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Ladies Bowling

Wow! Who can believe we are in October already?

The lighter evenings now becoming even longer, with our clocks moved forward and the sun gods playing some serious games with our thermometers.

Unfortunately the dust has become our new storm, as we move into yet another summer of bowls.

We still have our Club Championships to play and our Summer League begins in earnest, this Sunday.

We had a couple of teams travel away during the week. Andrew Armstrong, Sonia Ingall, Barry Bradkte and Sharyn Bradkte travelled to Nyngan for their Open Triples Tournament; while Martin Betcher, Kathy Betcher and Warren Paine headed over to Boorowa for their tournament.

No major prizes were awarded, however Martin had a win for a resting toucher and Warren came home with a nice bottle of wine from the raffle.

Not only are these tournaments a great way to have some fun and meet new people, it is also important to offer our support. Especially to the smaller clubs.

The first round of our Triples Championship gets underway on Thursday, October 17 at 10am, when Rosemary Walter, Alison Cutcliffe and Julie Hughes play Sue Gault, Judy McAlister and Pat Reid.

Watch this space for dates of the remaining Championship games.

Kathy Betcher and Alison Cutcliffe are off to Sydney to play in the Willow Fong two day tournament at Merrylands Bowling Club. Good luck girls and have fun.

Dates to remember:

  • Saturday ladies days are back to 10am.
  • Our Tuesday Skills, Drills, Coaching and Training days are back, with a starting time of 1.30pm.
  • Summer league begins on October 13.
  • Our next monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, October 10 at 5.00pm, followed by a social game of bowls for those who are interested.

Sandra Paine

Welcome done: Booowa Bowling Club with from L-R, Martin Betcher, Kathy Betcher and Warren Paine.

Welcome done: Booowa Bowling Club with from L-R, Martin Betcher, Kathy Betcher and Warren Paine.

Men's Golf

Competition Golf.

Sunday morning social golfers played with Julian Harris winning from Paul Gavin.

On Saturday in the mens golf played in warm conditions. Two visitors from Bega Golf Club played and enjoyed the course setup.

Glenn Beasley won on 39 points from David Hancock on 33 points and Geoff Gravenmaker.

Next Saturday and Sunday will be the 2019 Grenfell Mens Golf Championships.

It will be reduced to 18 holes per day and be 36 in total.

Players can start between 12 and 1pm each day. The mens foursomes but has been re-scheduled to Sunday, November 10.

Just a reminder that Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday golf starts between 12 and 1pm and Sunday social nine hole competition starts at 8am.

Men's Bowling


Better conditions greeted the Grenfell social bowlers with 34 players participating during the week.

The winners were:

Free games :- Rod ONEILL, Ted Pickwell ,Barry Jones and Clive Anderson.

Vouchers: David Frost, John Dumbrell, John Grogan and Gary Pipe.

Chooks:- Dave Hancock, Nev Coleman, Barry Jones and Greg Fanning.

This week you needed +eight on the 16th end on an even numbered rink.

The jackpot was not won this week. Next week the jackpot will be $181.00.

The form for nomination for the mens triples is up so put your team in.

Social bowls times will change from Sunday and will commence at 1pm with the names in by 12.30pm then every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday onwards.

David Hacock


Dubbo trainer Garry Lunn is renowned for getting his horses very fit and he landed a winning double with his tough duo Traffic Cop and Percussion at Mudgee on Saturday.

Since joining the Lunn stable in February 2019 from Victoria the now seven year old Traffic Cop has recorded three wins and 8 placings from 25 starts with the latest win being in the Benchmark 50 Handicap over 1600 metres at Mudgee.

Sweeping around the field before the hometurn, Traffic Cop ( Rachael Murray, $1.60 favourite ) took the lead and kept going strongly to beat the dead heaters for second Rowling In Riches ( Ashley Morgan,$2.50 ) and Laugharne ( Tony Cavallo,$3.50 ).

Percussion ( $2.50 equal fav.) also maintains form during a long campaign and given a nice run behind the leader by Rachael Murray, won the the McGrath Foundation Benchmark 50 Handicap ( 1400 metres ) by over a length from Whispadah ( Daniel Northey, $2.50 eq.fav.) and Precious Arli ( Tony Cavallo, $3 ).

A big crowd supported the McGrath Foundation Charity meeting and in the opening event the Martin McInerney, Hawkesbury trained Versifier ( Ashley Morgan,$3 ) led all the way to win the Maiden Plate ( 1100 metres ) from Show Of Light ( Rachael Murray .$5 ) and Sturgeon Moon ( Daniel Northey,$3.20 ).

Trained at Cessnock by John Bannister, the three year old filly Shadesmar ( Ashley Morgan,$3 ) came from last to win the 1400 metres Maiden Handicap in a three way photo finish from Bellator ( Kate Cowan, $3.50 ) and My Mustang Sally,Rachael Murray, $10 ).

From the Mark Milton stable at Gulgong, Rawson Crossing ( Andrew Banks, $3.50 ) also came from the back of the field to beat Bell Serenade ( Rachael Murray, $5 ) by a short half head with Bushie's Crumpet ( Jake Pracey-Holmes,$4 ) a fast finishing third in the 1200 metres Class 2 Handicap.

Mungery Picnics

Settling into a steady rhythm the aptly named Relaxed cruised in the lead before winning the 1750 metres Agfarm Mungery Picnic Cup on Sunday by a big margin.

Ridden by south coast jockey Maddison Wright, the Rodney Robb, Nyngan trained Relaxed ( $2.10 favourite ) had seven lengths to spare at the finish from the Garry Lunn trained pair, Nightspun ( Ricky Blewitt, $3 ) which had finished third in TAB company at Dubbo on Friday and Traffic Cop ( Jody Hughes, $5 ), a winner at Mudgee the day before Mungery.

Maddison Wright and Rodney Robb also combined to win the Maiden Plate ( 1200 metres ) with She's Sizzling ( $1.70 favourite ), an all the way winner by nearly six lengths from Izzonsong ( Ridge Wilson, $21 ) and Count On Conflict ( Michael Gray, $5.50 ).

Rodney Robb completed a winning treble when Work And Chat ( $3 ) ridden by Inverell based Ridge Wilson, defeated stablemate Star Express ( Maddison Wright, $3.80 ) and Thorn Lass ( Michael Gray, $13 ) in the 1200 metres Narromine Hotel Class B Handicap.

Bred and raced by Dennis Todd the mayor of Warrumbungle Shire Council, Work And Chat following a string of placings won the Mungery race by over five lengths after taking the early lead.

Multiple premiership jockey Ricky Blewitt who was badly injured in a race fall at Tomingley in April recently resumed riding and following a winning treble at Lockhart on Friday he won the Maiden Plate ( 800 metres ) at Mungery on the Kylie Kennedy, Narromine trained $1.70 favourite My Baby Sprintz.

Scone based trainer Mark Scmetzer had a winning double with Military Bay ( $3.20 ) and Jetello ( $2.70 ), both leading all the way with the trainers brother in law Ashley Boyd the rider.

Troy Schmetzer the owner of Jetello has been a trackwork rider in Hong Kong for the past three years and is the brother of Mark Schmetzer.

Jetello led by five lengths turning for home and lasted to win by a long neck from Mr Swift ( Jody Hughes, $2.50 fav.) with Star Of Zizou ( Ricky Blewitt, $3.40 ) over five lengths away third.

Despite typical hot and windy drought weather a big crowd attended the Mungery Picnics.

Racing at Forbes ( TAB ) on Saturday with the $75,000 Coonamble Cup ( TAB ) to feature on Sunday.

At the Country Racing Awards gala function held in Sydney on Friday night there were major wins for the Louth and Forbes Clubs.

Louth was announced as the Country Race Club Of The Year and Forbes received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Colin Hodges