Monday, 03 August 2020 10:56

Wool Classing, Netball, Geelong Cats and Greyhounds

Manager Profile Peter Johnston
Peter Johnston grew up in Bairnsdale and attended Gippsland Grammar in Sale. Pete started in hotel management when he left school but went back to university to study farm management and wool classing, his vocation for 12 years.  Peter, his wife Sue and 3 daughters moved to Scone in Hunter Valley (opposite of a sea change) where he managed clubs for 10 years before moving back to Bairnsdale.  Peter's favourite place to holiday is Merimbula and he gets there as often as he can. His two great loves are his 3 grandchildren and the Geelong Cats.  He is very highly regarded in the local football circles as President at WyYung Football netball club, with his proudest highlight in 2015 with 9 flags: all netball teams and 3 football teams. We are very lucky to have had Pete manage the Sale Greyhound club for the past 16 years, but please do not accept tips from him.
Sale Greyhound Club 
History Without any doubt the greatest greyhound to come from Sale is the mighty Temlee. Not only a racetrack superstar, the brindle powerhouse was to rewrite the record books in a stunning stud career, with a contribution that places him close to the best of all time. An incredible turn of events was behind the reason Temlee was whelped at all. On a trip to Tony Duke's breeding property, in search of a well-bred brood bitch, Sale greyhound racing identity Tom Davidson bought Temora Lee for $800, but due to injury she never raced in Victoria. Not long after the purchase Davidson passed away but prior to his death he requested his greyhounds be humanely put down. Fortunately, family members could not bring themselves to have this done and gave Temora Lee to friend and former Sale club President Barry Bailey. He was to choose unproven stud dog Tivoli Chief as the sire and although the litter was registered in the name of Mary Davidson, Bailey paid the stud fee and whelped down the litter. The late Ray Hocken brought Temlee for $135 and gave him to Sale railway worker Frank Cray to rear and train at his Sale property. Early on, Temlee became sick with a bad bout of Hepatitis and distemper, and Cray treated the pup indoors for a number of weeks. If it wasn’t for that intensive care he would have been lost. The reward was the first time he trialled after breaking in was at Sale, Temlee ran just outside the track record.

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