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Blue Mountains Gazette : February 24th 2010
www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au The Blue Mountains Gazette, Wednesday, 24 February, 2010 75 Rugby Cricket Big gun: Danial McSpaddden in action. McSpadden chalks up 150 games for the Blueys With a great amount of faith being placed by Blue Mountains Rugby Union Club supporters in the performance of the first grade side this season, first XV coaches Dave Twomey and Jack Daniels have more than welcomed the commitment shown by one of the club's real achievers of recent times, the mercurial Danial McSpadden. A polished footballer who, with an injury free year, will chalk up his 150th game for the club this winter, has scored 60 tries and over 600 points in a career dominated by outstanding defence, durabil- ity, versatility, and the ability to turn a match on its head with brilliant individual genius, and he has now set his sights on becoming a permanent fixture in first grade at Lapstone Oval. It is no secret that all connected with the Blueys are expecting some big results as they return to the Sydney third division competition, and much will depend on how the club's flagship grade performs, but rest assured, if McSpadden plays to the best of his ability, the team will be a strong chance of achieving its aims. Meanwhile, all prospective players are wel- come at training each Monday and Wednesday nights from 7pm at Lapstone Oval. Next month the pre-season trials begin with one highlight sure to be a trip to the Rugby headquarters of the State's Western Plains, to experience the hospitality of the Coonamble Rams. Further information on any of the club's activi- ties can be obtained by contacting Jeff 0437 572- 017 or Maurice 0402 402-783, or for Junior Rugby in the Mountains Craig Behringer can be contacted on 0414 536-942. Blackheath 1st Grade vs Faulconbridge, Feb 13 and 23 Feb: Faulconbridge won the toss and asked Blackheath to bat. Another rain shortened first day, saw play called off with Blackheath at 1 for 64. Day 2: Blackheath needed quick runs to post a total worth defending, and captain Danny Brown again led from the front, scoring his second hundred in a row, in a tremendous, hard-hitting display of bat- ting, ending up with 105. The other batters that helped with the total were Ryan Lenton, 36, Andrew West 22 and Aaron Kelso, not out 18. Blackheath's captain then made a sporting decla- ration, at 7 for 205. Faulconbridge aren't the front runners in this comp for nothing, and they proved it, with some hard hitting and sensible batting they passed the total, with seven wickets down, at the end of the 55th over. Chris Wyatt scored 51 and Scott Ogilvie, 50 not out. The pick of the bowlers for Blackheath were Nick Beams, 3 for 78 and Andrew Harris 2 for 49. 2nd Grade vs Faulconbridge, Feb 14 and 22: Faulconbridge batted first and were restricted to 101 all out by some terrific Blackheath bowling. Robert Hume took 4 for 25 and Roger Brawn 3 for 13. Blackheath went to the crease full of confi- dence, only to face the demon bowlers of Faulconbridge and were bought to their knees by some exceptional bowling and fielding, with Faulconbridge dismissing Blackheath for 63. Under 12s vs Katoomba, Feb 13 and 21: Katoomba batted first and were in trouble by the ninth over, being 4 for 14, but fought back very well to end their innings at a very competitive 111. Jack Higgins top scored for Katoomba with 23 and Remy Marshall added 14. Eilish McCreanor was awesome with the ball, taking 4 for 16. Joe McCreanor 3 for 6, Stephen Smith 1 for 21 and Daniel Smith 1 for 14. An early wicket for Blackheath in the very first over wasn't the start they were looking for, but a steadying partnership by Robert Jinks, 12, and Joe McCreanor, 9, took the score to 32 before Katoomba got the break- through. The game see-sawed from there, with both teams grabbing control of the game at differ- ent times, but when the all important wicket of Mollie Honey was taken, bowled for the top score of 17, Katoomba put the pressure right back on Blackheath, and took the final wicket at 92, giving Katoomba a very close win in a very good game. Ned Pearson-Burke and Hal Chambers, both 2 for 11, were the pick of the Katoomba bowlers. Glenbrook/Blaxland After two wet weekends in a row, Glenbrook/Blaxland's 9th Grade were back on the paddock for the all important final round one day game against Cranebrook. Cranebrook batted first and were restricted to 9/151 off their allocated 45 overs. The Glenbrook seamers picked up all the wickets with Tom Roberts 3/33, Andy Russell 2/25 and Michael Collins 2/36. Neil Kerkham and skipper Ray Moore picked up one each. The Glenbrook batting was not the best early with the score at 6/90 but a fighting 50 run partner- ship between Ray Moore(28 not out) and Mark Walker (27 not out) saw Glenbrook hit the target with three overs to spare, seven wickets down. Tom Roberts chipped in with 26. This win should see the team in third spot on the final table and will take on second placegetters in next week's Saturday and Sunday semi-final. Table tennis There were enough players on Wednesday, February 17, to play two grades at the Katoomba Table Tennis Club, for the first time this year. In A grade, Bronwyn Tipping won all of her games in the three preliminary rounds for the fourth consecutive week! The other three semi- finalists, with two wins each, were Steve Johnson, Vanyo Buhler, and Ben Terracini. In those four weeks Bronwyn has not been able to progress to the final. On this occasion, Ben knocked her out with a 21-15 win. Vanyo and Steve had a scorcher in the second semi. Vanyo won that one 25-23. Ben had his first win of the year, by beating Vanyo in the final, 21-14. New handicaps: Ben: minus 37; Vanyo: minus 38; Bronwyn: minus 26; Steve: minus 40. In B grade, Boyd Edwards was the only player to win all of his games in the rounds. The other semi-finalists, in order of success, were Peter Gale (who can hardly be kept out of the semis lately), George Gennaoui, and Richard Kazmierczak. Boyd had an easy win, 21-10, against Richard in the first semi. George dealt similarly with Peter, 21-11, in the second. Boyd scored his first competition win at the club, with another 21-10 victory, against George, in the final. New handicaps: Boyd: minus 14; George: minus 3; Peter: minus 15; Richard: minus 11. The club plays every Monday evening, 7.30- 9.30, and every Wednesday evening, 7-10, at the St Hilda Church Hall, Katoomba Street. All players, 16 and over, are very welcome. 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LAST REGO'S Saturday 27th Feb 2pm to 4pm Gradings-Sunday 28th Feb (check web) Venue: Pitt Park Clubhouse (off Matcham Avenue, Wentworth Falls) For further Details see the club's website: www.wentworthfallsfc.com.au 2010 SEASON REGISTRATION WENTWORTH FALLS FC One off registration Fee - No weekly fees EFTPOS facilities available DON'T MISS OUT BIG NAMES OF THE GAME Australian NRL Legends 1668688 PAUL LANGMACK and MARK 'SPUD' CARROLL are the headline act for LOWER MOUNTAINS JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE'S A Grade Night of Nights Jersey Auction and Dinner LIVE MUSIC WHERE: Springwood Golf Club WHEN: SATURDAY, 6TH MARCH 2010 at 7pm DRESS: Semi Formal Drinks are available at club prices CONTACT DAVE 0412 429 142 Tickets $80 includes a 3 course meal --- tickets must be pre-booked SUPPORT YOUR LOCALTEAM! 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