A Week In The Life

Ah, New Years Day 2018. The old geezers meet beside the verandah and toss the balls in the air to decide the playing groups. It’s a good way to do it as it means that you don’t play with the same partners all the time. We get underway and by the second hole I’ve had my first double bogey of 2018. I think it’s compulsory to have at least one in every round you play. We are wandering down the sixth when one of my playing partners says,”You know Jacko, he never says anything when you play a good shot, not a thing.”  “That’s because you’ve never played a good shot!” I quickly reply. One of the good things about golf is that your playing partners are generally pretty generous with their compliments. We come to the twelfth and I hit a good drive followed by a very good 3 wood and drop a 15 foot putt for a birdie. And this on a hole measuring more than 390 metres. I’ve now already had the full range in 2018…a double bogey, a bogey, a par and a birdie. My playing partners are generous with their praise.


Tuesday dawns  with the Wangaratta races on the menu. I collect Sandsie and we arrive in time for the first, a 2000 metre maiden. These are not great punting races. Now Sandsie loves playing with numbers. He has the sheets ruled up for our competitions. We have to make a selection in each race and this selection operates two contests. The first is a points contest based on placings and the second is based on the dividends. Five dollars in winner takes all. When we have enough players we even run a fourball as well. On the way out Sandsie says he might base his tipping around L. Meech and I reply that I’ve been looking at the rides for L. King. My tip in the first is for King’s mount and it duly wins paying $13 and $3. I’m off to a good start but I didn’t back it. We look at the second and I make the observation that Jake Duffy has been riding a few winners. I don’t back his horse or tip it though. He wins the race on a Wangaratta trained horse. It pays more than $30. In an eight race program we don’t tip another winner but we have a really enjoyable day without breaking the bank. I also catch up with our trainer who confirms that our filly, Squillosa, will run at Albury on Thursday. He is concerned that she has drawn 11 in a field of 11 but laments that there is a lack of suitable races over the next two or three weeks.


Wednesday, back to the beautiful Jubilee golf course where the compulsory double bogey comes on the first hole we play. After the first four holes things start to improve and I work hard to salvage what I can from the round. Age can’t extinguish those sporting instincts can it and on the third last hole I get a six foot putt to record my second birdie for 2018. The laughter on the verandah after golf tells me that the Jubilee old geezers are in for a good year.


Thursday, off to the races at Albury. She is in the last and over the sprint trip of 900 metres needs to jump well to have any realistic chance. She won at her first race start over 1100 at Wodonga on Boxing Day but with the wide draw we are apprehensive. The race is a big disappointment. She jumps with the field but instead of urging her forward the young Sydney apprentice allows her to drop to the tail of the field and our race is over after 200 metres. Ah, the highs and lows of horse racing. (Some may remember our race mare Bel Dancer. I know that Glen backed her at Corowa a couple of years ago. Bel Dancer is now the proud mum of a lovely Fiorente filly about three months old)


Friday. Off to the big smoke for a lovely nostalgia trip. Dream Lover at the Arts Centre. So much to do and so little time. This retirement caper is a bit of a bugger.


Every good wish to all for 2018.


  1. Tough life Andrew. Are the golf courses along the Murray? What are your favourite courses in NW Victoria? 40 odd years ago we used to do golfing holidays from Adelaide to Melbourne going along the coast and coming back along the river. Would love to replicate it in retirement.

  2. Andrew Walker says

    Peter, I haven’t played the NW courses but have been told they are very good. Very good courses at our end of the Murray..Rich River, Cobram Barooga, Yarrawonga, Black Bull, Corowa etc. Golf Victoria also have a great Seniors program and some very good players. eg. 6 under won the Bendigo 36 holes.

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