An economic boom of $8.1bn producing 90,000 jobs for Queensland alone has been predicted after the announcement that Brisbane would be the host city of the 2032 Olympic Games.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said that hosting the Olympics will put Queensland on the map internationally, reaping huge economic benefits and will create opportunities here in Mackay, beyond the predicted boost to tourism.
“I’ll be pushing for Mackay to host an Olympic squad training base where athletes can train at our world-class sporting facilities like the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex and the new Harrup Park arena which has TV network televising facilities,” Mrs Gilbert said.
“There’ll also be huge opportunities for the whole of the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions, with more tourism, a chance for local businesses to supply equipment and services for the Games, and for our exports and locally-made products to be recognised to a worldwide audience.
“It’s a fantastic announcement for sports lovers and every Queenslander, and I'm so excited. In 2032 we’ll hold the best Olympics yet,” she said.
The Olympics are estimated by the KPMG to produce economic benefits of $17.6bn for Australia, creating 120,000 jobs Australia-wide.
A Mackay Local, known at school and among mates as somewhat of a troublemaker, headed south when he was 15 and began a journey to becoming a professional athlete, and is now one of the hottest prospects in Australian MMA.
He has the mentality, he has the desire, and Lachlan Stitt is making Mackay proud on the national stage, being crowned Australian Welterweight Amateur Champion. The fighter has big aspirations, having just made the big move to professional MMA, and eventually with plans to move onto Vegas.
He started fighting when he was 16, having seen it on the TV Pay-Per-View and remembers being a little kid watching Wednesday night fights.
“I couldn’t believe it was a real thing – watching WWE, you can tell that’s fake – and I was just fascinated by [MMA],” Lachlan said.
“Watching MMA is unreal, it’s crazy that you can do this stuff; the knowledge, the technique, it’s fascinating.”
He’s a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, having recently been promoted and he’s a self-proclaimed ‘striker’, although he has excellent cage control, which helped him win the Welterweight Australian Amateur Championship.
His striking is where his nickname ‘DEADSHOT’ comes from.
“I never miss. When I aim, I connect – of my nine wins, seven of them are knockouts,” Lachlan said.
“My head coach gave me that nickname and it stuck.”
He trains twice a day, seven days a week now that he has made the transition to pro, and for Lachlan it was never a question of not making that transition.
“It’s full time for me now, and I have an electrician’s apprenticeship to fall back on,” Lachlan said.
“It wasn’t a hard decision; it was always the plan since I started. I knew I was going to do this; this is what I’m passionate about and I was only doing [the apprenticeship] as a backup plan.”
For Lachlan, it’s about putting his most physically perfected self against someone else’s, but he loves MMA enormously for every aspect.
“I love the humbleness [of MMA], it’s a very humbling experience.”
“When you fight a real fighter, you get your arse handed to you, it could be by a little kid and I don’t think normal people understand that.”
“You could be getting whipped by a little kid!
“Some people fight with anger – I had a good upbringing and I love testing myself against the other person.
“Everyone has their own demons but ultimately, testing myself is what really drives me.”
He’s training with high level guys, like ex-champion Robert Whittaker, a previous UFC Middleweight Champion, and each and every one of them believes in him and his ability.
“I’m getting quality training down here and facilities down here are amazing – Triple X, my gym, I wouldn’t get where I am without those guys there,” he said.
Lachlan is a Northern Beaches graduate that has a deep connection to his roots, coming back here to train often, and he’s been making waves on the Welterweight stage, but COVID has been a difficult period, as it has been for all athletes.
“I just came off my last fight for the Australian title in early June and straight after that we went into local, when I would like to keep the ball rolling in a way,” he said.
“That’s why we decided to make that transition to pro.”
His goals are to make it all the way to the UFC and make it to the very top of the game. He’s still in contact with his Mackay family and friends, especially those down at Mackay MMA, like David Gunn.
“My dad still lives there and my grandparents, it’s been hard over the last 18 months but when I’m there I train with some of my old friends,” he said.
“I always go down and train with them.
“It’s always good to come home and I’ll never forget my roots. My mums’ side of the family – my grandparents are very well known as Townsends, and it’s good to not be the only well known member of the family!”
Lachlan wants to make it to Vegas, and he’s certainly on the right path – there’s a contingent of in-gym professionals and experienced pros that believe in him, as well as a huge group of locals who are cheering him on.
Mackay can claim a sliver of Australia’s first Tokyo Olympic Gold when Former Mackay Swimming Academy swimmer Meg Harris won gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay with her teammates Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon.
The quad squad became the first team to swim under 3:30, with their blistering time of 3:29.69 to break the world record.
Meg Harris, at just 19 years of age, joins our local swimming legends who have made Mackay proud at the Olympics including Madam Butterfly Susie O’Neill, Geoff Huegill and Mackay Council’s Linda Single who also won Olympic gold in the relay.
Meg, a former Holy Spirit College student, is now part of the illustrious St Peters Western Swim Club, coached by Dean Boxall. The team trained at Mackay earlier this year, making the most of our world-class Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex facility in preparation for Olympic trials.
Meg’s inclusion in the Australian squad came as a shock for the swimmer, who was grateful for the opportunity to represent her country. The opportunity to swim in the heat alongside some of her heroes was a big moment for her, made momentous when she was told she would be swimming in the final.
“Incredible. There is no feeling like it. Last night swimming with Maddie I walked out and it was insane. Then to get the opportunity to do it again in the final is even better,” Meg said in her gold medal winning interview.
Meg’s road to Tokyo started in Mackay at the Marlin Swim Centre and Pioneer Swimming Club, before joining the Mackay Swimming Academy under coach Pat Wright. The beaches were also a fundamental part of her upbringing, with Meg becoming a Nipper with Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club.
Teammate Cate Campbell became the fourth Aussie in history to win three Olympic gold medals in the same event. Collecting their medals from a tray because of social distancing rules, the four Australians presented each other with their prizes in what already ranks as one of the most touching moments of the Tokyo Games.
The ladies from up the Valley know how to roll when it comes to their bowls. The Marian Ladies Bowling Club were victors of the Mackay District Division 2 competition, playing through the competition undefeated.
The competition was held over six home and away games.
Secretary Lyn Jackson said it was a great achievement for the club, who only have 37 ladies who bowl, many of whom don’t play competitively.
The winning team consisted of Judith Miller, Gwen Harberger, Rita Lenahan, Laurel Morrow, Helen Pietzner, Doris Fry, Sandra Zarb, Thelma Johnston and Beryl Markey.
The Marian club also recently concluded its singles competition, with Thelma Johnston defeating Doris Fry in a very close game.
This brings their Champion of Champion events to a close, with the winners soon competing against the winners from other clubs in the Mackay District competition.
1454 - Approximately forty cyclists get underway from the start of the Torque Tyre and Trailer Spares Eungella King and Queen of the Mountain.
2835 - First placegetters for the Mackay Cycling Club, Tracy Falbo and Kyle Marwood, (left) with runners Cristian Smith and Ainslie Heinke (right).
1465 - Over thirty runners sprinted from the Netherdale start line for the 2021 M-Test Eungella King and Queen of the Mountain.
The cool mid-winter mornings make for ideal conditions for one of the hardest annual events on Mackay’s sporting calendar, the annual King and Queen of the Mountain for runners and cyclists.
Held jointly by the Mackay Cycling Club and the Mackay Road Runners, around 80 athletes ascended the Eungella range in a race to the top, from Netherdale to the Eungella Chalet.
All athletes were vying for the prestigious Torque Tyre & Trailer Spares perpetual trophy where the gold medal winners for male and female cyclists and runners are inscribed in history.
A respectful one-minute silence was also observed by all at the start line for former Mackay Road Runners Queen of the Mountain, Laura Pettifer, who tragically passed away in 2008 in a cycling training accident.
A perpetual trophy in her name (Laura Pettifer Inspirational Award) was won by Damien Rutland and Lily Leven.
The M-Test Eungella King and Queen of the Mountain also doubles as one of the Mackay Road Runners' Club Championship events, earning runners valuable open and age category points towards end of year trophies.
The 2021 M-Test King and Queen titles went to Cristian Smith and Ainslie Heinke. Cristian and Ainslie were in superb form as they tackled the challenging peak with Cristian securing the top title on debut. Ainslie scored the gold medal on only her second attempt, placing fifth overall after a great year of racing so far. Additional podium placings and cash prizes went to Mike Scholer (2nd), Ken Tarlington (3rd) and Joe Grech (4th) for the boys and Jose Short (2nd), Lily Leven (3rd) and Alix Ryman (4th) for the girls.
For the cyclists, Kyle Marwood crossed the line first in a time of 22 minutes, 53 seconds. Second was Brendon Brauer in 23:22 and Jarrod Sampson close behind for third in 23:36. Tracy Falbo was first in the ladies division in a time of 29:30 with Tenille Galea second in 32:02 and Susan McDowall third in 34:29.
Rounding out with pulsating rhythmic patterns, smooth moves and sultry sounds, the Festival of Arts is coming to a close and this year it’s the place to swing.
Culminating in a feast of pastries and gourmet delicacies melding with a smorgasbord of musical theatre classics, the Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch is a superb way to wind down what has been a fabulous festival.
Running from 11am to 1pm on Sunday, 25 July, the legendary event will feature plenty of suave moves thanks to Dale Pengelly’s The Lounge Suite, a show full of timeless swing music and musical theatre classics.
With help from his showgirls, The Loungin' Ladies, Pengelly will deliver an all singing, all dancing, storytelling revue.
He describes the show as stories on stage, about people he has shared the stage with.
“It’s sort of anecdotal – it includes stories about Rhonda Burchmore, David Atkins, Todd McKenney and Donald O’Connor to name a few,” Pengelly said.
“This show features songs from the Ultimate Rat Pack, with tunes from Frankie, Deano and Sammy as well as Nat King Cole, Peter Allen and Gene Kelly,” he said.
“If the audience gets half as much enjoyment and entertainment out of the show as we have putting it together, it’s going to be a great time.”
Mayor Greg Williamson said this year’s menu was a delicious mix of pastries and gourmet dishes.
“Petite bacon and egg tarts; salmon blini with herbed cream cheese, fried capers and dill; croissants; parmesan scrambled eggs and Mexican salsa mini burritos; fruit skewers and pastries – it’s a tremendous feast!” he said.
“Honestly, it’s called a brunch for a reason – it really is two meals in one!”
Ticket sales closed last week after a phenomenal response.
A gutsy Mackay Cutters contingent put in a valiant effort against the Norths Devils in Dysart last weekend as Country Round saw the teams head inland to bring an epic clash to the Coalfields.
Sitting at the top of the table winning 12 from 13 matches, Norths Devils were always going to be stiff competition for the Cutters. That didn’t stop the home side from putting up a fight, staying in contention for most of the game. It was only in the last 10 minutes when the Devils showed their strength by running in three late tries, to take the score to a convincing 40-16.
The Devils opened their scoring in only the second minute with Captain Jack Ahearn planting one behind the posts in a dream start for the visitors.
But then momentum swung the way of the Cutters. Captain Ross Bella continued to lead from the front for the Cutters by scoring a try in the 20th minute to give the Mackay side the lead, following from a Josh Smith try in the 16th minute. The Cutters kept the Devils to within six points until the final 10 minutes blew the scoreline out.
The Devils came back when Winger Jon Reuben scored the first of his two tries with a brilliant chip and chase. Norths crossed again to take the Devils to 18-10 at the half.
Blake Atherton crossed for the Cutters in the second half to keep them in contention, but it would be the only points the home side would score before a trifecta of tries to Norths secured the dominance the Devils have shown throughout the competition.
This Saturday the Cutters travel to Runaway Bay to take on the PNG Hunters at Bycroft Oval, kickoff at 3pm.
The NBL1 North ladder-leading Logan Thunder showed why they’re at the top of the table, defeating both the Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes at the Crater in Mackay last weekend.
The women suffered their biggest defeat all season, going down to the dominant Logan side 92-47. The Mackay side lacked the spark that had so far seen them successful all season apart from their last two games where they took heavy defeats.
With Olympian Cayla George’s departure a few weeks ago to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics at the Opals training camp in the USA, the Meteorettes haven’t been able to find winning form.
WNBL star Mikaela Dombkins has joined the Meteorettes to bolster the experience gap that George left, but it was Skye Rees, Sara Storeshaw and Jacqui Zelenka who made the biggest impact against the Thunder.
Rees, Storeshaw and Zelenka each scoring 10 points for the Meteorettes.
The Meteors had a closer game in what was a final minute thriller with the Thunder just muscling over Mackay 93-89.
Emmanuel Malou had a blistering game with 28 points and 6 rebounds and NBA star Jerron Jamerson continued his fine form contributing 21 points and 3 rebounds. Stats were rounded out with Viliami Foketi landing 13 points and 2 rebounds.
The teams enjoyed post-game presentations where the Stellarossa ‘Star of the Night’ was awarded to Jerron Jamerson for the Meteors and Skye Rees for the Meteorettes. The Harrup Park Coaches Awards went to Emmanual Malou and Jacqui Zelenka. Best off the Bench were awarded to Phoebe Holmes and Freddy Webb.
It was a bottom of the table clash between the Mackay Cutters and Central Queensland Capras that finally helped Mackay break their winless streak of games this week, as they came out the victors in the Intrust Super Cup Round 13, winning 20-18.
Before the Intrust Super Cup, Hastings Deering Colts Round 9 kicked off with Mackay’s Colts smashing the Capras at BB Print Stadium, winning 54-16 in a game that was never a competition.
The Colts cruised to an easy win, with the half-time score somewhat of a blowout at 26-6, and they didn’t slow down in the second half.
Afterwards, the main event saw the Cutters hold strong until the final whistle to beat the Capras in their XXXX Rivalry Round.
Mackay Centre Kell Jenner drew first blood for the Cutters, and Josh Smith piled on the Capras misery, scoring another after a sensational run down the right flank to cross.
Capras scored only a single try of the half, shortly before the break, making the half-time score 12-6.
Jesse Dee scored early in the second half for the Cutters, before Capras managed to lessen the deficit again, but the Capras found themselves always chasing.
They scored again to worry the Mackay Cutters, but a penalty goal midway through the second half left the scoreline insurmountable for the Capras, even after they scored another try six-minutes before full-time.
It was a grandstand finish that ended 20-18, with the Cutters unable to truly kill the game. They still managed to take the points that were on offer, pushing the Capras below them on the ladder.
The home advantage certainly played a part in the Cutters’ win. They’ve managed to capitalise on improved performances in this stage of the season, and there’s still a lot to play for.
Mackay’s next game is up against top of the table Norths Devils, who have lost only a single game this season, while the Hastings Deering Colts Devils team look to leapfrog Mackay, who stand in ninth position. The regional round will be played in Dysart.
Who doesn’t love a great excuse to take some time off work? Many locals discovered the secret to knocking off early to attend the Mackay Turf Club’s mid-week races last month.
With free entry, spectators lined up to watch a day of racing entertainment with the first horses bolting from the gates in the early afternoon.
A number of horses from the ‘land of the long white cloud’ made the journey across the ditch to rack up some impressive results, with jockey Carl Spry claiming a great race 6 win. Most of the later races featured a Kiwi horse in the top three. Les Tilley rode to glory in the first two races of the day, while Nathan Thomas placed in the top three in the first three races.
RACE # 1 TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP 1800M
1st Place - 5 Lefkas Island, T: Olivia Cairns, J: Les Tilley
2nd Place - 9 Lets Torque A Deel, T: John Manzelmann, J: Nathan Thomas
3rd Place - 1 Meatball, T: Ricky Vale, J: Ryan Wiggins
RACE # 2 THREE-YEAR-OLD MAIDEN HANDICAP 1300M
1st Place - 3 Ollie's Stand, T: Peter Fleming, J: Les Tilley
2nd Place - 7 FAIRYBOWER FLYER, T: Julieann Lancaster, J: Tahlia Fenlon
3rd Place - 5 Refutation, T: Phillip Pengelly, J: Nathan Thomas
RACE # 3 MAIDEN PLATE 1200M
1st Place - 1 Cheyenne Beach, T: Wayne Pomfrett, J: Marnu Potgieter
2nd Place - 5 Mount Dumaresq, T: Peter Fleming, J: Olivia Kendal
3rd Place - 7 Beyond Reproach, T: Nippy Seymour, J: Nathan Thomas
RACE # 4 OPEN HANDICAP 1560M
1st Place - 4 Bering Sea, T: Chris Attard, J: Chris Whiteley
2nd Place - 3 Heyington, T: Rebecca Binder, J: Scott Sheargold
3rd Place - 7 Schappose (NZ), T: Tim Cook, J: Alisha Donald
RACE # 5 BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP 1560M
1st Place - 2 Rock 'n' Sol, T: Tim Cook, J: Ashley Butler
2nd Place - 11 Exelant Mosh, T: Olivia Cairns, J: Adam Sewell
3rd Place - 4 Tavi Mcbride (NZ), T: Jared Wehlow, J: Bobby El-Issa
RACE # 6 CLASS 6 PLATE 1300M
1st Place - 2 Overseas (NZ), T: Trinity Bannon, J: Carl Spry.
2nd Place - 5 Cinnamon Missile, T: John Manzelmann, J: Ryan Wiggins
3rd Place - 9 Soldiers (NZ), T: Les Smerdon, J: Wanderson D'Avila
WINNERS: Lee Brake and his father Graham (left) were part of the winning team in division 2 table tennis fixtures. Photos: Charlie Payne
Only a few points decided the division 2 final of Mackay Table Tennis fixtures.
With the matches locked on 5-all, the season’s top two players Lee Brake of Beta and Duncan Treloar of Delta played off to decide the final.
Duncan started well to take the first game 12-10 before Lee fought back to take a 2-1 lead. Duncan levelled in the fourth 15-13 but Lee came home strongly to win the last 11-6.
Div 2: Beta (Lee Brake, Kevin Scates, Graham Brake) d Delta (Duncan Treloar, Julie Vella, Peter Goodson 6-5.
Beta (Andrew McHugh, Ann Sheridan, Graeme Drury) won the division 1 final over Alpha’s Janice Kent and Barry Patterson, whose third player Geoff Denman was ill and unable to play.
The match of the night was Barry and Janice’s doubles win over Andrew and Anne, which they won -9 6, 8, -10, 13.
Alpha (Will VanDeKaa, Ivan Perkins, Noreen Fredericksen) won a hard-fought division 3 final 7-4 over Beta (Tiffany Camilleri, Val Austin and Simon Hogan).
It could have gone either way as Ivan and Will featured in five-game wins over Simon and Val, and paired to also beat Simon and Val in doubles.
A new season of Tuesday night fixtures will start after the school holidays. New players are welcome, contact Donna Abbott on 0400 769 560.
Image: The open day at the Mt Vince Shooting Complex last weekend was a success with new people keen to take up the sport.
The Mt Vince Shooting Complex held a ‘come and try’ open day last weekend, with around 20 visitors making the most of the opportunity to learn a new sport with the .22 LR and .22 Magnum Rimfire.
Sixteen competitors tried their hand at the 50-metre distance using electronic targets.
Ted Mullan said that no scores were recorded this time around since it was more about giving the sport a go.
“Because there was no set rule in the number of shots fired, some fired 5 shots or 10 shots and then lined up later to fire some more,” Mr Mullan said.
“There were some squeals of joy when the bulls-eye was hit.”
Mr Mullan said there was good representation across all ages, with some individuals in attendance as well as family groups.
In attendance were Celestie and Patricia Welch, Tarryn and Daniel Wilde, Leah and Shaun Spada, Lewis and Jayden Crockett, Steven and Danyell Melville, Jamison Mifsud, Lisa Ross, Jason Mc Kell, Justin Rafelo, Ashley Berrigan, Greg Bulger.
“They all went away very happy knowing it is not as easy as it looks with a few coming back next Sunday to have a look at the start of the long-range shooting program for the new shooting year, starting at 800 metres,” Mr Mullan said.
“Visitors are always welcome.”
Social Bowls – Results week ending 27 June.
Monday mixed pairs was won by Vic Gaudion and Jean Zamparutti. Second was Vaughn Munro and Kees Struik.
Wednesday ladies’ winners were C. Lee, L. McGuire and L. Lemke. Second was the team of N. Schmidtke, H. Rose and D. Offield.
There were no results available for Thursday and Friday.
Saturday men’s pairs was won by Victorian visitor Alan Easterbrook, and Larry Evans with Darren Laurens and Greg McLean second. It was noticeable how well the relatively new bowlers, Trevor Laurens and Wayne Mietzel, played.
Tuesday morning mixed bowls start shortly. Names on the nomination sheet on the board please. There is also a sheet on the board for volunteers for bowls days. Please help take the load off the few who do the job now.
The only result available for Sunday Pennants was a draw for the second division who played at Marian. Chris Banney’s team had a big win, but both Ian McDonald and Gary Simmons teams lost, resulting in a draw of 61 points each.
Final result was Marian 3.5 points, North Mackay 2.5 points.
Image: Mackay Basketball’s Meteorettes continued their winning streak on the Sunshine Coast, winning two from two last weekend. Photo: Mackay Basketball.
Mackay Basketball had a big weekend on the Sunshine Coast, with the Meteors and Meteorettes each downing two games each in one weekend.
The Meteorettes completed their ethereal winning streak, claiming two from two.
First up against the Sunshine Coast Phoenix the ladies put on another basket-fest to net 83 points. The home side only managing to sink 62 against the Meteorettes’ strong defence. Cayla George had another standout game with 30 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Chelsea Brook had a blinder with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
The ladies backed up with a boomer of a performance against USC Rip City, with a huge 94 points against the host team’s effort of 60. Cayla George scored 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Jacqui Zelenka was close behind on 18 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist.
Unfortunately, the Meteors’ blazing run came to an end.
Their first game went to plan against the Phoenix, with a high-scoring game of 102 points to 93. Jerron Jamerson scored 25 points and 2 assists, and Harrison Froling had a great game with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Harrison then backed up with an impressive game against USC Rip City, with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough with the Meteors losing their first game of the NBL1 season, 80 points to 97. Chris Cedar also had a good game for the Meteors, with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Blanchfield Bulks Up Wildcats In NBL Grand Final Series
Caption: Todd Blanchfield was a star performer in the Perth Wildcats side in the NBL grand final series against Melbourne United. Credit: AAP.
Mackay’s Todd Blanchfield took the court in all three Australian NBL grand final games between the Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United.
The Mackay product made the move to Perth last year and was instrumental in his team making the grand final. It showed the faith Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson has in Blanchfield, with the star player barely getting substituted.
Coach Gleeson was furious after game two, claiming Melbourne United were using illegal hold tactics against Blanchfield.
It’s up to the referees to sort that off-the-ball stuff out. It's pretty easy to play defence when you hold someone," Gleeson said.
Melbourne United captain Chris Goulding admitted curbing Blanchfield’s influence was his team's focus ahead of game two.
The sharpshooter had a blinder in game one, when he starred with 27 points, including 5-of-9 from long range, but the extra pressure on him in game two saw his stats suffer.
His team got off to a shaky start, 16 points down in early stages of the fourth quarter, but they fought back to take the lead at one point, before slowly losing their grip on the game in a nail-biting loss of 81 – 76.
Despite the Wildcats going down 3-0, Blanchfield had the opportunity to show Australian selectors that he’s one to keep an eye on.
Last weekend, the Cutters were blessed with a bye after a game against Souths Logan’s Magpies in Round 11.
The game began with Souths paying tribute to one of their most loyal and incredible supporters, Eddie Allouche, who was honoured with a one-minute silence.
The Cutters were away at Davies Park, often known as the Allouche family’s second home.
It was a tough ask for the Cutters to win against a fourth placed Magpies who were on a four-game winning streak at the time.
On top of the occasion, Magpies were coming off the back of a brilliant win against Wynnum Manly in the Mitch Cronin Memorial Cup.
The Magpies team seemed possessed as they broke the Cutters hearts over and over, although Mackay put in a solid performance.
It was a tense game with massive defensive efforts from both sides keeping the score balanced, until Cutters five-eighth Brandon Finnegan crossed in the eighth minute.
20 minutes of back and forth followed before the Magpies reaped the rewards of their hard work as Brad Frith scored the first try for the home side.
The Magpies’ dominance was felt in the concluding minutes of the first half as Creedence Toia and Justin Fai (with two successful conversions from Jamayne Isaako) brought the score to 16-6 to the home side at half-time.
Magpies Jacob Alick barged over the try line in just the second minute of the second half, and Isaako converted another, bringing the score to 22-6. Isaako finished the game with 14 points to his name.
Cutters’ utility Jack Quinn looked to mount a comeback after scoring and converting his own try, but alas it was not to be.
The remainder was back and forth, going try for try as Fai scored his second try of the match in the 50th minute, which was closely followed by Cutters winger Jake Riley, who just kept Mackay within reach of a win.
It was an insurmountable lead, and Brisbane Broncos affiliates Isaako and Corey Oates sealed the victory for the Souths.
Mackay got in the last word though with a try from Matiu Stone-Dunn in the 78th minute, and it came only as a consolation as the Cutters went down 38 -20.
The result leaves the Cutters bottom of the Intrust Super Cup ladder with just two points from eleven games and a tough to turn results around in the second half of the season.
Pink tutu’s, oversized sunnies, bold wigs and bedazzled bikes were part of Mackay and District BMX Club’s Pink Fun Day held last month.
While there were smiles all round, the day fundraised for a serious cause and had a respectful somber undertone as the club members remembered one of their own.
MAD BMX’s canteen convenor, Stacey, sadly lost her mother earlier this year to breast cancer.
In her honour, and for all their friends and family that have been affected by this devastating disease, MAD BMX held the Pink Fun Day, with all proceeds donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Money was raised from racing proceeds, a bake sale, sausage sizzle and shredder race. The club raised more than $1400.
Riders and families donned pink tutus, capes and wigs and decorated their bikes for the fun afternoon. A club representative said that fun racing and shredder races were greatly supported.
If you would like to make a contribution to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, please visit https://fundraise.nbcf.org.au/fundraisers/staceywilson60881 to make your tax-deductible donation.
The grueling terrain of Paris-Roubaix is well known as being the hardest 1-day cycling race in the world, affectionately coined as the ‘Hell of the North’.
While Townsville Cycling Club’s two-day Tour of the North hasn’t quite gained the same ‘hellish’ tag, cyclists agree that it’s one of the most challenging tours on the Cycling Queensland calendar.
To win a tour, a rider needs to be good at everything or an absolute master at one discipline. The Tour of the North consisted of a short individual time trial prologue and a long hilly road race on day one, followed by a fast criterium on day two, capped off by one of the most challenging routes imaginable, a time trial up to the top of Castle Hill.
Riders need to be able to climb hills, sprint, have endurance and be able to time trial effectively plus have the repeatability in their legs to race four hard races in two days to have a shot at winning the overall title, known as general classification (GC). There were also other awards up for grabs, a ‘King of the Mountains’ jersey for those who favour hill climbing and a sprinters jersey for the fast and the furious.
Mackay was well represented across all grades, from C-grade through to A-grade, with a particularly strong representation in men’s A-grade. It was the higher grades where Mackay also shone, taking the cookies in A-grade, B-grade and women’s C-grade.
Tracey Falbo showed her time trialing dominance early in C-grade women, winning the prologue by more than two minutes to give her a comfortable lead in GC from the start. She also took maximum mountain points on the road stage. With a powerful climb up Castle Hill to win the final stage, Tracy took out the GC win and came away with the ‘King (Queen) of the Mountain’ jersey. Tenille Galea placed third in the opening prologue and had a strong weekend.
Riding in A-grade were Kyle Marwood, Tim Ffrost, Michael Sleeman, Jarrod Sampson, Craig Larsen, Brendon Brauer and Hunter McGovern.
Kyle Marwood and Michael Sleeman showed their class early, coming second and third respectively in the opening prologue. Kyle then had a stellar win in the 100km road race across the top of Hervey’s Range. To stay in GC contention, Kyle backed up with a second place in the criterium but lost precious time on Castle Hill to finish the tour in 3rd GC. He comfortably won the sprinters jersey.
In B-grade Men, it was the Wright show to watch for the majority of the weekend. Hamish Wright won the opening time trial prologue and backed up by winning the 80km road race, winning the sprint to the line by mere centimetres. He placed second in the criterium also collecting a bunch of sprint points along the way to be in both the GC and the sprint jersey before the climb up Castle Hill. Unfortunately, the solid sprinter suffered the same fate as Kyle. Unable to limit time lost to the mountain goats, Hamish finished in 4th place overall but also won the sprinter’s jersey.
The Mackay Road Runners 5km Junior and 30km Club Championships were held last weekend with a 15km option for runners not quite up to the longer distance.
Hosts Brendan, Julie, Millie and Hughie Bishop generously opened up their home in the wee hours of the morning to support runners in their bids to earn themselves valuable age and open club championship points towards end of year trophies.
The Bishops have been staging this event for several years now, with a post-race sausage sizzle and Millie's indigenous hair scrunchies for sale with funds going towards the Cathy Freeman Foundation.
At 6am, approximately thirty 30km runners with headlamps were sent into the darkness by the club's registrar, Arthur Dick. Many thanks to Arthur for giving up his 30km race to support other runners' achievements.
First placed male, Mick Scholer ran a clinically focused race from the gun, scoring gold ahead of second placed Joe Grech. Demi Caldwell continued her winning ways as she led the 30km female field and secured herself maximum club championship points.
Michael Feenaghty surged past the 15km leader, Derek Woods at the halfway mark to secure a win in the 15km event, with Alana Knesevic scorching over the course to take the top podium position for the girls.
Millie Bishop secured gold in the 5km junior club championship with Hamish Donnallan victorious in the junior male section.
Photos: North Mackay Athletics Club’s Team Challenge was a big hit.
Athletics is traditionally thought of as a sport for individuals, but North Mackay Athletics have found a fun way to turn the individual disciplines into a team challenge.
Earlier this month the club held its annual Team Challenge at the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Centre. The event is open to the community for children aged 5 to 17 to participate in pairs in field events and groups of four in relays, where their results are combined for an overall score.
The challenge was action packed with pairs of athletes teaming up for shot put, long jump, high jump and discus along with teams of four banding together to compete in 70m shuttle relays, a Swedish relay and the first attempt at an alternative lane relay. The alternative lane event was entertaining to watch, with athletes running in opposite directions and not knowing places until they all crossed the one finish line. A highlight of the event is always the parent/family/kid relays which were highly competitive this year.
The Team Challenge saw athletes bring friends and family members who have never tried athletics before down to the MARC to have a go, Some were surprised by their achievements whilst others enjoyed the camaraderie and competition between friends.
The North Mackay Athletics club would like to thank all those that contributed and participated in the event. Monies raised by this event are absorbed directly by the club for equipment and resources for our athletes. The event was proudly sponsored by Key Solutions Group and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.
If you or your children are interested in trying athletics, North Mackay Athletics run their club days every Sunday from 8:45am at Pioneer High School (entry off Russell Street). People can complete up to two $5 trials. Visit the North Mackay Athletics Facebook page or www.northmackayathletics.com.au for further details.
Mackay’s Meteors and Meteorettes made it five from five last weekend, with the men’s and women’s sides claiming convincing victories over the South West Metro Pirates.
The Meteors won 103 – 92 while the Meteorettes continued their dominant form winning 89 – 56.
Cayla George, Manny Malou and Harrison Froling all claimed double doubles. With more than 850 fans in attendance the Crater was almost at capacity.
The next home game is next week, 2 July against Townsville for the ‘pink night’ charity fundraiser.
With cooler conditions, now is the perfect time to get on the green.
“We are all enjoying the cooler weather and bowling is so much more enjoyable,” club secretary Lyn Jackson said.
Marian Ladies Bowling Club have finished most of their champion of champion competitions. Helen Pietzner and Sandra Zarb won the A Pairs, while the A Triples was taken out by Topsy Parsons, Laurel Morrow and Mary Norgate. A Singles results to follow.
Proving you’re never too experienced to pick up something new, Joyce Ditton is learning to bowl with new blue bowls she won at a Mackay City Bowls Club raffle. She commented they are very different to her old bowls.
The B grade men’s singles final was played on Sunday, resulting in a win for Clint Vassie, who played excellent bowls for a good win over Errol Simmons. Also played on Sunday was the club championship three bowl triples final. That was an exciting game between Clive Wales, Ernie Sealy and Alex Cameron and Ron Bowers, Glen Royes and Mick Mackenzie. Ron Bowers’ team won.
A club championship senior singles game was also played on Sunday, resulting in a win For Tony Allsop against Lew Trott.
Monday’s game resulted in a win for Fred King, John Fry, Rob Evans and David Evans. Second came Isla Comelli, Ann Smith, Margaret Fogg and Chrissy Hall.
Wednesday ladies’ game was won by Lorna Forest, Brenda Trannore, Shirley Bartolo, and Ann Smith. Second place was filled by M. Andrew, Maryanne Bartolo and Maureen Blucher.
Thursday mixed pairs was won by Edith Sealy and Brian Dennien, with Celie and Barry Lee second. The kitty toucher draw was won by Phyllis Cooper who missed, so jackpots this week.
Friday’s mixed pairs winners were the very consistent Val De pinto and Bev Svenson with Tony Allsop and Ken Wedel a close second. The kitty toucher was not won, so jackpots again to $750.
Rugby League began in Mackay in 1919 and because of the problem of distance, their closest rivals in a city competition were Rockhampton. The rail line between Townsville and Cairns was not open until 1924 so until then teams that wanted to play Cairns went by boat.
Between 1920 and 1927 Toowoomba was regarded as the best rugby league team in the world. In a period between 1924 and 1925 they beat the Sydney premiers (South Sydney), Brisbane, New Zealand, England, Queensland and New South Wales. They were unstoppable until they played Mackay in Mackay in 1921.
The Toowoomba team that played Mackay at Alexandra Park on the 12th September 1921 contained Queensland Team of the Century centre, Tommy Gorman who would become the first Queenslander to captain Australia, Stan Ryan (1920 Queensland captain), Nevil Broadfoot (Aus vs England 1920) and Bob Melbusch.
Mackay defeated the Toowoomba team 16-7 with more than 2,000 people at the game. Terry Hayes is the most knowledgeable person in Mackay regarding rugby league in the old days and his father played in this game.
On the 11th September Toowoomba defeated Townsville 8-0 and the Mayor of Mackay along with the Chamber of Commerce declared a half-day holiday so people could go to the game. They also held a civic reception for the visiting team.
This was basically a David vs Goliath game with the Toowoomba team containing four Queensland players in Colin Laws, Ray Brown, Harry Leibke and Jim O’Mara along with an Australian centre in Jack Upton, an Australian five-eighth in Fred ‘Tiger’ Laws and Herb Steinohrt, who would go onto captain Australia and who still holds the record for the most games played for Queensland.
Toowoomba won 16-6 with Tom Linskey and Walter Slockie scoring for the locals.
The next visit was 1954 and again Toowoomba were at the top of their game. They had won consecutive Bulimba Cups from 1951 to 1954 and would go onto win the Cup in 1955 and 1956.
The Toowoomba team was coached by the legendary Duncan Thompson and in this era players from all over Australia would go to Toowoomba to be coached by Thompson. Mackay players Graham Laird, Ray Laird, Eric Webster, Elton Rasmussen and Ray Laird were a few examples of this.
Toowoomba returned in 1956 and again it was after winning the Bulimba Cup. Their team contained Australian players in Des McGovern, Don Furner, Ian Doyle, Brian Jones, Tom Payne and Jim Payne along with Queensland players Sam Hunter, John Eaton, Ron Proudfoot, Athol Halpin and Bob Buckley.
Mackay had a reasonable team that included Elton Rasmussen, Brian Ford, Nev Linde, John Potts, Hume Ronald, Ken Affleck and Gordon White but the Toowoomba boys with Australian winger Des McGovern scoring four tries ran away with the game 54-10.
Those days are gone and the NRL and Intrust Super Cup dominate rugby league conversation. What used to be a season long Foley Shield is now confined to a weekend involving three teams and what used to be the Bulimba Cup has long gone.
Toowoomba now play in the Central Division and their Foley Shield is called the 47th Battalion Carnival involving teams from Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, South West Queensland, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Central Highlands, Northern Districts and Gladstone. This year was their 50th season with Toowoomba defeating the Sunshine Coast in the Final played in Bundaberg.
Contributed with thanks by Tony Price, Editor of League Queensland.
After a convincing win in the Foley Shield, Mackay won the right to face Toowoomba in the inaugural XXXX League Championship semi-finals.
The clash at BB Print stadium was set to be a thriller, with former Queensland rep Steve Jackson selecting an impressive side, including controversial card Ben Barba among strong talent including Jardine Bobongie and Marmin Barba.
Despite Toowoomba knocking the ball on in the opening seconds of the game, Mackay failed to capitalise in front of their own try line. First points went to Toowoomba who crossed for two in a row, leading 10-0.
Ben Barba was the first to score for Mackay before the Clydesdales scored again with a clever little kick in-goal that created their third try. Ewan Cootes deflected a defender and broke the line to score out wide before the break, bringing Mackay back within striking distance, 16 – 8.
Mackay struck twice after the break and took the lead for the first time in the game, up 22 – 16, before Toowoomba crossed again to tie the game, 22 all.
Mackay looked to have it in the bag with a penalty taking it to 24 – 22 with minutes remaining, but an intercept in the 77th minute saw Toowoomba run the length of the field to win in the dying moments. Heartbreak for Mackay fans who were sure their boys had booked a spot in the finals.
Toowoomba taking the game, 28 – 24.
When it comes to rugby league and netball carnivals, they don’t get much bigger than Confraternity “Confro” and Qld Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival (QISSN). Mackay Catholic schools St Patrick’s and Mercy Colleges were excited to find out that they will be hosting these events in 2022, for the first time in 25 years.
St Pat’s has hosted Confro twice previously, in 1987 and 1996, and are very pleased to bring this carnival, along with QISSN, back to the region.
St Pat’s and Mercy will be one of the few schools to host both carnivals simultaneously. The combined carnivals have had an extremely positive economic benefit to other regions in the past and it is expected the same will occur for Mackay in 2022.
St Patrick’s and Mercy Colleges are in the process of combining to be one College by 2023. The collaboration required to prepare and manage such a large event will be an excellent starting point for the new combined community.
The Confraternity Carnival will this year (2021) include for the first time Schoolgirls Rugby League. Nine girls’ teams will compete at the Carnival hosted by Iona College in Brisbane, along with 48 boys’ teams and it is hoped the girl’s competition will expand to 12 teams next year, bringing the total number of competing teams to 60 and making “Confro” one of largest Rugby League carnivals in the country.
It is expected that Mackay will be host to 1200 Rugby League players, and together with coaching and support staff, “Confro” will bring around 1500 people to the region.
QISSN this year will involve 64 teams, and there is every reason to expect the same would compete next year. This will mean around 900 netballers and staff coming to the region, and when combined with Confro, we can expect upwards of 2400 players and staff.
As these Carnivals are historically well supported by family and friends, the Mackay Region can expect 5000-6000 visitors for the week.
The organising committee will be seeking the support of local business to sponsor and provide services for the successful hosting of the Carnivals, and already have obtained tremendous support from Mackay Regional Council, Mackay Tourism, Whitsunday Tourism and the Mackay Chamber of Commerce.
From humble beginnings Chloe Butler became one of far North Queensland’s premier talents in Rugby Union, having grown up in the small town of Croydon, 600 kilometres inland of Cairns on her family’s cattle property, she ascended to the lofty heights of the world stage, representing Australia thrice: once in 2014 at the Women’s Rugby Union World Cup in France, then at the first ever Women’s Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand in 2016, and again in the 2017 Rugby World Cup in Ireland.
She’s been an athlete all her life, with gymnastics and track and field keeping her busy in her younger years, she found great success in American gridiron, as well as her truest love, rugby union.
It was a sense of belonging that came with rugby which urged Chloe to finally choose the game, and she never looked back.
It was a long and storied career for Butler, with her time in the game taking her from Australia to America, from New Zealand to finally England, where she turned her talents to grass roots coaching at Lions Sports Academy.
Chloe earned her coaching stripes in old blighty and decided to bring home what she had learned, making the move to Mackay to give back to the sport that gave her so much, as well as her endeavours to give as many kids, especially girls, the opportunity to play the game as much as they can.
“It felt like the right time to come home; it was just like that, coming home,” Chloe said.
“When you’re young, you’ve got the blinkers on and you just want to go, but when you get home and take a second – after 10 years of travelling the world and playing sport – you catch your breath and realise, wow, it’s so nice here.
“I realised I really enjoyed being in the game [post retirement] and I decided not to officially retire, because as an athlete that’s really hard to do.
“Supporting the women’s game and keeping up with the times of diversity and inclusion and leading the women girl’s strategy is where that desire [to play] goes.”
Her first year in her position as Central Queensland’s regional rugby manager of girls and women’s rugby, Butler co-founded a new regional girls’ competition.
The comp is for U14, U16 and U18 girls, spread over seven rounds and running until October, with upwards of 150 girls involved from all corners of the region; these games are mostly played in Chloe’s home of Mackay.
“When I arrived I said, ‘how do I play for Australia here?’ and I couldn’t work it out and it frustrated me, so we’ve made this competition for grassroots.
“It's perfectly fine to have these avenues at higher levels for players to get scouted, but it has to start somewhere.
“60 per cent of the Australian team are Queenslanders, so in rural Queensland you’re looking at the next future Olympians.
“I want parents to know that [local rugby clubs are] an environment that they drop their daughter off and that it’s going to be a great environment for them to learn, to be challenged, to make friends, to feel safe; everything you want for your kid.
“My job is just to be as good an influence on these girls as I can; I want them to know that the game is here and it’s a solid thing they can rely on in their life.”
Chloe recently became a mother, with the birth of her son Kai, and has taken a step back until her maternity leave ends in August, but she has some serious plans for when she gets back to the game.
“With [Kai] now, I’ve taken a step back and I have all these amazing people around me to help out,” Ms Butler said.
Chloe has the goals of building an infrastructure for the future of the game for girls and women in North Queensland and knows that her role in that is just the first step of a long road.
“It’s not all about me, I have such a wonderful team helping me and I want them to get the recognition they deserve as well.”
By Declan Durrant
FOUR Mackay blokarters hit the sands of Yeppoon for a fun weekend of racing.
George Camilleri, Eric Smith, and Tony and Kate Frances from the Central Queensland Blokart Club were among 40 competing in the three-day event hosted by the Capricornia club at Mulambin, near Yeppoon.
“It was a fun weekend, with various courses laid to test the sailors’ skills,” George said.
“Blokarting can be an exhilarating sport that the whole family can enjoy.”
The CQBC usually sail every second Sunday at Cape Hillsborough, due to tide times and wind, when members of the Whitsunday club also compete.
Anyone looking for details about blokarting can find the club on Facebook or its website.
As the season reaches its midpoint, Wests Tigers are in a competitive position in all the grades we are fielding teams.
Despite suffering their second loss to the undefeated, powerful Mackay Brothers, our under 20’s team held onto the second spot on the ladder. A significant number of players have made their A-grade debut this year, and we are seeing the positive effect when they return to the age restricted division.
Reserve grade are in a three-way tussle for third on the ladder with Magpies and Moranbah. On the weekend they were down on players with plenty of regular players stepping up to A-grade to cover injuries and work commitments. To get within 10 points of the second placed Brothers pleased the coaching staff, with some players pulling on a jersey with no preparation.
A-grade are building nicely into the comp after a slow start. The momentum gained from last week's come-from-behind win against Magpies was evident with a dominant display in the first half against the ladder-leaders Brothers. After an early arm wrestle for supremacy, Wests were able to gain the upper hand with three converted tries later in the half.
This was followed by another converted try early after the oranges. With twice as much possession in the second half, Brothers were able to make things interesting with three tries; however, their inability to convert all but one didn’t deliver the grandstand finish for Brothers, with the Tigers winning by 12 points.
Round 8 results: Reserve’s had a convincing win against Souths at Shark Park, winning 48 - 18. A-grade struggled with South’s dominance and put in a strong performance to miss out on the win, 28 - 18.
This weekend is a home game against the Sarina Crocs at Tiger Park in Walkerston. Gates open from 10am.
Contributed by Brendan Wakefield
As winter arrives, the Racecourse Light Gear Fishing Club has been reeling in the big ones.
Their outing to Herman’s Flats near Belmunda saw some high points scored, with Phillip Woolmer taking top spot 73.2 points. This was despite very tough fishing conditions, with an overcast, very cold and windy day.
1st Phillip Woolmer - 73.2 points
2nd Adrian Vassie - 40.3 points
3rd Lance Murray - 24.2 points
1st Christie Dolgner - 23.9 points
2nd Jan Fry - 7.7 points
St Helens Beach turned it on, with club members catching a good range of fish, showing what’s possible from the shore.
1st Phillip Woolmer - 3 Bream, 1 Blubber lip Bream and a nice 2.3 kilogram Grunter.
2nd Christie Dolgner - 8 whiting, 3 bream.
3rd Jan Fry - 5 whiting, 2 bream.
Powerhouse cyclist Kyle Marwood set a blistering pace last Sunday, averaging more than 45km/hr to take out the Mackay Cycling Club’s time trial club championships.
The former elite road cyclist showed his class by finishing more than a minute in front of Brendon Brauer in second place. Craig Larsen rounded off the podium with a strong ride to claim third.
The first rider across the line on a road bike (instead of a specialist time trial bike) was Michael Sleeman, who also recorded the day’s fourth fastest time on the 20km course. Jarrod Sampson took fifth, while junior Harrison Ney showed why he’s one to watch for the future, crossing the line in sixth overall (first junior) averaging 41km/hr.
Aram Drake and Calem Wilcox crossed next respectively, still both averaging more than 40km/hr, illustrating the strength and depth of the local cycling club.
The first female over the line also took 12th place overall, showing the class of Tracy Falbo who is becoming known as a time trial specialist. Tracy finished with an average speed of 37.5km/hr and had a comfortable win in the women’s division, finishing a minute clear of Tenille Galea with Kate Hungerford claiming third.
Tom Hall travelled to the Gold Coast, racing in the Condev Construction Junior Tour in the U17s. He rolled the dice in the last stage to take second place in the Criterium and fifth overall in GC.
The Mcdonald's Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes got the job done against the Gold Coast Basketball Rollers, with two big wins in the set of home games at the Crater in Mackay.
A crowd of over 850 were out in force to watch the teams continue their runs of form, with both teams winning four in a row in the NBL1 North League after last weekend.
Cayla George was the standout for the Meteorettes in their 82-58 drubbing of the Rollers, as she scored an outstanding 26 points, with 23 rebounds and 5 assists.
A strong mention goes to Heidi Freeburn, who put away 12 points, with 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
The momentum is continuing with the Meteors and they’re not showing any signs of slowing down, coming out with a 101-89 win against the Gold Coast.
Jerron Jamerson starred with a 22, 6, and 2 of points, rebounds and assists in the side's excellent performance against the Gold Coast Rollers.
New recruit Harrison Froling, who just joined from the Brisbane Bullets, put in a big performance of 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists – an instant impact.
Crowd favourite Emmanuel Malou was at it again with a key performance.
Prior to tip off on Friday night, Mackay Basketball proudly acknowledged Brad Rasmussen (The Milkman), who played his 250th game, including with the Meteors in their previous NBL1 win against the Rockhampton Rockets.
It’s his 14th season in the black and red, and he is the Meteors longest serving player, as well as being ‘the most matches played’ record holder.
Mackay Basketball will be at home for the next round, coming up against South West Metro Pirates on Saturday, June 19.
Get out to support them as both teams aim for 5 in a row.
Queenslanders will agree that it was a game to forget, but in North Queensland, it was an event to remember.
Game one of State of Origin 2021 made history by being held in a regional city for the first time. With its Covid-clear record and new stadium, Townsville won the right to host the epic clash when the MCG was put out of contention due to the Victorian COVID cluster.
With New South Wales’ 50-6 blitzing of a lacklustre Maroons squad there’s not a lot to report on the game itself, but what will be remembered is the sea of maroon that flooded Queensland Country Bank Stadium, the excitement on the faces of the junior footy players whose parents were lucky enough to score tickets and the thundering chant of ‘Queenslander’ that continued into the dying minutes of the game despite the slaughter.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said securing major events like Townsville’s State of Origin opener was an important part of the government’s economic recovery plan.
“State of Origin will be the most significant sporting event Townsville has ever seen,” she said.
“It’s not just about the footy. This event and the festival of footy we’ve built around the State of Origin opener will support our economic recovery efforts in Townsville.”
Forty-eight trucks of supplies were ordered for State of Origin one, including;
750kg of North Queensland beef
4,000 kilograms of cheese
15,500 litres of beer
More than 500 litres of Bundaberg rum
Gymnasts from Mackay’s Pure Gymnastics Academy dazzled at the 360 Gymnastics Invitational Competition in Brisbane earlier this month, bringing home an impressive haul of silverware.
In the Level 4 open grade, Piper Euler took the overall win which has qualified her for the state championships later this year. Her mother, Jody-Lee Euler, said she was the only gymnast from Mackay to enter the level 4 grade.
“She did so well, especially since there were lots of other big clubs with loads of competitors, so the competition was pretty daunting for her.”
Other Mackay competitors who ranked at the Invitational were Ruby Ruston who placed third overall in level 3, and Mia Ford who placed 6th overall in level 5. All three girls have qualified for the state championships as well as Ruby Smith in level 5.
Coaches Vicki Dutton-Baptie and Brendan Day built Pure Gymnastics Academy on the slogan of ‘Unleash Possibility’.
“Put simply, we use gymnastics to create possibility for kids.
“It is our strong belief that by participating in our great sport at PURE, at any level, we are creating more possibility for kids throughout their life.”
Prior to the invitational, the Pure squad competed in the Mackay Gymnastics Competition which attracted gymnasts from clubs in Mackay as well as far afield as Townsville, Ayre, Gladstone and Yeppoon.
Level 3 – Ruby Ruston – 2nd Overall
Level 3 – Jaylynn Van Tonder – 6th overall
Level 4 open – Piper Euler – 2nd overall
Level 5 under – Ruby Smith – 1st Overall
Level 5 open – Mia Ford – 1st Overall
Level 6 under – Imogen Johns – 2nd Overall
Level 9 – Anthea Campbell – 1st Overall
LEVEL 3 - Ruby Ruston, Jaylynn Van Tonder, Gracie Parry, Chloe Ratford, Tahnee Greg, Haylee Kenworthy,
LEVL 4 - Piper Euler, Harvey Geeves, Tiarna Walsh, Ivy Martin
LEVEL 6 - Addison Furini, Imogen Johns
LEVEL 9 - Anthea Campbell
The Mackay Cutters and colts teams squared up against the Tweed Seagulls over the weekend, with the Cutters unable to break out of their poor run of form in a 16-24 loss at home.
Before the Cutters-Seagulls game was an All-Abilities’ curtain raiser and the Hastings Deering Colts game.
The All Abilities finished 20 to 20, as the Mackay side took on the Mendi Blackhawks, and The Colts won in a fierce second half display, 36-16.
The Cutters continued what has been a challenging start to the season, winning just 2 of their 10 games, and their form didn’t pick up in the Intrust Supercup Round 10.
Tweed have been on the push to cement their top four spot in the competition, giving them everything to play for at BB Print Stadium.
The Seagulls started the game with their backs against the wall, with the Cutters earning repeat sets to no avail – a through line of the entire match.
Tweed opened the scoring early on in just the fifth minute, their only try of the half, which came on a breakaway down the right flank.
The Cutters got their first try of the game in the 13’, with Matius Stone-Dunn breaking through the Tweed line after a well-worked move.
Cutters had a tough period, but remained on top in the first half, scoring 10 minutes later.
It was a tough 4 pointer for Ross Bella, who smashed into two Tweed players in a show of strength that took the Cutters into the break 12-6.
Brimson’s double so early in the second half for the Tweed’s ended the Cutters momentum, and they scored again quickly after.
Cutters Jesse Dee crossed with 14 minutes left on the clock, but it wasn’t enough for the Cutters.
Dee would finish the game as QCCS Man of the Match.
Mackay prop Jack Brock lamented Mackay's lack of composure post-match.
“It was another frustrating one; they ran a few tries on us in that second half and that’s what cost us,” Brock said.
“We played well enough to win, but at times tonight we went away from what we've been training and trying to fix.
Next week, the Cutters will travel to Davies Park to face Souths Logan Magpies.
BMA Mackay Marina Run is a signature event on the Mackay Road Runners’ calendar. The half marathon is flat and fast, attracting runners from across the country to target swift times.
There is a run for every fitness level, from the 3km junior dash to the 5km fun run, 8km run or the 21.1km half marathon.
Known as Australia’s greatest female distance runner, local Benita Willis was an event ambassador and said she started running as a 10-year-old.
“I grew up near the beach just north of Mackay (Bucasia). At low tide, it was great for running,” Ms Willis said.
“My dad loved running, and I started running with him. Running has allowed me to travel the world, meet some incredible people, see some fantastic places and hear some inspirational stories. I enjoy running to keep fit as I get older; it’s such a time-efficient exercise. I’m a little busier now during the day (then when I was a full-time athlete) and running helps me maintain my fitness goals when busy!”
In 2004 Willis achieved what is arguably one of the most significant victories in Australian athletics when she won the World Cross Country Championships. She is the only Australian ever to win this race — arguably the hardest race in the world.
The 2021 event was described by Mackay Road Runners as an outstanding success with near record entrants across all events.
“Former Olympians, self-professed proud Mackay 'chick', Benita Willis and Gold Coast runner, Michael Shelley were the awesome race ambassadors of the event,” Ms Tilse from the Mackay Road Runners said.
“Benita and Michael generously mingled with runners and supporters all weekend starting with a meet and greet at Moss on Wood on Friday night, race pack collection day on Saturday afternoon and running with entrants on Sunday at the major event.”
The perfect running conditions were ideal for personal best times with the toppling of race records including the 21km male winner, Tim Vincent who smashed the race record by two minutes.
Louis McAfee beat his own 2018 race record in the 8km by twenty-four seconds with female 8km winner, Amber Johnson slashing two minutes of the female record.
The five-kilometre fun run records remain intact as well as the majority of the 3km junior records. The very competitive 5km Corporate Teams challenge as usual was a very competitive affair with One Stop Medical Team 1 taking out the top spot just missing their own race record by one minute.
Finishing line photo of Race #5 TAB Amateur Cup Open Handicap 1800m won by “Best Hoffa” followed by “Electrified” and then “Rocco” in third place. Photo credit: Official Racecourse Photographer Jim Law Photography.
Winner of Race #3 Starcut Flowers Open Handicap 1300M, “Brad” trained by Mick Bannon and ridden by Carl Spry with owners.
“Cracker Essgee”, winner of Race #4 Northern Jewel QTIS 3-Y-O Handicap 1300M with trainer Michael McIellan, apprentice jockey Zac Lloyd and some very happy owners.
A large crowd, fine sunny weather and capacity fields were the order of the day at the recent Mackay TAB Amateurs race meeting on Saturday 29th May, 2021.
The feature race being the TAB Amateur Cup, was won by “Best Hoffa” trained at Townsville by Alby Molino ridden by apprentice Marnu Potgieter.
After winning last year’s Mackay Cup and running an unlucky second in the Cairns Cup, “Best Hoffa” will be once again set for a northern cups campaign.
A very strong field of sprinters assembled for the Starcut Flowers Open 1300m. “Moreno” ridden by Chelsea Jokic adopted daring tactics to be leading by 10 lengths at the halfway mark.
“Moreno” tired to finish fifth with the eventual winner being “Brad”, trained locally by Mick Bannon and ridden by Carl Spry. “Brad” will now be set for the Newmarket Handicap run on Friday 16th July here in Mackay.
A new race on Mackay’s programme was the $100,000 Northern Jewel, a race for QTIS three-year-old horses. It was won by “Cracker Essgee” trained in Townsville by Michael McIellan ridden by Brisbane apprentice Zac Lloyd. The three-year-old has now won four races on the trot.
Other winners on the day were “I Love this Hippy” (Jared Wehlow), “Charles Seven” (Ricky Vale) and “Lefkas Island” (Olivia Cairns).
Next race meeting is Thursday 17th June, 2021
Racing Manager, Mackay Turf Club
There is a lot happening at Goosies with the return of Thursday bowls in a pair’s competition of 2x4x2. Friday bowls are also re-commencing from today, three bowl pairs, with the kitty toucher jackpot standing at $600. A new competition is starting this Sunday, 13th. It will be a pairs comp and will run from 2pm until 4.30pm in a warehouse format. All bowlers including warehouse bowlers are welcome. Nomination forms are now up on the board for these games. Please support your club and keep these comps running.
We are very proud to have been involved with the schools in promoting bowls and congratulate the teams that have won this year. If your children or grandchildren are at a loss for something to do, make enquiries at Goosies about their free coaching programmes.
The B grade pairs has now been decided, and Ken Lane and John Kennell are the new club champions. They defeated Ray Walker and Vaughn Munroe in a very hard fought and close game.
Our second division Pennants team had a close win over Souths Suburban on Saturday at Souths. Chris Banney’s team had a big win while Gary Simmons’ and Ian McDonald’s teams both had losses. However, Chris had a big enough margin to take the overall win.
Both the third division teams lost to Souths at Souths.
On Sunday, second division played Valley at North Mackay. Chris Banney’s team and Ron Bowers’ team both had good wins but Gary Simmons’ team lost. Final score meant North Mackay went down by one shot.
The third division under skips Peter Grant and Ray McCarthy both had good wins against Mackay club at North Mackay. The fifth division results were not known.
The only social results available at time of writing was Monday, when Darren Laurens and Lawrence Borg won from Pat O’Neil and Ann Smith.
Wednesday 2 June, 100 ladies from most clubs in the local District gathered to celebrate our 73rd Anniversary. After a friendly bowls game we sat down to a delicious roast lunch followed by the irreplaceable Cent Sale.
Pennant season is under way and Division One is so far undefeated. Games against Airlie Beach scored 84 v 51 at home and 75 v 46 away.
Mackay’s Eastern Swans AFL club held their one and only Indigenous Round on Saturday against North Mackay Saints, as they missed out last week due to a bye; they took the opportunity to unveil the clubs first Indigenous Jersey last Thursday night at training, ahead of the game.
The Swans indigenous round falls on the traditional Kup Murri meal – a traditional Torres Strait Islander feasting ceremony, where indigenous communities come together on the day.
The Indigenous Round feed was put on by Arthur Phil Awang and the first cook's crew after the games.
The Mackay team's new kit was designed by local artist Sam Neilson, who designed the jersey in a painting she calls ‘Becoming One’, before getting it printed onto the kits.
“It was pretty fast how the organisation of it happened,” Ms Neilson said.
“I always try and get a logo, or a motto that companies go by and then it goes from there; it took me about two hours [to paint].”
Ms Neilson has been designing shirts for some time, making her own shirt for her work at Phoenix Place Disability Services, as well as the Sharkies, who wore her shirt last round.
The kit is designed to illustrate the Swans history: two clubs joining together as one, which is illustrated in the design with the symbol of a meeting place.
“I like promoting and talking about culture – it’s just who I am and my grandad has always said to me that it’s important to talk about.”
Ms Nielson’s background is Ghungalu and she prides herself on her culture, representing herself in an effort to educate.
The hands on the jersey represent the coaches, players, and committee who put in the effort to make the Swans who they are, and the boomerang is for the supporters and families that come back and support every year.
Sadly, the premier men and women had tough fights and lost their games 29-57 and 14-69, respectively, against the Saints.
Channel Seven came down on Saturday to film clips of the round and the jerseys were auctioned off after the men’s round.
On top of all of the excitement around the club’s new kit, the Swans received a present all the way from Sydney: a signed ball and jersey from the Sydney Swans, as well as a short video that sent love to our local Swannies.
KAREN Baker, Carmel Kirwan and Ivy Gidding have advanced to the final of Sarina Bowls Club’s ladies triples championships.
They defeated Liz Owen, Clare Stevens and Ethel Gaw 23-8 in the semi-final, what was one of only two competition matches played on the weekend due to players being involved in pennants at other clubs.
In men’s B singles, Ross O’Neil defeated Dennis Cook 25-19.
Lots of laughter was heard at the club on Sunday afternoon as several bowlers enjoyed a game of scroungers.
By Rita Hughes
CHLOE Lebeter has been lighting up the track with her feather-light, Daihatsu Charade ‘Pocket Rocket’, and the 13-year-old has no qualms about racing against the boys, picking up her first win in Collinsville in April and placing at Maryborough in the series.
The young race car driver has been in the garage since she was little, finding a love for racing through her parents – both race car drivers back in the day.
“I helped dad when he used to crash – he drove a wingless and I went and watched, thought it looked sweet!” Chloe said.
Her dad was all for it, but mum was a harder sell.
“She said no, I didn’t think that was fair! Mum was a bit iffy [on the first race] – she didn’t really watch much of it.”
“She would sit so far away, just so she didn’t see me [when we first started].”
“I was a little nervous on that first race; Dad taught me to drive at Eungella at 8 and we would train at a friend’s paddock.”
In such a male dominated sport, Chloe has put her head down and proved that she can not only compete with the best of the boys but take home the gold.
It’s been a long road for Chloe, who had a reputation as a bit of a rev-head within her family, as well as on the speedway.
“They give you a lot of rubbish from them here and there, but, oh well! I get really mad, really quickly and I just run into them.”
She crashed out and lost a wheel at Maryborough, as well as a series of other crashes that leaves her mum nervous every time.
“The first one was at Rocky, when she got T-boned and in October last year, she hit the fence and rolled [the car] – as well as hitting oil at Maryborough where she spun out, then got hit by another car and lost the back wheel!” said her mum, Stacey.
She’s been racing now since she was 10 and there’s no slowing down for the track star, as she’s set to join up for the Top Stars.
The competitions are divided into Top Stars and New Stars – with Chloe moving into the experienced bracket in July.
“It’ll get a bit more challenging for her, you have to have been racing for two years,” said Stacey.
She wants to keep up with the racing but has aspirations to become a chemical engineer as well and her favourite parts about the racing keep her coming back for more.
“Meeting lots of people – that’s cool – as well as the adrenaline and just having fun, really,” Chloe said.
“When you come up to the green lights, it’s like, woah.”
Her little sister turns 10 in November, letting her put on the race suit, and she has even more of a “wild one” reputation than Chloe.
Chloe’s not worried though, she’s confident she’s the best racer in the family.
“I’ll just beat her. Already better than Dad – I’ve won more than him! He used to give me a lot of advice, but apparently I do better on my own now.”
The Isaac region played host to one of Queensland’s oldest agricultural shows, with the Clermont Show recently celebrating its 152nd year.
The great live entertainment; the brightly coloured ribbons decorating livestock; the knee-high roosters with their accompanying crow; and a pumpkin weighing in at whopping 158.5kgs were a treat for the senses for all who attended.
Hundreds of locals and visitors participated in the dozens of competitions, showcasing their skills, artwork, produce and livestock.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the Clermont Show – The Isaac Region’s Show emphasises the best the region has to offer.
“Local producers got the chance to show off the quality of their stock and produce, highlighting the finest in rural living and celebrating the people at our core,” Mayor Baker said.
“We have so much to be proud of. The long history of the Clermont Show traces back to the very origins of agricultural exhibitions in Queensland and it even pre-dates Brisbane’s famed Ekka.”
Mayor Baker said she is constantly amazed by the large community involvement each year.
“Well done and thank you to the Clermont Rodeo and Show Society for hosting another cracker event, and all of the volunteers who made the show possible.”
Swimmers, savers, boarders and battlers were recognised when Mackay SLSC held their annual awards night last month.
Club President Brendan Smith opened the night recognising the club’s 70 years of “Vigilance & Service” as the guardians of Harbour Beach. This was a historic milestone for the club and reflects the long and valued association the club has with the Mackay community.
Mr Smith said, “Being a volunteer organisation there are many people who make sacrifices to contribute to the running of various aspects of the club, this ensures that we can keep our beach safe for the Mackay Community.
“The awards night was a way of recognising those people who make a difference, from our volunteer workforce who run major carnivals such as the North Australian Titles, our Nippers program and the Tri-Series events, our very own Qld State Title silver medalists the “Box Bellies” Boat crew, life member award recipients, our generous sponsors and most importantly our Club Captain, Patrol teams and patrolling members.
“As a club we are proud of the achievements of all our members and the evening was a great way to celebrate together, after a long and busy season. We are now starting to plan for an even bigger and better season, with the club’s AGM taking place on the 13 June at 3pm at the Surf Club.”
President's award for ‘Service and Vigilance - Angela Blair
Life Membership - Tony Caris & Greg Born
Volunteer of the year - Josh Grant
Junior Lifesaver of the year - Klara Close
Bronze Medallion of the year - Jose DeSousa
Surf Rescue Certificate of the year - Jesse Holmstrom
Trainer & Assessor of the year - Michal Blair
Coach of the year - Stan Ridland
Senior Competitor / Team of the year - Mackay surf boat crew (Stan Ridland, Damian Watts, Craig Hallam, David Fitzmaurice and Benjamin Madden)
Highest patrol hours & 100+ hours - Joseph Obermeier and Angela Blair
Patrol Captain of the year - Michael Read
Patrol of the year - Patrol 8 (Michal Blair, Peter Crowley, Michael Wilson, Jose DeSousa, Joseph Obermeier)
Volunteer workforce North Australian surf titles -
25+ years Peter Marshall and Michal Blair
20+ years Ian Read
15+ years Michael Tibaldi, Brett Read, Rod Leach, Michael Read
10+ years Peter Crowley
5+ years Alison and Murray Friswell, Brendan and Christine Webb Smith
Recognition of Major sponsors - Craig’s Couriers and M&P Services
Local Mackay junior golfer Kyle Dowde headed north to Ayr for the Junior Home Hill and Ayr Golf Open over the weekend, taking home the 18-hole winners medal back to the Sugar City.
The combined two days saw two Burdekin Champions, with Haley Jenkins and Kyle Dowde being crowned both girl and boy winners, respectively.
Kyle had bested both 18-hole events on both days, beating out both Jack Edwards and Finn Couper, who has represented North Queensland in golf at previous events.
There was a good turnout over the two-day event, which started on a fine but chilly morning.
The wind played havoc on the second day, which reflected in the scores, but Dowde was still able to play well, finishing off a well-worked weekend of results for the young Mackay prodigy.
The 18 Hole Girls was a back and forth between two Townsville stars on the day, with Haley Jenkins winning on day one, runner up being Chloe Armstrong, and day two being won by Armstrong, with Haley Jenkins being runner up.
Special mention to Ryley Malone who made a hole in one.
In the other 9-hole combined, the day was won by Ayr local Byron Suttcliffe, with Cairns’ Jesse Avery runner up, and the 9 Hole combined was won by William Jennings on day two, in a playoff from Byron Suttcliffe.
The next Junior tournament is set to be played for the July School Holidays in Mackay for the Sugar Circuit, where more of our homegrown talent will have an opportunity to face other exceptional Queensland talent.
Dragons Abreast is a worldwide movement of Breast Cancer survivors to be a part of an understanding network for survivors who participate in the sport of dragon boat paddling.
The activity draws out the innate qualities of breast cancer survivors – hope, inspiration, excitement, and determination.
In 1996, Dr. Don McKenzie, from University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada challenged the prevailing medical advice that women treated for breast cancer should avoid upper body exercise, in fear of developing lymphedema, a debilitating and chronic side effect of treatment.
Dr. McKenzie, a Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and an exercise physiologist, developed a program to disprove this.
The rest, as they say, is history; at the end of his dragon boating program, none of the volunteers had lymphedema, the medical consensus had changed and Dragons Abreast was born.
Now, over 20 years later, Dragons Abreast has membership all over the world, with Dragons Abreast Australia boasting over 1200 Australia-wide.
The Mackay branch is celebrating 16 years in 2021, and the club is always looking for new members.
“The reason that we do it is for health; fun, fitness and friendship, that’s what we say,” Dragons Abreast Mackay president Cheryl Machen said.
They recently attended the Coast to Coast Dragon Boat festival on the Sunshine Coast, where they joined up with the Hobart and Canberra Dragons Abreast clubs to compete as one team.
They came home with three bronze medals from the regatta.
The club trains Sunday mornings at 7am, Tuesday and Thursday at 4 o’clock, as well as a 3 o’clock Sunday the 6 of June come and try day, at the Marina in front of the Breakwater Restaurant.
“It can be a bit daunting when you do something like this. For new people, don’t be scared of it, you don’t have to be really fit – that comes later!
“It’s difficult to start, but we would love to see breast cancer survivors come and try; we encourage people to bring a friend, a husband, whatever – just for moral support.”
Shane Dodds was first over the line to claim the Grove 10km handicap trophy in the Mackay Road Runners event last weekend.
Consistency was the key as he wound in the runners ahead of him, while managing to stay clear of those who followed. Matthew Graves came second while Christian Smith set a smoking pace to cross in third while claiming fastest overall time of the day.
Demi Caldwell was the fastest female in the 10km and also placed as the third female. Ainslie Heinke and Alana Knesevic were first and second across the line.
Heavy rain clouds let loose on runners and set up crew as they congregated at the registration table prior to the start, however, once racing commenced at 7am, runners escaped any further downpours. The cool conditions set the stage for fast times as more than forty runners took part in the event.
Jo Hughes was the first female on handicap in the 5km ahead of junior runner, Lily Leven who clocked the quickest female 5km time. Comeback kid, Peter Wright claimed gold in the 5km handicap start race ahead of Ross Connor, Andrew Short, Bill Morgan, Luke Leven, Hamish Donnollan, Leanne Connor and Stuart Sprott.
Excellent performances also came from trail running enthusiasts who backed up well after their recent endurance event at Katoomba including Ainslie Heinke, Tim Caddy, Jaylene Harrison, Matt Graves and Michael Scholer.
Werner Van der Linde was in fine form in his first 10km with the club.
The MAD Mountain Bike Classic delivered two days of exciting cross country mountain bike racing in Mackay over the weekend in the second edition of the annual event.
The double-header achieved classification for the first time on both the international (UCI) and AusCycling National Cup Event calendars.
In the last year, The ACT’s Zoe Cuthbert established herself as one of the fastest riders in Australia, and she continued to deliver on her impressive run of form through the tough Mackay trails, powering from the start line to lead the riders into the single track.
Isabella Flint of Tasmania battled Queenslander Holly Lubcke for the Elite Women’s silver medal, with a small crash from Lubcke late in proceedings handing Flint the second step on the podium.
With the event awarding riders with both international ranking points and significant prize money, a large New Zealand contingent travelled to Mackay.
In the Elite Men’s race, New Zealander Samuel Shaw set the early pace, leading for the first three laps from a tight early group that included Cameron Ivory of South Australia and Sam Fox from Tassy.
Fox won in the first round of the weekend.
Ivory and Shaw finished the seven-lap event on the podium in second and third place, respectively.
On the second day of the double-header event, Zoe Cuthbert again led proceedings from start to finish in the Elite Women.
Holly Lubcke secured the second, starting confidently and then consolidating her early efforts with a mid-race push. Isabella Flint finished third.
Sunday’s Elite Men’s saw Saturday’s winner Sam Fox leading early, with Cameron Ivory and Samuel Shaw in a tight tussle behind. In the last two laps, Ivory made an exciting pass in a downhill berm that ultimately won him the race.
Sam Fox finished a close second behind Ivory, and Samuel Shaw rounded out the podium with his second third-place of the double-header weekend.
The Under 19 Junior category delivered the largest fields of the weekend’s racing in Mackay, receiving dedicated international sanctioning that would reward riders with points in the UCI Junior Series.
In the Junior Women’s race, Hayley Oakes of NSW took the win over the two days.
The Junior Men’s race saw Jacob Turner (NZ) record his second win of the weekend, earning gold in a sprint finish against Adam Francis (NZ), with Darcy Harris (QLD) finishing third.
Superflow racing returned to Mackay with a two-day event supported by the Mackay Regional Council and endorsed by the local MAD MTB Club competitors over the weekend.
Riders came from all over Queensland to compete on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May at the event hub based at Rowallan MTB Park.
Secondary school students also tested their racing skills in the Rocky Trail Academy race on the Friday.
In the event, the competitors rode to the starts un-timed and then completed three racetracks at Mackay's Rowallan MTB Park.
The race had an excellent turnout with solid local participation and also a great out-of-region visiting crowd.
Local bikers were able to rediscover their home trails and rekindle their love for mountain bike racing on their home track.
With support from the Mackay Regional Council, the Fox Superflow had been picked specifically for the Mackay trails to offer a unique racing experience in the region.
"We have a wide range of mountain biking races that we have organised across NSW and the ACT since 2008 and launched into QLD and VIC in recent years,” said one of the owners of Rocky Trail Entertainment, Juliane Wisata.
“The Superflow events are gaining in popularity, because so many different riders can spend all day together out on course and truly 'race the way they ride.’”
The Mackay Christian College won the outright Rocky Trail Champion School Award for most points achieved by a participating school, based on the results on the day.
In the Fox Superflow, Elite racer Ethan Weiss from the MAD MTB Club clocked in the fastest time outright, with fellow Mackay and U17's racer Kristen Rowlands winning the overall women's division.
On Saturday, 22nd May, over 200 riders from all over Queensland converged at Mackay and District BMX Club’s Mackay track to compete in the MM Electrical Mackay’s MAD MAY Carnival.
Riders aged from two to 50+ travelled from as far as Gladstone, Townsville, Rockhampton, Central Highlands, Burdekin, Moranbah, Proserpine, and Sarina to compete in the tournament.
Some of the riders that vied for the coveted Superclass Men’s title were MAD Mackay riders Brendan Sant, Peter Little, Kai Sanim, Cooper Comerford, Jack Armstrong, and Ryan Tickle, along with Proserpine’s Will Allen.
The competition was extremely fierce over the weekend.
The Women’s Superclass riders included Townsville’s Ashleigh Gunn, Isabella Allen from Proserpine, and April Seiler of Rockhampton.
Notable Junior Superclass Men’s entrants included Connor Parish, Tyler Smith, Tyler Morgan representing the Mackay and District BMX, as well as Oliver Rivers from Moranbah, who performed extremely well on the day.
Junior Superclass Women included local girl Sarah Tickle from Mackay, and Hannah Spratt from Proserpine.
Racing commenced at 3pm at the Snow Wright Crt, Beaconsfield, MMEM Mackay Track on what was a pleasant day weatherwise.
On the day, the MM Electrical Superclass Men winner was 16-year-old Atherton rider Aiden Smith, 2nd was MAD BMX’s Brendan Sant and 3rd Cooper Comerford (MAD BMX).
The CBG Partners Superclass Women was won by Townsville’s Ashleigh Gunn, 2nd was Proserpine’s Isabella Allan, and 3rd April Seiler.
1st Aiden Smith
2nd Brendan Sant
3rd Cooper Comerford
4th Peter Little
6th Kai Sanim
7th Brock De Silva
9th Jack Armstrong
10th Ryan Tickle
Junior Superclass Men
1st Oliver Rivers (Moranbah)
2nd Connor Parish (MAD BMX)
3rd Brodie Wilson (MAD BMX)
Junior Superclass Women
1st Darcie Moore (Rockhampton)
2nd Sarah Tickle (MAD BMX)
3rd Hannah Spratt (Proserpine)
With pennants competitions taking regular playing days and the club’s key media representative on holiday there was less to report last week due to no social results being available.
It has been an up and down week for the men’s pennants teams, with a report that the three division two teams lost to Airlie Beach.
Division three earned 4.5 points with a draw and a win, and fifth division had four points with one loss and one win.
Located in North Mackay right next to the beautiful Gooseponds, the undercover green at Goosies has come into its own this year with the inclement weather. New players are always welcome.
BOTH Oliver and Toby Rule are their fathers’ sons; they’re impeccable athletes who, alongside their dad Justin Rule, have competed, won, and broken records at the Mackay Athletics Carnival.
The boys have brought in an impressive haul at the Mackay Athletics Carnival: Oliver placing second in 800m and 1500m, and first in Steeplechase, setting a Mackay record.
Toby is a record-breaker as well, setting local records in the 1500m and in 2000m Steeplechase before making gold standard in 800, 15000, 400, 200, javelin, triple jump and long jump.
Alongside his two sons, Justin competes in the master’s competition of the carnival, and is an excellent runner, breaking seven Mackay records, with gold standards in 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500, not to mention his long-jump, triple-jump, javelin, hammer throw and 3000m steeplechase wins.
The boys are ecstatic about being able to train and compete alongside their dad.
“Training and running alongside Dad is great, he pushes us because he knows we have the talent; without hard work you don’t win races and without a team of people behind you, it all doesn’t happen. I enjoy watching his races as it has taught me a lot,” Oliver said.
What’s spectacular about the boys’ achievements is they’ve only been competing for a couple of years, with Toby starting out in 2018 after finding his passion for running during Cross Country competition, as well as a ceaseless energy in soccer.
“My soccer coach always called me Tarnish Toby, because I always ran and never gave up,” said Toby Rule.
Justin saw the potential in the boys and started training at Pioneer, seeing that to get to the next level the training needed to change so he started running with the boys, urging him to get back into competing.
A tense tussle and rollercoaster of emotions sums up the Intrust Super Cup game between the Mackay Cutters and the Northern Pride during Round 8 last weekend.
The match was the BHP Indigenous Round and it was a horror start for the Cutters, with the Pride crossing three times in the first 15 minutes of the match.
A classic northern rivalry between the two sides, this derby had it all, with the Northern Pride crashing over the line in the opening minute with Chris Ostwald the Captain leading from the front, dummying from dummy half to score the opening points.
Six minutes later the Pride were in again through Joshua Stuckey, through a powerful pass from Ostwald. The Cutters were then down a man for the remainder of the match with halfback Brandon Finnegan sent off for a high tackle. The Pride took advantage immediately with Bernard Lewis out on the wing stretching over the line for the Pride’s third within 15 minutes.
The Cutters finally got on the scoreboard in the nineteenth minute through Brenton Baira after a perfectly placed high bomb. Baira had the elevation to cleanly take the catch and powered over the line. An unforgettable moment for the debutant.
This was the start of an all-heart comeback for the Cutters, who were quickly in again through Michael Bell before the half, but the Pride stretched it back out with a crossfield kick, scoring out wide, to head to the dressing rooms up 18 – 12.
Mackay’s Cutters drew first blood two minutes into the second half through another perfectly weighted kick, Keanu Wainohu-Kemp emphatically putting the home side back into contention.
Five minutes later, the Cutters hit the lead for the first time, the young squad slicing through the defence and showing they can match it with the best, despite being a player down on the field.
The next thirty minutes was an arm wrestle and both teams defended fiercely, until the 78th minute where the Pride finally broke through, Grant Anderson scoring the match winner for the Pride.
A thrilling contest despite the heartbreak for the Cutters, going down to the Pride in the dying minutes, 22 – 20.
Mackay is looking unstoppable this season as both the Meteors and Meteorettes made it two-from-two in their NBL1 conference matches against Rockhampton last weekend.
With a strong home crowd at the Crater, the McDonalds Mackay Meteorettes were the first to take the court against the Cyclones. Following their massive 52-point victory against Cairns the weekend before, the Meteorettes were fizzing to put on another strong show.
They ladies didn’t disappoint, with a crushing 95 – 43 victory with dual MVP Heidi Freeburn leading from the front, backed by Australian WNBL star Cayla George. Freeburn and George clocked up an impressive 23 and 25 points respectively. George’s defensive capability shone as she took an amazing 16 rebounds while Freeburn added to the team tally with 7 assists.
The men were equally as impressive, defeating the Rockhampton Rockets 95 – 81.
Team captain Chris Cedar took charge, racking up 24 points for the McDonalds Meteors. In the third quarter he shot nearly 60 per cent from the 3-point sector. His dominant performance across the court also included 9 assists and 7 rebounds.
US import player Jerron Jamerson showed his class adding 21 points to the team tally and coming away with three rebounds.
The defensive efforts of forward Viliami Foketi were well noted as he kept Rockhampton from adding to their tally on multiple occasions, a valuable asset as the Rocky side came within two points of Mackay, before the Meteors pulled away on the fourth quarter to win by more than 10.
The next home games for Mackay are on Friday 11 June, against the Gold Coast.
The Mackay Magpies Senior Rugby League teams have had a mixed couple of weekend fixtures against Moranbah and Sarina in their U20, Reserves, and A Grade Men’s, and Women’s teams.
Starting out two weeks ago, the Maggies had their first taste of Saturday Night Football at home, under the lights of Sologinkin Oval.
850 fans came out to the ground to witness all four of Mackay’s senior sides face the Sarina Crocs in some extremely physical performances.
The U20s steamrolled the Sarina side, finishing with a score of 42-10.
Following that game came the tightly contested match between Sarina and Mackay’s A grade Women, who came out on top of their opponents 20-14.
Before the women’s match, the A grade girls were presented with their jerseys by the Mackay Junior Girls team in a symbolic gesture.
The reserves and A grade men’s fixtures were tense affairs, as the Sarina teams wouldn’t be beaten lightly, but the Magpies came out the victors on the day.
Reserves finished up with a close score of 24-16.
A Grade score was 24-18, with some stalwart performances from Brendan White and 5’8 Bailley Black proving the difference between the sides.
An exceptional string of performances that ended in four from four for the Magpies who fought hard for the points.
Last weekend was a different story, with results against Moranbah Miners being the almost complete opposite to those against Sarina – three losses and one draw.
The A Grade, U20, and Women’s sides each losing their games, while the reserves came out of the weekend with a draw.
It’s been not too bad a season for the Pies, as they head in the right direction performance wise.
Of particular note has been the bleeding of new players, as juniors’ prospects make their first team debuts, proving the worth of the superb juniors coaching and infrastructure the Magpies possess.
An excited Rita Hughes won the ladies open singles title over Be Be Smith at Sarina Bowls Club.
The final was hard-fought and ended in a 26-20 win to Rita, her first in A grade.
She has been playing for about eight years, and is the club’s ladies secretary and fundraiser.
Sarina greens were alive with competition bowls over the weekend with some great games being played.
Ladies pairs Semi-Finals: Clare Stevens, Ivy Henshaw d Coral Bradford, Ivy Giddings 24-19.
Ladies Triples: Karen Baker, Ivy Giddings, Carmel Kirwan d Cheryl Fuller, Sudi Blinco, Doris Barnes 26-13.
Men’s Consistency: John Petersen d Allan Summerville 110-101.
Men’s Semi-Final B Pairs: Noel Tegg, Sam Campion d Dennis Cook, Bill Roots 26-16.
Men’s A pairs: Brad Betteins, Col Gleeson d Ross O`Neil, Harold Mansfield 25-6; Ron Perkins, Brian Adams d Dennis Bradford, Doug Giddings 26-10.
What a weekend of sport it was for Mackay, from the agonizing defeat in the dying minutes for our courageous Cutters in the Intrust Super Cup, to the magnificent two-from-two victories put on by our mighty Meteors and Meteorettes at the Crater. The standard of sport on display here week after week is something special. Not to mention our talented athletes on two wheels, with BMX and mountain biking both holding big events.
One of the things we pride ourselves on at Mackay and Whitsunday Life is the diversity of our reporting. We do our best to include a range of sport and entertainment in every edition. Being a locally owned publication, we can’t be everywhere at once with our camera, so if you have an event you would like covered, please feel free to reach out. If I can’t make it in person, I can give you options on how your event can still be published in our newspaper, for your club members to cherish. It’s free for your sporting club to promote an upcoming event or have your results published.
Also a warm welcome to our new journalist, Declan Durrant, who has recently moved to the Whitsundays to join our team. Declan’s passion is football, so our local clubs are in for a treat to have an experienced player and coach looking after their sports reports.
NRL is an iconic part of our nation’s identity. The fact it started in rebellion embodies the Aussie spirit of not taking things lying down, if we can make something better, we will.
Daryl Howland’s passion for the game is undeniable. After a few short years playing and coaching both union and league in the USA, he was pulling on the red, white and blue, representing the United States in rugby league. But just playing the game wasn’t what truly sparked his passion. He wanted to see the game evolve, so with the help of financial backers and a business partner, he co-founded the Jacksonville Axemen, who ended up becoming the most successful rugby league team in the United States.
He’s the man who took rugby league to the level it is in America today, but Mackay’s Daryl Howland says he just got lucky.
It was a fortuitous meeting in the island of Corfu that started an incredible chain of events that would eventually see Howland co-own multiple rugby league teams in the United States.
After chasing his dream of playing rugby league overseas, his adventure took him to the Greek Islands where he befriended American’s who had recently graduated from the American Air Force Academy. They played rugby union and invited him to the city of Boston, so on a whim before he planned on returning home, Howland booked a flight to Boston.
“I was given an opportunity to play and coach rugby union in Boston, and am forever grateful to the Charles River Rugby Club for starting my USA career. Then in 1997 I had a chance to continue my passion and play rugby league in the USA, thanks to the efforts of a guy named David Niu,” Howland said.
The Queenslander ended up living in the United States for 22 years, where he had one of the most influential hands in the sport of rugby league in the land of the free.
“I started playing league in 1997 and once I became a resident, I was eligible for the USA team,” Howland said.
He played for the United States in 1999 in rugby league world cup qualifiers and also coached the USA Student team in the Student World Cup in Ireland and the UK. He played for the USA in the emerging Nations World Cup in 2000 before moving to Florida.
“At that stage all the rugby league in America was really centred up the north east, so I kept traveling north to play rugby league while I worked in Florida,” he said.
In 2005, he took a group of friends from America to Australia to watch a State of Origin game.
“They were just blown away, not so much by the game itself, but as a product,” Howland said.
With his business partner Drew Slover, they had created the Jacksonville Axemen less than a year later and secured a home stadium at the University of North Florida.
“It took me a while to look at rugby league as a product that could be sold to people who had never seen it before. I loved the game for what it is, but I had to look past that to understand how it could become an attraction to Americans.
“Let’s find a way to market it, and let’s find ways of introducing new fans to the game. So, we had pregame bands, we engaged charities to donate gate takings to in exchange for game publicity, we had $1 beer.
“Within three seasons, we had 2,500 people through the gate each game.”
At the time, Howland was managing, playing and coaching the team, as well as working a full-time job.
“For the first five years it was 80 to 90 hours per week.
“My boss was extremely supportive; without him it wouldn’t have happened. He sponsored us, he introduced me to other businessmen and brought people to the game.”
In 2008, the team got wind that Russel Crowe was thinking of taking the Rabbitohs to the USA for an exhibition game.
“The game was meant to be in Austin Texas because the Governor at the time was friends with Russel. But I thought, there’s no league teams in Texas. So, we got hold of Russel and he came to Jacksonville for a tour and thought it was great.
“They were in partnership with the Leeds Rhinos, so for Australia Day in 2008, the South Sydney Rabbitohs played Leeds Rhinos in Jacksonville. 12,500 people from 9 different countries showed up.
“It was a big show, Dennis Rodman was there, one of the guys from Wu Tang Clan, undoubtedly that was our big break, we brought this to town, and I don’t think the franchise would have had the success it did without that event,” Howland said.
College football players started showing a notable interest in rugby league, and the Jacksonville Axemen went on to become undefeated national champions in 2010.
As the game’s popularity grew, Daryl and Drew created a minor league competition under the Axemen in Tampa, Orlando and Daytona Beach as well as a reserve Jacksonville team to foster new growth in the sport. In 2012 the Jacksonville Axemen again recorded a perfect season, going undefeated throughout the entire conference and winning the national championship.
From 2014, Daryl and the team’s management recognised the ongoing cost to travel north for games was becoming problematic. Rather than having a constant cost of airfares, hotels and meals every time the team traveled north, they set up a Southern Conference with three brand new premier grade teams; the Atlanta Rhinos, Tampa Mayhem and Central Florida Warriors to join the Jacksonville Axemen.
The parent company Daryl and Drew owned had grown to engage 150 players in rugby league across the south east of the USA. They also hosted international teams in training camps as a way of keeping the Jacksonville brand at the top of rugby league in America.
Daryl came home to Australia in 2017 but the legacy he helped to establish is still in full force in America today. Now there are six teams in the southern conference and the Axemen continue their dominance, becoming undefeated national champions again in 2018.
Reduced travel time is one of the major advantages of a change of competition for Mackay’s Mavericks with a new Central Queensland division of the Gridiron Queensland competition.
Mackay Gridiron will face off against the Rockhampton Wolverines and Gladstone’s Port City Pirates in a condensed competition that will commence in October and finish in December.
Mitchell Powell from Gridiron Queensland said they are seeing a lot of talent in the sport from CQ.
“We’re really happy as a governing body to see the sport grow,” Mr Powell said.
Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre sent a video message to the Central Queensland teams to wish them luck in the newly formed competition.
“Up the Wolverines, Mavericks and Pirates,” the NRL legend said.
“Give them hell. Best of luck to you.”
Favre played in the NFL for 20 seasons, primarily with the Green Bay Packers.
Mackay Gridiron president Willem Nell said the compact season makes Gridiron an attractive prospect for recruiting players from other footy codes, such as rugby league, union and AFL.
“They come off their season already fit with a bit of time to freshen up before they hit the Gridiron competition. Winding up in December before Christmas means they can take a bit of a break to recover before they start their training again for their other codes next season,” Mr Nell said.
The club’s coach Adam Wiseley will continue his role in 2021.
At this stage there is only one grade of competition, but Mr Nell said that the Rockhampton club is very community focused which may open up opportunities to reintroduce junior and women’s competitions in coming seasons.
He is encouraging anyone interested in playing gridiron this year to get in touch with the club early.
Visit the Mackay Gridiron page on Facebook to find the registration link to register your interest as a player, coach or volunteer.
The Mackay Bowling Club, Ladies Section held their Two Bowl Triples Carnival last weekend.
After playing three games of bowls the winners were M. Perry, L. Lewis, R. Grace. Second I. Comelli. A. Smith, L. Degurara and third K. Dunn, C. Savage, D. Walsh.
Round Winners 1st Round K. Robinson, M. Townsend, R. Schatkowski. 2nd Round: L. Purdie, L. Graham, B. Whitehorn. 3rd Round: D. Porter, H. Chiconi, R. Devereux. Sportmans Prize: D. Fleming, J. Petersen, T. Morrow.
On Friday afternoon the club held a Mixed Triples game sponsored by the Cowen Family in memory of their mother Ronnie Cowen. Winners were T. Gill, L. Sorensen and Val Pilcher.
Congratulations to Carol Savage, Karli Burns and Robyn Devereux on winning the 2021 Club Championship Triples for the fourth year in a row. Runner-ups were Leanne Jenner, Marie Mayfield and Dot McNamara.
The club men’s section held their annual Prestige Fours Carnival after having to cancel last year due to COVID. With a full green of players from around the district and the rain staying away the club had a highly successful weekend of bowls.
Winners of Division 1: Wally Kieldon, Barry Jackson, Ray Kurtz, Rob Spence. 2nd Place: B. Boswood, J, McMullen, L. Mills, D. Giddings. 3rd Place: R. Horsfall, J, Adams, K. Cowper, I. Gardner. 4th Place: T. Gibson, S. Dolan, K. Struik, T. Connors Division 2: Winners: R. Aitken, S. Lane, M. Pilcher, R. Fry. Division 3: Winners: G. Petrie, B. McCarthy, T. Gillman, C. Ryan
The Mackay Athletics Carnival held earlier this month was special for the Galea family, with three generations competing together for the first time.
Kevin and James are no strangers to the athletics club, with Kevin being one of the club’s most successful masters’ athletes as well as being the club’s throws coach, and James has been one of the club’s most active junior members, both as an athlete and in recent years as an official.
But this year, Kevin’s father and James’ grandfather Anthony stepped in the circle to compete for the first time in many years.
Anthony Galea was honored to be a torch bearer for the 2000 Sydney Olympics torch relay, but other than supporting his family, that had been his closest affiliation to athletics this century, until this month.
It was a rush of gold for the Galea’s, with all three men winning substantial titles. Anthony placed first in the five events he entered, in the 80-84-year-old men’s division, winning the shot put, discus, hammer, javelin and throws pentathlon.
Kevin also won all five of his events in the master’s category, but also entered the open division, where he won the open men’s shot put and hammer, placed second in the discus behind Olympic hopeful Matt Denny, and third in the javelin. He also set new open men’s hammer and throws pentathlon records.
In the 15-years and U-16 age categories, James Galea also took a clean-sweep of golds in his five throwing events, as well as breaking the carnival records in hammer and the throws pentathlon.
The Galea’s have had a long association with athletics. Kevin started the sport in 1983 and was a state representative. He also competed in the regional Australia side at Oceania championships four times. His highest achievement was representing Australia at Oceania’s as well as winning the Queensland open men’s shotput title.
Son James is hoping to follow in his Dad’s footsteps, with an eye on making the national qualifying distances for hammer and discus. He is also keen to continue his officiating duties by officiating at the Festival of Athletics and Athletics North Queensland Championships both being held in Townsville later this year.
Pennants season has arrived and Goosies are playing in divisions 2, 3 and 5 this year. The division two team led by Chris Banney recorded fantastic results last weekend in the Pioneer Valley against a strong valley team to come away with a draw. The team led by Ian McDonald also had a draw, and Greg McLean’s team only went down by one shot on the last bowl.
On Sunday, the division 2 teams played Marian at North Mackay. North Mackay (Goosies) won all three games. Results for our other two divisions were not known at the time of writing.
Goosies Social Results – week ending 16 May.
Monday pairs was won by Fred King and David Evans. Second was Lesley Basingeran and Bev Woodward.
Wednesday Ladies winners were Deb Mackenzie, Nina Archer and Sue Hazeldine. Runners up were Sheryl Cuttriss, Jan Little and Cicely Lee.
There were no results available for Thursday or Saturday. Friday was cancelled due to Saturday and Sunday pennants play.
It was a muddy great way to spend Mother’s Day for hundreds of participants in the 2021 ZACH MACH, who paddled, rode and run their way through the Pioneer Valley.
A blend of fresh faces and fast finishes made the race all the more exciting, with some predicted winners coming out on top while other categories produced some surprise winners.
Bridie Ruff claimed the solo women’s title coming in just over 12 minutes ahead of Bec Wood. The pair were around an hour clear of Jose Short in third place.
Luke Smythe was almost 10 minutes clear of the pack to take out the solo men’s, with a close dash for the line for second and third. Wayne McDonald was awarded second over Mark Costin, who were only fractions of a second apart.
Mackay Cycles continued to the be the dominant force in the open relay team, winning three out of four of the stages comfortably to grab the overall win, and fastest overall time of the day, in 3:54:34, almost an hour ahead of second place.
1 – Bridie Ruff
2 – Bec Wood
3 – Josie Short
1 – Luke Smythe
2 – Wayne McDonald
3 – Mark Costin
Open Relay Team
1 – Mackay Cycles
2 – The Goodies 3
3 – Chafing The Dream
Mixed Relay Team
1 – V8 Firecrackers
2 – Under Development
3 – The Fast And The Curious
Open Female Relay Team
1 – Kelson Chicks
1 – Catastrophic
1 – Nikki Has No Quads
2 – Most Best Team Of Glorious Nation Of Kazahstan
3 – Not Fast! Just Swear And Bears
Junior Relay Team
1 – As Mack Mates
Mini Mach Solo (U12)
1 – Jared Mackie
2 – Murray Macgroarty
3 – Jonah Lister
Mini Mach Solo (U17)
1 – Kelly Chappell
2 – Matthew Porter
3 – Nekesha Chohan
Mini Mach Solo AWD (Open)
1 – Connor Chappell
There was a wide showcase of talent at the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Centre over the May Day long weekend as North Mackay Athletics (NMA) participated in the Mackay Track and Field Carnival. Athletics clubs far and wide across North and Central Queensland attended to compete in a variety of running, throwing and jumping events.
NMA had athletes represented across all ages and events with the new additions of its masters age groups for the first year.
“We had tremendous opportunities to smash personal bests, meet new friends and break carnival records,” NMA media spokesperson Kayla Porter said.
NMA broke 12 records over the carnival with commendations to Nahla Heap (5yrs 60m and Shotput), Seth Lowis (10yrs Shotput and Discus), Alpheaus Thomas (11yrs Long jump), Hayley Colless (12yrs 200m Hurdles), Kayla Porter (30-34yrs High Jump, Triple jump and Discus) and the club’s coach Ant (30-34yrs 60m, 100m and 200m).
“Our athletes continue to train each week at our Sunday club days and have opportunities to compete in numerous upcoming events in Bowen and Townsville.”
If you have been considering athletics, NMA are proudly hosting their annual Team Challenge on June 13, for all ages under 6 to under 18 at the MARC. This event is open for children in the community and athletes to pair up to compete together in field events and in teams of four in track events. For further details visit NMA’s website or follow them on Facebook.
Mackay’s All Abilities Cutters side played the game of a lifetime against the All Abilities Mendi Blackhawks as an exhibition match before the Intrust Super Cup clash last weekend.
Coached by Mackay’s Martin Bella, the former Maroon’s squad came away with a 28 – 24 win against the Townsville team coached by Matt Bowen.
In a tag format of the game, players ran, dodged and entertained the crowd in what was surely one of the best Intrust Super Cup curtain-raisers of the year. The rivalry between Mackay and Townsville ever-present, yet camaraderie and mateship was also on display.
In a statement, Queensland Rugby League’s QRL North region manager Scott Nosworthy said “This will be a fantastic opportunity for all the players to show their talents and experience the greatest game of all in front of an encouraging crowd and get some advice from two men who have done it all in the game.
The team was supported by Rugby League Mackay and Districts who provided travel gear and backpacks, Mackay Cutters who provided playing gear, hat and water bottle, the QRL who provided accommodation and meals for the team and Mackay Transit Coaches for transporting them to Townsville and back.
Mackay Turf Club - Mid-week race results Tuesday 11 May, 2021.
Race #1 "SMARTSTATE RENTALS" BenchMark 65 Handicap 1560 metres.
1st Place 3 Sayl (GB) T: Ricky Vale J: Ryan Wiggins
2nd Place 1 Verbalizer (NZ) T: Mick A Bannon J: Carl Spry
3rd Place 7 Battle T: Andrew Cameron J: Marnu Potgiete
Race #2 "TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY" QTIS 2-Year-Old Handicap 1100 meters.
1st Place 6 Isis CarmellaT: Kevin J MillerJ: Matthew McGillivray
2nd Place 3 Fire King T: Olivia Cairns J: Adam Sewell
3rd Place 2 Lasco T: Graeme Green J: Nathan Day
Race #3 QTIS 3-Year-Old Handicap 1100m.
1st Place 3 Bittergreymagic T: Alan J Jones J: Wanderson D'Avila
2nd Place 6 Dr Neigh T: Tim Cook J: Chelsea Jokic
3rd Place 1 Gamboa T: Mick A Bannon J: Carl Spry
Race #4 Maiden Plate 1300 metres.
1st Place 6 Teeling T: Mick A Bannon J: Nathan Day
2nd Place 8 Beyond Reproach T: Nippy Seymour J: Nathan Thomas
3rd Place 9 Champagne At Dawn T: Zoe Hohn J: Chris Whiteley
RACE #5 CLASS 2 1300m
1st Place10 Starsonic T: Mick A Bannon J: Cody Collis
2nd Place 2 Hilflager T: Ricky Vale J: Ryan Wiggins
3rd Place 5 Bellarine T: Joshua Manzelmann J: Chelsea Jokic
CANCER couldn’t stop Mackay’s Steven Morgan from enjoying himself at the Mackay and Townsville Open table tennis championships.
Steven competed in the Mackay Open titles on the weekend, a week after winning a doubles title at Townsville with teammate Graham Drury.
“I enjoyed it,” Steven said.
“I didn’t actually enter the doubles, but another player dropped out and I teamed up with Graham, we did well.”
While Steven admitted he didn’t get outstanding results, he was happy with how he went.
“I won some honest points and I enjoyed it. I’m giving it my best, trying some different things to see if I can continue to improve.”
Steven underwent emergency surgery on November 26 last year in Townsville after it was discovered he was suffering from glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the brain.
Former Mackay player Rebekah Stanley looked in awesome form, killing just about every shot to win yet another Mackay Open women’s title. Townsville junior Taleisha Gaeta did well in her first open final, taking Rebekah to 10 in the second game.
Brisbane coach Bruno Levis was in similar form to take the men’s title, beating Townsville’s David Fielding in straight games.
The open tournament showed that table tennis can be played by anyone from eight to 80.
Eighty-year-olds Coral Morgan of Mackay and Townsville twins Morrie and Harry Bligh mixed it with the younger generation, including the youngest William Murphy of Townsville and Cruz Norman of Rockhampton, both eight.
The ‘oldies’ have been playing in local, state and national championships for many years, while the young ones are just starting out.
Coral and Harry won an over 70s doubles national bronze medal at Adelaide, while the brothers have also been on the dais for a title.
William and Cruz have been selected to compete in the state junior championships at the Sunshine Coast on July 2 where they will play in the under 11 age group.
Cruz had plenty of family support over the weekend, with brother Colte, mum Erica Norman and Grandma Pam Clarke all competing.
By Charlie Payne
TEN master’s rowers from the Mackay Rowing Club competed in the Queensland State Masters Championships on the May Day long weekend.
The Championships were held at Lake Wyaralong.
The master’s rowers have been in training for some months preparing for the Championships that were unable to be held last year due to Covid-19.
Competition was at a very high level and even Mackay rowers that missed out on placing did well to compete in the championships.
SECOND - Jane Deguara, Bert Sadlier, Terry Jamieson and Therese Clancy in the Mixed Masters Quad.
SECOND - Tony Lloyd and Jim Stafford (Widebay) in the Men’s Masters Double.
THIRD - Jane Deguara in the Women’s Masters Single.
THIRD - Jane Deguara and Solveig Ward in the Women’s Masters Double.
FIRST - Therese Clancy in the Women’s Masters F Single.
SECOND - Therese Clancy and Bert Sadlier in the mixed Masters G – M Double.
THIRD - Therese Clancy, Sabina Lloyd, Jane Deguara and Solveig Ward in the Women’s Masters F Quad.
Last week, members of the Marian Ladies Bowls Club played bowls and held a special afternoon tea.
The afternoon tea was part of the Cancer Council’s ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ and for the ladies it held special meaning for them.
They played in memory of Val Saunders, a former club member in Marian for many years who lost her battle with cancer.
Lyn Jackson said, “Val always organised this event and was tragically taken by cancer a few years ago.”
The final of the B Singles was played on the same day, with Cherie Ryan defeating Mary Barbour.
Mackay ladies brought home the Division Three Flag at the State District Sides Bowls Championships, held in Brisbane earlier this month.
After losing their first three games, the ladies produced a stunning comeback to win the next four out of six games.
This cinched the Division Three Flag and placed them ninth out of 20 districts.
MDLBA Match Chairperson and Media Officer Lois Deguara said the ladies should be very proud of their achievements.
“They proved they could handle whatever was thrown at them,” Lois said.
“Congratulations to all involved. A special thanks goes to Flex Purcell our district coach for all the work he put into the team.”
The championships were played at three different bowling clubs with differing surfaces; playing on carpet at Manly Bowls Club and grass at both Wynnum Bowls Club and Belmont Bowls Club, where the finals were held.
Mackay 50 def Moreton Bay 33
Mackay 37 def North Qld 33
Mackay 50 def Central Qld 41
Junior rugby league players from Western Districts (Wests) played the game of their small lives last weekend, under the bright lights of Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
The Under 8 Black team played in a Cowboys mini-mods invitational program at half-time. The tiny players wore the black and gold with tiger pride and put on an entertaining performance for the strong crowd.
In senior rugby league, it was a home game for the A-Grade and Reserve teams playing Moranbah in Round 4. To celebrate Mother’s Day at Tiger Park, all mums got in the gate for free.
Reserve went down 18 – 12 to the boys from the bush, but the Tigers roared back in the A-Grade, managing to sharpen their claws for a draw, 34 points each.
Bowls report provided by North Mackay Ladies Bowling Club.
GOOSEPOND TRIPLES has been organised by the North Mackay Ladies Bowling Club for many years as a District event. This year 24 teams from seven clubs competed in closely contested games for the $600 prize money on offer.
A great spirit of friendship shared and competitive rivalry was evident as the ladies did battle over three games.
The winners were: 1st Bev McDonald; Maureen Blucher with Margaret Creese as Skip. 2nd Marie Bragg; Val De Pinto and Joyce Camilleri. 3rd Shirley Bartolo; Lurline Ford and Dorothy Wise. 4th Joyce Bloomfield; Lois Deguara and Nuggie Pratt.
At Souths/Suburban Master Triples Event, played over three days, two of our ladies Dorothy (Nuggie) Pratt and Lois Deguara teamed with Joyce Bloomfield from St Helens to take out first place.
At Mackay City Bowls Club one of our teams came away with the prize money in the May Day Carnival by winning all three of their games. Congratulations ladies.
Men’s Pennants are starting this weekend and the draw and teams are up on the notice board. Good luck to our teams and may the wicks go our way.
In the men’s three bowl triples championship the team of Mick Mackenzie, Glen Royes and Ron Bowers are now in the final after beating Dave McKnight, Eric Galletly and Greg McLean.
Week ending 8 May.
Monday pairs was won by Maurie Pearson and Paul Goldston. Second was a triple: Edith Sealy, Helen Fleming and Bevan Cooper.
Wednesday ladies: In the ladies’ pairs club championship, Hilary Rowan and Lorraine Silman meet Val De Pinto and Bev Svenson in the final.
Thursday mixed pairs winners were Ken Wedel and Barry Lehmann, with Barry and Celia Lee runners up. The kitty toucher jackpots, as it was not won.
Friday mixed pairs winners were Bev Svenson and Val De Pinto, with Tony Allsop and Ernie Sealy a close second. Tony also won the kitty toucher draw but finished up just behind the kitty, so the kitty toucher jackpots.
Saturday men’s pairs winners were Peter Grant and Frank Paterson with John Chester-master and Wayne Trannore second.
Photos: Supplied - Racecourse Light Gear Fishing Club.
Starting at 6am, on a very windy day, the Racecourse Light Gear Fishing Club met for the Mackay and District Mid-North Title, which was fished on 2 May.
Mid-North title is all association clubs combined, fishermen from Rockhampton and across Central Queensland make the journey for this sought-after trophy, which was held over the May Day long weekend at Thompsons Creek near Proserpine.
Over the 7 hours, Brett Teys won the trophy, taking it home with 132 points, catching a staggering 38 fish.
There were 39 total competitors; winner of the ladies was Lily Reilly, with 48 points and Bailee Collier won the juniors with 7.4 points.
The competition had keen fishers come all the way up from Rockhampton for what turned out to be a gorgeous day for casting a line, with some excellent close competition.
The club are always looking for more members and suggest that contacting the association directly through their Facebook page is the best avenue.
You can also contact the fishing association directly, who can also point prospective fisher-people in the direction of either boat-based or land-based fishing; Racecourse Light Gear being a land fishing group. Once contacted, they will let you know what is required: boots, rods or otherwise.
They fish two times monthly, with ladies, men’s, and juniors.
Mackay’s favourite adventure race was back in 2021, with the ZACH MACH Adventure Challenge attracting competitors from far and wide to the Pioneer Valley on Mother’s Day.
The full race consisted of a 10km canoe on Teemburra Dam, a 30km mountain bike ride up mountains and traversing challenging crossings, a 10km trail run through cane paddocks and downstream Cattle Creek as they negotiated mud, sand and stones to Gargett before looping back to the Pinnacle Pub. Exhausted yet? Well, there’s still another 30km bike ride to go, this time a road loop finishing back at the race hub, the Pinnacle Pub.
This year the ZACH MACH celebrated its 9th year and had fun new additions like an adventure challenge station as part of the Mini Mach course. The SES were on hand to make sure competitors safely crossed rivers.
A full list of winners will be published in next week’s edition.
If you have ever wanted to be a curator of art, you can now do so with the click of a mouse.
Mackay residents can now curate their own digital art exhibition from more than 620 works.
The works, about half of the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, have been made available through the Artspace Mackay online collection database and this will continue to be added to.
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said the new online database enabled access to council’s art collection like never before.
“It enables anyone and everyone to search the collection and play curator,” Mayor Williamson said.
“You can explore the collection by colour, object type and/or artist, then create shortlists and email them to yourself and friends,” he said.
“The database also invites users to explore our featured collections. These include artists’ books, prints, ceramics and paintings along with curated collection highlights such as contemporary Australian Indigenous artworks and past winners of The Libris Awards.”
The online collection can be found at collection.artspacemackay.com.au/explore
Artspace Mackay director Tracey Heathwood said council’s art collection was started in the late 1980s by the Mackay City Library and had since grown to more than 1200 works of art.
“We have one of the biggest holdings of artists’ books outside the capital cities,” Ms Heathwood said.
She said other highlights of the collection included prints from the Lockhart River Art Gang of North Queensland, contemporary Indigenous artworks, ceramics and a significant holding of Lyre Bird Press publications.
Mr Williamson said the development of an online database for the art collection had been a long-standing business priority for council.
“The council art collection provides the basis for displays, exhibitions, research and educational programs that serve to culturally enrich our community,” he said.
“We hope that providing access to the collection serves to promote appreciation for its significance within the community and beyond.
“We hope it will also encourage further donations and encourage scholarly research that facilitates new insights and discoveries.”
NINETEEN-year-old Mackay local and North Queensland Gold Stars hooker Emma Manzelmann has been locked in as part of the selected 32 women training squad for Tahnee Norris’ Queensland side and is hoping to pull on the Maroon shirt in her seniors Origin debut.
“I’ve played rugby league since I was 7, I played with boys until U12 when the girls couldn’t play with the boys anymore!” Manzelmann said.
“All my older cousins were boys and they played footy, so one day I said: Mum and Dad, I want to play footy like Lukey (my older cousin), then they said are you sure? and I said yes, now here I am!”
When it got to U13’s, Emma started high school and was urged by an inspirational figure into playing schoolgirls footy, and she’s never looked back.
“Deanna Turner, she was a schoolteacher at Mercy when I went to high school. She encouraged me to play schoolgirl footy after I finished with the boys; she encouraged me to play with the girls,” she said.
“She played for Queensland and the Jillaroos – she’s the most influential person I’ve had in my life.
“I had some ups and downs, but she kept pushing me through the hard times - always saying, you can do this, go all the way.”
As a youth player she represented for schoolgirl footy and for the Mackay Cutters, citing those two as major proving grounds for her as a developing prospect.
Emma is one of three Gold Stars players to be called up for the training squad and wants to make an impression, just as a personal idol Brittany Bailey once did.
“Watching her go from being a Mackay girl to Brisbane then to be able to play Origin; If she can do it, I can do it,” Manzelmann said.
She has already made her juniors debut in the Maroons shirt, and says she is going to put in all the hard work to make the final squad and get her senior’s debut.
“I’m one step closer to a dream I’ve had ever since I was a little girl.”
Peter Gill was one of the star players to compete in the Barrier Reef Congress held in Mackay last weekend. Photos: Amanda Wright.
More than 200 bridge players came from outside of Mackay to take part in the 2021 Barrier Reef Congress.
Mackay hosted one of Australia’s biggest Bridge competitions last weekend, the Barrier Reef Congress. With its cancellation in 2020 due to COVID-19, the local Mackay Contract Bridge Club were excited to host the special 25th anniversary edition of the competition.
With the global pandemic cancelling a lot of competitions across Australia, the Mackay event attracted some of Australia’s best bridge players, including the internationally renowned Peter Gill.
Peter is an Emerald Grand Master and one of Australia’s Top Masterpoint winners of all time. He has represented Australia 11 times and achieved Best Defended Hand in the World in 2004. He has a slew of international achievements and multiple national championships behind him and created a buzz at the event with many local players hoping to meet him during gameplay.
Mayor Greg Williamson officially opened the event on Friday 30 April and gameplay commenced that evening at 7pm.
Mackay Contract Bridge Club President Lorna Shuttlewood said more than 200 players had come from outside of Mackay for the event.
“We have people from as far afield as Victoria, New South Wales, and up and down the Queensland coast,” Ms Shuttlewood said.
“We are excited to have attracted so many visitors to Mackay, and so many high-calibre players with a number of state and national representatives here.”
Ms Shuttlewood said that they were limited to 250 players due to COVID restrictions for the indoor event, and that interest was so strong they had to close entries eight weeks before the event as places filled fast.
“There were a few disappointed people who missed out,” she said.
The Barrier Reef Congress is a Gold Point Event, there is only one other Gold Point Event held in Queensland which is why it attracts a lot of interest from all corners of Australia. Those rankings attribute to Australian selection in the sport.
Pennants are commencing very soon, and the draw for all divisions is up on the nominations board. If you are wanting to play, please make sure your name and dates you are not available are on the nomination list, as the selectors are about to choose the teams to represent North Mackay.
It was very pleasing to see a good field last Thursday. There were players on both greens so the new format seems very popular. After a four-week trial the board will be looking at starting Tuesdays again, but also under a different format. Any suggestions to Ian Beveridge would be appreciated.
There was also a good field of players on Friday and Saturday, although with pennants starting shortly Saturday numbers will drop back.
RESULTS Week ending 2 May.
There was the usual large field of players on Monday, resulting in a win for J. Haber and R. Vigliante.
Wednesday Ladies day was won by Marie Duck, Bev Woodward and Cicely Lee. Runners up was the team of Isla Comelli, Jan Little and Netty Thomsen.
There were no results available for Thursday or Friday, although we do know that Bob Kinnane won the Kitty Toucher draw, but missed, so the jackpot increases next week.
Saturday men’s day resulted in a win for Greg McLean and David Evans with Ian McDonald and Mick Mackenzie coming a close second.
The biggest cycling competition on the Mackay Cycling Club calendar took place over the May Day long weekend, with more than 50 riders from across Queensland lining up for the Forty Winks Mackay Open.
The 2021 event consisted of three races, a graded scratch race held in the Pioneer Valley, a handicap race held near Wollingford and a criterium at the Palmyra Raceway.
Shane Marcus from Townsville was too strong for the Mackay A-graders on day one, winning the 70km road race from Mackay’s Michael Sleeman in 2nd and Craig Larsen in 3rd. The three riders broke away from the bunch early and then it came down to Shane and Michael in a sprint finish for the win.
The handicap race held on Sunday morning worked in favour of the front markers. Not one bunch caught another along the 36km circuit which featured an uphill sprint finish. Kerry Bainbridge took line honours in a time of 1:20:23 with Joe Adair and Ron Hickson both from Rockhampton in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Ron, known as the Silver Fox, is a much-loved cycling personality in Queensland, racing road and track in his seventies.
Mackay’s Kyle Marwood claimed fastest time in 1:01:47 outsprinting Ben Lawes and Shane Marcus, both Townsville riders.
Marwood took his dominant form into the afternoon’s criterium race at the Palmyra Raceway. He broke off the front of the bunch early and held his lead for the remainder of the race to win the A-grade race comfortably, despite the pack’s best efforts to reel him back. Craig Larsen sprinted strongly to take second over Thomas Beddome who was riding for the Australian Defence Force.
Three youngsters from Mackay claimed honours in the B-Grade, with up-and-coming rider Ethan Weiss claiming victory. Ethan is known as a mountain bike rider but has quickly shown his talent this year as a road rider. Second and third went to Thomas Hall and Harrison Ney. Harrison rode most of the race off the front, only caught on the final lap in a valiant effort of strength and determination.
The Mackay Magpies Crusaders United have had a tough start to their National Premier League campaign, six games down with one win, four of those away games against top opponents; having already played four of the top five teams from the last few seasons.
Currently, they sit at 13th on the 14 team NPL ladder, equal on three points with Eastern Suburbs and Redlands United.
They should certainly have more points than they do so far, but they are currently let down by their goal difference, brought on by some poor discipline issues: finishing games with 10 men.
The Crusaders have been plagued by late capitulation, too, often conceding two or three goals in the dying embers of their games.
For those fans who have attended, the games have been far closer than the results appear, with a string of valiant performances against top sides.
They still have a majority of their games left to play, too, many being home fixtures at Sologinkin Oval, which will undoubtedly give them a home ground advantage.
Looking at their Round 2 fixture more closely highlights some recurring issues for the Crusaders season so far, with late goals and red cards the bane for the side.
Playing at Sologinkin, the team came up against a powerful Brisbane Olympic side, who lauded an impressive five former A-League players on their team sheet.
The Crusaders executed their game plan diligently, with the opposition’s possession limited to non-threatening areas, as well as cutting off supply to the Olympic playmaker and captain Steve Whyte.
Crusaders took the lead in the first half, but were matched with a late equaliser from Olympic just before the stroke of half time.
A red card decision, which has become a recurring point of chagrin for the Crusaders, saw them go down to 10 men as a player was ejected after a dangerous tackle.
Interestingly, they were still able to score, converting a well-earned chance and led 2-1 for some time.
The Pies defended valiantly for the last 40 with a player down before succumbing to two quick goals to have victory snatched from their grasps.
It’s not all doom and gloom for the MCU, though, they won their first game of the season with a clean sheet, recording their first ever 1-0 win in the club’s history and the squad look promising.
They continue to progress well in the FFA Cup, with victories against local teams Lions and Magpies leading them to play Rockhampton side Frenchville away from home where they won again.
The next cup round is to be played at home against Edge Hill United, a side from Cairns, on a yet to be decided date, and a win will place the Magpies in the FFA Cup Round of 32, where it is possible to draw a team, including an A League team, from anywhere in Australia.
CLUBS in the Mackay region now have a one-stop-shop for information, guidance and support.
Known as Clubs Connect, council launched the exciting new online resource last week and Mayor Greg Williamson is tipping it to be a big hit with club committees.
“Clubs Connect has some key features that will make it a vital tool for clubs,” Mayor Williamson said.
“Firstly, it provides access to the club locker room feature – this feature provides a secure, club-specific digital vault for all of the club’s records and documents,” he said.
“It can only be accessed by council’s Sports and Recreation team and executive committee members of the clubs, so it really streamlines things when there is a ‘changing of the guard’ or if you have a computer crash.
“It also provides access to the Modern Club Management Kit – an exceptional resource that walks you through every facet of managing a club and holding a committee role.”
MAD Mountain Bike Club’s Peter Lister said he really liked the club noticeboard feature.
“When clubs are holding a big event, for example, rather than trying to hire marquees, you can put up a notice to see if another club is happy to share,” Mr Lister said.
“They can then share their branding at your event, and you can borrow the equipment you need – happy days.”
Register your club today at mackay.qld.gov.au/clubregistration
Sign up before midnight, May 31, to go in the draw for a $500 Intersport voucher for your club!
Mackay Turf Club’s popular Fri-Yay Race days continue to be a success, with three of these TAB meetings run per year.
The 30 April race day didn’t start well with the racecourse receiving 30mls of rain the previous evening but once again, the track proved to be one of the best in Queensland, only being rated a Soft 6 and racing beautifully for the day.
The highlight of the day was young apprentice Montana Philpot. Montana rode a double (win) in race 3 and 4 as well as two seconds in the first two races of the day.
In a short career of around four months, this is the fourth time she has ridden a double. An amazing achievement and surely she has big future ahead.
Montana is apprentice to Stu Kendrick, who started his training career in Mackay before moving to Caloundra. Her win in race 4 over 1560m was on a locally trained horse “Mason’s Chance” by Olivia Cairns.
Other Mackay trainers who dominated the day with Olivia were Trinity Bannon (“Star of O’Reilly” Race 7), John Manzelmann (“Mishani Fortune” Race 1) and Ian Shaw (“Stars Don’t Rust” Race 5) all training winners.
Rockhampton trainers Peter Fleming (“Captian Fox” Race 6) and Leanne Applewaite (“Tezoff” with jockey Montana Philpot) had success while the final two winners came from Townsville, trainers Carl Spry (“Moss the Boss” Race 8) and Mat McGuire (“Tactical Illusion” Race 2).
Next “FRI-YAY!” Friday races will be 21 May, 2021 followed by TAB Amateurs on Saturday 29 May, 2021.
Racing Manager, Mackay Turf Club
RUGBY League Mackay and District have defended the Foley Shield over the weekend, defeating Townsville Blackhawks to clinch the trophy in back-to-back seasons.
Mackay and District played valiantly over the long weekend, coming out on top of the Cairns and Townsville sides.
Despite player withdrawals at the start of the week, Mackay wrangled fill-ins who all played their hearts out.
The Shield was not played during in 2020, but an unofficial Foley Shield rivalry was found in last year’s shortened Rugby League Mackay and District competition.
Townsville Brothers, heralded by now Townsville Blackhawks coach Roy Baira, lost out to Wests Mackay in the grand final, giving a heated atmosphere to this year’s Foley Shield.
Baira was unable to bring home the shield, with new Mackay and District coach Steve Jackson claiming the title this year.
Jackson replaced previous coach Wayne Barnett, who took Mackay to Foley Shield victory in 2019.
“We had a boy come up from Mackay, he was heading up to Townsville anyway; he put his boots in the car. He’s usually from Carltons in Mackay, and he turned up here and played his heart out,” Steve Jackson said.
“Like I said to these boys: your parents would be proud of you men today.”
The win qualifies Mackay for the next stage of the XXXX A Grade League Championship, playing off against the central 47th Battalion champions in mid-June.
Mackay Athletic Club’s annual carnival attracted a handful of high-calibre athletes this year, hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Commonwealth Games discus star Taryn Gollshewsky was the first of the Olympic hopefuls in action in the women’s discus, followed later in the day by Matthew Denny. Both Australian representatives fell just short of their Olympic qualifying distances during the Mackay competition. Both set significant new carnival records, with Taryn recording 56.76m and Matthew 62.47m.
The 100m sprint also saw two Olympic hopefuls’ line up, but the windy conditions did not help their cause. Jake Doran and Jacob Despard unfortunately couldn’t use their sensational sprint to qualify with a wind reading of +2.5 metres/second. Readings above 2 metres/second can’t be used as records or qualifying times. Little separated the sprinters who had to be judged on a photo finish, Jake crossed the line in 10.51 seconds with Jacob slightly behind in 10.56.
Aside from Olympic hopefuls, hundreds of every day athletes from toddlers to retirees lined up to give it their all in the first event on the Athletics North Queensland calendar for 2021. We will cover more achievements in the coming weeks, however a special mention goes to masters athlete, Les-Lee Reid, who we believe achieved more placings than any other athlete.
The all-rounder can run, jump and throw and displayed pure athleticism in the 40 – 44 year age group. She medaled in each of her 14 events in both masters and open age categories and broke numerous carnival records. She took home 12 golds and 2 silvers, breaking records in shot put, javelin, 100m sprint, high jump, triple jump and the throws pentathlon. Her favourite event is the javelin where she threw a personal best distance of 29.44m to win the open women’s competition.
Her son Cale also had an excellent carnival, winning the discus and taking home three seconds and three thirds.
A full list of results can be found online: www.mackayathletics.com.au/results-records/mackay-track-field-carnival-results-records/
Caption: Australian discus star Taryn Gollshewsky fell just short of the Olympic qualifying standard at the Mackay Athletics carnival.
Mackay Bowling Club’s President Dot welcomed club members, MDLBA President Hilary and executives, District club Presidents and members, Chairman of the Mackay Club Board Noel Brand and Snr vice President of the Men’s section John Jorgensen to the club to celebrate its 28th Birthday with a ‘President at Home day’.
With a full green of bowlers there was much laughter and great friendship had by all.
“Once the games were completed, we all celebrated with a beautiful luncheon and cutting of the cake by President Dot with the help from President Hilary. Many thanks to all who participated and helped make this day a memorable day.”
Senior Vice President Hazell presented the winners Bev Trannore, Karina Dunn, Leanne Lewis and Robyn Schatkowski and Lucky card draw winners Ann Butson, Leanne Jenner, Marie Mayfield, Hilary Rowan with their prizes.
A breezy morning and an undulating course around the rural roads of Mackay made for a tough battle in the Peter Burston Shield race last Sunday.
The handicap race saw more than 20 riders spread across five groups chase each other down in a race that finished only a few hundred metres apart.
Front markers Paul Lamperd and Geoff Ney managed to hold onto their handicap lead to cross the line in first and second respectively. The two broke away from the rest of their group to win with a comfortable margin.
The scratch markers were the next to power over the line, with Craig Larsen leading a strong uphill sprint to claim fastest time overall. Tom Hall was the fastest junior, starting only a few minutes in front of the scratch bunch and finishing just behind them.
The race was held over a course known as the Wollingford loops, which departs from Walkerston and travels up the Mackay Eungella Road, looping back down the Pleystowe School Road, finishing at the top of a hill on Rocky Waterholes Wollingford Road; a 44km circuit.
The Peter Burston Shield is held in honour of one of the Mackay Cycling Club’s most dedicated volunteers. Mr Burston has been involved with cycling most of his life, other than when he served in Vietnam. He was a successful cyclist before becoming a commissaire and has officiated hundreds of events across Queensland. He is the cycling club’s Chief Comissaire and also a life member.
It’s not called the XXXX Rivalry Round for nothing, with the Central Queensland Capras and QCCS Mackay Cutters going head-to-head in a physical game at Browne Park last weekend in round 4 of the Intrust Super Cup.
The Cutters battered and bruised from a physical game against the PNG Hunters the weekend before had to make some changes to its squad, but coach Michael Crawley was determined to put the best players on the field, including captain Ross Bella who had a broken nose.
“Front rowers live with broken noses, Ross is a big boy he’s ready to go again,” Coach Crawley said.
Crawley made the right call. Not only was Bella up to the task, but in true leadership fashion, he powered his way under the posts for the Cutters’ first try of the night. Brandon Finnegan crashed over the line 8-minutes later for the Cutters’ second.
Before the game, Crawley commented that the Cutters had to tighten their ruck as PNG had come at them up the middle. The focus on that paid off as the Cutters led 22-14 with less than 10 minutes left.
In the 74th minute, a try to lock Lachlan Hubner saw the Capras only trailing by two points, but Sean Mullany crossed in the 77th minute for the Cutters for his second try of the game.
Crawley was happy that the Cutters had notched their first win of the season, saying those two points are really important to their campaign. He said that the resilience of his side really showed to hang in until the end of the game for the win.
The QCCS Cutters are hoping to have a big home side crowd behind them at this weekend’s match at BB Print Stadium, as they take on Souths Logan Magpies who are currently sitting one point below them on the table.
Carn the Cutters!
After two consecutive state championship competitions in Brisbane, Ava Barron was on a plane a fortnight later to compete at the Athletics Australia National Championships at Olympic Park in Sydney. Swapping her Mackay Athletics Club singlet for a Queensland one, Ava showed she’s among the best in Australia in the U14 age group, taking home two silver medals.
Competing in both running and jumping events, Ava showed her versatility by coming 12th in the 100m sprint, equaling her personal best. She then ran a personal best in her 400m heat to cruise into the final, where she backed up with a bigger personal best of 60.48 (two seconds faster than her previous best) to win the silver medal.
She also jumped a personal best of 10.47 in the triple jump with a 21cm improvement for 7th place.
The next day she claimed her second silver medal at the nationals, jumping 5.04m in the long jump. She fouled by the smallest of margins on a huge jump of around 5.20m, giving her confidence the best is yet to come.
Ava’s season has now finished and she’s looking forward to a break before training starts with her new club on the Gold Coast.
The Mackay Road Runners in conjunction with The Lost Bunyips Trail Enthusiasts celebrated the 10-year anniversary of The Eungella Trail Run on Saturday 17 April. This is the first event in the Mackay Road Runners New Trail Series.
Over 100 runners took on the challenge, participating in both the 18km and 6km course which weaved through the stunning and well-maintained single trails in Eungella National Park.
The 18km course which extends from Broken River to The Chalet and back was hotly contested, with local Mackay runners being challenged by a number of athletes from Airlie Beach and Moranbah.
In the men’s division it was the Airlie Beach duo Matt Simpson and Chris Murphy who stormed through in first and second place followed closely behind by local talent Thomas Wendt. It was our local Triathletes (Nikki Giles, Jose Short and Jody Walker) who took out the top three spots in the women’s division, cruising through the course easily and with big smiles on their faces.
The short sharp 6km course was popular this year with James Lloyd and Jorja Lowry taking out the top's spots. For both of them it was their first trail run and they will be ones to watch as the trail series unfolds.
For the first time in the 10-year history of the event, children aged 12 and under were given the opportunity to tie up their laces and hit the trails by participating in “The Little Yowie’s Run” which followed a beautiful 2km loop of the rainforest. Each child ran with a parent and enjoyed the thrills and spills that trail running has to offer. From what we witnessed the future of local trail running is bright!
The next trail run in our series will be at Rowallen Park on 13 June. Everyone is welcome to attend and more information about the trail running series can be found on the Mackay Road Runners Facebook Page.
By Jaylene Harrison, Mackay Road Runners.
MACKAY Junior Rugby Union is getting set to kick off, as final preparations take place for the upcoming Central Queensland Muster on 1 and 2 May at Quarry Hill in North Mackay.
Central Queensland ‘Bushrangers’ will be hosting trials at the event in a series of age groups, including U12 Mixed, U13 Boys, U14 Boys and U16 boys.
The event normally hosts upwards of 350 junior players, offering them the opportunity to make the Bushrangers team for their age group and represent their region.
The muster serves as an opportunity for all players to show they can compete at a top level, with competition often sparse for some country clubs, players rarely get opportunities to show their abilities in their own age bracket.
Once the Bushranger squads have been chosen from the Muster, they will head south to Toowoomba in the June and July school holidays, representing their region against even tougher opponents.
The Mackay volunteer coaching staff have put in the hard yards, training regularly and looking at ways to challenge and grow their group of exciting young players who are participating at the upcoming event.
Coaching staff Simon and Lincon Burnett, Marius Johnson, Peter Reedman, Andrew Battaia, Lincoln Grady, Tony Bryant, Mark Reedman, Nathan Sainbury, and Wayne Clark all deserve a round of applause for their stellar efforts.
Girls Coaches Chloe Butler and Kelvin Clulee have been working hard, too, and are now putting out the call for additional reinforcements in the U14, U16 and U18s girls age brackets to participate at the Muster in May.
Rugby Skills Academy are a continued presence at training sessions and have offered no-cost support to Mackay Junior Rugby Union with their CQ Bushrangers pathway programs.
Last weekend was a busy one at Goosies, with a Memorial Day held on Saturday for late Ian ‘Goodie’ Goodwin who passed away recently and was a great supporter of North Mackay Bowls Club.
The triples box draw competition attracted over 50 male players from several clubs, with the emphasis on having a fun day. Bottles of whisky and scratchie tickets were handed out as prizes.
Ian’s wife Nola was present for the presentation, and Paul ‘Goldy’ Goldston entertained the participants with a few appropriate songs. A great day was had by all.
On Sunday, the finals of the club singles championship and the club two bowl triples were decided. Chris Banney celebrated his full time return to the club by beating Greg McLean for the club champion title.
The two bowl triples final was a very exciting game, with the two teams (Ian Beveridge, Clint Vasse and Dave McKendry against Tony Allsop, Ken Wedel and John Priest) being neck and neck all the way.
On the final 28th end John Priest’s team needed one shot to tie. They got the one, so an extra end had to be played. This resulted in a two-shot win for John Priest, Ken Wedel and Tony Allsop.
In a round of the senior singles, Ian McDonald beat Neil Blucher.
North Mackay Ladies won the District Symons Shield, with Northern Beaches in second place. The competition was played over two days with ten teams entered.
Battling massive surf is part of the game when you’re a surf boat rower. Not only is it a physical sport, but one which comes with life-saving intent.
Mackay’s own ‘old boys of the sea’ were in action last month at the Masters Surf Life Saving State Titles at Tugun Beach. With a combined age of 160 years, the crew took home a silver medal after three close races.
The surf boat rowing team was formed a few years ago from Eimeo and Mackay Surf Life Saving Clubs and is known as the Box Bellies.
Box Bellies Captain Stan Ridland said he started life saving as a 13-year-old and has been a part of the sport for more than 40 years.
Their success at the state titles qualified the team for the nationals, held last weekend on the Sunshine Coast. Their training was interrupted after the team were forced into lockdown following the state competition after an entertainer who had been to the Tugun Beach event tested positive for COVID-19. The team had to endure 12 days of isolation before they could recommence training only a short time before nationals.
Although the team went for gold on the Alexandra Headland, the team missed out on a national medal. The season however, a success with a state silver and second place at the Australia Day competition at Maroochydore. An ‘oarsome’ achievement.
A powerful forward pack and unrivaled athleticism on the wing helped the PNG Hunters to an impressive 26 – 14 victory at BB Print Stadium last Saturday evening.
The round 3 clash of the Intrust Super Cup provided PNG with their second win of the 2021 season.
Despite first blood going to the Cutters with a try to Michael Bell, the home side let PNG put into play kicking tactics which often left the Cutters scrambling to defend in their own 22. A few dropped catches with tackles still in play near the try line also cost the Cutters what looked like certain points on more than one occasion.
With three quick tries to the Hunters, they were ahead 16 – 4 at the break, a lead which the Cutters couldn’t claw back despite valiant performances. Kane Bradley crossed in the 48th minute for the Cutters with an impressive outstretched one-handed dive for the line near the corner.
Edwin Ipape touched down for PNG’s fifth try of the night to all but seal the contest, with Kyle Krisanski-Kennedy crossing late to add a respectable tally for the Cutters.
After spending 31 days in quarantine, the PNG Hunters are now based on the Gold Coast for the 2021 Intrust Super Cup season. The squad’s new home-away-from-home is the Gold Coast Performance Centre, an incredible facility which gives the players something to smile about while they miss their loved ones back home amid the COVID-19 crisis in Papua New Guinea.
This weekend, the Cutters will travel to Rockhampton to meet the Central Queensland Capras in XXXX Rivalry Round with both teams seeking their first win of the season.
The opening match saw the Hastings Deering Colts take the field, with the Mackay Cutters putting on a dominant performance against the Western Mustangs. Both sides looked evenly matched in the first 20-minutes with the scores tied 4-4, however once the Cutters found their rhythm, they unleashed a furious feast of tries.
Henri Stocks crossed for two tries in a row for the home side, the Cutters scoring 8 tries to finish 44-10.
The Mackay women continued their dominance in the Harvey Norman U19, defeating the Northern Pride 32–24 in Townsville to remain undefeated in the 2021 season.
U.S import player Jerron Jamerson is set to light up the NBL1 conference, bringing star quality to the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors for the 2021 season.
Hailing from Indiana, the 29-year-old is no stranger to Queensland having played previously in the QBL for the North Gold Coast Seahawks in 2018 and USC Rip City in 2019.
Jamerson had signed with the McDonald’s Meteors last year, but when the NBL1 season was cancelled due to COVID, he departed Mackay and spent 6-months playing in the Darwin Basketball Championship League. Across 19 games in the ‘Top End’ he averaged 28.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists, remarkably also registering two, ‘triple-doubles’.
McDonald’s Meteors Head Coach Joel Khalu said it was an easy decision to bring Jamerson back.
“Jerron spent just over a week in Mackay training with the guys last year and what our coaching staff and I saw of him in that short time was pretty impressive,” Khalu said.
“With his size, athleticism and skill set he can impact the game heavily at both ends of the court. I think he has the potential to become one of the premier ‘two-way’ elite players in the NBL1 nation-wide.”
“Another good thing about Jerron is that he’s been here and done it. He’s not a new import player who’s coming into Australia for their first professional season. He’s already posted notable stats over two campaigns in our league, so he’s got a great feel about the opposition teams we’ll face, the venues we compete in and what it takes to be successful at the NBL1 level.”
Jamerson also described his return to Mackay as a simple choice.
“It’s a good program, not only from the team, but also the coaches, general manager and the entire organisation in general,” Jamerson said.
“The community also rallies around their basketball here, so that’s always a positive too.”
“I’m just looking forward to getting out there and bringing whatever is needed to help the team win.”
In 2018, the 194cm combo guard averaged an impressive 23.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He backed that up the following year with 22.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, while shooting 56% from the field and 41% from behind the arc.
The McDonald’s Meteors still have 5 weeks of pre-season training remaining before battling the Townsville Heat on the road in their first NBL1 North game on Friday, May 14.
The final of the Ladies District Masters Pairs was played at North Mackay Bowls Club on 24th March. This championship event is open to players who are affiliated with a club in the Mackay District and who have won a club championship pairs or singles. The semi-finals and finals were played at Goosies on a very hot and humid day. The final was between Lorraine Silman and Carmel Bell from Goosies and Rhonda Meng and Sue McCall from Souths/Suburban. It was 18-all on the final end, so a further end was played, resulting in a 23-18 win for the Goosies girls.
On Sunday the first semi-final of the men’s championship two bowl triples was played, and resulted in a win for Tony Allsop, Ken Wedel and John Priest over Wayne Trannore, Peter Delaney and Neil Blucher. The margin was only four shots. Other Sunday games results were not available.
Social results for the week ending 27 March.
Monday 2x4x2 pairs resulted in a win for P. Miller and D. Dougal. Second was P. Fench and P. Hamilink.
Tuesday three bowl triples was won by Marg Fogg, Pat Elgey and Ken Wedel. Runners up were Ron and Sylvia Maikler and Tony Allsop.
Wednesday ladies day winners were Dot Wise, Fay McCubben and Sue Hazledine. Second were Marg Goldston, Netty Thomsen and Narelle Schmidtke.
Thursday three bowl triples winners were Ron and Sylvia Maikler (again) with skip J. Hall. Runners up were Vic Gaudion, Tony Allsop and Ken Wedel.
Saturday men’s pairs resulted in a win for Ernie Sealy and Eric Galletly, with Tony Allsop and Charles Greenhalgh running second.
Caption: Congratulations Joy Robinson on becoming a Grand Master. Image supplied: Mackay Contract Bridge Club.
Monday 22 March. Event: 7 Table Mitchell.
N/S. 1st Monica Darley / Nancy Martin. 2nd Joy Robinson / Thelma Caruana. 3rd David Ting / Eric Goodchild.
E/W. 1st Noel Bugeia / Geoffrey Patterson. 2= Susan Wright / Clare Wallace. 2nd = Richard Wix / Nancy Wix.
Tuesday 23 March. Event: 5 Table Mitchell.
N/S. 1st Eric Goodchild / Noel Bugeia. 2nd. Ian Afflick / Geoff Taylor.
E/W. 1st Janelle Conroy / Eric Leivesley 2nd David Ting / Ming Ting.
Wednesday 24 March. Event: Second Round Club Teams.
1st. Janet Hansen / Del Ryan / Monica Darley / Kath Poole. 2nd Maria Setiyawan / Frances Brown / Janelle Conroy / Alan Brown. 3rd Max Holewa / Diane Holewa / Terry Sheedy / Bessie Baldry.
Thursday 25 March. Event: 11 Pair Howell
1st Terry Sheedy / Eric Leivesley. 2nd Janelle Conroy / Janine Rodgers. 3rd= Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless. 3rd= Noel Bugeia / Ian Afflick.
Friday 26 March. Event: 8 Table Mitchell.
N/S. 1st Barbara Tait / Robert Carless. 2nd Terry Sheedy / Bessie Baldry. 3rd Monica Darley / Del Ryan.
E/W. 1st David Ting / Ming Ting. 2nd Lorna Shuttlewood / Debra Goodchild. 3rd= Nancy Martin / Kath Poole. 3rd= Janine Rodgers / Richard Wix.
Saturday 27 March Event: ONE DAY SWISS PAIRS.
1ST Jan Harris / Mick King. 2nd Lorna Shuttlewood / Doone Mitchell. 3rd Frances Brown / Alan Brown. 4th Helen Van Den Broek / Joy Brunette.
Football kicked off with a triumphant return last weekend as hundreds of players from across the region took part in Mackay Regional Football’s Festival of Football.
Mackay Regional Football is a Football Queensland zone encompassing clubs from Mackay, Sarina, Proserpine, Bowen, Airlie Beach and the Central Highlands.
Competition in the region includes fixtures in Mackay, Dysart, Clermont, Moranbah, Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine.
The Festival of Football was held in preparation for the upcoming season providing a chance for teams to have a hit out in a fun, friendly and slightly competitive environment.
The festival included all ages, from Mini Roos to Premiers, across a weekend of action.
Despite first blood going to the QCCS Mackay Cutters with a sensational cross-kick corner try to Josh Smith in only the fourth minute, the Cutters fell to the brutal UAA Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast.
It was the Bears’ first win in the Intrust Super Cup this year after going down to Souths Logan the week before.
The win also secured the Kerry Pattinson Memorial Shield for the home side.
Bears coach Rick Stone gave credit to a passionate performance by the Cutters, saying they delivered a strong 80-minutes of rugby league.
“They were a good and tidy side. They kept coming and performed really well under the hot conditions,” Stone said.
Burleigh were ahead at the half 12-4, with the Cutters striking first after the break with Josh Smith showing speed on the wing to cross for his second. Shane Wright also scored a try in the 58th minute after the sides were going try-for-try. Burleigh crossed twice toward the end of the game for a comfortable win.
The Harvey Norman Women U19’s game at Jack Manski Oval in Townsville showed how dominant the Mackay women are, in a league of their own. They defeated the Mendi Blackhawks 48-0. Three wins from three games placing the Cutters women firmly at the top of the table.
In the Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup also played at Jack Manski Oval in Townsville,
the Mendi Blackhawks defeated the Mackay Cutters 32-0 in the U18 clash.
In the U16s, the Cutters again came out on top with Mackay winning 22-8 over the Mendi Blackhawks in the Cyril Connell Challenge.
From a Carmilla cane farm to the Crater at Candlestick Park as a Mackay Meteorette basketballer and now the Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium to play AFLW for the Suns, Wallis Randell is wasting no time making her mark in different sports.
Randell, 19, moved to the Gold Coast in 2019 to study nursing at Griffith University and made her debut for the Gold Coast Suns last month after scoring a place in the club’s Academy program.
“It was so surreal and amazing, and it was a great team of girls to experience that first game with and even though we lost by one point it was still such a good game,” she said.
“Mum and dad came down to watch and it was so good to see them, it was quite emotional.”
Randell’s background is in basketball, which she began playing when she was just four years old, and she comes from a sport-driven family: her father and two brothers also play basketball, while her mum plays hockey.
“When you play a sport for long enough, you just want to try something new and footy was that for me and I just really enjoyed playing as soon as I tried it,” she said.
“Coming from a basketball background there are some similar skills, but the sport is still very new for me, I’m always learning.”
Before lacing up for the Magpies in the Mackay AFLW competition prior to joining the Suns, Wallis said it hadn’t always been easy to get opportunities to play in the region.
“North Queensland is very much rugby league oriented, and even though AFLW is growing now, when I first started there weren’t very many opportunities for girls to play AFL,” she said.
“But about a year after I started playing, the Girls Play Too movement by AFL Queensland reached Mackay and that’s really grown the sport, so I joined at just the right time.”
For other young girls wanting to play elite-level sport, Randell said it was all about working hard and learning.
“You’re always learning, you go out in every training session you learn something new, every time it’s an opportunity to improve,” she said.
“Just keep working hard and you’ll get there, I remember when I was with the Magpies we had to travel hundreds of kilometres just to get to training and matches, but it’s all worth it to be at this level now.”