ZONE 4 JUNIOR PAIRS
Nyngan’s Tim Walsh and Dubbo City bowler Hayden Barrow have combined to take out the Zone Four Junior Pairs Championship on Wednesday.
The pair had a close 17-14 win over Rylstone’s Tyrone Pennell and Molong’s Leigh Brown in the final at Club Dubbo.
Walsh Barrow had been considered the favourites right through the tournament and they finished unbeaten during the round games.
In the semi-final on Wednesday morning they took on Club Dubbo pair Cooper McMullen and Jess Ball and won in another tight match 11-9.
Club Dubbo bowls manager Anthony Brown said the pair were deserving winners and had showed some amazing form during the tournament.
“The standard of bowls has been unbelievable. We have seen some incredible shots,” he said.
“In the pairs final the difference was just three shots and the spectators have really enjoyed it. There has been a lot of comments about the show we have been treated to.”
Wednesday was the culmination of three big days of bowls. The action on Wednesday took longer than expected, meaning the singles final was moved to the evening under lights.
“The kids are starting to get tired. It’s been a long few days for them but they have done extremely well,” Brown said.
The junior fours will head off to Orange next week to take part in a one-day teams event.
On Wednesday Club Dubbo will host a Bowls NSW Junior Training Camp.
Dave Buggy was back in the winners circle on Saturday with a solid score of plus three. Not renowned for playing the back nine that well, he showed a lot of true grit to finish all square for that section after having his usual three washouts.
Sam Keating was just a tick behind him with plus two the shorter easier holes let him down, likewise with Greg Matheson (square) the fourth and 17th were two of his worst holes. Brent Harris played his best golf on the back nine to finish with minus one, pins went to Sam and Tex.
Birdies and an eagle by Bill Hare and Chicky Parry gave them a sub-par round of 66 and a net of 58.75, the only blemish was a six on the 15tg, which almost cost them the game as Tara McDermott and Brendan Smith finished with 59 nett, they dropped shots on the 10th, 11th and 12th. A late birdie on the 16th was not quite enough.
Dave and Mandy Martin had 60.75 nett, a solo act by Many on the 16th for an eagle was followed straight away by a bogey which blew their chances completely away.
Pin winners Tim Tulenew, Jamie Sparrow, Mandy and ex-president Peter Murphy, who has a new title 'plain old Pete'. Golf next weekend is a stroke on Saturday and an American two ball medley on Sunday. 'Plain old Pete' putted for $710 last week with the putt lipping out. The badge draw has reached four figures with $1000.
DILEMMA AHEAD FOR TRAINER
By COL HODGES
Which Wendy will wear the bracelet was the puzzle for Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb when Miss Mellencamp won the feature race at the famous opal mining town Lightning Ridge on Easter Saturday.
The trophy for the Dale Bruce Memorial Lightning Ridge Cup (1200m) was a magnificent opal bracelet valued at $15,000 and Miss Mellencamp is owned by two ladies who have the same name – Wendy Robb,wife of the winning trainer, and Wendy Robb, secretary of the Nyngan Jockey Club Ridden by Nyngan apprentice Clayton Gallagher, Miss Mellencamp ($6.00) tracked the leaders then finished best to defeat the Queensland trained top weight More Of The Zaim (Yuya Saiki, $4.60) by over a length with Dabamirak (Tiffany Jeffries, $3.40 ) battling on for third.
All supporting races had $1000 opal pendants for trophies and Gulgong trainer Brett Thompson took home 3 following wins by Tumbling Dice, Turf On Top and Pencita.
BOURKE PICNIC RACES
By COL HODGES
Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb added to a successful weekend road trip when Security Code won the Splashe Cola-Harry Hart Memorial Bourke Picnic Cup (1600 metres) on Sunday while it was a Bourke bonanza for Narromine trainer Kylie Kennedy who had a winning treble.
Security Code, a last start second to Kyrgios in a big field at Coonamble TAB meeting after winning at Tottenham Picnics,started the $1.60 favourite at Bourke and with south coast jockey Maddison Wright in the saddle led throughout for an easy win over Sergeant Bilko (Simone Vella, $2.50) and Teraset (Kath Bell-Pitomac,$6).
The previous day at Lightning Ridge Rodney Robb had won the Dale Bruce Memorial Bracelet with Miss Mellencamp. Two of Kylie Kennedy's three winners at Bourke were ridden by Daniel Stanley a former successful apprentice jockey who after several years away from racing made a return to race riding,at the Tullibigeal Picnics. Daniel Stanley is the son of former jockey Peter W Stanley who is now a prominent trainer at Bathurst.
At Bourke,Daniel Stanley led all the way on Zaphod ($5) in the final race while he settled Nutbush ($5) off the pace before winning the opening event.
Enormously the other leg of the Kylie Kennedy treble was very well ridden by Dubbo based Katelyn Jenkinson in the 1300 metres Maiden Handicap.
From near last Enormously ($3.20) gained a rails run to win by a length from Voulier (Ricky Blewitt, $2.50 fav.) and Fine Diamond (Michael Gray,$5.50). Katelyn Jenkinson also won on the Wayne Martyn,Coonabarabran trained Secret City ($2.40 fav.) which led all the way when backing up from a win at Lightning Ridge the previous day.
In a thrilling finish the Mark Cummins,Harden trained Living Fire (Ricky Blewitt,$2.70) set the pace and lasted to win the Bourke Bowling Club Class 3 Handicap (900 metres) by a half head from Three Rar (Maddison Wright, $2 fav.) with He's Invincible (Ashley Boyd $3.40) a close third after a slow getaway.
There is much talk amongst locals which of Rodney Robb’s horses are up to the challenge of taking out the Nyngan Cup. Homeless Brother has been racing well but may not be in this class however Security Code, who is locally owned, has been racing in good form lately.
The combination of Thorpe, Elder & Deacon have joined with Wayne Brown & are hopeful their current horse Double You Owe Bee could be a good contender on the day.
Rodney was the most successful trainer last year & no doubt George Wright, Brett Cavanagh and Brett Thompson have other ideas and are setting their horses for this big day whilst Allan Prisk will be aiming to continue his improved racing results at Nyngan.
Winning horses will be given a DVD of the race courtesy of Nyngan Newsagency.
We have some new sponsors on board this year & thank them for their contributions. Without their help & assistance race meetings would not go ahead.
We anticipate a great crowd that will enjoy all the facilities, the food, the bar & the racing along with the punting. A punters club will be established for the local races with a well-known former-local identity sought out to make the selections. This will sure be a crowd pleaser & very entertaining.
There is plenty of talk as to who this person may be & some feel that it should be themselves. The selected punter will be announced to the crowd & will begin punting on the first race.
The results of last Friday night Nyngan Bowling Club Sumo Championships are final, the bad news is that our Champion Peking Duck went down, but just like Mundine he said he was robbed and wants a rematch, he said to me that his people will talk to my people and set a date for a rematch.
The night started with a match between Red Fong and long Wang (Aust names are Zac Waterhouse and Dean Jeffries).
Rodney Robb interviewed the pair before the match and claimed that Red Fong had been known as a dirty fighter as he has seen him poop himself before each match in the past and gave him a warning, but Long Wang was just too good, with the judge on the night, Bill Webster giving the bout to Long Wang.
The next bout was the two Ryan Girls Alana and Talea and no one was expecting the energy that these two put to the mat.
It was a close match but Alana got there by one point, so Alana was waiting for the result of the next female Sumo bout between Katie Elwick and Kala Williams.
This bout was also filled with energy and very entertaining and Kate Elwick was the eventual winner by two points.
So Alana and Kate were to wrestle for the honour of being Club Champ and what a match, this was the longest of the night as both girls wanted that honour, with the result going to Kate, the event was sponsored by Henrys Chinese Restaurant and Both girls went away with the same prize.
Next up were the Nyngan Brown Snakes Cricket Boys, Jackson Hedgers and Cameron Bourke Chinese names (Sum Thing Wong and Ho Flung Dung) a very funny fight and full of strength the suits were shattered, but Ho Fung Dung Just got there.
The big one on the night was the bout between the Nyngan First Grade league boys Mitchell Rixon and Robert Gudgen (Ho Lee Fok and Wang Hung Lo) this was a first class match with great skill being showed by both wrestlers but, Wang Hung Lo (Robert Gudgen) was the eventual winner to take on Pekin Duck , both of these wrestler went away with vouches for a Sumo Berger from Marts Café as he Sponsored this advent
In the final, Peking Duck came out shadow boxing and bouncing around like a fit 20 year old I was starting to feel sorry for Wang Hung lo till I saw him come out of the dressing room with ripped gear and built like Rambo, The Duck was going to be in trouble.
But both wrestlers put up a great match but in the end Duck was well and truly plucked, he keeps asking Rodney Robb what happened? He didn’t even know where he was. But he will be back. What a great night, Thanks going to Rodney Robb, Bill Webster, Henry, Mart Smith and Nyngan High School for the mats.