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The official Australia Day activity in Eugowra, at the Eugowra Community Bowls and Recreation Club, drew a large crowd and commenced with the raising of the flag and Cath Welsh leading the singing of the national anthem. MC Tim Cheney invited Eugowra's Ambassador Bryan Norrie to the stage, where he interviewed Bryan with a series of questions starting with his years growing up on the family farm at Eugowra, attending Eugowra Public School, playing for the Golden Eagles, Red Bend, Yanco, being selected in the Australian Schoolboys side.    He then went onto his 11 years with the NRL clubs St George-Illawarra, Penrith, Cronulla and culminating in a Premiership with Melbourne Storm during his six years with them. Bryan played 180 games with the NRL, and as he said, it is every boy's dream to play in a premiership-winning team in the NRL and he achieved that. Bryan is now a fire fighter with the Fire and Rescue NSW and retains his involvement with the NRL in a part time position as an official in the 'bunker' during games. He fits it all in along with family life with Kim and sons  Brody, Zane and Connor. Read more Viv McMillan named Citizen of the Year Wilf Norris OAM MC Tim acknowledged local legend Wilf Norris, who received an OAM in the Australia Day Honours List for service to heritage preservation.  Wilf’s service includes The Australian Draught Horse Stud Book Society Founding member Western Branch Founder Golden Plough (Horse Drawn) Ploughing Competition since 1975 Classifier and Competitor Eugowra Historical Museum & Bushranger Centre- committee (current) Donated various items Member Restoration Group, Braveheart Wagon 2004-2009 Former participant Eugowra Show Leader Forbes Annual Parade for 40 years Leader West Wyalong Centenary Parade Farm Manager Lachlan/Forbes Vintage Village 1970's Involved in various film & TV productions including 'Dad & Dave' 1995 'Sunstruck' 1972 ABC television series 'Outback House' 2005 Read Wilf’s full story here. Certificates of Appreciation Bryan presented Certificates of Appreciation to Tess and Andrew Herbert of 'Gundamain' Feedlot and Andy Smith from 'Moxey Farms' from the Australia Day Committee as follows: The people of Eugowra would like to present to you an Appreciation Award in recognition of your support, donations and sponsorship of many local Eugowra events and hope your support will continue many years into the future. Bryan also presented Appreciation Awards on behalf of the Australia Day committee to Councillor Kevin Walker and former Councillor Janelle Culverson. Special congratulations to Janelle who is the Mullion Creek Citizen of the Year. Bryan presented the Eugowra Australia Day Committee Certificate of Appreciation Awards to Colin Greenhalgh and Brett Myors. Colin was recognised for his involvement with the following: Eugowra Harness Racing Club for many years, where he has been treasurer, and still is, and has been made a Life Member. He has been a successful breeder and trainer. The Eugowra Show Society from the age of 16 where he worked with George in the ring and then took over as Chief Ring Steward. He was made a Life Member in 2008. He is a member of the Public School P & C Association, Swimming Pool/Swimming Club committee where he was part of the executive, Eugowra Bowling Club where he served on the board and as Secretary and Eugowra Rugby League. Colin has been the face of JC Adams, CRT and now Ag n Vet for most of is working life. He has been a wonderful member of the Eugowra community all his life and is a great asset to the town of Eugowra. Brett was recognised for his involvement with: Eugowra Rugby League club as a former player and a committee member; mowing, line marking, irrigation, maintenance and general help at the football ground; mowing at the cemetery; mowing the grounds at the Fat Lamb Hotel; mowing at the pool; major business sponsor at the Eugowra Bowling Club; working behind the scenes in many organisations. Brett owns Mandagery Plastering where he employs local young people. He is a wonderful member of the Eugowra community and a great asset to the town of Eugowra. Ambassador Bryan also presented the Eugowra Australia Day committee award to the Eugowra Event or Group of the Year, which went to the Swimming Pool Committee. The committee has worked tirelessly over the last couple of years and are to be congratulated on: the garden and pot plants; the children's art work; the canteen; art lessons for the children – special mention to Di Garner; opening of the pool for longer hours; painting of the buildings; aqua aerobic lessons; pool toys. The fantastic pool supervisors who along with the lifeguards make our great little pool such a welcoming and safe place for all. Reprinted with permission of The Forbes Advocate

Success doesn’t come much sweeter than the win Lex and Sally Crosby celebrated on Monday. Their pacer Im With Lexy claimed the $30,000 Lexus of Parramatta Canola Cup at the prestigious annual Eugowra harness racing meeting. That would have been thrill enough for Lex: president of the Eugowra Harness Racing Club for nine years to 2015, he has played no small part in making the award-winning meeting what it is today. But it was even better to win with a descendant of the first horse Mr Crosby’s father Jim purchased 62 years ago. The four-year-old mare who won on Monday is the eighth generation owned and bred by the Crosby family. And they have long campaigned for the coveted Cup day feature race: Im With Lexy’s grandmother Lexy Lobell got as close as winning her heat in 2003. Twenty-four hours on from their long weekend victory, the owner still struggled to find the words to describe how it felt. “It’s a great thrill,” he said. “Everybody wants to win that race – it’s spoken about all over Australia.  “To be part of the day, to have a runner in the Cup, is a privilege. To actually win ...” The field on Monday has been described as arguably the best quality field in the history of the feature – a brilliant outcome after the 2016 meeting was flooded out. Im With Lexy, one of only three Australian-bred finalists, was second favourite at $5.40 at the start of the race. “I think it was the weight of the Eugowra dollars, as she opened fourth or fifth,” Mr Crosby said. Watching the race was – as always – a nervous affair for the owners, but trainer / driver Bernie Hewitt hadn’t spent three months preparing this horse for this race for no reason. They fought hard to go straight to the front of the field. “Once she got that lead, I knew she’d be hard to beat,” Mr Crosby said. And while it was close at the finish line, the Crosbys held high the Cup and then headed to Eugowra’s Central Hotel to celebrate.  “People were really interested in having a photo with the Cup, having a sip from it,” Mr Crosby said. “Usually the Cup is gone from town as soon as the races are over.” The locals’ interest in the Cup was a big part of what made the night so special – and the Crosbys are no strangers to harness racing success. Im With Lexy’s half sister Read About Lexy was NSW Harness Racing’s three-year-old of the year, after breaking the mile record for a two-year-old filly. Reprinted with permission of The Forbes Advocate

Prior to the running of Monday’s $30,000 Lexus of Parramatta Canola Cup (2100m), esteemed harness racing commentator Greg Hayes declared it the best field to contest the race in its esteemed history. So it was fitting that a former president of the Eugowra club would walk away with the spoils. I’m With Lexy may be trained and driven by Bernie Hewitt at George’s Plains, but he was bred, reared and is raced by Lex Crosby, a man who is a big reason why the Canola Cup has risen to the level it has. There were emotional scenes after the race as I’m With Lexy ($5.40) held off a brave Pay Me Sam ($6.30, Gavin Fitzpatrick), which was three wide without cover for the final lap of the race. “This is one of the main races we target, and to win with one of Lex’s horses is a fantastic result,” said Hewitt, who claimed his fourth win in the race as a trainer and third as a driver. “We looked at this series about three months ago with her, and when a plan comes off like it has it is very satisfying. I actually trained her dam for Lex so it’s quite a story. “Eugowra is only a small town but they put on a heck of a carnival here, and to come here again and win it is a massive thrill.” The four-year-old Roll With Joe (USA) x Lexy’s Laughing mare won the race at the start when she was able to hold the lead from barrier one, despite pressure being applied by Trilight Brigade ($6.90, Mat Rue) and then Miss Patriot ($2.60 fav, Todd McCarthy). After zipping through the lead time in 36.1s, Hewitt was able to apply the breaks through the first half of the last mile. Splits of 31.2s and 31.1s not only ensured that I’m With Lexy was able to get a breather, it also meant that when Hewitt elected to up the tempo it broke the field up. A third-quarter split of 28.3s enabled I’m With Lexy to establish a break over Miss Patriot, leaving it to Pay Me Sam, which led-up the three-wide line to do the chasing. Miss Patriot got a second wind and went looking for a run on the pegs but was disappointed, and while Pay Me Same lunged over the concluding stages he couldn’t reel in the leader, which held on to salute by a half-head. Miss Patriot was a further 5.5m away in third place, with Sky Diamond ($26.80, Neil Day) rounding out the first four. “I thought if I could hold the lead she would run well and it would be a matter of if she was good enough to hold them off, and she was,” Hewitt said. “She’s developed into a really nice mare and I think she will only keep getting better. “She had to burn early to hold the lead and then she ran a really solid last lap so she well and truly earned the win Earlier, Yanco visit Lets Katchmeifucan adopted exactly those tactics to take out the gold consolation of the Cup. Trained by David Eurell and with Cameron Hart in the gig, the four-year-old shot to the lead out of the barriers and never gave anything else a look in. Lets Katchmeifucan ($2.90) beat home the other fancied runner Smooth Sailor ($2.00 fav, Dennis Picker) to win by 2.9 metres in a mile rate of 1:59.3. The win took the Panspacificflight (USA) x McKenzie Jaccka (NZ) gelding’s record to four wins and two placings from 10 starts. By Ben Walker Reprinted with permission of the Daily Liberal

The official start to the TAB Carnival of Cups for the 2017/18 harness racing season gets underway, as it traditionally does, at Eugowra this Monday. The eight-race card is highlighted by the Lexus of Parramatta Canola Cup, which some experts have claimed it to be the strongest edition ever of Group 3 feature. Trainers and drivers from all over the state have qualified for their spot in the $30,000 final including premiership winning reinsman Todd McCarthy who is driving Miss Patriot. The Kevin Pizzuto-trained mare has remained unbeaten in her two Australian starts. Exported from New Zealand on September 15, the American Ideal mare made her Australian debut six days later at Penrith and won. Just three days after this, Miss Patriot won her Canola Cup heat. She produced the fastest of the five qualifiers in the process, leading throughout in a mile rate of 2:00.1. "In the heat I didn't want to push her too hard into the first turn but once she found the top she won comfortably," McCarthy said. "She's a pretty handy mare. "I'll talk to Kevin and go through the race but I'd like her to be up there nice and handy . . . Kevin's horses usually race that way and it's key to be close to the action on these smaller tracks." Miss Patriot will most likely start favourite in the lucrative feature after drawing barrier five but may come out of barrier four with the removal of the first emergency. The only other heat winner drawn on the front row is Im With Lexy (one), who rated 2:00.7 to win her heat. The three other heat winners Eliza Dushku, Pay Me Sam and Inner Light have drawn 10, 11 and 12 respectively. AMANDA RANDO

The Eugowra Harness Racing Club was declared the Best Club for their TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups with a feature race to a maximum of $50,000 following the running of their 2015 Canola Cup. And Eugowra was not the only winner at the Arthur J Gallagher Industry Awards Night on Saturday evening, other clubs featured amongst the list too. The full list of Carnival of Cups Award winners are as follows: Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $50,000 (but no less than $25,001) – Eugowra; Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $25,000 (but no less than $14,001) – Parkes; Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $14,000 (but no less than $10,001) - West Wyalong; Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of not more than $10,000 – Griffith; Best Community Engagement Club – Goulburn; Best Fraternity Engagement Club – Leeton; Best New Innovation Club - Temora. It was confirmed that the recipient clubs would receive a trophy and $5,000 to be utilised at their respective Carnival of Cups meetings during FY2016/17. The TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups Awards Structure changed this year to better acknowledge the different types of meetings conducted and to reward clubs for their community engagement, fraternity engagement and innovation. Amanda Rando

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