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By Benalla Ensign


The Heinz-Ensign Sportsman of the Week winner is Benalla businessman Lloyd Henry who, apart from his golfing prowess, has been active in Benalla in lawn tennis, cricket and table tennis, and admits he could be contracting the lawn bowls fever, after representing Benalla Golf Club in Social Bowls.

Our picture was taken last Saturday after Lloyd had won the IM Westwood Memorial Cup at the Benalla RSL Diggers’ Golf Day at Benalla Golf Club.

Lloyd had the best net score (80-16-64), among the 130-odd ex-servicemen and ‘civvies’, and was awarded the cup by Mr T.C. Trewin, MLA, who presented trophies for the day.

Also in the Ensign this week in 1969

Andrew Dale


Benalla coach Andrew Dale’s season might be over, but he says he will be working harder than ever over the next two weeks to ensure the side finishes with possibly two wins.

Dale has missed almost all the second half of the season since aggravating a thigh injury in the final of the Vic Health Country Football Championships.

He says the injury has destroyed any chance he had of finishing off the season strongly.

“It’s very disappointing for me personally and basically the second half of the season has been a complete wipe-off in terms of my own football.”

And he says the fact that Benalla lacks quality players and depth has made his shocking run of injury even more disappointing.

“Because we don’t have many experienced players on the ground, the fact that I have been out of the side is much more devastating for me and the club.”

“The injury is serious enough where I have been automatically told not to play in the remaining two games.”

He said the muscle had actually torn away from the bone.

“If I continue to aggravate the injury the chances of surgery increase all the time.”

Dale says the decision to play in the final of the Vic Health championships was made after an extensive fitness test.

“I trained five or six times during the week before the game but talking to Barry Richardson (physio) the rehabilitation work I was doing wasn’t enough.”

After injuring the leg, Dale was taken to Barry Richardson’s physiotherapy clinic in Melbourne to find out the full extent of the damage.

“Barry’s advice would have been not to play for 28 days after I tore the muscle in the first place,” he said.

Dale believes with good rest and proper rehabilitation work over the summer he will be able to play for the Demons in 1995, that is if he is re-appointed as coach.

His contract ends at the end of the year, but Dale says he would like to coach the side next year.

“Both parties will have to get together after the last game and talk about the future for the club.”

“I believe my future is with the Benalla Football Club because over the last few years we have been through some tough times and I like to think that I can be around in years to come, or at least next year when all the hard works start to prosper.”

Also in the Ensign this week in 1994

• Benalla was one of seven sites shortlisted for a new 600-bed male prison.

• A personal development day at the Benalla College was held for Year 12 students, with Olympic table tennis champion Kerri Taylor speaking on personal development and goal setting.

• Benalla gymnast Kate Owen won three medals at the recent Benalla Invitational Gymnastic Competition.

Pat Gardner


Former citizen of the year and community ambassador Pat Gardner was last month recognised for establishing Benalla Woodworkers Association 25 years ago.

Started in 1984, the “Woodies” began as a group of people interested in woodwork.

The idea grew from Mrs Gardner’s family passion for woodwork, as her grandfather and father both made pianos out of seasoned Australian wood.

Mrs Gardner recalled one of the family’s prized pianos even sat in Glen’s Hall in Collins St.

The Woodies started with 18 members who met at the art gallery, later moving to a member's shed at Goomalibee.

The group then took up their current home at CAL Community Farm on Sydney Rd three years ago.

Recognised at an anniversary dinner held at the Royal Hotel last month, Mrs Gardner said it was an absolute delight to see the Woodies celebrate its milestone anniversary.

“You cannot imagine what a thrill I got to read about the Woodies celebrating their 25th year, with John Archer teaching the children,” Mrs Gardner said.

“But I want to go back two years before that, when the original Friends started to raise money to build a gallery.

“It made me realise after two years that the people of the country and town wanted crafts, not only arts.

“That was how the Activities Group was started.”

Woodies life member Frank Wilcock paid tribute to Mrs Gardner’s contribution to the woodworking group and also her tireless community work.

Mr Wilcock said Mrs Gardner’s enthusiasm for local projects had seen her dedicate 35 years to fundraising activities, which also included developing Benalla’s Ceramic Mural.

Also in the Ensign this week in 2009

• Michelle and Hamish Sinclair welcomed the arrival of Liam Andrew.

• Benalla motocross rider Dylan Long took out third overall at the World Junior Motocross Championships.

• Jake Pallpratt and Patrick Robinson won their respective under-15 and under-12 grand final matches at the Australian Schools Football Championships in Queensland.