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THE weather might have been miserable but
the punters were red hot at the recent Stony
Creek Publicans Day.
Eleven local pubs and venues participated in
the Race Club’s Punting Competition, a friendly
but competitive day, to determine which pub
has the most astute punters!
Last year’s winners, the Toora Pub started off
well again, but it was the Mirboo North Pub that
sprinted to the lead, snagging an early trifecta
and collecting on the first two local races.
It must have been something to do with their
bright Hawaiian shirt uniforms that they were
With the local Stony Creek Meeting being
abandoned due the high winds, the punting at-
tention turned to the NSW meeting at Ballina.
This was a true test of punting knowledge as
the form had to be studied closely as nobody
really knew much about the track or the horses
That didn’t stop the winners though, and
all the pubs found form with winners, quinel-
las and trifectas on the Ballina meeting, but
through all of that Mirboo North still had the
lead heading into the final race of the competi-
tion, Ballina Race 4.
Each pub had $80 to spend on this race and
the strategies were quite varied.
The Cavity in Venus Bay plonked all of theirs
on Puff ’s Girl, which would have guaranteed
them the competition win.
Puff ’s Girl jumped straight to the lead and led
all the way down the straight, but the field was
rapidly closing as the finish post approached.
There was high excitement in the bookies ring
as the punters were cheering home the result.
Puff ’s Girl was beaten in a photo finish by
Hydrazine, which was backed each way by the
Esplanade Hotel in Inverloch, and this moved
them just past Mirboo North to claim the tro-
phy as the best punting pub in the area.
It was a terrific day, despite the challenges of
the day and the Stony Creek Racing Club would
like to thank all the pubs involved for their sup-
port and generosity.
The money won has been divided up between
the two hospitals in Leongatha and Foster -
each hospital will receive a cheque for $625.
South Gippsland Hospital is putting the funds
towards a Patient Alarm Mat and Gippsland
Southern Health Service is planning on pur-
chasing Roho cushion (pressure relieving to
help prevent ulcers).
THE 2017 Leongatha Cycling Club road sea-
son started on Saturday with racing from Leon-
gatha North out towards Trida and back.
Riders had a strong and gusty southerly
blowing, great for the climb out to the turn.
However, one rider was blown onto the grass
twice across Grand Ridge Road.
On the basis of the entries, officials decided it
would be better to run a handicap event rather
than graded scratch races. The 16 riders were
split into three on scratch, Will Lumby, Harri-
son McLean and Brett Franklin, chasing seven
minutes to the next bunch of five riders. It was
a further five minutes out to another group of
five riders whilst on 18 minutes, Greg Bradshaw
and Kaleb Jans, all facing a stiff 38km test.
The 12-minute bunch featured three female
riders, outnumbering the malesin the group.
The 12-minute bunch saw Kobi Marchant ride
away from the group just after turning on to Yar-
ragon road. Kobi soloed out to the turn, pick-
ing up the limit riders and holding a two-minute
gap back to Bernadette Fitzgerald and Kerry
Pritchard. The scratch bunch were motoring
along well and had rounded up to the seven-
minute bunch. All the field turned within four
minutes but were spread out in ones and twos.
The return ride features plenty of fast down-
hill runs and the scratch group, plus Leigh
Scott from the seven-minute group, were fly-
ing along at speeds between 50 and 60 km/h
and quickly chasing down the field. By the time
they reached the old Wooreen school corner,
they had caught Bernadette and Kerry with just
Kobi not far ahead. Unfortunately for the riders
there is 100m of climbing from Wilkur Creek
back up to Leongatha North. This climbing saw
the scratch trio drop all the others and a sprint
to the line to settle the result.
Brett Franklin had done most of the work
during the ride and could not match Will
Lumby over the last pinch. Will rode to the line
a clear winner ahead of Harrison and Leigh. His
time was a slick 1.03.35 for first and fastest.
Brett Franklin finished well for 4th whilst
Kobi Marchant also climbed home well to take
5th. Next home was Bernadette followed by
Kerry Pritchard in 7th. Morgan Barnes did a
great ride to secure 8th place with Mark Bens-
ley in 9th and Brad Bouquet rounding out the
Kaleb Jans broke the chain on the run down
the hills and managed to twist the derailleur
hanger. He was pleased to see Morgan (Wheel
Heat Wonthaggi) still at the finish so he could
work on his bike and get a smile on his face
after a disappointing day.
This weekend the top juniors were racing at
Bright. Next Saturday racing is at Kernot. How-
ever, the numbers may be down as the Baw
Baw Classic is on from Warragul to the top of
Mount Baw Baw. This is not a race for the aver-
age weekend punter as the mountain climb is
one of the toughest in the state. The junior rid-
ers need to get to Kernot and get some practice
in ready for the junior tour at the end of April.
FOLLOWING on from the success of the
seven to 10 competition team in November,
Gippsland district has combined its top swim-
mers to record another victory this season,
with its 2017 Country Inter-district team top-
ping the overall point scores at the champion-
ships in Melbourne.
The Gippsland team consisted of swimmers
from five of the seven local clubs, featuring four
swimmers from East Gippsland Water Drag-
ons, nine swimmers from South Gippsland
Bass, six swimmers from Sale, two swimmers
from Warragul, and 26 swimmers from Traral-
gon Swimming Club.
Team captains Trent Morrow and Fabienne
Schoutens, both from Traralgon, provided sup-
port to the team that won 48 gold, 12 silver and five
bronze, in the meet program consisting of 68 events.
Gippsland District scored 1370 points, with
Barwon South West District in second with
1068 points, and Ovens & Murray District in
third with 859 points. Ten districts, from the
country areas of Victoria, competed on the day.
Coaches for the team were Brian Ford (Tra-
ralgon), Dylan Muir (South Gippsland Bass),
and Donna Rowand (Sale). Team mangers were
Tony Dowler and Renee Cargill (Traralgon).
Team coach, Brian Ford, said this was one of
the best teams that had represented Gippsland.
“For the whole meet the team was focused,
determined and driven to win another title.
“They were simply an outstanding group of
swimmers both in and out of the water.
“Gippsland Swimming and its coaches are so
proud of this terrific young group of athletes
and their achievements,” Mr Ford said.
Leongatha Secondary College Year 8 student Josh
Wight, centre, has excelled in the swimming pool
recently and is now ranked first in country Victoria
for backstroke and butterfly.
KORUMBURRA swimming squad, the Burra
Cudas, finished an outstanding summer sea-
son with a presentation night in their club
rooms on Sunday, March 26.
This year the squad included more than 40
active members aged from seven through to
40-plus, competing in the summer carnivals
against Wonthaggi, Leongatha, Phillip Island,
Mirboo North and Corner Inlet.
The squad’s efforts were rewarded with a
well-deserved second place in the overall com-
petition for the 2016-17 season.
Awards presented at the squad’s presentation
night included recognition of Zinnia Jackman-
Riches and James Downie as 2016-17 club
champions and presentation of the Rachel
Harms Memorial Shield for most improved
swimmer to Cooper Quaife.
Age group champions were: Under 8 Girls
Gypsy Quaife, Under 10 Girls Zinnia Jackman-
Riches, Under 10 Boys Caleb Turton, Under 12
Girls Equal winners Jacquline Turton and Milli
Mackay, Under 12 Boys Cooper Quaife, Under
14 Girls Sophie McKenzie, Under 14 Boys Cas-
pian Jackman-Riches, Under 16 Girls Amelia
Downie, Under 25 Girls equal winners Tara
Whiteside and Brooke Whiteside and Under 25
Boys James Downie.
Other awards presented included: Encourage-
ment Award to Owen Jones and Oriane Jack-
man-Riches; Coach’s award to Emiley Hadicke;
Most Personal Bests to Chris Axford and Com-
mitment Awards to Callum McLeod, Caleb Tur-
ton, Jacquline Turton, Zinnia Jackman-Riches,
Bodhi Abernethy, Oriane Jackman-Riches, Ame-
lia Downie and Emiley Hadicke.
Foster Hospital CEO Chris Trotman, left,
receives a cheque from Stony Creek Rac-
ing Club vice president John Cooper and
Exchange Hotel Foster duty manager Fiona
Pubs and racing club
Winning cyclists around the Leongatha North circuit on Saturday, from left, Harrison
McLean (2nd), Will Lumby (1st) and Leigh Stott (3rd).
Great ride for Leongatha cyclists
Most Improved swimmers, from left, Lizzy
Harms, Cooper Quaife and Lachie Harms.
Burra Cudas celebrate season
Nine swimmers from South Gippsland Bass were part of Gippsland’s dominant team.
Gippsland swimmers the best in country
Fastest in the state
LEONGATHA Secondary College Year
8 student Josh Wight has achieved bril-
liant results in the swimming pool in
He is now ranked first in country Vic-
toria for his age in backstroke and but-
terfly, excelling at the SGSA local car-
nivals, the Gippsland swimming events
and the 2017 All Country Juniors at
MSAC on March 19.
He won two events at the All Country
Juniors and also won seven events at
the local SGSA competitions.
Josh was awarded the Murray Leitch
Award for the most points won for the
Leongatha Swim Club.
Trophy winners, back row, from left, Zin-
nia Jackman-Riches, Owen Jones, Chris Ax-
ford, Cooper Quaife; front, Oriane Jackman-
Riches and Emiley Hadicke.
Age Champions; back from left, Caspian
Jackman-Riches, Brooke Whiteside, Ame-
lia Downie, James Downie; middle: Zinnia
Jackman-Riches, Sophie McKenzie, Cooper
Quaife; front: Milli MacKay, Jacquline Tur-
ton, Caleb Turton and Gypsy Quaife.
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