Mackay Region Sporting News & Results

Cutters Coach Moving On

Cutters Coach Moving On

The Mackay Cutters have announced the departure of Hostplus Cup Head Coach Dave Elliott by mutual agreement.

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On The Greens At Goosies

On The Greens At Goosies

Peter Cowling and Ken Lane played the final of the B Singles last Saturday. It was a very tight game, with Ken coming out the victor this Year. Congratulations Ken. Mixed pairs and mixed fours are still being played.

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Revenge Sweet For St Patrick’s Rugby League Colts

Revenge Sweet For St Patrick’s Rugby League Colts

St Patrick’s College Mackay have taken a giant step towards reaching the Grand Final of the prestigious Aaron Payne Cup schoolboys rugby league competition

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70th Birthday For Pioneering Bowls Club

70th Birthday For Pioneering Bowls Club

Wednesday August 3 was a very special day in the Pioneer Valley. Of course, there was plenty of cake.

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Cutters Cause Upset Over CQ Rivals

August 11, 2022

Round 17 of the Hostplus Cup brought the second-placed Central Queensland Capras to Mackay on Saturday, a ground where the visitors had lost nine of their last 10 fixtures.

The Cutters were looking to extend their home ground record over the Capras in front of a strong Mackay crowd with both teams looking dangerous in the opening minutes of the game.

A shift to the left looked ominous for the Capras before Cutters winger Jake Riley read the play perfectly, intercepting a pass before it could reach the wing and running 80 metres to put the Cutters on the counterattack.

Some simple ball movement to the left brought on an overlap with winger Laitia Moceidreke crossing in the corner untouched in the 12th minute.

Seven minutes later, another shift to the left and a storming run from second rower Kane Bradley saw him evade three tackles to score in the 19th minute.

The Cutters showed they can play both sides of the field, going right off a mid-field scrum for Jake Riley to score in the corner with three minutes left in the first half.

A penalty goal on the stroke of half-time finished a near-perfect half for the Cutters, taking the home side to a 16-0 lead at half-time.

Eight minutes into the first half, Cutters centre Blake Paskins found space out of dummy half, busting the Capras open before finding fullback Kyle Krisanski-Kennedy who scored untouched.

The Capras finally put numbers on the board in the 56th minute through Radean Robinson and again five minutes later through Jonus Pearson.

The comeback wasn’t to be as Moceidreke scored his second for the night in the 70th minute followed shortly by front rower Jayden Morgan crossing in the 74th.

A scrappy consolation try for Capras winger Brandon Roberts in the 79th minute brought the full-time score to 34-16, capping off a huge upset for the 11th-placed Cutters.

The Cutters are back at BB Print Stadium on Sunday where they will welcome the Burleigh Bears for Women in League Round.

The Cutters defeated the Capras in a strong display at home. Photos supplied: Mackay Cutters

Future stars of Souths and Magpies faced off at half-time. Photos supplied: Rugby League Mackay & District

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Commonwealth Medals For Mackay’s Hockey Heroes

August 11, 2022

Two Mackay hockey players will be coming home from Birmingham with medals after both the men’s and women’s teams made the gold medal matches in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Claire Colwill played in the Hockeyroos team that finished with silver while Jacob Anderson and the Kookaburras won gold after thumping India in the final.

18-year-old Claire debuted for the Hockeyroos in May this year in New Zealand and has become a vital part of the team.

She already has a strong hockey CV to her name, having represented and won tournaments with Mackay, Queensland and Australian representative teams.

Claire was part of the first Mackay team to win the Queensland U18 Championships Division 1 title in over 25 years.

The Kookaburras finished the group stage of the Commonwealth Games undefeated and without a goal scored against them.

They defeated India in a penalty shootout in the semi-final to make it to the gold medal match where they went down to the hosts England 1-2 to claim silver.

Claire finished the tournament with one goal scored against Kenya in the group stage.

25-year-old Jacob Anderson also made his Commonwealth Games debut representing the Kookaburras.

Jacob debuted for the Kookaburras in 2018 and has over 25 caps representing his country.

The Kookaburras also enjoyed an undefeated run through the group stage, finishing on top of their pool.

The Australians defeated England 3-2 in the semi-final before convincingly beating India 7-0, claiming gold and their seventh consecutive Commonwealth Games title.

Jacob scored five goals throughout the Games including two in the gold medal match.

As the Commonwealth Games wrapped up earlier this week, Australia finished atop the medal tally with a total of 67 gold medals, 57 silver and 54 bronze.

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St Patrick’s And Ignatius Park Battle For Schoolboy Rugby League Supremacy

August 4, 2022

Schoolboy rugby league heavyweights Ignatius Park College Townsville and St Patrick’s College Mackay continue to flex their muscles in the Aaron Payne Cup Open age competition.

On the eve of the finals and with the minor premiership at stake, the proud sporting nurseries will square off in a preliminary round fixture in Townsville this week in a bid for bragging rights.

Four weeks ago the crack outfits met in the Grand Final of the 2022 Confraternity Shield Carnival in Mackay where Ignatius Park lifted the championship trophy in resounding fashion.

The St Patrick’s team is keen to exact revenge over their arch rivals and stake a claim for Cup honours but know they face a tough assignment.

Head Coach Michael Comerford believes his charges can turn the tables on Ignatius Park in coming weeks and restore some pride following the heavy 32-0 loss in the Confraternity Shield decider.

“The boys really have a point to prove and know their performance in the Confro final was under par,” explained Michael.

“We weren’t at our best but full marks to Ignatius Park who simply outplayed us on the day,” he said.

“The Aaron Payne Cup is a new competition and there is so much improvement to come from our squad – we have been building nicely leading in to the finals and gathering momentum” added Michael.

St Patrick’s College edged out Kirwan State High School 22-20 in an absorbing schoolboy Cup encounter at Mackay Junior League Fields last week.

The hard-fought win was the ideal tonic for the Mackay giants in preparation for the big clash with Ignatius Park with powerhouse forwards Matthew Watts, lock Henry Thorpe, Bray Tait, Levi Love and Patrick Vella producing stand out games.

Watts and Thorpe were superb as the St Patrick’s middle inspired a second half revival to nab two valuable competition points.

Tait and gun centre Kai Simon posted early tries as St Patrick’s jumped to a 10-0 lead before Kirwan State High responded with 20 unanswered points.

Clever half back Jaxon Purdue dashed over for an important try after the break that was converted by Simon before Emerging Queensland U/18s hooker Xavier Kerrisk fooled the defence to grab the match-winning try in a thrilling climax.

By Chris Karas

Mercy Stays On Top Of Cowboys Challenge

Mercy College Mackay maintained top position on the Cowboys Challenge competition table after toppling Kirwan State High 16-10 at the Mackay Junior League Fields.

The Mercy warriors turned in a trojan-like defensive effort to stave off a determined Kirwan side that dominated possession in the second half.

Talented Mercy forwards Hudson Clark, Hunter Harris, Saxon Crofts, Reuben Saren, centre Lachlan Whippy and astute five eighth Adam McSherry were instrumental in the six-point victory that keeps the Mackay school entrenched at the top of the competition ladder.

Clark and Whippy crossed for first half tries converted by McSherry to help Mercy establish a 12-6 lead at the break.

Livewire fullback Lane Maunder sealed victory for the home school midway through the second half when he weaved through the Kirwan defence to notch Mercy’s third try of the match.

Mercy kept the visitors at bay with bustling defence and the sound kicking game of playmaker McSherry, who menaced his Townsville-based rivals with uncanny ball placement in a tense finish.

Rising forward Matthew Watts turned in a powerful performance for St Patrick's College in a thrilling 22-20 victory over Kirwan State High School in the Aaron Payne Cup competition last week.

Skilful lock and inspirational captain Henry Thorpe is a player to watch for St Patrick's College when the Mackay school squares off with Ignatius Park College in a top of the table Aaron Payne Cup clash in Townsville this week

Talented Mercy College hooker Hudson Clark spins the ball to supports during a recent Cowboys Challenge Shield fixture

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Mackay Pickleball players participated in another leg of the Queensland Pickleball Tour held in Yeppoon on the July 23-24 weekend.

August 4, 2022

Mackay Pickleball players participated in another leg of the Queensland Pickleball Tour held in Yeppoon on the July 23-24 weekend.  

Congratulations to Heather Hayes, Colleen Ingham and Gigi Brake for representing Mackay and doing us proud and helping to spread the word of pickleball.

There were 73 players nominated with a few travelling from Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

The games were played on designated and permanent Pickleball courts which were really appreciated by the Mackay players, as they play on multi-sports surfaces, both indoors and outdoors.  

No medals came from this tournament but the number of new friends made and the meeting up with friends from previous tournaments was worth it.

The trip to Yeppoon was great not just for the exercise, the experience, the learning and the fun of travelling, but the lasting friendships made while getting a few important tips from some of the top Pickleball players in Australia.

The next big event for Mackay ‘Picklers’ is the Australian Championships at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane from October 1-3, but there are always other smaller events to choose from along the way.

This year, Pickleball was included in the North Queensland Games in Townsville, and in November, it will be in the Pan Pacific Games at the Gold Coast.  

This is an enormous indication of the growth of Pickleball in Australia.  

To gain an idea of what Pickleball is, Google it and you will see the fun people are having.

Better still, come and see the games in action at the following places.  

First attendance is free and equipment is provided - just wear comfy shoes, clothes and a bottle of water.

Tues: 5.30pm-7pm PCYC, 33 Norris Rd, North Mackay

Wed: 4pm-6pm Mackay Tennis Courts, Kippen St, Mackay

Thurs: 12pm-2pm PCYC, 33 Norris Rd, North Mackay

Frid: 4pm-8pm             Mackay Tennis Courts, Kippen St, Mackay

Contributed by Michelle Sheehan

Gigi Brake, Heather Hayes and Colleen Ingham

Mackay pickleball players in action

Mixing it with some of Australia's top pickleball players. Photos supplied: Michelle Sheehan

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Midfield Hockey Maestro To Spearhead Queensland At Nationals

August 4, 2022

Hockey is a family affair and much talked about subject in the Davies household at East Mackay.

Most of the conversation centres around the exploits of 12-year-old Matthew Davies, regarded as one of the brightest young hockey midfield prospects in the State.

The Mercy College Mackay student is gearing up for a busy sporting campaign over the next two months when he represents Queensland at both the National SchoolSport Australia 10-12yrs Carnival in Canberra and Junior Under 13 Hockey Championships in Hobart.

While a proud Davies anticipates a hectic travelling schedule in coming weeks, he is thrilled to be donning a Queensland jumper in elite competition and testing his skill and prowess against the best young hockey talent in the country.

“I can’t wait to fly down to Canberra in a few weeks for the SchoolSport Australia 10-12yrs Hockey Championships,” revealed Matthew, who is a product of the local Mackay Hockey Association.

“We know the competition will be tough but our squad has worked really hard in preparation for the event and realise that we have to consistently produce our best to stay in the mix for the title” he said.

Queensland will field a strong combination for the National SchoolSport 10-12yrs tournament that will be staged in the ACT from Sunday August 21 to Friday August 26.

Matthew showed his leadership qualities during the recent Under 10-12yrs Schools State titles in Ipswich by skippering Capricornia to a second placed finish behind joint winners Metropolitan North and Wide Bay.

The midfield ace was at his dynamic best – inspiring the Capricornia team to a 3-1 victory over Wide Bay and 1-all draw with Met North in the preliminary rounds in one of the hardest-fought campaigns on record.

Young Matthew hails from good hockey stock – his mother Tanya was an astute midfielder in her heyday with Norths Hockey Club while elder brother Lachlan,15, is a promising representative striker in the Mackay Juniors.

Both Tanya and Lachlan have carved out illustrious careers in the sport and have offered valuable hockey tips to Matthew during his development phase which has sharpened his mindset.

Since taking up hockey at the age of six while a student at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Mackay, a determined Davies has shown a maturity that far belies his years.

Matthew has represented Mackay for the past five seasons and looks forward to 2023 when he can officially start playing competitive club hockey from the Under 13s.

He has enjoyed wearing the Mackay colours at various age group Carnivals and competing for his region and State since the age of 10, but the loyal Davies is keen to line up for Norths with his local hockey mates and participate in regular club competitions.

There is no rest for Matthew at the completion of the National SchoolSport Australia Hockey Championships.

On his return from Canberra, the midfield maestro will join his Queensland representative team mates to prepare for the 2022 Hockey Australia National Under 13 Championship Carnival in Hobart from September 28 to October 4.

A competitive warrior on the field, the fast-developing Davies is relishing the opportunity.

By Chris Karas

Mackay’s dual Queensland junior hockey representative Matthew Davies in action for Capricornia at this year’s State Schools Hockey titles in Ipswich. The midfield trump will wear the maroon colours of Queensland in the National SchoolSport Australia 10-12yrs Hockey Championships in Canberra from August 21-26 and National Hockey Australia U/13 Championships in Hobart from September 28 to October 4. Photos: Supplied

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Meg’s Medal Mania

August 4, 2022

Mackay swimmer Meg Harris has swept up silver in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Meg finished second in the Women’s 50m freestyle on Monday with a time of 24.32 seconds.

She finished as part of an all-Australian podium, with Shayna Jack taking bronze and Emma McKeon taking gold to become the most prolific athlete in Commonwealth Games history.

Meg also swam as part of the Australian Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay team that won a gold medal last weekend.

Meg will add the medals to her collection already consisting of Olympic gold and Olympic bronze medals.

Meg Harris has won silver in Birmingham. Photo credit: Delly Carr - Sports Photographer

Meg was a Nipper with the Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club

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Courageous Kirsten Leads Way As Mercy Mountain Bike riders Clinch School Championship Trophy

August 4, 2022

When Mercy College Mackay teacher Dee Meigan helped resurrect the school’s Mountain Bike Club last term, little did she anticipate the wave of success that would follow the batch of young riders.

Some 15 students answered her call to re-form the Club back in June and have made an immediate impact – clinching the overall Schools Championship Team Trophy at the Rocky Trail Mountain Bike Schools competition at Rowallen Park in Farleigh.

A combined Mercy College/St Patrick’s College team competed in the event on the last day of Term 2 and came away with a swag of medals including individual gold in the Junior Year 7/8 Girls and Intermediate Year 9/10 Boys and Girls categories.

Leading the way was exciting 15-year-old prospect Kristen Rowlands, who won the Year 9/10 Intermediate Girls title in courageous style against a strong field of riders.

Mountain bike riding is in Rowlands’ veins and the Year 10 starlet jumped at the chance to re-join the Club after competing on various tracks during her early years at Mercy College.

“Kristen was the first student to join our newly formed Club and what a dynamo she has proved to be on a mountain bike,” said PE teacher Dee, who has assembled an impressive squad.

“To win three individual titles plus the overall Schools Championship at our first meet is a tremendous feat”, she declared.

“It was an exciting day for our school with five students placing on the podium,” Dee added.

Other individual Mercy College winners were Kate Jones-Trifelly (Junior Year 7-8 Girls) and Edward Spicer (Intermediate Year 9-10 Boys) with silver medals to John Trifelly (Intermediate Year 9-10 Boys) and St Patrick’s rider Lockie Bourke (Senior Year 11/12 Boys).

The talented Rowlands, who has been riding mountain bikes competitively for five years, is an esteemed member of the Mackay & District (MAD) Mountain Bike Club where she has performed with distinction.

Kristen showed her class to take out the Paluma Push Marathon Juniors event and has now set her sights on the National Schools Mountain Bike Riding Championships to be staged at Nerang on the Gold Coast in September.

Other Mercy College riders that helped bring home the Rocky Trail Team Trophy were Kai Nicholson, Jackson McPherson, Pat Arbuthnot, Cooper Doyle, Liam Anderson, Jack Hurley, Charles Christensen, Louis Cauchi , Decklan Logan and Riley Meigan.

By Chris Karas

Mercy College Mountain Bike Club riders that won the Schools Championship Team Trophy at the Rocky Trail Mountain Bike Riding competition at Rowallen Park. Photos: Supplied

Mackay mountain bike riding champion Kristen Rowlands starred at the recent Rocky Trail competition– winning gold for Mercy College in the Intermediate Year 9-10 Girls event and Schools Championship Team Trophy

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North Mackay Rolling In Fine Form

August 4, 2022

North Mackay Bowls Club (Goosies) held the ladies Champion of Champions fours district finals. North Mackay faced Marian in the final.

With a close and tense final, it went down to the wire with North Mackay winners from a valiant Marian team by 1 point.

The week prior, Lydia McCarthy won the B Singles District Championships played at Marian in challenging windy conditions.

North Mackay celebrated success in this year’s pennants. Its ladies pennant teams, divisions 1, 3 and 4 and the men’s pennant team division 2, were all winners in this year’s district competitions.

The club celebrated with a joint dinner at Goosies Sport and Recreation Club. Ladies president Lorraine Silman welcomed and thanked all players who attended and for playing in this year’s competition. Mick Mackenzie and Ron Bowers also thanked all players in response.

Contributed by Suzanne Hazledine

Champion of Champion fours winning team: Lydia McCarthy, Jean Schmidtke, Maryanne Bartolo and Anne Peet

Champion of Champion fours runners-up: Marian ladies: Laurel Morrow (sub for Jean Kay), Fay Erickson, Gwen Harburger, Joan Vickers

Lydia McCarthy, Winner of the ‘B’ Singles District Championships

North Mackay Bowls Club celebrates success in the pennants competition with a celebration at Goosies

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On The Greens At Goosies

August 4, 2022

Several club championship competitions were also played over the weekend with the men’s A pairs final won by Ian McDonald and Peter Delaney who substituted for Neal Blucher due to sickness.

Monday mixed pairs draw winners were Peter Cowley and Rob Hall followed by Alan Brown and Kees Struik. Greens vouchers won by Brenda Trannore and Lyn Maguire.

Wednesday ladies’ day winners were Brenda Trannore, Margaret Goldston and Ann Smith, with Jean Comelli, S. Gilbert and Dot Wise in second spot.

Thursday mixed pairs was taken out by Brian Perrin and partner, with Cheryl Corbett and Isla Comelli runners up. Greens vouchers went to visitors, Sally and Peter Hogden.

Friday mixed pairs was won by Ron Bowers and Doug Geddings. Draw winners were Donna Gordon and Bert Hobbs, with second place taken out by Vic Gaudion and partner.

Saturday men’s day winners were Tom Atkins, Peter Delaney and Peter Madden.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

A happy group of ladies before play on Monday

Men’s A pairs finalists, Ian McDonald, Clive Wales, Peter Delaney filling in for Neil Blucher, and Wayne Trannore. Ian McDonald and Neal Blucher won the title, with Peter Delaney filling in for Neal

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Bright Future For Suns In Mackay

August 4, 2022

AFL fans can look forward to cheering on top level teams in Mackay for another four years.

Mackay Regional Council is renewing its partnership with the Gold Coast Suns until 2026, it was announced at council’s ordinary meeting last week.

Gold Coast SUNS Chief Executive Mark Evans said the club was thrilled to continue to bring an AFLW match to Mackay for the next four years and was excited for the upcoming fixture at Great Barrier Reef Arena on Saturday, September 17.

“We’ve been really pleased with our ability to drive awareness, tourism and business outcomes for Mackay through our partnership,” Evans said.

“We’ve made Mackay our second home for our AFLW team and have had great support from the region every time we visit.”

Since the partnership began in 2019, the Mackay region has hosted three AFLW matches and countless youth development opportunities such as AFLW talent identification, investment in Mackay’s Suns Academy for both male and female pathways, coaching sessions and school appearances.

The partnership has allowed council to generate exclusive national brand exposure through signage and branding across both AFL and AFLW, as well the opportunity to promote council’s Mackay Waterfront and Hooked on Mackay initiatives through televised coverage and digital channels.

Investment attraction has been another important objective of the partnership, which has led to the announcement of Kool Beanz SUNS Harrup Park, a new early learning childcare facility that will be located near Harrup Park.

This new development was secured as a direct result of the partnership and the introductions that were made between Gold Coast Suns corporate partners and Harrup Park.

Mayor Greg Williamson said council was excited to continue this relationship for another four years.

“As part of the new agreement, we will continue to host an annual AFLW match at Harrup Park’s Great Barrier Reef Arena,” he said.

“These events are invaluable in terms of improving the liveability and livelihood of our region and the games always attract a great crowd of local supporters.”

In addition to annual matches, the Suns have committed to hosting a number of AFLW community camps, athlete and coach scholarship programs and junior pathways programs.

“We have had several local success stories come from these programs,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Lauren Bella, Emma Pittman, Wallis Randell and Alana Gee all started their careers in the sport in Mackay and have gone on to play for the Gold Coast Suns AFLW team.

“We are confident that the continuation of this partnership will only help to inspire more young people to pursue their dreams of a career in AFL.”

Mayor Greg Williamson and Chief Commercial Officer at Gold Coast SUNS, Simon Fitzgibbon are excited to renew the partnership

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Father-Daughter Duo On Target For Mackay

August 4, 2022

Local Mackay Rifle Club junior, Kylah Norris has been selected to represent the district at the North Queensland Pennants Team shoot, on August 6 and 7 in Townsville.

The grade 10 student has been hand-picked from the best shooters of four local clubs to join a team of four other shooters to go head-to-head with teams from Townsville and Cairns.

Kylah regularly shoots at the Mackay Mt Vince Rifle Range alongside her dad, Terry Norris. Terry is also included in the Mackay district team and will shoot alongside Kylah in Townsville.

Terry coaches her each Sunday at the local club shoot and has noted the sharp acceleration in Kylah’s skills and confidence over the last 6 months.

“She has a natural ability to read the wind, perfect trigger control and shot routine that sets her apart from more experienced shooters,” Terry said.

Other senior club shooters have also been impressed with Kylah’s control and processes as well as her natural ability which made her an attractive choice to join the Mackay team.

Kylah normally shoots in the sporter/hunter class at the club, which covers any standard off the shelf hunting rifle, but will be sharing her dad's more powerful target rifle for the competition. With the countdown on, Kylah has her final preparations underway and will send a few hundred rounds down range over the coming days to sharpen her skills.

The North Queensland Pennants competition is shot over two days at distances of 600, 800 and 900 metres. The team with the highest aggregate score after the two days of competition will be crowned the North Queensland team champions. In the past, the Cairns club have proven to be a force to be reckoned with, but Mackay is hoping that with the addition of new young talent they might pip the experience of the other district teams.

Kylah Norris regularly shoots up to 1000 metres with her factory rifles. Photos: Supplied

Kylah and her dad Terry practising at Mt Vince rifle range in Mackay

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On The Greens At Goosies

July 28, 2022

Monday pairs winners were David Evans and John Fry, followed by P. Hamerlink and Phil French. Lucky draws went to Sandra Sommerfeld and Brenda Trannore.

Wednesday ladies’ game was taken out by Jenny Grech, Margaret Goldston and Lois Deguara. Runners up were Narelle Schmidtke, Isla Comelli and Maureen Blucher.

Thursday pairs winners were Tony Allsop and Warren Corbett, followed by Margaret Fogg and Barry Lehmann. The kitty toucher was won by Wayne Trannore, who had a resting toucher. Great bowl Wayne. Green vouchers went to John Stronach and Max Rose.

Friday pairs best card went to Vic Gaudion and Col Carey, who took out the $75 each. Winners’ draw winners were Lois Deguara and Isla Comelli. Fred King and Rob Evans won the losers' draw.

Saturday men’s day winners were Peter Delaney and Alan Cooney, with Mick MacKenzie and P. Hodgson in second spot.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Action in the mixed pairs club championships last Sunday - Mick Mackenzie bowling

Debbie Mackenzie bowling

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20-Year-Old High Jump Record Broken

July 28, 2022

An area record that had been standing for 20 years was broken last weekend, at a North Mackay Athletics club day.

The U11 girls high jump record was broken when Ayla Moon set a new centre record with an impressive jump of 1.28m.

The club is gearing up for its annual team challenge, and you don’t even have to be a member of the athletic club to compete.

The team challenge is a non-traditional day of fun, with modified events in track and field, where athletes compete in pairs for a chance to win overall medals.

The fun kicks off from 9am on 31 July at the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC). Visit North Mackay Athletics on Facebook for more information.

This weekend North Mackay Athletics is hosting its annual team challenge

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School Pride On Display At Bowls Finals

July 28, 2022

Students faced off on the green last Friday as the finals of the Bowls Queensland Secondary Schools Cup took place at Goosies.

Three schools from Mackay and three from Whitsundays were represented by teams of two, with one team from each region to attend state finals in Brisbane in August.

North Mackay Coordinator Ian Beveridge says students showed great commitment to the competition, practicing and competing during school hours and in their own time for months.

“It just shows that bowls does attract the younger generation,” he said.

Skye Duncan and Cleo Mcleod of Mackay Christian College won group one with Corey Stroud and Harry Craig of St Catherine's College coming second.

North Mackay State High School’s Claire O'Loughlin and Drew Lawn were victors in group two, finishing on top of John Barber and Luke Ullrich representing Pioneer State High School.

North Mackay State High beat Mackay Christian College in the finals 10-4.

North Mackay State High will now travel to State Secondary Schools Finals on August 24-25 at Club Pine Rivers in Brisbane along with St Catherine's College from the Whitsundays.

Six schools from Mackay and the Whitsundays took to the green last week for the finals of the Bowls Queensland Secondary Schools Cup. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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Mackay Bowlers Selected In U25 State Team

July 28, 2022

Ashlee Knight and Lexie Foot guarantee that lawn bowls isn’t an old person’s sport.

“I honestly wouldn’t have thought lawn bowls would be a competitive sport but the more I get into it, the more you see,” said Ashlee.

“I think most people have the view that it’s an old person’s sport but it’s not,” added Lexie.

“The earlier you start with it, the better you can be at it.

“I think we’re both pretty privileged to have picked it up as early as we did.”

Ashlee started playing lawn bowls at age 13 and Lexie at 15 and they have recently been selected to represent Queensland in the under 25 team, taking on New South Wales in Sydney next month.

Both women started playing bowls casually with their families, never expecting their skills to take them this far into the sport.

Now playing regularly at Mackay City Bowls Club where she has previously won A and B grade competitions, Ashlee gets on the green as much as she can, balancing bowls with work and other sport.

She’s previously been selected in Queensland under 18 teams with both tournaments being cancelled due to the pandemic.

“To actually be selected now for the under 25s, I felt really, really good about myself,” she said.

Ashlee’s also had to balance bowls with health issues that took her away from the green for some time, but clearly, it’s barely slowed her down.

“It’s affected me in a way that I can’t play as many games as I wanted to,” she said.

“I had to go away for two months at the start of this year and that pretty much wiped me out of all my games.

“As soon as I got the clearance to come back home, I was out here, straight back to bowls.”

Lexie is a resident bowler at Northern Beaches Bowls Club where just last week she won A grade singles.

“I’m pretty proud of that, it’s generally a pretty big achievement,” she said.

“Last year I did an interview with Bowls Queensland, and they asked, ‘what’s the one thing you want to achieve?’ and that was what I wanted and I did it.”

Their love of bowls started with their families, who they both cite as massive inspirations as well as key individuals at their clubs and in Brisbane.

What brings them back every week is their love of the teamwork and the technicality involved in the sport.

“It’s challenging, every game’s different,” said Lexie.

They both now move on to their next challenge, with training ramping up before travelling to Sydney in August.

“It’s really good, I’m proud to represent Mackay and Northern Beaches,” said Lexie.

“We test ourselves, so we play against each other and sometimes we’ll do drills together,” said Ashlee.

Coming up against old rivals New South Wales, the bowlers say they’re hoping to follow in the Maroons’ footsteps and come away with the win.

“It also puts a bit of added pressure, I guess. We’ve got to back it up,” Lexie laughed.

The excitement of the tournament is heightened by the fact that it will be Ashlee’s first trip to the New South Wales capital.

“I actually can’t wait to fly over Sydney and see the Harbour Bridge,” she laughed.

Queensland take on New South Wales at Taren Point Bowling Club in New South Wales on August 23 and 24.

Ashlee Knight and Lexie Foot have been selected to represent Queensland

Ashlee and Lexie will travel to Sydney for the QLD vs NSW Test Series next month

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Commonwealth Games Dream for Squash Champion

July 28, 2022

Mackay squash dynamo Kayce Hoani-Vincent is a young athlete on a mission.

The 15-year-old Mercy College student dreams of one day representing her country at a Commonwealth Games – and if talent and desire is any guide then the super fit schoolgirl is well on track to compete at the 2026 international showcase in Victoria.

Kayce is the number 1 ranked female squash junior in Queensland and a promising pole vaulter in field athletics – two sports entrenched on the Commonwealth Games events calendar.

“Squash and athletics are in my blood,” says the versatile teenager who first picked up a squash racquet at the age of eight.

“I think it would be the ultimate if I was able to represent Australia in either of those sports at a big meet such as the Commonwealth or Olympic Games.”

In four years’ time, the Victorian towns of Bendigo and Ballarat will host the Squash and Athletics events respectively at the 2026 Commonwealth Games – a schedule that inspires young Kayce to chase her dreams.

Kayce can take a giant step towards realising her sporting goals when she participates at the annual Trans Tasman Schools Squash  Tri Series Challenge in Brisbane next month.

She will line up for her beloved Queensland against the best junior squash players from New South Wales and New Zealand from August 22 at the Daisy Hill Squash & Racquet Club complex.

At the end of the Tri Series, Kayce will spearhead an Australian Junior team comprised of Queensland and NSW players when they square off against the Kiwis in a major international challenge on the squash court.

It has proved an eventful career to date for the schoolgirl sensation, who is a product of Mackay’s Squash 52 club.

Ever since she began turning up courtside to watch her elder brother Kyle play, the dedicated Hoani-Vincent has shown an affinity for the game.

By the age of 10 she was competing in State Junior Championships and soon after was winning Northern Region and Queensland State titles before representing the Maroons at national level.

Kayce has held her number one Queensland ranking since 2019 and puts it down to her arduous training schedule and desire to constantly improve.

She balances her Year 10 studies at Mercy College with three days of intense fitness training that includes speed, endurance and strength work plus honing her racquet skills on court.

When Kayce is not devising game tactics or hitting a squash ball, she can be found working on her high jump or the pole vault on the athletics field.

Mackay squash champion Kayce Hoani-Vincent. Picture supplied

Kayce Hoani-Vincent is also a champion pole-vaulter. Photo credit: ANQ

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Road Runners Succeed In Airlie

July 21, 2022

The Tassal Group Airlie Beach Marathon Festival drew several members of the Mackay Road Runners to beautiful Airlie Beach last weekend with some very successful results.

Champion veteran 5km runner Ricky Parker continued his winning ways following the BMA Mackay Marina Run last month, taking out his age category in the 5km Airlie Beach Fun Run.

Paul Mackenzie claimed bronze in a very quick time of 3 hours 15 minutes whilst Tahnie Malagueno scored herself a bronze medal in the half marathon in 1 hour 40 minutes.  

Also putting in the training kilometres, Brenda Windsor and Mick Vivian ran exceptionally well in the marathon event.

Alana Knesevic clocked 46 minutes 40 seconds to take second in the Cruise Whitsundays 10km Fun Run with Ollie Gorrion and Susan Petersen also successfully crossing the finish line in commendable times.

Excellent performances also came from half marathon runners Megan Moa, Teresa Hackney, Martin Lambert, Emily Dalglish, Jose Short, Lisa Burns, Shelley Binney, Vicki Ford, Carol Dawes, Julie Whibley, Tim Magoffin, June Bradley and Bernadine McKinnon.

Meanwhile, back home, many local runners donned their new Mackay Road Runners Club caps for the Bluewater Quay 5km & 10km.

The conditions were cool but tough with Carolyn Mapes, Gary Thomas, Carmel Mahon, Carol Brown and Andrew Wallace all running exceptional times.

Road Runners will take part in the Beach To Gardens Charity Fun Run this weekend.

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Bobongie Shines As Sapphires Claim Fifth At FIBA U17 World Cup

July 21, 2022

Local basketball star Monique Bobongie shone as she took to the court representing Australia at the FIBA U17 Women’s World Cup in Europe.

The team faced an early disappointment, going down to Slovenia in overtime. The tense game was locked at 74-74 when Slovenia received a foul with only 10 seconds left. Their shooter couldn’t land the two attempts from the free-throw line, forcing the game into extra time. Slovenia capitalized on their error by clinching the game 87-81.

The 15-year-old was a stand-out performer at the tournament, helping her team overcome Belgium 63-46 to advance to the quarter finals.

The U17 Sapphires claimed fifth with a dazzling display against the host nation, Hungary, winning convincingly 72-52 in their final game.

Monique Bobongie played for the U17 Sapphires at the FIBA U17 Women’s World Cup in Hungary last week. Photo credit: FIBA

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On The Greens At Goosies

July 21, 2022

Monday winners were Pat Elgey and Tony Willesy. Losers draw winners, Narelle Schmidtke and Laura Howland. Lucky draws, Barry Lee and Rob Milburn.

Wednesday ladies’ winners were Marie Bragg and Margaret Goldston, followed by Brenda Trannore, Doris Dodds and Jean Schmidtke.

Thursday mixed pairs was taken out by Col Carey and Shane Trannore. Runners up were Paul Goldston and Jan Little. Greens vouchers went to John Fanning and Brian Perrin.

Friday mixed pairs best card winners were Mick Mackenzie and Col Carey, who won $75 each. The winners draw went to Tony Allsop and Val De Pinto with $50 each. Loser’s draw went to Helen and Paul Goldston who took home $25 each.

Saturday men’s day winners were Asko Helenius and Paul Delaney followed by David Ross, Wayne and Vern Mietzel.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Errol Simmons is a regular Monday bowler

David Ross (foreground) had a win on Saturday

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Cutters Squander Early Lead At Home

July 21, 2022

The Cutters hosted the Ipswich Jets at BB Print Stadium on Saturday night in a battle that pitted 10th on the Hosplus Cup ladder against 13th.

Both teams felt their way through the start of the first half with the Cutters the first to strike with Brendan Finnegan setting up Jake Riley in the 14th minute.

It was Finnegan’s handiwork that got the Cutters across the line again, pushing himself over off the back of a centre-field scrum giving the home side a 12-0 lead in the 20th minute.

The Jets hit back a few minutes later with Denzel Burns diving on a Gerome Burns grubber.

With the Cutters leading 12-6 at halftime, the Jets started their second half in the best way possible thanks to Ricco Falaniko crossing in the 41st minute.

The Jets went on to score three more tries in the second half to the Cutters’ one, with Denzel Burns and Ricco Falaniko both finishing the game with doubles and Ngangarra Barker scoring the match winner in the 64th minute.

Ewan Coutts crossed for the home side in the 53rd minute and Brandon Finnegan slotted 3/3 conversions but it wasn’t enough, the Cutters going down 18-24 in a tight contest.

Sarina will host its second-ever Queensland Cup game when the Cutters take on the Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Ray Edwards Oval on Saturday.

The Cutters went down in a closely fought contest at BB Print Stadium last weekend. Photos supplied: Mackay Cutters

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Recognition For Mackay Rugby League Ambassador

July 21, 2022

A chance meeting with rugby league Test great Steve Rogers nearly three decades ago proved a pivotal moment in the sporting career of Mercy College Mackay staff member Matthew Paul.

A proud Paul – who was named Honorary Coach of the 2022 Confraternity Rugby League Merit Team after 20 years of sterling service as a player and official to secondary schools competition – has vivid memories of his first encounter with the late champion Kangaroos and Cronulla Sharks superstar centre.

The iconic Rogers was manager of the fledgling Western Reds franchise in the Australian Rugby League competition and along with experienced official Peter Parr travelled to Mackay to attend the 1996 Confraternity Shield Rugby League Carnival.

Paul, an industrious forward with a high work rate and natural ball skills, was part of a strong St Patrick’s College Mackay team that finished third at the prestigious Queensland secondary schools tournament.

Rogers was most impressed with the strapping young forward’s ability throughout the series and offered him a Reds contract on the spot.

“I agreed to terms with the newly-formed Perth club but had to pinch myself to believe it was true,” confessed Matthew, who went on to play U/19s with the Reds when the 1997 Super League competition was formed.

“When I arrived home my dad asked how we went and I told him that a couple of Reds officials were very keen to sign me,” he recalled.

“Dad asked who I had spoken to and when I told him it was Steve Rogers the manager of the Western Reds he nearly fainted.”

Two of Matthew’s St Patrick’s College teammates that year were boom centre Shannon Hegarty, who would go on and make 173 top grade appearances with the Sydney Roosters, South Sydney and North Queensland clubs as well as four Test matches for the Kangaroos and three Origin fixtures for Queensland and future Brisbane Broncos hooker Michael Roberts.

“We lost only one match during that Confraternity Carnival to St Mary’s Toowoomba in an absorbing semifinal which could have gone either way,” recalled Matthew.

St Mary’s fielded a shooting star in Australian Schoolboys centre Chris Walker, who was later named Player of the Carnival.

Walker – who chalked up 163 first grade matches and six Origin games for Queensland during an illustrious NRL career – was named along with Paul and Hegarty in a Confraternity representative team for a tour of Papua New-Guinea.

“That tour never eventuated but we did play matches against the Brisbane Broncos Development squad,” reflected Matthew.

When Super League disbanded after the 1997 season, back rower Paul was snapped up by the Melbourne Storm for the 1998-99 NRL campaigns.

He was a mainstay for feeder club Norths Devils and figured in Colts and Queensland Cup premiership triumphs as well as the North Queensland Marlins before a spate of chronic injuries cut short his career at the age of 21.

A shattered Paul then turned his hand to coaching with the Souths Sharks in the Mackay & District Rugby League competition – winning three Under 17 and Under 19 premierships before taking on roles with the Mackay Cutters Under 16s and St Patrick’s College as a coach, manager, trainer and administrator.

With more than two decades of distinguished service to Queensland rugby league under his belt, pundits can appreciate the Mercy College teacher that once captured the attention of the legendary Steve Rogers.

By Chris Karas

Matthew Paul was named Honorary Coach of the 2022 Confraternity Rugby League Merit Team. Photo supplied

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More Big Bash For Mackay

July 21, 2022

Mackay will host the opening rounds of the Weber Women’s Big Bash League for the first time with last week’s announcement of the WBBL fixture list for the 2022-23 season.

Great Barrier Reef Arena at Harrup Park will host six matches from Thursday 13 October, with the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers meeting that night in the opening game of the season.

The Heat will play three games in Mackay, against the Sixers and the Melbourne Stars and Renegades, between opening night and Tuesday 18 October.

The other WBBL team to feature in Mackay will be the Adelaide Strikers.

Queensland Cricket and Brisbane Heat CEO Terry Svenson said the club was delighted that Mackay had been chosen to showcase the opening rounds of the tournament.

“This will be the fifth season in a row we have played matches in Mackay, and it follows that the response we have had every time we come to the region is always one of the highlights of the summer,’’ he said.

“The festival weekends last year were great spectacles and the fans thoroughly enjoyed seeing the world’s best players showcase their skills in person at Great Barrier Reef Arena.”

“We are delighted to continue to work alongside the Mackay Regional Council, Harrup Park Country Club and Mackay Cricket Association to bring the WBBL to the region and are excited to be back once again.”

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said Mackay was the perfect location to launch the WBBL 2022-23 season.

“The weather in Mackay in October is fantastic for cricket and we’re looking forward to welcoming some of Australia’s best female cricket stars back to our region for these matches,” he said.

“The WBBL games always draw a huge crowd to Harrup Park and we’re excited to showcase our first-class facilities once again as we cheer on the Brisbane Heat.”

The Finals series will take place following the conclusion of the regular season on November 20, with dates and details of each match to be confirmed.

Tickets to all WBBL Heat matches will be available via pre-sale on August 16 and available to the public from August 18 through

Mackay Matches – WBBL|08

Thursday October 13, 2022

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers – 6:40pm (season opener)

Saturday October 15, 2022

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers (2.40pm)

Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars (6.05pm)

Sunday October 16, 2022

Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers (9.15am)

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars (12.40pm)

Tuesday October 18, 2022

Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades (2.30pm)

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Harper To Don Maroons Jumper At National Championships

July 21, 2022

To capture a state title in your chosen sport is a fine feat – but to claim back-to-back trophies is a tremendous accomplishment to be proud of.

Celebrating that big achievement is Mercy College Mackay student Harper Shields who recently earned his spurs with the Queensland Under 12 representative touch football team.

The versatile Year 7 athlete will realise a childhood dream when he represents his beloved Maroons at the National Schoolboys Touch Football Championships to be staged in the NSW town of Wagga Wagga during November.

Whiz kid Harper - the 2021 Mackay SportsPerson of the Year - gained selection after classy displays at the recent Queensland Schoolboys Touch Football Carnival held in Brisbane where he captained Capricornia to a deserved championship title.

The elusive middle player demonstrated his leadership skills, attacking prowess and vision on the field to help the well drilled Capricornia side post ten wins from 11 matches in the preliminary rounds before toppling Metropolitan East 7-5 in the Grand Final at the Whites Hill venue.

Capricornia trounced Metropolitan North (10-0); Metropolitan West (4-1); North West (13-0); Northern (8-3); Metropolitan East (5-2); Peninsula (8-0); South Coast (4-2); South West (11-0); Sunshine Coast (9-1) and Wide Bay (5-1) to earn the number one ranking with 28 points.

Darling Downs edged out Capricornia 5-4 in a pool match to inflict the only defeat for the 2022 Boys championship winners.

Talented Harper impressed keen judges with his ability to perform in pressure situations and was one of five Capricornia touch footballers to gain selection in the Maroons’ Under 12 State representative squad.

It capped another memorable milestone for the Mackay schoolboy sensation who was also a key figure in Capricornia’s triumphant 2021 State Championship-winning team as a rookie 11-year-old.

The middle maestro gained plenty of confidence as he upstaged more senior opponents with mature performances during last season’s trophy success – an experience that kept him in good stead when he was handed the captaincy reins for the 2022 campaign.

Donning the famous Maroons colours will be a proud moment for young Harper, who’ll be joined by the promising Rockhampton quartet of Charlie Spyve (middle); Sam Spyve (link); Kobe Miller (middle) and Archie Cugola (winger) when the Queensland team travels to Wagga Wagga for the National titles later this year.

A genuine will ‘o the wisp on the field with tricky footwork, the slick and crafty Shields has certainly come a long way since taking up the sport as a fresh faced eight-year-old while attending St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Mackay.

Harper proved to be a natural in the local schools’ competition and joined the Magpies’ sporting group at age 9 before linking with Mirani Touch Football Club where he has tasted Grand Final success in the Mackay Touch Football Association junior divisions.

The dashing colt was fast-tracked into the representative arena and forced his way into the Capricornia Under 12s squad with smart performances for Southern Suburbs in the selection trials.

A naturally gifted athlete, Harper is also an outstanding all-round cricketer with the Mackay Brothers club and Mackay-Whitsundays representative team and an exciting fullback prospect with the Wanderers club in the Mackay Junior Rugby League competition.

Since joining the Wanderers as a skinny six-year-old, the capable Shields has ignited his age group with dynamic running and try-scoring feats to earn yet another representative jumper.

Harper was at his elusive best for the Capricornia Under 12s rugby league team that performed with distinction at the recent Queensland Junior State titles on the Sunshine Coast.

In recognition of his super deeds on the touch football, rugby league and cricket fields, young Harper was the recipient of the Stuart Jackson Trophy for Mackay’s Sports Person of the Year.

By Chris Karas

A proud Harper Shields (kneeling with trophy) with the triumphant Capricornia team that recently clinched a second consecutive Queensland U/12 Boys Touch Football championship title in Brisbane. Photos supplied

Mercy College Mackay touch football whiz Harper Shields with the Queensland U/12 Boys Touch Football Championship trophy. Harper spearheaded Capricornia to back-to-back State titles and was one of five players selected in the Queensland U/12s rep team for the 2022 National Titles in Wagga during November

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North Queensland Crowned Best In The North

July 21, 2022

Precision, power and performance were on display when the Women’s Northern Challenge took over the Mackay City Bowls Club last week.

The tournament saw three action-packed days of women’s lawn bowls between four highly competitive teams from three North Queensland Districts.

Two Tropical Far North Queensland teams, one team from North Queensland and the home team from the Mackay District battled it out in the Round Robin competition made up of nine rounds and 27 games.

Approximately 70 players, officials and managers were involved in the tournament and a healthy contingent of spectators came down to check out the action each day.

“We’ve got the cream of the crop of bowlers here,” said Mackay Ladies District Bowls Association Match Chair & Media Liaison Hilary Jones Rowan

North Queensland finished the three days on top, winning the tournament with a total of six wins and a +191 margin.

Tropical Far North Queensland Reef were the runners-up with five wins, a draw and a margin of +24.

The home team came in third place with two wins, a draw and a margin of -103.

Tropical Far North Queensland Rainforest finished in fourth place with two wins and -112.

North Queensland will now hold the Women’s Northern Challenge Trophy for the next twelve months until next year’s tournament is hosted by Tropical North Queensland.

Winners Lesley Watson Trophy Wendy Jones, Elsa Piotto, Penny Warren and Kate Leverton of North Queensland. Photo supplied: Hilary Jones Rowan

North Queensland: Photo supplied: Hilary Jones Rowan

Approximately 70 players, officials and managers from four teams were involved in the tournament: Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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AFLW Clubs Debut Pride Round Guernsey

July 21, 2022

The Eastern Swans women’s team held their first pride round against Bakers Creek Tigers at Etwell Park Oval in Bakers Creek on Saturday.

Both teams unveiled their clubs’ first pride guernseys at training the week before after successfully applying for the Toyota Gear Grants.  

The Eastern Swans AFLW 2022 kit was designed by player Sarah Keenan with added input from the queer community.

The kit maintains the Swans’ traditional design with the added representation of the iconic rainbow pride colours, celebrating diversity and inclusion in local AFLW.

“As a team, we’ve always known visibility is part of why Pride Round is so important, but to have our Swans footy supporters, younger members and wider community ask me about the design and meaning really rams it home the power of this round and these jumpers,” said Ms Keenan.

“It’s a massive honour to continue to show our support for the LGBTQIA+ community,” added Eastern Swans President Peter Kiegerl.

The Tigers’ jersey was designed by Jeanne Ronald with input from the team, with jagged rainbow pride colours splashed across the front.

“Our 2022 pride guernsey is about more than Pride Round,” said Ms Ronald.

“This guernsey isn’t just for our team; it’s for our volunteers, our club, our history, our members and the Mackay community.”

Mackay AFLW clubs Eastern Swans and Bakers Creek Tigers unveiled their first Pride Round guernseys at training last week. Swans (white/red uniform)  - Top left Sarah Keenan, bottom left - Alice Hill. Bakers Creek - top right Zali Ronald, bottom right - Indie Brough.
Photo credit: Mackay Seen

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U14 Meteorettes Claim State Silver

July 14, 2022

The U14 Mackay Meteorettes finished second at the Basketball Queensland U14 Girls State Championships in Cairns earlier this month.

The Meteorettes had an undefeated run leading into the grand final before going down to Brisbane Club Southern Districts Spartans.

U14 Head Coach Ross Jensen said the team prepared well for the tournament.

“We just led into it and continued on what we’d been doing for the last 6-8 months, just refining it and getting everyone on the same page and then just lots of shooting,” he said.

“They’re a good bunch of kids, everyone got on, everyone played their roles, we were always confident of doing well.”

The Meteorettes showed pure dominance in their pool games, defeating teams from Brisbane, Cairns and Gold Coast before taking on rivals the Townsville Flames for a spot in the grand final, winning the semi 83-42.

“We sort of got better each game as the tournament went on which is always good,” said Mr Jensen.

The dominant run came to an end in the grand final, going down to the Spartans 45-70.

“They tried their best,” said Mr Jensen.

“They probably got caught up in the situation a little bit with the noise and the whole atmosphere but that’s a learning curve for them.”

The one-two punch consisting of Isabel Smith and Maggie Thorburn delivered consistent stand-out performances throughout the tournament and Mr Jensen says everyone in the team did their jobs well.

“They’re a great bunch of kids,” said Mr Jensen.

“They came together and everyone played a role at certain times and that’s what got us through to the final.”

The Meteorettes now qualify for the Basketball Australia U14 Club National Championships being held in Sydney this September.

Mr Jensen says the team will take a short break before preparations start.

“The girls are excited, it’s a great experience for the girls,” he said.

“I’ve been lucky enough to take another group to Nationals a couple of years ago so it’s exciting to go and share the experience with this group as well.”

The U14 Mackay Meteorettes finished 2nd at the Basketball Queensland U14 Girls State Championships in Cairns earlier in the month. Photo: supplied

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Bowen Bridge Tournament A Success For Mackay Club

July 14, 2022

Twenty-nine Mackay Contract Bridge players attended the 2022 Bowen Swiss Pairs last weekend, six of whom have only been playing one or two years. Veterans Monica Darley and Geoff Taylor came runner-up in the Open Section, followed closely by Max and Diane Holewa and Alan and Frances Brown.

Maria Setiyawan and Janelle Conroy were runner-up in the B Section.

Sandra Morris and Annie Lynch were winners in Section D.

Many new attending players gained lots of experience. Max and Diane Holewa were winners in the  Bowen Special Walk-in East/West.

Mackay Club Results

Monday 4 July – 5 Table Mitchell


1st Monica Darley / Nancy Martin 1st David Ting / Eric Goodchild

2nd Geoffrey Patterson / Noel Bugeia 2nd Diane Stokes / Eric Kliese

Tuesday 5 July – 3 Table One Winner  

1st Janelle Conroy / Eric Leivesley

2nd Janet Hansen / Diane Morgan

3rd Griffin Bancroft / Faye Wright

Wednesday 6 July – Founders Teams 1 of 3 10 Table Mitchell            Thursday Night 7 July – 3 Table One Winner

1st Terrence Sheedy Team 1st Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless

2nd Debra Goodchild Team 2nd Terrence Sheedy / Griffin Bancroft

3rd Maria Setiyawan Team 3rd Noel Bugeia / Janelle Conroy

4th Monica Darley Team

Friday 8 July – 7 Table Mitchell


1st Janelle Conroy / Pamela Finger 1st Susan Wright / Geoffrey Patterson

2nd Maria Setiyawan / Christine Nice 2nd Eric Goodchild / Richard Wix

3rd Julie O’Neill / Ann Whitmore 3rd Nancy Martin / Kath Poole

Saturday 9 July – 5 Table One Winner

1st Faye Wright / Christine Nice

2nd Mary Rose Ramsden / Carmel Brown

3rd Janice Scott / Marie McGuire

4th Richard Wix / Geoffrey Patterson

Newbies Geoff Cowan and Sandy Patterson

Sandra Morris and Annie Lynch

Geoff Taylor and Monica Darley

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Declan Dominates Super2 In Townsville

July 14, 2022

Mackay motorsport rising star Declan Fraser claimed his first ever Super2 win in Townsville last weekend.

Fraser led from pole to victory in a shortened race at Reid Park, winning the 18-lap thriller to claim a series points lead.

The race started in a dramatic fashion with Saturday winner Tyler Everingham clashing with Matt Payne.

“It was pretty crazy, I got probably one of the worst starts in history but everyone else got a worse one around me, so it made mine look really good,” Fraser laughed.

“We got off the line relatively okay eventually and then it ended up being chaos behind me.

“All I saw in my rear-view mirror was a cloud of dust and I ended up keeping my head down and just kept driving and we ended up getting in front before the safety car came out.”

Being the closest race to Mackay, Fraser claims it as his home race and couldn’t have picked a better race to claim his first win.

“I’ve been trying to get this win for a long time and to do it at my home race, it’s a very cool feeling,” he said.

“I knew a lot of people on the grandstands, especially the last two turns, and after I had the win I was cruising around and could see everyone from Mackay that was there.

“It was a very special moment for me … I had a lot of people come down to my pits and say g’day that were from Mackay so that was very special to me.”

Fraser’s focus now turns to the next round of Super2 in Sandown, Victoria in August before taking on Mount Panorama alongside Craig Lowndes in October.

Mackay’s Declan Fraser has claimed his first Super2 win after a dramatic race in Townsville. Photos supplied

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Trip Down Memory Lane For St Patrick’s Netballers

July 14, 2022

When Mackay netball legend Kelly Beckingham travelled to Bundaberg as a fresh faced 16-year-old back in 2000 for the inaugural Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival, little did she realise the influence she would have on the new wave of St Patrick’s College netballers.

The goal shooting whiz underlined her potential during the first-ever QISSN event, producing skillful performances against more seasoned rivals to help guide St Patrick’s to the top division finals series.

Fast forward 12 months and a mature Kelly was representing her school and region at the second annual QISSN Carnival in Rockhampton – inspiring St Patrick’s to a top five ranking in Division One and being named the official Player of the Carnival.

In the ensuing years she carved out an illustrious career as a goal attack in the State League and representative scene and proved a role model to all aspiring netballers in the Mackay Netball Association.

Beckingham rekindled her love of netball when Mercy College and St Patrick’s College recently co-hosted the 2022 QISSN tournament staged in Mackay.

She was a keen spectator at the prestigious five-day event that attracted the best schoolgirl and schoolboy netballers from across Queensland and watched her former schools taste success in their various categories.

Both St Patrick’s and Mercy College were a force to be reckoned with throughout the Carnival with Kelly most impressed by the depth of netball talent bubbling through the local ranks.

“I was so proud of the girls who stood up to be counted against some very strong combinations,” quipped Kelly, who still plays the game at a social level with the DAS club in the Mackay Netball Association.

“The Netball Excellence program at both schools continues to unearth plenty of talent which is a testament of the first class coaching by the likes of Tracey McLeod, Nadine Becker, Dianna Bailey and Christine Newland,” she said.

Just like their pioneering QISSN colleagues of 2000 and 2001, the St Patrick’s Netball Class of 2022 also claimed a top five finish in one of the strongest fields ever assembled.

Despite being drawn against the top two Gold Coast schools in eventual winners Canterbury College and runners up Somerset College and third placed Matthew Flinders Anglican College Sunshine Coast in the virtual “Pool of Death”, the St Patrick’s girls battled like trojans to qualify for the finals.

“Their competitive spirit, silky teamwork and never-say-die attitude was evident from the outset of the tournament and helped the girls achieve their pre-Carnival goal of reaching the last eight,” Kelly revealed.

“It certainly revived memories for myself as they rallied to defeat St Columban's College Caboolture on the final day to clinch fifth spot,” she said.

“When the young Mercy girls came out and won their Grand Final it capped a magic five days for the Mackay community” Kelly added.

By Chris Karas

The first QISSN carnival team uniform for St Patrick’s netball

St Patrick’s College Mackay Netball Class of 2000 that competed in the inaugural Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball (QISSN) Carnival in Bundaberg. Pictured standing L-R: Kylie Isbister (coach), Edie Weiss (manager), Jayde Archer, Kelly Park, Janine Bella (captain), Jocelyn Boyd (vice-captain), Bernadette Guthrie (umpire); front Antoniette Ricciardi, April Eva, Jody Smith, Zoe Perry, Amanda Donaldson, Danielle Sells.

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Confraternity Merit Team Honours For St Pat’s Young Guns And Official

July 14, 2022

They didn’t come away with the top prize but St Patrick’s College Mackay rugby league mainstays Xavier Kerrisk, Henry Thorpe, Kai Simon and Jaxon Purdue were officially recognised for their sterling efforts at the recent CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League Shield Carnival.

Having tasted defeat at the hands of Townsville’s mighty Ignatius Park College in the trophy decider, the talented quartet gained solace by earning selection in the 2022 Confraternity Rugby League Merit Team.

It was a deserved honour for the emerging St Patrick’s colts after standout performances for the proud Mackay school throughout the five-day event.

Michael Comerford’s courageous warriors may have stumbled at the final hurdle but the tremendous efforts of boom hooker Kerrisk, lock forward Thorpe, goalkicking centre Simon and clever half Purdue and their high achieving teammates will forever be etched in the memories of local sporting pundits.

All four played key roles in St Patrick’s charge to the Grand Final – proving instrumental in victories over St Peter Claver College Ipswich (34-10); Rockhampton Grammar (20-6); Iona College Wynnum (10-6); St Augustine’s College Cairns (28-0) in a quarter final and The Cathedral College Rockhampton (16-6) in a semifinal before locking horns with the powerful Ignatius Park side.

Mercy College Head of HPE Matthew Paul was named Honorary Coach of the 2022 Confraternity Merit Team in recognition of his 20 years of distinguished service to Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League.

It was a fine achievement by the tireless Paul, who is highly regarded in the Mackay sporting community.

He is a Brothers junior product and former back rower who represented St Patrick’s College in the Confraternity Shield in 1995-96 before linking with the Western Reds Colts and Norths Devils clubs in the ARL and Brisbane Rugby League competitions.

Since returning to Mackay, Paul has given St Patrick’s and Mercy College yeoman service as a coach, manager, trainer and administrator.  

Rising hooker Kerrisk, dynamic centre Simon and playmaker Purdue are contracted to the North Queensland Cowboys while inspirational skipper Henry Thorpe is on an NRL scholarship scheme with the Canberra Raiders.

After an arduous QISSRL Confraternity Shield campaign, the St Patrick’s rugby league team will now pour its energies into the Aaron Payne Cup schoolboys competition.

By Chris Karas

St Patrick's College Mackay rugby league stars Henry Thorpe, Jaxon Purdue, Kai Simon and Xavier Kerrisk were named in the 2022 Confraternity Rugby League Merit team

Mercy College Mackay Head of HPE Matthew Paul (standing far right) was named Honorary Coach of the 2022 Confraternity Rugby League Merit Team. Also pictured are St Patrick's College centre Kai Simon, hooker Xavier Kerrisk, half back Jaxon Purdue and lock forward Henry Thorpe

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Eungella Mountain Range Kings And Queens Crowned

July 14, 2022

In the words of local fitness legend Kay Nyenuh “It didn’t tickle.”

Fresh from running the Gold Coast Marathon the week prior, Kay laced up his shoes along with around 40 other runners to tackle one of the most challenging running and cycling events on the local calendar, the Eungella King and Queen of the Mountain.

The chilly morning saw around 70 competitors rugged up in winter woolies, but once the meandering pace started up the Eungella Range, the layers were quickly discarded. It’s only a distance of 6.4km, but the constant gradient is what makes this challenge iconic.

The cyclists were the first to depart with a 1-minute lead over the runners, but this doesn’t mean all cyclists finished in front of the runners! That’s what makes this race great, some runners can cover the 6.4km faster than some cyclists.

Ethan Weiss was the first cyclist to cross the line in a time of 22.26.27 minutes, only fractions of a second ahead of Brendon Brauer in second place, 22.27.10. Rebecca Baird was the first woman cyclist across the line, in 16th place overall, in a time of 35.42 minutes.

Runners Demi Caldwell and Cristian Smith conquered the mountain once again with Cristian taking the crown for the second year in a row and Demi’s superb performance just eleven seconds outside the female race record of 34.55 minutes set in 1991. Second placed runner Tahnie Malagueno was very pleased with her efforts crossing the line ahead of Glynis Forse and Heli Talinurm. Paul Mackenzie continued his regular podium form by scorching up the summit for second ahead of junior runner, Luke Leven in third and fourth placed Justin Rule.

Lily Leven and Damien Rutland took out the Laura Pettifer/Podiatry Mackay Junior 3.2km King of the Mountain whilst Millie Bishop took home silver. Oliver Rule also took home silver with his younger brother Toby collecting bronze.

Marathon runners Brenda Windsor and Kay Nyenuh both received praise for backing up only a week after completing the Gold Coast Marathon.

Torque Tyre & Trailer Spares Perpetual Trophy winners for the 2022 Eungella King of the Mountain male and female cyclists and runners (left to right) Ethan Weiss, Rebeca Baird, Demi Caldwell and Cristian Smith

Mackay Road Runners Signature Event and Club Championship event, the M-Test Mackay Open female and male winners of the 2022 Eungella King of the Mountain, Demi Caldwell and Cristian Smith

Laura Pettifer Memorial Trophy and Podiatry Mackay Junior 3.2km Eungella King of the Mountain won by (centre) Lily Leven and Damian Rutland with second placed Millie Bishop (left), third placed Toby Rule (right) and second placed Oliver Rule (far right)

Birthday Boy, Arthur Dick (seated) gets a very cool happy birthday at Netherdale’s minimum of 3 degrees at 7am at the start line by Paul Mackenzie, Tahnie Malagueno, Hamish Donnollan, Julie Bishop and Jo Hughes. Photos supplied: Mackay Road Runners

Runners and cyclists embarked on the Eungella King and Queen of the Mountain last weekend. Photo credit: Photos by Nell

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Mackay Basketball Celebrates First Nations Round

July 14, 2022

Mackay Basketball celebrated NBL1 First Nations Round last Friday, hosting Southern Districts Spartans at the Crater.

Both the Meteorettes and Meteors players sported unique First Nations Round uniforms inspired by the artwork of Meteorettes player and talented Indigenous artist Charli Bliss.

The Meteorettes tipped off first, hoping to continue a winning streak that saw them win their last five games.

The home side started slowly with the Spartans taking an early lead in the first quarter.

The momentum stayed with the visitors and the Meteorettes struggled to get back in the game, ultimately going down 58-88.

The Meteors then took to the court, also hoping to continue their winning streak of four games by defeating a winless Spartans outfit featuring former Meteors captain Chris Cedar.

The two teams went toe-to-toe in a closely fought battle of basketball that went right down to the final minute.

The visitors led by 10 points with 12 minutes to go and, despite a late comeback from the Meteors, were able to hold on to win 85-86, claiming their first win of the season.

Both teams remain comfortably placed on the ladder, with the Meteors sitting second and the Meteorettes fifth, and will look to return to the winner’s circles against the Northside Wizards at the Crater on Saturday.

Mackay Basketball celebrated the First Nations Round at the Crater last Friday. Photo supplied: Mackay Basketball

Meteorettes player and Indigenous artist Charli Bliss created the artwork that inspired the uniforms. Photo supplied: Mackay Basketball

Shaneice Swain. Photo credit: Keiron Place Art & Photography

Emmanuel Malou. Photo credit: Keiron Place Art & Photography

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On The Greens At Goosies

July 14, 2022

Men’s Results

The final of the Senior Singles was played last Saturday morning between Bert Hobbs and Greg McLean. In a close and exciting game Bert came out winner and is the club Senior Singles champion for 2022. He will represent our club at the inter-club Champion of Champions event this year.

In the semi-final of the B grade singles, also played on Saturday, Peter Cowling won his game over John Stronach.

Social bowls results

Monday mixed pairs first draw was won by Carmel Bell and Greg McLean. Second draw winners were Errol Simmons and Ian Rowan. Welcome to the world of retirement Ian. The lucky draw was won by Trevor Laurens and Errol Simmons.

Thursday mixed pairs event winner's draw was taken out by L and B. McDonald. Second draw winners were Bevan Cooper and Darren Addie. The kitty toucher jackpots. Greens vouchers were won by Peter Cowling and B. Hall.

Friday mixed pairs best score was won by Tony Allsop and Val De Pinto who won $75 each. Winner’s lucky draw winners were Lorraine Lemke and Marie Bragg. Losers’ draw was won by Daphne Offield and Alan Brown.

Saturday Men’s Pairs results were not available.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Ladies Results

Our Club Championship Final was held on Sunday July 3. What an exciting match between Donna Gordon and Debbie Mackenzie. Donna was eventually crowned as winner for this year’s contest. Congratulations go to our winner and valiant runner up. Our B Singles final was also played this week on Wednesday July 6 between Helen Goldston and Lydia McCarthy. Lydia was our eventual winner. Congratulations go to both ladies for a well-played game.

Social Bowls - Wednesday ladies’ day winners were Bev Woodward, Lee Robertson and Isla Comelli. Second place was taken out by Ann Smith, Sue Roscoe and Gloria Sam.

Contributed by Sue Hazledine

Greg McLean (on left) and Bert Hobbs fought out the Senior Singles final which Bert Hobbs won

Peter Cowling won his semi-final B singles game against John Stronach

Club Championships final: Runner-up Deb Mackenzie and winner Donna Gordon2

B Singles final: Runner-up Helen Goldston and winner Lydia McCarthy

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King Of The Beach

July 14, 2022

What’s one thing the Mackay region loves more than its beaches?

Racing stuff on its beaches.

The revs could be heard from blocks away as motorbikes sped from one end of Grasstree Beach to the other.

Marketed as the only legal beach races of its kind in Australia, The Motorcycle Beach Races promises a unique and fun day out for the whole family every year, bringing motorsport to a tropical paradise.

The races brought plenty of sand-flying action to Grasstree Beach near Sarina last Saturday, with a huge day of races and entertainment filling the schedule.

Thousands of rev-heads of all ages lined the shore to watch riders from all over the country reach outrageous speeds up and down the beach.

Townsville’s Kayden Downing was crowned King of the Beach for 2022 after a big day of races, winning 250cc 4 stroke, 300cc 2 stroke and 450 class races

Townsville’s Kayden Downing took out his first King of the Beach title. Photo credit: Powerhouse MX Media

Kayden Downing, Josh Grajczonek, Peter Jerkic and Damien Koppe taking on the corner at Grasstree Beach. Photo credit: Dave Lovi Photography

Andrew Mcliesh and Daniel O’Brien went toe to toe in the final street bike, with Mcliesh getting the win. Photo credit: Powerhouse MX Media

Greg Brooks dominated on the quads. Photo credit: Powerhouse MX Media

Brayden Bradford won the first Junior Lites 250m race. Photo credit: Powerhouse MX Media

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Mackay Bridge Results

July 8, 2022

Monday 27 June 22 – 5 Table Mitchell


1st Janet Hansen / Del Ryan 1st David Ting / Eric Goodchild

2nd Monica Darley / Nancy Martin 2nd Margaret Lane – Barbara Tait

3rd Eric Kliese / Diane Stokes 3rd Marilin Robins – Margaret Jennings

Tuesday 28 June 22 – 4 Table    Tuesday Eclectic June 2022

1st Eric Goodchild / Noel Bugeia 1st Terrence Sheedy

2nd Terrence Sheedy / Ted Cullinan 2nd Eric Goodchild

3rd Marilin Robins / Faye Wright 3rd Diane Morgan

Wednesday 29 June 22 – - 7 Table Mitchell


1st Noel Bugeia / Doone Mitchell 1st Sandra Morris / Jan Harris

2nd Alan Brown / Janelle Conroy 2nd Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait

3rd Joyce Deguara / Griffin Bancroft 3rd Terrence Sheedy / Eric Leivesley

Thursday Night 30 June 22 – 5 Table One Winner     Thursday Eclectic June 2022

1st Terrence Sheedy / Jan Harris 1st Jan Harris

2nd Ken Seaniger / Alan Brown 2nd Terrence Sheedy

3rd Mick King / Patricia Garner 3rd Ken Seaniger

Friday 1 July 22 – 6 Table One Winner

1st Monica Darley / Del Ryan

2nd Julie O’Neill / Anne Whitmore

3rd Richard Wix / Geoffrey Patterson

Saturday 2 July 22 – 8 Table Mitchell


1st Monica Darley / Kath Poole 1st Faye Wright / Christine Nice

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

3rd Faith Hutchinson / Anne Lutz 3rd Julie O’Neill / Margaret Lane

Team Brown won the Mackay heat of the Grand National Open Teams 3rd Qualifying 2022 in a close battle from team Holewa. Diane Morgan, Alan Brown, Frances Brown and Janet Hansen

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Mighty Mercy And St Pat’s Netballers Rank With The Best

July 8, 2022

Meet the Mercy College and St Patrick’s College netballers that reached new milestones at last week’s CQ University Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival in Mackay.

Both schools covered themselves in glory with superb performances on court throughout the five-day tournament – bringing home silverware and posting equal best finishes in the championship standings.


Dianna Bailey’s exciting young Mercy juniors are celebrating a division 6 championship triumph after edging out rivals Marist College Emerald 16-15 in a thrilling Grand Final contest.

After a slow start to the Carnival, the Mercy girls clicked into top gear and saved their best form until the pressure-cooker elimination finals series.

Mercy registered wins over Good Shepherd College Mt Isa (16-14) and Whitsunday Anglican College (24-6) and narrow losses to Marist College Emerald (20-12), St Mary’s College Cairns (14-10), St Thomas More College Sunnybank (18-12), St Augustine’s College Augustine Heights (16-11) and Ryan Catholic College Townsville (19-10) after the seven Pool rounds to sneak into the finals.

But the gifted Mercy whiz kids found their groove and defeated Assumption College Warwick (20-11) and St Lukes Anglican School (18-14) in a quarter final and semi final respectively before avenging their early round loss to Emerald with a lion hearted display in the trophy decider.

Rising centre court star Mischa Dinsdale was named the competition’s Most Valuable Player after classy performances during the series and caught the eye of Australian Diamonds great Vicki Wilson, who labelled the Mercy school girl “an exceptional talent.”

Other Mercy players to impress were key defenders Kacee Ziegeler and Shaylah Pershouse, centre Sienna Uriarte, goal attack Camryn Zeller and promising shooter Kiana Dunn, who made the most of her opportunities after coming into the squad as a shadow player.

Dunn, Pershouse and Gracie Bell will now represent Mercy College at the Vicki Wilson State Schoolgirl Netball Championships in Brisbane later this year.


St Patrick’s all conquering Girls netball team ranks with the best in the State after phenomenal efforts in the QISSN Cup Division 1 championship.

With astute coaches Nadine Becker and Tracey McLeod at the helm, the Mackay maidens captured the imagination of the Queensland sporting public to finish in fifth place in the top category and equal their best standing at a QISSN event.

Led by the skilful Rebecca Symons – who was later named the competition’s Most Valuable Player – the St Patrick’s girls held their own in a tough Pool to record victories over St Margaret Mary Townsville, Rockhampton Grammar, Unity College and Marymount College to reach the quarter finals.

The team’s only losses were against the State’s top three netball schools – eventual champions Canterbury, second placed Somerset College Gold Coast and third ranked Matthew Flinders.

Somerset eclipsed St Patrick’s in a quarter final before the Mackay girls toppled St Columban’s College Caboolture in the play off for fifth/sixth spot.

Talented centre Ysobel Maher and tough defender Phoebe Francis also produced stand out performances to cap an outstanding month for the St Patrick’s team – hot on the heels of their third consecutive championship title in the Mackay District Secondary Schools Netball competition.

In the first-ever QISSN Boys Netball event, St Patrick’s finished a creditable third with outstanding centre prospect Ben Pease named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Pease along with talented shooter Will Randell were later named in the Carnival’s All Stars Merit team with shooter Baxter Northworthy also earning a spot in the Rising Stars Merit squad.

By Chris Karas

Mercy College division 6 championship winners

Action from Thursday games at QISSN. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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On The Greens At Goosies

July 8, 2022

Monday morning mixed pairs 2-4-2 winners were Darrin Laurens and Asko Helenius. Runners up were Phil French and Peter Hamelink. Lucky draw tickets went to Ian Rowan and Phil French.

Wednesday ladies’ day winners were Narell Schmidtke, Bev Woodward and A. Bailey. Runners up were the pairing of Jean Zamparutti and Gloria Sam. The cash jackpot for the month went to Cecelia and Jean.

Thursday mixed pairs 2-4-2 was won by the pairing of Mick Walsh and Peter Grant, followed by Ron Bowers and Graeme Hawke. Greens vouchers went to Doug Dungavell and Peter Miller. The raffle was won by “Lucky” Mick Walsh.

Friday mixed pairs three bowl went to Maryann Bartolo and Shirley Bartolo who won $75 each. Winners’ draw was won by the very popular team of Rob Evans and Peter Horsburgh. The losers’ draw was won by visitors L and B McDone.

Saturday men’s day pairs winners were Ray McCarthy and Doug Dungavell, followed by Wayne Mietzel and Rob Evans. The jackpot goes up next week.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Ladies Victorious In Pennants

The 2022 pennant season concluded, with ladies’ teams from North Mackay picking up wins across all three divisions played this year.

North Mackay had strong representation with three teams in Division 1, two teams in Division 3 and two teams in Division 4. No Division 2 was played this year.

One of the Division 1 teams scored a perfect 8, congratulations to Sheryl Cuttriss, Michele Stockton, Lois Deguara, Nuggie Pratt. The Division 1 winning ladies’ team will compete in Brisbane later this year.

Contributed by Sue Hazledine

Ryan Vigliante is a very colourful character who plays regularly on Mondays

John Chester-Master gives many hours umpiring matches

Division 1 winners

Division 3 winners

Division 4 winners

Winners of a perfect 8 score in one end, Sheryl Cuttriss, Michele Stockton, Lois Deguara, Nuggie Pratt

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Little Footsteps, Big Futures

July 8, 2022

It would seem that among the many prizes awarded at the recent BMA Mackay Marina Run, four talented juniors also took out special encouragement awards for their performance in the Isuzu Ute 3km junior event categories. Unfortunately, The Event was unable to present the awards to the significant four on race day, however, a special presentation was recently arranged at the Breakwater, Mackay Marina.

Owner and Director of Ricky Parker Painting, Ricky Parker was very excited to be on hand to present the awards to Sonny Morse (U12 winner and record breaker); Charlie Vella (U14 male winner); Katie Noonan (U12 female winner) and Kiara Johnson (U14 female winner).  

Ricky’s very generous donation of cash prizes to the talented youngsters will no doubt encourage and assist them in their future athletic endeavours.  Worthy congratulations must also go to the kids on their very humble and team orientated approach to sport in general with Sonny, Charlie, Katie and Kiara being such great role models for their schools and the community at large.

Sonny Morse U12 winner and record breaker

Charlie Vella U14 male winner

Katie Noonan U12 female winner

Kiara Johnson U14 female winner

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THE PRIDE OF MACKAY St Pat’s And Mercy College Impress At CONFRO

July 8, 2022

St Patrick’s College and Mercy College are the toast of Mackay after meritorious achievements at the CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League and QISSN Netball Carnivals last week.

Co-hosted by both schools for the first time in its proud 42-year history, the 2022 CONFRO sporting extravaganza proved a resounding success on and off the field and courts with more than 2600 athletes, officials and volunteers participating in one of the smoothest run events on record.

Sporting enthusiasts were treated to a feast of quality rugby league and netball during the five-day event with the host schools carving out their own slice of history.

In a tremendous feat, St Patrick’s College reached the Grand Final of both the Boys and Girls Confraternity Shield Rugby League competitions and finished fifth and third respectively in the QISSN Netball Division 1 Girls and Boys categories.

The celebrations continued when Diana Bailey’s talented Mercy College netballers lifted the Division 6 Trophy after a thrilling 16-15 victory over Marist College Emerald on the final day.

Proud rugby league nursery Ignatius Park College captured a seventh Confraternity Shield title when they overpowered a gallant St Patrick’s outfit 32-0 in the Boys decider.

Maestro half back Matthew Hunter, power forwards Jamal Shibasaki, Jamaine Stanley, hooker Jonah Raidaveta, fullback Elijah Joe, winger Tekelu Menu and five eighth Reece Foley led the way as Ignatius spoilt the Mackay team’s bid for a ninth trophy with jarring defence and sheer pace and skill.

Ignatius Park – who have produced Australian Kangaroo representatives Danny Moore, Scott Prince, Aidan Guerra, Valentine Holmes, Michael Morgan and Queensland Origin stars Kalyn Ponga and Coen Hess since established in 1969 – led 14-0 at the half time interval following tries by centre Jack Prior and lock Stanley and three Brodie Dinneen goals before adding three tries after the break.

St Patrick’s just couldn’t produce the slick form that netted them victories over St Peter Claver College Ipswich (34-10); Rockhampton Grammar (20-6) and Iona College Wynnum (10-6) in Pool fixtures before tipping out St Augustine's Cairns (28-0) in a quarter final and The Cathedral College Rockhampton (16-6) in a semifinal.

As a just reward four players – centre Kai Simon; five eighth Jaxon Purdue; hooker Xavier Kerrisk and inspirational lock and skipper Henry Thorpe – were named in the 2022 Confraternity Merit Team along with stalwart Matthew Paul, who was chosen as Honorary Coach after 20 years of distinguished service.

Officials also presented industrious forward Patrick Vella with the Spirit Award while rising hooker Kerrisk took out the Best & Fairest trophy.

Other players to shine were fullback Will Shears, winger Coby Arthur, centre Beau Jones, five eighth Harry Thorpe, props Levi Love and Matthew Watts, back rowers Liam Doherty and Bray Tait, Decy Jones and Hudson Galletly.


St Patrick’s women players created history when they featured in the inaugural QISSRL Confraternity Shield Girls Grand Final.

Marymount College in Burleigh Waters claimed the title with a gritty 18-10 triumph over a determined Mackay team that fought tooth and nail in an absorbing contest.

Promising lock Lily Rose Kolc engineered the victory with a Player of the Match performance and was supported by hooker Hayley Sheather, centre Liberty Hoath, props Keely Harris and Piper Stockell and second rower Ellie Sommerville.

Both sides were locked 4-all at the interval following first half tries by Hoath and St Patrick’s dynamo hooker Paityne Johns before Sommerville and winger Sienna Jones nabbed two quick tries out wide as Marymount jumped to a 14-4 lead.

Strong running lock Gracie Watt kept St Patrick’s in the hunt with a determined try after 42 minutes that was converted by forward Lauren Jones.

St Patrick's College Mackay Open rugby league squad that finished runners up at the 2022 Confraternity Shield Rugby League Carnival

Industrious St Patrick's forward Patrick Vella in action with the ball during the Confraternity Shield Rugby League Grand Final against eventual winners Ignatius Park College with teammates Henry Thorpe and Xavier Kerrisk in support. Vella was the recipient of the St Patrick's Spirit Award

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Best Bowls In The Bush

June 30, 2022

With a rich heritage and emphasis on having a ‘bowling great time’, the Marian Bowls Club is a hot contender for the best in the bush.

Its rural location in the Pioneer Valley is no hindrance to fun and fierce competition, as recently played in last weekend’s 5-a-side competition with men and women in teams. This is the second consecutive year this event has run and has been generously supported by O’Brien Plumbing, Mackay.

The day was hailed another success, with eight teams competing in pairs and triples, with the pairs changing players for the second game.

The players enjoyed the format and hope to see it continue next year.

Credit was given to John and Doris Fry for organizing the event.

Winners on the day were Wally Kleidon, Wade Cranston, Michael Miller, Barry Jackson and Steve Ridolfi. Second place went to Rick O’Reilly, Kerry Ollett, Norm Waterhouse, Kay and Kevin McNamara.

Marian Ladies Bowls Club has two events in August, contact the club for details.

Organiser Doris Fry with first place winners: Wally Kleidon, Wade Cranston, Michael Miller, Barry Jackson and Steve Ridolfi (absent). Photos supplied

Organiser Doris Fry with second place: Rick O’Reilly, Kerry Ollett, Norm Waterhouse, Kay and Kevin McNamara

Organiser Doris Fry (right) with third place: Joe Oliver and Rob Evans, (absent - Emanuel Vassalo, Brian Pietzner, John O'Loughlin)

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Netball Second Nature To Athletic St Patrick’s Schoolboys

June 30, 2022

What do you get when you mix a cluster of male schoolboy athletes with strong links to basketball, AFL and boxing?

Answer: a highly competitive boys netball team that has captured the imagination of the Mackay sporting public.

The eleven boy netballers hail from the famous St Patrick’s College sporting nursery and created history last week when they competed in the inaugural Boys competition at the 2022 Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball tournament in Mackay.

Leading into QISSN, the team finished runners up to Emerald State High School at the Vicki Wilson Cup tournament staged in Yeppoon where they registered three wins from four matches played.

The versatile St Patrick’s outfit defeated Toolooa State High, Biloela State High and Tannum Sands High Schools before succumbing to overall Cup winners Emerald State High in the round robin series.

But despite the loss there was a silver lining for the Mackay based athletes.

St Patrick’s boys netball team

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Young Gun Kerrisk Shines As St Patrick’s Launch CONFRO Campaign On Winning Note

June 30, 2022

Boom hooker Xavier Kerrisk (pictured) stole the show as hosts St Patricks College opened their 2022 CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League Shield campaign with emphatic 34-10 and 20-6 victories over St Peter Claver College Ipswich and Rockhampton Grammar at the Mackay Junior League grounds on Monday.

The livewire 17-year-old rake demonstrated his skill and turn of speed in a best on ground performance against St Peter Claver to help St Patrick’s kick off the coveted Carnival in style.

From the moment he burrowed over for St Patrick’s opening try after nine minutes, the North Queensland Cowboys scholarship holder was in a class of his own – creating havoc with his darting runs from dummy half and clever passing in a dominant first-up team effort.

There was no stopping the Mackay colts who had too many big guns for their Ipswich rivals – establishing a 24-0 lead at the half time interval.

Three quick tries by St Patrick’s before the break left the St Peter Claver side in tatters.

Emerging lock and skipper Henry Thorpe set up St Patrick’s second try after bursting through defenders on halfway and turning a crisp pass inside to rampaging prop Levi Love who galloped over to score.

From the ensuing short kick-off, powerful centre Kai Simon latched onto the ball and strode 55 metres untouched for an easy try that he converted.

When St Patrick’s winger Coby Arthur scored the first of his two tries moments later the damage was done.

Rising centre Simon was rested after his first half contribution of 12 points from a try and four goals along with several key forwards as coach Michael Comerford gave his interchange roster valuable playing time.

The Ipswich team staged a mini revival after the break with snappy tries by wingers Mackenzie Graham and Seth Holland before St Patrick’s rallied with four pointers by forward Patrick Vella and the elusive Arthur.

Other St Patrick’s players to impress were lock Henry Thorpe, crafty half back Jaxon Purdue, fullback Will Shears and the strong running Matthew Watts, Liam Doherty, Bray Tait, Ethan Van Kerkwyk, Hudson Galletly, Love and Vella.

St Peter Claver were best served by half back Lachlan Stuart, back rower Joshua Organ, centre Ryan Shepherd and prop TJ Toeleiu.


(Coby Arthur 2, Xavier Kerrisk, Levi Love, Kai Simon, Patrick Vella tries; Kai Simon 4, Beau Jones gls) d


(Mackenzie Graham, Seth Holland tries; Lachlan Stuart gl).

Meanwhile another first half blitz enabled St Patrick’s to slam Rockhampton Grammar 20-6 in a second-round fixture at BB Print Stadium.

Powerful running forward Liam Doherty, centre Kai Simon, playmaker Jaxon Purdue and winger Bailey Anderson crossed for tries and Simon booted two conversions as St Patrick’s jumped to an unassailable 20-0 lead.

It was another solid all-round performance from Michael Comerford’s charges on a fruitful opening day of the prestigious rugby league tournament.


(Liam Doherty, Kai Simon, Jaxon Purdue, Bailey Anderson tries; Kai Simon 2 gls) d


(Dominic Kallquist try; Luke Callanan gl).

By Chris Karas

Xavier Kerrisk was awarded player of the match in St Patrick’s opening clash with Ipswich in the 2022 CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League Shield

Highlights from St Patrick’s games on the opening day of CONFRO

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Mackay Bowler Wins Australian Open In Style

June 30, 2022

Mackay’s Cooper Whitestyles took the Lawn Bowls Australian Open by storm last week, winning the multi-disability pairs final alongside para-Jackaroo Damien Delgado.

The pair hoisted the trophy on the Gold Coast last Thursday courtesy of a nail-biting one-shot victory over Phillip Mahonney and Clive Williams.

Cooper says he’s still on cloud nine.

“It’s hard to believe,” he said.

Being his first time at the Australian Open, Cooper says it was a nerve-racking experience at first.

“I knew it was going to be big, but I didn’t know it was going to be that big,” he laughed.

“It was definitely a bit overwhelming at the start but once I got settled, I felt right at home.”

The win was made even sweeter by Cooper’s mother and aunty making a surprise trip down to see him play.

“That was a total shock, I had no idea they were going to come down,” Cooper said.

“I had no idea until I turned around and there was my mum and aunty.”

His mother and aunty found out their flight was cancelled at 6:00pm the night before Cooper’s final but that didn’t stop them; they got in the car and made the 13-hour non-stop trip to Broadbeach before turning around and making the trip back after the match.

“Mum said she’d do it all over again just to see me win, so that was pretty special,” Cooper said.

This is the second time Cooper and Damien “Damo” Delgado, of Tweed Heads, have competed together after winning a state title together two years ago.

“We just read each other well and the chemistry’s great,” Mr Whitestyles said.

“I enjoy playing with him, he’s just a good bloke in general.”

Cooper first got involved in lawn bowls through school at Mercy College at 13 years of age.

He currently plays at Souths Suburban Bowls Club in Mackay, which he says prepared him well for the tournament.

“They’re the strongest club in Mackay so there’s always competition and it’s always quality competition,” he said.

Cooper will line up alongside Damo again in August for state titles, vying for selection in the Queensland team and ultimately pushing for a spot in the World Cup taking place in New Zealand next year.

“The harder you work, the luckier you get so I’ve just gotta put my head down and work my butt off,” Cooper said.

Cooper Whitestyles and Damien Delgado are the Australian Open Multi Disciplinary Open Pairs Champions for 2022. Photo supplied: Australian Open

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On The Green At Goosies

June 30, 2022

The final of the men’s B Pairs was played on Saturday: Ray McCarthy and John Stronach against Tony Allsop and Glen Royes. It was an exciting game, with Tony and Glen needing three on the last end to tie, four to win. They held four shots, when Ray delivered his last bowl,  a great shot, drawing onto the jack. Ray and John won by 19 to 15.


Monday mixed pairs 2x4x2 resulted in a win for P. French and M. Leotta with D. Dodds and L. Edwards in second spot. Lucky draw winners were E. Skellern and J. Little.

Wednesday ladies’ day winners were S. Roscoe and L. Howland. In second place was C. O’Loughlin, A. Bailey and D. Dodds.

Thursday mixed 2x4x2 was won by Warren and Cheryl Corbett. Next came Arthur and Judy Jewel. Greens vouchers were won by Jan Little and Marg Fogg. The kitty toucher jackpots.

Friday mixed pairs winner was the very consistent team of Rob Evans and Peter Horsburgh who won $75 each. The winners’ draw was taken out by Sheryl Cuttriss and Pat Elgey, while the losers’ draw was won by Warren Corbett and Jan Keat. The kitty toucher was not won.

Saturday men’s pairs winners were Trevor Laurens and Kees Struik with Asko Helenius and Maurie Pearson in second place. The jackpot goes up next week with no winners.

Contributed by Tony Allsop.

Men’s B Pairs finalists. Glen Royes, Tony Allsop, John Stronach and Ray McCarthy. John and Ray won the title

Lois Deguara bowls in the club 8’s championships, with Carmel Bell watching

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Boom Mercy Hoopers Reign Supreme For U/14 Meteors And Meteorettes

June 30, 2022

Australia’s bronze medal winning Olympic basketballers continue to inspire a new generation of young hoopers.

Nine students from Mercy College Mackay are living the dream after recently helping the Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes clinch a rare North Queensland Junior Basketball Championship double.

In a huge fillip for basketball in the Mackay region, the talented local products underlined their potential with superb performances on the boards against Cairns and Townsville to bring home their respective Under 14 trophies.

Outstanding 13-year-old point guard Cooper Currie skippered the triumphant Meteors who produced impressive team efforts over the Tri Carnival series to claim the tag of North Queensland Age Champions.

Currie was supported by rising stars in power forward Treyce Ciantar, shooting guards Usai Bickey and Sam Osborne, small forward Landon Naylor and point guard Winton Martin.

The Meteors swept all eight games in the challenge legs in Cairns and Mackay but lost three matches during the Townsville leg with a depleted squad after key forward Ciantar broke his foot.

Secret to the team’s success is their ability to combine effectively with each other on court, tactical nous and natural lay-up and shooting skills.

Currie, Ciantar, Martin and Naylor are products of the Souths club in the Mackay Junior Basketball Association with Bickey lining up for the Magpies and Osborne, a Renegades colt.

All six have represented the Meteors in the Under 12 and Under 14 age divisions -  

Treyce and Usai for the past five seasons; Cooper (four seasons) and Sam (two) which stands as a proud achievement.

The boys’ immediate goal is to be part of basketball’s Future Development Program and to push for selection in the Queensland Under 16s representative squad.

Following their North Queensland regional success, the super six will represent Mackay at the upcoming State Junior Basketball Championships in Brisbane.

It doesn’t end there for Cooper, Usai and Treyce who will spearhead the Mercy College Year 10 basketball team at this year’s Champion Schools Basketball tournament to be staged on the Gold Coast during October.

The gifted 13-year-olds will take on players three years their senior in the annual competition to determine the best Junior Basketball school in the State.

Mercy College trio Tahlia Jenson, Lily Mapp and Cleo Ape starred for the all-conquering Mackay Meteorettes who were also crowned North Queensland Junior Basketball U/14 age champions.

Promising point guard Jenson and skillful forwards Mapp and Ape were instrumental in the team’s success with top performances against Cairns and Townsville in the Girls division.

Also heading to the Gold Coast later this year is exciting prospect Lily, who will be part of a strong Mercy College Year 10 Girls squad that will pit their skills against the best schoolgirl basketballers in Queensland.

By Chris Karas

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Pickleballers Pick Up The Pace In Townsville

June 30, 2022

Mackay’s PCYC pickleballers had another successful North Queensland outing last month, with a trip to Townsville for the second leg of the Queensland Pickleball Tour.

Approximately 100 competitors played across the full Tennis Townsville venue, comprising 12 plex pave courts. Mackay’s team consisted of Heather Hayes, Gigi Brake, Colleen Ingham, Mil Rohan and Michelle Sheehan.

Heather played in her first singles tournament in skills 3.5 and under, for ages 19 to 49. She came fourth overall and then picked up a silver medal in the women’s doubles (same skill range) with Vicki Mathews from Hervey Bay, a playing partner she met the day of the tournament.

For Colleen and Mil, it was their first tournament on outdoor courts and a great experience for everyone playing their first pickleball competition utilising a new scoring system.

The Mackay ladies competed in the women’s doubles skills 3.5 and under, age 50+, against some very competitive ladies from Townsville, Cairns, Hervey Bay, and the Atherton Tablelands.

There was also a valuable training opportunity held during the tournament, conducted by recent gold medal winners at the Asia Open 2022 Finals, Sarah Barr and Bec Kingsley, also Australian Pickleball champion Brendan Lee, plus Engage Pickleball Representatives, Nicholas Cooper and Martin Clark.

Michelle Sheehan said it was an education to watch these champions play their match with such speed and agility over the two days.

“We are re-energised and now gearing up for our next tour to Yeppoon on the weekend of 23-24 July 2022.

“Pickleball can be a low-impact sport that is easy to learn and play at almost any age—it is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis; this sport for life is regularly described as the fastest growing sport worldwide.”

You can find Mackay Pickleball at the PCYC indoor basketball stadium twice a week, Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 pm and Thursdays from 12pm to 2 pm.

Mackay’s PCYC pickleballers competing in Townsville: Heather Hayes, Gigi Brake, Colleen Ingham, Mil Rohan and Michelle Sheehan. Photos supplied

Heather Hayes (second left) with fellow doubles players

Pickelballers could also take part in a training event

Heather Hayes won silver in the doubles with Vicki Mathews from Hervey Bay

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Big BMX Weekend Wraps Up In Mackay

June 30, 2022

Thrills and spills were aplenty last weekend when over 500 BMX riders from across Queensland descended upon Sarina and Mackay for the 2022 AusCycling BMX State Series.

With round 3 of the Series taking place at Sarina BMX Club on Saturday and Round 4 at Mackay and District BMX Club on Sunday, riders from two years of age up to 60+ years competed for valuable points in the Queensland State Series.

Sunday saw podium finishes for many Mackay and District BMX Club riders who showed the rest of the state what we’re made of.

Podium finishes came for Lilly Bolger (1st in 8 Girls), Jack Hancroft (3rd in 8 Boys), Paige Knights (3rd in 10 Girls), Travis Chilton (3rd in 11 Boys), Connor Parish (1st in 16 Boys and 1st in Junior Superclass Men), Brock De Silva (1st in 17-24 Men), Brendan Knights (2nd in 35-39 Men and 2nd in Cruiser 35-39 Men) and Brett Wilson (3rd in Cruiser 45-49 Men).

Mackay and District BMX Club took to Facebook to thank participants, officials, first aid personnel, canteen staff and other volunteers and businesses involved in the successful weekend.

“Thank you to all the riders from near and far who travelled to compete here this weekend,” read the Facebook post.

“Congratulations on your outstanding results and wishing the injured riders a speedy recovery.

“With anything successful, behind the scenes is a huge army of workers that make it all happen.”

Queensland State Series Round 4 Results

EMAC Superclass Men

1st Jesse Asmus (Nerang)

2nd Dylan Bennetts (Wanneroo - WA)

3rd Trent Asmus (Nerang)

Werner Engineering Superclass Women

1st Teya Rufus(Maryborough)

2nd Ashleigh Gunn (Townsville)

3rd Celeste Barr (Townsville)

Over 500 BMX riders competed in Sarina and Mackay over an action-packed weekend. Photo credit: JDT Photography

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June 30, 2022

Monday 21 June 22 – 71/2 Table Mitchell


1st Maria Setiyawan / Geoff Taylor 1st Lorna Shuttlewood / Faye Wright

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

3rd Sandy Patterson / Debbie Ludkin 3rd Noel Bugeia / Geoffrey Patterson

Tuesday Evening 22 June 22 – 7 Pair Howel

1st Noel Bugeia / Terrence Sheedy

2nd Janet Hansen / Diane Morgan

3rd Janelle Conroy / Eric Leivesley

Wednesday 22 June 22 – 101/2 Table Mitchell


1st Max Holewa/ Diane Holewa 1st Joy Robinson / Robert Carless

2nd Geoff Cowan / Noel Saunders 2nd Terrence Sheedy / Eric Leivesley

3rd Ted Cullinan / Geoff Taylor 3rd Monica Darley / Kath Poole

4th Joyce Deguara / Griffin Bancroft 4th Frances Brown / Maria Setiyawan

5th Eric Goodchild / David King 5th Alan Brown Janelle Conroy

Thursday Night 23 June 22 – 61/2 Table Mitchell


1st Ken Seaniger / Robert Carless 1st Kevin Sheedy / Jan Harris

2nd Janelle Conroy / Noel Bugeia 2nd Eric Goodchild / Debra Goodchild

3rd Patricia Garner / Mick King 3rd Sandra Morris / Annie Lynch

Friday 24 June 22 – 3 of 3 Rounds 2022 Club Pairs Championship Final


1st Monica Darley / Del Ryan 1st Eric Goodchild / Richard Wix

2nd Max Holewa / Diana Holewa 2nd Terrence Sheedy / Janelle Conroy

3rd Helen Van Den Broek / Don Poole 3rd David Ting / Ming Ting

4th Lorna Shuttlewood / Debra Goodchild 4th Anne Whitmore / Josie Crowley

Saturday 25 June 22 – GNOT 3RD QUALIFY TEAMS Event – NO RESULTS available at time of submission

Sunday 26 June 22 – Novice Pairs 5 Table Mitchell


1st Geoff Cowan / Noel Saunders 1st Frances Brown / Robert (Bob) Ellis

2nd Alan Brown / Laura Howland 2nd Diane Stokes / Mick King

Congratulations - Diane and Max Holewa winning the 2022 Mackay Pairs Championship after a fiercely fought third round of bridge was played last Friday. Del Ryan / Monica Darley along with Eric Goodchild / Richard Wix while all winning on Friday couldn’t overtake Diane and Max after the three rounds

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Mackay Players Represent Malta

June 30, 2022

Three Mackay rugby league players represented Malta last Wednesday night, taking on Lebanon for the Elias-Fenech Trophy at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney.

Mackay Cutters’ Hayden Pace and Wests Tigers’ Connor McDermott both made debuts for Malta while Carlton’s Devils club captain Nathan Benson made his twelfth appearance.

Lebanon took an early 4-0 lead, but Malta soon hit back with Pace scoring on debut playing in the centres.

Pace latched onto a Jarrod Sammut grubber with Sammut converting the try to make it 4-6 in the fifteenth minute.

A barrage of tries followed for Lebanon, with Malta going gown 30-14.

Malta coach Aaron McDonald said the young side needs to continue to build.

“Some young guys got an opportunity tonight and were impressive, so we just need to keep that core group together and keep working hard,” he said.

"They are a good young side as well, obviously they will throw in some NRL experience and you will have to back them to do well at the World Cup."

Hayden Pace plays on the wing for the Cutters and was slotted into the centres for Malta

Connor McDermott played on the wing in his Malta debut

Cartons Devils captain Nathan Benson made his twelfth appearance for Malta, playing on the wing. Photos supplied: Malta Rugby League

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Locals Deliver In Hometown Mountain Biking Weekend

June 30, 2022

In a big weekend for extreme sports, Mackay hosted two mountain bike events last weekend organised by Rocky Trail Entertainment with support from the Invest Mackay Events Attraction Program and MAD MTB Club.

The action kicked off with the Rocky Trail Academy Schools Competition last Friday and continued with the Fox Superflow gravity enduro race over the weekend.

In the Fox Superflow event, competitors rode to the starts un-timed and then completed three race tracks for many categories – from elite to amateur racers to families with juniors, couples and groups of friends riding together.

Racers came from interstate and throughout Queensland to participate, but local knowledge prevailed with local rider Ethan Weiss claiming first place in the Elite classification.

The 17-year-old completed the challenging three race stages in 6:44.2 as the fastest racer on course, followed by 39-year-old Clay Schulz from the Gold Coast with 7:02.3, claiming outright second and the Veteran category win.

With only 0.2 seconds of a gap, Callum Duffy from Western Sydney was third overall with 7:02.5, with the 19-year-old winning the Expert category.

Sunshine Coast Elite racer Jess Hoskin claimed first in the women’s with a winning race time of 7:27.3, too strong for local U17s racer Kristen Rowlands who finished with 8:23.7.

Kristen is the School Mountain Bike Captain at Mercy College and a real prospect for the future.

Master 40+ racer Kate Deambrogio came in third overall in the women’s.

Part of the junior development program by Rocky Trail Entertainment, the Academy schools competition focuses on encouraging students of all abilities to come and race with their mates in a safe and social environment.

On Friday, students from 14 schools took on the challenge to test their riding ability across three skill areas at Rowallan Mountain Bike Park: endurance, speed and technical skills.

Mercy College claimed the Schools Championship Title for most points achieved with almost 20 students competing.

Rocky Trail’s National Event Manager Jo Parker says the program reflects the values the company wants to foster by engaging youth in healthy social and active recreation, creating pathways into the sport.

“Our Rocky Trail Academy events bring a heightened appreciation of nature, the environment, self-reliance, self-learning and independence, all as part of riding a bike in the outdoors,” Ms Parker said.

Local rider Ethan Weiss claimed first place in the Elite classification of the gravity enduro race over the weekend

Sunshine Coast rider Jess Hoskin claimed first in the women’s Elite category

Local rider and Mercy College Mountain Bike Captain Kristen Rowlands finished second in the women’s

Mercy College claimed the Schools Championship Title Rocky Trail Academy Schools Competition on Friday. Photo credit:

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Mackay Bowler Wins Australian Open In Style

June 30, 2022

Mackay’s Cooper Whitestyles took the Lawn Bowls Australian Open by storm last week, winning the multi-disability pairs final alongside para-Jackaroo Damien Delgado.

The pair hoisted the trophy on the Gold Coast last Thursday courtesy of a nail-biting one-shot victory over Phillip Mahonney and Clive Williams.

Cooper says he’s still on cloud nine.

“It’s hard to believe,” he said.

Being his first time at the Australian Open, Cooper says it was a nerve-racking experience at first.

“I knew it was going to be big, but I didn’t know it was going to be that big,” he laughed.

“It was definitely a bit overwhelming at the start but once I got settled, I felt right at home.”

The win was made even sweeter by Cooper’s mother and aunty making a surprise trip down to see him play.

“That was a total shock, I had no idea they were going to come down,” Cooper said.

“I had no idea until I turned around and there was my mum and aunty.”

His mother and aunty found out their flight was cancelled at 6:00pm the night before Cooper’s final but that didn’t stop them; they got in the car and made the 13-hour non-stop trip to Broadbeach before turning around and making the trip back after the match.

“Mum said she’d do it all over again just to see me win, so that was pretty special,” Cooper said.

This is the second time Cooper and Damien “Damo” Delgado, of Tweed Heads, have competed together after winning a state title together two years ago.

“We just read each other well and the chemistry’s great,” Mr Whitestyles said.

“I enjoy playing with him, he’s just a good bloke in general.”

Cooper first got involved in lawn bowls through school at Mercy College at 13 years of age.

He currently plays at Souths Suburban Bowls Club in Mackay, which he says prepared him well for the tournament.

“They’re the strongest club in Mackay so there’s always competition and it’s always quality competition,” he said.

Cooper will line up alongside Damo again in August for state titles, vying for selection in the Queensland team and ultimately pushing for a spot in the World Cup taking place in New Zealand next year.

“The harder you work, the luckier you get so I’ve just gotta put my head down and work my butt off,” Cooper said.

Cooper Whitestyles and Damien Delgado are the Australian Open Multi Disciplinary Open Pairs Champions for 2022. Photo supplied: Australian Open

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Cutters’ Junior Awards

June 23, 2022

Mackay Cutters young superstars were awarded for their outstanding performances in the club’s junior competitions this week.

The sugar city club announced its award winners at the club's presentation event for its Junior Representative Programs.

In the Cyril Connell Challenge, coach’s award went to Kale Oliver for his continued high-level representation in the competition. Whilst the Players’ Player Award went to Harrison Deguara.

Harvey Norman Womens Under 19s Coach’s Award was given to Libby Surha – another star performer in the side – whilst Players’ Player Award was picked up by Lily Peacock.

In the Mal Meninga Cup, Coach’s Award went to Will Gething, whilst the Players’ Player Award recipient was Xavier Kerrisk. Kerrisk was recently selected in the U19 Origin training squad.

The club’s representative level has cultivated and developed local athletes at a high level for the past three years, and a spokesperson from the Club said they were hoping to continue taking local players and transforming them.

The club also gave thanks to staff involved in the Junior Representative Programs over the season, particularly Andrew Battaia, Heath Cruckshank, Isaac Fatnowna, Mark Farmer, and Morgan Rodgers.

There were thanks given to Matt Sanders, Katrina Hazledine, David Bella, Abbi Johnson, Amanda Doull, and James Medway, too.

Mal Meninga Cup coaching staff David Stevens, Mark Bowden, Zac Schill, Laurie Shepherd, Jake Hawkins, Dee Curtis, and Bec Valmadre were honoured as well.

Mackay Cutters’ Mal Meninga Cup Junior Representative award winners Will Gething and Xavier Kerrisk with club representatives

Cyril Connell Challenge award winners Kale Oliver and Harrison Deguara

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Mackay Contract Bridge Club

June 23, 2022

Tuesday 14 June 22 – 7 Pair Howel

1st Diane Holewa / Max Holewa

2nd Terrence Sheedy / Helen Van Den Broek

3rd Eric Goodchild / David Ting

Wednesday 15 June 22


1st Ted Cullinan / Geoff Taylor 1st Diane Holewa / Max Holewa

2nd Janet Hansen / Del Ryan 2nd Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait

3rd Geoff Cowan / Noel Saunders 3rd Sandra Morris / Jan Harris

Thursday Night 16 June 22

1st Janet Hansen / Diane Morgan

2nd Marilin Robins / Doone Mitchell

3rd Debra Goodchild / Eric Goodchild

Friday 17 June 22 Week 2 of 3 Club Pair Championship


1st Max Holewa / Diane Holewa 1st Terrence Sheedy / Janelle Conroy

2nd Geoff Taylor / Joy Robinson 2nd Frances Brown / Alan Brown

3rd Joyce Deguara / Toni Large 3rd Susan Wright / Geoffrey Patterson

4th Noel Saunders / Sandra Morris 4th David Ming / Ming Ting

Saturday 18 June 22 – Section A


1st Geoff Taylor / Del Ryan 1st Geoff Cowan / Noel Saunders

2nd Margaret Lane / Helen Van Den Broek 2nd Faye Wright / Terrence Sheedy

3rd Ming Ting / David Ting

Saturday 18 June 22 – Section B


1st Robert Carless / Janelle Conroy 1st Jan Harris / Mike King

2nd Monica Darley / Kath Poole 2nd Susan Wright / Geoffrey Patterson

3rd Joy Robinson / Ken Seaniger 3rd Janice Scott / Marie McGuire

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On The Green At Goosies

June 23, 2022

The club fours championship was won recently by Ray McCarthy, Peter Miller, John Stronach and Doug Dungavell. During one game, they accomplished something every bowler dreams of, a perfect eight-point score.

On Saturday the semi-final of the B Pairs was played between John Stronach and Ray McCarthy, who played Peter Miller and Doug Dungavell. John and Ray won by just one shot in a very exciting game, and now play Tony Allsop and Glen Royes in the final on Saturday.

Monday winners were Sue Hazledine and Helen Rose, followed by Carmel Bell and Greg McLean. Lucky draws were won by Lance Edwards and Rob Milburn.

Wednesday ladies’ winners were Anne Bailey, Wendy McGee, Daphne Offield. Runners up were Cecilia Lee, Isla Comelli, Maureen Blucher. Ladies Pennants: Divisions  1,3, and 4 have only a few games left to play now, and are doing very well in the competition.

Thursday's game was taken out by Col Carey and Wayne Mietzel. In second place were Pat Elgey and Brian Perrin. Green vouchers went to Tony Allsop and Warren Corbett.

Friday winners were Lorna Bowers and Donna Gordon. The winner's lucky draw was won by Tony Allsop and Michele Stockton. Runners up draw went to Rob Hobbs and Brian Perrin.

Saturday men’s pairs winner was the triples team of Asko Helenius, Peter Shepherd and Eric Galletly. Trevor Laurens and Ken Lane came second.

Contributed by Tony Allsop.

Sheryl Cuttriss shows a good finish

Men’s fours winners who also scored a perfect eight points, are Ray McCarthy, John Stronach, Peter Miller and Doug Dungavell

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Road Runners Complete 30km Club Championships

June 23, 2022

Sunday morning brought very cool conditions with over fifty Road Runners and supporters braving the cold for the 30km Club Championship as well as 15km and 5km events.

Starting from the Northview Gardens playground, runners took on the route through the undulating suburbs of Rural View, Farleigh, Habana and Nindaroo.

In the 5km event, multi-talented junior sportsman Damian Rutland revelled in the cold conditions, stopping the clock in 19 minutes 37 seconds ahead of Hamish Donnollan and Toby Rule.

Lily Leven continued her strong form to be first female across the line ahead of her good friends Millie Bishop and Crystal Hawkins.

Veteran runner Ricky Parker once again blitzed the course in 23 minutes 44 seconds with Jeanette Farrugia, Alleny Gorrion, Andrew Leggett and Colin Hardy all achieving great results as well.

Junior runners Luke Leven and Oliver Rule were on fire once again in the 15km, sprinting shoulder to shoulder the entire way with Luke finishing less than one second ahead.

Despite a brief misunderstanding of the course, Ryan Evetts showed great skill and grace to cross the line third behind the two youngsters.

First female Jose Short ran a well-paced and Carolyn Steginga stepped up to the 15km distance in a bid to increase her stamina and endurance before her first half marathon in Townsville in a couple of months.  

Alan Zamparutti backed up well in his 15km run after his pacing duties at the Mackay Marina Half Marathon two weeks prior before stepping up to cook the post-run sausage sizzle after his run.

Andrew Short followed Alan to the finish line ahead of Vicki Vickers, Marie Muscat and Ollie Gorrion.

Justin Rule led the quality field of 30 km runners from the start of the hotly contested race with Mick Scholer and Kay Nyenuh hot on his heels. A very focussed Kay finally reeled him in earning himself maximum club championship points as he steamed over the course for the gold medal leaving the silver to Justin and bronze to Mick.

Andrea Conroy set a great pace early in the 30km to retain the lead and gold medal for the entire 30km with Glynis Forse securing silver.

There was a very tight finish for third with Julie Whibley edging out Carmel Mahon by one second.

Runners are now looking forward to The Farmer’s Gallop 5km and 17km this Sunday morning, a historical run that has been a fixture on the calendar for nearly 45 years.

Kay Nyenuh (left) was the winner of the 30km Club Championship with Mick Scholer (right) finishing third. Photo credit: Belinda Rule

Junior runners sprinting the 15km event, first-placed Luke Leven (left) and second-placed Oliver Rule (right) finished less than a second apart. Photo credit: Janelle Tilse

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Squash 52 Junior To Compete In France

June 23, 2022

A young Mackay man is one of 12 announced in Squash Australia’s squad for the 2022 WSF World Junior Squash Championships.

Brendan “BJ” MacDonald will experience his first Junior World Championships when he travels to Nancy, France in August.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Brendan.

“It’s something I’ve been working towards for a long time so it’s good to finally tick that off the bucket list.”

Brendan says he’s been playing squash in Mackay since he was three years old.

“My Dad got me into it originally, he was great friends with the Courtice family who own the courts there, so I remember I was hitting balls on the back of the glass courts since I was three years old,” he said.

As he grew up, he trained with Mackay squash legends Rob Courtice and Kay Barclay.

“They both sadly passed away so after that I was mainly just hitting by myself and with all the guys at (Squash) 52 just trying to do my best to develop my skills without any formal coaching.”

As Brendan got older, he travelled to countries like Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand to compete against a different calibre of player and enhance his ability.

In 2019, Brendan was named the U17 Australian Boys Champion with an undefeated run in both individual and teams at the 2019 Australian Junior Championships in Devonport, Tasmania.

Throughout high school, Brendan was travelling to Brisbane as much as possible for training and tournament opportunities.

He graduated from St Patrick’s College last year and moved down to Brisbane earlier this year to train full time and study a double degree in Law and Psychology.

He says uni being predominantly online makes it easy for him to prioritise and manage his time while balancing study and training.

“It’s a lot easier for me to work around my squash schedule,” he said.

Brendan has a couple of tournaments lined up between now and the World Championships in August as well as a big block of training.

“I’ll be training with my coaches down here and trying to get my body ready for play over there and try and do my best over there,” he said.

He is well-acquainted with the rest of the Australian squad which also includes his training partner.

Brendan will be competing in the Men’s Junior Individual Event and says he hopes to use the experience as a learning opportunity, aspiring to play squash professionally in the future.

“I’m expecting to have a lot of fun, play against different kinds of players and learn how different countries approach the game and how they train so I can take some tips and tricks back for when I’m training to play professionally in the next couple of years and try to enhance my game through that,” he said.

This year marks the return of the 2022 WSF World Junior Squash Championships after the pandemic forced the cancellation of both the 2020 and 2021 editions set to be held in Australia and Egypt respectively.

National Pathways Coach Jenny Duncalf said she was looking forward to the fantastic opportunity for all players.

“All of the players selected have displayed the performance and commitment level to earn their spot in the Australian team for the much-anticipated upcoming World Junior Championships,” Ms Duncalf said.

“With the event having not been held since 2019, it is a huge opportunity for them to proudly pull on the Australian shirt on the international stage for the first time in a long while and will be eager as ever to perform and gain exposure against the world’s best.”

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Mackay District Hosts BMX State Series

June 22, 2022

Over 500 BMX riders from all over Queensland will travel to Mackay and Sarina this weekend to compete in the 2022 AusCycling BMX State Series.

Round 3 of the Series will take place at Sarina BMX Club on Saturday, June 25 and Round 4 at Mackay and District BMX Club on Sunday, June 26.

Riders from two years of age up to 60+ years will compete, vying for valuable points in the Queensland State Series following rounds 1 and 2 taking place in Cooloola and Nerang earlier in the year.

EMAC Superclass Men riders include Nerang riders Jesse and TJ Asmus, Caboolture’s Corey Frieswyk and crowd favourite Jayce Cunning up against local riders Brock de Silva, Tristyn Kronk, Peter Little and Jack Armstrong.

Werner Engineering Superclass Women riders include Townsville’s Ashleigh Gunn and Celeste Barr, Kiana Botfield of Pine Rivers, Teya Rufus of Maryborough and Elisha Nesbit of Cairns.

The Auto Air and Electrics Mackay Junior Superclass Men Class is stacked full of local talent including Tyler Morgan, brothers Bailey and Tyler Smith, Brodie Wilson and Connor Parish, all from Mackay and District BMX, along with Moranbah riders Oliver Rivers and Jackson Elliott.

The Balnagowan Diesel Repairs Junior Superclass Women include local rider Sarah Tickle up against Townsville’s Brooke Smith, Alara Nobelius of Atherton and Cheralee White of Nerang.

Racing commences at 12:00pm Saturday at Sarina BMX and 9:45am Sunday at Mackay and District BMX, Snow Wright Court Beaconsfield.

Photos supplied: Michelle Tickle

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Festival Of STEM Off And Racing

June 16, 2022

They’re not bobsleds, they’re not bicycles, they’re Human Powered Vehicles (HPVs) and students from all over the region raced them last weekend as the Whitsunday Festival of STEM launched last Friday.

Now in its fourth year, the Whitsunday Festival of STEM tests school children in STEM subjects with fun and engaging challenges.

“It really helps all of our local students to get involved,” said Secretary for the Whitsunday STEM Challenge and CQU Campus Coordinator Leanne Williams.

“The Festival of STEM really looks at science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design.”

Last Saturday, students participated in the Pedal Prix, an eight-hour hot lap race in which each student spends 30 minutes in an HPV before getting out and Covid cleaning the vehicle for the next driver to take over.

“With the Pedal Prix, the students get to race a vehicle but then they also need to fix that vehicle, make sure it’s scrutineered,” said Ms Williams.

Participating schools included St Patrick’s College, Mercy College, Calen District State College, Sarina State High School and Mackay Northern Beaches State High School, as well as schools from Townsville, Bundaberg, Emerald and Rockhampton.

Sarina State High School year 11 student Ryan Pietzner said he’s been participating in the Pedal Prix since year seven.

“A few mates were doing it and they said, ‘do you want to have a go?’ so I had a go and I’ve loved it ever since,” Ryan said.

“We had to do some maintenance to a few of these bikes because the tyres go flat after a while because we haven’t had a race in a while.”

The 2022 Festival of STEM also incorporated the F1 in Schools, Junior Robocup and Drones Competition which took place at the MECC on Wednesday alongside a mini careers expo showcasing STEM career opportunities available in the region.

“A lot of the students going through school are not really sure what the jobs are so we’ve got a mini careers expo there,” said Ms Williams.

Councillor Michelle Green said at the launch last week that over 25% of the Mackay region’s workforce is employed in sectors with strong STEM links.

“(Mackay Regional Council is) involved in the Whitsunday Festival of STEM to help foster these linkages between our schools and local businesses and industry,” said Ms Green.

“The Whitsunday Festival of STEM is a great way for a whole community to learn more about what STEM is and what it means for the future of our children so that we can provide better STEM education for them.”

Students, teachers and special guests got to test out the Human Powered Vehicles at the Whitsunday Festival of STEM launch last Friday. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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Tight Fight For Cutters

June 16, 2022

Round 11 on June 11 of the Hostplus Cup was a game where Mackay Cutters had it all to prove against a Redcliffe Dolphins side that had leapfrogged them on the ladder the week before.

The sugar city’s team were sitting in tenth ahead of the game at BB Print Stadium and were hoping to jump all the way up to eighth, should they best the traveling Dolphins and other results go their way.

It turned out to be a potential game of the season; a tight affair that could have gone either way in the end.

Cutters made their mark on the scorecard first, with Jack Paskins crossing in the seventeenth after crashing through the Dolphins’ wide players.

It wasn’t a long lead, as Dolphins equalised just six minutes later with their own thumping try. The travelling side scored again shortly after with another bang.

There wasn’t too much technical glory in the move as Dolphins’ centre Valynce Te Whare burst through the Cutters backline.

Redcliffe had all the momentum and scored again, capitalising on a fumble. The Dolphins had a halftime lead of two points.

Cutters came out the blocks raring to go, scoring off a fumble from the travelling team this time in the 47th, but Dolphins scored again shortly after, not to be outdone.

The 63rd minute, Dolphins crossed again and again three minutes later with Valynce Te Whare. The game looked over before Cutters came roaring back.

Cutters scored in the 71st, the 76th, and the 78th in one of the closest finishes this season, just losing out by 2.

Cutters 32-34 Dolphins.

The Mackay team head off to Tweed Heads this weekend for a 3.00pm fixture against Seagulls – who sit comfortably in 7th.

Dolphins now move on to a home game against Capras, which will be a tough ask for the Redcliffe side as Capras are placed in fine form. Cutters could capitalise on ladder position if they win and results again go their way.

Cutters were desperately close to a win in their matchup against Redcliffe Dolphins

There was plenty of try scoring but not much tackling

Cutters came away with a lesson on defensive lapses and concentration after losing by just two points

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Mackay Bounce Back From Road Trip Triple-header

June 16, 2022

The Crater will be rumbling tonight when the Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes take on Townsville, with the Meteorettes taking the court first for a special cause.

Suiting up in pink, the Meteorettes will play in the annual Shelley Rutland Memorial Fundraising game.

Everybody in attendance will have the chance to bid on their very own McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes one-of-a-kind pink NBL1 singlets in the post-game jersey auction with funds raised going to the McGrath Foundation.

The Mackay teams will still be riding a high off the back of a successful triple-header campaign down south last weekend. The Meteorettes showed they are in final-winning form by claiming three from three wins.

In the first game they defeated the Ipswich Force 103-77. Miela Goodchild was cooking finishing the game with 32 points on 6/10 from downtown while Ellie Collins was also solid tallying 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

Monique Bobongie also added 13 points and 5 steals off the bench.

The Meteorettes then defeated RedCity Roar before claiming the hattrick, beating South West Metro Pirates 95-75. Alisia Jenkins finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while Miela Goodchild also added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the match against the Pirates.

The Men’s side wasn’t burning quite as brightly, dropping game one on their southern road-trip, losing to the Ipswich Force 80-72.

Kyrin Galloway was superb for the Meteors posting a match high 26 points along with 8 rebounds. He well supported by a 15-point, 10 rebound double-double from Malok Majak.

The Meteors bounced back to win their next two, defeating RedCity Roar 98-91. They then posted an emphatic 34-point win against the South West Metro Pirates 82-48.

Jaylin Galloway was sensational dropping 25 points in 20 mins including 5/8 from 3-point range. Malok Majak added 17 points and 6 rebounds while Kye Medhurst tallied 10 points off the bench.

The action tips off tonight at the Mackay Multisports Stadium at 6:30pm.

Action from JBS Arena from the Ipswich Force versus the Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes on June 10. Photo credit: Jade Rochelle Photography

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On The Greens At Goosies

June 16, 2022

Social Results

Monday morning mixed pairs 2-4-2 winners were Alan Brown and Kees Struik. Second were G. Fahry and Marshall Howland. Lucky draw winners were Pat O’Neill and Sandra Somerville.

Wednesday ladies’ day was won by Laura Howland, Neddy Thomsen and Doris Dodds. Runners up were Carol Boxall, Sue Roscoe and Ann Smith

Thursday mixed pairs 2-4-2 was taken out by Pat Elgey and Darryl Kane. Second came Ron and Sylvia Maikler. The kitty toucher jackpots next week. Green voucher was won by Cecilia Lee.

Friday mixed three bowl pairs resulted in a win for Tony Allsop and Ron Bowers who won $75 each. Lucky draw winners were Peter Grant and Neal Blucher, and Maryann Bartolo and Daphne Offield. Kitty toucher is $500.

Saturday men’s day pairs winners were Vic Gaudion and Col Carey with Brendan Ryan and Ian McDonald second.

Several games of championship senior singles and men’s pairs were played on the weekend.

Contributed by Tony Allsop.

Greg McLean bowling against Tony Allsop in the Senior Singles on Sunday. Greg won 25-21 after a very close game

Neil Blucher shows his style

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Back To The Future For Local Netball Icon

June 16, 2022

Mackay netball legend Kelly Beckingham will take a trip down memory lane when the CQ University Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival returns to the region this month.

It was more than two decades ago when the former St Patrick’s College Mackay student etched her name in the record books after receiving the official Player of the Carnival award at the second-ever QISSN event staged in Rockhampton back in 2001.

Then known as Kelly Park, the talented goal attack produced superb performances on court against the best schoolgirl netballers in the State to take out the coveted prize.

For 17-year-old Kelly it was a proud moment and to this day remains one of the highlights of her decorated netball career.

“We finished in the top five that year and stepped up against some very strong teams in the ultimate test for any young netballer,” recalled Kelly who still resides in East Mackay.

“To win the Player of the Carnival award that year was a huge thrill and honour and a moment that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life,” she revealed.

“I can remember lifting this big perpetual trophy and also receiving a jewellery voucher.”

Twelve months earlier, Kelly lined up for St Patrick’s College in the inaugural QISSN Carnival held in Bundaberg.

“They were good times and gave us girls lasting memories of an amazing sporting experience,” she added.

It was around that time that Kelly had gained her representative spurs with the North Queensland Under 18s Invitational team that competed at the National Indoor Netball Championships.

From the age of eight when she started her netball career on the Moranbah grass courts, the fledgling goal shooter was destined for bigger things.

Kelly hails from good sporting stock – her mother Lyn Prince (Park) was a State Netball League goal shooter while her father Bryan Park shone at AFL down in Victoria and later with the North Mackay Suns.

After linking with the Magpies from the age of 13, the former Mercy and St Patrick’s College ace proved a regular in the Mackay junior representative teams and later with the Whitsunday Sharks in the State League.

Kelly has thoroughly enjoyed her 30-year netball journey which also includes an eight year stint as president of the Cougars Netball Club in the Mackay Premier League and long association with North Queensland Invitational sides for National Indoor Netball events.

She still plays the odd social game for DAS Netball Club but devotes her time to family these days - raising sons Kodi,12, and six-year-old Lockie and pouring her energies into her Thrive Bookkeeping business in Mackay.

Does Kelly have any tips for the current wave of St Patrick’s netballers preparing for QISSN?

“Just enjoy the week and the exposure the girls and boys will get to top level netball – it is all worth it” she advised.

Kelly will be a special guest at the official opening of the 2022 CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League and QISSN Netball Carnivals on Sunday June 26 at the Mackay Showground.

By Chris Karas

Kelly Beckingham as a teenager, then known as Kelly Park

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Locals Shine In Origin Opener

June 16, 2022

Four former Mackay rugby league players took the game’s biggest stage last week, helping the Maroons to a State of Origin game one win in Sydney.

The Maroons defeated the Blues 16-10 and Daly Cherry-Evans, Kalyn Ponga, Dane Gagai and Reuben Cotter were instrumental in the strong display.

Former Cutter Tom Dearden was also called into camp but was omitted from the final 17.

Reuben Cotter was among four players debuting for the Maroons and the Sarina Crocs junior led the Maroons’ tackle count with 51 tackles in a huge 80-minute performance.

Origin veterans Dale Cherry-Evans and Dane Gagai both scored pivotal tries and Kalyn Ponga finished the game with a line break and a try assist.

The Blues enjoyed early field possession resulting in a 4-0 lead thanks to Jack Wighton, but the momentum swung the Maroons’ way with the injection of Patrick Carrigan debuting off the bench.

The Maroons were next to hit back in the 34th minute with Gagai the beneficiary of a miraculous kick from debutant Selwyn Cobbo.

With a halftime lead of 6-4 and the wind in their sails, the Maroons started the second half just as strong thanks to some electric play from Cameron Munster.

The Maroons were the next to score in the 48th with Cherry-Evans stepping off his right foot off a centre-field scrum to cross the line untouched.

Things were looking all but done in the 53rd minute when some nimble footwork and terrific ball play from Ponga put Valentine Holmes over in the corner.

Cameron Murray got the Blues back in the game in the 71st minute but they were unable to equalise, the staunch defence of the Maroons holding string until the very last play.

Man of the Match went to Rockhampton junior Cameron Munster after what has been described as a “masterclass”.

The focus now turns to game two in Perth on Sunday, June 26 with teams to be announced over the weekend.

Daly Cherry-Evans

Kalyn Ponga

Dane Gagai scored the first try of the game


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Cutters Strong Links With Mercy And St Patrick’s College

June 16, 2022

They are valued rugby league ambassadors and exceptional role models that share a connection to one of the Mackay region’s finest sporting organisations.

Meet Mercy College and St Patrick’s College staff members Michael Comerford, Brandon Finnegan, Blake Paskins, Ethan Roberts, Patrick Hoare, Jake Riley and Chad Buckby who are fully entrenched in the Mackay Cutters Rugby League Club ranks.

All seven play a significant role in the development of rugby league at both secondary schools that will co-host this year’s annual CQUniversity Confraternity Rugby League and QISSN Netball Carnivals in Mackay from June 26 to July 1.

Finnegan is the Cutters’ half back maestro and chief playmaker and is joined in the first-grade line up by bustling centre Paskins and elusive winger Riley.

Comerford and Buckby are the respective Mercy College and St Patrick’s College Sports Co-ordinators and double up as Assistant Coaches of the Cutters’ top-grade squad.

Roberts, a utility hooker-cum-winger, and rangy prop Hoare are key members of the Cutters’ U/21 team with ties to the Brothers Leprechauns.

CONFRO convenor and Mercy College Assistant Principal Curriculum Scott McSherry said the seven staff members were assets to the school and highly regarded in the Mackay sporting community.

“As well as being top athletes and officials in their own right, they give so much back as mentors to the students by educating them on the finer points of the game,” said Mr McSherry.

Finnegan, Paskins and Riley starred in the Cutters’ 28-18 victory over the Townsville Blackhawks last Saturday in a QRL Hostplus Cup fixture at Jack Manski Oval, Townsville.

Paskins (2) and Riley scored three of the Cutters’ six tries with the skilful Finnegan booting two goals and marshalling his side to their fourth win of the season.

Comerford, a former Australian Universities representative centre, will coach a powerful St Patrick’s First XIII at this year’s CQUniversity Confraternity Shield Rugby League Carnival.

The well-drilled St Patrick’s outfit remains one of the main contenders for the 2022 title when the Carnival commences in Mackay from Sunday June 26.

With the knowledgeable Comerford at the helm, the team will pit their rugby league skills and durability against the best secondary schoolboy players throughout Queensland.

The Mercy College Sports Coordinator enjoyed a burgeoning league career in the north Queensland region before a damaged ACL forced him into retirement at the age of 24.

Comerford began his league career with Souths Sharks in U/13s as a promising centre before bursting into A Grade in 2006.

He played a prominent role when Souths defeated Moranbah to win the 2009 Mercury Cup Grand Final after earning a call up to the Mackay Cutters top grade side the previous year.

Comerford chalked up 51 appearances during his six-season playing stint with the Cutters but missed the club’s 2013 premiership triumph after tearing his ACL in the early rounds.

A highlight for Comerford was representing Australia at the 2008 World Universities Cup in Brisbane and touring South Africa (2009) as well as France and England (2010) with the national team.

Since hanging up his boots, Michael has turned his hand to coaching.

In 2015 he was appointed Souths A Grade coach at the age of 26 – guiding the side to a preliminary final where they were eliminated by minor premiers Sarina Crocodiles.

He joined the Cutters’ coaching panel in 2017 and has mentored the U/21s and Brothers A Grade last season before being named Mackay’s Assistant Coach for 2022.

From the golden beaches in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire to the tropical Mackay-Whitsunday region in Queensland – that has been the journey for skilful half back Finnegan.

A Cronulla junior product, Finnegan played ten seasons with De La Salle Caringbah before representing the Sharks in S.G Ball Cup (Under 18s) and the U/20s Holden Cup alongside NRL young guns Kyle Flanagan and hooker Blayke Brailey.

He later played for Mounties and Cabramatta in the NSWRL Jersey Flegg Cup and Ron Massey Cup competitions before a stint with Newtown in the NSW State Cup.

When COVID-19 forced the cancellation of lower grade competitions in 2020, Brandon spent a season with Southern Districts in NSW Shute Shield Rugby before making the move to Mackay last year.

Blake Paskins can be tagged a “late bloomer” after graduating from the Souths Sharks junior ranks.

A cousin of former Kangaroos international winger Brett Dallas, the towering centre played for Souths from the age of six where he blossomed into a capable colt by his mid-teens under the tutelage of legendary coach Doug Knight.

Paskins was only 16 when he helped the Sharks win the U/18s premiership with current South Sydney centre Isaiah Tass as a teammate.

Blake won two U/19 premierships with Brothers before linking with the Cutters and establishing himself in the top-grade last season.

Speedster Jake Riley played his junior football with the Western Lions in Townsville from the age of eight and was half back in the club’s U/15 premiership victory.

A fleet-footed utility, Riley played U/20s with the Townsville Blackhawks before joining the Cutters last season and leaving his mark as a centre, winger and fullback.

St Pat’s Open Payne Cup Campaign With Flyer

Meanwhile St Patrick’s College opened their 2022 Aaron Payne Cup campaign with a resounding 36-4 victory over Mackay State High at the Mackay Junior Rugby League Fields last week.

Powerful second rower Pat Vella capped an outstanding game with two tries and was ably supported by clever half back Jaxson Purdue, tireless lock Henry Thorpe and talented fullback Will Shears.

Mercy College Year 10s thumped Mackay State High 38-0 in the opening round of the Cowboys Challenge while Tom Gaviglio’s Year 8s outclassed Mackay State High 44-0 in a Division One final with strong games from fullback Calvin Ramos, half back Miles Kerrisk, lock Eli Cookson and centre Cooper Anderson.

By Chris Karas

Mercy College and St Patrick’s College staff members Blake Paskins, Brandon Finnegan, Jake Riley, Michael Comerford and Patrick Hoare are key personnel with the Mackay Cutters

The St Patrick's Open Boys squad trained with the Cowboys Challenge Year 10 squad from Mercy College at the Mercy College Open Day

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An Oceanic Event To Remember

June 16, 2022

One thousand athletes, coaches, team managers, officials and administrators descended on Mackay last week for a history-making Oceania Athletics Championships after three years of hibernation due to COVID-19.

Not only did the competition include the inaugural Under-16 team challenge, in a world first for International Athletics Competitions, Para Athletes competed for Oceania Championships Medals at the same time at the same venue, and for the first time in the event’s history masters age groups were included in an invitational. Also, an Education Hub in partnership with the Oceania Athletics Coaches Association (OACA) was included for the first time.

The hub's purpose was to build the capacity and capabilities of all stakeholders so they could share their learnings when they return to their countries and local athletic clubs.

A highlight of both the Educational Hub and the competition in general was having Dame Valerie Adams, five-time Olympian and dual Gold Medallist, co-deliver the sessions and speak of her journey as an athlete.

She encouraged participants to think about who is on their "bus" and whether those people are enabling the bus to move forward. Dame Valerie also urged athletes to enjoy what they do and take responsibility for their motivation and performance on the field.

OACA event organisers and athletes also visited Mackay Regional Council’s Natural Environment Centre to pick and donate 300 plants for the Mackay community.

The hundreds of plants will remain in the care of council’s Parks and Environment team until National Tree Day on July 31, when they will be planted along the Cathy Freeman Walk as part of the Bluewater Trail.

Over five days of competition, with 19 nations in attendance, the success stories were plentiful, with multiple records broken and a plethora of heartwarming stories emerging.

Mackenzie Little maintained her edge over javelin world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber. Barber will be the defending champion at the World Athletics Championships next month and was also the bronze medallist at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

Barber said in a post on Instagram “I feel a little like a broken record after my comps this season. The throw didn’t quite come together, the timing was just a little off, I know I have more metres in me. Well, I still believe it, and I will take the next opportunity to try and show it.”

New Zealand’s Zoe Hobbs set an Oceanian 100m record in 11.09 seconds, smashing the record she set in Townsville in 2019 by nearly half a second.

One of the tales that brought a tear of joy to the eye was that of couple Maurice and Christiane Dauphinet, 96 and 91-years-old respectively and still competing in a multitude of events each. Christiane competed in the 60m, 100m, 200m and 400m while Maurice threw in the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin. Both Christiane and Maurice won four gold medals each.

There was also 72-year-old Wilma Perkins and 77-year-old David Anstiss who competed in the pole vault and 79-year-old Lorraine Birtwell who toughed it in the weight throw.

Local stars also shone, especially in the masters where a strong group of Mackay athletes put their best feet forward to run, jump and throw their way to victory.

Speedster Mikayla Webb representing Regional Australia made the final in both the 100m and 200m sprints. She came fifth in the U18 100m, qualifying fifth fastest in 12.18 seconds and then crossing fifth in the final in a time of 12.25. In the 200m she qualified fourth in 25.37m, then ran a blistering 25.04 in the final to come third.

Kayce Hoani-Vincent came fifth in the U18 pole vault, clearing 2.50m.

Dame Val: OACA event ambassadors including New Zealand’s Dame Valerie Adams chose 300 plants to be planted in July along the Cathy Freeman Walk. Photo credit: Mackay Regional Council

96-year-old Maurice and 91-year-old Christiane Dauphinet won four gold medals each in the masters division of the Oceania Championships. Photo credit: Oceania Athletics

Mackay masters athlete Justin Rule won gold in the steeplechase

Mackay athletes filled the podium in the W40 discus, with Amanda Wright winning gold, Cathryn Hoare taking silver and Kristie Brown claiming bronze

Fan favourite Kelsey-Lee Barber came third in the women’s javelin

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Athletes Put Against Best In Pacific

June 10, 2022

Regional athletes will have the opportunity to run, jump and throw among the best in the Pacific this week, with a strong contingent of Mackay region athletes selected in the Regional Australia team for the 2022 Oceania Athletics Championships.

These athletes have been selected in Senior, Under 20, Under 18 or Para grades and doesn’t include the large group of masters athletes who will be competing for Australia in the event, or the Under 16’s who are taking part in a team-based competition.

Mackay region athletes competing for Regional Australia this week are:

James Galea (Discus, Shot Put, Hammer Throw), Jarves Robin (100m, 200m), Oliver Rule (1500m, 2000m Steeplechase), Toby Rule (1500m, 2000m Steeplechase), Cayleb Ticehurst (400m), Elizabeth Lee (Long Jump, High Jump), Mikayla Webb (100m, 200m), Sachini Godamunne (100m, 200m), Ngakau Ufton (100m, 200m), Nathaniel Benjamin-Beer (Javelin), Kayce Hoani-Vincent (Pole Vault) and Liam Mumford (800m).

Not pictured is Sachini Godamunne.

Mackay athletes selected in the Regional Australia team

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Robinson Wins Remembrance Pairs

June 10, 2022

This week at the Mackay Contract Bridge Club saw many players competing in Club, Zone and Nationwide competitions.

Monday was day three of the three-week Remembrance Pairs Competition. Final Cumulative results saw Joy Robinson taking out overall first prize.

Weekly Results

Monday 30 May 22 – Cumulative overall winner Remembrance Pairs

1st Joy Robinson

2nd Geoff Taylor

3rd Janelle Conroy

4th Terrence Sheedy

5th Barbara Tait

Monday 30 May 22 – 7 Table Mitchell – Third week Remembrance Pairs Competition


1st David Ting / Eric Goodchild 1st Geoff Taylor / Nancy Martin

2nd Janelle Conroy / Terrence Sheedy 2nd Victor Mason / Josie Crowley

3rd Helen Van Den Broek / Jan Harris 3rd Robert Carless / Barbara Tait

Tuesday 31 May 22 – 7 Table Nationwide Novice Pairs


1st Richard Wix / Mary Cruickshank 1st Mary Rose Ramsden / Carmel Brown

2nd Carol Gaskell / Ian Gaskell 2nd Ted Cullinan / Noel Saunders

3rd Geoff Cowan / Sandy Patterson 3rd Sandra Morris / Joy Block

Wednesday 1 June 22 – Nationwide Pairs


1st Janelle Conroy / Alan Brown 1st Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait

2nd Joyce Deguara / Mary Cruickshank 2nd Debra Goodchild / Ming Ting

3rd Ted Cullinan / Geoff Taylor 3rd Monica Darley / Kath Poole

4th Anne Lutz / Gwen Liddell 4th Diane Holewa / Max Holewa

Thursday Night 2 June 22 – 9 Pair Howel

1st Marilin Robins / Doone Mitchell

2nd Terrence Sheedy / Jan Harris

3rd Mick King / Patricia Garner

4th Elrae Trueman / Faith Hutchinson

Friday 3 June 22 – 7 Table Mitchell


1st Terrence Sheedy / Janelle Conroy 1st Eric Goodchild / Richard Wix

2nd Joy Robinson / Geoff Taylor 2nd Christine Nice / Maria Setiyawan

3rd Helen Van Den Broek / Don Poole 3rd Victor Mason / Josie Crowley

Saturday 4 June 22 – Whitsunday Zone Teams

Winning Teams

1st Janelle Conroy / Max Holewa / Diane Holewa / Terrence Sheedy / Noel Bugeia

2nd Frances Brown / Diane Morgan / Marilin Robins / Alan Brown / Janet Hansen

3rd Geoff Taylor / Ian Cruickshank / Joy Robinson / Ken Seaniger

4th Lorna Shuttlewood / Doone Mitchell / Faye Wright / Christine Nice

Joy Robinson won the Remembrance Pairs Competition

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On the Greens at Goosies

June 10, 2022

North Mackay Bowls Club Wins The Men’s Division 2 Pennant

On Sunday, team manager Chris Banney fronted up with his three teams to play Northern Beaches at our club. The winner of this game looked likely to win the pennant, with Northern Beaches a few points ahead of North Mackay holding second place.

North Mackay’s three teams won their matches to take the 6 points and win the pennant, taking out the Mackay and district Division 2 championship, so it looks like we will be in division 1 next year. Congratulations to all three teams who played well all year to get back into division 1. The last time this happened was in 2016, with several of the same team members still playing this year.

Club Championships

Last Friday, the final of the club three bowl triples championship was played between Bert Hobbs, Chris and Scott Banney and Alex Cameron, Peter Grant and Clive Wales. This time Clive’s team came out the winners by five points, in a very close and exciting game.

Last Saturday the final of the A grade singles club championship was played between last year’s club champion Chris Banney and Clint Vassie. In a very tight and thrilling game Chris came out winning by just three points, 25-22 so is the club champion for 2022. There is always next year, Clint!

Social Bowls

Monday winners were Maryann Bartolo and Carmel Bell followed by S. Canham and Peter Shepherd. Lucky draws went to Tony Allsop and Errol Symons.

Wednesday ladies winners were B. Trannore, M. Goldston and E. Buckton, followed by C. Reseck and P. Lewis.

Thursday winners were Jan Little and Maryanne Bartolo with Chrissy Hall and Jessie Haber in second spot. Greens vouchers went to Ron and Sylvia Maikler. The kitty toucher jackpots.

Contributed by Tony Allsop

Clint Vassie and Chris Banney. Chris won the club singles title

The winners of the second division Mackay District pennants competition.

Back Row: Peter Grant, Bert Hobbs, Mick Walsh, Ron Bowers, Ian McDonald, John Priest, Dave McKendry

Front Row: John Kennell, Clive Wales, Clint Vassie, Ken Lane, Tony Allsop, Greg McLean, Graeme Hawke, Chris Banney. Absent: Col Carey

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Cup Triumph for Mighty St Patrick’s Netballers

June 10, 2022

MACKAY’S all conquering St Patrick’s College netballers are a team on a mission in 2022.

The talented line up is chasing a hat-trick of championships in the Mackay District Senior Schools Sport Netball Open A competition and gearing up for a strong showing at this month’s CQ University Queensland Independent Schools Sport Netball (QISSN) Carnival.

Under the guidance of school stalwart and experienced mentors Tracey McLeod and Nadine Becker, the St Patrick’s squad has chalked up an incredible winning streak in the region where they have demonstrated their skill and competitive spirit.

It is a record to be proud of and augurs well for the team this season.

St Patrick’s College and Mercy College will co-host this year’s Confraternity Shield Rugby League and QISSN events to be staged in Mackay for the first time since 1996.

Both netball powerhouse schools tuned up for the QISSN Carnival by bringing home the Capricornia Vicki Wilson Cup and Shield titles staged last week at Mackay’s Multisports Stadium complex.

St Patrick’s Gold clinched the Cup with an impressive 17-5 victory over Mackay State High School in the final while Mercy College Juniors captured the Shield for Year 7 to Year 9 players after toppling Mercy Year 8s 13-5 in the trophy decider.

Outstanding centre court prospect Ysobel Maher will captain the St Patrick’s team in the QISSN Division One event with talented wing defence Paige Zeller as her deputy.

Both Maher and Zeller spearheaded the Cup win last week with classy displays in a dominant team performance.

They are two of ten Mackay representative players in a strong squad that also includes promising goalkeepers Lilli Pryor and Isabelle Sinn and goal defence Phoebe Francis, who is following in the steps of elder sister and former St Patricks netball captain Maddy Francis.

Other key members are centre/wing attacks Letitia Talbot and Lillian Newland and star shooters Jazmyn Gervinas, Ashlee Amos and former Mercy College captain Rebecca Symons.

The experienced Becker and McLeod will coach and manage the St Patrick’s team respectively during the QISSN tournament and are aiming for a top eight finish after the preliminary rounds.

Stalwart McLeod, who has coached Mercy and St Patrick’s College teams since 1995, was a former Mackay representative goalkeeper and captain who plyed her craft in the esteemed State League competition.

“The girls have struck up a fine rapport and have achieved success through hard work both on and off court,” quipped Mrs McLeod.

“Most of the team also compete in the Mackay Premier League series as Development players where they have gained valuable experience against top notch senior opponents,” she said.

“This has kept them in good stead for schools’ netball and helped them evolve as players” Tracey added.

St Patrick’s College have set their sights on a third consecutive Mackay District Schools Netball Open A championship this season after previous triumphs in 2019 and 2021 with the 2020 competition abandoned due to COVID-19.

Last year the College captured three netball titles – Open A, Open B and Open Social – which proved a meritorious achievement.

St Patrick’s have drawn Pool A matches in QISSN Division 1 against Matthew Flinders Anglican College Sunshine Coast; St Margaret Mary’s College Townsville; Rockhampton Grammar; Sunshine Coast Grammar; Marymount College Burleigh Waters; Coomera Anglican College and Canterbury College Waterford (Gold Coast).

Mercy Juniors’ Vicki Wilson Shield-winning squad pictured is standing l to r: Sophie Hodder, Tenille Cotter, Sophie Durelli, Shaylah Pershouse, Gracie Bell; front Francesca Vella, Keely Amos, Mackenzie Hudson, Kiana Dunn and Rhyanna Ape

MERCY College underlined its depth of netball talent by clinching the Capricornia Vicki Wilson Shield title.

With boom Capricornia representative goalkeeper Shaylah Pershouse, shooters Tenille Cotter and Rhyanna Ape and centre Gracie Bell in fine form, the Mercy Juniors edged out their Year 8 compatriots 13-5 in an entertaining final.

It was a tremendous effort by the Year 8 Mercy girls to advance to the decider and a testimony of the College’s renowned Netball Excellence Class that continues to produce quality netball talent.

MEANWHILE St Patrick’s College will field a male team in the inaugural Boys Division event at the 2022 QISSN Carnival.

Comprised of students with mainly football or basketball backgrounds, the St Patrick’s Boys were one of five teams that competed for the Vicki Wilson Cup at Yeppoon this week.

All conquering St Patrick’s Gold netball team that clinched the Capricornia Vicki Wilson Cup and on target for a third successive Mackay District Schools Netball Open A championship

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Smiling Faces At The Races

June 10, 2022

And we’re off for Mackay Turf Club’s TAB Amateurs Race Day! Seven races and plenty of smiling faces on the track in Ooralea for the first premier race of the year – and the potential pay day.

The warmup day of racing set the tone for the rest of the year: it’s all about the thrill of live local racing, fashions on the field, glamour, good food and entertainment for the thousands who enjoyed the day.

Trackside: Race One was the AUSPEED TUNING Class 3, 1300 metres kicking off at 12:49pm on the main track. Turf conditions were good all-day round, although there had been heavy dews on the nights before.

First winner of the day was jockey Wanderson D’Avila riding Age of Innocence. Innocence was the clear winner for the first race, claiming a cool $9,450. Innocence was followed by Starhattan in second and Sabor in third.

Race Two was claimed by Machinate in the 1300 metres Wendelborn Family Maiden Handicap. Jockey Nathan Day pipped London Bell in second and Shaluna in third for $10,500 in prize money.

Conditions remained good for the 1100 metres Happy Birthday Danielle QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden Handicap. Cacao, ridden again by Nathan Day, was the winner with a $10,500 prize over Super Vogue and Big Rocket.

Let’s Torque A Deel ridden by Ms Jade Doolan was Race Four’s 2600 metres winner for $9,450, cruising past Naomi and Potawatomi.

Race Five was claimed by Villa Villekulla – Wanderson D’Avila in the saddle once more – with a mammoth $16,000 prize claimed. Master Jamie in second and Planet Warrior in third, ridden by Nathan Day, were close behind.

The 1800 metre Race Six was, again, won by Nathan Day, this time riding Quality Asset and picking up the biggest win of the day: a $16,800 prize. Stars Don’t Rust and Akatino were nipping at the heels, but sadly could not capitalise.

The finale for the Turf Club’s Amateur event was Race Seven, won by the impressive Wanderson D’Avila on Kasinova Kid. Starsonic – ridden by Nathan Day – was close behind but was unable to make it his fourth win.

Quite a few New Zealand horses were featured throughout the race day, and Race Six even hosted Akatino – our third-place getter and a German raised mare.

Fashions on the Field was as popular as ever for attendees who frocked and suited up in their best Sunday dress, taking home prizes in the afternoon.

Next up on the calendar for the Turf Club is the mid-week race day on June 23, and the Mackay Cup is looming large on Saturday, July 23.

It was a massive weekend – both in attendance and prize money – for the Mackay Turf Club’s Amateur Race Day

Plenty of happy faces came out to enjoy the event, courtesy of TAB

Fashion on the Field was ever popular with some fine frocks and fancy hats out in force

Boys in their Sunday best made the most of the day

Volunteers and trainers were eager for the first big race-day of the season for the local club

Laughs a-plenty in the photo-booth at the Turf Club

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June 3, 2022

Australian marathon legend Rob de Castella will be bringing the Indigenous Marathon Foundation Running and Walking (RAW) Championships to Mackay as part of the BMA Mackay Marina Run being held this weekend.

Now in its 14th year, the annual BMA Mackay Marina Run is the region’s signature running event and is expected to attract more than 3,500 competitors in this year’s event.

Event Director, Tim Magoffin, advised the involvement of de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Foundation is testimony to the event’s growing reputation.

“The RAW Championships run by the Indigenous Marathon Foundation has never been held outside of the Northern Territory so to be welcoming the event to Mackay is a real honour,” Mr Magoffin said.

“The RAW Championships will be held the day prior to our usual BMA Mackay Marina Run and will see roughly 160 participants from over 40 communities from across Australia compete in the championships in Mackay.

“That’s in addition to the 3,500 competitors that we expect to welcome for the BMA Mackay Marina Run on Sunday 5 June.”

Mr Magoffin said that securing the RAW Championships combined with the growing popularity of the BMA Mackay Marina Run highlighted the attractiveness of Mackay as an events destination.

“Mackay is emerging as an expanding region with a lot to offer in the events and recreation space,” he said.

“The BMA Mackay Marina Run is the signature running event for the city and showcases our tropical lifestyle with possibly one of the most scenic runs in Queensland along the blue Pioneer River.

“It’s a pretty special experience and we’re looking forward to sharing that with this year’s runners.”

This year’s BMA Mackay Marina Run has set a fundraising target to reach a total of $500,000 raised for the Mackay Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation since the event began.

The BMA Mackay Marina Run is on Sunday June 5, with participants having the choice to run 3km, 5km, 8km and 21km.

To register, visit

Australian marathon legend, Rob de Castella, will be at the BMA Mackay Marina Run this Sunday. Photo supplied

Robert de Castella wins gold in the marathon in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Photo credit: The National Library of Australia

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Mackay Bridge Welcomes New Players

June 3, 2022

New Mackay Bridge players took the leap to play in their first Sunday Novice pairs competition having only recently completed lessons.

Youngsters Jaiden and Jarek Taylor won North/South, with Mary Rose Ramsden and Carmel Brown winning East/West.

Cheryl Machen played and won a slam hand, a highly sought-after hand for seasoned players.

Thanks to Frances Brown, Geoff Taylor and all who helped with lessons this year.

Cheryl Machen played and won a slam hand

Mackay Bridge Club Weekly Results

Monday 23 May 22 – 6 Table Mitchell

Mackay Bridge Club Weekly Results

Monday 23 May 22 – 6 Table Mitchell


1st Joy Robinson / Richard Wix 1st Ian Afflick / Terrence Sheedy

2nd Geoff Taylor / Del Ryan 2nd Josie Crowley / Barbara Tait

3rd Patricia Garner / Helen Van Den Broek 3rd Jan Harris / Maria Setiyawan

Tuesday 24 May 22 – 4 Table One Winner

1st Terrence Sheedy / Frances Brown

2nd Marilin Robins / Faye Wright

3rd David Ting / Eric Goodchild

4th Diane Morgan / Sandy Patterson

5th Janelle Conroy / Eric Leivesley

Wednesday 25 May 8 1/2 Table Mitchell


1st Maria Setiyawan / Janelle Conroy 1st Monica Darley / Kath Poole

2nd Joy Brunette / Don Poole 2nd Diane Holewa / Max Holewa

3rd Ted Cullinan / Geoff Taylor 3rd David Ting / Ming Ting

4th Terrence Sheedy / Eric Leivesley 4th Joy Robinson / Robert Carless

Thursday Night 26 May 22 – 3 Table One Winner

1st Mick King / Patricia Garner

2nd Terrence Sheedy / Jan Harris

3rd Edward Kliese / Nancy Wix

Friday 27 May 22 – 5 1/2 Table Mitchell


1st Terrence Sheedy / Janelle Conroy 1st David Ting / Ming Ting

2nd Joy Robinson / Geoff Taylor 2nd Victor Mason / Josie Crowley

3rd Susan Ross / Monica Darley

Saturday 28 March 22 – 9 Table Mitchell


1st Max Holewa / Diane Holewa 1st Marilin Robins / Mick Robins

2nd Frances Brown / Alan Brown 2nd Sandy Patterson / Susan Ross

3rd Nancy Wix / Griffin Bancroft 3rd Mick King / Jan Harris

4th David Ting / Ming Ting 4th Geoffrey Patterson / Patricia Garner

Sunday 29 March 22 – 7 1/2 Table Mitchell (Novice)


1st Jaiden Taylor / Jarek Taylor 1st Mary Rose Ramsden / Carmel Brown

2nd Carol Gasken / Ian Gasken 2nd Mick King / Geoff Cowan

3rd Cheryl Machen / Diane Morgan 3rd Thomas Block / Joy Block

4th Frances Brown / Ruth Healy

Jaiden and Jarek Taylor won North/South in their first Sunday Novice pairs competition. Photo credit: Joy Block

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Mackay Basketball Turns A New Page

June 3, 2022

With more than 35-years of high-level administrative and coaching experience, Sean Page has been appointed as the new General Manager of Mackay Basketball.

Page has spent the last 21-years coaching across multiple U.S college basketball programs including the last four seasons as Head Coach at Auburn University at Montgomery. He also completed ten years as Head Coach at Newberry College in South Carolina and two years leading Brescia University in Kentucky.

During his tenure as a college head coach, Page posted an outstanding career record of 242 wins and 208 losses, made four national tournament appearances and coached more than 30 all-conference / all-regional players. He has posted four 20-win seasons, coached six All-Americans and four Academic All-Americans.

Page is no stranger to hoops in Queensland, hailing from Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. Before departing Australian shores in 2001, he worked across various levels of basketball at the local association, state and national levels.

Page also played in the Queensland State League (now NBL1 North) in the competition’s inaugural season back in 1986.

Mackay Basketball President Tara Smyth was thrilled the association was able to secure somebody of Page’s pedigree for the role.

“After a thorough recruiting, screening and interview process, we're delighted to have Sean come on board as our new GM,” Smyth said.

“Sean brings so many different basketball experiences which will make him highly successful in the role.”

“One of the many great things about Sean is that while he’s been overseas, he still has a tremendous understanding of the business of basketball within Queensland and can bring international knowledge to Mackay. That diversity is something we saw as a massive value-add for the association,” Smyth added.

Page also was elated about accepting the new role and the challenges ahead.

“Mackay Basketball has a storied history from the grassroots to the elite levels and I’m very proud to be given this opportunity to take on the General Manager role of such a celebrated club.

“I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

Page arrives in Mackay with his family to commence in the General Manager role on Thursday, June 16.

Sean Page is the new General Manager of Mackay Basketball. Photo credit:

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Mad BMX Help Brothers Prepare For France

June 3, 2022

The callout was made, and the riders showed.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Mackay BMX track last Thursday, but this was more than the Mackay and District (MAD) BMX Club’s weekly race night.

Brothers Connor and Aiden Parish, aged 15 and 13, are heading to France in July to compete in the UCI BMX World Championships and all race and raffle proceeds from the night were donated to the Parish family to help fund the trip.

In a huge turnout, 97 riders from all over the region registered on the night to help the cause.

Connor and Aiden recently competed in the Oceania BMX Championships in Brisbane where they qualified to represent Australia at the World Championships.

Connor has been racing BMX since the age of six and Aiden since the age of five and the boys say they’re either training or competing all week to prepare.

“A lot of trackwork, a bit of gym, as often as possible,” said Connor.

“We train Monday and Tuesday, then we do gates usually on Wednesday, then we do racing on Thursdays and Fridays,” added Aiden.

“It consumes our week,” laughed their father, Kai.

Parents Kai and Tammie say they’re blown away by the support of the club and local riders.

“The club is hugely supportive of everyone here at the club,” said Tammy.

“Because we’ve been here such a long time, they’re as excited as we are.”

MAD BMX Publicity Officer Michelle Tickle says it’s everyone’s dream to compete on the world stage.

“They’ve been long-time members of our club, they’ve met so many people over the years, and it’s wonderful to see everyone turn out to support them,” she said.

The family of four will head to France in July where the boys will compete alongside 3000 other riders from all over the world and hope to rub shoulders with some of their idols.

“I’m excited and terrified and everything all rolled into one,” said Tammy.

“I’m just hoping to get experience, I don’t think I’m going to get anything big,” said Aiden

“It’s a big achievement.”

L-R Aiden and Connor Parish will represent Australia in the UCI BMX World Championships in France in July

L-R Aiden, father Kai, mother Tammie and Connor will travel to France in July

97 riders turned up to support the family last Thursday night

The boys in action. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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On The Green At Goosies

June 3, 2022

Men’s Division 2 Pennants game on Saturday against Marian resulted in two wins and a draw, giving North Mackay 5.5 points, Marian half point. Sunday’s game against Mackay City at City club resulted in a loss for two of our teams and a win for the other. This meant only one point for North Mackay and five for City. Results for divisions three and four were not known at this time.

Social Bowls Results

Monday mixed pairs winners were Pat O’Neill and Jan Little followed by Ivan Bragg and Errol Simmons. Lucky draw winners were Mario Leotta and Glen Fahy.

Wednesday ladies game was won by Gloria Sam, Wendy McGee and Bev Woodward. Runners up were Pam Louis and Bev McDonald.

Thursday mixed pairs winners were Barry Lehmann and Marg Fogg, with Laura Howland and Peter Nesbit in second place. Greens vouchers were won by Col Carey and Jan Little. The kitty toucher jackpots.

Saturday men’s day was taken out by Wayne Mietzel and Bill McCurry.

Friday mixed pairs re-commence on 10th June.

North Mackay Ladies Celebrate 74-Year Birthday

North Mackay Ladies Bowls Club celebrated their 74-year birthday at their PAH on Tuesday May 24, Starting with a fun afternoon of bowls, followed by a rather delicious high tea.

Ladies President Lorraine Silman welcomed all those present, past presidents, and non-playing members and guests, and also thanked her hard-working committee before inviting Leanne Lewis (Jnr Vice MDLBA) to help with the cutting of the beautiful birthday cake.

Next came the rather large cent sale, with lots of lucky winners. Overall a lovely afternoon of bowls, friendship and celebrating milestones.

Winners of the bowls were: Lorna Coad, Narelle Schmidtke, Donna Gordon. Runners up were: Rose Condon, Lois Deguara, Sue Hazledine.

Contributed by Sue Hazledine.

Lance Edwards, a fairly new bowler, is bowling very well

Max Rose (bowling) along with Fred King runs the very popular Monday morning club

Winners of the bowls were: Lorna Coad, Narelle Schmidtke, Donna Gordon

Runners up were: Rose Condon, Lois Deguara, Sue Hazledine

North Mackay Ladies Bowls Club celebrated their 74-year birthday

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Mackay ‘Pickleballers’ Shine In Townsville Games

June 3, 2022

It was history in the making for Mackay “Pickleballers” after taking the huge step to compete in the first Pickleball Tournament at the North Qld Games held in Townsville recently. The Games consist of 43 varying codes of sport, catering to 4,500 competitors. The Pickleball players travelled from The Burdekin, Charters Towers, Malanda, Mooloolaba, Tully, Mission Beach, Hinchinbrook, Townsville, Cairns, and Mackay.

It was the first away competition for the Mackay team, so to come home with an impressive four gold and two silver medals was beyond anyone's expectation. It was a fantastic effort for these Mackayites who were considered “newbies” to the game.  

Among the medallists were Toni Woolcock and Heather Hayes who won gold in the women’s doubles, Toni Woolcock and Rob Vella who won gold in the mixed doubles, and Rob Vella and Joe Parrotta who won silver in the men’s doubles division.  

Also, big congratulations go to Gigi Brake, Liz Parrotta, Michelle Sheehan, and Greg Wilson who made it into the finals and put on a great display of Pickleball.

We are so proud of our winners and everyone who made the effort of support by making the trip.

Pickleball can be a low-impact sport that is easy to learn and play at almost any age—it is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis; this sport for life is regularly described as the fastest growing sport worldwide. The game was first introduced to Australia in 2015 by a small group of NSW enthusiasts, consequently, playing groups have formed in every state and territory in Australia with links to Pickleball communities in the U.S. and Canada. Tournaments are held frequently throughout the country bringing together fierce competition between state champions.

If you are looking for a new social and fun activity and have a bit of a giggle, Pickleball is definitely it. Locally, you will find Pickleball being played at Mackay PCYC’s indoor basketball stadium twice a week, Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7pm and Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm. It is being offered free of charge for your first trial and we will provide a ‘paddle’ to get you going.

A word of warning though, for those willing to give this sport a bit of a whack: it’s totally addictive!  

Contributed by Michelle Sheehan

Pickleball Gold medallists Heather Hayes and Toni Woolcock at the North Queensland Games. Photos supplied

Silver medallists Rob Vella and Joe Parrotta

Toni Woolcock and Rob Vella won gold in the mixed doubles

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Cutters To Combine With Local State High School

June 3, 2022

Local Rugby League side The QCCS Mackay Cutters will partner with Mackay State High School in 2023 to link the high school’s Rugby League Academy with the Mackay Cutters Pathways Program and centralised-coaching system.

The parties believe the formal partnership will see “mutual benefit for both the Mackay Cutters and Mackay SHS”.

It will involve the sharing of facilities and resources, making Mackay SHS a training base for the Cutter’s Junior Representative programs.

“This will increase the opportunities for players and staff in the Mackay region to pursue their rugby league goals,” a Mackay Cutters spokesperson said.

“The partnership is aimed at developing local talent through a streamlined junior pathways program into the Mackay Cutters.”

The new partnership hopes that the hub established at Mackay State High School will be the first of three, with satellite programs also planned for two other areas as the Cutters look to broaden their pathways footprint.

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Mercy Netballers To Unleash Skills On Court

June 3, 2022

Netball is a way of life for the gifted young athletes at Mercy College and St Patrick’s College Mackay.

With a proud tradition and first-class Netball Excellence program, both schools have proved a thriving nursery for the region’s emerging netballers.

St Patrick’s College and Mercy College will parade their pool of talent when they co-host the upcoming CQUniversity Confraternity Shield Rugby League and Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball (QISSN) Carnivals in Mackay from June 26 to July 1.

Just like their rugby league cohorts, the Mercy and St Patrick’s College netball outfits are gearing up for strong showings on court against the best schoolgirl and schoolboy netballers in Queensland.

When it comes to on-court chemistry, they don’t come better than Mercy College’s fresh-faced Open team that will compete in the QISSN Division 5 Opens category.

Comprised of Year 9 and Year 10 students, the Mercy girls are ready to step up a class and entertain crowds with their exciting brand of netball under the coaching of experienced mentor Di Bailey.

“The girls enjoy playing together and have built an impressive record at schools’ level through their camaraderie, natural skills, versatility and sheer love of the game,” says Mrs Bailey.

“There is a real chemistry amongst the team and the quality court craft is shown in their development” she said.

Ably skippered by outstanding Capricornia representative goalkeeper Kacee Ziegeler, the Mercy squad are tipped to shine at this year’s QISSN tournament.

The inspirational Ziegeler is a player to watch in defence and shapes as a trump card with her leadership qualities, organising skills and valuable experience.

Talented goal attack and team vice-captain Camryn Zeller is currently honing her shooting skills with DAS in the Mackay Netball Premier League.

A prolific goal scorer for the Mercy team, the promising 15-year-old will play a key role in the points stakes with her unerring accuracy and cool temperament under pressure.

Testimony of Mercy College’s winning formula is the team’s versatility on the court, high fitness levels and ability to produce quality netball with a variety of combinations.

“The girls show an uncanny understanding on court and have a depth of skills that make them very competitive in tournament play,” says team manager Christine Newland.

“With our Netball Excellence Class the girls can hone those skills and build their strength and fitness during our gym visits to Athletica and Integrated Bodies” she added.

The intensive training has certainly helped reap the benefits for this outstanding young Mercy netball outfit that boasts seven Mackay representatives in leaders Ziegeler and Zeller, Pershouse, Cotter, Dinsdale, McPherson and Uriarte.

Coach Bailey proudly stated that the Mercy Netball Excellence Program had unearthed a wealth of local talent over the years.

“We also select a Year 8 Development Squad and a Year 9 Junior Vicki Wilson Shield squad that is part of the school’s Health & Physical Education (HPE) program where the students undergo intensive skills work, strength conditioning and fitness plus learn about court tactics,” she said.

Last year Mercy College captured the Mackay region’s Vicki Wilson Shield trophy for Year 7 to Year 9 players with the classy Ziegeler, Zeller, Harris, Uriarte and Dinsdale all making an impact to help the school qualify for the Vicki Wilson State Championships in Brisbane.

Mercy College will compete in the Senior Open Division 5 category at this year’s CQUniversity Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival with St Patrick’s College to show their wares in the Division One section.

Contributed by Chris Karas

St Patrick’s and Mercy College netballers will represent Mackay at this month’s QISSN Carnival

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PGA Pro-Am Series Hits Sarina

June 3, 2022

More than 30 professional and amateur golfers took to the scenic Sarina Golf Club last week as part of the CMR Recycling Sarina Pro-Am Tournament.

Recent wet weather didn’t deter players from all over Queensland and New South Wales, but it did require a change of course as five holes were taken out of play.

“All the priorities changed and got thrown around because, obviously, the rain, off and on, and how wet things have been,” said Sarina Golf Club Greenkeeper Wade Cranston.

“It’s been pretty hard work to juggle it around, but we’ve managed to pull together a composite course for the guys.”

Lismore’s Sam Brazel finished day one with a two-shot lead, however a stunning second round of nine-under 62 saw Jay Mackenzie storm home with a two-stroke victory on day two.

The 22-year-old from Lennox Head finished with a two-round total of 15-under par, two clear of playing partner Brett Rankin (64) with William Bruyeres finishing third on 66.

“It was great playing with Rankin today, he really helped push me along as he had seven-under par for his day,” Mr Mackenzie told PGA Australia.

“I didn’t make many mistakes and it just kept seeming to go in the right direction.”

PGA Tournament Coordinator Garrett Skinner says the Pro-Am Series offers a unique opportunity for locals and club members to play with more experienced players.

“It’s a great opportunity for the members and amateurs and sponsors to get on board and get a couple of tips, have a great day, learn something new, and see some fabulous golf,” he said.

Sarina Golf Club Clubhouse Manager Kylee Fowler says the tournament received a good turnout considering it was held during the week.

“A lot of them still have jobs, a lot of them are on the circuit full-time,” she said.

“This is a good event in the fact that you get the pros and you get the amateurs in together.

“Then we’ll do it all again next year on the weekend which will be much better for us, better for our amateurs, better for our members so everyone can get a chance to play.”

Next year’s Sarina Pro-Am Tournament has been locked in for May 20-21, 2023.

Sarina was the third leg of the Hidden Valley Whitsundays North Queensland Series, with other legs being held in Mackay, Pioneer Valley and Bowen.


Day one Results:

Winner: Rodney Allen 40

2nd: Daniel Allen 37 C/B

3rd: Ting Li 37

4th: Brodie Saltmarsh 37.

Pin Shots

9: Luke Lauder 270cm

6: Ting LI

16: Mark Pearl – Hole in one!

LADIES – Sue Farrell 40cm

Day Two Results:

Winner: Doug Miles 40

2nd: Ting Li 38 C/B

3rd: Trent Budby 38

4th: Ian Dunn 36

Pin Shots

6: Declan Mulherin 168cm  

9: Colin Dunn 46cm

16: Skinner

Ladies: 2nd Shot 16:  Chris Chapman 117cm


Over All Winner: Ting Li 75

Men’s Division 1 Winner: Trent Budby 71

Men’s Division 1 r/up: Declan Mulherin 69

Men’s Division 2 Winner: Doug Miles 68

Men’s Division 2 r/up: Brodie Saltmarsh 65

Ladies Winner: Barbara Chrzanowski 59

Ladies r/up: Sue Farrell 55

tournament. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

Winner: Winner Jay Mackenzie with Tournament Coordinator Garrett Skinner

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Cutters Crumble Against Seagulls

May 27, 2022

Wynnum Manly Seagulls headed to the Sugar City for Round 9’s Respect Round at BB Print Stadium against the Mackay Cutters.

The home side faced off in a wet and wild Friday night fixture, hoping to bounce back from defeat against the Bears at Pizzey Park.

The Seagulls, who were sitting pretty in 6th and hoping to make a berth for top four, had other plans for the local side, though.

Cutters were first to score through Blake Paskins, but Manly fired back with a four pointer.

The first half was a tight affair, with Cutters scoring again with seven left in the first half, with Luke Webley crossing in the dying embers – leaving Cutters in the lead.

Second half began with Tristan Hope crossing for the Seagulls before they crossed again with a four pointer. Manly were on a tear and kept scoring, capitalising on a floundering Cutters side.

Cutters were slow to it and conceded again near the end, leaving the game 10-28.

The Sugar City side are now up against the Blackhawks on June 4 in Townsville, hoping to stay in the chase for a good finish come the end of the season.

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Sharp Running Simon St Patrick’s Trump Card

May 27, 2022

Making an impact on the schoolboy rugby league scene is St Patrick’s College Mackay centre Kai Simon.

The dashing 17-year-old colt has caught the eye of sporting pundits with his dynamic performances this season at school and Junior League level.

Simon is one of the players to watch in a strong St Patrick’s Open team that will be competing for honours in this year’s CQ University Confraternity Shield Rugby League Carnival to be staged in Mackay from June 26 to July 1.

The fleet-footed centre - who is under contract to the North Queensland Cowboys – was at his elusive best as St Patrick’s College tuned up for the CONFRO Carnival with a hard-fought 16-14 trial win over reigning Aaron Payne Cup premiers St Brendan’s College Yeppoon last week at Leprechaun Park Mackay.

Simon nabbed a try and two goals and menaced the Yeppoon side with his tricky running in an impressive display in the wet conditions.

Other players to shine for St Patrick’s were clever halves Jaxon Purdue and Ethan Van Kerkwyk and rampaging forward Matthew Watts.

St Patricks jumped to a 12-4 lead following tries by talented hooker Xavier Korrisk and the quicksilver Simon before St Brendan’s bridged the gap with a converted try before the interval.

Speedy 16-year-old winger Bailey Anderson extended St Patrick’s lead with a fine try after the break before the visitors registered their third four pointer late in the match.

St Patrick’s coach Michael Comerford was pleased with his team’s overall performance in an absorbing contest.

“I was very happy with our attack in the opening 25 minutes and our defensive effort in the final twenty,” said Mr Comerford.

“We experimented with some combinations and several squad members grabbed their opportunity against some tough opposition.”

MEANWHILE Mercy College Mackay Year 10 side toppled St Brendan’s 34-28 in a high scoring trial match at Leprechaun Park.

Powerful centre Toby Woodall, lock forward Javen Ramsamy, skilful half back Adam McSherry, fullback Coby Cabassi and tireless forward Campbell Grisan-Hodges turned in strong games for Mercy under the guidance of coach Ian Schifilliti.

Mercy College will kick off their 2022 Aaron Payne Cup campaign against Mackay State High School on Friday June 1.

Contributed by Chris Karas

Talented St Patrick’s College centre Kai Simon on the attack during his side’s Year 10 trial win over St Brendan’s Yeppoon

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Cruisin' The Coast In Cool Conditions

May 27, 2022

Runners took on the sand of Sarina Beach for the 2022 Cruisin' the Coast Fun Run on Sunday hosted by the Sarina Surf Lifesaving Club.

Participants took part in a variety of distances, with 3km to half marathon runs and walks on offer.

Paul McKenzie took out the inaugural half marathon, finishing the 21km run in just over an hour and 40 minutes.

Sarah Manttan crossed first in the 10km run with Brayden Manttan winning the 5km run.

John White was first across the line in the 5km walk and Nate Brady smashed out the 3km distance to claim first.

The sun made a brief appearance on Sunday for the Cruisin' the Coast Fun Run at Sarina Beach

Paul McKenzie won the inaugural Cruisin' the Coast half marathon

Sarah Manttan crossing the line first in the 10km

Bendigo Bank sponsored the event and participated in the 5km walk. Photos: supplied

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On the Green at Goosies

May 27, 2022

Our second division pennants team had three losses to Northern Beaches at Northern Beaches last Saturday, but on Sunday had three wins at Seaforth against Seaforth. Other results were not known at this time.

Social Bowls Results

Monday mixed pairs winners were Maurie Pearson and Darren Laurens. Runners up were Don Agnew and Graham Moore. Lucky draw winners were Sally Canham and Sam Leotta.

Wednesday ladies winners were Bev Svenson, Lyn Maguire and Narelle Schmidtke. In second place was Marie Bragg and Brenda Trannore.

Thursday mixed pairs winners were Mick Mackenzie and Mick Walsh. In second place was Tony Allsop and Wazza Corbett. The kitty toucher jackpots. Greens vouchers were won by Brenda Trannore, Narelle Schmidtke and Ron Bowers.

Friday competition will be re-commencing shortly. Watch the board for a date.

There were no results for Saturday play.

Contributed by Tony Allsop.

Lorraine Lemke shows her style while Lydia McCarthy watches

Dave McKendry is a picture of concentration

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Young Leaguers Make The Grade

May 27, 2022

Queensland Rugby League announced its Under 18 Emerging Origin squad last week with two Mackay locals’ a part of the squad.

Young lads Baden Robinson and Xavier Kerrisk – both Mackay Brothers Football Club alumni and QCCS Mackay Cutters Junior Representative Players - made the 30-man Emerging Origin Squad through the elite Queensland pathways program.

Xavier Kerrisk is also a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys contracted player.

The two lads joined their teammates to take part in a two-day training camp in Brisbane on May 7-8.

Head of Football at the Mackay Cutters, Kim Williams was overjoyed when the young players received the news.

“This is a fantastic achievement by both players and one that they should be very proud of,” Mr Williams said.

“Their performances throughout the Mal Meninga Cup competition this year were outstanding and they both thoroughly deserve their selection in the Origin squad.

“As a club we are extremely proud of their achievement.”

The Emerging Origin program has lofty ambitions for the young athletes, hoping to develop them into highly skilled rugby league players for Queensland representation.

Head coach of the Emerging Origin Squad Guy Williams managed the 30-member squad throughout their two-day training camp at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre (QSAC) in Brisbane.

The young Mackay lads were ecstatic when they found out they’d be given an opportunity to represent at “the peak of footy” for their age group.

“It was a bit of a shock when I first found out. I felt like I’d played well in the squad but it was still a bit unreal,” Xavier Kerrisk said.

“It was very different from the usual training camps. It was a bit more focused on the little things you do in a game.

“I liked it a lot because it was a different experience. Off the field, it was a lot more trying to understand what it’s like to be maroon. Taking care of yourself and things like that.”

Xavier has been playing the game since Under 6s, and said he was proud to have impressed the coaches enough to be a part of the side.

“From a young age, you have the goal to play origin. It’s the peak of football. The older I’ve been getting, the more I’ve been trying to make it,” Xavier said.

“If I keep doing what they’re saying and impressing them, I can maybe get there.”

The Grade 11 student is making a name for himself in Queensland and hopes he can keep the momentum going alongside his teammate.

“It was good to have a lad alongside me from the Cutters. We’ve been at the same clubs our entire lives; it was good to be not the only one from Mackay,” he said.

“Hopefully we can keep playing good footy and keep making sides like that.”

Young gun Xavier Kerrisk made the Under 18 Emerging Origin Squad in early May

Alongside him is promising star Baden Robinson

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Mackay Host Brisbane In Mixed Night

May 27, 2022

The McDonald’s Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes played host to the Brisbane Capitals in the Crater on Saturday night.

The first game of the night saw the Mackay Meteorettes suffer their first defeat of the season, going down to a classy Brisbane outfit 103-67.

While they didn’t get the win, Miela Goodchild impressed the crowd in her Meteorettes NBL1 North debut posting 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Shaneice Swain also shone adding 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.

The second game of the night saw another thrilling NBL1 North win for the Mackay Meteors, defeating the Capitals 69-66 in a nailbiter.

Biwali Bayles dropped a 19 point and 15 rebound double-double with Emmanuel Malou adding 15 points and nine rebounds.

The win takes the Meteors’ record to three wins and one loss after Round 4️.

Both teams will now start preparations for a triple-header road trip south next weekend where they’ll face Gold Coast Rollers, North Gold Coast Seahawks and Logan Thunder.

Mackay’s next home games will take place at Mackay Basketball Stadium on June 4 against USC.

Action from the Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes against the Brisbane Capitals last weekend. Photo Credit: Kieron Place Art & Photography

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The Toughest On Two Wheels

May 27, 2022

After recent rain had ripped apart our district’s rural roads, this year’s Club Championships for the Mackay Cycling Club was as much a state of survival as it was about strength and endurance.

The undulating 48km circuit around the back roads of Walkerston finished at the top of the steep rise on Stockroute Road, a set of hills that had to be conquered four times on the loop track. But the corner leading to the finish proved to be the real obstacle, with a large pothole creating punctured tyres which spelled the end of the race for some.

Those who dodged the damage will reap the rewards at the club’s prizegiving later in the year. Kyle Marwood and Brendon Brauer broke from the bunch early on and remained out of the front of the race for its entirety. Marwood crossed the line first to win the race outright, claiming the M1-2 title, with Brauer winning the M3-4 category. Craig Larsen was third across the line giving him second place in the M3-4. He was followed by the peloton with Ethan Weiss breaking early to claim the J19 title. Winning the bunch sprint behind was track sprinter Hamish Wright, placing him in third for the M3-4 category. Tenille Galea was not far behind to cross first for the women, taking out the W3-4 title.


Junior Men U19

1 Ethan Weiss

2 Lockie Bourke

Men Masters 1-2

1 Kyle Marwood

2 Peter Ransome

Men Masters 3-4

1 Brendon Brauer

2 Craig Larsen

3 Hamish Wright

4 Ben Sutton

5 Luke Schatkowski

6 Scott Manning

Women Masters 3-4

1 Tenille Galea

Men Masters 5-6

1 Shane Edwards

2 Martin Cahill

3 Alan Simonsen

Photo credit: Amanda Wright

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50 In 50

May 27, 2022

Today will be Shaun Brown’s 28th sprint distance triathlon in a row as he closes in on his goal of completing 50 triathlons in 50 days.

Every day over the last month, Shaun has swum 750 meters, rode 20 kilometres, and ran five to give back to those most vulnerable in the community, all through the power of sport.

He’s up at 5am for his roughly hour and a half ritual before work, but not just because he’s a fitness fanatic, it’s also an altruistic athletic pursuit.

The goal: to raise awareness for community charities, local triathlon clubs, and the personal benefits of exercise – as well as some much-needed donations for those local causes.

“I’ve come to a point in triathlons where I didn’t have many challenges left and I wanted to give back to the community I love,” Shaun said.

“I didn’t have money but what I did have was time and so I offered that.

“You see big sportsmen do big sports fundraisers all the time - and I’m not that – but I said, I’ll see what I can do! I think it’s been a great vessel for me and for everyone to see what you can give back to the community.”

His two charities of choice are Chances Café and Op Shop and the Australian Street Aid Project – both non-for-profits that help the homeless.

He aims to raise them $10,000 dollars - of which he has already raised $8,000. Those funds will directly help the charities, with the funds at Chances being used to run their regular breakfast facilities, which have helped feed those needy in Mackay.

Local businesses like Muscle Garden Gym and Gold Coast clothing company Self Aware have generously donated to raise the funds, while triathlon clubs in the region and locals have jumped on board for the message.

The idea to donate those funds to two grassroots charities in Mackay came from Shaun’s wife.

“She’s been working at the PCYC for 18 months and some of the stories I would hear about youth and families and struggles – especially social housing which is an issue all across Australia,” Shaun said.

“It’s needed everywhere. People everywhere are being affected by homelessness.”

On Day 24, he recalled riding near South Bank after relentless rain the night before.

“There would have been 40 homeless people there under a bridge, and it’s horrible to see that. It’s like seeing it in a movie; it’s surreal. You don’t expect to see it in Australia,” Shaun said.

“I think: how can that happen? As a society I think we have a bit to look at and to do better.”

By the end of his 50 days, Shaun will have ridden his bike 1000 kilometres, swam 35 kilometres, and run 250 kilometres, but the distance doesn’t drive him – it’s about continuing to get the word out.

“I haven’t got to the end yet, but I’d like to keep it going; what it stands for. I want to get people involved and to take it on, I want them to spread the word and the conversation to inspire others,” he said.

Shaun said Hero50 is open to anyone interested to come along and participate in a swim, bike, or run. His own Hero50 will finish up on June 18 at Chances Café for a sausage sizzle in the early morning.

If you’d like to follow Shaun’s journey or support him through donations, head to the hero50 website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Shaun Brown is completing 50 triathlons in 50 days to raise money for local charities

Shaun has been joined by countless friends over his first 28 days

Local triathlon clubs have regularly come out to run, swim, and bike alongside Shaun during his mammoth effort

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Records Tumble At Athletics Carnival

May 26, 2022

Photo credit: Amanda Wright

The Mackay Athletics Club Carnival was held last weekend, in unseasonably cold conditions. The occasional drizzle and chilly wind didn’t deter the athletes, with records falling across a large number of events. Nearly 500 athletes travelled from across Queensland to compete. Competitors from local clubs including Mackay and North Mackay, Moranbah, Sarina, Bowen and the Whitsundays were well represented among the list of record breakers in the 2022 event.

Mackay And District Record Breakers

Hayleigh Lucas - Age: 6 – Mackay

Girls 60 Metre 6yrs 11.20 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 11.72

Girls 80 Metre 6yrs 14.96 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 15.45

Girls 100 Metre 6yrs 19.18 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 19.35

Girls Long Jump 6yrs 2.36m (1) Previous Carnival Record: 2.06m

Harper Miles - Age: 7 - Mackay

Girls 200 Metre 7yrs 38.35 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 38.64

Girls Discus 500g 7yrs 12.29m (1) Previous Carnival Record: 12.10m

Alanna Oliver - Age: 7 - Mackay  

Girls 60 Metre 7yrs 10.73 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 10.76

Eleanor Bryant - Age: 8 - Mackay

Girls High Jump 8yrs 1.00m (1) Previous Carnival Record: 0.97m

Vogue Miles - Age: 9 - Mackay

Girls 800 Metre 9yrs 3:09.09 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 3:09.94

Girls Shot Put 2.0kg 9yrs 5.53m (1) Previous Carnival Record: 5.24m

Ayla Moon - Age: 10 - Mackay

Girls 100 Metre 10yrs 14.71 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 14.99

Girls 200 Metre 10yrs 31.13 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 31.40

Girls 400 Metre 10yrs 1:11.05 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 1:16.40

Girls 800 Metre 10yrs 2:51.72 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 2:53.30

Girls 1500 Metre 10yrs 5:50.18 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 6:08.06

Girls Long Jump 10yrs 3.74m (1) Previous Carnival Record: 3.71m

Lanie Hazeltine - Age: 11 - Whitsunday

Girls 200 Metre 11yrs 29.64 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 29.70

Learnie Scott - Age: 11 - Mackay

Girls 100 Metre 11yrs 14.20 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 14.26

Skye Howarth - Age: 12 - Mackay

Girls 3000 Metre 12yrs 14:55.78 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 16:53.18

Blake Lewis - Age: 12 - Mackay

Boys 400 Metre 12yrs 1:08.59 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 1:10.15

Hayley Colless - Age: 13 - Mackay

Women 200 Metre Hurdles 76.2cm 32.52 (1) 13yrs Previous Carnival Record: 42.61

Dylan Ticehurst - Age: 13 - Mackay

Men 200 Metre 13yrs 27.14 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 27.44

Men 400 Metre 13yrs 1:04.68 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 1:05.40

Elizabeth Lee - Age: 15 - Mackay

Women Long Jump 15yrs 4.87m (1) Previous Carnival Record: 4.72m

Toby Rule Age: 15 - Mackay

Men 3000 Metre 15yrs 11:01.80 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 11:22.21

Men 2000 Metre Steeplechase 76.2cm 7:23.20 (1) U16 Previous Carnival Record: 7:50.79

Mikayla Webb - Age: 15 - Mackay

Women 200 Metre 15yrs 25.24 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 28.08

James Galea - Age: 16 - Mackay

Men Shot Put 5.0kg U18 12.68m (1) Previous Carnival Record: 12.29m

Men Hammer 5.0kg U18 36.08m (1) Previous Carnival Record: 17.47m

Julia Monckton - Age: 17 - Mackay

Women 400 Metre Hurdles 76.2cm U18 1:09.25 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 1:10.85

Oliver Rule - Age: 17 - Mackay

Men 3000 Metre U18 9:45.67 (1) Previous Carnival Record: 9:56.45

Men 2000 Metre Steeplechase 84cm 6:56.12 (1) U18 Previous Carnival Record: 7:33.58


Miles Kerr Moranbah, 30-34 Men 800m 2:34:76

Kayla Porter North Mackay, 30-34 Women Discus 24.41m

Ben Ross Mackay, 35-39 Men Triple Jump 9.65m

Anthony Porter North Mackay, 35-39 Men High Jump 1.54m

Andrew Wieland Moranbah, 40-44 Men 800m 2:33:64

Men 1500m 5:27.46

Men 5000m 20:11:12

Kristie Brown Mackay, 40-44 Women 800m 3:30:01

Women 1500m Walk 9:15.84

Amanda Wright Queensland Masters, 40-44 Women Hammer 26.97m

Justin Rule Mackay, 45-49 Men 800m 2:28:87

Men 1500m 5:02:51

Men 5000m 19:43:33

Men 3000m Steeplechase 12:36.84

Men High Jump 1.40m

Men Throws Pentathlon 1182

Kelly Ross Bowen, 45-49 Women Hurdles 15:07

Women Long Jump 3.83m

Women Triple Jump 8.75m

Women High Jump 1.35m

Chris Carney Mackay, 45-49 Men Long Jump 4.72m

Lorraine Rutland Mackay, 50-54 Women 60m 9:26

Women 200m 32:97

Women High Jump 1.15m

Annette Wilson Whitsundays, 60-64 Women Throws Pentathlon 1849

Terry Ryan Mackay, 65-69 Men 60m 9:44

Men Long Jump 3.42m

Dan Conroy Mackay, 70-74 Men Triple Jump 5.68m

Anthony Galea Mackay, 80-84 Men Javelin 12.58m

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Mackay’s Maddog Back In Bull Fighting Arena

May 20, 2022

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

Shane “Maddog” Simpson returned from an eight-year retirement last year and is back on the big stage this Saturday ensuring both rider and bull leave the arena safely.

Retiring after a decorated bullfighting and protection athlete career, Shane said he was at a bull riding event in Townsville recently when the urge to return hit him.

“I got a bit emotional about it because it’s been part of my life for so long and I thought to myself ‘You know what? I think you can still do it,’” he said.

After four months of preparation, Shane had his body ready for action.

The role of a protection athlete is to ensure the riders complete their ride safely and get out of the pen without injury, as does the bull.

He says knowing a bit about cattle and how they operate is a vital part of the role, as well as looking after your body.

“If you’re eating right and feeling good and the body’s feeling good, well, it all should fall together for you,” he said.

Shane started bull riding while working with cattle in the gulf country in the early 90s.

Participating in rodeos and camp drafts on weekends, Shane slowly progressed to bigger and better events until Australian bull riding legend and PBR World Champion Troy Dunn invited him to ride in Australia’s first major bull riding event in Mackay.

“Mackay, to put the first major bull riding event on the map, it was a real honour to do it, being my hometown,” he said.

Bull riding has taken Shane as far as America, Canada, and Mexico, and he says fighting bulls in the world finals in 2008 was his career highlight.

“As any bullfighter that’s on that sort of level, that’s their goal, to be able to fight bulls at the world finals because it’s the most elite stage you can fight on,” he said.

Shane is heading to Brisbane on the weekend, thanks to his sponsor Deftec, for the deciding round of the 2022 PBR Monster Energy Tour Origin Series.

Modelled after the rugby league concept, Queensland and New South Wales are all tied up after rounds in Newcastle and Tamworth.

Shane says both teams are pumped but he’ll be supporting the boys from the sunshine state.

“I’ll be backing the QLD boys because I’m born and bred in Queensland,” he said.

Shane “Maddog” Simpson is heading to Brisbane on Saturday as a protection athlete at the 2022 PBR Monster Energy Tour Origin Series

Brisbane hosts the deciding round of the Origin Series after rounds in Newcastle and Tamworth. Photos: supplied

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Eli’s Not Scared Of Getting His Hands Dirty

May 20, 2022

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

11-year-old Eli Thomsett has a love of building things, which his latest project had been a Honda Civic to have some muddy great fun.

Ripping through sloppy fields and flicking mud as far as the eye could see is all part of the appeal of the annual event held in Sarina, and Eli wanted to take part.

Last year, Eli went to the Mud Trials and was able to help friends of his parents. His mother Nell said from there he was hooked.

“Friends of ours have been racing it since it began and let Eli help out.

“He’s been driving the ride-on mower since he was six and has been driving machinery with his dad around our property any chance he gets,” Nell said.

Eli makes money by selling free range eggs from the family farm and put some of this towards purchasing a Honda Civic from Buy Swap Sell.

“He was hands-on throughout the project. His dad Russell is a mechanic, auto electrician and fitter so this came in handy,” Nell said.

“Eli had to strip out the inside, remove the seats and air conditioning and wires, then had to waterproof the car and motor as much as possible. They installed a roll cage and removed the glass.

“The waterproofing and removing the windscreen were the hardest parts.”

Eli powered to fourth position in his category overall out of five races during the weekend in his first ever mud trials.

Eli says his favourite part was going fast.

“Dad says go faster so I just put my foot to the floor,” he said.

Eli hopes to race again next year and will keep the Honda Civic for a few more races. He’s caught the bug so much that next month he’s already lined up to drive the mud races in Kabra.

“He’s happy to race anything he can,” Nell said.

Eli Thomsett in his transformed Honda Civic. Photos: Nell Thomsett

Shelby and Eli after having muddy great fun at the Queensland Mud Trials Championships in Sarina

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On the Green at Goosies

May 20, 2022

Members are advised that nominations for the ‘8 a side’ competition for all clubs is on the notice board. Teams for this comp comprise four ladies and four men: make up your own team and nominations close shortly.

Nomination sheets for the mixed pairs and fours are up. Pairs games commence on 23rd July, Fours commence 30th July

The two bowl triples winners for 2022 are Ian Beveridge, Dave McKendry and Clint Vassie. Congratulations boys.

On Saturday our division two men’s pennant teams had two wins and best overall score to receive 5 points: Mackay City 1. Division three played Northern Beaches and won both games to receive 5 points and Division four won one and lost one but had best overall score to receive 4: RSL one.

Social Results Week Ending 15 May

Monday winners were Peter Crawford and G. Fakey, with Andrew Coates and Ryan Vigliante second. Lucky draw winners were Trevor Laurens and Doug Dungavell.

Wednesday Ladies winners were Pam Louis, Maryann Bartolo and Bev Svenson. In second place was the team of Cecelia Lee, Ann Smith and Daphne Offield.

Thursday pairs was taken out by Margaret Fogg and Barry Lehmann. Runners up and greens voucher winners were Michelle Stockton, Peter Madden and Barry Jackson.

There will be no Friday games until men’s pennants are over.

Saturday results were not available.

Contributed by Tony Allsop.

Men’s Third Division team. Back row, Ray Walker, Wayne Trannore, John Stronach John Priest

Front row, Mick Mackenzie, Ken Lane, Ray McCarthy and Peter Miller.

Men’s fourth Division team. Back row, Wayne Mietzel, Andrew Coates, Peter Madden, Marshall Howland.

Front row, Col Carey, Maurie Pearson, Alex Cameron, Vern Mietzel.

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School Sports Showpiece Returns To Mackay

May 20, 2022

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

All roads will lead to the Mackay region when historic St Patrick’s College and Mercy College Mackay host the coveted schools sporting extravaganza - regarded as the biggest of its type in Queensland - from June 26 to July 1.

It will be the first time that St Patrick’s and Mercy Colleges will run both the prestigious QISSRL and QISSN events together.

More than 2000 secondary school athletes from Cairns in the Far North, Mount Isa in the west and Gold Coast in the south will showcase their skills in the rugby league and netball arena in quest of the Confraternity Shield and Netball Championship trophies.

QISSRL Convenor and Mercy College Assistant Principal Curriculum Scott McSherry said the city of Mackay was excited to be hosting CONFRO again for the first time since 1996.

“The CQUniversity Confraternity and QISSN Carnivals will bring a huge economic boost to the Mackay community,” Mr McSherry said.

“It is an important annual event on the Queensland sporting calendar and is set to inject some $5 million into the Mackay region.

“Sporting enthusiasts will get the opportunity to watch the State’s best young rugby league prospects and netballers in action throughout the week,” Mr McSherry added.

St Patrick’s College Mackay is steeped with tradition and success in the Confraternity rugby league competition.

Since the event’s conception in 1981, the College has lifted the trophy on eight occasions and unearthed future Kangaroos internationals in prop Martin Bella, wingers Brett Dallas and Wendell Sailor and half back Daly Cherry-Evans.

St Patrick’s brought home the Confraternity Shield in five successive years from 1988 to 1992 before adding another three titles in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

The College has also produced a wealth of talented NRL players in Ben Barba, Paul Tideman, Anthony Bella, Michael Corrie, Butch Fatnowna, Dennis Scott, Robert Bella, John Manning, Nathan Sologinkin, Michael Roberts, Shannon Hegarty, Chris Paterson, Luke Duffy, Mark Christensen, Ashley Alberts, Simon Phillips, Grant Rovelli, Brett Seymour, Danny Williams, Selasi Berdie and Mitchell Dunn over the years.

Fifty-eight QISSRL schools - including 48 boys and ten girls teams - are featured in the rugby league carnival while the Netball championship has attracted 72 QISSN schools comprising 64 girl teams plus eight boys teams.

The CQ University Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball was formed in 2000 with a modest 16 teams and has now grown to a membership of 64 colleges including teams from Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Independent schools from across Queensland.

The richness of CQ University QISSN’s history is evident in its success as an esteemed carnival for secondary school girls and this year was expanded to include eight boys’ teams - a unique step in the development of QISSN.

With over 700 girls and boys playing netball, along with the multitude of volunteers who coach and manage, umpire, co-ordinate, first aid and make up the Executive Staff, QISSN is one of the largest school-based sporting carnivals in Australia.

Contributed by Chris Karas

The QISSN Carnival will arrive at St Patrick’s College and Mercy College host the competition

The CQUniversity Confraternity is going to bring the goods as the school’s host the competition

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

May 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contributed by Chris Karas

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

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Road Runners Run For Shawn

May 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On the Green At Goosies

May 13, 2022

Results Week Ending 8 May

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contributed by Tony Allsop and Sue Hazledine

Kees Struik is a regular Monday bowler

Chris Banney in action before the new uniforms arrived

Ladies Club Championship pairs winners Carmel Bell and Debbie McKenzie

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Interclub Competition At North Mackay Athletics A Soaring Event

May 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Road Runners Celebrate Mother’s Day Early

May 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Line, Length And Luck

May 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

Contributed by Shirley Sturgeon

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

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

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

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Oarsome Haul By Mackay’s Masters Rowers

May 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Magpies Announce Grant Winners

May 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quarter 3 applications are now open.

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

Local Sporting Champions Grant Winners

Cody McCall – Queensland Sprint Swimming Championships - $200 Grant

Darcy Cabassi – National Youth Touch Championships - $400 Grant

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

Time to Shine – Women in Sport Grant Winners

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

Jade Bounden – Queensland Sprint Swimming Championships - $200 Grant

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

Adele Ginns – Gold Stars Satellite Squad - $200 Grant

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

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

Thriving Communities Grant Winners

Crossroad Arts – Auslan Interpreters - $787 Grant

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

Phoenix Place – Defibrillator - $1,000 Grant

Mackay Kennel Club – Office Equipment - $500 Grant

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

Kalyan Youth Services – First Aid Kits - $500 Grant

Mackay PCYC – Bikes for Bike Education - $500 Grant

Pioneer Potters – Garden Equipment - $500 Grant

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

Local Sporting Champions Grant Winner Cody McCall

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

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