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Westpac bike challenge will top $1m

MICK Wilson is an excited “bike rider” preparing to break the million dollar mark.
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Adam Lole takes one for the team as the Old Boy negotiates a short ball in a vital knock that included two no-ball lives against South Tamworth last weekend. Photo: Barry Smith 050316BSG04

While he and wife Mel penned the bright and bubbly “Mildred Makes A Difference”, a Westpac Rescue Helicopter Services children’s “choppa book”, he is also readying his big frame for another “Ride For The

Chopper”.

The annual RFTC is a seven-day charity mountain bike ride run by the WRHS and starting in Dubbo on September 16. It will be entering its 16th year and since its inception it has raised $990,000. It just needs another $10,000 to tip it over the million dollar barrier. Actually it might even be just $1000 as it appears they have already raised $9000 for this year’s ride before striking a blow.

Some 650 riders have helped reach that level in the 16 years and Michael stresses the annual ride, which winds its way to Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Werris Creek and then Tamworth, is not a race.

“The most important message we put out to those participating is that it’s not a race but an introduction to mountain bike riding over distance,” Mick reported of a 450km to 550km ride that has yet to be officially mapped.

“The challenge is to ride every kilometre every day as well as winning awards and taking part in themed nights and various games and activities along the way.”

Mick is also excited because registering to ride in the 2016 Ride for the Chopper is now open.

“This year we have gone online to support the fundraising efforts and this process can be emailed and shared on social media etc,” he added.

“Anyone that has a cheque or cash money can contact the base and we will arrange for those donations to be banked into the Ride for the Chopper account. This year’s ride is going to be full of fun and great times with a little bike riding thrown in. A big vote of thanks to our support crew and organising committee who do such a great job to make our ride as enjoyable as possible.”

n To register or learn more about this year’s ride contact WRHS community liaison officer Mick Wilson ([email protected]南京夜网419论坛 or 67649400).

VB COUNTRY Origin and KARI City Origin coaches Craig Fitzgibbon and Brad Fittler will join Country Rugby League chairman John Anderson, CEO Terry Quinn and NSWRL CEO David Trodden at Scully Park Regional Sporting Precinct this morning to launch tickets going on sale to May 18’s 2016 AAMI Country v City Origin clash in Tamworth. Fittler was in the region recently with the Hogs For Homeless tour and made a big hit in Glen Innes and Tingha.

Meanwhile, Catalans Dragons were dubbed the French Kangaroos after running in eight tries in a 42-28 Super League win over Wakefield.

The return of captain Remi Casty from an eight-month injury lay-off meant Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous was able to field 15 internationals in his 17-man squad, including former Kangaroos Todd Carney, Dave Taylor, Willie Mason and Glenn Stewart.

With Carney and Taylor leading the way, the star-studded Dragons coasted to a 26-0 lead after 25 minutes and, after withstanding a Wildcats fightback, they cut loose to run in three more tries, including two from full-back Tony Gigot, to wrap up a first away win of the season.

“I heard someone jokingly call the opposition the Catalans Kangaroos and they looked like Kangaroos on occasions,” Wakefield’s Aussie coach Brian Smith said.

“Their attacking performance was way too good for us. I was very disappointed with our defensive performance in the first half and, when we got ourselves back in the game, we let ourselves down with defensive problems. If you concede 42 points you are not going to win. That part was very disappointing, generally we’re better than that.”

OLD Boys opening bat Adam Lole had a unique experience during last weekend’s first grade Tamworth major

semi-final against South

Tamworth.

The veteran left handed opening bat scored 42 from 173 balls in a typically steadfast innings, holding his side’s first innings together and enabling Old Boys to score 264 before rolling Souths for just 94 on Sunday.

Lole was out early on but gained a reprieve because the delivery was a no-ball. He also received a second reprieve when out again off a no-ball later on. He went on to be the fifth man out at 188 as his side forged 8-231 on the first day and added a few more for good measure on Sunday morning thanks to allrounder Josh Smith’s unbeaten 31.

For Lole it was unique, admitting he’d never been dismissed twice off no-balls before in the one innings in 30 or so years of cricket.

It was a sad day for Souths as they also had another wicket off a no-ball as well, dropped some catches to boot before a number of them left early for Josh Crowe’s wedding at

Nundle.

That the wedding-goers arrived back at No 1 Oval seedy on Sunday morning was obvious.

South skipper Tom Groth, one of the best wedding and engagement party entertainers I’ve seen, said his side would be free of distractions this week when they play Bective-East in the knockout preliminary final at No 1 Oval.

Bective Bulls will be without courageous skipper Adam Jones, who topscored with a fine 72 in last weekend’s minor semi win over West Tamworth. Jones will be going under the knife to repair a torn right biceps tendon tomorrow on the Central Coast.

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