Nyngan sport news | February 8

BOWLS

LADIES

The Nyngan bowling club will be hosting several great events in the coming weeks. All members will enjoy these games so come along and support the players.

Ladies Pennant teams will held on Saturday and Sundays from February 11. Saturday Nyngan Blue will play Dubbo Railway at 9am at Nyngan and Nyngan Red will be playing Coonamble later in the afternoon also at Nyngan.  

Sunday February 12 Nyngan Blue will play Coonamble at Nyngan at 9am and Nyngan Red will travel to Dubbo to play Macquarie. 

On the weekend of Saturday and Sunday February 18-19, the men will play District Triples at Nyngan. There are several Triple teams from around the area contesting in this event.

Wednesday February 8: a ladies meeting will be held at 5.00pm. All ladies please attend the discussion re pennants and events coming up.

Saturday February 18: Nyngan Blue and Nyngan Red will play each other at 9.00am.  Sun 19th the girls travel to Dubbo for games Nyngan Blue will play Dubbo City and Nyngan Red verses Dubbo Railway.

Golden Oldies Winners:  January 25 winners were Mick McGlynn and Steven Read. January 31 winners were Kevin Reynolds and Paul Williams.

Sunday Winners:  Allan Cameron and Maxine Christoff.

Nomination sheets are on the board for all ladies events and also the mixed pairs. The nomination will close on Sunday 12th February.

Tues Golden Oldies 10.00am

Sunday morning names by 9.00am for start soon after that time.

GOLF

MEN

Tony Beetson, who has been a very consistent golfer of late, got it all together in Saturday's par event with +four, he got going early with four pars in the start of his round.

He did manage a couple of washouts, but overall he was far too good for the rest of us. 

Nate Matheson finished with plus one, his game improved on the way home.

Pat Walsh finished square for the day and Tex Tomek finished with minus one after a five way countback got the last ball. 

Numbers were down a bit for Sunday's ambrose with 24 players. The scores were pretty good with Nate and his mate Matt Sheather scoring 30.87 nett, a double bogey on the third stirred them up and they parred the rest.

Greg Woods and Ozzie Smith with 31.75 were a big chance until they bombed the eighth and had a bogey, definitely the most underrated hole on the course. 

Dean Woods and Ash Scott were in the mix with 32.5 nett. 

Pin winners were Ash and Tex who also won the two pin on Saturday.

The jackpot putt was worth $295 last wee.

Gai Lister surprised everyone with a terrific putt from 30 feet that found the fole.

Badge Draw is worth $600.

Round 12 winners of twilight 46 points were "Toyota Off Roads" their team is Tony Elias, Toby Miles, Ash Scott and Tim Smith. 

The leaders with 20 points are still the "Aussie Hotel" they have a one point advantage over "Neill Earthmoving." Then three teams on 16 points trying to bridge the gap.

"Another hot week ahead, don't forget the waterbag. 

RUGBY LEAGUE

JUNIOR LEAGUE

Easter Challenge

The Nyngan RSL Rugby League Easter challenge is fast approaching and organisers are keen to ensure that the 2017 is the best one yet.

As usual, the junior rugby league yearly event would not go ahead without the support of the Nyngan community, sponsors, supporters and, of course, the Bogan Shire Council.

Organisers will be holding a meeting on Thursday February 9 (tomorrow night) commencing at 7.30pm at the RSL Club. This is a shout-out to anyone who would like the help out, to come to the meeting and give support to the tournament.  Volunteers are needed to ensure the continuation of the Easter Challenge. This year will be the 11th consecutive year the junior competition has run and it is a major highlight on the calendar of junior rugby league in the central and western areas of NSW.

Interested? Give Col Wright a call on 0428 419 426 or come along to Thursday's meeting at the RSL Club 7.30pm. Many thanks for your anticipated support.

GROUP 11

New captain-coach for Tigers

Right before the whistle is blown to start the 2017 Group 11 season, the Nyngan Tigers club has appointed a new captain-coach.

It is a big one too, with former NRL speedster Stewart Mills signing on to replace Byron Warren.

Mills, a former Cronulla Sharks player between 2011 and 2013, is relocating to Nyngan to help the Tigers on their path to a Group 11 premiership. 

Tigers club president Glen Neill said he’s excited to start the 2017 season.

“We’re extremely pleased to announce the signing of Stewart Mills as first grade captain coach for this season,” he said.

“Stewart is an extremely talented and skilled rugby league player with an extensive knowledge of the game.” 

Mills has received high praise before, with leading pundit Phil Gould describing Mills’ first game in 2011 as “one of the toughest most competent first-grade debuts,” he had seen. 

Easter Challenge: Last year's Far West Academy side may not have won the Easter Challenge but the experience was a great one for all players. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Easter Challenge: Last year's Far West Academy side may not have won the Easter Challenge but the experience was a great one for all players. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Neill said the team is hoping to finish as strong as they did last season, if not better. The team finished third in the 2016 season before being bounced in the preliminary final by eventual premiers Forbes.

“We’ll certainly be trying for that Group 11 premiership,” he said. 

RECRUITED: Stewart Mills, pictured playing for Cronulla Sharks, has been signed by Nyngan. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

RECRUITED: Stewart Mills, pictured playing for Cronulla Sharks, has been signed by Nyngan. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The club has already started its pre-season training with players attending sessions from 6.30pm at Larkin Oval on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Forbes Magpies coach Jake Grace leads Malta to big win over Philippines in international

Jake Grace is the first to admit playing for Malta, against the Philippines of all sides, is something he never thought he’d do during his rugby league playing days.

But on Saturday at Cabramatta’s New Era Stadium, the 25-year-old did just that, helping the Maltese Knights claim a memorable 44-26 win over the Tamaraws in their emerging nations international clash.

Malta was down 16-10 at half-time, but emerged the stronger of the two sides in the second half, running in 26 points in very quick time late in the contest to secure victory. 

Grace said the occasion was a unique one for himself and his family, with his maternal grandfather’s Maltese heritage enabling the Forbes Magpies captain-coach to honour his family’s beginnings.

“My pop is full Maltese and I’m obviously Australian, but to be able to go out there and support where he is from and his culture, it made him really proud … and I enjoy making him proud,” Grace said.

The work-a-holic backrower led Forbes to last year’s Group 11 premiership and was surprised by the standard of rugby league from both sides, with a large chunk of the Malta side based out of Sydney competitions.

“It was a hard game,” the premiership winner said.

“I didn’t know what to expect because it was the first time I’d played with these boys and the first time I’ve come up against a side like the Philippines.

“But they hit hard and were very tough in that first half.

“We had some really great players too. It was enjoyable playing with a few different boys.”

The participants for this year’s World Cup have already been determined. 

Malta’s win over the Tamaraws, however, is the initial stepping stone for the Knights to qualify for the 2021 World Cup, which will be hosted by England.

Hogs for the Homless Tour

A handful of the biggest names in rugby league will stop in at Dubbo this month as part of the annual Hogs for the Homeless tour. The initiative began in 2012 when former NRL premiership winner, NSW Blues and Australian Kangaroo representative Brad Fittler said that as a father it made him feel sick that there were nearly 47,000 homeless young people under the age of 25 in Australia. He got in contact with Fr Chris Riley of Youth off the Streets and teamed up with fellow NRL legends Ian Schubert and Nathan Hindmarsh to ride their Harley Davidson motorcycle to raise awareness for homeless youth.

This year, the your will stop at Dubbo with Fittler, Hindmarsh and Schubert set to be joined by Steve Roach, Steve Menzies and Tim Brasher. The group will roll into Dubbo on their Harley Davidsons on February 21 for a clinic and an official function.