Sports notes January 21

Narooma Croquet Club: Janet Jones scores yet another hoop.

Narooma Croquet Club: Janet Jones scores yet another hoop.



After the shutdown during the bushfire emergency Narooma Croquet competition resumed at Dalmeny Club courts with twilight games of association croquet and golf croquet on Tuesday 14 January 2020. There was a modest restart of five players who all had personal stories of survival during the crisis and were thankful for the bravery and courage of the fire fighters and emergency personnel in keeping everyone safe. One game of association croquet was played with Janet Jones outclassing Len Favier 26 to 9. Also two games of golf croquet were played whereby Christine Stent featured in the winning team of both games. The scores were:- Christine Stent 7 def Jean Phillips & Louise Starkie 4. Louise Starkie & Christine Stent 5 def Jean Phillips 4 in a playoff hoop.

The Second day of competition for 2020: With smoke haze returning and only 0.1 mm of overnight rain, the second day of the 2020 competition was held on the morning of Thursday 16 January, featuring a good recovery rollup of eight players competing in four games of golf croquet doubles. Here four players, Pearl Hanson, Aurelia Robinson, Christine Stent and Janet Jones each featured in two winning pairings. The scores were: Janet Jones & Christine Stent 7 def Sally McGourty & Heather McGourty 3. Aurelia Robinson & Pearl Hanson 7 def Louise Starkie & Bill Koeber 1. Christine Stent & Aurelia Robinson 7 def Heather McGourty & Louise Starkie 3. Pearl Hanson & Janet Jones 7 def Bill Koeber & Sally McGourty 4.

Retrospective: In the last competition day of 2019, on Saturday 21 December, an association croquet handicap game was held, with Pauline Wilcock (hcp 16) scoring 18 to Len Favier (hcp 20) scoring 10 (4 bisques).

Feature Events: Entries are being taken by the Narooma Croquet Club tournament director for two events, viz; Golf Croquet Handicap Singles Championship Event to be held on Monday 2 March 2020 and Association Croquet Handicap Singles Championship Event to be held between Sunday 1 March 2020 (start day) and Tuesday 31 March 2020 (finish day). [Contact Janet Jones via email for details and/or place entry of your name on the notice-board list at Club Dalmeny]




It is encouraging to report that members' support of golf was reflected in the size of the field of 151 players with only one visitor. A Grade was taken out by Terry O'Callaghan with 43 points off his handicap of 12, followed by Graham Cron from Catalina and Bill Anderson on 42 and 41 points respectively. In B Grade Derek Smith mastered the situation to post 41 points off his handicap of 21, ahead of three players on 40 points. Marion Brooks and Perry Pericleous enjoyed the spoils with Rob Russack missing out. In C Grade Peter Shakeshaft registered the best score of the day with 44 points off his handicap of 25, followed by John Murray who edged out Ian Hamilton on countback to take second place with 40 points.

The nearest-the-pin winners were Bec Smart on 3, Doug Morey on 9, Peter Shakeshaft on 14 with a hole-in-one and Peter Ward on 17, while the ball competition went down to the unusually high score of 36 points with 18 on the way home.


Only three visitors, one of whom a noted ABC sports reporter, played in the field of 154 players where the small amount of rain reduced the run on the course. In A Grade Bill Durnan parred the course in posting 40 points off his handicap of 4 to take the premier position, albeit on countback from Callum Annand. Laurie Holmes filled third place with 38 on countback from Michael Turner and Geoff Lanham. In B Grade Glenn McInerney recorded the best score of the day by far with 45 points off his handicap of 19. Perry Pericleous had his second minor placing of the week with 40 points, while Dennis Fry headed Colin O'Sullivan on countback with 39 points to finish third.

In C Grade Ian Lowe came out on top with 41 points off his handicap of 29 to finish one point ahead of Michael Harris. The long-suffering Jock Munro took third place on 38 points on countback from Rene Faurschou but can take great heart from the fact that his present handicap is barely more than when he chipped in from about 100 meters on the 18th hole in the final off the C Grade championship to beat a young Jordan Lang one up almost twenty years ago.

The nearest-the-pin winners were Jason Andrew on 3, Peter Ward on 9, Ken Brown on 14 and Terry O'Claaghan on 17 with the second hole-in -one for the week, while the ball competition went down to all on 34 points.


Results for Thursday 16th January 2020 - Stableford. Jackson Hearn the son of Bermagui golf royalty put in a stellar effort today in winning A grade with a score of 41 points off his 2 handicap. Runner up was Luke Moresi (hcp 14) on 40 points shading Robert Drew (hcp 7) on 38. A countback awarded the B grade win to Dave Cole (hcp 20) shading Wayne Burke (hcp 19) both on 37 points. Third placing to Ross Simpson (hcp 21) on 36 points. The C grade win went to Brian Kenyon (hcp 36) with 39 points. Runner up to Arthur Worthley (hcp 24) on 38 with 3rd spot filled by James Bryan (hcp 27) on 36 points.

Results for Saturday 18th January 2020. Monthly Medal stroke event sponsored by the Coulson Family. Jay Goodwin had a good day out in claiming the first Medal of the year. Jay scored an excellent 71 nett playing off 4 handicap. Following a countback the A grade win went to Jackson Hearn (hcp 1) shading Anthony Hart (hcp 7) both returning with 71 net. Then followed Alan Wilder (hcp 1) on 74. Rocky Lagana (hcp 18) took out B grade with net 73. A countback decided runner up to Shane Roberts (hcp 20) shading Dave Chamberlin (hcp 16) both on 74.

Arthur Worthley (hcp 24) won C grade with 76 net. Then runner up to Ron Lye (hcp 23) scoring 79 with Max Luland (hcp 30) third on 81. Lowest off the stick today was Jackson Hearn with 72.

Club News: On Sunday 26th January we will hold our Australia Day medley event 4BBB stableford competition. 10am for 10.30am shotgun start.

Bermagui Men's Golf: Saturday Medal day, from left: Dave Chamberlin (B grade 3rd), Arthur Worthley (C grade winner), Ron Lye (C grade R/U) and Max Luland (C grade 3rd).

Bermagui Men's Golf: Saturday Medal day, from left: Dave Chamberlin (B grade 3rd), Arthur Worthley (C grade winner), Ron Lye (C grade R/U) and Max Luland (C grade 3rd).


Narooma Women

Social bowls for the year started on 14 January, a week later than scheduled due to the bush fires. A small group met last Tuesday to enjoy their triples games. The day's prizes were to be awarded to the team with the highest winning score. On rink nine Betty Greenshields, Clare Cork and Gail Palmer (skip) combined well to take an early lead against Mavis Hardy, Aurelia Robinson and Pam Grant (skip). Despite a comeback mid-game by Pam's team, Gail and Co went on to claim the prize-money following a strong finish over the final ends. Well done ladies. Best wishes to Heather McGourty who celebrated her birthday on Sunday. Winner of the meat raffle was Jenny Coulson. Thanks to Rapleys Mid Town Meats.

Narooma Men

Social Bowls Winners' CircleIt was a great day for bowls on Wednesday with 40 bowlers making up six rinks of triples and a game of pairs. The Maggsy Draw was highest winning score and this week the winners were Bob Murphy, Les Waldock and Peter Murton (skip) who were on fire to lead 25 to 4 after 11 ends and continued the top bowls for a good win against Neville Butt, Bobby Robbins and Kevin Callaway (skip). Second place went to Graham Cummins, Dennis Maggs and Tony Palmer (skip) who led 15 to 10 after 11 ends and then tightened the screws for a 28 to 13 win against Peter Hawker, Tony Gors and John Spees (skip). The resting toucher took a while but at 1.23 Tony Gors showed his prowess yet again to claim the prize, well done Tony. Thank you to Rapley's Midtown Meat for their continued support.

On Saturday there was a good turnout of players with the money decided by Lowest Winning Margin. First place went to Peter Dillon and John Voytas (skip) who had a very tight game with the scores 15 all after 16 ends before they hit the lead again and went on to a 26 to 24 win over Leigh Falkiner and Peter McKay (skip). Second place went to Craig Campbell, Shorty Smart and Carl Lee (skip) who had a great game that was close throughout and after being down 7 to 9 after 11 ends they rallied to take their match 15 to 12 against Barry Turnbull, Billy Wilton and Paul Naylor (skip).

Sunday bowls resumed for 2020 and we had 26 eager bowlers ready to play Joe's Special triples and pairs after an extended Christmas New Year break. The Maggsy Draw was Lucky Rinks and winners of the day were Clare Cork, Jan Rapkins and Ken Burrows (skip) who were all square at 12 all after 11 ends and after being 16 all with one end to go they picked up 4 shots for a 20 to 16 win against Mavis Hardy, Pat Wood and Darrell Goodridge (skip). Second place went to the very consistent Lois MacGregor and Enid Brooker (skip) who had a great game against Sue Wales and Merrie Downie (skip) with the scores being a 10 to 8 lead after 11 ends and a final winning score of 16 to 14.