Our History: Greenkeepers team up to sizzle through strong field to victory in the Gold Medal Pairs at West Port

Well done: Ald C.C. Adams congratulates Lloyd Skimmings and John Hopper on their victory in the Gold Medal Pairs tournament, 1970. Photo: supplied
Well done: Ald C.C. Adams congratulates Lloyd Skimmings and John Hopper on their victory in the Gold Medal Pairs tournament, 1970. Photo: supplied

Like mowers across the greens, Lloyd Skimmings (Port Macquarie) and John Hopper (North Haven), both greenkeepers at their respective clubs, went sizzling - almost unchecked - through a strong field to emerge victorious in the Gold Medal Pairs at West Port.

The triumphant "youngsters" won their semi-final 24-10 and this was the pattern of their winning rate throughout the tournament.

Cool water: Among those at Flynns Beach for the official opening of the surfing season were Jan Hutchinson, Sandra Minett and Kim Hickson, 1970.

Cool water: Among those at Flynns Beach for the official opening of the surfing season were Jan Hutchinson, Sandra Minett and Kim Hickson, 1970.

The women's final of the championship was a much closer match, and took four hours of concentrated play, before Kit Hoswell and Muriel Law of Illawarra Leagues emerged victorious.

Honorary organiser of the tournament Gordon Burgess of Harbord, West Port Macquarie Club president Mr Jack McGinnity, and the mayor Ald C.C. Adams presented the medals and trophies.

High tribute was paid to the host club, to the success of the tournament, and to the capabilities of the players.

Lauding the win of the youthful pair, the most used comment was that St. George needed a couple of players badly, and both should be playing football.

Lloyd and John also received canteens of cutlery while the ladies champions were given lovely tablecloths.

The presentations concluded with president Jack McGinnity praising the organiser Gordon Burgess.

Visitors: Many groups took advantage of the start of the surfing season the gather on Port Macquarie's beaches.

Visitors: Many groups took advantage of the start of the surfing season the gather on Port Macquarie's beaches.

Surfing season opens

If nothing else the blare of loud speakers at Flynns Beach on Sunday announced the opening of the surfing season. It was impossible to get a car near the beach at 11am.

Weather-wise, the elements turned on a pretty stiff nor'easter, but conditions remained pleasant throughout the morning.

Another indication of the change of season was several groups of visitors. Up from Sydney, they were interested in knowing "what sort of a place is Port Macquarie to live in?"

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