Grierson the best

Roy Simmons (CENTRE) accepted the 2011 Sportsperson of the Year award on behalf of his grandson James Grierson, from Anita Morrison and Shaun Read.James Grierson ended a very successful year after being named Forbes Sportsperson of the Year (SOYA) for 2011.

The presentation of awards was made at the SOYA dinner held at the Forbes Sports and Recreation Club before an audience of just under 200.

“If the weather conditions had of been in our favour I’m sure many more would have attended,” evening MC John Schrader commented.

Grierson joins a long list of outstanding sporting identities who have been recipients of the Forbes Advocate sponsored trophy first presented in 1974.

Grierson was applauded as a worthy winner after considerable success across a number of sports, however golf wins were his major successes.

Last year Grierson, in his first out of junior ranks won the Forbes Golf Club championships, the Nissan Classic, as well as figuring in a number of major competitions in the metropolitan area as well as divisional competitions.

His Forbes championship win saw him join his father Andrew and grandfather Roy Simmons as Forbes Golf Club champions.

Grierson was also a member of the Forbes Rugby league Club’s winning grand final combination.

SOYA runner-up was Adam Hall who had an outstanding rugby league season being named in the Group XI side which won the country championships, he was also named in the country seconds side to win man of the match awards.

He was also captain coach of the Forbes Magpies which played in the semi finals of the Group XI competition.

President of the SOYA, Andrew Norton-Knight said at the dinner that Forbes should be proud of their sporting achievements and those of the facilities supplied in assistance from the Forbes Shire Council.

Full story in Thursday’s Advocate.

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Henty captain Grant Forrest capped off a stellar season by winning most of the major awards in the Holbrook and District Cricket Association for season 2011/12.

Forrest, who only a week ago led his team to premiership success against Holbrook Colts in the HDCA Division One grand final, dominated the awards.

He was a clear winner of the Champion Player Award finishing ahead of TRYC star Jeremy Bunn and Culcairn dynamo Steven Brand third.

The Most valuable Player Award also went to Forrest, the award is voted on a 3, 2, 1 basis by opposition captains on each round during the home and away season.

Forrest was also a clear winner in the batting racking up 603 runs for the season that included three centuries with a top score of 166. Brand finished second with 435 runs.

The leading wicket taker in the home and away season was Osborne speedster Ben Davis with 26 wickets, followed by Forrest 22 and Holbrook’s Ben McKenna 21.

The fielding award for most catches was won by Jeremy Bunn with 11, followed closely by Holbrook’s Jack Nunn with 10 catches.

In Division Two the champion player award went to Uranquinty player Simon Taylor, narrowly ahead of team mates Josh Marshman and Jason Paull in a Quinty trifecta.

Taylor completed a fine season with the willow as well, when he took out the batting aggregate with 366 runs, ahead of Paull on 358 and Henty’s Simon Hillier on 282.

The bowling aggregate went to Uranquinty all rounder Josh Marshman with 23 wickets, just ahead of consistent Henty performer Chris Spicer on 21 wickets.

To complete a dominating year for Uranquinty who won their third straight Division two title, Jason Paull 11 catches finished just ahead of Brett Marshman to win the fielding award.

Henty cricket club took out the club championship award, finishing ahead of Holbrook, who had three teams make grand finals, but none collecting the title.

The Holbrook DCA season was again a very successful one with its rep teams in juniors and seniors performing very well in regional competitions.

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Farrer Tennis Grand Final

Farrer Tennis Section 1 Grand Final winners – The Rock. Back: Roger Vennel, Tamara Verus, Deb Metcalf, Anthea Driscoll, Sophie Driscoll. Front: Darren Verus, John Jarrick, John McLaughlin. Photo contributedThe Grand Final of the Farrer Tennis Association was played in blustery conditions at Mangoplah on Saturday. The conclusion of the tennis season saw wins to both favourites in Sections One and Two.

Two weeks ago The Rock defeated Mangoplah Goannas by 28 games, obtaining them the grand final berth, and making Goannas face Burrandana in the preliminary final. Goannas eliminated Burra for their chance to challenge the reigning premiers for the cup. But The Rock proved too strong, this time winning by 30 games. However the match seemed closer than the scores indicated, with the Goannas trailing by just 15 games half way through the afternoon’s play. But then The Rock got into top gear to win the next three sets easily and hold a 31 game advantage. Whilst at this stage the match was decided, a forfeited 6-0 by the Goannas disappointed the large crowd that attended the match. Outstanding for The Rock were John McLaughlin, John Jarick and Sophie Driscoll, who overshadowed the best for the Goannas being Pop Harris, Gabe McRae and Edward Lloyd.

Final Score: The Rock 81 d Goannas 51.

Pleasant Hills confirmed their status of favoured Section 2 premiers, despite the absence of their Canberra recruit, and won their first Section 2 premiership in 29 years. After the Burrandana men won six sets to zero the previous week to eliminate Yerong Bunyips, it was a different story this week when they were only able to win one set against Pleasant Hills. Whilst the ladies sets were 3 sets each, the margin was 66-41 prior to the final four mixed doubles sets.

Congratulations to Pleasant Hills on their long awaited premiership, led by Captain Sam Terlich on and off the court. He was able assisted by Luke and Sue Fifield, while Burrandana can be proud of Anna Davis who played strongly all afternoon.

Final score Pleasant Hills 82 d Burrandana 60.


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Pink to colour Holbrook race day

Tracey BevanTracey Bevan, McGrath Foundation Ambassador and director, will be the guest of honour at this year’s Elders’ Holbrook Commander Cup racing meeting, which is being held this Saturday, March 31.

The race meeting will be a Pink Day in support of the McGrath Foundation and Tracey Bevan will officially open the races.

Tom Last, Holbrook and District Race Club vice president, said all the horses on the day will be wearing pink saddle cloths signed by champion jockey Damien Oliver.

These will be sold after the last race of the day and anyone who buys a saddle cloth will also receive a pink strapper’s jacket that was worn on the day. All funds raised from the sale of the saddle cloths will be going to the McGrath Foundation.

The race meeting’s activities begin with the screening of the recent Australian movie “The Cup” on a mega screen at the racecourse on Friday night.

Mr Last said the gates will be open for the screening from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

All proceeds from the movie screening will also go to the McGrath Foundation.

The race meeting, which began in 1907, features six professional races with the main event being the annual 2400m Elders’ Commander Holbrook Cup. The cup carries prize money of $9000.

Mr Last said he is expecting a strong field in all races, with trainers coming from Albury, Wagga, Canberra and surrounding districts. Other races on the day include the Ladies Bracelet and President’s Cup.

There will be full TAB facilities and a bookmakers ring at the races and patrons will be able to view the Rosehill Guineas on the Race-Tech Super Screen.

Mr Last says the race meeting is yet again set to be great family day and a quality race meeting in a country atmosphere.

There will be marquees for hire, entertainment for children as well as the ever popular fashions on the field.

Gates open at 11am with the first race at 12.30pm. The entry fee to the races is $15 an adult and children are free.

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Extra flood assistance now available

Aditional financial assistance is now available for flood affected residents and businesses, including farmers, and communities in Lockhart and Urana.

The additional funding was announced by the Federal Attorney General Nicola Roxon and NSW Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher last week.

The funding has been made available under the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has welcomed the announcement.

”This was essential funding for hundreds of people in Farrer and the Riverina and it is extremely good news,” she said.

“I would particularly like to thank the Attorney General and her staff in getting this relief funding through.”

Farmers, businesses and communities in Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young access up to $15,000 for clean-up and recovery grants.

“While we continue to monitor the emerging situation in New South Wales there is a need for swift action to help local economies recover as quickly as possible,” Ms Roxon said.

“The grants will be of enormous benefit to help . . . by funding clean-up activities, grants to community service organisations, replacement of damaged equipment, stock and other general repairs.”

Applications for the grants can be made through

the NSW Rural Assistance Authority by calling

1800 678 593.

In separate statement Ms Roxon also announced that residents of Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young who have been severely affected by recent flooding could claim Commonwealth payments of $1000 for each adult and $400 for each child.

“This assistance is over and above the support already being provided by the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA),” she said.

People living in these communities may also be eligible for personal hardship and distress assistance, including help with replacing essential items of furniture, personal effects and repairs to houses, concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and primary

producers and transport freight subsidies for primary producers.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) can be claimed by eligible people in the local government areas of Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young following the flooding that occurred during late February and March 2012.

Affected residents do not have to lodge the claim in person at a community recovery centre.

The easiest way to lodge a claim is online at or by calling the Australian Government Information Line on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm local time, seven days per week.

Completed claim forms can also be lodged in person at a Commonwealth Department of Human Services service centre.  Further information is available at

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