arrange for the weekend February 24 and 25. A nomination sheet for those wishing to play on Sunday morning has been post on the notice board, whilst on Saturday it is envisioned that our Grade 3 and 5 Squads as selected for round 1 of the pennant season will be matched up against the Bourke squad. All relevant information regarding this weekend has been posted on the notice board, so rather than ask me what’s happening, check out the notice board.
Next weekend Narromine host a section of the Zone Triples Championships. This championships will commence Saturday morning, and with continuance Knock out play through to Sunday afternoon there should be some great action right throughout the weekend. Some 26 teams will start their campaign Saturday morning and by close of play Sunday night just the 1 Triples Team will be still standing. Narromine have some 6 teams entered so why not come up and see how the boys in the red trousers fare.
We also have live music in the Club house this Saturday night, February 17, with Katts Karaoke, set to entertain members from 8pm til late. The trivia circuit kicks off on Tuesday 20th February: This fun night starts around 7 pm and any Narromine or surrounding residents are most welcome to come along and play: The cost is $10.00 per head, and all monies collected go to local charities.
Narromine Men’s Golf
Last Saturday we had 7 players in a 4BBB sponsored by the Club. The winners were Budd Cape and Sam Hitchcock with 44 points from Mick McKean and Steve Buckley on 43 points. Tony Harding won the NTPs on the 9th and 10th. Best individual score came from Steve Buckley with 39 points.
In the Tuesday night comp last week we had 98 starters with the best team score coming from the Atlas Copco boys with 84 points. Scores were down a bit with watering the course in full swing. Best individual scores came from Bruce Mitchell 23, Mitch Rixon 23, Sam Brien 23, Terry Willis 22, Toby Rush 22, Brian Payne 21, Mark Hilder 21, Pat Mitchell 21, John Everett 21, Dudley Alcorn 21 and Tony Jeffery 21. NTPS 3rd Matt Gainsford, 9th Peter Treseder and 17th Robyn Jones.
Next Saturday we have a Par Plus on Saturday and on Sunday we have the 4 Person Holden Scramble with BBQ lunch at a cost of $45.00 each open to all players with Golf Australia Handicap.
On Sunday, the Narromine District Cricket team took on the ladder leading undefeated Wellington side at Dundas in their final round game of the Brewery Shield. Narromine were looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Cobar a fortnight previously to regain some momentum in the competition and cement their place in the semis. If Narromine could defeat Wellington by a hefty margin they could finish first and host the grand final. Another loss, and if other results went against them, could have seen them drop out of contention altogether.
Narromine won the toss and with a deep batting line up, elected to bat. Captain Kerr decided he had had enough of the Royal Hotel smack talk from the Krumb and sent him out to open the batting with DH. DH fell early but Sambo surprised the playing group with his stout defence and flamboyant stroke making, eventually falling for 15 with Narromine’s score at 2/43. Narromine’s middle order of Lachie Reid (41), Doug Potter (38) and Kale Bock (42) continued steadily throughout the morning building some good partnerships and getting the total to 6/194 in the 42nd over. When Bock fell with the score on 206 Narromine lost 3 quick wickets to be scrambling at 9 for 207 with the prospect of being bowled out for a below par score. The 10th wicket of Jakob Short (21no) and Farmer Lewis added a handy 22 to bring the score up to 229 to be all out in the 49th over. The Narromine lads went into lunch extremely confident they had a defendable total on a slow outfield that would make Wellington work hard for their runs.
Narromine started well with ball in hand, with Bart Goodman picking up an early wicket to have the visitors at 1/14 but then lost a bit of concentration and shelled a couple of early chances. Wellington were building a handy partnership leading into first drinks. Leading into drinks the skipper chucked the ball to Dan Holland and he was up to the task picking up a wicket either side of the break to have the Wello lads quickly on the back foot. By the time he had finished he’d collected 4 wickets in 15 balls to have them reeling at 5 for 61. However the visitors battled back with a 48 run partnership in a tough second session in hot conditions. The second drinks break proved the catalyst again with the Narromine boys refreshed they quickly took control again with some tight bowling from spinners Kerr (2/38 off 9) and Potter (2/33 off 6) making inroads to the tail. When Bart (2/30 off 6.4) was thrown the ball to finish of the innings it took him 4 balls to do so. Narromine bowled the visitors out for 147. Dan Holland was the best of the bowlers finishing with 4/24 off 8.
The win wasn’t quite enough for Narromine to leapfrog Wellington. They’ll finish the round robin matches in second place and will host either Dubbo or Cobar in the semifinal on March 4 at Dundas Park.
Thanks must go to Jenny Reid and Steve Sambrook for cooking another fantastic BBQ lunch and as always to the Narromine USMC for their sponsorship of Narromine District Cricket.