BRISBANE golfer John Sellwood is travelling to Walcha this week and on Friday he intends to play on his 600th different golf course. He will team up with Julie Presnell to compete in the Walcha Mixed Open. the 83-year-old looks set to also play in the Veterans Open on Saturday, and the Men’s Open on Sunday.
BACK in August this year, Julie read in golfing magazine Inside Golf that John was looking for a sandgreen track to rack up his 600th, and soon after that, started the ball rolling by contacting John with an invitation to play here in Walcha.
INSIDE Golf chief writer David Newbery supplied this photo of John “modelling” his 550th shirt after playing the Cape Kidnappers course in New Zealand where he brought up that particular milestone.
AFTER playing his first game of golf at Clermont Golf Club in Central Queensland in 1946 on sandgreens, he joined the Townsville Golf Club in 1952. Since then, he has played on different courses in 23 countries around the world.
FLIPPERS president Angus Warden was re-instated when the Walcha Swimming Club held their AGM at the Apsley Arms Hotel. Gus first took on the job before the 2014-15 season and has now commenced his fifth term as the Flippers “head honcho”.
THERE has been a changing of the guard with regard to the other executive committee positions with Leanne Swain taking over secretarial duties from Cathy Mackaway and Yolanda Mooney replacing Cameron Greig as treasurer.
SWIMMING club sign-on day is the first Tuesday after the pool opens on Saturday, November 17 with membership applications taken straight after school at the pool. President Gus is hoping to schedule a few races on that day.
WALCHA Rugby League held their AGM last Sunday at the BC where president Michael Aspinall and secretary Emma Hillier were returned to their positions. It is hoped Sally Ann Hoy will take over as treasurer from Kathryn Smith. Applications are now open for coaching jobs of both the Roos and Jillaroos closing on Friday, November 16.
BIG Wigs of the Week – Luke Wellings 62 n.o. and 2/26, Brad Partridge 57, Jay Grills 46, Ed Blomfield 31, Steph Sweeney 27 n.o., Mitch Scrivener 25, Liam Brennan 3/33, Andrew Fuller 2/16, Daniel Blanch 2/17, Lee Harrison 26 and 2/18.
POULTRY Farmers of the Week – Daniel Hunt (golden), Matt Harper (silver), Barry Hoy, Ben Hamilton and Cameron Wood.
SWAMP all-rounder Luke Wellings didn’t hold back last Saturday at the Uralla Sports Complex when he blasted 42 of his unbeaten 62 runs in boundaries. “Meggsy” clobbered five sixes and three fours including the four that won the game for his team and inflicted Uralla’s first loss of the 2018-19 season.
ROUND 5 of the twenty/20 Turton Cup is scheduled for this Saturday, where Colts play Uralla at the Park and Kentucky take on Round Swamp at John Oxley Sportsground. There is no Turton Cup final. The team on the highest points score after round 6 wins the trophy.
THE Oxley Darts Club held their annual presentations last Saturday night. Results will be in next week’s Walcha News.
Last Saturday, Uralla suffered their first loss of the season when they were defeated by Round Swamp at the Uralla Sports Ground complex, while Kentucky won their first game of the season after rounding up Colts at the Park.
Batting first, Uralla amassed a total of 9/125 off their 20 overs after Jay Grills top scored with 46 runs and opener Nathan Swann contributed 24.
For Swamp, Liam Brennan captured 3/33, opener Lee Harrison took 2/18. Luke Wellings picked up 2/26 while Lachie Fletcher claimed the other wicket.
In reply, Long Swamp were in a bit of strife at 4/27 before Harrison and Wellings put on a 41-run partnership for the fifth wicket, which ended when Harrison was caught behind for 26 runs off the bowling of Grills.
From then on, Man of the Match Wellings decided the aerial route was best, hitting five sixes on his way to a match-winning unbeaten 62.
Swamp had just three deliveries up their sleeve when they passed their assignment. Wellings finalised the result with a boundary off Grills, taking the total to 5/126. Uralla opener Andrew Fuller captured 2/18.
At the Park, Kentucky’s Steph Sweeney conceded just four singles off the final over to give his team victory by two runs. Kentucky batted first, racking up 129 runs for the loss of just two wickets. Opener Brad Partridge led the way with 57 runs.
He put on 48 runs for the opening wicket with Michael Aspinall who made 18 before he had his furniture rearranged by Mitchell Scrivener.
Man of the Match Partridge then went on to to add 46 runs with Sweeney, who remained unconquered on 27. Colts gave themselves every chance of victory but finished two runs short.
Opener Ed Blomfield made 31. Thor Crombie was undefeated on 27, Scrivener scored 25, opener Josh Wellings 19 and Ben Clifton hit a six in his 14 not out.
Colts finished on 4/127 with Daniel Blanch taking two wickets for Kentucky.
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