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Hi there fellow Lakers,

The highlight of the past month has been the completion of all remaining club championships.

Congratulations go to Jessica Govan, Ian Macrae, Gae Macrae and David Govan defending their mixed fours title defeating Jenny Baldwin, Al Aurisch, Glenda Morgan and Paul Birt 20-17 in a cracking final.

Congratulations go to Rhonda and Jack Littlewood defeating Barbara and Murray Bennett 21-14 in the mixed pairs final and last of all congratulations go to Terry Seery and David McQuire defeating Murray Bennett and Benny Lowe 22-21 in the minor pairs final on a extra end.

Well done to all participants this year who competed in our championships.

Last of all have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all, be good and embrace your loved ones and look forward to another fantastic year in 2018.

Good bowling and Go The Lakers 2018!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager

Hi there fellow Lakers, well Christmas is approaching fast which means our Christmas ham galas are about to start, Friday 17th November to be exact.

As you know our grass green will be down in around two weeks so get your names down fast to avoid disappointment in missing out.

Presentation night is approaching quickly, tickets will be on sale this Friday from the bowls committee on gala days or from myself in the bowls office. Cost of the tickets is $20, come and enjoy a great night and celebrate with all our club champions and participants for 2017.

That’s all for now, good bowling and Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager

Valentine BC

Hi there fellow Lakers,

The highlight of the past month has been the completion of our men’s veteran pairs. Congratulations go to Eric Roach and Al Dudley running out 22-5 victors over Warren Sharkey and Col Edwards, congratulations to both sides on their performances throughout the competition.

Our Valentine Lakers over 70’s tournament still has vacancies, so get a team in for what should be a great day of bowls.

All those selected for this year’s Club Challenge - draws should be out this week so keep posted, competition starts on the 14th of this month.

Valentine has had a steady start to this year’s big bowl, get down to Valentine for scheduled games and witness some of the best bowls in Newcastle.

Last of all since my previous article we have lost two of Valentines long serving members – Mr William Watson and Mr Colin Rolla, both men were great friends of all at Valentine and you will be sorely missed but never forgotten. It’s been a pleasure to work, play and know both gentlemen God Bless.

That’s all for now Go The Lakers!!!   


David Govan

Bowls Manager

Congratulations to David and Jess Govan on the arrival of their son on the 20th August. Cooper David Govan will no doubt be on the bowling green as soon as he can walk!

Dave has had some well-earned time with his family, check back next month for another Laker's Low-Down!

August 2017

Hi there, Lakers!

The highlights of the past month have been the completion of the minor singles and veteran singles. Congratulations go to young up and comer Benny (The Jet) Lowe defeating Al Aurisch 31-26 in the minor singles final. Al got off to a flying start scoring the maximum 4 shots on the first end followed by two singles to lead 6-0, Al then extended his lead to 14-7 before Benny hit his straps winning the next 5 ends to lead 16-14. The lead swung again and Al took to the front to lead 20-16 followed by Benny after that again to lead 23-20. On the 29th end scores were locked at 26-26, a maximum count to Benny on the 30th end followed by a single clinched the title for the young man. Congratulations to both players on a fantastic final.

The Veteran singles final this year was between Eric Roach and Bruce Williams. Bruce was in red hot form on the day playing some magnificent draw bowls and raced to a 24-4 match winning advantage, Eric won the next 3 ends to trail 9-24 before Bruce with his last bowl drew the absoluta, winning his maiden veteran singles title, Congratulation to both men.

Our super 12s tournament is now full but a couple of spare teams would be good in case of late pullouts.

Our over 70 triples tournament in October entry sheet in on the board so get your names down asap.

Last of all three threes entry close soon so get in and lets win a couple of titles for Valentine.

That’s all for now, Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager   VBC

VBC Ladies Bowls News

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President Gwen and the Committee of VWBC would like to express our best wishes to all, for the coming Festive Season, and look forward to 2018, and good bowling.

VWBC would like to extend our best wishes to our Past President Irene Landrigan and her husband Frank who are relocating to the Wollongong District to be closer to family. Your input at our Xmas Concerts and your presence will be missed on the green by your bowling mates. Enjoy the coast.

Valentine have completed all of our Championship Games for 2017.

Our winners were:

Major Singles Kay Johnston R/up Maree Vincent

Minor Singles Maxine Dunning, R/up Kim Nillesen

Club Championship Pairs Nancy Childs, Eunice Albert R/up Rose Wayland, Rhonda Littlewood

Club Championship Triples Nancy Childs, Eunice Albert, Heather Bree R/up Anna Harris, Dianne McCarthy, Maxine Dunning

Club Championship Fours Kay Johnston, Gwyn Garrett, Irene Shirlow, Loris Humphreys R/up Vicki Fletcher, Barbara Bell, Cheryn Derrick, Brenda Seery.

Mixed Fours Championship Jess Govan, Ian Macrae, Gae Macrae, David Govan (skip) defeated Jenny Baldwin, Alan Aurisch, Glenda Morgan, Paul Birt (skip)

Mixed Pairs Championship, Rhonda and Jack Littlewood defeated Barbara and Murray Bennett

LMDWBA MAJOR SINGLES. Rhonda Littlewood (Valentine) R/up Nancy Childs (Valentine)

LMDWBA Senior Pairs Frieda Wells, Janet Gray (Charlestown) R/up Kay Johnston, Gwyn Garrett (Valentine)


STATE Championship Singles Semi Finalist Rhonda Littlewood (Valentine)

VWBC Past Presidents Consistency, Gwyn Garrett R/up Vicki Fletcher

VWBC Edith Galt Consistency for Bowlers playing 5 years or under, Wendy Lesniak R/up Paulette Bignell

VWBC had representatives playing for LMDWBA against the Central Coast, Hunter District, Newcastle and the State Carnival during 2017.

VWBC Super 10’s was held on the 6/11/17 with teams adding up in grades to 10 or more, one 1st grade or one 2nd grade player and the rest of the team adding up to 10 or more. Teams attended from Charlestown, New Lambton, Adamstown and Kahibah. The overall winners Dale Cameron, Maxine Dunning, Janette Williams and Joan Granter (Valentine).

Melbourne Cup was enjoyed at VBC 7/11/17 with a great meal and dancing. Some members were lucky enough to pick a winner.

Valentine Bowling Club held a Kid's Christmas Party on Sunday the 26th November, 2017 with Jumping Castles and slides for the Children and Santa arriving by boat. A fun day was enjoyed by the many who attended.

Our next Social Club mixed gala will be the 17th December, at 1pm. Come along in Christmas gear and have a fun day.

VWBC will hold a Xmas Gala the last game for the year 5th December and our Christmas Party will be held on the 12th December.

Bowls will commence for 2018 on the 9th January, and we look forward to the Pennants commencing on the 20th February.

For all who are not well we wish a speedy recovery, good bowling.

GO VALENTINE. Irene Robinson. Communication Officer.

VWBC congratulate Rhonda Littlewood Valentine who represented LMDWBA Region 6 , in the NSW State Singles Championship at Taren Point. Rhonda played two games to reach the semi-final and was defeated  by Natasha Scott 25-11. Natasha from Raymond Terrace won the final of the singles, pairs, triples and fours. A great achievement to reach the State Championship and especially reaching the semi-finals, well done Rhonda.

Jenny Baldwin reached the semi-finals of the Pam Field Consistency.  Jenny played Kath McCloughlan Marks Point in the semis where she was beaten 150-130. A mighty effort by Jenny who has only been  bowling for 2 years.

The Past Presidents Consistency was hotly contested by our ladies. The Final was played in very hot conditions on the 12/10/17 and was a cliffhanger. Gwyn Garrett defeated Vicki Fletcher in a very hard fought game. Gwyn was 149 Vicki 141 going into last end. They both reached 150 and an extra end was played with both players gaining 5 shots. Gwyn won on the second extra end by 8 shots to 2. Congratulations ladies on a game which was contested to the very last bowl.

With much sadness VWBC advise of the passing of our member Helen O’Connor on Sunday the 8/10/17. Helen joined VWBC in 2006 and her quiet personality and devilish nature will be missed by all at VWBC, Euchere players, golfing friends and nursing friends.

We had 27 players attend the Riverview Carnival at North Haven commencing the 14th October. The  McCarthy and Aurisch team and Bennett and Mullen team came in 3rd and 4th place on the 15th The McCarthy and Aurisch team were equal second on the 20th and were beaten by a North Haven team who were winners of the day. An enjoyable Carnival and our teams are looking forward to next year their 60th Anniversary.

The Alan Smith Versatility was played at VBC on the shore of Lake Macquarie where Alan loved to play bowls, fish, and was a Life Member. Played over 3 nights instead of 4, as one Thursday night was cancelled due to rain. 12 teams of fours enjoyed competing in ladies and men’s pairs, mixed fours and mixed pairs. The results were 4 teams on 8 points, therefore a count back revealed the winners. FIRST PLACE Vicki Fletcher, Peter Howell, Fran Ellis and Bill Easton. SECOND Glenda Morgan, Col Mullen, Betty Simpson, Harold Copland. THIRD. Irene Robinson, Col Edwards, Frank Landrigan, Paulette Bignell/Jenny Baldwin, FOURTH Anna Harris, Dennis McCarthy, Shirley Mander, John Derrick. Platters of food were delivered to tables after the last game and a fun time was enjoyed.

VWBC Super 10’s will be played Monday the 6th November, which will be a lot of fun with teams adding up in grades to l0 or more, with only one lst grade or one 2nd grade in each team.

Melbourne cup will be celebrated at VBC Tuesday the 7th November, with lunch, music and sweeps. Hope you have a winner.

Twilight Bowls recommence Thursday the 9th November at 5pm $6 entry plus $1 for Jackpot drawn each week. Folder in the Club all welcome.

Our Next Mixed Social Club Sunday afternoon will be the 19th November commencing 1pm $6 entry. Names down at the Club for a fun afternoon Visitors welcome.

VWBA next General Meeting will be the 21st November, President Gwen would like to see as many VWBC members present to hear what has been happening at our great Club.

The Committee and VWBC would like to pass on our sincere condolences to member and past vice president, Carole and John Thomas on the loss of their daughter Lisa, and niece of our member Helen and Tony Pelosi who has passed after a long illness. Sincere sympathy from your friends at VWBC.

GOOD BOWLING and for all who are not well we wish a speedy recovery.

GO VALENTINE. Irene Robinson. Communication Officer.

Valentine held our Spring Fair on the 18/9/17 with beautiful Spring weather with 2 full greens of visitors and VWBC.

Winners all Valentine players were Gwyn Garrett, Rose Sharkey, Loris Humphreys, and Elizabeth Howells, 2nd Kath Archer, Dale Cameron, Coral James, Joyce Sullivan, 3rd Annette Finnie, Glennis Newton, Lyn Harland, Brenda Cowen, cons Gae Macrae, Colleen Hodge, Eunice Albert, Heather Bree.

VWBC had 5 players; Nancy Childs, Gwyn Garrett, Rhonda Littlewood, Rose Wayland and Sharon Gilmore representing at LMDWBA V's Central Coast at Wangi on the 29th September for the Lakes trophy. Congratulations LMDWBA winning on 6 rinks 167-99.

LMDWBA Festival of bowls was enjoyed by our 6 teams. Runner-up 3 game winners are Barbara Bennett, Gwyn Garrett, Narelle Mullen, and Brenda Seery.  Thank you LMDWBA and host Clubs for a well organised Carnival.

VBC social Club held a mixed  Mothers/Fathers Day GALA on 8 rinks the 24/9/17 with lunch to follow a game of turnaround triples. A great day was had by all.

VWBC Past President Consistency has been hotly contested with some very close games. Semi final Thursday 5th October, Vicki Fletcher v Dale Cameron, Gwyn Garrett v Brenda Seery.

Social Club mixed Gala commences the 5th October, 4.45 pm for 5 pm start, cost $6 and $1 for Jackpot. Smart casual dress no singlet tops.

Rhonda Littlewood Valentine, Region 6 Singles winner, will contest the State Singles Championship at Taren Point on the 18th and Valentine Ladies will be cheering for you.

Good bowling, and for all who are not well, we wish a speedy recovery.


September 2017

VWBC Edith Galt Encouragement Award, for bowlers who have been bowling 5 years and under played on the 3/8/17 was won by Wendy Lesniak r/up Paulette Bignell.  18 Ladies played 3 games of 10 ends and proved to be a strongly contested day. VWBC are extremely happy with the dedication and competitive bowlers building our Club.

Valentine’s Nancy Childs, Kay Johnston, Rhonda Littlewood, Rose Wayland, Sharon Gilmore, Vicki Fletcher and Heather Bree were selected to play for LMDWBA in the Hunter Valley Challenge which was played on the 25/8/17. LMDWBA won the Trophy defeating Hunter Valley 141-126. The weather was very cold, however our ladies played great bowls.

Valentine had 10 ladies and 9 men competing in the TAB Tournament at Norfolk Island. They played fantastic bowls and enjoyed a great holiday. Valentine teams of 3’s Suz Semple, Rhonda Littlewood, Geoff Armstrong and Col Mullen all reached the semi-finals. They played teams from NT, NSW, NZ, and Tassie. A great result.

VWBC had 4 teams enter the Blue Water Carnival at Soldiers Point. We enjoyed catching up with friends, meeting ladies from Clubs all over the state and the friendly competitive Carnival. Composite team from Pittwater, won 3rd place. Maree Vincent (Valentine) Jen Roberts and Jacqui Morgan (Pittwater) with Jan Sutherland, skip (East Maitland). Nancy Childs replaced Maree on the last day as Maree flew out for Norfolk Island.

VWBC had 4 teams compete in the LMDWBA Competition for bowlers  5 year and under on the 16/8/17. They played  Morisset, Dora Creek and Gwandalan. Great bowling Valentine ladies Winners Fran Ellis, Jenny Elks, and Bernice Wilkins r/up Julie Scott, Gay Cheshire and Cheryl Lawson.

Valentine Club Fours Championship final was played on 29th August, Winners Kay Johnston, Gwyn Garrett, Irene Shirlow and Loris Humphreys defeated Vicki Fletcher, Barbara Bell, Cheryn Derrick and Brenda Seery. This was an exciting game of bowls.

Valentine’s Past Presidents’ Consistency will commence on the 31/8/17.

Our Social Club mixed Sunday afternoon was held on the 27th August, following the AGM.

For all who are not well, we wish a speedy recovery, good bowling.


August 2017

Congratulations to Rhonda Littlewood (Valentine) who defeated Margaret Smith (Avoca) 25-23 in the Regional 6 Singles at Redhead 31/7/17. Rhonda will now represent Valentine at the State Championships at Taren Point in October. Great work Rhonda. GO VALENTINE.

Congratulations to LMDWBA teams Wangi 3 grade and Redhead 4 grade, who are also playing in the State Play-offs.

Valentine's Oncology Invitation Day was held on the 3rd July which was an outstanding success with 2 full greens.  Valentine's Jan Boyle, Jenny Baldwin, Brenda Seery, and Annette Tierney were the winners.

Our Minor Singles were played on the 11th July, winner Maxine Dunning defeated Kim Nillesen 25-16.

 The Final of the LMDWBA Senior Pairs, Valentine's Kay Johnston and Gwyn Garrett, were defeated by Freida Wells and Janet Gray (Charlestown) 18-17 in a very close game. A great game of Championship bowls. Valentine’s Sharon Gilmore and Maree Vincent were defeated in the semi-final of the LMDWBA Open Pairs by L Gilsenen and L Genders (Charlestown).

Valentine's Club Triples were contested 25/7/17 with Nancy Childs, Eunice Albert and Heather Bree defeating last year winners, Anna Harris, Dianne McCarthy and Maxine Dunning. This was a great game, however luck and good bowls were with Nancy's team.

Nancy Childs and Maree Vincent, played with Jen Roberts and Jacqui Morgan (Pittwater) in a 2 day Carnival at East Tamworth, and won second place on the 22-23/7/17. Well done.

VWBC will host a Super 10’s Carnival on the 6/11/17. Team of 4, 21 ends and teams comprise of 1 x 1 grade OR 1 x 2 grade to tally 10 or over OR 4 X 3, OR 2 X 4 & 2 X 3. Contact Betty Simpson 49427110.

Club Fours are now underway.

VWBC have 4 four teams attending  the Blue Water Carnival at Soldiers Point in August.

VWBC have Lady and Men bowlers travelling to Norfolk Island for their Carnival in August, and hopefully will have a successful Carnival and a fantastic holiday.

Good bowling, safe travel, and to all who are not well we wish a speedy recovery.  GO VALENTINE.

VBC Snooker Club News

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The presentation for the 2017 Snooker Competition will be held this Sunday, 10th December, 2017 at our Christmas Function.  The Men's Singles winner was Darren Jones and the Doubles competition was won by John Kalverla and Dave Miller – congratulations to you all.

The Snooker Club holds its raffles on Wednesday nights, and up until Christmas we will have two ham prizes as well as our usual 12 meat prizes.  We will not be holding our raffle on Wednesday the 13th December, as the Bowling Club will be holding their Ham Raffle on that evening.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our President to wish all the members of the Snooker Club and their families, a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

Helen Hickey


The 2017 Doubles Snooker Competition was won by John Kalverla and Dave Miller – congratulations to you both, well done.  The final of the Mens Singles competition is being played on Wednesday 8th November, 2017 between Darren Jones and Barry Parton – good luck guys.  We will now hold the presentation to the winners at our Christmas function, which is to be held on Sunday 10th December, 2017 at 12.00 noon.

A reminder to everyone that the Snooker Club holds its raffles on Wednesday nights, we have 12 meat prizes and the Members Badge draw is done immediately after our raffle is completed.

Helen Hickey


September 2017

We wish to advise those players in the competition who still have to play their games, that we want to have all games completed by the end of September, 2017.  We plan on having the Finals and the Presentation on Saturday 7th October, 2017.  Details of time etc regarding the finals and presentation will be emailed to members at a later date, a notice will also be placed on the noticeboard.

Our raffles on Wednesday night have been doing a lot better in the last couple of weeks due to the nicer weather we have been having.  Hopefully the cold winter nights will soon be a thing of the past and that more people will start coming back.

Helen Hickey, Secretary

August 2017

The Christmas in July function was a fantastic day and a great time had by all.  The food was lovely and the music and dancing was a lot of fun. Special thanks to our music men – Greg (Meggsie) and Gary who were great and played just about non-stop all afternoon.  We would also like to thank the Club Staff for their input in making the afternoon a huge success – the catering staff – food and service was excellent, the function staff who did a great job in decorating and setting up the room and of course the bar staff, who looked after us very well.  We had over 40 members who attended and 6 of those members won a lucky door prize.

The Snooker Competition is proceeding well and just a reminder to those who still haven’t played their first round, if they could do so as soon as possible so we can keep the competition moving.

Helen Hickey


VBC Fishing Club News

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November is the month the Fishing Club holds it's premier annual weekend outing to Glenbawn Dam near Scone.

29 members made the trip, camping from Friday 10/11 and concluding at 12:00pm Sunday 12/11.

The fishing was great, arguably the best since the Fishing Club has been going there and that is over 20 years. Everybody caught quality fish and plenty of them. Not sure if this has been achieved before but we had three generations of the one family come for the weekend. John Neaves, his son Steve and three of John's grandsons. This all points to a healthy fishing club for the next generation coming through. When combined with great food, ample refreshments and fabulous weather, a fantastic time was had by all.

Winners for the weekend were:

Largest Bass Alex Menil

Largest Yellowbelly Mark Bradley

Largest Silver Perch Neil Cooley

Largest Catfish Mick Mawson

Mystery Bass length Fletcher Torrance

Sub-Junior Ted Mawson

Junior Indiana Hardwick

Overall Winner David Birt

The Fishing Club always holds a 2nd outing in the month of November as this caters for those members who still want to be able to weigh in for the month but can't get to Glenbawn Dam. This 2nd outing was held on 24, 25 & 26 November. We had 13 members weigh-in and approximately 20 members attend the Sunday BBQ. Neil Wilson and son Ryan hit their favourite bream spot in the lake again and were rewarded with a great catch. One bream Neil caught was just over 1.1kg and although only early in the 2017-2018 competition, will take some beating for the biggest Bream for the year. Ryan was not outdone by his dad and weighed in some quality bream as well. Alex Menil tried his luck on the beach and caught a heap of dart as well as some whiting. Steve Neaves used his extensive knowledge of the lake and fished his many marks for a mixed bag that included snapper, squid & tailor. Neil and Carmel Cooley decided to have a day out to fish the freshwater at Lake St Clair near Singleton. As luck would have it they had their best Yellowbelly session ever,  catching 31 Yellowbelly between them in under 2 hours. Dave Birt, after catching some Jewfish in Newcastle Harbour on Friday morning decided to try for them again. Unfortunately the Jew had just shut down and he never turned a reel. Mitch & Matt Birt fishing their favourite offshore spot for a mixed bag including a great table fish being a Bar Cod. Danny Ratcliffe and his grandson Jayden fished the southern end of the lake and caught some squid. Mick Mawson and his boys, Zac & Ted fished the sandflats and while they did catch some whiting Mick said it was pretty hard fishing. 

Winners for the weekend were:

1st Neil Wilson

2nd Alex Menil

3rd Steve Neaves

Sub-Jnr Ryan Wilson

We are always looking for new members and any interested people can contact either Darren Riles ph 0439241061, Neil Cooley ph 0421168349 or David Birt ph 0427228438 if they need information on how to sign up and go about participating.

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October and November are traditionally our busiest months for the Fishing Club. October being the month for our Annual Presentation as well as our AGM, and November our premier weekend outing to Glenbawn Dam. Between these events we still manage to squeeze in an October fishing outing as well. 20+ members attended our October outing BBQ weigh-in with the winners for the weekend being 1st Neil Wilson, 2nd Neil Cooley & 3rd Mark Bradley

Our annual Presentation Day was held on Sunday 22 October and saw 60 adults and 8 juniors attend. Once again a great afternoon was had by all in the VBC Function Room with plenty of food, refreshments, giveaways  and live music to top the afternoon off. The total prizes on offer were 28. This was spread between 19 different prizewinners. This year saw a much greater participation from the ladies and juniors/Sub-Juniors which augurs well for the club.

The winners of the different sections were:

Largest Species Winners:

Bream      Neil Wilson

Flathead  David Birt

Whiting  Neil Cooley

Tailor    Paul Subat

Mulloway  David Birt

Luderick  Dave McMorrow

Snapper  David Birt

Leatherjacket  Matt Birt

Bass    Mark Bradley

Yellowbelly  David Birt

Silver Perch  Darren Riles

Catfish    Jason Wood

Sectional Winners:

Freshwater    Neil Cooley & David Birt Runner-up

Lake & Estuary  David Birt & Runner-up Neil Wilson

Beach & Rock    Dave McMorrow & Runner-up Alex Menil

Offshore  Mark Bradley & Runner-up Steve Neaves

Ladies      Champion Emma Wallace & joint Runners-up Nicole Birt & Britani Willis

Junior      Champion Indianna Hardwick & Runner-up Kyle Bradley

Sub-Junior    Champion Luke Bradley & Runner-up Ryan Wilson

Club Champion  Neil Cooley & Runner-up David Birt

Our AGM was held on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

All positions were open for nomination. The office bearers for 2017-2018 are:

President            Darren Riles

Secretary            Neil Cooley

Treasurer              David Birt

Weighmaster          Steve Neaves

Asst Weighmaster    Mark Bradley

Ist Aider          Mark Bradley

Our Glenbawn Dam Outing.

The outing will be held on 10,11 & 12 November. At this stage we have 28 names down to attend. All are looking forward to another successful weekend and there will be plenty to go into our November report.

Our fishing year runs from 1/10 to 30/9 with memberships now due. We are always chasing new members and any interested people can contact either Darren Riles ph 0439241061, Neil Cooley ph 0421168349 or David Birt ph 0427228438 if they need information on how to sign up and go about participating.

The Fishing Club also has a closed facebook page. To see what's happening in the Club and what catches members are getting you can go to: 


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August 2017

July's outing was held on the weekend of 14th, 15th & 16th July. It commenced on Friday with strong winds and, when combined with the already cool temperature, was not very comfortable at all for fishing. Luckily as the weekend progressed the weather just got better and better and by Saturday afternoon it was absolutely perfect. Suffice to say that there were plenty of members who participated albeit if only to take advantage of the great weather.

Mark and Luke Bradley and Rod Hardwick decided to fish offshore taking the opportunity to travel to Broughton Island and camp for a couple of days. They were rewarded with a great mixed bag comprising of Teraglin, snapper, bonito, flathead, trevally and an amberjack. Young Luke out-fished his dad again and is becoming quite the accomplished fisherman catching six different species of fish. In the next couple of years, as Luke moves into the senior ranks, he will have some of the senior members looking over their shoulders. Rod Hardwick caught eight different species including some quality teraglin. Dave McMorrow was another who ventured offshore from Newcastle. He caught plenty of snapper to 1.7 kg, bream, tarwhine and flathead with a couple of parrot fish thrown in for good measure. They started fishing before dawn and Dave reckons that it was midday before he could feel his hands. Dave Kemp fished the lake and as usual was the quiet achiever. He caught a great bag of tailor and flathead topped off with a Mulloway of 4.250 kg. Neil Cooley persevered in Friday's gale to get  a bag of Whiting with his biggest going nearly .5 kg. He reckons there are plenty of winter whiting about and you just need to be patient. Neil and David Birt decided to fish the lake on Saturday. At first trying for some Salmon for no result, then flicking lures for flathead. They ended up with 12 fish with one of David's flathead going 79 cms and 3+ kgs. The largest was too good to be caught once and was promptly released to fight another day. Alex Menil fished his favoured beach and rock section and caught some line burning salmon again.  Neil Wilson and son Ryan had a late morning start in the lake on Saturday and fished into the early night. Ryan showed his dad how it was done and was chuffed to catch his first snapper on a soft plastic. They ended up with a mixed bag including a good sized 60 cm + flathead landed by Neil.  Our newest member Mark Neuman fished the lake and caught some flathead and tailor.

But far and away the fisherman of the weekend was Steve Neaves with his partner in crime Glen Candy. They decided to have a “sleepover” on his boat in the lake and, given the temperature in the middle of July, in addition to catching a swag of fish, both needed to be awarded a medal. Steve landed a heap of squid, slept through the catching of a Mulloway on his line by Glen, some snapper, crabs, bream & leatherjackets.

With the weather being perfect on Sunday it saw our weigh-in BBQ well attended with some 20+ members there. In all 18 different fish species were weighed in. The most ever. Winners for the weekend were 1st Steve Neaves 2nd Rod Hardwick & 3rd Dave McMorrow. Luke Bradley took out the Sub-Juniors for the weekend.

Our next outing will be held on 11th, 12th & 13th August. There are just two dedicated weekend outings to go before the competition finishes on 30th September, 2017.

New members are most welcome and can contact either Darren Riles ph 0439241061, Neil Cooley ph 0421168349 or David Birt ph. 0427228438 if they need information on how to sign up and go about participating.

Neil Cooley 


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