Four A grade singles Championship matches headline the week in bowls

Charlie Bryant had a win in his Championship singles match which lasted over four hours.Men’s Bowls News for Wednesday March 18
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Club Singles Championships

The 2015 singles championships are getting closer to completion following the playing of matches last weekend.

Out of the four matches played in ‘A’ grade the biggest winning margin was only five shots with some great bowls being played by all of the bowlers.

Charlie Bryant and Alan Messiter played the longest match, a marathon 42 ends lasting more than four hours.

After the scores were level at eight all after 12 ends Alan appeared to have the edge, gradually drawing away to an 18-10 lead after 22 ends.

Charlie knuckled down winning eight of the next ten ends to lead 23-20 but two ends later the scores were again level, this time at 23 all.

The scores were again level at 26 all on end 39 before Alan scored one shot to again take the lead.

That was as far as the defending champion could get as Charlie scored the required five shots to take a thrilling match 31-27.

Not quite as long, but even closer was the match between Gerard Beath and Russel Nobes.

After the scores were level at three all and five all Russ gradually edged in front to lead 18-13 after 18 ends.

The scores were again level at 18 all after Gerard won the next three ends but then Russ won four ends in a row to lead 26-18.

Gerard picked up 11 shots to three over the next eight ends to tie it up at 29 all before Russ went all but with a single on the next end, but Gerard scored the two he needed on the next to take the 35 end match 31-30.

In the match between Tom McSorley and Norm Egan the scores were level at 12 all, 15 all, 23 all and 28 all before Tom won the final two ends, and the match, 31-28.

The final ‘A’ grade match was close early with Brian McDonald leading Charlie Browne 14-10 after 14 ends but Brian then won seven ends in a row and the match looked over at 26-10.

Charlie hit back winning seven of the next nine ends to trail 25-28 but Brian dug deep scoring three singles to Charlie’s one and took the match 31-26.

The ‘B’ grade matches were not as close with three of the four resulting in big scores.

Jack Nobes defeated Robert Gee 31-10, Bruce Holland defeated John Burns 31-13 and Terry McGrath defeated Alan Walls 31-13.

A much closer result was the outcome of the match between Rick Nobes and Mark Hubber.

Rick led from the start but after 17 ends Mark was only trailing by one at 14-13.

Rick edged in front again to lead by six after 27 ends but by the conclusion of end 33 Mark had again narrowed the margin, with Rick leading 26-24.

Rick then scored a three and a two to enter the semis with a 31-24 victory.

The two ‘C’ grade semi-finals both resulted in convincing wins, but the contests were much closer for the early parts of the Matches.

Joe Burgin and Kevin Webb were level at seven all and ten all and Joe was only leading 14-13 after 18 ends.

Joe then proved why he was one of the favourites for the title by conceding only one more single, taking the match 31-14.

Tom Downing led Jack Martin 10-7 after eight ends but Jack then hit his straps, allowing Tom only three more singles to join Joe in the final with a 31-13 victory.

The match between Joe and Jack on Saturday week should be well worth watching.

Matches for Saturday March 14, 2015

The following third round matches have been listed for this Saturday March 14 at 1.00pm.

‘A’ Grade Singles Semi-Finals: Charlie Bryant versus Gerard Beath, Marker: Alan Messiter and Brian McDonald versus Tom McSorley, Marker: Norm Egan.

‘B’ Grade Singles Semi-Finals: Terry McGrath versus Jack Nobes, Marker; Jack Martin and Rick Nobes versus Bruce Holland, Marker: Mark Hubber; Umpire: Les Bryant.

Please Note AGAIN: If you cannot mark it is YOUR responsibility to find a replacement.

Lachlan Valley District Championships

The semi-finals and final of the Lachlan Valley Triples were played at Grenfell last Sunday.

I have no scores but after Paul Kay, Brad Galvin and Steve Galvin (Grenfell) defeated Tim Fowler, Rob Chambers and Barry Jones (Grenfell) and Gus Taylor, Ian Eastaway and Mitch Pollock (Caragabal) defeated Ross Hunter, John Joyce and Matt Reid (Grenfell) in the semi-finals, Steve Galvin and team went on to take the title in the afternoon.

This Sunday, March 22, the first round of the district fours will be played at Cowra at 1.00pm.

First round matches see “Player”, Ian Eastaway, Gus Taylor and Mitch Pollock (Caragabal) versus Paul Kay, Graeme Hunter, Brad Galvin and Steve Galvin (Grenfell); Noel Hubber, Nick Skipper, Russel Nobes and Gerard Beath versus John Liebech, Dave Wood, Ross Hunter and Matt Reid (Grenfell) and Tom McSorley, Bill Brown, Ralph Morgan and Charlie Browne versus Charlie Bryant, Col Neilsen, ‘Player” and Graham Amery.

Club Pairs Championships

Entries are now being taken for the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade pairs championships.

Due to the late listing for these events, entries will now close on Saturday April 4.

The first round of all events will still be played on Saturday April 11.

Pennants

The first round of pennants is set down for Sunday April 12.

Please keep your eye on the notice board to see if you have been selected.

If selected but not available, you must notify one of the selectors as soon as possible.

Dates to RememberMarch 21; Semi-finals of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ grade Club Singles: March 22; Round 1 of the District Fours at Cowra at 1.00pm; March 28; Finals of all Club singles: March 29; Semi-finals and Final of District Fours at Cowra.

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Ben Emms victorious on rifle range opening

2013 Lyndhurst Rifle Club celebrated its 100th year with Ben Emms showing precision marksmanship to win the annual prize meeting.
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Eight months later the club was closed down and remained closed for twelve months.

In the twelve months of suspended shooting club members worked tirelessly to change the direction of the range and seek approval from the firearms registry to resume shooting.

December 2014 saw the new range operational and preparations began for the official opening.

On Saturday and Sunday March 14 and 15 2015 the annual Lyndhurst Rifle Club prize meeting was held.

Saturday evening marked the official opening of the range with the Honourable John Cobb unavailing the plaque marking the beginning of a new era. The Honourable John Cobb was accompanied by the Honourable Paul Toole, Scott Ferguson (Mayor of Blayney Shire) and representatives from the NSW Firearms Registry to witness the official opening.

Following the opening the annual Calcutta was held auctioning off the top ten shooters from the first days shooting.

Ben Emms auctioneer, chanting his way through the top ten, razzing the crowd to raise much needed funds.

Dinner followed, with proceeds being donated to Uralba Retirement Village in Carcoar, thanking the community for their support through our rebuilding process.

Sunday saw the conclusion of the two day shoot with Ben Emms claiming victory in a momentous effort to win target rifle, with a score of 299.45.

John Maguire from West Wallsend won B grade, with a score of 237.14.

Jeremy Westblade from Explorers Rifle Club won C grade with a score of 285.19.

Geoff Willis from Bathurst won F Class A, with a score of 351.25.

Warwick Sides from Ungarie won F Class B, with a score of 337.19.

Keith Hills from Lyndhurst Rifle Club won F Open, with a score of 347.22.

We would like to thank all those who provided assistance and sponsorship to make the weekend a success.

Next week shooting will be at 300 yards, starting at 1pm.

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Blues to meet Coyotes in Sportspower Cup final

Ben Allen (left) and Geoff Palmer (right) have been key players this season for the Coyotes.Little did the Young Blues and Young Criterion Hotel Coyotes know they would be playing each other so often during their debut season in the Cowra district cricket competition.
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This weekend’s Sportspower Cup grand final will see the two sides from the Cherry Capital meet for the third time in four weeks. It will be the sixth encounter they have had this season, including Twenty20 matches.

After Saturday’s low scoring preliminary final, the Blues will have a chance to gain revenge on the Coyotes who won bragging rights earlier in the season in the Doug Wright Twenty20 Shield final.

The Blues confirmed the rematch in a game highlighted by a ruthless man of the match bowling performance from Josh Platt (5-10).

The chase wasn’t quite so convincing for the Blues losing six wickets on the way to the required 87, 37 of which were contributed by Platt.

The Blues’ victory means the two top sides from the regular season will meet in the final after the Coyotes confirmed the minor premiership during the final round just over a fortnight ago.

Jonte Powderly (left), Zac Williams (centre) and Luke Cosgrove (right) have plenty of ability with the bat despite failing on Saturday.

Played at Cranfield Oval on Saturday, Morongla were in control early at 1-61 but the loss of representative players Conor Crook (27) and Cam Edgar (29) in quick succession led to the lone Cowra side being bowled out for 86.

Jacob McNaught (10) was the only other batsman to score a worthy contribution as the middle to lower order showed no resistance to Platt who continued his mean streak with the ball returning incredible figures of 5-10 off eight overs.

Brendan Croese finished with 2-7 to be the only other multiple wicket-taker.

In reply the victory was not as comfortable as the Blues would of liked, limping to 89 off 20-overs.

Jacob McNaught, along with brother Sam, began the defence in perfect fashion removing openers Jonte Powederly (0) and Brendan Croese (2) respectively.

A further four wickets fell, three claimed by Morongla’s promising young leg-spinner Angus McFarland who returned figures of 3-35 off six.

Josh Platt (37) did the majority of the damage as Nick Corbett (18 not out) ensured the Blues would feature in this season’s final.

Jacob McNaught, along with McFarland, picked up multiple scalps finishing with 2-20 off seven when the Blues passed 86.

This Saturday the Blues will now take on the Coyotes for the Sportspower Cup trophy at Alfred Oval while in the second grade competition Grenfell got the better of Morongla and will meet minor premiers Wyangala at Holman.

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Yass Shows its spirit

The woodchopping events drew good crowds on Sunday morning. Photo: RS Williams.Yass Show photosMore Yass Show photosCars littered the streets around the Yass Showground on the weekend for the 152nd Yass Show.
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People from all walks got involved in all the events and attractions including the antique farm machinery, shearing competition, yard dog trials, woodchopping, vintage and veteran cars, equine show jumping and all the other livestock events.

Youngsters fell in love with the rides, the magic shows and the other attractions on offer both days.

The turnout was a pleasant surprise for organisers and Yass Show Society President Rob McAuliffe couldn’t be happier with the result.

“It was brilliant, very busy with big crowds; it really was better than expectations and the weather was the best part about it,” he said

“The highlight for me was watching the clydesdales do the barrel racing.”

He said the Professional Bull Riding was particularly popular.

“That is always a success and a great drawcard, a lot of people come along to watch the event, it is really entertaining.”

Mr McAuliffe said although they received some enquiries for volunteering, they needed some training before they were thrown in the deep end.

“We will need to get them trained up for next year to show them the ropes a bit more.”

This year’s Yass Show included two new features; the Barrel Racing with heavy horses and the Gourmet Gallop, which showcased great local food and wine available for purchase.

“I think the popularity of the Yass Show comes from the variety of events, competitions and we really have a good livestock following. These new features created more variety to the line-up.”

Mr McAuliffe said that although it was disappointing there was no Yass Show Girl in 2015, it wasn’t to the detriment of the show.

“She was definitely missed and hopefully we will have one next year.

“It is a big commitment for them as they have to go through many hoops, which is hard when the girls have full time jobs or families.”

Eilish McCormack, Vice President of the Agricultural Show Council next generation, opened the show and welcomed residents and visitors onto the grounds on Saturday.

The Yass Show Society would like to thank all the sponsors for the 2015 Show, and in particular the major sponsors. Without this sponsorship, it would be difficult to hold an event with ribbons, prizemoney and fabulous entertainment for all.

“A big thank you to all the volunteers, it’s events like these that show the community spirit,” Mr McAuliffe added.

Anyone that wants to be involved in the 2016 event should contact the show society at [email protected]南京夜网.

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Closing the gap a life mission

Beaudesert’s Jermayne Williams is doing his bit to close the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.JERMAYNE Williams is a fit and healthy 22-year-old man with the world at his feet.
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He works out at the gym five times a week, plays sport, eats healthy, works hard at his community support career in Beaudesert and quit smoking two years ago.

The fire in his eyes shows a passion and ambition for life – a desire to learn, grow and make a difference in the lives of those around him.

Jermayne has got a lot of things going for him in life and the potential for a long and bright future ahead if he keeps doing what he is doing.

There is just one thing though.

Jermayne has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blood running through his veins, which means he can expect to live 10 to 17 years less than other Australians.

THE Close the Gap campaign is a national push to end health inequality and close the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

For Jermayne it is a matter of life and death – not just for him, but for his five brothers, his mum, his dad, grandparents, nieces and nephews, cousins, aunties and uncles.

The prospect of living a shorter life than his non-Indigenous gym buddies and footy mates even though he is making the same healthy lifestyle choices as them is like a punch in the guts.

“It’s confronting – seeing that number in front of you scares you a bit, seeing I could die 10 to 17 years younger than people who aren’t Indigenous,” he said.

“My health at the moment is really good – I play for the Beaudesert Kingfishers, I play some touch football, I quit smoking, went back to the gym and started eating healthier.

“You put some time in now, it’s going to pay off in the long run.”

Jermayne said knowing the reality of the life expectancy gap motivated him to keep going with his healthy lifestyle choices so he could be around to help other people.

“It plays a large role in how I react to certain things – growing up you see your aunties and uncles not making the best choices for their own health and I’ve reflected on that and decided not to make those choices as well,” he said.

“My lifestyle choices are a lot different to others and to some people I’ve seen growing up because I want to be around a long time.”

SEEING people dear to him making poor health choices which could reduce their life expectancy is painful for Jermayne.

But through the stories he has learned growing up – stories like the one of his mother being forcibly removed from her home at Cherbourg as a two-year-old in 1972 – he knows the scars run deep for many people.

He holds a wisdom beyond his years that tells him even though he is managing to build a healthy lifestyle for himself, other people may need more time than him to break their unhealthy habits.

“The answer to closing the gap is awareness and understanding,” he said.

“Some people make certain choices because of stuff that’s happened towards them – with the generation before me there was the Stolen Generation – and some people make the lifestyle choices they do because it helps them cope,” he said.

“It’s not my place to say it but sometimes it’s their way to escape the reality and some of the ways they deal with it might not be that healthy.”

He said patience was key.

“There needs to be patience around understanding people’s situations – understanding our culture and how strong it is – it’s not a lifestyle or a life choice, it’s family,” he said.

“Sometimes you fall into habits that other people have – if you hang around them so much you start picking up their habits and it’s about breaking that cycle.

“If you’re a mother and you smoke you can’t really be angry when your kids grow up and start smoking – it’s just about breaking that chain.”

KNOWING his life could be cut shorter because of his Indigenous heritage is both upsetting and motivating for Jermayne.

He hates hearing about health inequality but he loves knowing there is something he can do to change it.

Aside from shifting to healthier lifestyle, Jermayne is putting his money where his mouth is – working on projects through the Mununjali Jymbi Centre and Oxfam aimed at improving people’s quality of life.

He sees the significance of governments funding public awareness campaigns to help close the gap, but he also knows the significant power individuals have to make a change in their own lives.

“For me it was a case of opening my mind up to the wider picture of the world and how my body operates,” he said.

“I was seeing I wasn’t that healthy because growing up I did the teenage thing smoking then I quit smoking, put on weight, bulked up a bit and thought it was time for a change because I couldn’t even run 100m without getting puffed.

“It comes back to an individual – their choice to understand that they need to choose their lifestyle and how important that choice is.”I

Close the Gap Day is on March 19.

For more information visit www.oxfam.org.au/explore/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap/

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