Grenfell sporting news |

Relays postponed

With the Grenfell Aquatic Centre undergoing mechanical repairs organisers for the annual Buisness House Relays decided late last week to postpone the event.

That means that there is still time for locals to get together and enter a team to take part in the event now to be held on Sunday, March 1.

Contact Leann at the Aquatic centre to grab some more info or to join a team or enter a team in the fun and exciting afternoon of racing in the pool.

All levels of swimmers invited to participate.

Men's Bowls

SocialBowls: Cooler conditions greeted the Grenfell social bowlers with 60 players participating during the week. The winners were :-

Free games :- Rob Coleman, Nev Coleman x2, John Dumbrell, Kerry Aston, Greg Fanning Barry Bradtke and David Hancock.

Vouchers: Max Barr, David Frost, David Hancock, Kerry Aston, Rob Coleman, Clive Anderson, and Mark McSpadden .

Chooks:- Barry Bradtke, Nev Hughes, Barry Butler, Andrew Armstrong, Quentin Murray Kerry Aston, Keith Brus and John Dumbrell.

This week you needed +five on the seventh end on an odd numbered rink. The jackpot was not won this week. Next week the jackpot will be $128.00.

The first Round of the pennant season commences on Saturday, February 29 and second Round on the Sunday, March 1.

The Number 4 pennants to commence at 12.40pm Saturday, February 29 at Forbes with the bus leaving 11.30am and the number 6 will play Caragabal at Grenfell at 12.40pm.

On Sunday, March 1 the number 4s will play Manildra at Grenfell to commence 12.40pm and number 6s to play at Cowra at 12.40pm with the bus leaving at 11.30am.

The Major Pairs will be played over the weekend of Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 with the nominations closing by May 11.

Nominations for Major Singles close on the February 24 with the first round to be played by March 7.

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

- Dave Hancock

Women's Bowls

Six ladies had a pennant practice on Thursday afternoon. An enjoyable outing and a good game.

Saturday was two pennant games against Young No. three players. From what we were told, we acquitted ourselves quite well as compared to their previous game against Cootamundra.

We lost both games in the morning with a score of Young 58 to Grenfell's 26. The afternoon game was similar with the result Young 52 to Grenfell 25.

Congratulations to all players for trying all day in very warm conditions. Thanks also to some of our players who were playing with health problems.

Thanks to Sandy and Pat for putting in a full day each.

Thank you to Warren for umpiring, Ray for scoring, Peter for having the green ready after the early morning rain, Laurel for the bar and her help and the Club for their support.

Next Saturday is all day at Cootamundra Country Club, morning tea is 8.30am, green fees are $8.

Teams are S. Paine, J. Hughes, S. Ingall and S. Gault (skip), S. Bradtke, L. Galvin, J.McAlister and R. Walter (skip). Check with your skip re: travel arrangements.

Anyone not available please let me know ASAP.

- Rosemary Walters

Grenfell Amateur Swimming Club

NSW COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Good luck to Mikayla Hughes and Tom Robinson who are both competing at the NSW Country Championships in Sydney on the weekend.

BUSINESS HOUSE RELAYS: The Business House Relays were postponed and will now be held on Sunday, 1 March 2020 commencing at 5pm. Relay entry fee will be $30 per team. Please leave your entries with Leann ASAP.

SQUAD: Squad fees are now due, please see Leann.

CHAMPIONSHIPS: Championships will be held on Friday, 28 February 2020 and Friday, 6 March 2020.

We remind swimmers that to qualify for Championships you must have six swims from Club nights in each particular event. Please note there are no Championships for 15m breaststroke, butterfly or backstroke.

We do remind you that you can confirm your eligibility to swim in the Championships by checking on the Results Central website. Swimmers will be automatically entered for the event in which they qualify for.

The only events that swimmers will need to nominate for are the 200m freestyle and 200m IM.

To be eligible for the 200m freestyle you must have swum the 100m freestyle six times and to be eligible to compete in the 200m IM you must have qualified for 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Nominations for these events can be left with Leann at the Pool or see the ladies in the Club Room on Friday night. Entries for these events will need to be in by Wednesday.

Championship Night One Events (28 February 2020) - 15m, 25m, 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle, 25m and 50m Backstroke

Championship Night Two Events (6 March 2020) 200m IM - 25m and 50m Butterfly 25m and 50m Breaststroke

TIMEKEEPING: Timekeepers for this week, 21 February 2020 are: Kohnen, Loader, Lynch, Martin, McLelland, Noble and O'Byrne

Please remember that if you are unavailable to do your rostered duty it is your responsibility to find a replacement.

RAFFLE: Anyone willing to donate prize/s for the weekly raffle can leave them with Leann at the Canteen.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

22 February 2020 - Quandialla Swimming Carnival entries close 18 February 2020

28 February 2020 - Championships - Night One

1 March 2020 - Business House Relays

6 March 2020 - Championships - Night Two

9 March 2020 - Swimming Club Meeting - 7.30pm in the Club room

27 March 2020 - Presentation Night

Feature Race Friday, 21 March 2020 100m IM and 200m IM

Racing

Hokkaido, a former good performer on Melbourne tracks, struck form again to win the $9,000 Western Tree Care Bedgerabong Cup ( 1400 metres ) before a very big crowd on Saturday.

The win for Sharon Jeffries was special for the Parkes trainer as apart from being rewarded for her patience with a tricky horse it was also her birthday.

Being a rig, the eight year old Hokkaido has stallion tendencies and can be difficult to train and after accumulating over $270,000 prize money in Victoria lost form.

"My brother-in-law Craig Blackshaw who had been the trainer in Victoria sent me the horse and Hokkaido after a couple of good runs at Warren and Geurie has got his act together and won the Cup after a great ride by Brent Evans", Sharon Jeffries explained.

Going down the back of the beautiful Bedgerabong racecourse, Hokkaido took the lead and thereafter travelled well for Brent Evans who before taking a lengthy break from racing had ridden Group winners in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Brent Evans for his exhibition on the Sharon Jeffries trained Nicksy Boy in the 1100 metres Maiden Plate received the Jack Hodges Memorial trophy for the most outstanding ride at the meeting, as judged by the stewards.

Twelve bookmakers operated at Bedgerabong and there were plenty of payouts made when the Rodney Robb trained Ready Set Go ( Maddison Wright, $1.80 fav.) took the lead from Spy's Shadow then shot away to score by a sizeable margin from Lucky Starlet ( Ricky Blewitt, $3.80 ) and Leica Stryka (Julia Presits, $7 ) in the 1400 metres Wessel Drilling Class B Handicap.

Strapped by Tammy Boyd the four year old brown gelding Military Bay ( Ashley Boyd, $3.60 ) was judged the Best Presented at the meeting and ran up to the good looks when setting the pace and breezing home by over four lengths in the 1100 metres Class 3 Trophy Handicap.

Several jockeys before the opening race walked all the way around the Bedgerabong course and expressed their amazement how the committee from the little village were able in a severe drought prepare such a magnificent turf track.

Racing kicked off with the 800 metres Class B Handicap and in an exciting finish the Paul Theobald, Bathurst trained Red Marauder ( Alan Barton, $4.40 ) lasted to win.

- Colin Hodges