Sport & Fitness

Condobolin Tennis courts get a sand lift

By Dominic Geiger

• True grit: volunteers help spread sand at the Condobolin Tennis Courts: Bruce Patton, Richard Barnes, Will Dargin, Darryl Nairn and Michael Parker. DG

 Spreading a truckload of sand around a tennis court isn’t the average person’s idea of a fun filled Sunday afternoon.

For a small but dedicated group of local volunteers however, it was a job that needed to be done.

Tennis Club representative, Darryl Nairn, said the sand would help maintain the quality of the newly renovated courts.

“The tennis club has funded one of the courts, while the Shire has funded the other, so we thank the Shire for that,” he said.

“In total, the project has cost over $50,000.

“The old [courts] had a lot of mould on them so they’ve had it.

“The sand gives the courts rigidity and helps preserve them.”

At the time of the interview, Michael Parker, Will Dargin, Rick Barnes and Darryl Nairn had been shovelling for sand for about two hours.

Bruce Patton was also helping out, though he didn’t want to say how long he’d been there.

“We’re encouraging anyone to lend a hand,” he said.

“Not just people from the tennis club either, anyone who’d like to help would be great.”

The drought has broken

By Dominic Geiger

• The victorious 2011 Condobolin Rams with the Australian National Field Days Southern Competition Trophy.

 For the first time in the club’s 32 year history the Condobolin Rams rugby union team has won a first grade premiership grand final.

The Rams defeated Blayney last Saturday afternoon 21-13, taking out the Australian National Field Days Southern Competition and securing their place in central west rugby history.

The victory was never a sure thing however, with many of the Condobolin players suffering from crippling bouts of nerves prior to the match.

Not to be overcome, the team steeled themselves and at the sound of the starting whistle marched onto the field in front of a record breaking crowd of supporters.

The game didn’t start well for the Rams, with Blayney putting a penalty kick over Condobolin’s goal posts within ten minutes of the match having begun.

The team seemed shocked and as countless penalties were awarded to the visitors the situation began to look dire for the Rams.

That was until Matt Browning pulled off a magical chip and chase, landing the Rams the first five pointer of the match.

Celebrations were short lived however, with Blayney responding quickly with a five pointer of their own and at half time the score read 8-5 in the visitor’s favour.

At the beginning of the second half the match again took a turn for the worse for the Rams, with player-coach Simon Murphy receiving ten minutes in the bin for giving the referee back-chat.

If being a man down was meant to impede the Rams no one told fullback Ryan Hall, who placed an impeccably timed field goal between the posts, levelling the score to 8 all.

Following a penalty kick five minutes later, the Rams soared to the lead once again.

With the match still looking as though it could go either way, Simon Murphy came off the bin and rejoined the back line.

Apparently wanting to make amends for his formerly foul mouth, the super coach ran rings around the Blayney defence from 30 metres out to score a try under the posts.

With fifteen minutes left on the board, Ryan Hall put another penalty kick away, pushing the Rams out to an unbeatable lead.

Credit must be given to Blayney who never gave up and crossed the line in the final moments of the match, but it was too little too late; the Rams had won.

Simon Murphy said he thanked all the current and past players for their support throughout the year.

“It was a great all round effort across the 25 players on the team and the massive crowd support definitely improved the players’ performances,” he said.

“We played a full 80 minutes this time and that’s something we haven’t been able to do every week.”

President of the Condobolin Rugby Club, Scott Worthington, said it had been a fantastic season.

“We’ve been riding a wave of support all year,” he said.

“It’s fantastic to have a premiership that we can dedicate to the Condobolin community, the current players and the past players.”

The Condobolin Rams would like to thank their sponsors for their support throughout the year including major sponsor the Condobolin Hotel Motel, as well as Ag ‘n’ Vet Services, Condobolin Shell, KMWL Condobolin, Frank Cooney and Son CRT and Chamen’s IGA.

Yellow mountain tests riders and their bikes

Todd Smith takes the lead ahead of younger brother Jacob Smith. Photo: Sally Weber.

By Karen Tooth

Described as the toughest course ever, this year’s Yellow Mountain Cross Country for motorcycles covered 222 kms on private land between Condobolin and Tottenham.

The track is marked by arrows and the terrain consists of open red soil plains to mallee trails to rocky hills. Adding to the time challenge riders had to dismount and turn off their bikes whenever they had to cross public roads. This year is also the first for electronic timing that provided live updates to the web.

Clerk of the Course Geoff Smith said, “Feedback from the riders is that they had a great time and that the course was extremely challenging.”

The event is becoming very popular with the 220 entries being taken up within 45 minutes of the nominations opening online. Geoff said riders came from all over Australia including Queensland and Victoria.

Geoff said there were a few accidents involving broken collar bones and one helicopter airlift of two riders. One rider had a suspected dislocated hip but was released from hospital with bruised kidneys while the other had a dislocated and broken elbow.

Overall winner of the event is Jacob Smith and he was presented with a very special memorial trophy constructed by Geoff Smith from a plough disk donated by the late Col O’Hara from Tottenham. The wooden base was fashioned by Ralph Lee.

Geoff said, “The trophy has become the Col O’Hara Memorial Award and I’d like to thank Ralph for the magnificent job he did on the base.”

Yellow Mountain is on again next year – first weekend in August 2012 with nominations available online.

Yellow Mountain Enduro coming to a paddock near you

By Dominic Geiger

The annual Yellow Mountain Cross Country motorcycle race will once again fill the paddocks between Condobolin and Tottenham with the roar of dirt bikes this weekend.

Spectators are able to view the bikes at the scrutineering event from 3 to 7pm Friday and during the start of the race at 10am on Saturday, both of which are set to be held at the Mt Tilga Motocross track, eight kilometres north of Condobolin.

Member of the Condobolin Auto sports club, Kim Lark, said the track was hilly with plenty of dust.

“I’d say there are going to be plenty of spills,” she said.

Competitor in the event, Don Lark, said he has competed in the event every year since it began.

“This is my ninth year doing the Yellow Mountain,” he said.

“It’s pretty tough, there are a fair few hills and rocks.

“The hardest thing about the track is getting to the end and back.

“We’ll leave Mt Tilga, travel through farmland, go around the back of Mineral Hill Mine and then into Tottenham,” he said.

Riders will finish the event throughout Sunday afternoon at the Mt Tilga Motocross track.

New action on tennis courts

Lachlan Shire crews have started lifting the old synthetic surface on two courts at the Condobolin Tennis Club on Melrose Road.

A problem had developed with mould developing in the matting which turned black.

The joint venture between the Lachlan Shire and the Condobolin Tennis Club will see the two courts recovered with synthetic grass. Surface preparation began last Monday and the surfacing contractor is due next week.

Kevin Smith Director Technical Services said, “This is a great project being undertaken by Council and the Tennis Club – it will provide the community with two high grade tennis courts.”

Last chance to sign skatepark survey

Members of the skatepark committee are eagerly awaiting the announcement of where the park will be built.Compiled by Dominic Geiger

Condobolin residents have just one and a half weeks left to voice their opinions on where the proposed skatepark should be built.

Survey forms outlining the nine sites under consideration have been forwarded to residents and further forms are available at the council offices and on the web site.

The Deadline for returning the form is July 31, 2011.

Councillor Marg Weale said it was important people marked their preferences on the surveys to give council a full understanding of public opinion on where the park should be built.

“It’s also important for people to list the reasons why they’ve listed certain sites as less preferable,” she said.

“I think it’s very important to get the site right from a community perspective, but it’s also important to remember that no matter what, the end result isn’t always going to sit well with everyone.”

Lachlan Shire Mayor, Des Manwaring, said he encouraged as many people as possible to have their say on where the park should be built.

“Council will be considering the submissions in early August,” he said.

The forms point out the relative benefits of each site and the issues to be considered in selecting a site.

“At the moment we only have 76 forms returned and it really is important that people take the opportunity to have their say and guide Council on selecting the preferred location for the park”

The nine sites include Memorial Park, Smythe Park, Wellington Square, the SRA grounds, Hurley Park and the Wiradjuri Study Centre site.

Some sites have more than one option.

“All sites have been pegged and residents can see where the skate park would go if that site was selected.”

“This is a major investment by the Council and we would like to make sure that wherever it goes we have the backing of the community” Des said.

Sport, sumo suits and STORMCO at family support

WPRD and STORMCO conducted a sports day to entertain Condobolin youth over the holidays.By Dominic Geiger

Sumo suits were all the rage at last week’s Condobolin Family Support Services youth sports day.

Throughout the day, children had the opportunity to battle it out against one another sumo-a-sumo, jump on a jumping castle, join in games of volleyball and league tag as well as play a number of less physically strenuous games such as duck duck goose.

Children were also treated to free morning tea snacks and a sausage sizzle.

A combined initiative of Western Plains Regional Development and STORMCO (Service To Others Really Matters), the sports day was set up to provide entertainment for children over the school holidays.

Team Leader for STORMCO, Jesse Herford, said he thought the kids had really enjoyed themselves throughout the day.

“It’s just been a lot of fun,” he said.

“We’ve estimated there were about 100 children with their families who showed up.”

Jesse said far from being a one off event, STORMCO would be back next school holidays to maintain a positive relationship with Condobolin children.

“Basically we want to put our name out there and offer a positive influence for the kids,” he said.

“We want to offer the children something to look forward to on the holidays.

“We plan to build on what we’ve done today over the coming years.”

Sports day participant, Andrew Towney, said he’d had a great day.

“I’ve been having heaps of fun wearing sumo suits and tackling people,” he said.

“The jumping castle was good too.”

Willow Bend Sports holiday activities for youth

A number of sporting activities held at the Condobolin Willow Bend Sports Centre have been entertaining school students during their holidays.

By Dominic Geiger

Orange based Octec Youth Connections has been helping to entertain Condobolin youth over the holidays with a number of sporting activities held at Willow Bend Sports Centre.

The activities, which are focused around traditional Indigenous sporting games, have been running in conjunction with Willow Bend’s regular school holiday program.

Indigenous youth worker from Octec, Corey Mclean, said the aim of the organisation’s program was to support at risk youth and engage them in education.

“Through sport, we’re able to connect with them and then promote our message,” he said.

“We target youth from the age of 11 to 19 and encourage them to remain in high school or to enrol in TAFE and other forms of tertiary education.”

During last Thursday’s Octec visit, children played games of tag red rover and a traditional Indigenous game known as Gorri.

“It’s a hunting simulation game, where we use a big bouncy ball to represent an emu, kangaroo or a bird and children throow tennis balls at it,” Corey said.

Manager at Willow Bend Sports Centre, Kelly Jarick, said the centre’s school holidays had been particularly successful.

“We’ve been seeing between 20 and 40 kids show up each day for the activities,” she said.

“We’ve also been providing a healthy morning tea for them, as well as having lucky door prizes and awarding best and fairest awards.”

Life memberships recognised at Condobolin Sports Club

Recognised for their support: Derm Carey, Earle Harding, President Doug Parnaby, Keith Hartin and Owen Cannon. Absent: Lionel Turner, Ella Adams and Joan Keeley. Photo Kathy Parnaby

The Condobolin Sports Club made a presentation of badges and certificates to life members of both former Bowls and Golf clubs last Sunday during a Life Members Bowls Day.

President Doug Parnaby, who gave the awards on behalf of the Club said, “The life members had never received any badges or certificates in the past and with the amalgamation [of the Golf and Bowls Clubs] we decided to recognize them for all the work they have done.”

The recipient Life members are: Derm Carey, Earle Harding, Keith Hartin, Owen Cannon, Lionel Turner, Ella Adams and Joan Keeley. Lionel, Ella and Joan were unable to attend though Ella’s grandson Stephen Taylor and Joan’s son Tim were there on their behalf.

Derm Carey said, “It was a nice surprise and a good idea to be updated to the new club. We all appreciated the lunch and presentation.”

A reminder that the third round of the Club championships are on this coming Saturday.

Family support STORMCO sports day

STORMCO aims to provide entertainement for  Condobolin’s youth over the school holidays. DG

Condobolin Family Support Services will host a youth sports day this Thursday July 14 from 10am until 4pm at its office on William Street.

The sports day is part of a STORMCO (Service To Others Really Matters) initiative which aims to help provide entertainment for Condobolin’s youth over the school holiday period.

Team Leader for STORMCO, Jesse Herford, said the group would be working with Condobolin youth throughout the week in the lead up to the sports day.

“In particular, we’ll be hanging out with the kids from Willow Bend because they’re the ones who invited us here,” he said.

“We’ve already received a lot of positive feedback.

“Throughout this week we’ll be running a kids club which will involve games, songs, crafts and just generally getting to know the kids and hanging out with them.

“On Thursday we’ll be having a bunch of sporting events including league tag as well as a sausage sizzle.

“It’s open to all kids and families who want to come along.”

STORMCO is run through the Southern NSW Seventh day Adventist Church.


Touchdown in Penrith

Condobolin students travelled to Sydney last Friday to meet the Penrith Panthers NRL team.

Twenty Condobolin students had the chance to travel to Sydney and meet their Rugby League heroes last week as part of the Touchdown in Penrith Condobolin Youth Centre Program.

The students were selected based on their recent behaviour and attendance record at the Condobolin Youth Centre’s meetings.

Youth Activity Officer, Christine Brandy, said the excursion was part of a mentoring partnership with the Penrith Panthers NRL team.

“The children will meet with the team before the game on Saturday and have a chat with the players,” she said.

“While in Sydney, the students will also get a chance to go ice skating, play basketball and take part in a visual arts workshop.

“The kids are all really pumped up and excited for the trip.”

Christine said the students’ behaviour had become noticeably better since the introduction of the program.

“It’s given the kids an incentive to behave,” she said.

“The program has been running for a few years now and we’ve noticed a dramatic improvement in the students over that time.

“We run the classes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and do things like scrap booking, cooking and different types of sport.

“It’s about getting them off the street.”

Student Kurrin Brandy said he couldn’t wait to meet the Panthers.

“I’m really excited, I like league and I like watching the Panthers play.”


WRAS visits St Joseph’s

WRAS visited St Josephs in Condobolin last week.By Dominic Geiger

St Joseph’s Condobolin students have been improving their gross motor skills recently thanks to a visit from the Bathurst based Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS).

Gross motor skills include activities such as jumping and running and can play a major role in a child’s physical development.

A lack of proper gross motor skills development can lead to disadvantages in a child’s classroom learning ability.

Brett Coxsedge, Sports Development Manager at WRAS, said it was important to teach young students gross motor skills because many schools in the region don’t have specialist P.E teachers.

“The program is called Sports Play: Just Do It Right, and is focussed on primary school students,” he said.

“We teach the fundamentals of basic movement, for example, how to run, jump, throw and catch properly.

“We’re also here to show P.E teachers the best way to teach these skills.

“The idea is to get kids out of their seats, running around and having some fun.”

Brett said the Condobolin students had been wonderful to work with.

“We came out last year to the Public School and the kids here are very responsive, well behaved and they seem to really enjoy themselves,” he said.


Rugby league oval to be named

Condobolin's Rugby League oval will be named the 'Pat Timmins Oval'By Dominic Geiger

Condobolin’s Rugby League oval (pictured above) will be named the ‘Pat Timmins Oval’ following a request from the Condobolin branch of the Men of League group.

The decision to name the oval was made at last Wednesday’s Lachlan Shire Council meeting.

Representative of the Condobolin branch of the Men of League, Rowan Johnson, said the oval would be named after Pat Timmins because Pat had played the most first grade games in the history of Condobolin Rugby League.

“He began playing first grade for Condobolin when he was 16,” Rowan said.

“He was the top footballer here for a long time, and he played most of his football for Condobolin from 1951 to 1969.

“He also represented group eleven Western Division in both school and senior competitions.

“He never got paid; he just played for the love of the game.”

Rowan said plans were underway to invite Pat back to the town for the official naming ceremony.

“We’ve invited Pat, his friends and family, and any old players back for the ceremony,” he said.

“A date for the ceremony is yet to be set, though could be sometime in the next five to six weeks.

“Pat is currently suffering from a medical condition and we’re going to hold off on the ceremony until his medical conditions allows [him to travel].”

Mending it with the MEND Program

Ready to mend fitness levels - Generalist Counsellor Rebecca Watt, Dietician Lisa Elias and Aboriginal Health Worker Lesley Bell. DG By Dominic Geiger

Condobolin children who are above the healthy weight range are being encouraged to join the Go4Fun healthy diet program at the Condobolin Community Health Centre.

A NSW Health initiative, Go4Fun is a series of free fitness and dietary classes for children aged seven to thirteen years old.

Running from July 18 until September 21, the classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Dietician at Condobolin Community Health Centre, Lisa Elias, said the aim of the program was to teach children healthy lifestyle behaviour before they developed chronic disease later in life.

“If you can tackle [weight problems] while kids are young you can help prevent lifelong illness,” she said.

“The children don’t need to bring anything.

“Parents are also required to attend every session.

“Classes will be split up with the first hour dedicated to activities and games while the second hour is devoted to teaching kids about healthy eating and how to change lifestyle habits for the better.”

Families interested in participating should contact Lisa Elias at Condobolin Community health on (02) 6890 1500.

Condo supporters travel to Finke

By Dominic Geiger
A group of over fifteen Condobolin motor enthusiasts recently made the huge trek to Alice Springs for the annual Finke Desert Race which was held over the June long weekend.

Making the journey to support local riders Anton Jacobson and Jacob and Todd Smith, the convoy arrived in Alice Springs on Friday afternoon for the scrutineering event.

Supporter and Condobolin Publican, Greg Cooper, said he found it difficult to describe how amazing the weekend had been.

“The scrutineering was unbelievable; there were 98 cars and over 500 bikes,” he said.

“Even at that beginning point of the weekend there was an incredible buzz in the crowd, with [all the competitors] wanting to answer questions.

“On the Saturday they had an eight kilometre prologue event with seven to eight hundred supporters plus helicopters from the various teams.

“Todd and Jake Smith were the fourth and fifth fastest respectively in that part of the event.”

Greg said the Condobolin supporters left Alice Springs on Saturday afternoon to set up camp near the actual Finke Desert race track.

“We left a group 20 kilometres from the starting line to help with any problems and the rest went to Finke, some 240 kilometres south of Alice,” he said.

“We set up four kilometres from the finish line and watched the cars and bikes wind their way through the desert dunes; it was nothing short of spectacular.”

Todd Smith secured the highest position of the three Condobolin riders, coming fourth overall.

Despite beginning in fifth position, Jake Smith’s bike unfortunately suffered from a mechanical failure and he was unable to finish the race.

Anton Jacobson managed to climb an incredible 40 places to finish in the middle of the pack.

Jake said the biggest highlight for him was witnessing the incredible amount of effort the Condobolin team went to in order to support the riders.

“It’s a fair trek for them; I really want to say thanks to everyone who made the drive,” he said.

“Unfortunately my bike had some engine trouble and I couldn’t finish.”

Jake said thanks to recent rain, the track itself wasn’t too dusty.

“It was very wet, very rough and very fast,” he said.

“It’s a 230 kilometre course that you do in under two hours, so that means you average 115-120 kph, with occasional sections of 160 to 170 kph.

CAHS Centre begins men’s health program

Participants attended a meeting last Wednesday at Condobolin Aboriginal Health Centre where information and healthy snacks were provided.By Dominic Geiger
Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service in partnership with NSW Dept of Communities, Sport and Recreation and Condobolin Health Service has begun an eight week Aboriginal Men’s Health activity program.
Eleven men attended an information seminar last Thursday evening that explained how the program would be run across the following weeks.
The program is designed to encourage Aboriginal men to engage themselves in physical activity and education workshops to improve their overall wellbeing.
According to Australian Indigenous Health Info Net, “Indigenous people generally experience more risk factors for ill-health than do other Australians.”
Cardiovascular disease is 1.3 times more likely to be the cause of death for an indigenous person than for a non indigenous person, while cancer death rates are around 1.5 times higher for Indigenous people than for their non-Indigenous counterparts.
Nurse at Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service, Maree Atkinson, said the program would feature an exercise workshop on Monday nights while alternating health education seminars and cooking classes would be featured on Tuesday nights.
“The cooking classes will be with a dietician who will help the men learn about food, contents, reading labels, and how to cook great meals,” she said.
“The participants are also really keen to get to the gym on Mondays.”
Maree said the first eduational session topic, which participants discussed on the info night, would focus on sexual health and immunisation.
“They will be talking about how to prevent and immunise against sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses,” she said.
“This is a joint initiative and I would especially like to thank representatives from NSW Dept of Communities, Sport and Recreation, Condo Aboriginal Health Service, Condobolin Hospital and Willow Bend Sports Centre.

Condobolin P S Netball team

Condobolin Public School Netball teamOn Thursday 19th May, the Condobolin  Public School netball team travelled to Lake Cargelligo to compete in the first round of the NSW PSSA Netball Knockout competition. Condobolin won this game 23-13.

Rounds 2, 3 and 4 were played  in Dubbo on Thursday 9th of June. The first game was against Tottenham with Condobolin winning 51-2. Condobolin then won the next 2 rounds; against Middleton 29-6 and the very close Round 4 against Cowra 18-16.

Back to Dubbo on Thursday 16th June to compete in round 5 vs Forbes (Condobolin went down by 1 goal)and round 6. All nine girls played well and represented their school with pride.Congratulations go to Casey Wheeler who was selected in the Western region team to compete at the NSW carnival in Newcastle next term. They made it to the top 16 teams in NSW.


Who is the champ?

Students Abby Dargan, Scott Tanswell, Amy Thornton, Brayden Palmer and Reble Taylor with the ‘Who is the Champ?’ sporting competition trophy. DGBy Dominic Geiger

Year twelve Condobolin High School students are currently running a competition to discover the greatest athlete on campus as part of their sports, lifestyle and recreation assessment.
Known as ‘The Champ’, the competition involves a series of lunchtime sporting competitions held throughout the term.
High school teacher, Sarah Norton, said students scored points based on their performances over six different events.
“Whoever gets the most points at the end of the competition wins,” she said.
“Students must compete in all the events to stand a chance of winning.
“Boy’s and girl’s events are separated and the competition is open to all students from years nine to twelve.”
Sarah said she wanted to thank Condobolin Swiss Watch Centre for the trophy which has been donated for the competition.
At the time this story went to print there were two students tied for first place: Mel Taylor and Zack Yeomans.

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