Welcome to the 2020 bowling season, Let's hope it's a "bewdy". Of course, social bowls on Thursdays & Sundays didn't take a break over the festive season, but due to that lovely weather we have been having of late, the regulars have been more selective than normal, thus the fields haven't been all that flash, but hopefully, with the season proper just around the corner we might get a few more starters.
Last Thursday saw just half a dozen venture on to the green, and therefore there are no results for this roll-up. Sunday morning, however, was another matter with some 14 players going round in the Chook Run. Winners of the day were Arnold Gillespie & Bill Wilkie.
With the aforementioned bowling season almost upon us, the noticeboard is "chocka" full of information about upcoming events, including the Zone Championships. Kicking off the Zone calendar is the Fours Championships in all 3 Divisions, namely Open, Senior & Presidents events. Nominations close for these events this coming weekend & whilst the closest venue for the Presidents Fours is Parkes, the Senior & Open events are played just down the road in Dubbo, so hopefully, Narromine can get a team or two in these championships.
The Zone Singles, however, is another matter with sections in all three divisions very close by, including Trangie which is hosting the Presidents event. Narromine should really have 3 or 4 players at least competing in this event as 75% of our members are eligible to play in it. Again with nominations closing shortly please see Rick make sure you are entered in the draws, should you so desire to "have a go".
The club bowling committee will be meeting on Sunday & amongst their agenda items will be the 2020 Pennant Season. The committee will be firstly determining the method we pick our squads and then ensuring those selectors jump in and pick some teams for a trial match.
So if you intend to play pennants for Narromine in 2020, best get your name down on the list pronto to ensure you at least get looked at.
The first of our club championships will kick off shortly and again after the bowls meeting on Sunday we should have a calendar of events for all the 2020 Club Championships. Hopefully said calendar will be posted on the noticeboard by this time next week.
Not much more to report on this week, but the "Micky Dix" bowls shop has some great specials at the moment, along with plenty of pennant shirts & Red trousers.
WINS FOR KELLY AND SQUIRES
A total of 15 players faced the starter for the weekly Gerries' golf competition at "Royal " Narromine last Saturday morning. The weather was much cooler than had been experienced during the week even though there was a strong wind which played havoc with some shots.
In the Ladies division, there were 5 players with the competition very keen.
Winner on the day was Marj Kelly with 18 points and she defeated Carole McDonald only one behind with 17 points, very well played by both these ladies.
Gail White was the winner of the Ladies NTP which had jack potted to an amazing one dozen golf balls. Well done Gail. Only 10 men took advantage of the cooler weather to play and the winner was Steve Squires with a good round of 22 points. Runnerup was Bruce Mitchell on 21 points, he defeated Gus Smith on a countback for second.
Good to see Mitchell back in the winners' circle after a recent spell in hospital. He also won the NTP but it was only worth one golf ball. The overall winner of the very popular NAGA prize was Dale Harding-well done Dale.
After a lengthy presentation ceremony, attention turned to the Pool table where Bob Fletcher and Norm Lewis played Mal Richardson and Terry Willis in the preliminary round.
The draw for the Pool comp was a drawn-out affair but it was very open and fair to all.
The opening match did not take long as one of the players was offered free coaching ( contrary to the local rules ) resulting in one player sinking the black halfway through the game giving victory to Fletcher and Lewis who advanced to the final. In the final, they met Chris Harding and Steve Squires and this was a rather sloppy match with all players guilty of mistakes.
Eventual winners were Squires and Harding who became Pool champs for the week.
There will be a working bee on the course on Wednesday morning to clear up some of the damage caused by recent wind storms. As many as possible are asked to attend at 8.00 am for a couple of hours.
Next Saturday, the Ladies will play the back nine and the men on the front nine with the hit off at 9.00 am. See you all on the tee.
Last Saturday we had 12 starters in Irish Stableford sponsored by the Club. Scott Magill & Janie McKinnon had 71 points to win from Tony & Duane Mann with 61 points.
NTPs 9th Scott Magill & 10th Jamie McKinnon. On Sunday we had 19 starters in a 4BBB sponsored by the club.
The winners were Daniel Treseder & Andrew Hocroft with 49 points from the unlucky Michael & Peter Treseder with 48 points. Ball winners on 47 points were Steve Buckley & Richard Duff and the team of Budd Cape & Ryan Richardson, NTPS 9th & 10th were won by Rob Williams. Rob's shot on the 10th hit the pin & stopped just inches from the cup.
Last Tuesday we had 65 starters in the Business House Comp with the best score coming from the Phantoms 83 points.
Best individual scores came from Ryan Richardson 25, Alex Harding 23, Tim Sharkey 22, Mark Hilder 22, Wendy Jeffery 22, Hamish Job 21, Greg Wallace 21, Alex Sambrook 21 & Tim Montgomery 21. NTPs 3rd Ben White 9th Lachlan Reid & 10th John Butcher.
Next Saturday we have a 4BBB & Sunday a 4 Ball Aggregate.
The second Macquarie Yabbies swimming carnival hosted on Sunday, January 12, was a huge success. 171 swimmers entered from 23 participating clubs across NSW and even QLD; with 1231 race entries total.
Records tumbled on the day as swimmers aged 5 - 15 from Dubbo, Mudgee, Orange, Manildra, Forbes, Parkes, Trangie, Coolah, Warren, Dunedoo, Tottenham, Nyngan, Coonamble, Bourke, Wellington and Coonabarabran battled it out in the pool.
Club President, Kerry Roberts was extremely happy with the turnout. "The skins events were hotly contested with $1000 in prize money, as were the dash for cash events," she said. "Congratulations to all swimmers who competed so enthusiastically".
Skins winners on the day were:
12yrs & under - Angus Ciesolka (St Hilda's Aquatics QLD) & Maddie Marks (Coonamble Swimming Club).
14yrs & under - Nate Atkinson (Mudgee Indoor Swim Club) & Bianca Fuller (Dubbo City Swimtech).
15 & over - Lachlan McCabe (Nu Swim Inc) & Sammi Atkinson (Mudgee Indoor Swim Club).
Rotary was onsite early with bacon and egg rolls followed by a barbecue lunch and their presence was hugely appreciated by swimmers and supporters alike. Thanks also to Dubbo City Swimtech for all their technical assistance on the day.
A huge thank you to all the sponsors who supported races on the day, as well as the Yabbies member and committee team who were on-site from 6.30am until 5.30pm to put up and pack down the carnival. Thanks also to all the volunteer timekeepers from across Western Area clubs for their assistance.
As a follow on to the club carnival the Macquarie Yabbies are one of only three clubs in NSW to be hosting the NSW Country Regional Carnival on the Australia Day Weekend over two full days.
This event will see swimmers from across the state converging on Narromine for the weekend. All swimmers participating in the meet will have had to qualify prior to the meet so the pool is sure to light up again with high-quality swimming.
Alkane Resources's Tomingley Gold Operations (TGO) has rallied the troops to ensure young footballers in Narromine can play the game they love.
The mine and 11 contractors put in $1000 each to pay for a bus for the Narromine Jets Rugby League Club.
The keys were handed over at Narromine Oval where TGO general manager operations, Simon Parsons, said the mine was a significant employer in the Narromine Shire.
It was important to support the community and ensure youth did not miss out on playing the sport they loved because they had no transport, he said.
"Sport brings people together, not just the players themselves but their supporters, friends and family and all who helped make this happen are thrilled to give back to the local community," Mr Parsons said.
"Sporting clubs in small rural towns are the heart and soul of these small communities and survive on the financial support that is provided by the local business community. The current economic pressures in the bush are also making it difficult for many small sporting groups to survive."
President of the club Archie Harding was on hand to accept the keys.
"We are most grateful to all those who made this happen and really appreciated the support of local business for the sport we love," he said.
"So many players now can benefit by getting to games and opening up many opportunities for personal and sporting development.
"In the extremely tough times of the drought that we are experiencing, socialising and being involved in sport is so important for maintaining mental health."
The contractors who helped pay for the bus are Aquawest, Hardy Mining, JLE Electrical, EMECO, Sullivans Mining & Hardware, SNF Australia, LKA Staffing Solutions, Jennmar, Dubbo Powerhouse, Tega Industries and Revegetation and Erosion Control Services. Coates Hire provided signage for the bus. TGO also provided the Narromine Jets Junior Rugby League Club with $6000 for jerseys. The club has about 220 registered players and fields under six to under 16 teams in the regional rugby league competition.