President’s team awarded trophy
Finley The 2018 President and Captain’s Trophy was awarded to the President’s team on Saturday.
After the Sutto’s Bobcat stableford event the scores were added up and the final tally saw the President’s team defeat the reigning champions Captain’s team.
Individual honours on the day went to Norm Pyle with 39 points in the men’s while Tracey Jones’ 36 points gave her the ladies trophy.
NTP on the 18th went to Leo McNamara.
Balls went to Rick Harris (36), John Taylor (34), Bob Makkinga (34), Helen Wastle (33) and Janet Delmenico (31). Sue Simpson claimed a NAGA trophy.
It was Merv Percy with 36 points who took the Carl’s Catch of the Day daily trophy when stableford was played at the men’s 18 hole competition on Wednesday.
NTP on the 18th was Wayne Peasley.
Balls went to Marty Piggin (33), Sel Corcoran (32), Bob Makkinga (31), Barry Wilson (31) and Matt Daniel (31).
The Matt Daniel Plumbing NAGA was won in fine style by Damien Angove (The Grange SA).
At the Thursday afternoon nine hole stroke competition it was Andrew Higgins with 35.5 net who collected the voucher.
Balls went to John Lacy (37), Heather Daniel (37) and Kellie White (38).
On Sunday, the Toc Golf Pro Shop stroke event was played and saw Paul Pinnuck card 72 net to claim the men’s A grade trophy.
Men’s B grade winner was Chick Braybon with 66 net which also gave him the Cock of the Walk title.
Joanne Dean with 72 net accepted the ladies trophy.
The ladies putting trophy went to Sue Simpson with 30 putts.
NTP on the 18th was Barry Wilson and balls went to Ray Hehir (71) along with Marty Piggin, Ian Armer, Darren John, Wayne Peasley, Sue Simpson and Beth White who all had 74 net.
Dale Pyke stepped up to claim a NAGA Trophy.
At the weekend stroke will be played on Saturday and stableford on Sunday.
Tocumwal Tuesday last week was the first round of Seiters Timber Shield with 29 ladies taking part in the stableford event.
Division One went to Carol Irvine with 37 points and Margery Boyce was the Division Two winner with 42.
NTPs went to Rhonda Constable 2nd, Noelene Duncomb 8th, Kerri McKenna Pro Pin $21.
Wednesday saw 70 members playing par from the blue markers with Division One going to Trevor McCaw, one-up, on countback from Phil Williams.
Lochie Conboy was the Division Two winner with three-up followed by Neville Smith two-up.
Division Three winner was John Taverna with fourup followed by John Carol square.
NTPs went Ray Watmore 14th, Caleb Bovalina 18th, Greg Brooks Pro Pin $73.00.
Men’s Gold winner was Lindsay Gilbee, two-up, followed by Graeme Sharp, one-down.
Saturday saw 33 ladies and 47 men playing stableford with ladies Division One going to Janie Hills on 36 points, after a countback from Lindy Cooper.
Pauline Gilbee was the Division Two winner with 39 points followed by Leanne Marshall 33.
NTPs Lindy Cooper 2nd, Jillian Collins 18th.
Men’s Division One went to Malcolm Hart 41 points followed by Stephen Conrick 39.
Jeffrey Innes took out Division Two with 40 points and runner-up went to Bruce Cavanagh 37.
NTPs Hugo Jankov 2nd, Malcolm Hart 18th. to
Sunday saw five ladies and 44 men playing stableford with ladies win going to Janie Hills with 37 points.
Men’s Division One winner was Adam Purtill on 36 points followed by Michael Cooper 34.
Division Two was won by Ian Cameron who had 39 points with Peter Cunningham runner-up with 38 pts.
NTPs went to Adam Purtill 2nd, Brian Wilson 17th.
Men’s Gold winner was Ronald Eaton with 40 points followed by Graeme Sharp who had 39.
Finley Ladies Last Wednesday’s Greg Pyle Insurance sponsored Stableford Event was won by Heather Daniel on 38 points. Daniel also took out NTP on 13th.
Ball winners: Margaret Lemsing (37), Julie O’Brien (34), Helen Wastle (33).
Berrigan Friday’s nine hole winner was Wayne Crew (48-15-33), runner-up was Doug Cameron (40-7-33).
Cameron won the putting with 12 putts and ball winner was Peter Shand.
Saturday’s nine hole winner was Jeff Stein (45-9-36).
Joe Nicholls was runnerup (49-12.5-36.5), while also claiming the putting with 14 putts.
Ball winner was Neil Graham (50-13-37).
Sunday’s 18 hole stableford event was won by Barry Browne with 38 points and runner-up was Gail Browne on 37.
Ball winners were Syd Goldsmith on 36 points and Frank Albert with 34.
This Sunday is the Western Riverina Mixed 4 Ball play-off.
The local competition will tee off at 12.30pm.
The Ladies Tournament will be held on Friday with 9.30am for a 10am start.
While the reunion for the Finley Football Club on the weekend was for players from the 1988 seniors premiership, one guest of honour in attendance was from the 1950s golden period.
Louis Koschel, 85, played in the 1952, 1954 and 1958 premiership winning sides.
He was the only player from his era at the reunion, and said it was important to celebrate history.
‘‘I went along for interest’s sake. It’s always good to meet up with the guys you haven’t seen for a long time and taking in everything that was happening.
‘‘There was a great friendly atmosphere about the place,’’ Koschel said.
His accolades include playing more than 140 games for the Cats and winning the 1949 reserves best and fairest.
Koschel played mainly on the wing, although he said he spent time as a forward flank, forward pocket and rover.
His football career started more slowly than expected.
‘‘We would usually play football in the street with the other families,’’ he said.
‘‘My brother Ray and I went to school in Hay and that was a rugby league school.
‘‘I was quite good at rugby and liked it — Ray and I even won the school trophy for rugby.’’
Koschel said the most exciting time during his period at the Cats was the 1952 grand final replay.
‘‘We drew with Deniliquin and replayed the following Saturday down in Tocumwal.
‘‘In the closing seconds of the last quarter, Bobby Maxwell took a mark on the half forward flank.
‘‘He wasn’t the greatest kick in the team so a hush fell over the crowd; we knew he was going to kick it but where it would land was a mystery.
‘‘He drilled it through the goal posts and the whole crowd erupted.’’
One of his best memories was playing at Finley alongside AFL Hall of Fame coach Allan ‘Yabby’ Jeans — coach of the 1966 St. Kilda and 1983, 1986 and 1989 Hawthorn premiership sides.
‘‘He was rugged and straight forward, you would always want to get out of his way.
‘‘‘Yabby took me down for a pre-season training session with St Kilda in 1955; the coach of St Kilda was Les Foote — who also coached Berrigan.
‘‘Les remembered the time I took a screamer over him one day at the Finley ground.
‘‘During the training session we had to do exercises with huge medicine balls, sprints and circle work.
‘‘At the end of the week I told Yabby, ‘I won’t be able to train, I think you’ll find the after training get togethers are worse than the training’.’’
Koschel finished playing football in 1960 when his family started its own bookmaking business.
As a person who has watched Aussie Rules football for over 80 years Koschel said the game is a lot faster than what it was back in the 1950s.
‘‘The whole game and complexity has changed.
‘‘The high mark and long kick has gone, stab pass has disappeared, it’s all handball and speed up; the rule changes have made it like that,’’ Koschel said.