TUNING UP FOR TOURNAMENT
OVENS Valley golfers are tuning-up for Myrtleford’s annual week-long tournament — and Sandra Piazza couldn’t be in better form.
This week, One Week found her at the picturesque layout fresh from a hole in one.
But the club itself is gearing up for the annual tournament that starts in just over a week.
“The tournament has a rich history dating back to 1947, with a 13-shilling entry fee being for all scratch and handicap events,” tournament secretary Gill Piggott said.
“This stayed until the 1950s when it was replaced by a 27-hole event — similar to today. One guinea (one pound, one shilling) was spent on trophies for the 18 and 36-hole events, with 10/6d for the other minor events.
“The club grew steadily through the 1950s and ’60s and extensions were done to the existing clubhouse.
“The new layout was undertaken in 1969-70 with a grant from the shire gained for an extensive drainage project on the new course.
“The late ’70s saw grass greens established and this has made Myrtleford into a premier golf course, not just in the North East, but in Victoria.”
The five-day golf extravaganza starts on Wednesday week with the Men’s and Mixed 2-Person Ambrose, followed on the Thursday by the Ladies Challenge Bowl individual and teams event.
Friday is the Men’s and Ladies 4BBB stab-
leford, with Saturday being the premier 27-hole men’s stroke event.
Sunday finishes the tournament with Men’s and Mixed Pinehurst Event.
Entries for all competition close on Wednesday.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
@brendonfevola25: Thanks to Corowa footy club for a great feed after first interleague training session.
MYSTERY OF A MISSING TEAM
LAST weekend the Steamers faced the horror road trip to Young, and after a 3½-hour journey a lack of numbers forced the reserve grade 15 to double up in the third grade encounter.
Steamers head coach Mick Raynes wonders if a kind of Bermuda Triangle has swallowed their third grade side.
“There are blokes walking around Albury-Wodonga who have played grade rugby in Sydney, come from rugby backgrounds,” he said.
“We meet them everyday but for one reason or another they are not pulling on a jumper.
“I’m not sure whether it is the dominance of the AFL in this area or there are some other factors at work but whatever the reason we have lost 15 good rugby players.
“We just want them to come back.”
A FAMILY OF IRONMEN
NEIL McDonald and his family are surely setting some sort of record.
The 67-year-old yesterday flew out of the country bound for Houston and his first ironman event.
That’s a lazy 3.8-kilometre swim, 180-kilometre ride and 42.2-kilometre run.
But McDonald won’t be alone in the gruelling test of fitness, with his three sons including six-time ironman champion Chris (pictured), David and Daniel also to be at the start line.
The Albury boys’ ironman careers started with a mini-event at the Holbrook pool as kids, the sibling rivalry taking over from there.
“I’ve watched the boys compete in Hawaii and always said I would have a go one day, but after a couple of weeks lost interest,” the well-known low-handicap golfer said.
“But this time we locked it in and it has been seven months of solid training.
“I hadn’t really done any swimming since I left school and have never really been a cyclist.
“But I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.
“You have 17 hours to complete the ironman and I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish in under 15 hours.
“Chris will do it in a bit over eight hours so all being well he can come back and join me on the marathon run after he’s finished.”
Neil’s wife Rhonda and daughter Shantel will also make the trek, but the family patriarch said it wouldn’t simply be to cheer him on.
“Chris, who lives over there, is getting married in a few weeks and so we will all stay for the wedding,” he said.
“We wouldn’t miss that for the world but I’m not sure just how much dancing will be going on after the ironman.”
WODONGA Cricket Club is mourning the loss of one of its founding fathers in Terry Knight.
The oldest living life member of a club which dates back to 1869 died last week aged 84.
Many at the club credit Knight, pictured, who was also the court clerk in Wodonga in the 1960s and 1970s, with developing the culture that has seen the Bulldogs have nine, nine and seven juniors in their past three provincial premiership teams.
On Saturdays Knight would run juniors to games across the North East in his trusty old Holden.
He was also one of the architects of the “two-bob” raffle in pubs across the city to raise money for cricket nets long before anyone had thought of a government grants programs for such ventures.
Knight was also in the team of workers who first ploughed the cow paddock that was to become Kelly Park and the first home of the Dogs.
IT'S NATIONALS UP NEXT FOR BROOKE
LAVINGTON Public School swimmer Brooke King is off to the national championships.
King, who is profoundly deaf, swims in the s15 category and came away from the recent NSW primary school titles with gold in the 50-metre backstroke and 50-metre butterfy.
The 10-year-old also took silver in the 50-metre freestyle and 50-metre breaststroke.
School principal Phil Cooper said Brooke’s performances were unprecedented.
“Last year she won one event at the state titles but couldn’t go to the nationals because she was too young,” he said.
“This year she’ll head to Melbourne in July.
“It is a great effort for a really dedicated sports lover and a wonderful student as well.”
TOP 5 THIS WEEK
1 Hats off to organisers of the Nail Can Hill run. Close to 2000 people took part and Michael Hosking won at last.
2 Liverpool’s stunning melt-down in the Premier League. 3-0 up to 3-3 and their chances of the title out the window.
3 Some sort of week for Ovens and Murray netball stalwart Sandra Piazza. Her daughter Jaclyn McAlpine will play her 200th game for Myrtleford today after Piazza sank a hole-in-one at the local course on Tuesday.
4 Wodonga basketballer Trent McMullan has booked a trip to China with the Australian under-17s and got into the “watch this space” blackbook.
5 The Thunder’s Andrew Cowhan, pictured, will make his debut for the Group 9 rep team. It makes it an even five from the back-to-back premiers with teammates Lou Goodwin, Mitch Davis, Willie Heta and Ben Jeffery also in the side.
A CUT-THROAT FINAL ROUND
YARRAWONGA has been a perennial powerhouse in pennant golf and if captain Chris Burgess has his way will be so for some time to come.
Burgess is likely to be part of the division 1 scratch team playing pennant finals next week.
With a round to go Yarrawonga is on top of the ladder but plays a cut-throat final round against Beechworth, sitting second, at Jubilee tomorrow.
Last year they lost the final to Jubilee. But Burgess said there were plans in place to make the team stronger again.
“Next year we will play practice matches against each other and the team will be selected on form rather than reputation,” he said.
“We will also continue with mandatory training sessions with the pro casting his eye over the talent.”