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28 July, 2022

“Hazelton has the right ammunition”.

Sport Spurts by Short n Curly - July 26

Me and Me Mate do not know if the above headline, which appeared in last Saturday’s Daily Telegraph, followed by quite an extensive article, fired up the Keiren Hazelton Racing Stable for their foray up to the Coonabarabran races that afternoon but the results would have us believe that he (Kieren) did aim up!

Well, we say that safely in the knowledge that he had two his horses shoot past the winning post in front of their respective opposition in what we would regard as a productive afternoon for his stable and the many local owners of the two horses concerned.

Not Too Bad got the party started when it most certainly was not too bad at all in a Class 1 and Maiden Plate event winning by 1.06 lengths with a tidy starting price of $3.60.

A few races later Rupicasso, a three-year-old filly, backed up from a win in Giladise 10 days before to again salute in a 1,200 metre Benchmark 50 race after leaving the barriers as a $5.00 equal favourite!

Gotta be happy with that, and we would reckon that quite a few members of the syndicates involved in the ownership of each of the horses would have been just that.

Happy that is!


Me Mate is a firm believer in reincarnation but he warns people to be careful with it because he reckons that one time, he asked to be singer and spent twenty years as a sewing machine!


Christie and Hood Castlereagh League

Close games highlight round 13.

Narrow wins to Gilgandra, Narromine and Dunedoo highlighted the fact that the struggle for semi-final spots in the 2022 Christie and Hood Castlereagh League competition is intense, and the narrowest of losses can have a large impact in terms of positions on the competition ladder.

Both Gulgong and Coonamble are testimony to this, with four-point losses to Gilgandra and Narromine respectively, seeing them now sitting just outside the top four.

Both the Terriers and the Bears have been leapfrogged on the table by the Dunedoo Swans who had to work hard to overcome the Baradine Magpies in Baradine before they went on to record a very important 26 to 18 win.

Playing at Gilgandra for the Boronia Cup the Gulgong Terriers just fell short in a match that saw the scores level at 12 all at half time after the Panthers had shot out to an early 6 nil lead courtesy of a converted try to their lock Brandon Hammond who speared over from close range in the 5th minute.

Six minutes later it was to be his opposite, James Morrison, who touched down in similar fashion to lock it up at six all.

On the back of some good field position afforded by a number of penalties given away by Gulgong Gilgandra’s centre George Alchin benefited from some slick ball movement and was able to crash his way over to see the scoreboard go out to 12 points to 6 in favour of the home side.

In the tit for tat game Gulgong centre Logan Ruming finished off a passing rush in the final minute before the break.

The second half saw Gulgong take the lead for the first time soon after the resumption of play when one of their best, fullback Ethan Pegus scored and with the conversion being successful they held a six-point lead.

That lead was however short lived when Gilgandra’s five eight, David Smith, latched on to an intercept on the half way line and sprinted away to touch down under the posts to lock it up at 18 all.

Both teams were then called upon to defend grimly at times and it wasn’t until an awkward kick was allowed to bounce and somehow Alchin was able to come up with possession and shrug off a couple of defenders in a 15-metre run to the line to make it 22 to 18 with seven minutes remaining.

This was to be the final score after what was a tense finish.

At Coonamble the Bears suffered a 24 to 20 loss to the Narromine Jets after both sides had scored four tries.

The losses by Gulgong and Coonamble sets up an epic encounter between the two clubs at Gulgong this Saturday.

Both sides currently sit equal fifth on the ladder with 28 competition points, just one point adrift of Dunedoo.

The last time the two teams met it was an 18 all draw and apart from that result if statistics are anything to go by there is very little between the two sides with both of them having lost three games by six points or less, plus each has lost one game by eight and one game by ten points.

The only minor difference is the for and against points where Coonamble holds a slight advantage having a points differential of +48 as opposed to Gulgong’s +38.

Both teams will be desperate for the win and hoping that Cobar gets over the top of Dunedoo at Dunedoo in another game that has major bearing on the composition of the top four.

The Swans have only lost one game at home this year, that being to Gilgandra in round 10, but they will need to be at their best against the Roosters who are the competition favourites.

The remaining game will see Narromine at home to Baradine, with the Jets needing a win to retain third place on the ladder.

The League Tag game at Cale Oval will feature first versus second with the home side out to bounce back from what was a big 30 to 10 loss to Coonamble last Saturday.


Services Club Stop Press, ten years ago!

Rugby Union – Gular hosted their annual Barney Kennaugh Old Boys Day when they played Cobar at The McGee with a big crowd in attendance. Curtis O’Connor scored a hat-trick of tries in the Galahs 31 to 12 victory.

Some of the Old Boys who took to the field in a “match” included Nigel Allen, Mark Walker, Mark Colwell, Ken Brisbane, Luke Harrison, Andrew Peart, Ash Walker, Ryan Simpson, Tim Quayle and Stuart Barden.

Golf – Geoff Lummis wins the Merv Armstrong Memorial Shield by way of a countback from Stan Doyle and Gil Riley.

Netball – Chelsie Miller was a member of the Far West Academy of Sport team that competed at a series of games played at Maitland.


Recent times for the Kennaugh family have been tinged with bitter/ bitter/ sweet moments.

Friday saw the funeral of the highly regarded local character Joy Kennaugh take place, followed on Saturday by a very well attended Barney Kennaugh Gulargambone Rugby Union Old Boys Day at Gulargambone, Barney of course being Don and Joy’s son who lost his battle with cancer some years ago!

Two bitter moments for the Kennaugh family!

Me and Me Mate only hope that it was perhaps the attendance at both the funeral and the footy provided some degree of sweetness to Kennaugh family!


Gulargambone Rugby Union’s First Fifteen will round out their season this weekend when they travel up to Waljay to head butt it with the Rams.

Wether (pun intended) or not they can finish on a high note might be problematical, the Rams being at the top of the table, and the Feathery Fiends being far from so upwardly.

Still stranger things have happened!

Meanwhile, it will be a second versus third Ladies Touch Sevens encounter and you know what, Me and Me Mate are predicting that the Flaming Galahs will bring home the bacon, or if not the bacon, then perhaps a few packets of pork crackle!

Go you good things Galahs and Flamin’ Galahs!


Nice work by Gilgandra High School student Sarah Chandler who represented both her school and the Western Region in the 14/15-year division of the NSW CHS Cross Country Championships at Eastern Creek just recently.

In a field of 120 Sarah finished mid field in what would have been a great experience for her.


Western Plains Rugby Union Round 12 scores

Ladies Touch

Warren 4 defeated Gulargambone 1

Competition Ladder

Warren 28, Walgett 27, Gulargambone 24, Coonamble 23, Bourke 17, Cobar 11

First Grade

Warren 57 defeated Gulargambone 10, Walgett 48 defeated Bourke/Brewarrina 27, Nyngan 34 defeated Coonamble 5, Cobar bye.

Competition Ladder

Walgett 44, Warren 39, Nyngan 31, Bourke/Brewarrina 27, Coonamble 17, Cobar 11, Gulargambone 10.

Round 13 Saturday 30thJuly.

Walgett V Gulargambone, Cobar V Warren, Nyngan V Bourke/Brewarrina, Coonamble bye.


My weakly Weekly poetic effort!

Me Mate is getting thin on top, it is a well-known fact

And some people like to tell, with very little tact

One day a lady said to him, “You have abdicating hair!”

Me Mate challenged her, “Explain that if you dare!”

“Well” came the answer, which caused Me Mate to frown.

“It just seems to me, that you are giving up the crown!”


Me Mate is not the sharpest tool bar when it comes to computers. I am not saying that he is computer illiterate but the other day I asked him to turn on my computer and he said, “Where am I supposed to rub it?”


Christie and Hood Castlereagh League Round 13 Scores

League Tag

Gilgandra 18 (Stevie Smith 2, Mab Fuller, Kiara Brown tries, Shian Chatfield goal) defeated Gulgong 14 (Tayla Pennell 2, Melanie Ballard tries, Mel Robinson goal)

Coonamble 30 (Hannah Towns 3, Tori Canham, Shakaye Walker tries, Canham 5 goals) defeated Narromine 10 (Aimee Van Staden, Jacana Powell tries, Lilly Spackman goal)

Baradine 32 (Maria Nagy 2, Meg Walton, Anna Arndell, Jorja Carey tries, Nagy 6 goals) defeated Dunedoo 10 (Brianna Smith, Alexis Gallagher tries, Hallie Hogden goal)

Competition Ladder

Baradine 37 (+176), Narromine 33 (+90), Dunedoo 31 (+106), Gilgandra 31     

(-6), Coonamble 29 (+24), Gulgong 27 (-2), Cobar 22 (-152), Binnaway 21 (-220).

Rugby League

Gilgandra 22 (George Alchin 2, David Smith, Brandon Hammond tries, Smith 3 goals) defeated Gulgong 18 (Ethan Pegus, Logan Ruming, James Morrison tries, Morrison 3 goals)

Narromine 24 (Washie Itoya 2, Mal Clarke, Blake Richardson tries, Janus Walford 4 goals) defeated Coonamble 20 (Mark Jones, Jack Kelly, Dewayne Hammond, Nathan Thurston tries Mitch Nalder, Jake Fernando goals)

Dunedoo 26 (Will Wood, Tyson Searle, Brad Beshman, Mitch O’Connor, Ben Gallagher tries, Dan Lane 3 goals) defeated Baradine 18 (John Evans, Travis Houghton, Jarvis Watton tries, Jesse McElhinney 3 goals)

Competition Ladder

Cobar 35 (+170), Gilgandra 35 (+36), Narromine 33 (-8), Dunedoo 29 (-90), Coonamble 28 (+48), Gulgong 28 (+38), Baradine 20 (-180).

Round 14 Saturday 30 July

Gulgong V Coonamble, Narromine V Baradine, Dunedoo V Cobar, Gilgandra V Binnaway.


Blow up the bunker!

If ever there was a reason to get rid of the NRL bunker, look no further than the final second of the Cowgirls versus Tigpies game last Sunday afternoon.

What a shocker!

It hurts me to say this but the Tigpies were VERY badly done by!


When he was growing up Me Mate’s parents had some chooks.

He vividly recalls the day when an English bloke came knocking on the front door.

Me Mate’s Mum answered the door knock and the English bloke said very apologetically, “Ohh excuse me Madam, I am so sorry but I have just run over your rooster! It was an accident but I feel very bad about it. I would like to replace the rooster if I may!”

Me Mate’s Mum replied, “Accidents happen so no need to worry”.

The English bloke persisted, “No Madam I must insist on doing the right thing and I need to replace your rooster”.

“Ohh well”, Me Mate’s Mum replied, “If you really insist then you will find the hens in a yard up the side of the house!”


Who said that the Mighty Canberra Raiders can’t play football in the second half?

Ok so I might have mumbled it a few times over the years, but hey they turned it on (thankfully) last Saturday against the Worriers to get the win.

Bring on the Meter Maids this weekend!

C’mon you Mighty Raiders


Time to go but just before I do Me Mate reckons that he is so broke he can’t even pay attention.

Have a good one until next we meet!

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