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4 February, 2022

Sporting Roll of Honour

Noel Raines has been inducted into Gilgandra’s Sporting Roll of Honour, as announced at the recent Australia Day celebrations.

By Emily Middleton

The honour roll consists of a photo of each inductee and, an outline of their achievements, and is on display at the Gilgandra Fitness Centre on a permanent basis.

As Bryson Luff explained, the Sporting Roll of Honour has a stringent set of criteria that sportspersons must satisfy to qualify for inclusion.

Mr Raines has been recognised for his achievements in the sport of lawn bowls. But that’s not all Mr Raines has under his belt.

Mr Raines has a long history as a local and regional cricketer, being awarded The Gilgandra Weekly cricketer of the year 12 times, and Macquarie Valley cricketer of the year three times. He scored seven centuries representing Gilgandra at district level and approximately another 40 in the ABC Shield, Gilgandra and District Cricket Association.

“Noel was 56-years young when he scored his last century and cricketer of the year award,” said Mr Luff.

 It is only in recent years that Mr Raines has turned his hand to lawn bowls. He has won 30 championship titles and has represented Gilgandra and the zone.

His titles include:

- 2018 NSW state champion reserve singles,

- 2018 zone four champion presidents’ singles,

- 2018 zone runner up presidents’ pairs, and

- 2014 zone four champions presidents’ pairs.

Alongside these, there have been plenty of local Gilgandra titles in A singles, A pairs, triples and fours that Mr Raines has achieved.

“It was Noel’s win in the 2018 NSW Reserve Singles is the achievement that has gained him entry in the Gilgandra Sporting Roll of Honour. I understand this was a very close and exciting game,” said Mr Luff.

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