Beth nets be­lated hon­our

Ten­nis fun for all

Kyabram Free Press - - SPORT -

BETH Han­cox has been hon­oured by Net­ball Aus­tralia — 39 years af­ter rep­re­sent­ing her coun­try.

A news item that caught the at­ten­tion of Kyabram net­ball buff and stal­wart Kevin Sim­monds has led to the for­mer Stan­hope girl re­ceiv­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate pen­dant to mark her feat of play­ing three games for her coun­try against Eng­land on a tour of Great Bri­tain in 1978.

The net­ball ar­ti­cle re­vealed that all play­ers who had rep­re­sented Aus­tralia over the years were to re­ceive a pen­dant to mark the feat.

The idea was ini­ti­ated by for­mer Aus­tralian net­ball Hall of Famer Liz Ellis, who also suc­cess­fully cam­paigned at the same time for all Aus­tralian net­ball cap­tains to re­ceive ac­knowl­edge­ment for lead­ing their coun­try in in­ter­na­tional as­sign­ments.

When Kevin was alerted to what was hap­pen­ing he con­tacted Beth’s fa­ther, John, to find out whether Beth had re­ceived her pen­dant for rep­re­sent­ing her coun­try. She hadn’t.

John, from Stan­hope, then made con­tact with Net­ball Vic­to­ria, as Beth lives in Canada where she is a nurse.

John was pleas­antly sur­prised to find the pen­dant in his mail­box the very next day and is about to send it on to his daugh­ter.

Beth was only 17 when she was se­lected to rep­re­sent her coun­try and still holds the hon­our of be­ing the youngest net­baller to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia.

Bush footy’s best on the MCG

IT’S ex­cit­ing news that the Goul­burn Val­ley Foot­ball League will play the Bal­larat League at the MCG as part of AFL’s Coun­try Games cel­e­bra­tions next year.

Not too many foot­ballers or crick­eters would pass up a chance to play on Aus­tralia’s and one of the world’s best sport­ing are­nas so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see who puts their hand up to play.

Some play­ers have been re­luc­tant to make them­selves avail­able for in­ter­league games for a host of rea­sons, some good and oth­ers a bit du­bi­ous. Some play­ers don’t even be­lieve in in­ter­league foot­ball, which I find dis­ap­point­ing.

But you’d think an MCG ap­pear­ance would be at the top of a coun­try foot­baller’s wish list. So there might be some lead­ing play­ers who have dodged in­ter­league games in the past tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to make them­selves avail­able.

Al­though not of­fi­cially con­firmed it is ex­pected to be the cur­tain raiser to the EssendonGee­long clash on May 19.

Big win then a sad loss

KYABRAM trainer Mark Wat­son had a bit­ter­sweet trip to the Swan Hill meet­ing on Tues­day night.

Wat­son kept his cur­rent win­ning streak go­ing with the hot favourite Recork, who was driven to vic­tory by Nathan Jack, but in the fol­low­ing race an­other of his run­ners, Scar­bor­ough Flow, snapped a pastern early in his race and had to be put down.

A three-year-old son of Sportswriter, Scar­bor­ough Flow had won at his pre­vi­ous start at Bendigo on Oc­to­ber 31 and was hav­ing just his fifth trip to the races.

Wat­son said he was gut­ted by the loss and thought the pacer had a bright fu­ture.

‘‘It was hard to take but you have to move on as quickly as you can,’’ he said.

Recork is a five-year-old mare — also by Sportswriter — who is build­ing a con­sis­tent record, with her 14 starts pro­duc­ing four wins and five mi­nor plac­ings.

Both Recork and Scar­bor­ough Flow are owned and raced by for­mer Wyu­naites Mal and Neil Len­nie.

■ Lan­caster horse­man Rus­sell Thom­son turned back the clock a few years when he won the Vet­eran Driv­ers Chal­lenge on Tr­us­cott Law at the Bendigo meet­ing last Fri­day night.

Thom­son pro­duced a copy­book drive to win the race at the nice odds of 10/1.

Top spot for hot trots

DISTRICT trots fans have the chance this Sun­day to visit one of the coun­try’s lead­ing trot­ting es­tab­lish­ments.

Yabby Dam Farms prin­ci­pal Pat Driscoll is throw­ing the doors open to his state-of-the-art prop­erty near Bal­larat.

Any­one in­ter­ested in mak­ing the bus trip from Kyabram should get in touch with Phillip Plumb or David Moon as quickly as pos­si­ble. KYVALLEY Ten­nis Club would like to of­fi­cially wel­come all new play­ers to the club and wel­come back all past play­ers.

With the start of a new ten­nis sea­son things have cer­tainly been busy and we are in full swing with the club en­ter­ing four ju­nior teams and one se­nior team in the Kyabram and District Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ju­nior and ladies fort­nightly Sun­day morn­ing coach­ing with David Star­ling has been well at­tended and en­joyed by all. The Thurs­day morn­ing ladies’ coach­ing has also been a great ad­di­tion.

The Hot Shots Pro­gram has been a huge suc­cess, with a record 60 chil­dren reg­is­tered in the pro­gram.

For the first time, thanks to Ten­nis Aus­tralia and ANZ, the club has been able to give away a free Hot Shots Ten­nis Racket each week.

Con­grat­u­la­tion to our weekly win­ners so far — Amelia Palmer, Amelia King and Diesel Emini.

Our last Hot Shots ses­sion is set for Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23 and will fin­ish with a pre­sen­ta­tion and a break-up bar­be­cue.

Kyvalley Ten­nis Club’s first Fast4 So­cial Twi­light Ten­nis is set for this Fri­day.

We wel­come any­one for a 6.30pm start to en­joy a so­cial hit in the Fast4 for­mat and sausage siz­zle.

The four in­no­va­tive rules for Fast4 are play­ing lets, no ad­van­tage scor­ing, tiebreak at three games all and the first to four games wins.

For in­for­ma­tion Melissa Wil­liams 0412 822 029. con­tact on

Stan­hope's John Han­cox holds up a pen­dant given to his daugh­ter Beth Han­cox for rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia on a net­ball tour of Great Bri­tain in 1978.

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