Mackay Region Sporting News & Results

SUNS To Return To Mackay As Bella Locks In Long-Term Contract

SUNS To Return To Mackay As Bella Locks In Long-Term Contract

Gold Coast SUNS AFLW games record holder Lauren Bella is the latest to commit her future to the club, inking a long-term contract extension. The SUNS Academy product and one of two remaining foundation players on the club’s AFLW list will remain in the red, gold and blue until at least the end of the 2027 AFLW season. Her extension coincides with this morning’s confirmation that the SUNS will be returning to Mackay for a fourth consecutive AFLW season, hosting Carlton at Great Barrier Reef Are

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Local Crowned Mackay’s First Ever Boxing World Champion

Local Crowned Mackay’s First Ever Boxing World Champion

In a regional first, a local man of Mackay, Liam Paro, etched his name into Australian sporting history by fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a world champion in boxing on June 16. Raised in Mackay, Liam was known for his boundless energy and passion for boxing from an early age after he confidently declared his ambitions to his mother while perched on his kitchen bench one day at just thirteen years old. Liam's mother, Sharon Cortez, vividly recalls the day when her teenage son procl

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Cutters Return To Winners List After Slamming Jets

Cutters Return To Winners List After Slamming Jets

Mackay Cutters rugby league team have zoomed into the top eight after toppling cellar-dwellers Ipswich Jets 30-16 in Hostplus Cup action last weekend at BB Print Stadium. There was no stopping the home side who laid the foundations for a sixth victory this season through their rugged forward pack and slick back division. Early tries by skipper and lock Sean Mullany and young winger Brent Anderson helped the Cutters establish a 10-0 lead after nine minutes. Ipswich centre Mathew Lyons responde

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Local Olympian Strives For Gold

Local Olympian Strives For Gold

Mackay's very own Meg Harris is gearing up for the Olympic trials, backed by a recent sponsorship from Auswide Bank. Born in Bundaberg, this 22-year-old swimming sensation has captured the hearts of her hometown supporters. Meg’s journey began on the sands of Eimeo Beach in Mackay, where her passion for surf lifesaving laid the groundwork for her Olympic success. At just 13, she traded coastal life for the pool in Brisbane, determined to chase her Olympic dreams. Like many athletes, Meg faces

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Hoops For Hope Mackay Basketball Raises Over $36K For Charity

June 19, 2024

In a ground-breaking event, a grand total of $36,265 has been raised for the Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia and Hospitality Cart at Mackay Base Hospital all thanks to the 2024 Mackay Basketball NBL1 fundraising game and charity singlet auction held on May 31.

The Meteors wore limited edition jerseys representing Mackay’s renowned sugar cane trains and after the intense matchup, the jerseys, infused with the sweat and spirit of the game were auctioned off to eager bidders, with every dollar contributing to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Through raffles and McDonalds Mackay Meteors annual charity singlet auction, the funds raised on the night reached an all-time high after raising an additional $4,265 since last year’s benchmark of $32,000 in 2023.

In total, over the past decade, Mackay Basketball has raised $127,936.00 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

On the 13th of June, Mackay Basketball General Manager and McDonald’s Meteors NBL1 Head Coach Joel Khalu presented a cheque to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) North Australia Community Engagement Executive Samantha Baker, at the Ronald McDonald Family Room situated at Mackay Base Hospital.

“Mackay Basketball is enormously proud to use our platform to fundraise for this valuable cause,” Khalu said.

“Year after year we’ve seen our basketball community support this event by contributing what they can to Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia, who support the Ronald McDonald Family Room and Hospitality Cart at Mackay Base Hospital.

“RMHC helps ensure that sick kids and their families in our region will get the support they need, when needed.”

RMHC North Australia Community Engagement Executive Samantha Baker expressed her gratitude to Mackay Basketball and said “We’re amazed by this record donation; it’s a remarkable effort and we are very grateful.

“We’re appreciative to everybody who attended the game, bought raffle tickets and placed bids on the singlets.

“On behalf of the Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia, we want to say a huge thank you to everybody involved with Mackay Basketball for their magnificent, ongoing support.”

Results:

In a thrilling showdown the Men’s McDonald’s Mackay Meteors dominated the Sunshine Coast Phoenix with a stellar performance by winning 117 - 77. Todd Blanchfield led the charge with a phenomenal 33 points, supported by 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Isaac White showcased his skills with 24 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals, while CJ Maran added 12 points to the scoreboard. Jerron Jamerson and Amarco Doyle contributed 10 points each, securing a decisive victory for the Meteors in NBL1 North action.

Meanwhile, the Women’s McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes also triumphed over the Sunshine Coast Phoenix, fuelled by Chelsea Brook's 24 points and 14 rebounds. Sam Haiby impressed with 22 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals, while Taylor Mole contributed 18 points and 4 rebounds. Nikita Van Wyk added 10 points to complete a memorable night at the Crater. The Meteorettes won 88 – 70.


Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia has received over $36,000 thanks to the fundraising efforts of Mackay Basketball. Images supplied

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Empowering Our Young Athletes

June 19, 2024

With a focus on empowering young aspiring athletes, Harrup Park is thrilled to announce the official launch of the Mackay Sports Foundation, a new initiative dedicated to supporting the youth of the community.
This helpful new initiative is designed to offer financial aid to young athletes by assisting them in meeting the expenses associated with participating in sports events, with an emphasis on empowering the youth to reach beyond financial boarders. The goal is to encourage upcoming athletes to achieve their full potential and spotlight their talents on regional, national and global fields.
“At Harrup Park, we believe in the power of community and the potential of our youth. The Mackay Sports Foundation is a testament to our dedication to supporting young athletes and helping them achieve their dreams,” said Adrian Young, CEO at Harrup Park.
Harrup Park’s Commitment promises ‘More than just a club, Harrup Park is a hub for nurturing talent and fostering growth within the community.’
Rooted in the principles of supporting local talent, the foundation ensures that assistance is provided by the community, for the benefit of the community.
Two grant rounds are available each year, closing on 1 March and 1 September, with successful athletes receiving $500 to attend national competitions and $700 for international competitions.
Young athletes interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to visit harruppark.com.au/mackay-sports-foundation/ to complete the application form.
‘The Mackay Sports Foundation invites the community & businesses to join us in supporting this initiative. You can contribute to the Mackay Sports Foundation by visiting our website, helping more local talents achieve their goals. Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of young athletes and contribute to the vibrant sporting culture of our region.’

Mackay Sports Foundation has launched a new initiative aimed at helping the youth reach their full potential in their sporting paths without the extra financial burden. Image supplied

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Mackay Players Shine In U19 State of Origin Debuts

June 19, 2024

QCCS Mackay Cutters players Jaxon Purdue, Jamal Shibasaki, and Mutua Brown were set to make their debuts in the U19 Queensland Origin squad yesterday, June 20th, at Leichhardt Oval. The time of print for this publication was prior to Thursday.

In an exciting development, Queensland Rugby League recently announced the Queensland Under 19 men's squad, featuring standout talents from the Mackay Cutters. Jaxon Purdue and Jamal Shibasaki made their National Rugby League debuts for the North Queensland Cowboys earlier this month, bringing their top-grade experience to the interstate clash against New South Wales.

Purdue and Shibasaki joined an impressive squad that has excelled in the Mal Meninga Cup and Hostplus Cup throughout the 2024 season. Head coach Ben Te’o, assisted by Darius Boyd, Jesse Maclean, and Nathan Small, has prepared the team meticulously, drawing on the expertise of a highly experienced performance staff and mentors, including FOG Matt Gillett. The squad began their camp on the Gold Coast last Friday, setting the stage for their standout performances.

The women's U19 Queensland Origin squad also saw exceptional representation from Mackay, with Ebony Raftstrand-Smith, Lily Peacock, and Paityne Johns selected to play in yesterday's match. These players were part of a formidable team that included eight members from Queensland’s victorious Under 19 team in 2023. Raftstrand-Smith, Peacock, and Johns brought forward the skills and resilience honed through their participation in the BMD Premiership and Harvey Norman Under 19 competitions.

Under the guidance of coach Deanna Turner and assistants Mitch Sargent and Maia Tua-Davidson, the women's squad entered their camp on the Gold Coast last Friday, ensuring they were well-prepared for the fierce competition. Peacock and Jorgensen, who also have NRLW experience, brought additional depth and leadership to the team.

The performances of Purdue, Shibasaki, Raftstrand-Smith, Peacock, and Johns highlight the exceptional talent emerging from Mackay and the crucial role the region plays in developing future rugby league stars.

Jaxon Purdue was one of the Mackay Cutters players selected in the U19 State of Origin squad. Photo credit: Mackay Cutters

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AT THE TABLE

June 19, 2024

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixtures June 11, 2024

Division 1:

Blue (Geoff Coran, Steven Whiting, Lee Brake) d Orange (Janice Kent, Geoff Denman, Donna Abbott) 7-4. Geoff C d Geoff D 8, 7, -9, -6, 12.

Brown (Barry Patterson, Vince Boeske, Andrea Nicholson) d Red (George Camilleri, Anne Sheridan, Graeme Walker) 8-3. Andrea d George -8, -10, 5, 7, 7.

White (Tony Bowman, Lily Boland, Leo Gilbert) d Whjte (Mark Sleeman, Andrew McHugh, Neil Brown) 8-3. Neil d Leo 9, 13, -7, 17.

Black (Allan Robins, Mick Ruhl, Graham Brake) d Purple (Emma Widdup, Robbie Richards, Duncan Treloar) 7-4. Mick/Allan d Duncan/Emma -3, 9, 9, -5, 6.

Division 2:

Rose (Niro Premachandra, Mark Stam, Adrian Marsh) d Lime (Anaya Reelh, Simon Hogan, Noreen Fredericksen) 7-4. Simon d Mark 11, 8, -9, -10, 7.

Teal (Val Austin, Peter Goodson, Aarnav Reelh) d Tan (Jye Callander, Judy Zahn, Saisha Palod) 6-5. Aarnav d Judy -7, 15, -7, 3, 9.

Aqua (Delma Knight, YiLin Jiang) d Gold (Steve Mathieson, Ollie Hamelink) 5-4. YiLin/Delma d Ollie/Steve -9, 7, -6, 12, 6.

Cyan (Matt West, Trent Day, Leonie Patroni) d Grey (Kade Wright, David Symonds, Misha Palod) 6-5. Matt d Bulldog -7, -8, 8, 6, 7.

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday morning fixtures June 11, 2024:

Division 1:

Owls (Branko Vucurovic, Steve Mathieson, Coral Morgan) d Egrets (Donna Abbott, Peter Goodson, Kevin Abbott) 8-4. Donna d Branko 9, 7, -9, 10.

Ibis (Tony Bowman, Noreen Fredericksen, Judy Zahn) d Plovers (Delma Knight, Doug Dungavell, Bryan Marshall) 9-3. Noreen d Delma -9, -21, 8, 11, 10.

Hawks (George Camilleri, Rhonda Payne, John McGee) drew Parrots (Janice Kent, Charlie Payne, Marie Taylor). Charlie d Rhonda 8, 6, -7, -5, 4.

Division 2:

Magpies (Ken Best, John Hamelink, Kim Daffy) d Pelicans (Judi Hicks, Robyn Bushell, Ian Dodds) 9-3. John d Robyn -8, 5, 7, -6, 11.

Cockatoos (Kim Challender, Veronica Shepherd, Gloria Vella) d Doves (Louise Gould, Iris Grasso, Fred Saliba) 8-4. Louise d Kim -11, 8, -8, 9, 12.

Division 3:

Squid (Sharon Muller, Allison Day, Cheryl Aprato) drew Lobster (Cheryl Pearson, Bill Hey, Nadine Stream) 6-all. Bill d Cheryl 8, -5, 6, -10, 9.

Crab (Pam Keune, Trish Zamparuti) d Prawn (Darryl Ross, Glenda Brookes) 6-4. Pam d Darryl 8, -5, 5, -9, 7.

Full results and individual standings are available at: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/mackaytta/fixtures-results/
Contributed by Charlie Payne

Aarnav Reelh at the table. Photo supplied

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World-Class Cricket Comes Back To Mackay

June 19, 2024

Cricket fans, get ready for international action here in Mackay. Watch Australia take on our competitive neighbours, New Zealand, in the CommBank T20 International Series as the teams finalise their World Cup preparations.
Tickets for the highly anticipated Australia vs. New Zealand Commbank T20I series are now on sale. This September, the Great Barrier Reef Arena will host two thrilling international cricket matches on the 19th and 22nd, bringing world-class women’s cricket action right to our community.
The Great Barrier Reef Arena is proud to be one of the chosen venues for this prestigious series. Hosting these matches not only provides an incredible opportunity for local fans to witness top-tier cricket but also highlights Mackay as a prime location for international sporting events.
“We are thrilled to bring international cricket to the Great Barrier Reef Arena. This is a fantastic opportunity for our community to experience the excitement of professional cricket right here in Mackay,” said Terry Doolan, Chairman at Harrup Park.
“It’s a significant event that puts Mackay on the map as a destination for world-class sports.
“This event is more than just a series; it’s a celebration of sport and community spirit. Bringing international cricket to Mackay enhances our region’s profile and provides a boost to local businesses and tourism.
“Harrup Park is committed to supporting sports and fostering community engagement. The Great Barrier Reef Arena stands as a testament to our dedication to providing world-class facilities and hosting top-tier sporting events in Mackay.”

Ticket Information:
Tickets are available now and can be purchased at cricket.com.au/tickets. Don’t miss out on this chance to be part of an unforgettable sporting event in Mackay. Secure your seats early to avoid disappointment!

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A Milestone Morning With Mackay parkrun

June 19, 2024

The cool clear morning provided perfect running conditions for Event #386. The Mackay parkrun event saw a fantastic turnout with 291 participants, including many first-timers and visitors.

Highlights of Saturday's event included celebrating several milestones for Elaine McFarlane, Russell Leeson, and Ashley Miles who achieved their 100th finish milestones. Michael Zivkovic reached his 50th finish milestone. Weslan Hawkins completed his 10th Junior finish milestone and Michael Vella accomplished an impressive 250 finishes.

Underneath a Mackay parkrun Facebook post was a heart-warming comment left from a visiting tourist that said “Thanks Mackay parkrun for such a welcoming, friendly Saturday morning run for us visiting tourists – and we did an overall PB for this year, out of over 20 different locations. Loved the course in the Gardens too.”

The event wouldn't have been possible without the dedicated efforts of volunteers, to whom the team extends their heartfelt thank you to.

Congratulations to Michael Vella who achieved an impressive milestone with his 250th finish, while Elaine McFarlane, Russell Leeson and Ashley Miles celebrated reaching their 100th parkrun milestones. Photo credit: Mackay parkrun (Facebook)

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Mackay Contract Bridge Club

June 19, 2024

Wednesday saw 12 Tables (48 players) arrive for a friendly game of bridge. This is a fantastic turn up mid-week. Friday was the twelfth round of Nation-Wide Pairs and Saturday the bridge heated up for the second round of the Club Pair Championships with 24 pairs competing for red points.

Mackay pair Mary Rose Ramsden and Noel Saunders were placed 24th in the Australian Wide Novice Pairs, with more than 1,200 pairs and 90 clubs participating. This event is a national bridge event run by Australian Bridge Magazine for players with fewer than 100 mps.


Weekly Results
Monday 10 June 2024 – 7 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Helen Van Den Broek / Jan Harris
1st
Monica Darley / Nancy Martin

2nd
Janelle Conroy / Terry Sheedy
2nd
David Ting / Eric Goodchild

3rd
Karen Cadwell / Anne Lutz
3rd
Geoff Cowan / Sandy Patterson

Tuesday Evening 11 June 2024 6 Table One Winner
1st
Helen Van Den Broek / Terry Sheedy
2nd
Eric Goodchild / Noel Bugeia
3rd
Marilin Wilson-Nicoll / Griff Bancroft
4th
Geoff Taylor / Janelle Conroy
Wednesday 12 June 2024 – 12 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Terry Sheedy / Lorna Shuttlewood
1st
Janet Hansen / Alan Brown

2nd
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
2nd
Kitty Ranson / Bob Ranson

3rd
Janelle Conroy / Noel Bugeia
3rd
Monica Darley / Kath Poole

4th
Max Holewa / Diane Holewa
4th
Griffin Bancroft / Sandy Ford

5th
Jan Harris / Sandra Morris
5th
Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait

6th
Joy Robertson / Robert Carless
6th
Debra Goodchild / Ming Ting

Thursday Evening 13 June 2024 – 5 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Frances Brown / Ann Whitmore
2nd
Susan Ross / Jan Harris
3rd
Vicki Howard / Richard Wix
4th
Sandra Morri / Errol Morris & Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless
Friday 14 June 2024 – NWP 12 of 24 8 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Geoff Taylor / Joy Robinson
1st
Janelle Conroy / Pamela Finger

2nd
Terry Sheedy / Noel Bugeia
2nd
Richard Wix / Geoffrey Patterson

3rd
Diane Cox / Christine Nice
3rd
Sandy Patterson / Eric Goodchild

4th
Edward Kliese / Nancy Wix
4th
David Ting / Ming Ting

Saturday 15 June 2024 – Mackay Club Pairs Championship Week 2 of 3 - 12 Table Mitchell Red Points
N/S

E/W

1st
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
1st
Joy Robertson / Ken Seaniger

2nd
Alan Brown / Frances Brown
2nd
Lorna Shuttlewood / Terry Sheedy

3rd
Janet Hansen / Diane Morgan
3rd
Errol Morris / Richard Wix

4th
Diane Holewa / Max Holewa
4th
Jan Harris / Mick King

5th
Janelle Conroy / Robert Carless
5th
Debra Goodchild / Ming Ting

6th
Annie Lynch / Sandra Morris
6th
Helen Van Den Broek / Joy Brunette


Contributed by Joy Block

Mary-Rose Ramsden & Noel Saunders, 24th Nation Wide Novice Pairs. Photo supplied

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Road Runners Tackle Northview Park Challenge

June 19, 2024

Approximately forty runners tackled the 30km, 15km, and 5km distances last Sunday as they sprinted through the scenic Mackay region, from Glenella to West Mackay and then out to the Mackay Harbour and back.

Mackay Road Runners Northview Park 30km Club Championship, 15km and 5km were held in perfect running conditions from the playground carpark at Northview Park, Schapers Road, Glenella. 

Club President, Brendan Bishop was a major contributor for the streamlined success of the event alongside fellow committee members Mick and Bec Scholer, Andrew Short, Julie Whibley, Arthur Dick and Jo Hughes.

Classy performances were seen all-round from the 5km and 15km events starting at 6.15am through to the 30km event commencing at 6am.  Paul MacKenzie led the 30km field with Mick Vivian sitting in second with a multitude of changes for the bronze position throughout the 30km with Shane Donnollan snatching third place from Grant Holmstrom, Kaye Nyenuh, Clinton Mackie, Matt Bampton, Jim Perkins and David Perkins. 

The female 30km saw Teresa Hackney looking very comfortable from the start, taking an early lead and retaining it right through to the finish line ahead of Carmel Mahon, Tahnie Malagueno, Carolyn Mapes, Carole Dawes and Brenda Windsor.

The 5km and 15km competitors were very strong with female runners, Alana Knezevic, Mel Esau, Naomi Ballard, and Emily Dalglish leading the charge early alongside talented male runners, Jared Mackie, Hamish Donnolllan, Cory Gould, Michael Scholer, John Roe, Darrin Pullen, Alan Zamparutti, Andrew Short and Tim Caddy. 

Next Sunday’s popular, yet historical Farmers Long Gallop 6km and 17km run will commence from Agnes Farmers home at 62 Evans Avenue, North Mackay.  Agnes and her late husband Fred have been integral life members of the Mackay Road Runners since its inception nearly 50 years ago.  Fred was the runner in the family; however, Agnes was a wholehearted supporter of the Club and Fred’s illustrious running career. 

Although Agnes may not be a morning person, she has generously hosted this morning run for 48 years.

Contributed By Janelle Tilse

30km Podium finishers (left to right) Shane Donnollan (3rd), Mick Vivian (2nd), Paul Mackenzie (1st), Carmel Mahon (2nd) and Teresa Hackney (1st)
Tahnie Malagueno and Carolyn Mapes kept a united even pace together throughout the 30km course
Northview Park 5km and 15km runners get ready to take their mark, get set and go!
Katrina and Jim with Club President Brendan Bishop after their 15km and 30km respectively events
Brenda Windsor and Carole Dawes support each other from start to finish in the 30km. Photo credit: Janelle Tilse

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Ripping Through The Rugby Season

June 13, 2024

The Mackay Rugby competition is just over halfway and what a season it has been!
My first season didn’t start as planned, popping my shoulder out round one, but it’s given me a different perspective of the sport of rugby.
Being able to coach (and I use that term loosely) the backs, while recovering from my shoulder injury, has given me a new appreciation for the sport as a whole.
The Brothers had a slow start to the season, the boys have really fired in the last few weeks and are coming together!
The Mackay competition is very competitive and it’s awesome to see teams from The Whitsundays, Moranbah and Bowen performing so well with heavy travel schedules.
My beloved Mackay Brothers take on the Whitsundays Raiders this Saturday (the 15th) and Airlie sports park, and you know what, I feel a win for the brothers is coming!
I hope I haven’t put the mocker on us.
Get around local rugby in Mackay/Whitsundays!!

Jake

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From Pool To Purpose Mackay Sinkers Make Impactful Blood Donation

June 13, 2024

Recognising the importance of blood and plasma donations, the North Mackay Sinkers Masters Swimming Club have made an impactful commitment in support of the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood organisation. 
A while ago, the Sinkers executive committee discovered that several members regularly donated blood or plasma. They decided to reach out and explore how the club could support this valuable community activity, thus, the North Mackay Sinkers Masters Swimming Club Life Blood Team was established.
In a unique team-based event, the Sinkers established a Red Cross Blood Team where 25% of the club contributed to the vital blood supply in 2023 with 15 members participating in the first year.
In 2023, their collective efforts resulted in 61 donations, aiding the Red Cross in providing essential products to 192 patients in urgent need of life-saving transfusions.
The 2024 year is off the starting blocks in fine form with the team now boasting 17 members. At the end of May they had made 43 donations to assist 129 lives. The club is now on track to handsomely exceed its 2023 total and has set a new PB target of 80 donations and 240 patients assisted in their need of blood products.
Surprisingly the relatively small club Life Blood Team lies in 7th place behind some heavy hitting companies and organisations.
On a recent donation it was noticed that a certain member of the Mackay Road Runners was also in to provide a blood donation.
With the 16th BMA Marina run now completed, the Sinkers are eager to know if the Road Runners might like to form a Life Blood Team and bolster the Mackay Red Cross Blood centre with another team in a spirit of friendly community care.
Has your Sporting Club got a Life Blood Team? If so, the North Mackay Sinkers would love to know so that the sporting community can jump on board and get involved in this opportunity to assist patients in need of crucial blood necessities.
As they surpass previous achievements, the North Mackay Sinkers extend a heartfelt invitation to the broader community to dive into this great cause.
If your club would like to form a Life Blood Team, contact the Red Cross on 13 14 95 and ask for the coordinator to assist.

Contributed by Daniel Stampa

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Mackay Contract Bridge Club

June 13, 2024

Week one of the three-week Mackay Club Pairs Championship was played on Saturday. Players must have the same partner for all three weeks of the competition to be eligible to win the competition. Coveted red points are allocated each week for pairs in the top allocated spots. David Ting and Eric Goodchild, along with Max and Diane Holewa are in the lead after the first week.


Weekly Results
Monday 3 June 2024 – 6 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janelle Conroy / Terry Sheedy
1st
Helen Van Den Broek / Jan Harris

2nd
Janine Rodgers / Richard Wix
2nd
Monica Darley / Nancy Martin

3rd
Diane Holewa / Anne Lutz
3rd
Noel Bugeia / Geoffrey Patterson

4th
Sandy Patterson / Debra Goodchild
4th
Max Holewa / Mick King

Tuesday Evening 4 June 2024 5 Table One Winner
1st
Helen Van Den Broek / Terry Sheedy
2nd
Eric Goodchild / Noel Bugeia
3rd
Marilin Wilson-Nicoll / Griff Bancroft
4th
Nancy Wix / Janine Rodgers
Wednesday 5 June 2024 – NWP Week 11 of 24 10 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Max Holewa / Diane Holewa
1st
Terry Sheedy / Lorna Shuttlewood

2nd
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
2nd
Debra Goodchild / Ming Ting

3rd
Joy Robertson / Robert Carless
3rd
Jan Harris / Sandra Morris

4th
Mary Rose Ramsden / Noel Saunders
4th
Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait

Thursday Evening 6 June 2024 – 4 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Ian Cruickshank / Adrian Westcott
2nd
Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless
3rd
Errol Morris / Richard Wix
4th
Terry Sheedy / Chris Meyers
Friday 7 June 2024 – 9 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
David Ting / Ming Ting
1st
Kitty Ranson / Bob Ranson

2nd
Gwen Liddell / Monica Darley
2nd
Geoff Taylor / Joy Robinson

2nd
Helen Van Den Broek / Don Poole
3rd
Lorna Shuttlewood / Debra Goodchild

4th
Sandy Patterson / Eric Goodchild
4th
Nancy Martin / Kath Poole

Saturday 8 June 2024 – Mackay Club Pairs Championship Week 1 of 3 - 12 Table Mitchell Red Points
N/S

E/W

1st
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
1st
Diane Holewa / Max Holewa

2nd
Lorna Shuttlewood / Terry Sheedy
2nd
Faye Wright / Christine Nice

3rd
Sandy Patterson / Noel Saunders
3rd
Geoffrey Patterson / Helen Van Den Broek

4th
Janet Hansen / Diane Morgan
4th
Debra Goodchild / Ming Ting

5th
Annie Lynch / Sandra Morris
5th
Janelle Conroy / Robert Carless

6th
Joy Robertson / Ken Seaniger
6th
Margaret Lane / Anne Lutz


Contributed by Joy Block

David Ting and Eric Goodchild

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Dolphins Dominate Cutters In NRL Curtain Raiser

June 13, 2024

Mackay Cutters have continued their topsy-turvy form in the 2024 QRL Hostplus Cup rugby league series.

There was no joy for Michael Comerford’s charges last weekend after suffering a 42-6 shellacking at the hands of Redcliffe Dolphins at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.

It is a savage blow for the Cutters who have slumped to tenth spot after starting their premiership campaign with encouraging victories in the early rounds.

The match was played in front of a boisterous crowd as a curtain raiser to the Cowboys v Warriors NRL fixture.
A listless Mackay team had no answer to the rampant Dolphins who racked up seven tries in a dominant second-half performance.

Redcliffe winger Brenton Baira capped an impressive display with a hat-trick of tries.
The Dolphins jumped to an early 10-0 lead when Baira and half back Sean O’Sullivan both posted tries after nine minutes.

Skipper and lock Max Brailey crashed over for Redcliffe’s third try in the 31st minute with five eighth Joshua James adding the extras.

Mackay hit back with a converted try by winger Brent Anderson to trail 16-6 at the interval.

It was all Redcliffe in the second stanza as they chalked up 26 unanswered points through another two tries by Baira and four pointers to prop forward Jarrod Wallace, fullback Latrell Siegwalt and barnstorming centre Valynce Te Whare plus three James goals.

The win was Redcliffe’s seventh in twelve matches this season and lifts the club into fifth spot on the ladder.
Mackay are desperate to turn around their form when they host the Ipswich Jets this Saturday night at BB Print Stadium from 6pm.

Emerging Queensland Under 19s hooker Xavier Kerrisk is a young gun to watch for the Cutters after an illustrious career at schoolboy level with St Patrick’s College Mackay.
Both Kerrisk and Cowboys rookie Jaxon Purdue are two local heroes tipped for bigger things.

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Bush Bash In Blacks Beach

June 14, 2024

Well over thirty runners and supporters braved the extremely cool conditions last weekend for Mackay Road Runners’ Blacks Beach Bush Bash. 

The warming sun was a welcome sight as it rose over Blacks Beach as 5km runners started from the Blacks Beach Tavern towards the beach and the 9.7km runners commenced in the opposite direction only to join up with the 5km runners in the final stages. The varying surfaces of bush trails and sandy shores gave runners a welcome reprieve from the usual concrete and tarmac, especially after the magnificent success of the BMA Mackay Marina Run racing the previous weekend.
 
Mick Vivian and Luke Leven charged to the lead from the start, with Mick taking and holding the lead in the 9.7km until the finish line.  Mick and Luke continue their great form from the BMA Mackay Marina Run before heading into the 5/15/30km Club Championship event next weekend.  Junior running sensation, Lily Leven was the standout first female in the 9.7km ahead of Jose Short, Teresa Hackney and Carmel Mahon. Shane Donnollan, Michael Feenaghty, Cory Gould, Mick Scholer, Craig Robinson, Clinton Mackie, Darrin Pullen, Andrew Wallace, Alan Zamparutti, Stephen Oberg, Jo Hughes, Nicole Ballingall and Judy Zahn thoroughly enjoyed the scenic long course as did the 5km runners Tahnie Malagueno, Carolyn Mapes, junior day runner Lenny, Andrew Short, Natasha Joynson, Katrina Ogilvie, David Isbister, Daniel Stampa, Len Haworth and Stuart Sprott.
 
Runners are now looking forward to this Sunday’s 30km Northview Park Club Championship incorporating 15km and 5km commencing 6am.  All runners are to meet at the Schaper Road, Glenella playground undercover area to register for racing ten minutes prior to 6am sharp for the 30km and 6.15am for the 5km and 15km.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Darrin Pullen marginally ahead of Andrew Wallace at the 4km mark of the 9.7km Blacks Beach Bush Bash

Carmel Mahon cruising into the finish line in the 9.7km Blacks Beach Bush Bash

Stephen Oberg (#45) and Jo Hughes (#28) completed a well-paced 9.7km Blacks Beach Bush Bash

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Young Gun McFarlane A Valuable Asset To Wanderers Roosters

June 14, 2024

A change of scenery has proved a refreshing tonic for rising Wanderers half back Isaac McFarlane in the Mackay Junior League.

The skilful number seven has proved a valuable acquisition for the Roosters this season after carving his niche with the Magpies club.

Since linking with the Wanderers the gifted McFarlane has established himself the premier half back in the Under 15s competition with his organisational skills, turn of speed and kicking prowess a feature.

The all-conquering Roosters remain undefeated after nine rounds and top the standings on 18 points – two ahead of closest rivals Wests Tigers on 16 points.

A rejuvenated McFarlane has engineered many of those triumphs and is proving to be a points-scoring sensation for his new club.

The classy half spearheaded a 56-0 victory over the Proserpine Brahmans last weekend at Leprechaun Park – contributing an impressive haul of 22 points with two tries and seven goals.

It swelled his season tally to 92 points that comprises ten tries and twenty-six goals and has stamped McFarlane as one of the hottest prospects in the Mackay region.

Young Isaac’s immediate goal is to help the Wanderers lift the Under 15s premiership trophy, just two years after guiding the Magpies to an Under 13s Grand Final victory over Brahmans at BB Print Stadium.

Wanderers players of all ages enjoyed their club’s home round last weekend. Photos supplied

MEANWHILE the crack Mackay Brothers outfit continues to dominate the A Grade Men's division.

Last Saturday the undefeated Leprechauns trounced the Whitsunday Brahmans 44-22 at Leprechaun Park to chalk up a seventh successive victory.

Leading the try scoring rush were sharp backs Will Shears, Walter Lauenstein, Harley Proctor, Brad Campbell and Luke Fletcher, Mitchell Cargill with centre Rydge Smith potting six conversions.

In other fixtures Sarina Crocodiles downed Wests Tigers 36-24, Souths Sharks thumped Carltons Devils 68-8 while Moranbah Miners edged out Mackay Magpies 26-22 in a thrilling tussle at Darryl Bourke Oval.

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Close Matches In Cooler Conditions

June 13, 2024

As the days begin to cool, bowls action at the Mackay Bowling Club has heated up with close matches across social, competition, and Pennant play.
Men’s Triples - Tuesday Afternoon
Winners: Col Marks and Neale Holt
Winner of the Losers: Alan Summerville, John Jorgensen, and Greg Thomsen
Scroungers - Thursday Afternoon - Steve Cassidy vs. Neale Holt in a close game was a notable match.
Pennant Competitions
Saturday Matches:
Division 2:
Played at Wests Tigers, lost on three rinks.
Division 4: Played at home, defeated Nth Mackay.
Division 5: Played at Nth Mackay, lost on two rinks.
Sunday Matches:
Division 2:
Played at home, defeated Marian Club two rinks to one.
Division 5: Played South Suburban at home, won on aggregate, both sides winning one rink each.
Division 4: Played at Northern Beaches, lost on aggregate, both sides winning one rink each.
Ladies Section Pennant
Weekday Matches: Defeated City Club both at City and at home. Defeated Sarina Club at home on Friday.
Special Event
Polymac B Fours Carnival: Mackay Bowling Club is hosting the event on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. All positions are filled, promising a weekend of excellent bowls.


Contributed by Mike Irving

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Mackay Surf Club’s National Champion

June 13, 2024

Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club’s U15 Nate McKinnon recently travelled to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast to compete in the Australian Championships.  The event involves elite lifesavers being assessed on their surf sports fitness, patient assessment and CPR skills and a detailed theory paper, against the best of the best in each respective state.
Nate McKinnon took 1st place for the second year in a row, a huge achievement for surf lifesaving in this region.  
“The club is extremely proud of Nate for representing Mackay and demonstrating that our lifesavers are some of the best in Australia.  He has been training for months, under experienced coaches to achieve this result,” said Josh Grant, Director of Surf Sports.
“It was also very fitting that at this event Mackay’s very own Reggie Butler was recognised for his 50 years of service to officiating the champion lifesaver events.
“The club is very proud of both of their achievements and is a testament to what surf lifesaving is about at our club.
“They are both champions of the lifesaving movement,” said Mr Grant.


Nate McKinnon receiving his Gold medal at the National Surf Recuse Championships



It was very fitting for club patron, life member and living legend, Reg Butler, to finish his 50 years’ service of officiating and witness Nate take out 1st place at Aussies

Nate getting ready for the surf rescue tube race at nationals

Nate after taking 1st place in the board race at nationals, just one event in the champion lifesaver competition



Mackay Surf Club is very fortunate to have an experienced team of volunteers that help run the national titles, including Reg Butler (official), Peter Marshall (Chief Gear Steward) and Mick Tibaldi (workforce)

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AT THE TABLE

June 13, 2024

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixture results June 4, 2024:

Division 1:

Brown (Andrea Nicholson, Barry Patterson, Graham Brake) d Orange (Janice Kent, Geoff Denman, Donna Abbott) 7-4. Donna d Andrea -9, 8, -4, 9, 8.

Blue (Steven Whiting, Lee Brake, Will VanDeKaa) d Red (George Camilleri, Anne Sheridan, Graeme Walker) 6-5. Lee d Graeme 5, -6, -9, 8, 11.

Purple (Duncan Treloar, Emma Widdup, Robbie Richards) d Green (Tim Shehan, Lily Boland, Leo Gilbert) 8-3. Robbie d Lily 7, 12, -8, -12, 8.

White (Andrew McHugh, Neil Brown, Mark Sleeman) d Black (Allan Robins, Goncalo Serra, Tony Bowman) 6-5. Tony d Mark -8, 6, -8, 7, 10.

Division 2:

Rose (Niro Premachandra, Mark Stam, Nehmat Dhaliwal) d Tan (Saisha Palod, Jye Callandar, Judy Zahn) 6-3. Niro d Jye -9, 9, 8, 5.

Lime (Simon Hogan, Noreen Fredericksen) d Teal (Craig VanDeKaa, Peter Goodson) 6-3. Simon d Peter 5, 3, 12.

Cyan (David Symons, Trent Day) d Gold (Steve Mathieson, Ollie Hamelink) 5-4. Ollie d David -9, 5, 9, -10, 9.

Grey (Kade Wright, Geoff Cowan, Val Austin) d Aqua (Delma Knight, YiLin Jiang, Tiffany Camilleri) 7-4. Geoff d Delma 7, -7, 20, -4, 7.


Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday morning fixtures June 4, 2024:

Egrets (Donna Abbott, Peter Goodson, Kevin Abbott) d Plovers (Delma Knight, Doug Dungavell, Bryan Marshall) 7-5. Delma d Donna 11, -8, 6, -7, 9.

Hawks (George Camilleri, Pam Joyce, John McGee) d Owls (Branko Vucurovic, Steve Mathieson, Coral Morgan) 9-3. Steve d Pam -11, 6, -6, 9, 5.

Parrots (Janice Kent, Charlie Payne, Rhonda Payne) d Ibis (Tony Bowman, Noreen Fredericksen, Judy Zahn) 7-5. Rhonda d Noreen 6, 6, -7, -8, 9.

Division 2:

Magpies (Ken Best, John Hamelink, Kim Daffy) d Cockatoos (Veronica Shepherd, Gloria Vella) 8-4. Gloria d John 6, 7, -8, -10, 8.

Doves (Louise Gould, Iris Grasso, Fred Saliba) d Pelicans (Judi Hicks, Robyn Bushell, Ian Dodds) 7-5. Louise/Iris d Judi/Robyn 11, 8, -7, -11, 7.

Division 3:

Sharon Muller, Allison Day, Cheryl Aprato) d Prawn (Madge Saunders, Trish Zamparuti) 8-3. Madge d Sharon 6, -8, -3, 9, 7.

Lobster (Cheryl Pearson, Bill Hey) d Crab (Pam Keune, Darryl Ross) 8-4. Pam d Nadine -9, 8, -5, 8, 3.

Contributed by Charlie Payne

Rhonda Payne had a close match against Noreen Fredericksen in Division 1 on Tuesday morning, winning 11-9 in the fifth set. Photo credit: Charlie Payne

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Mackay Basketball's Fundraising Efforts Shine

June 6, 2024

Riding high on an undefeated streak, the McDonalds Mackay Men’s Meteors faced off against the Darwin Salties last weekend in a game that promised to test their mettle.

The game resulted in a clash of titans, with the Salties emerging victorious with a commanding 18-point lead, sealing the fate of the Men’s Meteors with a final score of 113 to 95.

Reflecting on the game, Head Coach Joel Khalu acknowledged the harsh reality check it provided for his team. "It was a bit of a reality check for us tonight, I think," he remarked.

"Darwin obviously came in here with a purpose around taking care of business on the road."

He pointed to the pivotal second quarter as the turning point where the game slipped away from their grasp.

Player Jerron Jamerson echoed Khalu's sentiments, highlighting the Salties' relentless blitz in the second quarter.

"This is the first season that we’ve really been hit as far as not only the pace that we played, but just that physicality," he admitted, emphasising the importance of bouncing back from the defeat.

On the other hand, The McDonald's Mackay Women’s Meteorettes finished strong and secured a resounding victory over the Darwin Salties, resulting in a 10-point margin in a final score of 98 to 85.

Despite the men’s home-ground loss, the weekend held a greater significance beyond basketball. It marked the annual McDonald’s Mackay Meteors Fundraising Game & Charity Singlet Auction, a momentous occasion where community rallied behind a noble cause.

The Meteors wore limited edition jerseys for the fundraising game, symbolising their commitment to supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mackay Base Hospital.

Following the intense matchup, the jerseys, infused with the sweat and spirit of the game, were auctioned off to eager bidders, with every bid contributing to the vital funds needed for the Ronald McDonald house.

Nell Thomsett shared her testimony as a local mother who experienced the support of the Ronald McDonald Family Room during her child’s visit and emphasised the importance of continuously raising funds for the initiative.

“The house was absolutely fantastic, it is the best asset and while it’s currently closed for renovations, they do have the cart going around which is just incredible.

“To be able to sit at the table and eat together as a family and have somewhere for the kids to play together and have fun, it’s just a really great service.

“Most of the meals and poppers or tea and coffee are provided via donation so the money that’s raised at events like the Mackay Basketball on the weekends is what keeps it going.

“Mackay Basketball are great supporters and they run amazing events, so everybody should come along to the next fundraiser at Mackay Basketball, it’s such a great cause,” Nell remarked.

Overall Highlights:

Women’s
MKY 98 def DRW 85
Sam Haiby | 28 pts, 9 rebs & 5 ast
Nikita Van Wyk | 20 pts & 5 rebs
Cheyenne Bobongie | 15 pts & 3 rebs
Taylor Mole | 12 pts & 12 rebs
Chelsea Brook | 11 pts & 11 rebs


Men’s
DRW 113 def MKY 95
Jerron Jamerson | 29 pts & 5 rebs
Isaac White | 25 pts & 4 rebs
Todd Blanchfield | 13 pts & 9 rebs
Aiden Krause | 13 pts & 3 stls

The McDonald's Mackay Women’s Meteorettes took home the win against the Darwin Salties, however the McDonald's Mackay Men’s Meteors were deemed defeated. Despite the loss, crucial funds were raised on the night to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Photo Credit: Mackay Basketball (Facebook)

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Mackay Contract Bridge

June 6, 2024

Another competitive week at the Mackay Contract Bridge Club last week. Along with normal play, twelve teams competed in the Whitsunday Zone Teams; winners to go the Queensland Festival of Bridge to compete against other teams from all over the state. The team that will be representing the Whitsunday Zone is Diane Holewa, Max Holewa, Noel Bugeia & Terry Sheedy. Twenty-four pairs competed in the Nation Wide Novice Pairs with Mary Rose Ramsden & Noel Saunders and Sandy Patterson & Geoff Cowan the winners. The winner of the Remembrance pairs after three weeks was Noel Bugeia. Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated.

Weekly Results
Monday 27 May 2024 – 6 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janelle Conroy / Terry Sheedy
1st
David Ting / Eric Goodchild

2nd
Monica Darley / Nancy Martin
2nd
Helen Van Den Broek / Jan Harris

3rd
Margaret Lane / Barbara Tait
3rd
Griffin Bancroft / Sandy Ford

Tuesday 28 May 2024 – Nation Wide Novice Pairs 6 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Mary Rose Ramsden / Noel Saunders
1st
Sandy Patterson / Geoff Cowan

2nd
Ian Gaskell / Carol Gaskell
2nd
Susan Ross / Vicki Howard

Tuesday Evening 28 May 2024 5 Table One Winner
1st
Faye Wright / Marilin Robins
2nd
Helen Va Den Broek / Terry Sheedy
3rd
Mick King / Richard Wix
4th
Shirley Casey / Faith Hutchinson
Wednesday 29 May 2024 – 7 Table One Winner Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Max Holewa / Diane Holewa
1st
Terry Sheedy / Lorna Shuttlewood

2nd
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
2nd
Monica Darley / Kath Poole

3rd
Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait
3rd
Mick King / Joy Block

Thursday Evening 30 May 2024 – 5 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Terry Sheedy / Noel Bugeia
1st
Ian Cruickshank / Marilin Robins

2nd
Frances Brown / Adrian Westcott
2nd
Mick King / Patricia Garner

3rd
Lynne O’Neill / Susan Gibson
3rd
Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless

Friday 31 May 2024 – Week 3 of 3 Remembrance Pairs – 11 Table Mitchell Red Points
N/S

E/W

1st
David Ting / Christine Nice
1st
Noel Bugeia / Janelle Conroy

2nd
Ming Ting / Eric Goodchild
2nd
Simon Barnes / Geoffrey Patterson

3rd
Lorna Shuttlewood / Susan Wright
3rd
Terry Sheedy / Barbara Tait

Remembrance Pairs Winners 2024 after three weeks with three different partners
1st
Noel Bugeia
2nd
Janelle Conroy
3rd
Terrence Sheedy
4th
Ming Ting
5th
Nancy Martin
5th
David Ting
7th
Debra Goodchild
8th
Julie O’Neill
Saturday 1 June 2024 & Sunday 2 June 2024 – Whitsunday Zone Teams - 12 Team Red Points
Open
Team
1st
Holewa – Diane Holewa / Max Holewa / Noel Bugeia / Terry Sheedy
2nd
Brown – Frances Brown / Alan Brown / Janet Hansen / Diane Morgan

Supplied By Joy Sleep

Diane and Max, Noel and Terry
Geoff Cowan , Ian and Sandy Patterson

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NRL Debuts For Cutters’ Rookies Jaxon Purdue And Jamal Shibasaki

June 6, 2024

MACKAY Cutters young guns Jaxon Purdue and Jamal Shibasaski have made every post a winner in the Hostplus Cup.

The 18-year-old former Queensland Schoolboys representatives realised a dream last Sunday when they marked their NRL debuts with the North Queensland Cowboys.
With the Cutters enjoying a bye, the versatile Purdue and power running forward Shibasaki were blooded in the Cowboys’ top-grade squad and made an impact in the club’s miraculous 18-16 victory over Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

Minus the likes of Tom Dearden, Reuben Cotter, Jeremiah Nanai, Val Holmes, Murray Taulagi and Reece Robson on Origin duty, the Cowboys produced an epic second half revival to sink the Roosters and kick-start their campaign.

Purdue, a classy utility half, was rushed in to play centre after the late withdrawal of Tom Chester and grabbed his opportunity with a slick performance.

The towering Shibasaki came off the interchange bench and matched it with the much-vaunted Roosters’ forward pack.

Since graduating from St Patrick’s College Mackay’s famous sporting nursery last year, Purdue has dreamed of pulling on a Cowboys jumper in the NRL premiership.
The classy utility half is one of a batch of former St Patrick’s students contracted to the Cowboys and on the radar of coaches Todd Payten and James Maloney.

Purdue was blooded in the North Queensland top squad during a Pre-Season Challenge fixture against the Brisbane Broncos back in February where he displayed his raw pace, tricky step and silky ball skills.

That match was staged in Jaxon’s “backyard” at BB Print Stadium with the emerging rookie giving Cowboys supporters a taste of things to come. But all eyes have been on Purdue and Shibasaki in recent weeks after their strong performances for the Mackay Cutters in the Hostplus Cup competition.

Purdue has made seven appearances for the rejuvenated Cutters this season including four successive games as the run-on number seven with the strapping Shibasaki impressing officials with his barnstorming runs and rugged defence.

Michael Comerford’s new look Cutters have enjoyed mixed results to date with five wins and five losses.

With the talented playmaker and boom forward stepping up in class, Mackay officials are hopeful the first-grade team can force its way into the Hostplus Cup finals series come September.

The clever Purdue has notched five tries and two try assists and averages just under 100 running metres a game since being rushed into the Cutters’ top-grade squad.
Keen judges believe Jaxon was destined to play in the NRL since spearheading St Patrick’s College to Cowboys Challenge and Aaron Payne Cup schoolboy premiership trophies these past three seasons.

The pathway for the rising colt is crystal clear – serving a half back ‘apprenticeship’ with his beloved Cutters before pushing his claims for a Cowboys jumper on a regular basis.

After a weekend bye, the Cutters square off with Redcliffe Dolphins this Saturday at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium at 2.35pm.

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High Flying Brothers Tame Tigers At Leprechaun Park

June 6, 2024

All conquering Mackay Brothers are setting a cracking pace in the 2024 NQBE Mackay Junior League A Grade competition.

The runaway leaders demonstrated their power and class last Saturday by trouncing Wests Tigers 30-0 at Leprechaun Park to preserve their unbeaten status.

It was the Brothers’ sixth successive victory of the season and keeps them four points clear of rivals Mackay Magpies on 12 competition points.

Tom Heggie’s well drilled charges proved too strong for the Tigers with Australian Universities utility back Kane Simon posting a try double and fullback Walter Lauenstein, centre Jayden Batchelor and half back Brad Campbell nabbing four pointers and centre Rydge Smith booting five goals.

In other fixtures the Moranbah Miners slammed Carltons Devils 64-0 in a twelve try rout at the Mackay Junior League Fields.

Talented fullback Nat Hinchliffe capped a slick performance with a try double.

Moranbah wingers Dylan Womal and Hayden Bell, interchange Clint Broomham, utility ace Ethan Roberts, lock forward Remus Phineasa, second rower Cooper Hannay and centre Mark Rosendale also crossed for tries in a dominant display.
Souths Sharks ran in eight tries to outclass Whitsunday Brahmans 40-10 at Les Stagg Oval while Mackay Magpies and Sarina Crocodiles fought out an 18-all draw at Sologinkin Oval.

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Mackay Regional Council Fuels STEM Success

June 6, 2024

Mackay Regional Council was proud to support the Whitsunday STEM Challenge over the weekend at the Mackay and District Kart Club, through their Economic Development and Tourism program.

The winning team of the Pedal Prix Human Powered Vehicle 16-hour Endurance Event completed an amazing 573 laps.

Mackay Regional Council Congratulated the teams from Mackay Northern Beaches State High School who won the senior and junior boys categories and said it was great to have Cr Alison Jones and youth councillor Nate Ralph at the Pedal Prix to present awards.

Overall, there were 9023 laps completed, which is 7002kms travelled. In total, 20 teams competed, with visiting teams coming from Emerald, Bundaberg, Charters Towers and Townsville.

Mackay Regional Council, along with BMA, have supported this event since 2017.

Whitsunday Stem Challenge expressed their heartfelt gratitude in a Facebook comment that said, “Thank you for your support with this amazing event.

“Watching our local and visiting teams in action with the Pedal Prix vehicles is inspirational.

“Without this support, events like this are not possible.”

Through an Economic Development and Tourist program, Mackay Regional Council supported the Whitsunday STEM challenge at the Mackay and District Kart Club last weekend. Photo Credit: Mackay Regional Council

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Making Memorable Miles At The Annual Grove Handicap Race & Mackay Marina Run

June 6, 2024

Approximately seventy runners and supporters met at The Grove Tavern, Bedford Road, Andergrove for the racing of the annual Grove 10km Handicap Trophy on the 26th of May. Despite the onset of formal winter season only days away, the conditions were humid and sunny as runners traversed the multitude of streets in the Andergrove suburb, including the challenging Apsley Way circuit in a bid to take out the coveted 10km Grove Handicap Trophy.  

To be eligible for the trophy, all members must start off on their official handicap and whoever crosses the line first, male or female, in the 10km event is The Grove 10km Handicap Trophy champion. The trophy has been ‘running’ since 1994 with a multitude of talented athletes boasting their past glory days to all those that will listen.

The Grove 2024 Handicap champion, Craig Robinson survived a hiccup in the winners’ circle to ultimately take out the top gong. His win was even more special when he realised, he had won the top prize quoting “never won anything like this before!”  Congratulations to Craig and all the runners who made the event a great success with a lot of very memorable performances on show.

Closing in fast behind Craig were talented runners, Brad Fraser, Ashley Miles, Shane Donnollan, Cory Gould, Craigh McGahey, Carolyn Mapes, Werner VanDerLinde, Clint Mackie, Alan Zamparutti, Ollie Gorrion, John Rae, Todd Turner, Mel Esau, Theresa Hackney and previous two-time winner of The Grove Trophy, David Isbister.   Classy performances were also on show in the 5km with champion swimmer, among his many talents, Daniel Stampa breaking the tape first on handicap ahead of Julie Whibley, Rhiann Massey, Emily Dalglish, Len Haworth, Susan Petersen, Andrew Short, Natasha Joynson, Stuart Sprott and Alleny Gorrion.

Congratulations to everyone including the race major beneficiary, Mackay Leukaemia Foundation for once again being involved in the very successful BMA Mackay Marina Run 2024 last weekend.

Thank you to those who helped setup on the day and for distributing race bags for the largest regional running festival, which is the prestigious Mackay Road Runners Signature Event and Club Championship 21.1km - the very successful BMA Mackay Marina Run.

A special congratulations to the amazing Mackay Marina Run committee, it's many long-standing supportive sponsors, race ambassadors and all the very many volunteers, runners, walkers, etc, you are all hero's!


Contributed By Janelle Tilse

Paul Tilse was a past winner of the 10km The Grove Handicap Trophy presents the 2024 champion, Craig Robinson with the coveted trophy.
Warming up prior to The Grove 10km Handicap Trophy and 5km event are Emily Dalglish, Carolyn Mapes, Todd Turner, Mel Esau, Glynis Forse and Jo Skinner.
Volunteers Mick Scholer, Andrew Short, Brendan Bishop and Hughie Bishop are always happy to lend a hand.
Highest handicapped backmarkers Paul Mackenzie, Hamish Donnollan and Jared Mackie and (Luke Leven absent) await their handicap start callup.
Susan Petersen ran handy 5km despite an injury.
Multi-talented athlete, champion swimmer, Daniel Stampa easily cruises the 5km run at The Grove Handicap 10km Trophy event.

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Young BMX Champion Wins President Award

June 6, 2024

Congratulations to Ashton Wallin, a young BMX champion who took home the President Award last week at Mackay and District BMX Club Inc.

Ashton won the President Award for consistently giving it his all against older riders and never giving up on the race after displaying constant determination to make it across the finish line.

Well done Ashton!

Local BMX rider, Ashton Wallin won the President Award for giving it his all and displaying unwaivering resilience and dedication on the track. Photo Credit: Mackay and District BMX Club Inc (Facebook)

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Pioneer Tennis Juniors Shine at Emerald Open

June 6, 2024

Recently, Pioneer Tennis Juniors travelled out to the Emerald Open. Great country tournament part of the "Aussie Gold Natural Spring Water" Capra Series. 

8 of Pioneer's Next Gen Squad made up part of the 84-player tournament where they showcased some fantastic results. 

In the 10 & Unders, Uday Singh and Isabelle Daniel took out both the singles before teaming up with other club’s players and taking out the Doubles too. 

They both now will be receive 50% off Solar Bat Sunglasses and will receive FREE entry into the QLD Head State Age.

They will also find out where they will move to in terms of the Racquet World's Prince and Princess Races.

In the 14&16 Boys Singles, Raice Gibbons lost in the finals of the Boys Singles, with fellow stable mate, Noah Piperidis taking out 3rd position. 

In the 12& Under, Tommy Louw seeded 1, lived up to his billing as the one to beat in taking out the 12& Under Singles. In the Prince Race, he will be flying high as he is moving through onto Gladstone and then Mackay with the top position in his sights.

Lexi Tapp finished 9th in the Open Ladies winning $100 for her efforts and moving her up in the Capra's Queen's Race to No. 6. 

Lilly Shepherd also in the Open Ladies Singles seeded 4th and won $350 for her efforts which will see her move to number 2 in the Capra's Queen Race. 

Lucas Chansoonsen represented Pioneer well in the Open Men's draw and winning and losing in super tie breaks all weekend.

Lucas finished 11th from the field of Open men and sees him now No. 8 on the Capra's Kings Race. 

Next stop…Gladstone, open this weekend, June 7-9.

By Pioneer Tennis Inc

Uday Singh and Isabelle Daniel took out both the singles and received 50% off Solar Bat Sunglasses as well as a FREE entry into the QLD Head State Age. Photo Credit: Pioneer Tennis Inc (Facebook)

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Cutters Rugby League Women Celebrate Unique Championship Double

May 30, 2024

Mackay Cutters have secured a historic rugby league championship double after capturing the 2024 BMD Womens Premiership.

In a unique feat the Cutters women showed their champion qualities to sink Norths Devils 16-6 in an absorbing Grand Final at Redcliffe’s Kayo Stadium to bring home the club’s second piece of silverware in the space of five weeks.

There were jubilant scenes last month when the Cutters lifted the inaugural Harvey Norman Under 19s Womens trophy with an 18-16 Grand Final triumph over Brisbane Tigers at Totally Workwear Stadium.

It was a double celebration for Mackay’s rising half back Mersades Lawson, hooker Paityne Johns and centre Miah Powell who can now boast Under 19s and BMD Premiership medals in the one season.

Gun forward Lily Peacock produced an outstanding best-on-ground performance for the Cutters – inspiring team mates with her bustling runs, clever passing and rugged defence.

Mackay notched three tries in the space of six minutes through North Queensland prop Sareka Mooka, number nine Alisha Foord and centre Jasmine Peters to jump to a handy 14-0 lead.

Norths hit back when fullback Montaya Hudson crossed for a vital four pointer that was converted by five eighth Georgia Hannaway before the interval.

Talented Cutters’ five eighth Kayla Shepherd scored the lone two points of the second half when she booted a late penalty goal.

Marco Peters’ champion Mackay squad can reflect on a memorable campaign that yielded nine victories and a draw from their eleven matches plus the minor and premiership titles.

Their only blemish was a 22-10 loss to the Burleigh Bears in a round seven preliminary fixture at UAA Park on the Gold Coast.

In winning both the Harvey Norman Under 19s and BMD Womens Premiership trophies the Cutters’ players and officials have etched their names in the Queensland Rugby League record books.

Mackay’s championship-winning BMD Womens Premiership squad for 2024 featured fullback Krystal Blackwell, wingers Libby Surha and Ebony Raftstrand-Smith, centres Shellie Long and Jasmine Peters, five eighth Kayla Shepherd and half back
Tahlulah Tillett, lock forward Lillian Yarrow, second rowers Shaniah Power and Bree Chester, prop forwards Lily Peacock and Essay Banu, hooker Alisha Foord with interchange props Lyrech Mara and Sareka Mooka, utility half Emily Bella and lock forward Pani Rupapere and Under 19s winning trio of half back Mersades Lawson, hooker Paityne Johns and centre Miah Powell.

Supplied by Chris Karas

The Mackay Cutters have achieved a significant milestone in rugby league history by clinching a double championship victory in the 2024 BMD Women's Premiership. Image Credit: Mackay Cutters (Facebook)

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Rejuvenated Cutters Slam PNG In Hostplus Cup

May 30, 2024

MACKAY Cutters returned to the winners list in Hostplus Cup action last weekend with a rousing 40-26 triumph over the PNG Hunters at BB Print Stadium.

The Cutters produced a spirited second half revival to sink their opponents and chalk up a fifth win from ten games played.

PNG led 20-10 at the break but failed to contain a rampaging Mackay line up that stormed to victory in the second stanza with a five try rout.

Hunters prop Junior Rop burst over to score the opening try of the match after three minutes that was converted by half back Jamie Mavoko before Cutters centre Josh Smith responded with the first of his two tries in the 11th minute.

The powerful Rop bagged a double soon after as the Hunters edged ahead but Mackay’s gun utility half Jaxon Purdue levelled proceedings when he evaded defenders to cross for a neat four pointer.

PNG centre Alex Max stamped his mark before the half time interval – scooting over for two tries in the space of four minutes to give the visitors a handy ten-point lead.

It was all the Cutters after lemons with prop Brandon Russell, five eighth Riley Dean, emerging forward Jamal Shibasaki, fullback Raydan Burns and the capable Smith crashing over for tries to blitz the Hunters.

Dean added six conversions to complete a morale-boosting win in front of a raucous local crowd.
The victory snapped a four-match losing streak for the rejuvenated Cutters who have a bye this weekend.

Supplied By Chris Karas

The QCCS Mackay Cutters took on the PNG Hunters in last Sundays afternoon clash. Image credit: Mackay Cutters (Facebook)

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Pace Setting Brothers Sink Magpies In Top Of The Table A Grade Clash

May 30, 2024

Mackay Brothers earned bragging rights in the 2024 NQBE Mackay Junior League A Grade competition after toppling the Magpies 24-10 in their top of the table clash last Sunday at Sologinkin Oval.

The unbeaten Leprechauns turned in another polished performance to register their fifth consecutive win of the season and open up a four-point gap from their rivals.

Brothers scored four tries to two with crack centres Rydge Smith and Jayden Batchelor, second rower Declan Laird and hooker Daniel Kelly posting four pointers and Smith booting four conversions.

Souths Sharks remain entrenched in the top four after tossing Moranbah Miners 32-12 at Shark Park.

Back rower Frank Tuivaiti, centre Ali Okusitino, fullback Marmin Barba and half back Henri Stocks notched tries for Souths with Stocks potting six goals.

Moranbah half back Nat Hinchliffe and centre Mark Rosendale grabbed tries for the visitors.

Wests Tigers thumped Carltons Devils 70-10 at Tiger Park with five eighth Nicholas Baker contributing twenty points from a try and eight goals.

Other try scorers for Wests included skipper and second rower Darcy Cox (2), winger Brydon Smith (2), fullback Connor McDermott, hooker Tait Poli, centres Zack Walker and Tyler Holmes, Will Goodland, lock Kellen Jenner, back rower Bradley Simpson and winger Joran Schoenmaker.

Sarina Crocodiles had too many big guns for the Whitsunday Brahmans, carving out a 40-14 triumph at Les Stagg Oval.

In Under 15 Boys action, the Wanderers Roosters and Wests Tigers remain undefeated after seven rounds.
Wanderers downed arch rivals Mackay Magpies 28-8 with talented centres Cliff Hussey (2) and Amos Grigg and prop Xavier Wayman (2) notching tries and half back Isaac McFarlane booting four goals.

The Tigers rolled Brothers Blue 16-6 with promising hooker Marik Srsen, fullback Jed Spreadborough and  centre Zac Hansen crossing for tries and centre Chevy Bartolo landing two goals in an absorbing tussle.

The Brothers' relentless performance last Sunday resulted in a commanding victory over the Magpies.
Photo Credit: Jessica Wilson Photography

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Mackay Contract Bridge

May 30, 2024

Friday saw the second week of the three-week 2024 Remembrance Pairs competition. This competition is to remember past players and members who are no longer with us and who contributed to building the club into what it is now. It is also to remember present members who have and continue to contribute, as well as to welcome and mentor our newest members to the club.

Weekly Results
Monday 20 May 2024 – 6 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janelle Conroy / Terry Sheedy
1st
David Ting / Eric Goodchild

2nd
Antonia Tarradas / Victor Mason
2nd
Geoff Cowan / Sandy Patterson

3rd
Margaret Lane / Barbara Tait
3rd
Ian Cruickshank / Mary Cruickshank

Tuesday Evening 21 May 2024 – 4 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Eric Goodchild / Noel Bugeia
2nd
Mick King / Richard Wix
3rd
Alan Brown / Israel Hall
4th
Janine Rodgers / Nancy Wix
Wednesday 22 May 2024 – 7 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Diane Holewa / Max Holewa
2nd
Janelle Conroy / Noel Bugeia
3rd
Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait
4th
David Ting / Ming Ting
5th
Joy Robinson / Robert Carless
6th
Annette Howe / Noel Saunders
Thursday Evening 23 May 2024 – 4 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Janine Rodgers / Janelle Conroy
2nd
Susan Ross / Jan Harris
3rd
Vicki Howard / Richard Wix
4th
Frances Brown / Ann Whitmore
Friday 24 May 2024 – Week 2 of 3 Remembrance Pairs – 12 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
1st
Ming Ting / Debra Goodchild

2nd
Diane Stokes / Joy Robinson
2nd
Janine Rodgers / Geoff Cowan

3rd
Helen Van Den Broek / Don Josie Crowley
3rd
Julie O’Neill / Sue Mayer-Miller

3rd
Janelle Conroy / Terry Sheedy
4th
Sandy Patterson / Geoffrey Patterson

5th
Nancy Martin / Gwen Liddell
5th
Susan Wright / Clre Wallace

6th
Kath Poole / Monica Darley
6th
Noel Bugeia / Pamela Finger

Saturday 25 May 2024 – 9 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Max Holewa / Diane Holewa
1st
Julie O’Neill / Griffin Bancroft

2nd
Ming Ting / David Ting
2nd
Frances Brown / Alan Brown

3rd
Monica Darley / Toni Large
3rd
Janine Rodgers / Terry Sheedy

4th
Lorna Shuttlewood / Susan Wright
4th
Patricia Garner / Geoffrey Patterson

Sunday 26 May – Novice & Mentors 7 Tables Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Joy Block / David Ting
1st
Eric Goodchild / Sandy Patterson

2nd
Janice Mansfield / Griffin Bancroft
2nd
Frances Brown / Israel Hall

3rd
Carmel Brown / Mary Rose Ramsden
3rd
Faith Hutchinson / Anne Lutz

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Two Aussie Olympic Icons Will Attend BMA Mackay Marina Run

May 30, 2024

Two of Australia’s most celebrated Olympic legends will be heading to the BMA Mackay Marina Run on Sunday 2 June 24.

Olympian and London Marathon Age World Record holder, Krishna Stanton will pace out the 21.1km half marathon in Mackay at a time of 1 hr and 45 minutes while Athletics Australia Hall of Fame Inductee, Benita Willis, will also attend as an ambassador.

Krishna represented Australia at numerous World Cross Country Championships, World indoor Championships (3000m), the Commonwealth Games (10,000m) in Victoria, Canada, and the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona (3000m).

Krishna was the winner of the Sydney City to Surf in 1992, a Silver medallist in the marathon at the Manchester Commonwealth Games and 2002 and is still running to this day, having broken the World Record for the Women's Marathon in the 55-59 age group at the London Marathon in 2022.

Born in Mackay (and now residing at the Gold Coast), Benita Willis is regarded as Australia’s greatest female distance runner.  Benita has had an illustrious sporting career and is a three-time national champion in the women’s 5,000 metres. In 2004 Willis achieved one of the most significant victories in Australian athletics when she won the World Cross Country Championships.

Benita is the only Australian ever to win this race — arguably the hardest race in the world. Benita has represented Australia in four Olympics, held numerous championship records (some that still stand today) and was inducted into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame in 2018.

Event Director, Tim said having two influential Australian runners involved in the event was a huge win for regional Queensland.

Said Tim, “These two ladies are two of the best in terms of Australian running and for our race entrants to have the opportunity to run with Olympic legends of this calibre is pretty special.”

Advised Tim, “The sport of running is really unique, it’s all about community, challenging and supporting each other and I can’t think of a more amazing way to push yourself than taking on the pace set by an Olympic champion.”

Interest in the BMA Mackay Marina Run continues to grow each year with this year’s event even attracting a small cohort of international runners.

Tim advised, “Entries in this year’s half marathon are about to hit 600 which is a record for us.  We also will be welcoming 4 international runners to Mackay which is a coup for us and for profiling our region globally.”

Now in its 16th year, the BMA Mackay Marina run will raise much needed funds for local Leukaemia Foundation services and programs.

Since its inception, the event has raised more than $600,000 to support local families in their fight against blood cancer.

Registrations for this year’s 21.1km half marathon, 10km and 5km fun runs and 3km kids dash will close Saturday 1 June at 4pm.

To register, visit mackaymarinarun.com

What: BMA Mackay Marina Run
When: Sunday 2 June, 2024
Where: Mackay Marina QLD 4740
Info: www.mackaymarinarun.com

Two esteemed Olympic legends from Australia will grace the BMA Mackay Marina Run on Sunday, June 2nd.

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Four Dams – One Day By Dan Stampa

May 30, 2024

With the more popular State & National Masters Championship events now in the recent past the club turned its attention to a more challenging and adventurous activity according to some members. A short time ago our secretary insisted we should be enjoying our back yard more and swimming some local waters.
Thus, the “Four Dams in One Day” concept was launched in Summer but actioned on Saturday 25th May with a few short days of our northern autumn remaining. A quick ring around and NQ Truck and Car rentals had a small 12-seater bus for us to hire at a great rate and the road trip was on. Except of course we were oversubscribed with willing guinea pigs for this “Cool” adventure and ended up with a sort of tag along tour as well. As we proceeded deeper into the Pioneer valley all eyes were on the ascent to Eungella which was again shrouded in clouds, mist and drizzle. Eungella delivered its aboriginal meaning “Land of the Cloud” in a true and cruel twist of the weather. None the less we pressed on to the first stop at the top of the range to enjoy the range in what turned into a short comfort stop before we all hastily returned to the warm confines of the vehicles.
With the enthusiasm quickly diminishing we were buoyed by the first rays of sunshine as we crossed the divide into the rain shadow past this escarpment and approached the first swim (of four) in Eungella Dam. Fourteen intrepid swimmers took the first plunge into what turned out to be 21 degrees of “Wake up Wally” water as we set off on a 15 minute out and back swim. The consensus was that the swim was well worth the effort but the team wanted a treat!
Next stop was near water but not in it at the fabulous “Eden Café” on the Digging’s Road. Warm drinks and some treats were enjoyed before we set off for Teemburra Dam and swim #2, in mostly bright sunshine as the weather turned favourable. With more interest and a little practice on rigging for swimming mode we made good time in entering, swimming and getting ready for another move. But as swimmers and Sinkers know not without sustenance as we managed a short break and enjoyed a picnic lunch before someone upset the Pidgeon’s with a “Lets Go” call!
Kinchant Dam was the site for our third swim which proved pleasant enough with swimmers now like a well-oiled machine taking to the water without fear as they followed the bank and dam wall marker buoys in another pleasant swim.
In no time at all we had reboarded and hit the road for the Pioneer River at Balnagowan for our final swim in one of our favourite spots. All bar one re-entered the water and set off for a swim to suit ability before returning to the pontoon for some glam photo opportunities.
We managed some 300km for the day with 14 swimmers that completed a distance and time suitable to ability, our most senior member was 80 and some young guns in the 30 plus area. Some swimmers managed 6km across the 4 swims and others 2- 4km in a unique and interesting format of 4 swims of 30 minutes during a great day out in Pioneer valley.
The event was available to members only but we are happy for guest swimmers to join us for training sessions (up to a calendar month) to get a sense of club activities and vibe.
Our next membership option is the 6-month period from July 1st to December 31st 2024 so now is the perfect time to come and try a session and get back into swimming for fun and fitness, reaching goals or maybe a return to the blocks for that competitive spirit. Regardless of your focus the club will help you reach that small or aspirational goal in a supportive environment.
Sinkers Sessions
Mondays: 515pm for 530-630pm (Millie Monday - coached)
Wednesdays: 515pm- for 530-630pm (Whiteboard Wednesday, led from the pool)
Saturday: 08-0900am (Social Saturday, led from the pool followed by coffee and a treat!)
(for further information visit www.facebook.com/NthMackaySinkers or phone 0413 805 156)

Swim 1, Swimmers returning to shore at Eungella Dam.
Swim 2. Swimmers after the Teemburra Dam swim, all agreed this was the best of the 4 swims. Images Supplied.

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AT THE TABLE

May 30, 2024

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixtures May 21, 2024:

Division 1:

Green (Tim Shehan, Lily Boland, Leo Gilbert) d Blue (Will VanDeKaa, Steven Whiting, Lee Brake) 7-4. Lily d Lee -15, 11, 8, -6, 8.

Purple (Emma Widdup, Tony Bowman, Robbie Richards) d Red (George Camilleri, Anne Sheridan, Graeme Walker) 9-2. Robbie d Graeme -4, 15, -5, 9, 9.

White (Andrew McHugh, Neil Brown, Mark Sleeman) d Orange (Donna Abbott, Janice Kent, Geoff Denman) 7-4. Neil d Janice -9, -5, 12, 7, 8.

Black (Goncalo Serra, Ishan Rana, Allan Robins) d Brown Andre Nicholson, Barry Patterson, Vince Boeske) 8-3. Allan d Andrea 8, 4, -9, -9, 16.

Division 2:

Gold (Steve Mathieson, Adrian Marsh, Ollie Hamelink) d Lime (Anaya Reelh, Simon Hogan, Noreen Fredericksen) 7-4. Simon d Steve -7, 6, -5, 9, 9.

Cyan (Matt West, Trent Day, Val Austin) d Teal (Craig VanDeKaa, Peter Goodson, Aarnav Reelh) 7-4. Trent d Aarnav -8, -3, 8, 9, 5.

Aqua (Delma Knight, YiLin Jiang, Tiffany Camilleri) d Rose (Nehmat Dhaliwal, Niro Premachandra, Mark Stam) 7-4. Delma d Niro 13, -6, 5, -6, 8.

Tan (Saisha Palod, Jye Callander, Judy Zahn) d Grey (Doug Dungavell, Misha Palod, Kade Wright) 6-5. Kade d Judy -5, 8, 6, -8, 15.


Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday morning fixtures May 21, 2024:

Division 1:

Hawks (George Camilleri, Pam Joyce, John McGee) d Egrets (Donna Abbott, Peter Goodson, Kevin Abbott) 8-4. Peter d John 9, -8, -11, 8, 10.

Ibis (Tony Bowman, Noreen Fredericksen, Judy Zahn) d Owls (Branko Vucurovic, Steve Mathieson, Coral Morgan) 7-5. Judy d Coral -7, 2, -9, 3, 8.

Parrots (Janice Kent, Charlie Payne, Marie Taylor) d Plovers (Delma Knight, Doug Dungavell, Ross deBoer) 8-4. Marie d Ross -8, 7, -8, 7, 8.

Division 2:

Magpies (Ken Best, John Hamelink, Kim Daffy) d Pelicans (Judi Hicks, Robyn Bushell, Ian Dodds) 10-2. Ken d Judi -11, 11, -7, 8, 8.

Doves (Gerry Synnott, Iris Grasso, Fred Saliba) d Cockatoos (Veronica Shepherd, Gloria Vella) 8-4. Veronica d Gerry -11, 8, -7, 9, 6.

Division 3:

Lobster (Cheryl Pearson, Bill Hey, Nadine) d Squid (Sharon Muller, Allison Day, Cheryl Aprato) 7-5. Cheryl d Sharon -7, -3, 5, 8, 13.

Prawn (Madge Saunders, Darryl Ross, Glenda Dutton) d Crab (Pam Keune, Myles Dutton) 8-4. Madge/Darryl d Pam/Myles 11, -6, 8, -6, 9.

Supplied by Charlie Payne

Peter Goodson smashes in Tuesday morning table tennis fixtures. Image Supplied

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Dive Into The Rainbow The Colour Frenzy Run Experience

May 23, 2024

As participants flocked to John Breen Park last weekend, the atmosphere was ablaze with excitement and anticipation. Families, friends, and even furry companions eagerly awaited the start of the Colour Frenzy Run, ready to immerse themselves in a kaleidoscope of hues and a day filled with vibrant experiences.
The exciting event, known for its burst of colours and festive atmosphere, promised a 2.5km or 5km journey filled with laughter, joy, and plenty of hues. With each step, participants knew they were not just embarking on a fun run or walk, but also supporting a noble cause – raising funds for Animal Rescue across Australia.
The Colour Frenzy team, fuelled by their passion for furry friends, set an ambitious goal for 2024: to raise $5000 for a local rescue and a combined $250,000 nationwide. It was a mission close to their hearts, and they knew that every stride taken, and every burst of colour unleashed would bring them closer to their target.
The fun run sent waves of colour enthusiasts dashing through a whirlwind of obstacles, foam, and of course, colour, colour, colour. At each Colour Station, participants were splashed with extra doses of pops of powder, transforming them into living works of art. The highly anticipated Bubbles Station brought squeals of delight as bubbles danced through the air, adding an extra layer of whimsy to the event.
As participants crossed the finish line, they were greeted with cheers, applause, and beautiful Colour Frenzy Finisher Medals – a symbol of their accomplishment and their contribution to a greater good. Even the doggos, adorned in their own vibrant hues, joined in the celebration, wagging their tails in delight.

Photo credit: Colour Frenzy

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Magic Moments For Magpies’ Father-Son Cricketing Duo

May 24, 2024

Brendan Whitby has padded up in first grade and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in Queensland cricket.
The Mackay Magpies stalwart spent eight seasons with Toombul District Cricket Club in the Brisbane Premier League competition where he earned his top-grade spurs as a capable all-rounder.
Whitby’s cricket journey has taken the experienced campaigner and his three sons Jacob, Thomas and Nicholas to the Mackay District Cricket Association and the scene of many career highlights.
After a twelve-year hiatus, Brendan joined the Magpies Cricket Club where he has savoured some magic moments over the past two summers.
One of his proudest moments earlier this year was playing alongside eldest son Jacob, 13, for the Magpies in the Mackay District third grade Grand Final at Harrup Park.
Walkerston Red pipped the Magpies to lift the Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Cup but the thrill of joining forces with promising all-rounder Jacob in a title decider was worth the effort alone.
A proud Brendan skippered the young Magpies X1 and top scored with 40 after son Jacob compiled a valuable 21 runs off 74 balls to help their side register 7-143 off 35 overs.
Brendan faced 44 balls and smashed three sixes and two boundaries but to no avail as Walkerston (7-144) responded by eclipsing their target in the 34th over.
Whitby senior showed his wares with the ball – grabbing the remarkable figures of 4-17 off seven tidy overs and Jacob returning 0-9 off eighteen deliveries.
It capped an eventful summer for the talented father-son duo who also tasted success in the junior ranks.
Top prospect Jacob captained the Magpies Under 14s to a premiership triumph in the Mackay Under 15B competition – under the guidance of super coach Brendan.
“I have to thank Jacob and his junior teammates for persuading me to come out of retirement – they rekindled my interest after a long period out of the game,” revealed Whitby senior.
Cricket has been a way of life for Brendan, who made his senior debut for the North Tamworth Cricket Club in third grade many summers ago.

“After my stint with Toombul I honestly thought I would never play again but the kids were keen to take up the sport and encouraged me all the way,” he explained.
“When we moved to Mackay, I joined the Magpies and looked after the Master Blasters team that included Jacob before guiding my other sons Thomas and Nicholas the following season,” quipped Brendan, who has coached the Magpies since Under 11s.
Young gun Jacob starred for the Cyclones last summer and gained valuable experience when selected to play for the Northern Kings in the Brisbane Premier League Under 14s Twenty-20 tournament.
There was no prouder person than his father when rising colt Jacob made his senior debut for the club in third grade at the tender age of thirteen.
“Jacob made a good fist of his promotion and we managed to bowl a few overs together and open the batting which makes me proud,” exclaimed Brendan.
      “To play sport with your kids is an exhilarating feeling that brings plenty of enjoyment and overall it has been a wonderful journey so far.
“Even better is being a part of the Magpies cricket family,” beamed the evergreen warrior.

Outstanding father-son duo Brendan and Jacob Whitby steered the Mackay Magpies Cricket Club to premiership success in 2023-24

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HIGH PERFORMANCE SWIM CAMPS CHOOSE MACKAY

May 23, 2024

The Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex is playing host to some of Australia’s top Olympic swimming hopefuls, with huge economic benefits for our region.
Swimming Australia’s High Performance training camps have seen three elite squads travel to the Mackay region in their final hit out before the Australian Swimming Trials in Brisbane next month.
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said it was fantastic to welcome the High Performance Camps to the Mackay ARC.
“These squads see our region and our facility as ideal for their preparations and it is our aim to encourage more and more camps to the ARC in the lead up to Brisbane 2032,” Mayor Williamson said.
“The swim camps we have hosted so far in 2024 have had an economic output of $304,000 to our region,” he said.
“This is a more than 400 per cent jump on 2023.
“It is our hope to have international teams from all different sports acclimatising to Queensland right here in Mackay as the Brisbane Olympics get closer.”
The camps currently utilising the Mackay ARC are from the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI), University of the Sunshine Coast USC Spartans Swimming and St Andrew’s Swim Club on the Sunshine Coast.
USC Spartans and Swimming Australia Hub Coach Michael Palfery said the Mackay ARC offered a first-class facility in a warm environment.
“A lot of southern teams are heading north during May, and the climate in Mackay is perfect, with a consistent temperature, sunshine and a calm, relaxed environment,” Palfery said.
“It’s important to be warm when doing high-intensity, race-suited work in training. We come here and we train, eat and sleep. So, environment is everything,” he said.
Butterfly specialist Matthew Temple, from SASI, said the team was fortunate to be using such a great facility.
“It’s great to come up with USC and train alongside some familiar faces who are competitors but also mates,” Temple said.
“The next three weeks of training will have me well-placed to do well at trials. I really enjoy coming to the smaller towns to train. I’m excited to be here,” he said.

USC Spartans and South Australian Sports Institute High Performance Squads are
training at the Mackay ARC in the lead-up to the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials
in Brisbane in June

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AT THE TABLE

May 23, 2024

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixture results May 14, 2024:

Division 1:

Green (Tim Shehan, Lily Boland, Robbie Richards) d Red (George Camilleri, Anne Sheridan, Graeme Walker) 6-5. Lily d Anne 8, -2, -4, 8, 11.

Orange (Donna Abbott, Janice Kent, Geoff Denman) d Purple (Emma Widdup, Duncan Treloar) 6-5. Duncan d Donna -5, 9, 7, 9.

White (Andrew McHugh, Neil Brown, Geoff Cowan) d Brown (Andrea Nicholson, Barry Patterson, Vince Boeske) 7-4. Neil d Vince 4, -5, 8, -6, 10.

Black (Mick Ruhl, Daniel Warfield, Allan Robins) d Blue (Will VanDeKaa, Steven Whiting, Lee Brake) 6-5. Mick/Daniel d Steven/Will -5, -5, 10, 6, 5.

Division 2:

Gold (Steve Mathieson, Rohit Bansod, Ollie Hamelink) d Teal (Craig VanDeKaa, Peter Goodson, Aarnav Reelh) 8-3. Rohit d Peter -9, 10, 7, -7, 9.

Rose (Nehmat Dhaliwal, Niro Premachandra, Mark Stam) d Cyan (Matt West, Trent Day, Leonie Patroni) 6-5. Trent d Niro 6, -7, -8, 5, 7.

Aqua (Delma Knight, YiLin Jiang, Tiffany Camilleri) d Tan (Saisha Palod, Val Austin, Judy Zahn) 8-3. Saisha d Tiffany -7, -9, 9, 5, 5.

Grey (Doug Dungavell, John McGee, Kade Wright) d Lime (Anaya Reelh, Simon Hogan, Noreen Fredericksen) 8-3. Noreen d John 6, 5, -8, 5, 9.

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday morning fixtures May 14, 2024:

Hawks (George Camilleri, Pam Joyce, John McGee) drew Plovers (Delma Knight, Doug Dungavell, Bryan Marshall) 6-all. Doug d Pam 10, -10, 6, -6, 13.

Egrets (Donna Abbott, Peter Goodson, Kevin Abbott) d Ibis (Andrea Nicholson, Noreen Fredericksen, Judy Zahn) 7-5. Donna d Judy 5, -11, -6, 6, 6.

Owls (Branko Vucurovic, Steve Mathieson, Coral Morgan) d Parrots (Janice Kent, Charlie Payne, Marie Taylor) 7-5. Branko d Janice -9, 4, 7, -5, 5.

Division 2:

Hawks (Ken Best, John Hamelink, Kim Daffy) d Cockatoos (Kim Challender, Veronica Shepherd) 10-2. Kim d Veronica 10, -7, 11, 11.

Pelicans (Judi Hicks, Robyn Bushell, Ian Dodds) d Doves (Kim Daffy, Iris Grasso, Fred Saliba) 7-4. Iris d Ian 4, -12, -8, 8, 8.

Division 3:

Prawn (Madge Saunders, Glenda Brookes, Glenda Dutton) drew Squid (Sharon Muller, Cheryl Aprato) 6-all. Sharon d Glenda 4, 5, -12, 2.

Lobster (Cheryl Pearson, Nadine) d Bill Hey, Myles Dutton) 10-2. Cheryl/Nadine d Bill/Myles -9, 8, 8, 3.

Anne Sheridan (pictured) had a tough battle against young up-and-comer Lily Boland, with Boland winning 11-9 in the fifth set. Photo: Charlie Payne

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Speed, Strength, and Spirit Mackay Athletes Set To Compete In Fiji

May 23, 2024

In a sprint towards international glory, six athletes from the Mackay region are set to leap into action at the 2024 Oceania Athletics Championships in Suva, Fiji. These local stars are ready to vault over challenges and race against the region's best.
The 2024 Oceania Athletics Championships will take place from Tuesday, June 4th to Saturday, June 8th, at the National Stadium, HFC Bank Stadium. Suva, a seasoned host of regional athletic events including the 1990 and 2017 Area Championships and the 2016 Regional Championships, is poised to welcome athletes once again. Fiji was also slated to host the 2020 Regional Championships before the pandemic forced a cancellation.

We caught up with five of the athletes at the ARC as they put the finishing touches on their training preparation.

Mikayla Webb, 17
Mikayla Webb is poised to make her mark in the Under 18’s 100 and 200 metres events. With a personal best of 11.98 seconds for the 100 metres and 24.84 seconds for the 200 metres, Mikayla has been dedicated to running for seven years. "I love competing against other people," she shared, expressing her excitement and determination to bring home a medal from the international event.
Toby Rule, 16
Toby Rule will be showcasing his endurance in the 1500 metres, 3000 metres, and steeplechase. Having been involved in running for 7-8 years, Toby is ambitiously aiming for a sub-4 minute 1500 metres and a sub-8:30 minute 3000 metres. His ultimate dream is to compete in the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane. “I’d like to thank the people that got me here, my mum, dad, and my coaches throughout the years,” Toby expressed, highlighting his gratitude and determination to push himself to the limits.
Ngakau Ufton, 19
Competing in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 300 metres, and long jump, sprinter Ngakau Ufton has been running for three years. He aims to break the 11-second barrier in the 100 metres. "The best thing is that it’s just me on the track and I don’t have to worry about other people interfering," Ngakau said. His journey started in high school, inspired by Usain Bolt videos, and now he is ready to showcase his abilities on an international stage.
Kasey Mccahon, 20
Pole vaulter Kasey Mccahon is driven by the thrill and adrenaline rush of jumping high. Originally from Atherton Tablelands, Kasey switched from high jump to pole vaulting after an injury and has loved it ever since. With a personal best of 3.30 metres, she is excited about her first international competition. "It’ll be great," Kasey said, eager to see how high she can soar in Fiji.
Kayce Hoani-Vincent, 17
Inspired by her older brother, Kayce Hoani-Vincent has been pole vaulting for three years. She loves the thrill and the sensation of being in the air. With a personal best of 3.10 metres, Kayce is aiming to reach new heights in Fiji. Her dedication and passion for the sport are evident as she prepares to compete on the international stage.
The Championships will feature competitions in the Senior and Under 18 categories, with the Senior events being crucial for qualification for the Paris Olympic Games and future World Athletics Series Events. The Under 18 Championships will provide a premier competitive platform for younger athletes.
Following the successful debut of the Teams Challenge in 2022, the event will expand to include Under 16 and Under 20 age groups. This format will offer athletes from the highly popular Fiji Schools Championships an opportunity to compete internationally.
Oceania Athletics President Robin Sapong expressed enthusiasm, saying, "It's an amazing opportunity to return to Fiji for the Oceania Championships in 2024.
“With the growth of the Championships and the chances for athletes to secure their qualifying positions for Paris, Fiji will no doubt be a great host.
“The Teams Challenge will be exciting for Fiji school teams to test themselves against the best teams in the region."

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Meteors Blaze Past Wizards

May 23, 2024

Last Saturday night, the McDonald’s Mackay Stadium was alive with excitement as the Mackay Meteors shot down the Northside Wizards in a thrilling 109-83 victory. With this slam-dunk performance, the Meteors extended their winning streak, setting the stage for a high-stakes Round 7 double-header on the road against the North Gold Coast Seahawks and Gold Coast.
Todd Blanchfield led the charge for the Meteors, scoring 25 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Isaac White contributed significantly with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Luca Yates added 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Meteors coach Joel Khalu said he was happy that the team were able to close out the game with a strong fourth quarter.
“Really please with that side of things, our defensive application through our scout was amazing, and it was probably our most polished performance of the season,” Khalu said.
He added that Aiden Krause was exceptional on defence and Todd Blanchfield brought high energy to the game with six three-pointers from beyond the arc.
“I think it was the third quarter where Toddy hit three threes and some of them were super tough shots but that’s just what he does and the team work hard to get those shots to him.”
In contrast, the Mackay Meteorettes faced a tough match against the Northside Wizards, suffering a 68-114 defeat. Despite the loss, Taylor Mole put up a standout performance with 25 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals. Nikita Van Wyk added 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Sam Haiby chipped in with 8 points and 3 assists.
The Meteors' highlight package showcased their high-energy play and effective teamwork, a trend they aim to maintain in their upcoming matches. Meanwhile, the Meteorettes will look to regroup and bounce back from the challenging game against a formidable opponent.

Action shots from the Meteors’ 109-83 victory over the Northside Wizards. Photo credit: Keiron Place Art & Photography

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Cutters Chasing Unique Premiership Double

May 23, 2024

Mackay Cutters’ enterprising women's rugby league team are on the cusp of BMD premiership glory.

In a huge fillip for the region, Marco Peters’ in-form charges have zoomed into this Saturday’s title decider to determine the champion Queensland club for 2024.

All roads lead to Redcliffe’s Kayo Stadium where the Cutters square off with the courageous Norths Devils in what is shaping as a crackerjack contest.

Mackay will be chasing a unique women's championship double after the club captured the inaugural Harvey Norman Under 19s trophy last month with an 18-16 triumph over Brisbane Tigers.

The Cutters advanced to the BMD Grand Final by slamming Western Clydesdales 22-4 at BB Print Stadium after the Devils outclassed Burleigh Bears 36-12 at Brisbane’s Bishop Park.

A powerful second half showing by Mackay sent the Clydesdales crashing out of the title race and set up another showdown with the stout-hearted Devils.

The Cutters edged out Norths 26-22 when the teams last clashed a fortnight ago in Brisbane.

But coach Peters expects another torrid tussle with the Devils who led 18-0 against the Bears before staving off a second half challenge in last weekend’s semi-final.

The Clydesdales opened the scoring with a try to winger Georgia Sim after 13 minutes before second rower Bree Chester crashed over for a four-pointer that was converted by five eighth Kayla Shepherd to give the Cutters a 6-4 lead at the interval.

There was no stopping Mackay after the break with talented hooker Alisha Foord, fullback Krystal Blackwell and prop forward Essay Banu all grabbing tries to set up an emphatic win.

In the elusive Blackwell, wingers Libby Surha and Ebony Raftstrand-Smith, dynamic centre pairing Jasmine Peters and Shellie Long and halves Shepherd, Tahlulah Tillett and Pani Rupapere the Cutters have a back division with plenty of strike.

They are complemented by a tough and skilful forward pack led by Chester, Foord, Lily Peacock, Lyrech Mara, Shaniah Power, Lillian Yarrow and interchange bench featuring boom Queensland Under 19s playmaker Emily Bella, Sareka Mooka, Maddison Hegarty and the strong running Banu.

Star hooker Emma Manzelmann – on Origin duty with the  Queensland womens team – gives the Cutters tremendous depth along with the likes of second rower Elle Stitt, winger Montanah Best and premiership-winning Under 19s trio of half back Mersades Lawson, hooker Paityne Johns and centre Miah Powell.

Photo credit: Mackay Cutters

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2024 ZACH MACH Adventure Race

May 23, 2024

From exhilarating MTB trails to pulse-pounding kayak rides, picturesque trail runs and demanding road cycles, ZACH MACH proved to be the ultimate thrill for adrenaline enthusiasts. It was said to be an incredible weekend of adventure racing in the Mackay Pioneer Valley. The ZACH MACH Adventure Challenge offered just the right blend of mud, water, sun, and excitement for all participants.

RESULTS

ZACH MACH SOLO (18+)
   1. Mitch Nissen
   2. Hilary Bell
   3. Rod Le Coz

MINI MACH SOLO
   1. Archer Flanagan
   2. Nehemiah Oosthuizen
   3. Camden Brownsey

Stage 1 MTB Only
   1. Ethan Jansen
   2. Noel Garciano
   3. Keenan Jansen

Stage 2 Kayak Only
   1. Zara Richardson
   2. Colin Carmichael
   3. Jodi Elliott

Stage 3 Trail Run Only
   1. Hayden Neilsen
   2. Brad Fraser
   3. Trinity Donovan

Stage 4 Road Cycle Only
   1. Amanda Whitburn
   2. Aaron Daniel
   3. Caleb Caldwell

ZACH MACH Pair
   1. Sam Sam, Angus Palmer
   2. Linda Linda, Megan Wetherall
   3. Adam, Ella Chappell

MINI MACH Pair
   1. Oaklan, Kyle Marwood
   2. William, Tim Ffrost
   3. Hendrik, Lauren Bester

ZACH MACH Team
   1. Andrew, Archer Flanagan
   2. Luke, Jose Griffith
   3. Ross, Tess, Brendan, Michael Armstrong

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Mackay's Century Cricket Line-up Revealed

May 23, 2024

Off the back of the major announcement with Mackay Regional Council at Harrup Park, Century Cricket Competitions Mackay can now announce the eight franchises competing in the tournament this August.

The previously confirmed Great Barrier Reef Rays (QLD) will be joined by the City
Pirates (QLD), Coastal Marlins (QLD), Moreton Magic (QLD), Eastern

Comets (SA), Adelaide Rockets (SA), Spartans (SA) and Western Chargers (VIC).
Franchises have been working hard behind the scenes to get their pre-auction selections finalised. The first players have been recruited, with more to come, but the bar has already been set high with players who have represented their country, played in the Big Bash, held state contracts or even played county cricket in England.

City Pirates have confirmed that Sam Heazlett will be playing for them in Mackay this August. Heazlett was the special guest Kayo caller last year and managed to make 100 runs in the Century format. He brings a wealth of state and Big Bash experience, which is a great start for the Pirates.

“I’m very excited to be heading to Mackay for the Century Cricket Competition. I’ve had the pleasure of playing in Mackay many times now. The facilities are great and the locals love their cricket. This comp will be a great way to begin the season and challenge myself against high quality cricketers,” said Heazlett.

Former Bulls and current Big Bash hard hitting all-rounder James Bazley joins the Coastal Marlins for this season’s campaign. Known for bowling a heavy ball and hitting the ball nice and hard, Bazley will be looking to put on a show for the local Mackay crowd.

“I‘m looking forward to linking up with the Marlins in this year‘s Mackay Century Cricket Competition. Mackay is a great venue for cricket and it's at a perfect time of year to be playing good cricket leading into the summer,” said Bazley.

Current Peter Burge Medallist and all-round gun from Toombul District Cricket Club Preston White is locked and loaded for his fourth season with the Moreton Magic. White is a true franchise player and a solid start for the Magic.

Eastern Comets have locked in current joint winner of the Darren Lehmann Medal and Tea Tree Gully District Cricket Club gun Joe Gatting. Having had a stellar season in Adelaide, which culminated in winning SACA’s T20 player of the year, Gatting, a former county cricketer, is heading up to Mackay to show his skills with the Comets.

Hard hitting top order batsman Jake Winter is locked in for the newly announced Adelaide Rockets. Having played in Century Cricket Competitions in Brisbane and Adelaide over the past four years, Winter has dominated with his insane power hitting. A regular handful in the SACA grade competition with Glenelg District Cricket Club, Winter went on to debut for South Australia in the one-day format last year.

The Spartans have locked in Queensland Country star Andrew Phelps, a hard-hitting batter from Cairns and a member of the Queensland Brahmans this year. He is one of the many talented country cricketers that will look to play in Mackay this year and mix with players outside of his district. 

Former South Australian Red Back left arm spinner Joe Medew-Ewen is locked in for the Western Chargers. Medew-Ewen has some serious skills in the short form, brings experience from playing First Class Cricket and is currently one of the best spinners in Victoria with the Northcote District Cricket Club.

As previously announced, the Great Barrier Reef Rays welcome back former Australian and international T20 franchise star Ben Laughlin after a stellar tournament for the Rays who made it all the way to the final in their first year.

More pre-auction players will be announced in the coming weeks with teams locking in some very good players. With the calibre of these eight players, the competition is going to have some serious talent and be one mighty weekend of cricket in August.

Senior players from anywhere in the country, and around the world, can still nominate for the Mackay competition via the Century Cricket Competitions website. Nominations close 5pm on Wednesday 5 June.

Century Cricket Group is a privately owned cricket company co-founded by successful healthcare businessman Stuart Giles, Australian cricket great Ian Healy AO and world-renowned commentator Mark Nicholas, alongside cricket entrepreneurs and founders of the Australian Cricket Institute Nick Fitzpatrick and Joel Hamilton. The Group is creating a full ecosystem of cricket opportunities across competitions,  coaching clinics and training centres.

Sam Heazlett hits a six for the Heat against the Renegades. Image source: Getty Images

James Bazley joins the Coastal Marlins for this season’s campaign. Image source: Adelaide Strikers

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Funding For Future

May 23, 2024

The Woolworths Pick Fresh Play Fresh Netball Grants are back again for 2024, with local netball clubs and associations across Australia, who have a Woolworths NetSetGO centre, encouraged to apply to win a share of $100K to benefit young Aussie netballers.

As part of this, the popular $20K People’s Choice Award returns for the second year, spotlighting the club or association that receives the most votes, encouraging their local members and supporters to get involved.

The Grants have been designed to help local clubs and associations encourage young Aussie netballers to eat healthier and be more active. The funds will allow for improvements to facilities and equipment, subsidising registration fees, and purchasing healthy foods for their canteen.

Secretary of Mackay Netball, Jenny Moohin mentioned that they were very lucky to receive funding. This allowed them to offer a free NetSetGo program for kids aged five to ten.

“Mackay Netball was successful in receiving $8,000 from Woolworths,” jenny said.

“The program was able to be performed free of charge so that the children can come along, learn about netball and then they all got a shirt and we provided fresh fruit after each session so that they can be encouraged to eat healthy after training.

“It was fabulous to receive that money, a lot of children don’t get to participate in organised sport due to the cost, so this just broke that barrier down and we’re very lucky.”

Mackay Netball Association recently received $8,000 in funding to encourage young Aussie netballers to eat healthier and be more active. Photo credit: Hannah McNamara

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NMBC CELEBRATES 76th BIRTHDAY

May 23, 2024

North Mackay Ladies celebrated our Lady President, Lidia McCarthy, at our 76th Club's Birthday. President Lidia was presented with a gift from the ladies by Vice President Hilary Jones-Rowan. 90 guests gathered in fine style with bowls, Raffles, Lunch and a Cent Sale, including Alan Cooney representing the Board of Management, General Manager, Steve Lancaster and special guest Ray McCarthy. Each Club in the District was represented and the District President, Margo Stanley, brought three of her committee members along.

Contributed By Helen Fleming 

The Set of Bowls donated by Bowlers Paradise was won by J McGarth of Airlie Beach

The cake donated by S Sommerfeld was cut by Lidia and Margo. Photos supplied

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Mackay Contract Bridge Club

May 23, 2024

A golden week at the Contract Bridge tables, with the first week of the Remembrance Pairs being played on Friday, while on Saturday ten teams vied for GNOT Gold Points. Team Conroy won Gold, with all participates receiving varying sprinkles of gold points.

Congratulations to Diane and Max Holewa who were each presented with the Australian Bridge Federation, “Gold Life Master” Certificate by President Noel. This is a “Golden” achievement of 750 Masterpoints gained from many games of bridge over many years.

Weekly Results
Monday 13 May 2024 – 6 Table Mitchell One Winner Green Points
1st
Janine Rodgers / Richard Wix
2nd
Sandra Ford / Griffin Bancroft
3rd
Janelle Conroy / Terry Sheedy
4th
Monica Darley / Nancy Martin
5th
Edward Kliese / Diane Stokes
6th
Pamela Finger / Ming Ting
Tuesday Evening 14 May 2024 – 6 Table Mitchell Green Points
1st
Janelle Conroy / Geoff Taylor
2nd
Alan Brown / Israel Hall
3rd
Terry Sheedy / Helen Van Den Broek
4th
Sandra Morris / Diane Morgan
5th
Eric Goodchild / Noel Bugeia
6th
Chris Meyers / Diane Stokes
Wednesday 15 May 2024 – 9 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janet Hansen / Alan Brown
1st
Terrence Sheedy / Lorna Shuttlewood

2nd
Max Holewa / Diane Holewa
2nd
Debra Goodchild / Ming Ting

3rd
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
3rd
Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait

4th
Joy Brunette / Don Poole
4th
Susan Wright / Bob Willis

Thursday 16 May 2024 – 5 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janine Rodgers / Janelle Conroy
1st
Mick King / Patricia Garner

2nd
Ann Whitmore / Frances Brown
2nd
Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless

Friday 17 May 2024 – Week 1 of 3 Remembrance Pairs – 12 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Terrence Sheedy / Noel Bugeia
1st
Lorna Shuttlewood / Debra Goodchild

2nd
Julie O’Neill / Ann Whitmore
2nd
Victor Mason / Josie Crowley

3rd
Nancy Martin / Kath Poole
3rd
Geoff Taylor / Joy Robinson

4th
Helen Van Den Broek / Don Poole
4th
Janelle Conroy / Pamela Finger

5th
Max Holewa / Diane Holewa
5th
David Ting / Ming Ting

6th
Edward Kliese / Nancy Wix
6th
Susan Wright / Geoffrey Patterson

Saturday 18 May 2024 – 10 Team GNOT Gold Points

Team
Team Members
1st
Conroy
Janelle Conroy / Terry Sheedy/ Noel Bugeia / Josie Crowley

2nd
Darley
Monica Darley / Ken Seaniger / Nancy Martin / Margaret Lane / Robert Carless

3rd
Goodchild
Eric Goodchild / Debra Goodchild / David Ting / Ming Ting

4th
5th
Morris
Griffo
Sandra Morris / Annie Lynch / Errol Morris / Lynne O’Neill
Griffin Bancroft / Julie O’Neill / Mick King / Patricia Garner


Diane and Max Holewa who were each presented with the Australian Bridge Federation, “Gold Life Master” Certificate by President Noel Bugeia

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Road Runners Tackle Undulating Mt Pleasant Streets

May 23, 2024

Nearly forty runners and supporters had taken to the undulating streets of Mt Pleasant from the Gordon White Library carpark to tackle the annual Jo’s 70 Scenic Steps event, which encompassed the breathtaking vistas and peaks of Pollock and High Streets, North Mackay.

The event's namesake, Jo, had been severely distraught at the prospect of the run being removed from the calendar so the Club’s Calendar committee was prompted to include the event in the club’s program, aiming to accommodate its members as much as possible.

The course was very challenging but undeniably satisfying to complete. However, everyone loved the Pollock and High Streets, willingly choosing to train on the same hills every week, as many other runners and athletes in the region do on a regular basis. Runners have described it as “a top spot!”

There were several other competitors who enjoyed the out and back two loop 5km course, forging their path on the comparatively easier inclines but challenging nonetheless.

New runner, Corey Gould had a magnificent race, taking out the 10km in spectacular form ahead of Shane Donnollan, John Roe, Tim Dalton and first female, Glynis Forse.  Five-kilometre winners based on a handicapped start were Jo Hughes, Andrew Wallace, Alan Zamparutti, David Isbister, Geeta Ariani, Andrew Short, Teresa Hackney and Len Haworth.

Looking ahead, this Sunday’s The Grove Handicap 10km Trophy will commence from The Grove Tavern carpark on Andergrove Road, nestled under the shade of mango trees. All runners, whether members or not, are be required to check in with the timekeeper by 6:50 am at the very latest, with racing set to commence promptly at the advertised time of 7 am.

Contributed Janelle Tilse

Glynis Forse hits the tape first for the girls in the 10km handicapped start for the annual Jo’s 70 Scenic Steps event.
Caption: 6447 – (left to right) Shane Donnollan, Craig Stevenson and Judy Zahn warm up for the running of Jo’s Scenic Steps 10km handicap start event. Photo credit: Janelle TIlse

 

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Masters Swimming Australia National Championships – Darwin, NT

May 23, 2024

A small team of four Sinkers travelled to the Masters Swimming Australia National Championships, which was hot on the heels of the Masters Queensland State Championships.
Masters Swimming NT hosted the 47th annual Masters National Championships in Darwin from May 3 – 7, 2024.
Held in the heart of Australia’s Northern Territory, this fantastic event attracted some of the finest Master’s swimmers from around the country and overseas.
Pool events were held at the world-class Parap Pool, just five minutes from the CBD.
The open water swimming was held in the lagoon at Darwin’s beautiful Waterfront Precinct, located in the CBD and was the focus of a large contingent of swimmers over the 1.6 and 3.2 km events for the final day of swimming.
The Sinkers performed well with a brace of 11 medals for the team as well as some individual performances that challenged and improved personal best times.
Results
Nigel Dalton secured gold in the 200m backstroke, silver in the 800m free, 100 and 50m backstroke and bronze in the 400m freestyle rounding out a great pool performance. Nigel also secured bronze in the 3.2km open water swim on the final day.
Sue Dalton secured a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100m breaststroke.
Geoff Robinson secured a bronze with a strong swim in the 400m freestyle in the pool and a silver in the 1.6km open water swim.
Dan Stampa secured a bronze in the 400m individual medley and enjoyed a strong open water swim in the 3.2km event placing 5TH in his age group.
The club looks forward to the 2025 National Championship scheduled for April 8 - 12 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre with planning already underway. To swim at this, or the Queensland Championships, swimmers are required to be a part of a master swimming club.
While only a small team, the Sinkers Managed to place 35th out of 88 teams in an enjoyable and well-run national event.
And, as with other events, the Sinkers managed to enjoy the local visitor highlights including the “Cage of Death” at the Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin highlights tours of the RFDS and Bombing of Darwin centre, Tunnel tour and the popular Mindil Beach Markets sunset and food stalls. A tour to Litchfield National Park and an exciting river tour with the top ends famous “Jumping Crocs” was enough to discourage any local non-pool swims.

Join The Sinkers At Whitehaven
The North Mackay Sinkers in conjunction with Masters Swimming Queensland are hosting an open water swim at Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. The event is scheduled for Sunday 6th October this year and is just over four months away with planning well advanced. It is a limited entry swim (150) and will open to registered masters swimmers followed by a second release for our many keen guest swimmers. The initial registration is anticipated to be mid to late June following the finalisation of permits and authorities to conduct the swim. Distances on offer will be 1 and 2km and include transport to and from the island, lunch, a great swim and some free time to explore this iconic beach.

More details to follow in June.

Contributed by Dan Stampa

Robyn Richards of the Sunshine Coast (Former Sinker) starting the 200m freestyle heat
Some of the Qld team, spot a Sinker!
Nigel Dalton starting the 50m backstroke
Dan Stampa at the finish of the 400m free
Geoff Robinson after the 200m freestyle heat

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Cutters Win BMD Women’s Minor Premiership

May 16, 2024

Mackay Cutters women’s rugby league team have taken a giant step towards claiming the 2024 BMD Women's Premiership.

The well-drilled Cutters are the competition’s newly crowned minor premiers after toppling second-placed Norths Devils 26-22 in a cracking contest last Sunday at Brisbane’s Bishop Park.

Marco Peters’ Mackay warriors went into the match with the minor title in the bag, but tuned up for the finals series with an impressive victory over the depleted Devils in an absorbing tussle.

The Cutters are expected to play host to the fourth-placed Western Clydesdales in finals action this weekend while the Devils will square off with third-ranked Burleigh Bears.

Mackay jumped to an early 10-0 lead following tries by hooker Alisha Foord and star centre Jasmine Peters plus a Kayla Shepherd conversion before the Devils hit back with tries to five-eighth Georgia Hannaway and centre Rebecca Davidson and an Emily Vievers goal to lock the scores 10-all at the interval.

The Cutters drew first blood after the break when interchange prop and North Queensland product Sareka Mooka crashed over to nab a converted try and give the minor premiers a six-point advantage.

When prop Lyrech Mara and number nine Foord crossed for further tries in the space of nine minutes, the Mackay girls had established a handy 26-14 lead.
Norths rallied in the second half with flying winger Denyce Perham scooting over for a try double before Davidson claimed a second with two minutes left on the clock.
Mackay staved off the late challenge and got into the finals series brimming with confidence.

A delighted Peters quipped post-match, “That was really important to get a win and a bit of momentum for the finals.”

“We want to hold the momentum as long as we can” he declared.

MEANWHILE there was no joy for the Cutters in Hostplus Cup action after suffering a 28-12 loss to the Burleigh Bears at Whitsundays Sports Park at Airlie Beach.
The table-topping Bears proved they are a genuine force by securing their seventh win from nine fixtures with a powerhouse second-half performance.

Burleigh led 8-6 at the break after a gripping first stanza.

They stunned Mackay with early tries to wingers Mitch Watson and Josiah Karapani after seven minutes before Cutters winger Josh Smith crossed on the brink of halftime with five-eighth Riley Dean adding the extras.

Karapani nabbed a second try straight after lemons that was converted by half-back Guy Hamilton for a 14-6 lead – only for Cutters’ livewire fullback Raydan Burns to bridge the gap with a fine try soon after.

Burleigh centre Kea Pere posted four-pointers in the 54th and 75th minutes and forward Nick O’Meley in the dying moments to seal a resounding victory.

The sixth-ranked Cutters face another tough test this Saturday when they host fourth-placed Northern Pride at BB Print Stadium at 6pm.

The Mackay Cutters lost to the Burleigh Bears 28-12 in the Hostplus Cup. Photo source: Mackay Cutters

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Promising Parter Shines For Leprechauns

May 16, 2024

Mackay Brothers have preserved their unbeaten status in the 2024 Northern Region Mackay & District Rugby League A Grade competition.

The high-flying Leprechauns recorded their fourth successive victory in as many rounds after edging out the tenacious Souths Sharks 18-10 last Saturday at Shark Park.

Dashing fullback Tyrese Parter, clever halfback Brad Campbell and wily hooker Daniel Kelly posted tries for Brothers with centre Rydge Smith potting three conversions in a hard-fought contest.

Sharks prop Tyler O’Brien and talented number seven Henri Stocks kept their side in the mix with determined tries.

Parter, a gifted custodian who is a development player in Michael Comerford’s extended Mackay Cutters first-grade squad, sparked the Leprechauns with his sharp running and tricky step.

Brothers remain the only undefeated side on eight points in front of Mackay Magpies and Moranbah Miners, both on six points ahead of Souths, Sarina Crocodiles and Wests Tigers on four points.

MACKAY Magpies trounced Whitsunday Brahmans 50-12 last Saturday at Sologinkin Oval with fullback Andrew Borg and crack centre Maika Tudravu the standouts.

Borg compiled a personal tally of 14 points with two tries and three goals while the power running Tudravu crossed for three of the Magpies’ eleven tries with his pace and strength.

Smart hooker Kyle Barnwell (2), winger Sebastyan Jack, five-eighth Corey Shepherd and centre Joshua Kilpatrick also nabbed four-pointers in the Magpies rout.
Moranbah Miners skittled Wests Tigers 36-12 last Sunday at Darryl Bourke Oval to move into a share of second spot on the competition table.

The Miners’ gun centre pairing of Mark Rosendale and Steven Stafford engineered the victory with strong games, both collecting crucial tries along with prop Raiden Fonoti and winger Dylan Womal.

Sarina Crocodiles thumped the Carltons Devils 66-10 last Sunday in a try fest at Ray Edwards Oval.

The Crocodiles overpowered the Devils – running in thirteen tries with Quintel Wailu (3) and fullback Zane McKellar (2) scoring five between themselves in a dazzling display.

Twenty-four-year-old Wailu is a talented hooker in the Cutters Development system with the guile and passing skills to play Hostplus Cup.

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May Day Fours Carnival Mackay City Ladies Bowling Club

May 16, 2024

Another fantastic weekend of bowls was had at Mackay City Bowls Club on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May. The ladies’ club once again made both days highly enjoyable starting with Cath’s scones and finishing with an array of sweet tastes. All teams ‘laboured’ on the green in great camaraderie with the following teams being successful.

First place winners on day 1: Pauline Turchet, Jean Campbell, Janette Dark, Cath Davis
First place winners on day 2: Monique Pershouse, Bruce Eaton, Anna Knight, Pauline Turchet. Images supplied

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Mackay Contract Bridge

May 16, 2024

Things are now back to normal at the club, after the Barrier Reef Congress last weekend.
We would like to thank all our sponsors who supported us to put on the Barrier Reef Congress - Mackay Regional Council, Dalrymple Bay, TBIB, Paul Lavings, North Marine, SH Tait & Co, Officeworks, Mackay and Whitsunday Life newspaper and Mackay Tourism.
Friend of the club, Maria Setiyawan headed back to Brisbane after lots of bridge, laughter and catching up with old friends at the bridge table on her trip.
Despite adversaries at the table, many great friendships can be made playing bridge. The club is friendly and encouraging of players new to the game and the Mackay area.

Weekly Results
Tuesday Evening 7 May 2024 – 6 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Faith Hutchinson / Shirley Casey
1st
Terrence Sheedy / Maria Setiyawan

2nd
Mick King / Richard Wix
2nd
Diane Morgan / Sandra Morris

3rd
Annette Howe / Vicki Howard
3rd
Errol Morris / Lyn O’Neill

Wednesday 8 May 2024 – 8 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janelle Conroy / Noel Bugeia
1st
David Ting / Ming Ting

2nd
Peter Karol / Joanne Crockford
2nd
Diane Stokes / Geoff Cowan

3rd
Joy Brunette / Don Poole
3rd
Terrence Sheedy / Griffin Bancroft

4th
Frances Brown / Maria Setiyawan
4th
Shelley Lewis / Karen Cadwell

Thursday 9 May 2024 – 4 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless
2nd
Mick King / Patricia Garner
3rd
Marilyn Wilson-Nicol / Griffin Bancroft
4th
Ann Whitmore / Richard Wix
Friday 10 May 2024 – Week 9 of 24 Nation Wide Pairs – 9 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Joy Brunette / Don Poole
1st
Richard Wix / Janine Rodgers

2nd
Terrence Sheedy / Noel Bugeia
2nd
Christine Nice / Maria Setiyawan

3rd
Griffin Bancroft / Mick King
3rd
Julie O’Neill / Ann Whitmore

4th
Edward Kliese / Nancy Wix
4th
Janelle Conroy / Pamela Finger

Saturday 11 May 2024 – 10 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Ming Ting / David Ting
1st
Janet Hansen / Diane Morgan

2nd
Alan Brown / Frances Brown
2nd
Mick King / Julie O’Neill

3rd
Sandra Morris / Ann Whitmore
3rd
Margaret Lane / Anne Lutz

4th
Edward Kliese / Nancy Wix
4th
Janelle Conroy / Robert Carless

Mackay Bridge players relaxing after a competitive day of bridge. Image supplied

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National Golden Glory For Clancy

May 16, 2024

Mackay Rowing Club is basking in the glow of success as its members make waves at the National Rowing Championships in Tasmania. With a display of skill and determination, four of the club's athletes have given it their all at the prestigious Lake Barrington International Rowing Course. Richard McGrath, Therese Clancy, Jane Deguara, and Michael Wolhfahrt demonstrated exceptional teamwork and prowess as they powered through the waters.
Teaming up with Pinerivers Rowing Club, Mackay's rowers secured a victory in the Ladies G quad event, claiming the coveted gold medal.
In the Ladies G Double event, they clinched the silver medal, showcasing their versatility and skill, and in the Women's F Double event, they seized another gold medal with Riverway Rowing Club, the ladies reaffirming their dominance on the water.
But the accolades don't end there. Mackay Rowing Club had another reason to celebrate, as Therese Clancy emerged as a National Masters Rowing Champion. With a stellar performance in the Ladies Lightweight G Single event, Clancy clinched the gold medal, further solidifying her status as a formidable force in masters rowing.
This triumphant journey follows the club's remarkable success at the State Masters Championships at Lake Wyaralong, where the quartet amassed an impressive tally of 18 medals. With each stroke and each race, Mackay Rowing Club continues to raise the bar and showcase the strength and talent of its athletes.

National Masters Rowing Champion 2024 Ladies Light Weight G Single, Therese Clancy

Therese (Mackay) and Jackie (Riverway) win gold in the Women’s F Double

Therese and Jane from Mackay win silver in the Ladies G Double

Mackay and Pinerivers joined forces to win gold in the Ladies G Quad

State Championships silver medal, Men's Master E Quad, Mackay and Tablelands, Locklan, Mick, Richard, Doug

The Mackay rowing squad at the State Championships, winning 18 medals between them. Photos supplied

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AT THE TABLE

May 16, 2024

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixture results May 7, 2024:

Division 1:

Orange (Donna Abbott, Janice Kent, Geoff Denman) d Green (Lily Boland, Robbie Richards) 7-4. Donna d Robbie -9, 6, -10, 10, 9.

Brown (Andrea Nicholson, Barry Patterson, Vince Boeske) d Purple (Emma Widdup, Tony Bowman, Duncan Treloar) 8-3. Barry d Emma -9, 8, -5, 10, 8.

White (Andrew McHugh, Neil Brown, Mark Sleeman) d Blue (Will VanDeKaa, Steven Whiting, Lee Brake) 7-4. Steven d Neil 13, 5, -7, -3, 10.

Black (Goncalo Serra, Ishan Rana, Allan Robins) d Red (George Camilleri, Jason Hodda, Graeme Walker) 9-2. Ishan d George -13, -10, 7, 9, 9.

Division 2:

Gold (Geoff Cowan, Rohit Bansod, Ollie Hamelink) d Rose (Nehmat Dhaliwal, Niro, David Symons) d 6-5. Nehmat d Ollie -8, -5, 10, 13, 8.

Cyan (Matt West, Trent Day, Leonie Patroni) d Tan (Ishara, Jye Callander, Rymer Tabulo) 7-4. Trent d Jye 9, -6, -7, 8, 7.

Aqua (Delma Knight, YiLin Jiang, Tiffany Camilleri) d Lime (Anaya Reelh, Simon Hogan, Daniel Warfield) 7-4. Tiffany d Anaya 10, -10, 2, -8, 9.

Grey (Doug Dungavell, Adrian Marsh, Kade Wright) d Teal (Craig VanDeKaa, Peter Goodson, Aarnav Reelh) 7-4. Aarnav d Kade 9, -9, -7, 9, 4.

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday morning fixtures May 7, 2024:

Division 1:

Owls (Branko Vucurovic, Steve Mathieson, Coral Morgan) d Egrets (Donna Abbott, Peter Goodson, Kevin Abbott) 7-5. Donna d Steve -9, 4, 7, -12, 7.

Ibis (Tony Bowman, Andrea Nicholson, Judy Zahn) d Plovers (Delma Knight, Doug Dungavell, Bryan Marshall) 10-2. Andrea d Doug -9, -9, 8, 7, 9.

Hawks (George Camilleri, Pam Joyce, John McGee) d Parrots (Janice Kent, Charlie Payne, Marie Taylor) 8-4. George d Charlie -4, 8, -6, 9, 9.

Division 2:

Cockatoos (Kim Challender, Veronica Shepherd, Gloria Vella) drew Pelicans (Judi Hicks, Robyn Bushell, Frank Caruana) 6-all. Judi d Veronica -11, 8, 11, 13, 11.

Doves (Louise Gould, Iris Grasso, Fred Saliba) d Magpies (Ken Best, John Hamelink, Kim Daffy) 8-4. Fred d Kim -12, -7, 10, 5, 5.

Division 3:

Lobster (Cheryl Pearson, Bill Hey, Thelma Caruana) d Prawn (Madge Saunders, Glenda Brookes, Glenda Dutton) 7-5. Glenda d Bill 7, -4, 5, -6, 10.

Crab (Pam Keune, Myles Dutton, Josie Davis) d Squid (Sharon Muller, Cheryl Aprato) 9-3. Pam/Josie d Sharon/Cheryl -6, 8, 13, 5.
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Looping Lily Wins Trio Of Titles In Townsville
Mackay players came home with outstanding results from the Townsville Open table tennis championships.
Emma Widdup and her daughter Lily Boland led the way with five titles between them, while young Remy Zhan won a title in his first tournament.
Emma won the women's open singles and the over 50 women's, while Lily won the 1100 singles, U19 and U17 girls.
Contributed by Charlie Payne

Mackay’s Lily Boland in action at Townsville, where she won three titles

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Mackay’s Four Day Marathon Of Bridge

May 9, 2024

It was a quieter week at the Mackay Contract Bridge Club last week as the club held the Barrier Reef Congress 2024. Members transported tables, chairs, boards, welcome bags and more to 500 Pavilion Mackay Showgrounds in preparation for the Barrier Reef Congress.

Members cooked multitudes of biscuits, set up tables, covered windows from the sun and made sure all preparations were completed in time for the cards to start. Convener Diane Morgan has worked tirelessly for months to ensure the event was a success.

President of the Australian Bridge Federation, Allison Stralow shared her thoughts on the congress, after flying to the region from Perth, WA specifically to attend the four-day event.

“I flew over for this tournament, and I’ll be playing with the manager of the Queensland Bridge Association, Kim Ellaway,” Ms Stralow said.

“I’ve played the last three barrier reefs but this is my first visit to Mackay so I’m very excited, It’s absolutely beautiful and much greener than Western Australia at the moment.

“I just want to thank the mayor for his opening and all the support that businesses and people in Mackay have given to this tournament, it’s just wonderful to see the local community get behind bridge. “

A great weekend was had by all who attended from over Australia and New Zealand. Congratulations to the ten Mackay players who placed in the event in one or more sections.

Weekly Results

Monday 29 April2024 – 6 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Janelle Conroy / Terrence Sheedy
2nd
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
3rd
Geoffrey Patterson / Noel Bugeia
4th
Monica Darley / Nancy Martin
5th
Sandy Patterson / Geoff Cowan
6th
Anne Lutz / Diane Cox
Tuesday Evening 30 April 2024 –8 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janet Hansen / Janelle Conroy
1st
Terrence Sheedy / Ken Seaniger

2nd
Frances Brown / Alan Brown
2nd
Noel Bugeia / Eric Goodchild

3rd
Marilyn Wilson-Nicol / Griff Bancroft
3rd
Patrica Garner / Mick King

4th
Annie Lynch / Sandra Morris
4th
Marilin Robins / Faye Wright

Wednesday 1 May 2024 – 11 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
1st
Janet Hansen / Alan Brown

2nd
Janine Rodgers / Richard Wix
2nd
Terrence Sheedy / Lorna Shuttlewood

3rd
Janelle Conroy / Noel Bugeia
3rd
Joy Block / Geoff Cowan

4th
Ted Cullinan / Geoff Taylor
4th
Sandy Patterson / Geoffrey Patterson

5th
Carmel Brown / Patrick Rasmussen
5th
Monica Darley / Kath Poole


BARRIER REEF CONGRESS 2024 MACKAY RESULTS
Barrier Reef Walk Ins
1st
Denise O’Regan & Kay Webber
2nd
Diane & Max Holewa (Mackay)
3rd
Lesley Fraser & Rick Gryg

Eric Parsons Open Pairs
1st
Sue Ingham & Michael Courtney
2nd
Lyn & Malcolm Carter
3rd
Mike Boecke & Simon Hinge

Barrier Reef Restricted Pairs
1st
Kate Gargan & Patricia Ottone
2nd
Melissa Preesley & Jane Gryg
3rd
Mary & Ian Cruickshank (Mackay)

Barrier Reef Novice Pairs
1st
Debbie Carol & Jacinta Lee
2nd
Sandy Patterson & Geoff Cowan (Mackay)
3rd
Joy Brunette & Linda Pridy (Mackay & Bowen)

John Brockwell Open Teams

Team
Players
1st
Whitaker
Duncan Badley / Paula Boughey / Ashley Back / Fred Whitaker
2nd
Reid
Lauren Morgan / Alex Goss / Jasmine Skeate / Jeremy Reid
3rd
Thomson
Leight Foran / Theo Mangos / Cathryn Herden / Matthew Thomson

Barrier Reef 300 Teams

Team
Players
1st
Cruickshank
Mary & Ian Cruickshank (Mackay) / Jan Van Riel / Sally Foster
2nd
Dudurovic
Rex Meadowcroft / Kathleen Clifford / Althea Crowley / Jacqui Dudurovic
3rd
Harris
Jan Harris / Ming Ting / David Ting (Mackay) Maria Setiyawan

The 500 Pavilion was filled with smiles and camaraderie as participants from all around Australia and New Zealand gathered in Mackay for a four-day congress of Bridge.


Kim Ellaway, Allison Stralow, Noel Bugeia and Richard Ward.

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Bowls Victory On The Green

May 9, 2024

The past weekend hosted the Prestige Fours event at the Mackay Bowling Club, where skilled bowlers from the Mackay district competed for the title.

In the final saw Wayne Handley Team of Cooper Whitestyles, Clint Vassie and Jason McMullen play against Jason Little, Trevor Kelly, Dave Maskell and Dave Pinkard with the winner going to Wayne Team.

Presige Fours Carnival Results:

Division 1 Winners Jason Mc Mullen, Cooper Whitestyles, Clint Vassie, Wayne
Handley
Division 1 Runners up:
Lason Little, Trevor Kelly, Dave Maskell, Dave Pinkard.
Division 2 Winners:
Doug Wootton, Les Rogers. Grant Edmonds, Bruce Bridger.
Division 2 Runners up:
Mitch Wrights, Ash Warland, Jason Wrights, Shane Spann.
Division 3 Winners:
BRAD Robertson, Den Croker, Joe Croker, Brian Williams.
Division 3 Runner Up:
Rob Turner, Andrew Butler, Bob Spees, Tony Whitehorn.
This weekend Club Championship Men's A Fours will be played over two days
starting 9am on Saturday 11th May
Men's Pennant starts on Saturday 18th May with three double headers in a row.
Tuesday Men's Triples results (13)
Winners of Winners:
G. Gibbs, W Herewini, M. D'Alessio
Winner of Losers:
A. Nayler, B. Jenner, P. Taffee.
Thursday Scroungers:
Joe Croker def Steve Cassidy 18-6
Ladies Ch/Ch Singles
Karina Dunn def E. Clements

Contributed By Mike Irving

Bowlers celebrate their victory at the Prestige Fours event, showcasing skill and camaraderie on the greens. Image supplied

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Sinkers Soar At Masters State Championships

May 9, 2024

After a long-anticipated wait and numerous training sessions, the Masters Queensland State Championship was attended by 12 North Mackay Sinkers Masters Swimming Club Members.
This year’s State Championships event was delivered at the prestigious Brisbane Aquatic Centre in Chandler across four days of exhilarating swimming action, that took place from Thursday 18 April to Sunday 21 April 2024.
The Championships offered a wide range of events, spanning from 25m to 800m, with no event limits, ensuring there’s something for every swimmer. Currently no qualifying times are in place for these events allowing swimmers of various abilities to select and swim in favoured events. This was a timed final event with no heats with swimmers only common ground being a similar time, so heats are well seeded and include generally both men and women of various ages but similar capabilities and is all abilities. (Includes Multiclass)
Shorter distances were divided into male and female to provide direct competition for the first time at State Championships and proved to be very popular.
Regardless if members were seasoned swimmers or just looking to join in on the fun, all members participated in the racing, relays, and camaraderie. Chandler offers an unforgettable aquatic experience with precise AOE timing, a large electronic display that features reaction time, lap intervals and a final displayed result sorted to position that’s instantly visible in the pool for competitors.
On the medal front many Sinkers graced the podium in multiple events with a group total of 44 medals combined across individual and relay events. The club moved into 8th place on the final day of competition from over 50 clubs in what was a strong showing from Mackay. The large club award from last year was relinquished as some clubs were well represented and able to accumulate the points to take both overall and points per member categories.
The 2024 Championships were a well-run event that featured swimmers from around Australia and overseas and delivered 303 records broken at the event. These included 80 Australian, 199 Queensland, 2 Tasmanian, 6 Victorian and 16 New South Wales records tumbling as the event progressed.
The Championships had the Sinkers swimming well with many individual swimmers posting personal best times and placing well across the board. The event though was memorable for its team focus and support by members for all competitors. Swimmers’ comments include;
“My triumph was being here”
“Had a ball every swim and enjoyed the competition and friendship”
“They say swimming is an individual sport but not once did I feel like I was swimming alone over the four days. The cheering from the grandstands, pool deck support and sportsmanship makes me proud to be a part of this club.”
In addition to the swimming our team also hit some of the city highlights including the Storey Bridge Climb, Eat Street and Brisbane River tours to mention a few and thoroughly enjoyed the championships and all that Brisbane has to offer.
The Club has 4 swimmers heading to Darwin for the Masters Swimming Australia National Championships with both pool and open water swimming available 3 – 7 May 2024.
The club is now entering its “Winter” program with Mondays and Wednesdays at the Memorial Pool (5.30-6.30pm). Our regular Social Saturday swim is also at the Memorial from 8-9am. New members welcome.
For More information, email nthmkysinkers@gmail.com or phone 0413 805 156

Contributed By Dan Stampa

North Mackay Sinkers made a splash at the Queensland Masters State Championships
Sinkers State Group Photo
Nomi underwater
Team Sinkers. Images supplied

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Tenacious Tigers Tame Cutters In Dramatic Double Header

May 9, 2024

Mackay Cutters’ trump card Emma Manzelmann has reached another milestone in her burgeoning rugby league career.

The crafty hooker is set to earn a slice of history after gaining selection in the Queensland Maroons Origin squad for the opening match of the interstate women's series against NSW on Thursday, May 16 at Suncorp Stadium.

Both the Blues and Maroons will contest a three-match Origin series this year for the first time and the durable number nine is determined to consolidate a spot in the star-studded Queensland lineup.

Manzelmann missed the Cutters’ dramatic 22-all draw with Brisbane Tigers in last Saturday’s Hostplus Cup-BMD Women's Premiership double header at BB Print Stadium but is ready to serve the Maroons in their quest for Origin glory.

Premiership pacesetters Mackay had to fight tooth and nail in the women's clash to salvage a point – nabbing two converted tries inside the final quarter to cap a spirited comeback.

The Tigers proved a thorn with their bustling defence and led for most of the match before Cutters’ hooker Alisha Foord and prop Lyrech Mara crashed over for second-half tries that were converted by five-eighth Kayla Shepherd.

Earlier the Tigers dominated the opening stanza and led 12-0 at the interval following tries by winger Melita Hicks and hooker Isabella Satui and two goals by five-eighth Akira Kelly.

Mackay bounced back after the break with dashing centre Jasmine Peters crossing twice in the space of three minutes before Tigers’ half-back India Seeto and the elusive Hicks scored quick four-pointers to give the visitors a 22-10 lead.

In the main game Brisbane Tigers won the field position battle to  post an impressive 24-12 triumph over the second-placed Cutters in Hostplus Cup.

Led by skilful half back Ryley Jacks, experienced NRL forward Chris McQueen and rugged prop Tristan Powell, the Tigers finished strongly with forward Jack Natapu and hooker Caleb Daunt grabbing crucial tries to seal a deserved victory.

The visitors led 8-0 at the break following an early converted try by centre Saimone Ahomana and a Jack Miers penalty goal after 26 minutes.

Mackay’s livewire fullback Rayden Burns crossed straight after the interval with half-back and skipper Riley Dean converting before Jacks extended his side’s lead to 12-6 by scoring the Tigers' second try.

Barnstorming prop Brandon Russell kept the Cutters in the hunt when he burst over to score a converted try in the 54th minute to level the scores.

A disappointed Dean was proud of Mackay’s overall defensive effort but felt his side failed to execute the game plan and didn’t nail down their opportunities.

Mackay Cutters’ BMD Premiership Captain, Emma Manzelmann has been selected in the Queensland Maroons squad for Game 1 of State of Origin

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Townsville Takes Home The Victory In Foley Shield Tournament

May 9, 2024

Over the weekend, spanning from Saturday, May 4 to Monday, May 6, the hotly contested Foley Shield tournament took place. Each day featured two games, where women’s and men’s teams from Mackay, Townsville, and Far North Queensland competed for the Foley Shield title. Selections for the Queensland Country Team were made based on performances during this weekend's matches.
Mackay Regional Mayor, Greg Williamson expressed the importance of not only having the Foley Shield in Mackay for local rugby enthusiasts, but also to show young players, both male and female, the foundation of Rugby League over the years.
“The Foley Shield is part of the trophy mechanisms that grew Rugby League in our region, so this is just absolutely outstanding to have it here in Mackay,” Mayor Williamson said.
As for the results, Townsville emerged victorious in both the men's and women's divisions of the XXXX Foley Shield, with the men's team securing a nail-biting win based on try countback. In a tense showdown at BB Print Stadium, Townsville, Cairns, and Mackay battled fiercely for the men's title.
The home side, Mackay, initially held the advantage, leading 22-8 midway through the second half. However, Townsville staged a remarkable comeback, with fullback Lennix Tovo's try offering hope before Christian Gale's crucial score secured the win in the 72nd minute. The sideline confusion turned to elation for the Matt Bowen-coached Townsville team, with prop Faron Morris describing the experience as nerve-wracking yet immensely gratifying.
Reflecting on the victory, Morris emphasised the significance of reclaiming the Foley Shield for Townsville, attributing the triumph to a collective effort and a determination to honour the shield's rich history while forging their own legacy. He also praised Townsville's women for their back-to-back titles and acknowledged their influence in motivating the men's team.
In the women's division, Townsville dominated with a 24-8 win over Mackay, showcasing resilience and teamwork to overcome a determined opponent. Hooker Mateeka Neilson highlighted the team's belief in each other and their commitment to disciplined defence as key factors in their success.
Individual accolades were also celebrated, with Ataliah Love and Marmin Barba of Mackay Sea Eagles earning women's and men's player of the carnival honours respectively. Looking ahead, the XXXX Foley Shield carnival is set to return to its traditional home in Townsville in 2025, promising continued excitement and competition in the years to come. Overall, Townsville's triumphs in both divisions underscored the region's depth of talent and the enduring spirit of rugby league in North Queensland.

Results - XXXX Foley Shield
Men
Cairns 28 def Mackay 24
Marmin Barba wowed the home crowd with a hat-trick before Cairns mounted a spirited comeback, taking advantage of their opponent losing a man to the sin bin in the final 10 minutes. Fullback Lachlan Biondi-Odo scored the match winner in the 75th minute.
Townsville 22 def Cairns 18
Townsville dominated field position for much of the game and thwarted Cairns' last-tackle options with desperate defence to sneak away with a five-tries-to-three victory.
Mackay 22 def Townsville 18
*Townsville awarded the 2024 XXXX Foley Shield on a try countback (Townsville 9, Cairns 8, Mackay 8)
Women
Mackay 28 def Cairns 0
Melody Tass scored a hat-trick in a commanding victory.
Townsville 40 def Cairns 0
Townsville centre Gagie Mackie Namok and lock Jordii Mahendrarajah scored doubles as Cairns struggled to contain a rampact pack in the daytime heat.
Townsville 24 def Mackay 8
*Townsville wins the XXXX Foley Shield

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson announced the official Foley Shield event a few days prior to the highly-anticipated game. Photo credit: Hannah McNamara

Mackay held a 22-8 lead after 42 minutes in front of their home crowd. Photo: Marty Strecker

Mackay started strongly against Townsville in the women's match on Monday. Photo: Marty Strecker

XXXX Foley Shield 2024. Townsville was awarded the men's competition on a try countback. Photo: Marty Strecker

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AT THE TABLE

May 9, 2024

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixtures April 30, 2024:

Division 1:

Brown (Andrea Nicholson, Barry Patterson, Vince Boeske) d Blue (Steven Whiting, Lee Brake, Will VanDeKaa) 6-5. Steven d Vince -8, -7, 4, 4, 16.

Red (Anne Sheridan, Graeme Walker, George Camilleri) d Orange (Donna Abbott, Janice Kent, Geoff Denman) 10-1. Geoff d George 7, -5, -5, 3, 4.

White (Andrew McHugh, Neil Brown, Mark Sleeman) d Purple (Duncan Treloar, Emma Widdup, Tony Bowman) 6-5. Mark d Duncan -9, -6, 5, 4, 9.

Black (Mick Ruhl, Ishan Rana, Allan Robins) d Green (Leo Gilbert, Robbie Richards, Daniel Warfield) 8-3. Leo d Ishan -7, 4, -3, 6, 10.

Division 2:

Lime (Simon Hogan, Noreen Fredericksen, Anaya Reelh) d Tan (Saisha Palod, Jye Callander, Val Austin) 6-5. Simon d Jye -7, 4, 7, 8.

Teal (Peter Goodson, Aarnav Reelh, Craig VanDeKaa) d Rose (Nehmat Dhaliwal, Niro, Mark Stam) 6-5. Niro d Peter -8, -13, 8, 8, 6.

Aqua (Delma Knight, YiLin Jiang, Tiffany Camilleri) d Cyan (Leonie Patroni, Matt West, Trent Day) 6-5. Trent d YiLin -5, 7, 10, 11.

Grey (Doug Dungavell, Misha Palod, Kade Wright) d Gold (Ollie Hamelink, Steve Mathieson, David Symons) 6-5. Steve d Doug -5, -6, 9, 6, 10.

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday morning fixtures April 30, 2024:

Division 1:

Plovers (Delma Knight, Doug Dungavell, Bryan Marshall) drew Egrets (Donna Abbott, Peter Goodson, Kevin Abbott) 6-all. Doug d Donna 8, 7, -9, -2, 7.

Hawks (George Camilleri, Pam Joyce) d Owls (Branko Vucurovic, Steve Mathieson, Coral Morgan) 6-5. George d Steve 9, -6, -10, 9, 6.

Parrots (Janice Kent, Charlie Payne, Marie Taylor) d Ibis (Tony Bowman, Noreen Fredericksen, Judy Zahn) 7-5. Janice d Tony 17, 7, -1, -6, 9.

Division 2:

Pelicans (Judi Hicks, Robyn Bushell) d Magpies (Kim Daffy) 7-1. Kim d Judi 8, -15, -12, 9, 2.

Cockatoos (Kim Daffy, Veronica Shepherd, Gloria Vella) d Doves (Louise Gould, Fred Saliba) 7-3. Gloria d Fred 5, -7, -6, 10, 8.

Division 3:

Squid (Allison Day, Cheryl Aprato) drew Lobster (Tony Vella, Bill Hey) 5-all. Bill d Cheryl 6, -3, 7, -9, 9.

Crab (Pam Keune, Myles Dutton, Josie Davis) drew Prawn (Madge Saunders, Glenda Brookes, Glenda Dutton) 6-all. Pam d Madge -11, 1, -11, 6, 8.
 

Supplied by Charlie Payne 


Caption: Janice Kent
Caption: Tony Bowman

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Century Cricket Competitions Pitch A Three-Year-Deal

May 9, 2024

Century Cricket Competitions have secured a three-year deal with the Mackay Regional Council to bring its hugely successful independent competition to North Queensland.

Century Cricket Group Chair Stuart Giles said that “Since their inception, Century Cricket’s Senior Competitions have been about showcasing talent.

“To be able to bring our competition to Great Barrier Reef Arena as a world class cricket stadium and not only continue to elevate our on-field competition, but to also showcase one of the most stunning tourist regions in Australia to our team owners, sponsors, players and supporters, is exceptionally exciting,” he added.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson announced that Mackay was the perfect location to host the Century Cricket competitions.

“We are pleased to support this event through our Invest Mackay Events and Conferences Attraction program, which is designed to bring sporting, cultural and commercial events to our region,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We expect these tournaments to draw a big crowd and we’re excited to showcase the Great Barrier Reef Arena, a first-class facility for players and spectators, as we cheer on our very own team, the Great Barrier Reef Rays,” he said.

“The weather in Mackay in August is fantastic for cricket and we look forward to welcoming some of the best national and international cricketers to our region.”

From 2024-2026, the national competition will see eight teams participate in a weekend-long senior competition as they play for a share in an $80,000 prize pool.

There will be representation in Mackay of teams from all three states that currently host Century Cricket Competitions; four teams from Queensland, three teams from South Australia and one team from Victoria.

Century Cricket Group Regional Executive Director Nick Fitzpatrick spoke on the future, with plans “to expand and invite other teams from other states and cities as the Century Cricket Competitions continue to roll out around the country in future years.”

Each franchise will pre-select six players to kick start their squad selection with the remaining six players to be picked at auction in Brisbane on Friday 7 June.

One of the teams joining the Mackay competition is the Great Barrier Reef Rays with former Australian international T20 bowler Ben Laughlin committed to playing for them after a stellar performance in last year’s senior competition in Brisbane.

The competition will run from 2 – 4 August and again follow the Century playing format, which was inspired by The Hundred in the UK; a concept that sees senior players step away from the traditional T20 format and compete in fast paced 100-ball innings featuring five-ball overs and far less changes of ends.

Senior players from anywhere in the country, and around the world, can nominate for the Mackay competition. Nominations are now open via the Century Cricket Competitions website.

Left to right, Century Cricket Group Regional Executive Director Joel Hamilton, Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson, Great Barrier Reef Arena and Harrup Park Sports Development & Facilities Manager Luke Kennedy and Great Barrier Reef Arena and Harrup Park Chair Terry Doolan. Photo Credit: Mackay Regional Council

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City Brings Home Shield

May 9, 2024

Congratulations to City Bowls Club on winning the prestigious Dr Williams’ Shield at the weekend. City defeated Seaforth, Souths Suburban and Pioneer Valley on their way to the final against North Mackay.
City’s last win in the Shield, which they have hosted for 68 years, was in 2008.

Back row: Greg Peno, Joe Taylor, Ben Hall, Dave McKnight, Bruce Eaton, Gerry Bogart, Dennis Fredrickson, Jeff Neeve, Vince McSherry, Tony Connor, Sean Dolan
Front row: Warren Sturgeon, Paul McKay. Image Supplied

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North Mackay Ladies Secure Symons Shield Win

May 9, 2024

Another exciting bowls event from the Ladies Section at North Mackay Bowls Club. The Annual Symons Shield was held at Northern Beaches Bowls Club with nine Clubs competing. The finalists were decided after some nail biting finishes – Souths Suburban played North Mackay.  It too came down to the last bowl and North Mackay Ladies were declared the winners by one point.  The event is held at the same Club each year on land donated by the Symons family.

The Ladies presenting the Shields are members of the Symons family, Daphne Goodson and June Critchley, who donated their land for the benefit of the Northern Beaches Bowls Club which hosts the event annually.

Contributed By Helen Fleming 

Symons Shield 2024 Winning Team-North Mackay bowls club ladies’ section.
Left to right: S Cuttriss, Marie Duck, Lois Deguara, Lidia McCarthy, Nug Pratt, Debbie Mackenzie, Lorna Bowers, Lorraine Lemke, Lorraine Silman. 

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Mackay Road Runners Take To The Streets

May 9, 2024

Just over thirty runners kicked off amidst the sights and lively sounds of the Bluewater Quay before heading off onto the Forgan Smith Bridge for a very social 5k and 10km run. Runners had the option to do participate in anything between the 5km and 10km depending on where their current abilities were at, with some tackling an extra kilometre or two at Mt Bassett.
 
Ten-kilometre runner, Grant Holmstrom easily accounted for the Mt Bassett section of the event before storming home on the comparatively flat surface to be first across the line with fast-finishing Ashley Miles and Jim Ogilvie closing in for the minor placings.  Jose Short made ‘short’ work of the 10km as she skimmed over the course with big improver, Emily Hayles closing in for the silver podium position ahead of Carmel Mahon, Bernadine McKinnon, Geeta Ariani and Judy Zahn. 

Excellent efforts from 5km runners Julie Whibley, Andrew Wallace, Simon Henderson, Len Haworth, Kim Saron, Corey Gould, Dana Gould, Natasha Joynson, Kayla Waugh, Katrina Ogilvie, Neah Garciano and Sandra Henderson.  Jess and Ryan Everts did it the hard way as usual, but the kids were great, well done to them all.

Congratulations to all runners who were at out-of-town events including the Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon and Port Macquarie Ironman events.  The best of the many Mackay locals on Hamilton Island were Paul Mackenzie who scored an amazing 8th overall and 2nd in his age category, Thomas Wendt (2nd age), Sam Sticklan (1st in age), Sarah Manttan (2nd age), Dee Trannore (3rd age) and Paul Manttan (7th age).
 
This weekend’s Mackay Road Runners event will be held on Saturday morning from the Casu Jacks Café at the Mackay Marina, and the race will commence at 7am.  The Pre-Mother’s Day event is a 5km and 12km, along with Sunday, which is heralded as the most important day of the year!  

Contributed By Janelle Tilse


Just over thirty runners enjoyed the very social Bluewater Quay 5k and 10km
Dana Gould (right) enjoyed her first run with Mackay Road Runners newest member Corey Gould
Mackay Road Runners Life Member and champion runner, Judy Zahn made light work of the 10km. Photo credit: Janelle Tilse
Race Director and Club Secretary, Julie Whibley (seated at left) had a great comeback 5km run with a huge contingent of local Mackay Road Runners members

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All-Conquering Brothers Shape As Team To Beat

May 9, 2024

Mackay Brothers are proving a force to be reckoned with in the 2024 Northern Region Mackay & District Junior Rugby League A Grade competition.
The all-conquering Leprechauns have opened the season in ominous style with three consecutive victories under the coaching of Thomas Heggie and shape as the team to beat for this year’s title.
Having notched an incredible 24 tries to date, Heggie’s much vaunted charges boast a powerful forward pack and enterprising back division with attacking strike across the field.
Brothers have recorded thumping early round triumphs over Wests Tigers (54-18), Carlton Devils (44-10) and Sarina Crocodiles (36-0) and hope to extend their winning streak when the A Grade competition resumes this Saturday.
The Leprechauns travel to Shark Park to face the fourth-placed Souths Sharks, who have posted victories over Whitsunday Brahmans (56-4) and Mackay Magpies (24-18) and a 23-16 loss to Wests Tigers.
Talented Australian Universities fullback Kane Simon, centres Jayden Batchelor and Rydge Smith, elusive wingers Malachi Power and Matthew Skaife, utility Tyrese Parter and classy halves Luke Fletcher, Brad Campbell and Jedd Abbott have demonstrated their fleet-footed skills with a feast of tries.
Just as impressive are forwards Declan Laird, Josh Honan, Jack Hoffmann, Mason Simpson, Pat Vella, Ethan Sweet, lock Mason Thorpe and hooker Daniel Kelly who have laid the foundations with non-stop performances.
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MEANWHILE ladder leaders Wests Tigers maintained their undefeated record in the Under 17s division after a 24-12 victory over Sarina Crocodiles last Sunday at BB Print Stadium.
Crack centre Jt Brice grabbed a try double as the Tigers chalked up their third win of the season after five rounds to stay on top of the table with nine points that includes a 12-all draw with Brothers and a bye.
Brice made an early impact by nabbing four-pointers in the opening 24 minutes with talented fullback and skipper Mason Ryan-Ellul and Canberra Raiders contracted forward Mark Morrow also among the Tigers’ try scorers.
Back-rower Lachlan Starr booted four conversions to give Wests the edge while hooker Ryan John, Wilson James and five-eighth Brody Moore crossed for the Crocodiles.
Wests skittled Brahmans 44-6 and Souths Sharks 38-14 in the earlier rounds with Ryan-Ellul, centres Morrow and Brice, halves Joshua Toby and Talan Cottom and forwards Starr, Jake Reid, hooker Slade Kretschmar, Kereama Gartner and Jack Townsend in top form.
Second-placed Wanderers Roosters edged out Brahmans 10-6 at Proserpine Junior Sporting Complex while third-placed Brothers rolled Souths Sharks 18-10 at Leprechaun Park with tries to lock Bailey Kurylko, prop Justis Costigan, hooker Cooper Deguara and centre Jack Goodale.

Brothers are leading the U19 ladder this season while the U17s are coming third after an 18-10 win over the Sharks last weekend. Photo credit: Ashlee Meredith

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A New Venture For Century 21

May 9, 2024

Century 21 proudly announces the launch of Century 21 Coast to Coalfields in Mackay, under the leadership of seasoned real estate professional Luke James Curtis.

With over 14 years of industry expertise, Luke aims to cater to clients' diverse goals and property needs, whether buying, selling, or investing. Having deep roots in the local community, Luke brings intimate knowledge of the market's trends and nuances.

Luke expressed the following on what he hopes to accomplish with this new office, "Our vision for the new Century 21 Coast to Coalfields office is to revolutionise the Mackay property market”.

“We're not just here to sell houses – we're here to provide a one-stop, holistic solution for all our clients' property needs,” he explained.

“Backed by the Century 21 brand and fuelled by our passion for excellence, we're excited to redefine what it means to be a real estate agency in Mackay.”

CEO of Century 21 Australasia, James Bell expresses excitement about this new venture, anticipating the positive impact it will have on the local real estate landscape.

"It's very exciting to see a new era of exceptional real estate and property management services coming to the Mackay region,” he stated.

“We're proud to have such a dynamic team become part of our network and we look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength."

Century 21 Coast to Coalfields Mackay promises unparalleled real estate services, covering everything from transaction complexities to securing financing for various assets.

Situated in the heart of Mackay within the Century 21 Plaza building, the new office will serve as a centralised hub for delivering exceptional service. Supported by a dedicated team of agents who share his vision, Luke ensures clients receive top-notch guidance and results.

With a focus on personalised attention and comprehensive solutions, the office sets a standard for excellence in the industry, where every client's needs are met with professionalism and efficiency.

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Barrier Reef Congress Draws Bridge Players Nationwide to Mackay

May 3, 2024

Bridge players will congregate in Mackay this long weekend to compete in the Barrier Reef Congress. Players will travel from the Atherton Tablelands & Cairns in the North and Victoria & Tasmania in the south for this annual event. Several players are even making the trip from New Zealand.  
Approximately 300 players will compete in pairs and team events over the 4 days.  Many current and former Australian & Queensland representative players will be vying for the top honours.  Also, in the running will be 3 players from the Australian u26 women’s team honing their skills before they travel to Poland later in the year to compete in the World Youth Championships.
The Mackey Bridge Club is thrilled that the current Australian Bridge Federation president and secretary will also be in attendance. Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said council was pleased to support the Barrier Reef Congress, one of the premier competition events of the Queensland Bridge community.  
“Events like the congress bring hundreds of people together in our region, and outside of the skill and strategy of gameplay, they will have the opportunity to relax, socialise and explore what our region has to offer,” Mayor Williamson said.
The Mackay Bridge Club is very thankful to their sponsors for this event – Mackay Regional Council, Daly Bay, SH Tait & Co, TBIB, Paul Lavings, North Marine, Mackay Tourism & Officeworks.

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Meteors Continue To Blaze The Crater

May 2, 2024

In a thrilling NBL1 North showdown at the McDonald’s Mackay Stadium last Saturday night, the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors triumphed over the Rockhampton Rockets in a spectacular high-scoring game. The Meteors displayed exceptional teamwork, securing a win with a final score of 111 to 102. Todd Blanchfield led the charge for the Meteors netting the most goals, notching up 31 points and 14 rebounds. Isaac White also continued his on-court fire with 28 points and 6 assists, while Emmett Naar and Luca Yates delivered impressive double-doubles. Naar tallied 14 points and 12 assists, while Yates added 14 points and 10 rebounds to the scoreboard. The Meteors' next home game will be against the Northside Wizards in Round 6 on Saturday, May 18.

Meanwhile, in another intense NBL1 North clash, the McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes faced off against the Rockhampton Cyclones. Despite putting up a valiant effort, the Meteorettes fell short against their opponents, with a final score of 73 to 93 in favour of the Cyclones. The Meteorettes displayed determination on the court, with Nikita Van Wyk leading the charge with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Chelsea Brook and Sam Haiby also made notable contributions, each adding 11 points to the scoreboard. Despite the loss, the Meteorettes remain focused and determined to bounce back stronger in their next home game against the Northside Wizards on May 18.

In addition to the thrilling on-court action, the Meteors celebrated the on-fire performance of Todd Blanchfield, who alongside Samantha Bowman from Rockhampton, were both awarded the prestigious NBL1 North ANZAC Round Medal. This recognises players who exemplify the ANZAC Spirit, embodying qualities such as endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour, and mateship. Congratulations to both Todd and Samantha for their exceptional achievements.

McDonald's Mackay Meteors' Todd Blanchfield shines with the ANZAC Round Medal, celebrating his outstanding display of athleticism, courage, and camaraderie on the court

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Mackay Contract Bridge Club

May 2, 2024

Weekly Results


Monday 22 April 2024 – 8 Table Mitchell Green Points
1st
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
1st
Victor Mason / Antonia Taradas
2nd
Geoffrey Patterson / Noel Bugeia
2nd
Lorna Shuttlewood / Faye Wright
3rd
Ian Cruickshank / Mary Cruickshank
3rd
Geoff Cowan / Sandy Patterson
3rd
Karen Caldwell / Noel Saunders
4th
Pamela Finger / Ming Ting
3rd
Ted Cullinan / Terrence Sheedy
5th
Monica Darley / Nancy Martin
Tuesday Evening 23 April 2024 –6 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Noel Bugeia / Eric Goodchild
2nd
Janet Hansen / Simon Barnes
3rd
Diane Morgan / Terrence Sheedy
4th
Israel Hall / Alan Brown
5th
Marilin Robins / Faye Wright


Wednesday 24 April 2024 – NWP Week 8 of 24 - 9 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Joy Robinson / Robert Carless
1st
Lorna Shuttlewood / Terrence Sheedy

2nd
Joy Brunette / Don Poole
2nd
Monica Darley / Kath Poole

3rd
Janet Hansen / Alan Brown
3rd
Geoff Taylor / Ted Cullinan

4th
Joy Block / Toni Large
4th
Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait

5th
John Ludkin / Victor Mason
5th
David Ting / Ming Ting

Thursday Evening 25 April 2024 –5 Table One Winner Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janet Hansen / Janelle Conroy
2nd
Mick King / Ann Whitmore
3rd
Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless
4th
Terrence Sheedy / Noel Bugeia
5th
Lynne O’Neill / Susan Gibson


Friday 26 April 2024 - 8 Table Mitchell Green Points
1st
Joy Brunette / Don Poole
1st
David Ting / Ming Ting
2nd
Gwen Liddell / Monica Darley
2nd
Kath Poole / Nancy Martin
3rd
Terrence Sheedy / Noel Bugeia
3rd
Victor Mason / Josie Cowley
4th
Eddie Kliese / Nancy Wix
4th
Eric Goodchild / Sandy Patterson
Saturday 27 April 2024 – 11 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janette Hansen / Janelle Conroy
1st
Monica Darley / Kath Poole
2nd
Joy Robinson / Ken Seaniger
2nd
Diane Morgan / Robert Carless
3rd
Mick King / Jan Harris
3rd
Geoff Cowan / Sandy Patterson
4th
Janine Rodgers / Richard Wix
4th
Geoffrey Patterson / Patricia Garner
5th
Josie Crowley / Terrence Sheedy
5th
David Ting / Ming Ting
Sunday 28 April 2024 – 5 Table Mitchell Green Points
1st
Christopher Meyers / Geoff Cowan
1st
Ian Gaskell / Carol Gaskell
2nd
Ann Whitmore / Griffen Brancroft
2nd
Debbie Ludkin / John Ludkin
3rd
Susan Ross / Vicki Howard
3rd
Diane Stokes / Joy Block

Ming, Debra and Noel Bugeia Anne, Geoff, Noel and Sandy

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Taya Swings For The Stars

May 2, 2024

Community spirit was in full swing as participants and sponsors gathered for a second annual Charity Golf Day organised by the inspiring 16-year-old, Taya Rush. Held at the Mackay Golf Club, the event raised a staggering $18,315.50 for RACQ CQ Rescue, a vital lifeline for our remote and rural communities.

Helicopter services like RACQ CQ Rescue play a crucial role in providing rapid response and critical care for individuals involved in rural accidents, boating mishaps, and emergencies beyond the reach of traditional medical facilities. For Taya Rush, the cause hits close to home, with her family now owning a farm and recognising the importance of having access to such rescue services in times of crisis.

Participants enjoyed a day filled with camaraderie, competition, and community spirit, all while supporting a worthy cause. Sporting navy blue and yellow attire to symbolise their support for RACQ CQ Rescue, golfers teed off, eager to make a difference.

"Charity Golf days are a great way to network with other businesses in the area while enjoying a round of golf," explained Ms Rush.

"Everyone last year had a great time on the golf course, with team bonding, meeting new people, and supporting a charity at the same time."

From humble beginnings selling chocolates and socks to organising a successful charity golf day, Taya's dedication and passion serve as an inspiration to us all. As she continues to advocate for emergency assistance in rural areas, her message rings clear: even the smallest swing can lead to significant change.

Golfers enjoying a day filled with camaraderie, competition, and community spirit at Taya’s RACQ CQ Rescue Charity Golf Day. Photos supplied

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Mackay Table Tennis

May 2, 2024

Tuesday night fixtures April 23, 2024

Division 1:
Orange (Donna Abbott, Janice Kent, Geoff Denman) d Blue (Steve Whiting, Lee Brake, Will VanDeKaa) 6-5. Geoff d Steven -10, 13, -8, 5, 10.

Brown (Andrea Nicholson, Barry Patterson, Vince Boeske) d Red (Anne Sheridan, Graeme Walker, George Camilleri) 7-4. Andrea d George -7, 4, 8, -6, 6.

Green (Leo Gilbert, Robbie Richards, Neil Brown) d White (Mick Ruhl, Graham Brake, Mark Sleeman) 6-5. Robbie d Graham 3, 10, -8, -6, 7.

Black (Goncalo Serra, Ishan Rana, Allan Robins) d Purple (Duncan Treloar, Emma Widdup, Tony Bowman) 7-4. Allan d Duncan 6, -6, 7, 5.

Division 2:
Rose (Nehmat Dhaliwal, Niro, Mark Stam) d Lime (Dave Symons, Noreen Fredericksen, Anaya Reelh) 6-5. Noreen d Mark 6, -11, 4, -9, 2.

Teal (Peter Goodson, Aarnav Reelh, Val Austin) d Tan (Saisha Palod, Jye Callander, Judy Zahn) 6-5. Aarnav d Saisha 1, 7, -9, -4, 12.

Aqua (Delma Knight, YiLin Jiang, Tiffany Camilleri) d Gold (Ollie Hamelink, Steve Mathieson, Ishiaha) 7-4. Ishiara d Tiffany 6, -9, 9, -10, 17.

Grey (Doug Dungavell, Misha Palod) d Cyan (Matt West, Trent Day) 5-4. Trent d Misha -9, 6, 5, -10, 9.


Division 1 Tuesday morning fixtures results for last season

Jaguar (Branko Vucurovic, Peter Goodson and Kevin Abbott) initially tied on match-winning percentages with Lions (Tony Bowman, Pam Joyce and Bryan Marshall).  On a countback Jaguar won with slightly better player percentage wins.  Tony Bowman was leading player with 91.67 percent.

The Cyan team (Robyn Bushell, Marie Taylor and Louise Gould) took all before them with an unbeaten season in division 2. Marie Taylor was leading player with 90 percent.

Sapphires (Pam Keune, Madge Saunders and Darryl Ross) won division 3. Leading player was Ian Dodds with 83.33 percent.



Winners of the Tuesday morning table tennis tournament John Hamelink and Josie Davis, at left, and Tony Bowman, right, with organizer Steve Mathieson.

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Mackay Bowls: Laughter & Spirited Matches

May 2, 2024

The Ladies Section hosted their President's event at home this past Friday, with President Julie extending a warm welcome to 60 members from district clubs, including Men's President John, Board Representative Brian, Life Member Ruby, and Patroness Eunice. The gathering was filled with laughter and spirited bowls matches.
The winning team, comprising B. Jenner, R. Lloyd, and R. Hughes, emerged victorious from the day's play, while the runners up lucky card from the losers were, R. O'Donnell, K. Robinson, and J. Borg. The club extends a heartfelt thanks to all attendees for their contribution to the day's tremendous success.
Looking ahead, this weekend features the Men's Division competing in the Dr. Williams Shield on Saturday, with matches taking place at the City Club and North Mackay. The finals will be held on Sunday at the City Club.

Team 1 G. Luck, R. Bell, N. Holt, R. Blanchfield
Team 2 T. Hollows, B. Paskins, E. Roberts, T. Mayfield
Team 3 A. Lovern, C. Marks, M. Coll, N. Wilson

On the 5th and 6th of May the club will be holding the Prestige Fours.
The green will be full of Bowlers chasing the prize Money.

Results:
Tuesday Social Play (22)
Winner of Winners:
G. Gibbs, W. Herewini, J. Nelson, B. Paskins
Winner of Losers:
L. Jenner, B. Jenner, P. Taaffe.

Thursday SCROUNGERS (18):
K. Struik def M. Coll   15-9

Club Competition Results:
A Singles
B. Jenner def C. Molloy 25 -17
M. Irving def A. Summerville 27-19
M. Coll def W. Herewini 26-19
B. Bridger def S. Green 25-11

Contributed by Mike Irving

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Goosepond Triples At North Mackay Bowls Club

May 2, 2024

Goosepond Triples was a fun packed day with 78 bowlers vying for a share in the $2,000 prize money generously donated by our sponsors Minestaff and Gardian Mortgage Choice, for a second year. 

Three games of 16 ends determined the place-getters with the lucky winners being presented their trophies by Denis Fisher & Ben Phillips from Gardian.  Clint Zahmel from Minestaff sent his apologies. 

First place: 
Lorna Coad, Del McKelvie & Ahondy Ray

Second place:  
Kathy Mathews, Carmel Bell & Phyllis Morgan

Third place: 
Kay Underwood, Phyllis Cooper & Narell Schmidtke

Fourth place: 
Daelia Walsh, Maryann Harrigan & Bev McDonald

Contributed with thanks to Helen Fleming 

1: Winners: L Coad, D McKelvie, A Ray. Photos supplied
2: 2nd place getters: K Mathews, C Bell, P Morgan
3: 3rd Place: K Underwood, P Cooper, Narell Schmidtke
4: 4th place: D Walsh, Maryann Harrington, Bev McDonald 

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Bears Deliver Cutters First Loss

May 2, 2024

Premiership, with Cutters captain Tahlulah Tillett saying it was disappointing to miss out on two season points up for grabs.

Bears winger Ashleigh Werner was on fire, scoring a hat-trick in front of a big and boisterous crowd; one in the first half to help the Bears go into half-time up 14-4, and the final two in the second half to help deliver the 22-10 win.

Bears captain Zahara Temara said "oh man, it feels good to be back in the winner's circle", especially this close to State of Origin and the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons being named.

"We haven't had the best year and we know that," Temara said.

"We've faced a lot of adversity recently... we had a lot to play for with ANZAC Day this week and a few of our staff had passings as well.

"We'll take it."

Temara said the scoreline did not reflect how hard the game was.

"They were bloody hard, the Cutters, and they deserve to be on top," Temara said.

"We take a lot of learnings from them. They bloody gave it to us... the score doesn't reflect that but it was bloody close out there, with them coming back, and they had all of the momentum, and that's where we stayed calm.”

Temara said it was hit-out for everyone in contention to play Origin.

"I got a lot of confidence out of that so if I am selected, I'll take that with me," Temara said.

Cutters captain Tahlulah Tillett said "it was a bit disappointing" to miss out on the two points, but her side would take learnings from the game into the next round.

"We let Burleigh come out to a really good start and they're a quality team so it was hard to come back... I was proud of our efforts in the second half, we fought our way back into the game, but we gave Burleigh that headstart in the first half and it was a bit too hard to come back," Tillett said.

"I think the biggest thing for us is we just need to make sure we control the ball and make sure we get to the end of our sets.

"We found ourselves in some really good positions early in the first half but we just gave away silly penalties and piggybacked them around the field. The great team that they are, they executed off the back of those. 

"I think going into next week, at the back end of the season, we just need to be more disciplined and make sure we're completing and executing our sets."

Photo credit: Dylan Parker/QRL

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Runners Raise Money For Pancreatic Cancer Research

May 2, 2024

More than seventy runners and supporters supported the 6th Annual Forsyth’s Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield and Mackay Road Runners 10km Club Championship event held at historic Queens’s Park, where valuable funds were raised for Pancreatic Cancer Research (Pancare). 

Special invited guests in attendance were the Mackay Mayor, Cr Greg Williamson who has opened the event every year since its inception, Ms Leanne Druery and Mr Jim Ford.  Their speeches were full of compassion and sincerity, provoking emotional remembrance and thoughts of Shawn who passed away in 2018. Shawn was a treasured son, brother, brother-in-law, father, nephew, cousin, athlete, partner, friend, colleague, coach, runner and club supporter of all those lives he touched.    
One hundred per cent of all nomination fees, raffle proceeds, race day donations and sponsorship funds will be donated to Pancare thanks to the generosity of major sponsors.

We also thank our Club Patron Mr Col Meng and his family for donating the zooper doopers at this event as well as other weekly club events on the program. The Meng and Leven families are so much appreciated together with all club volunteers who make the club the successful welcoming arena that it is.
 
Mackay Mayor Cr Greg Williamson and Forsyths Accounting Director/Partner, Nicole White were integral in setting runners on their way towards their chance to be crowned first male and female winners in the 2024 Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield as well as gaining club championship points for open and age categories.  Incredibly stunning performances by the first male and female 10km winners, Paul Mackenzie and Alana Knezevic will now be inscribed on the amazing perpetual trophy featuring an image of Shawn in racing glory which resides at the Forsyth Accounting Services office. Five-kilometre winners, Jo Skinner and Craig McGahey had sensational outings, both taking home the gold medal prize in the shorter-distance event.
 
Many thanks to race day volunteers including the exceptional Andrew Short who was luckily on hand for the Vice-President when his car needed a jump start. Funds raised from the day are still to be collated and will be formally announced and presented to the Claydon Family for donation directly to Pancare.  Thank you to Shawn’s sister, Sharon and Jeff Stewart-Harris who did an amazing amount of work behind the scenes to ensure the success and continuity of the event. 
 
This Sunday’s Mackay Road Runners event will be a social run from the Bluewater Quay as a lot of local runners will be travelling ‘overseas’ to Hamilton Island for the running of the famous Hilly Half Marathon event in one of the most spectacular locations in the Whitsundays. 

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Mackay Road Runners Club Vice-President, Mick Scholer, Mackay Mayor Cr Greg Williamson, Forsyths Accounting Services Director/Partner, Nicole White, Sharon Stewart-Harris, John Claydon and Bonny Claydon (seated) enjoy the 6th annual Forsyths Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield and Mackay Road Runners Club Championship

The Forsyths Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield winners, Paul Mackenzie and Alana Knezevic with Mackay Road Runners Vice-President Mick Scholer (left) and major sponsor, Forsyth’s Accounting Services Director/Partner, Nicole White (right)

6351 - The Forsyths Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial Shield 5km winners, Craig McGahey & Jo Skinner with Mackay Road Runners Vice-President Mick Scholer (left) and major sponsor, Forsyth’s Accounting Services Director/Partner, Nicole White (right)

6348 – The Forsyths Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield very special guest speakers, Mr Jim Ford and Ms Leanne Druery delivered personally emotive and meaningful comments at the 6th Annual event

6360 – Jeff Stewart-Harris (Brother-in-law of the late Shawn Claydon) thanked the Claydon family, Mackay Road Running community, sponsors, volunteers and supporters for a very successful event for a very worthy cause
 

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Courtside Crater Magic

April 24, 2024

With hoops aplenty and defence as tight as a well-laced sneaker, the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes orchestrated a symphony of basketball brilliance last Friday night, dribbling, dunking, and dazzling their way to victories.
In a thrilling clash against the Brisbane Capitals, the Meteors showcased their prowess, emerging victorious with a final score of 92 to 73. Todd Blanchfield led the charge with an impressive performance, contributing 21 points and 7 rebounds to the team's triumph. Isaac White also delivered a stellar performance with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Jerron Jamerson added 15 points and 3 rebounds to seal the win.
Meanwhile, the McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes soared to success against the Brisbane Capitals in the NBL1 North encounter, securing a resounding victory with a final score of 84 to 71. Taylor Mole was the standout player for the Meteorettes, delivering a sensational performance with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Sam Haiby showcased her skills with 20 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals, while Chelsea Brook contributed 14 points and 5 rebounds to clinch the win for the team.
The passionate home crowd erupted in celebration as both teams showcased their dominance on the court, delivering a memorable night of basketball action.
Looking ahead, the excitement continues as the McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes and Meteors gear up for their next games on Saturday night. The action-packed evening will see the Meteorettes take on the Rockhampton Cyclones at 6:30 pm, followed by the Meteors facing off against the Rockhampton Rockets at 8:30 pm in the Crater at McDonald’s Mackay Stadium.
The matchup against the Rockhampton Rockets and Cyclones always brings an extra level of excitement to the Crater. With both teams boasting strong rosters and a history of intense competition, the games between Mackay and Rockhampton are eagerly anticipated by fans on both sides. This rivalry adds an extra spark to the season, driving both teams to bring their A-game every time they meet on the court.

Event Details:
   • Date: Saturday, April 27
   • Time:
       ◦ 6:30 pm: McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes vs. Rockhampton Cyclones
       ◦ 8:30 pm: McDonald’s Mackay Meteors vs. Rockhampton Rockets
   • Venue: McDonald’s Mackay Stadium, the Crater

Photo credit: Kieron Place Art & Photography

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Mackay Road Runners Tackle Dolphin Heads Precincts

April 24, 2024

Last Sunday, 66 participants graced the Beach Road Dolphin Heads precincts, surpassing the attendance of the previous week's Tim’s Chariots of Fire event at Slade Point, confirmed by the event organiser and the author. While some may contest this tally, it's worth noting that The Tilse’s Toddle two weeks earlier boasted numbers nearing the triple-digit mark, with Whibley’s Wander closely following suit.
One undeniable highlight was the hospitality of the Bishop’s Beach Road Barnstormer hosts, who generously opened their doors to accommodate the runners, offering a delightful morning of competition followed by a well-deserved post-run refreshment of a cuppa and sausage sizzle.
The Mackay Road Runners gratitude is extended to Julie, Brendan, Millie, Hughie, and all the neighbourhood kids and furry friends for contributing to the warmth and enjoyment of the occasion. It was said to be a beautiful morning filled with camaraderie and healthy competition!

Contributed By Janelle Tilse

Emily Hayles (left) and Mel Esau get in some quality racing at the Bishop’s Beach Road Barnstormer 10km.
Approximately sixty Mackay Road Runners’ members, casual day runners and supporters enjoyed a magnificent morning from a magnificent location at Beach Road, Dolphin Heads.
Craig Andrews (#107) completed a sensational 10km which included a spirited sprint to the finish line with his running peers.
Mackay Road Runners’ stalwart, Jan Smith (#5) and Alleny Gorrion (right) enjoyed a cruisey 5km with a pressure cooker finish.
The Bishop’s Beach Rd Barnstormer resident, Millie Bishop had no excuses to be late!
Dolphin Heads Beach Road Neighbourhood Watch had nothing on these kids as they supported runners in the two loop 5km/10km event.

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A Splash Of Success For Cyclones At Nationals

April 24, 2024

The Mackay cyclone swimmers surged into the National MC and Age Championships, held recently on the vibrant shores of the Gold Coast. Among the tide of competitors, two fresh qualifiers, Jarek Taylor and Ava Kearns, joined the seasoned attendees Max Vernon, Audrey Bryan and Vaughn Wyatt for their second year.
Coach Leigh-Anne Pokarier said all the athletes swam well, and had a blast soaking up the atmosphere. Acknowledging the significant accomplishment of qualifying for such a prestigious level of competition, she said it was a particular delight to have six team members, including Izabella from the MC National age group, securing qualification, which was nothing short of fantastic.
The competition, characterised by its scale and speed, offers invaluable lessons for growth, not only for the athletes but also for the coaching staff, who seize the opportunity to collaborate with peers.
Yet, amidst the thrill of competition, it's essential to recognise the dedication it has taken for these athletes to reach this stage. Early mornings, meticulous time management balancing school, swimming, and friendships, all underscore the immense commitment required. Coach Pokarier emphasises that such dedication at a young age cultivates essential life skills, setting the foundation for success beyond the pool.
Reflecting on the broader impact of coaching, Alisha Ness from Mackay Cyclones proudly recounts witnessing former team member Ruby Boxall, now at Somerville House in Brisbane, clinching her first National gold medal in the 100 Backstroke. Witnessing such moments with their triumphant smiles as they surpass their own expectations can be described as truly ‘priceless’.

“This was a very proud moment for me,” Alisha remarked.

“Playing a part in all of my athlete’s journey, however big or small the achievement, the smile and excitement on their faces when they achieve something they believed they never could do is priceless.”

(Left to right) Audrey Bryan, Vaughn Wyatt, Jarek Taylor, Izabella Wills, Ava Kearns, Coach Leigh-Anne Pokarier. Absent: Max Vernon. Image supplied

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AT THE TABLE

April 24, 2024

Coral Morgan celebrated her 83rd birthday this week – playing table tennis.

Coral’s daughter Delma Knight, who has played table tennis alongside her mum since she was a child, baked her a delicious cake which was enjoyed by the players at Tuesday morning fixtures.

Coral and Val Austin have been playing since the 70s, and they played out a huge battle on Tuesday, Coral winning -12, 7, -8, 11, 6.

Full details of fixtures including player standings are available at https://www.revolutionise.com.au/mackaytta/fixtures-results/

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday morning fixtures April 16, 2024:

Division 1:

Pumas (George Camilleri, Andrea Nicholson, Coral Morgan) d Cheetahs (Donna Abbott, Doug Dungavell, Val Austin) 8-4. Coral d Val -12, 7, -8, 11, 6.

Jaguar (Branko Vucurovic, Peter Goodson, Kevin Abbott) d Tigers (Delma Knight, Noreen Fredericksen, John McGee) 8-4. Branko d John 8, -7, -11, 7, 8.

Lions (Tony Bowman, Pam Joyce, Bryan Marshall) d Leopards (Charlie Payne, Steve Mathieson, Judy Zahn) 7-5. Pam d Steve 7, -6, -8, 8, 8.

Division 2:

Cyan (Robyn Bushell, Marie Taylor, Louise Gould) d Teal (Ken Best, Kim Daffy) 10-2. Ken d Louise -10, 4, 9, 6.

Aqua (Judi Hicks, Gloria Vella, Gerry Synnott) d Lime (Iris Grasso, Fred Saliba, John Hamelink) 8-4. Judi d John -7, 7, 7, -8, 12.

Division 3:

Sapphires (Josie Davis, Madge Saunders, Darryl Ross) d Emeralds (Ian Dodds, Glenda Brookes, Trish Zamparuti) 7-5. Madge d Trish -5, -9, 7, 2, 6.

A new season of Tuesday night table tennis fixtures hit off this week. It’s always nice to see new and returning players enjoying the fixtures. It’s never too late to join, so give Donna Abbott a call 0400 769 560.

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixtures April 16, 2024:

Division 1:

Brown (Barry Patterson, Vince Boeske, Andrea Nicholson) d Orange (Donna Abbott, Janice Kent, Geoff Denman) 6-5. Vince d Donna -12, 6, -6, 4, 11.

Blue (Will VanDeKaa, Steven Whiting, Lee Brake) d Red (Anne Sheridan, Graeme Walker, George Camilleri) 8-3. Graeme d Will -9, 7, 6, -4, 8.
Purple (Tony Bowman, Duncan Treloar) d Green (Leo Gilbert) 6-2. Leo d Duncan 8, 6, -5, -9, 6.

Black (Mick Ruhl, Ishan Rana, Allan Robins) d White (Mark Sleeman, Andrew McHugh, Graham Brake) 6-5. Ishan d Graham 7, 7, -4, -4, 8.

Division 2:

Tan (Jye Callander, Rymer Tabulo, Saisha Palod) d Rose (Nehmat Dhaliwal, Niro, Mark Stam) 6-5. Jye d Mark 8, 6, -4, 1.

Lime (Simon Hogan, Noreen Fredericksen) d Teal (Peter Goodson, Craig VanDeKaa) 7-2. Noreen/Simon d Craig/Peter 18, -3, -3, 5, 12.

Gold (Ollie Hamelink, Steve Mathieson, Rohit Bansod) d Cyan (Matt West, Val Austin, Leonie Patroni) 9-2. Ollie d Val 6, -8, 8, -9, 4.

Aqua (Judy Zahn, Delma Knight, Robbie Richards) d Grey (Doug Dungavell, Misha Palod, Kade Wright) 8-3. Kade d Judy 4, 7, -9, -9, 10.


Val Austin and Coral Morgan

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Mackay Contract Bridge Club

April 24, 2024

The Mackay Champion Pairs was played on Saturday 13th April, with thirty pairs entered. This was a great attendance with players attending from Bowen and Airlie Beach as well as local players. Sixty players played across A, B and C grades. Max and Diane Holewa won A section with Robert Carless and Janelle Conroy runners up. Jan Harris and Mick King won the B section with Ming Ting and Debra Goodchild runners up. Sandy Patterson and Geoff Cowan won C Section with Annie Lynch and Sandra Morris runners up.

A section winners Diane and Max with President Noel

C Section winners Sandy and Geoff with President Noel and Anne Lutz Convener

Weekly Results
Monday 15 April 2024 – 7 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Terrence Sheedy / Josie Cowley
2nd
Max Holewa / Diane Holewa
3rd
Joy Block / Nancy Wix
4th
David Ting / Eric Goodchild
5th
Geoffrey Patterson / Noel Bugeia
6th
Ian Cruickshank / Mary Cruickshank
Tuesday Evening 16 April 2024 –8 Table Mitchell Green Points
1st
Noel Bugeia / Eric Goodchild
1st
Geoff Taylor / Frances Brown
2nd
Sandra Morris / Diane Morgan
2nd
Debra Goodchild / Annette Howe
3rd
Janelle Conroy / Terry Sheedy
2nd
Simon Barnes / Errol Morris


3rd
Marilin Robins / Faye Wright
Wednesday 17 April 2024 – Unders and Overs 11 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Sandy Patterson / Ian Cruickshank
1st
Lorna Shuttlewood / Joy Brunette

2nd
Joy Block / Janet Hansen
2nd
Geoff Taylor / Ted Cullinan

3rd
Karen Caldwell / Alan Brown
3rd
Geoffrey Patterson / Susan Ross

4th
Geoff Cowan / Nancy Wix
4th
Susan Wright / Bob Ellis

5th
Sue Meyer-Miller / Kath Poole
5th
Gwen Liddell / Errol Morris

Thursday Evening 18 April 2024 –5 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janet Hansen / Janelle Conroy
1st
Susan Ross / Jan Harris
2nd
Vicki Howard / Richard Wix
2nd
Patricia Garner / Mick King
Friday 19 April 2024 - 9 Table Green Points
1st
Terrence Sheedy / Noel Bugeia
1st
Julie O’Neill / Joy Block
2nd
Debra Goodchild / Lorna Shuttlewood
2nd
Eric Goodchild / Sandy Patterson
3rd
Kath Poole / Nancy Martin
3rd
David Ting / Ming Ting
4th
Joy Brunette / Don Poole
4th
Susan Wright / Geoffrey Patterson
Saturday 20 April 2024 – 11 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Janette Hansen / Diane Morgan
1st
Debra Goodchild / Eric Goodchild
2nd
Geoffrey Patterson / Terrence Sheedy
2nd
Nancy Martin / Ken Seaniger
3rd
Frances Brown / Alan Brown
3rd
Faye Wright / Marilin Robins
4th
Ted Cullinan / Noel Saunders
4th
David Ting / Ming Ting
5th
Monica Darley / Kath Poole
5th
Lorna Shuttlewood / Susan Wright


5th
Janelle Conroy / Robert Carless

Contributed by Joy Block

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It’s Time to Gather Round, Macktown  

April 18, 2024

The upcoming 2024 AFL Mackay season is set to commence, kicking off on Saturday, April 20, with the debut of AFL Mackay’s "Gather Round" at Harrup Park. The inaugural round will feature eight football games across three competition grades, all held at the same venue.
Following the AFL's "Gather Round" in Adelaide, AFL Mackay is launching the "Regional Gather Round," marking the first time in Queensland community football history where a round will be played at a single venue for all senior grades.
Anticipation has been steadily building throughout the preseason, with all seven clubs primed to participate with five local Mackay clubs, along with teams from Moranbah Women and Whitsunday Men on the day.
The AFL Mackay Gather Round event will span across three ovals at Harrup Park, with the highlight being the Marquee Men’s match between the Mackay City Hawks and Mackay Magpies, taking place under the floodlights of the Great Barrier Reef Arena at 4:40 pm.

You can catch the action with a kick off at 11am, featuring the Triple M Women’s Cup, followed by the commencement of the Allied Senior Men’s matches at 12pm. Entry is FREE for all attendees, and convenient parking is available at Field 10 via Bridge Rd.

The highly anticipated 2024 AFL Mackay season is set to kick off on Saturday, April 20th.  Image supplied.

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Cutters Soar To Success In Historic Wins

April 18, 2024

By Amanda Wright
History was made as the Mackay Cutters secured the title of the first-ever Harvey Norman Under 19 premiers. Hooker Paityne Johns emerged as the standout player of the match, steering her team to victory with sheer determination and skill.
Reflecting on the momentous win, Paityne expressed her exhaustion but overwhelming happiness at the team's triumph. She credited their success to a collective effort and a mindset focused on giving their best on the field.
"My mindset was to just play the best footy I can and the goal was to direct the girls and get us across the line," Paityne said.
Despite facing numerous challenges and injuries throughout the season, the Cutters rallied together, playing not just for themselves but for their absent teammates as well.
"With a number of injuries this season, we did it for the girls who couldn't be on the field," Paityne remarked.
The absence of their coach only fuelled their determination, as they dedicated their inaugural victory to him. Cutters U19 ladies captain Mersades Lawson beamed with pride as she praised her team's resilience and grit in clinching the Harvey Norman Under 19 grand final victory.
In the Hostplus Cup, the Mackay Cutters continued their winning streak with a commanding 52-14 triumph over the Western Clydesdales. Despite facing early challenges and a halftime deficit, the Cutters showcased their mettle, scoring an impressive eight tries to secure their highest points tally in a match.
Coach Michael Comerford commended his team's patience and composure, emphasising the importance of discipline in defence.
"Our attack in the first half was pretty good, it was just our discipline in defence costing us possession and field position," Comerford said, highlighting the team's areas for improvement.
Highlighting standout performances from halves Riley Dean and Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu, Comerford lauded their response after a disappointing showing in the previous week. "We challenged them during the week off the back of a performance we weren't happy with last week against the Blackhawks and they stood up and steered the ship," Comerford added.
The inclusion of Jaxon Purdue added to the team's success, with the 18-year-old halfback making a significant impact with his try-scoring prowess.
"We're very proud Jaxon has come through our junior pathways and had a really breakout couple of years," Comerford said.
In other games, the BMD Premiership squad ladies continued their dominance with a fifth consecutive win, overpowering the Western Clydesdales with a commanding 34-6 victory. Additionally, the U19 boys showcased their prowess in the Mal Meninga Cup, securing a convincing 34-16 win against the Western Clydesdales in Toowoomba.

The Mackay Cutters took the Harvey Norman Under 19 Grand Final win
Hostplus Cup Round 5. Western Clydesdales v Mackay Cutters. Photo: Benny Hassum/QRL

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Runners Conquer The Hills At Tim's Chariots Of Fire Event

April 18, 2024

Nearly sixty runners enjoyed the perfect Sunday morning weather conditions as they traversed the scenic hills of Slade Point to Lamberts Beach for the five-kilometre and beyond to the Harbour North Wall for the ten-kilometre distance.
 
The Tim’s Chariots of Fire event was hosted by club treasurer, Tim Magoffin and the course was a beauty with plenty of varying terrain to keep runners alert and on their toes. The Slade Point and Lamberts Beach suburbs put on spectacular weather where it had South of the Bridge tourists wanting to crossover to take up residence...nearly!
 
Mick Vivian stole the show as he bolted from the gun and into the ten-kilometre course with no fear of rocky unsealed mountainous hills, steep tarmac roads, grassy slopes, sandy beaches and serious headwinds. Mick steamed over the course in a cracking time of 49 minutes 49 seconds ahead of first female and 2nd overall, Alana Knezevic (52:09). Alana set a serious pace from the get-go, splitting the boys with a sensationally slick race.  Second male Ashley Miles (53:32), George Hannaford (54:20), Brad Fraser (55:00), Michael Feenaghty (55:14); Shane Donnollan (55:35), Grant Holmstrom (56:05), Derek Woods (57:21), John Roe (58:17) and Oliver Rule (59:50) rounded out the top ten males with Craig McGahey (59:52) just outside by two seconds and Michael Scholer right on the hour.  Second female in the 10km Mel Esau scorched over the course finishing two minutes clear of third placed Jose Short, Rhian Massey, Tahnie Malageuno, Glynis Forse, Emily Hayles, Carmel Mahon, Jo Skinner and Judy Zahn.
 
Justin Rule made a welcome return to racing after clocking the fastest five-kilometre ahead of first female Teresa Hackney, followed by host Tim Magoffin who had to be back in time to put the kettle on. 
 
This Sunday’s President’s Run from Brendan’s Beach Road residence at Dolphin Heads will be the second annual running of the five-kilometre and ten-kilometre Bishops Beach Road Barnstormer. Many thanks to the Bishop family for their generous offer of another testing hilly run in an awesome location. Runners must be registered in with timekeeper by 6:50am at the latest for racing to start at 7am sharp. Non-members are most welcome to run for a $10 casual race day fee. 
 
Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Katrina, Glynis, Simon, Emma,  Rhiann, Judy and Geeta get set for the Tim’s Chariots of Fire event commencing from 16 Ocean Avenue, Slade Point.
Tahnie Malagueno heads a group of runners after a tricky grassy uphill section at Lamberts Beach Lookout.
Mick Vivian outclasses a talented field of 10km runners to be first male across the line.

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Mackay Cyclones Multiclass Athlete Dives Into Victory

April 18, 2024

Mackay Cyclones Multiclass Athlete Izabella Wills launched herself into the Australian MC and made waves at the Age championships held on the Gold Coast recently, bringing home a swag of medals.

Izabella competed in six events initially, along with six in the finals, securing a medal in each one!

Izabella is now the New Australian champion for 2024 in the 50 Freestyle and 50 Butterfly. She also earnt four Silver medals in all her other events for the 100 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke.

Her coach Leigh-Anne Pokarier said, “working with Izabella has been one of the most rewarding experiences, not only from an athlete coach perspective but from a coach development side as well, the old adage ‘you are never too old to learn new things’ comes to mind.

“Izabella works very hard alongside all her cyclone team mates, it involves early morning starts whilst most of her friends are sleeping in, as well as good time management of schoolwork and studies,” she added.

‘Bell’, as she is fondly known, has a great support team around her and at the helm is her mum Lisa and Dad Joe.

Contributed By Alisha Ness

Isabella Wills took home multiple medals at the Age championships held on the Gold Coast recently. Images Supplied

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Easter Weekend Pickleball

April 11, 2024

Mackay Indoor Pickleball club held a very successful inaugural Pickleball Competition throughout the Easter Weekend. It was held at McDonald's Multi-sports Stadium nd welcomed players from near and far. The event consisted of both local players, as well as visitors from across Townsville, Home Hill, Bowen, Whitsundays, Rockhampton, Brisbane and even California.
The competition was friendly and social but undoubtedly very intense, with a focus solely on competitions with men’s and women’s doubles which played out on Saturday, followed by mixed doubles on Sunday.  
On each day the entrants competed in one of three categories: Advanced, Intermediate or Serious Social, a category included to welcome new or inexperienced players to their first competition.
The atmosphere throughout was very positive and friendly with players supporting one another and applauding good play.  At the same time, there was intense competition and hard-fought battles, however, as a result, a good time was had by all.  
Mackay Indoor Pickleball club would like to give a special thanks to Mackay Basketball Association for the use of the stadium and for keeping the players nourished from the canteen over the weekend.  With gratitude also, to Mackay Tennis club for the loan of Pickleball nets and for all those who contributed to prizes and the raffle.
Mackay Indoor Pickleball welcomes new players at McDonalds Multi-sports Stadium on Mondays 9.30am to 11.30am. Main games take place at Mackay PCYC on Tuesdays 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm, Thursdays 12-2 pm and Sundays 9am – 11am.  

Results:
Women’s Doubles

Advanced:

1st Lucy Brown and Kim Presland
2nd Sue Kenniff and Rebecca Moore
3rd Heather Hayes and Karyl Young

Intermediate:

1st Joyce Morris and Hayley Mawhirt
2nd Asia Cossley and Jackie Burling
3rd Jacky Hardman and Heather Barnes

Social:

1st Kelly Edwards and Anne-Louise Stewart
2nd Tahnee Armstrong and Jamie Macklin
3rd Cherie Craig and Lesley Rowe

Men’s Doubles

Advanced:

1st Gerard Howard and Brett Walz
2nd Rob Vella and Jamie Duncan
3rd Damon Hardmon and Brendan Rae

Intermediate:

1st Trevor Gregory and Peter Hughes
2nd Leo Gilbert and Craig Neilson
3rd David Selvage and Eamon McGovern

Mixed Doubles:


Advanced:

1st Rob Vella and sue Kenniff
2nd Brendan Rae and Rebecca Moore
3rd Yoko Stimson and Frank Clayton

Intermediate:

1st Craig Nielson and Heather Barnes
2nd Graham Scott and Heather Hayes
3rd Neil McNee and Lou Battersby

Social:

1st Debbie Barbagallo and Ben Barbagallo
2nd Jamie Macklin and Peter Hutching
3rd Tahnee Armstrong and Craig Armstrong

Contributed by Monica Stewart-McLean

Advanced Women’s Doubles
Intermediate Men’s Doubles
Advanced Men’s Doubles
Intermediate Mixed Doubles
Advanced Mixed Doubles
Social Women’s Doubles
Intermediate Women’s Doubles
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Cutters Edged Out By Blackhawks Going Blow For Blow

April 11, 2024

In a gripping round of rugby league action, the Mackay Cutters faced formidable challenges across divisions. The Hostplus Cup clash against the Townsville Blackhawks showcased a fiercely contested battle at Jack Manski Oval. With an early lead courtesy of Ross Bella's third-minute try, the Cutters traded blows with the Blackhawks throughout the first half. Townsville responded with a four-pointer in the 15th minute, and John Radal crossed for the Cutters in the 25th minute to keep the match level. Christian Gale's try for the Blackhawks just before halftime added to the intensity, with the teams tied at 12-all at the halfway point.
In the second half, Semi Valemei's spectacular intercept try in the 54th minute gave the Cutters a brief lead. However, the Blackhawks struck back with another try ten minutes later to even the score once again. With only five minutes remaining, Townsville sealed the match with a match-winning field goal, clinching a narrow victory of 19-18. Despite the loss, the Cutters showcased resilience and determination, making it a thrilling encounter for fans and players alike.
Meanwhile, in the BMD Premiership ladies' division, the Mackay Cutters continued their dominant form, securing yet another win over the Souths Logan Magpies with a commanding 26-16 triumph. The ladies displayed exceptional skill and teamwork, maintaining their unbeaten streak and further establishing themselves as a force in the competition.
In the Harvey Norman U19s category, the Cutters' girls delivered a standout performance, booking their ticket to the Grand Final after a hard-fought victory over the Western Clydesdales in Brisbane. With a final score of 18-10, the young Cutters displayed resilience and determination, setting the stage for an exciting finale as they vie for championship glory.

The Harvey Norman U19s undergo their Captain's Run ahead of their Semi-Final clash in Brisbane. Photos courtesy of Mackay Cutters

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Two Valiant Weeks Of Mackay Ladies District Master Pairs

April 11, 2024

The North Mackay Bowls Club recently hosted the Mackay Ladies District Master Pairs event, spanning over two weeks of spirited competition. Generously sponsored by Carlyle Gardens, this tournament attracted 22 teams hailing from Airlie Beach to Sarina, with the majority of participants representing the host club. It was no surprise as the competition narrowed down to the final four teams that three of whom were from North Mackay.

Last year's winners, Joan McGrath and Larda Purdie from Airlie Beach, put up a valiant performance against Lorna Bowers and Val De Pinto in the final, resulting in a draw at 21 ends. Lorna and Val were declared the winners after another end had them one ahead. Third and fourth places were taken out by Chris Woo and Chris Hall who defeated Cheryle Corbett and Pat O'Neill.

Lorraine Silman with Snr Vice President of the District.

Lorraine Silman, Snr Vice President of the District, with the four teams who played off in the finals. Lorraine presented the trophies.
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Meteors And Meteorettes Set To Blaze Trails

April 11, 2024

As the countdown begins for the much-anticipated start of the NBL1 competition, basketball fever is reaching its peak in Mackay. This Friday night marks the commencement of an electrifying journey for the Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes as they kick off their NBL1 campaigns with a home advantage at the iconic Crater.
This season's opener holds an extra special significance, as Mackay welcomes back one of its own legends – Australian Boomer Todd Blanchfield.
Blanchfield's return to the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors after his stellar stint with the Illawarra Hawks is a cause for celebration among fans. With 15 seasons and 385 games under his belt, Blanchfield's presence promises to inject unparalleled productivity and versatility into the Meteors' NBL1 North lineup.
But it's not just about the thrill of the game; it's also about making a difference off the court. For the Meteorettes, the evening holds a poignant touch as they participate in the annual 'night in pink'. Donning special pink singlets, the players aim to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation in support of breast cancer awareness.
The schedule for the evening is packed with excitement:
   • 6:30 PM: McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes take on the Townsville Flames
   • 8:30 PM: McDonald’s Mackay Meteors face off against the Townsville Heat
It's a showdown you won't want to miss! So, grab your tickets, rally your friends, and head to the Crater for an unforgettable night of basketball action.

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/CQUVL

Meteor and Meteorette uniform presentations for the 2024 NBL1 Season Launch at Souths Suburban Bowls Club. Photos supplied: Mackay Basketball

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Almost 100 Runners Participate In Tilse Toddle

April 11, 2024

Nearly one hundred runners and supporters met Sunday afternoon for the running of the annual five and ten-kilometre, Tilse Toddle handicap start event. The five-kilometre loop course took runners through the West Mackay streets towards Archibald Street and return. The steamy conditions put ten-kilometre runners to the test as they headed out for their second lap.
 
The events had runners in clusters at the start line based on their formal club handicap.  This enables the faster runners to start their race from the back of the pack in a bid to chase down the lower handicapped runners.  The concept is a great way for all runners to experience a different position in the field as opposed to a scratch start.
 
Exceptional performances were showcased by talented sportsmen, Greg Coulsen and Ryan Evetts.  Alana Knezevic continued her excellent form to sprint to the finish line alongside Michael Feenaghty. Long-term member of the club, John Searston was a welcome visitor at the club’s last two events after a brief stopover in Mackay over the Easter break.  Paul MacKenzie’s high mileage training and racing sessions are continuing to be very beneficial for local, out of town and international events despite experiencing tough competition from fellow athletes, Grant Holmstrom, Jared Mackie, Luke Leven, Michael Scholer, Shane Donnollan, George Hannaford and the Rule brothers, Oliver and Toby. 
 
Tim’s Chariots of Fire, five and ten-kilometre event this Sunday will commence from 6.30am at 16 Ocean Avenue, Slade Point. It will be an awesome start to the day, taking in beautiful scenic views and a variety of tricky terrain. Runners must be checked in with the timekeeper by 6.20am.  Runners are welcome to stay for a post run dip in the pool and refreshments.  Casual day runners are invited to participate with a $10 race day fee.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Crystal and Mick observe Arthur and Beck (seated) who are on timekeeping duties.
Natasha Joynson sneaks across the 5km finish line via handicap start ahead of Len Haworth.
Some of Mackay Road Runners lovely ladies enjoy the post-race afternoon tea and chat (back) Millie, Jo, Jose, Bernie, Kim, Leanne and Jen. (front) Lauren, Sacha, Emily and Naomi.


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A Spinning And Smashing Time At States

April 11, 2024

Mackay’s table tennis juniors brought home four medals from the state junior championships in Brisbane.

Olie Hamelink, Trent Day, YiLin Jiang, Saisha and Misha Palod and Lily Boland competed in the state junior table tennis championships.

Lily Boland and Saisha Palod both brought home medals as part of a six-player Mackay squad, who competed against more than 100 from around the state.

Lily won silver and bronze in the U19 girls singles and doubles, while Saisha took out silver in the U15 girls’ teams and bronze in U13 girls doubles.

Trent Day, YiLin Jiang, Olie Hamelink and Misha Palod also competed, accompanied by manager Donna Abbott and supporter Simon Hamelink.

All players compete in the Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night competitions and have progressed through the junior program held on Wednesday afternoons.

Bronze medal winner Mackay’s Lily Boland, right, on the podium with U19 state girls singles champion Tiffany Lam of the Star club, Brisbane and runner-up Telesha Gaeta of Townsville, left. Photos supplied

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Mackay Contract Bridge Club

April 11, 2024

Saturday saw the playing of the second qualifying GNOT Gold Point Teams event. Twelve teams vyed for Gold Points which are only available to win in certain events or if players travel away to congresses. It was pleasing to see many novice players enter the competition. Once the basics of Bridge have been taught, then the more a person plays the better they get at the game and the more they learn and the better they play. It takes years to become match fit, but it is so much fun to play and learn and improve as you go!
Team Conroy took first place in the Mackay event, with members Janelle Conroy, Terrence Sheedy, Josie Cowley and Geoff Taylor narrowly beating team Brown members, Frances Brown, Alan Brown, Thelma Caruana and Janet Hansen.

The 28th Barrier Reef Congress is being held in Mackay, Friday, 3rd May to Monday, 6th May 2024

Monday 1 April 2024 – 7 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Janelle Conroy / Terrence Sheedy
2nd
Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless
3rd
Mick King / Patricia Garner
4th
Monica Darley / Nancy Martin
5th
Margaret Lane / Barbara Tait
6th
Geoff Cowan / Sandy Patterson
Tuesday Evening 2 April 2024 –5 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Janelle Conroy / Terrence Sheedy
2nd
Mick King / Richard Wic
3rd
Shelley Lewis / Geoff Taylor
4th
Sandra Morris / Diane Morgan
Wednesday 3 April 2024 – 9 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Joy Robinson / Robert Carless
1st
Jan Harris / Sandra Morris

2nd
Debra Goodchild / Eric Goodchild
2nd
Susan Ross / Karen Cadwell

3rd
Ian Cruickshank / Terrence Sheedy
3rd
Geoff Taylor / Mick King

4th
Annette Howe / Noel Saunders
4th
Diane Stokes / Joy Block

Thursday Evening 4 April 2024 – 5 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Frances Brown / Israel Hall
1st
Terry Sheedy / Eric Goodchild
2nd
Patricia Garner / Mick King
2nd
Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless
Friday 5 April 2024 7 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Griffin Bancroft / Joy Block
2nd
Terrence Sheedy / Geoff Cowan
3rd
Janine Rodgers / Richard Wix
4th
Joy Robinson / Geoff Taylor
5th
Debra Goodchild / Lorna Shuttlewood
6th
Eric Goodchild / Sandy Patterson
Saturday 6 April 2024 Second GNOT Qualifying 10 Table Mitchell Gold Points

Team
Team Members
1st
Conroy
Josie Crowley / Janelle Conroy / Geoff Taylor / Terrence Sheedy
2nd
Brown
Janet Hansen / Frances Brown / Alan Brown / Thelma Caruana
3rd
Darley
Monica Darley / Ken Seaniger / Nancy Martin / Margaret Lane
4th
Shuttlewood
Lorna Shuttlewood / Susan Wright / Christine Nice / Faye Wright
5th
Griffo
Griffin Bancroft / Julie O’Neill / Mick King / Patricia Garner

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Two T’20 Cricket Games To Be Held This September

April 4, 2024

Excitement strikes as the upcoming CommBank Women’s T20I Series against New Zealand is announced to take place at the Harrup Park Great Barrier Reef Arena.

These two games of T20 between the Australian and New Zealand women will take place on September 19th and 22nd, marking a significant event, not only for cricket fans but also for the entire Mackay community.

After announcing the season line-up, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said, “This is one of the most highly anticipated summers of cricket in memory with the eyes of the cricket world focused on the extended Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series and the multiformat Women’s Ashes.”

For Mackay, hosting the T’20 women’s series holds immense importance as it showcases the region's growing prominence in the world of cricket.

CEO of Harrup Park, Adrian Young, speaks on the magnitude of this occasion, highlighting the arena's ability to host a top-tier international cricket venue since its opening last year.

The dedication and hard work invested in the venue intertwined with the pride of hosting the two matches will be an outstanding experience for both players and attendees.

“This is very significant, this is first top tier international cricket series we’ve had since the opening of the great barrier reef arena last year,” Mr Young said.

“It’s a combination of a lot of hard work that’s gone into the venue so we’re extremely excited to have the games here in September.”

The anticipation rises as cricket fans eagerly await, with the potential of driving in up to five to six thousand attendees, which is said to be a beneficial economic stimulus for the region.

Adrian highlights that these games are also beneficial for younger generations, offering young boys and specifically girls the chance to witness their heroes in action and aspire to reach similar heights in their future sporting endeavours.

“Having games like this allows young boys and girls to look up to their hero’s and put their minds to play sport at an elite level, and inspire them on an aspirational level.”

As the countdown to September begins, anticipation builds, promising two days of unforgettable cricketing action within the Great Barrier Reef Arena.

Fans are encouraged to register on Cricket Australia's digital channels for access to priority pre-sale tickets, which will be available on June 4.

CommBank Women’s Ashes Test Match, Tayla Vlaeminck and Kim Garth. Image supplied

Great Barrier Reef Arena set to hold two astounding games for cricket fans in September

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McHugh And Sheehan Battle For Season Spoils

April 4, 2024

The last match decided a closely-fought final of first-division Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixtures.

With the matches tied 5-all between Lexus and Jaguar, it came down to a decider between Andrew McHugh and Tim Sheehan, which Andrew won in four games.

Lexus got away to a good start, winning the first two matches in five-game marathons.

Andrew beat Vince Boeske 8, -4, -4, 10, 12 and Janice Kent got up over Tim Shehan 5, -8, 5, -6, 9.

Anne Sheridan opened Jaguar’s account with a win over Barry Patterson in the next match, but Lexus won the next three to take a stronghold 5-1 lead.

But Jaguar made a comeback from the dead to win the next four matches to level 5-all before Andrew finished off the 6-5 win with a hard-fought defeat of Tim -6, 8, 8, 8.

First division: Lexus (Andrew McHugh, Janice Kent, Barry Patterson) d Jaguar (Vince Boeske, Tim Sheehan, Anne Sheridan) 6-5.

In division 2, the Nissan team of Duncan Treloar, Simon Hogan and Will VanDeKaa scored a big 7-1 win over Isuzu (Mark Stam, George Camilleri and Steve Mathieson).

The season’s leading player George Camilleri scored Nissan’s only win over Simon Hogan.

Holden (Saisha Palod and Rohit Bansod) had a narrow 5-4 win over Fiat (Trent Day and YiLin Jiang) in division 3.

Standout matches were Saisha’s win over YiLin -6, 8, 7, -3, 7; and Trent’s defeat of Saisha 3, -9, 6, -5, 6.

Mackay Table Tennis Division 1 night fixture winners were Andrew McHugh, Janice Kent and Barry Patterson. Photos: Supplied

Division 2 winners Will VanDeKaa, Duncan Treloar and Simon Hogan

Division 3 winners Rohit Bansod and Saisha Palod

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Marian Mill Shield Showdown And Upcoming Sarina Spectacle

April 4, 2024

Last month, ahead of Easter, teams journeyed to Gargett for the Marian Mill Shield, engaging in three matches throughout the day. Mackay Club advanced to the Final at Marian Club.

Facing Northern Beaches, the team exerted a commendable effort but narrowly missed securing victory. Congratulations to all the players for their outstanding dedication.

On Saturday, April 6th, three teams will compete in the Wilmar Sugar Plane Creek Mill Shield at the Sarina Club.

Team 1 G.Luck, R.Bell, N.Hollt, R.Blanchard.
Team 2 T.Hollows, B.Paskins, E.Roberts, T.Mayfield
Team 3 A.Lovern, C.Marks, M.Coll, N.Wilson

Results:
Tuesday Triples;(22)
Winner of Winners:
Peter Nelson, Col Stevens

Winner of Losers:
A.Nayler, A.Lovern, N.Holt.
Thursday Scroungers (16)
Ric Dunn  def  Barry Paskins.
Ladies Championship Results:
K.Dunn,  R.Schatkowski  def  K.Catanzariti, V.Edwards
K.Catanzaritu won on Forfiet.

By Mike Irving

Participants took part in three matches throughout the day and were advanced to the finals. Despite their loses, Mackay Bowls are ready to take on their next challenge. Image Supplied.

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Mackay Contract Bridge

April 4, 2024

The Mackay Contract Bridge Club Pairs has been played over the last three Wednesdays, with some interesting hands of cards being played. The winning Team – the Terrence Sheedy Team, consisted of Terrence Sheedy, Thelma Caruana, Max Holewa, Diane Holewa and Mick King.

Thelma, Terrence, Diane and Max (Mick absent)

Weekly Results
Monday 25 March 2024 – 5 Table One Winner Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Debra Goodchild / Eric Goodchild
2nd
Sandy Patterson / Geoff Cowan
3rd
Monica Darley / Nancy Martin
4th
Helen Van Den Breok / Jan Harris
5th
Ian Cruickshank / Mary Cruickshank
6th
Terrence Sheedy / Janelle Conroy
Tuesday Evening 26 March 2024 –5 Table One Winner Green Points
1st
Sandra Morris / Diane Morgan
2nd
Eric Goodchild / Debra Goodchild
3rd
Janelle Conroy / Terrence Sheedy
4th
Shelley Lewis / Geoff Taylor
Wednesday 27 March 2024 – Mackay Teams, Week 3 of 3 - 10 Table Mitchell Red Points
1st
Terry Sheedy Team
2nd
Janet Hanson Team
3rd
Sandy Patterson Team
4th
Debra Goodchild Team
Wednesday 27 March 2024 – Mackay Teams – Final Results after 3 Weeks - Mitchell Red Points

Team
Players
1st
Terry Sheedy
Terrence Sheedy / Thelma Caruana / Max Holewa/ Diane Holewa / Mick King
2nd
Janet Hanson
Janet Hansen / Alan Brown / Frances Brown / Janelle Conroy / Noel Bugeia
3rd
Debra Goodchild
Debra Goodchild / Eric Goodchild / Ming Ting / David Ting / Antonia Tarradas / Mick King
4th
Sandy Patterson
Sandy Patterson / Geoffrey Patterson / Joy Brunette / Don Poole / Kath Poole
Thursday Evening 28 March 2024 – 3 Table One Winner
1st
Kean Seaniger / Robert Carless
2nd
Terry Sheedy / Sandy Patterson
3rd
Janine Rodgers / Janelle Conroy
4th
Mick King / Patricia Garner
Saturday 30 March 2024 10 Table Mitchell Green Points
N/S

E/W

1st
Terrence Sheedy / Geoffrey Patterson
1st
Jan Harris / Mick King
2nd
Ian Cruickshank / Mary Cruickshank
2nd
Ian Gaskell / Carol Gaskell
3rd
Janelle Conroy / Robert Carless
3rd
Diane Stokes / Annie Lynch
4th
Monica Darley / Kath Poole
4th
Griffin Bancroft / Julie O’Neill
5th
Janine Rodgers / Nancy Wix
5th
Lorna Shuttlewood / Susan Wright

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Easter Sunday Burrito Bolt

April 4, 2024

Mackay Road Runners hopped to it on the Easter Weekend for another Easter Sunday Burrito Bolt social 5k, 10km from Mackay’s Zambrero’s. 

Nearly thirty local runners plus Southern Queensland athletes including Anthea Ford, John Seartson and Stuart Maish joined locals in vying for the fun food-inspired prizes.
 
It was a heavy shower of rain that set runners off on their run.  Mick Scholer put his club Vice-Presidency hat to good use as the master of ceremonies giving runners course directions to follow the Cathy Freeman path alongside the Pioneer River towards the Botanic Gardens and return.  Beck Scholer was the photographer for the afternoon and Jack and Elsie Quinn were in total control of drawing the lucky random draw tickets as well as distributing the prizes to the lucky recipients.  Thanks to all other helpers on the day including Jo Hughes, Natasha Joynson and Andrew Short.
 
Alana Knezevic had a sensational 10km outing as did her fellow runners in their individual events including the Quinn family, Lisa Burns, Grant Holmstrom, Adam Knezevic, Anthea Ford,  Lauren Connor, Carmel Mahon, Simon Henderson, David Isbister, Todd Turner, Leanne Connor, Kim Saron, John Searston, Andrew Short, Michael Scholer, Greg Dawes, Natasha Joynson, Sacha Hoare, Jeff Hoare, Jo Hughes, Colin Hardy and Derek Woods.
 
This Sunday’s annual Tilse Toddle 5k, 10km will commence at 4.30pm from 24 Johnson Street, West Mackay.  The scratch start event will be a handicap points race. Non-members are most welcome to join in however, there will be a $10 casual race day fee. 

For more information, visit Mackay Road Runners online or on Facebook.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Sponsors Zambreros’ Deb, Elsie, Pete and Jack at far left + runners and supporters were dauntingly met with a drenching at the start of the Zambrero Easter Sunday Burrito Bolt social 5k, 10k, they forged on undeterred
Mick Scholer easily sprints the event due to some not so secret altitude training
Lisa Burns and Carmel Mahon easily stride out the final few metres in the social 10km
Zambrero sponsors Peter and Jack Quinn easily complete the 5km in their goal time

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Sinkers Prepare For States

April 4, 2024

The North Mackay Sinkers continue preparing for a major meet with the Masters Swimming Qld State Championships providing the main focus for April. As part of the preparation more sessions have been scheduled along with several club nights to assist race preparation. The most recent night held Friday 22nd March saw members swimming chosen events with 25, 50, 100 and 200/400m events available to improve starts, turns and race pace skills for the event.

Club Night: The start of the 25m event

Coach Departs: The Sinkers also bid goodbye to club coach Igor Demin after some three years as the club's coach as he heads to a new horizon in the ACT with both a Swimming Australia and Masters Swimming Australia club coach position drawing him away from tropical climates. Coach Igor introduced members to a range of innovative and challenging sessions that were always diverse in structure to help members and the club reach goals. The Sinkers wish Igor and his family all the best in their new location and role.

The final session with coach Igor was Wednesday 27th with most of the night's squad present for the photo

Laps For Life Draws To A Close: The seven members participating in the Laps for Life swim and fundraising challenge have now completed the month-long event. The swimmers completed some 5,860 laps (50m pool) to record a total of 294 km for this event. Importantly the funds raised by the Sinkers was even more impressive with a total of $5,404 committed to assist youth mental health and suicide prevention. Together with the other 2 Masters clubs in Qld the grand total settled at $8,110 has been raised for the ReachOut foundation.

Easter Eggs On The Swimmer’s Menu: The Easter weekend allowed swimmers to swim outside the pool with Good Friday pool closures. Three Sinkers visited a popular Sinkers open water swim (OWS) Balnagowan location to check conditions before we enter our northern OWS season. This location is used for training as well as our annual river swim (Nov 3rd 2024) with a few Townsville, Whitsunday and Keppel Island destinations on the list of must-do events.
Saturday saw a great gathering of Sinkers that may have been eyeing the traditional after-swim social supplies of Easter eggs, hot cross buns, cakes and biscuits to accompany the eggcellent coffee at the Memorial pool.

Balnagowan Good Friday
Some input for the Saturday session content prior to starting
Masters is not all swimming with social activity key to the club's popularity

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AT THE TABLE

April 4, 2024

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday morning fixtures March 26, 2024:

Division 1:

Jaguar (Branko Vucurovic, Peter Goodson, Kevin Abbott) d Leopards (Charlie Payne, Cheryl Pearson, Judy Zahn) 7-5. Judy d Peter 9, 8, -10, -7, 3.

Pumas (George Camilleri, Coral Morgan) d Tigers (Don Boettcher, John McGee) 7-2. Coral d John 8, -5, -5, 8, 7.

Lions (Tony Bowman, Pam Joyce, Bran Marshall) d Cheetahs (Donna Abbott, Iris Grasso, Val Austin) 10-2. Bryan d Val 5, -13, -10, 8, 5.

Division 2:

Lime (Helen Ware, Fred Saliba, John Hamelink) d Teal (Ken Best, Kim Daffy, Kim Challender) 8-4. Kim Challender d Helen -9, 7, 9, -9, -7.

Cyan (Robyn Bushell, Marie Taylor, Louise Gould) d Aqua (Judi Hicks, Gloria Vella, Josie Davis) 12-0. Louise d Gloria 5, -9. 13, 3.

Division 3:

Diamonds (Thelma Caruana, Myles Dutton) d Emeralds (Glenda Brookes, Trish Zamparuti) 6-3. Myles d Glenda 6, -8, -9, 5, 8.

Rubies (Sharon Muller, Allison Day, Glenda Dutton) d Sapphires (Carmel Cristaldi, Madge Saunders, Darryl Ross) 7-5. Sharon d Darryl 9, -6, -9, 7, 10.

Glenda Brookes in action in Tuesday morning table tennis fixtures. Photo: Charlie Payne

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Cutters Dominate Rocky Rivals

March 28, 2024

In a thrilling showcase of rugby league prowess, the QCCS Mackay Cutters delivered an outstanding performance last weekend at their fortress, BB Print Stadium in Mackay. With a jam-packed schedule featuring five consecutive games, fans were treated to a day filled with exhilarating action on the field. Supported by their loyal fans and bolstered by the sponsorship of Muscle Garden, the Cutters emerged victorious across all grades, cementing their dominance over their Rocky rivals, the CQ Capras.
The headline act of the day was undoubtedly the Hostplus Cup squad, who continued their winning streak by triumphing over the Capras with a final scoreline of 26-14. Winger Josh Smith stole the show with a stellar performance, bagging two tries to propel his side to victory.
Not to be outdone, the BMD Premiership ladies staged a remarkable comeback, overcoming a 14-point deficit to emerge triumphant with a 26-14 win over the Capras. Maddison Hegarty emerged as the hero of the match, notching up a hat-trick of tries to inspire her teammates to a stunning comeback victory.
Meanwhile, the Junior Reps demonstrated their talent and potential with convincing wins across the board. The Mal Meninga Cup squad maintained their unbeaten record, dispatching the Capras with a commanding 32-8 win, while the Harvey Norman U19 girls showcased their dominance with a resounding 36-4 victory.
In the Cyril Connell Cup, the QCCS Mackay Cutters emerged victorious with an 18-10 win, capping off a perfect day for the club across all grades.
Reflecting on the previous weekend's triumphs, the Cutters celebrated the debut of ten players in the Hostplus Cup squad. Semi Valemei, Viliami Vailea, Mahe Fonua, Riley Dean, Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu, John Radel, Jamal Shibasaki, Jai Hansen, Wil Sullivan, and D'Jazirhae Pua'avase made their mark in their first appearance for the team. These newcomers made an immediate impact, contributing to the team's success on the field. Their debut was marked by a thrilling win over the Sunshine Coast Falcons the weekend prior, where the Cutters showcased their depth and talent, securing victory with a remarkable performance.
After a bye in week one, this makes the Cutters two-from-two after three rounds of the Hostplus Cup.
As the Hostplus Cup takes a break for the Easter long weekend, anticipation mounts for their return to action on April 6th for Round 4.

10 players made their debut in the QCCS Mackay Cutters’ opening game against the Falcons. The team is now two-from-two after a dominant win last weekend against the CQ Capras
Maddison Hegarty emerged as the hero of the match in the BMD Premiership, notching up a hat-trick of tries for the Cutters

North Queensland Cowboys Stage Epic Comeback Over Dragons

In a thrilling encounter at Netstrata Jubilee Oval, the North Queensland Cowboys orchestrated a stunning comeback to maintain their best start to a season in 17 years, clinching a commanding 46-24 victory over the Dragons.
Facing an early deficit of 18-4, the Cowboys showcased their resilience and grit, bouncing back to score seven unanswered tries. This remarkable achievement marks the first time since 2006 that North Queensland has secured three consecutive wins at the start of a season.
The Cowboys' resurgence was ignited by winger Murray Taulangi, who breached the try line in the sixth minute following a precise pass from fullback Scott Drinkwater. Building on this momentum, North Queensland added three more tries before halftime, courtesy of hooker Reece Robson and second-rower Griffin Neame.
Trailing by four points at halftime, the Cowboys continued their onslaught in the second half, capitalising on opportunities generated by their dynamic attacking play. Drinkwater and Chad Townsend orchestrated the charge, with tries from Holmes and Townsend sealing the victory.
Despite a late consolation try from Zac Lomax for the Dragons, it was not enough to derail the Cowboys' momentum. With a final score of 46-24 in their favour, North Queensland emerged triumphant, underlining their credentials as formidable contenders in the NRL.

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AT THE TABLE

March 28, 2024

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixtures March 19, 2024:

Division 1:
(Final) Lexus (Andrew McHugh, Janice Kent and Barry Patterson) won 6-5 over Jaguar (Tim Shehan, Anne Sheridan and Vince Boeske). Andrew d Vince 8, -8, -4, 10, 11.
Audi (Mick Ruhl, Lee Brake, Lily Boland) d BMW (Ishan Rana, Emma Widdup, Allan Edwards) 7-4. Lily d Allan -9, 10, -6, 6, 6.  

Division 2:
Mazda (Mark Sleeman, Niro) d Kia (Peter Goodson, Matt West) 5-4. Matt d Niro 7, 6, -10, -5, 9. Nissan (Will VanDeKaa, Duncan Treloar, Simon Hogan) d Isuzu (George Camilleri, Steve Mathieson, Judy Zahn) 9-2. Will d Steve -6, -11, 9, 6, 9. Honda (Jye Callander, Leo Gilbert, Andrea Nicholson) d Hyuandi (Donna Abbott, Noreen Fredericksen) 9-2. Leo d Donna -6, 8, -7, 7, 14.

Division 3:
Fiat (Aarnav Reelh, Trent Day, YiLin Kiang) d Ford (Misha Palod, Tiffany Camilleri, Ollie Hamelink) 8-2. Trent d Tiffany 5, -6, -6, 8, 13.  Holden (Saisha Palod, Rohit Bansod, Anaya Reelh) d Alfa (Craig VanDeKaa, Kade Wright, Nehmat Dhaliwal) 6-5. Rohit d Kade -9, -9, 10, 4, 10.

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday morning fixtures March 19, 2024:

Division 1:
Jaguar (Branko Vucurovic, Peter Goodson, Kevin Abbott) d Cheetahs (Donna Abbott, Iris Grasso, Val Austin) 9-2. Peter d Donna -8, 7, 8, -11, 6. Tigers (Andrea Nicholson, Noreen Fredericksen, John McGee) d Leopards (Charlie Payne, Steve Mathieson, Judy Zahn) 8-4. John d Charlie 8, -6, 12, -10, 9. Lions (Tony Bowman, Josie Davis, Bryan Marshall) d Pumas (George Camilleri, Coral Morgan) 6-5. Tony d George -9, 8, 5, 4.

Division 2:
Cyan (Robyn Bushell, Marie Taylor, Louise Gould) d Lime (Helen Ware, Fred Saliba, John Hamelink) 9-3. Helen d Louise 8, -8, -7, 9, 6. Aqua (Judi Hicks, Gloria Vella, Gerry Synnott) drew Teal (Ken Best, Kim Daffy, Kim Challender) 6-all. Judi d Ken -9, 5, -9, 9, 9.

Division 3:
Diamonds (Frank Caruana, Thelma Caruana, Charyl Pearson) drew Sapphires (Pam Keune,  Madge Saunders, Darryl Ross) 6-all. Frank d Pam -7, 7, -11, 10, 7.  Emeralds (Ian Dodds, Glenda Brookes, Trish Zamparuti) d Rubies (Sharon Muller, Allison Day, Carmel Cristaldi) 7-5. Allison d Glenda -7, -8, 10, 12, 8.

Lily Boland in action in Mackay Table Tennis fixtures. Photo credit: Charlie Payne

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Marian Ladies Bowls Club's Successful Harvest Triples Event

March 28, 2024

Despite the rainy weather conditions, the Marian Ladies Bowls Club managed to hold their annual Harvest Triples on March 13, 2024.  This was well attended with eight rinks used with 48 ladies participating in a great day of bowls.

Winners on the day were:
First place -  J Insch, G Meng, M Stockton
Second place - J Caban, C Savage. R Schatkowski
Third place - L Jenner, M Mayfield, D McNamara

Contributed By Lyn Jackson

1st Place winners
2nd Place winners
3rd Place winners

Photo supplied

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NBL1 North Season Launch Mackay Teams Gear Up For Opening Clash

March 28, 2024

The 2024 NBL1 North Season Launch Event held at Queensland Parliament House in Brisbane provided an insightful preview into the upcoming basketball season. Local State Government MPs, Julieanne Gilbert and Amanda Camm, lent their support to the event, emphasising Mackay’s backing for our teams.
The gathering offered a glimpse into the camaraderie among players and supporters, setting the stage for an exciting season ahead. With Round 1 scheduled to commence on April 12, the McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes and Meteors are gearing up to face off against rivals, the Townsville Flames and Heat. Fans can anticipate a compelling showdown as the teams vie for early dominance in the league.
Season tickets are still available, visit Mackay Basketball’s Facebook page to Back the Mack!

Photos supplied: Mackay Basketball

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