Whitsunday Region Sporting News & Results

There’s Nothing Like Football

There’s Nothing Like Football

It is stated that 3.5 billion people are football fans. Fans of The World Game, The Beautiful Game, what in Australia we call soccer -- the largest sport on the globe; in fact, we are floating on an enormous football itself. It is the “sport of sports”, the most popular pastime, our most enduring as a species.

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No Better Time Than The Present To Kick Some Goals

No Better Time Than The Present To Kick Some Goals

The Whitsunday Sports Expo kicks off this weekend at Whitsunday PCYC, inviting locals to come along and find out about junior and adult sporting opportunities in the region. With over 30 team and individual sports on show at the Whitsunday Sportspark, there’s no better opportunity to find your passion, keep fit, or meet a community of likeminded people.

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Cannonvale Cannons’ Big Week

Cannonvale Cannons’ Big Week

The Cannonvale Cannons had 42 swimmers participate in last week’s Club Night, and a further 19 competing across the state at the Mirani LC Transition Meet and three others at Townsville Brothers’ carnival. Congratulations to swimmers who set 19 new Club Records, including Jacob Bell, Jy Parkinson, Remy Hedges, Eloise Chegwidden, Jax Clayworth, and Don Algie.

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Port Denison Gun Club Monthly Results

Port Denison Gun Club Monthly Results

The Port Denison Gun Club had a fantastic turn out for its first shoot of the year with 39 competitors battling it out on the day. Shooters travelled from as far as Sarina, Mackay, Townsville, Silkwood, and Burdekin to join local members.

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Airlie Beach Parkrun

February 2, 2023

This week 49 committed people ran, jogged, and walked the five-kilometre waterfront course in the rain at Airlie Beach parkrun.

Special mentions from this week go to Michala and Angela, who completed their first parkruns. As well, Josh, Chris, and Isla recorded new personal bests.

The event was made possible by run director Dan and his team of 17 dedicated volunteers: Peter, Nick, Kara, Suzi, Wade, Paige (photographer), Charlie (photographer), Wendy, Ron, Susanne, Shane, Laura, Louise, Jarrod, Lynne, and Dennis.

Next week at Airlie Beach parkrun, the kids will be taking over. Under adult supervision youngsters will be the volunteers that make parkrun happen.

As well, Airlie Beach parkrun will be at the PCYC sports expo from 9-1pm next week, with volunteers on hand to answer questions.

On Saturday, February 18, Airlie Beach parkrun will be conducting a Pride-themed day, which will promote the inclusivity of all at parkrun, especially the LBQT+ community.

The date aligns with WorldPride day and will be supported by parkrun and Proud2Play. All participants and volunteers on the day are encouraged to participate by wearing rainbow themed sportswear.

Airlie Beach parkrun started on 5th December 2015. Since then 4,540 participants have completed 23,560 parkruns covering a total distance of 117,800 km, including 2,710 new Personal Bests. A total of 376 individuals have volunteered 3,410 times.

Every Saturday Airlie Beach parkrun meets at 6:50am for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina (adjacent to the top carpark). Parking is free in the lower carpark till 9:30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard. Post parkrun coffee and chat is held at Bohemian Raw and Berry & Maple Patisserie.

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun


Rain, hail, or sun, the Airlie Beach parkrun goes on!

Plenty of runners braved the conditions to enjoy the five-kilometre waterfront course in Airlie Beach

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Canecutters Close Finish Against Warriors, Valley Lose Out To Colts

February 2, 2023

The region’s T20 Premiers Colts took on Valleys while Canecutters faced off against Warriors in the cricket season’s 40-over A Side competition last weekend.

Valleys were off to a slow start having opted to bat first after winning the toss. Roy Blain (1/17) made the early breakthrough with Ricky Parslow (13) gloving legside delivery through to the keeper.

Jackson Riley (1/25) added his name to the wicket column shortly after to see Valleys looking somewhat shaky at 2/35 after 8 overs. Brad Wilkinson (30) steadied the ship with hard hitting Machlin Turner (46) to put Valleys back on the front foot.

The pair combined for a 57-run partnership before Michael Pettiford (4/48) caused all sorts of problems for Valleys middle order.

Mace Bennett (29) added some later order hitting before Nathaniel Kleinert (1/22), Ben Altmann (1/7) and Lachy Altmann (1/0) combined to mop up the lower order to see Valleys bowled out for 140.

The Colts struggled in their run chase as Machlin Turner (4/20), despite having 5 dropped catches off his bowling, combined with Ricky Parslow (3/20) to wreak havoc with Ricky at one stage having every fielder on the ground in the slips cordon.

Michael Pettiford (48) and Ben Valmadre (37) tried their best to see Colts over the line, however it wasn’t to be as Tony Hinschen (3/8) quickly ran through the tail to see Colts all out for 115.

In the other match, Warriors won the toss and elected to bat and never managed to get their innings going. Youngsters Darcy Milne (2/23) and Donny Pettiford (0/21) more than matched it with their older counterparts to start the bowling onslaught.

Not to be outshone by his son, Scott Milne (3/9) combined with fellow old timer Craig Brown (4/16) to send Warriors players back to the shed in quick succession. Josh Large (41) was the only player to show any form with the bat as Warriors were bundled out for 99 runs.

Liam Davies (39) and Darcy Milne (28) were out to make light work of the total, with the pair putting on 60 runs in the opening partnership before Craig Valmadre (2/14), rolling the arm over for the first time in a number of years, sent both opening batsman on their way.

Dan Leschke (1/6) managed to add his name to the wicket column before Canecutters got over the line with a comfortable seven wicket win.

This Saturday will see Warriors taking on The Colts and Valleys to meet Canecutters.

Games are set to get underway at 12.30pm. Any new or returning players can contact Dale Mengel (0410 895 191) or Craig Brown (4945 1983) for further information.

Contributed with thanks to Dale Mengel

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Taking Your First Little Doggy Paddles

February 2, 2023

What better time is there to dip your toes in the water than when you’re a kid?

When you’re young, it is easier to learn something new – an irrefutable fact. When they're little, human beings are like sponges; there’s no better time than that of flowering youth to get in the water and soak it in.

The award-winning Airlie Beach Swim School by Danielle is the place by the pool for bubs and kids to dive in and have their first experience with water.

The Whitsundays’ premier swimming school is host to a team of professionals - who provide some of the finest swimming classes in the region – to ensure anyone can enjoy the waters that the Whitsundays offers.

Owner and founder Danielle Shea leads the team with her ethos that every child and adult should know how to swim: “Not only is it an important skill, but it allows them to experience the region to its fullest.”

“Not every family has a pool, but every family will visit the lagoon or the beach and spend birthday parties in the water. And living in Australia, it’s surrounded by it – every child should learn to swim,” Danielle said.

But, The Swim Australia Teacher of the Year for 2020 said that it’s never too late to learn or to even just enjoy the benefits of swimming.

“It’s the number one survival skill that anyone should learn, especially living here in the Whitsundays when you’re surrounded by water,” she said.

“We have everything from mums and bub classes where we guide them through the journey of learning how to swim, as well as juniors and adults, including Aqua Fit and Hydrotherapy.”

The school takes the development of its students – no matter their age – seriously, giving them the confidence to spread their flippers and swim, especially when it comes to introducing first-timers to the wonders of the water.

The team of experts at Airlie Beach Swim School is there to guide you to becoming your best swimmer, with safety at the heart of all their training.

If you would like to learn how to swim, or join up for Aqua Fit or Hydrotherapy, check out https://airliebeachswimschool.com.au/

Image: Airlie Beach Swim School by Danielle teaches every age group from four months old the importance, and wonders, of swimming

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Bowen Golf News

February 2, 2023

Wednesday’s competition at Bowen Golf Club was a single stableford event with ladies’ winner Jo Kukura, 39 points, and runner up Lisa Raisbeck, 38.

Men’s winner was Brendan Nott, 39 points, runner up was Clifford Querro, 38 points.

On Australia Day, Bowen Golf Club hosted 100 players for its annual ‘Aussie Day ambrose’. With perfect weather, it was no wonder the golfers enjoyed the day.

The Club extended its congratulations to winners Joshua Laurie and Vince Hargraves, as well as runners-up Julie and Michael Mawson.

No competition was held at the club on Saturday due to rain.  

This weekend’s competition is a single stroke event for the February Monthly medals sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply and Bowen Golf club.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Image: The Australia Day ambrose winners and runners-up at Bowen Golf Club

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Wangaratta Bowls

February 2, 2023

A great afternoon of play last Tuesday at Wangaratta Bowls Club, with results heading Laurie Land and Greg Colquhoun’s way to start off the week.

The pair defeated Sue Shearing and Mark Drummond to win the afternoon, and the other games were full of the same intensity and excitement.

Rodney Mumby, Isobel Wheeler, and Graeme Read defeated Bron Tolcher, Deb Retchless, and Penny Warren, while Nadine Land, Irene Laird, and Linda Smith defeated Terry Blair, Margaret Wilson, and Mark Drummond.

The final game of Tuesday was between the team of Gwenda Lydom, Lyn Danvers, and Steve Roome against Merle Elphinstone, Robyn Stitt, and Geoff Danvers, with the former side winning.

Sunday’s winners came out on Rink 3: Therese Willshire, Sue Shearing, and Mark Drummond, who defeated Lindy Suann, Kent Moriarty, and Fely Duncan.

Other games comprised of the winning team Denise Wallace, Linda Scells, and Greg Colquhoun defeating Rod Mumby, Isobel Wheeler, and Sugar Brunker.

Bill Myers, Penny Warren, and Allan Rolfe defeated Jocelyn DeFrancise, Kevin Baxter, and Mark DeFrancise. While Deb Retchless, Robyn Stitt, amd Geoff Danvers defeated Gwenda Lydom, Graeme Read, and Pat Tracey to round out the results.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Image: Sunday's Winners at Wangaratta Bowls Club, Therese Willshire, Mark Drummond, and Sue Shearing

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Proserpine Bowls Report

February 2, 2023

Sunday at Proserpine Bowls Club was a return to play with 13 players taking advantage of the green being open again – and there was some good bowls played, too.

Ken and Kendall Watts proved too strong, defeating Alen Sanderson and Heather Brown in an 18-10 win.

Following up that win was Bruce Uhe with his own, playing double lead in a game between the team of himself, Mary Hedgelong, and Peter Lawton and the side comprised of Bruce, Mike Harrison, and Philip Brown, 17 – 13.

Airlie Beach visitor Carol Crosbie and Barry Zillmann defeated the South Australian Mark Fuller and Sandy Daffara, 22 - 11.

Nominations are now open for all club Competitions at Proserpine, with nominations closing at the end of February. Competition to start early March.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

February 2, 2023

A jam-packed week at Airlie Beach Bowls with some extremely exciting news from the club’s resident historian and statistician, Neil Moore.

Club members Carol Crosbie and Betty Nicole are now ranked 153rd best pairs bowling team in Australia and the talented Manny Isgro, is the 200th best male bowler in Australia.

The club hosted 20 bowlers at last week’s Tuesday afternoon bowls, each striving for the winner’s cheque, yet only one team could claim it: skipper Betty Nicole alongside the diminutive Di Dobbins at lead.

Margo Stanley went home with the Health Hub Award.

Last Wednesday’s afternoon bowls was host to two big winners: Col Morris and Bill Gordon. Wednesday night continued the excitement, Business House Bowls hosted its welcome back party before the competition resumes next week.

Thursday morning was the club’s Australia Day party with over 40 people coming for “Aussie breakfast” and a flag raising ceremony. The bowls followed and was won by the team skippered by Andrew Butler with lead Juanita Matterson and Bill Gordon at second.

The Club extended its thanks to Margo Stanley for her preparation and fantastic organisation of the function.

No Scroungers on Saturday morning due to inclement weather.

Sunday saw 20 bowlers vie for the first prize cheque and it was Stevie Lawrie whom, with Mario De Martini at lead and visitor Colin Simpson at second, won against all comers quite comfortably.

The Men’s singles, triples and fours will all be staged this month.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

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The Whitsundays Newest Organised Sport

February 2, 2023

A new sport has arrived in the Whitsundays as a group of local enthusiasts hosted an open day on Sunday, inviting sailors and land lubbers alike to come and try their hand at racing a “blokart”.

A contingent of small, one-design carts scooting around the sands of Conway beach last weekend were the subject of raised eyebrows, as the Whitsunday Blokart Club held an open day.

So, what is Blokarting? The newest official Whitsunday sport is a form of cart racing where riders take a compact land yacht – or better explained, like a tiny boat with wheels – and race them on the beach.

These three-wheeled land yachts have a range of sails which are selected on the day to match the wind conditions and the weight and experience of the sailor.

It is a sport suitable for all ages – particularly for recreation -  and twelve attendees were out in force for the club’s open day on Sunday. Plenty of whom were experienced sailors.

These high-performance machines are built to a strict one design format in production form, with additional items allowed on the performance models.  

A short course was set up along the beach, ensuring that everyone kept a safe distance, and with the guidance of long term blokarter, David Moore, there were smiles all around.

Whitsunday Blokart Club is the latest club to register with the Australian Blokarting Association, joining other Queensland clubs at Mackay, Yeppoon, Bundaberg, and Brisbane.  There are several local beaches suitable for blokarts, including Conway, Bowen, and Cape Hillsborough, providing locals plenty of opportunity to play on the sand.

“The weather on Sunday made Conway Beach a perfect setting for the club’s open day,” Darren Archibald, president of the Whitsunday Blokart Club, said.

The club plans to run another open day soon at a venue to be decided, but members can usually be found at Cape Hillsborough or Conway Beach most weekends when the tide is low.  

A full program will be listed on the whitsundayblokarts.com.au website.

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm

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Sailing Report

February 2, 2023

Twilight Race: A south easterly greeted the 85 sailors in last week’s Wednesday twilight race conducted by Whitsunday Sailing Club.  

10 knots of breeze and flat waters made for a lovely experience on the water after a week’s break.

Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) was first to cross the starting line, some 10 seconds late, and they were still well clear of the rest of the fleet.

It was the usual suspects at the front, with  Bobby’s Girl leading QMS Ponyo (John Galloway), while Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez) battled against Reignition (Charles Wallis) for the minor placings.  Further back, Houdini (Rob Meizer) were delayed when a crew member missed his trapeze wire and ended up in the water.

Bobby’s Girl held on to score another line honours win, and on corrected time, QMS Ponyo took the honours from Reignition and Wide Load (Shannan Hart).

Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli) led the fleet away in Division 3, with Seventh Heaven (Charlie Preen) and Aquatarius (Tom Parker) in pursuit.  A near collision between Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) and Lama (James Hayes) was averted at the last moment, while Shiraz (John Cable) suffered a torn sail, delaying their progress until a replacement was set.  

Once underway, Wobbly Boot built a comfortable lead, while Aquatarius closed in on Seventh Heaven, getting within 30 seconds by the time they reached the finish. On corrected time, Seventh Heaven took the honours by 2 seconds from Norbert G (Ghigo Casalini), with Rossgo (Greg Hammon) a distant third.

Races continue every Wednesday from 4:30pm, with limited crewing positions available. Those wishing to participate as crew need to be at the club by 2:30 pm (limited spots available).

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm

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Sign Up And Get Active At The Sports Expo

January 26, 2023

Next weekend the eighth annual Whitsunday Sportspark Expo will transform the Whitsunday PCYC into a buzzing hub for sports enthusiasts of all kinds who will come together and discover new clubs and sign-up for exciting seasons ahead.

There will be a wide range of different sports represented and showcased by experts and coaches who each host interactive stalls where attendees can learn more about the sport, the commitment involved and whether it would suit their lifestyles.

This is an opportunity for parents to ask questions and discover new avenues for their child’s fitness, recreation and sporting futures.

Chairman of the Whitsunday Sportspark, Justin Butler, said that joining a sports club is a positive step for any family and a great way to start the new year.

“It’s time to get active and healthy – get away from your screens, get off your coach and get amongst your community,” he said.

“The Expo gives parents the opportunity to find out more about the amazing local sports we have available here in this area.”

The event promises to be an action-packed, fun occasion for all the family - try your hand at tennis, jump on the back of a stationary trail bike, explore a sailing boat, hit a golf ball and meet the team captains of some of Australia’s favourite sports.

There will be plenty of information and an opportunity to meet other families, grab some refreshments and plan a new year of sport.

WHAT: Whitsunday Sports Expo

WHERE: Whitsunday Sports Park

WHEN: Saturday, February 4 from 9am – 1pm

A wide range of sporting groups will be giving out information at the upcoming Whitsunday Sports Expo

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Fun For The Whole Family

January 26, 2023

If you’re looking for a sport that literally anyone can play, then touch footy is for you.

It’s fun, it’s social, requires little commitment and Whitsunday Touch Secretary Alita Debrincat wants everyone to give it a go.

“It’s such a great sport for everyone,” she said.

“We’ve got from eight-year-olds to 50-plus-year-olds playing in the competition, touch footy’s one of those sports that has a grade for everyone, including mixed grades and family grades.

“It’s a great game for the whole family to enjoy and the only sport in town that you can play as a whole family.

“Our mixed competition is growing fast and we are calling for more women to come give footy a go!”

The growing mixed competition provides a healthy and social atmosphere to play touch footy with friends old and new.

“Traditionally our mixed comp allows a maximum of four males on the field,” Alita said.

“The rest of the state plays with no more than three males on the field and we want to bring our touch competition to the same level as the rest of the state, so we need more women to come give touch a go.”

Nominated by Queensland Touch Football for Best Small to Medium Association in 2022, Whitsunday Touch has four Competition Grades including Open A Grade, Mixed A & B, Mixed C (Family Grade) and Kids Touch (5 to 8 years).

Kids Touch is only $50 each when you sign up at the Whitsunday Sports Expo.

With all games held at the Whitsunday Sports Park on a Monday night, starting between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, and no training or travel involved, touch footy is proving itself as the cheapest and most accessible sport in town.

Grading games start in early February with the season to start later in the month, followed by a second season halfway through the year.

“Just come down and have a go,” said Alita.

You can find Alita and the team from Whitsunday Touch at the Whitsunday Sports Expo happening on Saturday, February 4 from 9:00am until 1:00pm at Whitsunday PCYC, Jubilee Pocket.

Whitsunday Touch Secretary Alita Debrincat says come give touch a go!

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A High Energy Social Sport Like No Other

January 26, 2023

Netball is a fast-moving game that requires an element of teamwork seeing players meld with teammates in a way unlike any other sport.

With the new netball season starting in February, Whitsunday Netball Association are seeking new players.

“Anyone who enjoys a high energy team sport will love netball,” said Whitsunday Netball Association President Shannon Lorraway.

“Whether playing for fun or fitness, Whitsunday Netball Association can offer a netball program for all skills and abilities.”

While netball has long been a sport popular with girls and women, mixed netball is rising in popularity with more and more boys and men playing every year.

Netball is a team sport for all ages and abilities, with Whitsunday Netball Association welcoming girls and boys from age five and ladies and men from age 18 years.

Shannon said netball is also a terrific way to make friends, no matter your age.

“Friendships made on a netball court are friendships for life,” she said.

The netball season starts on Tuesday, February 7 for ages 5-10 years and Wednesday, February 8 for ages 11-16 years.

Training is held every Tuesday for ages 5-10 years and Wednesday for ages 11-16 years from 4:30pm to 6:30pm with carnivals held once a month.

While training is located locally at Whitsunday Sports Park, regional carnivals can be held once a month across north Queensland including in Bowen, Mackay, Townsville, Sarina and Burdekin.

Shannon says the upcoming Sports Expo is an opportunity for new families and community members to find out about the Whitsunday netball community and netball programs on offer.

“Sports Expo gives us the opportunity to talk to anyone who might be unsure about our sport and provide details on what they can expect,” she said.

“It also gives returning members a chance to say hi and ask any questions they may have about the upcoming season.”

You can find Shannon and the team from Whitsunday Netball Association at the Whitsunday Sports Expo happening on Saturday, February 4 from 9:00am until 1:00pm at Whitsunday PCYC, Jubilee Pocket.

“Friendships made on a netball court are friendships for life.”

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104 People Participate In Parkrun

January 26, 2023

Another successful parkrun took place at the Airlie Beach waterfront on January 21st, with 104 participants running, jogging, and walking the 5km course.

Of those, 22 were first-time parkrunners and 8 completed their very first parkrun. Five participants even recorded new personal bests, with Jarrod, Craig, Jessie, Krystal, and Brett leading the way.

Aidan also celebrated his 25th parkrun, and Su was recognised for her 50 weeks of volunteering.

Every Saturday, parkrunners meet at 6:50am for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina, with free parking available in the lower carpark until 9:30am for those displaying a parkrun barcode on their dashboard. After the run, participants gather for coffee and conversation at Bohemian Raw and Berry and Maple Patisserie.

The kind volunteers

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A Weightlifting Way Of Life

January 26, 2023

Building strength and building confidence, Whitsunday Weightlifting offer classes to anyone from the age of eight to 80, equipping them with the foundation needed to achieve any health goal.

Whether you are trying to improve your fitness to help excel in other sporting activities, want to shed a few holiday kilos or need some guided assistance with rehabilitation, owner Leanne Knox says she can tailor make a program to get you there.

“Weightlifting and our other classes are great for increasing body awareness, base strength and other key skills like focus,” said Leanne.

“Through regular practice you can be better at other sports, run faster, jump higher and avoid injury.”

With a variety of child-friendly equipment such as light, plastic dumbbells, young people can learn to lift safely and easily.

“We have had so many teenagers come through the club and find it gives them focus,” said Leanne.

“It’s all about technique and execution, it is a thinking sport and there is no ceiling to how much you can improve.

“Measuring your progress can be very rewarding”

Leanne Knox started Whitsunday Weightlifting from a shed next to her home 10 years ago.

Back then, she had just two members but now she has over 50, plus four trainers and a large ‘bush gym’ with extensive equipment.

She has also expanded to offer classes in strength and conditioning, power lifting and Olympic weightlifting.

Over the years there have been several national champions and Australian representatives come from the club and Leanne prides herself on being able to help people reach competitive levels if that’s what they want to do.

There are opportunities to compete in Townsville and Mackay four times a year and there is a state championship held in Brisbane annually.

Whitsunday Weightlifting, however, is about much more than competing, it is about challenging yourself and making new friends along the way.

“It’s an individual sport and it often attracts kids who like to be one-on-one, so we see a lot of close relationships form,” explains Leanne.

Whitsunday Weightlifting juniors train on a Monday and a Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5pm and adult classes are held regularly so call Leanne to enquire.

Leanne Knox, owner and trainer at Whitsunday Weightlifting. Photo credit: Rachael Smith

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Wangaratta Bowls News

January 26, 2023

After our recent weather event, members were keen to get back on the green. On Sunday four triples and a pairs game were played with great enthusiasm.

Winners came out on Rink 4 and they were Irene Laird, Denise Wallace and Greg Colquhoun who defeated Lindy Suann, Lyn Danvers and Barry Beel.

Other results were Deb Retchless, Sue Shearing and Fely Duncan defeated Bill Myers, Isobel Wheeler and Sugar Brunker.

Mike Pace, Robyn Stitt and Allan Rolfe defeated Merle Elphinstone, Margaret Wilson and Pat Trace.

Gwenda Lydom, Kev Daniels and Mark Drummond defeated Roger Mumby, Laurie Land and Kennedy Whitton.

Penny Warren and Geoff Danvers defeated Linda Scells and Graeme Read.

The elusive jackpot did not go off.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Mark Drummond and Sunday's Winner Greg Colquhoun

Graeme Read and Geoff Danvers out on the green looking at the tight head

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Bowen Bowls Report

January 26, 2023

Wednesday Social Bowls: Gavin Charles, Peter Thomson, Tiarna Rogers and Dave Moodie, Lee Welsted, Ian Best. Daryl O’Connell, Brett Lampard, Geoff Tierney and Robin Stitt, Jane Gilbert, Daryl Tuttle. Tracey Roach, Andy Peebles, Mark Rogers, Steve Roome and Joan Edwards/Bev Smith, Carol O’Connell, Paula Welsted, Jill Brabon.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

Sunday Scroungers Winners: Ross Scanlon, Ron Gould, Mark Rogers, Shane Hornbuckle, Peter Wilson, Gavin Charles and Helen Jacobson. Photo supplied

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Airlie Bowls

January 26, 2023

The Men's A Grade Pairs tournament at the local bowls club got off to a slow start due to inclement weather, but eventually kicked off on Thursday with practices. The tournament concluded on Sunday with the semi-finals, leaving only two teams to compete in the final.

Last year's winners, Shane Spann and Manny Isgro, decided to team up with new, talented players for the competition. The final match-up will feature Isgro paired with Harry Quod and Spann paired with Luke Kinnear. The dates and times of the final match will be announced at a later date.

In addition to the A Grade Pairs tournament, the Men's A Grade Singles, B Grade Men's Singles, and Senior Singles are currently underway and results will be made available as they are known.

On Sunday, a Social bowls event was held with 20 participants competing. The winning team was led by Lynne Skeen with Mario De Martini at lead and John Brown at second. The second place team was skippered by Nik Fernbach with Mark Mawson at second.

The Mixed Pairs tournament, carried over from last season, held a thrilling final on Saturday in front of a sizable audience. The winning team was made up of Harry Quod and Karen Jensen, the Vice Chairperson of the club, who narrowly defeated Rick Galea and Ladda Purdie.

With the return of school and Wednesday Night Business House Bowls, as well as the Will Scroungers tournament on Saturday mornings, the club is gearing up for a busy season.

Information provided with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Mixed Pairs Champions, Harry Quod and Karen Jensen. Photo supplied

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On The Whitsunday Green

January 26, 2023

This week’s Friday 9 hole stableford was won by Justyn Durbin on a 21 point win, second place was Scotty Hayes – Williams on a nice 21 points and coming in third was Rob Lodders on 20 points.

Our Sunday Competition was won by Jake Day on a beautiful 40 points, second place on 36 points Saath Yolingumni and third Tyson Flavel on 35 points with a nice birdy on the last hole.

Nearest to pin Jake Day and Tyson Flavel.

This week’s Sunday Competition will be our Monthly Medal tee off at 10am.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

Pictured: Jake Day

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Whitsunday Social Golf

January 26, 2023

The recent wet weather did not deter the keen golfers on Sunday who played a single stableford on the front nine.

Winners on the day were - A Grade Ladies’ Anna Winterbourn, runner-up Penny Wardroper.

B Grade Ladies’ was claimed by Karen Rix with runner-up going to Pam Casey.

Men’s A Grade winner went to Geoff Harrison and runner-up Darren Reynolds.

Men’s B grade winner was Gerald Lovell followed by runner-up Paul Nicol.

Longest Drives went to Darren Reynolds, Paul Nicol, Penny Wardroper and Pam Casey, while Darren Reynolds, Paul Nicol, Anna Winterbourn, Karen Rix and Tiina Randmae laid claim to nearest the pins.

Next week will be an early February MM.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Contributed with thanks to Joanne Moynihan.

Karen Rix, Geoff Harrison and Anna Winterbourn

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Proserpine Golf Report

January 26, 2023

Saturday Competition

The course re-opened for a front nine twice Allenbuild Stableford on Saturday, the conditions suited George Steane who carded a very nice 39 points, 2 points ahead of Nick Watson and 4 points ahead of Scott Grigg in 3rd place on 35 points.

The ladies found the conditions tough, Anna Winterbourn on 25 points winning on a countback from Lyn Muller and Trish McNeill.

After hitting down the middle all day, Lenny Booroff made the 2-shot club, along with George Steane, Lew Tuck, Ben Smith and Nick Watson.

NTP’s went to: Lew Tuck, Brad Fleet, Mandy Patterson and Trish McNeill.

Sunday Competition

A total of 24 players ventured out for a Stableford round on Sunday, Conrad Werner winning the men’s competition with 38 points on a count back from Brian Allen, Geoff Harrison completed the podium placements with 34 points.

Karen Rix came home strong to take out the ladies’ competition with 31 points, Anna Winterbourn and Penny Wardroper coming second and third both on 28 points.

Conrad’s putter was on fire, holing the only two 2 shots of the day.

NTP’s went to Conrad, Anna Winterbourn x 2 and Dean Kercher.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club.

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Join Whitsunday Blokart Club

January 26, 2023

Whitsunday Blokart Club will be holding a come and try and day for local residents and visitors to the Whitsunday region at Conway Beach Sunday 29 January 2023 from 10am .

This sports event is a local intuitive to bring local people both young and old together to enjoy and

showcase a unique sport not often experienced in the Whitsundays.

The Whitsunday Blokart Club will be holding “come and try days” throughout the year at Conway Beach and Cape Hillsborough with skilled members on hand to assist you to learn and try out our unique sport and experience just what gives people the blokart smile!

If you would like to have a crack at this unique sport, we ask you to please wear enclosed footwear on the day keep your dogs leashed, and watch your younger children while karts are moving on the beach.

If you would like to see more on just what BloKarting is all about, please go to www.blokart.com

We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 Whitsunday Summer Blokart extravaganza.

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm.

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Over 200 Attend Swimming Carnival

January 26, 2023

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club hosted a very successful swimming carnival over the weekend with 200 competitors. Club Coaches, Mark Erickson, Ken Crittenden and Shay Wilmot were very impressed with all the Cannons and how they performed.  

According to Ken Crittenden, 49 Cannonvale Cannons swam in 434 events and achieved 271 PBs, 19 Club Records, State and National qualifying times. Congratulations to Eloise, Jy Parkinson, Remy Hedges, Jacob Bell, Don Algie and Jax Clayworth for setting new Club Records. Of course, the swimmers were very excited about their medals, ribbons and prize money from the Skins.  

Top Performers who swam PBs in all their races include: Jacob Bell, Eloise Chegwidden, Harry Chegwidden, Declan Dichiera, Maeve Dichiera, Jack Ganter, Ruby Harland, Billie Jamieson, Lily Maher, Isabella Pisaniello, Max Smith, Molly Smith and Lukas Trevaskis.  

Congratulations to new Cannons who swam extremely well over the weekend:  Miller Eaves, Murphy Jamieson, Alex Trefz, Zach Trefz, Indigo Harland, Dylan Reynolds and Andie Reynolds. Well done to Gracie and Pippa Laguna who did very well swimming in longer distances.  

Special mention to:  Taj Murray swam a massive 51.5 second PB in his 400 metre Freestyle in a time of 5.23.95. One of Matilda Nicholes best swims was her 100 metre Butterfly in a time of 1.54.85 which earnt her a silver medal.  

James Davies swam a super 50 metre Breaststroke in 1.04.73, a 7.86 second PB. Tora Delac won gold medals for her 25 metre, 50 metre Backstroke and 100 metre Backstroke and 100 metre IM.

One of Charlie Doherty’s best swims which earnt him a gold medal was his 200 metre IM in a time of 3.07.91, a 5.29 second PB. Thomas Ganter swam extremely well in his 100 metre Backstroke and 200 metre Freestyle, earning silver medals and big PBs.  

Millie Groom’s best events included her 100 metre and 200 metre Freestyle, with 5 second PBs. Koa Harland, aged 8 years swam a top 50 metre Breaststroke in 1.02.10. Ehsan Helou had a successful meet achieving 6 gold medals and 1 silver medal.  

One of Nelson Malady’s best swims was his 100 metre Butterfly which earnt him a gold medal with a 17.05s PB. Holly Perrin was very happy with her gold medal in the 200 metre Backstroke in a time of 2.32.72.

Congratulations to all the Cannons who participated on the weekend. A big thank you to all the wonderful parents and volunteers who worked so hard on the weekend to make the carnival such a success.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannonvale Cannons Team Photo. Photo Supplied

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Successful Start for the Cannons

January 19, 2023

The Cannonvale Cannons are having a great start to 2023 with 40 swimmers participating at Club Night on Wednesday night. The coaches, Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson were very surprised by the swimmers’ achievements with three new club records, 24 Upgrades and 67 Personal Best times.

Congratulations to Eloise Chegwidden and Jy Parkinson for setting new Club Records. Coach Mark Erickson presented Lily Maher and Murphy Jamieson with Upgrade Certificates and Remy Hedges with the Chocolate Award.  

Top performers include: Alex and Zach Trefz swam impressive times. Alex swam a super 12 metre Freestyle in 10.5 seconds. Zach swam massive PBs in his 25 metre Freestyle and 25 metre Backstroke.  

New club members, Owen Schepisi, Dylan and Andie Reynolds swam very well at their first Club Night.

Congratulations to the following swimmers who swam extremely well, achieving 3 or 4 PBs:  Billie Jamieson, Murphy Jamieson, Harris Delac, Tora Delac, Pippa Laguna, Nelson Malady, Evie Doherty, Sophie Fletcher, Ruby Harland, Matilda Nicholes, Celeste Orenshaw, Alex Trefz and Zach Trefz.  

Highlights include: Owen Maher  and Indi Harland both swam terrific Butterfly taking over 4 seconds off their previous best time. Koa Harland, aged 8 years, swam an excellent 100 metre IM in a time of 2.03.86 seconds which was a 10.6 second PB.  

Also swimming top medley times were Millie Groom, Matilda Nicholes, Sophie Fletcher, Ruby Harland and Remy Hedges. Holly Perrin, Matilda Nicholes, Celeste Orenshaw, Harris Delac, Ehsan Helou, Pippa Laguna, Lily Maher, Lukas Trevaskis and Isaac Pisaniello swam fantastic Backstroke.  Tate Harland swam a fabulous 50 metre Butterfly in 50.11 seconds, a 4.14 second PB.

Well done to the following swimmers who also swam PBs: Thomas Ganter, Anisa Helou, Jacob Bell, Tiana Bell, Eloise Chegwidden, James Davies and Abi Maher.  

The Cannons would like to commend all the swimmers who participated and thank all the parents for the support.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Eloise with her new Breaststroke record

Murphy with his upgrade certificate

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Join The Winning Team!

January 19, 2023

Whitsunday United Football Club took the region by storm last season, winning both the League and the Grand Final, which was a first in the club’s history.

They are now back for another season and, with training due to start next week, looking for more players to join their team as they expand.

For the first time ever, they are putting forward four men’s teams and two for the women’s, making this the biggest side in the club’s history in preparation for another winning season.

Having additional teams means there is more opportunity for a range of skill levels to participate, so whether you want to play a casual, social match or compete against the best, there is something for you at Whitsunday United Football Club.

Vice President, Mike Downing, said that everyone is welcome to come and give it a go.

“You don’t have to pay upfront, just come along to a training session and try it out,” he said.

“If you like it, we can put you in the appropriate bracket – there are plenty of levels so come on down and we’ll see you there!”

Training for the top two men’s teams is every Tuesday and Thursday, and the social teams train on Wednesday.

The women’s teams also train Wednesday.

All training begins at 6.30pm and everyone is invited to hang around afterwards to share a beer and conversation if they want to.

“We have a great social side to the sport,” said Mike.

“The fridge is always full of beer, and we all enjoy a few social nights out over the year.”

Players can expect to play roughly half the games on their home pitch at Whitsunday Sportspark and the other half away at different Mackay clubs.

The team often arrange a mini bus for away games so everyone can travel down together.

For the youngsters, there is also a Youth Team for anyone turning 13 this year or older.

The season begins in March and training for all teams begins next week so if you are interested in getting involved then come on down and give it a go.

“For the first timers, football is a really easy game to learn, it is also less physical than other sports,” said Mike.

“It’s loads of fun and open to everyone!”

Whitsunday United Premiers won the Grand Final and the League last season

Whitsunday United Women’s Football team

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Proserpine Golf Report

January 19, 2023

Tuesday Competition

The Tuesday Monthly Medal was won by Len Booroff with a handicap altering 68 nett, proving that those lessons work! Ben Rosenthal closely followed with 69 nett showing that the Proserpine Golf Course is agreeing with him! Wilf Herweg came in 3rd place also with 69 nett.

NTP’s went to Rees May and Sam Deicke.

Wednesday Competition

Tina Badenhorst braved the hot and humid conditions on foot to card a very nice 68 nett and win the PD Law Monthly Medal on Wednesday. Hether Luvis and Jenny Hounsell came in 2nd and 3rd respectively both on 73 nett. Lyn Muller was all over the NTP’s winning both and Tiina Randmae’s putter was on fire with only 27 putts for the round.

Thursday Competition

As it turned out, the 69 players on Thursday were lucky enough to get a round in before the course closed due to rain and flooding. Paul Gray carded an impressive 65 nett to win Division 1, two shots ahead of John Roser on 67 nett. Nick Watson and Matthew Muller claiming 3rd and 4th positions both on 68 nett.

Mark Cranston was too good for all others in Division 2, with another impressive score on the day of 66 nett, closely followed by Trevor Paroz on 67 nett and Michael Jarvis on 70 nett. NTP’s went to Len Booroff, Billy Woods, Trevor Paroz and Nick Watson.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club.

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Twilight Racing Report

January 19, 2023

The clouds threatened last Wednesday’s twilight race conducted on Pioneer Bay by Whitsunday Sailing Club, however on the water everything was fine, with a light north westerly breeze propelling the boats. A fleet of 15 boats and 83 crew took place in this weekly event.

Given that one minute before the start, QMS Ponyo (John Galloway) were still raising their mainsail after some last minute repairs, it was surprising to see them clear the entire fleet to take the Doyle Sails sponsored best start prize for Division 2.  

The lead, however, was short lived, as Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) led the fleet around the first mark, never again to be headed. QMS Ponyo slotted into second place, while Smooth Criminal (Iyas Shaheen) and Reignition (Charles Wallis) took up the next couple of places. Behind them, a close tussle between Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) and Houdini (Rob Meizer) finally went the way of Houdini. On corrected time, QMS Ponyo took the honours over Treasure VIII and Bobby’s Girl.

The start of Division 3 was a bit more interesting, with Norbert G (Ghigo Casalini) attempting to thwart the efforts of Rossgo (Greg Hammon). The end result was that both boats were deemed by the starter to be on the wrong side of the starting line, and while Rossgo redeemed themselves by restarting, Norbert G completed a penalty turn, but failed to restart the race.  

In the meantime, Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) felt that they may have also fallen foul to the starter, returning to restart, only to find that they were not guilty. A great recovery race however saw them finish just 16 seconds shy of Rossgo. Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli) was first home by a large margin of seven minutes which was only enough for 3rd place on corrected time. Race honours went to Rossgo over Masquerade.

Races continue every Wednesday from 4:30pm, apart from the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year, so those wishing to participate as crew need to be at the club by 2:30 pm (limited spots available). Full results are available at https://app.sailsys.com.au/club/85/profile?tab=results.  

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm

Twilight races beatthe clouds last week

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Veterans Golf Report

January 19, 2023

Good to see so many players for our first game of 2023, even though it was still too hot for some.

It was our first Monthly Medal of the year and the winner for the men was Len Boorof with a great score of 67 followed by Colin Hounsell on 68 and Wilf Herweg on 69.

The ladies’ winner was Jenny Hounsell with 72 followed by Lyn Muller 73 and Mandy Patterson 74.

Pin shots went to Gerald Lovell and Steve Mitchell on 9, Barry Mortimer and Colin Hounsell on 13, Trevor Paroz and Nic Aprussese on 16.

Lyn Muller and Beryl Nosworthy on 9, Jenny Hounsell on 13, Lyn Muller and Paula McQuat on 16.

Well done to everyone. Next Tuesday will be a 4BBB - choose your partners.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat.

Jenny Hounsell and Len Boorof

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On The Whitsunday Green

January 19, 2023

The weekly 9-hole competition was very close this week but the winner was Glenn Rees with a count back win, 18 points.

Second, also on 18 points, was Michael Bond who took a count back placing over Saath Yolangumni, also 18 points.

The Friday competition was also close - Billy O’Conner took the win with 22 points over Andrew Gomez and Tim Harris who both scored 21 points, Andrew taking second on the count back.

Two match play rounds were completed with Ryan Kenny defeating Nathan Nicholic and Justyn Durbin defeating Sean Fogarty.

Planning is underway for a special Australia Day team competition. 18-holes, 4 to a team, tee-off between 10am and 12 noon. Book your team in today!

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

A wet round for Jay Angel, Bob Spees and Ross Clanachan

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Cannons First Club Night for 2023

January 12, 2023

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club will be hosting their first Club Night for 2023 on Wednesday, 11 January, 2023.  

Many swimmers have been training over the school holidays preparing for the carnival season ahead.  

The first carnival for the season will be held in Ayr on 14 January and the club has 17 swimmers participating.  

The club is also preparing to host its own Cannonvale Cannons carnival on 21 and 22 January.

Last week, 30 swimmers participated in a goal setting workshop. Swimmers reflected on 2022 and set realistic goals for the next 10 weeks.  

Some of the swimmers set competitive goals and others set fitness or stroke goals.  

Last Thursday, 12 junior squad swimmers participated in a dive workshop. The coaches, Ken Crittenden, Shay Wilmot and Mark Erickson say it was very successful and it was rewarding to see swimmers feeling more confident with their dives and starts.  

On Friday afternoon, swimmers thoroughly enjoyed a couple of games of water polo and “flipperball”.  

The Cannonvale Cannons would like to welcome new swimmers and their families to come along to Club Night.  New members are always welcome.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

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Whitsunday Touch – New Name, New Season

January 12, 2023

With the upcoming season starting in a matter of weeks, the local Whitsunday Touch Football sporting group are looking for a new name so they can increase their profile within the broader competition community.

Their counterparts, Mackay Thunder and Townsville Frogs, have a mascot or theme and it is now time for Whitsunday Touch to welcome a new identity too.

A Facebook post was launched to get player feedback and, with 227 registered players for Whitsunday Touch, there have been a lot of comments and recommendations.

So far, two front runners have come out ahead – the Whitsunday Wallabies and the Whitsunday Mudskippers.

“We want to keep it local and identified with something local,” said committee member Alita DeBrincat.

“I think the Wallabies would be a great play on that!”

Her husband and fellow committee member, however, thinks that the Mudskippers are more synonymous with the club.

“There are mudskippers right here on our home ground,” said Azza DeBrincat.

“Half the field is surrounded by mudskippers and their evolution – they are fish that walk on land – is what I like!”

Anyone can comment on the club’s Facebook page, but the ultimate decision will be made by the committee.

Touch Football is hugely popular in the Whitsundays with over 200 players meeting and competing against each other every Monday night.

It is one of the only local sports that requires no travel and can be played together as a family.

“It’s economical, it’s community based, there is no travel, no training – the commitment is only joy!” said player Demelza Ansell.

“We are all working parents – but we all get here as a family – and we love it”

“I’m a single mother and I like that we can bring in the male role models to connect with kids”

Alita agrees, saying the sport has been a source of great times with her children.

“We get to play as a family together in this sport – mums and dads get to play together with their kids,” she said.

“Every age-group can play because of the different levels of skillsets.”

Touch Football is a form of Rugby League but instead of physically tackling your opponent, you simply need to ‘touch’ them in order to win the play.

This means the sport is not only family-friendly, affordable and low-commitment, it is also non-contact and safe for everyone to participate.

This makes it great for girls and also people who are getting older but still wish to compete and have fun.

Do not be fooled by the all-inclusive aspect however, the competition is split into grades and there is a competitive side to the sport which is highly-skilled and loved by many youngsters at their peak of fitness.

Perfect for all ages, genders and abilities, there is something for everyone in Touch Footy.

If you would like to get involved head to the Whitsunday Touch Facebook page or simply come and check out a game from 5.30pm every Monday at Whitsundays Sports Park.

Demelza Ansell, Claudia Ansell, Jay DeBrincat, Alita DeBrincat, Stella Ansell and Azza DeBrincat. Photo credit: Rachael Smith

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

January 12, 2023

The year has started with a bang and it was so great to see everyone ready and eager to improve and focus for our little club to go one step further than last season.

Due to rain Tuesday afternoon Social Bowls was cancelled but everything had dried up quickly so Rick Galea and Merve Stewart organised a very competitive set of pairs games for all participants.

Ladda Purdie and Keith Bates showed Betty Nicole and Rick Galea that their hot form would continue with some scintillating bowls that ran away with the prize money.

Lu Rogan won the prestigious Health Hub Award.

Sunday afternoon Social Bowls saw 30 bowlers competing for the prize money.

Bruce Uhe and John Anderson joined us from Proserpine Bowls Club and five games of competitive three bowls triples saw some amazing action with third place getters Margo Stanley with Keith Bates at lead and Alan Pershouse at second play great bowls.

Second place went to skipper Neil Moore who’s been in fabulous form and guided lead Mark Mawson and second Betty Whitehorn, who is also going through a purple patch with a comfortable victory.

On Sunday Carol Crosbie, Andy McDougall and Col Morris came from behind to beat Nik Fernbach’s team of Mario De Martini and John Brown, 22-9, running away with the prize money.

Congratulations to all players and new bowler Dawn Dowel who won the prestigious Health Hub award.

Andy McDougall, Carol Crosbie and Col Morris after their stunning victory on Sunday afternoon.

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Proserpine Golf Club Report

January 12, 2023

On Tuesday, 34 players competed and John Oates was victorious in the men’s competition with 37 points, beating Ben Rosenthal on a countback, Wayne Fitzgerald came in 3rd on 36 points. Mandy Patterson was too good for the ladies on 31 points ahead of Beryl Nosworthy and Tiina Randmae 30 & 28 points respectively.

NTP’s went to Beryl Nosworthy, Rob Riggall, Wilf Herweg, Wayne Fitzgerald and Mandy Patterson

Marcus Heathcote and Renae Maxwell were the winners of the Wednesday Medley with 39 and 36 points. Donna Cutts and Jill Farinelli 2nd and 3rd in the ladies, with Adam Hagy and Ross McNeill claiming podium places for the men.

NTP’s was won by Beryl Nosworthy, Lyn Muller, Donna Cutts, Ben Raymant and Adam Hagy

On Thursday the overall winner and winner of Division 2 was Ross McNeill with 45 points, ahead of Paul Joice on a countback, and Trevor Paroz on 39 points. Division 1 was won by Roger Vandenberg on 39 points, Sean Gower and Aaron Watts claiming 2nd and 3rd with 39 and 38 points.

NTP’s went to Justin Butler, Aaron Watts, Trevor Paroz and Mark McDougal.

A total of 102 players competed for the RGH Monthly Medal on Saturday. Mandy Patterson, with a very tidy 69 nett, won the ladies, followed by Helen Deighton on 72 and Renae Maxwell on 74 nett. Mandy also scooped the pool with a 2 shot and won both the Nearest the Pins – nice golf!

Jake Murray took home the RGH voucher with 65 nett and winning the January Monthly Medal for C Grade, followed by Len Booroff and Mark Schubert on 67 and 68 nett.

A Grade was won by Brad Fleet with a tidy 2 over par round resulting in a 68 nett. Jayden Lloyd and Jason Whitney coming in 2nd and 3rd with 69 and 70 nett.

B Grade winner was Ritchie Atkins, also on 65 nett, followed by Rod Wecker on 67 nett and John Bissell on 68 nett.

NTP’s - Mick Kavanagh, Ash Law, Merv Hinton and Jason Whitney

On Sunday, Vicki Tuck’s little break from golf didn’t detract from her lovely 73 nett winning the ladies competition 2 shots ahead of Tiina Randmae and Pamela Casey. Vicki also won a NTP along with Linda Wardroper.

A very nice 2 over par round for Lew Tuck saw him take out the Men’s competition with 66 nett, followed by Jason Whitney and Geoff Harrison on 68 nett.

NTP’s was won by George Meharry, Aaron Prosser and Lew Tuck x 2.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club.

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Proserpine Social Golf

January 12, 2023

The start of the new year of golf rounds saw 28 Whitsunday Members attend in hot conditions to play for the January Monthly Medal.

A Grade Men’s winner went to Lew Tuck followed by Jason Whitney on countback from Geoff Harrison, Men’s B Grade went to Ron Jamieson with Wilf Herweg runner-up.

Ladies’ A grade winner was Tiina Randmae followed by Pauline Redpath, Ladies’ B Grade winner was claimed by Vicki Tuck with Karen Rix runner-up.

Nearest the pins went to Lew Tuck, Dean Kercher, Pauline Redpath, Penny Wardroper, Jason Bourke and Vicki Tuck.

Longest drives were Ritchie Atkins, Dean Kercher, Tiina Randmae and Karen Rix.

Congratulations to all and thanks to our sponsors Airlie Panel & Paint, Master Butchers Whitsundays.

Next Sunday will be a single stableford.

Contributed with thanks to Joanne Moynihan.

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Airlie Bowls News

January 5, 2023

Happy New Year to everyone that lives here in paradise, and what wonderful news we have from our board, whom are set on making our bowls club a great place for patronage.

Starting with $5 per year membership for all non-dedicated bowlers and some great new food offerings to be announced shortly. If you want to come and get discounted drinks etc all you pay is $5 for 12 months membership.

We also hope to announce shortly a major sponsorship for our school children’s program currently being finalised by our own workaholic Margo Stanley which will involve Cannonvale state school, Proserpine state school, last year’s winners St Catherine’s school and of course the Christian College school.

Last year our Men’s Team finished 20 points in front of every other Bowls Club in our district including the big clubs from Mackay, so if you’re keen to learn, free lessons are available at the club from resident coaches Margo Stanley and Mark Mawson.

Don’t hesitate to contact the club where Bar Manager Fiona Greener, is ready to take on all comers.

Manny Isgro, Nik Fernbach and John Fielding all had an amazing year for the boys, whilst Betty Nicole, Carol Crosbie, Lyn Graham, Betty Whitehorn and Helen Hunt had amazing performances for the girls.

Tony Whitehorn, Rick Galea and Col Morris also did amazing work around the club.

Some very sad news came with the passing of Bob Ward just before Christmas, he will be very sadly missed and not having him around will be hard for all members.

Bobby Ward is probably already arranging bowls games in heaven.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

The victorious Men’s team whom performed admirably. Photo supplied

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Proserpine Golf Club Weekly Report

January 5, 2023

Adam Maggs played well last Wednesday in very heavy conditions to score 36 points, with John Clark and Brian Allen coming in 2nd and 3rd with 33 and 31 points respectively.

Adam and Brian also won the nearest the pins on the day.

On Thursday, 62 players played with visitor Ben Rosenthal coming in first place in Division One with 40 points, closely followed by Darren Reynolds on 39 points and Brett Norris on 36 points.

Jalen Jarvis, also on 40 points won Division Two with Scott Milne edging out Logan Devery on a countback with 39 points.

NTP’s were won by: Brendon Meharry, Brendan Spann, Paul Nicol and Ben Rosenthal.

Saturday results: Tiina Randmae was the best of the ladies on Saturday with 34 points, followed by Sherri Meade on 32 and Peta Thomas on 28 points. Sherri won 2 NTP’s and Tiina also won a NTP

Ben Raymant enjoyed the heavy conditions posting 40 points to win the men’s competition, ahead of Andrew Colborne and John Dodds, both on 35 points.

NTP’s – Brad Fleet, Sam Marschke and Shaun Tyrell. Only two people managed to score in the two shot club, Rob Stanley and Shaun Tyrell.

On Sunday, 10 players were in good enough condition on New Year’s morning to play a competition! Well done!

Michael Jarvis was the winner with 38 points, followed by Karl Kirkwood and John Clark on 36 points.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club.

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Swimming Into 2023

January 5, 2023

While many of the Cannonvale Cannons had a break from swim training over Christmas, there was a dedicated crew who have kept up their swim fitness. Every afternoon, swimmers enjoyed a blend of fitness and fun during training sessions.  

The coaches would like to commend Koa Harland, Ruby Harland, Tate Harland, Mason Harland, Harris Delac, Tora Delac, Declan Dichieria and Maeve Dichieria, Isaac Pisaniello and Isabella Pisaniello, Zane Clayworth and Jax Clayworth for consistently attending swim training and trying their best.  

Zach Trefz has been one of the top trainers over the past few weeks. He puts in a mighty effort in every set. On Friday afternoon, swimmers enjoyed a game of water polo. Senior ‘stand out’ players were Lucas O’ Toole, Tora Delac, Connor Lee, Austin Edwards-Bland, Mason Harland and Jax Clayworth. Not to be out done, the junior top performers were Declan Dichiera, Ruby Harland, Koa Harland and Andie Reynolds.  

This week, swimmers kickstart 2023. The coaches, Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson are very excited that 20 swimmers have signed up to do a goal setting workshop and junior swimmers have signed up to participate in a dive workshop.  

The coaches are also impressed that so many swimmers are keen to improve their cardiovascular fitness and build their endurance and muscle strength. Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water.  It tones muscles and builds strength. Some swimmers train for fitness and fun and others train for competition.  

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club resumes Club Nights from January 11 and the first carnival of the season will be held in Ayr on January 14. New swimmers and their families are welcome to come and try club swimming.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Dive practice during the last week of December

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Triathlon Club’s Big December

January 5, 2023

The Whitsunday’s premier triathlon club had an enormous December, being represented at two amazing events to end 2022.

Greg Martin completed the full Ironman in Busselton, Western Australia, representing the Whitsunday Triathlon Club (WTF), while Mark McConkey and Karen Maddock completed the Taupo 70.3 half Ironman in New Zealand.

Mr Martin – or ‘Marto’ to his friends - turned 60 this year and completed his fifth Ironman since he turned 20, roughly one each decade.

His triathlon career has taken him to competitions at home in Australia, and abroad to France and Switzerland.

Locals Mark McConkey and Karen Madden trained hard with the aim of conquering the 70.3 in New Zealand in December.

Mr McConkey had completed many half Ironman distance events but this was Ms Madden’s first endeavour at this distance as an individual.

The pair travelled all the way to Lake Taupo in New Zealand for this iconic event, which they both completed totally spent but thrilled.

They were confronted with a cold, freshwater swim unlike the warm Whitsunday waters.

Mr McConkey said he “looked up at one stage to see a Maori War canoe fully crewed keeping an eye on swimmers!”

The 500-metre run uphill to transition was daunting with the cold and rainy conditions. Trying to change into cycle gear was a real challenge.

The bike course on open roads also had challenging head winds, cross winds and steady drizzle. Both entered the run course with heavy legs and sodden gear when halfway through, the sun came out and both came home with severe wind and sun burn.

“Overall, a very picturesque course with some tough conditions and challenging sections but well worth the experience of completing a Half Ironman,” Mr McConkey said.

Whitsunday Triathlon Club President Michael Kimpton said they were extremely proud of the efforts its members.

“They train hard, focus on achieving and enjoy the friendship of the sport of Triathlon,” Mr Kimpton said.

“Everyone is now looking forward to our home event the Airlie Beach Triathlon on July 30. Looking forward to as many locals as possible to give it a go, and to the rest of the community for support and encouragement.”

Mr Kimpton said volunteers were still being sought and are an essential part of making this event happen.

“Feel free to visit our website and check out the benefits of helping to keep this Iconic annual race going,” he said.

“Well done, Marto, Karen, and Mark. Looking forward to bigger and better challenges in the future as our club blossoms with new exciting talent.”

Locals Mark McConkey and Karen Madden competing in New Zealand in December

Greg Martin completed the full Ironman in Busselton, Western Australia. Photos supplied

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Airlie Beach Bowls

December 23, 2022

This year has been “extraordinary” for Airlie Beach Bowls Club where is has exceeded expectations, finishing 2022 as the number one Bowls Club of the Mackay District and surrounding areas.

Members of the club put in some exceptional performances throughout the year, with highlights including the performances of Betty Nicole and Carol Crosbie.

As well, Men’s club champion Manny Isgro proved his excellence, exceeding his own high standards and showing that anything is possible with practice – with Nik Fernbach also embodying that same mentality.

Members Harry Quod, Shane Spann, John Fielding, Peter Barratt, Luke Kinnear, Warren Mills, Andrew Butler, Russell Jackson, Mark Mawson, Rod Howard, and Bob McMahon representedour Division One team and finishing a very credible second.

Other wonderful players that achieved fantastic success were Col Morris, Andy McDougall, John Askew, and John Brown.

On the ladies’ side there was Margo Stanley, Lyn Graham, Bev Taylor, Juanita Matterson, Jill Spencer, and Jill Mazlin-Petersen all excelling with district bowls success.

And a special mention must go to the club’s fantastic Vice Chairperson, Karen Jenson, whom was awarded the Club Person of the Year, with efforts far and beyond the call of duty.

Ms Jensen effectively led Airlie Beach Bowls Club this year, organising many functions, projects, promotions, and catering without any fuss and sacrificing her own bowls to do so.

Betty and Tony Whitehorn, Rick Galea, Ash Warland, Terry Clarke, Bob Spees, Tim Taylor, and Merve Stewart also deserve special thanks for their efforts.

We look forward to what the new year will bring and all be hopeful that we can exceed our expectations for 2023.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Club Chairman Ash Warland , with Mens President Peter Barratt giving Karen Jenson the Club person of the Year award

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Wangaratta Bowls

December 23, 2022

Tuesday’s game at Wangaratta Bowls Club resulted in a win for Penny Warren and Deb Retchless who defeated Robyn Stitt and Irene Laird.

The final game for the year was played on Sunday afternoon at the club with members out in full force enjoying the afternoons play with a cool sea breeze blowing.

Winners on Rink Three were Irene Laird, Mark Drummond, and Ray Brunker who defeated Maree Brunker, Denise Wallace, and Geoff Danvers.

Other winners were Greg Colquhoun, Penny Warren, and Allan Rolfe against Sue Shearing, Linda Scells, and Kennedy Whitton.

Deb Retchelss, Kent Moriarty, and Fely Duncan drew with Robyn Sitt, Lyn Danvers, and Pat Tracey.

Club Administration Member Penny Warren thanked members for the year on behalf of the club.

“I would like to wish all our members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year,” Ms Warren said.

“We will recommence play on Sunday, January 8 of 2023 and are looking forward to another successful year on and off the green.”

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Some of Sunday’s winners at Wangaratta Bowls Club

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Bowen Golf News

December 23, 2022

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club.

Ladies’ winner on a countback was Claire Garrod with 33 points, runner up Amanda Parter, 33 also. Men’s winner was Kailan Batchelor, 40 points, runner up Bradley Reinke, 38.

Saturday’s competition was a 4BBB event for Christmas Seafood sponsored by Rynn’s Seafood.

Winners Gary Marks and Greg Fairs finished with 46 points, with runners-up Robyn Slade and Bradley Reinke, 45 points.  

Pin shots went to Kurt Bidgood with an OBP, Wes Smith, Lee Tiller, Jeff Day, Rhiannon Nott, Bonnie Kohlhase, and Judy Atkins twice. Garry Thompson won the Car wash voucher.

Bowen Golf club would like to thank all the sponsors for their support during 2022 and wish all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2023.

This weekend’s competition is a stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf club.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

One half of the winning team Greg Fairs, One half of the runner up team Robyn Slade

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Proserpine Golf Report

December 23, 2022

Tuesday Competition at Proserpine Golf Club saw Paul Gray perform at the highest standard, setting a great score of 40 points on Tuesday and streaking ahead of the competition.

Aaron Pross and Brent Franke came in second and third with 34 and 33 points, respectively.

Wednesday Competition: 22 players played in the Wednesday Stableford medley. Trish McNeill won the ladies’ on 36 points and Ben Smith ahead of the pack on 39 for the men.

Aaron Prosser, Nathan Sothmann, Elspeth Scotford, and Tina Badenhorst all on 35 points in the run down.

NTP’s were wone by Trish McNeill, Adam Maggs, Paula McQuat, Aaron Prosser, and Tina Badenhorst.

Thursday Competition: A very nice 44 points by Jacob Nightingale helped him to win Division One on Thursday, with Brendan Spann in second on 41. Ken Lovett also scored a winning 40 to take out Division 2 with Rob Webb in second on 36.

NTP’s went to:  Jacob Nightingale, Adam Maggs and Nathan Sothmann by 2

Saturday Competition: The annual awards were presented on Turkey Day. 102 players out on the course and the winners of the Three ball ambrose were Hope Grunfeld, Gavin Kleidon, and ably assisted by the resident Professional, Roger Vandenberg, on 53.33 nett.

In second place was Caitlin Daly, Nicole Ryan. and Ben Smith, and on the third place podium was Tina and Frans Badenhorst with Scott Grigg.

Sunday Competition: 16 players backed up on Sunday after Turkey Day, Ryan Wilkes continuing his good form with 39 pts, followed by Simon Della Santa on 36 pts and Penny Wardroper 34 points.

NTP’: Simon, Ryan and Penny and Brian Allen.

Annual Award Recipients

Ladies Handicapped Matchplay Runner Up Leanne Alexander

Men’s Handicapped Matchplay Runner Up Jim Cochrane

Ladies Order of Merit - Wednesday Tiina Randmae 593

Men's Order of Merit - Thursday Barry Mortimer 356

Ladies Eclectic - Wednesday Moya Bradley 55.125

Ladies Eclectic - Saturday Ann Gardel 55.675

Men's Eclectic - Thursday Brendon Meharry 49.475

Men's Eclectic - Saturday Anthony Clinton 48.9

Ladies Medal of Medallist - Wednesday Trish McNeill 67 nett

Men's Medal of Medallist - Thursday - Div 1 Ritchie Atkins 69 nett

Men's Medal of Medallist - Thursday - Div 2 Rees May 72 nett

Ladies Medal of Medallist - Sunday Peta Thomas 71 nett

Men's Saturday Medal of Medallist - A Grade Sam Deicke 66 nett

Men's Saturday Medal of Medallist - B Grade Terry Handford 69 nett

Men's Medal of Medallist - Sunday Don Cameron 72 nett

Ladies Most Consistent - Saturday Trish McNeill 37 pts

Men's Most Consistent - Thursday Michael Cragg 42 pts

Ladies Medal of Medallist Renae Maxwell 62 nett

Men's Medal of Medallist - Overall + C Grade Ben Raymant 66 nett

Ladies Matchplay Champion Trish McNeill  

Men's Matchplay Champion Ritchie Atkins  

Men's Graded Matchplay Champion - A Grade Ryan Wilkes

Men's Graded Matchplay Champion - B Grade Michael Kavanagh

Men's Graded Matchplay Champion - C Grade Ben Raymant

Ladies Order of Merit Tiina Randmae 436

Men's Order of Merit Rob Stanley 424

Ladies Golfer of the Year Elspeth Scotford 67 pts

Men's Golfer of the Year Phil Batty 40pts

Contributed with thanks to the Proserpine Golf Club Pro Shop Team

Men's Order of Merit Winner Rob Stanley with President Phil Batty

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On The Whitsunday Green

December 23, 2022

This week’s stableford 9-hole at Whitsunday Green Golf Club was won by Ryan Kenny on 22 points, followed in second by Scott Hayes Williams on 22, and third went to Marc Belke with 21.

The Club’s weekly Friday 9-hole competition was won by Michael Bond on 22 points, coming in second was Neil Boland, also on 22, and third went to Tyson Flavel on 21 points.

On Sunday Whitsunday Green held its last Monthly Medal for 2022: 18-holes, taking the win was Brad Low on 52 nett, second with a close 53 nett was Elise Hodgson, and third was Adam Singleton on 54.

Nearest the Pin on Sunday was Jimmy Millar and Marc Belke. There is no competition this Sunday.

Club and Community Manager at Whitsunday Green Golf Club, Kate Cross extended from the team their well wishes to all members and guests for the holiday season.

“A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” Ms Cross said.

“We are looking forward to having you play with us in 2023. Please see below for Christmas trading hours.”

Holiday Opening Times: Christmas Eve, 8am to 4pm; Christmas Day, closed; and Boxing Day 12pm to 6pm.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green Golf Club

Whitsunday Green’s 9-hole stableford third place finisher Brad Low

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Airlie Beach parkrun

December 23, 2022

This week 69 people ran, jogged, and walked the waterfront course at Airlie Beach parkrun, of whom 20 were first timers and eight recorded new personal bests.

Well done to Ulrika, Shailee, Calvin, Katie, Warren, Blake, Anne, and Jai.

The event was made possible by 14 wonderful volunteers: Nick, Rebecca, Bossie, Ronald, Ashley, Shane, Jess, Sebastian, Lilliana, Laura (Run Director), Ken, Lynne, Joanne, and Margaret.

One of the parkrun’s ‘Tail Walkers’ reached the milestones of 50 volunteers this week - Jo!

Upcoming special runs will see runners take part in a Christmas Eve parkrun, Christmas Day parkrun, New Year’s Eve parkrun, and a New Year’s Day parkrun – start those resolutions bright and early.

Every Saturday (and for the Christmas day/New Year’s Day special parkruns) Airlie Beach parkrun meets at 6.50am for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina (adjacent to the top carpark). Parking is free in the lower carpark till 9.30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard. Post parkrun coffee and chat is held at My Rainbow Bakery, Shingley Beach.

The best-kept secret about parkrun is that it’s not about running - it’s about bringing people together in public parks and open spaces across the world to have some fun in a friendly, social and supportive environment.

You can walk or run the five-kilometre course (pushing a pram or with one dog on a short lead if you want to), lend a helping hand as a volunteer in a wide range of super-easy roles, or simply spectate and socialise on the sidelines.

There are no winners at parkrun and nobody comes last – our amazing Tail Walkers do. Regular participation is rewarded rather than performance, with ‘parkrun milestone shirts’ available to people to recognise their achievements in coming along.

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun

This week's amazing volunteers at the Airlie Beach parkrun

Jo, our Tail Walker, reached her 50th volunteer milestone this week, with Run Director Laura

Some Airlie Beach kids enjoying the parkrun

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The Difference Eight Weeks Makes

December 23, 2022

Just over two months ago, scores of Whitsunday locals signed up for an ‘Eight Week Challenge’ to pit themselves against themselves at F45 Airlie Beach.

What exactly is an eight-week challenge? It’s in the name: A two-month fitness program combining F45’s signature 45-minute circuit workout classes with a detailed meal plan - and a lot of motivation, extrinsic and intrinsic.

The group cut their daily calories in half or more, upped their gym-going, and tried to transform their bodies, and in turn, their mindsets over a little more than 60 days.

So, how did they go?  Well, you can change your life in just two months – take it from Whitsunday Life journalist Declan Durrant.

Team Training, Life Changing

With Declan Durrant

I like to think that there is often - and this is not a one-size-fits-all (pardon the pun) – a correlation between weight gain and contentedness.

Over the last three or so years, I fell in love with two things: My partner and food.

And I don’t think those two things are unrelated, and they certainly have a strong relationship to my happiness. We eat delicious things together which are usually (and unfortunately) bad for us, but we do it together.

But I think the major problem for me was moderation, not necessarily the cookie itself, it was the volume of cookies – and that’s plural.

Over those three years, I put on roughly nine kilograms. And I’m lucky enough to be the kind of person who seemingly carries their weight well – you wouldn’t necessarily see it, although I did.

I signed up, alongside my partner, for the F45 Eight-Week Challenge expecting results if I stuck to it – no one is immune to the laws of biology; you can’t take out more calories than you put in without it coming from somewhere else.

At the start I weighed in at 89.5 kilograms, with 22.1 per cent body fat.

The eight weeks had their extremely difficult moments, undoubtedly as it did for all the challengers, I’m sure (Plenty of Christmas parties spent eating apples and cashews in the corner while we watched others dig into dishes of chocolate mousse), but we stayed strong.

At the end, on Saturday of last week, they unveiled the winners - people with the biggest drop in body fat percentage compared to their starting weight: In the Female, Angela Blake won, losing 11.5 per cent.

And me: I ended up losing 9.5 per cent of my body fat (8.5 kilograms), going down to 81 and taking my percent body fat to 16.6.

I didn’t expect to win anything, let alone a ‘Golden Kettlebell’. All I wanted was to achieve my personal goals – I think I’m in line with every challenger there. For me, this challenge shifted my perspective on myself, my body, and my mind. And I can’t recommend it highly enough.

F45’s motto is “Team Training, Life Changing”. And I believe it.

F45 Airlie Beach will run its first six-week challenge in 2023 starting January 30.

Whitsunday Life journalist Declan Durrant won the male ‘Engine’ division of F45 Airlie Beach’s eight week challenge, winning a Golden Kettlebell for losing close to 9 kilograms

Female F45 ‘MVP’ Rene Campisi and F45 ‘Engine’ Winner Angela Blake

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Cannons Claim Medal At Queensland Championships

December 23, 2022

Seven Cannonvale Cannons participated at the 2022 McDonald’s Queensland Championships in Brisbane last week, representing the club and the region in the relays.  

Tora Delac, Holly Perrin, Remy Hedges, and Tiana Bell swam an awesome time of 2.03.62 in the Girls 16 years and Under Freestyle relay, while Jacob Dewis, Jy Parkinson, Remy Hedges, and Holly Perrin swam in the Cannons’ Open Mixed Freestyle relay.  

The Open Mixed team completed an excellent time of 1.49.87.  

Jacob Dewis and Jy Parkinson were selected to compete in the NQ 15 years and Over Male Medley relay and were very excited with their silver medal.  

Coach Mark Erickson said he was very pleased and proud of all the Cannons and their achievements. During the first few days of the championships.

The star performer was 17-year-old Jy Parkinson who competed in six events and made four finals.  

Jy won a bronze medal for his 100-metre Backstroke in a time of 58.93, and a silver medal for his 200-metre Backstroke in a time of 2.08.78.

Jy made the final for 50-metre Backstroke and came fifth in Queensland, as well as making the finals for 100-metre Butterfly, where he placed sixth. Unfortunately, Jy had to pull out of his last few events due to a shoulder injury.  

Jacob Dewis, also aged 17, swam very well in his 50-metre and 100-metre Butterfly.  

Holly Perrin, 15, swam a super 50-metre Backstroke and 50-metre Butterfly.  She swam a 0.88 second personal best in her Backstroke.

Jacob Bell, aged 15 years, swam a big programme of six events. Even though he swam personal bests in his 50-metre events, his best swims placing third and fifth in Queensland were his 1500-metre Freestyle and 800-metre Freestyle. He was surprised with his bronze medal in the 1500-metre.  

Remy Hedges, aged 14, competed in four individual events: 200-metre IM, 50-metre, 100-metre, and 200-metre Breaststroke.

Her best swims were her 50-metre Breaststroke with a 0.1 second personal best and her 200-metre Breaststroke which placed her first reserve for the final.  

Tora Delac, aged 12, swam a terrific 50-metre Freestyle in 32.04 seconds.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Cannonvale Cannons State Team for 2022

Competitor Jacob Bell with his bronze medal

Jy Parkinson and coach, Mark Erickson

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Airlie Beach Bowls

December 15, 2022

Another year draws to a close at the ever-evolving Airlie Beach Bowls Club with few games left on the green for 2022.

Wednesday afternoon Social Bowls saw the pairs team of Graham Cowling and Andrew Butler take home the prize, with Betty Nicole winning the prestigious Health Hub award.

Wednesday night saw the final of Business House Bowls organised by Kate McDowall.

A draw between new team Airlie Splash of Colour and PRD - which went to a three bowl each team play off – was the surprise of the night, but the difference was PRD’s experience which proved the factor in their winning of another trophy.

New team KC s had their first win, showing off their major improvement.

Friday night was the club’s presentation night, with Manny Isgro’s outstanding achievements notably recognised.

Representing with the Men’s Division One team, whom we’re playing their first season in this division and were expected to come last, Manny led his side to a more than respectable second.

As well, other extraordinary feats were honoured, particularly those of Betty Nicole, whom was undergoing chemotherapy but still managed a performance that puts her amongst the club’s best bowlers.

Betty played well in driving her team to represent at the Australian titles – an achievement, even more so, taking into account that the “little pocket rocket” was not overawed by the team they faced, which featured bowlers with over 50 Australian caps to their names.

Club secretary Mark Mawson said the club is now the “Number one in North Queensland”, which shows the diligence from Chairman Ash Warland and our Vice Chairman Karen Jensen.

After the presentation, it was back to the green, with Sunday afternoon social bowls seeing Graham Cowling and Keith Bates comfortably winning the prize money.

The Club also drew a respectful remembrance to the players who passed on this year: Stewart Clanachan, Robert Lade, and Peter McGrath.

“They were all inspirational members and their contributions and memories will never be forgotten,” Mr Mawson said.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Betty Nicole and Carol Crosbie with their runners up medals after coming a gallant second at the Australian titles

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Bowen Bowls Club

December 15, 2022

Bowen Bowls Club was host to an excellent contingent of bowlers this week, starting with its Wednesday Social Bowls.

Mary Ellen Pratten, Peter Bruce, and Daryl Tuttle were first to join the winners’ circle, defeating the side of Peter Thomson, Allen Williams, and Doc Fordham.

Jill Brabon, Tracey Roach, and Jane Gilbert were up next, claiming a victory over Brett Lampard, Paula Welsted, Lou Fordham.

For Sunday Scroungers, the winners comprised a few familiar names: Peter Thomson, Jill Brabon, Brett Lampard, and Tracey Roach.

Bowen Bowls Club’s Sunday Scroungers Winners Peter Thomson, Jill Brabon, Brett Lampard, and Tracey Roach

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Wangaratta Bowls

December 15, 2022

Tuesday’s game at Wangaratta Bowls Club resulted in a win for Penny Warren and Bron Tolcher who defeated Robyn Stitt and Irene Laird.

On Sunday afternoon, two triples and one pairs were played with winners for the afternoon Deb Retchless, Linda Scells, and John Turner who defeated Gary Kelly, Penny Warren, and Pat Tracey.  

Other games saw Toni Bowen, Marg Wilson, and Kennedy Whitton defeat Irene Laird, Robyn Stitt, and Sugar Brunker. While Denise Wallace and Fely Duncan defeated Greg Colquhoun and Allan Rolfe.

The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, with Chairperson of the Board for 2023 being Barry Beel.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Sunday’s winners at Wangaratta Bowls Club, John Turner, Deb Retchless, and Linda Scells

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Bowen Golf News

December 15, 2022

Wednesday’s competition at Bowen Golf Club was the single stroke event for the December midweek monthly medal.

Ladies’ winner on a countback with a score of 71 nett was Gayle, followed by runner up Julie Martin, 71 nett.

Men’s winner was Kurt Gaudry with a 64 nett, and runner up was David Carus, 69 nett.

Saturday’s competition was an American Foursomes event for Peries IGA Christmas Hams -- Thank you to Peries IGA for their continued support.

Winners were Colin Shaw and Michael Brunker, 65.375 nett, runners up Clifford Querro and Doug Power 65.5.

Pin shots to Joshua Laurie and Grace Nott, with Dave Lydom and Dylan Nott both achieving OBP’s, and Dylan also winning the Car wash voucher.

This weekend’s competition is a 4BBB event for Christmas Seafood sponsored by Rynns Seafood.  The joker draw is back this Friday night and the jackpot sits at $1000.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

Mike Brunker, half of Saturday’s winning team at Bowen Golf Club

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Proserpine Golf Report

December 15, 2022

Tuesday’s Competition at Proserpine Golf Club saw a small field of seven players topped by Brian Smith on 70 nett in the PGC Tuesday nett competition, followed by John Dodds on 74, and Michael Cragg on 75 nett.

Wednesday Competition: 14 players competed in the Wednesday Medal of Medals competition, won by Trish McNeill on a nett 67, followed by Tiina Randmae and Lyn Muller on 70 and 71 nett, respectively.

NTPs were wone by Trish McNeill, Viv Demartini, Tiina Randmae, and Sue Smith.

Thursday Competition: Of the 55 players on Thursday, 14 players were shooting it out for the Thursday Medal of Medals competition.

Division One MOM was won by Ritchie Atkins on a 69 nett, and Rees May was the winner of Division Two MOM on 72 nett.

In the daily stroke event, visitor Ben Rosenthal came in with a very tidy 67 nett, closely followed by Lew Tuck on 69 nett. The Division Two winner, also on 67 nett, was Jalen Jarvis, followed by Ben Raymant on 69 nett.

NTPs went to Sam Deicke, Conrad Werner, Trish McNeill and Paul Gray

Saturday Competition: 91 players played in the combined Saturday competition of Medal of Medals and a stroke event.

A handicap altering 62 nett saw Renae Maxwell not only break 100 for the first time, but also take home the 2022 Medal of Medal championship by a margin of five shots from her nearest competitor, Di Chard on 67 nett.

Some great scores by the ladies, not to mention the 68 netts by Elspeth Scotford, Reh Hull, and Penny Wardroper.

NTPs were won by Pauline Redpath and Di Chard.

The men’s competition was won by Marcus Heathcote on a nice 67 nett, edging out Ben Raymant on a countback.

Ben, however, was competing in the Men’s Medal of Medal Championships and managed to secure two honour board events in one day.

Ben also won his Graded Matchplay final against Dave Telford.

Sam Deicke continued his good form to take out third place also on a 67 nett, and the NTPs went to Mark Richards, Jon Miller, Sam Marschke, and Brian Allen.

All Honour Board trophies will be awarded on Turkey Day this Saturday.

Sunday Competition: A quiet Sunday after the Whitsunday Club’s Christmas party with eight players playing a Stableford event with Daniel O’Donnell winning with 39 pts ahead of Brian Allen on 36pts, and Darren Reynolds on 34pts.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Turkey Day this Saturday for a 3 ball ambrose followed by the Annual Awards Presentation.

Contributed with thanks to The Proserpine Golf Club Pro Shop Team

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On The Whitsunday Green

December 15, 2022

This weekly competition at Whitsunday Green was won by Tyson Flavel with a whopping 21 points.

Coming in second place was Glenn Rees on a very close 20 points, and wrapping up the week in third place was Terry Kimpton, taking home 19 points.

The Club’s Friday competition this week was won by Chris Bartlett with a 19-point win. Second place went to Glenn Rees, 18, and third this Friday was Kev Francke on 17.

On Sunday, Whitsunday Green’s 18-hole SKINS Competition was a tie between Jimmy Miller and Elise Hodgson, both on 10 points.

They had a playoff with Jimmy Miller taking the win with 10 skins -- third place was Tyson Flavel on nine.

Nearest to the pin on Sunday was Terry Kimpton with two points.

This Sunday is monthly medal 18-hole (Stroke) tee off at 10.00am.

To bring in the Christmas cheer, the Club will be having a Christmas celebration to follow this week’s final monthly medal.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green Golf Club

Chris Bartlett was this week’s 19-point winner in the Friday Club competition at Whitsunday Green

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Airlie Beach Parkrun

December 15, 2022

This week 93 people ran, jogged, and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and nine recorded new personal bests.

Well done to Ben, Robert, Van, Nadine, Declan, Warren, Jai, and Jessica on achieving new record runs, as well as Cassie for completing her 50th parkrun.

The event was made possible by 15 wonderful volunteers: Joanne, Nick, Nathalie, Daniel, Ken, Ronald, Wendy, Dennis, Laura, Lynne, Greg, Kara, Lilliana, Michael, and Susanne.

Upcoming special runs will see runners take part in a Christmas Eve parkrun, Christmas Day parkrun, New Year’s Eve parkrun, and a New Year’s Day parkrun – start those resolutions bright and early.

Every Saturday Airlie Beach parkrun meets at 6.50am for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina (adjacent to the top carpark). Parking is free in the lower carpark till 9:30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard. Post parkrun coffee and chat is held at My Rainbow Bakery, Shingley Beach.

The best-kept secret about parkrun is that it’s not about running - it’s about bringing people together in public parks and open spaces across the world to have some fun in a friendly, social and supportive environment. You can walk or run the 5k course (pushing a pram or with one dog on a short lead if you want to!), lend a helping hand as a volunteer in a wide range of super-easy roles, or simply spectate and socialise on the sidelines.

There are no winners at parkrun and nobody comes last – the Tail walkers do. Regular participation is rewarded rather than performance, with ‘parkrun milestone shirts’ available to people to recognise their achievements in coming along.

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun

Airlie Beach park runners heading off on the run’s seventh anniversary

Plenty of park runners were out in force for the weekly event

The Airlie Beach parkrun travels across the coastal town’s boardwalks in a five-kilometre loop

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Celebrating 10 Years!

December 15, 2022

Families gathered at Airlie Beach Swim School by Danielle over the weekend to celebrate their 10 years in business with a lively pool party.

Pool toys and inflatables saw children of all ages jump into the water for some fun.

Inside an enormous spread of food awaited and everyone enjoyed sharing the specially made celebration cake.

The pool party was completed with a visit from Santa who entertained the children and handed out some presents.

Over the past 10 years, this multi-award-winning swim school has seen hundreds of families pass through is pool, and Danielle says that she is honoured to teach such a vital skill to children across the Whitsundays.

The Airlie Beach Swim School by Danielle team, Loretta Shand, owner Danielle Shea, Lynda Wendt and Lynda Shea-Davis.

Danielle Sea with the celebration cake

Families enjoyed a 10 year celebration pool party

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Cannonvale Cannons’ Great Start At Queensland Championships

December 15, 2022

The Cannonvale Cannons sent seven swimmers to participate at the seven-day long Queensland LC Championships in Brisbane, starting last weekend.

The Cannons fielded two relay teams at the championships: a Female 16 years and Under 200-metre Free team and an Open Mixed 200-metre Freestyle side.

Holly Perrin, Remy Hedges, Tora Delac, and Tiana Bell comprised the Female U16s, while Holly Perrin, Remy Hedges, Jy Parkinson, and Jacob Dewis represented in the Open grade.  

The swimmers did exceptionally, but most importantly enjoyed their relays.

Jy and Jacob doubled up as members of the North Queensland Male Medley relay team, finishing in second place – and chuffed with their silver medals.  

The Cannons look forward to hearing how the swimmers go with their individual events over the next few days.  

Meanwhile back at home, the Cannons hosted a very successful Christmas Club Night on Wednesday.

Over 44 swimmers participated in races and fun relays, enjoying the annual Christmas ice block relay and all the delicious yuletide food.  

Congratulations to Remy Hedges, Eloise Chegwidden, and Jy Parkinson for setting new Club Records.

The Cannons also commended Jack Ganter, Isabella Pisaniello, and Celeste Orenshaw on their Chocolate Awards for personal bests.

Giselle Burton presented Upgrade Certificates to Matilda Nicholes and Maeve Dichieria, with Giselle also presenting Remy Hedges with her State Shirt.  

Highlights from Club Night include: Miller Eaves and Murphy Jamieson swimming extremely well in their first Club Night.

Anisa Helou, Jasper Korosec, Indi Smith, and Levi Smith swimming personal best times in all their events.  

Eloise Chegwidden, aged seven, smashing out a super 50-metre Breaststroke in 56.41 seconds, followed by her brother, Harry, swimming a fantastic time of 16.35 seconds in his 12-metre Freestyle.

And finally, Piper Walker, aged seven, swam a fabulous 25-metre Freestyle in 27.43 seconds, cutting off an impeccable 11.08 seconds from her previous best.

Well done to all the swimmers and their families who got involved with the Christmas Club Night.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Jy Parkinson and Jacob Dewis aftertheir silver medal winning bout as part of the North Queensland Male Medleyrelay team

Jy andJacob in the North Queensland Male Medley team

The Cannonvale Cannon’s StateTeam for 2022

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Whitsunday Triathlon Club’s Big, Blitzing Year

December 15, 2022

The Whitsunday Triathlon Club held its annual Awards and Christmas Breakup in early December to honour the efforts of its athletes across the year.

The local club attracted over 30 attendees for its ceremony which celebrated the achievements of its triathletes who represented the Whitsundays in competitions as high-tiered as the World Championships in the United States.

Club President Michael Kimpton presented awards to members for their outstanding performances in all aspects of the sport and the administration of the triathlon club.

Recognition awards went to Gary Tebbatt, for his contribution as previous Club President for many years, as well as Julie Wheway, Zane Devine, Mark McConkey, and Greg Martin.

Particular mention was afforded to members Dan McDonnell, Alisha Rust, and Michael Kimpton, who received recognition awards for representing their country in World Events in the United States in Utah and Kona, as well as Roth in Bavaria.

Club Trophy awards went to Mark McConkey for Crash of the Year, Leigh Donkers for Volunteer of the Year, Joshua King for Most Improved Junior, and Robyn Carrigan for Most Improved Athlete.

Major awards were handed to Cassandra Carman, who was awarded Club Female Champion for performing admirably in her first full Ironman in Bavaria – a test of her ultimate stamina and perseverance.

Shane Bellert was awarded Club Male Champion for his remarkable results in the Sunshine Coast Half Ironman in September.

Shane, who improved his overall time by 45 minutes from the same event in 2019, was awarded for his “show of strength, determination, and endurance” according to Club President Michael Kimpton.

Mr Kimpton said it was also a chance to celebrate the Whitsunday Triathlon Club’s recent growth.

“We are creating a legacy of growing popularity alongside triathlons as a sport worldwide,” Mr Kimpton said.

“The club now boasts over 40 active members and we have received extremely generous donations from local businesses, especially for our juniors.”

The awards also recognised the excellent effort of two of the club’s established stars who competed amongst the 230 individual triathletes and 15 teams from around Australia on Hamilton Island for its annual triathlon.

Local Hamilton Island fireman and Airlie local Daniel McDonell completed the course in a blistering 1:05:40, finishing in top spot.

He wasn’t the only Whitsunday Triathlon Club member who finished on the podium however, with Alisha Rust, Julia Wheway, and Michael Kimpton placing in the top three in each of their respective age groups.

Mr Kimpton said this year had been an exceptional one for the club, who were going from strength to strength, and he couldn’t wait to see what the future held – especially for the club’s star athletes.

Whitsunday Triathlon Club celebrated the achievements of its athletes at its annual end of year awards, especially Hamilton Island local Dan McDonell

The club was proud of the achievements across its growing club, and also took the chance to spread a bit of Christmas joy

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Airlie Beach Bowls

December 9, 2022

Airlie Beach Bowls Club has hosted plenty of Christmas Parties in the past weeks, but bowls was the real winner of this merry season.

Tuesday afternoon’s social bowls saw Lyn Skein as skipper with Tess Walker at lead and Elaine Kippen at second just manage to beat all comers for the prize money.

Wednesday afternoon was a completely different story: Merve Stewart assured of evenly balanced contests, but to everyone’s surprise Gary Smith showed all his guile alongside skipper Bob Spees as the pair absolutely trounced the rest.

Due to a severe storm, Wednesday night Business House Bowls was cancelled and will complete in two weeks’ time.

Scroungers will resume on the January 28 of next year.

Sunday afternoon Social bowls again saw well matched teams but the leadership of Ladda Purdie was too much as she took her side of Mark Mawson at lead and Col Morris at second to the winners’ circle.

And the club witnessed an entertaining game from some of Hamilton Island Airport’s local firefighters, who showed they could do it with the best.

The firies bowled a great game and the club was glad to host the gallant group of Bob Dewhurst, Dylan Sanderson, Al Elkins, and Luke Wayth – they could even be great additions for the club’s pennants sides next year

Airlie Beach Bowls Club’s Christmas party is today, where the school children the club hosted earlier in the year will receive their awards.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

The gallant firemen from Hamilton Island airport, showing their skills on the Airlie Beach Bowls rink

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Bowen Bowls Report

December 9, 2022

Bowen Bowls Club was host to an excellent contingent of bowlers this week, starting with its Wednesday Social Bowls.

Paula Welsted and Jeff Tierney were first in the winners’ circle, beating Jill Brabon and Brett Lampard.

Mary Ellen Pratten, Jane Gilbert, and Steve Roome were up next in winning against Peter Thomson, Peter Bruce, and Doc Fordham.

Joan Edwards and Helen Jacobsen, as well as Lou Fordham, and Daryl Tuttle defeated Bev Smith, Ross Scanlon, and D.Pickard to end the Wednesday Bowls.

Sunday Scroungers was won by Lee Welsted and Peter Thomson.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

Bowen Bowls Club’s Sunday Scroungers winners Lee Welsted and Peter Thomson

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Wangaratta Bowls

December 9, 2022

On Sunday afternoon, two pairs and one triple game was played at Wangaratta Bowls Club.

Winners for the afternoon were Gary Kelly and Penny Warren, who defeated Irene Laird and Geoff Danvers.

Other winners on the day were Deb Beel, Linda Scells, and Barry Beel in a narrow victory over Bron Tolcher, Sue Shearing, and Sugar Brunker.

Robyn Stitt and Fely Duncan defeated Bill Myers and Pat Tracey for the final game of Sunday.

The North Queensland Ladies District Side was announced on Friday, with congratulations to Penny Warren and Denise Wallace in being selected.

They will play against all the districts in the State at the Sunshine Coast in May.  

The Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday at 9am.

Contributed with thanks Penny Warren

Sunday winners were Gary Kelly and Penny Warren

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Bowen Golf News

December 9, 2022

Saturday’s competition at Bowen Golf Club was a single stroke event for the December Monthly Medals for both men and ladies.  

Men’s winner was Noel Schultz with a 68 nett, followed by runner up Mick Mawson, 70 nett. Pin shots to Rodney Miller, Glenn Wright, Toss Eisemann, and Brendan Wells.

Ladies’ winner on a countback was Morag Parker, 70 nett, with runner up Sarnie Eisemann, 70 nett. Pin shots to Rhiannon Nott, Tanya Gaudry, Paulette Barrett, and Jo Kukura.  

Chris Matheson won the carwash voucher and both competitions were sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply and Bowen Golf club.

This weekend’s competition at the Club is an American Foursomes event for Peries IGA Christmas Hams.  

NO Joker draw or dinner this week due to a private function.  Congratulations to Vicki who picked the Joker on Friday night.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Bowen Golf Club’s joker draw winners for December

The club’s December Monthly Medal winners

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Proserpine Golf Report

December 9, 2022

Tuesday’s Competition at Proserpine Golf Club saw 15 players compete in a stroke event.

A very nice 63 nett by Aaron Prosser was too good for Brendan Spann’s 66 nett and John Dodds 69nett. Adam Maggs and Brendan Spann took out the NTP’s.

Thursday Competition: Wet conditions on Thursday limited the field to 23 for the Venue Smart Monthly Medal.

The heavy track didn’t stop Sam Deicke from shooting a nett 68, with Brendan Spann continuing his good golf with a 68nett.

Gavin Kerwand and Michael Leo completed the Division One rundown with 69 and 71, respectively.

Greg Walker was the winner of Division Two, edging out Michael Jarvis on a countback with 69 nett.

Brendon Meharry and Rees May were in the run down with 71 and 72nett. The NTP’s went to Rob Webb, Matt Muller twice, and Mick Leo.

Saturday Competition: The Medal of Medallists list is now complete with the addition of Jacqui Wall winning the Saturday ladies with 72 nett, narrowly defeating Jill Farinelli on a countback.

NTP’s went to Jill Farinelli and Peta Thomas.

70 men competed for the last spots in the men’s Medal of Medals competition. Sam Deicke, in great form, finished ahead of all A Grade players with a 66 nett, booking himself a start in next week's Honour Board MOM competition, along with Terry Handford for B Grade and Ben Raymant in C Grade.

Runner up in each grade were Lew Tuck, 69 nett in A Grade, Matt Camm, 70nett in B Grade, and Merv Hinton, 71nett in C Grade

NTP winners were Anthony Clinton, Ben Raymant and Sam Deicke.

Sunday Competition: Congratulations to Daniel O’Donnell with a great round of 65 nett to win the Sunday Competition, beating Jacob Nightingale on 68 nett.

Congratulations to Don Cameron winning the Medal of Medals prize with a 72 nett.

Peta Thomas won the Ladies, and also won the Medal of Medals prize with 71 nett, a clear winner from the field, with Anna Winterbourn in second place on 74 nett and Di Chard on 79 nett.

NTP’s went to: Don Cameron, Jason Bourke, Anna Winterbourn, Dean Kercher, Di Chard, and Jacqui Wall.

Contributed with thanks to the Proserpine Golf Club Pro Shop Team

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Proserpine Veteran’s Golf

December 9, 2022

In the heat and humidity Proserpine’s Veteran Golfers tallied up some great scores with 33 players out on the course.

The ladies’ winner with a good score of 70 (c/b) was Tina Badenhorst, with second Lyn Muller (70), and in the rundown Jenny Hounsell (71), Beryl Nosworthy (72), Tessa Aitken (74), Jacqui Wall (76), and Leanne Alexander (77).  

For the men, if you didn't get under 70 you weren't in the running. The winner with a fantastic score of 66 was Frank Moloney, followed in second by Warren Deighton (67 c/b), and in the rundown were Wilf Herweg (67), Peter Browning, (68), John Roser (68), John Oates (68), and Barry Mortimer (69).  

The pin shots for the ladies were won by Lyn Muller (9th and 13th), Jacqui Wall (9th), Helen Deighton (13th), Leanne Alexander (16th), and Paula McQuat (16th).  

The men’s pin shots went to Barry Mortimer (2nd and 16th), John Oates (2nd), John Roser (13th), John Strelec (13th), and Peter Browning (16th).

Those with the least putts were Helen Deighton (28 putts), and Trevor Peroz and Wilf Herweg with 26 Putts.  

Chip-ins were Jacqui Wall, Tina Badenhorst, Geoff Harrison, and John Roser. Best of all, there was an eagle made on the day, Gary Scotford on the 18th.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

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Whitsunday Social Golf

December 9, 2022

The December Monthly Medal for Whitsunday Social Golf was held Sunday in great conditions for a round of golf.

A contingent of 21 players took part, with the medal for December went to Ladies A Grade Anna Winterbourn, with runner up Jacqueline Wall.

Ladies B Grade went to Sally Little, with runner-up Karen Rix.

Men’s A grade Darren Reynolds and in runner up Clay Coles and Mens B Grade Ron Jamieson, runner up Mark McDougall.

Longest drives went to George Meharry, Mark MCDougall, Pauline Redpath, and Robyn Witham.

Pins shots were claimed by Clay Coles, Ron Jamieson, Jacqueline Wall, and Anna Winterbourn

The was the last competition game for Whitsunday Golf for 2022.

The Club extends its thanks to its Monthly Medal sponsors for the year: Airlie Panel & Paint and Master Butchers Whitsunday.

Also thank you to the Reef Gateway Hotel for their support with Pin Shot prizes. Presentations will be held Saturday, December 10, from 5pm.

Contributed with thanks to Joanne Moynihan

Whitsunday Golf Club’s Darren Reynolds, Sally Little Anna Winterbourn, and Ron Jamieson

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On The Whitsunday Green

December 9, 2022

This week’s 9-hole Stableford was won by Chris Bartlett at Whitsunday Green Golf Club, with a great score of 18 points.

Running in second was Andrew Gomez on 17 points and coming in third was Glenn Rees with 16.

Fridays 9-hole Stableford was very close with all three on 19 points, but first place went to Ryan Kenny, second to Scott Morrisey, and third for Justyn Durbin.

Terry Kimpton played Adam Singleton with Adam taking the one-up win, while Brad Low played Scott Morrissey in which Scott won one-up after the 19th hole.

David Wallace played Deeray Fo’ou with David taking the win with an astounding 13-up win.

This Sunday’ Competition is an 18-hole Skins with a tee off at 10am, while December 18 will be the final monthly medal for 2022 with a Christmas celebration to follow.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green Golf Club

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Pitbulls Perform On The Road

December 9, 2022

The Proserpine Junior Cricket Association’s under 13 Pitbulls side took on the Magpies White on the weekend in the sugar city with rain threatening.

The Pitbulls won the toss and elected to bat, with the U13’s batting objective to bat for the entire 25 overs but move the scoring along without losing unnecessary wickets.

With a strong south-easterly and occasional light rain, the team executed well with the first 5 batsmen retiring not out after their initial 20 balls.

O. Seamer 10, J. Rock 23, K. McLoughlin 13, M. Logan 18, and W. Logan 18.

The first wicket fell with the score on 108 (A.Geisel 5), however the team continued to push the score along with J. Lawn retiring 17, J. Geisler 14 and B. Childs 6.

In line with the tournaments time rule, the Pitbulls innings ended after 22 overs at 1- 159.

The Magpies innings started with the light rain clearing and the outfield now drying out.

The Pitbulls bowlers started extremely well, with the opening pair K.McLoughlin and M.Logan both taking early wickets.

The Pitbulls bowlers continued to apply bowling pressure and the introduction of O.Seamer into the attack provided a match winning blow.

O. Seamer securing three wicket hattrick in his first over and ending with figures of 3–8 off his two overs.

It was a very good all-round team bowling effort with the remaining wickets being shared amongst the other bowlers.

The Magpies innings ended all out for 54 runs and the Pitbulls winning the game by 105 runs.

The player of the match could only be O. Seamer, with a bowling hattrick in his first over and ending with the bowling figures 3-8.

Contributed with thanks to Stephen Logan

Ollie Seamer, the Proserpine Pitbull’s U13s Player of the Match against Mackay Magpies

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A Very Merry Airlie Beach Darts Final

December 9, 2022

The Airlie Beach Darts Christmas Open Final saw Jamie Woods and Dom Friend battle it out in a best of nine sets for the Christmas crown.

First up, though, was the third and fourth place match up, a best of seven sets between Andy Peel and Seumas Rose.

Andy took the first set 3/2, but Seumas bounced back to take the second set 3/1. And so the story went in the second and third sets with Andy claiming the third 3/1 before Seumas replied in kind in the fourth with the same scoreline of 3/1.

But it was in the fifth and sixth where Andy made his move, claiming both 3/1 3/1, and with it, the match by four sets to two.

Then it was onto the final: Jamie Woods claimed the first two sets and was looking strong early doors.

Dom replied in devastating fashion however, winning the next three sets on the bounce to make it three to two to Dom.

Jamie struck back in the sixth to level the match at three all, and everyone was sensing that this one was going down the wire.

Dom stuck to his task and wasn’t fazed, winning the seventh set to again put Jamie under pressure to win the next set to stay in the match and this year’s Open.

Class players always find a way, and Woodsy mustered every ounce of his skill to level the match again at 4 sets all to take it into the deciding set much to the joy of everyone watching.

But a dogged Dom Friend was not going to be denied his second Xmas Open title -- he found a way.

It was an incredible turn of events, and an incredible win by Dom. Congratulations to both men on a great afternoon’s entertainment, and a great note to end a huge season on.

Thanks to participants, Mika Airlie Beach for hosting us this year, and this year’s sponsor, Dyson Automotive.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

Dom Friend lifting the Xmas Open for the second time at Mika Airlie Beach

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Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club

December 9, 2022

On Wednesday night, the Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club presented the Queensland LC team with their state shirts.

Congratulations to Jy Parkinson, Jacob Bell, Tora Delac, Holly Perrin, Jacob Dewis, Remy Hedges, and coach Mark Erickson for making the Cannons 2022 State Team.  

They will head to the Queensland LC Championships held in Brisbane from December 10 to 16.

At the start of club night, Giselle Burton presented Don Algie and Piper Walker with Chocolate Awards for their new best personal bests (PBs).  

Upgrade Certificates were presented to Piper Walker and Max Smith, and extra congratulations go to Jy Parkinson, Ehsan Helou, and Jax Clayworth for their new Club Records.  

Club Night highlights included: Top performer of the night Maeve Dichieria, aged seven, smashing out three personal best times.

Isabella Pisaniello swam a super 100-metre Breaststroke in 1.51.90 which was a 13.06 second personal best.

Tora Delac swam a fantastic time of 1.11.42 in her 100-metre Freestyle taking 4.86 seconds off her previous best.  While her brother, Harris, also swam an excellent time of 1.38.35 in his 100-metre Freestyle and swam a 1.21 second personal best in his 50-metre Backstroke.  

Alessa Penglasse- Fortunato swam extremely well in her 50-metre Freestyle and 100-metre IM, setting personal best times.  

Congratulations to all the swimmers who achieved PBs:  Abi Maher, Lily Maher, Celeste Orenshaw, Holly Perrin, Piper Walker, James Davies, Ehsan Helou, Jasper Korosec, Molly Smith, Lukas Trevaskis, Millah Walker, Don Algie, Harry Chegwidden, and Billie Jamieson.  

Swimmers are looking forward to next week’s Christmas themed Club Night. A big thank you to all the wonderful parents and volunteers who assisted, and continue to assist, with the running of Club Nights over the year.

Max Smith with his upgrades at Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club

The Cannonvale Cannons’ Queensland LC Team

Tora Delac coming through the Cannons' tunnel

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Airlie Beach Swim School By Danielle Celebrates 10 Years

December 2, 2022

Marking a decade of teaching the children of the Whitsundays how to swim, Airlie Beach Swim School by Danielle has carved out a reputation for quality instruction and dedication to safety while nurturing the unique personalities of each child.

Taking home three national awards over the past few years, they were awarded Best Swim Safer Swim School in Australia for their advanced system which sees them run a Swim Safer Week each term instead of once a year.

“Living so close to the ocean and with swimming part of our everyday lives here in the Whitsundays, it is so important for all children to learn how to swim safely in the water,” said owner, Danielle Shea.

The PJ Masks National Swim Safer Week took place last week and students learnt how to pull themselves out of the water wearing clothes, what to do if they accidentally fell in and the importance of not jumping in to rescue a friend, among many other safety tips.

Having also won the Swim Australia Swim Teacher of the Year in 2021, Danielle has reached the pinnacle of her career and frequently travels the country giving informational talks for Swim Australia.

Celebrating 10 years in business, Airlie Beach Swim School by Danielle is inviting everyone in the community to come down to their pool party on Saturday December 10 from 12pm – there will be the Rilo ice-cream van – bring your swimmers along for some fun in the pool.

You can also register for the school holiday five-day Intensive Week from December 12-16 and enrol for term 1, January 2023 on the day.

Last week’s Swim Safer Week

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Bowen’s Beau Willis Competes In PBR Finals

December 2, 2022

Bowen local Beau Willis competed in the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Grand Finals held in Townsville last Friday night.

Having spent 15 years competing professionally in the sport, the 32-year-old Willis has achieved the rank of 106th in the world.

Knowing he wanted to be a bull-rider from the age of six, Willis participated in the high school rodeo and has since travelled the world, competing professionally and going up against the best in New Zealand, Mexico, America, and Malaysia.

Ranked within the top 18 in the country, Willis recently made the APRA (Australian Professional Rodeo Association) finals in Rockhampton earlier this year.

Last weekend, however, was the main event for the Bowen-born lad at the PBR Grand Finals.

Going into the event with a hand injury, Willis tried his best but unfortunately was thrown off the bronc each time.

Despite the setback, Beau is forging onwards and looking forward to the next event.

Determined to bring bull riding back to Bowen, he is currently raising funds to bring an annual rodeo to the famed mango town.

To do this he will need to re-build the arena at the Showgrounds, turning it into a multi-sport complex.

Beau Willis competing

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Airlie Beach Parkrun

December 2, 2022

This week 62 motivated people ran, jogged and walked the 5km waterfront course, of whom 8 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to Mikayla, Robert, Mark, Duanne and Lilliana. There were no new milestones to celebrate.

The event was made possible by 16 amazing volunteers: Nick, Kara, Maree (run director) Chris, Sylvie, Margaret, Greg, Nathalie (photographer), Shane, Michael, Jess, Lilliana, Laura, Ken, Lynne and Joanne.

Airlie Beach parkrun started on 5th December 2015. Since then 4,361 participants have completed 22,732 parkruns covering a total distance of 113,660 km, including 2,644 new Personal Bests. A total of 365 individuals have volunteered 3,231 times.

Every Saturday Airlie Beach parkrun meets at 6:50am for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina (adjacent to the top carpark). Parking is free in the lower carpark till 9:30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard. Post parkrun coffee and chat is held at My Rainbow Bakery, Shingley Beach.

There are no winners at parkrun and nobody comes last – the Tail walkers do. Regular participation is rewarded rather than performance, with ‘parkrun milestone shirts’ available to people to recognise their achievements in coming along.

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun

Parkrun fun!

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Airlie Bowls News

December 2, 2022

This week, Manny Isgro entered the finals at Pioneer Valley and Luke Kinnear and Warren Mills performed well in Mackay.

Tuesday afternoon bowls saw Lyn Graham and Ladda Purdie running away from all other players to win on the day.

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot Bowls was also hotly contested and arranged evenly by Merve Stewart.

Skipper Tony Whitehorn, however, had other ideas and, teaming with Elaine Kippen, beat a star studded field for the prize money and Graham Cowling was delighted to win the prestigious Health Hub Award.

Wednesday night’s Business House Bowls is coming to an exciting conclusion with Airlie Splash of Colour (consisting of Brett Simpson, Matt Francis , Dan Grant and Ricky Parker) defeated for the first time by an amazing display of teamwork from skipper Glenn Frederiksen, Keith Dornoch and their team from Whitsunday Gold Coffee.

Wins to Blockheads, Hadlow Racing , Tuk Tuks and Woolies mean they can all win the coveted trophy.

Saturday morning Scroungers had its finale for the year with Graham Cowling winning the last spot for the semi-finals over Juanita Matterson and Steve Lawrie.

After the semi-finals, we were left with Andy McDougall, Nik Fernbach and Mark Mawson.

However, no one could stop Andy McDougall who ran away with the first prize.

Sunday afternoon saw Mario De Martini playing absolutely sensational bowls to run away with the prize and Lu Rogan winning the prestigious Health Hub award.

Late last week we also welcomed our new club Manager Phil Compling, owner of the Malpas Hotel in Home Hill, who will be using his years in the industry to make the club bigger and brighter so stay tuned for some amazing news to come.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Finalists of Scroungers 2022: Mark Mawson, Andy McDougall and Nik Fernbach

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Bowen Bowls Club

December 2, 2022

Wednesday Social Bowls winners at Bowen Bowls Club were Paula Welsted, Jane Gilbert, and Jeff Tierney, with the trio defeating David Moodie, Gavin Charles, and Allen Williams.

Peter Wilson, Lorraine McArthur, Peter Bruce, and Daryl Tuttle joined the winners’ circle, defeating Mary Ellen Pratten, Peter Thomson, Ross Scanlon, and Steve Roome.

Sunday Scroungers Winners were Jill Brabon, Peter Bruce, Daryl Tuttle, and Daryl O’Connell.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

Sunday Scroungers Winners Jill Brabon, Peter Bruce, Daryl Tuttle, and Daryl O’Connell

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Wangaratta Bowls Club

December 2, 2022

On Tuesday, Bron Tolcher, Penny Warren, and Margaret Wilson defeated Deb Retchless, Irene Laird, and Mark Drummond to begin the week at Wangaratta Bowls Club.

The final of Men’s Triples was played on Saturday, which was won by Laurie Land, Kevin Daniels, and Barry Beel after defeating Greg Colquhoun, Peter Hinschen, and Geoff Danvers. This concluded club competition for the year.

On Sunday our bowls sections’ AGMs were conducted, with thanks  to club members who took on executive positions to continue the successful running of the club for 2023.

Congratulations to new Ladies President Margaret Wilson and Men’s President Mark Drummond.

After a High Tea and presentation, members enjoyed a game of bowls. Winners for the afternoon were Irene Laird and Geoff Danvers defeated Isobel Wheeler and Sugar Brunker.

Other winners were Deb Retchless, Penny Warren, and Kennedy Whitton defeated Bill Myers, Lyn Danvers, and Pat Tracey.

Laurie Land, Margaret Wilson, and Greg Colquhoun joined the winners’ circle too, defeating Sue Shearing, Robyn Stitt, and Allan Rolfe, Bron Tolcher, Linda Scells, and Mark Drummond claimed a victory as well, beating out Russell Tolcher, Peter Warren, and Ted Evans.

The club’s social bowls will continue as normal on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons, with names needing to be in by 1pm for a 1.30pm start.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

2023 Ladies’ and Men’s Presidents Margaret Wilson and Mark Drummond

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Bowen Golf News

December 2, 2022

Wednesday’s competition at Bowen Golf Club was a single stableford sponsored by the club.  

Ladies’ winner, Jo Goldup, finished with 38 points, followed by runner up Leanne Swan with 37. In the men’s it was a similar score: winner Kevin Cross topped the charts with 38, too, and runner up on a countback was Colin Stewart, 37.

Saturday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club.

Men's Winner was Chris Matheson, 41 points, with runner up Peter Randle on 39.  Meanwhile the Ladies' winner was Julie Martin with 36 points, followed by runner up on a countback, Leanne Swan, 35 points.

This weekend’s competition at Bowen Golf Club is a single stroke event for the men’s and ladies December Monthly Medals sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply and Bowen Golf club.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

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Proserpine Golf Club Report

December 2, 2022

Tuesday Competition

The Club’s Tuesday Stableford with 15 players was won by Chris Brett on 37 points ahead of Peter Lewis on 36 points, Brian Smith 35 points, Michael Ward 34 points and Paul Gray 34 points taking the rundown positions. NTP’s were won by Albert Pini and Paul Gray.

Wednesday Competition

A Versus Par competition for the ladies on Wednesday saw 15 players competing with Trish McNeill winning top spot with a +3 score, closely followed by Brenda Cowan on +2 and Heather Luvis on +1, Leanne Alexander and Mandy Patterson completed the run down with –1.

Mandy also featured in the Division 1 NTP’s on 1 and 5, with Ann Gardel winning 1 and 5 also in Division 2.

Thursday Competition

A nice 41 points by Josh Norris on Thursday helped him into 7th and 9th position in the 4BBB competition played by 56 golfers. Nathan Sothmann and Trish McNeill were the winners on 46 points narrowly beating Jalen Jarvis and Elliot Woo on 45 points. Wayne Temby and Ron Jamieson were in 3rd place with 43 points. NTP’s went to Nathan x 2, John Grosskreutz and Brendon Meharry.

Saturday Competition

74 players competed in the MBW Stableford this week. Jayden Lloyd shot a very nice 3 over par round for 42 points to take out the men’s competition. Closely followed by Sam Deicke on 41 points, and Jason Bourke and Ken Granger in the run down with 38 points each. Jayden also took home the only 2 shot of the day, nice little pick up! NTP’s went to Steve Kelly, Ryan Wilkes, Rod Wecker and Matthew Goldman. For the Ladies NTP Trish McNeill and Jill Farinelli were the closest. Trish McNeill also won the ladies competition with 36 points, just edging out Jill Farinelli and Sherri Meade, both on 35 points. Penny Wardroper was in the rundown with 32 points.

Sunday Competition

Aaron Prosser continues on his handicap destroying run handing in a great score of 42 points on Sunday. A single figure handicap is within reach, keep up the good work! Ken Granger claimed 2nd with 37 points, and Ryan Wilkes, now on a +1 shot an even par round to take out 3rd with 35 points. Renae Maxwell shone in the ladies, winning the Sunday comp with 30 points, closely followed by Tessa Aitken and Paula McQuat, 29 and 28 points respectively. NTP’s were won by Ken Granger, Paula x 2 and Michael Jarvis.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club.

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Whitsunday Social Golf

December 2, 2022

The Men’s and Ladies’ foursomes championships were held with 26 players competing.

Ron Jamieson and Don Cameron were the winning team for the men’s division followed by Danny York and Lew Tuck as runners up.

Penny Wardroper and Joanne Moynihan claimed the Ladies’ winning team with Pam Casey and Vicki Tuck taking the runners up.

Pin shots went to Danny York and Lew Tuck, Jason Bourke and Clay Coles, Geoff Harrison and Wayne Temby, Dean Kercher and Darren Reynolds.

Next Sunday will be Monthly Medal.

Contributed with thanks to Joanne Moynihan.

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Veteran’s Golf

December 2, 2022

Another great day of golf at Proserpine Veteran’s Golf on Sunday with 27 players out on the course.

It was President's team taking on the captain’s team, with the former taking the win the day with 402 points to the captain’s 387.  

All the President's men and ladies received a free ball and now have bragging rights until next year when we will do the same again.

The major Stableford winners on the day for the ladies were Rehab Hull with 37 points, followed in second by Leanne Alexander with 35.

For the men, Billy Jesser topped the charts with 39 points and second was John Roser with 38.  

Nearest the pins for the ladies went to Leanne Alexander, Mandy Patterson, in the hole, Jacqui Wall, Rehab Hull, and Paula McQuat on 9th, also in the hole. As well, Lyn Muller and Paula McQuat came nearest on 2nd and Mandy Patterson and Rehab Hull on 16th.

The men nearest the pin winners were Ken Granger and John Strelec on 9th, Trevor Paroz and John Strelec on 2nd, and John Oates and John Roser on 13th. Peter Browning and Leanne Alexander had chip-ins.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

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On The Whitsunday Green

December 2, 2022

This week’s 9-hole competition at Whitsunday Green Golf Club was won by Joel McBride with 20 points, second on 18 was Justyn Durbin, and third was Andrew Gomez on 17.

The Friday stableford 9-hole was won by Chris Bartlett with a win of 20 points, second place was Glenn Rees with a nice 19, and third place went to Cameron Mutch with 18.

Sunday’s Monthly Medal competition was won by Asher Ventham with nett points of 45, followed by second-placed Tyson Flavel with a nett 54, and third went to Scotty Hayes Williams on nett 55.

We held two match plays on the Sunday’s Monthly Medal first team was between Glenn Rees and Tyson Flavel with Tyson taking the win.

The second between Marc Belke and Tim Walton saw Marc take the win.

Nearest to the pin on Sunday’s monthly medal was Tyson Flavel and James Millar. This Sunday will be 18-hole stableford, play anytime.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green Golf Club

Winner of Sunday’s Monthly Medal first team at Whitsunday Green Golf Club was Tyson Flavel

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Top Class Speedway Motor Cycle Action Returns Bowen Showgrounds

December 2, 2022

Friday December 2 sees riders contest the Under-21 Queensland 500cc State Title while on the following night the Open Championship will be decided.

Current Under-21 Champion, Flynn Nicol will be out to defend his title against the likes of up-and-coming-young guns Tate Zischke and Bradley Page.

Queenslander, Zischke has just become the NSW Under-21 Champion and will want desperately to add another title to his name.

Zischke won the NSW event at Kurri Kurri from local favourite, James Pearson and is in the line-up for the 2022 Aussie Title to be held at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway on December 10.

The following night, 16 of the nation’s best riders will contest the Open Championship.

Current champ, Nick Morris is still overseas and won’t be on hand to defend his Title, however, Ryan Douglas, Jacob Hook, Jake Allan, Zaine and Declan Kennedy and Zane Keleher have all just returned from racing the European season and are all in red-hot form.

Declan took the honours in the recent meeting at Pioneer Park and again at North Brisbane, winning the Kennedy Cup.

Local and former International rider, Kozza Smith joins the line-up and after his performance at Pioneer Park, he is bound to give the young guns a shake-up.

The format for the Title will consist of five rounds of four heats. The top three points scorers will move straight into the Championship Final. The next four placegetters will contest a B-Final from which the winner will join the others in the Final.

A huge crowd is expected to attend what will undoubtedly be the biggest Speedway meeting in North Queensland this year.

Contributed with thanks to Sue Tapp.

Kennedy Douglas

Kozza Smith. Photo credit: Taylor Photographics

Zaine Kennedy. Photo credit: Taylor Photographics

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Proserpine Junior Cricket Results

December 2, 2022

The under 11s Proserpine Pitbulls had their second away game for the season, this time against the Mackay Magpies White on Saturday.

Captain Matthew tossed the bat which went to Magpies, who had no hesitation to pad up and set the total of 10/86.

With nine players, the Pitbulls would only have 13 balls each to play with. It was just enough, however, and the side finished with a respectable 8/92; their first win in the competition.

Under 13s Proserpine Pitbulls versus Pioneer Valley: The Proserpine side won the toss and elected to bat, with the team goal of batting all 25 overs to ensure that, with only seven players, they had a high enough score to defend.

Although the team did not bat for their 25 overs, they ended their innings with a solid total of 136 runs.

With a drying outfield and bowling into a moderate sea breeze, the Pitbulls set about defending their score, and put in the hard yards to bowl out all eight Pioneer Valley batsman for 85 in the 15th over.

The side remains undefeated.

Under 12s Proserpine Pitbulls versus Mackay Brothers: The Pitbulls arrived at Vigaro keen to make amends for an earlier round loss to Brothers.

Captain Lily Smith won the toss and elected to bowl. Her side knocked off all the Brothers’ batsmen with a score of 63.

Prossie’s turn with the bat, the game plan simple: 20 balls, 25 overs. And that’s just what they did.

Pitbulls finished at 3-107. A great team effort, following the game plan to a tee.

Under 15 Proserpine versus Pioneer Valley: This weekend’s round seven clash saw the first placed U15 Pitbulls face the second place Pioneer Valley.

The Proserpine boys took up the bat first, racking up an excellent total of 135.

Pioneer Valley were then sent out to bat with 136 required for victory. Despite Proserpine’s efforts, the home team won the game comfortably at 3-136 after 21 overs and ended the Pitbulls undefeated start to the season.

Contributed with thanks to Mike Hope, Mark Porter, Jack Valmadre, and Stephen Logan

Proserpine Cricket Association Under 11 first-time winners! Sean Green, Jaxson Farley, Matthew Hope, Jeandre Joubert, Bradley Hetherington, Kobi Whitty, Zahra Cale, Laura Bailey, and Ellen Smith

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A Very Merry Airlie Beach Darts Semi Finals

December 2, 2022

The final two players have been decided for this year’s edition of the Xmas Open.

Earlier in the week we had the first semi-final between the two-time champion and current defending champion, Jamie Woods taking on Andy Peel who was coming off a fine win over Jason Rockstroh in the quarter finals.

Jamie jumped out to a two-set lead hitting a lovely 130 check out along the way. Andy responded well by taking a set, but he never looked likely against Jamie who looked comfortable throughout winning the match by 4 sets to 1.

Playing in the other semi was Dom Friend who is the only other player to win this competition, taking on the challenge from Seumas Rose who has been playing very well all year to date.

The match looked dead and buried at 3 sets to nil in favour of Dom only for Seumas to rally in the fourth and fifth sets to claw it back to 3/2.

In the sixth set, both payers leg averages were high, well into the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, but with both players on checkouts in each of those legs in the set, it was Dom who was able to hit his doubles. Dom getting across the line in the end winning the match by 4 sets to 2 - 3/0 3/1 3/0 1/3 1/3 3/0.

That means there won’t be a new name on the trophy this year. All that’s left to decide is whether or not Jamie goes back-to-back to makes it 3 Open titles, or if Dom levels it up to make it 2 titles apiece, and round off a nice season after earlier claiming his 1st Premier League title.

The Xmas Open is proudly sponsored by Dyson Automotive, thanks for your support.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

Seumas Rose

Dom Friend wins the 2nd semi-final at Mika on Sunday. Photo contributed

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Cannons Have A Blast In Bowen

December 2, 2022

The 19 Cannonvale Cannons who competed at the Bowen Family LC Transition Meet over the weekend had a fantastic time. Coaches, Mark Erickson and Ken Crittenden said the Cannons started a bit slow on Saturday, but really improved on Sunday. The swimmers achieved a total of 32 Personal Bests (PBs) which was great.  

Top performer was Ehsan Helou, aged 14 years. He swam extremely well achieving 7 PBs and bringing home 6 gold and 2 silver medals. Ehsan also achieved 4 state qualifying times.

Ruby Harland, aged 10 years also had a successful weekend, achieving 3 PBs and 2 state qualifying times. She was very proud of all her blue ribbons. Ruby’s sister, Koa aged 8 years performed very well, achieving 3 PBs and a 3rd place ribbon for her 50 metre Butterfly.  

Celeste Orenshaw and Isabella Pisaniello both swam 4 PBs. Both girls were very excited with their bronze medals for their 50 metre Breaststroke. Eloise Chegwidden, aged 7 years swam an excellent 25 metre Butterfly and 25 metre Backstroke, achieving PBs and 1st place. Eloise’s brother, Harry aged 5 years swam a super 25 metre Breaststroke in 48.51 seconds. One of James Davies’ best swims was his 50 metre Breaststroke which he swam in a fabulous time of 1.06.05, a 8 second PB.  

Don Algie, Jax Clayworth and Thomas Ganter were very competitive swimming 2 personal best times and bringing home a swag of medals. Zane Clayworth’s best swim was his 25 metre Freestyle which he swam in 28.25 seconds.

Jack Ganter and Remy Hedges had a great weekend winning most of their events. Harris Delac, aged 8 years, was very happy with his bronze medal for the 50 metre Backstroke. Jacob and Tiana Bell swam extremely well in all their events, surprisingly both of them won their Backstroke races.  

Congratulations to all the Cannons on their outstanding achievements.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannonvale Cannons compete at the Bowen Family LC Transition Meet

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Surf’s Up! The Beach Boys Are In Town

November 24, 2022

Are you ready for Good Vibrations flowing from the speakers at ‘The Pub’? Because audiences are getting “the excitations” as Australia’s biggest and best Beach Boys experience is set to surf into Airlie Beach in a weeks’ time.

‘Do You Wanna Dance?’ Because your chance is coming up for an afternoon in the North Queensland sun with ‘Your Summer Dream’, cruising down Airlie Esplanade to The Airlie Beach Hotel where The Australian Beach Boys Show will rock the Bar-top Stage in early December.

The California pop group were just kids when they formed in 1962 and now, 60 years down the road, their legendary music is still the iconic sound of sun-drenched days. And there’s nowhere more attuned to what it means to be a Beach Boy than Airlie where one of the country’s best tribute shows is headed on December 3.

The Australian Beach Boys Show boasts an amazing stage production that not only features Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys’ songs, but also recreates the magical “wall of sound” experience that Wilson so famously and successfully crafted.

God Only Knows what we’d be without the Beach Boys, and this two-hour live show delivers as close to the real experience as audiences can get six decades on.

From the striped blue and white shirts to Hawaiian flowers and replica instruments, this Beach Boys tribute will put a Smiley Smile on your dial. And what a perfect time for it with ‘Little Saint Nick’ less than a month away!

It’ll be a Surfin’ Safari when this tribute tribe run the Beach Boys’ gamut of tunes: Songs like ‘Surfin USA’, ‘Little Deuce Coupe’, ‘Barbara-Ann’, and ‘Help Me Rhonda’.

Oh ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ to hear ‘Kokomo’, ‘Then I Kissed Her’, and ‘California Girls’ while watching the twinkling sun on the Airlie Beach foreshore? In this fully costumed show featuring stage props, a huge video display, costume changes, and more – you can heart it. In fact, one better: You can live it.

For ‘Auld Lang Syne’, head down to The Airlie Beach Hotel to see one of the very best tribute performances the country has to offer. There’s no better year than the 60th anniversary of one of pop and rocks best groups ever to relive the glory days. Grab a meal, ‘Darlin’’, ‘Let The Wind Blow’.

And hey, it’s entirely free. ‘Aren’t You Glad’?

WHAT: The Australian Beach Boys Show

WHEN: 2.00pm to 5.30pm on Saturday, December 3

WHERE: The Airlie Beach Hotel

The Australian Beach Boys Show is coming to Airlie Beach next week to keep the good times rolling

The band has been to The Airlie Beach Hotel before, but never coinciding with such a momentous occasion: The Beach Boys 60th anniversary

The group is bringing their very best ‘Vibrations’ to locals’ favourite local on December 3

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A Very Merry Airlie Beach Darts Quarter Finals

November 24, 2022

The final four in this year’s Airlie Beach Darts’ Xmas Open earned their places on Sunday morning at Mika Airlie Beach, with the draw for the semi-final pairings to be carried out later in the week.

The matches were now best of five sets, and began with the 2020 Xmas Open Champion, Dom Friend, taking on Kameron Reason.

True to form, Dom took the lead, winning the first set, but a spirited fight from Kameron in the second saw him level the match at one set all.

Dom narrowly claimed the third to go one away from the match, and in the fourth Kameron had no answers; Dom winning the match by three sets to one.

The only other Open Champion to date, Jamie Woods had it all his own way in his match over Lorraine Woods, with Jamie taking three sets to nil.

Seumas Rose took his place amongst the Semi Finalists thanks to an impressive win over this year’s Premier League runner up, Jamie Maher by three sets to one.

The final game of the day between Jason Rockstroh and Andy Peel had it all, going down to the last double, of the last leg, of the last set, in a highly entertaining duel.

In the last set at two all and both players on a finish, Andy managed to clinch it on a double tops to take the match by three set to two.

The Xmas Open is sponsored by Dyson Automotive.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

Jason Rockstroh, Seamus Rose, Kameron Reason, Dom Friend, Andy Peel, and Jamie Maher

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Swim Carnival Success!

November 24, 2022

Families who attend Airlie Swim School by Danielle went along to the third annual Swim Carnival last Sunday with over 60 children between the ages of four and 10 competing in a range of categories.

Held at Cannonvale Swim School, students demonstrated their skills in a range of styles including free-style, backstroke and breaststroke, swimming within their age-range and ability level to test their mettle against their peers.

For many this was the first opportunity to compete, and for others, this was a chance to return and exhibit what they had learnt all year.

“It was great to showcase what the kids have learnt over the last 12 months,” said swim school owner Danielle Shea.

“It was nice for them and their parents to see their progression and what they’ve been learning.”

Danielle said that competing in swimming races is an excellent way to build confidence and get experience swimming in a bigger pool.

First, second and third places received trophies, as well as the Most Improved, Encouragement and of course Swimmer of the Meet.

Swimmer of the Meet, Aria Crawford, age 6

Swimmer of the Meet Matilda Friend, age 5

Images: supplied

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Proserpine Pitbulls Cricket Report

November 24, 2022

First up was the Under 11 Proserpine Pitbulls vs South’s Sharks: It was set to be a tough match against the unbeaten South’s Sharks team on a balmy Saturday morning.

Captain Zahra lost the toss and the Sharks opted to field first, knowing the day was only going to get hotter. The Proserpine side posted a 9/62 total at the end of 20 overs.

With the temperature rising, it was time for the Pitbulls to take the field.

It was a valiant effort by the Pitbulls, but the Sharks showed why they are on top of the table, putting on 7/144.

Player of the day went to Matthew.

Next was the Under 12s against Walkerston: After a tough round one encounter against the club, the young Pitbulls arrived at the ground knowing they were in for a battle.

Walkerston elected to bowl, and the local Pitbulls soon had a competitive 6-110 after their allotted 25-overs.

Under immense pressure, the Pitbulls restricted the Scrubby batters in the final over to see them finish at 6-106 after their 25 and claim the win.

Another great performance by this exceptional group of young legends.

Players Player: Aiden Farley (2-5, 2 runs, 1 catch)

Under 13s take on the Magpies Black in Mackay: With rain threatening, the Pitbulls lost the toss and were sent into bat. The Magpies opening bowlers started very well, maintaining a good line and length. Despite fierce opposition, the Pitbulls score posted at 6-137 after 25 overs.

The Magpies innings had a shaky start, and it continued to be shaky - ending with the U13s continuing their unbeaten run this season with their toughest match so far, winning by 49 runs.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Porter, Stephen Logan, and Mike Hope

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Cannons’ Massive Week

November 24, 2022

The Cannonvale Cannons had a fantastic weekend of swimming with over 30 young swimmers competing at the Whitsunday Swim Carnival in Proserpine last Saturday.

Also, six Cannons participated at the Hamilton Island Ocean Swim on Sunday and a couple of Cannons attended the swim clinic facilitated by Graeme Carroll.  

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim: Tora Delac, Don Algie, Thomas Ganter, and Harris Delac all swam very well in their 350-metre event.

Tora Delac was first female and Thomas Ganter the second male out of the water on the day before Jacob Bell and Jy Parkinson swam the two-kilometre event.  

Jy was the second male and Jacob the third out of the water.

Highlights from Whitsunday Swim Carnival: Eloise Chegwidden, Lucas Korosec, and Jax Clayworth each had very successful carnivals, winning all their events.  

Zane Clayworth, Harris Delac, Tora Delac, Jacob Dewis, Declan Dichiera, Charlie Doherty, Liam Filewood, Thomas Ganter, Remy Hedges, Anisa Helou, Ehsan Helou, Celeste Orenshaw, and Holly Perrin all swam extremely well and took out top placings in their events.  

Harry Chegwidden, James Davies, Evie Doherty, Jack Ganter, Indigo Harland, Koa Harland, Billie Jamieson, Jasper Korosec, Gracie Laguna, Pippa Laguna, Matilda Nicholes, Charlotte Trevaskis, and Lukas Trevaskis put in a mighty effort, tried their best, and swam some fantastic personal times.  

Millah Walker, aged five, swam a massive 44.02 second personal best in her 25-metre Freestyle and a 31.91 second personal best in her Backstroke.

Millah’s sister, Piper, also swam a big personal best of 13.16 seconds in her 25-metre Freestyle. Levi Smith was very excited with his first place in the 50-metre Breaststroke in a time of 58.18 seconds.  

One of Addie Sanders’ best swims was her 200-metre IM which she swam in 4.51.54.  

Isabella Pisaniello’s best swim which won her first place was her 100-metre backstroke in 1.37.46.

Her brother, Isaac swam a super 200-metre IM in 3.57.04 which earned him second place.  

Congratulations to all the swimmers and a big thank you to all the coaches and parents for their wonderful support.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Coach Mark Erickson with Tora Harris Don and Thomas at Hamilton Island

Jacob Bell and Jy Parkinson with winner Jett Clayton

Cannonvale Cannons at Whitsunday Swim Carnival

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

November 24, 2022

Tuesday afternoon at Airlie Beach Bowls Club saw Betty Whitehorn as skipper with Robin Brown at lead and Rhonda Lloyd take home the winners prizes to start the week.

Wednesday afternoon Social bowls also saw an amazing win over a big field with John Askew and Regina Aquilina completely overwhelming the rest of the bowlers to take home the winners cheque.

Wednesday night’s Business House Bowls was the conclusion of Round Six. New team Airlie Splash of Colour maintain their undefeated record, sitting on 18 points.

PRD skipper Matt Francis was delighted with his team second on 16 points, having returned to the winner’s circle.

Hadlow Racing, Tuk Tuks, and Whitsunday Gold Coffee team are tied in third place with the final rounds looking to go down to the wire.

Saturday morning Scroungers saw first round winners John Askew, Andy McDougall, Maureen Barnard, Eric Barnard, Russell Jackson, and Nik Fernbach all competing for the final.

John Askew managed to beat Russell Jackson by two points to become the Round Eight winner with Steve Lawrie winning the B Grade prize.

Sunday afternoon saw the completion of the B Grade Fours, and it was the brilliance of skipper John Fielding that proved to be the difference. Alongside Nik Fernbach at lead, Neil Moore, and Col Morris, the side won the trophy with two wins in very warm conditions.

Sunday afternoon Social bowls saw Betty Whitehorn and Lyn Graham with Margo Stanley at skipper, Alan Pershouse at second, and new bowler Dawn Dowel at lead the big winners on the day.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Col Morris, Neil Moore, and Nik Fernbach with skipper John Fielding after their B Fours victory

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Bowen Bowls Club

November 24, 2022

At Bowen Bowls Club’s Wednesday Social meet, Mary Ellen Pratten, Keith Kirk, and Lou Fordham defeated Paula Welsted, Tracy Roach, and Allen Williams to get the ball rolling.

As well, Peter Thomson and Tiarna Rogers defeated Dave Moodie and Herb Dalton, while Bev Smith, Mark Rogers, and Steve Roome beat Jill Brabon, Ross Scanlon, and Doc Fordham.

Sunday Scroungers Winners were Steve Roome, Gavin Charles, Shane Hornbuckle, and Ross Scanlon.

Sunday Scroungers Winners at Bowen Bowls Club were Steve Roome, Gavin Charles, Shane Hornbuckle, and Ross Scanlon

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Proserpine Bowls News

November 24, 2022

Twelve players enjoyed a game of Social Bowls on Wednesday at Proserpine Bowls Club, the last opportunity for the year before the greens were taken out for the annual renovations.  

John Anderson, Heather Brown, and Arthur Griffith defeated Pat Bownds, Jim Quod, and Bruce Uhe, 23–21.

Alen Sanderson, Peter Lawton, and Sandy Daffara defeated Jim Bownds, Philip Brown, and Mike Harrison, 20-15.

The club extended its thanks to all who offered help on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to assist with the greens’ renovations.

Proserpine Bowls has several functions booked for Christmas celebrations at the club, but there are still dates available if any are in need of a venue for their event.

Unfortunately, Barefoot Bowls is not an option at this time of year due to the greens being out.  All enquiries to secretarypbcinc@gmail.com.

Reminder to all that Annual Membership is due at the end of this month.  

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

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Wangaratta Bowls

November 24, 2022

Congratulations to the Wangaratta Men’s Bowls side which defeated Collinsville in the last round of the Local Pennant.

Although a good win, Wangaratta were beaten by Bowen Bowls Club, who claimed the overall winners for 2022.

On Tuesday, Deb Retchless Marg Wilson, and Bob Mason defeated Bron Tolcher, Sue Shearing, Irene Laird, and Robyn Stitt.

It was great to see Tracey and Julie back for a game on Sunday. Games played were close with only one point being the difference in both games.

Winners for the afternoon were Tracey Stanford, Robyn Stitt, and Fely Duncan defeated Julia Taas, Linda Scells, and Penny Warren.

Russell Tolcher, Laurie Land, and Mark Drummond defeated Deb Retchless, Bron Tolcher, and Pat Tracey.

The final of the Club Mixed Fours was played on Monday with Robyn Stitt, Isabel Wheeler, Margaret Wilson, and Mark Drummond defeating Lyn Danvers, Greg Colquhoun, Peter Hinschen, and Geoff Danvers.

Reminder: The club hopes to see members on Sunday at its Annual General Meeting at 9am followed by a ‘High Tea’ at 12pm followed by bowls at 1.30pm.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Winners of the mixed fours from Wangaratta Bowls Club

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Bowen Golf News

November 24, 2022

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford sponsored by Bowen Golf Club.  

Ladies’ winner, Claire Garrod, 36 points, and runner up on a countback, Leanne Swan, 35, while Men’s winner was Walter Maguire, 39 points, and runner up Brett Carlyon, 38 points.

Friday night, Bowen Golf Club members celebrated the end of the golf season. Congratulations to all the winners, especially Brian Martin and Ruth Dunn who were this year’s Golfers of the Year.  

Congratulations also to new Club champions Akeam Power and Rhiannon Nott.

Saturday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Roger Vandenberg from Proserpine Golf Shop.  

Men's Winner, Kevin Clark, posted a respectable 43 points, followed by runner up Kevin Cross, 39, and third place to Ezra Miller, 37.

Pin shots to Malcolm Martin on two occasions, and Jumbo Miller and Peter May once each.  

Ladies' winner was Leanne Swan, 40 points, runner up Linda Scells, 37, and third place to Robyn Slade, 36.  

Pin Shots to Elona Lynch, Pauline Martin, and Grace Nott. Noel Schultz won the Car wash voucher with an OBP.

This weekend’s competition is a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf club.  The joker draw is back this Friday night and the jackpot sits at $5100.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Mens winner Kevin Clark, sponsor Roger Vandenberg, Ladies winner LeanneSwan, R-U Linda Scells, and third place Robyn Slade.

2022 Golfers of the year – Brian Martin and Ruth Dunn

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Proserpine Golf Report

November 24, 2022

Tuesday’s competition at Proserpine Golf Club saw 18 players in a PGC Tuesday Stableford.

Elliot Woo came out on top with a handicap adjusting 43 points, with Chris Brett hot on his heels with 42.

Rees May, John Dodds, and John Clark were in the rundown. NTPs were won by Rees May and Mick Cragg.

Wednesday competition: 18 players competed in the Airllywood Stableford on Wednesday. Trish McNeill was the winner with 41 points, closely followed by Penny Wardroper, 38.

Thursday competition: A stroke competition on Thursday was played by 52 golfers with Brendan Spann’s nett 61 the impressive, clear winner in Division Two.  

Coming in second place was Ben Raymant on 68 nett and Peter Krause in the rundown with a 70 nett.

Division One was more closely contested with Steven Johnston, visiting from Moranbah, taking top spot with 67 nett, followed by Bill Woods and Adam Maggs 68 and 69 nett respectively.

NTP’s won by Steven Johnston, John Dodds, and Bill Woods.

Saturday Competition: Peta Thomas was the winner of the ladies’ Saturday competition with 70 nett.

Following Peta was Anna Winterbourn and Mandy Patterson, both on 71 nett, Wendy Gough and Paula McQuat in the rundown on 73 nett.

It was a tight contest in the men’s competition with six players on 67 nett.

Mick Kavanagh came out on top in a countback from John Wallace and Vic Feldman. In the rundown, also on 67 nett were Phil Batty, Rod Wecker, and Larry Muller.

Congratulations to Kelvin Stephens on his brilliant hole in one on 13!

Sunday Competition: Another sub-par round for Ryan Wilkes on Sunday, coming in with 41 pts, edging out Leigh Jones on a countback. Mark McDougal came in third on 39 points.

Pam Casey was on top of the ladies’ podium with a lovely 36 points, also winning on a countback.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club Pro Shop Team

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Whitsunday Social Golf

November 24, 2022

A Stableford event was held along with the 4BBB Stableford trophy challenge for 2022.

A total of 28 players competed from the Whitsunday Club, with Men’s A Grade winner going to George Meharry and runner up Danny York.

Men’s B Grade winner was Leigh Jones and runner up Mark McDougall.

Ladies’ A Grade winner was Anna Winterbourn with runner-up Penny Wardroper. Ladies’ B Grade winner went to Pam Casey and runner up Linda Wardroper.

Longest drives were claimed by Ritchie Atkins, Dean Kercher, Anna Winterbourn, and Elise Hodgson.

Pin shots went to Pauline Redpath, Linda Wardroper, Geoff Harrison, Andrew Albergo, and Leigh Jones.

The 4BBB winning team will be announced at the presentation. Thank you to Andrew Colborne from BC Constructions for sponsoring the trophy.

Next Sunday will be the Men’s foursomes’ championship and Ladies’ foursomes’ championship.

Contributed with thanks to Joanne Moynihan

George Meharry, Pam Casey, and Leigh Jones

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Proserpine Veteran’s Golf

November 24, 2022

There was a good field of 30 players at Sunday’s Proserpine Veteran’s Golf meet, and there were some great scores, too.

The ladies’ winner with a score of 73 on countback (c/b) was Jacqui Wall, with second going to Helen Deighton, 73, and in the rundown were Rehab Hull, 74 c/b, Tiina Randmae, 74, Lyn Muller, 74, Tina Badenhorst, 75, and Paula McQuat, 76.  

The men’s winner, with a fantastic score of 65, was Barry Shuwalow.  Second went to John Oates with another great score of 68, and in the rundown were Gary Scotford, 70, Ken Granger, 72 c/b, Barry Mortimer, 72, John Oates, 72, and Vic Feldman, 73.  

Nearest the pin winners for the ladies were Elspeth Scotford (second), Jan Shuwalow (second), Lyn Muller (fifth and 13th), Rehab Hull (fifth), and Paula McQuat(13th).  

For the men it was Vic Feldman (second), Wilf Herweg (second), Phil Lucket (fifth), Steve Mitchell (fifth), Peter Fox (13th), and Peter Browning (13th).

Next week's event will be Stableford and it is a team event with President Vs Captain.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Jacqui Wall and Barry Shuwalow

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On The Whitsunday Green

November 24, 2022

This week’s weekly competition was very close with all placings on 20 points at Whitsunday Green Golf Club.

The count back saw Terry Kimpton take first place, Isaac Bradley take second, and Jack Hayes Williams take third.

For the Friday competition it was Dave Thomas with 21 points to take the win, second was George Meharry with 20 points, and Richie Atkins third with 19 points.

On Sunday it was four ball better ball, and the winning team was James (Jimmy) Millar and Dave Thomas, followed by Glenn Rees and Rob Lodders, then Alan Clinch, and Deeray.

Nearest the Pins were Dave Thomas and Glenn Rees. This coming Sunday will be November’s Monthly Medal, arrival at 9.30 for a 10am tee off.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

Dave Wallace at Whitsunday Green Golf Club

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Mackay’s Hard Hitters At State Championships

November 17, 2022

Indoor hockey is a game of great skill and speed and ten girls recently showed that when they represented Mackay in the 2022 U15 Girls Indoor State Indoor Hockey Championships.

Coming up against the best in the state, the girls came off only four training sessions between selection and the tournament, taking place in Brisbane from November 4-6, to make it all the way to the final.

“We were there to have a really good time and work as a team, and through doing that is generally when you play your best hockey and they proved that,” said Coach Emily Herrington.

“I certainly couldn’t have been more proud of them because they just ticked all the boxes from a coach’s perspective.”

Mackay finished on top of their pool with two wins and a loss before defeating Brisbane 3 in the semi with a resounding 6-0 win to make it into the final.

They were to come up against Ipswich in the final, ultimately going down 0-2.

“We wanted them to enjoy the moment and not let it overcome them,” said Manager Shelley Fisher.

“It’s a really nice thing to see them playing really good hockey but having fun while doing it and I think that’s really important for this age group,” added Emily.

“We’re so proud of them and they represented Mackay unbelievably well.”

Player Sunmer Vaughan said the team was “nervous but excited” leading into the final.

“It was upsetting that we lost but we came second overall so that’s good,” she said.

Selections for the U15 Queensland team were made following the tournament, with Mackay’s Tylah Andrews being selected and Laura Camilleri and Ebony Temple being selected in the shadow squad.

16-year-old Sam Riggs was also part of the coaching team as Assistant Coach.

“He did so well in terms of his coaching development, so I think that’s a really positive thing for indoor hockey,” said Emily.

“They are willing to support young kids coming through in all avenues.”

Back L-R Shelley Fisher (Manager), Sunmer Vaughan, Amali Paganoni, Maddie Searle (GK), Georgia Rye, Jenna Scott, Emily Herrington (Coach), Sam Riggs (Assistant Coach). Front L-R Tylah Andrews, Ebony Temple, Laura Camilleri, Taylor Fisher, Isabel Miles

Mackay finished second at the 2022 U15 Girls Indoor State Indoor Hockey Championships. Photos supplied

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Whitsundays Running Wild In T20

November 17, 2022

The Whitsunday Colts twenty-twenty cricket side have held their nerves against last year’s division premiers to record their second victory.

The young guns, fresh off last week’s win against a slick Warriors outfit who were undefeated in the first four rounds, headed into the game without a captain, a coach, or a mentor.

Stand in Captain M.Pettiford won the toss and elected to bat sending in an unchanged opening pair of N.Wylie and J.Pini to negotiate the Warriors after their 50 run partnership last week.

Disaster struck early for the Colts with a mix up between the batsmen on the third ball and J.Pini became proud owner of the first diamond duck of the season and was on his way without facing a ball.

N.Wylie(3) followed shortly afterwards and the Colts were 2/13 halfway through the 4th. C.Stroud fresh from his 62 from 72 balls for the Pitbulls game earlier in the day, went out to partner M.Pettiford with the side in a spot of bother.

This is where these two batsmen put on a masterclass display of batting and running between the wickets taking full advantage of a couple of drop catches from the fielding side early in their innings.

Captain Marvellous Mike finished on an unbeaten 72 from 53 balls and Corey, unselfishly, runout on the last delivery for 60 off 54 balls.

All of which had the Colts with a very handy total of 3-153 of their 20 overs.

Full of enthusiasm and confidence saw the young guns take to the field with the runs on the board.

Could they close out the game against their more fancied rivals?

R.Blain (2-24) picked up R.Knight for a golden duck to get the Colts high fiving, and he was well supported by B.Altmann (0-19) and C.Stroud (0-14).

Soon the side had built up a considerable tally, and N.Kleinert(1-5) bowled well with a great catch by J.Pini in the deep removing Luke Valmadre for 1, had the Warriors in trouble 7-121.

M.Pettiford (0-12), C.Woodhouse (0-21) bowled at the death and R.Blain picked up the ever dangerous C.Wren (3) in his last over to contain the Warriors to 8-129 after 20, leaving Shane Knight stranded at the other end on a shaky but unbeaten 25 from 32.

With the win the Colts have catapulted into second spot with two wins, two losses, and a draw.

The inaugural Whitsunday Colts T20 side are having excellent success in their debut season

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Young Athlete Top 8 In Queensland

November 18, 2022

A young Whitsunday athlete is reaching for the stars following a series of successes at local, regional and now state level.

Nine-year-old Shailee Mewha, who attends Cannonvale State School, only discovered she had a talent for running when she won the 800 metres at her school’s Athletics Day last year.

Waiting until she turned nine and could compete at a higher level, this year has seen several incredible achievements for the young sports star.

Winning the 800 metres for the second time at Athletics Day this year, Shailee progressed to the Proserpine Schools Competition which saw the top two athletes move on to the Whitsunday Region Competition.

Shailee won both of these events and went on to compete in Townsville where she trialled the 1500 metres as well as 800 metres, coming first in both.

In October Shailee attended the State Championships in Brisbane and came 7th in both the 1500 and 800 metres.

In addition, she took part in the Cross Country, coming 16th in the whole state out of 66.

“I love racing new people and trying something new,” said Shailee.

“I’ve made friends that I see at all the events, and I love competing – I would love to go to the Olympics one day!”

Eager to continue her winning streak, Shailee is competing in the Aquathon which is due to take place in Hervey Bay in February.

This sporting event incorporates a one-kilometre run followed by a 200-metre swim and then another one-kilometre run.

Shailee will be first in her age-group when she goes to compete at state level.

She would like to thank her three coaches, including her sports teacher, Mr Westley, for all their encouragement, as well as her parents.

Shailee Mewha at the athletics stadium in Brisbane

Holding her ribbons after the race

Running always puts a smile on her face

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Master Blaster Proserpine Pitbulls Take On The Bowen Barracudas

November 17, 2022

On Saturday, November 5, eight mini-Pitties from Proserpine’s Junior Cricket association made their debut in the Master Blaster U10s grade of the Proserpine-Bowen intertown competition.

Taking on the Bowen Barracudas, Captain Blake W made sure to win the bat toss and chose to put Bowen on the pitch first, seeing it was a bit of a green top and the ball might move around a bit early on.

Cydnee (2-10) opened up and didn’t let her skipper down, picking up two baby Barracudas in her first over.

Captain Blake W (1-8) was the next to put barracuda on the menu in his second over, and following him was Arista (0-19), who was unlucky not to get a fillet of fish from her overs.

Jayden (3-10), Ryan (2-5) had the ball on a string and got the line wet with good length bowling. Harry (1-8), Thomas (1-7), Georgia (1-11) all added to the esky and closed the lid on the Barracudas innings at 11-78.

With 55 runs on the board (five runs per wicket) from those they took, the Pitbull puppies pounced out into a bubbling Barracuda swell.

Harry and Georgia (3-14) found it tough going in their first bat. Thomas and Ryan (1-15) batted well and set sail with the wind and the ball over the boundary with their time at the crease.

Then Jayden and Arista (3-16) did the same until the wind dropped out and lost a couple of quick wickets. This had the Baby Barracudas in a feeding frenzy and Pitbull Puppies in trouble on 100 runs, 13 runs behind with two batting pairs to go.

Cydnee and Blake W  (1-12) turned the tide in a great knock with the skipper finding boundary rope on several occasions and the Puppies clawing back to six runs behind with one pair to play.

This was given to Harry and Georgia (2-19) who threw caution to the wind. They ran on everything in a nail biter with the Puppies winning in a tight one by three runs.

A match well played by both teams. Players’ players went to Harry and Georgia for their amazing teamwork as batting partners, being brave and getting those runs.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Valmadre

The young Proserpine Pitbulls side managed a close fought victory over the Bowen Barracudas

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A Very Merry Airlie Beach Darts

November 17, 2022

Airlie Beach Darts hosted three of the four scheduled qualifying finals on Sunday morning at Mika Live BBQ & Bar.

The first match of the day was the latest instalment between Andy Peel and Ross Gallichan. Both players are familiar with each other’s games; regular matches between the pair go back to the club’s formation.

Andy took the first set by three legs to one, and the second set by three legs to two, claiming the match by two sets to nil.

In the second match, Lorraine Woods defeated Dick O’Hara by two sets to one.

Lorraine advances to next week’s quarter finals where interestingly there’s a slight chance she could be drawn out to play her husband Jamie, who also happens to be the defending Champion.

In the final match of the day, Kameron Reason defeated Gary Robbie by two sets to nil with a scoreline of 3/2, 3/2. It was a good effort by Gary on the day, who unfortunately came up short.

Unlucky to the defeated players on the day, and the club thanks them for taking part. They hope to see all players grand final on Sunday, December 4.

Well done to the winners who now March on to the Quarter Finals next weekend.

The Xmas Open is sponsored by Dyson Automotive, thank you for your support.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

Kameron Reason winning the meat raffle on Sunday at Mika and advancing to the Quarter Finals

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