21 April, 2023
Sports Spurts With Short ‘n’ Curly - April 12, 2023
When it comes to outstanding individual achievements by local sportspeople this has to be right up there.
At a glittering NSW Cricket awards evening held last week at Doltone House in Sydney, local cricketer Matt Everett was awarded the Josh Hazelwood Medal for being the NSW Country Cricket’s Male Player of the Year.
Me and Me Mate very much doubt that such an
award has ever been awarded to any player who
plays in the Gilgandra and District Cricket
This really is some achievement and caps off a
sensational season for the modest Breelong player.
Apart from the award some other highlights for
Matt in recent times include his selection in the
western zone side that competed in the NSW
Country Championships, where he wracked up a
record 283 runs.
He then went on to playing for the NSW Country
Bush Blues in the Australian Country Championships
where he was their leading run scorer.
Apart from his batting skills Matt is also an
extremely gifted wicket keeper.
On the local level he was very much an integral
member of the Gilgandra team that won the NSW
Country Plate, being named as the player of the
match in the final against Griffith, and he picked up
a number of awards at the Gilgandra Cricket
Association’s presentation afternoon.
Congratulations to him because his achievements
have been absolutely outstanding, and his
recognition thoroughly deserved.
Me Mate is not all that impressed with the new
sat nav that he has in his car.
He reckons that the other day when he was
driving around the Western Plains Zoo the sat nav
said bear left and it was clearly a camel!
Services Club Stop Press, 10-years-ago!
Lawn Bowls – Gilgandra High School’s lawn
bowls team swept all before them as they stormed
home to win the Warrumbungle Bowls Challenge
and the $200 prizemoney attached to it. The team
of Kade McKenzie, Dylan Marchant, Jasmin Kew
and Max Hannelly did not drop a game throughout
Racing – Spicy Angers won a Maiden at Warren
in its first race. Trained by Bruce Parker, Spicy
Angers started as a $41 outsider.
Lawn Bowls – Elaine Gilmour, Sue Armstrong,
and Jean Bushell were the winners at the Women’s
Bowling Club Trophy Day.
A chicken walked up to a duck that was standing
beside a road and said to him; “Don’t do it
Mate, you will never hear the end of it!”
Now who would have ever thought that a
Gilgandra Speedway meeting could possibly ever
get washed out?
Well probably 100 per cent of the Gilgandra
population, that’s who, because the cancellation of
the planned big Good Friday speedway meeting at
the Giladise track due to rain was far, far, far from
being the first.
Mud might be better than dust when it comes to
things agricultural, but for speedway enthusiasts
dust at least can be dampened down so that racing
can get underway, while if you have mud then
you have no racing.
With the track, the pit area and the surrounds
somewhat impacted by the pluvial nature of things
leading up to the planned meeting last Friday the
Gilgandra club had no option but to unfortunately
Sad but true, but the club will live on and race
again in drier times.
My Weakly Weekly Poetic Effort!
Me Mate went to a fancy restaurant, to impress
It was not something that he did very often in his
He called out to the waiter, “Can you please get
me a beer?”
“Ohh, and how do you serve prawns around
Replied the waiter, in a manner that could not
be any finer.
“Well in your case Sir, we will treat you like
every other diner!”
Now you might well think that that was the end
of Me Mate’s little banter with the waiter, but he is
claiming that he got one back when the waiter later
asked him if he wanted any molasses.
Me Mate says that he told him no thanks, he
didn’t want any part of the mole at all!
As per usual it was a big, Easter long weekend
over at the Gil Royal and Ancient with the highlight
being on Good Friday, April 7 when the Martin Clift
Memorial was played with 18 teams having a bash
The best bashers out of that sizeable field just
happened to be the foursome consisting of Geoff
and Allan Lummis with Mark and Aiden Hinchcliffe
who were followed home by Font McEwen,
Wendon Riley, Michael Roach and Graham
But really overall golf was the winner over the
Me Mate says that the other day some strange
dude walked up to him and said that they were
going to hit him with the neck of his guitar.
While he was quite astounded Me Mate replied,
“Is that a fret?!?”
(talk to a musician if you don’t get it!)
R = Really, A = Awesome, I = In, D= Defensively,
E = Excellent, R = Resilient, S = Showing!
Put them all together and what have you got?
RAIDERS that’s what you’ve got!
What a difference a week and a win makes.
How good are they?
Well, they were pretty good last Saturday night
when they upset the Brizzy Bongos.
While nether me nor Me Mate were overly confident
about their prospects going into the game
(especially given their terrible second half performance
the previous week) we reckon that we were
the only ones in the world to pick
them in a tipping competition.
Can they turn it on again next
That is the big question and ohh
Lordy we hope that they can because
the Green Machine are up against
the Drag Queens and life is pretty
much unbearable when your team
loses to the Draggies.
Come on you Mighty Raiders!
Ok that’s about it for me this week so until we next get together have a good one. Hang on just before I go Me Mate wanted me to tell you that he doesn’t like grudges. He says his father kept grudges and he always hated him for it. Take it easy and GO YOU MIGHTY RAIDERS! (Can they do it or is winning two weeks in a row too much to ask for? Stay tuned to find out!)