Su­perb sixth for our girl

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

Af­ter win­ning the north-east zones se­ries, Be­nalla’s Shantelle Pa­ton-McKen­zie took on Mel­bourne, and placed sixth.

Shantelle, 14, rep­re­sented north-east­ern Pony Club Vic­to­ria at the Moonee Val­ley Races dur­ing the week­end in the open rideto-time grand fi­nals, fin­ish­ing sixth.

Shantelle’s mother Sharon said she was im­pressed with how her daugh­ter con­ducted her­self through­out the events.

‘‘Rid­ing 1000 m in 148 sec­onds, Shantelle came in at 146.31 sec­onds plac­ing sixth in open,’’ Sharon said.

‘‘Ev­ery race she was in, she was smil­ing even though Jaxon (horse) was drag­ging like a train.’’

Shantelle was wear­ing Be­nalla trainer Peter Donelly’s race silks to sup­port the lo­cal trainer in Mel­bourne.

‘‘She rode so well . . . but now she’s got the flu,’’ Sharon said.

‘‘We were up so early and she was the last one out and just went a frac­tion too fast.

‘‘She rode last year, too, in grade three and four and placed fourth as well.’’

She said Shantelle wanted to work with horses in the fu­ture, and would con­tinue to be gra­cious and hum­ble in vic­tory or de­feat.

‘‘She has done all the rid­ing work with Jaxon her­self, is very ded­i­cated to her rid­ing and wants to be good enough to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia one day,’’ Sharon said.

‘‘If it doesn’t in­volve a horse, she isn’t happy.

‘‘She has been gra­cious and hum­ble in her wins and is al­ways help­ing out younger and more in­ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers and par­ents at both Be­nalla Pony Club and events.’’

The fam­ily wished to thank the Be­nalla Young Sportsper­sons Trust for a grant that al­lowed them to pur­chase a safety vest for Shantelle’s rid­ing.

Women’s golf

On Thurs­day eight play­ers braved the course for a stroke round. Win­ner was Mar­sha Wat­son with 89(9)80 c/b.

Mar­sha was also near­est the pin on the 3rd, 8th and 14th holes.

A sta­ble­ford round was played on Saturday with 17 play­ers.

Divi­sion one win­ner was He­len Hy­land with 34 points c/b. Divi­sion two win­ner was June Shen­nan with 39.

Ball com­pe­ti­tion Anne Thom­son 34, Aileen Briggs 33, Anne Brown 32, Mar­sha Wat­son 31c/b.

Near­est the pins 3rd A. Brown, Mil­ner-Wat­son Phar­macy 8th M. Wat­son, Ray White 12th H. Hy­land, Golf Shop 13th R. Watkins, 14th A. Thom­son.

This week a sta­ble­ford round will be played on Thurs­day and a stroke round and monthly medal on Saturday.

She has done all the rid­ing work with Jaxon her­self, is very ded­i­cated to her rid­ing and wants to be good enough to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia one day.

This week is the last game be­fore we start the fi­nals, the top teams have al­ready ce­mented their place on the lad­der and can­not be over­taken.

Last week we had three con­vinc­ing wins with Swan­pool 163 de­feat­ing Be­nalla 124, Lurg 165 de­feat­ing Great 114 and Ta­tong 160 de­feat­ing Glen­rowan 125.

The on-call team this week is Swan­pool.

If you need a fill in try to or­gan­ise it your­self then let June know on 0407 342 927, she needs to know sho is play­ing and who is still avail­able.

Please be at the courts by 7.15 pm to en­sure a prompt start at 7.30 pm then we can all get home as early as pos­si­ble on these cold nights.

Good luck for your games tonight, see you in the fi­nals next week. Lad­der Lurg Ta­tong Upotipot­pon Swan­pool Glen­rowan Be­nalla Greta Points 26 22 18 16 12 12 10 % 116 125 94 103 95 86 87

Proud: Be­nalla’s Shantelle Pa­ton-McKen­zie placed sixth in the Moonee Val­ley Races, held in Mel­bourne dur­ing the week­end.

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