Whitsunday Region Sporting News & Results

Rest Easy Cobber

Rest Easy Cobber

Champion boxer, loving father and life of the party, Henk Plug made an impression wherever he went in life and will be remembered for his fighting spirit and strong principals. Suffering a stroke last Sunday, Henk spent a few days in hospital surrounded by family and friends, before passing away peacefully a week shy of his 78th birthday.

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Trail Fest To Test The Best

Trail Fest To Test The Best

Through the winding tracks and trails of the Whitsundays hills and mountains, the Whitsunday Trail Fest is back in Airlie Beach with endurance athletes testing their mettle against some of the region’s toughest paths.

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Ref Like A Girl

Ref Like A Girl

When Anara Grundy turned 13-years-old she was no longer allowed to play alongside the boys in the sport she loved. At this age Rugby League rules state that girls and boys must play separately as size difference and body changes come into play.

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Raiders Undefeated 2021 Season

Raiders Undefeated 2021 Season

Mama Africa Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders travelled south last Saturday to take on Mackay Brothers at Leprechaun Park for the last game of the regular season. In the opening 10 minutes Brothers matched it with the Raiders, recycling the ball phase after phase and utilising their bigger forwards. Raiders continued to front up and the 13th minute was the first of the 13 tries scored by our ‘Men in Greens’ for the day. Dylan Hoffmann underneath the crossbar with Damon Tonnet converting his firs

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August 12, 2021

33rd Annual Airlie Beach Race Week Happening Now!

Image: Volunteer Ashley Coleman, Sailing Manager Ross Chisholm, Sailing Club Commodore Heather Sutton, Sailing Club Events and Marketing Manager Hannah Fuzier, Sailing Club General Manager Robin Ross and volunteer Tony Chatwin.

Iconic local sailing regatta, the Airlie Beach Race Week, is taking place in Whitsunday waters for the next seven days and organisers say that, despite participation numbers being impacted by COVID restrictions, they are determined to keep sailing ahead and carve out the best possible event for the community.

With races held every day aside from Monday’s ‘Lay Day’, the on-water action can be watched from the shoreline or aboard the dedicated spectator boat. In the evening, festivities come ashore with live music and food vans creating a party atmosphere for everyone to enjoy at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

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40 Years On The War Path

July 29, 2021

Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders Celebrate A Colossal Four Decades Of Rugby

A momentous occasion for one of the Whitsundays most beloved sporting teams saw a weekend of celebrations as the ‘Old Boys’, life members, past and present players, coaches, committees, support crews and sponsors paid tribute to the hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have been a part of the Proserpine Whitsunday Rugby Union Club over the last 40 years.

Honouring The History Of The Raiders

On Friday 16 July, the ‘Old Boys Friday Night Lights’ kicked off with two games leading up to the Raiders men’s clash against the Bowen Mudcrabs, a game with immense meaning as it commemorated the first they ever played forty years ago.

They remembered those four decades past.

“In 1982 when an Irish gentleman named Bill Cusack had come into town, he loved his rugby and saw there was potential to start a club in Proserpine,” Life member Peter Chengody said.

“It grew quickly, and the Faust brothers were a big part of that first year.”

In a sign of the things to come, they were successful in making the Grand Final.

The following year they formed an A grade team and made the grand final again; it was building to a crescendo.

In 1985 the club went through the league undefeated and won the premiership in their golden years.

It hasn’t been all sunshine for the club, however, as in 2011 the club had to forfeit most of its games for the year, being unable to find enough players.

Fortunately, some fantastic people like the Pratt family and Kon Flaherty got involved and helped save the club, and along with lots of others, they bounced back.

“Since then, there’s only been one year they haven’t played in the major semi-final,” Peter said.

The 2010s was a three-premiership haul decade, including what many old soldiers have called a ‘champagne period’ with coach Andre Houston and his wife Karla Houston the driving force behind the united club together with President Trent Elson and Secretary Emma McMahon they carry on the Club legacy and great foundations laid by many others over the 40 years. Continuing success with the Club as Grand finalists in 2018, Premiers in 2019, Plate Final Winners 2020.

They also achieved their second recorded undefeated season in 2014.

At their fortieth anniversary game, a party of those old soldiers – wearing their old kits – all sang the Raiders club song, turning back the years and not missing a single beat.

“The wins and losses become irrelevant over time; the friendships and family are what remains,”

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Round 9 wrap up from Mackay Fixtures

July 22, 2021

Under 12 Pearls took on Moranbah Sharks in a top of the table clash in Round 9. The Pearls returned from a two week break ready to work hard. Fantastic footwork and circle movement combined with determined defence at the other end of the court saw the Pearls come away victors, 17-10. MVP was awarded to Peppa Geisel.

Under 14 Tsunamis came up against third place Storm Hurricanes for the second time this season. A tough start to the game with the Hurricanes defence proving too good in the first half keeping the Tsunamis scoreless. The team fought hard in the second half to bring the ball down court and into the attacking circle, eventually breaking the line of defence to put 14 goals on the board. Even with a surge in the second half the Tsunamis were too far behind to come back for a win. MVP was awarded to Ellsie Hinton and Maeve Hornstra.

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Brahmans Host Wests

July 22, 2021

Saturday afternoon saw the Whitsunday Brahmans host their 2021 Sponsors Day at Les Stagg Oval as they took on the 2020 Premiers Wests Tigers.

The afternoon kicked off with a young and enthusiastic Whitsunday Picture Framing & Gallery Under 20 Brahmans who took it right up to the 2nd placed Tigers side. After conceding an early try, the team dominated West's and fought back to lead at half time.  Two early tries to the Tigers early on in the second half turned the momentum, which carried to an unfortunate 30 - 10 final score line.

Stand out players for the Brahmans were Lock Jack Dwyer who toiled hard all game up the middle as well as half Lochie Wake and centre Jayden Lane returning from injury.

Powered by Murphy Reserve Grade Brahmans were keen to make it back-to-back wins against the 4th placed Tigers and blasted their opposition in the opening half, scoring 6 unanswered tries to lead 30-0 at the half time break. Wests mounted a comeback of sorts, getting just 8 points shy of the Brahmans before the full-time siren, but it was never really in doubt. Nutrien Ag Solutions Reserve Grade Player of the Match was Cody Williams.

The Metropole Hotel A Grade Brahmans were the final game of the evening, taking on the 2nd placed and 2020 Premiers Wests Tigers. Despite missing several players from their winning side which took on Souths Sharks last week the Brahmans began the clash with confidence in opening exchanges. At the Tigers led 16-0. Tigers crossed for another 2 tries before full time, but it was a closer game than the score line reads.

Prop Isaac Richardson was awarded Man of the Match Honours for his tireless efforts in the middle. Brahmans have a bye before taking on Carltons Devils and Magpies in the final two rounds of 2021.

Contributed by Bryce Fraser

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Bowling Novice To Bowling Experts, Proserpine Lads To Represent Region

July 22, 2021

Eight weeks ago, eighteen Proserpine High Students put their hands up for a chance to represent their school in a Mackay District competition, yet none of these students had ever played bowls.

On Friday 16 July last week at Airlie Beach Bowls Club, two of those very Proserpine High Students, Elliott Nuske and Gareth O’Sheehy bowled the District finals, competing on behalf of their school with a chance to represent the Mackay District in Brisbane.

“We joined as a bit of a mess around – but it ended up being pretty serious!” Gareth said.

These two Proserpine prodigies went from chucking the bowls to become deftly handed players of the game.

Louise Mahony, who brought the two boys to Airlie Beach Bowls Club as part of their Secondary School Cup was particularly impressed.

“Their standard of play, their discussion of the game and what should go where – these guys have picked that up so fast it’s incredible,” Louise said.

“The older guys here are standing there gobsmacked; these kids are playing division one standard.”

They faced off against Toby Craig and Harry Craig in the final - two brothers who have their own story of excellence.

Toby had his partner drop out the night before, so his little brother was a ring in, having never played in a competitive series before.

It was destined to be a strange final – and it certainly was, as it finished a complete tie.

It was decided that the boys would play a final set, and sadly for the Proserpine High boys it wouldn’t be their day, as they lost out to an excellent performance from the Craig brothers.

“Harry will be coming with us to Brisbane, but I think he should stop playing now – one game, one trophy!” said Toby.

The boys performed so well that both groups are being sent to Brisbane to represent Mackay District, and each of them certainly has a bright future ahead.

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ABBC NEWS 18 July 2021

July 22, 2021

Saturday Scroungers had 19 players. Ray Edwards won the final round versus Brett Parker, and Rick Galea.  

Disability Games are being played at South Suburban and Mackay City from Monday 19th July through to 22nd July 2021. Noel Crosbie, Di and Russ Jackson from Airlie are competing. Good luck to them. Results are available on BQ website, and some games will be live-streamed.

Men’s Championship singles round 3 is scheduled for on or before 1.30 pm on 31st July. Round 4 quarter final to be played on or before August 1st.  Results available: Round 1:  Rick Galea defeated Steve Tattam 25-14.  Bob McMahon and Man Isgro remain to play.  Round 2: David Dias defeated Peter Barrett 25-21, Ted Cullen defeated Mark Mawson 25-14, Russ Jackson defeated Gary Smith 25-20. Tony Whitehorn defeated Ray Edwards 25-16.  Steve Lawrie and Noel Crosbie scheduled for 24th July. Round 3: Neil Moore defeated Andy McDougall 25-18. David Dias and Ted Cullen have their game scheduled 22nd July.  

Business House Bowls new season started Wednesday 14th July. A new team “Traders Pete” was welcomed. Winning team on the night Whitsunday Gold A.

Queensland Secondary School Cup final resulted in Proserpine State High and St Catherine’s Catholic College both winning the right to play in the Brisbane finals. Winners in Airlie Beach were Tobey and H Craig, both from St Cath’s.

Wednesday social bowls 6 rinks of triples games were played. It was a stick draw competition.  The winning team was skipped by Brett Parker who defeated the team skipped by Col Morris.

Sunday social bowls games were four games of triples and one of pairs. Winning team was Jim Cairns, Leigh Hardingham and Leon Wilson, who defeated Mark Mawson, Kay Taylor, and Mark Pepyat on a count back of ends.

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Olympic Star Resides In Bowen

July 22, 2021

With the Tokyo Olympics fast approaching, one of our local residents, Tracie Dignan, has bragging rights of her own, having competed in the World Special Olympics in Dublin, Ireland in 2003.

Known as both humble and shy, Tracie was a dedicated swimmer, training six days a week in preparation for the Olympics and mastering all four swimming strokes under the watchful eye of mother and coach Marie.

Swimming has never been a race for Tracie, it was about the enjoyment and safe feeling of being in the water.

To this day, Tracie still believes in the motto ‘Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt’.

During her sporting career Tracie overcame shyness to perform in front of huge crowds and says that was more of an achievement to her than winning.

Moving to Bowen in 2004, Tracie left her hometown of Bendigo in Victoria as a hero and despite hanging up the competition swimsuit that year she still reminisces about her amazing experience with memorabilia from all her races hanging proudly from the walls of her parent’s home.

Items include certificates, medals and photos that highlight her brilliant swimming career and uniforms from all levels of representation – State, National and Olympic.

Tracie was nominated in the Australian of the Year Awards in 2004 and invited to further represent Australia at the World Master Games but declined the offer due to logistics.

Today, Tracie enjoys a slower pace, taking leisurely walks and more floating than swimming in the warm, tropical waters of Bowen.

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Runners Race Annual Airlie Marathon To Great Success

July 22, 2021

Airlie Beach was host to an incredible weekend with the Tassal Group Airlie Beach Marathon Festival, featuring over 500 runners across all categories, from the mammoth 42.2km Marathon down to the 1.4km Airlie Beach foreshore Magic Mile.

Kicking off on Saturday was the Magic Mile, run across two laps of the Airlie Beach Foreshore to give a fast start to the weekend’s activities, with the lawn in-between the Airlie Sound Stage and playground turned into a hub of activities.

The Magic Mile was hotly contested under the golden Whitsunday sun, which boded well for a fantastic day of racing on Saturday.

At 6:00am the next day, the toughest of competitors lined up ready for the Airlie Beach Marathon, testing their mettle at the foreshore with their own incredible goals in mind.

Food stalls and a bouncing castle slowly filled out the space, and soon it became jam-packed with racegoers and spectators, crammed full of fun and excitement for the day’s festivities.

Then came the half marathon, half marathon relay, 10km fun run, 5km fun run and 5km team challenge.

The kids joined in too with their very own Wilmar 2km Junior Dash and Primary School Challenge as well as the Leader Group 1km Kids Run/Walk.

Before all the festivities, World 113th ranked triathlete Caleb Noble, arrived at the finish line around 8:30am, with a marathon time of 02:31:50.

His time would come in at just over 9 minutes faster than previous record holder Darryl Hill’s time, which stood from 2017.

Coming in behind Caleb were Daniel Bruce at 03:09:52 and Luke Zweers at 03:11:24.

“I usually do the half ironman distance, so I’ve done a few marathons, so I know the pain!” Caleb said.

Caleb said that the location of the race was a big pull for why he wanted to compete and was especially impressed by how well organised the whole event was.

“Beating the record was sort of a bonus too!” Caleb laughed.

Caleb was coming off the back of a bad biking injury, making his record breaking stint even more impressive.

He wasn’t the only record breaker on the day, as local and Whitsunday Running Club member Liv Compton broke the Female Open record with a time of 03:37:30, followed by Kimberley Rheeder 03:43:20 and Anne Breiger 03:44:43 – each of them breaking Patty Jago’s 03:47:23 record from 2018.

Whitsunday Running Club were proud of how the event was run on the day and congratulated all competitors and especially the record breakers.

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Whitsunday Warriors Kick On

June 24, 2021

Members of the Whitsunday Warriors Swimming Club continue to train over winter.  On Sunday morning despite the chilly weather, 8 swimmers trained at the Cannonvale pool from 8am.   Mark Erickson coached the small group which ranged in age from mid 20s right through to 70s.  All the swimmers enjoyed the workout and the heated water.  Any adults over 18 years are most welcome to come along and swim with the Whitsunday Warriors.

After the training session, Mark Erickson presented Kay Corskie, Di O’Donnell and Cheryl West with Hervey Bay Humpback Achievement Certificates.  During March, Kay Corskie, Di O’Donnell, Cheryl West, Lesley Dodds, Sharanne Maclean and Julie Mitchell participated in some timed postal swim challenges for the Hervey Bay Masters Swim Club.  The ladies did extremely well and earnt their achievement awards.  Kay was also surprised that she had won one of the Hervey Bay towels.  

Also, on Sunday the Whitsunday Warriors hosted their Annual General Meeting.  The members would like to thank Bob Corskie, Kay Corskie and Cheryl West for continuing to take on management roles for another term.  

Contributed by Raylene Rasmussen

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Grade 9 Prossy Girls Smash State Volleyball Comp

June 24, 2021

Proserpine State School’s Year 9 Girls Volleyball Team headed south to Toowomba to compete in the Girls Division 1 of the Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup, taking home their division cup – the Grade 9 and 10 Intermediate - in a stellar effort up against schools from across Queensland.

Head Volleyball Coach Ben Smith was ecstatic to say the least, as the girls proved they could not only compete with the absolute best but take home the trophies.

“They were really happy, the girls were level-headed playing and even when the chips were down, they stuck together,” Ben said.

“They’d never been in a volleyball competition before, which is astounding and such an achievement to beat those teams that play week in and week out.”

“Their coach Kate Thompson was so happy.”

The girls all played their hearts out at the competition, and their efforts paid dividends, but one girl stood tall amongst the pack; Giselle Tronc was awarded with MVP for the entire tournament.

“She’s a 6’1 grade 9 girl and that is quite rare; she’s got Queensland scouts looking at her now.”

Four girls out of the squad will be trying out for Queensland teams this week coming, and if COVID allows, teams from Proserpine will be going to the Australian Schools Cup to compete against other states.

“They keep training and keep improving their skills to get that little bit better,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s fantastic to see the Proserpine [volleyball] program starting to get noticed around the state; as well, they’ve got Sam Flowerday and Casey Hogan to look up to.”

Image: Proserpine State School’s Year 9 Girls Volleyball Team

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Sea Eagles On Show At Home

June 24, 2021

Whitsunday Sea Eagles hosted a feisty Mackay Magpies at home this week in a series of hard fought matches.

Sea Eagles Under 17s proved match of the day this week winning by a single point 39 – 38 against the Magpies in their first clash of the season.

So far dominating the competition this year, the young Eagles were stunned as Magpies came out the gate with it all to prove, scoring the first sets of points for the game.

Recovering through the first quarter, Sea Eagles led by only three points at the first break, going on to lose out in the second as Magpies led by two goals at halftime.

The rivals were at full steam in the third, with a high amount of pressure leading to only one goal each for the quarter.

In the final term, the Sea Eagles were able to outscore the opposition with the last goal kicked in the last minute by experienced forward Mitchell Woodley to scoop the win.

Another close encounter for the day saw Sea Eagles Under 12s come away with a gutsy win 22 – 18. With minutes left on the clock the Magpies tied the game before the Sea Eagles scored a much needed goal and were able to hold onto their tenuous lead until the final siren.

In one of the best team performances of the season the Under 14 Sea Eagles combined to record a comprehensive win 85 – 0. An impressive defence kept the opposition scoreless while the depth of players hitting the scoreboard was a pleasure to see.

Sea Eagles Senior Women came out hard providing a cracking nine goal win against Magpies defeating them 72 – 16 in their biggest score for the year. All the commitment at training certainly paid off this week with Sea Eagles showing the opposition how it was done.

Senior Men came up against third placed Magpies this week in a 21 – 50 loss. Starting the game winning the ball out of the middle with numerous entries into the forward line saw scores even at half time. Sea Eagles were unable to capitalise on opportunities in the second half remaining goalless while the Magpies kicked away.

All five teams play over three different venues in Mackay this week. Show your support for the Sea Eagles where you can with U12s from 9am at Harrup Park, U14 and U17 from 8:45am at North Mackay, Senior Men and Women at Rogers Oval from 10:15am.

Contributed by Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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Top of Table Clash

June 24, 2021

Proserpine Whitsunday Mama Africa Raiders headed south to Quarry Hill on 19 June 2021 for their ‘Top of Table’ clash against 2020 MRU Premiers, Mackay City RUC.


A tough first half, Cities were first on the board. With 5 remaining, Cadell Schlenner sliced through broken defence utilising his foot work and pace beating 5 defenders to score, unconverted. Raiders leading at the break 5-3.

At half time, Coaches called on the team to “Run wider, use the ball, use our speed and execute the game plan”.

5 minutes in the second a penalty blown Raiders way. Within kicking range, Captains called on Schlenner to add points, slightly increasing their lead 8-3. Cities scored next, which was unconverted to tie the game, 8 apiece.

Minutes after restart Raiders found themselves on the right with the scrum feed. Playing at No. 8, Reagan Broughton ran from the back of the scrum to kickstart phases with interchanging passes to be within meters of the line. Dean Simpson saw an opening as he picked and went from the base of the ruck, crashing over to score, try unconverted 13-8.

The Redmen attacked to no avail, as Raiders defence of the try line was outstanding, keeping Cities big men at bay. Broughton weaved towards the try line in a breakaway, scoring the Raiders final try of the day, converted by Schlenner. Raiders remain ‘Top of Table’, winning 20-8.  

Kumya Gabey, produced his best performance to date earning ‘Player of the Match’ from demolishing runs, physical tackles and strong scrummaging for the full 80 minutes. Adam Warnock was asked to diversify and step into the half back role and took to it with ease, with his best game over 2 seasons, gaining 2 points. Cadell Schlenner rounded up the players points with 1.

Contributed by Karla Houston

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Away Day Woes For Whitsunday United

June 24, 2021

The Whitsunday youth teams continued their winning ways on the weekend with the U13/14 Div1 leap frogging the second place Magpies team on the table with a convincing 2-1 win.

The U15/16 Premier team had an exciting clash against Magpies as well. Starting off well with a goal to Nicholas Hansen in the first few minutes followed by another to Kai Grundy saw the Whitsunday team take control early and set for an easy win.

A nail biting finish saw Kai Grundy score the winning goal with only 10 minutes to go. The win cements the team in third place on the ladder.

The Whitsunday Ladies had a successful run on the weekend with the Reserves taking a strong win over the Dolphins. Willow Gaffney and Sari shared the goal scoring honours with both scoring a hat-trick in a game that needed them to dig deep.

The Premier Women performed well against Magpies but with several players still missing due to injury, and many backing up from the reserves game, it was always going to be an uphill battle against the strong Magpies Women's team, with the game ending 5-1.

Unfortunately, the depleted Men's teams were unable to match the Magpies who walked away with relatively easy wins. Looking forward to seeing a full strength squad take the field again at the next home game on 3rd July

Contributed by Allan Milostic

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Trail Run Races Through Bowen Tracks

June 24, 2021

Bowen was host to the Rock ‘N Reef Trail Run last Sunday, as Round 4 of 6 for the Mike Carney Toyota trail run winded its way down from Townsville to enjoy our region’s beautiful scenic beaches and rock headlands in the 6km, 10km, 18km and juniors’ events.

Starting out at 6:15 was sign in and bib collection, where 260 competitors joined up in preparation for the 18km start at 7:00am.

Director of Outer Limits Adventure Sam Stedman was glad to have been a part of what is the first of hopefully many trail running events his company will host in Bowen.

“It really showcased some of the best scenery Bowen has to offer; it was a picture perfect, chilly Bowen morning,” Mr Stedman said.

“It was a great success – the Bowen community were a great support, especially from the Bowen parkrun community.”

Competitors came from as far afield as Canberra, Cairns and a strong contingency from Townsville that made their way down to Bowen.

“We get a lot of runners from the Burdekin and Bowen, which is why we try to make it down your way each year!” Mr Stedman said.

The races started off at Case Park, Horseshoe Bay Road, with many racers backing up from the Bowen parkrun the day before.

The three courses were marked with pink tape, each of which headed around Horseshoe Bay and the Mother Beddock trail, with the longest heading all the way down Kings Beach, before passing Flagstaff Hill, performing a circuit at Dalrymple Point and heading back again.

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Junior Athletes Represent North Queensland

June 17, 2021

Alice Wheeler, and twins Shakaya and Deakoda Costello were the recipients of three watches from Whitsunday Council for their representation of North Queensland in sporting competitions across two creeds.

Deakoda and Shakaya both represented North Queensland in the School Sports U18 Girls Rugby League State Championships after receiving financial support from council to compete in the competition held in Cairns over the 5-9 of May.

Their team came 4th overall in the competition, and the girls received two unique watches of differing colours, which Mayor Andrew Willcox joked the girls would “have to fight over which colour they got”.

“You have to make sure you beat those Brisbane teams – that’s the most important thing,” said Mayor Willcox.

Their mother Jasmin Reynolds proudly watched on as the young sport prodigies received the accolade – and the girls have more talents too, being exceptional soccer players on top of their skills in Rugby League.

Mayor Willcox said that the girls should “keep playing the game they play in heaven.”

Alice Wheeler received her watch for representing North Queensland in the 13–15-year Girls Football (Soccer) State Championships, hosted in Fraser Coast Sports Precinct in Nikenbah, Hervey Bay.

The competition went from the 27-30 May, but unfortunately, Alice’s team was not successful in further selection, but she has benefitted enormously from the experience, having now found a renewed passion for the game.

Her mum Maria Sala was proud of Alice’s achievements and took the opportunity to get as many photos with the mayor as possible.

Council continues to support junior athletes from Proserpine and all across the Whitsundays as part of their financial support and assistance.

You can apply directly to council on their website for Financial Support for a Junior Elite Athlete.

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Cannonvale Cannons Pioneer Results

June 11, 2021

On Saturday, 25 Cannons travelled to Mackay to compete at the Pioneer Swimming Carnival.

Coaches, Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson were surprised to see that 25 swimmers nominated for this first winter carnival, but the coaches were very impressed with the ground and their achievements.

Jacob Bell and Tora Delac won all their races, and managed to achieve personal best times. Mitchell Milostic achieved six 1st places and one 2nd place.  

One of Mitchell’s best swims was his 100m Freestyle, which he swam in 1.04.15 (1st place).  Harris Delac, aged 7, swam PBs in all his events and took out 1st place in his 25m Breaststroke.  Holly Perrin, Ella Harland, Mason Harland,  Tate Harland, Lochlan Jamieson, Taj Murray, Nelson Malady all swim extremely well to earn top placings for all their events.  

Don Algie, aged 8 years, came 2nd in all his events and did massive PBs in his Breaststroke and Butterfly races.  Emerson Baker, aged 9 years, swam very well in his first Pioneer carnival and swam a 0.65s PB in his 50m Breaststroke.   Bondi Condon, Ruby Harland, Rory Gascoyne, Scarlett Gascoyne and Charlie Doherty swam personal best times in several of their events and earnt top placings for some of their age group swims.

Evie Doherty, Rohan Gascoyne, Koa Harland, swam PBs in most of their events.  Banjo Condon, Tiana Bell and Addie Sanders swam very well and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon of racing.  

The Cannons would like to thank all the parents and volunteers who assisted with officiating and managing the team.  Congratulations to all the swimmers who competed at Pioneer!  

Contributed by Raylene Rasmussen

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

June 11, 2021

Saturday scroungers winner this week was Margo Stanley. Sunday Social Bowls winning team was Mark Mawson, Lyn Graham, and Karen Jensen who defeated Lara Hadlow, Marj Hughes, and Betty Whitehorn, 22-10.

Ladies’ pennant results, the Division 1 Ladies had two home games on Tuesday. In the morning game Airlie Beach defeated Mackay City. The afternoon game, two rinks up and one rink a draw, Airlie Beach defeated South Suburban.

Mens’ pennant was on Saturday where Division 2 defeated Marion, Division 4 defeated Proserpine 42-32. Division 5 defeated Sarina, and Division 6 lost, 11 shots down to Pioneer Valley.

Sunday: Division 2 defeated South Suburban 68-62 and remain undefeated this season. Division 4 lost to West Tigers on Sunday. Division 5 defeated Mackay 51-38 and Division 6 defeated West Tigers 39-37. Renowned for its after game burgers, Airlie Bowls Club thanks Henny Tattam for making up the burgers for the players on Sunday.  

Men’s single club championships game this week Rick Galea defeated Ash Warland 25-24.  

Students from Proserpine high school are still training at Airlie Beach Bowls Club for the Queensland secondary school cup.

Next week many players from Airlie are off to have a go at the Australian Championships.

Contributed by Betty Whitehorn

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

June 11, 2021

Whitsunday United teams returned to the winners’ circle with a successful home round on Saturday.

The day started off on the right foot, with an early win in Mackay for the U13/14 Div1 team against top of the table Dolphins, breaking their unbeaten run, playing some great football. Archer Phillipson was the standout in the middle of the park, as well as slotting away the winning goal with great style.

The U13/14 Premier side was back at nearly full strength and took little time to get on the scoreboard against Country United with Jazz Knezevic scoring his first of three goals within minutes of the start. The Whitsunday side dominated with tight defence lead by Lincoln Sokolski-Fricker never giving the country attack any room. Patrick Cronin was outstanding in attack setting up several attacks. Although wins are important, the way this team played as a unit was most impressive.

U15/16 Premier continued their dominant form with a 9-0 demolition of City Brothers.

The Whitsunday Ladies had two close fought games with the Reserves battling Wanderers all the way to the final whistle, losing out just before the final whistle as the Wanderers scored.

The Premier women were surprised by a fast-starting Country United who scored three unanswered goals early on. The ladies unfortunately couldn’t come back from the deficit.

The Whitsunday Premier Reserves had a cracker against the visiting Rangers squad. In a tight tussle all match, both sides threw everything at each other, but Rangers managed to hold onto their one goal lead. Then with only 10 minutes to go Matt Taylor scored a sensational Whitsunday goal, striking the post and into the net from long range. This triggered two more quality goals, one from Bejamin Jarpa and the other from Stefan Tarne, ending one of the matches of the season with a 3-1 win.

The Premier Men rounded off the day with a 4-1 win which never looked in doubt. A hattrick to newcomer Thomas Torzsok sealed the game and sees the Premier Men side a chance for finals football, with a long season to go yet.

Contributed by Allan Milostic

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Whitsunday Veterans Golf Report

June 11, 2021

11 Ladies and 13 Men from the Veteran Golfers travelled to Far North Queensland for three days of golf.  

We played at Cairns Golf Club on Monday - this is definitely a Championship Course - long wide fairways with plenty of bunkers.  

On the Tuesday we played Half Moon Bay Golf Course. This is a very tight narrow course with interesting fairways and quite a bit of water.  

Wednesday, we travelled up to Port Douglas to play at the Mirage Golf Course. Again a championship course, with lots of bunkers and lots of water and even crocodiles. The overall Winner for the three days for the Ladies was Elspeth Scotford, with Peter Fox taking the overall prize for the Men.

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Whitsunday Social Golf Report

June 11, 2021

The Airlie Panel and Paint/Master Butchers Whitsunday Golf Club June monthly Medal was held on a somewhat cool Sunday with 32 players turning up for the event.

The honours went to Ritchie Atkins from A Grade Mens, Mark McDougall from B Grade Mens, Jill Chick from A Grade Ladies and Vicki Tuck for B Grade Ladies.

Runners up were Geoff Harrison, Scott Wardroper, Tiina Randmae and Karen Rix with best gross going to new member Jason Whitney, Brendon Meharry, Penny Wardroper and Linda Wardroper.

Longest drives were claimed by Danny York, Dean Kercher, Jill Chick and Robyn Witham, pinshots went to Geoff Harrison, Paul Nicol, Mark McDougall, Anna Winterbourne, Penny Wardroper and Linda Wardroper.

A thank you to Aaron and Tracey Watts for sponsoring the new Bradman prize which was won by Sally Little and Paul Nicol. Due to NQ Opens our next comp will be Mixed foursomes on Sunday, 27 June.

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Sea Eagles Fly By Night

June 11, 2021

Whitsunday Sea Eagles were on the road over the weekend, headed to Harrup Park - the home of the Hawks.

This past weekend’s fixtures were a full day of celebrations in the second Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous round.

Sea Eagles Senior Men showcased a hard fought 57-48 win under the lights, starting out slow before the team kicked into gear, with Hudson McGregor scoring two for the first quarter.  The momentum kicked in and the Sea Eagles continued scoring regularly, but had to dig deep in the fourth to fight off the Hawks’ attacks.

Eden Wishart, Greg Van Prooyen, and Oscar Doland kicked goals in the final quarter to secure the win for the Eagles by 9 points.

After two wins in the past two weeks this week saw a sharp learning curve for the Sea Eagles Senior Women who fought their hardest in a 6 – 128 loss to the Hawks. Kristal Hannan kicked the only goal in a tough day out for this young team.

Under 17 Sea Eagles once again dominated over their opposition, winning 154 – 18 in a fast-paced game against Swarks. They never gave up, but the Sea Eagles were just too good.

In a repeat match up from two weeks ago the Under 14 Sea Eagles this time came away with the loss to the Swarks 23 – 49 in another tough hard fought game.

Under 12s also came away with a loss 22 – 39 against a strong Hawks team. Sea Eagles took it to the Hawks until the last quarter where the Hawks broke away to take out the win.

This week all five teams play at home against Bakers Creek Tigers in a full day of AFL. Show your support for the Sea Eagles with Juniors from 8:30am and Seniors from 12:45pm.

Contributed by Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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Bowen Golf Report

June 11, 2021

On Wednesday, men and ladies played a stroke event for the June midweek monthly medals sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies’ winner Trish Sellen 67 nett, runner-up Elona Lynch 68 nett. Turkeys nests Robyn Aird, June Kirk. NTP Margaret Need. Men’s winner on a countback Peter Coad 66 nett, runner-up Doug Power 66 nett. Turkeys nests Mark Russell, John Courtney.  NTP Jeremy Chrzanowski. Kurt Gaudry had an Eagle on 8.

Saturday’s competition was a stroke event for the men’s June Monthly Medal. Winner John Martin 67 nett, runner-up Garry Kukura 68 nett. Turkeys nests Brodie Lane, Dylan Bartlett, NTP Kevin Clark. Garry Kukura claimed the car wash voucher. Sunday saw the ladies battle it out for the June Monthly medal. Winner Kanittha Day 71 Nett, runner-up Robyn Slade 72 Nett C/B. Turkeys nests Claire Garrod and Helen Russell. NTP Roslyn Tilden (Inner Ball Pool 22cm). Both events are sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply and Bowen golf club.


This weekend’s competition is a stableford event sponsored by P&O Meehan and Commonwealth Bank. Don’t forget to check the clubs Facebook page for this week’s dinner menu.  Joker draw is up to $3400 on Friday night. Takeaways still available. Please call the club on 4785 1206 if you wish to book a table or place a takeaway order.  

Contributed by Grace Nott

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Windsurfing Nationals Come to Bowen

June 11, 2021

This weekend over 50 colourful sails will dot the Bowen coastline as competitors from across the country participate in the Australian Mid-Winter Windsurfing Nationals.

Hosted by the Port Denison Sailing Club, the Nationals were relocated from Victoria this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and Bowen managed to secure the prestigious event.

Whitsunday local Dennis Winstanley was a World Champion in 2000 and has won the Nationals several times.

“If Dennis can’t come to the Nationals, the Nationals will come to Dennis!” joked Gary Bruce from the Port Denison Sailing Club.

Dennis is thrilled that the event is coming to the Whitsundays, but forever humble, said that he is most excited about watching a new era of youngsters get a chance to compete and enjoy the sport.

“I’ve got a couple of young kids and I like taking them to Bowen. Last time we were there we met some local kids who wanted to get into windsurfing, and it was great to show them how,” said Dennis.

“Windsurfing is such an affordable form of sailing; anyone can do it and you can even carry it on your roof-rack!”

Windsurfing LT is the fastest growing sailing fleet in Australia and this year two local lads, Jesse Mocilac and Sam Belyea will be competing for the first time.

The event takes place over three days with ‘around the buoys’ races on the Saturday and Sunday. This is a triangle course, and each competitor will complete it four times a day.

On Monday, the ‘Marathon Race’ will be held around Stone Island which takes up to two hours.

“It’s going to be great to watch,” said Gary.

“You can see it from the shoreline and there will be 50 colourful sails.”

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The Weekender Films In The Whitsundays

June 11, 2021

The Weekender TV show recently filmed an episode in the Whitsundays, focusing on Whitehaven beach and charter sailing, highlighting the beauty of our region as we come into our busiest season of the year.

The episode was hosted by Matthew Johnson, best known for his time as the bachelor on The Bachelor Australia.

Matty had been here in the Whitsundays as a kid at the Lindeman Island Resort when it was still Club Med, and felt it was a nostalgic experience being back here.

“Last time I was in the Whitsundays was 18 years ago, and it’s one of those places where you’re like, why haven’t I been back here sooner?’” he said.

“You forget there’s 74 islands and that what we saw was just tip of the iceberg; it’s funny how many people messaged me [on Instagram] asking where it is!”

This was Matty’s first episode of the Weekender, and he was ecstatic to have been able to do what a lot of the crew said was “the best one you could end up on”.

“The story with weekender was a fill in – another host had double booked – so I got a last-minute call up to go.

“Hopefully, it’s the first of many.”

Matty and the crew attended the famous White on Whitehaven Long Lunch, and Matty was excited to come back again next year for the event.

“As far as events go, one of the most unique and memorable was the lunch at Whitehaven.

“First time I’d heard about that event and didn’t know it existed – I plan on returning next year with the family.”

You can keep up to date with The Weekender on their Facebook page and keep your eyes peeled for their Whitsunday feature episode.

By Declan Durrant

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Raiders Gutsy Win in Gusty Winds

June 11, 2021

Proserpine Whitsunday Mama Africa Raiders headed to Bowen Saturday 5 June 2021, not to pick mangoes, to play Rugby. Playing the Mudcrabs at home is always a challenge in front of their energetic and vocal crowd.

Raiders had a few unexpected changes to the starting line-up, impact players and overall game plan. Jack Briskey starting for the first time. Running in to the gusty winds at Col Leather, the men in Green and Black created many early opportunities in the opening stanza down the right side to no avail.

Raiders displayed dropped ball and knock on’s placing themselves under un-necessary pressure whilst remaining defensively strong. Hone Casey-Bloomer scored on the back of beautiful ball movement and great teamwork at the 20-minute mark, converting his try to lead 7-5. Te Awa King crossed for the 2nd off a dominating scrum. Casey-Bloomer’s impressive kick from the left side-line, Raiders up 14-5 at half time.

Half time movements as reserves kept the intensity up, Joel Hoffmann inserted himself in the game from his first touch. The Raiders were down to 14 players 2 minutes in the second when Kumya Gabey received a Yellow Card. The team continued to work hard in defence ensuring Bowen added no points during this time. 15 to go when Dylan Hoffmann showed impressive footwork cutting through Bowen’s line mid field, evading tacklers to eventually score under the sticks. Comfortably converted by Cadell Schlenner, Raiders increased their lead 21-5.

Adam Warnock showed strength to get around his opponent, and speed to burn the covering defence, scoring in the 77th minute. Converted by Schlenner. Raiders gutsy 4th try for the day, adding another bonus point to their tally.

Proserpine Whitsunday win 28-5, leading the Mackay Rugby Union competition with 6 straight wins.

Player Points: 3 = Cameron Meurant, 2 = Te Awa King, 1 = Ethan Hoffmann

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Brahmans Tough Week On The Road

June 11, 2021

The Whitsunday Brahmans headed south on the Bruce Highway to take on the Magpies at Sologinkin Oval Saturday afternoon.

The Whitsunday Picture Framing and Gallery Under 20's were first to take the paddock, with 5 boys stepping up from Under 17's, the undermanned 20s played their best game so far this season according to Coach Trevor Nosworthy. Errors, compounded by some poor defence hurt on the score board for the young Brahmans. Score 38-18. Stand out player for the Brahmans were young Bowen product Alfred Johnson who claimed Player of the Match.

The Powered by Murphy Reserve Grade Brahmans, hampered by injury and A Grade call ups, were humbled by Magpies. Despite the score board being very one sided, there were some good individual players that stood out.  Matt Sellings at lock playing his first game in many years was enthusiastic in defence as well as the ageless Matt Lade in the centres. Full Time score saw Magpies win 67-0.

The Metropole Hotel A Grade Brahmans took on the 6th placed Magpies in the main game. The Brahmans, as they have all year, started well with smart attack combined with tough defence. Back-to-back errors led to Magpies opening try in the 11th minute. Magpies got on a roll leading into the half time break to take the score to 32-0. A Rev-up from Coach Adam Crear at half time saw the Brahmans come out firing with Winger Cooper Lane crossing for his first try in the top grade. The Brahmans got into the grind but were unable to penetrate Magpies defence despite keeping them scoreless in the second half. Standout players for the Brahmans were halves Luke Strasser and Logan Iverson who steered the team around as well as Prop Isaac Richardson who was menacing up front.

This week the Brahmans will host Sarina Crocodiles as well as celebrate the belated 30 Year Reunion of the Premiership winning and Undefeated Brahmans of 1990. A special commemorative jersey will be worn by the A Grade side and auctioned off at the end of the game. Gates open at 2pm and games commence 3pm until 8pm.

Contributed by Bryce Fraser

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Bike Trail Tracks Forwards

June 11, 2021

Plans for a 50-kilometre mountain bike trail in the Conway National Park directly behind Airlie Beach, are tracking forward and have now moved onto applications for funding and securing the final permits needed to get the project underway.

The Whitsunday Trail Concept Plan met with overwhelming community support following a public consultation period which saw 335 submissions, 95 per cent of which were in favour of the development.

Whitsunday Regional Council has engaged with Dirt Art to develop a mountain bike trail concept plan for the region and are hoping the Whitsundays will soon become known for its mountain-bike trails on top of the more traditional tours and experiences the area is known for.

The Council report noted that the past five years had seen exponential growth in destination-focused trail development across Australia.

Developments such as Blue Derby, Maydena Bike Park and Thredbo Resort are bringing tens of thousands of visiting riders to mountain bike destinations each year and delivering tens of millions of dollars in annual economic impact, the report stated.

Upon completion, the mountain-bike trails are expected to entice 20,000 visitors a year to the Whitsundays, generating an estimated indirect economic impact of $6.7 million.

The project will create approximately 10 new jobs during construction and is expected to create 15 new jobs once operational, across an anticipated four new mountain bike-specific businesses.

Further stages of the project are to include South Molle Island, Bowen, Proserpine and Collinsville.

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Be Safe This Boating Season

June 4, 2021

Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Whitsunday is sailing past last year’s record rate of activations, already at 86 per cent of 2020’s total and they don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon.

Assisted persons are up 105 per cent; to put those numbers into perspective, 2019 was a record year with 126 activations for the VMR.

The VMR believe that the rate of activations will continue to increase, mainly due to Covid re-strictions on overseas travel, as people aren’t going overseas.

A concern the VMR highlighted is that more people are buying boats or using boats that have not been used for a while, maybe without regular maintenance.

The Whitsundays branch only have a small number of volunteers and they’re urging boat owners, new and old, to be extremely careful this season.

“In the Whitsundays we have about 15-20 activations a month, growing all the time; activa-tions have no regular pattern,’ VMR Whitsunday said in a press release last week.

They have a roster of 24-hour Volunteer phone holders, who respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

They want everyone to stay safe out on the beautiful Whitsunday waters, and urge boaties to re-member the most important things are to be prepared, as well as to tell someone where they are going and when they will be back after a trip out.

You can sign up for insurance with VMR online at https://vmrwhitsundays.com.au/join/ and your membership helps to keep the VMR going in case you need them.

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On The Water – Twilight Racing

June 4, 2021

In preparation for the blood moon and subsequent lunar eclipse, Whitsunday Sailing Club conducted its usual Wednesday weekly twilight race with 16 boats participating.  Given that the lunar movement also produced extremes of tides, there were a few boats who were unable to compete.

On the water, Division 2 were first away, with QMS (John Galloway) leading the fleet away.  This lead was short lived, as Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez) soon took control of the fleet, while Reignition (Charles Wallis) and Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) got through into second and third placings.  By the end of the first of the 3 lap race, Smooth Criminal had a commanding lead with the rest of the fleet bunched up behind.  At the end of the second lap, nothing much had changed.  Smooth Criminal revelled in the conditions, while Reignition lost out to Treasure VIII.  Reignition continued to drop back, finally losing out to QMS, with Wide Load (Shannan Hart) and Crossbow (Mark Beale) close behind.  On corrected time, Smooth Criminal held on to the win, with QMS second and Treasure VIII third.

In Division 3, it was Masquerade who led the fleet away, taking the Doyle Sails sponsored best start prize.  The real battle soon ensued with Shiraz (John Cable) leading Seventh Heaven (Charlie Preen) and Rossgo (Greg Hammon) all getting ahead of the early leader.  The leader board stayed static for the rest of the race, with Lighthorse (Dianne Forster) closing in as the race progressed.  On corrected time, Shiraz took the honours from Lighthorse and Rossgo.

Contributed By Ross Chisholm

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Proserpine Golf Results

June 4, 2021

Sunday’s Men’s Foursomes Gross winners were the father and son combination of Nathan and Levi Holmes with 114 for the 27 holes.

The gross runners-up were Mat Bower and Scott Grigg, one behind on 115.

Nett winners were Troy Smith and Lew Tuck with 104.5, who just edged out Ken Granger and Jim Cochrane on 105.5.

The Ladies’ gross winners were Mandy Patterson & Paula McQuat 150, and the gross runners-up were Lyn Muller and Vicki Tuck, 158.

The Ladies nett winners were Pauline Redpath and Penny Wardroper 119, and Joanne Moynahan and Heather Luvis were the runners up with 123.5.

The club’s 4BBB men’s championships were finalised on Saturday, which resulted in a win for Jon Miller and Scott Grigg with a score of 135, seven under par.

The runners-up were Nathan Sothmann and Zac Dowde on 143, one over.

The nett was a much closer affair with Sam Marschke and Dan O’Donnell defeating Lew Tuck and Troy Smith on a count back, both groups having 120 nett.

The ladies’ winners were Jill Farinelli and Lyn Muller with 181.

The nett winners were Anna Winterbourn and Heather Luvis., 140, just five ahead of Marlene Gray and Di Dobbins.

The Thursday division one clear winner was Bernie Drake with 42 points, from Sean Gower on 37.

In division two Wayne Fitzgerald, 37, edged out Peter Lewis on 36.

The place getters were Jim Cochrane and Paul Joice 37, Gavin Kerwand, 36 and Barry Mortimer 35.

The pin shots went to Bob Hunt on two, Gavin Kerwand, nine, Tony Gibson 13, and Theunis Venter 16.

The Wednesday ladies stableford saw Heather Luvis with 32 points, sneak home ahead of Di Dobbins31, and Lyn Muller 30.

Pauline Redpath took the pin shot.

Next weekend will be the June monthly medals stroke competition.

Contributed by Peter Lewis

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Fishing Report

June 4, 2021

Hey Fishos,

Well looks like winter is here, and that water temperature is finally dropping, and with that bringing a whole new range of species for us to have some fun with.

There are reports of Spaniards being caught around Abbott Point on ribbon fish along with some good size  Fingermark on the palms jigs.

Get instore for some great deals on Ribbon fish for trolling.

The Barra are almost done though there are still a few hanging around the rock bars and banks around Queens Beach so get them before they disappear.

We have some great deals on many varieties of crab pots including Rectangular, Opera House and Four Entry Round. There are not many crabs around but at least the ones that are there are full.

The weather should be coming good this weekend, so get out and make the most of it.

Until next time - stay safe and tight lines

Trent Jackson

Big congratulations to Blake on being the Angler of the week, catching his first Barra.

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Bowen Golf Report

June 4, 2021

On Wednesday, men and ladies played a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club.  

Ladies’ winner on a countback Lorrene Bell-Chambers 39pts, runner-up Jeanette Marriott 39pts.  Turkeys nests Michelle Campbell, Carol Carter.  NTP Debbie Breeze.  Men’s winner Mitchell Greenbank 41pts, runner-up Greg Carlyon 40pts.  Turkeys nests Peter Randle, Mitchell Greenbank.  NTP Max Mahony.  Ernie Parker had an IBP and Perry Layton had an OBP.

Saturday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Tim Warren Auto Airconditioning & Electrical.  Thank you for your continued support of our club.  

Men’s winner on a countback Andrew Need 38pts, runner-up Andrew Need 38pts. Ladies’ winner on a countback Barbara Stuchbery 33pts, runner-up Lorraine McArthur 33pts pin shots to Morag Parker, Julie May, Debbie Breeze, Dwayne Bartlett, Gary Marks, Rod Wells.  Scott Raisbeck claimed the car wash voucher.

This weekend’s competition is a stroke event for the June monthly medals sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply & Bowen Golf club.  Men play on Saturday; Ladies play on Sunday.  

Don’t forget to check the clubs Facebook page for this week’s dinner menu.  Joker draw is up to $3300 on Friday night.  

Takeaways still available. Please call the club on 4785 1206 if you wish to book a table or place a takeaway order.  

Contributed by Grace Nott

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Airlie Beach Darts Club: Daylight At The Top

June 4, 2021

Round 12 of the Premier League began with the clash between Seumas Rose and Jamie Maher. After such a promising start to the season.

Seumas only won the first leg however, as Jamie went on to win the next 6, taking the match 6/1.

Elsewhere there were two - 6/0 clean sweep matches between Jason Rockstroh over Dick O’Hara, and Andy Peel over Gary Robbie, both men gaining valuable bonus points with those results.

Jamie Woods extended his lead at the top of the table with a fine 6/2 win over Rooster Coutts which puts a bit of daylight between him Gene Birse in second place, who suffered only his second loss of the season with a 6/2 loss to Joe Wilson.


S Rose 1-6 J Maher

D O’Hara 0-6 J Rockstroh

G Robbie 0-6 A Peel

R Coutts 2-6 J Woods

G Birse 2-6 J Wilson


1. J Woods 28

2. G Birse 22

3. J Maher 20

4. R Coutts 18

5. J Wilson 16

6. A Peel 16

7. J Rockstroh 12

8. S Rose 11

9. R Gallichan 8

10. D O Hara 4

11. A Paull 2

12. G Robbie 2

13. N O Hara 0

The league is sponsored by Mika Airlie and Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach.

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Tough Round For Whitsunday United

June 4, 2021

Another tough day on the field for Whitsunday United Football, with many players out for the round in Mackay.

The U13/14 Div1 team continued its run of good form, with a solid 6-0 over a determined Country side. The team played some great football from the outset.

The U13/14 Prems faced top of the ladder Crusaders. 3-0 loss to the representative side shows genuine heart from The Whitsunday team.

The U15/16 team started well taking the lead first with a goal off a corner, but the well-drilled and technically superior Crusaders worked their way back to a 2-1 lead at half time. Two Crusaders goals late in the second sealed the result.

Men's Premier Reserves had Laith Beattie and Jett Patterson making their debut in a tight affair, until a late red card left the team short, and the 9 men couldn’t contain the Crusaders, who stretched out to a 6-0 win.

The Premier men threw every ounce of effort at the Crusaders team, with a close first half with two excellent goals by Crusaders, and a smash and grab goal taken deftly by Whitsunday’s Ben Seago, leaving the score 2-1 at half time. It was a tense second half, punctuated by a Magpies penalty at the death, leaving the score 3-1.

Premier Women went down to Lions, with only 9 players on the field by the end of the game.

The Women's Reserves pulled out an exceptional effort to come away with a 1-1 draw against Country, despite half the team never playing before this year.

Contributed by Allan Milostic

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Netball Wrap-Up - Round 6

June 4, 2021

Under 12 Pearls are holding strong in the competition with their fifth win on the weekend. A double header due to reschedule with only seven available players meant the Pearls had to find extra stamina this week.

The team moved the ball well and are starting to think about their use of space and ball placement on court. Game one against Galaxy Clusters saw the Pearls victorious, 11-6.

MVP was awarded to Brina Kelly and Peppa Geisel. Pearls took on Saints Auras in game two, 11 was the number of the day with the Pearls taking the win, 11-6. MVP was awarded to Anika Shields. Star player from Round 5 was awarded to Lucy Bennett, as voted by the team.

Under 14 Tsunamis were finally able to field a full team this week with all players returned from injury and illness. The Tsunamis also faced a double header due to rescheduling.

The team worked hard in game one against DAS Dreamers to try and find their rhythm with everyone’s return. While many defensive turnovers were made, they struggled to convert to goals ultimately going down 40-6. MVP was awarded to Ellsie Hinton.

Disheartened by their first loss the Tsunamis battled to recover from minor errors and the loss of two players due to injury against DAS Dynamites once again going down 50-11. MVP was awarded to Lily Sainsbury.

Pictured: Nara Suckling puts defensive pressure on Saints Auras

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Brahmans Take On The Devils At Les Stagg

June 4, 2021

A massive crowd gathered on a "fresh" Saturday evening at Les Stagg Oval as the Brahmans hosted Carltons Devils.

The Powered by Murphy Reserve Grade Brahmans faced their toughest test yet of the 2021 Season as they took on the undefeated Devils in the opening game. The Brahmans were the better team in the opening exchanges scoring the first try before "throwing away" 2 certain tries.

However, once the Devils were able to secure some more possession, they began to show why they are the Ladder Leaders leading into the half time break 26-6. The game concluded at 30-14.

The Metropole Hotel A Grade Brahmans took to Les Stagg Oval hoping to break their drought against the 7th placed Devils who had a plethora of experience in their squad which included the Barba Brothers, Marmin and Ben, the latter a former Dally M Player of the Year.

The Brahmans came out of the gates with intent and took the game to the Devils. At the half time break they led Carltons 16-10. The Devils came out from the half time break on fire, crossing for 4 unanswered tries to lead by 12 points leading into the final quarter of the game. The Brahmans rallied in the final stages of the match with Prop Ricky Bourke crossing to make the difference 6 points. The Brahmans pressured the Devils line even, even crossing for what could have been a try to draw the match however it was dubiously called back for a forward pass by the referee, much to the displeasure of the Brahmans Bar.

Carltons were able to maintain their composure in the final minute to take the match 28-22.

The Brahmans hit the road this Saturday to take on Magpies in what is "must win" for all three grades. Games kick off at 2.30pm with Whitsunday Picture Framing & Gallery Under 20's followed by the Powered by Murphy Reserve Grade at 4pm and the Metropole Hotel A Grade at 6pm.

Contributed by Bryce Fraser

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

June 4, 2021

Club championships: Ladies triples championship final Jill Spencer, Elaine Hadlow and Ladda Purdie defeated Eva McMahon, Vicky Spann, and Joan McGrath, 26-14.

Ladies’ pennant results: Division 1 Ladies defeated Northern Beaches 65-60. One rink up. Thanks to team Vicky Spann, Henny Tattam, Ladda Purdie and Joan McGrath who had a big win and pulled the other two team across the line.  

The PM game Airlie ladies played hard but were outmatched by North Mackay who won 84-51. Thursday Division 1 at North Mackay were defeated 75-46.  

Division 3 ladies: defeated South Suburban 38-35. For the afternoon game, they too lost to the stronger North Mackay team 37-49.

Wednesday social bowls 5 rinks filled. Winners were Lu Rogan and Alan Pershouse who defeated Ted Cullen and Noel Crosbie. Kitties team is top on the leader board.  

Saturday Men’s’ pennant: Division 2 AB versus Pioneer Valley was postponed. Division 4 at home lost to Mackay City 38-39, Division 5 lost to North Mackay 20-44.

Division 6 lost to Marion 29- 38.

Steve Tattam and new teammates John Brown, Stacey Hadlow and Merv Stewart won their rink 17-15.

Saturday scroungers winner was Ash Warland.

Sunday Social Bowls winning team was Amanda Hadlow, Lu Rogan and John Askew who defeated Rob Lade, Mark Mawson and Tony Whitehorn 29-10.

Contributed by Betty Whitehorn

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Sea Eagles Channel Their Inner Warrior Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round

June 4, 2021

The Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round, the first of two Indigenous Rounds this season, saw the Sea Eagles dig deep and gather their inner warrior as the senior teams hit the road to face off with the North Mackay Saints.

The Sea Eagles wore special strips on the day, designed by Ngaro Elder Leo Gabey, in conjunction with Shirtfront Solutions, celebrating the traditional ownership of the Whitsunday Islands.

Gabey addressed both Senior teams prior to their games, encouraging them to channel the power of the Ngaro warriors.

Sea Eagles Senior Women took it to the more experienced North Mackay Saints, coming back from behind in the last quarter to take their second win of the season 34 – 19.

This team are going from strength to strength and are on the rise this season, challenging their competition every week.

Keyra Smith and Emma Hannigan worked brilliantly together out of the middle, providing multiple opportunities for the forward line. The solid defence of Kiralee Elies combined with the rebound running of Shakaya and Deakoda Costello proved too much for the Saints.

In a spirited final quarter with a strong breeze against them, the Sea Eagles used their developing skills to move the ball into the forward line and come back from two goals down.

Sea Eagles Senior Men conjured their Ngaro warrior in a fierce battle with the ever-dominant competition leaders North Mackay Saints, but sadly lost out by only a small margin of 25 – 48.

With Sea Eagles trailing by only 5 points at half time, the Saints kicked three goals in the third quarter to break away.

Eagles came close to a comeback the last quarter against the wind, outscoring their opposition, but it was not enough to take the win.

An excellent game, with Oscar Doland kicking two goals in his Senior debut and a host of others showing some spirit on the field.

This week all five teams travel to Harrup Park for the second of the Indigenous Rounds to take on Mackay City Hawks in a full day of celebrations. Show your support for Juniors from 9:30am and Seniors from 3:20pm.

Contributed by Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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New Pavilion For Whitsunday Show

June 4, 2021

Excitement is building ahead of the 108th Whitsunday Show which is due to take place at the Proserpine Showgrounds later this month.

Steeped in history, regional charm and country culture, the Whitsunday Show plays an iconic role in the local event calendar and this year a brand-new Pavilion will be launched, celebrating four years of dedicated work by the committee, community members and local trades.

The previous Pavilion was 70 years old when it was destroyed by Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

Since then, the local farming community raised $50,000 and the Federal Government funded the remaining $500,000 needed to complete the project.

Show President Donna Rogers said that the new structure has been extended to over a third larger in size than the previous building and it will become the centrepiece of this years’ show with an opening ceremony on Friday 18 June.

“It’s going to be fabulous,” said Ms rogers.

“It’s been built with a purpose; the committee have put a lot of thought into it, and we’ve had input from a local designer and builder.”

The Pavilion will be the Show’s head office and will include commercial and trade displays.

This years’ Show will also host other crowd favourites such as the sideshow alley, show rides, petting zoo and of course the famous Show bags!

Due to COVID regulations pre purchase tickets are compulsory for entry and can be bought from showwhitsunday.com.au.

The event will be held on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June at the Proserpine Showgrounds.

Image: The new Pavilion is almost complete ahead of its launch on 19 June

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Cane Cutting Champ Returns Triumphant

June 4, 2021

A local Proserpine man had a surprise win at the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships on the weekend, taking out first place in the over 55’s category.

72-year-old Bill Matthews attended the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival with his sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, enjoying some hearty regional culture alongside 6000 other guests.

The event began with the very first sugar cane fire of the season, and finished with the most experienced cutters from across the country showcasing their skills and harvesting that cane by hand.

“We always knew dad was a good cane-cutter,” said Bill’s son Ryan Matthews.

“When he was in his 20’s he cut cane for many years, and he was very rhythmic. Anyone can cut cane but to do it efficiently is a real skill. Dad was very graceful, smooth and methodical.”

Participants had to cut a certain amount of cane in 20 minutes and leave it in neat piles with a certain type of cut to ensure the win. Not only was Bill the fastest, he was also the neatest on the day.

“I only went there for a day out and I just entered the competition for fun, I never expected to win!” said Bill.

Image: Bill Matthews (centre) wins the over 55’s Cane Cutting Championships

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A Fishy Free-Way In The Gregory

June 4, 2021

The future of the Whitsunday’s fish stocks is in safe hands thanks to Reef Catchments and some innovative ideas they are implementing right across the region.

One such place is in the Gregory River where ‘Fish Ways’ have been created so that euryhaline fish (species that live in both salt and fresh water and need to migrate as part of their life cycle), can move through river systems that may have become obstructed by causeways or weirs.

A group of 30 stakeholders, landholders, council workers and government officials were taken to the site at Gregory River last week to witness how the ‘Fish Ways’ are operating first-hand.

Upon arrival, many were amazed to see fish in the process of moving upstream and were excited to see the project working.

‘Fish Ways’ provide man-made channels through roads, causeways and other obstructions, making it easier for fish to traverse the waterways. Many are designed to also illuminate velocity barriers, creating little pools which slows the flow so they can gradually swim to their destination.

Reef Catchments Wetlands Project Officer Jess Sabetino said that the project was a collaboration between many stakeholders and this had been a significant part of its success.

“Everyone got a voice,” said Jess.

“And by allowing everyone the opportunity to see what was going to happen, we ended up with a really nice project.”

Councillor Al Grundy was present on the day and said he is honoured to be on the advisory board for Healthy Rivers to Reef which works closely with these sorts of projects.

“You can actually see it working, it doesn’t look too unnatural and there are heaps of fish,” said Councillor Grundy.

“This is about the fish stocks and the future of fishing; we are re-joining the dots and it’s great to see!”

Image: Councillor Al Grundy with Reef Catchments Wetlands Project Officer Jess Sabetino at the Gregory River ‘Fish Way’

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The Race Begins At Bowen Turf Club

June 4, 2021

Bowen Turf Club is hosting a full weekend of events with its Calcutta Gala Dinner and Whitsunday Cup Race Day on the 4 and 5 of June, respectively.

Bowen Turf Club has been holding regular race meets for over 150 years, with its first recorded meeting in 1846 before the club’s official inception in 1863.

President Stephen Daley and his wife, as well as secretary, Helen Daley are two of the committed volunteers that keep the Bowen Turf Club trotting along all these years later.

“We’ve been doing a lot of upgrades, so every time the punters come into the turf club, they’ll see something different.”

Their Gala dinner opens its starting gates at 6pm on Friday night at the Ben Bolt Park.

There will be a two-course dinner by Fish D'vine, Entertainment by Attori and a Memorabilia auction

The weekend will also host the Whitsunday Cup Race Day the next day, and those with tickets to the Gala Dinner can attend the race for free.

Everyone at the club is looking forward to the event, which will host Queensland jockey Malcolm ‘Miracle’ Johnston and NRL footballers Billy Moore and Brent Tate as guest speakers.

Johnston is a super star of the racing world; his partnership with horse ‘Kingston Town’ between 1979 – 1982 was unstoppable, winning the Cox Plate amongst many glittering victories.

Billy Moore and Brent Tate have both pulled on the Maroons shirts, as well as representing Australia.

Each will be bringing along items of memorabilia, which will be auctioned off later in the night – including a signed print of ‘Kingston Town’.

“They’re bringing some of their nearest and dearest and we’re going to auction that and dance the night away!” said Mr Daley.

Gala dinner tickets closed last week, but punters can still head out to the races on the Saturday for an excellent event.

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

May 27, 2021

Sunday was Buddy Holmes Memorial Day, an annual event sponsored by Buddy’s sister Patsy Black. Thanks to Patsy who donated 1st, 2ndand 3rd prizes for the winning teams.

The winning team of the day, declared, the team with lowest winning margin: Ruth Healy, Mae Secomb and Noel Crosbie defeated Ayden Bartz, Ash Warland, and Tony Whitehorn 20-16.

The second team was Lara Hadlow, Elaine Hadlow and Margo Stanley who defeated Pam Collins, Di Dobbins and Karen Jensen 21-14.

Men’s’ pennant: Saturday games: Division 2, Round 3 defeated North Mackay 73 – 38. Division 4 were defeated by Mackay, at Mackay 35-31.  Division 5 lost to Seaforth 41-44; Division 6 lost to West Tigers.

Ladies’ pennant games commenced Wednesday, 12 May with double header games at home. Division 1:  Mackay defeated Airlie Beach 64-53 - two rinks up and one rink down.

The afternoon game Airlie defeated visiting team Sarina 83-37, all rinks up.

Friday at Mackay Division 1 teams were defeated 88-30. Division 3 ladies’ played at North Mackay and lost 39-30.

Tuesday social the winning team was Mario DeMartini, Maureen Barnard, and Warren Mills. Wednesday social bowls the winning rink was Alan Pershouse and David Dias.

Contributed by Betty Whitehorn

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Whitsunday Netball - Round 5 Wrap Up

May 27, 2021

Under 12 Pearls had a convincing win against Wests Roar in round 5, coming out on top 7-0. The Pearls stuck to the game plan and used the middle channel to move down the court, lots of leading to the ball and short, strong passes were required in the strong wind conditions.

Special mention to Anika Shields and Nara Suckling for their excellent movement in the attacking circle and persevering with goal attempts. MVP was awarded to Lucy Bennett and Lola Hornstra. Star Player from Round 3 was awarded to Nara Suckling, as voted by the team.

Under 14 Tsunamis are facing a tough start to the season, plagued with illness and injury they are yet to have a full team on game day. Saturday saw them take the court with six players against Moranbah Sapphires with many of the girls playing out of their usual position.

A final surge of energy in the last quarter saw the Tsunamis gain the ball back 13 times from rebounds and intercepts. The final score line of 75-19 did not reflect the mammoth effort the team put in to try and close the gap. MVP was awarded to Kendra Shields and Maeve Hornstra.

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

May 27, 2021

A tough day in the office for Whitsunday United FC players coming away with some great performances but winless over the weekend.

The U3/14 teams had tough battles against Lions with the Div1 side cementing their spot in third place on the ladder with a draw. In a great team effort, Rafael Gomez scored at the 10 minute mark.

The Premier side suffered their first loss of the season, not able to match the physicality of the Lions in the first half. Although scoring first, the Whitsunday team conceded 4 goals by half time. The second half saw a much better performance with the final score 5-1 to Lions. In a bruising encounter, Liam Steen stood out with his aggression and determination.

The U15/16 also played a fast and physical match against the Lions, matching them till late in the game when they were down a player. Although ultimately losing 5-0. Nick Hansen had an outstanding game in attack while Laith Beattie was solid in defence and Beau Bonnyman tireless in the midfield.

The Ladies put on much improved performances against Rangers Women, despite missing a few key players. The Reserves battled their way to a 3-4 deficit at half time. The second half was not as strong for the home team with final result 8-5 to Rangers. Robyn Dean and Violette Matthews scoring two goals each. The Premier team went down 3-0.

The Reserve Men put on a good first half, staying in touch with the opposition with 3 goals to Alehjandro Rivas. Unfortunately the second half got away from them with a final score of 7-3 against the home team.

In a stunning result, the Premier Men salvaged a draw against third place Lions putting them in fourth place on the ladder and showing they are a serious contender this year.

Contributed by Allan Milostic

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May 27, 2021

Hey Fishos,

Well, the wind hasn't been very nice over the past week and doesn’t look like it's letting up anytime soon.

Good news is the Flathead are out in huge numbers with the slight change in temp, most are being caught on Zerek soft plastics and soft vibes fished in and around any gutters and weed patches in mostly 2-4ft of water. Nice light 8-12lb outfits with 15-20lb leader is the best fun.

The cuttlefish are also out around any rocky, weedy bottom or pylons around any jetties. The nights off Bowen jetty have been producing big numbers and sizes.

Squid jigs on a light outfit casted on the edge of lighting or the weed patches with slow retrieve and occasionally a jig now and then.

The Spaniards are starting to show up on the patches around Bowen with deep diving hard bodies, and rigged garfish producing well.

Also, large schools of Whiting are showing up on top of the tide in the shallows around Bowen beaches with yabbies and soldier crabs enticing them. The lighter the outfit the better when chasing them.

Drop into Tackle World Airlie or Bowen to check out the new range of Jackson Lures or the New Ebi Prawn which is working wonders with the Whiting in really shallow waters.

Congratulations to Angler of the Week, Dan Lyall, who caught his Barra off Greys Bay.

Stay Safe and Tight Lines,

Trent Jackson

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Rugby Legend Walks Through Bowen

May 27, 2021

Bowen rugby fans enjoyed a sausage sizzle with former Brisbane Broncos and Queensland Origin star Chris Walker last week as he passed through Bowen as part of his 1700 kilometre walk from Cairns to the Gold Coast.

His “Walk of a Lifetime” was inspired by his great mate and fellow Broncos and Origin legend, Carl Webb who is in the fight of his life against motor neurone disease.

“I’ve known “Charlie” (Webb) for over 33 years and he’s a great mate and just a ripper bloke. Doing this walk to raise some awareness and funding for charity is the least we can do for the big fella,” said Chris.

“We've got three four-wheel drives behind us while we walk, one is carrying a caravan, the other one food and everything else we need," Walker said.

Chris is covering 30 kilometres each day and said that each day is getting easier with him now able to run for half the distance.

“When it does get tough all you have to do is think about how much tougher it is for Charlie, that takes your mind off the blisters and the chafe,” he said.

Chris’ journey takes 65 days and at the time of going to print, he still had 39 days remaining.

He is on-track to make State of Origin two which is due to be held at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 27 June where he hopes to have “Charlie” Webb by his side for a walk down memory lane.

He will then complete his journey when he arrives at the Gold Coast on June 30.

Chris is raising money for Beyond Blue, RizeUp, Alcohol and drug Foundation as well as Global Awakening.

You can donate by going to fundmychallenge.com/challenge

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On The Water: Whitsunday Sailing Club

May 20, 2021

The breeze was back to the south east for last week’s twilight race at Whitsunday Sailing Club with a big fleet turning out to enjoy the afternoon on the water; a total of 135 competitors spread themselves over 22 boats with blue skies above.

The start for Division 2 saw an almost full fleet, missing only Good Vibes. This meant that the starting line was kind of busy with boats jostling for the best positions for the start.  The master of this on the day was Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) who crossed the start at full speed, heading the fleet away.  

The expected battle at the front between Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez) and Reignition (Charles Wallis) went to the advantage of Smooth Criminal as Reignition concentrated on getting the boat up to speed after fitting a new mast.  

Smooth Criminal held a strong lead over Reignition and Treasure VIII, sufficient to take the corrected time win as well.  Crossbow (Mark Beale) was second on corrected time with Reignition taking the minor placing.

There was confusion on the starting line for Division 3 when the incorrect flags were flown on the committee boat.  However, all boats managed to get away with the exception of Masquerade who jumped the start, and Lama (Darren Lynch) who anticipated a restart.  Shiraz (John Cable) took a comfortable win on the water.  This converted into a corrected time win, with Seventh Heaven (Charlie Preen) taking the runner up role from Lighthorse (Dianne Forster).

Photo:  Action on Wobbly Boot  

Contributed By Ross Chisholm

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Netball Wrap-Up

May 20, 2021

Whitsunday Netball players headed north at the weekend to compete in the annual Townsville McDonald's Junior Carnival. Four WNA teams took the court Saturday morning.

A combined Bowen/Whitsunday Under 12 team took on division three racking up four wins, one draw and two losses finishing fifth. A great effort by a team that had not trained or played together previously. Under 12 Pearls faced some tough competition in division four, coming away with two wins, two draws and three losses to finish fifth.

Under 14 Stingers showed a huge improvement across the weekend only losing game one and closing the weekend with two wins and three draws to finish third in division six. Under 14 Tsunamis made the most of the weekend going through the competition undefeated in division five with only 10 goals scored against them for the carnival, a great confidence boost for the Tsunamis.

Under 16 Vipers had their first taste of competition for the year in division four. The Vipers came out strong, only going down to the division winners Jetz to finish runners up.

Whitsunday Netball Association Club Results

Under 12's

Marlins (6) def Pearls (1)

Neptunes (8) def Mermaids (5)

Under 14's

Tsunamis (30) def Stingers (4)

Vipers (18) def Silver Fins (5)

Contributed by Marteaka Hoffmann

Caption: Under 16's Vipers, Jasmine Johns

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Fishing Report - What To Do In 20+ Knots

May 20, 2021

This time of year our trade winds are coming through with days (and sometimes weeks) of strong winds. Luckily, there are quite a few options that can still get you fishing, with my favourite being Hydeaway Bay leading around to Cape Gloucester Eco Resort.

It is quite the walk but at the end you can sit down to a cold beer and even a swim. The ideal setup is a 7'+ rod as you want to get the furthest cast possible, rigged with 20lb braid and taking a range of lures like squid jigs, small metals and soft plastics in any range of colours, I usually pick natural colours to keep it simple.

I like to cast plastics around first - bouncing off the bottom or doing small lifts of the rod tip to allow the lure to be seen and then sinking it back to the bottom where it will land and create a small puff of dust, this is when they usually get eaten.

Your main target species is Coral Trout, Trevally, Flathead and, often you'll get followed in by a squid and that's when you can quickly change over to the jig as they usually hang around for a few minutes.

The walk will take you around points and deeper sections where I like to change over to a small metal around the 40-60g in weight.

Being a sandy area with sounding coral this area of coastline holds great numbers of golden trevally which are amazing fighting fish.

Another option if you don't want to head out that way is Shute Harbour and although it has a lot of construction going on at the moment, try and pick a low tide that you can walk down on the water's edge.

You can use the exact same outfit and lures to target nearly the same species as they have very similar structure.

Something to keep an eye out for as well is large Tusk Fish, these amazing animals get into barely any water and feed on crabs. If you spot one take the plastic off your jig head and try to find a small crab, usually hiding under a rock. Feed this onto the jig head and cast in the area he's heading allowing him to spot the crab and eat it as they can be very easily spooked.  

Tight Lines,

Matt Scholz

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Dart Report - The Lead Extends At The Top

May 20, 2021

The top two players battled it out this week with last season’s Champion Gene Birse looking to overtake Jamie Woods at the top of the table. It was a close match with nothing between the two, that was until the ninth leg, when Jamie went back-to-back and won two legs unanswered, winning the match 6/4.

Elsewhere there were wins for Jamie Maher over Nathan O’Hara, who is looking for his first win of the year, and again over Garry Robbie with a score line of 6/0 and 6/2 respectively.

Rossco Gallichan defeated Dick O’Hara 6/1, and Dick suffered another loss later in the day loosing 6/2 to Joe Wilson, but he did manage a nice 180 along the way.

The round was finished off with a victory for Jason Rockstroh, his third win of the year, defeating Nathan O’Hara 6/2 in his second match of the day.


1. J Woods 23pts

2. G Birse 20pts

3. J Wilson 16pts

4. J Maher 16pts

5. R Coutts 16pts

6. S Rose 11pts

7. A Peel 11pts

8. R Gallichan 8pts

9. J Rockstroh 7pts

10. D O’Hara 4pts

11. A Paull 2pts

12. G Robbie 2pts

13. N O’Hara 0pts

The league is played out of the Airlie Bowls Club and proudly sponsored by Mika Airlie and Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach.

Contributed by Jamie Maher

Image: Nathan O’Hara of Proserpine looking for his maiden win of the season

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Whitsunday Green Golf Results

May 20, 2021

This week competition winners for the Friday Prawn are Kendal Nash on 21 point, Neil Boldand on 19 points and Anthony Clinton on 17 points. The Sunday Stableford winners are Tyson Flavel on 22 point, Andrew Gomez on 18 point and Glenn Rees on 17 points.

This Week's Competitions

Friday Twilight Competition: Prawn Run

When: Friday Twilight 8am open all-day competition

Who: Exclusive to members only

What: Prawn Run. Sausage Sizzle after game from 4:30pm  

Prizes: 2kgs Prawns

Sunday Stableford Competition

When: Registration from 2pm. Tee off 2:30pm

Who: Exclusive to members only

What: Stableford Competition followed by free BBQ and presentation.

Prizes: Food and beverage voucher from the Clubhouse Cafe, Nutek Balls & Club apparel.

Members free Raffle

Don't forget our members only free raffle each Friday afternoon from 4:30pm - sponsored by Reef gateway and Whitsunday Butchers and Seafood - meat trays, 6 packs + bottle wine, 3pack of Nutek balls.

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Veterans Golf Report

May 20, 2021

Last Tuesday we had 19 players, 10 Men and 9 Ladies. The Winner of the Men’s competition was Trevor Paroz with 37 points.

Runner-up was Ken Granger with 33 points. Ken also took the pin shots on #13 & # 16 (‘In-the-hole’) Peter Browning took the pin shot on #2.

Winner of the Ladies comp. was Leanne Alexander with 32 points who also took the pin shot on # 2.

Runner-up was Tiina Randmae with 31 points. Other NTP’s were taken by Mandy Patterson on # 9 and Paula McQuat on # 13.

Next Tuesday we travel to Home Hill for the Whitsunday Veterans Competition.

Contributed by Paula McQuat

Image: Leanne Alexander and Trevor Paroz

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Whitsunday Social Golf Club

May 20, 2021

A field of 32 players turned up on a slightly chilly morning to compete for the Foursomes Championship Trophy Men’s and Ladies.

The winners were Ron Jamieson and Lew Tuck for the men and Penny Wardoper and Pauline Redpath for the ladies.

Runners up were Aaron Watts ,Geoff Harrison, Anna Winterbourne and Vicki Tuck.

Pins shots went to Anna and Vicki, Penny and Pauline, Jason and Clay. Congratulations to the winners.

L to R  Ron Jamieson, Penny Wardroper and Lew Tuck

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Proserpine Golf Report

May 20, 2021

Proserpine Golf Club played a single stableford event in both men’s and ladies’ competitions on Saturday.

The men’s winner was Warren Deighton with 40 points, from Craig Hutson on 39 and Conrad Werner 38.

The ladies’ winners were Jill Farenilli with 35 points from Rehab Hull and Elspeth Scotford both with 34.

The place getters were led by Scott Sibson, a visitor from the Home Hill Club, with 37 points on a count back. Scott had a great day, winning two shares in the two-shot club, and three pin shots, taking out holes two, nine and 16. Nine others shared the two-shot pot, and Rehab Hull the pin shot on 13.

Other place getters were Peter Faust, 37, Jason Whitney, Tony Sellwood and Mark Richards, 36, followed by Andrew Albergo, Barry Mortimer and Roger Vandenberg with 35.

Thursday’s multiplier Stableford was won by Peter Browning and Ken Lovett with 77 points, from Phil Batty and Theunis Venter, 69 and Peter Fox and Ron Jamieson 66.

These were followed by Warren Deighton and Peter Lewis, 65, Geoff Harrison and Steven Stewart, 64, Rob Ferguson and Keith McGuire, 60 and Chris Brett and James Devery 59 on a count back.

Winners of the single event run in conjunction were Ken Lovett 42, Peter Lewis 39 and James Devery 38.

The pin shots went to Greg Walker on two, Jim Cochrane, nine and Lewis Tuck on 13 and 16. Four shared the two-shot pot.

The Wednesday ladies’ competition was won by Leanne Alexander with 36 points from Mandy Patterson, 33 and Elspeth Scotford 32.

The pin shots went to Leanne Alexander and Pauline Redpath.

Next Saturday will be the first day of the club’s 4BBB Championships. The second day will be held the following Saturday, May 29. Time sheets are now open.

Contributed by Peter Lewis

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Bowen Golf Report

May 20, 2021

On Wednesday, men and ladies played a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies’ winner Robyn Sleeman 42 points, runner-up Michelle Campbell 37 points.

Turkeys nests went to Sandra King and Debbie Breeze. NTP was Karen Dwyer. Men’s winner with a cracking score of 47 points Mitchell Greenbank, runner-up on a countback Daniel Windridge 37 points. Turkeys nests Michael Reinke, Cliff Sexton. NTP Carl VanVeen. Brodie Lane had an OBP.

Saturday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Tropix Refrigeration. Men’s winner Jeff Day 41 points, runner-up on a countback Geoff Fellows 39 points.

Turkeys nests Brendan Nott, Gary Marks. NTP John Martin. Carwash voucher Russell Carlyon. Brendan Nott also had an eagle.  

Men’s longest drive went to Daniel Windridge, Accuracy Drive to Stewart Brogan. Ladies’ winner Robyn Slade 37 points, runner-up Paulette Barrett 36 points. Turkeys nests Sarnie Eisemann and Paulette Barrett. NTP Sarnie Eisemann. Pauline Martin won both the Longest drive and accuracy drive.

This weekend’s competition is the pro-am sponsored by Abbot Point, Hillery Group and C&R Cranes. For details on activities with the professional pros, please contact the club. Don’t forget to check the clubs Facebook page for this week’s dinner menu. Joker draw is up to $3100 on Friday night. Takeaways still available. Please call the club on 4785 1206 if you wish to book a table or place a takeaway order.

Contributed by Grace Nott

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Whitsunday United Weekly Report

May 20, 2021

Whitsunday United FC travelled to Mackay last weekend with most teams playing against Wanderers and taking the points with strong wins against the much bigger Mackay club.

After a disappointing game last week, the U13/14 Div1 side were determined to improve against current premiership leaders Wanderers White. From the opening whistle, the Whitsunday team looked the better side all game. Their efforts were rewarded early in the second half when Rafael Gomez slotted away the winning goal. In outstanding effort from the entire team, Isaiah Chilton, Raf Gomez and Archer Phillipson stood out.

The U13/14 Premier continued their run of wins with a solid 6-2 win over Wanderers. Although the opposition matched the Whitsunday team at times, the speed and skill across the pitch tipped the result, with Whitsunday team creating dozens of opportunities with great lead up play. Outstanding on the day was Jacob Logan who seemed to be everywhere at once and was rewarded with three goals.

A tough and physical battle in the U15/16 Premier game saw the Whitsunday team victorious by just one goal – winning 3-2 in a game that keeps them at the top of the ladder. Great performances across the board but when it came to matching the physicality of the opposition, Kai Grundy welcomed it.

The Senior teams fared well with a win to the Women's Reserve team 9-1 over Dolphins whilst the Premier Men scored a well-deserved win over Wanderers 5-1. The win moves the Premier Men's team into fourth position on the ladder.

Next round on Saturday, 22 May is at home at Whitsunday Sports Park with six games to be played against Lions starting at 1:30pm through to the Senior Men at 7pm.

Contributed by Allan Milostic

Image– Tate Butler at full Stretch in defence

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

May 20, 2021

Men’s Singles Club Competitions results Round 1 result Neil Moore defeated Graeme Herd 25- 20.

Results of the Ladies Championship Triples semi-final Jill Spencer, Elaine Hadlow and Ladda Purdie defeated Henny Tattam, Carol Crosbie and Betty Nicolle. Eva McMahon, Vicki Spann, and Joan McGrath defeated Shirley Wodson, DI Jackson and Ali Moore.

Wednesday social bowls winning team details from the card- Bill. Louise and David defeated Robbie, Jim and Barry 36-10. Closest game results Tony Kelly and Ladda Purdie defeated John Askew and John Fielding 16-15.

Men’s pennant Saturday games Division 2, Skips, Man Isgro, Shane Spann, Warren Mills, and their teams defeated South Suburban, at South Suburban, on grass, 74-55.

In Airlie, Division 4 were defeated by West Tigers 38-39, Division 5 defeated Mackay 55-28, Division 6 lost to Marion 31-33.  

Sunday games Division 2 at home won 65-48 against Northern Beaches. Division 4 played at St Helens and won, both rinks up and score 43-38. Division 5 lost at Mackay RSL.

Sunday Social bowls winning team was Mario DeMartini, Karen Jensen, and Mae Secombe who defeated Robbie Lade, John Brown and Elaine Kippen 25-14

BPL Cup: A round is being played in Airlie Beach on 30 July. To get a game, teams need to register online. Details are on the notice board at the club.

Contributed by Betty Whitehorn

Division 2 winners Gary, Luke, Rick and Warren

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Sea Eagles On The Rise

May 20, 2021

Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFL welcomed their first game at home playing in warm and windy conditions against the Moranbah Bulldogs. Sea Eagles embraced AFLQ’s Pride Round putting out vibes of inclusiveness with colourful rainbows signifying the celebration of diversity within community football.

Sea Eagles Senior Men are on the rise taking third place on the ladder and coming away with another outstanding win.

Sea Eagles fired two quick goals to start with Xander Hall and the mid field winning the ball out of the middle to give the forward line opportunities to score. The back line led by Jason Ashton worked hard while Moranbah had the wind holding them to just two goals.

The second quarter saw Sea Eagles take the advantage and they capitalised with five goals. When the Bulldogs came out firing in the third trying to make the most of the advantage the back line once again proved solid.

The Sea Eagles run through the middle of Carson Clark, Rob Mulvahill and Ryan Lee deep into the forward line was just too good and saw Sea Eagles kick another six. Back in control for the last quarter saw the Sea Eagles cruise home for a convincing win 123 - 24.

Sea Eagles Senior Women battled hard once again putting two goals on the board this week eventually going down 56 – 13. Under 17s was an arm wrestle all day and a great game to watch with top of the ladder Moranbah kicking away in the last quarter to finish 66 – 51 over the Sea Eagles.

In their strongest performance of the year the Sea Eagles Under 14s took the win against a tough Bulldogs outfit 66 – 26. With many supporters cheering them on the Under 12s had a tough day out and were unable to match Moranbah 73 – 0.

Come down and support AFL this week back in Airlie Beach with Juniors starting from 8:30am and Seniors from 12:45pm.

Contributed by Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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Local Junior Cricketer Receives Accolade

May 20, 2021

DURING Whitsunday Regional Council’s ordinary Wednesday meeting last week, Jack Dwyer, junior U19 State Cricketer was presented with the Junior Elite Athlete Watch in celebration of his recent achievement.

Jack was selected by Northern Region School Sports to represent North Queensland in Cricket at the QLD School Sports U19 State Cricket Championships

The watch was presented by Mayor Andrew Willcox on the day, who was very excited by the presence of local talent in the U19 squad.

Mayor Willcox highlighted the usual U19 sides that represented North Queensland were stacked with Townsville boys, emphasizing the impressive nature of Jack’s achievement, saying he didn’t have to be just good, he had to be very good.

Council provided Jack with financial support, which assisted him with the costs of competing through their ongoing encouragement of junior athletes in the Whitsunday region.

The Council continue to run their Junior Elite Athlete Sponsorship program, supporting 18 or younger athletes who represent North Queensland, Queensland, or Australia.

The Cricket State Championships were held at Redlands Cricket Club in Brisbane from 7-9 March.

Jack's North Queensland schoolboys side finished equal first, coming third on strike rate, making it the best performance by any NQ Cricket side in years.

The team won all three of their games, two of which were against Brisbane Metropolitan teams; the wins coming as unexpected, and their third and final game was against Capricornia.

Jack opened the bowling in the first two games, bowling exceptionally well with Game One: 9 overs 1 for 25, Game Two: 5 overs 1 for 23 and Game Three (only 15 overs due to rain): 1 over with 1 wicket.

Jack is still awaiting the announcement of the Queensland U19 Schoolboy team to play against NSW later in the year but has high hopes to play in the competition.

Once Jack finishes school, his plans are to head to university in Brisbane to study medicine, as well as continuing his promising cricketing career at a club there.

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Local Junior Cricketer Receives Accolade

May 20, 2021

DURING Whitsunday Regional Council’s ordinary Wednesday meeting last week, Jack Dwyer, junior U19 State Cricketer was presented with the Junior Elite Athlete Watch in celebration of his recent achievement.

Jack was selected by Northern Region School Sports to represent North Queensland in Cricket at the QLD School Sports U19 State Cricket Championships

The watch was presented by Mayor Andrew Willcox on the day, who was very excited by the presence of local talent in the U19 squad.

Mayor Willcox highlighted the usual U19 sides that represented North Queensland were stacked with Townsville boys, emphasizing the impressive nature of Jack’s achievement, saying he didn’t have to be just good, he had to be very good.

Council provided Jack with financial support, which assisted him with the costs of competing through their ongoing encouragement of junior athletes in the Whitsunday region.

The Council continue to run their Junior Elite Athlete Sponsorship program, supporting 18 or younger athletes who represent North Queensland, Queensland, or Australia.

The Cricket State Championships were held at Redlands Cricket Club in Brisbane from 7-9 March.

Jack's North Queensland schoolboys side finished equal first, coming third on strike rate, making it the best performance by any NQ Cricket side in years.

The team won all three of their games, two of which were against Brisbane Metropolitan teams; the wins coming as unexpected, and their third and final game was against Capricornia.

Jack opened the bowling in the first two games, bowling exceptionally well with Game One: 9 overs 1 for 25, Game Two: 5 overs 1 for 23 and Game Three (only 15 overs due to rain): 1 over with 1 wicket.

Jack is still awaiting the announcement of the Queensland U19 Schoolboy team to play against NSW later in the year but has high hopes to play in the competition.

Once Jack finishes school, his plans are to head to university in Brisbane to study medicine, as well as continuing his promising cricketing career at a club there.

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Wider Seas: Reading The Bottom

May 14, 2021

A few months ago, I purchased a 25ft Contender with the purpose of pushing out wider to fish areas that hopefully never get fished.

The Boat came with 2 x 200 Yamaha four stroke motors, which is great for safety, in case something happens to one motor you always have backup. One of the most important parts is by far the sounder and having it set up right to be able to read the bottom accurately in 60m of water while travelling at 30knots.

There is a number of ways to do this, but the two most common in bigger boats is a through hull or wet box transducer.

I’ve got a wet box, which means the transducer is encased in a box filled with coolant fluid and then glued to the boat, usually next to the bilge pump. This way you don't have to drill any holes in your boat or worry about a transom mount getting ripped off in rough weather.  

We finally got a weather window to head out wide with the intension of hopefully finding some new ground in our travels. The excitement of the unknown is the whole reason I fish and push the limits of chasing fish.

Heading past Blacks Reef, we dropped off into 50m, where I usually zoom in on the sounder to 3x and carefully watch the bottom for any tiny marks on the sounder that may be isolated rocks or reef, which generally hold the bigger fish.

It wasn't long before we went over a tiny little lump on the sounder, so by scrolling back, I marked the rock and went back to check it out. The lumps I'm looking for are about 3mm high on the sounder and looks like a tinny spike, because you're travelling at speed even a larger abject will only show up as a tiny spike, and what I’ve always found with bigger fish is, less is more.

Too much ground and too many fish mean competition and the bigger fish don't seem to like that. I always sound around for five minutes before dropping down as you might have just hit the edge of structure, dropping down 120-gram jigs we were instantly bending.

It was quite obvious this area hadn't been fished much at all - if ever - as the fish never stopped chewing. Our intentions were to reach our reef, and we were going to call base by lunch time, but throughout the day and our travels, we kept stumbling across marks and areas that were loaded with fish; Coral Trout, Green Jobfish, Nannys, Chinamen and a full range of trevally.

We reached our reef which we were going to stay at for the next 3 days and couldn't believe how well we had done just getting there. I’ve been fishing out of a smaller boat for the last 5 years and knew the sounder wasn't reading to its full potential, now after seeing how much ground and fish we found in just one trip, I can't believe how much travelling time I’ve wasted not being able to read the bottom carefully and could only imagine the ground I could have found in that time.  

Tight Lines Matt Scholz

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Airlie Beach Darts Club: The Gap At The Top Closes

May 14, 2021

With a third of the season now behind us, Gene Birse had the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table by playing twice this week, and he took full advantage. First dispatching Aaron Paull 6-0 and then backing that win up with another; the same 6-0 result, but this time against Rooster Coutts later in the day.

Both of those victories carried with them 2 valuable bonus points, and as a result Gene closed the margin to 1 point on the league leader Jamie Woods. Jamie had a fine 6/4 win over Seumas Rose.

Joe Wilson defeated Garry Robbie 6/3 who, despite the loss, is starting to find his feet in his first season. Andy Peel recorded back-to-back wins by defeating Jason Rockstroh 6/4 in a close battle.


A Paull 0-6 G Birse

S Rose 4-6 J Woods

G Robbie 3-6 J Wilson

A Peel 6-4 J Rockstroh

R Coutts 0-6 G Birse


1. J Woods 21

2. G Birse 20

3. R Coutts 16

4. J Wilson 14

5. J Maher 11

6. S Rose 11

7. A Peel 11

8. R Gallichan 6

9. J Rockstroh 5

10. D O’Hara 4

11. A Paull 2

12. G Robbie 2

13. N O’Hara 0

The league is played out of the Airlie Bowls Club, and is sponsored by Mika Airlie and Whitsunday Tattooing, thank you all for your support.

Contributed by Jamie Maher

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The Call For Basketball

May 14, 2021

Bowen State School has begun a new Basketball Excellence Program, introducing the game to students in grades five and six.

Basketball has seen an enormous increase in its popularity, with about 48 kids joining up to start learning the sport in the new program.

Leading the way for basketball in Bowen is Leigh Dunn, HPE schoolteacher at Bowen State School, who recently moved up from Victoria.

“I had a fair idea what sort of sports were around – footy, footy, footy – a little bit of culture shock. I think it’s good because kids up here are more willing to give more sports a go, though,” Mr Dunn said.

“Obviously coming up here and there’s very little – I certainly wanted to push to see what the buy-in would be from the kids and it’s been amazing.”

Mr Dunn wants to expand from the coaching to starting an entire competition in Bowen, where kids from the State School will have the opportunity to travel down to Airlie Beach and even Mackay to play competitively.

He has begun putting out feelers with Aussie Hoops in Cannonvale to get a small competition going in December this year, as well as with Basketball Australia for training clinics over the school holidays.

Mackay Basketball recently hosted the Under 20 National Basketball Championships and Mr Dunn and 11 students were lucky enough to go down and be treated like royalty by Basketball Australia.

“We met with the players and they buddied up with kids – got their own basketballs to take home and practice with,” he said.

“The amount of work they put in for a bunch of kids coming down from Bowen, to me, it just shows how much they want us to be a part of it.”

Rob Grieve, who also recently moved from Victoria and has been pushing basketball in Mackay, helped Leigh source the tickets for the lucky 11 students.

Leigh is looking for anyone who’s interested in helping build basketball in Bowen and he can be contacted through Bowen State School.

By Declan Durrant

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Whitsunday Social Golf

May 14, 2021

Perfect weather for a four Ball Best Ball comp on Sunday. Don Cameron and Tiina Randmae won the day with 44 points, Karen Rix and Wilf Herwig came in 2nd with 42 points on a countback from Ritchie Atkins and George Meharry.  

Longest drives were Jason Bourke - Wilf Herwig, Anna Winterbourne and Karen Rix . NTPs for Ken Granger, Peter Fox, Don Cameron, Tiina Randmae and Karen Rix.

Next week is a trophy event, Foursomes, men and ladies.

Contributed by Joanne Moynihan

Caption - L-R: Wilf Herwig, Karen Rix, Tiina Randmae, Don Cameron

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Sea Eagles Roundup

May 14, 2021

In perfect conditions for football, the Whitsunday Sea Eagles took on Bakers Creek Tigers in Mackay with solid team efforts across the board.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Senior Men came away celebrating a win 53 – 26 and playing great team footy.. Sea Eagles Junior Aiden Allen-Fancke made his Senior debut putting in a solid performance.

Sea Eagles Under 17s came out strong against the Tigers with a convincing win 111 – 30 outclassing their opponents across the ground. Once again Aiden Allen-Fancke, Oscar Doland, Rhys Ward and Jordan Daniels put on a show along with Jack Jeffries and Adam Singleton.

Under 14s put in a solid team performance playing hard football all game and coming away with a well deserved victory 71 – 18. Kohan Mau showed glimpses of his talent to come whilst Grady Turner stood out as best on ground.

Under 12s showed their growing bond and teamwork with nine different goal scorers in a 120 – 0 win. Great sportsmanship was shown by the young Eagles with some playing for the opposition to help even up numbers.

Although it was disappointing for the Sea Eagles Senior Women not to score for the day everyone put in a great effort in their second game together against a well drilled and experienced Bakers Creek team.

Sea Eagles now look forward to their first home games in Airlie Beach Saturday 15 May from 9:45am.

Under 14’s came away victorious

Under 17’s had a convincing win against the Tigres

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Bowen Golf Report

May 14, 2021

On Wednesday, men and ladies played a single stroke event for the May midweek monthly medals sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies winner on a countback Robyn Slade 70 nett, runner-up Joy Hose 70 nett. Turkeys nests Morag Parker who also got an Eagle and Judy Atkins. NTP Penny Stewart. Men’s winner Brett Richards 63 nett, runner-up on a countback Ben Bon 67 nett.

Weekend competition began on Friday with the ladies open.  A Grade champion after a 3-hole playoff was Rani Nahi. B Grade winner Bev Lowcock, C Grade winner Pamela Malone.

Nett winners – A Grade Robyn Slade, B Grade Carol O’Connell, C Grade Debbie Curnow. Ladies open was sponsored by Drummond Golf, Golf Goddess and Bowen Sportspower.  Thank you to Margaret Whyte for donating the pin shot prizes.

Saturday was Men’s B and C grade open. B Grade winner Rodney Miller, C Grade winner James Johnson. Nett winners – B Grade Christopher Bartlett, C Grade Wade Humphries.  

Sunday was the Men’s A and A1 open.  A Grade champion after a 1-hole playoff was Tim Robinson, A1 Grade winner Jon Miller.

Nett winners – A Grade David Martin, A1 David Falco. Men’s open championships were sponsored by Green Energy Technologies. We thank all our sponsors for their continued support of our club.  

Contributed by Grace Nott

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Brahmans On The Road

May 14, 2021

The Whitsunday Brahmans travelled to Shark Park on Saturday Afternoon to take on Souths Sharks in both Reserve Grade and A Grade.

An understrength Powered by Murphy Reserve Grade took to Shark Park ably assisted by several Under 20s players, including the return of five-eight Fletcher Turner.

The boys managed to hold off Souths early attacks with some strong defensive efforts and were rewarded with the opening try of the game.

It wasn't long before Souths hit back, crossing for 4 more tries to go into the half time break leading 22-4. Souths attack clicked into gear in the Second half racing away to score another 6 tries which saw the full time score Souths 52 Brahmans 10.

Coach Matt Court praised the efforts of his troops including half back and five eight combo Ezra Miller and Fletcher Turner. Under 20's players Rhys Wotherspoon and Alfred Johnson were strong in the front row.

The Metropole Hotel A Grade Brahmans took to the field in the main game of the day against the second placed Sharks. The Brahmans featured 4 debutants in Ashton Sinnot, Jacob Sturma, Oakley Ngakuru and Drae Greening as injuries wreaked havoc in the A Grade Squad. The Brahmans matched it with their much fancied opponents in the opening blows of the match. It wasn't until the 13th minute that Souths crossed for their opening try. From then on, the flood gates opened, with the Sharks scoring at regular intervals.

A 32-nil lead into the half time break. Buoyed by their half time rev up from Coach Adam Crear the Brahmans opened the scoring in the second stanza and dominated the opening 15 minutes of the last half. Souths withheld the advances from the Brahmans and turned the defence into attack scoring 5 more tries to finish the game and take the match 56-6.

Brahmans halves pairings of Logan Iverson and Luke Strasser were stand outs, with Logan taking the Players Player honours in a brutal performance of defending, as well as guiding his team around the park.

This weekend see's the Brahmans head to Walkerston to take on their 2019 Grand Final opponents Wests.

Contributed by Bryce Fraser

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United Host Brothers With Mixed Results

May 14, 2021

Whitsunday United hosted City Brothers and came away with a mixed bag of results.

Whitsunday United kicked off their matches against City Brothers over the weekend with a strong 8-3 win. They started well, with a depleted U13/14 Premier team showing their dominance.

Coach Allan Milostic was pleased, "This is a strong team. The individual brilliance is there, but they are playing better as a team every week; they will be hard to beat.”

The Whitsunday Women's Reserves were also successful, with a stunning 7-3 win, despite being down by two goals at one stage. Willow Gaffney was unstoppable when in range of the goal with a 5-goal haul. Hazel Farrell scored her first goal ever in the sport and Adeline Poid was rewarded for her strong game with a goal.

In a great display of camaraderie and sportsmanship, Coach Ian Radford reduced his player numbers when the opposition lost players to injury. A gesture appreciated by the visitors.

The two Men's teams went down in tough and physical encounters.

Both the Whitsunday Reserves and Premier teams matched it with the visitors for most of their respective games.

The reserves games swung from one end to the other, as the teams fought to establish a lead. Special mention to the Goal Keepers for exceptional games – Taga playing in Reserves with a fractured finger whilst Giacomo in Premiers made some spectacular saves to keep his team in the hunt.

Contributed by Allan Milostic

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

May 14, 2021

Business House bowls competition third round: Team’s top of the ladder are Whitsunday Golden Girls and Kitties.

Friday was well attended by members keen to watch club competitions. Semi-final Pairs: Carol Crosbie and Betty Nicolle defeated Vicki Spann and Joan McGrath 29-23.  Final pairs: Gary Smith and Rick Galea defeated Armando Isgro and Jason Bartz 25-14.

Tuesday social winning team was Maureen Barnard, Ali Moore, Tony Whitehorn and Neil Moore who defeated Jill Mazlin, John Brown, Marj Hughes and Keith Armstrong 29-10.

Wednesday social bowls winning team was Lu Rogan, Robbie Code and Tony Whitehorn who defeated Mario Di Martini, John Askew and Paul Durnsford 32-13.

Saturday the finalists out of 18 Scrounger players were Margo Stanley, John Brown, and Gary Smith. Congratulations to Gary who continued his winning streak. Gary went on and had another win at social bowls on Sunday - Team Peter Scholes, Gary Smith, and Tony Kelly. 27-18 win.

Saturday afternoon the men had pennant trials, and teams have now been selected.

The local high school is looking to enter a team in the Bowls Queensland Secondary School Cup. 24 Students are about to have lessons from coach Margo Stanley and helpers.

A BPL cup round is being played in Airlie Beach on 30 July. Teams need register online. Details are at the club or BPL online.

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Netball Wrap-Up

May 14, 2021

The Under 12 Pearls moved the ball around the court and showed much improved footwork this week against Storm Raindrops.

Training practices transitioning into the game saw the hard work of all players pay off with a win, 14-2. MVP was awarded to Nara Suckling and Anika Shields. Star Player from Round Two was awarded to Tyla Sexton, as voted by the team.

Under 14 Tsunamis faced St Mary’s Spirits in another tough game, missing players in the centre court saw several girls playing out of position. Lily Sainsbury and Kendra Shields moved the ball around the circle extremely well in the last quarter putting some extra points on the board.

Ellsie Hinton’s defense was a highlight of the game causing plenty of turnovers and intercepts in the opposition's goal circle. Despite the great effort by all on court the Tsunamis went down 52-10 at the final whistle. MVP was awarded to Ellsie Hinton.

Whitsunday Netball Association Club Results

Under 12's

Marlins (12) def Neptunes (4)

Pearls (5) def Mermaids (1)

Under 14's

Vipers (19) def Stingers (1)

Tsunamis def Rays (forfeit)

Silver Fins (Bye)

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Local Weightlifters Represent The Whitsundays On A World Stage

May 7, 2021

When it comes to weightlifting, it’s mind over matter for two talented junior weightlifters, who have their sights set on competing at the Commonwealth Games and eventually the Olympics.

Coached by Leanne Knox at the Whitsunday Weightlifting club, Jaspa Hope and Ruby Carwardine, both 18, have qualified for the 2021 Commonwealth Championships which will be held in Singapore this October.

It won’t be the first time the pair has travelled overseas for the sport, after they headed to Las Vegas in 2019 for Worlds.

“That was a huge achievement to get there, and even though we didn’t place it was really exciting,” Jaspa said.

“The next step is the Commonwealth Games and then the Olympics, that’s really the goal for everyone.”

Jaspa and Ruby are well on their way to those elite events, both ranked number one in Australia in the male and female junior categories.

Originally from Perth, Ruby moved to the Whitsundays at the beginning of the year to train with the club and said it was a motivating environment.

“In Perth I was just lifting with my older brother and my coach in my coach’s garage, which was great, but it’s also good to be in this gym with a few different people all learning from and challenging each other.”

Ruby also holds a Western Australian State record in lifting and in addition to the Commonwealth Championships in October, she has also qualified for Junior Worlds.

These are huge achievements for someone who said she was initially hesitant to try the sport.

“I definitely felt intimidated by the sport being so male-dominated and I incorrectly thought it was a ‘man’s sport’,” she said.

“It’s important to realise that it is so respectable to be a strong woman and my advice is to just do it, you won’t regret it.”

Ruby said the best part about weightlifting was the way you could see your progress as you got fitter.

“You can pretty much always see your progress as your lifts get heavier, or when you can do more reps at a certain weight, it’s really awesome,” she said.

Jaspa agreed and said people should try the sport out for themselves.

“Don’t overthink it, you’re probably stronger than you think, but you’ll never know unless you try.”

Caption: (L-R) Ruby Carwardine and Jaspa Hope at the Whitsunday Weightlifting gym

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Cannonvale Cannons Prepare for Presentations

May 5, 2021

Coaches, Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson were very excited to see swimmers return to training after the school holidays.    

The coaches were very impressed with all the swimmers who have upgraded into the next level and who are really trying hard to meet the training demand and challenge.  

Swimmers are really appreciating the heated pool water at the moment especially with the cool and wet weather at the end of last week.

This week, Swimming Queensland announced the “Macca’s Just Swim” Programme winners and Ella Harland from the Cannonvale Cannons was one of 119 winners from Queensland. Ella has won a pair of Speedo goggles.  

Cannonvale Cannons are gearing up for the annual Club Presentation. The Club Presentation lunch will be on Sunday, 2 May at the Jubilee Tavern.  Club Awards will be presented during the luncheon.

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U17 Whitsunday Sea Eagles Flying High

May 5, 2021

Saturday saw the three Whitsunday Sea Eagles Junior teams start their 2021 campaigns by hitting the road to challenge the North Mackay Saints.

The under 17 Sea Eagles were the standout performers for the day, winning their battle against the Saints 59-12. Midfielders Rhys Ward, Aiden Allen-Fancke, Kain Zacher and Oscar Doland dominated the game, winning the ball out of the middle at will and thriving in the wet conditions. Mitchell Woodley and Jordan Daniels were excellent up forward kicking three goals each, while Seth Robinson and Bailey Wishart showed their skills in winning some hard ball gets.

The under 14s had a mixed day out with some players fronting up to their first ever game of competitive AFL. Winning the toss and kicking with the breeze they saw a steady start with Seanna Elies and Brodan Cornwall both kicking great goals. Playing well were also Foxx LaMonica, Grady Turner, Kai Grimmond, Zavier Goswell and Flynn Armitage. Sea Eagles battled their hardest throughout the game however the Saints were too good on the day winning 40-12.

The under 12 Sea Eagles had all the ball in the first quarter but could not hold their momentum to stop the Saints running out winners 39-6. Rufus King, Max Baker, Reef Weller, Oliver Seamer and Elijah Nahas all played well with Elijah kicking the only goal for the game.

Photo credit – Kylie Allen

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Whitsunday Golf Results

May 5, 2021

Twilight Competition - sponsored by Reef Gateway and Whitsunday Butchers & Seafood - Competition winners, 1st Place Ron Thynne on 27 points, 2nd Place Dean Boyle on 19 points and 3rd Place Trevor on 18 points.

Sunday Stableford competition winners, 1st place Alan Clinch on 24 points, 2nd place Robert Lodder on 21 points and 3rd place Anthony Clinton on 19 points.

This Week's Competitions

Friday: Twilight Competition: Prawn Run

Sunday: Stableford Competition

Kids Club: Head to the club each Monday for kids’ clinic from 4pm-5pm. $15.00 per child, includes driving range token, club hire and afternoon tea plus Roger Vandenberg golf PRO will help fine tune the children’s technique.

Immage: L-R Robert Lodder, Alan Clintch and Anthony Clinton

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Whitsunday Youth Shine

May 5, 2021

The three Whitsunday United youth teams all enjoyed strong wins this weekend with the U13/14 Div1 starting the day off with a great game against Wanderers.

The Whitsunday team scored three goals to one in a game they dominated. Karli Elder played aggressive and smart football in the middle with Hayden Milliken working hard as always but it was a team effort that earned the victory.

U13/14 Prems played a grand final rematch against arch rivals Dolphins, their aggression and hunger to win busted the much bigger Dolphins out of the game with a final score of 6-2. Jaimen Slavin sealed the emphatic win with a spectacular goal from long range.

The U15/16 played Sarina in a very one sided affair with a final score of 23-0. Great football across the park with Jy Parkinson, Nick Hansen and Beau Bonnyman playing some great attacking football.

Our Ladies faced tough opposition with The Mackay Lions Ladies making the trip north. The Women's Reserve team led a scorching first half that saw the home team 3-0 in the lead with Sari Goodall scoring almost at will. The second half saw the Lions methodically regain control running out winner 5-3.

The Premier Women threw everything they had at Lions but had few answers for a team that has been undefeated for four years and is considered one of the best in the state.

Our Men's Premier Reserve team faced off against Dolphins and dominated every aspect of play, except the scoreboard. Notching up a 3-1 loss.

Contributed by Allan Milostic

Image:  Jacob Logan in full flight - credit Penny Grossi

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

May 5, 2021

Business House Bowls had a good start for the new season, returning teams were joined by new teams Whitsunday Golden Girls and Hadlow Farming.    

Club Competitions, Men’s B grade championship final. Terry Clarke got off to a good start picking up four shots on the first end. At the other end of the game, when the score was 21-21, Peter Barrett drew four shots on the last end to win the game 25-21 and the title B Grade Singles champion for 2021.

District games are being played in Brisbane this week. The players representing the Mackay district from Airlie Beach are Man Isgro, Betty Nicolle, Carol Crosbie and Ladda Purdie.

Margo Stanley, Betty Whitehorn and Betty Nicolle were runners up in the ladies Master Triples games, at South Suburban.

Sunday afternoon social bowl, Anzac Day games were played on three rinks. The winning team was Peter Barrett and Elaine Kippen who resoundingly defeated Tony Whitehorn and Tony Kelly, and Lyn Graham played double lead.

There was a close game between skips Margo Stanley and Steve Tattam 14-15. Andrew Butler and Lu Rogan defeated P Schules and John Askew.

Photo and story contributed by B Whitehorn

Image: Peter Barrett and Terry Clarke who played in the final of the B Grade Mens’ Championship

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Whitsunday Social Golf Report

April 22, 2021

The Mark Nicol Memorial Ambrose was held last Sunday with attendance of 32 members competing for the trophy.

Winners on the day were Lew Tuck and Sally Little with a score of 64 net. In the run down were Dean Barnard and Matt Bonny, Jason Bourke and Clay Coles, Wild Herwig and Geard Lovell, Dean Kercher and Penny Wardroper.

Image: Winners on the day Lew Tuck and Sally Little

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Fishing Report

April 22, 2021

It's been really tough fishing these last couple of weeks with strong southerlies pushing through. I had a mate of mine contact me and say he was passing through Airlie for a day and wanted to catch up for a fish so to me our only option was to head out to the dam.

Having only one day to fish and trying to get him and his partner a fish each was going to be a really tough gig especially in 20 knots.

I knew there would be a few key times in the morning which would give us the window we needed to try get a bite, one of those in particular would be the wind direction change we start to get from westerly to a southerly as the days get colder and the other was the moon rise at 9am.  

I wasn't too sure what the morning wind change was going to be so we started early getting on the water by 6am and sure enough it was blowing a westerly.

I'm not sure why all fish hate any wind direction with west in it, but we really struggled to find any Barra for the first hour.

We moved towards Faust point as I knew the wind change was coming soon and, in that change, you get about an hour window where the wind drops off completely and the fish really come out to hunt and feed before it starts to blow up.  

We positioned ourselves on top of the weed flats waiting patiently and as the wind started to drop the fish started to rise and start feeding.

It doesn't matter how many times I fish the dam, when you see a metre plus Barramundi approaching the boat it is an incredible sight.

At one stage there would have been 10 Barra surrounding the boat all within casting distance and I knew this was my friend’s chance.

After casting at a couple of fish and being denied he presented the plastic in front of one which didn't hesitate for a second to eat it.

There is definitely something about that first jump of a metre Barra where you can see its true size and for people who haven't seen it before you can hear the excitement and fear in their voice as it starts pulling line.

We landed the fish which measured 108cm and then it was his partners turn. If someone said I’ve got a couple hours to catch a fish of a life time I'd say you’re dreaming but every now and again some crazy things happen!

We pushed into the back of a bay hoping while we still had our window, we could find her a few unpressured fish. Making our way towards the very end of our drift I spotted a giant, my friend put in the perfect cast and the fish ate it, shortly afterwards she was landing a 110cm Barra!

Tight Lines, Matt Scholz

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Darts Report

April 22, 2021

The news of this round is that Jamie Woods of Bowen has taken top spot in the 2021 Premier League for the first time this year courtesy of his 6/2 win over Garry Robbie who didn't make it an easy afternoon for him.

Ross Gallichan recorded his first win of the season by beating Nathan O'Hara 6/1 who is still searching for his first win of the year.

Rooster Coutts joins his good mate Gene Birse in second place, who had the bye this week, thanks to a six - nil bonus point victory over Dick O'Hara.

Joe Wilson had to battle it out with the 2019 Champion Andy Peel to record a narrow 6/5 victory, hitting a 180 and 3 x 140's along the way. The round was finished off with Jamie Maher defeating Jason Rockstroh 6/2.


1. J Woods 16pts

2. G Birse 14pts

3. R Coutts 14pts

4. J Maher 11pts

5. J Wilson 10pts

6. S Rose 7pts

7. A Peel 7pts

8. J Rockstroh 5pts

9. D O'Hara 4pts

10. R Gallichan 4pts

11. A Paull 2pts

12. G Robbie 2pts

13. N O'Hara 0pts

The league is proudly sponsored by Mika Airlie

Beach and Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach

, thank you for your support.

Contributed by Jamie Maher

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Veterans Golf Report

April 22, 2021

At last what a beautiful day for golf! There were 23 players on Tuesday, 12 Men and 11 Ladies.

We played for the April Monthly Medal. Trevor Paroz took out the Men’s with a nett 73 and Nick Apruzzese was runner-up with a 75 nett.

Ladies Medal went to Tiina Randmae with 79 nett, runner up Mandy Patterson with a nett 80.

Neil Cawthorne had the least number of puts with 27. NTP’s for the Men: Billy Jesser on the 2nd; Barry Mortimer with a fine ‘in-the-hole’ on the 9th; Glen Rees took out the 16th.  NTP’s for the Ladies: Lyn Muller on the 2nd, Tiina Randmae on the 9th; Mandy Patterson on the 16th.

Contributed by Paula McQuat

Image: Monthly Medal winners Tiina Randmae andTrevor Paroz

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Bowen Golf News

April 22, 2021

On Wednesday, men and ladies played a stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies winner Robyn Slade 39pts, runner-up Judi Morris 37pts. Turkeys nests Robyn Slade, Judi Morris. NTP Judy Atkins. Men’s winner David Lydom 41pts, runner-up was visitor from Virginia Golf Club Merven Maguire 40pts.

Saturday’s competition was a stableford event sponsored by Glenn Merrick Constructions. Thank you, Glenn and Cindy, for your continued sponsorship to the Bowen Golf club.

Men’s winner Dion Tuttle 39pts, runner-up on a countback Gary Towers 38pts. Turkeys nests Jeremy Chrzanowski, Gary Marks. NTP Ernie Parker and Daniel Windridge won the car wash. Ladies winner Grace Nott 38pts, runner-up on a countback Trish Sellen 37pts. Turkeys nests Robyn Slade, Paulette Barrett. NTP Morag Parker.

This weekend’s competition is a stableford event sponsored by Bowen Sportspower. Don’t forget to check the clubs Facebook page for this week’s dinner menu. Joker draw is up to $2700 on Friday night. Takeaways still available. Please call the club on 4785 1206 if you wish to book a table or place a takeaway order.

Contributed by Grace Nott

14/04 – Wednesday ladies winner Robyn Slade and runner-up Judi Morris

Glenn Merrick Constructions ladies winner Grace Nott

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On the Water

April 22, 2021

Wednesday morning dawned with a clear sky and a gentle south easterly breeze, to the delight of the Whitsunday Sailing Club members who were looking forward to the weekly twilight race on Pioneer Bay.  

Out on the water, 20 yachts and a total of over 100 crew appeared in the starting area, all ready to go.  First away were the faster, racing boats in Division two, with Infarrction (Paul Roberts) leading the way to take the Doyle Sails sponsored best start award.  

It didn’t take long for the faster boats to hit their pace, with a trio of Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez), Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) and QMS (John Galloway) breaking away by the time they reached the first buoy.  

These three boats were inseparable throughout the race, with Treasure VIII finally taking line honours by a mere six seconds over Smooth Criminal.

Further back, a similar tussle occurred between Twister (Kevin Fogarty), Crossbow (Mark Beale), Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli) and Wide Load (Shannan Hart).

In this case the battle saw Wide Load just pipping Twister and Crossbow, with just two seconds separating the latter pair.  On corrected time, the win went to QMS, with Treasure VIII second and Twister third.

For the fleet in Division 3, the racing was equally intense, with Lama (Darren Lynch) leading the fleet away, and subsequently holding third place on the water throughout the race.

Although Aquatarius led the fleet home by 3 minutes, the best they could do was 5th on corrected time, with the honours going to Lama, with Manteca second and Lighthorse (Di Forster) third.

Contributed by Ross Chisholm

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Raiders Win Again

April 22, 2021

With the MRU’s ANZAC bye weekend approaching, it was important the Proserpine Whitsunday Mama Africa Raiders aimed for their second win of the season and first on the road against Kuttabul Camelboks in Mackay.

The opening 40 minutes saw the Raiders controlling the game with majority played inside the Camelboks half. A successful penalty goal had the Raiders on the board 3-0. Poor ball security and lack of urgency at the break down had the Raiders frazzled when the ‘Boks’ picked up a penalty try off a scrum. Raiders scored the next 2, leading at the break 13-7.

Pre-game instructions from head coach André Houston were clear and simple - “Play territory, be patient and execute sequences”.

Assistant Coach, Kalib Cupples reiterated that game plan during the half time huddle, “Respect the ball. Play to our game plan and be patient”.

Instructions were heard and activated on field from play makers Aden Spence and Dylan Hoffmann. Forwards carried strong and kickers played territory turning the Camelboks around to force errors.

Showcase of excellent teamwork and skills in the opening 10 of the second produced continuous phases. Hone Casey-Bloomer crossed the white line on the back end of Raiders work, picking up another triple in 2021.

Next to score was young gun Dylan Hoffmann and captain Te Awa King closed out the Raiders 5th try for the day. Connor Spence hit 100% with 3 from 3 conversions, final score 34-7. Raiders winning their first 2 in 2021.

With no games on ANZAC weekend and a postponed game the following weekend, the Raiders will train hard over the next fortnight before taking on Mackay Cities at home 3:30pm Saturday, 8 May 2021. A local game not to be missed at Whitsunday Sportspark.

Player Points: 3 Te Awa King, 2 Dylan Hoffmann, 1 Dean Simpson

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Handley Does Well At Sarina

April 22, 2021

Wayne Handley skipped Steve Lane and Karli Burns from Mackay Club to play in the Maddern Family Mixed Triples down at Sarina on the weekend. They ended up finishing second overall with four wins + 51 ends. This was helped out with a 42 to 1 victory in the fourth round.

In Club competition played on the weekend, Championship Singles results were, Jonathan Bye defeated Phil Brown and Marcus Craig defeated his son Toby Craig.

There was also a couple of Championship Pairs matches played where Gavin Milne and Barry Saroglia defeated Bruce Uhe and Marty Flowers while Nathan Dodds and Scott Hamilton defeated Martin Corr and Shane Kinnear.

On Wednesday morning a game of “B” Grade Singles was played, Arthur Griffith defeated Bruce Uhe 25 – 21.  

At the same time Peter Lawton and Garry Alexander had a social game of Singles, Peter defeated Garry 23 – 15.  

Wednesday afternoon we had eight players for Social bowls, John Anderson, Arthur Griffith, Heather Brown and Garry Alexander defeated John Lahney, Bruce Uhe, Mary Hedgelong and Peter Lawton 13 – 12.  

On Sunday afternoon we had nine players so, to mix it up a bit, we had the second playing for both teams in the triples game.  

Arthur Griffith, Bruce Uhe and Heather Brown defeated John Anderson, Bruce Uhe and Peter Lawton 22 – 11.  

In a game of 2 /4/ 2 pairs John Lahney and Jim Quod defeated Philip Brown and Barry Zillmann 19 – 13.

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Whitsunday United Football Report

April 22, 2021

Whitsunday United Football Club has kicked off its 2021 season campaign with a successful couple of rounds.

Last weekend saw all teams take the field displaying strength throughout all age groups.

The U13/14 Premier teams had an emphatic 12-0 with Jazz Knezevic leading the charge with 4 goals.

The U13/14 Division 1 side were unlucky not to take a win with Hayden Milliken working tirelessly all game for a 0-0 draw.

U15/16 Premier rocketed out of the blocks with a strong 7-3 win over a solid City Brothers side – late addition Jy Parkinson scoring a hat trick in a win that was a genuine team effort.

The women's teams had a mixed bag with a 1-0 win for the Reserves – a remarkable effort from a team where many have never played a game before.

The Premier Women faced a hungry and aggressive Rangers side and were never given a chance to get in the game. Plenty of promise and talent on display with Willow Gaffney taking a three goal haul away.

Our Men's squad performed well against Rangers and came away with a hard-fought loss in Reserves whilst the Premier team took the win with a last minute goal by Kristian Mulholland.

Contributed by Allan Milostic

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

April 22, 2021

Men’s Club Competition Pairs Round 1: Gary Smith and Rick Galea defeated Merv Stewart, and Tony Kelly 29-8, Ted Cullen and Ray Edwards defeated John Askew and Tony Whitehorn 17-16.

David Dias and John Matterson defeated Steve Tattam and Rodney Howard 28-21, John Brown and Alan Pershouse defeated Russ Jackson and Bob Spees 23-18.

Jason Bartz and Man Isgro defeated Andrew Butler and Peter Barrett 28-9. Luke Kinnear and Warren Mills defeated Mark Mawson and Neil Moore 27-13. Craig Coleman and Bob McMahon defeated Col Morris and Tim Taylor 21-20. Terry Clarke and Ash Warland defeated Graeme Herd and Noel Crosbie 30-13.

Round 2- Gary Smith and Rick Galea defeated Cullen -Edwards 24-12. David Dias and John Matterson defeated Brown- Pershouse 22/9. Jason Bartz and Man Isgro defeated Kinnear- Mills 22-20. Terry Clarke and Ash Warland defeated Coleman- McMahon 22-20.

Regular Sunday social bowls results, the winning team was Bill Gordon, Mark Mawson and Henny Tattam who won their game against Mario DeMartini, Maureen Barnard, and Harry Quod 18-12.

Ladies Club Competitions: Ladies Open Pairs Elaine Hadlow and Ladda Purdie defeated Bev Taylor and Margo Stanley- Elaine and Ladda next compete in the championship final game.  

B Grade Pairs: Bev Taylor and Ali Moore defeated Di Dobbins and Lane Telford 28-12. Karen Jensen and Jill Mazlin-Peterson defeated Bev and Ali to become the B Grade Pair Champion winners.

Contributed by Betty Whitehorn

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Young Racing Champ Drives Road Safety Campaign

April 16, 2021

A Proserpine State High School student is the face of a major campaign to drive down the number of preventable deaths and injuries on the roads, with a special focus on young and inexperienced motorists.

Seventeen-year-old Declan Coull of Jubilee Pocket is on a mission to improve road safety among his peers – one of the most at-risk age groups for road accidents.

The accomplished racing cart driver has taken on the role of ambassador for Safe Drive Training (SDT) Australia, travelling the country to spread the ‘Racing for Road Safety’ message, and share his expertise behind the wheel.

Following in the footsteps of his father Tom, Declan started racing go karts at the age of nine, and quickly progressed up the ranks on the national circuit, collecting championship trophies and other awards signifying talents well beyond his years.

Recently stepping up to the national Formula 3 car racing series, Declan has his sights set on international Formula 1 fame in the future.

But while he’s still on home soil, he wants others to benefit from the expert knowledge he’s amassed in defensive driving techniques.

Declan says these potentially lifesaving skills are underdeveloped in most road users, and his ambassador role aims to address this through a mix of practical and online instruction, including on track sessions, road driving simulations, and theory exercises.

“I just noticed that there happened to be way too many avoidable crashes, resulting not only in fatalities but also debilitating lifelong injuries, like P Platers becoming quadriplegic – that’s a life sentence,” Declan said.

“I wanted to do something about it, so I reached out to SDT early last year and started brainstorming how we could help prevent these avoidable crashes by teaching the things I’ve learned on the racetrack.

“The main things in defensive driving are car control, spatial awareness, and collision avoidance.

“They’re things the average driver doesn’t get a lot of opportunity to practice; they’re very lightly touched on in normal driving instruction; but they’re very needed to help save young people from making mistakes on the road.”

The combination of racing success and youth makes Declan someone young drivers can both respect and relate to, and in his experience as an ambassador so far, he’s been pleased to see a change in attitudes as awareness grows around the dangers of driving too fast.

“When we take young drivers through the program, none of the manoeuvrers are done at speeds over 60km/hr,” Declan said.

“For P Platers that are often doing 80 or 100km/hr, the courses show them how difficult it is to stay in control even at low speeds – if they can’t control the car at 60ks – which most of them can’t when we first meet them - how do they think they’re going to go at 100ks?”

With support from Whitsunday Regional Council and SDT, Declan plans to extend defensive driver training programs throughout all high schools in the region.

He’s even been approached by Youth Justice New South Wales to mentor juvenile offenders with driving convictions – work he’ll start next month, which he’d “definitely be up for” continuing in his home state.

All this while finishing off year 12 and continuing to compete at the highest levels in Australian racing - he’s off to Morgan Park Raceway in a few weeks for round two of the Australian Formula 3 Championship.

Follow Declan’s journey on Facebook: Declan Coull Motorsport.

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State Laser Championships Held In Bowen

April 16, 2021

Bowen hosted the Laser State Championships last week, attracting 77 competitors from all over Queensland as well as the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

The three-day event saw seven exciting races unfold with three different divisions which were based upon the size of sail, from full rig to radial and the 4.7.

Port Denison Sailing Club hosted the event, and Club Treasurer Kylie Gummow said that this was the first time the championships had been held in North Queensland since 2005.

“Our local sailors performed extremely well,” said Kylie.

“The youngest sailor to compete was 12 and the oldest was 81!”

Avid sailors from across the country came to Bowen to participate and while they were in town, many enjoyed the beaches, snorkelling and bush walks as well as the local restaurants, cafes and accommodation.

“We were pleased to see a large turn out with a lot of people travelling to participate,” said Kylie.

“We had good weather, but light winds and the event was great exposure for Bowen.”

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Whitsunday Sea Eagles Women Back In The Game

April 16, 2021

Last weekend saw the hard work of the Whitsunday Sea Eagles Women’s side pay off with their return to the AFLQ Mackay competition.

Led by Coach Ian Hodges and Captain Georgie Carland the team proceeded to not only enthusiastically take the field against the Eastern Swans but put up quite the challenge.

Starting slowly seeing the first half out without a score, they found their stride in the second half gaining in confidence and outscoring the opposition.

Eventually going down by only nine points it was a great effort in a first game for many.

Georgia Walsh even managed to kick a goal playing in her first ever AFL game.

Best players for the day included Rebecca Joyce, Alexis Russell, Georgie Carland, Mia Trinder, Shakaya Costello, Deakoda Costello and Margaret Hannigan.

The Whitsunday Sea Eagles Senior Men took on last year’s Grand Finalists the Eastern Swans on their home turf.

The Swans had the breeze in the first quarter leaving Sea Eagles defenders to work hard turning defence into attack.

The second quarter saw the ball spend most of the time in the Sea Eagles forward half.

Inaccurate kicking for goal gave the Sea Eagles just a slim lead going to the second half, yet the Swans outran the Sea Eagles in the last to take a comfortable win.

Best players included Jake Turner, Jason Ashton, Alex Rodgers, Jacob Healey, Mitchell Healey and Chris Morrison.

Contributor: Whitsunday Australian Football Club

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Rugby Is Back! Raiders Defeat Slade Point 47- 5

April 16, 2021

Winning was the focus of the day and that’s exactly what our local Proserpine Whitsunday Mama Africa 2021 Raiders did when they defeated Slade Point RUC 47 – 5 in a home game.

With hot sun beaming down in Airlie Beach, a buzz was in the air and the playing squad held well controlled excited nerves.

In their first game playing as a squad together, captained by Chad Stockings, high humidity wasn’t the only thing rising.

The mighty Raiders rose to their first occasion in a spectacular show of Rugby. Their win, a true indictor of the hard work put in over preseason by the players, coaches and management.

The Raiders created opportunities in their opening phases which set the tone. Quick ball movement spreading the opposition around the field.

Aden Spence opened the 2021 scoring season with a try utilising his speed and strength to get around his defender. Hone Casey-Bloomer converted his first kick at goal, followed by another five throughout the game.

The Raiders kept Slade Point in their half for the majority of the first 40, pressuring their set piece and defending the advantage line like a brick wall. Raiders slip of discipline at the ruck led to Slade Point’s first and only try of the game.  

A few adjustments, then our local boys in Green opened the flood gates with quality shape from the forwards and direction by play maker Dylan Hoffmann and half back Connor Spence.

Casey-Bloomer picked up three tries off the back end of quality work from across the entire team. Chad Stockings, Jesse Reichelt and debutant Ethan Hoffmann completed the Raiders seven tries.

Congratulations to Ben Tilyard, Regin Pratt, Dylan Hoffmann and Ethan Hoffmann on their first hit out with the Raiders.

Player Points: 3 Hone Casey-Bloomer, 2 Dean Simpson, 1 Chad Stockings

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Fishing Report

April 16, 2021

For the last five years I've dedicated a huge amount of time chasing Giant Trevally (GT). There is something about the strike and the fight that keeps me searching for bigger fish.

Through a lot of my socials and people travelling to Airlie I get asked nearly every day about how to target them.  

GTs are possibly one of the easiest fish to target, they are the bullies of the ocean and stick to a couple fundamental factors, current and bait.

Our coastline is very predictable, an incoming tide travels north, south whereas an outgoing tide travels south, north.

This is very important to know as when you approach a rock or reef structure, you need to position yourself on the very front of the structure where the current is hitting first.  

GTs will position themselves at the very front of the structure, meaning they will get first choice and priority of any bait that comes in with the current.  

I often tell people if they’re unsure which way the current is going, pull up 150m short and start drifting in, this way the current will generally push you towards the front face and that's where you need to start casting.

One of the biggest factors with fishing which a lot of people are quite careless with, is being unknown to the fish, whether it's the dam or ocean, being quiet and approaching the fish without disturbing them is a huge key factor in getting bites.

I quite often fly drones over bait fish to watch how the GTs position themselves in pecking order, biggest to smallest.

Be confident in what you do, as long as you have a good understanding of how they feed and position themselves they are generally always there, it's up to you not to stuff it up.

For those that understand current direction and pressure points (where the current first hits a structure) even though you may not want to chase GTs, it is a massive part of catching any fish.

Coral trout, Nannys, Reds and just about all fish use the same theory and even though you may not see the bait on the surface, your sounder will show you exactly how the bait will be sitting on the front face of structure.

Even though you may be fishing 60m of water understanding current direction is an important part of deciding which areas to start fishing.  

Tight Lines

Matt Scholz

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Cannons Compete In NQ School Swim Team

April 1, 2021

During the week, eight Cannonvale Cannons were selected for the NQ School Swim Team and travelled to Brisbane to compete at the Queensland School Championships.  

All eight swimmers swam extremely well and enjoyed being apart of the NQ relays. Austin Edwards-Bland, who was in the 10 -12 year old (primary school) division, completed PB’s in all eight of his events. He also was in the final for the 50m Freestyle and was placed 7th in Queensland.    

On Day 1, the seven secondary students swam 12 PBs, made four finals and won a silver medal.  On Day 2, the team swam 10 PBs, made three finals and won a gold medal. On Day, 3, the teams swam six PBs, made three finals and won another gold medal.

Jy Parkinson aged 16 years was outstanding making seven finals and bringing home two gold and one silver medal. He won gold medals for his 100m Backstroke in 60.9s and 200m Backstroke in 2.13.7.  

Kate McDonald, aged 17 years also made two finals for her 50m and 100m Backstroke. She finished 6th place in Queensland for her backstroke.  

Blake Hanks, aged 13 years also made it to finals for his 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly. Blake swam the 50m Freestyle in 28.11s and 50m Butterfly in 30.67s, finishing up in 10th in Queensland.  

Jacob Bell, aged 15 years, swam the 400m IM in 5.37.85 to take up 5th place in Queensland.  

Remy Hedges and Holly Perrin competed at the first Queensland school championships.  Both girls performed extremely well.  Remy’s brother, Gus aged 18 years also competed at his last school championships and swam an excellent 50m Breaststroke in 34.3sec.  

Image: Cannonvale Cannons selected for NQ School Swim Team

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Laps for Bondi: A Huge Success

April 1, 2021

On Saturday, 40 swimmers participated in a “Jump In and Swim for Bondi”  Swimathon to help Bondi Condon and her family raise funds for Juvenile Arthritis.  

Bondi’s goal was to raise $10,000 and to bring awareness about this condition that is affecting so many young people.  

On Saturday, the swimmers raised $1,600 bringing the total to over $15,000. Swimmers from the Whitsunday Masters and Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Clubs participate at the Swimathon.  

Coaches, Mark Erickson and Ken Crittenden said it was great to the community getting behind the Condons and helping Bondi to achieve her goal. Ken and Mark were very impressed with swimmers’ endurance and mental toughness.  

A special mention to adult swimmers Sharanne Maclean, Kay Corksie, Cheryl West, Di O’Donnell, Lesley Dodds, Carmel Harrison, Blair Mitchell, Sonya Khatiwala, Jo Ladd and Robin Arndale who all swam over 2km during the hour.  

Sharanne Maclean was presented with the Chocolate Award for swimming the most laps.

The junior swimmers were also inspiring, Nelson Malady did not stop for the whole hour putting in a mammoth effort and winning the Chocolate Award for his age division.  

Addie Sanders, Don Algie, Banjo Condon, Clancy Condon, Seren Ferguson, Carys Ferguson and Billy Hinton were just a few of the Cannons who participated on Saturday.  

A special mention to Bondi Condon and Tiana Bell who helped all the younger swimmers swim laps safely. They were very encouraging and supportive.  

Well done to all the swimmers who participated at the “Jump In and Swim for Bondi”!  

Image: Participants of the Jump In and Swim for Bondi swimathon raised $1600 for charity

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Local Weightlifters Represent The Whitsundays On A World Stage

April 1, 2021

When it comes to weightlifting, it’s mind over matter for two talented junior weightlifters, who have their sights set on competing at the Commonwealth Games and eventually the Olympics.

Coached by Leanne Knox at the Whitsunday Weightlifting club, Jaspa Hope and Ruby Carwardine, both 18, have qualified for the 2021 Commonwealth Championships which will be held in Singapore this October.

It won’t be the first time the pair has travelled overseas for the sport, after they headed to Las Vegas in 2019 for Worlds.

“That was a huge achievement to get there, and even though we didn’t place it was really exciting,” Jaspa said.

“The next step is the Commonwealth Games and then the Olympics, that’s really the goal for everyone.”

Jaspa and Ruby are well on their way to those elite events, both ranked number one in Australia in the male and female junior categories.

Originally from Perth, Ruby moved to the Whitsundays at the beginning of the year to train with the club and said it was a motivating environment.

“In Perth I was just lifting with my older brother and my coach in my coach’s garage, which was great, but it’s also good to be in this gym with a few different people all learning from and challenging each other.”

Ruby also holds a Western Australian State record in lifting and in addition to the Commonwealth Championships in October, she has also qualified for Junior Worlds.

These are huge achievements for someone who said she was initially hesitant to try the sport.

“I definitely felt intimidated by the sport being so male-dominated and I incorrectly thought it was a ‘man’s sport’,” she said.

“It’s important to realise that it is so respectable to be a strong woman and my advice is to just do it, you won’t regret it.”

Ruby said the best part about weightlifting was the way you could see your progress as you got fitter.

“You can pretty much always see your progress as your lifts get heavier, or when you can do more reps at a certain weight, it’s really awesome,” she said.

Jaspa agreed and said people should try the sport out for themselves.

“Don’t overthink it, you’re probably stronger than you think, but you’ll never know unless you try.”

Image: (L-R) Ruby Carwardine and Jaspa Hope at the Whitsunday Weightlifting gym

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Darts Results

April 1, 2021

Jamie Woods and Gene Birse continue to lead the way in the competition, both securing wins on Sunday over Andy Peel and Dick O'Hara respectively.

Ross Gallichan gets his first point of the season with a bonus point loss to Jason Rockstroh.

Joe Wilson suffered a minor setback with his first defeat of the season to Jamie Maher and Garry Robbie grabbed his first win of the year with a fine victory over Aaron Paull.

The league is proudly sponsored by Mika Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach, thank you for your support. We break next week for Easter, so have a lovely Easter and we'll be back in two weeks’ time.


A Peel 1 - 6 J Woods

J Rockstroh 6 - 5 R Gallichan

J Maher 6 - 3 J Wilson

R Coutts 6 - 3 N O'Hara

A Paull 3 - 6 G Robbie

G Birse 6 - 0 D O'Hara

Image: Garry Robbie of Airlie Beach securing his first win.

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Proserpine Cricket Season Wrap-Up

April 1, 2021

Last Friday, over 130 cricketers and their families gathered together to celebrate a successful season of cricket. The event began with a lively game of parents versus kids, followed by dinner and the award presentations.

President Shane Knight started the proceedings commenting on how the club has thrived this season and risen to a new height.

The junior blasters 5-8yrs had over 25 participants and Master Blasters were able to put 30 kids in two games each week. A massive thanks goes to Jack Dwyer and Llyod Fox who have run these groups over the season.

Girl’s cricket has taken off this season with a couple of girls only programs being run by Mel Dwyer throughout the season. Numbers this season saw 30 girls competing, a 350% increase from last season.

Junior Cricket had a lot going on too, the inter town comps saw the U17 team take out the Fox Williams Shield and the U13s unfortunately went down in the Island Gateway Shield.

This season two teams competed in the Mackay Cricket Association Junior Comp, the U13’s finished 3rd while the U14’s came runners up.

Representative cricket has been strong with nine kids representing the club in the Mackay/Whitsunday teams to compete at zone and state carnivals.

Two players represented the U18 NQAlliance and one in the U21 while 12 kids represented Mackay in the Hans Mark Shield.

Schoolboy’s cricket was also well represented with eight players in the u12s team to compete at the NQ trials and one to represent in the U19s NQ team to compete at the State Carnival.

Image: Michael Pettiford scoops the pool with accolades all round in Juniors and Seniors

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Sea Eagles AFL Juniors Compete At Moranbah

April 1, 2021

Saturday saw the much anticipated AFLQ Mackay Junior Preseason Carnival head to the Moranbah Bulldogs home ground. A warm day greeted the Whitsunday Sea Eagles Junior teams as they hit the road early for a full day of AFL action.

The Whitsunday Sea Eagles U12s had a fantastic day under the direction of Coach Peter Fowler and supported by team captain Phoenix Lamonica.

The youngest Sea Eagles started their campaign with a dominating win 28-0 against Mackay Magpies with skills from Reef Weller, Hunter Cornwall and Max Baker.

Coming off the high of a big first win the U12s backed it up against Sarina Demons winning 14-2.

Spirits were soaring for Sea Eagles after the second win with the King brothers and Weller playing superb second games. The third match up against North Mackay saw them fight hard coming away with a loss 6-14.

Special mention goes to Fletcher Shumski holding the backline for the day, Sam Martin and Max Baker putting in big efforts for ruck, Connor Marks leading at full forward, Fergus King and Tyson Fowler showing their skills around the ground.

The Sea Eagles U14s reigning Premiers look set to once again challenge the rest of the competition in 2021 under the guidance of new Coach Leigh Dunn.

The first opportunity for the group to come together and test themselves against opposition in game situations saw the Sea Eagles narrowly lose to Moranbah 26-19.

Following this were two great team performances for convincing wins against Bakers Creek 43-1 and Mackay Magpies 59-7.

Special mention goes to Brodankye Cornwall with 11 goals for the day, Kai Grimmond, Grady Turner, Seanna Elies, Foxx Lamonica, Oxsen Prosser and Zavier Goswell.

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Fishing Tips From Bowen And Airlie Beach Tackle World

March 26, 2021

Hey Fishos,

Hope you've all been out enjoying a few days of great weather with the occasional squall in between and catching a feed, or at the least, feeding them for the next time round.

The tides have been rather small over the last week which has made the usual un-fishable spots, fishable.

Large numbers of Trout have been showing up around the shallower bommies near the islands as well as a few Crays.

Lots of Grassy Sweetlips and the occasional Bluey or two are also being caught in the same areas.

Try and keep only the legal size (and just over) Bluey's as the Big Breeders need to be kept on the reefs to keep the balance just right and producing for the future generations.

There’s been reports of plenty of Greenback Herring around the jetties at the moment and Poddy Mullet on the banks are keeping those big Trevally, Queenie's and Barra around for a bit longer yet.

Get into them while you can and give the arms and tackle a good workout.

Samaki and Shimano shirts are on special at the moment and we have some great deals on Daiwa and spotters over Easter. Drop instore for all your Bait, Tackle  and Information needs.

Stay Safe and Tight Lines to you All,

Trent Jackson

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Schools Teams Race In Townsville

March 26, 2021

By Ross Chisholm

Last Saturday saw a combined team of young sailors from the Whitsundays compete in the first round of the North Queensland schools’ teams racing championship conducted by Townsville Sailing Club.

In teams racing, two teams at a time compete around a short course, with the total score of each team deciding the winner. Each team consists of three boats, crewed by two sailors.  

The Whitsundays team consisted of Eden Humphrey, Jesse Frisch, Joshua King, Jack Scharf, Luke Austrin and Enzo Ardimanni.

While it was not possible to put together a team from any of the local schools, this formed a composite team representing Bowen State High School, Proserpine State High School and St Catherine’s Catholic School.

Travelling to Townsville for the event, it was clear that the team from Atherton was always going to be the red-hot favourite, having won this series consistently over the past few years.  

However, our team of youngsters had high hopes against the Townsville teams, having trained substantially at Whitsunday Sailing Club over the past few weeks.

As expected, Atherton proved to be unbeatable, winning all nine races, but the real competition was between the team from Pimlico (Townsville) and Whitsundays.  

After nine hard fought races, the score was Pimlico 4, Whitsundays 5, putting Whitsundays in second place overall.

It was a fantastic effort by the entire team, their parents and coach, and they are already looking forward to the next event. Round 2 is in Cairns on 16 May, with the finals at Tinaroo on 23 May.

Photo: - The happy Whitsundays Team

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