Whitsunday Region Sporting News & Results

Reelin’ Them In  At The Mackerel And Reef Fish Rally

Reelin’ Them In At The Mackerel And Reef Fish Rally

The Whitsunday Game Fish Club’s Mackerel and Reef fish rally was held last weekend with 22 Adult and 5 Junior members catching a wide range of fish. The heaviest Mackerel was won by Reece Mathews with an 18.85kg fish using 10kg line, runner up was Brendon Rock with a 12.85kg Spanish. Longest Red fish was a 75cm Nannagi caught by Glen Upstill beating Glen Bray by 2cm. Gavin Smith had the longest Coral Trout of the big kids with a 65cm fish. The winning Junior was Kane Bird with an 80cm Nannag

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The 35th Anniversary For  Bowen Polocrosse Carnival

The 35th Anniversary For Bowen Polocrosse Carnival

The 35th annual Bowen Polocrosse Carnival is set to be a weekend long family fun event where the whole community can get together. To celebrate the 35th anniversary Bowen Polocrosse club encourage past present members to get together, chat, catch up and have a great time playing the sport they love. The Bowen Polocrosse Carnival brings a high-class spectacle and event to Bowen. Organiser Jessie Russell said “Polo is a sport that every member of the family can play, young or old and any gende

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

Another win for under 13 Div 1 this weekend in Mackay against Lions. All players played well as a team with Remy scoring 2 Goals with precision and confidence. Jayce assisted a perfect through ball to Will who also scored 2 goals. Liam scored the goal he has been trying hard for and Eden rounded off the scoring with a goal. Final Score 6-1 for Whitsunday. U13 Prem players fought hard this week to keep Rangers from scoring. The boys all played well to secure a nil all draw against a team that we

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Airlie Beach Marathon Festival Sets New Records

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival Sets New Records

There are record entries for this year’s North Queensland Championship Airlie Beach Marathon and the Tassal Group Half Marathon with numbers up by 50 – 70%! The reigning ladies champion and record holder in the marathon Liv Compton from the Whitsunday Running Club is back to defend her title. The men’s race could be won by anyone however Tom Sirett from Ellesmere Port in England looks like he may be in with a chance. The first three ladies in last year’s Tassal Group half marathon are back to

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Cannons Heat Up The Pool At Their Winter Carnival

July 18, 2024

The Cannonvale Cannons and visiting clubs were treated to picture perfect Whitsunday conditions on Saturday for the 2024 Cannonvale Winter Transition Meet. Under the guidance of coaches Mark Erickson and Ken Crittenden, swimmers delivered impressive performances across various age groups and events, achieving significant personal bests and placings.
Among the youngest competitors, Lucas Korosec, Miranda Palmero and Indigo Harland secured personal best times in all of their events.
The 9-year-olds also achieved great results. Liam Filewood made a huge improvement in his 100 Fly, while Levi Smith impressed in both the 50 and 100 Breaststroke events.
The women's 9-year-old events saw Evie Doherty and Koa Harland smash their times in the 200 IM. Well done to the 11-year-old girls Ruby Harland, Celeste Orenshaw and Matilda Nicholes who also achieved personal best times in the same event.
Jax Clayworth, 11, demonstrated his butterfly prowess winning the 50, 100 and 200 Fly. His consistent performances were matched by Ruby Harland and Jasper Korosec, who both secured PB’s in all but one of their respective events.
Zachary Trefz, 12, dominated his age group, placing in the top two in every event and taking an incredible 42.65 seconds off his 200 Free. His consistency across multiple strokes and distances was a highlight of the meet. Roxy Groom made an awesome return to the Cannons with double digit PBs in all her events, whilst Tyler Bennett also improved his times in all events but one. Congratulations to Charlie Doherty, aged 13, who placed in all his events.
The meet highlighted the hard work and dedication of the Cannons, with coaches expressing pride in the team's performance and demonstration of the importance of consistent training across the cooler months.

Thank you to our sponsors and families for making this event a success.

Contributed with thanks to Jade Korosec.

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Busy Week at the Bowls Club

July 18, 2024

The Airlie Beach Bowls club has enjoyed another bustling week, starting with Tuesday afternoon Social Bowls, where skipper Betty Whitehorn and lead Lyn Graham secured an effortless victory against all comers.
Wednesday afternoon saw an outstanding display of skill during Jackpot Bowls. Skipper Bobby Spees showcased supremely accurate bowls, aided by Merve Stewart, leading to one of the most comfortable victories in recent club history. However, the jackpot remained elusive, keeping the excitement alive for future games.
Thursday morning hosted the finals to determine the district's representatives for the Queensland Schools Finals. Teams included St Catherine's Proserpine (Harry Craig, Alfie Moretto), Christian College Cannonvale (Tommy Phan, Saylor Harrison), Mackay High School (Charlotte McGuinness, Taylor Fisher), and Christian College Mackay (Cruz and Kobi). St Catherine's emerged victorious with six points, followed by Mackay Christian College with four points, Christian College Cannonvale with two points, and Mackay North High School with zero points. The event was marked by skillful play and sportsmanship, highlighting the talent and dedication of all participants.
The club wants to give special thanks to John Brown, David Meiklejohn, Arthur McManus, Terry Clarke, Heather Brown, and the Mackay teachers and officials for providing morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. Their efforts ensured everyone enjoyed the day and could focus on the fantastic performances by the students.
Saturday Morning Scroungers saw Andy McDougall triumph in a brilliant match, setting the stage for an exciting final next Saturday morning.
Sunday Afternoon Social Bowls welcomed Mark Pinney and his wife Donna Evans from the Albury Commercial Bowls Club. In a competitive match, skipper Mark Pinney, second Mark Mawson, and new bowler Mel Fennell won 26-6. The dice roll resulted in a drawn game, with John Brown and Lu Rogan emerging victorious.
Pictured are the school students who competed on Thursday: Heather Brown, Saylor Harrison, Tommy Phan, scorer Chris, Cruz, Kobi, Mackay North Manager, Harry Craig, Alfie Moretto, Charlotte McGuinness, and Taylor Fisher.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Manson.

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Competition Results

July 18, 2024

4’s Final:
   • Ray, Ron, Herb, Gus defeated Gordo, Mark, Crowie, Kev.
Club Triples:
   • Robyn, Rosco, Tiarna defeated Tracey, Lloyd, Jason.
Club Pairs:
   • Ron, Steve defeated Daryl, Feley.
Social Games:
Sunday 7/7:

   • Andy, Barry, Steve defeated Ian, Gavin, Wendy.
   • Ray, Ron, Herb, Gus defeated Gordo, Kevin, Crowie, Mark.
Wednesday 10/7:
   • Doc, G. Gordon, Ron defeated Marion, J. Foskett, Gus.
   • Ian, B. Thompson, Gavin had a drawn game with MaryEllen, Lou, Jane.
Tuesday and Friday's self-selected pairs and triples continue to go great.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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Airlie Beach Bowls Club Celebrates Di Jackson’s Warrior Games Success

July 18, 2024

Airlie Beach Bowls Club is immensely proud of Di Jackson, who recently returned from Florida, USA, after participating in the Warrior Games for Army, Navy, Airforce, and Marines. At 58 years old, Di competed in athletics, cycling, powerlifting, and indoor rowing.
Di joined the Airforce in 1990 and served as an integral member of the Darwin team, eventually becoming a Logistics Officer until 2008. She then became a Hazardous Chemicals Project Manager until her medical discharge in 2017. She married Russell Jackson in 1998, forming a great team.
Despite suffering from hereditary spastic paraplegia—a rare condition causing progressive neuromuscular degeneration in the lower limbs—Di remains unstoppable. She qualified for the Australian team in the Warrior Games and returned with an impressive collection of medals: two golds in rowing and bronzes in shot put and discus.
Additionally, Di was honored as the Team Australia inaugural Games Champion. This iron-willed lady is also an accomplished lawn bowler, excelling in everything she undertakes with a cheerful disposition.
Di's resilience and achievements have made her a beloved figure in the club, where everyone is incredibly proud of her accomplishments. Her story is a testament to determination and the power of a positive attitude.

Di's welcoming home party at the Airlie Beach Bowls Club, where members celebrated her remarkable success and return from the Warrior Games.
Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

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Competition Games Coming to a Climax

July 18, 2024

As Champion of Champion events approach, Proserpine Bowls Club Competition is progressing rapidly to ensure the winners are eligible for the District Champion of Champions.
On Tuesday, Heather Brown competed in the District Club Championship Singles at Wests Tigers. It was a highly competitive match, with Chris Woo from North Mackay defeating Heather 25-19. The event was ultimately won by Leanne McGeough from Sarina, with Ladda Purdie from Airlie Beach as the runner-up.
Wednesday saw Luchie Gardel triumph over Dale Haack, 26-14, in the Club Championship Singles.
Thursday featured Harry Craig and Alfie Moretto from St Catherine's Catholic College in the District play-offs for the All-School Cup Challenge. Competing against Whitsunday Christian College, North Mackay State High School, and Mackay Christian College, Harry and Alfie won all three games. They scored 18-8 against WCC, 10-6 against North Mackay HS, and 14-2 against MCC, earning 6 match points with a margin of +26. They will represent the District at the All-School Cup Challenge State Finals at Pine Rivers on August 21-22. Mackay Christian College will also represent the Mackay District.
Saturday morning's Club Championship Singles saw Barry Saroglia narrowly defeat Luchie Gardel 25-24, and Shane Kinnear overcome Scott Hamilton 25-21. We are now up to the semi-finals on one side of the draw, with a quarter-final still to be played on the other side. The Champion of Champion Singles will take place at Mackay Club on August 24-25.
This weekend, the semi-finals of the Club Championship Pairs were played. On Saturday afternoon, Jonathan Bye and Wayne Handley defeated Marcus Craig and Toby Craig 21-17 in a thrilling game. On Sunday morning, David Ling and Andrew Bell defeated Bruce Uhe and Gavin Noonan 26-10. The final will see Wayne Handley's team face Andrew Bell's team, with the winner qualifying for the Champion of Champions at Mackay City on August 10-11.
Social Bowls had a great turnout on Wednesday. John Anderson and Nev Smith defeated Arthur Griffith and Peter Lawton 29-10. Pat Bownds, Barry Zillmann, and Carol Smith edged out Mary Hedgelong, Tom Sanders, and Philip Brown 17-16. Alen Sanderson, Bruce Uhe, and Sandy Daffara defeated Jim Bownds, Bruce Uhe, and Heather Brown 25-17. On Sunday, Arthur Griffith and Sandy Daffara narrowly defeated Alen Sanderson and Nev Smith 21-20, while John Anderson, Tom Sanders, and Carol Smith beat Mary Hedgelong, Philip Brown, and Heather Brown 20-14.
The club wants to thank Dale Haack, Bruce Uhe, Heather Brown, and Gavin Noonan for assisting with the 30th Birthday Barefoot Bowls held at the club on Saturday afternoon.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.
Alfie Moretto, Heather Brown, and Harry Craig after a successful day of bowls in the All School Cup Challenge.

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Wangaratta Bowls

July 18, 2024

Another great week of bowls started with Monday self-selected triples. Winners were Ron Blythe, M. Blythe, and Norm Dawson, who defeated Allan Gilles, Jack Stamp, and Greg Colquhoun. Runners-up were Denis Madeley, Dave Richard, and R. Agg, who overcame Peter Howie, G. Caldon, and Kennedy Whitton. The jackpot went off in two games: K. Pedlar, L. Fox, and S. Farrell defeated A. Rolfe, J. Steele, and K. Daniels, while F. Wilmann, J. Healey, and C. Healey defeated J. Paynting, R. Symonns, and J. White.
On Tuesday, we celebrated our Patroness and Life Member Merle Elphinstone. Merle has been a member since 1992 and served as treasurer for over 25 years. With a full green of 64 players, winners were Jan Harvey, Ann Kayser, Patrick Cochrane, and Glenn Harvey, who defeated K. McKenzie, C. Parker, Heidi Reif, and Colin Mayhem. Runners-up, the lowest scoring losers, were A. Gillies, M. Nesbitt, I. Wheeler, and S. Fitzgerald, defeated by G. Hands, I. Laird, P. Nesbitt, and G. Danvers. The jackpot didn’t go off.
Fun Friday afternoon saw winners J. Langley, M. Hyde, and S. Dolbel defeat G. Howie, K. McKenzie, and J. Issaac.
Sunday, with another full green of 64 players, winners on Rink 2 were L. Suann, T. Cozier, D. Gorin, and C. Healey, who defeated M. McKenzie, A. Kayser, L. Land, and C. Mayman. Runners-up were J. Hayman, K. Atkins, R. Symmons, and B. Beel, who overcame M. Elphinstone, J. Gillies, J. Healey, and K. Whitton. The jackpot didn’t go off.
The next special event is on Saturday afternoon, July 20, featuring Wangaratta versus All States. This annual event brings out the best of our bowlers, competing for bragging rights for the year. Even if you aren’t playing, come along to view some great bowls.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

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Local Golf Highlights: Tony Ford Claims Victory in Stroke Competition, Pauline Redpath Dominates Airllywood Stableford

July 18, 2024

Tony Ford clinched victory in Tuesday's stroke competition with an impressive nett 68, edging out Gary Scotford by a single stroke. In the ladies' division, Jenny Hounsell triumphed with a nett 70, defeating Nicole Cooper by two strokes. The pin prizes were awarded to Peter Lindsay, Kev Cooper, Aaron Prosser, and Tina Badenhorst.
Wednesday’s Airllywood stableford saw Pauline Redpath dominate with 41 points, securing a three-shot win over Leanne Alexander. The pins for the day went to Leanne Alexander, Nicole Cooper, Anna Winterbourn, and Marlene Gray.
Sean Fogarty emerged victorious in Thursday’s stableford competition, scoring 38 points. He narrowly defeated Bernie Drake in the A division and B division winner Nicola Apruzzese by one point, with Peter Fox trailing by an additional shot. Brad Fleet, David Scott-Smith, Rob Stanley, and Brian Smith won the pins.
On Friday, Luke Paroz showcased remarkable skill, shooting four under par on the back nine to secure the Met run championship with 19 stableford points, edging out Karlene Lloyd. Pins were claimed by Karlene Lloyd and Jack Pirlo.
Saturday’s Allenbuild stableford saw Blake Lovelock leading with 40 points, followed by A division runner-up Rod Wecker with 38 points. Ken Lovett won the B division with 39 points, two ahead of Scott Dwyer. In the ladies' division, Kath Borer’s 38 points surpassed Elspeth Scotford by a single shot. Pins went to Rod Wecker, Brian Allen, Shane Van Poelgeest, Jon Miller, Tina Badenhorst, and Genia Sarafian.
Matthew Muller captured Sunday’s stableford title with 40 points, two points clear of Mark McDougall. Peta Thomas took the ladies' division with 36 points, outscoring Anna Winterbourn by two points. Pins were awarded to Karl Kirkwood, Jon Miller, Trevor Wesener, Levi Holmes, Karen Rix, and Diane Chard.
In the upcoming ladies' handicap Matchplay final, Diane Chard will face Noelene Spurway. The men’s semifinals feature Gary Scotford versus Billy O’Connor, and Brad Vloedmans against Rod Wecker.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club.

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Proserpine Golf Club Weekly Wrap-Up

July 18, 2024

Proserpine Golf Club is delighted to welcome Ross Tong, a local guest, and Stephen Guy from Toronto GC (near Newcastle, not Canada). The club hopes they enjoyed their day with them.
Despite recent heavy rain making the course heavier than expected, the scores were impressive. Jenny and Colin Hounsell took home the Men’s and Ladies’ Monthly Medals.
With Wintersun approaching, the club asks you to please submit your nominations as soon as possible. The entry form is simple and available on the Mackay Vets website.
Results for Today:
Ladies:

   • Winner: Jenny Hounsell with a nett 70 – well done!
   • Runner-Up: Kathryn Borer with a nett 74
   • Run Down: Paula McQuat and Leanne Alexander with 75, Rehab Hull and Elspeth Scotford with 79, Tina Badenhorst with 80, and Tiina Randmae with 81.
Men:
   • Winner: Colin Hounsell with a stunning nett 67
   • Runner-Up: Gary Scotford with a nett 69
   • Run Down: Wilf Herwig with 70, Ken Granger with 71, John Oates with 73, Trevor Paroz with 75, Peter Browning with 77, Steve Mitchell, Peter Fox, and John Strelec with 79.
Pin Shots:
   • Ladies: Jenny Hounsell and Kathryn Borer on the 2nd, Leanne Alexander and Paula McQuat on the 9th, Jenny and Paula on the 13th.
   • Men: Gary Scotford and Trevor Paroz on the 2nd, Wilf Herwig and Colin Hounsell on the 9th, Wilf and Peter Browning on the 13th.
Least Putts:
   • Ladies: Jenny Hounsell with 28
   • Men: Ken Granger with 24 – outstanding!
Chip-Ins:
   • Ladies: Tiina Randmae, Paula McQuat, and Pam Harrison
   • Men: Ross Tong (x2), Colin Hounsell, Ken Granger, Trevor Paroz, Barry M., and Steve Mitchell
Upcoming Events:
   • Tuesday 16/7: PGC Vets Closed Championship – log in as usual.
   • Tuesday 23/7: Whitsunday Group at Home Hill.
The club wants to thank everyone who participated and made it a great week at the Proserpine Golf Club.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

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Sea Eagles Take The Win

July 18, 2024

AFLQ Mackay celebrated Pride Round Saturday providing opportunity to promote inclusivity and acceptance of gender diversity in sport. Sea Eagles Under 14s and 17s clashed with Mackay Magpies whilst the Senior Men met North Mackay Saints in Mackay.

Sea Eagles Senior Men were back on the winners list with a hard fought victory over reigning Premiers North Mackay Saints 44 – 33. In what was a close game Sea Eagles were able to hold off the fast finishing Saints to take the win. Sea Eagles had three Under 17 players including Brodan Cornwall kicking 2 goals, Reid Ogden and Mason Andrews seeing plenty of the ball through the midfield. Sea Eagles Senior Men now look forward to a home game against the Hawks on Saturday from 3:20pm.

Taking on the Magpies in Mackay after a heavy loss last weekend Sea Eagles Under 17s were eager to make amends. Sea Eagles started strong using the ball well which put Magpies under pressure when they had the ball. This carried on for the remainder of the match with Sea Eagles compiling the best four quarter effort of the season taking it out 74 – 14.

Sea Eagles Under 14s headed to Mackay with Magpies settling early being first to the ball with scores on the board. Sea Eagles struggled to find the pace of the game trying their best to get back in the contest but ended 31 – 74 down. Sea Eagles look forward to the next encounter with Magpies with a win each tallied against each other.

This week Whitsunday Sea Eagles stay at the Nest with Under 12s meeting Sarina from 10:40am, Under 17s and Seniors match up with Hawks with Senior matches from 1:50pm.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles.

Photo Credit: Cody Fowler

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Meet Local Sports Star Penelope Shields From Next Stars

July 12, 2024

Full name: Penelope Shields
Age: 9 years old
Sports: Cross country, Athletics, Swimming, Triathlon
 
Who inspired you to start playing sport?
My Mum and Dad have provided me opportunities to try so many different sports. They are my biggest supporters and number one inspiration.

Can you tell us about a memorable moment or achievement in your athletic career so far?

Making the Northern Region U10 Schools Cross Country Team to compete at the Queensland Championships in Brisbane next month. Also, Mr Jarrod (Keys) helping me achieve my 5km Parkrun personal best of 23 minutes 32 seconds. I was also proud of achieving moving from Bullets to Torpedoes in swimming.

What are some challenges you’ve faced as a young athlete and how have you overcome them?

I did a 12-minute running test and told myself to keep going and push through until I got to the finish line.

Who are your role models or favourite athletes and why?

Shailee Mewha, Jack Oberg and Coach Tim. They have fantastic attitudes and always encourage me.

What is your favourite part of being part of the Next Stars?

Having fun, learning how to run and how to stretch.

How do you stay motivated?

I like travelling to different places and racing to get a medal.

What advice would you give to other young athletes who are just starting out?

Come and practice and try your best.

What are your goals for sport?

To be age champion in school sports and my goal is to be in the top 3 in the cross country trials in Brisbane.

How has participating in sports made you a better person?

It has made me fit, strong and confident in running.

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Netball Stars Shine: Under-14 Netballers Serve Up State Championship Victory!

July 12, 2024

10 girls from Bowen Netball Association travelled down to Downey Park in Brisbane last week to compete in the Junior State Age Champs.
The Under 14’s girls' team, coached by Rebecca Edgerton, achieved an incredible feat by taking first place in their division.
Rebecca Edgerton stated how it was a “big four days of netball,” and the girls “did very well.”
Rebecca also commented on how the girls had trained very hard leading up to the state championships and it was “their team spirit and hard work and determination that got them through,” especially considering the tough weather conditions over the weekend.
The girls played alongside 20 other teams, coming from areas, such as, Noosa, Brisbane, Toowoomba and even all the way up to Cairns:
“The championships covered teams all across Queensland,” Rebecca added.
The Under 14’s played in division 4 this year, which Rebecca explained was: “Quite a few steps higher than last year.”
“We played up into a harder division,” Rebecca enthused.
“The girls worked so hard. They are a really nice group of girls and the core team have been playing netball together for quite a few years, so, it was really nice to see how the girls have improved and worked well together.”
The girls were previously coached by Jess Maher, who was off on maternity during the championships. Rebecca Edgerton said she would like to thank Jess for, “all her time and effort in preparing the girls for the championship.” She also wanted to mention the Manager of the team Michelle Wright and Bus Driver and Manager Trudy Mcdonald who supported the girls over the weekend.  
While in Brisbane, the netballers also enjoyed spending time in Eat Street, shopping in Chermside and eating dinner in YOMG.
Rebecca also wanted to mention the Under 12’s team who also competed. While not placing, Rebecca said the girls “did really well, especially for their first year.”
A big Congratulations to the Bowen Netball Association Under-14's team on this outstanding success.

Bowen Netball Association Under-14 Winners
Bowen Netball Association Under-12's

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Local Festival Wins Big

July 11, 2024

The Coral Sea Marina Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival has been awarded the prestigious AusTriathlon Queensland Club Initiative of the Year Award for its invigoration of their outstanding 2023 event.

The top club award accolade recognises the festival’s exceptional contribution to the sport of triathlon and its impact on the local community.

Whitsunday Triathlon Club President and Festival race Director Mick Kimpton and wife Val attended the awards in Brisbane on Sunday and were elated their club had been recognised after several difficult years in the post covid era.

Kimpton said winning the AusTriathlon Qld Club Initiative of the Year Award was a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the Coral Sea Marina Resort Triathlon Festival.

“We are thrilled to receive this award as it highlights the club’s efforts to create a world-class event that brings together athletes, volunteers, and spectators in celebration of the sport and our stunning Whitsunday region,” he said.

“The revitalisation of our major annual event after the setbacks of Covid interruptions and losing our major sponsors has been nothing short of remarkable.

“The small but hard-working committee and club volunteers rolled their sleeves up and supported by many a new major sponsor and many smaller local sponsors the 2023 Coral Sea Marina Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival was an outstanding success.

“The 2023 Coral Sea Marina Resort Marina Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival attracted a record number of participants, with professional and amateur athletes from across the country competing in various categories.”

Kimpton said the AusTriathlon judges praised the event's innovative approach, community engagement, and commitment to sustainability as key factors in their decision in awarding the event as 2023 Club Initiative of the Year.

“This two-day festival not only showcases the natural beauty of the Whitsundays but also promotes a healthy and active lifestyle among our residents and visitors,” he said.

“Winning this award has inspired us to aim for new heights and the 2024 event on July 27-28 promises to be a triathlon festival like no other!

“If the attendance of Olympic swim legend Susie O’Neill, the voice of triathlon Pete Murray and the biggest professional field ever are not enough to get you excited then we are thrilled that the Coral Sea Marina Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival is also now host of the North Queensland Club Triathlon Championships in 2024.

“So, mark your calendars and get ready for an adrenaline-pumping event on the shores of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands with a record field already nominated for the 24th anniversary of the event,” Kimpton said.

“With the backing of Coral Sea Marina Resort and all of our amazing local sponsors the festival is on track to become a hallmark event for our region, drawing athletes and spectators to enjoy the beauty of the Whitsundays.”

The Whitsunday Triathlon Club is also currently seeking volunteers from local sporting clubs to assist at the upcoming Triathlon event on Sunday, July 28th.

The club is offering a $1000 donation to your club for providing 10 volunteers, with the potential to earn more based on the number of volunteers you can provide. In addition to the monetary compensation, the club will also provide Volunteer goodie packs to keep people energized throughout the morning.

Volunteers will be needed from 5:30am to 11am. If your club is interested in participating, please contact the Whitsunday Triathlon Club at whitsundaytriclub@gmail.com.

Whitsunday Triathlon Club President and Festival race Director Mick Kimpton and wife Val were in Brisbane last week to accept the award. Photo supplied

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report 2024 07 06

July 11, 2024

Our Division 1 and 2 Men hosted Magpies this week on Friday evening expecting some tough competition. Division 2 created lots of chances and found the back of the net twice but Magpies proved to be too strong winning the game 4-2. Division 1 came out and fought hard for a 3-1 win. A goal for returning Jake Flaherty being a highlight and the result keeps them at the top of the table with a 3-point buffer.

On Saturday morning, saw another fantastic game for U13 Div 1 coming up trumps against Magpies. WUFC scored 6 goals leaving Magpies scoreless. Charlie netted 3 of the 6 goals for WUFC.

Prem U13 against Magpies saw a final score of 6 - 3 to the visitors. The match was an intense and physical encounter, with both teams trading goals all the way through. Whitsundays Nick M and Tyson F scored crucial goals, but Magpies' relentless pressure and scoring prowess ultimately took its toll as fatigue began to set in. Despite the loss, Whitsunday players demonstrated great teamwork and determination.

First game back after a long break for many of our U15 Prem players vs Magpies in Mackay. A goal from Freddie early in the first half looked like the momentum was set for the game, but some defensive mistakes led to Magpies capitalising and the half time score was 3-1 in their favour. In a strong second half, we dominated play throughout and came back fighting with another 4 goals to win the game 5-3. Cohen, Seb, Max and Reef all got on the score board, with a couple of blinding assists from Luka and Kai.

Our reserve ladies came out strong in their match against dolphins on Saturday determined to get back to their winning ways which paid off early in the first half with Robyn scoring the first goal of the match, shortly followed by Alice scoring a consecutive 2, Kiki 1 and another 2 from Ellyse took us to a 6-0 lead at half time. The dolphins team came out stronger in the second half and managed to defend our countless attacking plays however our persistence paid off with Francesca scoring the final goal of the match securing our 7-0 win.

The Premier ladies have claimed 2nd spot on the ladder after a dominant performance against Dolphins. Whitsundays went out firing from the start and were rewarded with two quick goals in the first 15 minutes through Jess H and Willow. Whitsundays then kept the pressure on for the remainder of the half to get another two goals before half time through Monique & Willow, who bagged her second. Despite being 4-0 up at the half, the ladies knew they needed to score first in the second half to maintain confidence and Hazel delivered within 5minutes, putting away a cross from Mathilde. Willow then put the game beyond reach with two more goals, giving her a total of 4 for the game. So many outstanding performances but special mention goes to Jess W who directed the game from centre mid, Hazel who ensured Dolphins centres never really got a chance to build an attack, and Monique and Willow with some absolutely blistering attacking plays.

The Premiers men’s squad had a tough weekend against the competition leading Magpies outfits. The U23 went down 5-0 in a game where Magpies gave them no chances. The FQPL men’s game was a tough and physical affair and whilst Magpies capitalised on a couple of chances, Whitsunday failed to score. Towards the end, fatigue set in and Magpies ran in two more goals to take the win 4-0. Down a few players, the squad is looking forward to revenge next time the teams meet.

Whitsunday Women fired up and ready to rumble - a formidable team at full strength

Great results for our ladies against Dolphins. Photos supplied

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Cannons Conquer The Beast

July 11, 2024

During the week, over 50 swimmers participated in a swim challenge called THE BEAST. The coaches, Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson were very impressed with all the swimmers and their inspirational efforts.  
Congratulations to the 5km Beast swimmers:  Millie Groom, Roxy Groom, Celeste Orenshaw, Charlie Doherty, Evie Doherty, Jax Clayworth, Harris Delac, Tora Delac, Dylan Reynolds, Andie Reynolds, Don Algie, Thomas Ganter, Jack Ganter, Zach Trefz, Alex Trefz and Matilda Nicholes.  Special mention to Andie Reynolds, Zach Trefz and Jax Clayworth who swam an 800m IM after completing an 800m Butterfly swim (without fins!). Well done to swim parents – Jane Delac, Haylee Eaves and Chloe Wilson who completed the 5km Beast.  
Congratulations to the 2.5km Beast swimmers:  Jasper Korosec, Lucas Korosec, Miller Eaves, Eric Mulliss, Penelope Shields, River Shields, Eloise Chegwidden, Zane Clayworth and Ruby Lawson.  Special mention to all the adults who completed the 2.5km Beast: Di O’Donnell, Kay Corskie, Julie Mitchell, Robin Arndale, Sally Archibald, Sharanne Maclean, Freya Hill, Sonya Khatiwala, Jade Korosec, Lisa Maher, Samantha Hinton, Hazel Cunningham, and Natasha Murray.  
Congratulations to the 1km Beast swimmers: Rion Reddy, Oakley Abel, Lennox Abel, Jax Eaves, Leo Mulliss, Harry Chegwidden, Harry Gibbs, Thomas Gibbs, James Gibbs, Isla Johnston, Harrison Nash and Kye Mitchell.  
The Cannonvale Cannons’ Committee is putting finishing touches on their carnival preparations for this Saturday. The Cannons will be hosting a Winter Carnival which gives swimmers an opportunity of gaining benchmark or qualifying times to see how their winter training is going. Good luck to all the swimmers participating in the carnival.  


Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannonvale Cannons compete in The Beast
Don A, Jax C and Thomas G kicking in the BEAST swim challenge. Photo supplied

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Hoist Your Skills: Dive Into Whitsunday Sailing Club Training

July 11, 2024

The Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre (WMTC) at the Whitsunday Sailing Club is more than just a venue for learning; it's a gateway to the exhilarating world of maritime adventure and professional excellence. Nestled in the heart of Airlie Beach, Queensland, WMTC stands out for its commitment to high-quality education, experienced trainers, and picturesque surroundings that enhance the learning experience.

At WMTC, a diverse array of courses caters to both novice sailors and seasoned maritime professionals.

The regular ‘Learn to Sail’ courses for adults and children are particularly noteworthy, offering hands-on training in boat handling, sail control, and navigation techniques. These courses, led by skilled and experienced trainers, not only build foundational skills but also instil a deep appreciation for the art and science of sailing.

For those pursuing careers in the maritime industry, WMTC offers essential Certificate of Competency courses. These certifications, such as the Coxswain and Master qualifications, are crucial for operating commercial vessels within Australian waters.

The rigorous training, delivered by the clubs' knowledgeable instructors, ensures that graduates are well-prepared to navigate challenges at sea while adhering to strict safety and regulatory standards.

Safety is paramount in maritime activities, and WMTC addresses this through its comprehensive Shipboard Safety Skill Set. Participants learn vital survival skills, including emergency procedures, first aid, and practical use of safety equipment. This training not only enhances personal safety but also fosters confidence in handling unforeseen situations while at sea.

Moreover, WMTC is dedicated to promoting responsible boating through its Recreational Marine Driver’s License (RMDL) course. This initiative ensures that recreational boaters are equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate Queensland waters safely and responsibly.

With its commitment to excellence, professional training, experienced trainers, and a stunning coastal setting, the WMTC remains a beacon of maritime education in Australia. Whether one seeks adventure on the open waters or a fulfilling career in maritime operations, WMTC stands ready to facilitate every individual's journey toward mastery and maritime proficiency.

To learn more about the courses offered by the Whitsunday Sailing Club, please scan the below QR codes.

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Bowen Bridge Annual Congress

July 11, 2024

The Bowen Bridge Club had their annual Congress over the weekend. 76 players travelled from 9 different clubs for a friendly but fierce competition. Congratulations to all our local players. 
2024 Results:
A Grade 1st: Tex Sheedy / Noel Bujeia
2nd: Max Holewa / Diane Holewa
3rd: Alan Brown / Frances Brown
B Grade 1st: Beverly Schultz / Barbara Elwin
2nd: Nina Doyle / Ian Leach
3rd: Sue Reilly / Jo Gillis
C Grade 1st: Sandy Patterson / Geoff Gowan
2nd: Jill Brabon / Bev Lowcock
3rd: Kay Lineham / Judith Teitzel
D Grade 1st: Annette Howe / Vicky Howard
2nd: Susan Ross / Laura Howland
3rd: Joy Block / Lynne O'Neill
Encouragement Award Janice Bates / Christine Chauntler

Contributed with thanks to Lydie Martin.

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Definitely Not A Dry July At Airlie Beach Bowls

July 11, 2024

Despite the weather, a lot has happened at our little club.
Firstly, we share the sad news that Steve Tattam lost his battle with cancer on Friday night. Our thoughts go out to his wife Henny and his family. Details of the funeral will be advised.
On a brighter note, the Ladies Singles has been won by Ladda Purdie, who played Carol Crosbie in a very close match.
The Men’s B Fours was also completed. Merve Stewart’s team, with Eric Barnard at lead in brilliant form, Dennis Donnadelli at second, and Mark Mawson at third, won comfortably in the final. Congratulations to the boys for a wonderful performance.
Tuesday afternoon social bowls welcomed Alan Leach from Norfolk Island Bowls Club and Duane Pendlebury from RSL Traralgon Bowls Club. John Brown’s team, with new player Deb Cooper at lead and Duane, were the big winners of the day.
Wednesday afternoon jackpot bowls saw skipper Steve Heddles from Arrowtown, New Zealand, with Greg and Glenys Pepyat from Bright, Victoria, as the runaway winners from a big field. However, the jackpot was not won.
Due to the Men’s B Fours, no Scroungers was played on Saturday morning. However, Sunday afternoon social bowls saw over 20 bowlers vying for the first prize. It was skipper Andy McDougall, with lead Robin Brown, who were the winners of the day in a great last bowl win.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Winners of the B Fours: Mark Mawson, Eric Barnard, Dennis Donnadelli and skipper Merve Stewart. Photo supplied

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Bowen Bowls Report

July 11, 2024

Social Games:
Sunday 30/6: E. Low, L. Kruger, and Daryl Tuttle defeated Marion Tuttle, Herb Dalton, and Ray Muir. Allen Williams, Ross Scanlon, and Rob Rodda defeated Keith Kirk, Ron Gould, and Tiarna Winter.
Scroungers: Lloyd White defeated Wendy Cole. Jane Gilbert defeated Paula and Lee Welsted.
Wednesday Social: Ron Gould, Jane Gilbert, and Steve Roome defeated Robyn Stitt, Marilyn Turner, and Gus Munro. Marion Tuttle, Ray Muir, and Wendy Cole had a drawn game with Dianne, Tiarna Winter, and Ellis. Winners for the afternoon were Britt Neil, Gavin Charles, and Daryl Tuttle, who defeated MaryEllen Pratten, Phil, and Bird.
Winners: Daryl, Britt, Gavin.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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Dodging The Showers With Proserpine Bowls

July 11, 2024

On Wednesday afternoon, the final of the Ladies Singles was played. Heather Brown defeated Patricia Bownds 26-0. Good luck to Heather, who will be representing Proserpine in the Champion of Champions at Wests Tigers on July 9 and 10.
In Social Bowls on Wednesday, Jim Bownds, Bruce Uhe, Carol Smith, and Peter Lawton drew 24-all with Alen Sanderson, Arthur Griffith, Philip Brown, and Nev Smith.
On Saturday morning, the Semi-Final of the Club Championship 4s was played. Shane Kinnear, Todd Leys, Scott Hamilton, and Gavin Milne defeated Ken Watts, Kendall Watts, Gavin Noonan, and Peter Lawton 35-4.
On Saturday afternoon, the Final of the Club Championship 4s was played. Gavin Milne's team defeated Harry Craig, Marcus Craig, Toby Craig, and Nathan Harriott 18-5. Gavin's team will now go on to represent Proserpine in the Champion of Champion 4s, to be played at Northern Beaches on August 3 and 4.
A Semi-Final of the Club Championship Pairs will be played on Saturday, featuring Toby Craig and Marcus Craig against Jonathan Bye and Wayne Handley.
Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Weekly Bowls Report

July 11, 2024

Another great week of bowls started with Monday's self-selected triples. The winners were Frans Wilmann, Jenny Healey, and Chris Healey, who defeated Gary Wills, Mal Eanes, and Keith Armstrong. The runners-up were Peter Howie, Greg Sol, and Kennedy Whitton, who defeated John Haysom, Peter Nesbitt, and M. Richie. The jackpot didn’t go off.
Tuesday's social bowls winners were Karon McKenzie, Keith Ayken, and Glenn Harvey, who defeated Helen Donoghue, Neil Thewlis, and Ron Boskona. The runners-up were Lindy Suann, L. Sutherland, and Geoff Danvers, who defeated J. Langley, Heidi Reiff, and Bob Dykstra. The jackpot didn’t go off.
Fun Friday afternoon winners were Eadie Pickton and Steve Dolbel, who defeated Ron Hyde and Jan Dawson. Grant Allan and John defeated Patrick, June, and Mark. B. Dykstra and M. McKenzie defeated K. McKenzie and P. Cochrane. Resting touches went to Ron Hyde.
On Saturday, our ladies hosted our annual Monster Cent Sale at the club. What a great afternoon it was, enjoyed by our loyal supporters and visitors. There were many great prizes. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped to make it a successful afternoon.
With another full green, Sunday winners came out on Rink 2. They were Natalie, Lyn Madden, Penny Warren, and Kennedy Whitton, who defeated Kevin Daniels, Gordo Simon, and Fritz Gerald Norm Dawson. The runners-up were Sue Symonds, Jill Parker, Jenny Healey, and Jim Steel, who defeated Marie Nesbitt, Col Parker, Jim Quad, and Ron Hyde. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Sunday Winners: Penny Warren, Natalie Lyn Madden and Kennedy Whitton with President Mark Drummond
Runners Up: Sue Symonds, Jill Parker, Jim Steel and Jenny Healey. Photos supplied

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Whitsunday Golf Club: June Monthly Medal

July 11, 2024

Despite the very unpromising weather maps, Whitsunday Golf Club (WGC) put out a field of 18 players to compete in the Monthly Medal/Least Putts for July, generously sponsored by Airlie Panel & Paint and Master Butchers Whitsunday.
Here are the results for the day:
Ladies A Grade:
   • Winner: Elise Hodgson with 75 nett
   • Runner-up: Anna Winterbourn with 79
   • Longest Drive: Anna Winterbourn
Ladies B Grade:
   • Winner: Jo Moynihan with 75 nett
   • Runner-up: Karen Rix with 82
   • Longest Drive: Karen Rix
Men’s A Grade:
   • Winner: George Meharry with 69 nett
   • Runner-up: Andrew Albergo with 71
   • Longest Drive: Mata Browne
Men’s B Grade:
   • Winner: David Hoy with 74 nett
   • Runner-up: Dean Kercher with 76
   • Longest Drive: Dean Kercher
NTPs:
   • For the ladies: Jo Moynihan and Pam Casey
   • For the men: Mark McDougall, Don Cameron, and David Hoy
Least Putts:
   • Elise Hodgson with 31
   • George Meharry with 26 - that’s very good putting on the day.
NAGAs:
   • The honours went to Pam Casey and Leigh Jones, with a drink courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts, proprietors of RADS Whitsunday who provide respite accommodation and disability support services.
Upcoming Fixtures:
   • 14/7: Stableford competition
   • 21/7: Mark Nicol Memorial Trophy - a 2-ball Ambrose, his favourite format

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

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On The Whitsunday Green  Weekly 9-Hole Stableford Results

July 11, 2024

The weekly 9-hole stableford competition saw Paul Foster take the win with 20 points. In second place, with an 18-point count-back, was Glenn Rees. Third place, also with 18 points on a count-back, went to Brody Thompson..
Sunday's 4BBB Event
Sunday's 4BBB event saw Edwina and Troy Pettiford take the win with a net score of 46.25. The nearest to the pin was Rob Lodders. Great job by all participants.
Upcoming Club Championships
This Sunday, 14th July, our Club Championships will tee off between 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

Edwina Pettiford and Troy Pettiford

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Sea Eagles Hit The Road

July 11, 2024

This week Sea Eagles made the early morning trek out to take on Moranbah Bulldogs in all grades except Senior Men who headed south to Mackay City Hawks.

After leading most of the match Sea Eagles Senior Men could not hold on going down by 5 points to the Mackay City Hawks 34 – 39. Midfield bulls Billy Galpin and Billy Gardner were dominating again whilst Eden Wishart had the ball on a string at stages. Sea Eagles now look to find some form against formidable North Mackay Saints this coming week.

Sea Eagles Senior Women headed to Moranbah with minimum numbers pumped and ready to go. With Coach Tyson Seamer reminding them to have fun and play their own game Sea Eagles came out with a comfortable win 47 – 12.

Sea Eagles Under 17s although missing a number of players put in a solid effort with a 9 – 69 loss against the Moranbah Bulldogs who got a hot start and could not be headed.

Sea Eagles Under 14s watched Moranbah Bulldogs hit the scoreboard early with fast and direct play which left Sea Eagles behind 25 – 55 at the final siren.

Sea Eagles Under 12s took out a convincing win 67 – 7 (adj) against Moranbah Bulldogs in the half way point of their season to solidify second place on the ladder and the hope to give finals a crack.

This week AFLQ Mackay celebrate Pride Round providing opportunity to promote inclusivity and acceptance of gender diversity in sport and role model to make the community a safer place. Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 14s and Under 17s take on Mackay Magpies in Mackay and Senior Men take on North Mackay Saints at Zeolla Park.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles.

Photo Credit: Cody Fowler

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Proserpine Golfing News

July 11, 2024

Steve Lucas took out Tuesday's stableford with 38 points ahead of Jason Whitney with 37 points. Pins went to Luke Nightingale Jon Miller and Brendan Spann.

Thursday's A and B division winners, Scott Mason and Luke Wayth, both had 40 points. Jacob Nightingale and Izaac Vandenburg were the runners up. Pins went to Jacob Nightingale, Finbar O'Flynn, Timothy Miller and Scott Mason.

Brendan Spann had 22 points to win Friday's Met run with Chris Pirlo two shots adrift. Ben Smith won the pin shot.

Saturday's weather was kind enough to see 136 players compete for the prized Scramble four-person ambrose. The gun Sarina team of Ian Dunn, Darren Symons,

Christopher Dunn and Gregory James along with locals Ryan Wilkes, Izaac Vandenburg, Ryan Kenny and Mark Thompson qualified for the regional final.

Blake Lovelock had 41 points on Sunday to beat Corey Stroud by four shots. The leading ladies were Anna Winterbourn on 31 points and Tiina Randmae on 29.

Pins went to Karen Rix, Corey Stroud, Daniel Davis and Andrew Albergo.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Pro Shop.

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A Creative Mind Jess Begun, Patron Of Whitsundays Writers Festival

July 4, 2024

by Festival Vice President, Melinda Louise Hutchings
After a seven-year hiatus, the Whitsundays Writers Festival will be making a triumphant return 6-8 September, promising an immersive celebration for writers, readers, and thinkers alike, and a stellar line-up of Australia's leading literary figures.
The Patron of the Festival, Jessica Begun, is already known to many in the community due to her ongoing and steadfast commitment to promoting and expanding the Arts in the Whitsundays region over several years.
“I feel honoured to be serving as the Patron of this year’s renewed Whitsundays Writers Festival,” Jessica said.
“The Festival has succeeded beyond my wildest imaginings in featuring leading Australian writers in stimulating and interactive events that both celebrate and create valuable opportunities for aspiring writers, and of course, avid readers.”
Jessica’s love affair with the Whitsundays began in 1991 when she arrived in Australia on her sailboat with her husband and two sons. After spending two years sailing across the Pacific from Boston to Australia, Jessica and her family spent several months exploring the east coast and fell in love with the beauty of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef.
The following year, Jessica and her family immigrated to Australia and berthed their boat at Hamilton Island Marina. After purchasing land in 1995 and building the Cape Gloucester Eco Resort in 2001, which they sold in 2008, they lived in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast for 20 years before moving permanently to Cape Gloucester in 2015.
“I have been very fortunate to have been able to pursue a creative life starting as a potter in Norway in 1973 and culminating in my Master of Fine Arts from QUT Academy of the Arts in directing,” Jessica said. “I participated in theatre, ceramics, and painting in Massachusetts in the 80s, as well as film making and working in arts events in Maleny including the Woodford Fire Event, the Maleny Film Society, Maleny community radio, and the Real Food Festival.”
Jessica was settling into retired life at Cape Gloucester when she met Cathy Knezevic, the exhibition officer at Artspace in Mackay, in 2019. Keen to create an arts festival, Cathy suggested they combine their skills and as a result, the inaugural Whitsundays Arts Festival launched in September 2020.
Tragically, Cathy had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer when Jessica received news of their success in gaining funding for the inaugural Arts Festival. The second and third festivals in 2021 and 2022 continued to expand the event with the inaugural Songwriter Festival, Arts Prize Exhibition, a focus on multicultural performance and stories, and a film screening at the new Proserpine Entertainment Centre. Cathy continued to battle cancer and lived to enjoy the second festival with her whole family, and her legacy lives on through Jessica’s continued dedication to expanding the arts in the Whitsundays region.
“Festivals provide the best opportunities for our creative community to celebrate the arts and meet other like-minded artists in the community,” expressed Jessica. “I encourage you to come to many of the exciting events planned over the three- day writers festival as possible.”

WHAT: Whitsundays Writers Festival
WHEN: 6-8 September  
TICKETS: whitsundayswriters.com

Co-founder of Whitsunday Arts Festival, Jess Begun, announced as patron of upcoming Whitsundays Writers Festival. Photo supplied

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PROSERPINE BOWLS SEASON

July 4, 2024

A big thank you to all who contributed both on and off the green, to a good year for our club in both Pennants Divisions contested.  Division 1 finished second in the District with 8 match wins and 18.5 Rink wins and a margin of plus 82 to Souths Suburban with 8 match wins 23 Rink wins and a margin of plus 199.   Division 5 finished 3rd with 4 Match Wins, 1 Match Draw, 11 Rink wins and a margin of 0.  North Mackay won Division 5  with 8 Match wins and 1 Match draw and a  margin of 64. 

In this weekend's matches Division 1 played North Mackay at Proserpine on Saturday.  Michael Kinnear, Marcus Craig, Barry Saroglia and Nathan Harriott  won 42 - 5;  Shane Kinnear, David Ling, Andrew Bell and Wayne Handley won 19 - 16;  Toby Craig, Jonathan Bye, Scott Hamilton and Gavin Milne won 23 - 7 for Proserpine 84- North Mackay 38, scoring Proserpine all 6 points plus a Margin of 46.  On Sunday this division played Souths Suburban at Souths.  Wayne Handley's team won 25 - 9;  Gavin Milne's team went down 17 - 25 and Nathan Harriott's team went down 15- 21.  This gave Proserpine the overall win 57-55 earning 4 Points and a Margin of 2.

Also this weekend Division 5 played against Airlie Beach at the beach on Saturday.  Kendal Watts, Mike Harrison, Todd Leys and Bryan Davy went down 16 - 21;  Gavin Noonan, Bruce Uhe, Harry Craig and Brett Saroglia won 22 - 11.  This gave Proserpine an overall win 38- 32 scoring 4 of 5 points plus a margin of 6.  On Sunday Bryan Davy's team went down 17- 22; Brett Saroglia's team went down 14-15.  Final Score Proserpine 31 - North Mackay 37 earning 0 Match points and minus 6 Margin.

The following competition games have been called for Saturday  July 6.  Semi Final Men's Fours 9.30am start.  Ken Watts, Kendall Watts, Gavin Noonan and Peter Lawton v Shane Kinnear, Todd Leys, Scott Hamilton and Gavin Milne.  Final of Men's 4s approximately 1pm start.  Winner of Lawton/Milne morning game v Harry Craig, Marcus Craig, Toby Craig and Nathan Harriott.


Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

Shane Kinnear concentrating on playing good lead bowls during the pennants game at Proserpine on Saturday. Andrew Bell in background following progress. Photo supplied

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Wangaratta Weekly

July 4, 2024

Goodluck to our Men who have been away in Townsville competing in the Dunn Cup. Always a tough competition.
Fun Friday winners on rink 5 were Natalie & Grant Hands, Jim Steel defeating Peter, Greg and Keron 33 to 11.
Our Friday night Barefoot bowls seen a mixture of locals and a group of young Rock climbers from Brisbane this week. Our next night will be held on Friday 12th July. Names in via message or calling 0407946558. Sausage sizzle also available on the night.
Sunday winners on rink 5 were Allan Gillies, Isobel Wheeler, Dennis Stenfolt and Domingo Diaz defecting Carron, Lynda Maureen and Geoff 21 to 16. Jackpot of $ 382 went off and was shared between Rinks 2 and 8.
Reminder Saturday 6th July 2024 Monster Cent sale is on 1.30pm start admission $5 Afternoon tea & Lucky door prize.

Contributed with thanks to Teresa Willshire.

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Proserpine Golfing News

July 4, 2024

Steve Lucas took out Tuesday's stableford with 38 points ahead of Jason Whitney with 37 points. Pins went to Luke Nightingale  Jon Miller and Brendan Spann.

Thursday's A and B division winners, Scott Mason and Luke Wayth, both had 40 points. Jacob Nightingale and Izaac Vandenburg were the runners up. Pins went to Jacob Nightingale, Finbar O'Flynn, Timothy Miller and Scott Mason.

Brendan Spann had 22 points to win Friday's Met run with Chris Pirlo two shots adrift. Ben Smith won the pin shot.

Saturday's weather was kind enough to see 136 players compete for the prized Scramble four-person ambrose. The gun Sarina team of Ian Dunn, Darren Symons,

Christopher Dunn and Gregory James along with locals Ryan Wilkes, Izaac Vandenburg,  Ryan Kenny and Mark Thompson qualified for the regional final.

Blake Lovelock had 41 points on Sunday to beat Corey Stroud by four shots. The leading ladies were Anna Winterbourn on 31 points and Tiina Randmae on 29. Pins went to Karen Rix, Corey Stroud, Daniel Davis and Andrew Albergo.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Pro Shop.

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On The Whitsunday Green

July 4, 2024

The weekly 9-hole stableford Alan Clinch took first place with 21pts, followed by Glenn Rees with 20pts and third with a countback of 19pts was Justin Gibbs.
Fridays stableford saw Glenn Rees in first place with 22pts, second on a countback with 20pts was Gary Goddard and third place with 20pts was Rhys Bartholomew.
Sunday was our monthly medal for June and taking the win was Glenn Rees with a 54nett c/b, second place with a 54nett was Edwina Pettiford and third place with 57nett Michael Bond. Also on Sunday’s monthly medal Robert Lodders scored a hole in one on hole 13. Great job by all.
Nearest the pin was Edwina Pettiford and Tyson Flavel.
This Sunday 7th July will be 18-hole stableford tee off anytime.
 
Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

Pictured: Robert Lodders

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Cannonvale Cannons Preparing for New Season

July 4, 2024

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club is pumped for the new swim season.  The club has a new enthusiastic committee keen to engage young people to participate in swimming. The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club encourages children to keep fit and to strive for their best.   The first carnival for the season will be on home ground at the Cannonvale pool on 13th July and club nights will resume from August.  Club coaches Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson have been coaching swimmers over the school holidays and swimmers are enhancing their skills and aerobic fitness for the season ahead.  
During the first week of the school holidays, swimmers worked on aerobic and sprint fitness in the various strokes.  On Wednesday afternoon, the swimmers enjoyed the Butterfly session with Coach Kenny.  On Friday afternoon, the junior and senior swimmers enjoyed a water safety and survival stroke session with Coach Mark before they played a fun game of modified water polo.  The coaches would like to commend the following swimmers who trained consistently:  Jacob Bell, Tiana Bell, Tora Delac, Zach Trefz, Andie Reynolds, Harris Delac, Nelson Malady, Ruby Harland, Dylan Reynolds, Thomas Ganter, Evie Doherty, Charlie Doherty, Jax Clayworth, Isaac Pisaniello, Alex Trefz, Millie Groom, Roxy Groom, Matilda Nicholes, Zane Clayworth, Eloise Chegwidden, Tate Harland, Koa Harland, Indi Smith, Levi Smith, Maeve Dichiera and Declan Dichiera.  
On Sunday, Nelson Malady travelled to Townsville to compete in the TOWSA Ship to Shore 1.5km swim.  This is not an easy event, as ships jump off the back of a ship and swim 1.5km to the Townsville Strand.  Nelson swam a fantastic time of 26.41.50.  Nelson was 3rd in his age group 12 – 15 years.  Well done, Nelson!  Nelson is now planning to swim from Magnetic Island to Townsville as part of a team.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

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Cannons Shine at SNQ Stroke Clinic

June 27, 2024

Nine talented swimmers from the Cannonvale Cannons have been selected for the Swimming North Queensland (SNQ) Development squads, earning the opportunity to attend the prestigious SNQ Form Clinic in Mackay on Saturday. Congratulations to Isaac Pisaniello, Don Algie, Tyler Bennett, Zach Trefz, Tora Delac, Isabella Pisaniello, Charlie Doherty, Noah Maltby, and Jacob Bell for their remarkable achievement.
The clinic was organized by Barry Prime, a coach from Swimming Queensland, and featured guest coaches Adam Eisemann from Gladstone and Richard Sleight from Churchie, Brisbane. These esteemed coaches led the swimmers through intensive form stroke sets. Cannons’ Coach, Ken Crittenden, also attended the clinic to assist the lead coaches and support the swimmers.
The clinic provided a comprehensive program, including sessions on land activation, mobility, coordination, and a two-hour session focused on form strokes. Both Ken Crittenden and the swimmers found the experience highly valuable and enjoyable, enhancing their techniques and overall performance. The coaches and swimmers expressed their gratitude to SNQ for organizing such a beneficial clinic.
Despite the winter season, the dedication of the swimmers is evident as they continue to maintain their fitness by attending regular training sessions. Many swimmers engage in aquatic fitness for both training and fun with friends. Some are preparing for the upcoming ocean swim season and the Airlie Beach Triathlon. Notably, Jacob Bell completed a gruelling 9km swim training session in preparation for the 8km Magnetic Island to Townsville swim scheduled for July. Congratulations to Jacob for his exceptional effort!
Looking ahead, several Cannons swimmers are gearing up for the Queensland Short Course Championships in August. The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club will host their Winter Swimming Carnival on 13th July, 2024. This event will be an excellent opportunity for swimmers to assess their progress and achieve qualifying times for the Queensland Short Course Championships. The club anticipates a successful carnival and continued excellence from its swimmers.

Contributed by Raylene Rasmussen.

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

June 27, 2024

Last weekend, the Whitsunday United FQPL Women travelled to Mackay to face off against their competitors, marking a significant outing despite some setbacks. Due to a shortage of players, the Women U23 team had to forfeit their match, effectively ending their premiership aspirations for this season. Nonetheless, holding the 4th spot on the ladder, they remain a formidable contender for the finals and are eager to make their mark in the remainder of the season.
The Premier Women, despite a depleted squad, managed a hard-fought victory against Country. Dominating the first half, Whitsunday maintained possession and kept the pressure on the Country defense. Willow broke the deadlock mid-way through the half, giving Whitsunday a 1-0 lead at halftime. The second half was fiercely contested, with Country equalizing three times, but Whitsunday's resilience shone through. Willow netted a goal from a corner by Mathilde, who later scored herself in a scrappy encounter in the box. Laura sealed the win with a free-kick set up by Willow. Special recognition goes to the U23 players who stepped up to their first Premier match, contributing significantly to the win. This victory solidifies Whitsunday's 3rd place standing and positions them as strong contenders for the second place in the premiership.
In the men's division, our FQPL men faced City Brothers. The U23 squad struggled against the in-form City Brothers, who demonstrated why they are among the top three contenders. Despite the Whitsunday team's brave efforts, City Brothers dominated the match. In contrast, the senior FQPL team delivered a spectacular performance, triumphing 7-1. Jake Kenna scored twice, with his first goal coming in the opening 10 minutes and the second just before halftime. An early own goal by City Brothers in the second half set the stage for a flurry of goals from Whitsunday, including another by Jake, two from Delors, and a penalty converted by Alan O’Donnell.
This dominant performance sets a high note for Whitsunday as they prepare for their Champions League game on Saturday, June 29th, at 7 pm at the Whitsunday Sports Park. They will face off against Edge Hill United FC, vying to become the North Queensland Champions and advance to the next stage of the league.

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

June 27, 2024

With the Divisional Men and youth squads having the weekend off, the action started with our FQPL Women in Mackay last Saturday

Unfortunately, a shortage of numbers meant our Women U23 were forced to forfeit their match and any chance of Premiership this year. Despite that, from 4th spot on the ladder, they will be an absolute force in the finals and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

The Premier ladies ground out a win against Country, again with a depleted squad. Whitsunday had a slight upper hand in the first half, holding the possession and pressuring Country defence. Willow was able to get one past the keeper mid-way through to put the ladies 1-0 up going into half time.

The second half was a tough, physical battle with Country drawing level 3 times, only for Whitsundays to get one more and pull ahead. Willow got the first goal back, finishing a corner from Mathilde, Mathilde herself then pushed one past the keeper in a scrappy tussle in the box and finally Laura fired up to put one away off a free kick from Willow.

A massive shoutout to all of the U23 girls that stepped up to their first ever game of Prems; we would not have got the win without the contribution of all. The win keeps the side in 3rd place and a contender for second place in the premiership.

Our FQPL men faced City Brothers with U23 facing an up-hill battle against the in form City Brothers. Despite brave efforts, City were always in control and showed why they are a close contender in the top 3.

A different story for our FQPL team who ran out winners 7-1. Jake Kenna opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes, but City kept the visitors scoreless until just before half time when Jak scored his second. After the break, an early own goal by City deflated the home side and the goals flowed with another to Jake, Delors scoring 2 goals and Alan O’Donnell converting a penalty.

A dominant performance Whitsunday in the lead up to their Champions League game this Saturday 29th June at 7pm at the Whitsunday Sports Park. They face off against Edge Hill United FC in a bid to become North Queensland Champs and progress to the next stage of the League.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic.

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Prosperine Golf Club

June 27, 2024

Vickie Wallace secured victory in last Wednesday's monthly medal with a nett 72, edging out Tiina Randmae, who finished second with a nett 75. Pins for the day went to Paula McQuat, Tiina Randmae, and Vickie Wallace.
Last weeks, Thursday stableford competition saw Corey Stroud emerge as the winner in the A division, scoring 44 points, four ahead of Sean Fogarty. Luchie Gardel triumphed in the B division with 42 points, ahead of Vickie Wallace's 39 points. Pin recipients were Cameron Mutch, John Wallace, Lyn Muller, and Sean Fogarty.
The popular BC Construction ambrose event last Friday was won by the team of Corey Stroud, Izaac Vandenburg, and Adam Stroud. They narrowly defeated the trio of Nic Watson, Cory O'Shea, and Brendan Spann.
Last Saturday's stableford competition had a standout performance from Brad Vloedmans, who won the A division with 43 points. Michael Ward followed with 38 points. In the ladies' division, Lyn Muller secured victory with 40 points, just ahead of Elspeth Scotford. Perri Simpson won the B division with 39 points, while Jim Sherrington finished two points behind. Pins went to Ryan Wilkes, Perri Simpson, Blake Lovelock, Michael Ward, Sherri Meade, and Rehab Hull.

Contributed with thanks to Prosperine Golf Club.

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Sea Eagles Soar at Home Despite Wet Conditions

June 27, 2024

Whitsunday Sea Eagles relished their return to the nest on a wet and windy 22nd June 2024, hosting matches for both their Under 14s against the North Mackay Saints and their Senior teams against the Eastern Swans.
The Senior Men's team faced a tough battle against the top-of-the-table Eastern Swans, succumbing to a 31-70 defeat in the slippery conditions. Despite numerous opportunities generated through hard work in defence and midfield, the Sea Eagles struggled to convert. They now aim to bounce back in a rematch against the Swans in Mackay this weekend.
In contrast, the Senior Women's team triumphed over the Eastern Swans with a 19-2 victory in a physical, low-scoring match. Mia Trinder shone with two goals, while Tayla Oliver added another. Coach Tyson Seamer expressed satisfaction with the team's performance and looks forward to facing the Swans again in Mackay.
The Under 14s secured a thrilling 46-38 win against the North Mackay Saints. After trailing in the first quarter, the young Sea Eagles displayed resilience and determination to edge ahead in the final term, keeping the home crowd on their feet. Coach Scott Mason praised the full team effort, emphasizing its importance for future success.
While the Juniors take a break for school holidays, the Seniors prepare for another clash with the Eastern Swans at Rogers Oval this weekend.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles.

Photo Credit: Cody Fowler

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Whitsunday Golf Club: Results from June 23, 2024

June 27, 2024

It was a cool start to a beautiful sunny day at Proserpine Golf Course last Sunday, where eight teams competed in the 2 Ball Ambrose. The competition was tight, with close scoring among the top four teams. Highlighting the event, Brendon Meharry achieved an Eagle’s Nest on the 13th hole with a drive landing within one meter of the hole, providing excellent practice for the upcoming Mark Nicol Memorial 2 Ball Ambrose on July 21.
Darren Reynolds and Scott Vlismas emerged as winners with a score of 65.75. David Hoy and Paul Nicol were runners-up with 66.75 after a countback, while Tiina Randmae and Wilf Herweg secured third place.
Nearest to the Pin (NTP) prizes, sponsored by the Reef Gateway Hotel, went to Karen Rix, Jo Moynihan, and Anna Winterbourn for the ladies, and Don Cameron, Brendon Meharry, and Ron Jamieson for the men. Brendon Meharry also earned a box of balls for his Eagle’s Nest on the 13th.
Don Cameron and Karen Rix received the NAGA honors, with a drink courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts from RADS Whitsunday. The raffle meat tray was won by Pam Casey.
Next week’s competition will be a Stableford. Upcoming fixtures include a Single Stableford on June 30, the Monthly Medal on July 7, and the Mark Nicol Memorial 2 Ball Ambrose on July 21. Note that there will be no WGC competition on August 4 due to the PGC Men’s Open.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Golf Club.

L> R:  Darren Reynolds, Paul Nicol, Scott Vlismas and David Hoy

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Whitsunday Green Golfers Shine in Weekly Competitions and Charity Event

June 27, 2024

The 9-hole Weekly Stableford competition saw fierce competition as George Meharry clinched first place with 22 points. Michael Norman matched Meharry's score but settled for second place on countback. Glenn Rees followed closely in third with 20 points.
Friday's 9-hole competition was another closely contested event. Justyn Durbin emerged victorious with 23 points on countback, edging out Robert Lodders, who also scored 23 points. Darren Lloyd secured third place with 22 points.
Sunday's Lions' Day Charity Golf Day was a resounding success, drawing a large crowd in support of local businesses. All Electrical took the top spot with a score of 18.25. Whitsunday Green sends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated and supported the event and they look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
Congratulations are also in order for our young member, Jack Hayes-Williams, who earned runner-up in the juniors open at Charters Towers last week.
This Sunday, June 30th, marks Whitsunday Green’s monthly medal event. Tee-off is scheduled between 8:30 am and 9:30 am. We encourage all members to participate and enjoy another day of excellent golf.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

Jack Hayes-Williams and Scott Hayes-Williams

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Shortest Day of the Year for Airlie Beach Bowls Club

June 27, 2024

As June nears its end, we’ve experienced the shortest day of the year, a reminder of the swift passage of time. The community is abuzz with excitement following the Australian Open, with attendees returning from a sensational time at the Gold Coast.
Last Tuesday afternoon's Social Bowls saw a significant turnout. The event, superbly organized by Carol Crosbie, featured a unique scoring system using dice. The day’s champions, Pip Heddles, recently back from South Island, New Zealand, teamed up with Mark Mawson to secure a victorious 21 points.
Wednesday afternoon’s Jackpot Bowls, overseen by Rick Galea, crowned Lu Rogan, Billy Gordon, and Rick Galea as the day's big winners, though the jackpot remained elusive.
Business House Bowls results are pending, and the Queensland school's competition is in its final stages. Whitsunday Christian College and St Catherine’s schools will battle to represent Whitsundays against Mackay schools' champions.
The Men’s Pennants saw mixed outcomes. Division One earned a single point from away games against South Suburban and Proserpine, needing a strong performance this week to stay in Division One. Division 3, led by Rod Howard and Ted Cullen, achieved commanding victories, securing 9 points. Division 5, despite challenging conditions at Mackay Bowls Club, performed admirably. Mervyn Stewart’s team, with standout player Craig Coleman, clinched an 11-point win against RSL, earning 5 points overall.
Last weekend’s highlight is a photo featuring the exceptional skippers of Division 3 and 5.

Mervyn Stewart with Ted Cullen, Rod Howard and Stacey Hadlow who all managed their respective teams so well this weekend

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

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Bowen Bowls

June 27, 2024

Sunday Social Bowling Results (16th June)


In a competitive Sunday Social, E. Low and D. Tuttle teamed up with R. Gould to defeat R. Muir, R. Scanlon and Wayne Crowhurst. M. Tuttle and J. Gilbert secured a win against I. Thatcher and G. Charles. Meanwhile, A. Williams and L. White triumphed over K. Kirk and S. Roome.


Wednesday Social Highlights
Last week’s mid-week social event featured impressive matches. Marion, Sue, and Gavin triumphed over Ian, Ray, and Gary. Marilyn, Jane, and Daryl defeated Robyn, Gordo, and Dave. Frank and Gus emerged victorious against MaryEllen and Steve.


Purple Pennants Triumph
A hearty congratulations to the Ladies Composite team of BBC/Cutheringa for their outstanding performance, winning all 10 games in the Purple Pennants held in the Burdekin last week. The team’s exceptional bowling skills have earned them a promotion to the Red Pennants in 2025. Well done, ladies!


Best Overall Performance
Special recognition goes to Lee Spiers, Lou Fordham, Donna Ware, and Kaos O’Sullivan for winning the Best Overall Performance in the Purple Pennants.

Dunn Cup Aspirations
Best of luck to Jason, Mitch, Gus, and Wayne as they compete in the Dunn Cup in Townsville this weekend. We’re cheering for your success!

Purple Pennants Winners 2024
Left to right: Tracey Roach, Eddy Neylon, Wendy Coles, Helen Jacobsen, Kaos O’Sullivan, Donna Ware, Lou Fordham, and Lee Spiers. A big thank you to Cutheringa ladies Kaos, Donna, and Lee for their invaluable contributions to the team.
Winners for The Best Overall Performance in the Purple Pennants Lee Spiers, Lou Fordham, Donna Ware, Kaos O’Sullivan.  

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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The Ups and Downs of the Game of Bowls

June 27, 2024

Proserpine Bowls Club thank the Whitsunday Regional Council and the QLD State Government for their generous grants, which greatly supports their club and community.
Last weekend marked the penultimate round of the Men's Pennants season. Division 1 faced Sarina, resulting in a close 60-61 loss despite strong efforts from all teams. Division 5 had a narrow 40-39 win against RSL Memorial. On Sunday, Division 1 won 64-51 against Airlie Beach, and Division 5 won 42-30 against Souths Suburban, highlighted by a thrilling finish requiring an umpire’s call.
This coming weekend, Division 1 plays North Mackay at home on Saturday and Souths Suburban away on Sunday. Division 5 faces Airlie Beach away on Saturday and North Mackay at home on Sunday.
In social bowls, Alen Sanderson, Bruce Uhe, Carol Smith, and Heather Brown won convincingly. On Sunday, the club welcomed visitors from Germany and Adelaide, with Dominik, Kerry, and Heather Brown winning 19-13.
Heather Brown leads the standings with 72 points. The shade project for the Brian Cooke green progresses, with intermediate posts concreted on June 25.

Brett Saroglia lined up to deliver a shot during pennants against Souths Suburban with other Division 5 and Division 1 teams in the background.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

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Wangaratta Bowls Results

June 27, 2024

The Wangaratta Bowls Club had a busy week with exciting matches and noteworthy performances.


Games played 17th June to 23rd June


On Monday, the self-selected triples winners were Kevin Daniels, Graeme Read, and Mark Drummond, who triumphed over Ken Wallace, Chris Frew, and Jim Steele. The runners-up were Marie Nesbit, David Madden, and Allan Colson, who drew with Harold Wenson, Trish Feast, and Garry Feast. The jackpot remained unclaimed. The Tropical Beach Caravan Park sponsored shirts for the winning team and will also sponsor the Wangaratta Ladies President’s Day later this year.
Tuesday’s social bowls winners were J. Langley, R. Boskma, and Peter, who defeated Stumpy, K. Aykens, and F. Wilmann. The runners-up were J. Atkinson, B. Huppatz, and G. Danvers, who defeated V. Boskma, D. Madden, and G. Colquhoun. The jackpot did not go off.


On Fun Friday afternoon, N. Issac, J. Langley, and J. Dawson defeated G. Swanton, N. Hand, and M. Hyde.


Sunday saw a full green for the first time this year with 64 players. The winners were Mark McKenzie, Linda Atkinson, Ron Symmons, and Chris Healey, who defeated Carol Bellingham, Sue Shearing, Steve Brown, and Peter Howie. The runners-up were Sue Symmons, Deb Retchless, L. Sutherland, and Ron Hyde, who defeated S. McSwain, N. Brown, June Walsh, and Kennedy Whitton. The jackpot again did not go off.


Congratulations to the BBC/Cutheringa Ladies for winning the Purple Pennants in the Burdekin and to the Wangaratta Ladies for securing fourth place.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Rolfe.

Mondays winners Kevin Daniels Graeme Read Mark Drummond with Allan Rolfe

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Sea Eagles Roll Magpies in Mackay

June 19, 2024

The Sea Eagles Juniors braved the pre-dawn chill on Saturday, traveling to Rogers Oval to take on the Eastern Swans and Bakers Creek. Meanwhile, the Seniors hit the road to clean up the Mackay Magpies on their home turf.
The Sea Eagles Senior Men celebrated Captain Alex Rodgers' 100th senior game in style with a win over the Mackay Magpies, who sit above them on the ladder. It was a tight contest all day, with the Sea Eagles finishing strong with a 72-53 victory. Fraser Carroll kicked four goals up forward, while Billy Galpin was everywhere again through the midfield, supported by Brent Downie and Aidan Allen-Fancke. The Sea Eagles look for community support at home this week as they take on ladder leaders Eastern Swans in the first of two back-to-back Swans rounds.
After a couple of losses, the Sea Eagles Senior Women were keen to secure a win against the Mackay Magpies. Going back to basics paid off with a 32-16 win. In the opening quarter, the Sea Eagles had five shots on goal. Although not kicking as many goals as they would have liked, the team worked together for a great game.
The Sea Eagles Under 17s took on Bakers Creek at Rogers Oval. With the Tigers short on numbers, the Sea Eagles lent some players for the game to go ahead. In a one-sided affair, the Sea Eagles dominated through the middle, providing plenty of forward opportunities and winning comfortably 61-1.
Having won against the Eastern Swans a few weeks ago at home, the Sea Eagles Under 14s were keen to repeat the feat in Mackay. Unfortunately, the Swans had cleaner play in the dewy conditions, leading to a 12-52 loss for the Sea Eagles.
The Under 12 Eastern Swans continued their unbeaten streak, defeating the Sea Eagles 29-3. However, the Sea Eagles achieved a minor victory by keeping the Swans to their lowest total for the season.
This weekend, the Whitsunday Sea Eagles are at home. The Seniors and Under 14s will play at the Nest, while the Under 12s and Under 17s have a bye. The Under 14s will face the Saints at 10:40 am, followed by the Seniors against the Swans at 12:15 pm.

Photo Credit: Kylie Allen

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Bowen Bowls Club Weekly Update

June 19, 2024

Wednesday Social Bowls
In an exciting round of Wednesday social bowls, Mary Ellen, Helen/Bev, Gavin, and Wendy defeated Ian, Eddy, Jane, and Steve. In another match, Frank, Gordo, and Daryl defeated Anna, Peter, and Dave. The winners for the afternoon were Marion, Robyn, and Gus, who defeated Britt, Marilyn, and Ray.
Weekly Bowls Schedule
The Tuesday and Friday afternoon bowls sessions are now underway. Interested players should add their names to the sign-up sheet located outside the clubhouse.
Ladies' Purple Pennants
The ladies' team is participating in the Purple Pennants competition in the Burdekin. Bowen Bowls wishes them good bowling and the best of luck!
For more information and updates, please visit our club's notice board or contact the club secretary.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

Marion,Robyn and Gus, Photo supplied

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Quiet Time Break From Pennants

June 19, 2024

Many players from Proserpine and the Mackay District are currently at the Gold Coast competing in the Australian Open. Jonathan Bye and Gavin Milne have advanced to the second round of the knockout for the Men's Fours. Scott Kinnear has won all his sectional games in the Vision Impaired section and is set to play Jake Fehlberg in the semi-final on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Pat Bownds and Lee King travelled to Marian Bowls Club with Heather to represent the club at Marian's PAH. In social play, Bruce Uhe, Arthur Griffith, and Nev Smith defeated Alen Sanderson, Arthur Griffith, and Philip Brown 21-17. Carol Smith and Mike Harrison defeated John Anderson and Barry Zillmann 31-15.
In Sunday Social Bowls, John Anderson, Bruce Uhe, and Heather Brown defeated Lee King, Mary Hedgelong, and Heather Brown 34-19. Alen Sanderson and Philip Brown defeated Arthur Griffith and Mike Harrison.
The semi-final of the B Singles was played on Saturday. David Ling defeated Harry Craig 25-17 in a thrilling game.
Many thanks to those who turned up on Saturday to assist with removing the old shades around the green. The holes have been prepared for the installation of new shades, with some progress expected during the week.
Special thanks to Kevin and Joan Thorogood for their years of service to the club. Though they are no longer able to play, we are grateful for the gift of their bowls, which will be used by new bowlers.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

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Wangaratta Bowls Club Results

June 19, 2024

Monday Self-Selected Triples
Winners: Peter Howie, Greg Colquhoun, and Kennedy Whitton, who defeated Trish Leon, Fox G Feast.
Runners-Up: Ron Hyde, Maureen Hyde, and Norm Dawson, who defeated G Cornell, Hary Wills, and Keith Armstrong.
The jackpot did not go off.

Tuesday Social Bowls
Winners: M Bron, Tolcher J Foskett, and Bob Dykstra, defeated John Hayson, Sue Shearing, and Simon Fitzgerald.
Runners-Up: Joan Brian and Ron Hyde, defeated Allan, Dianne, and Barry.
The jackpot did not go off.

Fun Friday Afternoon
Winners: Ron Hyde, Grant Hand, and Robyn Stitt, who defeated Maureen Hyde, Gabbie, and Jill Gillies.
Resting Touches: Dom, Neville, and V Ritche.

Sunday Results
Winners: Carol Bellingham, Simon Fitzgerald, and Chris Healey drew with Anne Kayzle, John Prought, and Michael Loughhead.
Runners-Up: Eilane, June Walsh, and Kennedy Whitton, who defeated Joan, Jull, and Geoff.
The elusive jackpot did not go off.

Men’s Competition
   • A Pairs Final: M Drummond and A Rolfe defeated L Land and G Read.
   • B Singles Final: Herbie Dalton defeated Ron Hyde


Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren


Allan Rolfe and Mark Drummond

Grant Hand, Ron Hyde, Robyn Stitt with Lorraine Knight

Photos supplied

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Whitsunday Equestrian Group's 2-Day Showjumping Classic

June 19, 2024

The Whitsunday Equestrian Group’s 2-Day Showjumping Classic, held on June 8-9 at the Cannonvalley Pony Club, was a resounding success, providing a thrilling weekend for both participants and onlookers. Competitors from Townsville to Mackay gathered to showcase their skills, marking the start of the prestigious Frosty Mango NQ Leaderboard, a North Queensland-wide cumulative placings event.
110CM Frosty Mango Leaderboard Results:
   1. Abigail Lee on Hazardous
   2. Abigail Lee on Laced Up
   3. Abigail Lee on Snapchatter
   4. Melinda Zammit on JT Just a Dream
   5. Jessica Dibnah on Mr Manu
The annual Showjumping Classic featured classes ranging from 40cm to 110cm, offering something for everyone over the two days. The overall high-point award was hotly contested but ultimately awarded to Abigail Lee.
The Whitsunday Equestrian Group extends heartfelt thanks to all competitors, volunteers, and attendees whose support and enthusiasm made the event a success. Looking ahead, the next event on the calendar is the Whitsunday Equestrian Group's 2-Day Hack & Dressage Supreme, scheduled for July 27-28 at the Cannonvalley Pony Club. For more information, please visit our Facebook page at Whitsunday Equestrian Group.

Defibrillator Addition: 
The Cannonvalley Pony Club now has a brand-new defibrillator installed, thanks to the Whitsunday Regional Council Special Project Grant. This potentially life-saving AED was fully funded by the grant and is now ready for use at the clubhouse. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our local council for their support, to our grants writer Kate for her efforts, and to the team at AWB First Aid First for enabling us to purchase locally and donating the paediatric pads. This addition enhances the safety and well-being of everyone at the Pony Club, the home grounds of the Whitsunday Equestrian Group.

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

June 19, 2024

Division 2 Men
The Division 2 men travelled to Mackay aiming to close the gap to the top-of-the-table Dolphins. Early missed opportunities proved costly, and the Dolphins secured a 5-1 victory. Goalkeeper Ross put in an excellent performance, keeping the scoreline respectable.
Division 1 Men
The Division 1 men faced a youthful Dolphins team, dominating the first half. Despite missing clear chances and an injury delay, Whitsunday held on for a 2-1 win, maintaining their top position. Chris scored his first club goal, and Ralé notched his fourth goal in three games.
Under-13 Division 1
The U13 Division 1 team had a fantastic game against Wanderers Red. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Whitsunday came back strong in the second half with Liam Jankowski scoring three goals, leading the team to a 3-1 victory.
Under-13 Premier
The U13 Premier team had another great week. Shannon Matthews scored the first goal after a dazzling midfield run and a quick one-two. Shortly after, she curled in another from a corner. Alex Draper cleaned up a scramble in the box to make it 3-0 at halftime. City Brothers pressed harder in the second half, but Whitsunday held on for a 3-0 win.
Under-15 Division 1
The U15 Division 1 team started strong, with early goals from Dwayne and Tyler C, but trailed 5-2 at halftime. Lions Black dominated the second half, resulting in a final score of 15-2.
Under-23 Ladies
The U23 ladies faced a frustrating 1-0 loss against City. Despite dominating possession, they couldn’t find the finishing touch. City scored on a transition play, and Whitsunday couldn’t equalize. Danielle was confident in defence, and Piper showed great positioning in attack.
Premier Ladies
The Premier ladies bounced back with a strong performance against City. Up 3-0 at halftime thanks to Bre and Ellyse, they never looked back. Willow, Mathilde, and Imo added to the tally in the second half, with the final score an impressive 11-0. Willow scored four, Bre and Mathilde each scored twice, Ellyse added two, and Imo scored one with a header.
Premier Men - Under-23 Squad
The young Whitsunday U23 squad faced the top-of-the-table Magpies but couldn’t match their firepower, losing 4-1. Jack Robertson scored the lone goal for Whitsunday.
Premier Men
The Premier Men faced the Magpies with a chance to take the lead at the top of the table. A slow start saw them two goals down at halftime. Despite a strong second half with goals from Jake Kenna and Jack Jenks, they couldn’t complete the comeback, losing 3-2. It was a valiant effort by Whitsunday, despite missing four key players


U13 Div1 – happy after a good win against Wanderers

U13 Prems – a friendly David and Goliath struggle.

U13 Prems – great determination from both sides

U13 Prems – Shannon Matthews in full flight


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Bowen Golf Results And News

June 19, 2024

Wednesday, 12/6: Single Stableford Competition

Ladies:
Winner: Marg Need (39 points, on a countback)
Runner-up: Tracey Cousemacker (39 points)
3rd Place: Kerry Pedlar (38 points)

Men:
Winner: Brenden Wells (39 points)
Runner-up: John Brown (38 points, on a countback)
3rd Place: Graham Seaborne (38 points)

Pin Shots: Brendan Nott, Andrew Need, Graham Seaborne, Neville Isaac, Glenn Bianco, Karo McKenzie, Claire Garrod, Tracey Cousemacker, Viv Clark.

Choccy Chip-ins: Claire Garrod, Sue Heisswolf, Leanne Swan, Susan McInnes, Chris Heinrich, Annie Mason.

Saturday, 8/6: 4 Ball Ambrose Sponsored by Bowen Golf Club

Winners: The Nott family - Brendan, Rhiannon, Grace, and Dylan.
Runners-up: Marcus Yasso, Matt Yasso, Claire Garrod, Ian Garrod.
3rd Place: Tate McGrath, Brendan Malone, Kevin Cross, Jeff Jackson.

Pin Shots: Rhiannon Nott, Jeff Jackson, Raewyn Glover, and Glenn Bianco (who also won the Car Wash token).

OBP: Judy Atkins.

Saturday, 15/6: Single Par + Event Sponsored by Whitsunday Auto Group

Men:
Winner: Frank Broucek (+7)
Runner-up: Max Mahoney (+6)
3rd Place: Lee Tiller (+5)

Ladies:
Winner: Julie Mawson (+5)
Runner-up: Tracey Cousemacker (+1, on a countback)
3rd Place: Kerry Pedlar (+1)

Pin Shots: France Wilmann, Tim Duncan, Peter May, Benny Bon, Robbie Thompson (Car Wash), Claire Garrod, Jo Goldup, Chris Heinrich, Judi Morris.
IBP on Hole 12: Brendan Nott.

Choccy Chip-ins: Kerry Pedlar, Elona Lynch, Grace Nott, Carol O'Connell.

This Saturday, the club will host an 18-hole Stableford event sponsored by P&O Meehan and the Commonwealth Bank.

Joker Draw:
The Joker draw is $1300 this Friday night. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are dining in, please ensure you call the club to book your table to avoid missing out - 4785 1206.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Nott family: Brendan, Rhiannon, Grace and Dylan


Wednesday 12 June winner – Marg Need

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WHITSUNDAY GOLF CLUB

June 19, 2024

Perfect golf weather prevailed as 14 players contested the single Stableford competition.
Scores continue to improve as the course dries out and run is restored.
While the greens may not be as tricky as those at Pinehurst No. 2 (for avid US Open watchers), some players were fortunate enough to make birdies and chip-ins.
Upon returning to the Reef Gateway Hotel, it was delightful to see past members and friends Ian Giles, Kym Hill, and Ian Hoy, who joined for post-game drinks and the presentation.
Ladies:
   • Winner: Tiina Randmae with 38 points
   • Runner-up: Anna Winterbourn with 35 points
   • Longest Drives: Anna Winterbourn and Linda Wardroper
Men:
   • Winner: Aaron Watts with 37 points
   • Runner-up: Dean Kercher with 34 points
   • Longest Drives: Aaron Watts and Mark McDougal
Nearest to the Pin (NTP):
   • Ladies: Joanne Moynihan and Anna Winterbourn (x2)
   • Men: Aaron Watts and Paul Nicol
NAGAs: The honours went to Joanne Moynihan and David Hoy, with a drink courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts, proprietors of RADS Whitsunday, who provide respite accommodation and disability support services.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae

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The Whitsunday Game Fish Club

June 19, 2024

The Whitsunday Game Fish Club's membership year begins on 1 July and promises to be an exciting one for new and old members alike, with a variety of events on the calendar, including the Blue Ribbon "Ben Doolin Light Tackle Tournament" on 11 - 13 October.

The first competition of the year is the Mackerel and Reef Fish Rally on 13 and 14 July. (Reef Fish have been included due to the new Queensland Mackerel bag and boat limits).  All details will be explained at the Briefing and Registration on Thursday, 11 July from 6pm at the Marine Club in Altmann Avenue, Cannonvale.

Mackerel are about in good numbers at this time of the year and the Club will be holding a Workshop and Information night on Thursday, 4 July from 6pm at the Clubhouse, demonstrating several methods of rigging baits and lures to tempt mackerel and explaining the local spots where they hang out.

Also Club President and charter boat skipper, Ash Matthews will be passing on his proven tips on how to catch a variety of reef species and the best spots and stages of the tide to find them.

Everybody is welcome, so bring the family and tell your friends as this will be a very informative night for anglers of all ages.

You may even like to join this family oriented Club and membership is being offered on the night at last year's fee of $60 per Adult and $30 per Junior and become part of this great club that began in 1979.

Gail will have the Bar open from 6pm and there will be a raffle for a $100 meat tray.  Hope to see you there."


Contributed with thanks to Ashley Moore.

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Cannonvale Cannons Selected For Development Squads

June 19, 2024

Swimming Australia recently announced the 2023-2024 Junior Excellence (JX) recipients.
The Pho3nix JX program recognizes swimmers aged 9-13 years who have achieved gold, silver, bronze, or blue standards based on their best performances, as per the times set by Swimming Australia.
Congratulations to the following Cannonvale Cannons who achieved JX awards:
Gold: Jax Clayworth

Silver: Don Algie, Tora Delac, Thomas Ganter, Celeste Orenshaw, Isaac Pisaniello, Isabella Pisaniello, and Zach Trefz

Bronze: Eloise Chegwidden, Harris Delac, Declan Dichiera, Charlie Doherty, Nelson Malady, Matilda Nicholes, Andie Reynolds, Levi Smith, and Alex Trefz

Blue: Mackenzie Bennett, Maeve Dichiera, Evie Doherty, Liam Filewood, Millie Groom, Koa Harland, Ruby Harland, Jasper Korosec, Eric Mulliss, Addie Sanders, and Indi Smith

Additionally, the Cannonvale Cannons would like to commend all the swimmers named in the Swimming North Queensland (SNQ) State and National Development Squads.

National Squad: Tora Delac, Noah Maltby, Ehsan Helou, and Jy Parkinson

State Squad: Isabella Pisaniello, Anisa Helou, Remy Hedges, Holly Perrin, Isaac Pisaniello, Zach Trefz, Tyler Bennett, Jacob Bell, Thomas Ganter, Don Algie, and Charlie Doherty
The SNQ State and National Development Squad swimmers have been invited to attend a special Form Stroke Clinic this weekend, facilitated by top Queensland coaches Adam Eiseman, Richard Sleight, and Barry Prime.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

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Pick Up Your Stumps For An “At Capacity” Sportspark

June 13, 2024

For the past 18 months Airlie Beach Cricket has been setting up stumps and looking to establish the popular summer sport at the Whitsunday Sportspark, but the request has become a contentious issue following concerns that the grounds are already running at 200% capacity.

Football, Touch Football, Netball, Rugby Union and AFL form the five Foundation Club Members which all have voting rights and at the end of this month, the five codes will all cast their vote on whether to allow Airlie Beach Cricket to play at the grounds.

There are mixed views on the issue, although the general consensus is to include Cricket, despite it adding to an already over-populated ground.

And while some of the playing fields are running at 200% capacity the current AFL pitch (which could be shared by cricket during the summer months), is not.

Airlie Beach Cricket assert that there are countless grounds across Australia where AFL and Cricket harmoniously share their fields, from the GABBA to Harrup Park.

The deeper issue, however, seems to be an already straining facility which is struggling to accommodate the existing sporting activities.

A statement from the Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFL Club said they “currently use the full field from January to September with Carnivals throughout the year and development through November.”

They believe this conflicts with the Cricket season which is hoping to run from September through to March.

Other sports clubs using the facility, however, have shared their sporting field for a number of years and are working together to arrange a schedule so both sports can live symbiotically.

“We all work around each other, everyone works together,” said Allan Milostic from Airlie Beach Football Club.

“Fundamentally we are inclusive, and we do want more sports. The biggest issue is green space and ideally, we’d have plenty of land for everyone.

“Football doesn’t have an issue with cricket being there, with the caveat that it doesn’t impact existing codes.”

Whitsunday Touch have similar views.

“I’m totally about inclusivity, it’s a community sport and all are included,” said Alita De Brincat from Whitsunday Touch.

“We as a committee have made a decision to support it, but it was not a unanimous decision, we went with the majority on the basis of being inclusive and the community working together.”

Meanwhile, Tim Oberg President of Whitsunday Junior Rugby Union, said "we firmly believe that establishing a new cricket club in Airlie Beach will be a tremendous asset to our community.

The Whitsunday Sportspark Committee also believe the inclusion of Cricket would work in a practical sense.

“Whilst our facility is far too small to service the growing town and the bottom fields are running at over 200% of carrying capacity with soccer, rugby and touch using them, the top oval is not running at full capacity,” said Justin Butler, Chairman of the Whitsunday Sportspark.

Mr Butler adds that including another sport will “put further pressure on all levels of government to develop a second sporting complex for the town.”

There is 100 acres of Whitsunday Regional Council owned land located opposite Brandy Creek Road and it was purchased 12 years ago with intention that it will become a sporting complex and possibly new high school.

“Council need to push for it,” said Allan Milostic.

“We urgently need more playing spaces and steps need to be taken urgently.”

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Youngest Sea Eagles Fly Against Saints

June 13, 2024

The North Mackay Saints travelled up to the Nest on Saturday, and Whitsundays provided a stellar day for everyone to enjoy. Our Sea Eagles Under 12s took victory for the day, though the remaining grades faced tough matchups.
In an extremely tight contest, our Senior Men couldn't quite hold on and were beaten 31-39 in the last quarter by the North Mackay Saints. Despite the disappointing result, there were positive signs as the team looks to find form and connect better on the field this week against the top side, Mackay Magpies.
Our Senior Women started off well against the ladder-leading Saints with high intensity. Unfortunately, the Saints showed why they are the top kicking side, leading to a 6-70 loss for the Sea Eagles.
The Under 17s faced the reigning premiers Saints in a close, hard-fought contest for the first three quarters, eventually losing 28-59 in the final term.
The Under 14s were outgunned in the first three quarters by the top-of-the-table Saints, but the last quarter saw a more competitive Sea Eagles team, eventually losing 13-66.
Our Under 12s showed a great performance against the North Mackay Saints with strong defense and hard work through the center, winning 57-7. Special shoutout to Captain Noah Woo, who kicked 3 goals in his 50th game for the Sea Eagles.
This week, the Whitsunday Sea Eagles travel to different locations in Mackay. Both Senior teams will play at Magpies from 1:50 PM, U12s and U14s will face Swans at Rogers Oval, and the Under 17s will take on Bakers Creek.


Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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First Annual Cane Country Pickleball Tournament Held in Home Hill

June 13, 2024

The first Annual Cane Country Pickleball Tournament took place in Home Hill this past weekend, attracting fifteen teams from Airlie Beach, Bowen, Townsville, Cardwell, and Home Hill. Participants competed fiercely in the competitive division, while social players enjoyed the beautiful northern winter setting.
The Whitsunday team, Airlie Norfoll and Chance, consisting of Peter, Trevor, Kazuko, and Robyn, emerged victorious. They were closely followed by the Legendary Lonbers from Townsville, who were only two games behind. In third place was the Airlie Auspan team, comprising Frank, David, Megumi, and Yoko, just two games behind second place.
Congratulations to the Whitsunday players for their impressive performance, building on their good results in Townsville a few weeks ago. How many of these players will plan to enter the 2024 Queensland Pickleball Championships in Morayfield, north of Brisbane, later this month? Watch this space!

Contributed with thanks to Lorraine Christiansen

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Touch Footy Finals Games

June 13, 2024

The grand finals of Whitsunday Touch Footy took place over the weekend.

“It was a sensationally exciting night,” said Alita De Brincat from Whitsunday Touch Footy.

“With four games in total and two going to drop-offs”

“It was great to see so many people come down to support the sport by cheering on the team.”

Another highlight was seeing Club President, Justin Butler receive a Life Membership Award.

The inaugural award for Junior of the Season was given to Stella Ansell.

“She was given the award for her contribution to the sport but also because she is always the first to show up and is always wanting to help out in any way she could,” added Alita.

Results:

Vipers won A Grade
Raiders B won B Grade
Untouchables won C Grade
Raiders Burgers won Junior Grade

The next season commences in July.

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Under 8’s Day Fun At Cannonvale State School

June 13, 2024

Jasper and Vince
Abby, Cathy, Sergeant Billy and Lucy
Amelia, Jordan, Ruby and Stevie with teacher Autumn Webster
Deputy Mayor Michelle Wright with some children
Ms Heffernan and Principal Shirley
Sandra, Councillor Jan Clifford, Kylie and Bec
Photo credit: Rachael Smith

For the full photo gallery head to mackayandwhitsundaylife.com

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Bowen Bowls

June 13, 2024

Sunday Social
In Sunday’s social matches, Anna and Jane defeated Britt and Ron, while Tracey and Gary defeated Marilyn and Helen.

Wednesday Social
During Wednesday’s social matches, Peter, Daryl, and Helen defeated Ian, Gordo, and Gavin. Additionally, Marilyn, Ron, and Gus defeated Carol, Jane, and Tracey. The winners for the afternoon were Robin, Britt, and A. McDonald, defeated Mary Ellen, Tiarna, and Steve.

Wangaratta Ladies Excel in Blue Pennant
Congratulations to the Wangaratta Ladies for securing 3rd place in the Blue Pennant played in Townsville.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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WARM WINTER DAYS At Proserpine Bowls Club

June 13, 2024

Pennants have been set aside for a couple of weeks as players from across the district seize the opportunity to participate in the Australian Open on the Gold Coast, testing their skills against competitors from wider afield.

Wednesday Social Bowls
In Wednesday's Social Bowls, Ashley, Philip Brown, and Heather Brown defeated Alen Sanderson, Philip Brown, and Sandy Daffara with a score of 26-14. John Anderson, Barry Zillmann, and Nev Smith narrowly defeated Arthur Griffith, Carol, and Mike Harrison 22-20.

Sunday Social Bowls
On Sunday, a number of bowlers experienced the game for the first time. Paolo Philip Brown, and Heather Brown defeated Nicholas, Martin Gay, and Nev Smith 22-10. In another match, Ashley, Arthur Griffith, Bruce Uhe, and Sandy Daffara drew 14-all with Luca, Arthur Griffith, Carol Smith, and Mike Harrison.

Appreciation for Barefoot Bowls Volunteers
A special thank you to all who volunteered their time on Friday night to run this month's Barefoot Bowls event.


Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Bowls

June 13, 2024

The Monday self-selected triples kicked off with a full green. John Hayson, Max Ritchie, and Peter Nesbitt emerged victorious, defeating J. Harding, Graeme Read, and Allan Rolfe. Runners-up were Terrie Crozier, Michael Loughhead, and Bob Dykstra, who defeated Kerry, Heidi Reif, and G. Feast.

Tuesday Social Bowls
Tuesday’s winners were M. Gleeson, M. Wilson, and G. Solly, who defeated J. Hayson, S. Shearing, and June Walsh. Nick Dalee, Lorraine Knight, and Joe Paynting were runners-up, defeating Carol and Brian Bellingham and France Wilmann. The jackpot remained unclaimed.

Fun Friday Afternoon
Friday afternoon’s session saw Robyn Stitt, Maureen Hyde, and Jan Dawson defeat Mark McKenzie, Marie Nesbitt, and Gabi Howell. Resting touches went to Ron and Dianne.

Sunday Winners
Sunday’s winners were Cheryl McBride, Alby Vigar, and Joe Paynting, who defeated Bron Tolcher, Terrie Crozier, and France Wilmann. Runners-up were Lindy Suann, Deb Retchless, Lorraine Knight, and Maureen Hyde, who defeated Toni Bowen, Lyn Madden, Sue Shearing, and Pat Tracey. The jackpot did not go off.

Men's Competition
In the men's competition, L. Land and G. Read defeated K. Whitton and H. Dalton. In the A Singles, J. Wright defeated W. Crowhurst.

Ladies' Achievements and Upcoming Events
Congratulations to the Ladies for securing 3rd place in the 1st Division Blue Pennant in Townsville. The Purple Pennant Ladies will travel to the Burdekin on Sunday for four days of play. Good luck to Toni Bowen, Lyn Madden, Sue Shearing, Pat Tracey, Lindy Suann, Deb Retchless, Lorraine Knight, and Maureen Hyde.

Barefoot Bowls
Barefoot Bowls is scheduled for Friday night, June 14th. To join, contact Teresa at 0407 946 558.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

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Toni Clauss Wins PDLAW Wednesday Monthly Medal

June 13, 2024

Toni Clauss clinched the PDLAW Wednesday monthly medal with an impressive nett 75, finishing two shots ahead of Diane Chard. The pins were awarded to Rehab Hull, Toni Clauss, and Elspeth Scotford.

Thursday's Venuesmart Monthly Medal
Luke Wayth emerged victorious in Thursday's Venuesmart monthly medal, achieving a fine nett 63. John Dodds followed three shots behind. Leading the A division were Andrew Albergo with a nett 67 and Adam Maggs with a nett 68. Pins went to Gary Scotford, Michael Cragg, Luke Wayth, and Jason Bourke.

Friday's Charity Challenge
The three-person Charity Challenge on Friday was won by the team of Brad Vloedmans, Benn Ryan, and Ken Todd. Finbar O'Flynn, Tom O'Brien, and Matthew Muller finished close behind in second place.

Saturday's Allenbuild Stableford
Michael Cragg triumphed in Saturday's Allenbuild stableford with 40 points. Joshua Norris was two points behind in the A division, while Dean Kercher led the B division with 39 points, followed by Scott Dwyer with 37 points. Jill Farinelli was the leading lady with 35 points, narrowly ahead of Elspeth Scotford. Pins were awarded to Aaron Prosser, Clay Coles, Gary Scotford, Trevor Paroz, and Paula McQuat, who claimed two pins.

Foursome Champions
Noelene Spurway and Melanie Patullo were crowned the ladies' foursome champions, while Jon Miller and Levi Holmes took the men's title. The nett winners were Lyn Muller and Jacqueline Wall, along with Tim Walton and Billy O'Connor.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club

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On The Whitsunday Green

June 13, 2024

In the weekly 9-hole stableford, Billy O’Connor secured first place with 23 points. Jayden Parata followed closely with 22 points, while Nicola McKenzie took third place with 20 points on countback.

Friday’s 9-Hole Stableford
Travis Clinch emerged victorious in Friday’s 9-hole stableford with 21 points. Jimmy Millar claimed second place with 20 points, and Elise Hodgson secured third place with 19 points.

Sunday’s 2BBB Ambrose
Rhys Bartholomew and Tyson Flavel took first place in Sunday’s 2BBB Ambrose with a score of 46.75. Jack Hayes-Williams won nearest to the pin.
This Sunday, June 16th, will feature an 18-hole stableford with tee-off available anytime.
 
Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

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Cannonvale Cannons Ocean Swim And Awards Night Cannonvale Cannon Wins Ocean Swim

June 13, 2024

On Sunday, two Cannons travelled to Townsville to join 117 swimmers in the Townsville Strand Ocean Swim. Jacob Bell, 17, won the 4km Magnetic Island Swim Qualifier with a time of 55 minutes 22 seconds, aiming to complete the Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim in July. Nelson Malady competed in the 2km event, finishing in 41 minutes 56 seconds, qualifying for the team swim from Magnetic Island to Townsville.
Coaches Raylene Rasmussen and Mark Erickson also participated in the 4km event, successfully completing the swim. Congratulations to Jacob, Nelson, and the coaches!

Cannonvale Cannons Award Night
The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club recently hosted its annual Presentation Night, celebrating another successful year. The night recognized the achievements of swimmers and the contributions of parents and volunteers. Congratulations to all participants throughout the season.

Level 1, 2, and 3 Trophies

Level 3 Trophy: Ehsan Helou

Level 2 Trophies: Eloise Chegwidden, Tora Delac, Celeste Orenshaw, Evie Doherty, Isabella Pisaniello, Ruby Harland, Matilda Nicholes, Andie Reynolds, Addie Sanders, Indi Smith, Lucas Korosec, Isaac Pisaniello, Don Algie, Jax Clayworth, Declan Dichiera, Jacob Bell, Harris Delac, Zach Trefz, Miller Eaves, Liam Filewood, Thomas Ganter, Noah Maltby, Levi Smith, Anisa Helou, Alex Trefz.

Level 1 Trophies: Tiana Bell, Millie Groom, Koa Harland, Remy Hedges, Jack Ganter, Holly Perrin, Charlie Doherty, Zane Clayworth, Jy Parkinson, Ashton Pook, Billie Jamieson, Nelson Malady, Tyler Bennett, Abiageal Maher.
Tassel Group Encouragement Awards: Miranda Palmero, Leo Mulliss, Ella Maddock, Sophie Palmero, Stella Mulliss.

BK Constructions’ Most Improved by PBs: Harry Chegwidden, Indigo Harland, Millie Groom, Ruby Harland, Jack Ganter, Don Algie.

Coaching Team
Mark Erickson, Ken Crittenden, Rylee Erickson, Jarrod Keys, Shay Wilmot, Kate Thomson.

Volunteer Awards
Ginger White, Amy Chegwidden, Renee Clayworth, Danny Delac, Andrew Bell, Mick Pisaniello, Glen Orenshaw, Jade Korosec, Jane Delac, Jade Korosec, Theresa Manning, Giselle Burton.

A big thank you to the committee for organizing a successful season, and to all parents and coaches for their support. The Cannons will host the annual AGM on Wednesday, 12th June 2024, at 7 pm.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Ehsan with his Level 3 Trophy

Level 1 trophywinners

Nelson, Raylene,Mark and Jacob Bell before swimming in Townsville Strand Ocean Swim

Volunteer Awards

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Charity Golf Day

June 6, 2024

Everyone is invited to join in the Whitsunday Lions Charity Golf Day for a fun active day on the Whitsunday Green.

All funds raised go towards the local Proserpine Hospital, raising money for a place that is essential for our health.

At this year’s event, whether you play, sponsor a hole or donate a prize for the raffle, your contribution to the community will not be looked over, and your support is valuable.

The Whitsunday Lions Club previous events have been fun and a great way to spend the day, and this one will be no different.

What: Whitsunday Lions Charity Golf Day
When: Sunday 23 June
Where: Whitsunday Green Golf Club
Cost: $25 for single player, $100 for team of 4, or sponsor a hole for $350

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Busy Week At Airlie Beach Bowls Club

June 6, 2024

As winter arrives, the Cannonvale Bowls Club experienced a week filled with competitive spirit and camaraderie, featuring Ladies Pennants, Social Bowls, and Men's Pennants.
Tuesday Highlights
Tuesday's Ladies Pennants and Social Bowls included 14 players, with special guests Diana Stowers and Ian Gillies from Bangaroo Bowls Club on Bribie Island. Ian, alongside new player Dana Watson and Mark Mawson, secured an easy win. However, Tony Whitehorn and "Wild" Bill Gordon took home the prize money.
In Ladies Pennants, Division 1 split their games, with Joan McGrath and Betty Nicole in top form. Rhonda Walker and Wendy Pomeroy's team also performed well, winning one game and narrowly losing to North Mackay.
Rain Affects Wednesday Bowls
Wednesday's Jackpot Bowls saw Rick Galea and Merve Stewart watching the rain from under an umbrella, while Bob and Evonne Spees were disappointed by the cancellation of Business House Bowls.
Christian College Students Prepare for Finals
Friday featured Christian College students narrowing down to 10 potential representatives for the school, with finals approaching.
Men's Pennants Weekend Action
During the weekend, Men's Pennants saw intense competition:
   • Division 1 narrowly lost to North Mackay on Saturday despite Shane Spann's team’s strong performance. They rebounded on Sunday, defeating the previously unbeaten Sarina by 30 points, with Manny Isgro and Warren Mills leading.
   • Division 3 had mixed results, with Ted Cullen’s side winning on Saturday and Rod Howard’s team winning on Sunday, but were beaten on points overall.
   • Division 5 remained competitive but fell short on both days, hopeful for wins in the remaining games.
The Cannonvale Bowls Club looks forward to finishing the season on a high note.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Manny Isgro , John Fielding and Russell Jackson. Photo supplied

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Exciting Matches At Bowen Bowls Club

June 6, 2024

Club Pairs Results
   • Ron Gould and Steve Roome defeated Lee Welsted and Jason Wright in a tightly contested match.
Wednesday Social Bowls Results
   • Mary Ellen Pratten, G. Cornell, and Daryl Tuttle defeated Sue Fox, Lloyd White, and Helen Jacobsen.
   • Daryl O’Connell, Ray Muir, and Steve Roome defeated Eddy Neylon, Jane Gilbert, and Bob Lindsay.
   • Peter, Ron, and Gus defeated Bev, Peter, and Rob.
   • Anna Delic, Wendy Coles, and Gary Turner defeated Glenys, Ian Thatcher, and D. MacDonald.
   • Chris and Pete defeated Jim and Ken.
As the season progresses, the competition at Bowen Bowls Club continues to deliver exciting matches and showcase the skills of its members. The club looks forward to more engaging games in the coming weeks.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards
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Halfway Mark Of Pennants Reached At Proserpine Bowls Club

June 6, 2024

Proserpine Bowls Club's Division 5 team clashed with North Mackay last Saturday, resulting in a 41-all draw. The team's Gavin Noonan, Harry Craig, Dale Haack, and Brett Saroglia secured a 23-20 victory, with both sides taking home 2.5 points each.
On the same day, Division 1 faced a strong Souths Suburban team. Despite a win by Shane Kinnear's quartet (16-13), the team suffered overall losses in other matches, with Souths Suburban taking the day 60-47 and earning the majority of match points.
Sunday brought renewed vigour with Division 1 hosting Northern Beaches. Nathan Harriott's last-end heroics led to a 20-19 win. Although one match was lost 20-22, Wayne Handley's team achieved a 22-17 victory, tilting the overall score in Proserpine's favour, 62-58.
Division 5 enjoyed a home advantage against Mackay, with John Matterson's team winning 23-19 and Brett Saroglia's repeating Saturday's success with a 40-33 win, grabbing all match points.
A highlight was the Club Championship Fours semi-final on Sunday afternoon, where Harry Craig’s team dominated with a 25-14 win over David Ling's team.
Wednesday's social bowls saw mixed results amid rain, with noteworthy performances despite the weather. The club extends a special thanks to all volunteers who contribute tirelessly, ensuring the smooth running of events and maintenance of facilities. Their dedication keeps the community spirit alive and thriving at the club.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

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Wangaratta Bowls Club Highlights Weekly Achievements

June 6, 2024

The Wangaratta Bowls Club enjoyed an eventful week, with the Tuesday social bowls seeing fierce competition and strategic plays. Notable victories included John and Denis outplaying Alan and Norm, while B. Tolcher, S. Shearing, and Domingo took down C. Bellingham, K. Armstrong, and their team. Other winners of the day were J. Hayson, B. Bellingham, and G. Colquhoun, who defeated P. Mullins, L. Knight, and M. Hyde. M. Nesbit, P. Nesbit, and J. Steele bested Tracey, Jill, and Mark Drummond. M. Mullen, P. Howie, and J. White triumphed over E. White, J. Stamp, and G. Danvers. M. Elphinstone, J. Dawson, and L. Fox were victorious against Pam Breakwell, H. Reif, and R. Hyde. Despite the excitement, the jackpot remained unclaimed.
In addition to the social games, the club celebrated the Ladies team securing 3rd place in the 1st Division Blue Pennant in Townsville last week, marking a significant achievement.
The Men’s Competition also saw some action with L. Land and G. Read defeating K. Whitton and H. Dalton. Meanwhile, the Monday self-selected triples kicked off this week, promising more bowling excitement.
Club members are reminded to register their names by 12:30 PM for a prompt 1:00 PM start, with games concluding at 4:30 PM. This schedule ensures participants enjoy a full afternoon of competition and camaraderie at the club.
Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

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Bowen Golf Club Hosts Exciting 2024 Pro-Am And Monthly Medal Events

June 6, 2024

The Bowen Golf Club recently showcased exceptional golfing talent during the Abbot Point, Onsite Rental Group & Gilmour Space 2024 Pro-Am. Professionals John Lyras and Darcy Boyd both excelled, finishing their rounds 6 under par.
In the amateur rankings, Ryley Malone topped the Men's division, with Craig Newell and Kailan Batchelor trailing closely. Claire Garrod led the Ladies' division, followed by Meg Garrod and Jo Kukura. Notable performances in pin shots came from Danny Borgh, Jason Craig, Robyn Slade, and others, with Claire Garrod making an impressive chip-in.
The momentum continued with the Saturday Monthly Medal. Linda Vincent won the Ladies' competition with a score of 65, while Gregg Aplin dominated the Men's category with 66. Highlighting the day were remarkable pin shots and an eagle on Hole 14 by Michael Uerata.
Looking ahead, the club will host an 18-hole 4 ball ambrose medley this Saturday. Additionally, the community is encouraged to participate in the Joker draw this Friday night, boasting a $1,100 jackpot. Guests planning to dine at the event should book a table by calling 47851206 to ensure availability.
These events not only highlight the club’s active schedule but also its role as a cornerstone for sports and community engagement in Bowen.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

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Whitsunday Golf Club Holds June MM/Putts Event Amid Damp Conditions

June 6, 2024

This past Sunday, the Whitsunday Golf Club hosted its June Monthly Medal and Least Putts competition, with 14 players braving the wet course conditions. The event, generously sponsored by Airlie Panel and Paint and Master Butchers Whitsunday, saw reduced participation due to the ideal fishing weather and some players opting to wait for drier playing conditions.
The persistent wet weather has been particularly challenging for smaller country courses, affecting player numbers. The club remains hopeful for the onset of the usual balmy winter weather to welcome back regular participants.
Competition Results:
Ladies A Grade:

   • Winner: Anna Winterbourn, nett 79
   • Runner-up: Tiina Randmae
   • Longest Drive: Tiina Randmae
Ladies B Grade:
   • Winner: Linda Wardroper, 79
   • Runner-up: Joanne Moynihan
   • Longest Drive: Linda Wardroper
Men’s A Grade:
   • Winner: Darren Reynolds, nett 69
   • Runner-up: George Meharry
   • Longest Drive: Andrew Albergo
Men’s B Grade:
   • Winner: Mark McDougal, nett 75 (countback)
   • Runner-up: David Hoy (countback from Wilf Herweg)
   • Longest Drive: Mark McDougal
Nearest to the Pin (NTPs):
   • Ladies: Anna Winterbourn and Linda Wardroper
   • Men: Darren Reynolds and David Hoy
Least Putts:
   • Tiina Randmae and Andrew Albergo
The NAGAs (Not A Golfer's Award) were humorously bestowed upon Tina Cook and Dean Kercher, with drinks provided by Aaron and Tracy Watts, owners of RADS Whitsunday.
Upcoming Events: No WGC competition will be held next Sunday due to the PGC Ladies’ and Men's 4somes championship over 27 holes. The following week, June 16th, features a single Stableford with times scheduled from 7 to 8 AM. Participants are encouraged to register early and proceed promptly to the RGH for food and presentation post-match.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae

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On The Whitsunday Green

June 6, 2024

This week at the local golf club, the 9-hole Stableford competition saw some closely contested scores among the players. Rob Lodders emerged victorious on Wednesday, securing first place with an impressive 23 points. Hot on his heels was Edwina Pettiford with 21 points, clinching second place, while Levi Smith rounded out the top three with 20 points on a countback.
The excitement continued into Friday's 9-hole Stableford, where Brad Low triumphed in a tight finish, taking first place with 21 points on a countback. Scott Hayes-Williams also scored 21 points for a countback second place, followed by Tim Walton in third with 21 points.
Sunday brought another layer of competition with the medal of the medalist event, where Glenn Rees excelled, recording a net score of 50. The Stableford competition saw Jayden Parata lead the field with 39 points. Rob Lodders was a close second with 38 points, and David Wallace secured third place with 37 points. The nearest-the-pin honours were shared by Jack and Scott Hayes-Williams, showcasing their precise golfing skills.
This coming Sunday promises more action with a 4BBB event scheduled from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Participants and spectators alike are looking forward to another day of competitive play and camaraderie on the greens.
 

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

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Sea Eagles Face Moranbah Bulldogs In Challenging Matches

June 6, 2024

The Whitsunday Sea Eagles hosted the Moranbah Bulldogs this week, following a successful and respectful Indigenous Round against the Swans last weekend. The matches were filled with excitement and challenges across all age groups.
Under 17s End in Thrilling Draw
The Under 17s match was a highlight, ending in a nail-biting 48-48 draw. The Sea Eagles, eager to showcase their improvement after a Grand Final defeat last year and a preseason loss, dominated the first half. However, the Bulldogs came back strong in the second half, resulting in a fiercely contested game. The Sea Eagles Under 17s are now set to face the competition-leading North Mackay Saints this week, promising another thrilling encounter.
Under 12s Triumph with Commanding Victory
In a stellar performance, the Sea Eagles Under 12s secured a resounding victory against the Bulldogs, finishing 60-0. The young team started strong and maintained their momentum throughout the game, leaving the Moranbah opposition scoreless.
Tough Battles for Senior Women and Under 14s
The Senior Women’s team faced a formidable challenge against the higher-placed Bulldogs, compounded by the absence of several key players. Despite the odds, the Sea Eagles displayed resilience, ultimately falling 20-85. Their determination and spirit were commendable throughout the match.
The Under 14s, coming off two strong wins, encountered a spirited Moranbah Bulldogs team. Despite their efforts, they were unable to capitalize on their opportunities, ending with a 6-66 loss.
Upcoming Matches
The Sea Eagles are set to take on the North Mackay Saints at home this week, with the Seniors starting at 1:50 PM and the Juniors kicking off at 9:15 AM. The Sea Eagles are calling on their supporters to come out and cheer for all the teams as they face the formidable Saints.
The community’s support is crucial as the Sea Eagles strive for victory against strong opposition.

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Dom Friend Keeps Pace with Joe Wilson at Airlie Bowls Club

June 6, 2024

This week’s matches at the Airlie Bowls Club saw fierce competition as Dom Friend and Joe Wilson continued their battle for the top spot in the premier league.
Key Results:
   • D. Friend 7-1 S. Edmonds
   • N. Mitchell 2-7 J. Lloyd
   • J. Lloyd 2-7 D. Friend
   • J. Wilson 7-3 N. Mitchell
Dom Friend impressed with two victories, defeating Scott Edmonds 7-1 and Jayden Lloyd 7-2. Joe Wilson retained his lead by beating Naomi Mitchell 7-3, thanks to a superior leg difference. Jayden Lloyd recovered from his loss to Friend by defeating Mitchell 7-2, leaving Mitchell with two losses on the day and second from the bottom with 2 points.
The Airlie Bowls Club thanks its sponsors Mika Airlie, Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach, and Master Butchers Whitsundays for their support. Look forward to more exciting matches in the coming weeks.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

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Mixed Results For Whitsunday United In Mackay

June 6, 2024

Whitsunday United faced a weekend of mixed results against tough competition in Mackay.

Friday Night: Division One and Two Men’s Teams
The Division One Men continued their impressive form with a 5-2 victory over Rangers. Stef and Rale each scored twice, with Radders adding the final goal. However, the Division Two Men narrowly lost 2-1 in a close match. Alistair Sawers scored his first goal for the club.

Saturday: Youth Matches
The U13 Division One team remains at the top of the leaderboard despite a 5-4 loss to Rangers. Alex Draper stood out with two goals from the left wing, while Charlie and Tyson F. each scored once. The game showcased the team’s excellent communication and growth.

The U13 Premier team, short-handed, faced a challenging match against Lions, losing 6-1. Seven players had to step up from the earlier Division One match. Remy Smart worked tirelessly in midfield, and Shannon Matthews scored from an Austin Kelly corner.

U15 Division One side started strong against Magpies, scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes. However, the game was abandoned due to a serious injury, resulting in a 2-0 win for WUFC.

Sunday: Senior Matches
On Sunday, the Division One team faced a tough game against Dolphins Silver, resulting in a 7-1 defeat. Dwayne earned player of the match for his relentless effort, and Sam's performance as a fill-in goalkeeper was commendable.

Women’s Teams: Premier and Reserves
The Women’s Premier and Reserve teams had a challenging away day at Magpies. Despite the setbacks, the Premiers remain second in the league, and the Reserves stay on top. There are still plenty of opportunities to rebound as the season progresses.

Men’s Teams: Premier and Reserves
The Men’s Reserves displayed promise despite a 2-1 loss to Rangers. Sam Blake scored, giving the team a 1-0 lead at halftime. However, Rangers scored twice in the second half to secure the win. With an average age of 16, our young team showed significant potential.

The Men’s Premier team delivered a strong performance, with an early goal from Jake Kenna, assisted by Josh Bond. After Rangers equalized, Mike O'Brien scored the decisive goal, securing a 2-1 victory. This win propels the team to the top of the league for the first time this season.
Overall, the weekend highlighted Whitsunday United’s resilience and potential. The teams demonstrated promise and determination, setting the stage for a competitive season ahead.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic.

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Cannonvale Cannons Awards Night

June 6, 2024

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club hosted its annual Presentation Night on Saturday, celebrating the achievements of its swimmers and the invaluable contributions of parents and volunteers. The evening was a resounding success, filled with recognition and pride.
Special Awards for 2024
   • Swim of the Year: Jy Parkinson (200m Butterfly Final at Age Nationals)
   • Sportsperson Award: Jacob Bell
   • Junior and Senior Trainer Awards: Harris Delac, Zach Trefz, Andie Reynolds, and Jacob Bell
   • Mudie Family 70’s Club Awards: Tiana Bell, Noah Maltby, Tora Delac, Charlie Doherty, Thomas Ganter, Jack Ganter, Zach Trefz, Ehsan Helou
   • Minute Club: Ehsan Helou for 100m Freestyle
   • Club Medal Awards: Maeve Dichiera, Harry Chegwidden, Jasper Korosec, Eric Mulliss, Jax Eaves, Dylan Reynolds, Stevie Lee, Murphy Jamieson, Mackenzie Bennett, Lily Maher
Club Championship Awards
Female Age Champions:

   • 7 years & Under: Indigo Harland
   • 8 years: Eloise Chegwidden
   • 9 years: Koa Harland & Evelyn Doherty
   • 10 years: Celeste Orenshaw
   • 11 years: Andie Reynolds
   • 12 years: Isabella Pisaniello
   • 13 years: Tora Delac
   • 14 years: Dylan Reynolds
   • 15 years: Tiana Bell
   • 16 years: Remy Hedges
Male Age Champions:
   • 7 years & Under: Lucas Korosec
   • 8 years: Miller Eaves
   • 9 years: Levi Smith
   • 10 years: Jax Clayworth
   • 11 years: Don Algie
   • 12 years: Thomas Ganter
   • 14 years: Charlie Doherty
   • 15 years: Ehsan Helou
   • 17 years: Jacob Bell
Record Setters at Cannonvale Cannons Swim Carnival
Congratulations to Eloise Chegwidden, Jax Clayworth, Ehsan Helou, Levi Smith, and Jacob Bell for setting new club records at the Cannons Carnival in April 2024.
Upgrade Certificates
Congratulations to all swimmers who achieved Upgrade Certificates: Zach Trefz, Miller Eaves, Indi Smith, Alex Trefz, Isaac Pisaniello, Celeste Orenshaw, Addie Sanders, Jax Eaves, Matilda Nicholes, Millie Groom, Don Algie, Maeve Dichiera, Sophie Palmero, Ruby Harland, and Andie Reynolds.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the committee for organizing a successful season, and to the parents and coaches for their unwavering support. The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club looks forward to another year of outstanding achievements and community spirit.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

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Whitsunday Touch Football Grand Finals Friday, June 7!

June 6, 2024

The Whitsunday Touch Association's (WTA) Winter Season concluded on Monday night with Grand Finals in four divisions.
Holding the Grand Finals on a Friday night is a new approach by the WTA, aiming to attract a large number of supporters and enhance the evening's atmosphere.
Spectators can expect thrilling action, with the playing surface of the fields in excellent condition.
Come to the Sportspark for an enjoyable evening. You'll be well catered for with plenty of food and refreshments. The action starts at 6:00 pm.
Grand Final Games:
   • Mixed A Grade: In the Crear vs. Vipers
   • Mixed B Grade: Whitsunday Eagles vs. Raiders B
   • Mixed C Grade: Untouchables vs. Mighty Mustangs
   • Mixed Juniors: Hamo Rent vs. Raiders Blue

Preliminary Finals Results - Monday, June 3
   • Mixed A: Vipers 7 defeated Raiders A 2
   • Mixed B: Raiders B 9 defeated Ray White 5
   • Mixed C: Mighty Mustangs defeated Shed N Homes by forfeit
   • Mixed Juniors: Raiders Blue 6 defeated Raiders Purple 2

Come and join us for a fantastic night of touch football action and community spirit!

Contributed with thanks to Alita DeBrincat

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Whitsunday Game Fish Club's Q & T Rally A Day of Big Catches and Bigger Smiles

June 6, 2024

The Whitsunday Game Fish Club held its Q & T rally on Saturday, drawing 14 dedicated members to a day of almost perfect weather and thrilling fishing.

New member "Frenchy" stole the spotlight, winning the best Trevally award with an impressive 107 cm GT, narrowly edging out Josh by just a couple of centimetres.

Jessy claimed victory in the Queenfish category with a 78 cm catch, beating both Josh and Steve in a close contest.

Future champion Benson Smith earned the title of best junior angler, accompanied by lots of cheers from the crowd.

In line with the club's conservation ethos, all fish caught during the event were released back into the water.

The club anticipates a busy year ahead, with numerous events planned, particularly for junior and lady members. More details on these exciting activities will be announced soon.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Game Fish Clubs

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Twilight Race – May 22, 2024 Full Moon Race

June 6, 2024

On Saturday evening, five yachts set sail under a nearly full moon for the annual Full Moon race, covering approximately 30 nautical miles. Reignition (Charles Wallis) and Overdrive (Rupert King) vied for the lead at the start, with Manteca (Frank Tennyson), Rossgo (Greg Hammon), and Miss Behavin’ (John Morton) close behind. Reignition finished first, followed by Overdrive and Miss Behavin’. On corrected time, Miss Behavin’ emerged victorious, with Reignition and Overdrive in second and third.

The next race is the annual 'Round the Whitsundays race on July 6.

In the Whitsunday Sailing Club's weekly twilight race on Wednesday the conditions looked promising but unpredictable wind patterns challenged competitors.

Division 1
In Division 1, G’nome, skippered by Terry Archer, took the lead from the start after equipment failure delayed Joanne Norbury's boat, Frankie. G’nome dominated, finishing the course in 58 minutes, with Frankie trailing by a few minutes. On corrected time, G’nome secured a five-minute handicap victory.

Division 2
Charles Wallis’s Reignition led the Division 2 fleet from the start, while several favourites lagged behind. Bobby’s Girl initially led, with QMS Ponyo (John Galloway) and Reignition close behind. Black Jack, captained by Richard Anthony, made a strong comeback, overtaking Bobby’s Girl on the final leg to win by 32 seconds. Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez) and QMS Ponyo followed nearly five minutes later. On corrected time, Bobby’s Girl won, followed by Wide Load (Shannan Hart) and Matchless (Terry Stevens).

Division 3
Rossgo, helmed by Greg Hammon, led Division 3, closely followed by Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic). Lighthorse (Di Forster) and Lama (Alan Campbell) vied for third place. Rossgo crossed the finish line three minutes ahead, but on corrected time, Norbert G (Nigel Williams) claimed victory, with Lighthorse and Lama taking second and third.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight series continues every Wednesday at 4:30 PM. Those interested in crewing should arrive by 2:30 PM.

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm.

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Raiders Friday Night Lights

May 30, 2024

Proserpine Whitsunday Rugby Union Club hosted an exhilarating night of rugby on May 24, 2024, during Game 7 of the 2024 Limitless Mackay Rugby Union competition. The Raiders faced off against their Bowen neighbours, offering a treat for local rugby enthusiasts.
The Raiders Ladies were the first to step onto the field, squaring off against the Bowen Jennies. The match ended in a thrilling 12-all draw, with Abriana Jones scoring two tries and Shirley Luke successfully converting one. Jadee Etchells and Abriana Jones made their debuts for the Raiders Women. Player points were awarded as follows: three to Jones, two to Luke, and one to Etchells.
Coach Sainsbury commented, “What a cracking match that highlights the growth of women’s rugby in the Mackay region.”
In the second game of the Eclipse Cup, the Raiders Men took on the Bowen Muddies, securing a decisive 38-6 victory. Luke Rae-Howard opened the scoring in the first half, followed by tries from Connor Spence and Jack Briskey. In the second half, Brayden Holloway, Brody Elson, and Jack Briskey (with his second try of the night) sealed the score. Connor Spence contributed four successful conversions.
The Raiders showcased a well-balanced team effort, with strong scrummaging, coordinated backline plays, hard runs, and busting tackles. Joel Hoffmann made notable contributions, and Jack Briskey delivered a stellar kick chase try. The team welcomed Chad Stocking back on the field and Clement Perotti on debut. Player points were awarded as follows: three to Brody Elson, two to Noah Burchett-Knott, and one to Brodie Stallman.
The Raiders expressed their appreciation to all who attended the games. The next home games are scheduled for Saturday, June 1, at the Whitsunday Sports Park, where they will face Slade Point RUC. The Women’s kick-off is at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Men’s game at 3:30 p.m.

Contributed with thanks to Karla Houston

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Thrilling Start To Whitsunday Touch Football Final Series!

May 30, 2024

The first week of the Whitsunday Touch Association's (WTA) Final Series featured exciting and closely contested games. Remarkably, four out of the eight games were decided by just one try. Four teams have now progressed to the Grand Finals, set for Friday, June 7.
Teams Advancing to the Grand Finals
   • Mixed A Grade: In the Crear
   • Mixed B Grade: Whitsunday Eagles
   • Mixed C Grade: Untouchables
   • Mixed Juniors: Hamo Rent
Teams with a Second Chance to Contest the Grand Finals
   • Mixed A Grade: Vipers and Raiders A
   • Mixed B Grade: Raiders B and Ray White
   • Mixed C Grade: Sheds N Homes and Mighty Mustangs
   • Mixed Juniors: Raiders Purple and Raiders Blue
Round Semi-Finals Results - Monday, May 27
   • Mixed A Grade
       ◦ In the Crear 8 defeated Vipers 7
       ◦ Raiders A 9 defeated G.E.T. Touch 3
   • Mixed B Grade
       ◦ Ray White 6 defeated Flametree Flames 5
       ◦ Whitsunday Eagles 12 defeated Raiders B 3
   • Mixed C Grade
       ◦ Mighty Mustangs 13 defeated Bulls 3
       ◦ Untouchables 12 defeated Sheds N Homes 6
   • Mixed Juniors
       ◦ Hamo Rent 5 defeated Raiders Blue 4
       ◦ Raiders Purple 3 defeated Raiders Green 2
The community eagerly awaits the Grand Finals, expecting more thrilling and competitive matches.

Contributed with thanks to Alite De Brincat.

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Sea Eagles Back on the Winners List

May 30, 2024

The Whitsunday Sea Eagles returned to winning form on Saturday, taking on the Bakers Creek Tigers on the road. While the Under 12s and Under 14s had a bye, the Seniors and Under 17s delivered standout performances.

Senior Men Secure 45-37 Victory
The Senior Men's team edged out the Bakers Creek Tigers in a thrilling 45-37 contest, marking their second win of the season. Defensive stalwarts Jake Smith, Alex Rodgers, and Ryan Mansfield anchored the team, with Xander Hall excelling in the ruck. Midfielders Billy Galpin and Billy Gardner were pivotal in advancing the ball. Brent Downie’s spectacular mark was a highlight, likely earning the mark of the year.

Best Players: Jake Smith, Alex Rodgers, Billy Galpin, Ryan Mansfield, Xander Hall, Billy Gardner

Goals: Jake Turner, Adam McKelvie, Billy Galpin, Jared Jones, Jacob Dewis, Ryan Mansfield, Ryan McMillan

Senior Women Fall 6-95
The Senior Women's team faced a tough challenge, falling 6-95 to a strong Bakers Creek side. Despite the loss, commendable efforts came from Kylie Thompson, Kirra Sheppard, Lana Rademeyer, Georgia Whitton, Cleo Dickie, and Chloe Bennett. Molly Bennett scored the team's sole goal.

Best Players: Kylie Thompson, Kirra Sheppard, Lana Rademeyer, Georgia Whitton, Cleo Dickie, Chloe Bennett

Goal: Molly Bennett

Under 17s Dominate with 60-0 Win
The Under 17s team delivered a dominant 60-0 victory. Standout players included Foxx LaMonica, Brodan Cornwall, Nate Nicholls, Reeve Marshall, and Liam Fuller. Brodan Cornwall led with five goals, supported by Cody Love, Zack Mitchell, Liam Fuller, Bon Withyman, Kohan Mau, Callum Edmondson, and Zavier Goswell.

Best Players: Foxx LaMonica, Brodan Cornwall, Nate Nicholls, Reeve Marshall, Liam Fuller

Goals: Brodan Cornwall (5), Cody Love (2), Zack Mitchell (2), Liam Fuller, Bon Withyman, Kohan Mau, Callum Edmondson, Zavier Goswell


Upcoming Matches
This week, the Sea Eagles’ Seniors and Under 17s will compete in the Mackay City vs. Country sides, with games scheduled in Mackay. The community anticipates strong performances and continued success.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles, Photos supplied

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Jamie Maher Triumphs In Darts Club Masters Competition

May 30, 2024

The annual Masters competition at the bowls club saw ten players compete for the Masters Jug on Sunday morning. Jamie Maher emerged victorious, securing his first major title at the club.
Group Stages
Jamie Maher and Reef Peel topped their respective groups, both advancing to the semi-finals undefeated.
Qualifying Finals
Joe Wilson defeated Denise Hujboom, who impressively hit a 180, and then beat Arthur McMinn to face Reef Peel in the semi-final. On the other side, Zak Jaggard beat Jodie Collins but lost to his son, Dave Jaggard, who advanced to the semi-finals.
Semi-Finals
Joe Wilson's experience helped him overcome Reef Peel 4-2. Jamie Maher secured his spot in the final by defeating Dave Jaggard 4-0.
The Final Showdown
In a best-of-nine legs match, Jamie broke Joe’s throw early and took a 3-1 lead. Despite Joe holding his throw to make it 3-2, Jamie held his own throw and broke Joe’s again, winning 5-2. This victory marked Jamie’s first piece of silverware at the club, achieved after four years.
Looking Ahead
The club thanks all participants for a successful event. The next tournament, The Players Club Championship, is on July 14th, with limited spots available. Sign up early to ensure participation.
Congratulations to Jamie Maher for his well-deserved win!


Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

Jamie Maher lifting the Jug after claiming The Masters Title for 2024, Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Warrior Local Competes In Florida Games

May 30, 2024

With an active career in the military for almost 30 years, Di Jackson was discharged in 2017 due to a disability, but she has not let this stop her from continuing to pursue an active life within the local sporting community.

Di is living with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), a rare condition that causes slow progressive neuromuscular degeneration in the lower limbs.

Determined to remain as active as possible, she has found much joy in becoming a member of the Airlie Beach Bowls Club and thoroughly enjoys playing bowls.

“It actually gives me great enjoyment to do it. It's also I believe, delaying the progress of my disease,” said Di.

“It's all about being able to physically get in there and do something, compete in sports.”

Last month, one of Di’s dreams came true when she was selected to participate in the Warrior Games in Florida.

After an intensive interview process, with over 200 applicants, Di was one of the 45 people to be selected to attend the first training camp.

Of those 45, 30 were selected for the Warrior Games, and di was among them.

Di’s most preferred sport is powerlifting and she will be competing in that sport at the Warrior Games, she is also competing in cycling, rowing, shotput and discuss.

All games are adapted to enable people living with disabilities to compete safely.

The games are also adapted to let all participants compete regardless of their disability or illness.

Di will be completing the 10km cycle as handcycling, an event she is particularly looking forward to.

“It doesn't really matter what injury or illness you've got,” said Di

“They've adapted it to suit each individual which is fantastic.”

The Warrior Games are on the 21-30 of June and Di is extremely eager to get there and compete.

Di Jackson, Photos supplied

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Whitsunday Dirt Riders Excel In TNQ MX Series Round 2

May 30, 2024

This past weekend, Whitsunday Dirt Riders hosted a thrilling Round 2 of the JR's Tropical North Queensland MX Series, drawing an impressive turnout with 230 riders and 300 bikes from across the region, including Mackay, Cairns, and Mareeba.
The competition was fierce as local talent faced off against visitors on the Whitsunday track, building on the excitement that began with Round 1 in Charters Towers. The series will continue with upcoming rounds in Townsville, Mareeba, and Tully.
Therese Moran, Club Secretary, expressed her enthusiasm for the series: "We love being part of the TNQ Series, which gives our local riders the opportunity to race on their home track. We have a lot of support from local businesses which is fantastic and helped us to once again bring this event to the Whitsundays."
Local riders showcased strong performances despite the tough competition:
Local Junior Results:
   • Ben O’Neill clinched 1st place in the Junior Lites 125cc 2-stroke category and secured 2nd place in the Junior Lites 250cc 4-stroke.
Local Senior Results:
   • Thomas O'Neill took 4th place in both the MX1 and MX2 Championships.
   • Andrew Parkinson finished 4th in the Veterans category.
   • Nate Harrison achieved 3rd place in the MX2 Clubman Support and 4th place in the MX1 Clubman Support.
Looking ahead, Whitsunday Dirt Riders is gearing up to host the Whitsunday Cup Dirt Track event on June 22, 2024. This upcoming event promises to continue the excitement and competitive spirit that the TNQ Series has brought to the region.

Contributed with thanks to Therese Moran

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Basketball After Dark At PCYC Whitsunday

May 30, 2024

On Monday evenings kids in the region participate in PCYC’s Basketball After Dark program, to learn new skills and spend time with friends.

Brett Slaughter coaches the session and he brings a heap of expertise and techniques to teach the kids.

Brett played in the Australia team as a junior and then went to Saint Leo University where he was inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

After University Brett came back to Australia and started a career in the NBL 1 league, the tier below NBL.

At the time, basketball did not have the finances it currently has so he retired from basketball at 25, but he has not lost his touch and says he now loves sharing his knowledge with the Whitsunday youth.

Brett believes it’s important that he passes his knowledge on to the next generation.

“I've had a lot of people give up a lot of time for me over the years and it's never really sat right with me to not try and give that back,” said Brett.

“Purely for the fact that so many people did for me, I feel like it's a responsibility to do the same thing and pass on what I know.”

PCYC Branch Manager Sergeant Billy Li, runs the program with Brett and says he is thoroughly enjoying it.

“I like the program because it brings young people together to engage in a sport that they like, especially basketball,” he said.

“I like the engagement, it’s an opportunity for them to just do something together.”

Basketball After Dark

Brett Slaughter and PCYC Branch Manager Sergeant Billy Li

Photo credit: Daniel Heggie

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Airlie Beach Bowls Highlights

May 30, 2024

As autumn draws to a close and winter looms, Airlie Beach Bowls Club finds itself amidst the pennants competition, encountering varied outcomes across its teams. Hopes are high for improvement in the matches ahead.
In Men's Pennants Division One, victories were hard-fought, with one narrow win against South Suburban and a loss to Proserpine. Warren Mills's team, featuring Peter Barrett, Andrew Butler, and Bob McMahon, displayed exceptional form, contributing significantly. Division Three saw similar results, with Tony Whitehorn showcasing impressive skill. Division 5 secured only one victory but discovered promising newcomer Wayne Tippett, supported by John Brown's stellar performance. However, losses to RSL Mackay and Proserpine tempered their progress, although newcomer Luke Fenney showed potential.
The Ladies' Pennants Teams mirrored these performances, with stalwarts like Ladda Purdie, Joan McGrath, Betty Nicole, Carol Crosbie, and Margo Stanley upholding high standards against tough opposition.
In Tuesday's Social Bowls, new players Kathy Remmerswaal, Dolph Lossberg, and Mark Mawson clinched the winning prize, while Lyn Hodder and Dawn Watson showed significant improvement.
Wednesday's event saw Mervyn Stewart's team securing victory among over 21 participants, despite the jackpot remaining unclaimed.
Wednesday night's Business House Bowls showcased new teams, with Rock Plumb leading, followed closely by The Burrows Girls, PRD, Battery Warehouse, and Hadlow Racing.
Friday mornings witnessed the Endeavour Foundation and Christian College competing to represent their school in the state competition, with fine players progressing well.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Men's Division 1 Team after their thrilling victory against South Suburban

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Bowen Bowls Competition Highlights

May 30, 2024

Competition Games:
Club Pairs: John Trembath, Shane Spann defeated Aileen Fordham, Helen Jacobsen.

Ladies Singles: Robyn Stitt defeated Wendy Coles.

Sunday Social (19th May): MaryEllen Pratten, Gavin Charles defeated Peter Bruce, Ron Gould. Keith Kirk, Daryl Tuttle defeated Marion Tuttle, Jane Gilbert.

Wednesday Social: Tracey Roach, Jane Gilbert, Gus Munro defeated Anna, Marilyn, Daryl Tuttle. Maryellen, Phil, Dave defeated Ray, John, Ron.

Sue Fox, Wendy Cole, Steve Roome defeated Marion Tuttle, Ross Scanlon, Gavin Charles.

Robyn Stitt, Glen Doyle defeated Eddy Neylon, Bob Lindsay, emerging as the winners for the afternoon.


Sunday 26th Winners: Dave McDonald, Wayne Crowhurst, Gus Munro. Photo supplied

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GREAT BOWLS PLAYED IN CLINCH MATCHES

May 30, 2024

This past weekend was filled with tense moments for the Proserpine Bowling Club during their Division 1 and Division 5 Pennants matches, resulting in crucial wins that fortified their standings in the district pennants table.
Division 1 Triumphs in Nail-Biting Matches
In Division 1, Proserpine faced tough competition at Airlie Beach on Saturday. In a series of extremely close games, Proserpine managed to eke out a win with a final score of 58-57. They secured victory by winning one rink by 4 shots, losing another by 4, and clinching the third rink by a mere 1 shot.
Continuing their away games on Sunday, the team faced off against North Mackay. Toby Craig, Grahame Kinnear, Scott Hamilton, and Gavin Milne faced a setback with a 19-24 loss. However, Shane Kinnear, David Ling, Andrew Bell, and Wayne Handley narrowly won their match 21-20, while Michael Kinnear, Marcus Craig, Barry Saroglia, and Nathan Harriott secured a convincing 24-11 win. Proserpine triumphed overall with a score of 64-55, claiming 5 of the 6 available match points and a margin of +9.
Division 5 Faces Mixed Results
In Division 5, the weekend started off challenging with an away game at Souths Suburban. Despite a loss with a score of 59-28, Kendall Watts, Gavin Noonan, Dale Haack, and Brett Saroglia managed a 19-18 win. The team earned 1 of the 5 match points available.
On Sunday, the team rallied, with Brett Saroglia's team overcoming an early deficit to win 23-16. The reshuffled team of John Matterson, Mike Harrison, Harry Craig, and Todd Leys led throughout most of their game, securing a 19-14 victory. This strong comeback resulted in Proserpine taking all 5 available match points plus a margin of 12, marking a successful recovery for the weekend.
Social Bowls Draws Competitive Play
Amid the competitive pennants play, the club also hosted social bowls. On Wednesday, 11 players participated in tightly contested matches, including a 4s game that ended 23-21 and a pairs game with a score of 30-27.
The enthusiasm carried into Sunday, where despite lower attendance due to pennant commitments, Catherine Batchelor, Arthur Griffith, Sandy Daffara, and Heather Brown claimed a 20-16 victory, demonstrating the spirit and skill of Proserpine's bowlers.
The Proserpine Bowling Club continues to show its prowess and teamwork, both in official pennant matches and friendly social games, as it moves forward in the series.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Bowls

May 30, 2024

Alligator Creek Ladies' President's Day concluded with triumphant wins for Jocelyn DeFranciscis, Lyn Danvers, and Penny Warren, marking a celebratory event for the club. The club also welcomed an influx of bowlers from the south, adding to the competitive spirit during the weekly games.
In Tuesday's social bowls, intense competition led to Glen Doyle, Denis Madeley, and Jim Steel clinching the top spot as they outplayed Hun Jack Stamp, Keith Armstrong, and others. Runners-up Heidi Reif, Terrie Crozier, and Michael Loughhead showcased their skills against opponents Merle Elphinstone and Lorraine Knight. Other notable games included victories by Leon Fox and Greg Colquhoun over Ron Hyde and Mark Drummond, while Sue Shearing, Robyn Stitt, and Penny Warren defeated Albi Vigar, Lyn Danvers, and Geoff Danvers. Despite the fierce competition, the jackpot remained unclaimed.
Sunday's games echoed the tight contests of the week, with John Hayson, Sue Shearing, and Allan Rolfe defeating B Sing, Brian Bellingham, and Ron Hyde. Additional wins were recorded by Carole, Jim, and Denis over Jenny, Peter, and Mark. M Collins, J Stamp, and P Tracey over J Dawson, C Frew, and K Whitton. M Nesbit, L Land, and M Loughhead over L Scells, M Hyde, and K Armstrong. L Fox, G Cornell, and J Steele over M Elphinstone, H Reif, and G Colquhoun. The team of K Baxter, A Vigar, and B Beel triumphed over P Mullins, L Knight, and N Dawson, yet the jackpot remained elusive once more.
Looking ahead, Alligator Creek's Ladies are set to compete in the prestigious Blue Pennant this week in Townsville. They will face teams from Suburban, Thuringowa, South Townsville, Ayr, and Macknade/Noorla in a challenging series of 10 games over four days. Representing the club in Team 1 are Robyn Stitt, Lyn Danvers, Terrie Crozier, and Tiarna Winter, with Team 2 comprising Denise Wallace, Teresa Willshire, Marg Wilson, and Penny Warren.
The community sends their best wishes to these skilled bowlers as they prepare to showcase their prowess and teamwork in one of the region's most anticipated lawn bowling tournaments.

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Bowen Golf Results

May 30, 2024

Wednesday Results: In the men's competition, John Lawson emerged as the winner on a countback with 39 points, with Don Williams as the runner-up, also on a countback with 39 points. In the ladies' competition, Leanne Swan secured the win with 39 points, and Grace Nott was the runner-up with 38 points.

Pin shots were awarded to Kim Bennion, Claire Garrod, Janice Bates, Viv Clark, Brett Richards, Dan Windridge, Greg Carlyon, Ken Groves, and John Lawson, who received a Suntan Snack Bar voucher. Choccy chip-ins were awarded to Jane Seaborn (two times), Claire Garrod (two times), Janice Bates, and Lisa Raisbeck.

Saturday Results: A single stableford competition sponsored by LiveLife Pharmacy Bowen was held on Saturday. In the ladies' category, Bonnie Kohlhase won with 41 points, Kim Bennion was the runner-up with 39 points, and Marg Need secured third place with 37 points. In the men's category, Graham Smith won on a countback with 41 points, Coady Bell was the runner-up with 41 points, and John Turner took third place with 40 points.

Claire Garrod achieved an eagle shot on Hole 2. Pin shots were awarded to Raewyn Glover, Claire Garrod, Marg Tilbrook, Bonnie Kohlhase, Brendan Malone, Max Mahoney, Dan Windridge, and Graham Smith, who received a car wash. Choccy chip-ins were awarded to Penny Stewart and Pauline Martin (two times). We extend our gratitude to LiveLife Pharmacy for their continued support.

Upcoming Events: This Saturday, there will be a single stroke event for the June Monthly Medals.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

Winners of the Live Life Pharmacy Single Stableford. Photo supplied

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CQ Rescue Charity Ambrose Raises $20,000

May 30, 2024

In a stunning display of skill, Barry Mortimer clinched victory in Tuesday's stableford competition, amassing a remarkable 44 points and outpacing his nearest rival, Jonny Brooks, by six shots. Notable performances in the pins category included John Oates, Ryan Wilkes, Craig McLean, and Mortimer himself.
The golfing action continued into Thursday with a four-ball event where David Scott-Smith and John Clark emerged victorious, scoring 47 points and edging out John Oates and David Woods by two points. Pin accolades were awarded to Lewis Tuck, Allen Roberts, Trevor Paroz, and Aaron Watts.
On Friday, Finbar O'Flynn led the Met run with 20 points, holding a two-point lead over Jason Ford. Pin winners for the day were Elise Hodgson and Christopher Bartlett, adding a competitive edge to the event.
The weekend featured the highlight of the week with Saturday's CQ RESCUE Charity Ambrose event, which successfully raised over $20,000. The team of Rob Smith, David Scott-Smith, and Ash Law took the top spot, with Andrew Mau, Justin Butler, and Matthew Goldman close behind.
The week concluded with Sunday's competition, where Michael Ward won with a solid 38 points. Christopher Bartlett followed as the runner-up with 36 points. Michael Ward, John Dodds, and Nathan Boys excelled in the pins category, each making significant contributions to the day's success.
This week of golf not only showcased impressive individual performances but also demonstrated the community's spirit through its successful charity event.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Pro Shop

CQ Rescue Charity Ambrose event, Photo supplied

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 30, 2024

This week's 9-hole weekly stableford competition was a tightly contested affair with Keith McNicol clinching first place with 20 points on a countback. Justin Gibbs also scored 20 points to secure second place on a countback, while Jayden Parata finished third with 20 points.
On Friday, the 9-hole stableford continued to showcase local talent with Rob Lodders taking the top spot with 22 points. Nicola McKenzie followed closely with 21 points, and Lenny Morris rounded out the top three, securing third place with 20 points on a countback.
Sunday's monthly medal competition highlighted some impressive performances. Ryan Kenny led the pack with a net score of 45, claiming first place. Glenn Rees was hot on his heels with a net score of 49 for second place, while Eric Gruszczynski took third place with a net score of 54 on a countback. Jayden Parata and Billy O’Connor were recognized for being nearest the pin during the competition.
Looking ahead, this Sunday promises more excitement with the Medal of Medalists Championship round scheduled. Participants are set to tee off between 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM, promising another day of competitive golf and community engagement.


Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

Ryan Kenny, Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Golf Club's 3-Ball Ambrose Championship Continues With Exciting Round Two

May 30, 2024

Last Sunday, Whitsunday Golf Club hosted the second round of the three-part 3-Ball Ambrose Championship, sponsored by Whitsunday Concrete Constructions. Despite a brief early sprinkle, conditions remained perfect for the competition.
In this round, eight teams competed fervently, with Sally Little stepping in for the traveling Robyn Whitham on Team Watts. The teams vied closely, but Team Reynolds clinched the top spot with a score of 57.667, narrowly edging out Team Watts who scored 57.833. Team Atkins claimed third place with a score of 58.333.
Highlights of the day included Darren Reynolds winning an Eagles Nest for his exceptional shot on the 16th green. Nearest to the Pin (NTP) accolades went to teams Winterbourn, Butchers, Atkins, and Reynolds. The longest drives were impressively hit by Anna Winterbourn, Jo Moynihan, Darren Reynolds, and David Hoy.
Next week, the club will host the June Monthly Medal and Least Putts competitions. Participants are urged to register early between 6:30 and 7:30 AM, and to activate the putt count feature on their MiScore app.
Please note, there will be no WGC competition on Sunday, June 9, due to the PGC Ladies’ and Men’s Foursomes event. Members are encouraged to prepare for another thrilling round of golf the following week at Whitsunday Golf Club.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

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STARTS :  
 
WHITSUNDAY GOLF CLUB :  

 
3 BALL AMBROSE : ROUND 2 OF 3 : 26/5/2024 
 
8 teams returned to play the 2nd round in the Whitsunday Concrete Constructions sponsored 3 ball Ambrose Championship (over 3 rounds) in the Whitsunday Golf Club comp last Sunday. The weather was very kind with only a very light sprinkle at the beginning of the day, the rest of the morning remained dry. Sally Little substituted for Robyn Whitham in Team Watts, Robyn is away for 3 months. 
 
The teams were : 
   1. Cook -Andrew Albergo, Tina Cook and Mata Browne 
   2. Atkins -Ritchie Atkins/Lewy Tuck/Mark McDougal 
   3. Watts -Aaron Watts/Sally Little/Linda Wardroper  
   4. Meharry - Brendon Meharry/George Meharry/Jo Moynihan 
   5. Winterbourn - Anna Winterbourn/Ron Jamieson/ David Hoy 
   6. Nicol - Paul Nicol/Wayne Temby/PeterFox 
   7. Reynolds - Darrren Reynolds/Wilf Herweg/Tiina Randmae  
   8. Butchers - Don Cameron/Karen Rix/Pam Casey 

 

RESULTS : 
The Winning team :  Team Reynolds with a score of 57.667 
Runner-Up :  Team Watts with a score of 57.833  
3rd :  Team Atkins with a score of 58.333 

NTPs : went to Team Winterbourn, Team Butchers, Team Atkins and Team Reynolds. Darren Reynolds scoresd a very impressive Eagles Nest (box of balls) with a spectacular shot onto the 16th green. 

Longest Drives : went to Anna Winterbourn, Jo Moynihan, Darren Reynolds and David Hoy.  

NEXT WEEK : will be the June MM and Least Putts. Get your names on the timesheet between 6.30 and 7.30 asap so we can play in a block. Make sure you have enabled the putt count on your MiScore app. Go to Menu > Settings > top line - putts. 

The following Sunday 9/6 is the PGC Ladies’ and Men’s Foursomes so there won’t be a WGC comp that day 

ENDS 

 L > R : Team Reynolds : Wilf Herweg, Tiina Randmae and Darren Reynolds 

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Pickleball: Local Players Hone Skills With Expert Coaching

May 30, 2024

Following their successes at the Townsville tournament last week, local pickleball players sharpened their skills under the guidance of coach Gordon Watson.

Watson travelled from Yeppoon this past weekend to conduct coaching sessions for 16 players from Pickleball Whitsunday in Cannonvale. Additionally, Mackay pickleball enthusiasts joined the coaching on Saturday.

Contributed with thanks to Lorraine Christiansen.

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Whitsunday Trail Fest

May 30, 2024

The Anaconda Whitsunday Trail Fest, hosted annually by the Whitsunday Running Club, is set to take place on September 8th, starting at the Airlie Beach Foreshore. This vibrant event attracts trail runners from across Australia and overseas, offering a range of challenging races suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Event Highlights:
58k Accom Whitsunday Ultra: Now in its 6th year, this 58k ultra-marathon kicks off at 5:00 am. The course is renowned for its demanding terrain, featuring a mix of fire trails and narrow walking tracks with steep, rocky sections. This race has gained a strong reputation within the Australian trail running community for its tough and remote sections.

28k Anaconda Whitsunday Trail: Starting at 7:00 am from the Brandy Creek Trailhead, this iconic 28k point-to-point race finishes at Airlie Beach. Known as the original and most popular event of the festival, it continues to draw both local and international runners with its stunning off-road route.

11k Honeyeater Shokz Challenge: This 11k race begins at 9:00 am and is becoming a favorite among beginner trail runners. The course presents a challenging ascent to a lookout with breathtaking views over the Coral Sea, making it a rewarding run for those looking to test their limits.

Whitsunday Transit Kids Beach Bash: A special event for young runners aged 4 to 12, this race takes place at 10:30 am. The kids run a 1400-meter route along the foreshore to the Dugong and back, ensuring a fun and engaging experience for the little ones.
Survivors Beach Bash: Wrapping up the festival, the Survivors Beach Bash is a relaxed, fun run at 2:45 pm, open to all participants aged 13 and above.

WHAT: Whitsunday Trail Fest
WHERE: Airlie Beach Foreshore
WHEN: September 8

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Coastline Calling - Our Beaches

May 30, 2024

The Australian propensity for gravitating to the seaside for holidays, or any excuse at all, exhibited itself from the earliest days of settlement in the Proserpine area. While it is not practical to say precisely when any particular beach became a feature of the area, “Coastline Calling” relates some of the highlights in the evolution of our beach scene.
Undoubtedly, the first to become popular was the beach at Cannonvale (or Cannon Valley Beach as it was originally known) with the spread of farming down Cannon Valley towards the end of the 19th century. The first inhabitants occupied Jubilee Pocket (later to become known as Airlie) in 1904.
Photographs of the time show a more extensive beach than exists today and as happened in the following years at other beaches, holiday shacks sprang up. For decades from 1911, Cannon Valley was regarded as the best place to be for the Boxing Day Sports each year.
Soon, however, a competitor beach appeared as farming spread into the Preston/Conway area. The “Bowen Independent” (January 7, 1911) described a picnic held by “Prestonites … at the mouth of the Proserpine River during the Christmas holidays.” This marked the beginning of a surge in popularity for today’s Conway Beach and in October 1912, farmers from the Preston area cut a rough track through to the beach which was first known as Preston Beach. Thereafter, the beach became the venue for annual formal picnics at Easter and Christmas which were important events on the social calendar for many years.
Next on the scene was New Beach on the western side of the Proserpine River mouth. In December 1922, the “Bowen Independent” reported that a group of local enthusiasts had cut a road to a “new beach” through the property of Goorganga, then owned by E. G. Lascelles who gave his blessing to the venture.
At first this beach was known as Goorganga Beach but the “Bowen Independent” description of 1922 stuck and this beach today is still known as New Beach. Difficulty of access denied its development which, in 1935, was measured in one spot to be about 80 metres wide. New Beach was also known as Shepherd’s Beach.  
Over the years, the track was maintained by locals, the council not willing to assist other than donating some culvert pipes in 1929. Old photographs of the road to the beach show a track that would quickly bring a modern car to a shuddering halt. Today, the access road has faded away and entry by land is practicable only by four-wheel drive and subject to the permission of owners.
Meanwhile, as settlement progressed swiftly and cars provided more mobility, yet another beach hit the headlines with the “Proserpine Guardian” (February 26, 1926) announcing the “discovery … (of) The Daddy of them all” when the local chemist, J. M. Harkness, forged a car track from Proserpine through to today’s Dingo Beach. This set in motion a series of picnics organised by the Automobile Club and established Dingo Beach as one of our premier beach sites. Today, it is still extremely popular with locals and visitors alike who also now venture a little further afield along this road to Hydeaway Bay, Monte’s and Cape Gloucester beaches.

Our love affair with the beach continues to this day.

Story and photo courtesy Proserpine Historical Museum and including extracts from the weekly feature in the “Proserpine Guardian” written by past PHMS patron, Ray Blackwood.

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Some tips on Navigating safely – and remember that as the skipper, you are responsible!

May 30, 2024

• Visibility: Operate slowly in rain, fog, mist, smoke and glare. Take special care when travelling at night as potential hazards are harder to see. Ensure you operate at a safe speed. Turn on your navigation lights at night, or in periods of restricted visibility.

• Other boats: Slow down in busy areas and when near moored or anchored boats, and remember — working boats and larger vessels may have difficulty manoeuvring.

• Navigation hazards: Slow down in shallow areas and when boating in unfamiliar water. Water depth can vary and change quickly in and around reef areas, and also in freshwater.

• Wind, waves and currents: These may affect the boat’s stopping and turning ability. The type of motor, hull and design will all impact on the boat’s manoeuvrability.

• Check your navigation lights are working and fitted correctly. We did have to assist one boat with the nav lights on the wrong sides! Did not know if he was coming or going!


Collision rules.  The ‘International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea’ (COLREGs) are the traffic laws of the sea. They give clear indication about passing, approaching, giving way and overtaking to avoid collisions with other boats. All boat skippers must thoroughly understand and apply the rules in all situations.

Channels: When navigating in narrow channels, all boats should travel on the starboard (right-hand) side of the channel and pass oncoming boats on the port (left) side. If plenty of distance separates two passing boats, there’s no need to deliberately alter course to pass to the right of the other boat. The rule is simply there to remove doubt in the event of a close situation. Small boats (including sailing boats) should keep clear of large boats that have limited room to manoeuvre in channels.

Giving way. All boats, whether power or sail, must always take action to avoid a collision. Power boats ‘Look all around, give way to the right, turn to the right and stay to the right’. Power boats must give way to a vessel under sail.

Head on. When meeting head on, both boats are required to alter course to starboard (right), never to port (left). Any turn should be large enough to be obvious to the other boat.

Overtaking.  If you are overtaking a boat, you can do so to either side of the boat you wish to pass.
However, you must keep well clear of the boat you are overtaking. This applies to both sail and powerboats. In narrow channels you must be particularly careful when overtaking. In all instances, make sure you do not cut in front of the boat you have overtaken.


Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday VMR.

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180 Dirt Riders Heading To Prossie This Weekend

May 23, 2024

Whitsunday Dirt Riders are once again excited to be hosting Round 2 of JR's Tropical North QLD MX series this coming weekend 25th & 26th May. 

With over of 180 riders expected from Rockhampton all the way to Cairns and out to Charter Towers participating, we are set to enjoy some spectacular racing from the best Motocross riders in the north. 

Gates open to spectators Saturday and Sunday from 8am. Gate entry $10 per car.

WHAT: Tropical QLD MX Series
WHERE: Drays Park in Gunyarra
WHEN: 25-26 May

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Local Runners Shine At Cross Country

May 23, 2024

Young athletes from the Next Stars Sports Academy have experienced outstanding success at recent cross country races held in our region. 

At the North Queensland Cross Country Championships held in Cannonvale on 28 April, Penelope Shields secured an impressive 2nd place finish in the 2km girls U11 race, followed closely in 3rd by Willow Kenny.

Also finishing 3rd was River Shields in the 1km boys U9-10 race.

The U7-8 races were full of Next Stars with Archie Oberg (1st), Nate Millard (3rd) and Slade Kenny (4th) performing well for the boys and Olivia Millard (2nd) representing for the girls.

It was then on to the Hamo Hilly Half on 5 May where Jack Oberg took 1st place overall in the 3km trail race with Penelope Shields coming in 2nd in the girls division.

Archie Oberg was 2nd boy in the 1.5km race and rounding it off, Evie Oberg was 3rd girl in the 500m beach sprint.

Finally, a number of Next Stars athletes have progressed through school, Proserpine District and Whitsunday District trials to have now been selected to represent the Whitsundays at the upcoming Northern Region Schools Championships in Townsville.

These superstars include: U14 - Annalise Kennelly; U12 - Billie Millard, Gracie Laguna, Jack Oberg and Zoe Lomman; U11 - Declan Dichera and Don Algie; U10 - Olive Hounsell, Penelope Shields and Willow Kenny.

"We are incredibly proud of our athletes' achievements at these recent events," said Tim Oberg, Head Coach of Next Stars Sports Academy.

"Their dedication, determination and resilience have been truly inspiring to witness. These results are a testament to their talent and potential, and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to pursue their athletic goals."

For more information about Next Stars Sports Academy and its programs, visit www.nextstars.org

Contributed with thanks to Tim Oberg.

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Two Locals Win Places In Ironman World Championships

May 23, 2024

Two inspiring local athletes have just returned from competing oversees triumphant, having both finished in first place in their respective categories, which enables them to now progress to the Ironman World Championship Events later in the year.

President of the Whitsunday Triathlon Club Michael Kimpton competed in his 4th full Ironman in Port Elizabeth, South Africa last month and prior to his departure he said:

"I hope to swim faster than the sharks, cycle faster than the tigers and outrun the Elephants!"

He certainly achieved these goals, beating all other competitors in his age-group.

“Port Elizabeth was a tough event with washing machine conditions in the 3.8km swim, gale force winds in the hilly 180km cycle and rain to top it off in the long 42km run,” he shared.

Meanwhile, Michael’s training partner Rowena Sinclair Smith also competed on the same weekend in the Half Ironman.

This one was held in Cebu in the Philippines.

Rowena's event in hot and humid Cebu, saw the sweat rolling off her in 1.8km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run. Indeed extreme and challenging conditions for racing.

Both athletes are thrilled to win a place in the Ironman World Championship and are looking forward warming up with the Coral Sea Marina Resort Triathlon which is due to be held in Airlie Beach on 27-28th July.

Michael Kimpton competing in the Iron Man heats in South Africa last month

Michael Kimpton with his wife at the finish line

Rowena Sinclair Smith competing in the Philippines

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Sea Eagles Showcase In AFL Indigenous Round

May 23, 2024

The first of two AFL Sir Doug Nicholls Rounds were played on Saturday which celebrates, recognises and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, peoples and their cultures. 

Whitsunday Sea Eagles travelled to Harrup Park and Sarina this round to put on a mighty display against Mackay City Hawks in Seniors and Under 17s whilst Under 12s romped it home against Sarina Demons.
 
In one of the most special rounds of the year Sea Eagles Senior Men scraped it home 48– 37 in a tight match against the Hawks. It was another high-pressure, high intensity game with co-captain Alex Rodgers named best on ground for his hard work in the back line. Xander Hall was strong in the ruck whilst Billy Gardner and Jake Turner played well through the midfield. Sea Eagles now look to next week’s massive game against the Swans at home with Swans sitting just above Sea Eagles on the ladder.
 
Sea Eagles Senior Women played against the higher placed Hawks. It was always going to be a tough hit out. Sea Eagles came out with the right attitude and some great set plays allowed Sea Eagles to slow the game and play their own brand of footy taking the hard-earned win 36 - 18.
 
Sea Eagles Under 17s turned in another terrific team performance against the Hawks with a good result 87 – 27. Sea Eagles Under 17s are ones to watch in their competition with some top of the table clashes coming up against Moranbah and Saints in the next few rounds.
 
Sea Eagles Under 12s made the trek to Sarina coming home with a comfortable win against the Demons 46 – 1.
 
This week Whitsunday Sea Eagles will run onto Ngaro and Gia country in the second Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round taking on the Eastern Swans at
home. Juniors start from 10:40am Seniors from 1:50pm.
 

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

Photo Credit: Cody Fowle

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