Beth nets belated honour

November 15, 2017

Stanhope's John Hancox holds up a pendant given to his daughter Beth Hancock for representing Australia on a netball tour of Great Britain in 1978.

BETH Hancox has been honoured by Netball Australia — 39 years after representing her country.

A news item that caught the attention of Kyabram netball buff and stalwart Kevin Simmonds has led to the former Stanhope girl receiving an appropriate pendant to mark her feat of playing three games for her country against England on a tour of Great Britain in 1978.

The netball article revealed that all players who had represented Australia over the years were to receive a pendant to mark the feat.

The idea was initiated by former Australian netball Hall of Famer Liz Ellis, who also successfully campaigned at the same time for all Australian netball captains to receive acknowledgement for leading their country in international assignments.

When Kevin was alerted to what was happening he contacted Beth’s father, John, to find out whether Beth had received her pendant for representing her country. She hadn’t.

John, from Stanhope, then made contact with Netball Victoria, as Beth lives in Canada where she is a nurse.

John was pleasantly surprised to find the pendant in his mailbox the very next day and is about to send it on to his daughter.

Beth was only 17 when she was selected to represent her country and still holds the honour of being the youngest netballer to represent Australia.

Bush footy’s best on the MCG

IT’S exciting news that the Goulburn Valley Football League will play the Ballarat League at the MCG as part of AFL’s Country Games celebrations next year.

Not too many footballers or cricketers would pass up a chance to play on Australia’s and one of the world’s best sporting arenas so it will be interesting to see who puts their hand up to play.

Some players have been reluctant to make themselves available for interleague games for a host of reasons, some good and others a bit dubious. Some players don’t even believe in interleague football, which I find disappointing.

But you’d think an MCG appearance would be at the top of a country footballer’s wish list. So there might be some leading players who have dodged interleague games in the past taking the opportunity to make themselves available.

Although not officially confirmed it is expected to be the curtain raiser to the Essendon-Geelong clash on May 19.

Big win then a sad loss

KYABRAM trainer Mark Watson had a bittersweet trip to the Swan Hill meeting on Tuesday night.

Watson kept his current winning streak going with the hot favourite Recork, who was driven to victory by Nathan Jack, but in the following race another of his runners, Scarborough Flow, snapped a pastern early in his race and had to be put down.

A three-year-old son of Sportswriter, Scarborough Flow had won at his previous start at Bendigo on October 31 and was having just his fifth trip to the races.

Watson said he was gutted by the loss and thought the pacer had a bright future.

‘‘It was hard to take but you have to move on as quickly as you can,’’ he said.

Recork is a five-year-old mare — also by Sportswriter — who is building a consistent record, with her 14 starts producing four wins and five minor placings.

Both Recork and Scarborough Flow are owned and raced by former Wyunaites Mal and Neil Lennie.

■ Lancaster horseman Russell Thomson turned back the clock a few years when he won the Veteran Drivers Challenge on Truscott Law at the Bendigo meeting last Friday night.

Thomson produced a copybook drive to win the race at the nice odds of 10/1.

Top spot for hot trots

DISTRICT trots fans have the chance this Sunday to visit one of the country’s leading trotting establishments.

Yabby Dam Farms principal Pat Driscoll is throwing the doors open to his state-of-the-art property near Ballarat.

Anyone interested in making the bus trip from Kyabram should get in touch with Phillip Plumb or David Moon as quickly as possible.

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