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Macksville golf winner Desma Hughes
Macksville golf winner Desma Hughes



Paul O’Neill reports – yet another glorious Thursday afternoon for the social set to bathe in and it would be a trio of club stalwarts to take the spoils as Pat Clough, Gino Vitagliani and Graham Allen joined forces to win via the smallest margin route. Locked 16-all on the penultimate end, the lads got the shot they needed for victory on a drama charged final end. Runners-up with a most ends win were Elaine Collins in a triumphant return to bowls, Con Fuller and Andy DalSanto. Jackpot not won so get down there this arvo for a roll and a chance at great prizes.

Just the one game of pennants on Saturday with the Grade 6 side having the bye, a round three clash with North Beach for the 4s at home. In horrible blustery conditions, the lads were thoroughly outclassed on the day by a red hot crew from Mylestom 43-86, who could do no wrong on a very slick 'little' green. The 4s will look to bounce back this week against Urunga away and the 6s will be striving to open their account as they host Port Panthers. Names are on the board and be at the venues no later than midday for a 12.30 start. Go Bowra!

Macksville Women

Judy Walker reports – we played two games of social pairs. Kaye Wood and Donna Soyka played Fiona Medley and Karen Liddell. Winners were Kaye and Donna. The other game saw Audrey Tilbrook and Joan Hosking defeat Barbara McBride and Judy Walker. Trophy winners were Judy and Karen.

This week is the District Pairs, both Open and Seniors. Good luck to all players.

On May 2 we played social bowls. A pairs game was played between Karen Liddell and Donna Soyka against Donna Steel and Judy Walker. Winners were Donna and Judy. The other game played was a triples games with Fiona Medley, Barbara McBride and Joan Hosking defeating Pam Wilkes, Kaye Wood and Carol Turner. Trophy winners were Vilma Cook and Kaye Wood.

Macksville Men

Kevin Scott reports – the result determination  for Thursday’s Social Bowls was the winners with the most ends and they were Adam Laird, Ross Patmore, and G Stuart with 15 from Kerry McBride, Nobby and Gary Witte also with 15. The jackpot of $199 was won by Brian Nunn, Warren Gallop, and Keith Hickey.  

The pennant results were the No.6s defeated South West Rocks 71 shots to 39 for a 10 nil win. The number 7s lost to Sawtell 66 shots to 56 for a 9 to 1 loss. This week’s pennants will see the No.6s play Kempsey Heights away and the 7s are at home to Nambucca Heads.

Nambucca Heads Men

Fred Pope reports – last Wednesday’s Club Selected Triples attracted a field of 32 bowlers. The $10 winners were John Hunt, Terry Harvey and John Richardson. Second place $5 winners were Jack Sinclair, Gary Mitchell and Joe Franck. Third place also $5 winners were Ray Platt, Ken Brown and Geoff Hartmann. Lucky losers prize went Bob Summerville, Hans Oldenhove and Tony Stokes. The lucky bowler winning $15 was Ken Leggett. The jackpot of $180 was won. Sharing were Ken, Don Lean, Peter Dawe, Maurie Roberts, Fred You and Ken Summerville.

Friday’s Nominated Men’s Triples attracted 60 bowlers. The $15 first prize winners were Maurie Miles, Chris D’ElBoux and Wayne Bennett. The $10 prize winners were Gary Mitchell, Bob Dunkley and Peter Hill. The third place $5 winners were John McCullom, Bob Sutton and Ray Hunt. The $5 lucky losers were Jack Young, Brian Bevan and Tony Stokes. The lucky bowler was Bob Summerville. The jackpot of $180 was won.

Pennant Results. Grade 3 I believe was a good win 2 games to 1. I will give details next week. Grade 5 teams: A. Cosgrave won 26/23. Neil Pollard won 22/16. Mick Ellison won 20/14. Points 10. A very good clean sweep. Grade 7 teams: Fred Pope lost 16/21. Joe Franck won 30/18 and Brett Stephens won 18/14. A win of 64/53. Points 9/1. A good win boys.

Scotts Head Women

Cathy Flippence reports – last Thursday saw our annual Gala Day and a huge thank you to all who attended. Every club In the district was represented making the day an enormous success and I'm pretty sure a great time was had by all. Another big thank you to our stand-in green keeper Mick for preparing the greens to their usual pristine condition. And last but not least, thank you to our ‘team’ for their enormous effort to bring the day together.

So don't forget ladies, gentlemen, and visitors, our social days are Thursday afternoons, and everyone is guaranteed a fun time so come on down.

Scotts Head Men

Gary Bishop reports – on Saturday, we travelled to Park Beach for pennants and travelled back licking our wounds after being beaten convincingly. On a brighter note, Sunday will see us holding our annual Mixed Pairs carnival. We have a full card and are expecting a great day for all bowlers and spectators.

One who won't be there is Hagop who, as Club Champion, will be representing us in the Champion of Club Champions competition run by Bowls NSW. He is drawn to play C Daley first. Good Luck H!

Rink winners for Wednesday May 9 were J McAuliffe, T Henshaw and S Moc.



Julee Townsend reports – it was a really tough day of golf on Saturday as the stableford scores reveal. The wind and fast greens kept everyone on their toes. 35 points was enough for Kevin Wilson to win the day. Runner-up was Alan Heather with 34. For some reason he always plays a solid game when visiting our club. Other results: Front nine W VanSambeek, back nine N Mackay. Nearest to the pin: (2/11) G Johnstone, (8/17) No one landed on the green. Longest Putt: (4/13) N Mackay, (7/16) W Gunder. Balls: G Paterson, D Hooper, G Johnson and T Simpson. 

Macksville Women

Rhonda McAuliffe reports – the ladies have been on the course enjoying the last of the perfect weather conditions in preparation for our combined open day and pink cancer day.

Mary Dwyer has found her usual good form and won with 33 stableford points off 39 handicap. Lorraine King was close with 32 points on a 45 handicap. Christine Parker was next in line to win the ball competition and the nearest to both pins.

Desma Hughes with the weight off her shoulders shot to the top with 41 stableford points off a 27 handicap and NTP on the 4th in the following week’s play. Mary Dwyer retained her good form and came in as runner-up with 31 points.   

Mid North Coast Veterans

Colin Cutt reports – on Tuesday, May 8, 81 golfers competed at Nambucca Island Golf Course. Division 1: Winner Christopher Tinson 38, 1st runner-up Edward Beaton 35 c/b, 2nd runner-up Steve McNeil 35 c/b, 3rd runner-up Greg Paterson 35.

Division 2: Winner Andrew Tosio 37, 1st runner-up Robert Clarke 35, 2nd runner-up Eric Wise 34 c/b, 3rd runner-up Ray Neuvonen 34.

NTPs: 5th Ray Neuvonen, 8th Bob Everitt, 13th Brian King, 18th John Fortescue. Ball run went down to 34 pts.


Nambucca and District

Joan Thompson reports – Summer Competition, round 13. Monday May 7. A Grade: Bandits 5 Snappers 4, Them 5 V Wallers 4, Terminators 7 Eagles 2.

B Grade: Pointers 6 Amigos 3, Hound Dogs 6 Flyers 3, Sharks 7 Bushpigs 2. C Grade: Scorpions 6 Jokers 3, Dolphins 7 Easy Beats 2, To the Point 6 Princesses 3.

Nambucca Heads RSL Social

Joan Thompson reports – Tuesday May 8. 1st Chris Love and Dave Slater, 2nd Terry Stokes, 3rd Sandra Mioni and Steve Woodhouse. LHS Shirley McCulloch 116, GHS Dave Slater 140. Ladies Hi-Peg Shirley McCulloch 54, Gents-Peg Ron Thompson 70. Lucky 3 Darts Betty Shanahan.


Nambucca Valley Bridge Club

Noel Howard reports – Monday May 7, 36 players.

N/S: Gayle Keenan and Noel Howard 67.13%, Noreen Cork and Marie Dalton 54.17%, Olga Davis and Marcia Douglas 53.94%. E/W: Cherylene and John Stimpson 63.66%, Gus Gorissen and Struart Thorne 62.73%, Stephen and Amber Fox 54.63%.

Tuesday May 8, 16 players, Howell. Rob Marshall and Caitlin Holman 64.88%, Marion Wood and Alison Savage 57.74%, Jane and Greg Wood 55.56%.

Thursday May 10, 34 players, Red MPs. N/S: Haidee Purkiss and Olga Davis 70.98%, Mike Siford and Cynthia Gill 63.94%, Richard Levy and Gillian Buganey 56.27%. E/W: Marion Wood and Noel Howard 58.39%, Ivan Redwood and Fern Hinchcliffe 57.53%, Jennifer and Stuart Thorne 57.23%.


Kempsey Sporting Car Club

We conducted Shannon’s Insurance round 4 of the NSW Hillclimb Championship at the Mount Cooperabung track over the weekend.

Local boy Darren Read led the field for the first two runs beating his personal best time with a run of 23.899 seconds. 

Doug Barry driving his Lola pulled out all stops on the third run to produce a blistering time of 22.917 seconds setting a new outright track record over the 745-metre course.

The battle for third place was very close with three drivers in close contention. KSCC driver Dave Morrow managed to hold off Canberra’s Reece McIntosch and Sydney driver Ron Hay to win third place with a best time of 25.677.

Reece’s fastest time was 26.411 and Ron’s a 26.598 gaining them fourth and fifth respectively.

Late model Improved production class proved to be popular this year with seven cars competing. Sydney driver Geoff Brisby took home the trophy with a best time of 28.782 seconds in his HSV Commodore.