A promising batch of St Patrick’s College Mackay rugby league colts are set to realise a childhood dream.
Young guns Will Shears, Xavier Kerrisk, Matthew Watts, Liam Doherty, Jason Purdue, Kai Simon and Kayne Smith along with twins Henry Thorpe and Harry Thorpe and Levi Love have secured their immediate sporting futures by signing NRL contracts with the North Queensland Cowboys and Canberra Raiders respectively.
The local Mackay Cutters junior products will spearhead a powerful St Patrick’s Open XIII at the upcoming CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League Carnival that features the best schoolboy and schoolgirl talent from across Queensland.
All ten prospects are players to watch when the 2022 QISSRL Confraternity Shield kicks off in Mackay on June 26 and runs through to July 1.
St Patrick’s College and Mercy College Mackay will host the prestigious CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League and QISSN netball events that return to the Mackay region after a 26-year hiatus.
Under the guidance of Mackay Cutters Assistant First Grade coach and Mercy College staff member Michael Comerford, the St Patrick’s Open team are shaping as a force to be reckoned with.
Shears, a dynamic 17-year-old fullback and Capricornia representative, has the class and skills to go a long way and is one of seven St Patrick’s players to ink deals with NRL club North Queensland.
The dashing custodian, who skippered Mercy College to a Year 10 Cowboys Challenge premiership triumph last season, is joined by rising hooker Kerrisk, a crafty number nine and rugged defender who was part of the Emerging Queensland Origin Under 18s squad.
Alongside them will be skilful half back Purdue - who was Player of the Match for Mercy College in their Cowboys Challenge Grand Final win over St Brendans in 2021 and elusive goal kicking centre Simon.
The giant, ball playing prop Watts will feature alongside strong running back rower Doherty and outstanding 16-year-old lock Kayne Smith, who has impressed keen judges with his ball skills, power running and no-nonsense defence.
In tough middle forward Levi Love, utility half Harry Thorpe and his talented twin brother Henry, a smart hooker/lock, the Raiders have snapped up three budding young hopefuls.
Other key St Patrick’s players to keep an eye on include sharp winger Bailey Anderson and robust utility forward Bray Tait.
“Our Open team is very strong this season with a good mix of youth and experience and are keen to do well against the best schoolboy rugby league sides in the State” said Mr Comerford.
“The boys have worked hard in the lead up to this year’s CONFRO and will represent the Mackay region with pride” he added.
With Pool matches against St Peter Claver College Ipswich, Rockhampton Grammar and Iona College Brisbane, the St Patrick’s outfit is banking on a winning start to progress to the finals and hopefully collect a ninth championship title.
St Patrick’s College Mackay has proved a thriving rugby league nursery over the years and has produced a host of NRL top graders and representative stars including future Kangaroos in prop Martin Bella, winger Brett Dallas, dual international winger Wendell Sailor, half back Daly Cherry-Evans and Queensland excitement machine Ben Barba.
The College has recorded eight Confraternity Shield trophy wins to date including five in a row from 1988 to 1992 as well as title victories in 2000, 2001 and 2003.
Several Mercy College and St Patrick’s College staff members are connected to the Mackay Cutters in the QRL Hostplus Cup including star first grade half back Brandon Finnigan, gun centre Blake Paskins (Mercy College) and quicksilver utility back Jake Riley (St Patrick’s).
Michael Comerford (Mercy} and Chad Buckby (St Patrick’s) are the Cutters’ Assistant First Grade coaches for 2022 while Mercy College’s Ethan Roberts is a valuable utility with the Cutters’ Under 20s team
Contributed by Chris Karas
St Patrick’s have had a slew of players sign professional NRL contracts this year, including players like Xavier Kerrisk
Mackay Road Runners hosted the 4th Annual Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield in honour of Shawn Claydon, a member who passed away in 2018.
The event, sponsored by Forsyths Accounting Services, incorporated the club’s 10km Club Championship, a race that Shawn won many times throughout his illustrious running career.
Road Runners welcomed Shawn’s family Sharon, Jeff, John, Bonny, Donna, and Mikaela, as well as Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williams to speak of Shawn’s invaluable contribution and legacy in the Mackay community and to start the race.
Shawn’s friend Dr Rachel Bidgood also spoke, delivering insightful and professional advice on pancreatic cancer.
Over 80 runners participated in the 5km and 10km races, with Angus Jacobs and Tahnee Malagueno crossing the line first to be crowned champions of the Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield and have their names immortalised on the trophy that hangs in the office of Forsyth Accounting Services.
Lily Levin and Nick Rewald ran the 5km race in blazing times and walked away 5km champions.
Nicole White of Forsyths Accounting Services presented trophies to the winners who took away replica photo frames of the perpetual trophy as their prize.
Random draw raffles were also held to raise money and funds raised from raffles, race nominations, and donations were 100% donated to Pancare Foundation, a charity committed to inspiring hope, raising awareness, supporting families, and funding research for upper gastrointestinal cancers.
L-R Shawn’s cousin Donna, sister Sharon, dad John, and mum Bonny thanked Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson for starting the 4th Annual Forsyths Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield and Mackay Road Runners Club Championship event
Special Guest Speaker Dr Rachel Bidgood with champion veteran runner Judy Zahn
Lily Leven and Nick Rewald claim gold in the Shawn Claydon Memorial Shield 5km
The Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield is awarded to Tahnee Malaguena and Angus Jacobs by Forsyths
Ray has fished me for a long time, but it had been a while since we’d last had the chance to fish together. Hailing from the waters of Tinaroo Dam it’s a big call to come to Peter Faust to fish, but Ray is very familiar with impoundment barra fishing and lives for it.
The fishing had been good in the leadup and the weather forecast for the day was fantastic. So all factors were aligned for a good day, but we didn’t anticipate just how good it was going to be!
The first spot we pulled up on produced a metre plus fish almost right away and Ray got dusted by another in the timber. Then things went a little bit quiet, so I decided to look at a different part of the dam.
Sounding around some likely areas, we started to find fish in good numbers. The sounder screen came alive with a big school so we pulled up and it was on! Double headers were frequent with the fish all quality models over 90 centimetres and the action never really let up.
We bounced around fishing spots in the general proximity for an action-packed afternoon on the water. We released well over 40 barramundi between us.
The recent rain has not had much effect on the water level at the dam with it only rising very slightly but it’s been good to see a return of blue skies and epic sunrises over the last few days.
While the water temperature has dropped slightly, the fishing remains constant and with the warm autumn days it should continue.
Last month the stocking society released close to 6000 sooty grunters in the dam so we’re looking forward to those fellas growing up and adding more variety into a day on the dam.
Contributed with thanks to:
Luke Fallon | Luke Fallon Sport & Game Fishing | www.fishingfaust.com.au
Sunset on the dam over the weekend
Ray with a nice barra
A system of buoys, piles and lights, known as IALA Buoyage System ‘A’, is used to assist safe navi-gation. These are the equivalent of road signs on highways. Each type of mark has a unique combi-nation of colour, shape, topmark and light. You must be able to recognise these and pass them safely on the correct side. Some of the more common ones are listed below.
When going upstream (away from the sea) keep red (port-hand marks) on the left hand side (to port), and keep green (starboard-hand marks) on the right-hand side (to starboard).
When going downstream (towards the sea) keep red (port-hand marks) on your right-hand side (to starboard) and keep green (starboard-hand marks) on your left-hand side (to port).
Port and starboard marks are referred to as lateral marks. They indicate the port-hand and star-board-hand sides of navigable waters (channels). When both a port and starboard mark are placed near to each other, travel directly between them. On a pile beacon, look for the shape and colour of the top mark.
Often lateral marks are not placed in pairs. The safe side to pass a lateral mark is generally deter-mined by the direction of travel to or from the sea, or a predetermined local direction of buoyage.
A cardinal mark indicates where the deepest and safest water can be found. It may also indicate the safe side on which to pass a danger and to draw attention to a feature in the channel such as a bend or junction.
NORTH Safe water to the north of the cardinal. Topmarks point ‘up’ toward the north for safest water. At night the frequency of the flashes are an uninterrupted quick flash.
SOUTH Safe water to the south of the cardinal. Topmarks both point ‘down’ towards the south for safe water. The frequency of flashes is 6 quick flashes in a group followed by a long flash.
EAST Safe water to the east of the cardinal. Topmarks are in the shape of an egg, so remember the e of egg is for safe water to the east. The frequency of the flashes is 3 quick flashes in a group.
WEST Safe water to the west of the cardinal. Topmarks make the shape of a wine glass so remem-ber the w of wine glass is for safe water to the west. The frequency of the flashes is 9 quick flashes in a group.
Low Rock Reef off Shute Harbour is one of just 2 places in Australia where all cardinal marks are together.
VMRW membership is cheap insurance at just $80., you can join at https://vmrwhitsundays.com.au/join/
Contributed with thanks to Mal Priday from Whitsunday VMR.
This week was round 7 of the 19-round Airlie Beach Premier League Darts season, and there were only four matches that took place on Sunday at Mika on Airlie Esplanade.
First up was Andy Peel taking on Seumas Rose.
Before a dart was thrown, both players were neck and neck on the league table, Andy with a slight one-point advantage over Seumas in the current standings.
Andy led the match from the front, winning it 7/1 which leapfrogged him into 3rd place on the ladder sitting nicely on 10pts.
Next up was Aaron Paull against Gary Robbie.
Much like the previous match, Aaron had full control of this game from the get-go, defeating Gary by the same score line 7/1. Aaron is now up into 6th place currently on 6pts.
Nathan O’Hara continued his fine winning streak with another victory over Lorraine Woods by a 7/3 score line. Nathan is now into the top 8 for the first time, and Lorraine is still searching for that first point of the season.
Up last was Joe Wilson against Kameron Reason.
Joe kept his 100 per cent win record intact; one of only three players this season to still have an undefeated record.
Joe dominated the proceedings with a 7/0 win over Kameron.
He hit a 180 in that win which takes him to 4th on the ladder with 8pts. Kameron sits just outside the top 8 currently occupying 10th place on the ladder with 4pts.
The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Bar and BBQ, and Whitsunday Tattooing.
Thanks for supporting the darts.
Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher
The Airlie Beach Ballers have continued their unbeaten run-in round 2 of the all-new Friday Nights Under Lights basketball competition.
In the first match of the evening, The Cannonvale Crocs faced off against the Proserpine Pirates.
The Pirates team had been boosted by several new recruits however it wasn’t enough to get them home, with the Crocs prevailing 31-21.
The Pirates took on the Ballers for the second match of the evening. In a high scoring affair, the Ballers got their night off to a winning start with the final score of 40-25 not doing justice to what was a tight tussle for much of the match.
Coming into the final game of the evening, all the talk was around whether the Ballers could keep their unbeaten streak going against the Crocs.
This match was an absolute thriller with scores tied leading into the final minute. A clutch free throw in the closing seconds was all that separated the two teams, with the Ballers getting up 26-25. What a game!
"I'm so proud of the way all of the kids are playing,” Team Manager of the Airlie Beach Ballers, Kara Nahas said.
“They are really giving it there all but are not losing sight of the fact that this is all just for fun. The sportsmanship has been first class and of course I'm thrilled that the Ballers are 4 wins from 4 starts!"
This is the inaugural term of the Friday Nights Under Lights concept, brought to the community by Whitsunday Basketball.
Games are held at Cannonvale State School on Friday evenings from 5pm and are for children aged 8 to 16 years.
The goal is to create a basketball competition for children in the Whitsundays which doesn't require parents to have to take them to Mackay every second weekend.
It is hoped that the Bowen Breakers will join the competition in the coming weeks.
Contributed with thanks to Tim Oberg
The Airlie Beach Ballers are staking their claim as the top dogs in the new competition
Shooting for three
The entire set of teams at the Friday Nights Under Lights basketball competition
The cost of living in paradise is the occasional wet weather in May, but Airlie Beach Bowls Club still saw its contingent of bowlers huddle together under a big umbrella on Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon and night.
The wet weather kept the official bowls matches away in the week, but practice was possible and very popular on Friday before the weekend action.
The weekend of bowls started with Men’s pennants resuming.
Round 3 saw Divisions 4, 5, and 6 playing at home on Saturday morning with outstanding results.
The Division 4 side, under the leadership of Tim Taylor and Ray Edwards, defeated Proserpine 50-29.
Division 5 skippers Tony Whitehorn and Neil Moore defeated Northern Beaches 51-23. Division 6 -with the guile of skippers Nik Fernbach and little Stephen Lawrie - showed teamwork in defeating West Tigers 45-33. O
On Sunday the teams travelled, and Division 4 continued their superb form in a huge win over Mackay City 39-28.
Division 5 travelled to Seaforth and were gallant in defeat, one team going down by 1 point and the other going down 43-35 but still remain on top of the table after 4 rounds.
Division 6 travelled to Sarina and went down narrowly with Nik Fernbach’s team winning one game but losing by a close total margin.
Last season’s winner of Division 2 was promoted to Division 1 this season, playing against the best bowlers in the district. On Sunday the new Airlie Beach Division 1 team led by Manny Isgro travelled away to Sarina, and just losing out.
Sunday afternoon Social bowls was played and the club welcomed its newest member, Keith Bates.
Winners of the day were Ladda Purdie’s team of Karen Jensen and Jill Mazlin- Peterson.
The schools competition is in full swing with St Catherine’s school and the Christian College students all fighting it out to see who will represent North Queensland in Brisbane later in the year.
Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson
Sunday social winners Ladda Purdie, Karen Jensen, and Jill Mazlin- Peterson alongside their competition: Margo Stanley, Marjory Hughes, and Lu Rogan
There were no social bowls played on Wednesday with wet weather having its say.
Friday's clearing weather was greatly appreciated, and Saturday morning was all go, with the first game of Club Championship Pairs played.
Jonathan Bye and Wayne Handley defeated Marcus Craig and Andrew Bell 23-10.
Next was B Pairs with Duwaine Hiscox and Toby Craig defeating Stephen Summers and Vince Olsen 37-9.
Division 1 Pennants picked up 5 of the 6 points on offer on Saturday with their game against Mackay at home, winning 82-53.
On Sunday, they played Sarina at Sarina picking up 1 point and losing 48 - 61.
Division 4 played Airlie Beach at Airlie on Saturday losing 29-40. On Sunday Proserpine played North Mackay at Proserpine gaining 4 points of the 5 on offer, winning 41-34.
Secretary of Proserpine Bowl’s Club, Heather Brown, said many thanks were to be handed out for a good weekend.
“I have to say thank you to Bruce, who spent the weekend doing the bar and catering duties during Pennants and for all who provided scores from the games that were held at other greens,” Ms Brown said.
Sunday afternoon social involved a spirited game of Triples. Alen Sanderson, Bruce Uhe, and Heather Brown took on Arthur Griffith, John Anderson, and Sandy Daffara.
Kendall Watts came to the rescue when Heather needed to call it a day after 7 ends, Bruce going into skip and Kendall taking Bruce's spot. Sandy's team won 33-10.
Clubman Scott Kinnear will this week be playing in the Vision Impaired Bowls down in Brisbane, and the club wishes him the best of luck.
Pennants this weekend for Division 1 will host two home games playing Airlie Beach on Saturday and Northern Beaches Sunday.
Division 4 will have two away games playing Souths Suburban on Saturday and Mackay City on Sunday.
Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown
With rain expected last Tuesday, Wangaratta Bowls got off to a slow start for the week, with no social bowls played.
Sunday was a different story, and club stalwart Penny Warren said, “it was good to see everyone out on the green.”
“We just managed to get the game in before a heavy shower came down,” Ms Warren said.
Winners for the rainy afternoon were Marcia Arthur, Sue Shearing, and Kennedy Whitton who defeated Toni Bowen, Merle Elphinstone, and Graeme Read.
Other wins went to Laurie Land and Geoff Danvers over Robyn Stitt and Fely Duncan. Deb Beel, Lyn Danvers, and Penny Warren also defeated Irene Dunne, George Tataglia, and Pat Tracey.
Debbie Retchless, Kevin Daniels, and Keith Armstrong drew with Bill Myers, Isobel Wheeler, and Kent Moriarty.
In the Club Competition Men’s B Grade Singles, Kent Moriarty defeated Graeme Read.
“Good luck to the Men representing Wangaratta playing in the Country Cup in Brandon on the weekend,” Ms Warren said.
Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.
On Saturday, 75 motivated people ran, jogged, and walked the 5km oceanfront course, of whom 14 were first timers. It was another great week for personal bests, with 15 in total. Well done to Liam, Jayden, Dave, Zane, Shay, Lydia, Jackie, Lily, Bridget, Emily, Peter, Wendy, Shane, Barbara, and Sandi.
All participants celebrating milestones had travelled to Airlie Beach to celebrate them. Graeme Eldridge and Peter Close completed their 50th parkrun and Liam Jones celebrated his 100th parkrun.
The event was made possible by 15 generous volunteers: Nick Beecroft, Stuart Bishop, Kara Olver, Mick Drennan, Megan Drennan, Joshua (co-run director), Riana Wronski, Darlene Reid (photographer), Christopher Harvey (co-run director), Craig Boxer, Laura Oates, Jasmine, Lynne Oates, Dennis Mundle, and Caitlin James.
This coming Saturday is the next Whitsunday Running Club pacer event. Pacers will be jogging at a variety of speeds. Combined with cooler weather, it is expected there will be many new personal best times set on the day. The volunteer roster is already full for the event.
On June 4, Airlie Beach parkrun invites the community to come along to parkrun and then join them for a post parkrun picnic at Shingley Beach.
An Airlie Beach parkrun spokesperson said to bring along food from home or buy some counter food from My Rainbow Bakery.
“To make it a picnic event to remember everyone is encouraged to wear their favourite event T-shirt,” the spokesperson said.
Every Saturday Airlie Beach parkrun meets at 6:50am for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina (adjacent to the top carpark). Parking is free in the lower carpark till 9:30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard. Post parkrun coffee and chat is held at My Rainbow Bakery, Shingley Beach.
The best-kept secret about parkrun is that it’s not about running - it’s about bringing people together in public parks and open spaces across the world to have some fun in a friendly, social and supportive environment. You can walk or run the 5k course (pushing a pram or with one dog on a short lead if you want to!), lend a helping hand as a volunteer in a wide range of super-easy roles, or simply spectate and socialise on the sidelines.
There are no winners at parkrun and nobody comes last – the Tail walkers do. Regular participation is rewarded rather than performance, with ‘parkrun milestone shirts’ available to people to recognise their achievements in coming along.
Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun
A sprint for the finish line
Liam and crew celebrating his 100th parkrun
The team of fantastic volunteers
The River Rodeo Return
One of the region’s longest running and more unique annual events is fast approaching for its return after a two-year hiatus: the annual Bowen River Rodeo, Campdraft and Bush Sports on June 10 to 12.
A tradition going back over 135 years, the event is once again set to bring people from across Australia to Collinsville with an expected turnout of over four thousand people.
Beginning on the Friday morning, the River Rodeo will go through the entire weekend, ending on Sunday afternoon.
The Rodeo Secretary, Kim Whalan, said the committee had made a slew of upgrades for the return, as well as additional shows.
“This year, we will have Xtreme Broncs attending on Friday and Xtreme Breakaway as well which will be the big feature,” she said.
“We haven’t had a night show for over 20 years.”
The night show is an entirely new one: Rope on the River, a breakaway roping showcase featuring some of Australia’s elite talent.
In breakaway roping, the essential ingredients are that a calf is followed by a mounted horse rider, with the calf given a head start coming out of a chute. The rider chases, attempting to lasso the neck of the calf as fast as possible.
There are an expected 50 plus competitors facing off for the potential to become the winner and claim the title of first Wrangler Xtreme Breakaway Roping Event Champion.
The regular rodeo portion of the event runs Saturday and Sunday, with the Bowen River Bush Sports for kids held on the same days.
There’ll be all the favourites of the rodeo and more: campdrafting, hot food and drinks and non-stop action.
The arena is at the Bowen River Rodeo Campdraft grounds on Mt Wyatt Road in Collinsville.
“This year, we will have Xtreme Broncs attending on Friday and Xtreme Breakaway as well which will be the big feature,”
The Bowen River Rodeo, Campdraft and Bush Sports are back in the region next month
Whitsunday Green’s weekly competition was not scored this week due to low entry numbers.
The weather was not a golfer's friend unfortunately! By Friday, the sun finally showed itself and a solid 23 players entered the 9-hole competition for the club.
The winner was Nathan Nikolich with 22 points, followed by Glenn Rees and Bob Nikolich both on 20, the count back revealed Glenn in second and Bob in third.
Sunday was SKINS and the winner with 13 skins was Elise Hodgeson followed by Wayne Singleton with 8 skins and Alan Clinch with 6 skins.
Both nearest the pins went to Glenn Rees.
Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross
Cory Belke following through
Whitsunday Sea Eagles celebrated all AFL families with their annual Family Day as part of their first full fixture at home on Saturday.
Families had fun with a bounce castle, face painting and give-aways throughout the morning.
Sea Eagles Under 17s was match of the day against reigning Premiers Moranbah Bulldogs in a brilliant test for the talented young Sea Eagles team who won 68–47.
The strength of the midfield showed with Sea Eagles hitting the scoreboard first and taking it to Moranbah.
Daniels and Dewis fought hard in ruck being outsized all day, however with Allen-Fancke, Zacher and LaMonica working together through the centre, Sea Eagles were able to gain the upper hand.
The home sides depth was shown with nine individual goal scorers from a full team effort.
The Senior Men faced an undermanned Eastern Swans team to take a comfortable win 87–31 after evening up opposition numbers.
After a sluggish start the Sea Eagles were able to pull together to see seven goals on the board by half time.
Sea Eagles came out firing in the second half to play their style of footy with midfielders Max Mackay, Jacob Healey, and Brent Downie consistently winning contests.
Sea Eagles defence once again held strong all day led by Captain Alex Rodgers.
Sea Eagles Senior Women had a close contest against Moranbah Bulldogs showing improvement with their game skills from last year in a 22–35 loss.
Sea Eagles Under 14s faced off against Moranbah in a game set to be the biggest challenge so far for the season eventually losing out 7–67.
Sea Eagles Under 12s took on the front runners of the competition Moranbah Bulldogs taking a 12–39 loss and seeing the closest contest to Moranbah for the 2022 Season.
Sea Eagles hit the road again Saturday May 21 with Under 12s at Sarina, Under 14s and Under 17s at Bakers Creek and Senior Women at Eastern Swans.
Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles
Results Week Ending 8 May
Monday pairs was won by Vern Mietzel and Kevin Dwyer, followed by Bev Woodward and Leslie Baumgarten. Lucky draws were won by Ray McCarthy and Ivan Bragg.
Wednesday ladies’ day winners were J. Comelli and M. Bartolo. Runners up were B. Trannore and W. McGee
Thursday pairs greens vouchers were won by Chris Banney and C. Obst. $15 club vouchers were won by Paul Goldston, Jan Little, Vern Mietzel and Warren Corbett.
Friday winners, once again, were Rob Evans and Peter Horsburgh. Mick Walsh and Vaughan McCall came second.
Saturday men’s bowls was taken out by Alan Cooney and Alex Cameron with Vic Gaudion and Col Carey in second place.
Ladies Club Championships Pairs semi-final with the final to be played on Thursday between Deb McKenzie and Carmel Bell playing Daphne Offield and Sheryl Cuttriss. Eventual trophy winners were Debbie and Carmel.
Contributed by Tony Allsop and Sue Hazledine
Kees Struik is a regular Monday bowler
Chris Banney in action before the new uniforms arrived
Ladies Club Championship pairs winners Carmel Bell and Debbie McKenzie
North Mackay Athletics club hosted an Interclub athletic competition on May 7 for all local and surrounding athletic clubs.
Welcoming the local clubs together for the first time this season, the North Mackay Athletics group were excited for an exceptional weekend.
Fingers were crossed as weather warnings dotted the horizon, but Mother Nature thankfully kept the rain away for the coming together on the twilight evening of track and field events.
There was an impressive showing from the several clubs which enjoyed the event, including Mackay Athletics Club, Sarina Athletics Club, and Moranbah Athletics Club who had representatives out on the day.
There were over 120 athletes from the ages of three to 83 who took to the field and competed in a fun, but competitive, fixture.
The groups gathered at the Mackay Aquatic and Recreational Complex to compete in a multitude of events including sprints, throws and jumps.
There was plenty of action on the night as competitors hopped, skipped, and jumped their way to wins or close finishes, but all with a smile on their faces regardless of the result.
Aside from the action of competition, there was plenty of action off the field for athletes of all ages to enjoy.
Plenty of catching up with old friends and plenty of making new ones, but most importantly – aside from the athletics – there was a palpable enjoyment on an evening with families from each club.
The complex was filled with the sounds of pitter pattering feet as runners took to the course, but there was also music, a pizza dinner and a Mother’s Day raffle which brought even more cheer.
With the Interclub event now behind them, North Mackay Athletics Club is looking forward to the upcoming Mackay Track and Field Carnival.
Hosted by Mackay Athletics on May 21, the event will once again bring together the best of the best from the region to compete.
On the horizon there’s also plans for the club to head out and support the upcoming Oceania Championships being held in Mackay on June 7-11; The athletic community is alive and well in Mackay.
If you are interested in joining athletics, the club is welcoming anyone to come along to a $5 trial session at North Mackay Athletics, Sundays at 8:30am at Pioneer High school.
Contact can be made via Facebook or through visiting the website: www.northmackayathletics.com.au