Numbers down at sports carnival
Dallarnil Sports Club forced to rethink carnival date after Queen’s Birthday holiday switched
Dallarnil Sports Club president Rod Wilson This year we were competing against seven shows and it knocked a hole in the crowd.
COLD and blustery conditions greeted patrons at the annual Dallarnil Sports Carnival but the day warmed up when the action commenced.
Switched from the Monday to the Saturday for the first time in 95 years to accommodate the moving of the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, the Dallarnil Sports Club event went ahead on June 25.
Club president Rod Wilson said organisers would have to look at when to hold the event next year to avoid a clash of dates.
“But it is so hard to pick a day as there as so much on these days,” he said.
“This year we were competing against seven shows and it knocked a hole in the crowd.
“A number of regular riders and their horses follow the show circuit so numbers were down in the open horse events as well as the woodchop.
“Events were changed to accommodate those who had nominated.”
Mr Wilson said the club had started the year without a secretary but Loretta Hetherington and Bev Mooney stepped up to take on the task.
“They did a great job,” he said.
“We are only a small band of volunteers so any support is appreciated.”
Mr Wilson had hoped patrons would stay back and enjoy a yarn, a beer and some tucker while watching the rodeo.
“In the end we sold out of food plus they drank plenty but then the freezing cold chased some home,” he said.
Mr Wilson said while numbers were down the rodeo was still a success.
“There was still a good show,” he said.
“Bailey Woodward rode time to win the open bull ride from Russell Holzwart.”
Mr Wilson paid tribute to Len Jansan with his roving microphone.
Mr Jansan said it was great to see some of the old brigade in attendance that had supported the annual carnival over many years.
Mr Jansan said he had been involved with the Dallarnil Sports Carnival for the past 50 years and had plenty of good memories.
One of his earliest memories is of riding one of Gordon Webb’s bulls in the feature ride in 1967.
“I got 25 bob for my efforts,” he said.
The carnival was a fun day for the kids with many participating in the pony club events before taking their shoes off and running in the athletics events or having a go in the poddy ride.
A first for the carnival was the stockman’s challenge which had participants putting yard panels together, hammering nails, pushing bags of grain in wheelbarrows and carting water and bales of hay.
RIDING HIGH: Dee Michael, Teagan Bechly, David Holt and Tamara Buczma took out the Douglas Jensen Memorial Bend event at the Dallarnil Sports Carnival.
1. Nicola McGregor of Mt Perry. 2. Mykaela Vicary shows her strength. 3. Emmerson Wagner is following in her mother Amanda's footsteps. 4. Isabelle Holt, Amber Bauer, Emi Carlson, Maddison Kuhnell, Courtney Spry (penciller) and Maddysen Laumann. 5. Suzette Holt in the 60cm jump. 6. Catherine White, Courtney Spry and Johannah Kelly. 7. Arthur Dingle, Peter Whitehouse, Danny Staib and Len Jansan. 8. Waiting patiently for their next event. 9. Off and running at Dallarnil Sports. 10. Tanya Michael of Mundubbera in action. 11. Youngsters take instruction for their race. 12. Michelle Kinbacher with Loretta Hetherington. 13. Myles Holt receives her prize.