Setting a steady course

A year on from the last time Toby Campbell, 13, spoke with the Independent, he has made steady improvement, as shown by his efforts at NSW Country Short Course Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (July 1 and 2). Campbell made eight finals from the nine events in which he competed and won two silver medals. This achievement followed on from his performances at the Tweed North Coast Short Course Championships, where he won all 11 races in which he competed, setting six ...

Grafton Rifle Club

The Grafton Target Rifle Club fired from the 500 yard mound on Saturday July 15 for the third stage of the Treasurer’s Trophy. The 13 competitors who took part shot in dull light with a gentle wind coming predominantly from the right and the mirage was diminishing as a storm was approaching – luckily all competitors managed to finish before the storm unleashed its full fury. In the Target Rifle possibles were shot by Dennis Hilton and Chris McKenzie who both fired 50/50 in their visits ...

The ladies dominate in Open One Bowl Singles

On Saturday, the inaugural Open One Bowl Singles competition was staged with 48 bowlers taking an interest in the $150 ‘winner take all’ prize money followed by an afternoon of open social bowls. The competitors in the One Bowl Singles were not totally sure what to expect, as were the organisers, but the modified game proved a success. Although male bowlers dominated the field, the final was an all female affair between Helen Richards of Lavington and Cheryl Deveney of Yamba. Helen ...

Grafton Rifle Club 400 Yards

For the second consecutive week the weather was somewhat benign with just a gentle breeze that must have been changing as the competitors’ scores were a little below par. Only four (4) possibles were recorded, with 2 possibles scored by the Target Rifle discipline (i.e. Open Sights) – Chris McKenzie with 4 centrals and Nick Abrahall with 3 centrals, both scoring 50/50 in their first visit to the firing point. In the F Class (Scoped Rifles) Sue Bloomer scored 60/60 with 6 super centres ...

Maclean High now in final eight

Maclean High School open girl’s football team again showed their class and determination to win their Final 16 State knockout game against Winmalee High School from Western Sydney. Winmalee comes from the strong Sydney West region that had two players in their state winning regional team. The game was played at Barry Watts Oval, Maclean and the coach from Winmalee commented on what great facilities Maclean FC and CV Council had created at the Wherrett Park Sports Complex. The game ...

Walters takes second at Occy comp

Angourie surfer Dakoda Walters fell one place short of taking out the 2017 Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp held at Duranbah Beach last week. Coffs Harbour surfer Ethan Stocks defeated Walters in tight contest for the 16 & Under Boy’s crown. Stocks, last year’s runner-up, led the chase early on, with a 9.77 (out of a possible 10.00) up his sleeve, and managed to hold off the Angourie local, despite a last minute charge from Walters, who, right on the siren, performed a combination of ...

Grafton Men’s Golf

The Grafton Ally Fabrication (Tony Blackadder) July Monthly Mug attracted an excellent field of 120 starters with the coarse proving a real test of golf for those players. This is despite the fact that preferred lies through the green were in place in an attempt to make play just a little easier, especially for the longer markers. The winner of the mug, David Gilbert (17), completing his 18 holes with a nett score of 69. Woolgoolga Golf Club visitor Michael Johnson (15), recorded the best ...

Thursday Ladies Tennis final

Lucky the rain held off last Thursday so our finals could be played, with winners McAulay beating Dredge, and 3rd place going to Harrington after they defeated O’Brien’s. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and presentation held at the Top Pub following the finals. The raffle was won by Prue (voucher at Harvey Norman). Social tennis continues during the school holidays. Next comp will start Thursday July 20 and teams are as follows: Binge - Allison, Jo & Jenny W. Dredge - Kay, Lynda ...

James Ryan is ‘Lifesaver of the Year’

Yamba Surf Club's Director of Lifesaving, James Ryan (pictured), was recently honoured with the prestigious 'Lifesaver of the Year' award at the Far North Coast Branch 'Awards of Excellence' night held in Ballina. The winners of various categories were selected from members of surf clubs from Fingal in the north to Yamba in the south. James' extraordinary contribution to the core function of lifesaving within Yamba Surf Club saw him complete in excess of 200 volunteer patrol hours throug...

Magpies get the better of Kyogle

Lower Clarence Magpies 1st grade side had a good win on the weekend against Kyogle at Kyogle, 44-26. Try scorers for the Magpies were Damian Dan Randall (3), Roberts (2), Jirra Breckenridge (2), Kyle Roberts (1) and Andrew Kapeen slotted 6 goals. The reserve grade game was called off early in the second half after an injury to a Magpies player. The player was released from hospital on the same night and will sit on the bench this weekend. At the time the game was abandoned, Kyogle were ...