Windy weather conditions greeted the Grenfell social bowlers with 40 players participating during the week. The winners were:
Free games: Paul Kay, Barry Jones, John Grogan and Max Barr.
Vouchers: Nev Coleman, Kerry Aston, Q Murray and Greg Fanning.
Chooks: Rob Coleman x two, Keith Brus and Mark McSpadden.
This week you needed +five on the 14th end on an even numbered rink. The jackpot was not won this week. Next week the jackpot will be $101.00.
Two weeks ago to the surprise of many Clive Anderson, Keith Brus and Barry Jones won the Clubs Triples Championship.
Last Sunday they added Daryl Spalding to the team and to prove it was no fluke they achieved the double by winning the Club Fours Championship. This final was a very close fought match throughout with the winners scoring two shots on the last end to defeat the team of D. Hughes, S. Hughes C. Meyer and S. Galvin by one shot overall.
The combined age of the three old boys is almost 235 years which shows there is some life there yet. It also shows that lawn bowls is a sport for all ages and that the game is the real winner in that it gets oldies out of the house and into some gentle exercise which can only help physically and mentally.
So, to quote a past advertising campaign let us ask other old non-bowlers "Where the bloody hell are you?"
Social bowls on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will commence at 1.00pm with the names in by 12.30pm.
Western Rams in a nail-biter
Western players were left disappointed and frustrated at full-time in their game against France but Rams captain Alex Ronayne felt it just showed the quality of rugby league in the region.
The Rams had the chance to salvage a draw after the siren at a packed Jock Colley Field on Wednesday night but halfback Chad Porter couldn't bring his kick around from the sideline as France scored a 22-20 win.
The match wasn't without drama, as one French player was sent from the field and another was sin-binned following a brawl while three Rams were binned later on by referee Simon Hartas in an ugly finish to the game.
But those scenes couldn't dampen the spirits of all involved, as the teams came together after the final siren, posing for photos and sharing a laugh.
Two Forbes Magpies, Mitch Burke and Ben Maguire, were selected for the team.
"They just played the Junior Kangaroos and then we stuck it to them so that just shows in bush footy we're right there," Ronayne said.
"It was just an honour to be out there and to captain the boys.
"We just played an international team and lost by two points when we should have won so it was unreal."
Despite creating a stack of chances throughout the game, there was never a point in which the Rams led in what was the sixth meeting between the two sides.
Four golden chances went begging in the first half at Parkes, all undone by poor handling or discipline, and the French took advantage. The visitors led 14-0 at the break but slowly the hosts started to improve their completion rate.
Ronayne, deservedly, got Western's first try after slicing down the right edge and while his side conceded almost immediately after, tries to prop Josh Starling and winger Aidan Ryan got the Rams back within four with seven minutes to go.
But that was where things boiled over as first Rams centre Blake Lawson was sin-binned after he and France's two-try hero Hakim Miloudi clashed and just minutes after that the brawl broke out.
Frenchman Jordan Dezaria was sent off for striking while his captain, Romain Navarrete, was joined in the bin by Rams duo Starling and Josh Merritt for their involvement.
Miloudi slotted a penalty following the incident, meaning all the pressure was on Porter after Wellington captain Ryan sliced through to score and set off Western celebrations right on full-time.
But it wasn't to be, as Porter missed from the sideline to ensure France's tour of Australia ended on a high.
The French had won only once at the World Cup 9s, were thumped by the Junior Kangaroos, and had been hampered by a number of off-field issues like captain Jason Baitieri quitting midway through the tour.
"This is the best thing we could have," man of the match Miloudi said of the win. The Junior Kangaroos was another level but the Western Rams played well today."
Western coach Tim Ryan had nothing but praise for his side's commitment to the Western jersey, with it being the first time a number of players in the squad had worn the green and white.
"We haven't had a senior team for four years but they all bought into it and loved it and to see a crowd like this and be playing against an international team, it's something the boys won't forget," the coach said.
Ronayne led from the front for the Rams while Ryan was named Western's man of the match.
FRANCE 22 defeated WESTERN RAMS 20 (Aidan Ryan 2, Josh Starling, Alex Ronayne tries; Josh Merritt 2 goals) at Parkes. Local juniors also had the thrill of playing a half-time exhibition match: Red Bend Junior Rugby League U12s took on Parkes Marists.
Grenfell Swimming Club news
ONLINE ENTRIES: Please keep checking your emails as details on how to enter for each Club night will be sent out this week. We remind swimmers and parents that you can only enter in the distance that the referees have approved each swimmer for. If the competitor is entered in the wrong distance they will be moved back to the correct distance. This decision was made by the Committee last year, in consultation with the referees, with the view of further developing the junior swimmers stroke technique before they progress to a longer distance. As with last year your child must begin in the 15m and cannot progress to the 25m or 50m distances in any stroke unless they are advised by the referees of their progression.
SWIMWEAR: Please be advised that your swimwear must be in line with Swimming NSW Rules. Girls/Women - swimsuits are limited to one suit that is of "open back" and "open shoulder" designs that may extend down to the knee. Swimsuits must not extend below the knees. No zippers or other fastening devices are allowed except for a waist tie. Swimsuits must be of textile material and must not contain any non textile material such as polyurethane or neoprene.
Boys/Men - swimsuits are limited to one suit that covers at most the body surface from hips to knee - Speedo type briefs or jammers. Swimsuits may not extend above the waist or below the knees. No board shorts, footy shorts or rash vests.
REGISTRATIONS: If anyone is having trouble with registrations please contact Laraine Bland. We remind all swimmers that they must be registered before they can swim.
SQUAD: Squad training has commenced and is held Monday - Thursday from 4pm to 5pm. Please contact Leann at the Aquatic Centre for all squad related enquiries.
UNIFORMS: For anyone wanting to order a uniform please contact Leann at the Aquatic Centre before Friday, 8 November 2019.
Feature Race Friday - 100m backstroke