Junior League Christmas in July Fundraiser

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Everyone save the date, Saturday July 14 for a night of Christmas festivities and Rock n Roll.

Grenfell Junior League will be rocking the Country Club 50’s and 60’s style with the “Midnight Drifters”.

The “Midnight Drifters” are a band based in Sydney that play the 50’s and 60’s Rock n Roll circuit, with music from Chuck Berry, The Mavericks, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, Shakin Stevens and many more.

Dress up is optional but encouraged to add to the atmosphere of what is sure to be a fun night for all.

The night will kick off with a scrumptious two course meal in the spirit of the festive season, to be served in what could easily be mistaken for a dining room straight from the North Pole.

Afterwards you can dance late into the night to the first class live entertainment from the “Midnight Drifters”  Santa will be running a free courtesy Bus for all those who like to have a jolly time.

“Tickets are selling fast, limited seats available”.

Get in quick to join in on all the fun!…grab your tickets today!!

Tickets are $30.00 each and available from Louisa’s Locker, Caltex Service Station, Henry Lawson High School and CJ Anderson until.

Enquires can be made to Rita Mawhinney on 63432459, Cindy Brebner 63431521 or Lorraine Harveyson 63432131.

So come along for a fun night out and support your local Junior League!!

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Grenfell Bowls News

The wind was blowin’, the bowls were goin’ and the beer was flowin’. A competitor taking a break as he takes in the atmosphere and enjoys a quite beer last Saturday at the Zone 5 Grade 6 Bowling play offs at the Grenfell Bowling Club that saw teams from Oberon, Goulburn Railway, Portland, Kemps Creek, Bathurst Majellan and Eugowra vying for the winner’s pennant.ANOTHER VICTORY TO LACHLAN VALLEY: As was reported last week, the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, was the scheduled time for the zone 5 grade 6 play-offs.
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The venue for this prestigious event was the Grenfell Bowling Club.

The victorious grade 6 teams from Oberon, Portland, Kemps Creek, Goulburn Railway, Bathurst Majellan, and Eugowra Bowling Clubs traveled to Grenfell for the purpose of contesting this event.

It was reported last week that Cowra had won the grade 6 pennants for the Lachlan Valley District, however, the writer was mistaken.

The local winner was, in fact, the Eugowra Bowling Club.

Last Sunday afternoon, it was “down to the wire” for two teams, namely Portland and Eugowra, because they were the only two sides left with a chance of winning the zone 5 flag.

The other four contestants were able to return home if they so desired.

In the only afternoon match, Portland had to defeat Eugowra by at least 22 shots overall to take the title.

However, in a very valiant fashion, the three Eugowra foursomes were able to hold Portland at bay.

Although the Portland visitors won the contest, the “big board” difference was only 12 shots and this was not enough to claim the title.

And so, another Lachlan Valley district club has taken out a zone 5 pennants championship – this time, it was the diminutive Eugowra Bowling Club.

Last week, you may recall, Grenfell won the zone 5 grade 3 pennants flag.

NUMEROUS COMING EVENTS: 1. A Goannas Rugby League Club bowls day is set down for Sunday July 1.

This will be a triples contest and play will commence at about 10am.

Entry fees will be minimal with adults paying a paltry $10 each and children $5 each.

Please endeavour to support this day.

2. Nominations are now open for the Grenfell Bowling Club Fours and Triples Championships.

Closure for the fours will be Sunday July 1, and for the Triples Sunday August 12.

Please form a team and enter because it is a case of “all the more the merrier”.

3. “The 2012 Henry Lawson 3 Bowl Mixed Triples” are scheduled fro Saturday, August 4.

The total prizemoney available for this competitive event is $1,300.

A nomination sheet is presently on display at the Grenfell Bowling Club (Men’s section).

RAY ARM BOWLS THEM OVER: During last week, local bowling identity Ray Walter traveled to Newcastle and its environs to contest the 2012 NSW Bowling Arm Singles Championships.

He most certainly put up a mighty effort with that bowling arm device of his as he finished third place overall.

Wow! – a very hearty well done to you Ray, from your bowling mates at the Grenfell Bowlo.

And what’s more, Ray may be in line for selection in the NSW Bowling Arm Representative team.

2012 LVDBA “CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS”: To be played at the Grenfell Bowling Club on Saturday, June 30, is the Lachlan Valley District Singles “Champion of Champions” series.

Next Saturday morning in this event, Grenfell’s Steve Galvin will be opposed to that difficult adversary from Cowra, Gerard Beath.

Then, in the afternoon, the winner of this match will be opposed to the champion from Canowindra Bowling Club.

These bowling encounters should prove to be well worth watching (singles usually are).

Next Sunday, July 1, the Lachlan Valley District Pairs “Champion of Champions” are scheduled for play at the Cowra Bowling Club.

An afternoon match featuring the Grenfell pairing of Brad and Steve Galvin opposed by Cowra’s Russell Nobes and Alan Messenger is listed.

Best of bowling luck to the Galvin duo.

BOWLERS’ JACKPOT: This jackpot continues to be most elusive.

The draw last Monday morning, June 25 saw the following necessities emerge (i) an even rink, (ii) end number 16, and (iii) minus five shots.

Again, a most difficult draw to win and, of course, no one did.

The new jackpot stands at $93 for this week’s social bowlers.

Come along and win it, maybe.

Yours in bowls,

“A little sledging can be lots of fun provided it has no MALICE. In addition, be prepared to get some back – it’s only FAIR”

With “Keep Rollin’”

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Grenfell Rotary Club Changeover – 2012

Past President Jan McLelland (Club Service/Assisting), Jill Hodgson (President-Elect and also Youth Director), Past President Trevor Lobb (International Director), Margaret Bradshaw-Jones (Community Service Director), Jim Marden (Treasurer), Sue Armstrong (Secretary), 2012-2013 Club President Thurston Skinner, Past President Chris Lobb (Assistant Secretary) and Immediate Past President David Jones The Rotary Club of Grenfell’s new President, Thurston Skinner  holding the Charter (C) with Past President David Jones (L) and PDG Bernie Huxtable who did the induction ceremony at the Changeover at the Grenfell Country Club on Wednesday evening on June 20.
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Rotarian Thurston Skinner was inducted as the new Grenfell Rotary President at the club’s Changeover dinner on June 20 for 2012-2013.

The induction was carried out by Past District Governor Bernie Huxtable of Orange, who attended with his wife, Colina.

There was an excellent attendance and Past President Trevor Lobb welcomed everyone in his role as Master of Ceremonies for the evening and kept the function running well on time.

Clubs including Forbes, Boorowa and Young were well represented, as also were local Friends of Rotary, the Grenfell Lions, and Grenfell Probus.

Local woman and professional entertainer, Andrea Ladlow led everyone in a couple of enjoyable sing-along sessions, and provided the music as well.

Outgoing President David Jones gave his report on his highly successful year.

This will be covered separately in The Grenfell Record.

New President Thurston Skinner thanked everyone very much for their attendance, his incoming Board and the membership for what he hopes and believes will be a productive year ahead for the club.

He nominated three areas he is keen to promote in his year: much better awareness in our own community about the Rotary Club of Grenfell; expanding the membership; and our members maximizing their enjoyment of all Rotary activities, including meetings.

Thurston particularly wished to thank Chris Lobb, Dot Schneider and Corrie Drady for their assistance in making the evening a success and so very pleasant, and presented gifts of appreciation to them.

He also thanked the members and wives for their help on the night.

Thurston presented his lovely wife, Jackie, with a beautiful bouquet of roses in anticipation of her tolerance of what is going to be a very busy year ahead for him!

Thurston’s Board of Directors will comprise Past President David Jones; Secretary Sue Armstrong; Assistant Secretary PP Chris Lobb; Treasurer Jim Marden; Community Service Margaret Bradshaw-Jones; President Elect and also Youth Director Jill Hodgson; International Director PP Trevor Lobb; and Club Service (Assisting) PP Jan McLelland.

The winner of the evening’s raffle was none other than the official guest, Past District Governor Bernie Huxtable.

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Price rise for Meals on Wheels in Grenfell

Cowra/Grenfell Meals on Wheels has always prided itself on being able to provide its clients with healthy and affordable meals.
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We have 4 different meal options i.e. hot meals from the MPS, hot meals from Railway Hotel, A huge selection of frozen meals and community luncheons.

Nine months ago Western Local Health District advised Meals on Wheels that they would be increasing the price of meals supplied to Meal services across the area from that time on.

The increased cost for Grenfell was $9.50 per meal package.

Over that period of time since the price increase notification from WLHD, Cowra/Grenfell Meals on Wheels has absorbed this price increase. Unfortunately, however, the service is no longer able to afford to continue to do this.

We do understand that these price increases for the hot meals supplied by the MPS may be unaffordable to some members in the Grenfell community, therefore we are currently in the process of working with clients to ensure that they have access to the best meal options.

Should you have any concerns, either for yourself, friend or relative, please don’t hesitate to contact Kath on 6343 2233 at Grenfell – or Denise on 6342 4165 at Cowra Meals on Wheels for further information.

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Wotzon in Grenfell

Wednesday – June 27
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Men’s Shed Open – next to Railway Station – 10am till 3pm – for access by arrangement for all other times ring 0427-317-902

Grenfell Playgroup – Grenfell Public School – 10am till 12noon – Call Emma 6343 -1717

Rotary Meeting – Bowling Club – 6pm

Thursday – June 28

Leisure Group – Uniting Church Hall – 10amWeek till12noon – all welcome –

for further information ring Norma Walker on 6343 1809

Healthy Heart Group – at Bowling Club – 11am

Yoga Classes – CWA Rooms – 5.30pm – 7pm – 6343 3232

Town Band rehearsal – Band Hall – 7.30pm

Friday – June 29

Bingo – Country Club – 10am

Indoor Bowls – Bowling Club – 7pm

Saturday – June 30

Bob Hinde Go-Kart Memorial weekend – Bogolong Kart Track – Henry Lawson Way – Track Blessing and Driver briefing – 10am

Museum Open – Camp St – (next to Council Chambers) – 10am till 3pm

Sunday – July 1

Bob Hinde Go-Kart Memorial weekend – Bogolong Kart Track – Henry Lawson Way – from 9am –

Social Golf – Country Club – 8am

Monday – July 2 – Term 2

School Holidays commence

Museum Open – Camp St (next to Council Chambers) – 9am till 11am

Grenfell Cadets Unit – Showground – 6pm till 9pm –

Martial Arts – rear of IGA – 6.30pm till 8pm

Tuesday – July 3

Pole Walking – Showground – 9am

Museum Open – Camp St (next to Council Chambers) – 10am till 30pm

Yoga – CWA Rooms – 5.30pm till 7pm – Sonia 6343 31232

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday – July 4

Royal Far West meeting – Bowling Club -2pm

Thursday – July 5

CWA Day Branch meeting – CWA Rooms – 1.30pm

Saturday – July 7

Grenfell Music Club Wong Family Concert – Uniting Church hall – 2.30pm

Saturday – July 14

Christmas in July – Grenfell Country Club

Monday – July 16

Probus Club meeting – 10am – Bowling Club

Sunday – July 22

MJDS Junior Tennis Tournament- Country Club

Friday – July 27

Australian Red Cross meeting – CWA Rooms – 2pm

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A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Billeroy Feels Boorowa Tremor.
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By Peter Cochrane

At 7.16pm on Friday night central west NSW experienced a 3.8 magnitude earthquake. The earth quake was felt as far away as Billeroy, over 40kms from the epicenter and at least 10km further than preliminary estimate placed the shake zone. Local residents George and Peter Cochrane have different accounts of the incident due to the different positions they were in. Peter Cochrane (who was sitting at the time) said he heard a long low rumble and saw a light shade and computer cords moving. George (who was walking at the time) only described the rumble. The differences are consistent with the old Mercalli Scale III and IV which use intensity or what people felt to describe the strength of an earthquake. The newer Richter Scale measures energy released by earthquakes.

Within ten minutes of the Earthquake, GeoScience Australia had a preliminary report online giving basic information on intensity , depth and position. The Quake’s epicenter was reported close to Frogmore near Boowora but the final report from Geoscience Australia suggests it was closer to Crowther.

Whilst Mainland Australia is unlikely to experience the catastrophic earth quakes of New Zealand, Asia and America, smaller earth quakes and tremors are not uncommon in Eastern Australia due to relatively complex rock structures which are still capable of small movements when the strain builds up. Recent tremors include another near Boorowa on 5th June and one 25km SE Yass on 16th June.

More Information on this Earthquake can be found at Geoscience Australia’s website www.ga.gov.au there is also a survey which can be filled in by anyone who felt the tremor.


The earth tremor in the above article was not the only seismic event in the district to hit Grenfell. The following story covers a major tremor that struck the district in 1932. There was no major damage caused by that long-ago shaker although the severity was not able to measured immediately due to the lack of scientific expertise and sophisticated instruments available at that time. It goes to prove that earth moves to its own timetable. Also, change both above and below the Earth’s surface is inevitable and never-ending and is no different to what happens in the rest of the universe as our world hurtles through the void and circles the sun as it has done since the beginning of time.

It also goes to prove that, once again, Australia is the lucky country. We are all truly fortunate that our continent does not sit above moving tectonic plates that buckle underneath the earth from time causing untold misery and catastrophe in areas such as China, the Middle East, parts of America, Haiti and closer to home, New Zealand.

Peter Soley – Editor



No Damage Reported.

Two distinct earth tremors were experienced over a large area of the State shortly after noon yesterday and, from reports which have been received it Sydney, it is calculated that a slight movement of the earth’s surface occurred somewhere more than 100 miles from Sydney in a west-south- westerly direction. No damage was done.

The exact site of the occurrence has not yet been determined but is thought to have been centred in an irregular area approximately oval in shape extending from Goulburn to Coolamon In the south (approximately 180 miles) and to Canowindra in the west (ap- proximately 120 miles). At many places the shock was so great that residents were under the impression that a large object had struck their houses whilst at others windows were shaken violently and crockery was thrown from shelves. At Canowindra a heavy anvil swayed perceptibly. A slight shock was felt in several of the suburbs of Sydney

Accounts of the occurrence agree that there were two phases of the disturbance and that the first tremor was preceded by a low rumbling not unlike the sound of an explosion at a distance. The seismographs at Sydney and Riverview observatories recorded the shocks which scientifically were neither large nor important.


From Bathurst, Woodstock, Cowra, Canow- indra, Blayney, Millthorpe, Grenfell, Goulburn, Canberra, Coolamon, Boorowa, Ariah Park, Quandialla, Harden and Murrumburrah came reports of the phenomenon. In all cases the time given was between noon and 12.40 p.m. Riverview Observatory recorded it as 40 seconds after 12.40 p.m. Each tremor lasted only a few seconds and there was less than a minute’s interval between them.


Professor Leo Cotton of the Department of Geology of Sydney University said last night that he had insufficient data upon which to form an opinion on yesterday’s occurrence. Practically all earthquakes and earth tremors however, were caused by a slipping of the earth’s crust along a line of fracture. On two   previous occasions earth tremors had been experienced in New South Wales. One some years ago had been along the line of the Kurrajong and had revealed an important line of weakness. More recently there had been a disturbance along the coast between Newcastle and Kiama and was thought to have been due to a movement of the floor of the ocean about 20 miles from the coast. Father O’Leary of the Riverview Observatory said that slight movements of the earth’s crust had been fairly frequent in the past few months. As far as Australia was concerned there was absolutely no cause for alarm.

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Doctor Akhiwu visits Grenfell

Local Heather Kinnear gave Dr Akhiwu a warm greeting Following the completing of all his obligations with the Australian Royal College of Physicians in Sydney, Dr Patrick Akhiwu, Grenfell’s impending new doctor, paid a quick visit to the town last Friday.
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He did a tour of Main Street where he was frequently stopped by local well wishers for a chat. Doctor Akhiwu also visited the MPS where he met staff and patients and again was stopped by many locals who wanted to talk with him.

He was then taken down to inspect the new house on the Lawson Estate that he will be leasing off the council for the tenure of his stay in Grenfell.

In what was a very busy afternoon Dr Akhiwu then inspected the Burrangong St Surgery and was, to say the least, delighted with the set-up.

Following on from that he then visited a school in town after which he only had time for a change of clothes before attending a small dinner at the Railway Hotel with the local pharmacist, the Council’s Mayor, deputy Mayor and General Manager along with several local health representatives from the hospital and MPS.

Next morning the doctor returned to Sydney for the start of his return odyssey to his family back home in Botswana where, it is hoped by all, he will soon be frantically organising his and his family’s return to Australia and Grenfell.

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Jones and Eppelstun win men’s tennis round five

Ian Jones and Graham Eppelstun were in great form to take out the top honours of Round 5 of the Men’s No 2 Winter Night Tennis on Tuesday.
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Conditions were once again very nippy and there were only just two matches finishing 4 all. Ian and Graham who was filling in for Anthony Wilson won the very good score of 27 games- a very good effort and well played. They lost two sets 3/5, however the other three were won convincibley 7/1.

Next best players for the round were Rod Freudenstein and Arnold Brown who won 25 games. (the social tennis they played last Thursday must of tuned them up) Their sets were 7/1, 3/5, 5/3, 53, 5/3 another fine effort. Steve Bowerman and Hugh Moffitt also played consistent tennis for the night to win 23 games and their sets were 5/3, 4/4, 3/5, 5/3, 6/2.

Stuart McKellar and Murray Mitton battled away in their sets to win 19 games. Sets were 6/2, 5/3, 4/4, 3/5, 1/7 while Charles Harvey and Ken Norrie finished the night winning a total of 16 games.

Good to have back playing tennis with the men was Paul Tognetti who has been off the scene with an injury. Paul played for Grant Fisher and his partner for the round was John Walmsley.

Round 6 of the Men’s Winter Competition will be played next Tuesday night weather permitting.


Another pleasing number of tennis players turned up for a friendly game last Thursday afternoon, June 14. Good to have back on the courts was Arnold Brown who has been resting a health problem. We hope to see more of Arnold in the future. Also back playing tennis was Mick Doyle. Michael and Anne have been touring parts of the North and Central Coast including visiting family at Laurieton.

Social tennis starts around 1.45 pm- where were all the ladies last week!!!.

The Grenfell/Cowra tennis team had a close loss against Forbes last Sunday in the Intertown Competition played at Forbes. The team’s next match is against West Wyalong at Cowra on Sunday, July 1. The other match is Temora v’s Forbes.

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Grenfell Panthers Rugby Union Report

The u17s Panthers in a recent home game against Orange Emus.Rugby Club – Ladies Day 2012
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Tomorrow the Grenfell Rugby Club will host its annual “Ladies Day” event at R B Bembrick Field. This year the Club will raise funds in support of CanAssist – the Cancer Assistance Network [Fundraising No. 12748].

CanAssist provides assistance and care to cancer patients and their families through its network of branches and accommodation facilities. Each year more than $1.8 million goes directly to supporting people with cancer in rural New South Wales. Rural and regional cancer patients can face out of pocket expenses up to 5 times more than city patients, and thus the CanAssist vision is for every country community, family and individual to have equitable access to cancer care and support services.

The Grenfell Rugby Club strongly supports the CanAssist vision and would like to invite you to assist them in raising funds for the charity via “Ladies Day 2012”.

The Ladies Day festivities will begin at 12pm. For the ladies tickets are $40 ($10 direct to CanAssist) and will include Cocktails, Canapés’ & Dinner. However, if you are an expectant mother or non drinker the price will be only $20. Tickets are available from Ardee and Vavoom Hair Studio until 11am Saturday and will also be sold at the door.

The theme is Glitz & Glamour – so think red carpet, think Cinderella, think Lady Gaga or sport some Vinnies vintage glam, be as creative as you like. A ladies day pamper station will include the services of local beautician Katherine Neill and hair stylist Rachel Eppelstun; available to make you extra glamorous!

A fantastic raffle of donated prizes is available to all, with tickets being sold out the front of Crutchers IGA on Saturday morning and at the clubhouse on the day. Some of the terrific prizes include an Orange Helicopters scenic flight and a D.A. Yates Photography & Design Portrait sitting.

A player auction as well as the auction of an array of items supplied by the Grenfell Branch of CanAssist and Australian Rugby Union, will take place on Saturday evening after the conclusion of the games. So if there is something here that’s up your alley come on down and place your bid.

2011 Wallabies Signed Gilbert Football

Matt Giteau Wallabies Jersey – Framed & Signed

Sir Jack Brabham Prints – Framed & Signed

“Kingston Town” Print – Framed & Signed

State of Origin Blues Training Cap – Signed

Greater Western Sydney Giants Caps – Signed by Kevin Sheedy

Woodlands Stud Bucket Hat

Most importantly 3 games of rugby are scheduled for the day. 12:40pm – Pink Panthers Vs Orange Emus, 1:30pm U17s Panthers Vs Orange Emus, and 3:15pm First Grade Panthers Vs Molong Magpies.

Following all of the day’s festivities the Criterion Hotel will host an after party from 7:30pm with plenty of entertainment. Should you have any queries regarding the day please give Liz a call on 0428 539 403.

Platypi Prevail Over U17s Panthers

Last Saturday the U17’s Panthers travelled to Forbes to take on the Platypi on a day better suited to the mammal than playing football. Unfortunately for us Forbes thrived in the wet and muddy conditions just like their team mascot. Whilst we were down a couple of key players we were expecting a more spirited effort as the boys had been on the improve in recent weeks.

On Saturday our commitment to effective first up tackling was missing so we were always on the back foot trying to reform our defensive line. Down 22-0 at half time things were looking grim, but to the boys credit they rallied to hold Forbes to 32-0 at fulltime. While there is more to the game than defence, if we don’t get that part right then our support play when we have the ball seems to be poor as well. As a consequence we struggle to build pressure and score points.

Best and Fairest this week – 3pts S Mortyne, 2pts J Troy, 1pt A Carney.

This week we play Orange Emus at home starting at 1.30pm. So come on down and cheer the home team on. Go Panthers!

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Grenfell Pigeon Racing Club News

Pigeon racing started again last weekend with two new flyers, Peter Bean and John Vanderpoel.
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A lot has been going on in the off season.

Shannon got married but got upset when they let his birds go outside the Church, they didn’t make it home.

Ross is happy with Ian moving out, he’s got the loft all to himself, now he’s not getting told what to do, but he still has to go home to five girls.

Ian’s put up a new loft, closer to the house and it’s much easier – “Quick – get me another beer?”

Barry’s spent more time singing to his birds this year.

It must be working as they keep coming home, and not just the pigeon variety.

Andy added another cage in his backyard, he doesn’t need the pigeon room, just less mowing.

Steve got his bird’s sorted out this year.

Marty’s going to call on all of his years of experience to win this year and he’s got plenty of them.

Thank goodness for modern transport, the motor car, otherwise the 150 kilometre race from Tullamore would be 300 kilometres.

They were let go at 11.30am, Shannon Petty got the first one in clocked at 129pm.

This was very, very surprising as Shannon is the front marker by 15 kilometres, but he still didn’t win.

If he got it in ten minutes earlier when it first landed on the roof he would have.

Bad time to be stocking the beer fridge.

Ross Brenner won the first race with a Blue Bar Cock, which was clocked at 131pm, velocity 1244.69.

Lucky Mitch was up there to see it as Ross was too busy trying to light a fire with his dad’s good bee frames.

Ian came second with a Blue Checker Cock, velocity 1235.41.

Barry came third with a Blue Bar Hen, velocity 1224.11.

Andy came fourth with a Blue Checker Pied Hen, velocity 1218.18.

Marty came fifth followed by John Vanderpoel, Peter Bean and Shannon.

With everyone getting great returns it’s great for flyers as it set them up for a long season.

Not so good for me as I have to write many more reports and I promised Barry I wouldn’t make jokes about that orange car.

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