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Men's Bowls


Wet conditions greeted the Grenfell social bowlers with 38 players participating during the week.

Sunday social bowls was cancelled due to wet weather conditions. The winners were:

Free games: Daryl Spalding, Quinten Murray , Craig Bembrick and John Grogan.

Vouchers: Kerry Aston, Rob Coleman, Brian Johnson and Max Barr.

Chooks: Andrew Armstrong, Max Barr, John Joyce and John Dumbrell.

This week you needed -eight on the ninth end on an odd numbered rink.

The jackpot was not won this week. Next week the jackpot will be $62.00.

On Thursday, February 13 the bus will be leaving at 4.45pm to travel to Quandialla playing in a pennant trial.

If any players can't play please let the committee know.

Social bowls on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will commence at 1pm with the names in by 12.30pm.

Dave Hancock


Purchased last year by the Molloy family from Cowra, the seven year old gelding Welcome Art more than recouped the outlay when winning on Saturday the $27,000 Gilgandra Sporting Club Gilgandra Cup.

Welcome Art won the 2019 Cowra Cup for trainer Andrew Molloy and remained in his stable after the then owners decided later to sell.

In a real family affair, Welcome Art is raced by Andrew Molloy's wife April, his father Bill, his sister Katie, his brother Bob, the family doctor Dr John Mclaren and stablehand Rory Nelson.

Fifteen minutes before the running of the Cup, trainer Andrew Molloy received the news his brother Allan Molloy had just driven a winner at a harness racing meeting in Vancouver, Canada where Allan has been a successful trainer-driver for 12 years.

Allan has driven over 100 winners, many of them at the Fraser Downs track.

Penny's Bonitas and Outta Space set the pace from A Magic Zariz in the 1550 metres Cup with Welcome Art racing in a midfield position for Dubbo jockey Ken Dunbar.

Carrying the 61kg top weight, A Magic Zariz ( Clayton Gallagher, $5 ) took the lead turning for home and although fighting hard was overhauled and beaten a half length by the $7.50 chance Welcome Art.

Greg Ryan who had already ridden an incredible 10 Gilgandra Cup winners finished third on Chuck 'N' Paul ( $7 ) however he managed a winning double on the Brett Cavanough, Scone trained Pure Faith ( $1.55 favourite ) and the locally trained Bid To Fame.

Veteran trainer Bruce Parker from Gilgandra puts the polish on Bid To Fame which led throughout for a convincing win over Kiwicod ( Michael Heagney, $7 ) and Happy Partner( Tiffany Jeffries, $5.50 ) in the 1550 metres Gilgandra Services Club Coo-EE Cup Class 2 Handicap.

The 1280 metres Tooraweenah Cup ( Benchmark 50 ) proved a triumph for Gilgandra trainer Bryan Dixon and his track specialist Sugar Lane.

Brilliantly ridden by the Bathurst based Chelsea Ings, Sugar Lane ( $11 ) overcame the outside barrier to lead all the way when beating Squared ( Jake Pracey-Holmes, $9.50 ) and the $3.20 favourite Drummed Out ( Clayton Gallagher ).

Sugar Lane has now recorded four wins and two placings from eight starts at Gilgandra.

Chelsea Ings was also responsible for a top ride when from the outside barrier she led from start to finish on the Graeme Brooker, Coonabarabran trained Bowie's Boy( $10 ) to win the Bryson Luff Citizen Of The Year Class 1 Handicap ( 800 metres ) from Red Russian ( Tony Cavallo, $7 ) and Poppy Field ( Daniel Northey, $14 )

Legendary racecaller Bob Foran was remembered with a Memorial race over 1000 metres which resulted in an all the way win for the Graham Watts, Coonabarabran trained Tully Ho ( Yvette Lewis, $2.70 fav.) over Baby Merlin ( Michael Heagney, $11 ) and Plectrum ( Ken Dunbar,$7.50 ).

Gilgandra is renowned as one of the best wet weather tracks in NSW and despite very heavy rain the day before and again on race morning any doubts about the meeting going ahead were cast aside when the Les Roberts, Muswellbrook trained Fonda ( Michael Squires, $6 ) breezed home in the opening event the 800 metres Maiden Plate.

At one of the prettiest racecourses in the State the annual Bedgerabong Picnics will be held next Saturday with Dubbo hosting a TAB meeting on Sunday.

Colin Hodges

Grenfell Swimming Club

The Grenfell Amateur Swimming Club will be holding its annual Business House Relays this Sunday afternoon, February 16 commencing at 5pm.

This is a fun family afternoon and you don't need to be an Olympic Swimmer to take part - you just need to be able to get from one end of the pool to the other.

The Rotary Barbecue will be available for tea and the ever popular Lions jumping castle will be there to keep the younger family members occupied.

Gate admission will be $5 per family or $2 a single.

The entry fee per relay team will be $30.

Please have your entries to Leann at the Aquatic Centre (6343 1756 or Mob: 0490 830 563) as soon as possible.

If you are a business house and would like to sponsor a team or you would like to swim but don't have a team please also contact Leann and she will find you a team.

Megan Hughes

Grenfell Ladies Bowls

Last Thursday eight men bowlers, Kyle, Kerry, Josh Ross, Lance, Warren Ken and Ray were kind enough to give our pennant team a practice game.

One team did well and one received lesson, but we thank these gents very much for their help.

Saturday we played two games against Cootamundra Country Club.

The morning game resulted in a win to Sandy Paine, Julie Hughes , Sonia Ingall and Sue Gault 28 to 9.

Sharyn Bradtke, Lyn Galvin, Judy McAlister and Rosemary Walter went down 14 to 22.

This resulted in an overall win to Grenfell 4 points to 1.

The afternoon game saw a replacement player with Julie Hughes lead, Pat Reid second, Sonia Ingall third and Sue Gault skip.

The score was a loss 15 to 21.

Rosemary's team remained unchanged and they had a 19 all draw.

The result was a win to Cootamundra 41/2 to 1/2.

Thanks go to Julie Wood who was with us as reserve for the full day.

This was greatly appreciated by all.

A big thanks also to Barry Bradtke who was umpire for the full day and also to Ray Walter who was score keeper.

We are grateful to all these men who consistently support our club.

Another thank you to Peter our greenkeeper, our Club and the bar staff for all their help.

Next Saturday is another home game morning and afternoon against Young Threes.

The teams are lead Sharyn Bradtke, second Julie Wood, third Judy McAlister and skip Rosemary Walter.

The other team is Sandy Paine lead, Julie Hughes second, Sonia Ingall third and Sue Gault skip.

Pat Reid will be our reserve.

Warren Paine is our umpire and Ray Walter score keeper.

There will be no Super Singles on Thursday evening as the men are going to Quandialla for their pennant practice.

Therefore, would the ladies please come for a practice at 1:30pm on Thursday afternoon.

Anyone not available please let me know ASAP. Thank you.

Nearly forgot ladies. The nomination sheets for the District Singles and Triples are on the board.

Rosemary Walter

Indoor bowls catch up

On Tuesday January 21 we had 10 players. We played two bowls each on one mat. A team consisting of Nerida, Eric, Jasmine, Jeanie and Jenny defeated Thelma, Alice, Mavis, Mary and Carol by two points on the last end. A quite exciting game enjoyed by all.

For those on the sick list we wish you all a speedy recovery, we miss you and need you.

On Tuesday January 28 we had nine players. After the Jack being knocked off several times a team consisting of Nerida, Jasmine, Ruth and Carol defeated by four points a team consisting of Alice, Jeanie, Jenny, Barbara and Mavis. A lot of fun and a good social afternoon was had by all.

Grenfell Indoor Bowls is played on Tuesdays at the Grenfell Bowling Club with play starting at 1.30pm.