Around the grounds...

Ladies golf

Grenfell Lady Golfers held a street stall on March 13. Thank you to all for donation and support.

The raffle of an open order to be spent in Grenfell was won by Penny Starr-congralulations.

St Patrick's Day was well celebrated at Grenfell Country club with golfers enjoying a two person Ambrose including a mulligan shot each hole.

Players dressed for the occasion and carts were decorated with anything Irish.

Weather conditions were perfect and all involved had a great golfing day.

Winners were Greg Oliver and Trevor Cooper - with a 58 nett.

Runners up : Steve Grace and John Grant

Best Dressed Daniel Fanning and Jan Myers

The day was sponsored by Jack and John Grant. Jack is a patron of the club and we had the honour of toasting Jack's pending 100th Birthday on March 31 - just 11 days away now. Congratulations Jack - an amazing achievement.

We all had a very pleasant day and as usual that Green drink was well enjoyed by all.

Mens golf upcoming events for the month are March 21 -stableford, March 22 medal and March 29 Stableford Ladies-9 hole stablefords.

The Steve Mitton memorial day is on March 29 it's a stableford starting at 12.30pm.

Karen Hancock

Men's Tennis

Round Six of the men's Autumn competition was played on Tuesday 17 March under very pleasant conditions.

One pair dominated the night,they were Grahame Edwards and Rod Fruedenstein who scored a great 26 games, their scores were 6-2, 7-1, 6-2, 7-1, well done guys.

The next best pair were, Grant Fisher and Chris Payne who was filling in for Rick Power, their score was 16 games which were 5-3, 2-6, 3-5, 6-2.

They were followed by 'Ringo' Walker who was filling for Mark Leibech and Arnold Brown on 14 games their scores being 1-7, 4-4, 5-3, 4-4.

Then came Andrew Bucknell and John Walmsley who scored 13 games for the night their games were 2-6, 5-3, 4-4, 2-6, they were followed by Graham Watt and Maurice Payne, Maurice was filling for Pat Hazell, their score was 11 games.

Round Seven will be played next Tuesday 24 March weather and health conditions permitting.

Social Tennis will continue Thursday mornings at around 8am also weather and health conditions permitting.

Contacts are John Walmsley on 63432117 and Arnold Brown on 0427285191.

We had a good roll up at social Tennis last Thursday, hope to see you all again.

Arnold Brown

Grenfell Soccer Club

Announcement from Football Federation Australia:

Football Federation Australia (FFA) on Tuesday advised that, after considered discussion with its nine State and Territory Member Federations and assessment of developments on Tuesday, sanctioned grassroots football competitions and associated training would be suspended for the next four weeks.

The decision will take effect from 12:00am on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 until Tuesday, 14 April 2020.

At this stage we are advising that registration be completed online rather than the classroom visit on March 25, 2020.

Junior Rugby Union

Southern Inland are exploring options for a later start and finish after Rugby Australia banned any community rugby until the start of May.

The board will meet on Wednesday night to discuss their options for the season ahead.

The season was originally scheduled to start on April 4, but with that no longer an option president Warwick Grant is open to extending the season past the original grand final date of September 12.

"If we can we want to have a meaningful competition in seniors and juniors," Grant said.

"We have to be sensible and if it is not possible it's not possible but if it things look like they have settled down then it will be business as usual."

Rugby Australia's ban includes all club training as well as playing trial or competition games.

Clubs will have input at the board meeting to discuss their options.

Grant expects a decision would see the senior competition resume in early May.

"We will plan to start in the first week of May but that will vary day-to-day," he said.

"If it has all settled down by the start of May what I will be suggesting is to start to comp from then.

"We will have to play it by ear with how things develop but that would put us a couple of weeks behind and we would push everything back."

The draw already had general byes for Easter and Anzac Day meaning only two rounds of the season are currently affected.

However Grant stressed the safety of players and officials is paramount and considering the uncertain times the world is facing all decisions would be subject to change.

"We certainty don't want to be responsible for spreading around and want to ensure everyone's safety," he said.

The situation with the juniors is more complex with the current restrictions on non-essential gatherings imposed.

Both half gala days and full gala days exceed the 500-strong amount.

"Juniors it will affect more with the mass gathering decree from the government has no time limit on it," Grant said.

"Their gala days, even their half gala days, would have close to 500 or more kids in one spot.

"We need to talk about what we need to do about that."

Clubs have already taken to social meeting to alert players of the change.

Courtney Rees

Rugby League

Rugby league clubs in the western area have been advised to stop training and a host of carnivals scheduled for the coming weeks have been cancelled as the game's governing body prepares to decided how to deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Announcements have already been made in regards to sports like rugby union, netball, and thoroughbred and greyhound racing, while New South Wales Rugby League will release a statement on Wednesday.

That will relate to all competitions across the state.

Prior to that, clubs have been advised to cancel any upcoming training sessions and trial games in order to protect members of the wider community.

In an email sent from NSWRL to clubs in the Western Rams region, it was also stated a number of upcoming pre-season tournaments have been cancelled.

Those are the following:

  • Eugowra Masters March 21
  • Castlereagh League Carnival March 21
  • Orange Junior Carnival March 29
  • Dubbo District Junior Blues Tag Carnival April 4
  • St Pat's mini/mod carnival April 4
  • Lachlan District Junior Carnival April 5
  • Eglinton mini/mod carnival March 28
  • Woodbridge Cup 10s

It will be assessed if any of these events can be rescheduled.

The current focus for the NSWRL, and most sporting bodies the world over, is on minimising the risk of infection in the community.

More advice from the federal and state health departments, as well the NRL, will be taken on board in the coming hours and days.

At a higher level, NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has pleaded for fans to be patient about tickets and memberships in the wake of all matches being forced behind closed doors from round two onwards.

"At this stage our competition will continue as planned for round two but with all our stadiums closed, however if the advice changes we'll change with it," he said on Monday.

"We have commissioned a biosecurity expert and that work is well underway and will be communicated back to the ARLC later this week.

"We understand and appreciate the variety of different opinions raised by players, commentators and coaches and we are always listening but it remains our plan to continue to play games in round two this weekend."

Nick Guthrie

Young Dressage Association Championships cancelled

Equestrian NSW has today released a statement to say that they have made the very difficult decision to strongly recommend that all events be cancelled with immediate effect.

It is with this in mind, that we as a Committee have decided to follow suit and postpone our April Championship Event.

Your entries will be refunded in full - we will wear the nominate processing fee in the hopes you will support our club and event into the future.

Please allow time for nominate to process your refunds and in the event you have questions in relation to this, please email nominate@nominate.com.au.

We have tentatively re-scheduled the Championships to 11 - 13 September 2020 (TBC by DNSW), but it cannot be guaranteed at this point in time, until we see how COVID-19 unfolds in Australia.

As you can imagine, tireless hours have gone into the event planning, sponsorship and marketing and with this in mind, we plan to keep everything as is, aside from the change of date.

Should anything change that will not allow us to run the Championship Event in September, we will let you know.

In the meantime, our club has planned monthly online competitions that will encourage our membership to keep training and stay mentally positive. So, stay tuned!

Wishing everyone health and safety in this uncertain time.

Want to keep training and competing from home?

Young Dressage Association have created an April Online Video Competition!

HOW TO COMPETE:

  • Select which tests you would like to ride and enter here: https://bit.ly/3a4LKPw
  • Entries are open from 19th March closing midnight 8th April
  • Ride your tests in a 60mx20m arena between 9 - 19 April
  • Video your ridden test/s from C with sound on, make sure they are clearly visible
  • Upload your video/s to YouTube. (mark unlisted). Only the judge's will view your videos, they will not be publicly listed
  • Email the link/s (separate for each test) to admin@youngdressage.com
  • Your test/s will be judged by EA qualified judges and completed test sheets sent via email
  • Results will be posted at the end of the month, 30th April, via e-newsletter, Facebook & website
  • Points gained will go towards the 2020 WOW Saddles Members Leaderboard

So get practising and we look forward to seeing your wonderful videos.

Young Dressage Association

Pony Club

Given the change in advice from State and Federal Authorities over the weekend the Executive of PCA NSW is actively looking at options in regard to the holding of the State Meetings next week and what will happen with the State Sporting, Campdraft and Team Penning Championship in April.

As you would all appreciate no single person on the Executive Committee or from the Office can unilaterally make a decision on how the meetings/events should or should not proceed. Added to that all of the Executive Committee are volunteers and have their own jobs and responsibilities that they have to attend to as well. They are all separated geographically throughout the state and not able to just pop into the board room and vote on the matter at a minutes notice.

While this may be frustrating for you at the moment we do ask for your patience and we promise that the situation is being taken seriously and being acted upon. Further information will be available to members, delegates and ZCI's at the earliest opportunity it is available.

Clubs and Zones should closely monitor the relevant State and Federal Authorities and incorporate information from them in their usual risk assessments for normal pony club activities and events, Equestrian activities have a greater social distance involved than most other sports and need to incorporate authorities advice for their area.

More information on COVID-19 and the risk management process can be found here on our website https://www.pcansw.org.au/management/risk-management

Kerren Britton - On behalf of the PCA NSW Executive

Grenfell Dart Comp

Results Round Five - March 11

Makcrete 5 defeated Criterion Heroes 1

Albion Warriors 6 defeated Royal 0

69ers 4 defeated Albatross 2

Cricket Club 4 defeated Critters 2