Shearer Snow a local legend

August 18, 2017

Mathoura lost a kingpin of our community this week with the passing of long-term local, Harry ‘Snow’ O’Connor.

What do you say about a man who was small in stature but had a heart as big as Texas?

Family was his first love — but his community, especially the kids, came in a very close second.

He had a long and valued association with the Mathoura Football Netball Club as a player, coach and trainer and was its number one ticket holder.

Harry was also a driving force behind the establishment of the Mathoura Gun Club, with his main aim teaching kids how to shoot and handle guns safely.

He went on to serve the club for many years and collected many awards himself, locally as well as throughout the region and interstate.

His trips to Darwin to compete were legendary — all the while with Margaret, the love of his life by his side.

In his working days he was a shearing contractor with a team working throughout the region.

But when the shearing season was done it was not just, ‘‘see you later boys’’. Harry took it upon himself to find other work for his crew to help them feed their families.

As well as other sheep work in season, this included ploughing and fencing jobs.

In fact, I think ‘Snow’ could well have been Mathoura’s version of the Commonwealth Employment Service.

Family and friends will celebrate the life of Harry ‘Snow’ O’Connor with a midday service at the Mathoura Lawn Cemetery on Monday.

He will then be laid to rest with his beloved family.


Suddenly it was 1987 again and the lads of Mathoura’s premiership Under 14 side were back together.

The glow of youth may have disappeared, replaced by the maturity of adulthood. However, their memories of that day when they collected the Echuca District Football League Premiership Cup were very much with them during the weekend.

Great to see you guys, hope you had a great catch-up.


Kristie Pell has been elected president of the Mathoura Tennis Club.

Others elected at its annual meeting were vice president Daniel Van Zutphen, secretary Donna McCluskey and treasurer Heidi Glenn.

The club’s next season will hit off on September 13, with registrations to be lodged by September 6.

Names should be given to Kristy on 0499992834, Donna on 0428848757, Daniel on 0417310147 or Marnie on 0428899174.


Players from throughout the region contested Mathoura Golf Club’s Men’s Open Tournament on Sunday.

Deniliquin’s Vince Kelly was the A Grade winner in the Open section with 81 strokes, while Ross Kirkman from Strathmerton recorded 91 to win B grade, and C grade went to Nathalia’s Les Summerville with 97.

Nathalia players were to the fore in the handicap section with Bernie O’Hare claiming A grade with 70 nett and Kevin Crane the C grade winner with 78 nett. Ian Fisher (Rich River) took B grade on a countback with 74 nett.

Awards for the first nine holes went to Dave Quinane (Strathmerton) with 36.5 nett (A grade), Brian Winter (Mathoura) on a countback 37.5 nett (B grade) and Kelvin Cleary (Snake Valley) with 38.5 nett in C grade.

Success on the second nine holes was all Mathoura’s.

Peter Thorpe took A grade with 34.5 nett, Justin McKellar was best in B grade with 37 nett and Kevin Robertson claimed C grade with 36 nett.

Nearest The Pin awards were won by Vince Kelly (9th), Brian Winter (12th), Davin Scott (18th hole second shot); Nearest the Barrel, Ross Kirkham; Longest Drive, Vince Kelly (A grade), Ian Fisher (B grade) and Paul Howard (C grade).

The Team Event winners were Paul Howard, B O’Hare and Davin Quinane with 218


Congratulations to Mathoura Football Club’s reserves coach Tim Sparey.

Proud wearer of the number 21 jumper, Tim celebrated 250+ games last Saturday.

A dedicated player, coach, clubman and committee member, he is renowned for showing true Timbercutter spirit and is much loved and respected around the club.

Tim has also achieved a senior best and fairest award.

He was treated to a congratulatory banner and guard of honour as he ran on to the ground, accompanied by a future Timbercutter footballer and netballer.

Well done Tim!

The club was pleased to have had Tocumwal footballers join in the guard of honour.


In all, 84 players turned out for Mathoura Bowling Club’s latest tournament, the Red Gum 2 Bowl Classic Triples Honour Board event.

And they came from near and far, including Barooga, Ballarat, Broadmeadows, Whittlesea, Lalor, Kyneton, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Yarra Glen, Kingsbury and Epping.

Saturday’s play produced seven four-game winners so play-offs were the order of the day on Sunday.

Victors for the weekend were skip D Hessel, third I Hunter and lead B Barrett, while the combination of skip R Werner, third J McGowan and lead D Hicks were runners-up.

Highest winning margin prizes went to A Hulm +15 in Game 3, M O’Brien +20 in Game 4 and B Smith +20 in Game 5.

The club’s final winter tournament was sponsored jointly by Tongala & District Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank and Mathoura District & Servicemen’s Bowling Club.


Good luck to Mathoura Football Netball Club’s reserve footballers, B grade, C reserve and Under 17 netballers as they enter the pointy end of the season.

I hope you all carry the club’s colours high during the finals and bring home the bacon.

Good luck also to youngsters Marcus Moorse (fourths), Jasmyne Banks (Under 15s) and Isabella Jachim (Under 13s) who were invited to the league vote count.

Let’s hope they have some good news for us next week.


My sincere thanks to Maz Carlin for providing me with the Timbercutters’ reports each week throughout the season.

Thanks to Maz I was able to keep you up to date with how the teams were going and what was happening in the club. I was particularly pleased to have been able to highlight the netball action and the award winners.

It is a big job but she did it well. Thanks Maz!


Congratulations to Maddison McAuliffe and her partner, Shane, on the arrival of their special bundle of joy.

Jaidah Mariah Rebecca is the couple’s first child as well as a granddaughter for Robyn and Andy and another great grandchild for Judy Doolan.

Congratulations to the happy couple and their extended families.

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