Mackay Region Sporting News & Results

Mackay’s Maddog Back In Bull Fighting Arena

Mackay’s Maddog Back In Bull Fighting Arena

A Mackay local will lay it all on the line this weekend working as a protection athlete at the final stage of the 2022 PBR Monster Energy Tour Origin Series in Brisbane.

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Eli’s Not Scared Of Getting His Hands Dirty

Eli’s Not Scared Of Getting His Hands Dirty

One of the youngest contenders at the Queensland Mud Trials Championships also had one of the biggest smiles.

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On the Green at Goosies

On the Green at Goosies

Members are advised that nominations for the ‘8 a side’ competition for all clubs is on the notice board. Teams for this comp comprise four ladies and four men: make up your own team and nominations close shortly. Nomination sheets for the mixed pairs and fours are up. Pairs games commence on 23rd July, Fours commence 30th July The two bowl triples winners for 2022 are Ian Beveridge, Dave McKendry and Clint Vassie. Congratulations boys. On Saturday our division two men’s pennant teams had two w

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School Sports Showpiece Returns To Mackay

School Sports Showpiece Returns To Mackay

The cream of Queensland’s emerging rugby league and netball talent will be on show when Mackay hosts the 2022 CQUniversity Confraternity and QISSN Carnivals next month.

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St Patrick’s Young Guns A Force To Be Reckoned With

May 20, 2022

A promising batch of St Patrick’s College Mackay rugby league colts are set to realise a childhood dream.

Young guns Will Shears, Xavier Kerrisk, Matthew Watts, Liam Doherty, Jason Purdue, Kai Simon and Kayne Smith along with twins Henry Thorpe and Harry Thorpe and Levi Love have secured their immediate sporting futures by signing NRL contracts with the North Queensland Cowboys and Canberra Raiders respectively.

The local Mackay Cutters junior products will spearhead a powerful St Patrick’s Open XIII at the upcoming CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League Carnival that features the best schoolboy and schoolgirl talent from across Queensland.

All ten prospects are players to watch when the 2022 QISSRL Confraternity Shield kicks off in Mackay on June 26 and runs through to July 1.

St Patrick’s College and Mercy College Mackay will host the prestigious CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League and QISSN netball events that return to the Mackay region after a 26-year hiatus.

Under the guidance of Mackay Cutters Assistant First Grade coach and Mercy College staff member Michael Comerford, the St Patrick’s Open team are shaping as a force to be reckoned with.

Shears, a dynamic 17-year-old fullback and Capricornia representative, has the class and skills to go a long way and is one of seven St Patrick’s players to ink deals with NRL club North Queensland.

The dashing custodian, who skippered Mercy College to a Year 10 Cowboys Challenge premiership triumph last season, is joined by rising hooker Kerrisk, a crafty number nine and rugged defender who was part of the Emerging Queensland Origin Under 18s squad.

Alongside them will be skilful half back Purdue - who was Player of the Match for Mercy College in their Cowboys Challenge Grand Final win over St Brendans in 2021 and elusive goal kicking centre Simon.

The giant, ball playing prop Watts will feature alongside strong running back rower Doherty and outstanding 16-year-old lock Kayne Smith, who has impressed keen judges with his ball skills, power running and no-nonsense defence.

In tough middle forward Levi Love, utility half Harry Thorpe and his talented twin brother Henry, a smart hooker/lock, the Raiders have snapped up three budding young hopefuls.

Other key St Patrick’s players to keep an eye on include sharp winger Bailey Anderson and robust utility forward Bray Tait.

“Our Open team is very strong this season with a good mix of youth and experience and are keen to do well against the best schoolboy rugby league sides in the State” said Mr Comerford.

“The boys have worked hard in the lead up to this year’s CONFRO and will represent the Mackay region with pride” he added.

With Pool matches against St Peter Claver College Ipswich, Rockhampton Grammar and Iona College Brisbane, the St Patrick’s outfit is banking on a winning start to progress to the finals and hopefully collect a ninth championship title.

St Patrick’s College Mackay has proved a thriving rugby league nursery over the years and has produced a host of NRL top graders and representative stars including future Kangaroos in prop Martin Bella, winger Brett Dallas, dual international winger Wendell Sailor, half back Daly Cherry-Evans and Queensland excitement machine Ben Barba.

The College has recorded eight Confraternity Shield trophy wins to date including five in a row from 1988 to 1992 as well as title victories in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Several Mercy College and St Patrick’s College staff members are connected to the Mackay Cutters in the QRL Hostplus Cup including star first grade half back Brandon Finnigan, gun centre Blake Paskins (Mercy College) and quicksilver utility back Jake Riley (St Patrick’s).

Michael Comerford (Mercy} and Chad Buckby (St Patrick’s) are the Cutters’ Assistant First Grade coaches for 2022 while Mercy College’s Ethan Roberts is a valuable utility with the Cutters’ Under 20s team

Contributed by Chris Karas

St Patrick’s have had a slew of players sign professional NRL contracts this year, including players like Xavier Kerrisk

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Road Runners Run For Shawn

May 20, 2022

Mackay Road Runners hosted the 4th Annual Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield in honour of Shawn Claydon, a member who passed away in 2018.

The event, sponsored by Forsyths Accounting Services, incorporated the club’s 10km Club Championship, a race that Shawn won many times throughout his illustrious running career.

Road Runners welcomed Shawn’s family Sharon, Jeff, John, Bonny, Donna, and Mikaela, as well as Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williams to speak of Shawn’s invaluable contribution and legacy in the Mackay community and to start the race.

Shawn’s friend Dr Rachel Bidgood also spoke, delivering insightful and professional advice on pancreatic cancer.

Over 80 runners participated in the 5km and 10km races, with Angus Jacobs and Tahnee Malagueno crossing the line first to be crowned champions of the Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield and have their names immortalised on the trophy that hangs in the office of Forsyth Accounting Services.

Lily Levin and Nick Rewald ran the 5km race in blazing times and walked away 5km champions.

Nicole White of Forsyths Accounting Services presented trophies to the winners who took away replica photo frames of the perpetual trophy as their prize.

Random draw raffles were also held to raise money and funds raised from raffles, race nominations, and donations were 100% donated to Pancare Foundation, a charity committed to inspiring hope, raising awareness, supporting families, and funding research for upper gastrointestinal cancers.

L-R Shawn’s cousin Donna, sister Sharon, dad John, and mum Bonny thanked Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson for starting the 4th Annual Forsyths Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield and Mackay Road Runners Club Championship event

Special Guest Speaker Dr Rachel Bidgood with champion veteran runner Judy Zahn

Lily Leven and Nick Rewald claim gold in the Shawn Claydon Memorial Shield 5km

The Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield is awarded to Tahnee Malaguena and Angus Jacobs by Forsyths

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On the Green At Goosies

May 13, 2022

Results Week Ending 8 May

Monday pairs was won by Vern Mietzel and Kevin Dwyer, followed by Bev Woodward and Leslie Baumgarten. Lucky draws were won by Ray McCarthy and Ivan Bragg.

Wednesday ladies’ day winners were J. Comelli and M. Bartolo. Runners up were B. Trannore and W. McGee

Thursday pairs greens vouchers were won by Chris Banney and C. Obst. $15 club vouchers were won by Paul Goldston, Jan Little, Vern Mietzel and Warren Corbett.

Friday winners, once again, were Rob Evans and Peter Horsburgh. Mick Walsh and Vaughan McCall came second.

Saturday men’s bowls was taken out by Alan Cooney and Alex Cameron with Vic Gaudion and Col Carey in second place.

Ladies Club Championships Pairs semi-final with the final to be played on Thursday between Deb McKenzie and Carmel Bell playing Daphne Offield and Sheryl Cuttriss.  Eventual trophy winners were Debbie and Carmel.

Contributed by Tony Allsop and Sue Hazledine

Kees Struik is a regular Monday bowler

Chris Banney in action before the new uniforms arrived

Ladies Club Championship pairs winners Carmel Bell and Debbie McKenzie

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Interclub Competition At North Mackay Athletics A Soaring Event

May 13, 2022

North Mackay Athletics club hosted an Interclub athletic competition on May 7 for all local and surrounding athletic clubs.

Welcoming the local clubs together for the first time this season, the North Mackay Athletics group were excited for an exceptional weekend.

Fingers were crossed as weather warnings dotted the horizon, but Mother Nature thankfully kept the rain away for the coming together on the twilight evening of track and field events.

There was an impressive showing from the several clubs which enjoyed the event, including Mackay Athletics Club, Sarina Athletics Club, and Moranbah Athletics Club who had representatives out on the day.  

There were over 120 athletes from the ages of three to 83 who took to the field and competed in a fun, but competitive, fixture.

The groups gathered at the Mackay Aquatic and Recreational Complex to compete in a multitude of events including sprints, throws and jumps.

There was plenty of action on the night as competitors hopped, skipped, and jumped their way to wins or close finishes, but all with a smile on their faces regardless of the result.

Aside from the action of competition, there was plenty of action off the field for athletes of all ages to enjoy.

Plenty of catching up with old friends and plenty of making new ones, but most importantly – aside from the athletics – there was a palpable enjoyment on an evening with families from each club.

The complex was filled with the sounds of pitter pattering feet as runners took to the course, but there was also music, a pizza dinner and a Mother’s Day raffle which brought even more cheer.

With the Interclub event now behind them, North Mackay Athletics Club is looking forward to the upcoming Mackay Track and Field Carnival.

Hosted by Mackay Athletics on May 21, the event will once again bring together the best of the best from the region to compete.

On the horizon there’s also plans for the club to head out and support the upcoming Oceania Championships being held in Mackay on June 7-11; The athletic community is alive and well in Mackay.

If you are interested in joining athletics, the club is welcoming anyone to come along to a $5 trial session at North Mackay Athletics, Sundays at 8:30am at Pioneer High school.

Contact can be made via Facebook or through visiting the website:

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Road Runners Celebrate Mother’s Day Early

May 13, 2022

With Mother’s Day one of the most important days of the year, the Mackay Road Runners held their annual Casu Jacks Pre-Mother’s Day run last Saturday, keeping the Sunday free for all mothers to enjoy their spoils.

The annual club handicap run saw approximately 40 runners take on 5km and 12km routes.

The course included a couple of ascents and descents of Mt Basset for the 12km and one for the 5km runners, with everyone racing to beat the threatening rain, making for a very challenging run.

Timekeeper and race starter Julie Whibley ran an extremely efficient race start with assistance from Tim Magoffin.  

Rodney Elworthy, Paul Mackenzie, Joe Grech, and Alex Couldrey all started with the heaviest handicap.

Rodney, the runner with the highest handicap, started his race after some of the 5km runners had already finished and still finished in front of other runners.

The quality field also included George Hannaford, Greg Dawes, Jose Short, Glynis Forse, Michael Feenaghty, Carmel Grech, Greame Harris, Lisa Burns, Vicki Vickers, Carole Dawes, Brenda Windsor, Judy Zahn, Emily Dalglish, and talented junior runners, Lily and Luke Leven.  

Tahnee Malageuno also had a sensational run in the female 12km event.

Runners and supporters enjoyed the magnificent post-race breakfast available from hosts Casu Jacks while the much-anticipated pre-Mother’s Day themed prizes were drawn.

Marie Muscat and Alex Anderson both won a random draw prize on the day coinciding exactly with their 10th wedding anniversary and Tim Magoffin also walked away with a prize.

This Sunday morning’s Forsyth Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial Shield and 10km Club Championship event will commence at 7am sharp and runners are asked to be registered with the timekeeper 15 minutes prior to gun time for a scratch start.

The Memorial Shield is held in honour of the club’s past Treasurer and champion runner Shawn Claydon who passed away in 2018.

L-R Lisa Burns, Kim Saron, Stuart Sprott, and Leanne Connor bolt from their handicap start in the 5/12km Casu Jacks Pre-Mother’s Day 5/12km run

Michael Feenaghty sent off on his handicap start by Timekeeper, Julie Whibley (right)

Carmel Grech finishes mere seconds ahead of fast finishing Paul Mackenzie from their handicapped start in the 12km event

Judy Zahn and Daniel Stampa ease down in the final metres of the 12km race. Photos: Janelle Tilse (Road Runners Publicity Officer)

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Line, Length And Luck

May 13, 2022

Mackay City Ladies Bowling Club held its annual May Day Carnival recently. Although the rinks were packed with enthusiastic teams chasing ‘wins’ over the two days, it was evident all were there to enjoy the camaraderie on the ‘green’.

The three key factors in a bowl’s victory – line, length and ‘luck’ – once again sorted out the results!

Saturday’s winning team was comprised of visiting bowlers from North Mackay, Shirley Bartolo, Donna Gordon, Helen Goldston and Lorraine Silman. Second prize was donated by Mackay Hearing and won by City Ladies  Linda Owen, Anna Forsyth, Kathy Mathews and Marie Frederickson.

Sunday’s Mixed 4’s winner was skipped by Sarina’s John Petersen and the city players Kathy Mathews, Snow Oschatz and Janette Dark. Sponsor was Kirstine Robinson.

Contributed by Shirley Sturgeon

Saturday’s winners Shirley Bartolo, Donna Gordon, Helen Goldston and Lorraine Silman with City Ladies President Marie Ferderickson

Sunday’s winners John Petersen, Kathy Mathews, Snow Oschatz, Janette Dark with Sponsor Kirstine Robinson

Mary Burston, Robyn Knott, Lynette Tungate, Elaine Kippen, Sheryl Cuttriss, Henny Tattam and Daphne Offield having fun on the green

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Oarsome Haul By Mackay’s Masters Rowers

May 13, 2022

A Team of Mackay Rowing Club (MRC) rowers competed at the Queensland Masters State Championships over the May Day long weekend at Lake Yyaralong.

The nine rowers brought home an impressive haul of 18 medals (1 Gold, 10 silvers and 7 Bronze). Highlights of the weekend rowing included the long-established doubles crew of Tony Lloyd (MRC) and Jim Stafford (Wide Bay Rowing Club WBRC) to take out the gold in their age group, to once again be crowned Queensland champions. The Wohlfhart and Jamieson crew rowed strongly for 3rd place in their first competitive event together.

First time medallist at this level of competition Richard McGrath came away with three silver and one bronze, while Mick Wohlfhart came home with two bronze medals. Ann Jensen raced a program of six events where she rowed in both MRC crews and composite boats with WBRC.

Interclub rivalry in the championship’s mixed Masters GJ doubles saw three Mackay crews line up alongside each other at the starting line.  After giving the older half of the crews in the field a 9 second head start, the race was on for club honours.  Tony and Sabina Lloyd led out strongly with Jane Deguara and Terry Jamieson in pursuit.  Marie Simmonds and Mick Wohlfhart crabbed at the start.  At the business end of the course the Mackay crews had overtaken one of the older crews for Deguara and Jamieson to take out club bragging rights with a bronze medal.  The Lloyds were next over the line, promptly followed by Simmonds and Wohlfhart.

Jane Deguara and Therese Clancy continued their form in their respective single events with both claiming a bronze medal each.  Jane and Therese’s combined event in a double scull saw the duo bring home another silver.

The mixed quad of Deguara, Jamieson, McGrath and Clancy were impressive for their silver behind the dominant Townsville Riverway crew - Australian champion rowers.  Their training efforts were reflected in their results.

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Magpies Announce Grant Winners

May 13, 2022

Magpies Sporting Club has awarded $7,900 of cash grants to 18 local sportspeople and charities as part of the club’s new initiative Magpies Community Grants.

Recipients included local athletes shining at the local, state, and national level as well as local charities and organisations to fund projects, programs, and initiatives that directly benefit the Mackay Community.

This is the second quarter of Magpies Community Grants, an initiative that was introduced in November 2021 with the grants providing financial assistance of up to $30,000 annually.

Grants are to be awarded four times a year to winning applicants within three grant categories: Local Sporting Champions Grant, Time to Shine – Women in Sport Grant, and Thriving Communities Grant.

Magpies Sporting Club General Manager Darren Smith says sport and community have always been and always will be at Magpies’ core.

“Magpies Local Sporting Champions Grant and the Women in Sport Grant will help excelling sportsmen and women at a grassroots level – to help fund their sporting endeavours,” he said.

“The Thriving Communities Grant can provide up to $1,000 in financial assistance to organisations with a charitable purpose whose project, program or initiative will directly benefit the Mackay Community.”

Quarter 3 applications are now open.

More information on Magpies Community Grants, including what grants are available, eligibility requirements and notable dates, can be found at and eligible applicants can easily apply online.

Local Sporting Champions Grant Winners

Cody McCall – Queensland Sprint Swimming Championships - $200 Grant

Darcy Cabassi – National Youth Touch Championships - $400 Grant

Toby Rule – Little Athletics Queensland State Championships - $200 Grant

Time to Shine – Women in Sport Grant Winners

Peyton Barrow – Under 16’s State Softball Championships - $200 Grant

Jade Bounden – Queensland Sprint Swimming Championships - $200 Grant

Georgia Rye – U15 Queensland Hockey State Program - $200 Grant

Adele Ginns – Gold Stars Satellite Squad - $200 Grant

Indiana Brough – Gold Coast Suns AFL U18 Academy - $200 Grant

Gorga Randell – QLD School Sport U13-U19 State Cricket Championships - $200 Grant

Thriving Communities Grant Winners

Crossroad Arts – Auslan Interpreters - $787 Grant

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival – Travel Subsidy for travelling participants - $1,000 Grant

Phoenix Place – Defibrillator - $1,000 Grant

Mackay Kennel Club – Office Equipment - $500 Grant

YIRS One Stop Youth Shop Inc – Assist with weekly lunches - $500 Grant

Kalyan Youth Services – First Aid Kits - $500 Grant

Mackay PCYC – Bikes for Bike Education - $500 Grant

Pioneer Potters – Garden Equipment - $500 Grant

Mackay Surf Life Saving Club – iPad & Case for Training - $613 Grant

Local Sporting Champions Grant Winner Cody McCall

Time to Shine – Women in Sport Grant Winner Indiana Brough. Photos: supplied

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On The Greens At Goosies

May 6, 2022

With two pennants matches played our division two team is leading the field along with City on 11 points. In our first game at home on Saturday our three teams all had wins against Seaforth to get 6 points. On Sunday we played Marian at Marian where two teams had wins, and the highest score overall to get 5 points.

Our other two teams in third and fourth division did not do as well, with division three sitting on 4 points and fourth division on 2. It’s very early days though.

Many thanks to Margaret Armitage for making and supplying new corner flags on our two greens. Margaret has been supplying these for many years and put up new flags last week.

Social bowls – results week ending 1 May

Thursday pairs winners were Margaret Fogg and Barry Lehmann, with Warren Corbett and Tony Allsop coming second. Max Rose, Paul Goldston and Jan Little won green vouchers.

Friday pairs winners were Glen Fahy and Chris Banney. Lucky draws went to Chrissy Hall and Ron Bowers, and regular winner, Rob Evans with Brian Perrin.

Saturday men’s day was won by Col Carey, Felix Purcell and Brian Perrin. Runners up were Peter Grant and Trevor Laurens. Peter Madden’s team won the jackpot of $240, which he shared with his opposition team. Thank you Peter.

Ladies Results

North Mackay ladies hosted the Gooseponds 3 Bowl Triples, with 20 teams competing from City, Sarina, St Helen’s, Suburban, and North Mackay clubs. A hotly contested day was had by all those who attended.

Winners: A. Peet, J. Schmidtke, L. McCarthy (NM) with a 9+29.

Closely contesting second place was M. Bartolo, S. Bartolo, C. Bell (NM) with a 9+20.

Third place went to S. McCall, L. Coad, F. Keft (Suburban) with a 6+29.

Fourth place went to N. Schmidtke, S. Cutriss, D. Offield (NM) with a 6+15.

Contributed by Tony Allsop and Sue Hazledine.

North Mackay Division two team had their first game in their new uniform.

From left, back row: John Kennell, Clive Wales, Mick Walsh, Ian McDonald, John Priest, Bert Hobbs, Dave McKendry.

Front: Clint Vassie, Peter Grant, Tony Allsop, Greg McLean, Chris Banney

Women: Ladies Gooseponds 3 Bowl Triple Winners: Anne Peet, Lydia McCarthy, Jean Schmidtke

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Cutters Stun Rampaging Tigers

May 6, 2022

On the back of a nasty 30-10 defeat to the Sunshine Coast Falcon, the Cutters were looking at another tough fixture up against the Brisbane Tigers.

Tigers had rolled through their first five matches undefeated, claiming a victory against the Central Queensland Capras at Villanova Park, where Solomona Faataape had run riot in the match-up.

Cutters were on a second defeat in a row – they’d won two of their five fixtures so far – and Tigers had been flying. There have been a few glimpses at what this Cutters team can achieve, but consistency seemed to be the lacking ingredient.

They’d battled hard against Northern Pride to clutch at a 24-22 victory at BB Print, and they’d absolutely walloped the Jets 12-52 in Round 2.

Although there’s much of the season left to play, title charges – or even finals berths – are made and lost with the very consistency the Cutters seemed lacking in.

BB Print was set to be a proving ground last Saturday against a side that was making a claim for supremacy.

Tigers sit top of the table with 9 points – the pack of Falcons, Bears, Devils and Capras close behind on 8 – and Cutters were still in the bottom half of the ladder with 4.

But it wasn’t the Tigers that came out the gates roaring.

The atmosphere in BB Print was electric, with Cutters out in their ANZAC Jerseys for Round 6 of the Hostplus Cup.

The home side were first to cross through Jake Riley in the 8th minute. Riley was first to a defence splitting kick that sat up for him beautifully.

He would cross again midway through the first half after a well-worked move saw Jayden Morgan dart through several of the Tigers players. Morgan was finally taken down just ahead of the line, but not before he offloaded to Riley, who then proceeded to dance past what was almost the entire Tigers side to cross.

The early advantage and the absurd athleticism bolstered the Cutters side, with Luke Webley at the end of a four pointer, again slaloming through the Tigers defence.

Tigers were able to score in the first half through Dan Russel after a bit of scruffy defending from the home side, but the Cutters went into the break 18-6.

Tigers crossed early in the second half through Gerard Beale in the 46th to put a bit of scare into the Cutters, but Jayden Morgan would put an end to the Brisbane teams hopes.

Morgan clashed through the Tigers line in the 75th, absolutely clattering the defenders to make it 24-12 in the Cutters favour and putting an end to the undefeated streak.

It was all smiles at the end of the matchday as Cutters posed for pictures with fans, and even some of the Tigers joined in – regardless of the fact they dropped from top spot on the ladder to fifth, their title charge is still well and truly alive.

The Cutters look ahead to their next game: up against the Bears, who sit comfortably in second, and have been a bogey team for the Cutters in their last 10 fixtures, of which they’ve won 9.

Cutters will travel down to Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast on May 14 after their bye this weekend. Bears will not have the luxury, taking on the Magpies at Davies Park and Tired legs may well be a difference maker.

Triple M’s Dave interviewing Sean Mullany who took both ‘players player’ and ‘man of the match’ awards in last weekend’s clash against the Brisbane Tigers. Images supplied: Mackay Cutters

It was all happy faces for the Cutters, pictured here post game in their ANZAC Day kits

Cutters fans revelled in the win against the Tigers snapping photos with the players after the match

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Memorial Days On The Bowling Green

May 6, 2022

The Mackay City bowls green has been busy over recent weeks leading into the District Pennant Season. ‘Memorial Day’ was celebrated in fine style with Sue Beale, Margaret Egerton and Mary Burston winning the Glen Duffy Shield and Pauline Schembri, Jeff Neeve and Cath Davis victorious in the Brian O’Sullivan Shield - both gentlemen being past active club members.

Traditionally on ANZAC Day the ‘City’ club acknowledges past member Ossie McLardy who was an original Anzac in 1915. He was one of the lucky ones to return and enjoy a game of bowls in latter life at the club. The ‘City’ club honours his memory and all past and present servicemen and women on Anzac afternoon.  This years ‘lucky Ossie’ winners were Kirstine Robinson, Pauline Turchet and Beth Dawes.

Glen Duffy Shield winners: S.Beale, M.Egerton, M.Burston

Brian O’Sullivan Shield winners: P.Schembri, J.Neeve, C.Davis

Lucky Ossie winners: K.Robinson, P.Turchet, B.Dawes

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Presidents At Home Carnival

May 6, 2022

Mackay Bowling Club – Ladies Section held their Presidents at Home carnival recently. President Dot welcomed 58 members from various clubs in the Mackay district and members from MDLBA President Lyn and Treasurer Pam.

There was great friendship and laughter on the green. After the game of bowls everyone celebrated the day with a luncheon which was attended by Mackay Club Chairman of the Board Peter Nelson and Mackay Men’s’ President Tony Gibson.

Winners of the Bowls were E. Brondello, J. Nelson and R. Grace. Runner-ups: C. Bradford, R. Mannix and P. Roots. The club President Dot along with MDLBA President Lyn cut the birthday cake made by our Patron Eunice Bennett.

MDLBA President Lyn, Club President Dot and Patron Eunice

President Dot and MDLBA President Lyn

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Harvest Triples

May 6, 2022

Marian Ladies Bowls Club hosted its annual Harvest Triples tournament last month.  

It was a great day with some excellent bowls played with 48 ladies attending the competition. The winners were Robyn Large, Penny Roots and Ivy Henshaw, second place was Betty Petersen, Anne Smith and Jayne Johnston with third place going to Sue Swift, Jill Hancock and Linda Leyshon.


Second: Northern Beaches

Northern Beaches

ction from Marian’s Harvest Triples

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NQ Games – Athletics

May 6, 2022

The Festival of Athletics was held last weekend in Townsville in conjunction with the North Queensland Games.

Mackay Athletics Club had an impressive 26 athletes competing, many who brought home medals and some who broke records in the process. Mikayla Webb broke a 100m record while Toby Rule broke a record in the 3000m. Mikayla and Oliver and Toby Rule have also recently been selected in the U18 Regional Australia team to compete next month in the 2022 Oceania Athletics Championships in Mackay.

Here is a small snapshot of the club’s success.

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Bluewater Quay Social And Hammo Hilly Half

May 6, 2022

Whilst a huge local contingent of athletes landed on Hamilton Island for the Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon, locally more than thirty runners enjoyed the perfect running conditions for the Mackay Road Runners social Bluewater Quay.

Tim Magoffin took the gold medal for the 5km in a very slick time, backing up well after his 24km training run the previous day.  Crystal Hawkins ran a well measured consistent pace to be the first female in the 5km followed by 8km runner, Carolyn Mapes and 5km runner Leanne Connor.

First 10km female runner, Alana Ford snuck past first male, Rodney Elworthy to break the tape first. Excellent running then continued with fast finishing Derek Woods and Ricky Parker.

Congratulations to more than fifty local runners who had a very successful outing at the Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon.  Paul Mackenzie was the first Mackay runner home in a sensational time of 2 hrs 11 minutes, securing 7th overall and 1st in his age category with Joe Grech next best scoring 1st in his age and 9th overall in 2hrs 17 minutes.

Thomas Wendt and Kay Nyenuh were both awarded 2nd in their respective age categories with an 11th and 18th place consecutively. Kate Vella came in 7th female in 2hrs 36 and 2nd in her age, with Tahnie Malagueno 11th female and 4th in her age.  

This weekend’s Mackay Road Runners event will be held on Saturday morning from Casu Jacks Café at the Mackay Marina precinct.  

Contributed by Janelle Tilse (Road Runners Publicity Officer)

Greg and Carol Dawes enjoy the social 10km Bluewater Quay

Over thirty runners enjoy the social 5km – 10km event in perfect running conditions from the Bluewater Quay

(left to right) Race Director Julie Whibley, Geeta Ariana, Emma Johnson and Jose Short put their best feet forward

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May 6, 2022

An epic clash is set to take place tomorrow night at BB Print stadium, when the NRL returns for its only fixture to be played in Mackay this year.

If history is anything to go by, tomorrow’s game will be no walk-over. Both meetings between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans in 2021 resulted in nail-biting one-point thrillers between the two teams, with the Roosters getting up 35-34 in Round 14, and then again defeating the Titans 25-24 in week 1 of the NRL Final Series.

BB Print Stadium is a home-away-from-home for the Roosters who played three matches in Mackay during the 2021 relocated season. So are the boys from Sydney feeling cocky or will the giants from the Gold Coast win this clash of the Titans?

There’s no better place to see the action than from the sideline. The Roosters will be holding an open training session at BB Print Stadium on Friday, May 6 from 4.30pm-5.00pm.

Who Will Be Crowing After Tomorrow’s Clash?

After two close losses, the Sydney Roosters will be looking to return to the winner’s circle in what is shaping up to be an important match tomorrow night. Eight games into the 2022 season, the Roosters have a 4-4 record. The Gold Coast Titans will also be desperate for a win, having only notched up two wins so far this season.

The Roosters say they have been working hard to find form, with players like Luke Keary and Sam Verrills having returned after long-term injuries

Roosters captain James Tedesco continues to lead with his actions – he has notched up 300 running metres in each of the last two appearances, as well as three line-breaks.

Tedesco says he loves to play at BB Print Stadium.

“We’re excited to be heading back to Mackay this weekend,” he said.

“It’s a great stadium in a region that’s passionate about rugby league. The crowd gets right into it and as a player, you love being able to feel and hear that energy when you’re out on the field.”

“We had such strong support from our members and fans when we played at BB Print Stadium in 2021.”

“We can’t wait to run out on Saturday night.”

“We haven’t been happy with what we’ve dished up these last few weeks, but we’ve identified what we need to do. We’ve been working really hard and we’re looking forward to putting on a good show this weekend.”

Some key match-ups in the game to watch will be Lock Forwards Victor Radley and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and the clash of the Fullbacks, James Tedesco and AJ Brimson.

Roosters Head Coach Trent Robinson believes his team can put on a strong performance this weekend in front of a passionate Mackay crowd.

“There’s no doubt that regional areas like Mackay are so important, that’s where the lifeblood of our game is.”

“Mackay was like a second home to us in 2021, and the support we received from our Members and fans in the region was incredible.”

“We’re excited to be heading back to Mackay. It definitely feels like a home-away-from-home and we’re looking forward to connecting with the community in lead-up to our game by holding an open training session on Friday afternoon.”

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said it was fantastic to welcome the NRL back to Mackay in 2022.

“The Roosters and Titans clash is one of the NRL premiership games the State Government secured for regional Queensland after the State hosted the 2021 NRL finals series and the Grand Final.

“We’ve locked in an NRL game for Mackay this season because we know big sporting events bring the community together and attract visitors who contribute to the Covid recovery of our tourism economy.

“This is a wonderful investment in rugby league and Mackay’s tourism and hospitality industry.”  

Queensland Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the big winners in Mackay this weekend are league fans, accommodation and transport providers, hotels, cafes, restaurants and local tourism operators.

“When football supporters come to Mackay to see the big game in action, they also spend time enjoying the region’s breath-taking visitor experiences.

“This weekend is a celebration of our Grand Final legacy and the important part Queensland played in keeping the 2021 NRL premiership season safe from the pandemic.”          


The Sydney Roosters will hold an open training session in the lead-up to their Round 9 fixture against the Gold Coast Titans.

The Mackay community will be able to watch their favourite Roosters players as they finalise their preparations during the team’s Captain’s Run which will be held at BB Print Stadium this Friday, May 6 at 4.00pm.

Sydney Roosters Open Training Session

Friday, May 6 at 4.00pm

BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Everyone welcome

Tickets to Mackay’s only 2022 NRL fixture, to be played at BB Print Stadium on Saturday, May 7 at 5.30pm, can be purchased via

Action from the Roosters in 2021 at BB Print Stadium. Photos: Amanda Wright

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Another successful Tony’s Triples day

April 29, 2022

Last Tuesday the annual ‘Tony’s Triples’ competition was played. This is sponsored by Tony Allsop, is open to North Mackay Bowls Club members only, and is aimed at bringing members together for a fun day. This year 60 members took part; a good effort considering several members were away for Easter, and others had covid.

Prize money totalled over $600. Many thanks to Debbie Mackenzie who did an amazing job running the box and the draw, while Club President, Eric Galletly took over as MC.

Marshall Howland, Bev Woodward and Wayne Trannore took out top prize money, while Neil Blucher and Brenda Trannore won the most colourful outfits. All other prizes were drawn out of a champagne bucket. Members can now look forward to next year’s event.

Social bowls

Monday winners were Ryan Vigliante and Andrew Coates followed by Pat O’Neill and Jan Little. Lucky draws were won by Maurie Pearson and Margaret Goldston.

Wednesday Ladies’ winners were Lee Robertson, Sue Roscoe and Marie Bragg. In second place was the team of Lesley Baumgarten, Isla Comelli and Lorraine Lemke.

Thursday winners were Vern Mietzel and Pat Elgey followed by Ian McDonald and Bruce McCubben. Green vouchers were won by Lance Edwards and Wayne Trannore.

Friday pairs was won by Peter Horsburgh and Rob Evans. Lucky draws winners were Laura Howland, Alan Brown and Lois Deguara.

The Saturday game turned out to be a draw.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Tournament Organiser Tony Allsop with tournament winners Wayne Trannore, Bev Woodward, and Marshall Howland

Tony judged Brenda Trannore and Neil Blucher to have the most colourful outfits on the day

60 members took part in the tournament at North Mackay Bowls Club last week

Members enjoyed a drink and a catch-up in the clubhouse after the tournament. Photos: Sam Gillespie

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More Than Just A Surf Lifesaving Club

April 29, 2022

Mackay Surf lifesaving Club, the Guardians of Harbour Beach since 1950 are best known for keeping the beachgoers of our community safe.

Over the current patrol season, the local group has completed thousands of hours of voluntary patrols, hundreds of preventative actions, first aid treatments and stinger drags to keep Mackay safe.

Most importantly there have been no serious incidents to the thousands of locals and tourists that visit Harbour Beach each year.

More than that, the local Surf Lifesaving Club contributes to the community by not only ensuring you and your family are safe at Harbour Beach.

The club has and continues to offer community groups and local events support by providing first aid officers, water safety, inflatable rescue boat support, crowd control, event management and participation in a number of community events held throughout the year. Each of which are enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors to our region.

Those include the Laura’s Tri on March 27 and the Warrior Mackay Triathlon Festival on July 3. There’s Emergency Services Day on May 29, and BMA Mackay Marina Rune on June 5.

There are the steadily approaching Mackay Beach Horse Races on June 10 to 12, as well as the Platypus Paddle Stand Up Paddle Board Competition July 9 and 10.

In recent memory they hosted their annual North Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships (this year coming up on October 28 to 30). And there are of course the ever-present Branch Championships December 10 and 11.

This is just to name a few of the major events the club is involved with each year, and certainly ones to be sure to get in your calendars.

Get yourself involved in the local community this upcoming season to see what these great events can offer you and your family. You’ll get out as much as you put in.

Contributed by Director of Surf Sports at Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club, Josh Grant

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Ky From Mackay Wins US Bull Riding Comp

April 29, 2022

Mackay’s Ky Hamilton showed the bull riding world what he’s made of earlier in the month, winning the PRCA sanctioned San Angelo Xtreme Bulls Championship in Texas, USA.

22-year-old Ky rode two bulls and finished with a cumulative score of 175.5, outscoring the runner-up by five points to claim the prestigious Xtreme Bulls buckle awarded to winners of top-tier events.

“It’s pretty exciting, especially after having four weeks off, missing The American and not being able to finish off Houston,” he said.

The win comes five weeks after Ky lacerated his kidney at the PBR Global Cup in Arlington, TX.

Ky had been on an astonishing run since bursting onto the American bull riding scene as a rookie in 2020 and the injury hasn’t slowed him down.

“It felt good to capitalize at a bigger Xtreme Bulls event of the year and win some good money.”

Ky was one of only two riders to cover their bulls for the qualifying eight seconds in the championship round, winning with a 90.5-point ride.

"I'm stoked to win my first (Division 1) Xtreme Bulls buckle,” he said.

“It's a cool buckle and these events are hard to win.

"That bull was kind of mean, but when I looked up at the scoreboard, there's no better feeling than when you go 90-plus."

Ky moved to the United States in 2018 to attend Odessa College and Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.

He now rodeos professionally throughout the States and is looking forward to the upcoming Summer Run which will see him competing in various states across the USA.

Mackay’s Ky Hamilton is the 2022 San Angelo Xtreme Bulls Champion

Ky was only one of two to stay on his bull for the qualifying eight seconds in the championship round. Photos: supplied

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Water Polo Star In Canberra For Nationals

April 29, 2022

Mackay school student Hannah Nicolas has been scoring goals in her young water polo career this year.

The year 12 Whitsunday Anglican School student is currently in Canberra representing the Queensland Country Gold Team at the Australian Open Water Polo Championships.

She also competed in the Queensland State Water Polo Competition in Brisbane over Easter.

Hannah started playing water polo three years ago at the age of 14.

She joined the Mackay Water Polo Club which plays and trains at Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex.

She says although the water polo community in Mackay isn’t the biggest, it’s full of passionate and inspiring people from whom she is constantly learning.

“A lot of the people who play for Mackay Water Polo Club are very good and have a lot of experience up their sleeves,” she said.

Hannah has made many different representative teams which is a process of putting oneself out there, entering a draft, and trialling.

She says playing water polo at such a high level is an honour and she enjoys meeting new people and gaining new experiences.

“It’s good news when I find out I’ve made the team,” she said.

“I like to gain that experience.

“It’s nice to go down south and play and be in a team where you’re with people who are stronger than you so they push you to be better.”

Hannah hopes to move to Brisbane next year for university and will join a water polo club to develop her skills and take her game to the next level

“I definitely want to pursue it,” she said.

She says water polo has helped her with organisation, confidence, meeting new people, and putting herself out there, all skills which will make her transition to Brisbane easier.

“Being able to play in a team with girls I’ve never met before has really helped with my confidence and being able to put myself out there.”

Whitsunday Anglican School student Hannah Nicolas is in Canberra this week to compete in the Australian Open Water Polo Championships. Photo: Sam Gillespie

Hannah intends to continue her water polo career when she moves to Brisbane next year. Photo: supplied

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Queensland Metro Take Out Underage Cricket Championships In Mackay

April 22, 2022

Australia’s brightest cricketing stars took to the field last week to compete in the Cricket Australia U19 Male National Championships.

10 teams from around the country battled it out in a week of high-quality cricket commencing on April 7 and culminating in finals and playoffs played on Thursday, April 14.

Some less-than-ideal weather conditions throughout the week didn’t falter the competition, with games able to be rescheduled thanks to Great Barrier Reef Arena’s world-class drainage and lighting.

Harrup Park General Manager Adrian Young said there was a significant increase of people in the club and the community throughout the tournament.

“It was hugely successful,” he said.

“All those people coming into town can only affect positively on the economy.”

Mr Young said visiting families were happy to escape the southern states for a week in Mackay and gave positive feedback on the facilities.

“There’s not many venues like Harrup Park.”

Continuing a rivalry for the ages, the grand final was played between Queensland Cricket Metro and Cricket NSW Metro at Great Barrier Reef Arena last Thursday.

Queensland Metro won the toss and elected to bat first, with conditions looking to favour the bowlers later in the day.

Opener Stephan Muller kept Queensland afloat with a two-and-a-half-hour knock of 74 runs from 111 balls amidst a top-order batting collapse.

Lachlan Crump contributed with 20 runs batting at number six and a handy knock of 36 not out from bowler Tom Whitney got Queensland Metro to a total of 9/198 from 50 overs.

Jack Nisbet and Joel Davies bowled out their ten overs for NSW Metro, both taking two wickets each, with Yianni Theodorakopoulos and Cameron Tunks taking one each.

Some terrific work in the field from Cameron Tunks, Lachlan Shaw, and Jordan Watson also accounted for three runouts.

In response, NSW Metro started with a steady stream of runs, however, no one was able to go on to make a big total.

Lachlan Shaw top-scored with 38 runs, helped out by a Yianni Theodorakopoulos with a valiant 24 not out, and Ethan Jamieson and Joel Davies with 23 runs each.

NSW Metro’s run rate was well on track; however, it wasn’t meant to be as they ran out of wickets in the 43rd over, finishing all out for 171 runs off 42.4.

Aubrey Stockdale led the bowlers taking 3/21 off 5.4 overs, including the tournament-winning wicket.

Tom Whitney and Jeremy White took two wickets each and Noah McFadyen finished with one.

Some quick fielding and a bit of confusion from NSW Metro contributed to runouts thanks to Tobias Snell, Lachlan Crump, and Thomas Balkin.

To cap off a terrific tournament for the Queensland team, captain Noah McFadyen was named Player of the Championships, finishing the tournament with 221 runs at an average of 44.20.

“The standard of cricket was probably the best we’ve had for four or five years from a male cricket perspective,” Mr Young said.

“They’re the guys who are going to go on and play for Australia.”

The moment Queensland Metro became Australian champions. Photo: Sam Gillespie

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Back On The Green

April 22, 2022

It was a slow start to the season for the Marian Ladies Bowls Club, with the club’s green undergoing maintenance for longer than expected. However the ladies were back rolling out last weekend and reported that the improved green is starting to run well.

The club held a celebratory birthday afternoon tea for three of its members who all turned 80 in April. Each lady was presented with an orchid and an OBE (an Over Bloody Eighty award).

This week the green was full with 48 bowlers taking part in the Harvest Triples, results to be published in next week’s edition.

Marian Ladies Bowls Club President Katie Moohin (left), presented three members Gwen Harberger, Noela Cox and Beryl Borg with orchids and a fun award for turning 80. Picture: Supplied

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Burning Off The Easter Chocolate

April 22, 2022

Well over fifty runners and supporters from Mackay Road Runners enjoyed the hospitality of the Zambreros Restaurant in the City Centre after their 5km or 10km run. After Easter festivities, runners relished the opportunity to fuel with food other than chocolate.

President Tim Magoffin welcomed the dedicated athletes with a Mackay city course taking runners through the CBD onto the Bluewater boardwalk and Catherine Freeman trails.  

Birthday boy, Paul Mackenzie and his mates, Alex Couldrey and Rodney Elworthy, led the quality field through the meandering trails to break the tape together in the windy conditions.  

Junior 10km speedsters, Max Scotton and Toby Rule ran extremely well, enjoying the course so much so, they decided to add on a bit of extra training to their daily regime. Joe Grech, Mick Scholer, Craig Stevens, Andrew Wallace, Scott McIntosh, Daniel Stampa, Andrew Short, Scott McIntosh, Tim Magoffin, Daniel Scotton also enjoyed the social nature of the event.

Alana Ford was in top form as the first female across the 10km finish line, easily coming in under the top ten overall. Excellent performances were seen across both events from Carolyn Mapes, Tahnee Malagueno, Patreana Fenech, Vicki Vickers, Carmel Grech, Emma Johnson, Colin Hardy and Adam Knesevic pushing the pram with Vivian and Harvey in tow.

This Sunday morning’s Mackay Road Runners event is part of the club’s Lost Bunyips trail series commencing 7am at Cape Hillsborough National Park.  The Hillsborough Turtle trails are challenging but totally satisfying with course options of 6km and 10km.  All members and non-members are most welcome to participate with a free sausage sizzle after the run.

Mackay Road Runners Committee (left to right) Arthur Dick, Ainslie Heinke and Jaylene Harrison volunteer at the annual Easter Sunday Zambreros Burrito Bolt. Images and report submitted by Janelle Tilse

Toby Rule (front) sprints from the starter’s gun ahead of dad, Justin Rule

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On the Greens at Goosies

April 22, 2022

The new club uniforms have arrived and already many members are wearing them with pride.

Ladies’ uniforms are now the same design as the men, with a new top and bottle green shorts and long pants. I have heard many comments that a change was due, and the green pants are generally much preferred to the white ones.

Pennants games are commencing this weekend. Good luck to our three divisions.

Social Results Week Ending 17 April

Monday mixed pairs winners were Marie Bragg and Val DePinto. Isla Comelli and Ann Smith were second. Lucky draws went to Vic Gaudion and Pat O’Neill.

Wednesday Ladies winners were Lorna Bowers, Pam Louis, Anne Bailey with a +8.  Runners up were Daphne Offield, Shirley Bartolo, Fay Carson with a +3.  Several of our ladies played in our club championship pairs or B singles, on Wednesday, and Thursday morning, with finals coming up very soon.

Thursday mixed pairs draw was taken out by Peter Grant and Ian McDonald with Darren Addie and Jan Little winning the second draw. Peter Cowling won the kitty toucher. Greens vouchers were won by Fred King and Lance Edwards, and Vern Mietzel won the raffle.

Saturday men’s pairs winners were Mick Mackenzie and Clive Wales with Ian McDonald and Maurie Pearson coming second.

Contributed by Tony Allsop and Sue Hazledine

Tony Allsop (left) shows off the new uniforms while Board Vice-Chairman, Lew Trott wears the old uniform

Mick Mackenzie in action

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Widdup Serves Up A Close Final

April 22, 2022

MACKAY’S Emma Widdup came within points of realizing a dream in the Mackay Open table tennis championships on the weekend.

However it wasn’t to be as she narrowly lost the women’s open final to Townsville’s Paralympics representative Andrea McDonnell, who has won numerous regional, state and national titles.

“She’s a true champion,” Widdup said.

“Since I first played in 1987 it’s been my dream that perhaps one day I might beat Andrea McDonnell. I tried to bring my best game to the final.

“She’s amazing, she had a seven-game semi before our game, had a little rest and was back at it again.

“I’m 47, she’s in her sixties – I’d love to be at that level when I’m 60.”

McDonnell had a tough road to the final, fighting out a tough seven-game semi-final against Rockhampton’s Ann Louise Stewart in which she prevailed -12, -9, 9, -11, 13, 5, 9.

Widdup said her father Michael brought her and her sister Patricia and brother Ben to Mackay in 1987 because he had heard of its table tennis program under then-coach Mr Chen.

“This hall is magnificent for table tennis, it’s just got such a vibe about it,” she said.

“Table tennis offers so many opportunities in terms of fitness and health no matter what your age is. It’s a sport for all age groups.”

Townsville players Timothy Young and Brendan Gaeta fought out the men’s open final, Young taking out his first regional title with a five-game win.

Young earlier had to withstand a tough challenge from Townsville veteran Morrie Bligh in a six-game semi.

By Charlie Payne

Emma Widdup serves in the Mackay Open women’s table tennis final against Townsville’s Andrea McDonnell. Photos: Charlie Payne

Mackay Open men’s table tennis champion Timothy Young hits through the ball

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Double Gold For Mackay’s Track Master

April 22, 2022

“Go fast, turn left”.

Sounds like NASCAR, but this simple tactic is also used in a different form of fast and furious racing, track cycling.

While ‘going fast and turning left’ on the boards of an indoor velodrome seems simple enough, Mackay’s most decorated track cycling veteran Hamish Wright explains there are multiple outcomes to races depending on the tactics used, that need to be made within a split second.

“Knowing when to jump in a sprint, timing when to break off the front in a points race to take a lap, making your opponent look right as you dive left to take the front, those are some of the intricacies that are a combination of instinct and experience,” Wright explained.

“They make the difference between winning and losing. It’s not always the fastest person who wins, tactics can out-ride speed on some occasions.”

Wright put these theories into practice last week at the Anna Meares Velodrome, competing in the Masters Track Cycling Australian Championships. Riding in his seventh nationals, last week’s event produced the best results for Wright. He had claimed Australian titles in the sprint and keirin in previous years, but never together at the same competition.

He breezed through the sprint, qualifying in first place and then finishing undefeated in all rounds, facing an opponent from Western Australia in the final.

“I was happy with how I rode, tactically and strength wise,” Wright said.

“In the final it’s the best of three, but I never take a ride lightly. Getting the first win is an advantage psychologically and then I made sure I was positioned well in the second.”

He then backed up the following day by emerging as a clear winner in the Keirin.

“I drew position 6 so I knew I had to make an early advancement as soon as the motorised derny came off the track,” Wright explained.

“Everyone swung up at that point so I took the sprinters lane and held it until I had the wheel I wanted. I was positioned well when the sprint started, it’s all about positioning, ensuring you don’t get boxed in and not being at the back when the heat comes from the front.”

Wright was part of a Queensland team that won silver in the team sprint and he also picked up a bronze in the individual time trial.

Wright will compete in the North Queensland Games next week in Townsville and is aiming at competing at the World Masters Track Cycling Championships in Los Angeles in September.

“I was happy with how I rode, tactically and strength wise,”

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Wild Conditions for Plane Creek Shield

April 14, 2022

A BIG field of 120 men from 10 local bowls clubs braved the wet weather on Saturday April 9 to battle it out for the Wilmar Plane Ck Shield at Sarina Bowls Club.

Normally it’s three games of 16 ends and despite the rain bursts between play, competitors played 14 ends in the first round, managed to get a full second game, but the third game was called off after seven ends.

A happy group of 12 bowlers from Mackay club were the winners only just shading Northern Beaches by half a point.

Despite all having to play in some miserable weather, there was still some great bowls played and good comradeship between all clubs.

By Rita Hughes

Mackay club bowlers with the Wilmar Plane Creek Shield are back row Mick Coll, Ross Dunston, Col Mark, Peter Malloy, Glen Luck, Tony Gibson, Kees Stuick and Peter Taffe; front row Ian Nash, Russell Fry, Kevin Tramberg and Barry Paskins. Photo: Rita Hughes

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On The Greens at Goosies

April 14, 2022

Monday play has again been very popular, with not only all rinks filled, but last week there were five players over, so some triples were played as well as the usual pairs. This is your last chance to enter Tony’s Triples fun day, as nominations close on Sunday 17th April.


Monday: Darrel Kane and Marshall Howland won, with. Sam and Cherry Leotta in second spot. Lucky draws went to John Fry and Marshall Howland.

Wednesday ladies’ winners were Sue Roscoe and Lorraine Lemke, with Neddy Thomsen and Helen Rose coming second.

Thursday mixed pairs was taken out by Brian Perrin and Darren Addie with Mick Walsh and Peter Delaney runners up. Greens vouchers were won by Barry Lehmann and Margaret Fogg, and the raffle was won by Mick Walsh, who promised to give the bottle of wine and money to his wife.

Friday’s top money was won by Lorna Bowers and Peter Madden. Lucky draw winners were Mick Walsh and Graham Hawke, and Brian Dennien and Vern Mietzel.  Peter Miller won the $500 kitty toucher, with a resting bowl.

Saturday men’s day winners were Vic Gaudion and Asko Helenius, with Lou Trott, Trevor Laurens and Vern Mietzel coming second.

Contributed by Tony Allsop.

Shirley Bartolo and Michelle Stockton enjoy a day bowling at Goosies

Board secretary, Peter Grant and Bowls club secretary Andrew Coates catch up at the bar

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Cutters Close In Capras Rematch

April 14, 2022

When the Mackay Cutters headed on their five-hour trip down to Rockhampton for Round 4’s Rivalry Hostplus Cup match against CQ Capras last Saturday, the tight run affair in pre-season against the Rockhampton side would have been on their minds.

Capras had clinched it by just four points in what head coach David Elliott called a “scrappy one” and the official Hostplus match last week was no different.

Browne Park witnessed a back and forth, free scoring affair between the two sides but still some of the scrap from that pre-season fixture remained. Capras came into the game in fine fettle, having won their first three matches and sitting pretty at the top of the table.

There was still some confidence in the air from the late March fixture against Ipswich Jets in which the travelling Cutters crushed the Jets 12-52. Belief and culture were the key words for Elliott in his early season interviews, and when a team is as capable of results like that, it’s hard not to believe.

Cutters starting line-up comprised Andre Niko, Kane Bradley, Blake Paskins, Sam Fa’apito, Laitia Moceidreke, Daejarn Asi, Brandon Finnegan, Jayden Morgan, Kyle Schneider, Ross Bella, Luke Webyley, Ben Condon, and Tom Irelandes.

Their interchange featured Sean Mullany, Jake Riley, Hiale Roycroft, Morgan McWhiter, Mitch Fogarty, Jake Hawkins, Luke Ingram, and Matt Vessy.

The stage set, the bus trip done and pre-season behind them, Cutters came in hopeful to turn the fixture on its head – which they very well almost did.

But in a game that ended 26-18, Capras looked the more likely to run away with it early in the game, scoring twice through Brandon Roberts in the 6th and again in the 26th.

Cutters managed to dig deep and retaliate thanks to a bit of luck and Andre Niko. Niko ran almost the length of the field after catching hold of a loose ball courtesy of the Capras wide players.

Kane Bradley grabbed a four pointer just before the end of the first half to actually take the lead 12-10 - again capitalising on a Capras mistake leading to a knock on.

Cutters extended the advantage in the 53rd with a scrappy crossing from Sean Mullaney. It was all downhill from there, as the Capras seemed to kick into gear and kept the momentum coming.

Jonas Pearson scored in the 58th to cut the advantage after a bursting run through the defensive line. Jesse Jennings grabbed a four pointer just five minutes later.

Brandon Roberts scored his third of the game late on to keep their undefeated run going – four from four. It’s a tough break for the Sugar City side who had been ahead but struggled to keep the lead. Promising signs for the local side, though, who may well rebound in their next fixture.

So far Cutters have claimed four points in four games, leaving them in 6th position on the table – a respectable start to the season: two wins, two losses. Their next week fixture against the Falcons may prove a tough one again, with the Sunshine Coast side sitting in fourth, having leapfrogged Cutters and Bears.

Cutters will head down to the Sunshine Coast Stadium this Saturday for a 4.00pm kick-off.

The Mackay Cutters have had a bit of a mixed bag for the start of the season – two wins and two losses

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Road Runners’ Rainy Outing At Slade Point

April 14, 2022

Sunday morning saw over forty Mackay Road Runners take on Slade Point as part of the annual Tim’s Chariots of Fire run.

Hosted by club president Tim Magoffin and his family, the run consists of technical 5km and 11km distances along road, sand, and trails, with runners enjoying cool, wet conditions and panoramic coastal vistas.

Mick Vivian set the pace in the 11km finishing as the first male across the finish line and leading a talented back consisting of Paul Mackenzie, Joe Grech, George Hannaford, Justin Rule, Luke Leven, Toby Rule, Ryan Evetts, Mick Scholer, Greg O’Neill, Craig Stevens, Derek Woods, Robin Stinson, Ross Vickers, Martin Lambert, Simon Henderson, John Couldrey, Daniel Stampa, and David Isbister.

Alana Knesevic was the first female to finish the technical 11km course ahead of Glynis Forse, Jose Short, Carmel Grech, Emily Smyth, Sarah Jensen, Judy Zahn, Marie Muscat, Carmel Mahon, Geeta Ariani, and Brenda Windsor.

Despite a brief detour after a wrong turn, the 5km front runners still managed to sprint home with a smile on their faces, with Damien Rutland, Lily Leven, and Carolyn Mapes once again showing their impressive ability.

Excellent efforts were also on display from Julie Whibley, Emma Johnson, Jo Hughes, Charlie Bone, and Stuart Sprott.

Host and club president Tim Magoffin even completed the course several times, including the early morning setup and pack down, as it is his regular training route.

Road Runners Justin and Toby Rule have recently returned from successful athletic championship outings. Toby came away with sensational results from the Little Athletics State Championships including a gold medal and championship title.

Justin claimed silver in the 3km steeplechase at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships in Brisbane earlier this month, elevating him to among the quickest in Australia.

The Road Runners’ next meet will take place on Easter Sunday with a social 5km/10km run embarking from Zambrero on the corner of Gordon and Gregory Streets, commencing at 4:30pm.

Luke Levin (left) congratulates Justine Rule (centre) and Toby Rule (right) after their successful outings at recent state and national athletics championships in Brisbane

Ready to race their respective events (left to right) Jose Short, Jan Smith, Craig Stevens, Michael Feenaghty, and David Isbister

Judy Zahn battles the damp conditions as she summits the Lamberts Beach Water Tower section of the 11km

First female Alana Knesevic makes the 11km tricky trails look easy. Photos supplied: Janelle Tilse (Road Runners Publicity Officer)

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Mackay Swimmers In Adelaide For Age Championships

April 14, 2022

Four young Mackay swimmers are attending their very first National Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide this week.

Izabella Wills, 13, Kiah Apps, 14, Ruby Boxall, 13, and Mackenzie Neilsen, 13, are all revelling in the opportunity to represent the Mackay Cyclones on the national stage across all strokes.

Mackenzie Neilsen competing in the 13yr Girls age group will contest the 100 fly and 200 fly, while also in the 13yr Girls, Ruby Boxall will compete in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke. In the 14yr Girls, Kiah Apps will race in the 200 freestyle, 200 fly, and 100 fly, while Izabella Wills in the 13yr Girls multi class will contest the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle.

“They have smashed goals to achieve this accolade and they have well and truly earned their spot to attend, with pure grit and determination,” said coach Leigh-Anne Pokarier.

“The girls are excited to hit Adelaide, soak up the next level of competition atmosphere and have fun every step of the way.”

The 2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships began in Adelaide on Monday April 11 and will run to Monday April 18 and you can catch all the action on Amazon Prime Video.

L-R Izabella Wills, Mackenzie Neilsen, Ruby Boxall, and Kiah Apps with coach Leigh Anne Pokarier. Photo: supplied

Izabella Wills

Mackenzie Neilsen

Ruby Boxall

Kiah Apps

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Roosters Return For Round Nine

April 14, 2022

The Sydney Roosters will return to Mackay to host the Gold Coast Titans at BB Print Stadium in Round 9 on Saturday, May 7.

In the only NRL Premiership fixture scheduled to be played in Mackay this season, the Roosters will return to the ground that became a home away from home during the 2021 relocated competition.

“We loved playing at BB Print Stadium last season and we’re excited to be heading back to Mackay in Round 9,” said Roosters captain James Tedesco.

“It’s a great stadium in a region that’s passionate about rugby league and we’re looking forward to giving back to the community in the lead-up to the game,” he added.

Acknowledging the support of Mackay Regional Council and the Queensland Government in staging the fixture, Roosters COO Jarrod Johnstone added:

“The wonderful support of Mackay Regional Council and the Queensland Government throughout the 2021 season ensured the NRL competition continued, and we are thrilled to be taking a Sydney Roosters home game back to Mackay’s BB Print Stadium in 2022.”

In the lead-up to the fixture, the Roosters will host an open training session at BB Print Stadium. Further details will be provided in lead-up to the round.

The Sydney Roosters are looking forward to a return to Mackay’s BB Print Stadium next month to face the Gold Coast Titans. Pictures from 2021 NRL action in Mackay by Amanda Wright

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Jaguar Trumped Audi

April 14, 2022

Jaguar ran out winners in the first division final of Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixtures last week.

The Jaguar team of Steven Whiting, Anne Sheridan and Lee Brake beat the Audi combination of Andrew McHugh, Duncan Treloar and Janice Kent 6-4.

Andrew led the Audi with a strong win over Steven, but Jaguar then reeled off four wins in succession to take control of the final.

Lee’s five-game win over Janice (5, -11, 7, -6, 8) was pivotal, and wins by Anne and Steven over Duncan and a doubles win by Anne/Steve over Andrew/Duncan put them in the box seat.

Anne and Steven finished off the win with tight victories over Janice.

The second division final went to Fiat (Delma Knight, Andrea Nicholson and Duncan Sheridan) over Nissan (Stirling Bowater, George Camilleri and Val Austin) as both Stirling and Val were ill and unable to play.

However, Coral Morgan and Tiffany Camilleri stepped in to make up a scratch team with George, and the result was a series of tight games.

The competition now breaks for the school holidays and will resume after the break.

By Charlie Payne

Division 1 winners Jaguar (Lee Brake, Anne Sheridan, Steven Whiting)

Division 2 winners Fiat (Delma Knight, Duncan Sheridan, Andrea Nicholson)

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District Pairs Produces Beaut Day Of Bowls

April 8, 2022

The District Pairs Semi-Finals were played Wednesday morning a fortnight ago between Jean Schmidtke and Carmel Bell (North Mackay) versus Lorraine Lemke and Lorraine Silman (North Mackay)

The other semi consisted of players Betty Nicolle and Margo Stanley (Airlie Beach) versus Val DePinto and Lorna Bowers (North Mackay).

Both of these games were wonderful to watch, with the eventual winners to go into the final on Wednesday afternoon. The semi-final winners were both North Mackay teams, with Lorraine and Lorraine to play Val and Lorna in the final.

After a quick bite of lunch the ladies started playing at 1pm, in a game that onlookers described as ‘epic’.

They played end-for-end in a skillful and entertaining game of bowls.

17 ALL was the score at the end of 21 ends, so a deciding end had to be played. With a final game score of 18-17, Val DePinto and Lorna Bowers were named Mackay District Pairs Champions. The game finished at 5.20 pm and the ladies were exhausted.

“Congratulations to our super winners, and to our amazing runners up Lorraine and Lorraine in a game played in such great camaraderie,” Suzanne Hazledine from North Mackay Bowls Club said.

“It was lovely to see such a super crowd who stayed to watch till the very end.”

Social Results - Wednesday 30 March

Winners: M. Stockton, L. Baumgarten, A. Bailey. Runners up: J. Moran, F. Lehmann, S. Cutress.

An all-Mackay North competition for the final of the Mackay District Ladies Pairs championship. Lorraine Lemke, Lorraine Silman, Val DePinto and Lorna Bowers

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Mackay Basketball’s Best

April 8, 2022

Super Saturday saw a plethora of grand finals take place at the Mackay Multisport Stadium a fortnight ago. Last week we published the results from ages 10 to 14, this week’s champions range from 16 years to A-grade.


Seniors Division 1 ‘A-Grade’ Grand Final

𝘔𝘦𝘯'𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 80 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘏𝘰𝘰𝘱 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 79

𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯'𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 46 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 36

Division 2

𝘔𝘦𝘯'𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘉𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘉𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘉𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘴 59 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 52

𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯'𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘎𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 51 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦

𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 3

Men’s 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘉𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘴 52 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 38

𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯'𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 3 - 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 33 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘋𝘳𝘢𝘨-𝘐𝘯𝘴 (𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰) 22

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 20 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴

𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘚𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴 68 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 18 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴

𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 62 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 48

𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 38 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘙𝘦𝘥 30

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 16

𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘴 55 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 33

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 16 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 28 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 40

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 16 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘚𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴 36 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘎𝘰𝘭𝘥 30

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 16 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 42 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘙𝘦𝘥 23

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 16 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 3 - 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘴 52 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘏𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 42

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Annual Road Runners’ Tilse Toddle A Raging Success

April 8, 2022

West Mackay’s Johnson Street was taken over by a crowd of nearly 60 runners and supporters turning out for the annual running of the Tilse Toddle on Sunday afternoon.

Despite overcast Sunday afternoon conditions, runners felt the heat as they completed their respective distances.

The course, set up by Andrew Short, was an out and back path, with 5km runners turning around at the 2.5km turnaround point and 10km runners repeating the process.

Angus Jacobs and Rodney Elworthy led the pack for most of the 10km race with junior runner Damien Rutland hot on their tails the entire distance.

Angus eventually won the men’s 10km, with Damien surging late to take second spot and Rodney third.

Tahnee Malagueno ran a slick 10km race to take the gold medal in the women’s, with Glynis Forse taking silver backing up from a mammoth 50km effort the weekend before.

Lily Leven backed up her personal best park run the day before by taking out first place in the 5km followed closely by Carolyn Mapes and Millie Bishop.

New runners Cameron Wallace in the 5km and Emily Smyth in the 10km both had excellent runs in their respective distances.

Excellent performances were also on display from Joe Grech, Paul Mackenzie, Michael Scholer, Michal Feenaghty, George Hannaford, Tim Caddy, Heli Talinurm, Derek Woods, Nick Rewald, Charlie Bone, Kim Saron, Jo Hughes, David Isbister, Merv Shields, Judy Zahn, Brenda Windsor, Carol Brown, Carmel Mahon,  Luke Leven, Colin Hardy, Stuart Sprott, and Jan Smith.

Many local runners, including club president Tim Magoffin, were absent as they participated in the Goondiwindi Hell of the West Triathlon.

Congratulations to all local competitors, including Cristian Smith who clocked an impressive 3 hrs 59 mins 37 seconds for the half ironman distance.

This Sunday will see Road Runners take on Tim’s Chariots of Fire 5km and 10km event.

While the course may be testing, the views over Slade Point and Lamberts Beach make it one of the more scenic routes.

The event will commence at 6.30am from 16 Ocean Avenue, Slade Point.

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Jaguar Trumped Audi

April 8, 2022

Jaguar ran out winnersin the first division final of Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixtures lastweek.

The Jaguar team ofSteven Whiting, Anne Sheridan and Lee Brake beat the Audi combination of AndrewMcHugh, Duncan Treloar and Janice Kent 6-4.

Andrew led the Audiwith a strong win over Steven, but Jaguar then reeled off four wins insuccession to take control of the final.

Lee’s five-game winover Janice (5, -11, 7, -6, 8) was pivotal, and wins by Anne and Steven overDuncan and a doubles win by Anne/Steve over Andrew/Duncan put them in the boxseat.

Anne and Stevenfinished off the win with tight victories over Janice.

The second divisionfinal went to Fiat (Delma Knight, Andrea Nicholson and Duncan Sheridan) overNissan (Stirling Bowater, George Camilleri and Val Austin) as both Stirling andVal were ill and unable to play.

However, Coral Morganand Tiffany Camilleri stepped in to make up a scratch team with George, and theresult was a series of tight games.

The competition nowbreaks for the school holidays and will resume after the break.

By Charlie Payne

Division 1 winners Jaguar (Lee Brake, Anne Sheridan, Steven Whiting)

Division 2 winners Fiat (Delma Knight, Duncan Sheridan, Andrea Nicholson

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On the Green at Goosies

April 8, 2022

Men’s club championships are well under way, with the finals of the fours played last Saturday. This resulted in Ray McCarthy, John Stronach, Peter Miller and Doug Dungavell defeating Ian McDonald, Ron Bowers, Greg McLean and Bert Hobbs to win the fours for 2022.

There are interesting tussles coming up in the draw, so head to the club on the weekend to see great bowls played.

The annual “Tony’s Triples” fun day nominations for men and ladies closes on Sunday 17th April for play on 19th April. Nomination sheets are on both the ladies and men’s competition boards.

Social Results

Monday mixed pairs winners were Ann and Don Peet followed by Phil French and C. Hammbling. The lucky draws were won by Greg McLean and Peter Crawford.

Thursday mixed pairs was won by Barry Lehmann and Jan Little with Mick Walsh and Peter Delaney in second spot. Elaine Buckton won the Kitty toucher of $170 with the perfect bowl, resting on the kitty. Helen Goldston won the raffle.

Friday mixed pairs was taken out by Isla Comelli and Lois Deguara with the consistent Rob Evans and Peter Horsburgh winning the lucky draw from the winning teams. Runners up draw was won by Laura and Marshall Howland.

Saturday men’s pairs winners were Peter Delaney and Vic Gaudion with second place taken out by Tony Allsop and Maurie Pearson.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Club Vice President, Wayne Trannore concentrates on his bowl

Brenda Trannore shows her style

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A Stellar Season Start For North Mackay Athletics

April 8, 2022

North Mackay Athletics (NMA) Club has had a super start to the year for its 2022 season which started in February.

The first event off the block was their annual free come try day for family and friends of all ages to have a go at throwing, jumping and running events.

The North Mackay Athletics Club committee have some innovative ideas for the season and are looking forward to sharing it with the club members - who have already started receiving awards for breaking their personal bests.

North Mackay Athletics focus on fun, family and fitness means the club has continued to support and encourage children and adults from all ages and abilities to give athletics a go.

Additionally, NMA is boasting some incredibly talented athletes this season who have worked hard on their craft to become fierce competitors and represent the Mackay community in many external events outside of the club days.

The club has proudly congratulated some of its members who attended and competed in recent State Championships both for Little Athletics QLD (LAQ) and Athletics North QLD (ANQ).

Toby Rule was one such competitor, ending his LAQ State Champs outing with the gold medal in U15yrs 1500 metre, and Hayley Colless who brought home medals at both state events placing  2nd (ANQ) and 3rd (LAQ) in 80 metre hurdles.

If you are aged between 3yrs - 103+yrs and would like to give Athletics a go, NMA offers two $5 trials per athlete at any of their club days held on Sunday's at Pioneer High School (Russell St entry) at 8:45am.

For more info 'like' North Mackay Athletics on facebook or visit

This article was contributed by Kayla Porter of North Mackay Athletics Club

Hayley Colless hurdling

Toby Rule at the start of one of his LAQ State Championship races

Club awards have already been handed out to fledgling athletes this season

Hayley and Toby at the LAQ State Championships

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School Student Smashes Powerlifting Records At State Titles

April 8, 2022

What started out as a part of footy training has turned into an obsession, a state title, and national records for a Mackay school student.

Ryan Chatteris, a year 11 student at Whitsunday Anglican School, has taken out the Queensland State Titles in powerlifting and set four new national records in the process.

Ryan started going to the gym and lifting weights to get bigger for footy.

Powerlifting then came when he realised he was good at lifting heavy things.

He enjoys the body building style of training and has since foregone football.

“I kind of just followed this,” he said.

Ryan met Kahn Stephenson at Zero Weakness Mackay who guided him on his journey and continues to coach him today.

Ryan started entering federation-sanctioned competitions with stricter guidelines, which led him to States and now Nationals on the Gold Coast in June.

Powerlifting consists of three maximal effort lifts: a squat, a bench press, and a deadlift which all combine to a total score.

At the recent Queensland State Titles, Ryan broke records in all three, smashing the total record in the process.

While scores are based on the weight you lift, technique is vital as well.

Ryan says training is key to his success, starting off with building foundational strength and eventually dialling it back to one rep at a time, replicating the specific lifts he is going to attempt in competition.

“Power lifting’s a sport where you pretty much know what you’re going to do on the day,” he said.

“If you’ve hit this number in training you know you’re probably going to hit it on competition day.”

Pump-up tunes are also a part of the process.

“I love listening to music.

“I listen to all kinds of different stuff.”

Ryan says that while his family have no background in powerlifting, they are endlessly supportive.

“I don’t think my mum still knows what I’m doing,” he laughs.

“She supports me, she knows that I like it.”

Ryan’s passion for sport and fitness is something he hopes to turn into a career, looking to work in the field of exercise science.

He wants to compete for as long as possible as well.

“I definitely want to see it as far as I can go,” he said.

“As long as I’m training, I’m probably going to be competing.”

Ryan is a student at Whitsunday Anglican School and hopes to turn his passion for fitness into a career in exercise science. Photo: Sam Gillespie

Ryan will compete at the APL Nationals on the Gold Coast in June. Photo: supplied

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Basketball Champions Crowned

April 1, 2022

Super Saturday saw a plethora of grand finals take place at the Mackay Multisport Stadium last weekend, where hundreds of kids bounced their way through the day. From bobcats and gators to magpies and sharks, there was no shortage of ferocity when it came to claiming victory, however the winners on the day were certainly fun and friendship, based on the beaming smiles.


𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 14 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 39 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘴 27

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 14 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 31 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 20

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 14 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 36 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 31

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 14 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 30 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘙𝘢𝘺𝘴 24

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 12 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 43 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘚𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴 23

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 12 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘴 29 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘋𝘰𝘭𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘴 16

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 12 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 43 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 22

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 12 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘙𝘦𝘥 30 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 23

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 10 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 38 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘎𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 26

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 10 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 1 - 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 14 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘉𝘰𝘣𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘙𝘦𝘥 12

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 10 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 9 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘴𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘺 6

𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 10 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 2 - 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘎𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 9 𝘥𝘦𝘧 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘴 5

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Smash And Bash - Cricket Grand Finals

April 1, 2022

A season’s worth of hard work and hot afternoons in the sun culminated in grand finals last weekend for eight passionate cricket teams.

Mackay Cricket’s men’s one-day grand finals were played on Saturday afternoon across four grades.


Norths took out the 1st Grade DBCT POOLE Cup final, narrowly defeating top-of-the-table Walkerston in a nail-biting finish on the main field at Harrup Park.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Norths were off to a shaky start at 3/45 before Lane Kohler and Wesley Dyer steadied the ship, creating a solid fourth wicket partnership and scoring 79 and 53 respectively.

Other contributions came from Chris Day with 22 and Joel Bruun with 19, helping Norths to a total of 204 all out after 44 overs.

The Walkerston bowling attack shared the accolades, with Nicholas Lotarski, Liam Newbery, Chris McEldowney, and Riley Jackson all taking two wickets each.

Walkerston were on their toes and quick in the field, with runouts accounting for the other two wickets.

With a target of 205 runs to win, Walkerston also made a slow start to the run chase, losing their first three wickets for 40 runs.

Another fourth-wicket partnership between Peter Blaik and Luke Jackson got things back on track, with the pair scoring 32 and 74 respectively.

Solid contributions further down the order came from Riley Jackson with 29 and Neil Gustavson with 22, but it wasn’t enough.

Walkerston batted out their 50 overs finishing on 8/200, frustratingly shy of the total set by Norths.

Kerrod Tortora was the pick of the bowlers for Norths finishing with 3/33 from 9 overs.

Mason Kohler and Joel Bruun took two wickets each and Michael Preston finished with one scalp.

“The win – bloody hell, that was pretty good,” said Norths’ captain Darryn Dyer.

“There was a core group of guys that kept showing up and putting in the hard yards.

“It was the first season for me as a captain, so it means a lot to me.”


In another excitingly even match-up, the 2nd Grade DBCT Cup final between Pioneer Valley and Brothers ended in the most unlikely of draws.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Pioneer Valley were off to a flying start thanks to opener and captain Troy Thompson’s 67 runs off 93 balls.

Lachlan Altmann’s 46, Sam Casey’s 29, and Benjamin Schembri’s 24 all helped Pioneer Valley to their total of 6/207 from their allocated 40 overs.

Taylor Everson took two of the six wickets with Sam DiFrancesco, Matthew Tomerini, Adam Vanderlinde, and Nicholas Beardmore all pitching in with a wicket each for Brothers.

Brothers responded with consistent performances throughout their batting line-up, runs coming from Brett Simpson with 49, Taylor Everson with 41, Andrew Herbert with 27, Adam Vanderlinde with 24, and Matthew Tomerini and Luke Podosky each with 23.

Brothers finished their 40 overs also on 207 runs, losing nine wickets in the process.

Contributing with the ball for Pioneer Valley was Bennet Reginato with three wickets, Harry Kirkwood with two, and Benjamin Schembri, Lachlan Altmann, and Ranju Somanathan taking a wicket each.

In the event of a draw, the team that finished the season with the most ladder points are successful, meaning top-of-the-table Pioneer Valley walked away with the cup.


In the 3rd Grade One Day Shield, Pioneer Valley Green came out as victors against Pinnacle in a close match coming down to the last few overs.

Pioneer Valley won the toss and sent Pinnacle in to bat, with 61 runs from Matthew Boyd, 28 from Joel Bennington, and 20 from Brodie Lyon helping Pinnacle to a total of 9/176 off their allocated 35 overs.

Many contributed with the ball for Pioneer Valley with Glen Maclean taking three wickets, Cody and Jade Filewood each taking two, and Dean Zeller and Karl Zarb taking one wicket each.

A rocky start from Pioneer Valley had them at 3/32 before grand final-winning knocks of 65 from Cody Filewood and 46 not out from Karl Zarb got them over the line with four wickets in hand and nine balls to spare.

Great bowling from Justin Teys with three wickets and James Cross, Matt Woodland, and Damien Russell with one wicket each gave Pinnacle a chance at defending their total, but it wasn’t quite enough.


Across the road at Abbott Park, Souths Sharks defeated Pinnacle Gold in the 4th Grade One Day Shield final.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Souths gradually built a solid total of 139 all out from 34.4 overs.

Contributions came from Kishan Bist with 35 runs not out, Sarajpal Singh with 29, and Gursimran Singh with 28.

Dhani Ram, Gurpreet Singh, Paramjeet Singh, and Tas So all took two wickets each for Pinnacle, with Ashley Fry taking one.

Pinnacle were off to a flying start with their top three Ashley Fry, Gurpreet Singh, and Jaswant Sandhu making 27, 31, and 19 runs respectively.

Souths then proceeded to tear through the rest of Pinnacle’s batting order, bowling them out for 106 in 32.1 overs.

Muhammad Wahab starred with the ball for Souths, finishing with figures of 4/15 off seven overs.

Kamal Giri took 3/19 off seven overs with Iqbal Singh, Ashish Rana, and Gursimran Singh taking one wicket each.

Congratulations to all teams on their successful 2021/22 seasons.

Norths defeated Walkerston in the 1st Grade final

Pioneer Valley and Brothers played out a draw in the 2nd grade final, with Pioneer Valley winning on ladder points. Photos: Kimberley Cahill

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Road Runners Hit The Trails

April 1, 2022

The Mackay Road Runners embarked on their first trail run of the year on Sunday, traversing the stunning surrounds of the Eungella National Park.

Nearly sixty runners took on the trail, choosing between 5km and 18km distances, as well as a 2km kids race for junior Road Runners.

After meeting members of the Lost Bunyips Trail Enthusiasts at the beautiful Eungella Chalet, runners left the lush Chalet lawns and scenic vistas, headed for the hills.

The sky above alternated between threatening grey and clear blue, with misty clouds and intermittent rain bringing damp and tricky conditions to the trails underfoot.

Runners were tested by the unpredictable terrain, with some runners hitting the dirt before getting themselves back up and rallying home to show off their battle scars.

Kaylene Gardner had a spectacular day on the track, finishing first in the female 18km after setting a steady pace throughout her race and finishing strong.

While Alex Couldrey was looking sure to cross the line first in the male 18km, a slight wrong turn saw Joe Grech overtake him around halfway with Joe taking the gold medal position.

Excellent performances from the rest of the 18km field included Thomas Wendt, Paul Mackenzie, Emily Dalglish, Carmel Grech, Matt Graves, Leon Ryan, Ryan Evetts, Mitchell Evetts, Robin Stinson, Graeme Harris, Raymond Borg, Tas Webber, Pam Houston, Emily Wicks, Greg Dawes, Shane Edwards, June Bradley, and Scott Todd.

5km runners were off and racing as well with Derek Woods bolting from the gun with Matt Mapes, Carolyn Mapes, Carole Dawes, Mel Harris, John Allen, Leanne Connor, Ross Connor, Tahnee Malagueno, Sammy Woods, John Couldrey, and Carol Brown all showing their skills and smashing out the run.

Post-run pleasantries were shared at the Chalet alongside food and drink, where Kaylene and Joe received their first-place prizes donated by Porters Mitre 10 Mackay.

The Road Runners will meet again on Sunday for the annual Tilse Toddle, an afternoon 5km/10km run commencing from 24 Johnson Street at 4.30pm.

First female and male in the 18km, Kaylene Gardner and Joe Grech

Lovely ladies ready to test the Eungella trails – L-R Carmel Grech, Carol Brown, Carole Dawes, Jo Hughes, and Vicki Ford

Mountain men, Raymond Borg, Greg Dawes, Matt Bampton, and Shane Edwards.

5km runners burst out of the gates for their trek through to Sky Window. Pictures supplied: Janelle Tilse

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On the Greens at Goosies

April 1, 2022

Last Saturday, our four representative teams headed out to Gargett to play Pioneer Valley in the first of the games for the Marian Mill Shield. This is an annual event, played at both Pioneer Valley and Marian. Unfortunately, at this knock out event only Chris Banney’s team won, so Pioneer Valley went on to play Sunday at Marian.

Nomination forms are now up for the $600 “Tony’s Triples” fun competition to be held on 19th April for all members of North Mackay Bowls club. Entries close on Sunday 17th April.

Social Results Week Ending March 27

Monday pairs winners were Carmel Bell and Greg McLean with Sheryl Cuttriss, Helen Fleming and Cherry Leotta in second spot. Lucky draws went to Tony Allsop, Ray McCarthy and Rob Evans.

Thursday pairs was won by Maryann Bartolo and Brian Perrin. Runners up were Tony Allsop and Warren Corbett. Greens vouchers went to Carmel Bell and Greg McLean. Margaret Fogg won the raffle, and the kitty toucher jackpots.

Friday pairs was taken out by Vern and Wayne Mietzel. Winners lucky draw was Eric Galletly and new member, Col Caley.  Loser's lucky draw went to Kees Struik and Marie Bragg. Kitty toucher remains at $500.

Saturday men’s pairs winners went to Vic Gaudion and Maurie Pearson, with the triple of Trevor Laurens, John Chester-Master and Ian McDonald coming second.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Ladies News

North Mackay Ladies were the host club for the District Master Pairs. 22 teams competed, with each team playing three games each of 15 ends.  Teams were split into five sections with the winner from each section going on to play in the next playoff. Four teams played off on Thursday morning to join those already through to the semi- finals, to be played on Wednesday March 30 and the final on Thursday March 31.

The teams in the play offs are:

J. Schmidtke and C. Bell (NM)

L. Lemke and L. Silman (NM)

B. Nicole and M. Stanley (AB)

V. DePinto and L. Bowers (NM)

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Nippers Break Up Recognises Fun, Family And Friends

April 1, 2022

Mackay SLSC Nippers recently held their break up on Sunday March 13, in a culmination of their seven month season.  

The morning celebrated the development of young lifesavers which began with training in July, season start in September, attendance at Alma Bay, Townsville, Forrest Beach, Ingham, Sarina and Yeppoon surf carnivals, as well as the North Australian Titles and an interclub Tri-Series between Eimeo, Sarina and Mackay, both held at Mackay’s Harbour Beach.

Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club Director of Surf Sports Joshua Grant said the club was so proud of the achievements of their nippers this season, with success coming in many forms.  

Seeing how our young lifesavers develop from the start of the season, where some can be a little nervous about hitting the surf, to where they are now at the end of the season, where you can hardly get them out of the water, is very pleasing,” Mr Grant said.

“We have had nippers training hard and taking out big surf sports events, but on the other hand have nippers - particularly our ‘Green Caps’ U6/7’s - that just have a really fun time with their friends at our Sunday morning nippers’ program.”

Mr. Grant also made the point of thanking the Nipper Family, especially parents, for their contribution to the club throughout the season.  

“Whether that be helping with beach set up, repairing boards, running the canteen, helping with activities, cooking the BBQ and getting nippers to training and Sunday mornings, all of this time and effort does not go unnoticed,” he said.

“Before we started presentations of awards, the nippers all gave their mum, dad, grandma or granddad a big hug to say thank you!”

The Nippers will be joining the senior members for a ‘Back to the Beach’ afternoon on 14 May, which will see members take each other on in the club championships followed by formal presentations and social drinks.

Participation Awards for Consistent Nippers over the season:

Green Caps Bella Bradley, Esme Conroy, Harper Cowan, Hugh Johnson, Isabelle Linke,

Lincoln Amos, Tayla McGuiness, Evan Grant, Harry Cown, Lachlan Griffiths

U8’s Karas Faith, Finn Hudspith, Jakob Djukic, Milla Read, Talon Close, Evie McCarthy

U9’s Ash Smith, Harry Madden, Jake Hudspith, Johnathon Grant, Kellan McLean, Kody Amos

U10’s Ash Johnson, Felix Boeck, Jermaine Burley, Logan Ivory, Magenta Newland, Zavier Virgona

U11’s Isabella Grant, Joseph Madden, William McCarthy

U12’s Cooper Jayo, Meliana Craig, Xaver Boeck, Zac Johnson

U13’s Molly Madden, Bodie Mau

Contributed by Director of Surf Sports Josh Grant

Mackay SLSC Nippers showing how proud they are to participate in the “Fun, Friends & Family” atmosphere that comes with being a lifesaver

MSLSC little champions & future of our club – the “Green Caps” U6 & U7 nippers enjoy being at nippers

U13’s Molly Madden (Junior Club Captain) and Bodie Mau receiving their surf award certificates.  Next season they will be able to complete their Surf Rescue Certificate and start patrolling our beaches alongside experienced Lifesavers who will further mentor and train them.

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Smash And Bash - Cricket Grand Finals

April 1, 2022

A season’s worth of hard work and hot afternoons in the sun culminated in grand finals last weekend for eight passionate cricket teams.

Mackay Cricket’s men’s one-day grand finals were played on Saturday afternoon across four grades.


Norths took out the 1st Grade DBCT POOLE Cup final, narrowly defeating top-of-the-table Walkerston in a nail-biting finish on the main field at Harrup Park.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Norths were off to a shaky start at 3/45 before Lane Kohler and Wesley Dyer steadied the ship, creating a solid fourth wicket partnership and scoring 79 and 53 respectively.

Other contributions came from Chris Day with 22 and Joel Bruun with 19, helping Norths to a total of 204 all out after 44 overs.

The Walkerston bowling attack shared the accolades, with Nicholas Lotarski, Liam Newbery, Chris McEldowney, and Riley Jackson all taking two wickets each.

Walkerston were on their toes and quick in the field, with runouts accounting for the other two wickets.

With a target of 205 runs to win, Walkerston also made a slow start to the run chase, losing their first three wickets for 40 runs.

Another fourth-wicket partnership between Peter Blaik and Luke Jackson got things back on track, with the pair scoring 32 and 74 respectively.

Solid contributions further down the order came from Riley Jackson with 29 and Neil Gustavson with 22, but it wasn’t enough.

Walkerston batted out their 50 overs finishing on 8/200, frustratingly shy of the total set by Norths.

Kerrod Tortora was the pick of the bowlers for Norths finishing with 3/33 from 9 overs.

Mason Kohler and Joel Bruun took two wickets each and Michael Preston finished with one scalp.

“The win – bloody hell, that was pretty good,” said Norths’ captain Darryn Dyer.

“There was a core group of guys that kept showing up and putting in the hard yards.

“It was the first season for me as a captain, so it means a lot to me.”


In another excitingly even match-up, the 2nd Grade DBCT Cup final between Pioneer Valley and Brothers ended in the most unlikely of draws.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Pioneer Valley were off to a flying start thanks to opener and captain Troy Thompson’s 67 runs off 93 balls.

Lachlan Altmann’s 46, Sam Casey’s 29, and Benjamin Schembri’s 24 all helped Pioneer Valley to their total of 6/207 from their allocated 40 overs.

Taylor Everson took two of the six wickets with Sam DiFrancesco, Matthew Tomerini, Adam Vanderlinde, and Nicholas Beardmore all pitching in with a wicket each for Brothers.

Brothers responded with consistent performances throughout their batting line-up, runs coming from Brett Simpson with 49, Taylor Everson with 41, Andrew Herbert with 27, Adam Vanderlinde with 24, and Matthew Tomerini and Luke Podosky each with 23.

Brothers finished their 40 overs also on 207 runs, losing nine wickets in the process.

Contributing with the ball for Pioneer Valley was Bennet Reginato with three wickets, Harry Kirkwood with two, and Benjamin Schembri, Lachlan Altmann, and Ranju Somanathan taking a wicket each.

In the event of a draw, the team that finished the season with the most ladder points are successful, meaning top-of-the-table Pioneer Valley walked away with the cup.


In the 3rd Grade One Day Shield, Pioneer Valley Green came out as victors against Pinnacle in a close match coming down to the last few overs.

Pioneer Valley won the toss and sent Pinnacle in to bat, with 61 runs from Matthew Boyd, 28 from Joel Bennington, and 20 from Brodie Lyon helping Pinnacle to a total of 9/176 off their allocated 35 overs.

Many contributed with the ball for Pioneer Valley with Glen Maclean taking three wickets, Cody and Jade Filewood each taking two, and Dean Zeller and Karl Zarb taking one wicket each.

A rocky start from Pioneer Valley had them at 3/32 before grand final-winning knocks of 65 from Cody Filewood and 46 not out from Karl Zarb got them over the line with four wickets in hand and nine balls to spare.

Great bowling from Justin Teys with three wickets and James Cross, Matt Woodland, and Damien Russell with one wicket each gave Pinnacle a chance at defending their total, but it wasn’t quite enough.


Across the road at Abbott Park, Souths Sharks defeated Pinnacle Gold in the 4th Grade One Day Shield final.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Souths gradually built a solid total of 139 all out from 34.4 overs.

Contributions came from Kishan Bist with 35 runs not out, Sarajpal Singh with 29, and Gursimran Singh with 28.

Dhani Ram, Gurpreet Singh, Paramjeet Singh, and Tas So all took two wickets each for Pinnacle, with Ashley Fry taking one.

Pinnacle were off to a flying start with their top three Ashley Fry, Gurpreet Singh, and Jaswant Sandhu making 27, 31, and 19 runs respectively.

Souths then proceeded to tear through the rest of Pinnacle’s batting order, bowling them out for 106 in 32.1 overs.

Muhammad Wahab starred with the ball for Souths, finishing with figures of 4/15 off seven overs.

Kamal Giri took 3/19 off seven overs with Iqbal Singh, Ashish Rana, and Gursimran Singh taking one wicket each.

Congratulations to all teams on their successful 2021/22 seasons.

Norths defeated Walkerston in the 1st Grade final

Pioneer Valley and Brothers played out a draw in the 2nd grade final, with Pioneer Valley winning on ladder points. Photos: Kimberley Cahill

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On The Green At Goosies

March 25, 2022

Goosies Results Week Ending 20th March

Monday mixed pairs was won by Kevin Davis and Vern Mietzel. Second place was taken out by Elaine Buckton and Sandra Somerfield. Cheryle Corbett won the lucky draw.

Wednesday ladies’ competition was won by Sue Roscoe and Narell Schmidtke, with Lee Robertson, Merinda Andrew and Lidia McCarthy in second place.

Thursday mixed pairs winners were Pat Elgey and Vern Mietzel. Brenda and Wayne Trannore were in second place, with Brian Perrin and Rob Evans winning green vouchers. The kitty toucher jackpots.

Friday mixed pairs was taken out by Mick Walsh and Graham Hawke. Lucky draw winners were Brian Dennien and Vern Mietzel and Maryann and John Bartolo.

Saturday men’s winner was the team of Peter Cowling, Mick Mackenzie and Peter Delaney with Greg McLean and visitor, Andre Engel, in second spot. The jackpot was won by Andrew Coates’ team.

Nomination sheets for “Tony’s Triples” fun day, featuring $600 in prize money being held on Tuesday 19th April should be up this week.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Marshall and Laura Howland with Alan Brown play regularly on Monday

Sandra Somerfield was a winner last Monday

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Cutters Down To Hunters In Tough Season Opener

March 25, 2022

Round One witnessed a tight contest between the Mackay Cutters and the Papua New Guinea Hunters at BB Print Stadium last weekend in the Hostplus Cup.

In what was the competition’s “Harmony Round” the displaced Hunters – who will still be unable to play their home fixtures in PNG – came in no holds barred after a strong preseason. Cutters looked tentative at times, and they had it all to prove.

Ahead of the match, Cutters announced Ross Bella as 2022 Captain for the Hostplus Cup season.

It was a Cutters’ kick to start the game, caught deftly by the Hunter’s backs and a hard first hit would foreshadow the physicality of the competition.

Hunters managed to open the scoring at BB Print after an intricate play down the right flank.

Strong contact in defence had forced the Cutters into an error with their first possession, and starting props for Hunters, Casey Dickson and Sylvester Namo, were consistently bending the line with their carries, causing havoc for Mackay’s defence.

From an attacking scrum, Hunters’ right-centre Rodrick Tai completed a smart move to put the Hunter’s Solo Wane over for the opening try in the seventh minute.

Hunters again capitalised in the 19th minute for four points, as the Hunters’ Dilbert Isaac crashed over.

Cutters brought down the deficit when, finding some space for themselves around the ruck, they raced 70 metres up field, only to be stopped by Hunters’ Wane who completed a superb chasing cover tackle.

Wane’s effort was in vain though, as Cutters searched wide for points with back Flynn Camilleri crossing, but sadly the Sugar City side were unable to close the gap further, missing the ensuing conversion.

The Hunters’ lead was at 8 going into the break, 14-4.

The Cutters started the second half in ferocious form, mounting a stack of pressure late in the game to have five consecutive sets attacking the Hunters line, finally scoring off a cross-field bomb in the 66th minute.

Andrea Niko collected a late offload which resulted from the cross-field kick, bringing it to within four for the Cutters in the final score of the game.

The Hunters held on in the dying embers of the game, with Judah Rimbu kicking the lead out to six from a penalty with just minutes remaining, leaving the Cutters down 16-10.

Cutters now look ahead to their match against the Jets down in Ipswich, with the southern side looking to avenge their previous outing where they went down to Cutters 36-26.

As well, Cutters announced last week three more new recruits, Jake Hawkins, Hayden Pace, and Tyler Holmes – Holmes and Pace both local lads. It will be interesting to see how the new blood fits into the lineup

New signing Tyler Holmes

Local Hayden Pace joined the Hostplus Cup squad for this season

Jake Hawkins is another fresh signing to bolster the side

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North Mackay Ladies Bowls

March 25, 2022

Social bowls last week was a pairs game with winners S. Roscoe and N. Schmidtke. Runners up were L. McCarthy, M. Andrew, and L. Robertson.

Club Championship 3 Bowl Triples we’re played last week between four of our teams with two going on to the final on Thursday morning. Thursday’s game was one to watch with six ladies showing us how to play amazing bowls. With a well fought out win were L. Lemke, L. Bowers, and H. Fleming.

Our valiant runners up were J. Camilleri, V. De Pinto, and M. Bragg. What a wonderful game it was to watch. Congratulations to all those who competed in this competition.

Contributed: Suzanne Hazledine

Winners: L. Lemke, L. Bowers, H. Fleming

Runners Up: M. Bragg, V. De Pinto, J. Camilleri

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A Day For Dennis

March 25, 2022

Sarina Bowls Club was a sea of colour as 26 teams of mixed triples bowled off in A Day for Dennis, a popular player known as Den Den.

Dennis Maddern sadly passed away the end of 2021. His partner Margaret Rolfe and brother Allan Maddern sponsored the day in memory of Dennis.  

It was a request from Margaret for all to wear bright clothing, as Dennis was known for some very flamboyant outfits.

Strong competition was played, but unfortunately not everyone is a winner. Some great stories were told, and everyone raised a glass in memory of Dennis.

By Rita Hughes

WINNERS: Den Den’s partner Margaret Rolfe, left, and his brother Allan Maddern, centre, with the winning triples team from Pioneer Valley, Neil Grummet, Bob Kinnane and Kristin Muller. Photos: Rita Hughes

SECOND: Margaret Rolfe and Allan Maddern (second and fourth from left) with second placed   Margaret Egerton, Ian Gardner and Peter Blackburn.

THIRD: Margaret Rolfe and Allan Maddern (at left and right) with third placed Brian Adams, Chris and Les Smith.

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Brothers Join Forces For Meteors

March 25, 2022

It’s not often two brothers are both of NBL basketball quality, but the Mackay meteors have capitalised on this rare opportunity to gain two siblings who are in sync with each other’s plays.

Jaylin Galloway will line up alongside older brother Kyrin in the NBL1 North this season, after the 19-year-old agreed to terms with the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors for season 2022.

Jaylin brings additional NBL experience to the Meteors roster. The 198cm swingman is in his second season with the Sydney Kings, where he’s been playing alongside another Meteors recruit, Biwali Bayles.

Galloway has appeared in nine contests for the Kings this year, providing spark and energy off the bench. Last month, Galloway travelled to Japan with the Australia Boomers for the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Across three games in Okinawa, Jaylin averaged 8-points, including a stellar performance against Chinese Taipei, where he dropped 13-points in 12-minutes, connecting 3-for-6 from downtown.

The FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers wasn’t the first time Galloway has lined up in the green and gold. He also competed for the Australian Emus at last year’s FIBA U19 World Cup and in seven games, averaged 9.6 points and 2 rebounds.

McDonald’s Mackay Meteors NBL1 North Head Coach Joel Khalu said he was looking forward to watching Jaylin have a breakout year in the NBL1.

“Jaylin is going to be a real tough cover in our league,” Khalu said.

“He’s long, super athletic and can stretch the floor with his ability to knock down shots from range.

“He’s also aggressive with the way he attacks the rim and that puts a lot of offensive pressure on opposition teams,” Khalu added.

“With his size and speed, Jaylin can also defend multiple positions on the floor too. That’s another part of his game that I really like and why I wanted him in Mackay this season.

“Best of all he’s hungry. He wants to come here and work hard and use it as an opportunity to improve.”

Galloway wants to use the upcoming NBL1 season to take his game to the next level.

“I’m really excited to be playing alongside my brother, Kyrin,” Jaylin said.

“I’m also keen to get more time on court to help me prepare to play a bigger role with the Kings, next NBL season as well.

“In addition to those things, I really want to help Mackay win another NBL1 championship too.”

Jaylin will join his new McDonald’s Mackay Meteors teammates at the conclusion of the NBL season.

Jaylin Galloway will join older brother Kyrin at the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors this NBL1 season. Picture: NBL Media

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Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Sooty Grunter World Champion?

March 25, 2022

More than 2.5 million fish have been released into Mackay freshwater areas by Mackay Area Fish Stocking Association Inc. (MAFSA) since 1994, including 59,745 fingerlings stocked in the Pioneer River. Those river fish comprised 57,105 barramundi and 2,370 sooty grunter released at various points.

The remaining 2,460,114 fish have been distributed between Eungella, Kinchant and Teemburra dams and a minor release of barramundi in Plane Creek. The dams need continuous restocking as barramundi in particular will not breed in freshwater, so MAFSA undertakes various fundraising activities to generate funds for the purchase of fingerlings and also to run the Association’s freshwater hatchery operation where sooty grunters are bred by volunteer members.

The INDT 2022 World Sooty Championship at Eungella Dam on 30 April and 1st May is the major fundraiser for the Association during 2022. This event attracts anglers from all over Queensland, interstate competitors, as well as local anglers and is always keenly contested, with anglers vying to become the World Champion.

Anglers wishing to compete in the event can nominate online at and numbers are limited to 120 anglers.

To date, roughly 50 per cent of nominations have already been filled and the event is expected to be fully subscribed, so early nominations are recommended to avoid disappointment. Tournament shirt order cutoff will be March 28th, don’t miss out. Tournament entry cutoff date for anglers will be April 22nd and anglers are reminded to have a current SIP permit to enter.

MAFSA’s target for this event is to raise $20,000 and all funds raised go directly to improving and expanding Mackay’s fisheries and enhance our growing reputation as the premier freshwater fishing destination in Queensland.

The tournament shirts feature a photograph of Eungella dam by well-known local photographer Lenore Hansen which provides a spectacular backdrop for the shirts. Again, all profits go directly into our local fisheries.

MAFSA Inc is extremely grateful to all sponsors, many of whom are longtime local supporters of the event which is now in its 17th year. Without its many sponsors and support from Mackay Regional Council the event would not be such a resounding success.

With more than 2.5 million fish released, MAFSA Inc has and will continue to live up to the Association’s motto “MAFSA For A Better Fishing Future”

Contributed: Keith Day

Brendan Pollard and Mark Gifford from Casting Cowboys with some quality catches of Eungella Sooties. Images supplied: Casting Cowboys

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Road Runners Take On Whibley’s Wander

March 25, 2022

Over sixty new and returning local runners turned out on Sunday for the Mackay Road Runners weekly outing, this week in West Mackay.

Sunday morning brought on favourable temperatures and sunny yet breezy conditions, perfect for this time of year.

The West Mackay Whibley’s Wander track saw runners complete 5km or 12km routes.

The scratch start race saw many talented sprinters overcome the tricky grassy blocks start line onto Holland Street and beyond, making great starts to their respective distances.

Rodney Elworthy maintained his terrific form, smashing the 12km course with Matthew Gorrie hot on his tail finishing second 38 seconds behind.  Fast finishing Paul Mackenzie, Mick Vivian, Justin Rule, Toby Rule, Joe Grech, George Hannaford, Luke Leven and Michael Feenaghty rounded out the top ten finishers.  

Alana Knesevic was the fastest female in the 12km with impressive top ten performances from Glynis Forse, Jose Short, Heli Talinurm, Vicki Vickers, Carmel Mahon, Patreana Fenech, Marie Muscat, Abbi Johnson and June Bradley.

Junior runners and good friends Lily Leven and Millie Bishop blazed the 5km course finishing first and second place, with talented veteran runner Judy Zahn rounding out the top three podium places for the females.

Ricky Parker skimmed over the 5km track to take first place in the male division ahead of improving runners Gary Thomas, Ross Connor and Daniel Stampa.

Hosts Julie, Andrew and their family provided a sausage sizzle and refreshments for all to enjoy after the run.

This weekend will see runners traverse the beautiful Eungella National Park, with the event commencing at 8am from the Eungella Chalet.

Picturesque 18km and 5km distances will be on offer, as well as a 2km track for junior runners.

Competitors are reminded that registrations will be taken on the day up to 15 minutes prior to the 8am start time.

A bevy of talented runners take to the paths of West Mackay in the Whibley’s Wander 5km and 12km

Toby Rule (far right) enjoys a clear run early ahead of Rod Elworthy (#78)

Having a great time at the post-run brekky Glynis Forse, Martin Lambert, Greg Dawes, and Carol Dawes

Well pleased with their 5k/12k efforts are Leanne Connor, Ross Connor, Derek Woods, David Isbister and Jose Short. (Photos supplied: Janelle Tilse)

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Best Of The Best In Mackay For Squash Masters Tournament

March 25, 2022

Squash 52 Mackay hosted the state’s best over-35 squash players at the Queensland Masters Squash Association tournament over the weekend.

Approximately 30 competitors made the trip for the tournament, with people travelling from as far as Brisbane, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald, and Mundubbera to take part.

The tournament was held for people 35 years and over and was graded from A to C grades.

Players were guaranteed a minimum of four matches, with successful players progressing to finals.

Local club legend Debbie Smith took out first place in C grade, with Karen Nitz and Kerry Brazier coming second and third.

Another local club stalwart in Michael Agius finished first in B grade, followed by Frank Saunders and Mick Wilson finishing second and third.

Rounding out a huge effort from the locals was Sam Strang coming home with first place in A grade, finishing on top of Trevor Harvey in second place and Joel Thompson in third.

It was also the first major tournament to be held at Squash 52 since new flooring had been laid down on courts 2 and 3, with competitors enjoying the crisp bounce of rubber ball on fresh timber.

The tournament is held as part of a year-long Queensland Masters Squash Association tournament calendar and has become a regular event in Mackay.

“We’ve been hosting for a few years,” said club president Glenn Howarth.

Other tournaments are held in locations such as Toowoomba, Brisbane, Hervey Bay, and Bundaberg, with many players making a road trip out of the calendar.

L-R A Grade winners Trevor Harvey, Sam Strang, and Joel Thompson. Photo supplied: Squash 52

L-R B Grade winners Mick Wilson, Michael Agius, and Frank Saunders. Photo supplied: Squash 52

L-R C Grade winners Karen Nitz, Kerry Brazier, and Debbie Smith. Photo supplied: Squash 52

Players showed off their skills all weekend

Caption 9:Some friendly refreshments were shared throughout the weekend. Photo supplied: Squash 52

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Netball Players Wanted!

March 18, 2022

Brothers Netball Club is looking for more players aged 11 - 14 to join its fun, family orientated club. The club can arrange $150 Government vouchers to help reduce costs of playing.

Training is Mondays 4pm - 5pm and the club can potentially arrange a lift from school if needed.

Games are on a Saturday.

If you know of anyone who would love to join the club, contact Mel on 0408 737 696.

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World First For Mackay’s International Athletics Event

March 18, 2022

The Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) and the Oceania Paralympic Committee (OPC) are excited to announce that the Oceania Athletics Championships, to be held in Mackay, will incorporate the Oceania Para Athletics Championships.

In a world first, for international athletics competitions, athletes of all abilities will compete for Oceania Championships medals at the same time at the same venue.

With the cancellation of the Para World Championships in 2022, there was limited International Competition for Para Athletes throughout Oceania. The need for quality competition for the Oceania para-athletes was recognised by both OAA and the OPC, culminating in this outstanding opportunity.

The Oceania Athletics Championships has offered para events at previous Area Championships, but this is the first time they will be formally recognised at the Oceania Championships.

Oceania Paralympic Committee President Paul Bird said, "The Oceania Paralympic Committee applauds the decision by the Oceania Athletics Association to recognise the forthcoming event in Mackay as well as future iterations, as the Oceania Para Athletics Championships.

“As we begin the journey to Brisbane 2032, this decision by OAA for our Para Athletes to have a recognised and enhanced opportunity for regular international competition within our region, representing their country in an integrated national team, is the perfect pathway for our para-athletes."

Oceania Athletics President Robin Sapong-Eugenio has said, “It’s fantastic that our organisations have been able to come together and offer our athletes throughout Oceania an opportunity for international Championships in 2022, it will create a pathway for our para-athletes in the lead up to Paris and beyond.”

With Oceania Athletics having the Mackay Regional Council as the Major Sponsor for the 2022 Oceania Athletics Championships, Sapong-Eugenio is looking forward to the Championships in Mackay.

“Mackay has proven itself to host major sporting events, including athletics competitions, over the past few years, and we are pleased to be working with the Mackay Regional Council as the major partner and sponsor of the Championships.”

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said having Mackay as the host city in 2022 was a fantastic opportunity and a testament to the world-class nature of the Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex).

Mackay Regional Council, through its Events Attraction Program, had worked hard to secure the event, which was expected to generate 11,725 bed nights and result in a $2.5 million dollar stimulus to the region.

“We look forward to welcoming athletes from across the Pacific and hope they take the time to enjoy some of our region’s must-do activities – like see a platypus at Eungella, meet the Cape Hillsborough wallabies on the beach at sunrise or simply enjoy a meal in our city centre.”

The Oceania Athletics and Para Athletics Championships will run from June 7th to 11th at the Mackay ARC.

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Photo Of The Week

March 18, 2022

Eli, Alyssa, Eli, Emmy Lou and Matilda from the Sarina Demons Junior AFL Club – playing in Rockhampton in the Capricornia trials for the Mackay and District School Sports in AFL

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Meteors Nab Another Big NBL Player To Strengthen Frontcourt

March 18, 2022

New Zealand Breakers big-man Kyrin Galloway has signed with the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors for the 2022 NBL1 season.

Standing at 203cm, Galloway helps boost the Meteors frontcourt, forming an exciting partnership with returning 2021 Most Valuable Player, Emmanuel Malou.

The 22-year-old is in his second NBL season with the New Zealand Breakers, averaging 4 points and 2 rebounds per contest, while shooting 47 per cent from the floor.

Galloway joined the Breakers after an impressive four-year college career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In his senior year with the Spartans, Galloway averaged 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds, while leading the Southern Conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.7 per game.

Galloway has also pulled on the green and gold, winning a bronze medal while representing Australia and at the 2019 World University Games in Italy.

McDonald’s Mackay Meteors NBL1 North Head Coach Joel Khalu said Galloway was the “perfect piece” for this year’s roster.

“We were chasing a dynamic athlete that could do a lot of things really well and we’ve got that with Kyrin,” Khalu said.

“He’s an outstanding defender who can switch out on smaller guys, plus he’s an elite level shot blocker, so his rim protection adds another dimension to our overall team defence.

“On the offensive end he can score in a variety of ways, whether that’s stretching the floor as a shooter or bullying guys on the low block. He’s also a very underrated passer too.

“His skill-set is broad and I can’t wait to work with him here in Mackay and help continue his development.”

Galloway is also looking forward to the NBL1 season ahead.

“I’m excited to be playing in the NBL1 this season, especially coming to a great, winning program such as Mackay,” Galloway said.

“I’m looking forward to further establishing myself in my professional career and keeping the championship title in Mackay.”

Galloway will join his McDonald’s Mackay Meteors teammates at the conclusion of the NBL season.

New Zealand Breakers forward Kyrin Galloway has signed with the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors. Picture: NBL Media

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Gymnasts Selected For State Team

March 18, 2022

Mackay Gymnastics has been successful with two of their senior athletes gaining selection to Senior State Team training.  These two athletes, Oriana Morgan and Siena Carney, both Level 8 gymnasts, were selected on their high level of commitment to the sport and their individual training.

The girls will travel to Brisbane twice this year to train with Queensland’s best coaches from the High-Performance Centre in the hopes of increasing their skill level. Both have the goal of being selected into the top 8 in the State to compete at the Australian Gymnastics Nationals in May.

The girls currently train 5 days per week with training sessions lasting 3 to 4 hours. Their competition season is already underway, and they will compete in the State Titles on 1-3 April.  The girls must travel to Townsville and Brisbane to compete as there are no high-level competition opportunities in Mackay.  

Coach Jenny Rowland is proud of their selection into the training team as it will give them greater opportunities to a higher level of competition and training that they can’t always get living in a regional town.

Fit And Fantastic For Life

Fit 1 and 2: Age is no deterrent to fitness fun at Mackay Gymnastics. Photos: Supplied

Boot camp in this weather – can you believe it?

Fitter for Life participants took part in their version of boot camp earlier this month with Mackay Gymnastics.

Tyre flips were done with hula hoops or bowls (not tyres), ball slams were performed with rhythmic balls (not medicine balls), hammer whacks were done with pool noodles rather than hammers.

Did we work up a sweat – yes and that was before we even started! Did we have fun? Yes, we did.

Fitter for Life classes are for over 50’s and are held at Mackay Gymnastics and retirement resorts Eaglemount and Breezes. We aim to keep people active and have fun at the same time. Members also enjoy socialising. Sometimes there is more socialising than action!

If you would like to join, your first class is free.

Contributed by Rosemary Haines, Mackay Gymnastics

Oriana Morgan and Sienna Carney

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A Stormy Clash On The Paddock

March 18, 2022

It was a wet one at Denison Park in Bowen, with storm clouds rolling over the Whitsundays as well as the Mackay Cutters and Townsville Blackhawks during their warmups ahead of their third and final trial game.

The rainy weather was set to liven up the match on the field, with players slipping and sliding, as well as the occasional big hit, but it wasn’t the only storm brewing.

Now head coach of the Mackay Cutters, David Elliott has a history with the Hawks, previously having worked as assistant coach for the sides Intrust Super Cup team, and lending  a personal narrative to the match up.

For Bowen, who only recently secured a senior rugby league return with its own Townsville and District side, the clash had its extra elements, too.

A town that can sometimes see little in terms of high-level sport, a day of Rugby League courtesy of the Cutters was a victory in its own right, but the teams were also fighting for the coveted Mike McLean Shield.

McLean, a Bowen local who represented Queensland at the Origin and had a career across New South Wales sides Eastern Suburbs and Newcastle Knights, as well as back in the Gold Coast. The second rower now has Townsville and Mackay regularly compete for the shield named in his honour.

Ten North Queensland Toyota Cowboys were named for the line up in the Queensland Cup trial match as well, adding another dab of spice to the already volatile set up.

Outside back Brendan Elliot, half Daejarn Asi, second-rower Ben Condon and prop Morgan McWhirter were named for the Cutters, while fullback Tom Chester, centre Jordan Lipp, half Jake Bourke, props Emry Pere and Taniela Sadrugu and lock Riley Price all pulled on the Blackhawks kit.

It was all to play for in the Northern Derby, especially for Mackay – from 2017 in the Queensland Cup, it had been six wins out of eight for the Hawks, one win in the Cutters favour, and a draw to share between the pair.

With the stage set, the backstories brimming, the Cutters and Blackhawks game was always set to be a good outing, and it didn’t disappoint.

Slick conditions lent for a sloppy affair, but come the end of the 80 minutes, the Mick McLean shield remained in the Townsville side’s possession, 24-18.

With preseason now coming to a close, it’s been two losses for the Cutters side and a half victory with the Young Guns match being abandoned due to inclement weather. Elliott has taken a new squad and shown they can play intricate football at times – flashes in the pan particularly noted in the Young Guns match - with consistency still the northern star.

With an emphasis on culture, and particularly developing younger lads, Elliott may very well get the Cutters “back into the winners circle” come the season. A finals football return is almost certainly on his mind, and whether he can continue to build after a disrupted, Covid-plagued preseason will tell in time.

They now look ahead at their Saturday afternoon fixture at BB Print tomorrow, where they’ll face a challenging PNG Hunters, led by coach Matt Church. They wrapped up their preseason with an 18-14 win over the West Brisbane Panthers A-Grade Side, showing some defensive improvements and discipline.

Undoubtedly, this Cutters side has the ability and the squad depth to go far, and needs the Sugar City behind them to not only take it to the Hunters, but to the whole Queensland Cup.

The Mackay Cutters will kick-off their 2022 Hostplus Cup Competition Saturday, March 19 against the SP PNG Hunters at 4:30pm.

The Mackay Cutters alongside the Townsville Blackhawks

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March 18, 2022

Last Friday was a great day for Rob Evans and Peter Horsburgh who teamed up for the pairs competition. Firstly, their card was drawn for the kitty toucher. Rob bowled first and sat on the kitty, giving them a win of $500 and that gave Peter a chance for another $500. His bowl also sat on the kitty, giving the boys $1,000; the first time at our club that two bowlers had touched the kitty.

As well, they had the best score of the day, giving them an extra $150. Congratulations go to Rob and Peter.

Tony’s Triples will be held this year for North Mackay bowlers only, on Tuesday 19th April, with $600 prize money. Watch the notice board for nomination sheets.

Social Bowls Results Week Ending 13th March

Monday mixed pairs winners were John Fry and David Evans with Lorraine Silman and Hilary Jones-Rowan in second spot. Peter Crawford won the lucky draw.

Wednesday ladies comp was taken out by Jenny Grech, Neddy Thomsen and Jean Comelli. In second place was the team of Fleur Warner, Gloria Sam and Lyndel Maguire.

Thursday mixed pairs was won by Pat Elgey and Vern Mietzel. Second place was taken by Jan Little and Paul Goldston. John and Doris Fry won green vouchers. The kitty toucher jackpots.

Friday mixed pairs was taken out by Rob Evans and Peter Horsburgh who also both had kitty touchers and won $1,000.

Lucky draw winners were Wazza Corbett, Andrew Coates, and Helen Goldston and Cheryle Corbett.

Saturday men’s pairs winners were Kees Struik and Ian Nash with a triple of John Fry, Brendon Ryan and Rob Evans coming second.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Peter Horsburgh won the kitty toucher last Friday

Rob Evans also won the kitty toucher last Friday

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Age Is No Barrier On The Bowling Green

March 18, 2022

In their Under & Overs Carnival, ladies young and young at heart, not only battled fellow bowlers but also the humid conditions under the roof at Mackay City Bowling Club on Monday 7th March.

The City Ladies host this annual event encouraging players of mixed ages.  

Sixteen teams of self-selected fours played two games of 18 ends.

Overall winners were Betty Nicole, Carol Crosby, Margo Stanley and Karen Jensen from Airlie Beach. Second place went to Lois Deguara, Jean Zampuretti, Donna Gordon and Isla Comelli from North Mackay and third went to BB Smith, Ethel Gaw, Gail Rissman and Robyn Large from Sarina.

Winners Karen Jensen, Carol Crosby, Betty Nicole, Margo Stanley with City Ladies President Marie Frederickson

Rose and Rita from St Helen’s enjoying the day

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Mooloolaba Triathlon A Great Success For Tri-Activ8

March 18, 2022

Mackay’s Tri-Activ8 has been kicking goals already this year, coming in tenth for the highest number of triathletes across all Australian Tri Clubs participating in the Sprint Distance, Olympic Distance and Team Triathlon events at last weekend’s Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival 2022.

“Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival is always a great event, we always have a lot of interest from our Tri-ActiV8 Tribe for this event,” Tri-Activ8 Coach and Director Nikki Giles said.

The March timing for the Mooloolaba Festival is key to some of the festival’s success each year.

“Our athletes love a New Year’s resolution,” Nikki said.

“They take their foot off the accelerator in the lead up to Christmas but when the New Year kicks in they are back with their first goal of the year: Mooloolaba Triathlon

"It's so exciting to have so many of our Club members together at Mooloolaba. The buzz and the atmosphere are electric.”

Tri-Activ8 had 35 athletes pull on the Tri-Suits and pink trucker caps on their behalf across the two Triathlon Distances: Sprint Distance on Saturday and Olympic Distance on Sunday.

Six achieved podium finishes, with two in the Sprint Distance, and four in the Olympic Distance, while Chrissy Webb was awarded Legend Status by Mooloolaba Triathlon for completing her 10th Mooloolaba Race.


Our Sprint Athletes times:

Angus - 1:15:38

Riggsy - 1:51:54

Coach JB: 1:39:21

Mengy: 1:50:24 (Podium: 3rd place)

Katie: 1:43:40

Back: Bec Baird, Carissa Mansfield, Linda Weatherill, Felicity McGregor, Megan Pettitt, Louise Stephenson, June Bradley, Jose Short, Christine Webb, Megan Moa

Front: Jenny Smith, Jody Walker, Deanne Woods

Back: Jenny Smith, Megan Pettitt, Carissa Mansfield, Felicity McGregor, Kristen Pinnington, Christine Webb, Rod Wood, Sandra Grant, Georgia Coombs, Jody Walker, Peter Benson, Nikki Giles, Murray Wonnocott

Bec Baird, Amelia Tatnell, Louise Stephenson, Linda Weatherill, Magan Moa, Deanne Woods

Jacq Bussey, Kristen Pinnington

Jose Short, June Bradley

Christine Webb, Kristen Pinnington, Linda Weatherill

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Mackay To Host Next Generation Of Cricket Greats

March 18, 2022

Mackay will play host to Australia’s most talented young cricketers at the Cricket Australia U19 Male National Championships in April.

Initially postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, the competition will take place across the Harrup Park Complex and Magpies Sporting Club, with the final to be played on the Great Barrier Reef Arena on Thursday the 14th of April.

Mackay hosted the U17 National Championships in 2019 and Harrup Park General Manager Adrian Young says the tournament will bring visitors and economic uplift to the region like it did in 2019.

“It’s an unbelievable event,” Mr Young said.

“They were fantastic not only for the club but for the region as a whole.

“A significant number of visitors come to not only play in the tournament but come to watch the tournament.

“We saw a significant increase in business during that time but there was also a buzz around the town because there were so many people visiting to watch the games.”

This is the latest case of Mackay experiencing the pinnacle of sport as the arena has previously hosted many top-level state, national, and international cricket and AFL teams.

“It will also be the opportunity for Mackay locals to see the highest quality cricket that is available in that junior age bracket,” Mr Young said.

“Some of them have already played state cricket for their respective states, some of them will go on to play for Australia.

“It’s the elite level.”

John Stock, Arena and Facilities Manager at The Great Barrier Reef Arena, said “We are very fortunate to have one of the best regional cricket facilities in the country here at Harrup Park.”

“We successfully hosted the Commonwealth Bank International Women’s Series between India and Australia, as well as 9 Weber WBBL matches in the past few months.

“It’s very exciting to now also be hosting the National Male U19’s and we look forward to seeing the stars of tomorrow show their worth in Mackay.”

Organisers expect thousands of local spectators will attend the matches over the week, while the tournament will also provide a substantial boost to the Mackay economy from visiting teams and supporters.

“Harrup Park is an ideal venue to host a competition like this because we have five turf wicket ovals at the same location and two of these are under lights,” Mr Stock said.

“This complex is ideal for tournaments – a cricketer’s dream that a lot of major capital city grounds can’t match. Mackay is very lucky to also have a fantastic facility like the Nest at Magpies Sporting Club, which equally helps to attract content like this to Mackay.”

Great Barrier Reef Arena is currently undergoing a $20 million expansion in an exciting time for the venue.

The Championships will take place from the 7th to the 14th of April 2022.

They are played in a 50 over format and feature 10 teams from all over Australia.

The Cricket Australia U19 Male National Championships will take place across the Harrup Park Complex and Magpies Sporting Club in April, with the final to be played on the Great Barrier Reef Arena

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Road Runners Welcome Cooler Conditions In Second Club Championship

March 18, 2022

Nearly 70 runners partook in the Mackay Road Runners’ second club championship race of the year on Sunday.

After a sweltering week, runners welcomed cooler temperatures thanks to a strong breeze and weekend rain.

Club President Tim Magoffin welcomed the keen crowd to Queens Park alongside representatives from major sponsor Construct Health Physiotherapy Thomas Wendt, Nick Rewald, and Sarah Schofield.

The 3km distance proved deceivingly difficult with contenders having to adjust to the short, flat, and, fast distance and battling strong headwinds as they entered the initial stages of the course.

Claiming gold in the male section was Angus Jacobs who broke ten minutes.

Talented teenager Damien Rutland wasn’t far behind claiming second, with Rodney Elworthy finishing third.

Demi Caldwell set a sizzling pace from the gun and clocked in sub 11 minutes for her gold performance in the female section.

Lily Leven, another gifted junior, followed closely, finishing in second position with Tahnee Malagueno claiming third place.

Other noteworthy performances came from new runners and more experienced runners alike including Nick Rewald, Judy Zahn, Ryan Evetts, Derek Woods, Stuart Sprott, David Isbister, Jan Smith, Glenys Forse, Marie Muscat, Luke Leven, Millie Bishop, Melissa Harris, Emma Johnson, and Carol Brown.

Prizes were given to the first two male and female finishers as well as random draw prizes, all donated by Construct Health.

Tim Magoffin and Andrew Short once again assisted with race day set up and pack down, Arthur Dick and Julie Dick assisted with timing and registration and Jo Hughes filled the role of merchandising coordinator on the day.

The Mackay Road Runners’ next run will take place in West Mackay on Sunday.

The 5km/12km run will commence at 6:30am, with runners being asked to arrive 15 minutes prior.

Carol Brown (left) models the new 2022 singlets with Mackay Road Runners Merchandising Coordinator, Jo Hughes

Centre #169 Angus Jacobs and Demi Caldwell lead the 3km Club championship from the gun

3km Club Championship major sponsor, Construct Health Physiotherapy are leaders in the field (left to right) Sarah Schofield, Thomas Wendt, and Nick Rewald. Photos supplied: Janelle Tilse (Mackay Road Runner Publicity Officer)

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March 11, 2022

Mackay Basketball are excited to announce that rising star Biwali Bayles will join the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors for the 2022 NBL1 season.

The 20-year-old is currently playing for the Sydney Kings in his maiden National Basketball League (NBL) campaign.

Across ten appearances, Bayles is averaging 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists and has been touted as a potential NBL ‘Rookie of the Year’ candidate. The 185cm point guard represented Australia at the 2021 FIBA Under 19 World Cup and in seven games donning the green and gold, averaged 6.7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.

Bayles is also a graduate of the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence program and was one of just four Aussies to attend the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago back in 2020. In addition, Bayles also spent a season playing college basketball for the University of Hawaii in the USA.

McDonald’s Mackay Meteors NBL1 North Head Coach Joel Khalu was thrilled about inking Bayles.

“This is a huge signing for us,” Khalu said.

“There were many clubs chasing Biwali for the upcoming NBL1 season and we were fortunate to have won that super-competitive race.

“The reason why everybody wants Biwali in their program is because he’s an outstanding young man who plays with a real passion for the game. He’s tenacious defensively, which suits our culture perfectly and offensively, he’s aggressive, crafty and can create for both himself and others.

“Overall, I couldn’t be happier that he’ll be our leading floor general this season.”

Bayles was also pumped about suiting up in the Meteors red and black.

“I’ve heard great things about Mackay from many different people, especially on the professionalism and the way the club goes about things,” Bayles said.

“The team is also coming off winning the 2021 NBL1 North Championship, so I’m keen join a program that’s going to be competing for another title.

“I feel like Mackay provides the perfect situation for me to continue with my NBL off-season development and I’m looking forward to playing alongside those guys up there in the North.”

Bayles will join his McDonald’s Mackay Meteors teammates at the conclusion of the NBL season.

Sydney Kings guard Biwali Bayles is joining the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors for NBL1 2022. Picture: NBL Media

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On The Greens At Goosies

March 11, 2022

North Mackay Bowls Results 6th March

Monday mixed pairs winners were Len Schembri, N. Stafford and Max Rose. Runner up was the team of Judy Smith and Marg Goldston. Lucky draw winners were Tony Allsop, Vic Gaudion and Lance Edwards.

Wednesday ladies winners were Fay Carson, Jan Little and Lorraine Lemke, with Lyndel Maguire, Bev McDonald and Francis Lehmann in second spot.

Thursday mixed pairs was won by Carmel Bell and Greg McLean with Fred King and Lance Edwards coming second. Margaret Fogg missed the kitty toucher, while Mick Walsh and Brian Dennien won green vouchers.

Friday mixed pairs winners were Michelle Stockton and Daphne Offield while Cheryle Corbett and Helen Goldston ran second. The kitty toucher was missed.

Saturday men’s day winners were Bob Martin and Rob Evans with Ken Lane and Trevor Laurens a close second.

New bottle-green uniform shorts and long pants are now available to order from the bar. We are hoping the shirts will arrive in April.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Betty Mulhall shows her style

Ernie Sealy is very proud of his new colourful shoes

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It’s An Athletics Kind Of Year

March 11, 2022

The oldest operating athletics club in the region is excited for an enormous opportunity for its youngest athletes as talent scouts will soon be heading to Mackay and surrounds to identify potential future Olympians.

Mackay North Athletics have been eagerly following developments of the 2032 Brisbane-Queensland Olympics, as announcements of Queensland Academy of Sport scouts will be looking for athletes who have the natural athletic ability, determination, and willpower to compete in the Games.

The club has become a cornerstone of junior athletic pathways for the region since its inception in 1984, and if it were to find itself, post-2032, with a resident Olympian, it would be an exceptional achievement for a grassroots club like itself.

The Queensland Academy of Sport is calling the program the ‘YouFor2032.’

“The ‘Youfor32 program’ is Australia’s largest athlete talent ID program, identifying future Olympian and Paralympians,” Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for our local young sportspeople.”

For prospective juniors, the first phase of testing will measure their basic physical, physiological and cognitive capabilities including speed, power, agility, endurance and spatial awareness.

Those exceptional junior athletes from the club’s current crop – like recent North Mackay Athletics “Hurdling Superstar” Hayley, who headed to the Queensland State Championships and ending with an impressive time of 13.43 seconds – are likely members of the club to stand out to the scouts.

For younger athletes, it may be that they fall under the second phase.

Once scouted, the second phase takes them on a more sport-specific route, aiming to match athlete profiles to specific sports based on their previous testing.

Queensland Academy of Sports scouts will then select around 20,000 potential stars for talent testing.

Eligibility is for those aged 13 to 23 (born between 1999 to 2009) for Olympic sports and 13 to 30 (born between 1992 and 2009 inclusive) for Paralympic sports.

North Mackay Athletics will be keeping tabs on little stars, or even older members that should apply when the applications open on 12 April 2022.

It is expected that the potential future Olympians first testing sessions in North and Central Queensland will start in either June or July, with more details to come.

Not only are Mackay athletes in the spotlight, but its coaches are also potential picks, as QAS will be seeking to scout exceptional coaches in every region across Queensland.

North Mackay Athletics have been in full swing with the beginning of its season, and it’s no surprise that some of its young athletes have found a goal in the form of Olympic representation.

The club, despite the hot and humid conditions during this past two week’s heat wave, have stuck to a training regimen for its tiny tots.

Its come and try day held in late February was a great success, with plenty of new faces along for a run, jump and throw, along with existing members out in force ahead of the season start.

Their first two club days afterwards were roaring successes, and the club will be hosting its next Club Day this weekend at Pioneer.

Mackay athletes are also looking forward to the 2022 Oceania Athletics in June at the Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex as part of the exciting year for Mackay’s athletes.

Athletes will compete in sports including hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus, javelin and more.

It is expected to generate 11,725 bed nights and result in a $2.5 million dollar stimulus to the region.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert greeted athletes with some exceptional news in early March

North Mackay Athletics has had a busy February and March

Hayley is just one of North Mackay Athletics’ up and coming stars

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North Mackay Ladies Bowls Results

March 11, 2022

Club Championship Final Fours: Winners L. McCarthy, J. Schmidtke, M. Bartolo and Anne Peet.

Congratulations to all the players who competed, and especially to our winners.

Wednesday Social winners were: L. Lemke, J. Little, F.Carson. Cash Jackpot delighted winners were: P. Louis, D. Offield, S. Thomsen.

Contributed by Sue Hazledine

L. McCarthy, J. Schmidtke, M. Bartolo and A. Peet

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A Different Kind Of Speed At Palmyra

March 4, 2022

The Mackay Cycling Club held its first road racing event for the 2022 season, with the Inaugural Mackay Cycles Criterium Series held at Palmyra Raceway.

Race one saw an enthusiastic blend of seniors and juniors take to the fast track, with race two on this weekend.


Junior Boys:

1st: Peter Schatkowski

2nd: Scott Bennett, 3rd: Oaklan Marwood

Junior Girls:

1st: Ariel Burke

2nd: Nataya Fewquaden


1st: Tenille Galea

2nd: Tracey Marwood

C Grade:

1st: Luke Schatkowski

2nd: Mark Burke, 3rd: Mark Sheather

B Grade:

1st: Ben Russell

2nd: Shaun Brennan, 3rd: Shane Edwards

A Grade

1st: Kyle Marwood

2nd: Craig Larsen, 3rd: Ethan Weiss

Kyle Marwood and Craig Larsen

Scott Bennett, Peter Schatkowski, Oaklan Marwood

Shaun Brennan, Ben Russell, Shane Edwards

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On A Roll At North Mackay

March 4, 2022

North Mackay Ladies Bowls returned to the green in February with Graded 3 Bowl Triples. 64 ladies competed on a very hot and humid day. The winners for the day were: Lois Deguara, Francis Lehmann, Margaret Webb. Runners up on a count back were: Deb Mackenzie, Bev Woodward, Anne Peet.

On the 9th of February, North Mackay Ladies competed in a Graded 2 Bowl Triples game.   Winners were: Carmel Bell, Lurline Ford, Sue Hazledine. Runners up were: Sheryl Cutress, Jean Zamparutti, Therese Russell.

On the 16th of February was the last of the Graded games with a 2 Bowl Fours competition. The competition was a close one with winners being: Carmel Bell, Jan Comelli, Margaret Goldston, Margaret Webb. Runners up were: Jean Schmidtke, Helen Fleming, Donna Gordon and Pam Louis.

Club Championship 4’s are now underway.

Contributed by Sue Hazledine

Jean Zamparutti in full concentration

Gloria Sam showing how it’s done

Shirley Bartolo showing her style

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The Long Game

March 4, 2022

Table tennis games aren’t played to 21 anymore, but don’t tell that to Don Boettcher and John McGee.

Don and opponent John McGee had the rare experience of playing out a 21-19 result in the 5th game of their match in Tuesday morning Mackay table tennis fixtures.

The result gave the match to Don and the overall win for the day 7-5 against the Dalia team, which included Val Austin and Kim Challender.

Matches used to be played to 21, but a rule change in 2001 reduced that to 11, with a player having to get two points ahead to take the win if it got to 10-all. Previously if games got to 20-all, it was play on until someone got two points ahead.

It was a morning of close matches, with John also just being edged out by Roy Murray 11-9 in the 5th game.

In other close fifth-game results Iris Grasso beat Bryan Marshall 16-14 and Fred Saliba edged out Noreen Fredericksen 15-13.

By Charlie Payne

Don Boettcher knows what it’s like to play table tennis matches to 21. Photo: Charlie Payne

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Carving Up Water

March 4, 2022

Pristine conditions in Sarina a fortnight ago resulted in high scores for water skiers who competed in a local round of slalom and tricks.

A stand-our performer was Hope Englebretsen who won the Slalom Division two competition with a score of 2@13m. Hope also took out the Division 5 trick with a score of 650, elevating her into Division 4 for the next competition.

Jackson Cross also competed in the Division 2 Slalom, taking out second place behind Hope. He also came second in the Division 5 trick and is on notice with a great score of 570.

Locals who took to the Slalom in Division 3 were Ben Ohl who placed third, and Evan Mackenzie. Macca Douce rounded out the local competitors with a second place in Division 4 and is on notice after an impressive run.


SLALOM DIV 2: 1st Hope Englebretsen 2@13m, 2nd Jackson Cross 5@16m

SLALOM DIV 3: 3rd Benjamin Ohl 3@55 SLALOM

SLALOM DIV 5: 2nd Macca Douce 2@49 (ON NOTICE)

TRICK DIV 5: 1st Hope Englebretsen 650 (GONE to Div 4), 2nd Jackson Cross 570 (ON NOTICE)

Image credits: Dave Walters and Jackson Cross

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Cutters Claim Win Over Young Guns In Half A Match

March 4, 2022

Inclement weather called off the Mackay Cutters trial match against the North Queensland Cowboys Young Guns at half time over the weekend.

An unfortunate bout of rain brought an end to the game at half time, which saw the Sugar City’s Cutters take on a Young Guns side comprised mainly of 18-year-olds.

The Cutters were looking to build on their last month of preseason, with Cutters’ coach David Elliott eager to show Mackay what “the club was all about this season.”

The Young Guns took kick-off to get the game going, and Cutters’ Ryan Bella was first to dive into the white and blue pack.

Five North Queensland Toyota Cowboys were named for the Cutters ahead of the clash, with outside backs Laitia Moceidreke, Brendan Elliot, half Daejarn Asi, prop Morgan McWhirter and second-rower Ben Condon will all line up in the curtain raiser to the Cowboys and Broncos trial.

The seniority of the Cutters was evident in the half, more in terms of their slow mounting of pressure compared with the Young Guns energetic approach to the game.

An exchange of possession early in the half demonstrated the dichotomy between the sides; the Cutters were calm and composed in their build up the field, while the Young Guns were eager to step, twist and attempt to break the lines each in turn.

Cutters held positionally strong in the opening plays, acquitting themselves well against what are some of North Queensland’s up and coming prospects.

Energy came from the bounding Young Gun Herbie Farnworth, who seemed to come alive whenever he was passed the ball, but it was Cutters that opened the scoring with an exceptionally worked move.

Flynn Camilleri, last season’s Hastings Deering Colts players’ player crossed first in the seventh minute – the winger was well wide when he received the ball with only the easy part left to do.

The hard work had been done by Andre Niko and Blake Paskins, with Niko in particular making a backward pass just before a crunching tackle from two Young Guns.

It was a back-and-forth affair for the next six minutes before Paskins converted after darting through two of the Young Guns’ wide players.

Brandon Finnegan was unable to convert on the Cutters first two tries, dragging them wide on both occasions.

After the Young Guns took kick-off again, Sam Faapito ran the length of the pitch in a spectacular effort that would have been the try of pre-season had he not been tackled just before crossing and subsequently rolled out of the by-line.

It was tense on both ends, with Cutters' strong defence proving the difference between the sides for the remainder of the half – there were chances aplenty, though, and Cutters were often lucky not to concede.

The game was still in the Cutters’ favour when Jayden Morgan made a straight line run into the Young Guns pack, clattering Reece Foley who had come on during a substitution. Foley was sadly unable to continue and was substituted due to injury concerns.

Cutters capitalised on the deflated Young Guns, with Paskins again crossing at the end of the half, with Finnegan once again dragging the kick wide. The half finished 18-0, and subsequently the game when lightning was fast approaching on the horizon.

With a half-win on their sides, the Cutters will be looking ahead to their next trial in Bowen against the Townsville Blackhawks, a team which head coach David Elliott was well acquainted with, having coached the Blackhawks Deering Colts side.

That game takes place on Saturday, March 12.

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Malou Surprises With Signing For Meteors

March 4, 2022

Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Malou’s hot form is making a welcome return this year for the Mackay Meteors, with the 6’9 versatile forward staying in Mackay for another season. In 2021 he was the Mackay Meteors’ MVP, NBL1 All Star Five and NBL1 North Champion.

Born in Kenya, Malou grew up in Victoria and was a rising star from a young age. He found his way to the United States for junior college experience before enhancing his career trajectory while playing for the South Sudanese national team at various international tournaments.

Malou’s form has been impressive in the NBL1 North for Mackay, with the Meteors holding a 10-3 win/loss record as he led the playing roster across several categories.

He averaged 19.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game, and the efficiency with which he is doing it is elite - shooting 54% from the field, 40.7% from the three-point line, and a handy 87% clip from the free-throw line.

Manny is a gifted player who works extremely hard on his game and his body, he’s a pro and the Meteors are excited to have him for the 2022 season.

Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Malou is returning to the Mackay Meteors for the 2022 NBL1 season

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March 4, 2022

Social Photos And Game Report

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Road Runners Tackle Rural View

February 25, 2022

The Mackay Road Runners held their second meet for the 2022 season at hilly Rural View over the weekend.

Nearly 70 runners tackled the testing yet scenic course set by Thomas Wendt, with the option of a 5km or 10km loop.

Club President Tim Magoffin welcomed many new runners to the event as well as a loyal contingent of existing members.

Junior member Hamish Donnollan and Paul Mackenzie led the pack in the 10km loop, showing great camaraderie by encouraging each other throughout the run.

Werner Van Der Linde, Jan Smith, Tahnie Malagueno, Carolyn Mapes, Glynis Forse, Carmel Mahon, Emily Dalglish, Jose Short, and Carmel Grech all displayed superb endurance and stamina in the 10km run and are looking to start the 2022 program in fine form.

The club is seeing an encouraging variety of age and ability participate, with lively juniors Lily Leven and Millie Bishop continuing their commitment to health and fitness throughout the season.

Race day volunteers Arthur Dick, Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, and Jo Hughes made the Rural View event possible.

Many of the club’s athletes to watch will participate in the 5km Club Championship taking place at Queen’s Park on Sunday, the first championship run of the season.

Hamish and Paul will be lining up against some talented competition including Justin, Oliver, and Toby Rule, Rodney Elworthy, Cristian (Crispy) Smith, Luke Leven, Joe Grech, Michael Sholer, and Thomas Wendt.

The 5km Club Championship event will take place at Queen’s Park on Shakespeare Street from 6.30 Sunday morning.

Runners are also reminded that registrations are open for the Mackay Marina Run taking place in June.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Mackay Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation.

Junior runners Hamish Donnollan and Lily Leven bolt from the starter’s gun, both taking on the 10km distance

Ricky (the Flash) Parker shows his speed in the 5km hilly event

Runners tackle the hilly ascents and descents of the Rural View Scenic Vistas loop event

Heli Talinurm leads Tim Caddy into the final descent to the finish line. Photos Supplied: Janelle Tilse (Road Runners Publicity Officer)

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Athlete Of The Week

February 25, 2022

Our spotlight this week is on Tahlia McGilvray (10 yrs) from Mackay Athletics Club.

Tahlia is an up-and-coming athlete who regularly represents Mackay at carnivals across the state. Her last event was in Townsville a fortnight ago at their Summer Carnival. She is determined to break her own personal bests every time, impressing the coaches and officials.

Tahlia enjoys middle distance running, saying that the 800m is her favourite event.

“I feel really comfortable running. 800m is my favourite event because I’ve taken 8 seconds off my personal best so far this year.”

Tahlia makes her mark in a variety of events and is looking forward to the start of the athletics season which commenced today.

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Cutters Pre-Season Kicks On

February 25, 2022

The Mackay Cutters clambered aboard the squad bus last weekend for a five-hour trip down to Rockhampton, set for their first Hostplus Cup pre season friendly against CQ Capras on Saturday night.

Their first official outing was a tight affair, with Capras clinching it in the end 22-18 in what head coach David Elliott said was always going to be a “scrappy one.”

“We got what we needed out of the game and saw a lot of our players play that we hadn’t had the opportunity to,” Elliott said.

“The lads tried really hard; effort was what we were after and we got that, which is a good sign there with a couple blokes doing really well on the effort front.

“First game, guys are always just excited to play well and show what they can bring to the team.”

The traveling squad comprised Brenton Baira, Brett Kelly, Hayden Brownsey, Kyle Kennedy, Ewan Coutts, Jack Kavanagh, Harry Freebairn, Sean Mullany, Mitch Fogarty, Jayden Morgan, Brandon Finnegan, Blake Paskins, Sam Fa’apito, Zac Patch, Tyler Holmes, Hiale Roycroft, Jake Hawkins, Tom Sly, Tom Irelandes, Henri Stocks, Luke Ingram, Matt Vessey and Luke Webley.

Of those, the fresh faces of front rower Luke Ingram, Zach Patch, and Jack Kavanagh made their debuts in Cutters kits to a fantastic Rockhampton crowd at Browne Park.

Elliott said that their recent additions had been set to join up with the squad earlier in preseason, but were held back due to border closures, meaning they were unable to start until after Christmas.

“They’ve had it pretty well interrupted during that time, especially with a number of them who have had COVID after the border openings,” Elliott said.

“For those guys, it’s been interrupted and they’re still a bit under done, but we’re only just now playing trials, so we’re still in the thick of preseason.”

It’s been back to the grind for the Cutters over the week, with fitness a key talking point for coaching staff at the club. Elliott wasn’t too worried though, believing that nervous jitters can get the best of even the fittest of any squad.

“Some of them would have been nervous just because they want to play well and that nervous energy gets to you,” he said.

“We’re aiming for a much better performance this weekend with a big crowd.”

The next round for the Cutters is at BB Print, where local lads like Brenton Baira, a long-time servant of the club who’s made his way all the way to the very top are hoping to impress a home crowd. They’ll face off against the Cowboys Young Guns, “a good test” Elliott said.

“I’m still feeling good [about the upcoming match] - It’s not a competition game, but anytime we get to play at home, I know the boys are always keen for that,” he said.

“We are all keen to play at home, and the Young Guns will be out to impress again, having played a few games in a row now.

“It’ll be a good opportunity for us to show the Mackay Crowd what we’re about this year.”

The Cutters kick off at 5:30pm on Saturday 26 after the Cowboys V Broncos Pre-season trial.

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Richards In Red Hot Form

February 25, 2022

Mackay table tennis player Robbie Richards was in his element at the Tuesday night fixtures last week.

Robbie is a defensive player known for never giving up in his matches, which often extend into five-game marathons.

This was the case on Tuesday night when all three of his singles matches went to five – the closest a slug-fest against Graeme Walker in which Graeme got up 15-13 in the 5th.

He won in five against Graham Drury and Graham Brake, helping set up a 6-5 win for his team which includes Barry Patterson and Mark Sleeman.

Tuesday morning fixtures resumed this week after a scheduled power interruption caused last week’s play to be cancelled.

Kevin Abbott had a big morning’s play, beating Don Boettcher in five but just going down to long-time opponent Roy Murray in the 5th 11-9.

In division 3, Cheryl Pearson is getting back to her best and fought out a lengthy battle with Ian Dodds, winning 12-10 in the 5th.

Junior fixtures are also played on Tuesday afternoons and new players are welcome.

If you’d like to give table tennis a try, contact Iris Grasso for Tuesday mornings (0419 702 392) or Donna Abbott (0400 769 560) for Tuesday night and junior fixtures.

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Mackay Squash Club Hosts Junior Tournament

February 25, 2022

Mackay squash club Squash 52 played host to the Northern Region Redbacks selection tournament last weekend.

As well as local players, participants flocked from Cairns, Ingham, and Townsville to take part in the two-day event.

Competitors ranged from beginners to advanced with everyone giving it their all.

Five divisions were played throughout the weekend, with local competitors placing in three of them.

Local star Preston Currie took out first place in Division 4.

Club coach Glenn Howarth was pleased with the tournament despite trying circumstances.

“(The tournament was) pretty good considering everything at the moment with Covid and people travelling,” Glenn said.

“We had 30 juniors playing from Mackay, Cairns, Townsville, and Ingham.

“It was a pretty good standard.

“On the whole, I think it was pretty successful. They had a good weekend, had fun, and had a few good matches.”

Glenn is excited to see what the future holds for Mackay’s next squash stars and urges kids to come and have a hit.

“Our kids are still learning and building their skills,” he said.

“Preston’s doing pretty well. He’s advancing. He won the division four.

“Everyone’s welcome,” Glenn prompts.

“It’s open and they can come down on a Monday or a Tuesday afternoon and give it a go.”

To be eligible for selection for the Northern Region Redbacks team, players must attend three of the four tournaments on the Northern Region calendar.

Following tournaments in Ingham and Mackay, the next tournament will take place in Cairns next month, with a compulsory tournament in Townsville to follow.

Following squad selection, the Northern Region Redbacks will compete at the Queensland Junior Championships, taking place on the Gold Coast later in the year.

Mackay will once again host the Northern Regions Redbacks tournament on March 4 and 5 in 2023.

Locals Kayce Hoani-Vincent and Sarah Brazier with visiting junior from Cairns Chloe Baxter

Mackay’s own Matt Brazier with Squash 52 owner Ben Courtice

Locals Angus and Rachel Strang

Mackay juniors Sophie Jackson and Harry Van Den Linden ready for a hit

Mackay juniors Charli and Harry Van Den Linden show off their certificates

Division 1 placeholders - 1st Josh Porter (Cairns), 2nd Matt Brazier (Mackay), and 3rd Lachlan Erba (Ingham)

Division 4 placeholders - 1st Preston Currie (Mackay), 2nd Toby Trewern (Cairns), and 3rd Angus Strang (Mackay)

Division 2 placeholders - 1st Liam Fascetti (Ingham), 2nd Kayce Hoani-Vincent (Mackay), and 3rd Hannah O’Toole (Townsville). Photos supplied: Kirsty Hoani

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Under The Shed At Goosies

February 25, 2022

Last weekend North Mackay Bowls Club played its major event for the year.

The Bushman’s Bakery ‘Under The Shed’ has $12,000 in prize money and is a tier three event, giving winning players higher points towards Bowls Australia rankings. This event was very popular, with the full 32 teams of four people participating, and selling out within two weeks of opening nominations, with a reserve list of five teams. Teams entered from as far away as Innisfail in the north to the Gold Coast south, west to Biloela and included teams from Brisbane, Townsville, Bundaberg, Yeppoon and of course, Mackay district.

The Friday evening Calcutta was very popular and was drawn just before the major presentation. Top prize went to Peter Grant, showing that what goes around indeed does come around.

Overall winner was the Bowen team of Allan Rolf, Mark Drummond, Margaret Wilson and Robin Stitt, who also won the CMR Goosies $10,000 last year.

Second came the team of Wayne Hadley, Jason Borg, Don and David Peet, and in third place was Rob Spence, Paul Foot, David Blackburn and Steven Mau.

Social Bowls Results

Monday winners were Alan Brown and Kees Struik. Second came Don Agnew, Len Schembri and Graham Moore.

Wednesday ladies winners Margaret Webb, Jan Comelli, Marg Goldston, and Carmel Bell. In second spot was Pam Louis, Helen Fleming, Donna Gordon and Jean Schmidtke.

Thursday winners were Paul Goldston and Jan Little with Helen Goldston and Lyn Tennant runners up. The kitty toucher was not won.

Friday winners were visitors Luke Day and Jeff Kee. In second place was Tony Allsop and Cheryle Corbett. The kitty toucher was not won.

Pictures and story contributed by Tony Allsop

The winning team from Bowen: Allan Rolfe, Mark Drummond, Margaret Wilson and Robyn Stitt

In second place was Wayne Hadley, Jason Borg, Don and David Peet

7Third place went to Steven Mau, David Blackburn, Paul Foot and Rob Spence

Bushman’s Bakery team of Paul Goldston, Peter Grant, the day’s sponsor, Ian Beveridge and Mick Walsh

Margaret Creese and Bev McDonald are the ladies who did all the work behind the desk

Rob Harris has attended every year of the Under the Shed competition

A happy group from Mackay City club

Pictured are Saturday umpires, Lorraine Silman and Felix Purcell. Sunday umpires were John Chester-Master and Ray McCarthy

Some of the crowd enjoying drinks after the game

Teams came from Innisfail south to the Gold Coast

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On The Green at Goosies

February 18, 2022

The club championships are now well underway with the early rounds of men’s singles, pairs and fours over. This weekend 19th- 20th is the club’s major annual event, the Bushman’s Bakery ‘Under The Shed’ $12,000 competition, so there will be no social play. A Calcutta will be held tonight, Friday 18th.

Social Bowls Week Ending 13 February

Monday mixed pairs winners were Eric Galletly and Peter Cowling followed by Brenda Trannore and Narell Schmidtke. Dave Evans and Graham Moore won the lucky draw.

Wednesday ladies’ day winners were Sue Hazledine, Lurline Ford and Carmel Bell followed by Therese Russell, Jean Zamparutti and Sheryl Cuttriss.

Thursday mixed pairs was taken out by Darren Addie and Darrell Kane. In second spot were Barry Lehmann and Marg Fogg. The kitty toucher jackpots.

Friday mixed pairs winners were visitor Bob Menzies and Wazza Corbett with Ron Bowers and Bert Hobbs runners up. The kitty toucher did not go off.

Saturday men’s day was won by A. Cooney and Wayne Mietzel with Maurie Pearson, Alex Cameron and Vern Mietzel coming second. The jackpot goes up as it was not won.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Don and Anne Peet are popular bowlers at Goosies

Val DePinto is a regular Monday player

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Legends Of League Arrives In Mackay

February 18, 2022

A genuine who’s who of rugby league talent took to the Mackay Junior Rugby League Grounds last weekend in a return to the pitch for a star-studded International Legends of League exhibition match.

Mackay hosted the two sides, the Australian Team Of NRL Legends and the Mackay All Stars, featuring some of the region’s greatest footballers in the game.

Picks of the bunch for football greats making appearances were nine former Cowboys who made the grade including: Matt Bowen, Ben Hannant, Brent Tate, Noel Goldthorpe, Reggie Cressbrook, Kevin Campion, and Brenton Bowen lining up for the Australian side.

With 12 international caps to his name, Darren Smith pulled on the kit once again, too – there was absolutely no shortage of gold star talent.

In particular, Craig Teevan, former maroon captain, Bronco, Sea Eagle, Shark and Charger, took up a familiar spot at hooker, as well as half back, and rolled back the years alongside some old friends.

The competition has held over 62 games since its inception, hosting them across Queensland, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory, bringing the love for league to communities across the country as well as outside Australia, with games even hosted in Papua New Guinea.

The charity game in Mackay was no different to its predecessors, hosting an excellent array of talent, as well as a great turnout from the Mackay locals.

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Big Surf Prepares Mackay SLSC For State Championships

February 18, 2022

With swells at Mackay’s Harbour Beach being a consistent 0.5m to a massive 4m over the last few months, competitors are ready to take on the big surf action at this year’s State Titles in a few weeks.

Mackay SLSC lifesavers have been intensely preparing for the youth, seniors and masters state championships to be held on the Sunshine Coast at Alexandra Headlands.

“We were extremely proud of all of our competitors results at the Branch Championships at the end of last year, we only had a very short break over Christmas and then our competitors have been hitting the pool, our club gym and the surf to prepare themselves to take on the best of the best in the state,” Director of Surf Sports, Josh Grant, said.

“We had five of our nippers selected for the North Barrier Branch Team, our state champion boat crew from last year the “box bellies” are heading back as well as our head coach Greg Born and his daughter Kate to compete individually in the senior category.”

“Over the last month at training we have encountered some really big surf, some of the biggest I have seen for a while, which has been fantastic preparation to take on the conditions we will face at states.  Whether our competitors only make the heats, or a final, the most reassuring thing I see in them all is that they are confident, can handle big surf, and absolutely love what they are doing in tough conditions.”

Good luck to our lifesavers at State’s!

Recent Medal presentation at Nippers from the Sunday afternoon session at Branch Titles which saw MSLSC take home an impressive 28 Gold, 10 Silver and 13 Bronze medals

Mackay SLSC Nippers selected for the Branch Team at a training camp hosted in Bowen recently

U11 Rising star, Jo “Jingle Bells” Madden, aptly named because when he walks around he jingles

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Mackay Road Runners Hit The Road For 2022 Season

February 18, 2022

Approximately 70 runners started their 2022 campaign with the Mackay Road Runners official season opener taking place at the Gooseponds Circuit in North Mackay over the weekend.

Mackay Road Runners Vice President, Vicki Vickers, welcomed runners and supporters to the event with Club Patron Colin Meng officially opening the 2022 season with the cutting of the ribbon.

Colin entered his 16th year of service to the Mackay Road Runners after once again accepting the invitation to fill the role of Club Patron.

Both shared some informative and inspiring words before the eager runners embarked on the course.

Runners had the choice of a 4.9km route or a slightly longer 6.9km route around the scenic Gooseponds wetland lagoon.

After several steamy off-season events over the summer, runners welcomed slightly cooler conditions thanks to scattered showers throughout the morning.

Participants enjoyed some refreshments and engaged in pleasantries after the picturesque Sunday morning run.

Many Mackay Road Runners have been taking their skills further afield, finding success in out-of-town events such as triathlons, marathons, and ultramarathons.

Local Road Runners Charlie Bone and his daughter Sarah Jensen will be participating in a half marathon at Point Ferry, Victoria, this weekend to raise money for their friend suffering from Huntington’s Disease.

Charlie and Sarah will join a group of twenty runners participating for the cause.

The Mackay Road Runners’ next meet will take place this Sunday at Wallman’s Road Parkland, Rural View, kicking off at 6:30am.

The start and finish locations of the regular Rural View event have been changed out of respect to the residents of the old location.

Runners will compete in both 5km and 10km distances.

Participants are reminded to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the 6:30am gun time.

Mackay Road Runners Club Patron, Colin Meng, and Vice President, Vicki Vickers, get the 2022 season underway with the cutting of the ribbon

Approximately 70 runners embark on the first official run of the season at the Gooseponds circuit

Emma Johnson, June Bradley, and Alan Zamparutti enjoy the cool Sunday conditions Photos Supplied: Janelle Tilse (Road Runners Publicity Officer)

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Firebirds Postpone Matches In Mackay

February 18, 2022

What was meant to be Mackay’s first bite of Suncorp Super Netball left fans with a disappointed taste in their mouth, after more than a dozen members of the Queensland Firebirds came down with the spicy cough.

The players and staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 had to complete mandatory isolation as per government guidelines.

Mackay was set to host the pre-season double header last Thursday and Friday night but will instead have the Firebirds visit on March 10 and 11.

General Manager of Queensland Firebirds, Demelza Fellowes, said the tough call was made with the health and safety of players, staff and Mackay community the priority.

“We tried everything we could to keep things on track, however, we have succumbed to the mini-outbreak,” Fellowes revealed.

“Our coach Megan (Anderson) and the squad have been working super hard and they were really excited to hit the court in Mackay and meet our purple family up there.

“However, it’s fantastic that Mackay Council, the Mackay Basketball Stadium and Mackay Netball are able to pivot and host us in March.

The Firebirds wish to thank Collingwood for their understanding of the situation and are now in discussions with other teams to feature at the event next month as Collingwood is unable to travel due to scheduling.

Fellowes encouraged fans to also pivot their plans and join the team in March.

“The people of Mackay deserve the Firebirds at full-strength, we don’t want to do this trip half-hearted, especially not when it’s Mackay’s first taste of Super Netball,” she said.

“We’ll be just a couple of weeks out from round one when we return, so the team will be sharp and delighted to put on a show for the region.

“We’re really sorry to disrupt people’s plans and we look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.”

The club is now in the process of managing the ticketing process, with the option being to transfer the tickets to the rescheduled events next month including matches and clinics.

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A Club Legend

February 18, 2022

Sarina’s oldest lawn bowler Kenneth Willan passed away on Monday, January 31 at the age of 97.

He was known by all as Ken and right up to Australia Day January 26, four days before he passed, was still a regular bowler seen bowling at least twice a week.

Ken joined the Sarina Bowls Club in 1979 and was always an active member.

He had been men’s president, and with his wife Betty they were the club’s patrons for many years.

Betty has said she will continue to be the club’s patron even though she herself doesn’t bowl any more, but Betty still loves to come and watch some games.

Ken was also known for his hobby of wood turning and loved making toys such as fire engines, tractors and trucks. Many Sarina bowls members have at some time been lucky enough to win one of Ken’s toys.

About 100 paid their respects to Ken at a pleasant afternoon for all to come and mix and remember Ken at the Sarina Bowls Club.

By Rita Hughes

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Cyclones Take State Swim Meet By Storm

February 18, 2022

Local swimmers did the Mackay region proud, representing the Mackay Cyclones Swimming Club at the 2022 RMHC Queensland Sprint Championships in Brisbane over the weekend.

It was the first state meet for many competitors allowing them to show their skills on the state stage.

All swimmers gave it their all, with many Cyclones walking away with personal bests, ribbons, and medals.

Kaiden Neilson was the star of the weekend, achieving Queensland Champion for bringing home a gold medal and three silvers.

Ruby Boxall, Mackenzie Neilson, and Jarek Taylor also achieved top five placings over the weekend.

Club coach Leigh-Anne Pokarier was elated with the team’s efforts and camaraderie.

“The entire team achieved amazing results with our first ever attendees soaking up the experience,” Leigh-Anne said.

“The team atmosphere stepped up even higher with the pure adrenaline and excitement of attending and cheering on their teammates.

“It makes you very proud as a coach and as a parent to see the athletes or your child enjoy the sport, laughing, smiling with a positive experience and having loads of fun along the way.”

The Cyclones’ next outing will take place right here in Mackay, with the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Centre to host the North Queensland Championships in March.

The Mackay Cyclones Swimming Club found success at the Queensland Sprint Championships over the weekend

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Little Rippers Race For Reward At Club Championships

February 18, 2022

After rain forced the rescheduling of Mackay Cycling Club’s track championships three times, the eventual winners were crowned on a Monday night at Walkerston’s velodrome just under a fortnight ago.

The future of the sport is strong in Mackay, with a large number of juniors keen to strap on their helmets and race around the bitumen track at speed, with many of them transforming from timid to tenacious in mere weeks of competition.

The championships are run in age groups and consist of individually timed events. The flying 200m is a sprint event for the fast and furious, while the individual time trial suits well-rounded riders who have both sprint and endurance qualities.

Hamish Wright was the fastest overall in the flying 200m, taking the championship title in the M3 masters category. An up-and-coming junior to watch is 8-year-old Scott Bennett, who was the fastest junior overall in the flying 200m.


Eli Thomsett (10-year-boys) 1st flying 200m, 1st 400m time trial.

Jack Bennett (9-year-boys) 1st flying 200m, 1st 400m time trial.

Scott Bennett (8-year-boys) 1st flying 200m, 1st 400m time trial.

Oaklan Marwood (7-year-boys) 1st flying 200m, 2nd 400m time trial.

Rowdy Brennan (7-year-boys) 2nd flying 200m, 1st 400m time trial.

Alexia Single (10-year-girls) 1st flying 200m, 1st 400m time trial.

Adele Single (9-year-girls) 1st flying 200m, 1st 400m time trial.

Millie Thomsett (7-year-girls) 1st flying 200m, 1st 400m time trial.


Kyle Marwood (Masters M2 and Elite Men) 1st flying 200m, 1st 1km time trial.

Hamish Wright (Masters M3) 1st flying 200m, 1st 750m time trial.

Greg Shaw (Masters M4) 1st flying 200m, 1st 750m time trial.

Shaun Brennen (Masters M4) 2nd flying 200m, 3rd 750m time trial.

Geoffrey Bennett (Masters M4) 3rd flying 200m, 2nd 750m time trial.

Shane Edwards (Masters M5) 1st flying 200m, 1st 750m time trial.

1: Hamish Wright

2: Kyle Marwood

3: Greg Shaw

4: Shane Edwards

5: Millie Thomsett

6: Oaklan Marwood

7: Alexia Single

8: Scott Bennett

9: Rowdy Brennan. Photo credits: Amanda Wright

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Oceania’s Best Ready To Sprint To Mackay

February 18, 2022

The Oceania Athletics Championships, which is the pinnacle event within the Oceania Area for Athletics, will see the best track and field athletes head to Mackay from the 7th until 11th of June.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said having Mackay as the host city in 2022 was an amazing opportunity and a testament to the world-class nature of the Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex).

He said Mackay Regional Council, through its Events Attraction Program, had worked hard to secure the event, which was expected to generate 11,725 bed nights and result in a $2.5 million dollar stimulus to the region.

“To be able to boast facilities that put us on an even playing field with the capital cities of the Oceania region is a huge coup for Mackay,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We look forward to welcoming athletes from across the Pacific and hope they take the time to enjoy some of our region’s must-do activities – like see a platypus at Eungella, meet the Cape Hillsborough wallabies on the beach at sunrise or simply enjoy a meal in our City Centre,” he said.

The 2022 edition of the Championships aims to maximise and highlight athletes’ performances in a sustainable way.  

The Championships will take a new and exciting format and will be the first Area Championships to be inclusive of all age groups and abilities.

The Senior, U20 and U18 Championships will take place in their traditional format, with the Area Championships in 2022 an important stepping stone for athletes wanting to compete at World Championships, both in Eugene (Senior) and Cali (Under 20) later in the year. For the Senior Champions, it would mean an automatic qualification to the World Championships in 2022, provided they are selected by their Federation.

The introduction of an Under 16 competition, into the Area Championships, is seen as an exciting development for Oceania Athletics. With school athletics being so strong throughout the region, with competitions such as the Coke Games, Colgate Games, Australian All Schools to name a few, seen as significant within their own Member Federations. The U16 competition will take the format of Teams Competition, with teams able to enter through, Clubs or Schools, Regions, States or Member Federations.

Oceania Athletics has always had a strong relationship with Masters Athletics, and the introduction of a full range of master’s events to be contested, will be a first for Oceania Athletics and the Oceania Masters Athletics Association.  The event will also play host to the Queensland Masters Athletics Championships.

To be an all-inclusive event, Oceania Athletics has led the way with the introduction of Para-Events within the Area Championships program. For the first time, a full program of events will be offered throughout the Championships. Without a World Para Championships occurring in 2022, the Oceania Championships will serve as an important stepping stone in the lead up to Paris 2024.

Oceania Athletics President, Robin Sapong-Eugenio, is looking forward to the Championships in Mackay.

“Mackay has proven itself to host major sporting events, including athletics competitions, over the past few years, and we are pleased to be working with the Mackay Regional Council as the major partner and sponsor of the Championships,” Sapong-Eugenio said.

“With Covid affecting travel throughout the region over the past 2 years, this will be the first opportunity that the Oceania Family will be together in the flesh since 2019.”

“The Championships is going to be the most inclusive that Oceania Athletics has ever held, with athletes of all ages and abilities heading to Mackay to compete.”

“We can’t wait to see everyone in Mackay for the Oceania Area Athletics Championships.”

This will be the 7th time the Oceania Athletics Championships has been hosted in North Queensland, and the first time in Mackay.  

The Mackay facility, built in 2019, hosted the 2019 Oceania Masters Athletics Championships, and has gone on to host the 2020 North Queensland Championships. The facility was a beneficiary of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with most of their equipment received from the Games.

Mackay becomes the 6th City to host both the Oceania Masters and the Oceania Championships, joining Suva, Townsville, Papeete, Apia, and Christchurch.

Williamson and Athletics North Queensland Dayne O’Hara are excited to welcome athletes from across Oceania to Mackay in June. Photo credit: Amanda Wright

Mackay masters athletes Catherine Hoare (second left) and Amanda Wright (centre) represented Australia in the 2019 Masters Oceania Championships held in Mackay. They were joined on the podium in the weight throw by athletes from Great Britain and New Caledonia

Mackay masters athlete Les-Lee Reid (centre) brought home a number of medals for Australia in the 2019 Oceania Masters Athletics Championships

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On the Green at Goosies

February 11, 2022

Last weekend saw the start of our club championships, with the first round of A grade singles and pairs being played. Results are on the notice board. Please check the board for details of further games.

Social Bowls Results Week Ending 6 February

Thursday 2x4x2 mixed pairs winners were Jan Little and Paul Goldston followed by Lyn Tennant and Helen Goldston. The kitty toucher did not go off, so jackpots next week.

Friday three bowl mixed pairs winners were Tony Allsop and Warren Corbett, who collected $200. In second place was Eric Galletly and Shirley Bartolo who picked up $100. Peter Shepherd missed the kitty toucher, so it stays at $500.

Saturday Men’s pairs field had good numbers, considering the men’s club championships were held. Winners were John Priest and Ray Walker with Darren Addie and Trevor Laurens in second spot. Darren and Trevor also won the jackpot.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Peter Cowling is developing into a good bowler

Ian Beveridge is a picture of concentration

Clive Wales in action on Sunday

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Your Weekly Cutters Check-Up

February 11, 2022

The Cutters have had another big week at the end of January, plying their trade at the preseason training, as well as receiving some good news from the North Queensland Cowboys.

The Cowboys announced the Mackay Cutters feeder club allocations for 2022, with the Cowboys focusing on “building combinations and player familiarity for top squad players.”

The Cowboys are eager to see the allocations develop under new Head Coach Dave Elliott.

“This decision will also allow [Cowboys] to align our players outside the weekly NRL squad in positional units to build continuity and ensure players become accustomed to playing alongside each other,” said a Cowboys spokesperson.

The Cutters Allocation is as follows:

Morgan McWhirter, Daejarn Asi, Laitia Moceidreke, Tom Dearden, Jason Taumalolo, Jake Granville, Mitch Dunn, Reuben Cotter, Murray Taulagi, Scott Drinkwater, Ben Condon, Valentine Holmes, Tom Gilbert, and Brendan Elliot

The rest of the squad are ripping back into training after a rest at the end of January, with less than 8 sessions until their first trial clash with the CQ Capras on February 19.

The Cutters snatched up Harry Freebairn for their Hostplus Cup Squad as well, grabbing the Halfback from Norths Devils. The 24-year-old made three appearances for the Devils in 2021, and is a solid prospect for the Cutters to have picked up ahead of the season.

As well, Cutters secured Andre Niko’s signature, a young gun who made his debut for the Burleigh Bears as a winger last season, making 13 appearances and 7 tries.

Coach Elliott was excited with how both signings would fit into the Hostplus squads come the first trial against Central Queensland Capras.

Last time out the Cutters v Capras game ended 20-18, with a stellar half from Jack Quinn rocketing the Cutters ahead, and a Brandon Finnegan penalty proving the difference. It’ll be a tough test for both sides, with hopefully as even an outing as the last.

The game will be hosted at Browne Park in Rockhampton on February 19, and the Cutters will back it up the week after, taking on the Cowboys Young Guns at BB Print on February 26.

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From Three to One Hundred And Three

February 11, 2022

When North Mackay Athletics say come one, come all, they really mean it, with their come and try day at the Pioneer High School Oval on Sunday February 20 open for everyone in town.

You’re never too old to become a decathlete, all you need are closed-in shoes, a water bottle, hat, an athletic spirit and a smile.

There’s no better time to get involved in discus, high jump, hurdles or anything athletics than now for Mackay locals with the Oceania Athletics Championships heading to Mackay mid this year.

It coincides well with the North Mackay Athletic club’s own push to get as many members as they can this year, with their season running through March to September.

The club regularly trials athletes at Russel St, Mackay, and is excited once again to invite the local community to come out and find a passion in athletics. With so much to choose from, there’s sure to be one of athletic’s many disciplines that strikes your fancy.

If you’re looking for more information about the clubs free, come and try day on February 20, ring 0449 669 695, or email

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A Smashing Opening For 2022 Table Tennis

February 11, 2022

A new year of table tennis competition is under way with strong fields contesting Tuesday morning and night fixtures.

Former Melbourne player Steven Whiting showed he will be a force to reckon with in division 1 night fixtures with three wins over Barry Patterson, Robbie Richards and Mark Sleeman in the opening round.

Julie Vella and Duncan Treloar played out a competitive match, Julie up 11-9 in the 5th.

Morning fixtures are being played in a new format this season of four grades, and several new and returning players have been welcomed to the competition.

Steve Mathieson got home twice in five games, beating Pam Joyce 11-8 in the 5th and pulling out probably his best-ever forehand shot to take the last game 12-10 against George Camilleri.

However, George got revenge in night fixtures, beating Steve in another five-gamer.

Branko Vucurovic and Tony Bowman played themselves into the ground, Branko getting up 13-11 in the 5th.

Fixtures were not played on Tuesday 8 January due to a planned power outage in Bridge Rd.

A group of Mackay players will compete in Townville’s International Women’s Day event on March 5-6. Anyone women interested in playing should contact Donna Abbott on 0400 769 560.

Highlights of this year’s representative season will be the Mackay Open on April 15-17 and the Queensland Veterans Championship on July 20-24, both at the Bridge Rd centre.

The veterans is the most popular event on the calendar and is expected to attract players from all over the state.

By Charlie Payne

Branko Vucurovic and Tony Bowman opened the season with a tight battle in Tuesday morning table tennis fixtures. Photos: Charlie Payne

Doug Dungavell serves to Pam Joyce in Tuesday morning table tennis fixtures

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Big Moves For Mackay AFL

February 11, 2022

AFL Queensland welcomed a new face last week, with the announcement of not a new player signing, but of Alex Brooks as the new Competition Manager in Mackay.

The appointment of Alex sees the replacement of current Competition Manager Josh Rhodes who has recently moved internally into the role of Competition Manager for the Queensland Football Association (QFA)

Alex’s expertise comes in his understanding of grass roots football, having been involved in the game at all levels for many years, inclusive as a player, coach and club volunteer.

Recently, he coached his club’s senior women’s team and undertook time as an umpire in the sport, and AFL Queensland believe Alex's experience at club level make him a great fit for the role.

He relocates from the AFL stronghold of Victoria, specifically Rutherglen, and arrives with his wife, Kaedi, and soon to be first child.

His commencement in the Mackay office on February 28 hopes to continue to increase the sport of AFL in the Sugar City, as well as across Queensland.

AFL has continued to grow across Queensland with a strong contingent of representatives for the game being born here in Mackay, although less popular than its rugby counterparts.

The Queensland AFL body also announced their congratulations to the U17 Mackay Male Academy Team selections, part of the Gold Coast Suns Academy, with their first game coming up against Townsville in Airlie Beach on March 5.

The group of youngsters are just under a month until their first game.

From the Sugar City, North Mackay AFC players Cohen Frith, Darby Coleman, Lachlan Nelson, Lachlan Morgan, Jake McDonald and Angus Wearmouth represent the side.

A strong contingent of Bakers Creek boys made the grade, as well as a few Eastern Swans and Mackay City Hawks youth stars.

The side play in the North Queensland Championships, which will see them take on Townsville, Cairns, and Capricornia.

Alex Brooks is the new Competition Manager for Mackay AFL

U17 Male’s squad for Mackay will head across the state to face off against Cairns and more

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Last Chance Tonight To See ‘Battle Of The Birds’

February 11, 2022

Mackay has experienced its first taste of Suncorp Super Netball with the Queensland Firebirds and Collingwood Magpies playing a pre-season double-header. The second game is tonight (Friday 11 February), being played at the Mackay Basketball Stadium.

General Manager Queensland Firebirds and Elite Pathways, Demelza Fellowes, said the opportunity to take two pre-season matches to Mackay was a fantastic opportunity for all.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be in Mackay for these matches against the Magpies,” said Fellowes.

“Our Club proudly represents the entire state of Queensland, and we don’t get to play in front of the regional fans as much as we like, so to have this opportunity, thanks to Mackay Regional Council, is really fantastic.

“It will be our first major hit out for the pre-season, with the entire squad together, so the matches will be really important in setting up our season.  It would be wonderful to have the support of the region and hopefully put on a good show in front of a packed house at Mackay Basketball Stadium.”

Lyn Law, a life member and current competitions board member of Mackay Netball Association, said the announcement had Mackay buzzing with excitement.

“To be able to watch the Queensland Firebirds take the court in our hometown, on our home court, is just so special and something the Mackay netball community has waited a very long time to have come to fruition,” Law said.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said this was a fantastic opportunity for the region and especially for young netball enthusiasts.

“The Mackay region loves its sport and netball is definitely one that is embraced by our residents,” Williamson said.

“This is another example of how our world-class facilities enable us to attract and play host to the calibre of both of these teams.”

The decision to play the pre-season matches in Mackay is a further commitment of the Queensland Firebirds to continue to grow the game of netball across the state including regional areas.

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Fan Favourite Foketi Rejoins Meteors

February 11, 2022

A fan favourite is heading back to the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors, with 25-year-old Viliami Foketi signing a one-year deal to remain at the club for the 2022 NBL1 North season.

The athletic wing returns to the Sugar City following a solid 2021 campaign, where he averaged 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1 steal per game, while shooting 50 per cent from the field and 80 per cent from the free throw line.

For his efforts, Foketi was named the Meteors Best Defensive Player in 2021. The fan favourite also took home the Mackay Pride Sponsors Award.

The NBL1 North Grand Final series provided the stage where the Tongan international really made his mark. He dropped 18 points in game one, before delivering 20 points in the game two decider, while defending the Cairns Marlins main scoring weapons.

McDonald’s Mackay Meteors NBL1 North Head Coach Joel Khalu was thrilled about Foketi’s return.

“Vili is one of those guys that every coach wants to have on their team,” Khalu said.

“He’s outstanding defensively and really enjoys the challenge of guarding the other side’s best player, night after night.

“But it’s not just that (defensive) end. Vili is dynamic offensively, shoots the ball well and can also create off the bounce or in the post. He’s also an underrated rebounder too.”

“Best of all, Vili is a great person and teammate and that’s why it was critical that we brought him back.”

When reflecting on last year’s NBL1 North season, Foketi used the word, “hectic”.

“In the true sense of the word and not how it’s used colloquially,” he said.

“A season mired by uncertainty due to COVID, a new playing group learning how to play with each other, we had to adapt quite a lot. However, we stayed the course, worked hard and were extremely fortunate to make the grand final and win it all.”

There was no doubting Foketi’s goals leading into 2022.

“As a group we naturally want to defend our title and go for a NBL1 National Championship, especially given we didn’t have that opportunity last season due to COVID.

“Personally, I think last season’s grand final series showed that I can perform at a high level.

“This season I’ll be looking to replicate that standard on a more consistent basis.”

Coach Khalu said there could also be bigger things on the horizon for Foketi.

“He has aspirations of playing in the NBL and he’s already an elite level defender, probably better than many of the wings who are currently in the league. If he can grow his offensive skillset and become a more consistent scorer, there’s no doubting that he could play in the NBL one day soon.”

#18 Viliami Foketi drives to the basket against the Brisbane Capitals last season. Picture: Kieron Place

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Road Runners Get Set For Season

February 3, 2022

Over thirty Mackay Road Runners enjoyed the penultimate Shawn Summer Social Series event on the off-season calendar.

Race day Director and Club President, Tim Magoffin, set the variable option course which made way for runners to select their own turnaround point and course distance.

Tim reminded runners that the last run on the Shawn Summer Social Series calendar will be February 6 at 5:30pm with celebrations post run at the Bluewater Quay to include random draw prizes and the usual Zooper Doopers.

Mackay Road Runners Club members and non-members are more than welcome to attend for a gold coin donation.

The Club's Annual General Meeting is rescheduled for Monday February 7 at Tim's Techserve Boardroom at 5:30pm.

All executive and committee positions will become vacant for re-election, therefore, all members are invited to consider a formal or informal role whether big or small, all contributions are greatly appreciated and gladly accepted.

Mackay Road Runners enjoying the 2nd last Shawn's Summer Social Series - Jo Hughes, Kim Saron, Jeanette Farrugia, Carmel Mahon, Glynis Forse, Jose Short and Janelle Tilse

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Sarina Bowlers Share Aussie Spirit

February 3, 2022

Damper, lamingtons, a sausage sizzle and a game of bowls – what more could an Aussie bowler want?

All dressed up in Aussie day gear, 60 bowlers gathered at Sarina Bowls Club for some Australia Day fun.  There was lots of great spirit, and the half time break featured a bit of Aussie trivia which had them all guessing.

Contributed by Rita Hughes

Girls just wanna have fun on Australia Day, and Leanne McGeough, Fran Lloyd and Ros Way were having plenty at Sarina Bowls Club. Photos: Rita Hughes

Bowlers gather for some Australia Day fun at Sarina Bowls Club

BB Smith and Tracey Moss dancing to the music at Sarina Bowls Club

Andy Moss and Greg Hughes get into the Aussie Day spirit

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