Golfie acknowledges its sporting achievers

Cobar Bowling & Golf Club men’s bowls champions Greg Read and Alan Knight (Pairs Champions), David Thomas (one of the Triples winners), Tony Brown (Singles
and Fours champion), Bian Smith and Peter ‘China’ Brien (who were in the winning Fours team with Brown and Gerard Livingston).

The Cobar Bowling & Golf Club held their annual Sportsman’s Dinner on Friday night with representatives of six sporting clubs in attendance.

The men’s and ladies bowlers, men’s and ladies golfers as well as the senior cricket and the Cobar Yabbies Senior Men’s Swimming Club presented reports to the dinner.

In the Golfie Men’s Bowls 2018 competition Tony Brown finished as the Singles Champion with Alan Knight and Greg Read earning the Pairs Champions trophy.

The Triples title went to the team of David Thomas, Daniel Holt and Jim Goonrey.

Tony Brown also featured in the Fours champions team alongside Bian Smith, Gerard Livingston and Peter ‘China’ Brien.

Ladies Bowls president Margaret Good announced the 2018 Fours winners were Shine McIver, Marlene Wynd, Barbara Barklimore and Ev Hyde.

(Good commented that they struggled for players last season and was concerned they might not have enough players to contest the Fours Championships this year.)

Good was part of the 2018 Triples winning team alongside Sandra Zazoniuk and Barbara Barklimore.

McIver and Hyde won the Pairs title while Good claimed the Singles crown.

Men’s Golf captain Peter ‘China’ Brien praised the golf course’s groundsmen Paul Hay and Alan Knight, for doing a great job under the difficult dry conditions that the drought has brought.

Brien announced Garry Wilkin as the winner of the Match Play Bill Bartlett Memorial Trophy; Colin ‘Butch’ Eves won the Captain’s Trophy; Max Phillips was the Nearest the Pin competition winner; Jacob Ryan was the A Grade Club Champion with Alec Fraser the runner-up; Darryn Lord won B Grade with Stewart Fraser runner-up and Eves won C Grade with Dale Dunkley the runner-up.

The best of the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club’s Lady Bowlers: Marlene Wynd (who was part of the team who won the Fours title); Ev Hyde (Fours and Pairs teams champion); Barbara Barklimore (a Fours and Triples championship team member); with club president Margaret Good who was the Ladies 2018 Singles Champion and also a member of the winning Triples team.

The A Grade Foursomes champions were Ryan and Wilkin; Geoff Dunne and Phil Gilligan collected the B Grade title; and Glen Ratcliffe and Paul Kershaw were the C Grade winners.

Ryan and Jenny Stephenson were the Mixed Foursome champions with Jay Egan and Geraldine Francisco the runners-up.

Kershaw finished as the winner of the Medal of Medals competition with Brien the runner-up.

Ladies Golf president Chrissy Gilligan reported the Cobar Lady Golfers had a very good year in 2018 with a number of players competing at various western district tournaments.

“They never came home empty handed,” Gilligan said.

The Lady Golfers champions were: Jenny Stephenson (A Grade), Geraldine Francisco (B Grade) and Tina Gordon (C Grade).

Francisco was also the Match Play champion.

Cobar & District Senior Cricket Club president Damian Wray gave a report to the Sportsman’s Dinner on the progress of the current 2018/2019 cricket season which he said is set to wrap up in a couple of weeks.

Wray said the club had welcomed the injection of seven junior players into the senior competition this year which to help make up sides.

“It looks like it will be the last year for the 40 Overs competition due to work rosters and commitments,” Wray announced.

“The Twenty/20 competition on Friday nights however remains strong,” he said.

Scott Toomey from the Cobar Yabbies Senior Men’s Swimming Club said the club had had a successful 2017/2018 season and, in particular, excellent results were recorded by a number of club members at the 2018 National AIF carnival last March with Cobar swimmers claiming two National titles along with eight having other podium finishes.

Toomey reported the Yabbies had further success at the Five Ways Swim (which the Cobar club hosted) and also at the Western Districts carnival recently in Condobolin.

He said a large contingent of Yabbies is heading off to the 2019 Nationals AIF Carnival this weekend in Melbourne where they were hoping for another good showing again this year.