Whitsunday Region Sporting News & Results

Cannonvale Cannons Club Night

Cannonvale Cannons Club Night

The Cannons continue to host Club Nights on Wednesday nights during the school holidays, with all swimmers enjoying the warmer weather. The Cannons congratulated seven-year-old Eloise Chegwidden on setting a new Club Record of 59.2 seconds for her 50-metre Breaststroke. Prickly Pineapple Swim Star of the Week was Isabella Pisaniello, who was presented with an Upgrade Certificate and the Chocolate Award for the biggest personal best.

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A Walk In The Park(run)

A Walk In The Park(run)

Parkrun may be the name, but you don’t have to run or be a runner to get involved in this free weekly five-kilometre event that takes place at 7am every Saturday morning at Coral Sea Marina. While walkers have always been welcome and celebrated at the 450 parkruns around Australia each Saturday, Pakrun Australia say the month of October will be dedicated to encouraging even more people to walk.

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Whitsunday World Champion Athletes Representing The Country

Whitsunday World Champion Athletes Representing The Country

Three triathletes from Airlie Beach have qualified for two unique world events where they’ll represent Australia across the month of October. Michael Kimpton, Daniel McDonnell, and Alisha Rust – Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island athletes – will head to the United States in October to compete across two outings as international athletes.

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Airlie Beach Darts Preliminary Finals

Airlie Beach Darts Preliminary Finals

The club is one week closer to finding out who’s name will be on the Premier League trophy at the end of this year’s season. One thing we do know for certain, is that there will be a new name on the cup this year. On Thursday morning, Jamie Maher and Andy Peel played in the first prelim final, with Jamie getting off to a great start taking the first five legs.

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On The Whitsunday Green

September 30, 2022

The weekly 9-hole stableford was won this week by Tyson Flavel with 21 points. Terry Kimpton was second with 20 and Rhys Bartholomeus third with 19 points c/b.

Friday was Mark Winter who won with 21 points, Brayden Davies in second with 18 points and Clint Paull with 17 third.

Sunday was the Monthly Medal and Rob Lodders had the win with 53 Nett. Second was David Wallace with 54 and third Elise Hodgson on 55.

Dean Barnard won the Gross score with 57 and Marc Belke took home both ‘Nearest the Pins’.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

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Whitsunday Social Golf

September 30, 2022

After a few weeks of no comps the Whitsunday Social Golf Club held its September Monthly Medal event on Sunday.

Winner for A Grade Men was George Meharry, with runner up Jason Bourke. Mens B Grade winner was Mark McDougall, runner up was Paul Nicol.

Ladies’ A grade winner was Jackie Wall, with runner up Anna Winterbourn, while Ladies’ B grade winner was Pam Casey and runner up Jo Moynihan.

Pin shots went to Aaron Watts, Pam Casey, Anna Winterbourn, George Meharry, and Ron Jamieson.

Longest Drives were claimed by Geoff Harrison, Paul Nicol, Pauline Redpath, and Pam Casey.

Next weekend will be the Annual Magnetic Island trip with comp resuming on Sunday 9th October.

Contributed with thanks to Joanne Moynihan

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Wangaratta Bowls

September 30, 2022

Tuesday results for Wangaratta Bowls Club: Winners for the afternoon were Irene Laird, Linda Smith, and David Madden defeating Sue Shearing, Cath Christopher, and Joe Paynting.

Other winners were Maree Brunker, Pearl Ayken, and Mark Drummond beating out Joe Paynting, Bill Parker, and Margaret Wilson. Lyn Madden, Keith Aykens, and Sugar Brunker  were the final Tuesday winners, defeating D Beel, Terry Robinson, and Penny Warren.

Sunday results: Winners for the afternoon were Judy Christie and Allan Rolfe defeating Deb Retchless and Pearl Aykens.

Other winners were Penny Warren and Sugar Brunker defeating June Paynting and Pat Tracey, while Bill Myers, Linda Scells, and Mark Drummond defeated Laurie Land, Terry Blair, and Joe Paynting.

Sue Shearing, Keith Aykens, and Kennedy Whitton rounded out the winners circle, defeating Deb Beel, Isobel Wheeler, and Barry Beel.

Competition Results: Final of Mixed Triples saw Denise Wallace and Ted Evans defeat Greg Colquhoun, Lyn Danvers, and Geoff Danvers.  

Ladies Two Bowl Triples winners were Deb Beel, Marcia Arthur, and Lyn Danvers, defeating Robyn Stitt, Margaret Wiilson, and Fely Duncan.

Good luck to the Wangaratta men playing in the Burdekin Pennants this Saturday.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

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Bowen Bowls Club

September 30, 2022

Sunday Scroungers Winners: Steve Roome, Jane Gilbert, Tracey Roach, and Gavin Charles.

Presentation Night is October 22 at the Central Hotel.

Wednesday Social: One card only for Wednesday. There was a drawn game between Paula Welsted, Bev Smith, Tiarna Rogers versus David Moodie Joan Edwards/ Eddie Neylon, Peter Thomson.

Sunday Scroungers Winners: Wayne Crowhurst, Steve Roome, Paula Welsted,Lee Welsted.

Scroungers is still on Sundays.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

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Airlie Beach Bowls

September 30, 2022

Tuesday afternoon social bowls: Skipper John Trembath was at his absolute best alongside Mario De Martini at lead. Combining with visiting bowler Robyn Roberts, the side beat all comers.

Wednesday afternoon social bowls: 24 bowlers competed for first prize, which saw Helen Ward at skipper, with Keith Bates at lead and Tony Kelly playing out of his skin, completely overwhelm the opposition.

Saturday Scroungers Spring Competition: Tony Kelly, Warren Mills, Rick Galea, Tony Whitehorn, John Askew, and Merve Stewart were first round winners.

Andy McDougall won the B grade points total, and second-round winners were Ladda Purdie, Betty Nicole, Nik Fernbach, and Steve Lawrie. Tony Whitehorn won Group B.

Sunday afternoon social bowls: skipper Tony Whitehorn maintained his form with sister-in-law Helen Ward at second, and the much improved Paul Tobias at lead. The side proved gallant winners of the prize.

In Rockhampton, the Bowls Premier League semi-finals was being held and Airlie Beach Bowls Club was represented by two teams: John Matterson’s team of Mark Mawson at lead with Alan Pershouse at second, and Manny Isgro’s team of Luke Kinnear and Warren Mills at second who topped the competition and will be off to the national finals in November.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

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“The Road To Glory”: The Whitsundays Are Wonderful

September 30, 2022

The “Road To Glory” began for the Whitsundays’ favourite football team back in early January, as the eventual champions kicked off their preseason. A new coach, the returning Nick Hodgen, whose last spell as manager with the club was in 2014, combined with new players, spelling for a strong outing in the competition – but did they expect the result?

There was undoubted belief in the dressing room from day one, even though their first fixtures indicated otherwise.

A string of new players had found their way to the men’s side, and the reinforcements certainly proved the difference.

Ex-professional footballers and high level Australian National Premier League Players (or slightly below that upper echelon of football) like the Scotts: the agile playmaker Scott Ferries – eventual winner of the league Best and Fairest award – and the lightning quick Scott Boldy. As well as players like Connor Mcavoy – a bulldog on the pitch who often “did Scott Ferries’ dirty work” – each of whom bolstered the already strong squad who were a hangover from those frantic final series of games in 2021.

Nick Hodgen’s arrival ushered in a spate of fresh ideas to turn the once quick, counter-attacking side into a metronomic, possession-based machine, and also brought with him his son, Harry Hodgen, a lightning paced winger with a penchant for dribbling, and who would end the regular season with 29 goals (the competitions Golden Boot winner).

Thomas Torzsok, Sam Blake, and captain James McEvoy-Bowe remained from the previous season as a class above the rest in terms of both technical ability and physical attributes. The team was already looking like a strong side.

In their first three fixtures of the season, Whitsunday United were collecting every form of result: winning one, drawing one, and losing one – but it was time for the team to turn a corner.

On April 2 in Round Four, the team were to face against Mackay City Brothers – a team who’d so often been their “bogey” side. But who they’d also beaten in spectacular fashion the season before. So, it was time to set the tone.

They wasted no time in their demolition of the City Brother’s Squad, although they had gone behind 0-1 at the beginning of the game to a nervy penalty. Harry Hodgen opened his account, and it stayed open: he scored four goals. Six other players added to the tally, ending the game 10-2 and giving what had been a rowdy home crowd plenty to cheer about.

The next week, they demolished Mackay Wanderers 7-3, and it seemed the ball was more than just rolling.

But, the perennial enemy of their season reared their heads for the first time.

Slaying The Lion

Whitsunday United played Mackay Lions Soccer Club six times in their season. Twice in the finals and four times in the league. Each proving a pivotal match.

In Round Six of the FQPL Whitsunday Coast Men’s competition, Whitsunday United travelled to Mackay Lions home ground to face off against a team who had historically had the better of the beach side for years.

On their long, wide pitch, the Lions side were a constant threat: they had the pace to hurt you with a simple ball over the top.

That ball over the top was the order of the day.

United lost 3-2 in their first match-up against their eventual Championship Rivals – but they knew they were better than the Sugar City side. And when they met up again at Whitsunday Sports Park in a Round Two replay (the previous fixture postponed due to rain), they certainly played the better football.

Lion’s counter-attacking prowess saw them win that game 0-2, with Whitsundays struggling to put the ball in the back of the net. And it was the same story for Round 14, when United travelled to Mackay once more to face their challengers. Only a few points separated the sides due to Lion’s dropped points in other fixtures, but Lions were up again – winning in a contentious 2-1 result that saw the Whitsundays’ hopes potentially dashed.

It was now do or die: United needed to win every single fixture until the end of the season and hope for results to go their way in other games or to win on goal difference.

Lions would draw the very next game in Round 15. And Whitsundays had a sniff of a chance.

They met again in Round 18.

In a hard and physical game played at breakneck speed, the Whitsunday Men were the better side all over the park. The yellow cards were flying with neither side taking a backward step, but the speed and class proved the difference in the end.

Led by displays of individual brilliance by midfielder Scott Ferries, as well as Hayden Filby, the side rallied for an emphatic 3-1 victory against the (at the time) league leaders.

United went on to win their four remaining fixtures, seeing them crowned as Minor Premiers after winning against Mackay Magpie Crusaders 3-0 at home.

In the two finals games, they faced off against Lions in two games featuring some world-class footballing performances from players like Tommy Torszok, Ben Seago, captain James Mcevoy-Bowe, and Martyn Goodey. They had beaten the Mackay side’s spirit down, and both ended goalless for Lions at a neutral ground in Mackay.

Whitsunday 4, Lions 0 in the Major Semi. Whitsunday 3, Lions 0 in the Grand Final.

Champions Of The Whitsundays with 49 points from 20 games.

Designer Instruction: Headshots of Players go next to each name. They are listed from 1 to 15 and correspond with each player

Whitsunday United Player Ratings:

Luke Nightingale: Imperious between the sticks. 9.7

Ben Smith: Tireless commander and creator. 8.6

Harry Hodgen: A purebred goal scorer. 10.0

Scott Ferries: The difference maker. 10.0

Ben Seago: Commanding wherever he played. 8.4

Connor McAvoy: An absolute workhorse. 8.6

Declan Durrant: A defensive stalwart. 8.4

James McEvoy-Bowe: The best centre-half in the league. 9.9

Martyn Goodey: An inspiring presence. 10.0

Kurt Ashley: Defensive excellence. 8.4

Jose Puentes: The sides most skilful player. 8.4

Tommy Torzsok: A midfield maestro. 9.7

Hayden Filby: A dynamic forward with an eye for goal. 8.0

Luke Swift:  The voice of the team. 8.1

Scott Boldy: A flying fullback with exceptional ability. 8.3

Honourable Mentions:

Nick Hansen: 8.0

Josh Healey: 8.0

Ben Farrell: 8.0

Mike McCann: 8.0

Stefan Tarne: 8.0

Sam Blake: 8.0

The 15 players were determined through number of appearances and minutes played throughout the season.

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The Mighty Tangerines Make History

September 30, 2022

It was written in the stars.

Whitsunday United Football Club were crowned Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) Whitsunday Coast inaugural champions in September of 2022, finishing the season with a tally of 49 points, pipping persistent rivals Mackay Lions in the final game of the regular season. They would face off against Lions twice in the Finals series of the competition, beating them twice to confirm “the double” – winning two trophies: the FQPL Title and the Grand Final Trophy.

It seems a long time since the junior clubs of Proserpine, Bowen, and Airlie Beach’s football associations sat down and amalgamated to create a senior pathway for football in the region in 2019: Whitsunday United Football Club. And it seems an even longer time since the club was known and playing as Whitsunday Football Club; even longer since they were the Cannonvale Cyclones. A long journey for a region whose primary exports and sporting successes are more often reserved for football of a different kind.

It seems an age since the foundations of a team that would make history – claiming Whitsunday United’s first ever Men’s Premiership – were lain.

The story of their championship winning side – the side that broke the duck, ending the drought – began the season prior, with a spectacular series of final games that instilled belief in a team which, in previous years and even that season itself, struggled with players and results.

There is one game in particular, played in Proserpine in the latter stages of the 2021 season, which highlights the team’s fighting spirit: The Battle Of Proserpine

Of the players who would comprise the starting lineup for 2022’s championship winning team, five played in the game that saw Whitsunday United claw back from defeat, scoring five goals to beat Mackay Brothers Football Club in a 5-4 win.

That side went on to be undefeated in their last regular season fixtures, making a late finals charge. They beat or drew against every single team in the dying embers of the 2021 season, all the way until the finals themselves, which saw them eventually lose out to Mackay Lions in the semis.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

There was a promise made on that last matchday for the team: We will be back next year, and we will be stronger.

Those who played would form the spine of the side that went on to win the league, and a strong series of recruits in pre-season saw Whitsunday United go from off-again-on-again world-beaters to consistent champions-elect.

These are your Whitsunday United Football Club Football Queensland Premier League Champions and Grand Final winners:

Scott Ferries, Harry Hodgen, Hayden Filby, Ben Seago, Luke Swift, Declan Durrant, Tommy Torzsok, James McEvoy-Bowe, Connor Mcavoy, Martyn Goodey, Jose Puentes, Kurt Ashley, Sam Blake, Scott Boldy, Ben Farrell, Nick Hansen, and Luke Nightingale.

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Airlie Beach Darts Semi-Finals

September 22, 2022

It was semi-finals day at the club house on Sunday with three tough fixtures on the cards.

First up was the second consolation semi-final with Kameron Reason and Gary Robbie battling it out to see who will take on Ross Gallichan in the Hetlock Cup final on October 2.

Kameron led for most of the match, but when Gary came back from three legs behind to level the match five legs all, the momentum seemed to swing slightly.

The 11th leg was massive, and Gary took it with a double three to take the lead for the first time in the match at 6/5.

Kameron had chances in the 12th leg to tie it up at six all and take us to a decider but missed darts at doubles gave Gary the chances he needed to convert and take the victory seven legs to five.

In the first of two Premier League semi-finals, Joe Wilson was looking to bounce back from a disappointing 9/8 loss last week with a win here over Seumas Rose.

Unfortunately for Seumas, he couldn’t rediscover the kind of form that helped him last week in his fine victory over Alan Green. Joe proved too strong for him at this stage of the competition, with Joe winning comfortably 9/3.

The last game of the day was the second Premier League semi-final match between two previous champions. With three Premier League titles between them, this one was a toss of a coin between the two-time defending champion Jamie Woods and Andy Peel, the 2019 champion.

Both players showed they were capable of scores, but it was the checkouts that were alluding Woodsy, allowing Andy to keep his nose in front throughout the match.

Andy keeping his hopes of adding a second Premier League title to his name are well and truly alive, with a gritty 9/6 victory over a great champion in Jamie Woods.

Congratulations to all the victors today, and Commiserations to the losers, who will no doubt contend with the Xmas Open starting in November.

The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Airlie and Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

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On The Whitsunday Green

September 22, 2022

Sunday was the Clubs 18-hole stableford championships.

It was Nathan Boys who succeeded to win the trophy with 41 points while Brad Low came in second with 40 points, and James (Jimmy) Millar in third with 36.

For the ladies it was Bree Harvey and Paula Wronski. Nearest the Pin winners were Brayden Davies and Nathan Boys.

The weekly 9-hole competition was won by Terry Kimpton with 22 points, then Tyson Flavel on 21 and Tim Walton with 19 points on a countback win.

The Friday 9-hole was also won by Terry Kimpton with 22 points, Brad Low as second with 20 points, and Tim Harris and Elise Hodgson both scoring 19. Tim taking the third place on the count back.

On Thursday the club held a special 18-hole stableford competition before Sunday’s Monthly Medal fixture.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

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Proserpine Veteran’s Golf

September 22, 2022

Last Tuesday, Proserpine Veteran Golfers played Pioneer Valley in a round of the Crocker Shield.

With 53 players out representing clubs from the Valley, as well as Proserpine, it was going to be a tough day. But, the Proserpine side took the points home with them in the end - 282 to 239.  

With one more round to go, Proserpine are leading the Crocker shield by 91 points.  

The ladies’ winner was Tina Badenhorst with 37 points followed by Jenny Hounsell, 36, and in the rundown Paula McQuat, 34.  

The men’s winner was Barry Shuwalow with 38 points, followed by John Roser, 35, and in the rundown Peter Fox, 34.  

Nearest the pin winners were Frank Moloney, George Oddy, Ron Gaucci, Paul Tilse , Anna Winterbourn, Jenny Hounsell, and Mandy Patterson.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

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Proserpine Golf Report

September 22, 2022

Double bogies on the last two holes eventually cost Trish McNeill and Andrew Colborne the Club Foursomes title when they ended up playing Tiina Randmae and Lew Tuck in a sudden death playoff.

In a scrappy affair, Lew and Tiina won on the second hole.

Both teams finished the 27 holes with 128 gross.

In third place were Thomas Rimene and Leanne Alexander with 135 gross.

The nett winners were Ross McNeill and Noelene Spurway, 97, from Craig Smith and Tessa Aitken 100. Joanne Moynihan and George Meharry were in third with 103.5.

Saturday’s Monthly Medal saw David Telford the overall and C grade winner in the men’s with 67 nett.

The A grade winner was Allen Roberts with 68, from Mat Bower 70, and the B grade was taken out by Gary Scotford 69, from Phil Batty, 70.

Corey Stroud was the C grade runner up with 71 on a count back.

The ladies’ monthly medal winner was Heather Luvis with 71 nett, on a count back from Ann Gardel.

On Thursday, the men played a stableford in conjunction with a 4BBB.

The stableford was won by John Grosskreutz with 40 points from Jim Cochrane with 38 on a count back.

The 4BBB winners were Ken Granger and Jim Cochrane with 45 points, on a count back from Andrew Colborne and Lew Tuck.

Vickie Wallace was the Wednesday ladies’ winner with 40 stableford points, from Robyn Witham, 38, and Vicki Tuck 26.

Contributed with thanks to Peter Lewis

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Bowen Golf News

September 22, 2022

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

Ladies’ winner was Wendy Tracey, 38 points, runner up Grace Nott, 37.  Men’s winner James Miller 42pts, runner up on a countback David Carus 41pts.

Pin shots to Lisa Raisbeck, Bev Lowcock, Debbie Breeze, and Morag Parker with an OBP.  

Saturday, the Club played a single stableford sponsored by patron Margaret Whyte.

Ladies’ winner Lisa Raisbeck, 42 points; second place to Ruth Dunn, 39, and third place to Penny Stewart, also 39.

Pin shots to Lisa Raisbeck, Julie May, Lorraine McArthur, and Judy Atkins. Penny Stewart with an OBP.

Men’s winner was Brian Martin, 41 points, while second place went to Matthew Yasso, 39, and third place to Greg Carlyon, 37.  

Pin shots to Graham Seaborne, Ray Sellen, and Andrew Menzies, while Brendan Malone won the Car Wash voucher.  Robert Byles had an eagle on hole 14.  

Accuracy drives to Jo Goldup, Helen Fellows, Debbie Breeze, Brian Martin, Perry Layton, and Reg Goldup.  Bradmans was won by Leanne Swan and Andrew Menzies.

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

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

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Wangaratta Bowls

September 22, 2022

The Wangaratta team of Denise Wallace, Margaret Wilson, Penny Warren, and Fely Duncan competed at South Townsville Bowls Club for four days in the prestigious Premier Cup competition last week.

They faced off against teams from 10 other District Clubs across Bowen, Ayr, Brandon, Alligator Creek, Ingham, Noorla, Jubilee, Suburban, Thuringowa, and South Townsville.

The Wangaratta ladies team led graciously and fought back with determination when they had to in their fixtures, coming away with nine wins from 10 wins with a margin of 151.

After claiming the trophy, Margaret and the team thanked the District Match Committee for such a successfully run tournament and invited all district clubs to travel to Wangaratta Club in Bowen in 2023.

As part of winning the cup, Wangaratta also gains hosting rights for the next year.

The club’s Monday triples competition has now finished for the year with winners Eileen Dunn, Virginia, and Tim Noar defeating Leon Fox, B Lampard, and Ian Best.

Tuesday social bowls winners were Deb Retchless, Bill Parker, and David Madden, who defeated Judy Christie, Colleen Christopher, and Pearl Aykens.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

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Airlie Beach Bowls

September 22, 2022

As the weather heats up, the days get longer and the bowls get more scintillating.

Monday and Tuesday: Airlie Beach Bowls Club welcomed over 130 students from Cannonvale Public school.

Club coach Mark Mawson organised with Ladda Purdie, John Brown, John Askew, Betty Whitehorn, and Col Morris to all help supervise and teach the art of lawn Bowls. Each child received tuition and a frozen fruity pole for their participation.

Tuesday: Lane Telford skippered John Brown at lead and Tess Walker at second to beat all comers for the prize money.

Wednesday: A surprise result with the school competition girls winner Demika teamed up with Mark Mawson to take the prize money.

Wednesday Business House Bowls: To recommence on Wednesday, October 5.

Saturday: The finals of the winter Scroungers competition with Alan Pershouse, Ladda Purdie, and Russell Jackson fighting for the final prize money. Ladda Purdie broke away from the boys for a comfortable win.

This weekend Harry Quod went to Mackay for the B Grade Championship and finished a credible third.

Warren Mills, Luke Kinnear, and David Diaz finished a very creditable second in the Championship of 3 bowl triples.

Sunday Social Bowls: 21 bowlers vied for the prize. Big winners of the day were Lyn Graham with new bowler Janet Jacometti, and Bobby Ward.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

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Your Footy Tipping Champion

September 22, 2022

Fred Quod is celebrating 27 consecutive weeks of top picks as he prepares to head to the National Rugby League grand final on Sunday, October 2.

The Blast H20 owner finished Mackay and Whitsunday Life newspaper’s Footy Tipping Comp in the top spot with a more than impressive score of 142.

His winning points tally saw him collect the prize of $1500 dollars and two tickets to the NRL Grand Final at Accor Stadium, Sydney.

Fred credited his excellent tipping form – in his first ever tipping competition – with having played rugby league himself as a young buck.

“It was knowing what teams can do, over the years following the competition, seeing who’s popular, who the coach is, and who the coach is not; they lose the coaches pretty quick!” Fred laughed.

“But it’s the form guide, injuries to gun players, dropping them out of the equation and not picking them.”

Unlike some tippers, Fred said he wasn’t a stats man, it was “all just intuition”.

“The big difference was that I’d played rugby league, but I took to it with due diligence; I focused on it and it paid dividends in the end. I wanted to get it right,” Fred said.

“I had a perfect round, some sevens out of eight, and I just really enjoyed myself; it was good fun.”

An enormous North Queensland Cowboys fan, Fred is hoping his boys can get up so he can celebrate them lifting the trophy this year with front row seats.

Fred said he’ll be taking his daughter, Alyce, who lives in Albion Park, south of Wollongong, to the final.

If you would like to be part of the Footy Tipping Competition next year call Mike McCann on 0427 897 960. Spots are going fast, so get in quick to reserve your place.

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Cannons in SNQ Relay Supremacy

September 22, 2022

On the weekend, nine Cannonvale Cannons participated in the SNQ Relay Supremacy event held in Townsville.

SNQ Captains Jy Parkinson and Hayley Andrejic guided their teams through various relay challenges.  

Jy’s team, Jy’s Jets was comprised of Jacob Bell, Lochlan Jamieson, Ehsan Helou, and Anisa Helou. Hayley’s team, Hayley’s Comets, were Tiana Bell, Remy Hedges, Shantelle Short, and Holly Perrin.

The scores were very close - 101 to 103 - with Hayley’s Comets pipping it by two points in the end.

The Cannons hosted another fun Club Night on Wednesday where Club Secretary, Giselle Burton presented Jasmine Gerlofsma with the Swim Star Award based on her “cracking 50m Freestyle swim”.  

Giselle also presented Upgrade Certificates to Levi Smith, Jasmine Gerlofsma, Lily Maher, Celeste Orenshaw, Isaac Pisaniello, Lilah Mewha, Piper Walker, and Indi Smith.  Ehsan Helou and Levi Smith were presented with the Chocolate Awards for best personal bests.  

The coaches, Mark Erickson and Ken Crittenden were very excited by standard of swimming at Club Night.  

Isabella Pisaniello had a very successful night swimming four personal best swims, and an awesome 100-metre IM in 1.39.53 which was a 22.75 second personal best.

Isabella’s brother, Isaac also swam extremely well, swimming three personal bests. His 50-metre Butterfly saw him improve on his previous best the most, swimming a 52.98 second 50-metre.

Shailee Mewha and Jack Ganter had a cracking Club Night, achieving three personal bests.  

Shailee swam a super 50-metre Breaststroke in 58.74 seconds, and one of Jack’s best swims was his 200-metre IM, which he swam in 3.06.29.

Jack’s brother, Thomas swam an excellent 200-metre Freestyle in 2.55.78 – an 8.52 second personal nest.  Lily Maher swam a super 100-metre IM in a time of 1.49.83 - a 9.88 second personal best.

The club extends its thanks to all the volunteers and parents for their support. Club Nights will continue over the school holidays.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

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5000 Attend Paul Bowman Challenge

September 22, 2022

The Proserpine Junior Sportspark came alive with brightly coloured jerseys and thousands of families setting up camp for the weekend, when the Paul Bowman Carnival came to town, attracting 75 players from across the state.

Councillor Al Grundy said that with no declared winner of the tournament, the event is set up to promote participation and sportsmanship for the formative years of under nine competition.

“It’s about getting the kids involved!” he said.

“And it was so nice to see so many people coming from so far away and travelling from all over the state.

“The whole event went really well – it was so well organised and the volunteers did a fantastic job. The people think it’s really amazing and it was lovely to hear them all saying thank you.”

Cowboy players Heilum Luki and Mitch Dunn both said they were thrilled to see such a great following for the event.

“It reminds me of going to this sort of carnival when I was younger and now they are all coming to see me!” said Heilum.

Coordinator Kim Bates said she was proud of all the organising committee and volunteers.

“It gets better every year, it’s wonderful for the whole community and we always do it for love!”

Kate Clark, Manager of the Whitsunday Brahmans under-nine team said it was awesome seeing everyone gather for the kids.

“Everyone played their best and showed really good sportsmanship,” she said.

Image: 75 teams from across the state played at the Paul Bowman Challenge over the weekend

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Iron Men And Women Of The Whitsundays

September 22, 2022

Nine of the Whitsundays top distance competitors headed south for the gruelling Sunshine Coast Half Ironman earlier this month, representing the region in perfect fashion on a world class course.

Whitsunday Triathlon Club members competed in the extreme form of triathlons which tasks them with completing a 1.9-kilometre swim, 90-kilometre cycle, and 21.1-kilometre run around Mooloolaba’s spectacular coastline and hinterland.

The nervous energy was aplenty on the Saturday registration day for the race, as the Whitsunday competitors racked their bikes alongside hundreds of others.

Over 1488 individual participants registered in all age groups, some in teams, but most out to test their own stamina and endurance. Saturday was a day of rest, reflection and carbohydrate loading for the nine local athletes.

It kicked off with the swim - a rolling start in waves of colourful caps as the sun came up over Mooloolaba’s stunning surf beach.

Following up was the bike course, which headed out onto the Sunshine Motorway on a fast, smooth surface, and then the run, which took competitors along the Iconic Mooloolaba boardwalk and Esplanade with picture perfect views.

The nine Whitsunday racers were relieved to see the finish arch as they headed back onto Beach Terrace where welcoming sustenance, massages and recovery tents awaited them.

The Whitsunday Triathlon Club members not only represented the club by completing the race, but by finish with some amazing times

Chief among them was Airlie Beach local and Hamilton Island firefighter Daniel McDonnell, who placed 20 overall with a time of 3 hours, 48 minutes and 44 seconds putting him on the Podium as third in his Age group of 18-24

Others who smashed the race and claimed a personal best time were Fraser Lyon in four hours and 15 minutes, Julia Wheway in five hours and 38 minutes, Shane Bellert with four hours and 57 minutes, Craig Langevad in six hours and 40 minutes, Mark McConkey in six hours and 21 minutes, and finally Alisha Rust in five hours and 17 minutes.

Whitsunday Triathlon Club also hosted a team: the Chipmuncks, comprised of Karen Maddock (swim and run) and Robyn Corrigan (cycle), who finished in six hours and 43 minutes.

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Whitsunday Sea Eagles Celebrate

September 22, 2022

Saturday saw the Whitsunday Sea Eagles hold their 2022 Season Club Presentations celebrating a brilliant year on what was a superb day.

2022 saw Sea Eagles Under 17s and Under 12s play in Grand Finals doing a great job for the Club against stronger opposition.

Senior Men and Under 14s made Preliminary Finals, coming third in their respective grades, while Senior Women celebrated their growing skill development with a few more wins on the board.

Young Sea Eagle Aidan Allen-Fancke went back-to-back in the Under 17s AFLQ Mackay League Best & Fairest, and Sea Eagles look forward to seeing what he can do with his talented future.

Remaining teams saw many votes across the League to end a year of achievements for a relatively small but growing Whitsunday Australian Football Club.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Senior Men’s Best and Fairest went to Brent Downie who consistently works hard around the ground. Runner up was Ryan Lee, who had another skilful year until injury took him out of the running through the season, whilst Leading goalkicker Sam Keating was a reliable set of hands in front of goals for the second year running.

Senior Women Best and Fairest was taken out by Cleo Dickie, who also scored some votes in the League Best and Fairest. Runner up was the ever-reliable Grace Bell.

Under 17s Best and Fairest Aidan Allen-Fancke once again doubled up from the League medal in what was another stunning year for the young gun. Runner up was Jordan Daniels, who was outstanding around the ground, and Leading goalkicker with 33 goals went to Brodan Cornwall.

Under 14s Best and Fairest went to Zavier Goswell with Runner up Blake Hanks. Under 14s Female Player of the Year went to Charlotte Fleming, while leading goalkicker with a whopping 38 was Cody Love.

Under 12s Best and Fairest was so close votes could not separate them, shared between Lochlan Jeffries and Tyson Fowler. Not far behind was runner up Reef Weller with these top three also tying for the Players Player award. Leading goalkicker Sterling Rogan-Hamilton managed 13 for the season.

The perpetual Cody Gibbs Memorial Trophy was unveiled to be awarded to a Club member who showed they were Resilient, Courageous, Selfless and Respectful. The deserving recipient of the Cody Gibbs Memorial Trophy this year for resilience and courage throughout ongoing injuries, loyal support of the Club and support to Cody throughout his battle, was Oxsen Prosser.

Sea Eagles would like to thank their Sponsors and the community for their amazing support this year for AFL in the Whitsundays and look forward to seeing you for AFL Mackay Preseason Carnival in March 2023.

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A Legendary Result

September 23, 2022

Over an eight-week training regime, participants from Base 51 Functional Fitness challenged themselves to gain muscle and lose weight for the chance to nab a cash prize of a thousand dollars.

With a combination of personal training and dieting, the eight-week challenge winner and “$1000 Dollar Man” was Paul Douthwaite, who pulled off some staggering results.

Paul’s outcome was a loss of 10 kilograms of Body Fat – dropping him down to 8.7 per cent body fat – and a gain of six kilograms of lean muscle mass.

Base 51 Head Trainer John Russolillo said he was astounded by Paul’s “legendary results”.

“The effort, showing up every day, consistency and a good program is what gets those kinds of results,” John said.

“It’s testament to both the training of Base and to Paul’s commitment.”

Paul, who took part in Base 51’s Elite Squad small group personal training as well, attributed his success to a few factors.

“My body has changed dramatically in the time I’ve been training. I couldn’t even do a push-up at the start and now I’m kicking goals everywhere,” Paul said.

“I’ve been to plenty of gyms and lasted a few weeks, but here it captured my attention. There’s a family there and that’s a real appeal – you see the same faces every week and you get to know each other.

“We were all working together towards a goal and that helps you form bonds. The training and making sure you’re working out with the right form helps massively. It’s helped me get back into my running, which I haven’t done for two or three years.

“Being able to work out alongside my wife and my son now is really the biggest reward. And my golf is at a different level now, so I have to thank John and Base 51 for all of that.”

Paul is now being affectionately known at the gym as the “$1000 Dollar Man” and plans to take part in another challenge – although he’s not expecting to lose another 10-kilograms.

Image1: Winner, winner chicken dinner for Paul Douthwaite as heclaimed a $1000 dollar prize in the Base 51 Functional Fitness Eight-WeekChallenge

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“Champions!”: Whitsunday Premier Men Dominate 2022

September 22, 2022

Grand Final Day, Saturday, September 17: With two teams in Grand Finals for the first time ever, Whitsunday United Supporters were buzzing with excitement whilst players nervously waited for the action to start.

With the U14 Premiers side playing early in the day and a supporter bus organised for the Premier Men, the tangerine machine was going to be out on force and vocal on the sidelines.

The U14 Premiers took to the field focussed, ready to play and determined to add the Grand Final Trophy to their collection. Unfortunately, lady luck was not wearing orange on Saturday morning and despite one of their best performance all year, the young Whitsunday side fell short of a win.

They started strong, and despite running into a tough headwind, were equal to everything the Crusaders threw at them. The Mackay side scored first and Reef Peel returned the compliment with a great finish to equalise.

The arm wrestle continued till half time and the Whitsunday side was looking good with a 1-1 score and the wind at their back for the second half.

Against the run of play, Crusaders scored an early goal in the second half and despite being camped in front of the Crusaders goal, the Whitsunday side was unable to capitalise on several chances and went down in a nail-biting finish. A genuine contest between two string sides and the U14's have every right to be proud of the Minor Premiership they achieved in 2022.

As the evening drew on, the excitement built for the clash of the day. The matchup between arch rivals Whitsunday and Mackay Lions was eagerly anticipated by the large crowd of supporters and with their team favourite to win, the Whitsunday fans were in full song, adding to the electric atmosphere.

The anticipation was palpable.

After a stellar year in which the Whitsunday Premier Men took out the Minor Premiership, The Championship was within their grasp for the first time ever.

From the opening whistle, the crowd was treated to a fast and physical opening to the match with both sides determined to dominate early, and Lions knowing that a front running Whitsunday side would be impossible to catch.

To the Whitsunday crowd raucous delight it took only 7 minutes for their side to draw first blood through a brilliant strike by Tommy Torzsok off a Ben Smith pass. It was a dream start to the game and Whitsunday started to dominate play with their speed and precision. Scott Ferries and Tommy Torzsok controlling the middle whilst Ben Smith caused havoc up front with a brilliant performance.

The second goal was only 12 minutes later as Harry Hodgen drove forward down the left wing working towards goal, beating his man and cutting back a perfect ball for Francisco Puentes to drive into the net. With a two-goal lead, the Whitsunday freight train was on a roll and continued to pile on the pressure. With only minutes to go in the first half, a perfect Ben Smith long range free kick found the net again but was disallowed.

It didn’t take long for Whitsunday to seal the game in the second half, with Marty Goodey charging down the left-hand side, beating several players and feeding a beautiful ball to Ben Smith who calmly slotted it past the keeper. Players and supporters both went wild with pandemonium breaking out in the technical area with coaches, official, subs and players embracing.

Player awards after the match included Harry Hodgen with the Golden Boot award and Scott Ferries the league’s season MVP. A well-deserved and popular win to top off a great year for Whitsunday.

With the Premier Men leading the way, and strength through all age groups, Whitsunday United is looking forward to 2023 already and is aiming to be the major force in the regional football league for many years to come.

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“History Makers”: Bowen Claims Union Title

September 22, 2022

Infront of a huge crowd at BB Print Stadium, the Bowen Mudcrabs faced off against their closest rivals, the Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders, in a grand-final matchup with extreme bragging rights.

The question on the region’s lips was whether the pincer would be mightier than the sword when the two sides met for the Mackay Rugby Union final on Saturday – and there was only one certainty: it would be a tight affair.

Raiders had fought hard against Kuttabul the weekend before to make their claim in this final trophy game, with the Mudcrabs having taken a well-deserved break the week before, having already beaten Raiders to shoot straight through to the final game.

The Bowen side had served up Raiders their only loss in almost two seasons in that Major Semi-Final, leaving the Proserpine side with a point to prove coming into the game.

Each of their matchups in the season had been arguably some of the best games of Mackay Rugby Union played in years, and the pressure was mounting.

And this grand final did not disappoint; it was an instant classic.

Busloads of fans witnessed Bowen and Whitsunday players leave it all on the pitch, decked out in their supporter gear – one even dressed as a crab – and revelled in a rugby final that well exceeded the price of admission.

For the Bowen side’s supporters who made the three-hour trip down to the Sugar City, the petrol price was worth its weight in gold.

It was one of the most incredible final games the league has ever seen, with it heading right down to the wire with Casper Turner scoring for Bowen in the last 10 seconds to win it.

Muddies made history come the end of the 80 minutes, winning the final and ending their 41-year drought in the process, claiming their first ever league title with a 25 to 22 win against the Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders.

Coach Tom Anderson, whose father was one of the original Mudcrab founders of the club and was watching on the day, led the long, post-match celebrations that ran through into the early hours of Monday morning.

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COWBOYS COME TO TOWN Paul Bowman Challenge 2022

September 22, 2022

The 14th annual Paul Bowman Challenge saw 5000 young footballers and their families, spread over 75 teams from as far afield as Mount Isa, attend the Proserpine Football grounds this weekend.

The Under 9’s two-day Rugby League carnival is held in the Whitsundays every year and over the weekend excited kids were queuing up in droves to meet their favourite sport stars, Cowboys players Heilum Luki and Mitch Dunn.

5000 Attend Paul Bowman Challenge

The Proserpine Junior Sportspark came alive with brightly coloured jerseys and thousands of families setting up camp for the weekend, when the Paul Bowman Carnival came to town, attracting 75 players from across the state.

Councillor Al Grundy said that with no declared winner of the tournament, the event is set up to promote participation and sportsmanship for the formative years of under nine competition.

“It’s about getting the kids involved!” he said.

“And it was so nice to see so many people coming from so far away and travelling from all over the state.

“The whole event went really well – it was so well organised and the volunteers did a fantastic job. The people think it’s really amazing and it was lovely to hear them all saying thank you.”

Cowboy players Heilum Luki and Mitch Dunn both said they were thrilled to see such a great following for the event.

“It reminds me of going to this sort of carnival when I was younger and now they are all coming to see me!” said Heilum.

Coordinator Kim Bates said she was proud of all the organising committee and volunteers.

“It gets better every year, it’s wonderful for the whole community and we always do it for love!”

Kate Clark, Manager of the Whitsunday Brahmans under-nine team said it was awesome seeing everyone gather for the kids.

“Everyone played their best and showed really good sportsmanship,” she said.

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Cannons SNQ Development

September 15, 2022

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club congratulated Jy Parkinson, Jacob Bell, Holly Perrin, Remy Hedges, Austin Edwards-Bland, Ehsan Helou, and Anisa Helou for being selected for the SNQ State and National Development squad.  

The youngsters were invited to participate in a special swim clinic on Sunday led by Queensland Coach Barry Prime.  

Cannons’ Coach, Mark Erickson was also involved with coaching on the day and said that it was great to see all the top swimmers in NQ having an opportunity to meet up and to fine tune their skills.

Swimmers participated an athletic development session, kick and pull test sets, race specific training and recovery practice.  

Also this week, the Cannons hosted another successful Club Night.

Congratulations to Don Algie for setting a new 25-metre Butterfly record.  Congratulations to Addie Sanders and Celeste Orenshaw on their Upgrades.  

The club also presented Levi Smith with the Swim Star Award for swimming extremely well at last Club Night.  The Chocolate Awards went to Jack Ganter and Matilda Nicholes for the best personal bests.  

The Cannons also presented JX Caps and awards to: Anisa Helou (Gold), Ehsan Helou (Bronze), Isabella Pisaniello (Blue), Nathan Saunders (Blue), Daniel Saunders (Blue), Lukas Trevaskis (Bronze), Don Algie (Bronze), Tora Delac (Silver), and Jai Dennison (Blue).

As well, Austin Edwards-Bland (Gold), Rohan Gascoyne (Blue), Rory Gascoyne (Blue), Scarlett Gascoyne (Blue), Thomas Ganter (Blue), Matilda Nicholes  (Blue), and Isaac Pisaniello  (Blue), received their JX Caps.

Alongside them were Oliver Bond (Silver), Charlie Doherty (Blue), Nelson Malady (Silver), Remy Hedges (Silver), Lochlan Jamieson (Bronze), Taj Murray (Blue), Blake Hanks (Silver), Abi Maher (Blue), Tiana Bell (Blue), and Ruby Harland (Blue).

The Cannons are kickstarting the new season and would like to invite new swimmers and their families to “Come and Try” Club Night and to learn more about club swimming.  Club Nights are on every Wednesday from 5pm.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Addie S and Celeste O with Upgrades

Don Algie with record certificate Sept 2022

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Airlie Beach Darts

September 15, 2022

2022 finals got underway on Sunday, with some great darts on show.

Dom Friend was the first to make it to a preliminary final by defeating Jamie Woods 9/5. Dom’s finishing was the key to this one, with the match ultimately decided on the outer ring.

Although Woodsy hit a lovely 113 checkout in the match, Dom ultimately deserved the win as he performed well throughout.

Jamie Maher was the second player to make it to the prelims, narrowly beating Joe Wilson 9/8 in a battle of attrition that neither player deserved to lose.

Joe had a 4/1 lead early in the match, but Jamie fought tooth and nail to get back into it at six all. It was leg for leg all the way to the end, with Jamie clinching it on a double 10 in the last leg of the match.

The winners of both those games earn the weekend off next week, with the preliminary finals taking place in two weeks’ time.

Andy Peel hit a nice 101 checkout on his way to victory over Aaron Paull in the first of two Elimination Finals by 9 legs to 3. Andy will now meet Jamie Woods in next week’s semi-finals thanks to that win over Aaron.

Seumas Rose beat Alan Green 9/3 in the other Elimination Final to earn his place in next weeks semis where he will meet Joe Wilson. Both of those men are currently in fine form and playing well, so that’s shaping up to be a cracker.

In the consolation finals series, Ross Gallichan defeated Nathan O’Hara 7/5 to reach this years Hetlock Cup final. Ross hit a sweet 171 in that match, and he now awaits the winner of the other semi final of that series between Kameron Reason and Gary Robbie which will be played next week at Mika.

The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Airlie Live BBQ & Bar and Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

Joe Wilson in action, narrowly losing but with a second chance next week

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Raiders Onto The Finals

September 15, 2022

Saturday saw the Mama Africa Raiders play a knockout semi-final against the Kuttabul Camelboks on their home turf at Whitsunday Sportspark.

It was a chance for Raiders to bounce back after their loss against Bowen in the preliminary final round. Even though the Whitsunday side were very disappointed in that previous loss, 11-14, they turned up for training and got on with the job at hand.

This semi-final was always going to be a battle, not only mentally, but also physically. Up against one of the bigger pack of forwards in the competition, the Raiders were ready to go to battle and the local rugby community turned up in numbers to support the men in green and black.

The Kuttabul forward pack were the first to score, crossing the line out wide, but were unable to convert, taking the lead 5-0, not for long though, as the raiders stood up and put on the pressure to come away with their own converted try taking back the lead 7-5.

Both teams were intent on pushing as hard as they could, and at the half time break, the Mama Africa Raiders were in the lead 17-13. Coach Andre Houston echoed one of his favourite sentiments: “The game is not won in the first three quarters; it is won in the last.”

Fifteen minutes into the second half the game was in the balance with Kuttabul ahead 32-27, and the crowd on the edge of their seats. As they have shown throughout the year, the Raiders were not about to let this game get away from them and stepped up a notch, taking control of the ball and with some straight runs, line breaks and quick ball through the hands managed to put a further 21 points on the board and take out the game 48-32.

Well done to all the Mama Africa Raiders players, coaches, and staff, second year running, into the grand final.

This will be played out between the Mama Africa Raiders and the Bowen Mudcrabs on Saturday, September 17 at BB Print stadium, Mackay. Check out the Proserpine/Whitsunday Rugby Union Club Inc. Facebook page for kick off times and any other information on the game.

Players of the day Joel Hoffmann three points, Brodie Elson two points, and Jack Briskey one point.

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

Tackler Kainoa Close-Houston, assisting Brodie Elson background Jack Briskey, side Kumya Gabey

Try scorer Connor Spence, 15, Aden Spence, and Rhys Ward

Niall Clancy, Joel Hoffmann (ball carrier) and Jye Hawkins

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Proserpine Veteran’s Golf

September 15, 2022

There were 32 players yesterday for Proserpine Veteran’s Golf Monthly Medal round where the temperature was nice but a tad windy leaving for a low scoring outing.  

The ladies’ winner was Tiina Randmae, with a nett 73, followed by Jenny Hounsell, 74, and in the rundown were Jacqui Wall, 75, Paula McQuat, 76, Marieta Smith, 77, and Di Chard, 77.  

The men’s winner was Frank Moloney with a great score of 68 nett, second was Nick Apruzzese, 69, and in the rundown were Geoff Harrison, 71, Wilf Herweg, 74, John Oates, 75, and Ken Granger, 76.  

Nearest the pin winners for the ladies’ were Di Chard, Vickie Wallace, Mandy Patterson, and Tiina Randmae. The men's winners were Geoff Harrison, Albert Pini, Frank Moloney and Barry Mortimer.

Our chip in winners were Tiina Randmae, Marieta Smith, Elspeth Scotford, Patrick Patterson, Albert Pini, and Peter Fox.  Least putts went to Jacqui Wall, 27, and Peter Fox, 27.  

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Frank Maloney and Tiina Randmae

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Proserpine Golf Report

September 15, 2022

Over the weekend the Ladies’ Scramble was played on Saturday and the Open Scramble on the Sunday.

Saturday’s results saw the team of Trish McNeill, Noelene Spurway, Renae Maxwell and Laura Anderson, 60.75 nett, sneak home by one shot over Carene Vandersea, Kim McPherson, Carol McAuley and Karen Robertson.

The men’s scramble was won by the Mackay team of James Copping, Maurice Van Wyk, Matt Dwyer and Greg James. They had a score of 59 gross (nett 52), 11 under par, their front nine consisting of two pars, six birdies and an eagle.

The ladies’ regional final will be held at Palmer Coolum on October 3, while the Open will be played at Yeppoon on October 16, where the Club Professional will join the teams. Only the winning team from each will travel.

Tuesday’s stableford was won by Brian Smith with 36 points from Paul Grey 35 and Anna Winterbourn 34.

On Wednesday Heather Luvis took out the Ladies Monthly Medal with nett 69, from Penny Wardroper, 71, Elspeth Scotford 72 and Jenny Hounsell 73.

Thursday’s Division one winner of the single stableford was Sam Deicke with 40 points from Michael ward, 38.

The Division two winner was Barry Shuwalow with 37 points from Rees May 36 on a count back.

On Saturday, 15 ladies and 45 men ventured out in front of the ladies Scramble for a single stableford.

Men’s winners were Sean Tyrrell with 38 points, from Ken Granger, 37 on a count back from Warren Deighton.

The ladies’ winners were Pauline Redpath 40 points from Diane Chard 34, and Tiina Randmae and Paula McQuat with 33 points.

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Bowen Golf News

September 15, 2022

Wednesday’s Bowen Golf Club competition was a single stroke event for the midweek Monthly Medals.  

Ladies’ winner was Jane Seaborne, 67 nett, runner up Carol O’Connell, 68 nett.  Men’s winner John Martin, 66 nett, while runner up was Graeme Baker, 67 nett.  

Saturday, the club played a single stableford event for Bowen Sportspower trophies.  

Ladies’ winner was Wendy Tracey, 40 points, runner up Morag Parker, 38.  Two pin shots to Deb Breeze, with single pinshots to Lisa Raisbeck and Bev Lowcock.  

Men’s winner Graham Seaborne 42 points, runner up on a countback Mitchell Greenbank, 41.  Pin shots to Greg Daniel, David Madden, David Carus, Paul Martin, and Graham Seaborne who also won the Car Wash voucher.

This weekend’s competition is a single stableford event sponsored by Margaret Whyte. Purple is the colour theme for the day.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Ladies’ winner Wendy Tracey, Men’s winner Graham Seaborne, Margaret Need, and Ladies ‘runner up Morag Parker

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Wangaratta Bowls

September 15, 2022

Monday triples result: Winners for the afternoon R Stitt, M Wilson, and F Duncan defeated N McNamara, W McNamara, and P Wilson.

Tuesday results: Winners for the afternoon were Debbie Beel, Keith Aykens, and Joe Paynting defeating Judy Christie, Brian Bellingham, and Pearl Aykens.

Last of Fun Fridays: Mark, Tim Noar, and Joe Paynting defeated Pieta Pawlow, Virginia Noar, and Judy Christie. Brian Bellingham, David Madden, and Jim Steele defeated June Paynting, Lyn Madden, and Carole Bellingham.

Friday Night Barefoot Bowls: Winners for the night were Les, Glen, and Peter, as well as Dave, Barry, and Dennis.

Sunday, Aug 28: Winners for the afternoon Judy Christie, Brian Bellingham, and Pat Tracey defeating Bill Myers, June Paynting, and Pearl Aykens. Others: Deb Beel and David Madden beating Toni Bowen and Linda Scells.

Lyn Madden, Laurie Land, and Mark Drummond also defeated Robyn Stitt, Carole Bellingham, and Barry Beel, while Sue Shearing, Penny Warren, and Alan Rolfe won against Denise Wallace, Keith Aykens, and Joe Paynting.

Competition Mixed Pairs saw Fely Duncan and Jason Wright defeat Denise Wallace and Ted Evans.

Best of luck to Wangarrata’s ladies playing in the Premier Cup this week in South Townsviile.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Tuesday winners Keith Aykens Deb Beel Joe Paynting with President Margaret Wilson

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Proserpine Bowls Club News

September 15, 2022

Throughout term three, Proserpine Bowls Club has had the opportunity to host the Year 10 Students of St Catherine's Catholic College for PE lessons.

With one class on Monday mornings and the other class on Thursdays, the pupils showed a great deal of interest in the game and all learnt that there is a great deal of skill involved in making the bowls go where you intend.

The club extends its thanks for this opportunity in this annual event.  

On Wednesday in social bowls Proserpine Bowls Club welcomed Bruce Uhe back from a long holiday and farewelled Tom Jessop who enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Proserpine.  

Jim Bownds, Mike Harrison, and Heather Brown defeated Tom Jessop, Mary Hedgelong, and Peter Lawton 27-17.  Bruce Uhe played double lead.

Bruce, Arthur Griffith, Philip Brown, and Barry Zillmann defeated Bruce, Pat Bownds, Sandy Daffara, and Jim Quod 18-17 when they played an extra end to decide the drawn game.

Sunday Social Bowls: John Anderson, Heather Brown, and Peter Lawton finished well to defeat Mike Harrison, Heather Brown, and Sandy Daffara, 27- 24 after scoring 12 shots in the last four ends.  

Mary Hedgelong, Bruce Uhe, and Jim Quod defeated Arthur Griffith, Philip Brown, and Garry Alexander, 27-23.

The club’s Triples team of Scott Hamilton, Grahame Kinnear (subbing for Nathan Dodds), and Todd Leys were defeated by Wests Tigers in the Champion of Champion Triples.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

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Bowen Bowls Club News

September 15, 2022

Wednesday Social: One card only for Wednesday this week at Bowen Bowls Club. Attendees can please hand cards in after their games. There was a drawn game between Paula Welsted, Bev Smith, and Tiarna Rogers against David Moodie, Joan Edwards and Eddie Neylon, and Peter Thomson.

Sunday Scroungers Winners: Wayne Crowhurst, Steve Roome, Paula Welsted, and Lee Welsted.

Scroungers is still on Sundays.

Tuesday and Friday bowls are finished for this year.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

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Airlie Beach Bowls Club

September 16, 2022

Spring has sprung at Airlie Beach Bowls Club

Tuesday: Skipper and top district bowler Betty Nicole spurred her team of Robin Brown at lead, and Michael Jacometti at second, to an outstanding win on the day.

Wednesday Afternoon Social Bowls: The skilful Merve Stewart organised an 18 player competition won by Noel Crosbie’s team.

Wednesday Night Business House Bowls: The competition went down to the wire with Woolies Allsorts showing true grit ably led by Eric Barnard. Woolies Allsorts won the trophy by a single point.

Second place was claimed by club sponsors PRD, with their team of John Harris and Darrel Brewer showing amazing improvement with 19 points. Third place went to Hadlow Racing team.

The last season of the year will commence on Wednesday, October 5.

Whitsunday Gold Coffee, Tuk Tuks, Health Hub, Airlie Splash of Colour, Blockheads and Battery Warehouse are some of the teams already signed up.

Saturday Scroungers: The last round of the competition, organised by John Askew, was host to hot competition as the final spots for the finals were up for grabs.

It was Andy McDougall who claimed the final round win. The final will be played by Weekly winners Ladda Purdie, Peter Barratt, John Askew, Tony Whitehorn, and Russell Jackson – as well as Andy McDougall.

Sunday B Grade Singles: Harry Quod beat a dogged Andy McDougall, whom had been waiting for the contest for over two months.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Woolies Allsorts team receive their trophies from last season’s winners PRD

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Junior Sea Eagles Courageous Effort in Final

September 15, 2022

The excitement that built to the Grand Final was nothing short of extraordinary for Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 12s and Under 17s teams.

Both sides had the entire club behind them for their Saturday AFL Grand Final battles at Harrup Park.

Under 12 Sea Eagles were first up for the day, entering like warriors into the Grand Final battle against the unbeaten Moranbah Bulldogs.

Confirming their status as the dominating team of the season Moranbah put in a near flawless display of footy. In the face of such a formidable opponent the Sea Eagles did themselves proud with a show of determination which ended in a 6–53 loss.

Fletcher Schumski led the Sea Eagles backline, saving goal after goal, whilst Connor Marks snagged the Sea Eagles only goal for the Final.

Sea Eagles Under 17s came out to battle it out with the undefeated North Mackay Saints in their Grand Final with the siren sounding a 26–64 loss.

Sea Eagles put in a courageous effort against the polished North Mackay side but were unable to penetrate their strong defence enough to change the result.

Taking on a Club showing to be a powerhouse in the AFL Mackay competition in both Under 17s and Senior Men this year the Sea Eagles are keen for the match up with the Saints again next season.

Saturday, September 17, Sea Eagles will celebrate Presentation Day for their 2022 season.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles in conjunction with Sherwood AFL Club Old Boys will also be giving the new perpetual Club award of the Cody Gibbs Memorial trophy to a player displaying attributes of resilience, courage, respect, and selflessness both on and off the field.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

The Under 12s Grand Final team

Under 17s set for Grand Final

Cody Fowler & Chris Morrison

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On The Track With Declan Durrant

September 8, 2022

Anne-Marie Kehres is championing the sport of mountain biking for the Whitsundays in more than one way.

The Proserpine local, who recently returned from the National Mountain Bike Championship Cross Country Marathon XCM with a national title and a championship jersey, is an extreme advocate for her favourite extreme sport.

For her, it was passion, discipline and unbridled commitment which helped her win, each born from a place of vulnerability matched by strength – as well as a photograph taken years before.

“At a previous tournament in 2020, I sat on the number one podium as a joke. I’d come dead last and I told my husband to take a photo of me sitting there. I’ve had that photo blown up and put on my wall as a goal,” Kehres said.

“I’m a huge believer in the power of the subconscious mind and that, somehow, somewhere, that goal would be met.”

It was two years before Kehres, at the Championships in Wagga Wagga two weeks ago, was ready to challenge that goal on the torturous 75-kilometre distance course with a fire in her belly.

“Everything fell into place that day; I felt well. I was very excited and there’s nothing better,” she said.

But there was a mishap: coming off the bitumen into the track, there was a small, muddy dip and Kehres underjudged and had a crash. But here’s where grit came into play.

“It was good in a sense,” Kehres said.

“My competitors went ahead of me and as soon as I got back on the bike, my brain switched. I said: no this isn’t happening today and I’m going to catch up, that jersey is mine.”

She conquered Wagga Wagga’s course and gained the top accolade in the process – a National title and a championship jersey.

“As I crossed the finish line, I looked at this lady I was riding with and said, did I just do that, and I started crying. The only reason I sometimes believe it’s happened is looking at the jersey. It just goes to show you’re capable of doing whatever you put your mind to,” Kehres said.

It’s another win in a long series of top spots the local rider has claimed, and another landmark in a journey that started over 20 years ago.

“I had a chronic disease that plagued me for 25 years – an eating disorder – where in my late 20s and early 30s I weighed no more than 30 kilos. Doctors would look at me and say, how are you still alive?” she said.

“Mountain biking is one of the things that God placed in my life to save me from my eating disorder.

“I was born and raised in Lebanon in the war, and my escape was going into the olive fields and the bush. Now, if life gets too much, I still go into the bush – just now on a mountain bike.

“I was in America and somebody introduced me to the bike and I loved being out in nature in the bush already. It was a perfect match.

“It takes your mind away and you can listen to the harmony of the birds, the wind, and it grounds you. It brings you back to what life’s about.”

Now, Kehres wants to impart the gift of mountain biking to the entire region through advocating on its behalf. Something she’s been doing as Secretary of the Whitsunday Mountain Biking Club.

“Because it’s such a grounding sport – it gets you one with nature – it helps with anxiety and getting you back into the world,” Kehres said.

“I want people to be able to experience that. I want my kids to experience that; because I try to show my boys that even if you’re older, even if you were slow, you can put your mind to something and do it. But you need to be disciplined and be faithful to yourself.

“That’s what I think people can get from mountain biking.”

Kehres wants to bring in more trails to the region in a wider range of levels -  green, blue, and black. Having access to those and being able to train the region’s up and comers and progress them is her goal.

“At the moment, all our mountain biking trails are black,” Kehres said.

“We’ve got champion mountain bikers who live in the region who’ve got nowhere to train on. Imagine the tourism and what that could bring to the area if we hosted a national championship some day – a Commonwealth Games.

“We’ve got the region; we’ve got the most beautiful views. All you need is elevation, which we have – it’s just about making it work now.

“I’d love to see riders from our region grow and prosper and achieve even more national acclaim.”

Local Anne-Marie Kehres has achieved an incredible feat in Mountain Biking, and wants the rest of the region to get in on the sporting fun

Kehres claimed a National title and championship jersey as winner of the National Mountain Bike Championship Cross Marathon XCM

From humble beginnings as a slow rider, Kehres said it was persistence and personal motivation that led her to the big win

Kehres’ new national championship jersey, which she says she can hardly believe she won

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Airlie Beach Bowls Club Report

September 8, 2022

Monday, August 29: Airlie Beach Bowls Club hosted its Spring Fling Carnival with 10 teams participating.

First place went to Terry Clarke, Bev Taylor, Ted Cullen, and Karen Jensen. Second place were Robin and John Brown, Margo Stanley, and John Askew, with the best dressed going to Joan McGrath, Regina Aqualina, Vicki Spann, and Henny Tattam.

Tuesday: Skipper Betty Nicole with Nicki Buller teamed up to beat the rest of the field.

Wednesday afternoon social bowls saw 20 bowlers vying for the prize with Bill Gordon at lead Bobby Ward at second and skipper Col Morris too strong for the rest of the field.

Wednesday night’s Business House Bowls’ penultimate round saw a shock defeat of PRD by Hadlow Racing and Woolies Allsorts, Tuk Tuks and Aaron DeBrincatts team all going for gold to be crowned Champions.

Friday saw the final of the club’s school competition between Hazel Farrell, Alice Wheeler, Roy Blain, Jack Pini, Harry Craig, Corey Stroud, Katarna Bunk, and Demika.

Played in pairs, first place went to year eight students Corey Stroud and Harry Craig. Winners of the girl’s competition were Demika and Katarna Bunt.

The weekend saw the Pratt Cup being played all over Mackay with Airlie Beach’s team of fours competing.

John Askew, Stephen Lawrie, Peter Barratt and Skipper Bob McMahon with the pairs team of Mark Mawson and Luke Kinnear took part, whilst Warren Mills played singles.

The Airlie Beach teams played remarkably well to make the semi-finals and finished third.

Sunday social bowls: John Fielding took out the prestigious Health Hub award whilst Henny Tattam and Tony Whitehorn beat the other 26 bowlers.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

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Bowen Bowls News

September 8, 2022

Bowen Bowls Club claimed third place at Airlie Beach Bowls Club Spring Fling Carnival with a team of Gavin Charles, Steve Roome, Sue Fox, and Helen Jacobsen.

Sunday Scroungers: winners Steve Roome and Lee Welsted.

Club Singles Final: The winner was Shane Spann and Runner up Gus Munro.

Wednesday Social Bowls: Keith Kirk, Allen Williams, Helen Jacobsen defeated Mary Ellen Pratten, G Dent, D. Hindmarsh.  Bev Smith, Paula Welsted, Gus Munro defeated Lorraine McArthur, Jane Gilbert, Peter Hindmarsh.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

Club Singles final winner Shane Spann and Runner up Gus Munro

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Wangaratta Bowls

September 8, 2022

Monday Triples: Winners for the afternoon were Ken De Wallace, Chris Frew, and Peter Donoghue.

Tuesday saw a full green as they celebrated President Margaret’s Day, players travelled from South Townsville, Alligator Creek, Jubilee, Ayr, and Airlie Beach as well as local members and visitors.

A morning game sponsored by Fitzgerald Funerals Townsville saw winners C Campbell, Bob Dykstra, Beryl Cornford, and Heather Jorgensen.

Second place went to Pam Breakwell, Mary Whitbread, Chris Robinson, and Elaine Kippen, and third Place to Carolyne Jones, Lorraine Knight, Penny Warren, and Leslie Bates.

NQ Patron Wilma Berryman won the spider.

Fun Friday: winners for the afternoon were Judy Christie and Kevin Baxter.

Sunday afternoon Father’s Day Trophy was sponsored by local business P&O Meehan Menswear.

Winners were Lyn Madden, Barry Beel, and Lorraine Knight who defeated Deb Beel, Ron, and Pat Wilson. The jackpot didn’t go off.

It was great to see our 102-year Life Member Brian Winspear - one of the last surviving Airforce pilots from the bombing of Darwin - at afternoon tea. Brian kept the crowd entertained with his humour.

Mixed 4’s Competition saw Robyn Stitt, Isobel Wheeler, Margaret Wilson, and Mark Drummond defeat Denise Wallace, Barry Beel, Penny Warren, and Allan Rolfe.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Life member Brian Winspear

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Proserpine Junior Cricket’s Ripper Start To The Season

September 8, 2022

Back in August, the first game of the year was a belter remainder for Proserpine State High School student cricketers where they travelled to Mackay to bring the season in against Mercy College.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, PSHS found it tough to get going in the early stages.

J.Valmadre (4) got the ball rolling over the boundary with his first scoring shot before the old “yes, no, yes, wait” call had him heading to the sheds soon after.

B.Valmadre did what he does best and tick the scoreboard over making 28 from 33 sending the cherry to the boundary 4 times before departing and PSHS were 2-50 at the 13th over mark.

This bought D.Pettierford (duck) in to partner K.Porter (3) but with the wind in their sails and bowling well, Mercy College soon had this pair back in the pavilion and PSHS in big trouble.

As we have come to expect from this special group of players and never say die attitude L.McDermid (15no) and J.Rock (11no) brought the innings to an end, giving our boys something to defend with their timely cameos and PSHS posting  a smallish total of 4-86 off 20overs.

Mercy College then bolted out of the blocks with the bat even after some tight bowling from Z.Henry (0-18), L.McDermid (0-9), L.Dwyer (0-9) they had raced to 0-48. A.Geisel (1-6) then produced a peach, sending the middle stump cartwheeling towards the airport runway.

This was followed by J.Valmadre’s brilliant throw from cover finding the inform N.Jackson short on 32, the score was 2-55 in the 12th and Mercy College were still sitting comfortable.

M.Logan(0-5) tighten things up with the ball and with some great fielding in the deep from F.Roganov, Z.Henry and K.Porter as well as W.Logan behind the stumps made Mercy College work hard for their runs. B.Valmadre(3-13) and players player Dangerous Donny Pettierford(5-11) who got to raise the pill for his five wicket haul, both had little success from their first overs and the hosts were 2-71 in the 15th over.

With their backs against the wall PSHS lifted and the next five overs showed no mercy to the college boys, ripping through their batsmen to be all out for 76 in one of the biggest turnarounds in the competition’s history.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Valmadre

The Proserpine State High School junior cricket team started off their season in memorable fashion

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Bowen Golf News

September 8, 2022

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

Men's winner on a countback was Peter Fitzgerald, 40 points, runner up John Martin, 40. Ladies’ winner on a countback was Penny Stewart, 38 points, runner up was Lisa Raisbeck, 38.

Saturday was the ladies’ September Monthly medal, where winner Janice Bates had 68 nett, runner up Joy Hose 71 nett.  

Pin shots to Bonnie Kohlhase, Julie Martin, Janice Bates, and Leanne Swan.

Sunday was the men's September Monthly medal with winner Andrew Menzies 63 nett, runner up Dylan Nott 66 nett.  

Both competitions sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply and Bowen Golf Club.

This weekend is a single stableford sponsored by Bowen Sportspower.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

September ladies’ monthly medal winner

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Proserpine Veteran’s Golf

September 8, 2022

The threat of inclement weather deterred some from playing in the past week’s at Proserpine Veteran’s Golf, however the rain stayed away for a few surprisingly pleasant days.

Eight ladies and eleven men competed for a fun day with three clubs and a putter. Robyn Whitham took out the day for the ladies with a lovely 35 points followed by Paula McQuat, 30, and Jacqueline Wall on 28.

For the men it was Trevor Paroz on 34, John Roser, 33, and Frank Maloney, 32.  Pin shots went to Paula McQuat, Elspeth Scotford and Marieta Smith, Trevor Paroz, John Roser, Frank Maloney and Steve Mitchell.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Robyn Whitham

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On The Whitsunday Green

September 8, 2022

The weather was not ideal for the golfer this week with rain and wind proving a little challenging at all courses in the Whitsundays – including Whitsunday Green.

Rhys Bartholomew was the winner of the weekly comp with 22 points, James Millar took second place over Rob Lodders on the count back, both scored 20 points.

On Friday Tyson Flavel won the 9-hole comp with 21 points, Brayden Davies was second with 18 and Glenn Rees third with 17 points.

For Sunday’s 18-hole stableford it was Glenn Rees with 42 points who won over Rhys Bartholomew with 36 and Terry Kimpton with 35 points.

Nearest the Pin on the day was Tyson Flavel and Terry Kimpton. This Sunday it will be 18-hole SKINS.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

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Sea Eagles Teams into Grand Final

September 8, 2022

Four Whitsunday Sea Eagles teams travelled to Harrup Park on Saturday to represent in the Preliminary Finals with the opportunity to make the Grand Final.

Sea Eagles Senior Men saw the Mackay City Hawks get the jump and come out hard. Sea Eagles came back with defence working hard to limit Hawks to a single goal in the second half. Momentum was in Sea Eagles favour seeing their share of the footy however unable to convert going forward the 31 – 49 loss saw an end to their season.

Sea Eagles Under 17s who took on the Swarks were determined to bounce back after last week’s loss. Hungry for the footy Sea Eagles were able to hit the scoreboard early through great goals from Adam Singleton and Bailey Wishart. Foxx LaMonica continued his late season form whilst Aniel Walsh worked tirelessly in the ruck all day and provided excellent defensive pressure. Sea Eagles kept Swarks under control for the day winning 49 – 29 and setting up a Grand Final showdown with the undefeated Saints.

It was a tough ask for Sea Eagles Under 14s taking on minor premiers Moranbah Bulldogs who were always going to come out hard. Sea Eagles were unable to get on top losing 14 – 89 in a courageous effort.

Second week running the Sea Eagles Under 12s had another close shave winning the Preliminary Final against the Swarks. There were stories of individual greatness and whole-team efforts with Sea Eagles combining to create opportunities. Sea Eagles were behind in the dying minutes before a goal after the siren saw Sea Eagles come home winners 27 – 24 to earn their place in the Grand Final. Sea Eagles run into the Grand Final this week against Moranbah Bulldogs with some great momentum under their belts.

This Saturday, September 10, Sea Eagles Under 12s and Under 17s contest their Grand Finals at Harrup Park. Under 12s 8am, Under 17s 11:10am.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

U12s Whitsunday Sea Eagles player Sterling Rogan-Hamilton

U17s player Foxx LaMonica

U17s player Kai Grimmond

Photo credit: Cody Fowler, and Kylie Allen

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Finals Joy And Heartbreak For Whitsunday United

September 8, 2022

The first weekend of football finals in Mackay was played on sodden fields following a couple of solid days of rain.

With six Whitsunday United Football Club teams playing on Saturday, travelling spectators were geared up for a back-to-back set of competitive outings.

Unfortunately, it didn’t go to plan for the local side, with five losses despite some incredible performances, but the day ended on a massive high with the Premier Men's side beating Lions convincingly and qualifying for the Grand Final.

The day started well with U14 Div 1 kicking off at 9am and matching the dominant Lions Green side from the outset. A goal by Lions had supporters worried, but the Whitsunday kids dug deeper and found the equaliser with Billy Hinton running onto a great through ball and slamming it over a diving goalkeeper.

With a 1-1 scoreline at the end of regular time, it is only the second instance that the Lions side had been held to a draw.

Extra time started and the arm wrestle continued until late, when the Mackay side scored to break the dead lock. A weary Whitsunday team conceded a third goal but are not out of the finals yet. They are keen to face Country United this weekend and earn a Grand Final spot

The U14 Premiers were up next. The young side have been a class act all year and were confident of beating Mackay Crusaders to guarantee a Grand Final berth.

Unfortunately, Crusaders fired and the Whitsunday side, missing a few players, struggled. Going down 2-0 was not the expected result, but Coach Peter Farrell was optimistic.

"This will be a real wake up call for the kids,” He said.

“They will be really keen to make up for this loss and with all players expected back next weekend, everyone is confident.”

The team was presented with their minor Premiership trophy and medals after the game.

The U16 Prem's battled through to the end but their season finished on Saturday. After a slow start against City Brothers, they came good in the second half and ended up with a 1-1 draw through the boot of Beau Bonnyman.

Into extra time, opportunities were scarce for both sides and every player dug deep in the heat. At the end of extra time the score was still drawn, and the game was decided on a penalty shoot-out. Although disappointed, the team came together and achieved some great results in a very tight and evenly matched competition.

U23 Men and Premier Women suffered through lack of numbers or injuries and with patched together sides. They were no match for their respective opposition on the day. With full squads, the result may well have been different, however both sides are now looking to build on this year and progress further next year.

The Whitsunday Premier Men stamped their authority on their opponents from the outset with a goal to Harry Hodgen in the opening minutes setting the tone for the rest of the match. Lions played a strong, physical game but were unable to counter the speed and precision of the Whitsunday attack and aggressive defence.

The goals continued to flow with Harry adding to his opening salvo along with goals to Hayden Filby and an absolute scorcher from Martyn Goodey who was also rock solid in defence. A remarkable display of football from the Whitsunday team who celebrated the win and their progression to the Grand Final.

They received their Minor Premiership Trophy, all the while singing out the club song across Mackay Football Park.

Whitsunday United’s Premier Men’s side received their medals and trophy after winning the minor Premiership last week

U14 Whitsunday United Premier side were crowned as minor Premiers for 2022

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Bowen Polocrosse Final Showing For The Year

September 8, 2022

Bowen Polocrosse Club had a field of competitors head south past Mackay for a weekend of racing at the Nebo Carnival 2022.

The weekend signalled the last competitive fixtures for the year for the Bowen Club who travelled to Nebo in good numbers.

The year’s last carnival always brings the best out in the playing group with everyone putting in fantastic performances across the competition.

The club was represented by two sections: Bowen One – a team of Jess,Mick, and Morco; and Bowen One  -Adam, Shannon, and Farren.

Both sections played a great game, with Bowen One and Two playing each other in the semi-finals for the C Grade.

Bowen One took the win with a golden point in overtime to move onto the finals on Sunday against Alton Downs/Pyramid team.

Unfortunately, Bowen One weren’t able to keep their high-flying form going, and had to walk away with runners up in the C Grade

The club is looking forward to seeing all its members at the yearly break up. The local club are already on the lookout for interested players and can be contacted through their Facebook page.

They will be hosting a full come and try day on Saturday October 1. Experienced players will be available on the day to help guide newbies, and the atmosphere is promised to be a fun one as participants learn to throw and catch a ball on the ground before graduating to horseback.

The basic skills of horseback riding and getting a general feel for the game will also be on offer alongside a sausage sizzle lunch at Bowen Polocrosse Grounds, Woodlands Road.

Contributed with thanks to Jess Foster

Bowen Polocrosse Player Shannon Burns represented in the Bowen One team at the recent Nebo Carnival

Adam Burns, Farren Jamison, and Shannon Burns all looking for a big catch as they face off against sides from across the region

The Bowen club will host a come and try day to end its season, enticing locals to have a crack at the sport

The outing at Nebo Carnival 2022 was the clubs last for the season, but they’re looking towards an impressive year next year

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Come and Try Cannons’ Club Nights

September 8, 2022

It is the start of the swim season and the Cannonvale Cannons would like to encourage children to come along to a Club Night to see what club swimming is all about.  

Club Nights are held on Wednesdays from 5pm, with swimmers able to try 12-metre or 25-metre when they first start.

As they progress, they can make their way towards longer swims.

On Wednesday night, the Cannons honoured all the fathers and held a Father’s Day raffle.  Coach, Mark Erickson was very surprised that he won the raffle!  A big thank to the Davies’ family for cooking the barbecue.

The club presented Isabella Pisaniello with an Upgrade Certificate.  Tora and Harris Delac were presented with the Chocolate Awards for the best personal bests.  Congratulations to Gracie Laguna for winning the Swim Star Award.  

Top performers on Wednesday night include Indi Smith who swam a massive 19.72sec PB in her 100m IM.  

Don Algie swam a super 200-metre Freestyle in 3.01.87 which was a 13.76 second personal best (PB).  James Davies and Celeste Orenshaw swam extremely well, taking over two seconds off the majority of their races.  

Lucas Korosec swam a mighty 25m Butterfly in a time of 35.42s which was a 4 second PB.  Lily Maher and her brother, Owen both swam fantastic times in their Freestyle events taking over one second off their previous best time.  Matilda Nicholes swam an awesome 50-metre Freestyle in 39.71 seconds.  

Isabella Pisaniello made 100-metre Butterfly look easy, in a time of 2.04.64.  Millah Walker swam impressive times in her Freestyle and Backstroke races.  

For more information on Club Nights and registration, contact Club Registrar Giselle Burton.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Harris and Tora Delac with Chocolate Awards

Nelson Malady with father Ben

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Sea Eagles Through to Preliminary Finals

September 2, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles teams travelled to Mackay over the weekend to take part in the first round of 2022 AFLQ Mackay Finals.

Starting off with Sea Eagles Senior Men, who had a tight contest against the Mackay Magpies in the Elimination Final on Sunday.

After a tough battle through the first quarter from both teams the Sea Eagles came out firing in the second term to push to a 28-point lead at half time.

Magpies flipped the tables in the third quarter, seeing Sea Eagles concede four goals. The final term saw a tussle to the finish, with the Whitsunday side holding on and winning 52–45, securing their place in the Preliminary Final.

Under 17s Qualifying Final saw Sea Eagles take on North Mackay Saints in the top of the table clash.

In a determined and gritty effort, the Under 17s were just unable to get on top of the Saints throughout the game, losing 23 – 44.

The side still have the chance to appear in the Final taking on the Swarks at Harrup Park this week.

Sea Eagles Under 14s battled it out in the Elimination Final against Bakers Creek Tigers taking out the win 50 – 18 earning a Preliminary Final appearance.

And in a nail biter Elimination Final, the Sea Eagles Under 12s came home by three points in the dying seconds against the North Mackay Saints, winning out 20 – 17.

Both teams battled it out right, but Ollie Hardy’s late goal proved the difference, sending the Whitsunday side to the Preliminary Final.

Saturday, September 3, Sea Eagles Senior Men, Under 17s, Under 14s and Under 12s all play in the Preliminary Finals at Harrup Park from 8am, with Senior Men 1:50pm.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

Senior Men’s player Mitchell Healey

U12 Celebrating that they’ll be heading further through the finals this year

Images: Alex Brooks and Cody Fowler

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Undefeated Raiders Host First Round Finals This Weekend

September 2, 2022

The Mama Africa Raiders, as undefeated minor premiers, will be host to the Preliminary Finals of the Mackay Rugby Union 2022 season this Saturday.

The September 3 game will see the Whitsunday Sportspark the venue of choice for the playoffs between the top six Senior A grade Men’s Teams as well as an Open Women’s game.

Whitsunday Junior rugby union will be running some games between the major events.

Kids entertainment will be available as well as live music, and food and beverages will also be available from a section of the new clubhouse, near the grandstand.

The day will commence around 11am and run through until around 6pm.

Club media official Craig Spence said the Raiders would very much appreciate the attendance of “as many spectators as possible to support the day.”

“It’s important for local rugby and the A grade Men’s team to see your support for the last home game of the season,” Mr Spence said.

“The Men in green will be vying for the first grand final spot of the 2022 season; this will be a very tough game between the Raiders and second placed Bowen Mudcrabs.”

Mr Spence said the team’s last meeting was a 27-25 victory to the Mama Africa Raiders.

Everyone is encouraged to wear a touch of green as a show of support for the Mama Africa Raiders and bring your loudest voice.

“Mama Africa raiders need you, our community, to come on down for a great day of rugby, the sport they play in heaven,” Mr Spence said.

Mama Africa Raiders have spent almost two seasons undefeated, and to end the season that way they’ll need the community’s support

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

September 2, 2022

Friday, Mackay: Betty Nicole and Helen Ward won the zone Champion of Champions, qualifying for the state finals in Brisbane.

The club’s own Manny Isgro won the Men’s singles before teaming up with Shane Spann to win the zone Championship. The pair will join Betty Nicole and Helen Ward in heading to Brisbane for the finals.

Tuesday afternoon: 20 players eyed the prize that was destined for John Brown and Wendy Pomeroy.

Wednesday: Col Morris team up with Nik Fernbach to win the B Grade pairs final, while the afternoon Social bowls saw 30 bowlers compete for the prize.

Skipper Mark Mawson with lead Michael Jacometti were outstanding winners of the day.

The Wednesday Night Business House Bowls saw PRD lose their first game, going down to Woolies Allsorts. The Woolies team are now equal leaders with two rounds remaining.

Saturday: Morning Scroungers saw first round winners Ladda Purdie, Tony Kelly, Russell Jackson, John Brown, and Peter Barratt playoff with Peter Barratt defeating Tony Kelly in the final.

Sunday: Social bowls saw 28 bowlers vying for the prize. Newcomer Pip Heddles teamed up with second Lyn Graham, and Skipper Mark Mawson to win the day.

Corey Stroud and Harry Craig from St Catherine’s school competed in the school’s national competition and finished a credible 7th. An amazing achievement for the year 8 students.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Grade Pairs champions Col Morris and Nik Fernbach

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Airlie Beach Darts

September 2, 2022

Round 19 was the final round of league darts in this seasons Premier League campaign, and it didn’t disappoint.

Earlier in the week, Lorraine Woods had to defeat Ross Gallichan to avoid the Wooden Spoon in her first season of premier league darts, but unfortunately her close friend had other ideas, as Ross was happy to inflict some heartache on Lorraine, dishing out a 7/4 defeat.

Fourth place was hotly contested between Andy Peel and Dom Friend. Andy had to beat Joe Wilson and hope that Jamie Woods could do him a favour by defeating Dom in the other fixture.

Jamie held up his end of the bargain by defeating Dom 7/4, both men hitting 180’s apiece in that game, but Andy suffered an agonising 7/5 loss to Joe.

Jamie Maher held on to his second place in this year’s league with a 7/1 victory over Seumas Rose, who finished in seventh place this season.

Kameron Reason left it too late with his 7-nil win over Aaron Paull, Aaron holds on to the last remaining finals spot in eighth place at the expense of Kameron.

Nathan O’Hara had a solid 7/2 win over Gary Robbie but followed that up with a 7/2 loss to Alan Green. That win for Alan rounds up this year’s top 8 finalists.

Kameron Reason, Gary Robbie, Nathan O’Hara and Ross Gallichan will all contest the Consolation Finals Series - The Hetlock Cup.

The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Airlie and Whitsunday Tattooing. Thank you for supporting us.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

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Whitsunday United FC celebrates two Minor Premierships!

September 2, 2022

What a fantastic day of football for Whitsunday United FC on Saturday! With the U14 Premier and Men's Premier sides clinching minor premierships in front of a large home crowd, it was history in the making.

The U16 Premiers started the day with a match in Mackay against Crusaders, with the travelling side needing a win to seal a finals place.

Both teams rose to the occasion and battered each other for the full 80 minutes. Whitsunday took an early lead with a penalty to Lincoln Sokolski-Fricker and held it till the 73rd minute when a brilliant strike by Crusader drew the scores level at 1-1.

The U16 get another chance for finals this weekend.

U14 Premiers faced a determined Lions side, needing one point to secure the minor premiership. In difficult and blustery conditions, they stayed solid and made sure of the game with minimal mistakes and maximum focus. A 1-1 draw means the team are champions, having lost only one game all season.

Unfortunately, the Women's Div1 side were not as lucky in their bid for a finals place. They started strong, racing to a 3-0 lead off the boot of Sari Goodall, however Dolphins wore them down in a game of attrition with the result a 5-4 loss to WUFC meaning they will fight for a finals place this weekend.

The Div1 Men played their last game of the season and enjoyed a spirited contest against fourth placed Dolphins. Although losing 4-1, the Div1 side continues to show great improvement and are looking forward to next year.

The Men's Reserve team wasted no time exerting their dominance over the visiting Crusaders side. With a strong display, constructing three brilliant goals to see off the visitors 3-0.

The Premier Men topped off a memorable day at the Whitsunday Sports Park with a riveting display.

Running into the wind in the first half they failed to capitalise on several opportunities created against the young Crusaders side who were keen to prove a point and went into the half time break at 0-0.

Within minutes of the second half starting, man of the match Scott Ferries stamped his mark on the game with a sideways scissor kick, finding the back of the net.

From then on it was all Whitsunday with Hayden Filby putting away a header from a free kick and Scott adding a second to his tally.

With a minor Premiership under their belt, the side is now 100% focussed on beating Lions through to the Grand Final and taking out the championship

With four sides already through to the finals and two more potentially in the mix, this is the most successful season ever for Whitsundays.

Premier League Men celebrate their Minor Premiership win

Scenes of jubilation as the U14 Whitsunday side are crowned Minor Premiers

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Bowen Golf News

September 2, 2022

Wednesday’s competition at Bowen Golf Club was a single stableford with ladies’ winners on a countback Karon McKenzie 39 points, and runner up Lynelle Riley, 39.  

Men’s winner on a countback was Kurt Gaudry 40 points, runner up Ezra Miller, 40.  

On Saturday we played the annual NRL footy themed, two ball ambrose sponsored by Alan Cooper, Dwayne and Jason Bartlett, and Graeme Dalton.  

Winners were Denise and Glenn Bianco 63.75 nett, second on a countback was Brendan and Riley Malone 64.75 nett, third Brad Graham and Damien Dederer 64.75 nett.  

Pin shots to Tom Wikander with an OBP, Michael Strickett and Raewyn Glover, Graham Seaborne and Kevin Clark, Grace Nott.  

Grace Nott also won Best dressed lady and Arthur Fisk won Best dressed Man.  Riley Malone claimed the $50 pro pin.

This weekend’s competition is the September Monthly Medal.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Best dressed ladies Grace Nott and playing partner Bev Lowcock

NRL footy themed ambrose winners Denise and Glenn Bianco

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On The Whitsunday Green

September 2, 2022

This week at Whitsunday Green, it was Pip Runciman with a fantastic score of 23 who won the weekly 9-hole stableford.

Second was Terry Kimpton with 21, and third Nathan Nikolich with 20 points.

For the 9-hole prawn run it was Scott Morrissey who won with 23 points, Jimmy Millar with 20 and Glenn Rees third with a countback 19 points.

Sunday was the Monthly Medal and while the weather wasn’t great, members had a great time.

The winners for the day were Tyson Flavel with a count back win over Tim Harris both with 52 Nett. Ryan Kenny was close behind with 56 nett.

Glenn Rees and Tyson Flavel took home the Nearest the Pin win. Hole in One on the third by Gruszczynski Ireneusz (Eric).

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

Justyn Durbin was decked out in Roosters jersey and hat for a day of golf on the weekend at Whitsunday Green

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Cannons Selected for Duel in the Pool

September 2, 2022

Congratulations to Remy Hedges, Jy Parkinson, and Jacob Bell for their selection in the SNQ Team for Duel in the Pool.  

The three Cannons travelled with coaches Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson to Mackay over the weekend to compete in the CQ vs NQ Duel.  

It was a fantastic experience and all thoroughly enjoyed the weekend even though CQ won this year.  

The Cannons hosted another big Club Night on Wednesday. Thank you very much to the Malady family for cooking up a storm.  

Congratulations to Don Algie and Isaac Pisaniello for winning the Chocolate Award for the best personal bests.  

Congratulations to Ehsan Helou and Gracie Laguna for achieving Upgrades.  The Prickly Pineapple Swim Star Award was presented to Jax Clayworth.  

Highlights from Club Night include: Ehsan Helou performed extremely well, swimming three personal bests.  

Harris Declac swam an awesome 100-metre IM in 2.06.74 which was a 13.62 second personal best (PB).  

The club welcomed Jasmine Gerlofsma to Club Night.  Jasmine hasn’t swum for a few years but looks like she hasn’t lost her form.  She swam a 50-metre Freestyle in 31.86 seconds and 25-metre Butterfly in 16.13 seconds.

Isabella Pisaniello and Matilda Nicholes swam super times in their 100-metre Freestyle.  

Don Algie continues to improve on his 200-metre Backstroke time to swim a 3.21.20.

James Davies swam an excellent time in his 25-metre Butterfly taking 3.08 seconds off his best.  Mason Harland swam extremely well in his 200-metre Freestyle to swim a time of 3.07.67.  

Anisa Helou swam a fantastic 100-metre IM in 1.20.76.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Gracie Laguna Upgrade Certificate

Cannons SNQ Team for Duel in Pool

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Airlie Beach Darts

August 25, 2022

In the penultimate week of the regular premier league season, Airlie Beach Darts had a few telling results.

The early match was between Jamie Woods and Lorraine Woods. The 7/1 result in favour of Jamie influenced both ends of the table.

The loss for Lorraine means she needs a win on the last day of the season to avoid this year’s wooden spoon.

Still at risk of being overtaken by Lorraine, Jayden Lloyd suffered two losses on Sunday: 7/1 to Seumas Rose, and later 7/4 to Gary Robbie. Leaving him in 13th place with no more matches remaining.

For Jamie Woods, that win secures him the league victory for this year with a week to spare, as Jamie Maher suffered a tough 7/5 loss to Joe Wilson, who himself still has ambitions of finishing the year in second place.

The final eight are set for this year’s final series but the positions are not.

Aaron Paull managed to hang on to eighth place even after losing 7/4 to Ross Gallichan. Ross lost his second game of the day, 7/4 to Nathan O’Hara.

Both Ross and Nathan will play in the Hetlock Cup final series this year along with Kameron Reason who just missed out on eight.

Joining those three players will be Gary Robbie, who along with the 7/4 win over Jayden Lloyd, later suffered a 7/2 loss to Andy Peel who remains just outside the top 4, a point behind Dom Friend.

And to round out the day, Alan Green had a 7/2 victory over Seumas Rose to make this year’s finals in his club debut season.

There’s still a lot to play for next week on the last day of the season.

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

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

Ross Gallichan in action at Mika on Sunday morning

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United Continue Strong Form

August 25, 2022

Although good results across most divisions, a couple of losses will serve as a valuable wake-up call to teams as the season finishes next week and finals begin in September.

The U14 Div1 certainly didn’t falter with a clinical display against Sarina Saints starting with early goals and continuing the target practice all game with an eight-goal haul overall. Josh Faletti was a standout for the side whilst Logan Burke scored a hat-trick.

The U14 Prem suffered their first loss of the season with an uncharacteristically lacklustre display against second placed Crusaders. Although leading at half-time 1-0, the second half lacked intensity and Crusaders managed to run them down and take the win 2-1.

U16 returned to top form against City Brothers. From the opening whistle, the Whitsunday team was switched on and played expansive football, pressing Brothers into mistakes.

It was a tense battle which had the spectators on the edge of their seats. Mitchell Milostic in goals had a great return from injury with several spectacular saves keeping his side in the game.

The Ladies had a mixed afternoon with Div1 going down to Country 4-1 after a strong start with Dani Kinear scoring the first goal of the match.

The Premier Women took control from the start and went into the half 3-1 with goals to Stephanie Mills, Mabel Gudes, and Bre Campbell.

Willow Gaffney added another goal in the second half and the Whitsunday side kept their comfortable lead.

The Whitsunday Men dominated the visiting Wanderers sides with the reserves taking a 7-1 win to secure their place in the finals. Nick Paul continued his goal scoring spree, adding four to his tally. Nicholas Hansen, James Vodika, and Riley O'Grady added the extras. The win puts them in a secure third place.

The Premier Men finished off the night on a winning note, sending the tired Wanderers side home with a 7-2 defeat at the hand of seven different goal scorers.

The Whitsunday Premier Men now just need one point from their final game to take out the Premiership.

Next weekend is the last home game for the Whitsunday Football Club so come down and support your local side.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic

Women’s Premiers Bre Campbell and Clair Larden smiling after a strong win against Country

Young men’s reserves player and goalscorer Riley O'Grady

Caption 3:Rhodri Jones lining up a long pass

Penny Grossi

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Bowen Golf News

August 25, 2022

Ladies’ winners Raewyn Glover and Grace Nott 66.5 nett, runners-up Judith Benson and Joy Hose 67.5 nett.

Pin shots to Bev Lowcock and Karon McKenzie, Joy Hose and Judith Benson, Elona Lynch and Morag Parker.  

Men’s winner Lester Keller 40pts, runner up Chris Matheson 37pts.  

The weekend’s competition started with a Single Stableford on Saturday sponsored by Refrigerated Technologies.  

Ladies’ winner Elona Lynch 38pts, second Julie Martin 37pts, third Chris Heinrich 36.  

Pin shots to Penny Stewart, Chris Heinrich, Bonnie Kohlhase, Lorraine McArthur.

Men’s winner James Miller 41 points, second Ezra Miller 39, third Daniel Varcoe 37 points.  Pin shots to Malcolm Martin, Gregg Aplin, Steve Darwin, Terry London.

Sunday was the annual 27-hole mixed foursome championships sponsored by Grand View Hotel.  

Winners Matthew Yasso and Claire Garrod, runners-up Owen Land and Robyn Slade.  

Nett winners Joy Hose and Tom Wikander, runners-up Kim Bennion and Mark Russell.  

Pin shots to Penny Stewart, Tom Wikander and Joy Hose, Morag Parker and Isaac Fellows.  

This weekend’s competition is a NRL footy themed, two ball ambrose sponsored by Alan Cooper, Dwayne and Jason Bartlett and Graeme Dalton.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Mixed foursomes Gross winners Matthew Yasso and Claire Garrod, runners-up Robyn Slade and Owen Land

Mixed foursomes Nett runners-up Mark Russell and Kim Bennion, and winners Joy Hose and Tom Wikander

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On The Whitsunday Green

August 25, 2022

The weekly 9-hole stableford was won this week by Rhys Bartholomew with 20 points. Clive Burnup and Renae Maxwell were close behind with 19 points, but it was Clive who took the count back for second place.

On Friday, Jay Angel was the winner with 21 points and a count back win over Tyson Flavel. Dave Telford was third on a count back with 19 points.

The 4 ball better ball played on Sunday saw the Barnards in first place, Dean and Josh came in ahead of Glenn Rees and Rob Lodders in second and Alan Clinch and Dave Wallace in third.

Nearest the Pins for the day were Rob Lodders and Glenn Rees. Sunday will be the August Monthly Medal. Tee off is 10am.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

Rhys Bartholomew was the winner at this week’s 9-hole stableford for Whitsunday Green golf club

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U17 Sea Eagle’s Back-to-Back League Medals

August 25, 2022

AFLQ Mackay hosted their League Presentations on Saturday with Whitsunday Sea Eagles well represented in their achievements.

Young gun Under 17 Sea Eagle Aidan Allen-Fancke went back-to-back from 2021 in an extraordinary effort, taking out the 2022 Trevor ‘Hat’ McCann Medal for Under 17 AFLQ Mackay League Best and Fairest.

Allen-Fancke’s natural talent and skill on field are something to behold earning him this well-deserved second medal.

Not to be outdone Sea Eagles Under 17 Coach Leigh Dunn took out the AFLQ Mackay League Junior Coach of the Year award for coaching this amazing team full of talented players.

Dunn has been with the Club for over two years now, and shows his knowledge, experience and dedication to coaching AFL with not only the Under 17s team but also running the Whitsunday Sea Eagles Junior Development and Bowen Auskick programs.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles had multiple Senior players in the representative sides for AFLQ Mackay Senior Men and Women’s Team of the Year.

Senior Men saw Sea Eagles Jake Turner, Ryan Lee, Mitchell Healey, Brent Downie and Alex Rodgers named with Lee also making it to equal fifth in the Senior Men’s Medal count even after spending half the season out injured.

Senior Women Team of the Year included Sea Eagles Cleo Dickie on the wing and Georgie Carland back pocket with Dickie also making the top 10 in the Senior Women’s League Medal.

Sea Eagles head to Mackay for Preliminary Finals this weekend with Under 17s (1v2) playing at the Saints 10.40am Saturday, August 27, and Under 12, Under 14 and Senior Men (3v4) headed to Bakers Creek Sunday, August 28, Juniors from 8am, Senior Men 1.50pm.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

2022 Aidan Allen-Fancke

Leigh Dunn Junior Coach of the Year

Senior Women Reps Cleo Dicke, Ian Hodges (Coach) Grace Bell

Kylie Allen & Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

August 25, 2022

Chermside, Brisbane: Over four days, the Queensland Multi-disability Championships were held and Airlie Beach Bowls Club was represented in both Men’s and Women’s sections.

The club’s own Russell Jackson not only won the Men’s Singles Championship but teamed up with Barry Lynne from Mareeba Bowls Club in the far north to also claim the Men’s Pairs.

Di Jackson, represented the club, too, playing 10 games in four days and performed admirably.

Closer to home, Manny Isgro played in the singles Champion of Champions on grass at South Suburban Bowls Club in Mackay.

Over two days, Isgro beat Johnathon Bye 21-15 in the final to be crowned the Champion of Champions in the district.

On the club’s green: Wednesday afternoon bowls saw skipper Ladda Purdie combine with Rick Galea to beat all comers for the prize.

Wednesday night Business House Bowls’ last season’s Champions, PRD, continue their outstanding form, and donated their prize money back to the club for the school students’ final to increase the prize money.

Saturday morning Scroungers crowned first round winners John Askew, Margo Stanley, Bobby Ward, Graham Cowling, and Fran. The final was won by John Askew against club coach Margo Stanley.

Sunday afternoon’s social bowls saw 27 bowlers contesting for the prize money and Ladda Purdie led her team of Bobby Ward and Col Morris to a fantastic win.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Airlie Beach Bowls Club’s Manny Isgro, the newly crowned 2022 Singles District Champion of Champions

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Cannons Enjoy Great Start to Season

August 25, 2022

The Cannonvale Cannons hosted another enjoyable Club Night last Wednesday where they commended Jy Parkinson, Tora Delac, and Jacob Bell on their outstanding achievements at Queensland SC Championships.  

Congratulations to Harris Delac and Eloise Chegwidden for winning the Chocolate Award for their personal bests.  

The club also presented Upgrade certificates to Don Algie, Jax Clayworth, Zane Clayworth, and Isabella Pisaniello.  

The Cannons would also like to commend Jasper Korosec for winning the Prickly Pineapple Swim Star Award.  

The coaches, Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson were very impressed this week with the younger swimmers.

Don Algie, Isaac Pisaniello, and Millah Walker smashed out some huge personal bests on Wednesday. Don Algie swam a 27.86 second personal best (PB) in his 200-metre Backstroke.  Isaac Pisaniello swam a 14.62s PB in his 100-metre IM, and Millah Walker, swam a 16.55 second PB in her 12-metre Breaststroke.  

Special mention:  Harris Delac who swam a fantastic Freestyle in 46.49sec.  Declan Dichiera swam 100-metre IM under 2min and achieved a 5.59 second PB.  Liam Filewood also swam extremely well in his 100-metre IM to swim a 2.76 second PB.  

Ehsan Helou just keeps getting faster and faster in his Breaststroke.  This week, he swam 50-metre Breaststroke in 37.36 seconds (a 2.28 second PB).

Ehsan’s sister, Anisa swam an excellent 100-metre Freestyle in 1.07.16.  While Indi Smith swam a super 25-metre Breaststroke in 27.13sec.  

Celeste Orenshaw swam an awesome 50-metre Freestyle in 45.76sec.  

The coaches would also like to commend Koa Harland, Isabella Pisaniello and Piper Walker for swimming PBs.  

Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated at Club Night.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Jy Parkinson letting up and coming Cannons (Nelson, Charlie and Jax) try on his medals

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Raiders Finish Season Minor Premiers, Remain Undefeated

August 25, 2022

Raiders Finish Season Minor Premiers, Remain Undefeated

Saturday saw the Mama Africa Raiders travel to Moranbah to finish of the regular season.

Travelling away is always hard on teams but the lads turned up early and a majority of the squad travelled by bus to the coal fields to take on the Moranbah Bulls.

The Mama Africa Raiders put on a display of running rugby that had the home side on the back foot from the start.

Coach Andre Houston was excited by the way his forwards were working for every opportunity and how his backs were running deep and wide.

The culmination of a year’s training was showing Moranbah a style of rugby they had no answers for and at the half time break, mama Africa raiders had a very handy 52-0 lead.

The scoreboard may have shown a commanding lead to the visitors, but Moranbah were not going to give up easily, especially at home for their last game of the season.

Raiders were still in command of the game but by the end of it, the men in green had only put 33 extra points on the board. Moranbah had stepped up a notch and made the going tougher.

A big congratulations to the entire playing squad, coaches, and supporters of the Mama Africa Raiders to finish the regular season as undefeated minor premiers, running out victors over Moranbah 85-5.

A bye weekend on August 27 leads the team into the preliminary finals to be held at Whitsunday Sportspark on Saturday, September 3.

This is going to be a special day for Whitsunday rugby as the women’s team will play, as well as three senior men’s games.

There will be face painting and a jumping castle available for the kids as well as the Raiders Sponsors Day event, food and drinks available all afternoon.

Player points on the day went to the tireless Shanun Naske, three points, always evasive Enelaki Faataape two points, and the speedster Rhys Ward one point.

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

Raiders finish another season undefeated as Minor Premiers

It’s been almost two full seasons since the side has lost

nelaki Faataape breaking through Moranbah’s players in their final game of the regular season

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Airlie Beach Darts

August 18, 2022

With finals looming large, the club hosted a huge number of fixtures for round 17, including a few catch up matches on the card.

The biggest mover on the day was Dom Friend winning all three of his matches. The first was a 7/5 victory over top four rival Joe Wilson. He followed that up with two, seven nil wins over Jayden Lloyd and Lorraine Woods respectively.

Joe Wilson’s loss sees him lose more ground to both Jamie Woods and Jamie Maher at the top of the league table, each of whom had wins on Sunday.

Jamie Woods defeated Jayden Lloyd 7/1 and Jamie Maher had a 7/0 win over Gary Robbie, Jamie Maher hit a 180 in that game.

Aaron Paull had a 7/2 win over Nathan O’Hara and a 7/3 win over Andy Peel which keeps a firm grip on his finals spot, currently sitting in 7th.

Alan Green also had an important top 8 win on Sunday, with a 7/3 win over Kameron Reason. That defeat for Kameron Reason was a big blow for his finals chances, but with two rounds remaining, he may make it yet.

Andy Peel had a tough day on the board suffering 2 losses out of his 3 matches which drop him out of the top four for now. The victory he did have was a 7/3 win over Jayden Lloyd.

With only two rounds remaining, there’s still an awful lot to play for both ends of the table.

The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Airlie and Whitsunday Tattooing.

As It Stands

1. J Woods 28pts

2. J Maher 28pts

3. D Friend 25pts

4. J Wilson 25pts

5. A Peel 22pts

6. A Green 19pts

7. A Paull 16pts

8. S Rose 14pts

9. K Reason 12pts

10. G Robbie 7pts

11. N O’Hara 5pts

12. J Lloyd 4pts

13. R Gallichan 3pts

14. L Woods 2pts

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Whitsunday United FC Finals Charge

August 18, 2022

With another great round of results in the seniors, it now looks like at least six of the eight Whitsunday United teams are heading to the finals series.

The club’s U14 Div1 side played the dominant side in their competition and made them work hard for their 2-0 win, even though we were down on players.

Unlucky to concede two goals in the first half, they held the Lions scoreless in the second. Josh Milostic was outstanding at left midfield.

The U14 Prems had a challenging game against an improving City Brothers. Also down on players through injury, the side had plenty of shots on goal that just didn’t find the net and put themselves in a difficult position conceding a goal.

An absolute screamer of a shot from Dani Kinnear equalised the scores at half time. There was no change to the score in the second half and the U14 Premiers hold on top place on the ladder. Hayden Milliken was tireless in defence and had a huge impact on the game.

The U16 played a Wanderers side that was determined to win and make sure of their finals spot. With a full squad, they came out hard and fast putting pressure on the Whitsunday side from the outset.

Despite conceding an early goal the local side rallied with Rale Mudford scoring a brilliant eqaulised. The game from one end to the other with both sides having opportunities but Wanderers made the most of them, running out 3-1 winners.

Tate Butler's determination and effort inspire the depleted Whitsunday side to be competitive till the end.

The ladies are turning up the heat in the run to the finals with Div 1 having a great 7-4 win against Country. Sari Goodall was dominant in attack as she found the back of the net an incredible 6 times. Dani Kinnear, stepping up to help from the U14's scored a great goal and made fantastic supporting runs.

The Premier Ladies had a solid 3-1 win against City Brothers. Sari Goodall scored twice with fantastic lead up play from Hazel Farrell and Steph Mills. Willow Gaffney got the third goal through a great strike from well outside the box.

A great team effort and showing great form at the right time of the season. Both Senior Men's teams played City Brothers with the Reserves Squad seeking a win to solidify their finals qualification.

With City Brothers just as keen to leapfrog Whitsunday on the table, the first half saw some good attacking football from both sides but the score was 0- 0 at half time.

Whitsunday opened the scoring in the second half with Scott Ferries calming scoring on the end of a cross. However, Brothers responded with two goals to hit the front. Whitsunday kept the composure and with goals to Scott Boldy and Cy Taylor ran away victors in a close game.

The Premier Men were looking to maintain their charge for the Premiership against a tired City Brothers side. With goals to Scott Ferries, Scott Boldy, Andrew Hodgen, Harry Hodgen (2), Josh Healey, Martyn Goodey, and a hat-trick for Hayden Filby the 10-2 win keeps their claim alive.

This weekend is the last big home round with 6 games at the Whitsunday Sports Park. Come on down and enjoy the action

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic

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Successful Under 200s Carnival

August 18, 2022

On Wednesday in Social bowls, Alen Sanderson and Bob Preston defeated Jim Bownds and Peter Lawton 23–17 to start the week.

Mike Harrison played double lead in a game of Triples where Mike, Arthur Griffith, and David Ling defeated Mike, Sandy Daffara, and Jim Quod 23-20.

On the weekend, 18 teams - with players from across the state: Cairns, Townsville, Ingham, Bowen, Pioneer Valley, Northern Beaches, Souths Suburban, Wests Tigers, Seaforth, Marian, North Mackay and Airlie Beach - played in five games of 17 ends.  

All bowlers showed a high level of skill combined with the very best of sportsmanship.

Round were won by the teams of Scott Wilson, Scott Hamilton, Wade Vidulich, Tony Koop and Barry Jackson.  

First place was taken out by Shane Spann, Luke Kinnear, Tim Taylor, and Harry Quod - all from Airlie Beach.  

Second place was taken out by Rick Dunn, Grahame Kinnear, and David Peet with the team a mixture of Proserpine, Souths Suburban and Northern Beaches players.  

Third Place was taken out by Michael Kinnear, Col Mark, Jason Kennedy, and Simon Linden; a mixed team of Proserpine and Souths Suburban.  

Fourth place was taken out by Gavin Milne, Steve Ridolfi, Wayne Handley, and Andrew Bell, a team of Proserpine and Souths Suburban.

We'd like to sincerely thank: our sponsors for the event Metropole Hotel, Cane Country Tyres, Anything Environmental and Crokers Fuel and Oil; the members who helped across the field; and Betty Petersen from Northern Beaches who assisted in the kitchen.

We wish Scott Kinnear every success this week as he plays in the Multi Disability Games at Chermside.  Some games are being live streamed on the BQ Facebook page.

Wishing Jonathan Bye all the best in the Champion of Champion Singles being played at Souths Suburban this coming weekend.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

Winners of Under 200s Luke Kinnear, Harry Quod, Tim Taylor, and Shane Spann

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Wangaratta Bowls

August 18, 2022

Monday Triples result: Winners for the afternoon B Dykstra, J Steele, and R Hayton defeated G Coleman, H Pineen, and I Dunn.

Tuesday: a great afternoon was had by all. Winners for the afternoon on a countback of ends were D Copland, P Vulcan, and M Hyde who drew with C Coonan, M Brunker, and C Parker.

Runners Up J Mescum, A Pearson, P Warren, and G Brownell defeated V Bossma, J Parker, L Palmer, and J Walsh.

Thursday winners for the afternoon J Christie, G Harvey, and P Aykens defeating S Pearson, and C Christgate Domingo.

Fun Friday: D Hallas, B Jackson, and R Boskma defeated L Palmer, R Hyde, and L Harris.

Friday Night Barefoot Bowls: Neville Leigh and Brian Dennis defeated Joan Sandra and Deb Harold, while Jamie, Les, Evan, and Peter defeated Kate, Wendy, Helen, and Anita. While Karen, June, Neil, and Ann defeating Darrell, Mark, Geoff, and Allan, Jan, and Mark defeated Leigh, Brian, and Allan.  

Sunday: With a full green of triples the annual Tracey Trophy was played with a lot of enthusiasm.

Pat and Neil always put on a great trophy afternoon and this year was no exception. A great afternoon tea and then delicious soup after the game.

Winners for the afternoon were J Harvey, B Bellingham, and P Aykens.

Mixed Pairs Competition: P Warren A Rolfe d R Stitt M Drummond.

Good luck to our ladies who are playing in the North Qld District Championships in Townsville this week.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Winners of Tracey Trophy Day, Neil Tracey, Pearl Aykens, Jan Harvey, Brain Bellingham, and Pat Tracey

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Bowen Golf News

August 18, 2022

Wednesday’s competition at Bowen Golf Club was a single stableford for both Men and Ladies.  Ladies’ winner Viv Clark 37 points, runner up on a countback Michelle Campbell, 36.  

Men’s winner on a countback France Willman 39 points, runner up Mike Conroy, 39.

The weekend’s competition was the Men’s A, B, and C Grade Club championships, with a well done to all that played both days.  

Thank you to Brent Stocker Electrical for your sponsorship.

A Grade Gross winner and 2022 Club Champion is Akeam Power, A Grade Gross runner up Jeremy Chrzanowski, A Grade Nett Winner Greg Fairs, nett runner up Mitchell Greenbank.  

B Grade Gross winner Jason Craig, Gross runner up Craig Newell, B Grade Nett winner Ray Campbell, runner up Ray Sellen.  

C Grade Gross winner Colin Shaw, runner up Robert Byles.  Nett winner Andrew Glossop, nett runner up Peter Theodossio.  

Pin shots over the weekend went to Brendon Wells, Akeam Power, Greg Fairs, Brett Richards, Jason Craig, Rod Wells, Andrew Need.  Benny Bon won the carwash voucher with an OBP.

This weekend’s competitions start with a Single Stableford on Saturday sponsored by Refrigerated Technologies.  

Sunday is the annual 27-hole mixed foursome championships sponsored by Grand View Hotel.  Don’t forget to check the clubs Facebook page for this week’s dinner menu.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Men’s A Grade Gross runner up Jeremy Chrzanowski, Gross winner Akeam Power, B Grade Gross winner Jason Craig, Gross runner up Craig Newell

Mens A Grade Nett winner Greg Fairs, B Grade Nett runner up Ray Sellen, B Grade Nett winner Ray Campbell

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Veterans Golf

August 18, 2022

Great to see so many players out today for the August Monthly Medal, with fourteen women and seventeen men including two visitors from Traralgon Golf Club.

Gary Scotford took out the Medal with 70, followed by Barry Mortimer 72, and Barry Shuwalow on a countback also with 72.  

Mandy Patterson won the Medal with an excellent score of 65 followed by Jacqui Wall 70 and Tiina Randmae 72.  

Nearest the pins went to Barry Shuwalow, Phil Luckett, Mandy Patterson, Robyn Whitham (in the hole), Elspeth Scotford (in the hole), Jan Shuwalow and Helen Deighton.

Least putts was Barry Shuwalow 27 and Helen and Jan tied with 29. A great day for the Shuwalows who also won the raffle.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Mandy Patterson and Gary Scotford

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Cannons Successful at Queensland Short Course Champs

August 18, 2022

Over the weekend, Tora Delac, Jacob Bell, and Jy Parkinson competed at the Queensland Short Course Championships in Brisbane.

Coach, Mark Erickson was very impressed with his swimmers, who achieved 17 personal bests (PBs) from 20 swims.

Jy Parkinson was presented with one silver and six bronze medals. All his swims placed him in the Queensland ‘Top 10’.  

He won the silver medal for his 200-metre Freestyle in an excellent time of 1.53.21.  He won bronze medals for his 200-metre Butterfly, 200-metre Backstroke, 100-metre Backstroke, 100-metre Freestyle, 100-metre Butterfly and 400-metre Freestyle.

Jy swam an exceptional 200-metre Butterfly in 2.07.11 which was an 8.39sec personal best.  He also swam super 400-metre Freestyle in 4.03.56 which was a 5.94 second personal best.  

Jacob Bell opened the championships with a gold medal in 1500-metre Freestyle.  He swam his 1500-metre Freestyle in 17.27.90.  He also swam an awesome time of 4.20.61 in his 400-metre Freestyle to earn 10th place.  His 50-metre Backstroke also earned him a 0.75sec personal best.  

11-year-old Tora Delac thoroughly enjoyed the championships.  She swam five PBs out of her six swims.  She was very excited with her 50-metre Freestyle time of 32.66 (1.39 sec personal).  Another of her best events was her 50-metre Backstroke, which took over two seconds off her previous best time.

Congratulations Jy, Jacob and Tora. The Cannons would thank the parents and coaches, Mark and Ken Crittenden for supporting the swimmers.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Cannons State SC Team 2022

Jacob bell at Qld Short Course

Jy and Mark at State SC championships

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Fishing Report

August 18, 2022

I was introduced to fishing by my father at a very early age and have a lot of fond memories fishing with him over the many years since. We kept that bond of spending time together fishing right up until his recent passing.

So, it’s been a particular pleasure of mine to see so many young anglers on board this year with their parents (mostly dad!) catching their first fish. Fishing is such a great pastime, getting the kids outdoors and Peter Faust Dam provides the perfect platform for the junior anglers because of the calm conditions. And the quick travel time to the fishing spots means the shorter attention spans are kept interested!

Most of the juniors are fishing on school holidays or weekends but one particularly lucky young man, Lachie, got to take the day off school because it was a present for his 10th birthday. He had a great day on the water with 5 fish to 97cm and he has the makings of a real gun angler.

Chloe visited the Whitsundays with her father Joel. Both do a fair bit of fishing at home on the Sunshine Coast and own a boat themselves, although it was Chloe’s introduction to barra fishing and an introduction she’s unlikely to forget with her first barra measuring in at an impressive 101cm.

Young Dillan persevered through a rainy day last month for a 101cm which almost matched his dad Luke’s 105cm! And John brought his grandson Hamish to the dam hoping to pass on his love of barra fishing to the young man. He succeeded and they will make the trip again together next year to see if he can best his 101cm fish!

Luke Fallon | Luke Fallon Sport & Game Fishing | www.fishingfaust.com.au

Chloe caught her first bara at a whopping 101cm and her dad Joel

Dillan and his dad Luke both took home a massive catch

Young Hamish

Lachie took a day off school to go fishing for his 10th birthday

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Whitsunday United FC Finals Charge

August 18, 2022

With another great round of results in the seniors, it now looks like at least six of the eight Whitsunday United teams are heading to the finals series.

The club’s U14 Div1 side played the dominant side in their competition and made them work hard for their 2-0 win, even though we were down on players.

Unlucky to concede two goals in the first half, they held the Lions scoreless in the second. Josh Milostic was outstanding at left midfield.

The U14 Prems had a challenging game against an improving City Brothers. Also down on players through injury, the side had plenty of shots on goal that just didn’t find the net and put themselves in a difficult position conceding a goal.

An absolute screamer of a shot from Dani Kinnear equalised the scores at half time. There was no change to the score in the second half and the U14 Premiers hold on top place on the ladder. Hayden Milliken was tireless in defence and had a huge impact on the game.

The U16 played a Wanderers side that was determined to win and make sure of their finals spot. With a full squad, they came out hard and fast putting pressure on the Whitsunday side from the outset.

Despite conceding an early goal the local side rallied with Rale Mudford scoring a brilliant eqaulised. The game from one end to the other with both sides having opportunities but Wanderers made the most of them, running out 3-1 winners.

Tate Butler's determination and effort inspire the depleted Whitsunday side to be competitive till the end.

The ladies are turning up the heat in the run to the finals with Div 1 having a great 7-4 win against Country. Sari Goodall was dominant in attack as she found the back of the net an incredible 6 times. Dani Kinnear, stepping up to help from the U14's scored a great goal and made fantastic supporting runs.

The Premier Ladies had a solid 3-1 win against City Brothers. Sari Goodall scored twice with fantastic lead up play from Hazel Farrell and Steph Mills. Willow Gaffney got the third goal through a great strike from well outside the box.

A great team effort and showing great form at the right time of the season. Both Senior Men's teams played City Brothers with the Reserves Squad seeking a win to solidify their finals qualification.

With City Brothers just as keen to leapfrog Whitsunday on the table, the first half saw some good attacking football from both sides but the score was 0- 0 at half time.

Whitsunday opened the scoring in the second half with Scott Ferries calming scoring on the end of a cross. However, Brothers responded with two goals to hit the front. Whitsunday kept the composure and with goals to Scott Boldy and Cy Taylor ran away victors in a close game.

The Premier Men were looking to maintain their charge for the Premiership against a tired City Brothers side. With goals to Scott Ferries, Scott Boldy, Andrew Hodgen, Harry Hodgen (2), Josh Healey, Martyn Goodey, and a hat-trick for Hayden Filby the 10-2 win keeps their claim alive.

This weekend is the last big home round with 6 games at the Whitsunday Sports Park. Come on down and enjoy the action

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic

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Spectacular Success for Whitsunday United FC.

August 11, 2022

What a weekend for Whitsunday United with brilliant performances across all age groups.

The wins came early with both Division 1 Men and Women travelling to Mackay for their games. The Men's side faced off against Lions and continued their good form by bringing back three points in a 3-0 win. Goals came from the boots of Josh Lowe, Jake Flaherty, and Phillip Mcallister.

A story of resilience from the Div1 Women – barely able to get a team together for the fixture and on the verge of forfeiting before the match had even begun, they called on some injured players.

The Women’s side then managed to pull off a fairy tale victory against Sarina with a final score of 11-1. Three girls scored a hat-trick of goals: Kirsty Smith, Abi Worby, and Sonya Quod all finding the back of the net with regularity.

Mabel Gudes scored a couple to top off a memorable night. Keely Salty displayed the courage and grit starting to become a Whitsunday trademark, taking off her moon boot to play in goals and help her team. Super star!

U14 Div1 continued their superb form against Rangers and were in control from the start with an early goal to Charlie Fendley opening the floodgates.

Goals from Jacob Godden, Josh Faletti, and Harry Squires had the score at 5-0 at half time. After a dominant first half, the intensity dropped and the final score was 6-1 – a convincing win.

Unfortunately, the unbeaten U14 Premiere side didn’t play due to a forfeit from the opposition.

Whitsunday Sports Park hosted the action from 3pm on Saturday. The U16 Prems stepped up the pressure after a slow start and didn’t waste time getting on top of the Dolphins side – racing to a 3-0 lead at half time.

The second was an impressive display of teamwork, creating opportunity after opportunity, and hitting the post four times, the final score was 4-1. A satisfying result with two goals each to Kobi Miller and Jazz Knezevic. Lincoln Sokolski-Fricker was outstanding in defence and with his attacking raids.

Our Premier Women played the top of the table Lions side and faced an uphill battle with a limited player roster. Coach Peter Farrell was pleased with the team's effort: "To go down by only two goals against Lions is an impressive result with the players we have missing at the moment,” he said.

Both Men's sides were pumped and ready to take on both Lion's sides in their respective grades in front of a large and vocal home crowd. Particularly the Men’s Whitsunday Premiers team, who would tackle the Premiership leading Lions.

The U23's started off the proceedings and dominated from the outset, putting the Lions off their usual game with fast and physical play. With James Vodicka (1) and Nick Hansen (2) doing the damage, the satisfying 3-0 victory puts the side in strong contention for the finals with three teams tied on 16 points, but Whitsundays having two games in hand over the others.

In the match of the day, the Whitsunday Premier Men were determined to avenge previous losses and make a claim for the Premiership - and what a statement they made.

In a hard and physical game played at a furious pace, the Whitsunday Men were the better side all over the park. The yellow cards were flying with neither side taking a backward step but ultimately it was the class and speed of the Whitsunday squad that won through.

Led by displays of individual brilliance by midfielder Scott Ferries, as well as Hayden Filby, the home side rallied for an emphatic 3-1 victory. Goals from Hayden Filby - running into the centre of the box, striking the ball into the side netting - and two penalties, one from Tommy Torzsok, and the other from Ben Seago, inspired the victory.

The team song rang out loud and clear over the sports park that night.

With four games left in the season, the Men’s Premier Side are closing in on a potential league title should they win the remainder of their games. They played Mackay Magpie Crusaders on Wednesday – a result not known at the time of writing.

Whitsunday United’s Women Div1 girls with three goals a-piece! A massive effort from Kirsty Smith, Sonya Quod, and Abi Worby!

It was a huge win for the Division 1 side, which set the tone for a miracle weekend across the entire club

Keely Salter took off her moonboot and put on the gloves in a display of commitment

Mabel Gudes with two goals in the game, her reward for constant hard work

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Polocrosse Bowen Report

August 11, 2022

At the end of July, Bowen Polocrosse Club hosted it annual carnival, fielding a team in the B grade comp with four Bowen players.

That team of Anthony Sullivan, Ellisa Davis, Michael and Jess Foster - along with two other players all the way from Coffs Harbour - took out runners up in the B Grade.

Michael Foster also took out Best Bowen player and the Best Sportsmanship award for the carnival, with Ellisa Davis also taking home the female encouragement award.

As well, the Bowen clubs’ newest members played in the C grade team fielded by ‘Mr worldwide’ Ben Burgess, Oscar Turner, and seasoned player Brendan Smith.

Although they didn’t come away with a win, the boys played a fantastic game all weekend.

The club couldn’t forget its Junior player Ryleigh Melean, who played an exceptional game all weekend.

On the weekend August 6, members of the Bowen club travelled to Gordonvale to play at the Pyramid carnival.

It was a tough competition and the club didn’t come away with any wins, despite all members playing well. It was certainly a tough competition all weekend.

The club is practicing at the grounds in the coming weeks and would love to have anyone interested come and get involved. Please contact the club for more information either via email bowenpolox@outlook.com or phone: Sully 0410 649 364.

Contributed with thanks to Jesse Foster

Adam Burns and Michale Foster playing against Roma. Image Barden Photographic

Ben Burgess, Oscar Turner, Brendan Smith

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Sea Eagles Battle At Home

August 11, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles teams hosted the ever strong North Mackay Saints for the second time within a month showing mixed results for the day.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Senior Men hosted undefeated North Mackay Saints with the opposition winning the game convincingly 100 – 37 after a close battle to half time. Sea Eagles were able to execute their plan perfectly for the first quarter going into the first break 28 – 7 in the lead. Although Sea Eagles battled hard for the remainder of the game the Saints were able to catch up on the scoreboard by half time to then take off in the final half and show why they sit at the top.

Sea Eagles Senior Women had a closer match this week with Saints coming out strong to put points on the board before Sea Eagles reigned them in to apply their best pressure this season. Sea Eagles put in a good effort with consistent scores marginally less than Saints to eventually end down 22 – 47.

Sea Eagles Under 17s took on the Saints as the only team they are yet to beat this season losing out 13 – 58. With a few key players out it was always going to be a big challenge to stick with the talented Saints outfit.

Under 14s had a hard day out against the Saints battling for the day to end up with a 13 – 61 loss for the day.

Off to a firing start the youngest Under 12 Sea Eagles flew to a 19 – 1 lead against the Saints by the first break. Remainder of the match saw both teams wrestling for the ball with Saints scoring a goal early in the final term to leave Sea Eagles feeling the pressure. With a few minutes left Ollie Hardy managed his third for the match giving a comforting lead to the Sea Eagles youngsters celebrating their 25 – 15 win at the final siren.

Sea Eagles hit the road in different directions this week with Juniors and Senior Women headed out Moranbah from 9am and Senior Men play Eastern Swans in Mackay at 1:20pm.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

Whitsunday Sea Eagles U12 player Reef Weller

Zavier Goswell of the U14s side

U17s player Jordan Daniels

Images: Cody Fowler

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Cannons Kickstart the New Season

August 11, 2022

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club hosted its first Club Night for the new season with swimmers excited to get back into racing.  

Surprisingly, so early in the season, the 26 swimmers who attended achieved a total of 35 PBs.  

The club would like to congratulate Jy Parkinson and Jax Clayworth for setting Club Records at the Cannons’ Winter carnival.  

Jy set new records for the 400-metre Freestyle and 200-metre IM.  Jax set new Club Records for 50-metre Freestyle, 50-metre Backstroke, 50-metre Butterfly and 100-metre IM.  

The Cannons would also like to commend Don Algie, Lukas Trevaskis and Eloise Chegwidden for achieving Upgrade times.  

The coaches, new committee and swimmers are all looking forward to this new season especially after the Australian swimmers have done so well at the Commonwealth Games.  

Club Night highlights include:  Jax Clayworth swam an excellent time of 1.42.77 in his 100-metre Butterfly which was a 20.96s Personal Best (PB).   Eloise Chegwidden, 7, swam an impressive 100-metre IM in 100-metre IM (a 8.21sec PB).  Thomas Ganter, aged 10, swam a super time of 44.12s in his 50-metre Butterfly. While Lucas Korosec, aged 6, swam extremely well at his first Club Night.  

Isabella and Isaac Pisaniello both swam awesome times in their Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly events.

One of Isabella’s best swims was her 50-metre Butterfly which she swam in 49.64sec (a 6.54sec PB).  

Congratulations to Matilda Nicholes, Celeste Orenshaw, Indi Smith, Levi Smith, Don Algie, Jacob Bell, Harry Chegwidden, Zane Clayworth, James Davies, Harris Delac, Declan Dichiera, Maeve Dichiera, Liam Filewood, Jack Ganter and Jasper Korosec for also swimming PBs on Wednesday night.

A big thank you to all the parents and volunteers who helped on Wednesday night!

Girls on the starting blocks

Jax Clayworth and Jy Parkinson with record certificates

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Airlie Beach Bowls

August 11, 2022

Airlie Beach Bowls Club got the week rolling with Tuesday afternoon bowls as Col Morris and Shane Spann were in outstanding form, easily defeating a big field.

Wednesday afternoon’s bowls was a huge day for outstanding clubman John Askew whom not only scooped the pool with an awesome win - with visitors Ken McAllister and Arthur Jewel – but also won the jackpot pool of $500 for the team and the Health Hub award for the trifecta on the day.

It was wonderful for all bowlers to welcome longstanding members Mae and Herb Secomb back into the fold.

Wednesday night was Round Three of Business House Bowls and the two skippers of the newest teams, Matt Plain and Matt Francis, bowled brilliantly.

Friday afternoon, the club received the wonderful news that Betty Nicole and Carol Crosbie beat all comers in Mackay to take the coveted Champion of Champions Pairs.

Sunday afternoon saw 30 bowlers competing for the prize with Betty Nicole continuing her remarkable form with Keith Bates and Alan Pershouse demoralising all comers.

Manny Isgro and Shane Spann continued the little club’s fantastic form, also winning the Champion of Champions in Mackay, and completing the double.

School teams are almost finalised to see whom is required to represent the area, and will be named as soon as competition is completed.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Dan McDowall, Matt Francis and Matt Plain at Business House Bowls welcome last Wednesday night

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Bowen Bowls Report

August 11, 2022

Wednesday Social: Eddy/Joan, Gavin Charles, and Gus Munro defeated Paula Welsted and Tracey Roach. Mary Ellen Pratten and Ron Gould defeated Brian Jones and Barry Jackson. Bev Smith,Col Mesken, and Steve Roome defeated B.Tower, J.Mesken,and Jane Gilbert.

Sunday Social: Pauline Beadle, C. Davies, Barry Jackson, and Ross Scallon defeated Fay Stewart, Joan Edwards, and Wayne Crowhurst.

Jane Gilbert, David Gilmore, Danni Jeffries, and Kaleb Jeffries defeated Paula Welsted, Lee Welsted, Peter Thomson, and Brett.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

Birthday Girl Jane Gilbert with family members from Brisbane: Kaleb Jeffries, Jane Gilbert, Danni Jeffries, and David Gilmore

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Wangaratta Bowls

August 11, 2022

Three Wangaratta Bowls Club ladies, Margaret, Penny and Denise, represented North Qld District in the Northern Women’s Challenge and were winners for the event.

Penny’s team was the best performing team with 9 out of 9 wins.

Closer to home, the men defeated the ladies in the Skirts versus Shirts afternoon, Wangaratta defeated All States in the annual competition event, and Mark had his President’s and Greenkeeper’s Day sponsored by Queens Beach Tourist Village with a full green in each event.

Congratulations to Robyn Stitt Margaret Wilson and Lyn Danvers in winning the Ayr Classic Triples on Thursday. Two years in a row.

Friday Night Barefoot Bowls is going well with a sausage sizzle before the game. This is an ideal to come and try bowls out with a bit of fun. Everyone is quite welcome to attend. Winners were Deb Marg d Leigh Brian Dennis, Jeff Mark Darrell Neil d Ann Karon June, James Helga Hellen Wendy d Evan Glen Warren Dave, Neville Grant Roger d Sandra Margaret Joan.

Sunday: Winners for the afternoon L Madden P Madden R Herman d P Tracey J Partner I Bryno and Runners Up D Steinfort H Reif P Aykens d S Shearing K Russo T Selwood.

Mixed Triples Competition: D Wallace T Evans A Rolfe d R Stitt I Wheeler M Drummond.

Congratulations to the Wangaratta Men who won the Combined Shield in Collinsville on Saturday defeating Collinsville, BBC and Combined Ladies teams to secure the trophy for the year. Thanks to Collinsville for a great day of play on your green and looking after us all. The CWA ladies put on a great spread.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

NQ District Players from Wangaratta North Women's Challenge 2022

Combined Shield 2022 Winners Wangaratta

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Bowen Golf News

August 11, 2022

The weekend’s competition was the ladies A, B and C Grade Club championships at Bowen Golf Club. Well done to all that played both days.  Thank you to Brent Stocker Electrical for your sponsorship.

A Grade Gross winner and 2022 Club Champion is Rhiannon Nott, A Grade Gross runner up Claire Garrod, A Grade Nett Winner Penny Stewart, nett runner up Jo Goldup.  

B Grade Gross winner Meg Garrod, Gross runner up Kim Bennion, B Grade Nett winner Grace Nott, runner up Carol O’Connell.  

C Grade Gross winner Wendy Tracey, runner up Karen Dwyer.  Pin shots over the weekend went to Rhiannon Nott x 2, Karon McKenzie, Kim Bennion, Joy Hose, Viv Clark and Sarnie Eisemann.

Saturday also saw the Men and visitors play a Single Stableford event.  

Men’s winner on a countback Rodney Wells 39pts, runner up Brian Martin 39pts.  Ladies winner on a countback Kerry Pedlar 33pts, runner up Raewyn Glover 33pts.

This weekend’s competition is the Mens A, B & C Grade Club championships sponsored by Brent Stocker Electrical.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

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On The Whitsunday Green

August 11, 2022

This week the celebrations are all for George Meharry who got his 3rd ‘hole in one’ within three weeks. This week it was on August 6.

The weekly competition was won by Brayden Davies with 21 points followed by Justyn Durbin with 19 points and Elise Hodgson with 18.

The ladies’ commenced their new Thursday competition and the winner was Moya Bradley followed by Sandy Gowland and Jonell Goss.

For Friday’s prawn run it was Tyson Flavel with 21 points, Clint Paull with 20 in second taking a count back win over Alan Clinch.

Tyson also won the Sunday 18-hole stableford with 37 points, followed by Renae Maxwell with 35 just beating Glenn Rees with a count back. Glenn secured both Nearest the Pins on the day.

This Sunday it’s SKINS at 10am.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

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Sea Eagles Hit Magpies

August 4, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles teams made the trek to Mackay Magpies to take on the locals with some fantastic results for the day.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Senior Men hit the ground running with midfield of Max Mackay, Jacob Healey, Aaron Thompson and Brent Downie combining to move the ball forward allowing for five Sea Eagles goals in the first term. The second quarter saw further pressure on Magpies with a strong defence led by Toby Cox and Adam McKelvie. Magpies came out hard in the second half as expected with both sides playing great footy and keeping each other to lower scores. Magpies had the advantage of the breeze in the final term however Sea Eagles back six dug in allowing only 1 goal through to come away 81–35 winners.

In another hard round for the undermanned Sea Eagles Senior Women’s side the Magpies were simply too good on the day with Sea Eagles running out 73 points down at the final siren.

Sea Eagles Under 17s put in another solid effort against the Magpies with an 86–48 win. With Sea Eagles playing on both sides in a show of ultimate sportsmanship the opposition numbers and score were both improved.

Sea Eagles Under 14s put together their best team effort for the season against Mackay Magpies to see a 69–9 win. A quick start saw Sea Eagles six goals up to Magpies zip in the first quarter with the trend continuing throughout the game.

A chilly start didn’t stop the Under 12 Sea Eagles coming out strong against the Magpies to take a convincing win 62 – 3. Sea Eagles adopted the strategy of playing advantage catching the opposition off guard and creating scoring opportunities.

Support Sea Eagles at home this week with your support to yet again take on North Mackay Saints. We look forward to Under 17s Saints rematch at 11:40am shaping up a great battle. Juniors from 9am, Seniors from 1:15pm.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

U17s Aniel Walsh

U17s Bailey Wishart

Images: Cody Fowler

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Raiders Wrestle The Points From Brothers

August 4, 2022

Round 17 of the Mackay Rugby Union season saw the Mama Africa Raiders host Brothers Mackay at their home grounds in Jubilee Pocket.

The game was also a family day for the club’s supporters and families to bring the kids down to get their face painted or dive into the jumping castle, all while enjoying the rugby fraternity.

The Raiders and Mackay Brothers traditionally have a good, solid tussle across the paddock and the Raiders found themselves deep in their own half from the first kick.

Brothers had the stiff breeze behind them and were holding the home boys in their own half for the first couple of minutes until outside centre Enalaki Faataape broke the defensive line, ran forty and off loaded to winger Jack Briskey for the first five pointer of the game.

Fullback Aden Spence followed six minutes later with a forty-metre solo effort, stepping through the defence and running away to place the ball under the posts.

10 minutes in and the Mama Africa Raiders were 12-0 up.

Brothers were making the Raiders fight for ball security and ruck possession throughout the game and at half time the Raiders were 29-7 leaders.

With the second-half breeze at their backs, the Mama Africa Raiders continued to control the game and ran out eventual winners 48-14.

Try scorers for the Raiders were Jack Briskey (2), Aden Spence, Kainoa Close-Houston(2), Nathan Williams, Enalaki faataape and Dylan Hoffmann. Niall Clancy kicked 4 conversions

Coach Andre Houston said after the game that the boys are “building well towards the business end of the season producing some quality tries, tough defence and working well together.”

“They are definitely looking forward to next weekend’s game against Bowen,” he said.

The home game for Bowen will be the third and final game in the inaugural Eclipse Financial Management cup played between these two sides in conjunction with the regular MRU season.

Player points of the day went to pro forward Shanun ‘Hank’ Naske 1pt, outside centre Enalaki ‘Lucky’ Faataape 2pts and fullback Aden Spence 3pts

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

Raiders took on Brothers at home, cruising to a Round 17 victory after an early tussle

Brothers hadn’t made it an easy first half, packing on the pressure, but Raiders never lost their heads

The home side maintained their lead for the entirety, despite Brothers best efforts

Images: Hanny Spence

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Bowen Golf News

August 4, 2022

Saturday’s competition was the Men’s August monthly medal, with winner Greg Carlyon 64 nett, runner up on a countback Craig Van Veen 66 nett.  

Pin shots to Jeremy Chrzanowski, Michael Henrich, John Storrie.  John Storrie also had an OBP and won the carwash voucher.

On Sunday it was the ladies’ turn for the Monthly medal: winner June Kirk 66 nett, runner up Margaret Need 69 nett.  

Pin shots to Robyn Slade, Grace Nott, Kim Bennion and June Kirk. Thank you to Bowen Meat Supply for your continued support of our club.

This weekend’s competition is the ladies’ A, B and C Grade Club championships sponsored by Brent Stocker Electrical.

A single stableford for Men and visitors will also be played on Saturday.  

Don’t forget to check the clubs Facebook page for this week’s dinner menu.  Takeaways still available.  

Please call the club on 4785 1206 if you wish to book a table or place a takeaway order.  Joker draw is $3600 this week.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Ladies’ Monthly Medal runner up Marg Need, and third place getter Kim Bennion

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Airlie Beach Darts

August 4, 2022

With the week’s rapidly running out, every match seems to have an extra sense of importance to it.

It was business as usual for both the top two players, with Jamie Woods defeating Gary Robbie 7/0, and Jamie Maher defeating Aaron Paull 7/2.

That defeat for Gary means that he will now struggle to make the top eight this year, and instead maybe draw his attention to playing in the Hetlock Cup finals series.

The Hetlock Cup is a finals series between the players occupying 9 to 12 place on the ladder and named after Australia’s World Cup Hero’s, Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock.

Aaron Paull is still hanging onto his top 8 place curtesy of leg difference over Kameron Reason who had a 7/0 loss to Dom Friend and a 6/6 draw with Seumas Rose.

As well as the 7 nil win, Dom friend managed a 6/6 draw in arguably the match of the round with Joe Wilson. That draw means that there’s a sliver of light between Joe and the top two players Jamie Woods and Jamie Maher.

Lorraine Woods had a tough day at the office suffering two 7 nil losses, one to Alan Green, and another to Seumas Rose, leaving Lorraine staring the Wooden Spoon in the face. Great wins for both Alan and Seumas, solidifying their top 8 positions.

The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Airlie and Whitsunday Tattooing.

1. J Woods 26pts 2. J Maher 26pts 3. J Wilson 23pts 4. A Peel 20pts 5. D Friend 19pts 6. A Green 17pts 7. S Rose 14pts 8. A Paull 12pts 9. K Reason 12pts 10. G Robbie 7pts 11. N O’Hara 5pts 12. J Lloyd 4pts 13. R Gallichan 3pts 14. L Woods 2pts

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

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Airlie Beach Bowls Club

August 4, 2022

Winter is nearly over but our paradise home has been colder than most can remember, however the bowlers are certainly warming up .

Tuesday saw Airlie Beach Bowls Club skipper Tony Whitehorn reign supreme with John Trembath at lead and Alan Pershouse returning to his top form, beating all comers.

A special mention to Noel Crosbie, Rick Galea, and Greg Pepyat from Bright, Victoria. Rick also won the prestigious Health Hub award.

Wednesday afternoon social bowls saw Greg Pepyat with his brother Mark and Ken McAllister - another visitor - sound winners on the day, with Mike Jacometti winning the Health Hub award.

Wednesday night business house bowls saw the introduction of two new teams: The Blockheads and Splash Of Colour.

Newcomers Matt Plain and Matt Francis showed their superior skills and any of the eight teams can win; John Brown has organised a very even competition.

Thursday the Saint Catherine’s school team was finalised with Corey Stroud and Harry Craig representing the region.

The school competition will be completed soon with Margo Stanley making the final arrangements.

Saturday morning saw the Bowls Premier League being played to see which two teams would go to the semi-finals in Rockhampton in September.

It was the team of of Manny Isgro with Warren Mills and Luke Kinnear winning their division and John Matterson with Alan Pershouse and Mark Mawson winning their division, congratulations must go to both teams.

Sunday afternoon saw Tony Whitehorn again steering Bill Gordon and the John Brown, winning the prize closely followed by John Sutcliffe from Howrah Bowls Club, Hobart Tasmania, with Mark Mawson. Lyn Graham won the Health Hub Award

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

John Matterson, John Fielding, Tim Taylor, and Shane Spann representing our club in Mackay

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Proserpine Junior Cricket Preseason In Gear

August 4, 2022

Although we are still in the middle of our winter sport season, last week we saw the keenest of our young cricketers roll their arms over.

Proserpine Cricket is excited to announce its first full season of pre-season High Performance being run in Proserpine by Tom McFarlene from Mackay Whitsunday Cricket.

The boys participate in these sessions every Monday afternoon, whereas previously the club’s elite players have had to travel to Mackay for these sessions.

Last week also saw school cricket programs ramp up.

Proserpine District school trials were held for U12 school boys who will now train for a couple of weeks before the Whitsunday Trials on August 4.

In high school, Round One of the Street Smart T20 comp took place, with Bowen State High victorious playing against St Catherine's in the senior comp, while Proserpine State High went straight through to the next round, unopposed.  

Bowen and Proserpine will now travel to Mackay to take on the winners of their zones on August 8.

The girls will have a free, preseason girl-only program starting on August 22 and culminating in a girls gala day in the school holidays.

The Proserpine Junior Cricket Association’s Annual General Meeting was held on July 24, with a great turn out of members.

The AGM reflected on the club’s successful previous season and saw the farewell of outgoing members.

Shane Knight, after holding the President position for five years and being an active and integral part of the Club, resigned from his position.  

The meeting also saw the voting in of the new committee for the 2022-23 season welcoming Mark Valmadre (President), Michael Hope (Vice President), Dannielle Green (Secretary), and Jess Hope (Treasurer).

The Club thanks the previous committee, coaches and volunteers for their hard work throughout last season

Contributed with thanks to Mel Dwyer and Danni Green

St Catherine's and Bowen State High Whitsunday Cricket Trials

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Cannons Conquer Eight Kilometre Ocean Swim

August 4, 2022

Over the weekend, Jacob Bell and his coach, Mark Erickson travelled to Townsville to compete in the Magnetic Island to Townsville eight-kilometre swim.  

Jacob swam the Magnetic Island to Townsville swim last year in perfect conditions and was keen to attempt the swim again.  

However, this year the conditions were tough going – cooler water, one-metre swell, and windy.  Jacob and Mark never gave in and kept swimming through the choppy conditions.  

They were both very relieved to finish the race.  Jacob swam the distance in two hours and seven minutes and Mark swam two hours thirty minutes.

Jacob was fifth out of the water, third male and third in his 14–17-year age group, while Mark came second in the wetsuit category.  

Congratulations, Jacob and Mark!  The two swimmers would like to thank their support paddlers, Andrew Bell and Raylene Rasmussen.  

This week, Swimming Australia have announced the Australian Junior Excellence Awards.  Australian Junior Excellence (JX) program recognises performances of swimmers aged 9–13 to encourage and inspire the next generation of competitive swimmers.

Within the JX program, junior swimmers strive to achieve gold, silver, bronze, or blue standard times when they compete throughout the season.  

The Cannons would like to commend the following swimmers:  

BLUE TIER:  Isabella and Isaac Pisaniello, Nathan and Daniel Saunders, Jai Dennison, Rohan, Scarlett and Rory Gascoyne, Thomas Ganter, Matilda Nicholes, Charlie Doherty, Abi Maher, Tiana Bell, Taj Murray and Ruby Harland.

BRONZE TIER:  Lochlan Jamieson, Ehsan Helou, Lukas Trevaskis, Don Algie,

SILVER TIER:  Tora Delac, Remy Hedges, Oliver Bond and Nelson Malady

GOLD TIER:  Anisa Helou and Austin Edwards-Bland

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Jacob Bell finished in third place for his age group at the Townsville eight-kilometre ocean swim

The Magnetic Island to Townsville swim sees hundreds of competitors take to the water, flanked by safety boats and support crews each year

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Brahmans Bitter Battle Against Carltons

July 28, 2022

It was a home kick-off for two Whitsunday Brahman’s sides over the weekend, as both the Reserve grade and the A grade took on a travelling pair of Carltons Devils’ teams.

It was a hard lot for the Reserves who were beaten in an absolute blowout, with much to mention in Reserve Grade.

The game ended with Brahmans copping a hiding from the Reserve Grade ladder leaders.

A Grade Coach Ricky Bourke’s side faired much better in what he said was a “typical gutsy performance”.

“Having the lead early in the second half, we just didn't have the numbers to keep going all game and ran out of steam late,” he said.

“The effort across the last month from both As and 20s shows why this club is in a great place moving forward, and I look forward to seeing where that goes.”

The under-strength Brahmans side took on second placed Carltons in a very physical encounter where they stuck it to them for 80 per cent of the game - at times even leading.

Despite Carlton’s being reduced to 12 players for the second half, Brahmans were unable to maintain lead in the latter stages.

An outstanding game by Adam Crear in the middle with penetrating runs and some bruising defence, with the game finishing 14-30.

All teams have a bye this weekend, but the following round will see the Brahmans travel to Moranbah in the final round of the competition.

It is a must win game for the A Grade with Reserve Grade out of finals contention and under 20s securing their spot in the finals already.

The home side were eager to show their mettle against second placed Carltons, but ran out of steam in the second half

Their first home match of the season was well supported, with a $5000 dollar raffle as part of the Brahmans Bullsh*t Bingo

There were special fans in attendance, including a pup decked out in a jersey

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Raiders Cruising Against Redmen

July 28, 2022

Saturday saw the Mama Africa Raiders head down the highway again to take on the Mackay City Redmen for the first time this season at their home grounds of Quarry Hill.

This was going to be the big unknown game of the season, being round 3 of 3 and the first time the two teams have met this year.

Mackay Cities always bring the big men up the middle as well as the set piece, but the Raiders had prepared well during the week and were ready for the physical stuff.

The breeze as usual was quite strong blowing directly down the ground. Playing the first half into it, the Mama Africa Raiders advanced down the field and managed to put fullback Aden Spence in for the first try, five minutes into the game, aptly converted by Niall Clancy.

A little bit of ill discipline saw the Raiders put over a penalty at the 12-minute mark and then another break in plan saw scrum half Connor Spence go over for the second try.

The Cities Redmen were by no means going to let this game get away from them and 5 minutes later put themselves over for a converted try, Raiders up by 15-7. The Raiders were not going to let this become a trend of we score they score but, only three minutes later Raiders number 8, Matarae Tuaroa was across the line for the Raiders third.

Mama Africa Raiders were going into contact with zest, did not take a backward step from the Redmen big boys and defended like they were possessed.

This could be seen by the waning energy from the Redmen and the tenacity of the men in green and despite having four of the team now on the bench with injuries, the mighty Mama Africa Raiders ran out eventual winners by 44-7.

Game 17 of the season will see the mighty men in green take on Brothers at home in Jubilee Pocket.

Come down for a 3.30 kick off and cheer on the Mama Africa Raiders as this will be their second last home game of the regular season.

The Mama Africa Raiders still currently hold down the top spot but the Bowen Mudcrabs are biting at their heels.

Players who stood out against the Mackay City Redmen were Chad Stocking 1 pt, Matarae Tuaroa 2pts and Jack Briskey 3pts.

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

The Raiders are flying high, claiming another win against their opponents last weekend

Regardless of who the Whitsunday side face, they’re coming out the victors in another year of exceptional performances

Raiders were jubilant having absolutely smashed the Redmen

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Sea Eagles Do Sponsors Proud

July 28, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles celebrated Sponsor and Volunteer Appreciation Day with all teams at home this week and Sponsors were treated to some fantastic wins throughout the day.

With three quality players returning from injury Sea Eagles Senior Men were determined to put in maximum effort against Bakers Creek and return to their style of footy. Max Mackay was back in the ruck giving Sea Eagles midfield first use of the ball with most of the game spent hitting the scoreboard taking out a convincing win 116 – 20. It was a great team effort throughout the match with Sea Eagles hoping to build momentum moving towards finals.

Sea Eagles Senior Women took on ladder leaders Bakers Creek going down 21 – 106 whilst showing improvement from the last two match ups during the year. Sea Eagles were able to score 3 goals against the dominant Tigers side making them work harder for their win.

It was important for Sea Eagles Under 17s to come out strong this week against Bakers Creek after a disappointingly close loss to the Saints last week. Impressing Sponsors the Sea Eagles midfield asserted their dominance to give their forwards first crack at the ball and take out the win 63 – 3.

Sea Eagles Under 14s showed what an organised outfit they have developed into with a great 57 – 17 win against Bakers Creek. Blake Hanks and Seanna Elies led from the front with great pressure and accuracy in front of goals.

Sea Eagles Under 12s won the toss against Sarina Demons and the day got better from there with a 60 – 0 win. Great teamwork kept the ball locked in Sea Eagles forward line for the majority of the game with the youngest Sea Eagles showcasing their skills.

Thank you to all Sponsors and Volunteers who support community sport, we could not achieve success without you. Head down to Mackay this weekend to support Sea Eagles teams taking on Mackay Magpies. Juniors from 8:45am, Seniors from 1:00pm.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

Whitsunday Sea Eagles U12s ran out a 60-0 win

The U14s on the other hand weren’t able to keep their opponents scoreless, but still crushed them 57-17

They impressed on the day against Bakers Creek, led by Seanna Elies

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Airlie Beach Darts

July 28, 2022

With finals on the horizon and only four league rounds remaining, every match is a crunch one no matter where you look on the table.

Players have little room for error with points at a premium. A win now for any player could mean a top eight spot for some, and for others a chance to solidify a top four position and guarantee themselves a finals berth in this seasons Premier League.

The perfect example of this was Alan Green on Sunday afternoon, who won both his catch-up matches at Mika by a score line of 7/0 over Jayden Lloyd, and later 7/3 over Aaron Paull.

Those four points launched Alan up the table to sixth and created a little bit of daylight between him and the players following closely behind.

There is a massive battle shaping up for seventh and eighth place between Aaron Paull, Seumas Rose and Kameron Reason who are currently only separated by 1 point! That’s a battle to keep an eye on.

Joe Wilson who was the last player to have a 100 per cent record in the league, lost it to a 7/3 defeat to Jamie Woods. Jamie Maher defeated Nathan O’Hara for the second week running to a 7/1 score line. And Jamie Woods won his second match of the day against Aaron Paull 7/4.

It couldn’t be closer at the top with leg difference the only thing that separates both Jamie Woods and Jamie Maher, with Joe Wilson only two points back with a game in hand.

And in the battle to avoid the Wooden Spoon, Ross Gallichan has a one-point advantage over Lorraine Woods.

With battles all over the place, the next few weeks are shaping up nicely!

The Premier League is proudly sponsored by Mika Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach.

As It Stands

1. J Woods 24pts

2. J Maher 24pts

3. J Wilson 22pts

4. A Peel 20pts

5. D Friend 16pts

6. A Green 15pts

7. A Paull 12pts

8. S Rose 11pts

9. K Reason 11pts

10. G Robbie 7pts

11. N O’ Hara 5pts

12. J Lloyd 4pts

13. R Gallichan 3pts

14. L Woods 2pts

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

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Cannons Success in Townsville

July 28, 2022

Over the weekend, 10 Cannonvale Cannons competed at the Gardens Swimming Carnival in Townsville.  The Ganter brothers had an excellent weekend of racing.  

Jack swam 1500m Freestyle in 22.42.70 to take out 1st place. He swam an fantastic 400m Freestyle in 5.36.45, a massive 32.63sec PB and 1st place.  

Thomas Ganter swam PBs in every event.  Two of his best races included his 100m Freestyle and 200m IM which he swam PBs and achieved 3rd place.  

Ehsan Helou had a very successful carnival, swimming PBs in all but one event.  His “standout” events were his Breaststroke events.  He won them all.  Ehsan swam an awesome time of 35.11s for his 50m Breaststroke, taking 5.45sec off his previous time.  Ehsan’s sister, Anisa swam extremely well in her 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle, achieving personal best times.  

Isabella Pisanello aged 11 years swam impressive times in a very competitive age group.  Isabella swam PBs in just about all her events.

Her biggest PBs (over 7 sec) were in her 100m Freestyle and 100m IM.  Isabella’s brother, Isaac aged 9 years also swam extremely well.  He swam a fantastic time in his 100m Backstroke, a massive 15.29sec PB (and 2nd place).  

Lukas Trevaskis aged 13 years swam 5PBs and achieved top placings in all of his races.  One of Lukas’s best races was his 100m Freestyle which he won in a time of 1.10.43.  

Jy Parkinson, 16, won all his four races. He was very happy with his 1.58s PB in his 100m IM.  Jacob Bell, aged 15 years won his 800m Freestyle, 400m IM and 50m Backstroke.  Jacob swam very well in his 50m Freestyle which was a 0.1sec PB.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

The Cannons at the Gardens Swimming Carnival in Townsville

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Whitsunday United’s Winning Weekend

July 28, 2022

A successful weekend of football for Whitsunday United despite power outages and forfeits as teams start to think about finals qualification and preparation.

The round started on Friday night with the Premier Women travelling to Mackay to play Rangers. With a squad of just 11 available, and several of them Div1 players – it was going to be a tough assignment. After a fairly even first half, the Whitsunday girls were ahead 2-1 when the lights literally went out. The power outage caused by a car accident meant the game had to be abandoned and the girls are awaiting confirmation on whether the result will stand. Regardless, Sari Goodall continues her impressive form adding another 2 goals to tally.

The U14 Div1 side was looking forward to a home game against Wanderers on Saturday morning, however a late forfeit by the opposition left them disappointed. The U14 Prems played Magpies in Mackay and kept their unbeaten record intact, winning 4-0 despite being a little short of players. Jacob Logan scored 4 goals in a remarkable performance whilst Luka Miller was tireless and created havoc on the park.

U16 Premiers were at home against Country FC and were comfortably in control against the brave visitors who played a man short. As the opposition tired in the send half, the Whitsunday youth really started to dominate but the Country goal keeper was sensation and kept the score to a respectable 4-0. Zane Hill added two goals with Tyler Jankowski and Kobi Miller adding the extras. A great team effort with some impressive passing football being played.

The Men's U23 side had their game postponed so it was only the Premier Men up against third placed Magpies Crusaders.

Understrength with many regular players away with injuries and other commitments, the side was still confidant of a result against the young Crusaders. It was tight tussle and with the goals locked at 1-1 thanks to a Ben Seago penalty goal the Whitsunday side pulled out a miracle last minute win with Hayden Filby scoring a cracker of a goal in the two minutes of the game to take a 2-1 win.

The win cements second place on the ladder and with two games in hand on first place, the Men are looking to take out the Premiership.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic

Alex Grossi about to launch in a corner kick

Jacob Logan in full attack mode

Kobi Miller attracted lots of defenders all day

Sari Goodal made an immediate impact with her speed and precision

Tate Butler never stops. A genuine work horse

Image Credit: Nicole Jankowski

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

July 28, 2022

The week started off on Tuesday with 25 bowlers including John Sutcliffe and Bill Butler.

Butler, who was travelling with his lovely wife Karen, was joined by Rosie Geeves – winner of the prestigious Health Hub award – each of whom were travelling from Howrah Bowls club in Hobart Tasmania.

John would form a devastating team with Rhonda Lloyd on the day, with the pair beating out all opponents, claiming a Tuesday overall win.

Wednesday afternoon saw 32 bowlers competing for the winner’s prize eventually claimed by Ted Cullen and Sue Pepyat.

The pair overwhelmed all comers, with visitor David Lavery taking home the wonderful Health Hub award to add to his memories of Airlie Beach.

Wednesday night saw the start of Business House Bowls which was an amazing success with many new bowlers competing.

Saturday morning Scroungers saw a strong roll up of bowlers with the Tony Whitehorn beating John Askew.

Nik Fernbach also lost out, although he seems to be regaining his old, outstanding form - and last week’s finalist Mark Mawson was also toppled in Tony’s trip to the winner’s table.

Sunday afternoon bowls was run by the club’s unsung heroes, Lyn Graham and Henny Tattam, who saw 36 bowlers competing for the first prize.

Skipper Steve Lawrie won the day with birthday girl Robin Brown and Lyn Graham, and visitor Barry Hirth won the Health Hub award.

Special mention must go to Jill Mazlin-Peterson who returned from coming second at the Champion of Champions in Mackay.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Ted Cullen and Sue Pepyat were the big winners of Wednesday afternoon social bowls

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Bowen Bowls Report

July 28, 2022

A local Bowen bowls club enjoyed a month of excellent bowls brimming with the company of southerners looking for a change in the weather, as well as representation across the Burdekin.

At the local group, social bowls kicked into gear on Wednesdays and Sundays, with plenty of excellent bowls played between competitors.

It was certainly an enjoyable week, but most enjoyable for those at the winner’s table.

That included Wednesday winners Charlie Van Bakel, Bev Smith, and Peter Thomson, as well as Dianne Harris, Lindsay Harris, and Jane Gilbert.

They were also joined by winners Jill Cunningham, Paul King, and Marilyn Turner.

Sunday socials winners were comprised of Klevo Takanen, Gavin Charles, and Ron Gould, with the following week’s top team Gavin Charles, Jill Brabon, Steve Roome, and Tiarna Rogers.

There were pennants matches in early July, too, with BBC Ladies’ team coming runners up in the Purple Pennants held in the Burdekin.

That team was comprised of Jill Brabon, Paula Welsted, Joan Edwards, Helen Jacobsen, Tiarna Rogers, Eddy Neylon, Tracey Roach, Bev Smith, and Aileen Fordham.

And there was the overall Winners of the Lions Trophy in the Purple Pennants: Aileen Fordham, Tiarna Rogers, Joan Edwards, and Bev Smith.

Purple Pennants runners up at the matches held in the Burdekin: Jill Brabon, Paula Welsted, Joan Edwards, Helen Jacobsen, Tiarna Rogers, Eddy Neylon, Tracey Roach, Bev Smith, and Aileen Fordham

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Bowen Polocrosse First Carnival Of The Year

July 28, 2022

On the July 17 weekend, the Bowen Polocrosse Club travelled to the Lower Burdekin Carnival for their first carnival for the year.

After a few years away from the game, the section made a tremendous come back where they took out the Winners for the B Grade Comp.

The winning team was fielded by Anthony Sullivan, Ellisa Davis, and Michael Foster. It also had Michael Foster take out the ‘Best sportsmanship’ award for the carnival.

In the JNR comp we seen Ryleigh Mclean along with her section take out the runners up in the JRN comp.

Bowen will be hosting Its annual carnival on the 30 and 31 of July 2022.

With a full canteen, bar all weekend & roast dinner on the Saturday night, the club would love to see the any spectators come along and support their local club.

Contributed with thanks to Jesse Foster

Bowen’s Polocrosse team were winners at their first event of the year in the Lower Burdekin Carnival

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Bowen Golf News

July 28, 2022

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club, with Men’s winner Michael Strickett 40 points, runner up Chris Healey 39.

Ladies’ winner was Freddy Lynch, with runner up Julie Martin, while Saturday was a Stableford competition sponsored by Sporte Leisure.

Ladies’ winner was Linda Scells 43 points, runner up Helen Fellows 36 on C/B, while Men’s winner was Gary Kukura 42 points, runner up Marcus Yasso 40 on C/B.

The club’s ladies’ team competed at Home Hill over the weekend and were victorious, bringing home the Division 6 Pennant.

Well done Grace Nott, Joy Hose, Bev Lowcock, Michelle Campbell, Marg Need, Tanya Gaudry.

This weekend it’s everybody’s favourite game, the Monthly Medal, with men up first on Saturday and the ladies will play Sunday.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Ladies’ Division 6 pennant winners, Grace Nott, Joy Hose, Bev Lowcock, Michelle Campbell, Marg Need, Tanya Gaudry

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Veterans Golf

July 28, 2022

A great rollup today of 33 players including five visitors enjoyed Whitsunday Veterans Golf in mid July.

It was also a special day for Albert Pini, who is celebrating his 90th birthday.  

Not only did he win the July Monthly Medal with a fabulous score of 69, he also won the raffle and a nearest the pin.

The runner up was John Oates, 72 on countback, from Wilf Herweg.  

The ladies’ winner was Mandy Patterson with another great score on 68 from Leanne Alexander 70 and Elspeth Scotford on 71.  

Nearest the pins went to Gary Scotford, Albert Pini and Barry Shuwalow and for the ladies, Leanne Alexander, Mandy Patterson, Vickie Wallace and Rehab Hull.  

Least putts went to John Roser and Elspeth Scotford.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

July Monthly Medal Winners Albert Pini and Mandy Patterson

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Whitsunday Golf Update

July 28, 2022

Whitsunday Golf Club held a single stableford for which 19 players braved the cold and windy conditions in mid July.

Congratulations to the Winners: Men’s A Grade Darren Reynolds followed by Peter Fox; Men’s B Grade Mark McDougall with runner up Benn Ryan.

Ladies’ A Grade was taken out by Tiina Randmae, Ladies’ B Grade winner was Jacqui Wall and runner up Joanne Moynihan.

Longest drives went to Wayne Temby, Tiina Randmae, Linda Wardroper and Benn Ryan. Pin shots were claimed by Peter Fox, Benn Ryan, Robyn Witham and Jason Bourke.

Peter Fox, Tiina Randmae, Mark McDougall and Benn Ryan

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Colourful Sea Eagles Pride Round

July 21, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles teams celebrated AFL Pride Round at home this week with rainbow colours splashed around the ground playing North Mackay Saints.

Pride Round is designed to provide an inclusive environment for the LGBTIQ+ community by creating awareness and celebrating diversity within community football.

AFL want everyone to feel safe and celebrated within the code and Pride Round brings this to the forefront through conversation and celebration across the country.

Sea Eagles Senior Women’s team were kitted out in Pride Round guernseys this week designed by Shirtfront Solutions with guernsey sponsorship assistance from Ray White Whitsunday.

Sea Eagles hope to expand opportunities in coming years to allow other grades further inclusion.

In what was always going to be a tough game for Sea Eagles Senior Men against the top side, the Saints came out firing and continued their lead throughout the match.

Sea Eagles backline worked hard throughout the match keeping the Saints goalless in the second term, however lost 22–85 in the end.

Although looking every bit the part for Pride Round Sea Eagles Senior Women struggled on the field against an ever-tough Saints side losing 13–63.

A great game to watch the Sea Eagles Under 17s went down 53–63 in a tight match up against North Mackay Saints, proving they are able to mix it with the best at the top of the table with their diversely skilled team.

Sea Eagles Under 14s lost 22–49 against the Saints in rough conditions with Seanna Elies and Chloe Bennett leading the way both kicking goals to keep the team in the game.

Sea Eagles Under 12s took home amazing success for the day against a skilled Saints side winning 22–11 in wet windy conditions. Winning the toss, the young Sea Eagles flew with the wind, working hard together to score and stay with the opposition. With coaching staff all on edge in the final term the young Sea Eagles managed to hold on to take out the win.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles play at home July 23 against Bakers Creek Tigers so come and support Sponsor and Volunteer Appreciation Day with Juniors from 9am, Seniors from 1:15pm.

Contributed by Whitsunday Sea Eagles

Senior Sea Eagles’ Women’s player Cleo Dickie

Senior Women pulled on a special kit for the AFL Pride Round

Under 12’s player Tyson Fowler

Images: Cody Fowler

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