Whitsunday Region Sporting News & Results

Youth Gymnastics Take Centre Stage

Youth Gymnastics Take Centre Stage

The annual PCYC Whitsundays Gymnastics Showcase was held last week to the enjoyment of parents and family members in the packed crowd. With over 70 children, aged from five to 14, taking to the course, displaying their newfound skills, talents and techniques, that have been perfected by the capable team of coaches at PCYC Whitsundays. From Foundation gymnasts to Platinum level athletes, each and every child had the opportunity to showcase their skills to an eager crowd. “We had a really great

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Down To The Final Wicket Bowen VS Home Hill

Down To The Final Wicket Bowen VS Home Hill

Home Hill Cricket Association hosted Bowen Cricket last Sunday, November 26 for an inter-town representative match with bragging rights coming down to the final wicket. The match reignited a rivalry between the two towns, with excellent play on both sides. The Sunday fixture between Home Hill and Bowen saw the visitors win the toss and elect to bat.

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Cannons In And Out Of The Pool

Cannons In And Out Of The Pool

The Cannons had a super weekend at the Hamilton Island Triathlon and Ocean Swims. Congratulations to Don Algie, Harris Delac, River Shields, Penelope Shields, Lincoln Russell, Millie Groom, Lily Maher, and Alessa Penglase-Fortunato for outstanding efforts in Saturday’s Triathlon. On Sunday, Thomas Ganter, Don Algie, Harris Delac, Eloise Chegwidden, Tora Delac, Jacob Bell, and Harry Chegwidden participated in the Ocean Swims. All the swimmers did extremely well.

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Lawn Bowl Where Precision Meets Relaxation

Lawn Bowl Where Precision Meets Relaxation

Last week of spring and then into summer which could not come faster as the bowls this week have demonstrated. Tuesday afternoon Social Bowls saw inexperienced Mark Mawson at skipper with Liz McManus at lead and Tess Walker at second playing brilliant bowls to run away with the money whilst newly joined player John Burnett take home the prestigious Health Hub award.

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End Of Year Approaching

November 30, 2023

Mick's Computer Services had a great afternoon of bowls on Saturday when they had their Staff Christmas Party at the club. Enjoying a game of barefoot bowls along with a lot of fun in a social setting.

This week there has been a change of leader board in the Social Participation Trophy which has been sitting at just a one-point difference between first and second place for a number of weeks. In social bowls on Wednesday, Bruce Uhe, Sandy Daffara, and Philip Brown defeated Arthur Griffith, Sandy Daffara and Barry Zillmann 31 - 13. Warren Wilson and Heather Brown had a tight contest with the score being 20 all after the 20th end but scored that extra point to defeat Alan Pershouse and John Fielding 22- 20. On Sunday John Burnett and Warren Wilson defeated Arthur Griffith and Mike Harrison 19 - 15 in a game of pairs. Sandy Daffara, Peter Lawton, and Philip Brown defeated Bruce Uhe, Peter Lawton, and Heather Brown 17 - 13.

With the year drawing to a close, current standings in the Social Participation Trophy - are Philip Brown on 150 points, Heather Brown 149, Bruce Uhe 120, Alen Sanderson 113, Sandy Daffara 105, John Anderson 97, Mike Harrison 94, Arthur Griffith 66, John Burnett 62.

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Keep Calm And Bowl On The Lawn With Wangaratta Bowls

November 30, 2023

Tuesday winners were Bron Tolcher and Irene Laird defeated Shirley Jones and Robyn Stitt.

Lyndi Suann and Evan Jones defeated Deb Retchless and Alby Vigar. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Competitions results: On Saturday the club mixed competition was completed. In the morning the final of the Mixed Triples was won by Laurie Land, Penny Warren and Allan Rolfe who defeated Tracey Roach, Lloyd White and Jason Wright. In the afternoon the final of the Mixed Pairs could not have been any closer with an extra end being played and the last bowl deciding the game. The winners were Fely Duncan and Jason Wright who defeated Penny Warren and Allan Rolfe.  

On Sunday our Bowls Section AGM’s took place with new executives ready to take over the reins for another year. Congratulations to our members who took on new positions.

After a great lunch, 18 players were out on the green for social bowls. Winners for the afternoon were Laurie Land, Lyn Danvers, and Geoff Danvers defeated Toni Bowen, Peter Warren, and Pat Tracey. Sue Shearing, Shirley Jones, and Penny Warren defeated Teresa Willshire, Jim Quod, and Sugar Brunker. Deb Retchless, Robyn Stitt, and Alby Vigar defeated Gwenda Lydom, Irene Laird, and Graeme Read.  

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Club Mixed Fours winners: Wayne Crowhurst Lloyd Wilson Tracey Roach Kennedy Whitton

Club Mixed Triples winners: Allan Rolfe Penny Warren Laurie Land

Club Mixed Pairs winners: Jason Wright and Fely Duncan. Photos supplied

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Don’t Sputter Out! With Bowen Golf Club

November 30, 2023

On Wednesday, men and ladies played a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies’ winner was Viv Clark 39pts, runner up on a countback Robyn Slade 36pts. Men’s winner on a countback was John Lawson 41pts, runner up Rodney Wells 41pts.

On Friday, members celebrated the end of their season with their presentation night. Congratulations to all the winners, especially Robyn Slade and Jeff Day who took out the Golfer of the year trophies for the weekend competitions. Thank you to Jim and Debbie Bullemor for their continued sponsorship of the Golfer of the year trophy.

Wednesday Golfers of the year were Jeremy Chrzanowski ajd David Roberts – joint winners for the men. Ladies winner Leanne Swan.

Men’s double Matchplay champions David Insch and Dylan Nott, runners up Geoff Fellows and Greg Carlyon. Men’s single Matchplay champion was Dylan Nott, runner up Marcus Yasso. Ladies double Matchplay champions Claire and Meg Garrod, runners up Bev Lowcock and Tanya Gaudry. Ladies single Matchplay champion Meg Garrod, runner up Bev Lowcock. Well done everyone.

On Saturday, we played a single stableford event for the Frank and Gloria Bidgood Memorial. 105 players took to the course, which was a great turnout. Thank you to the Bidgood family for continuing to sponsor this event and great to see Frank and Kurt Bidgood and Kyjel and Kade Spencer continuing the golfing legacy. Ladies’ winner was Julie Mawson 37pts, runner up on a countback Leanne Swan 34pts. Men’s winner Joshua Fraser 43pts, runner up Jeff Jackson 39pts.

This weekend is a single stroke event for the December monthly medals.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

Matchplay champions – David Insch, Dylan Nott, Tanya Gaudry, Bev Lowcock, Claire and Meg Garrod

Golfers of the year – Jeff Day, Sponsors Jim & Debbie Bullemor, Robyn Slade

Frank and Gloria Bidgood winners – L-R Frank and Kurt Bidgood, Kyjel Spencer, Jeff Jackson, Joshua Fraser, Julie Mawson, Leanne Swan, Kade Spencer. Photos supplied

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On Proserpine Green

November 30, 2023

The stableford held on November 21 was won by Len Booroff with 40 points from Brad Fleet on 38 with Lyn Muller the leading lady on 38 beating Leanne Alexander by 3. Pins went to Elise Hodgson, Brad Fleet and Chris Pham.

Lyn Muller edged out Vickie Wallace to take Wednesday's event with 39 points. Pins went to Lyn Muller, Pam Harrison x2, and Tiina Randmae.

Wayne Temby and Ron Jamieson had a great Thursday to win the pairs event on a count back from Nicola Apruzzese and Terry Handford on 46 points.

Pins went to Barry Shuwalow, Conrad Werner, Brad Fleet and Chris Pham.

Jack Pirlo won Friday's Met run with 22 points by two shots from Sam Deicke who took out the pin shot.

Steve Hickey won the MBW A division on Saturday with 41 points from Rob Stanley, while Phillip Luckett took out the B division with 41 points from Brett Bauer.

Pins went to Laurie Dakin, Jesse Leveque, Len Booroff and Anna Winterbourn. Toni Clauss won the ladies' MBW stableford with 39 points from Noelene Spurway who also won a ladies pin shot along with Anna Winterbourn.

Sunday's competition winner was Wilf Herweg on 40 points from Christopher Bartlett, with the leading ladies being Nicole Cooper and Jacqueline Wall. Pins went to Jon Miller,  Kev Cooper, Tiina Randmae, Sam Blake, Anna Winterbourn and Jacqueline Wall.

Contributed by Rod Wecker

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No One Putt Out On Whitsunday Green

November 30, 2023

Conditions were steamy with the occasional nuisance shower, but play wasn’t interrupted at all. Although the field was smaller than usual with only 17 players, Christmas festivities and Handiskins kept a few of the regulars away, there was, as always, a very amicable competitive spirit in play.


Winner: Jacqui Wall with 36 points

Runner-up: Anna Winterbourn with 34

Longest Drive: Elise Hodgson (A) - just on the outer perimeter and Pam Casey (B).


Winner: Chris Bartlett with 39 points

Runner-up: Darrren Reynolds with 33

Longest Drive: Darrren Reynolds


Winner: Wilf Herweg with 40 points

Runner-up: Leigh Jones with 37

Longest Drive: Peter Fox


For the ladies: Penny Wardroper and Jacqui Wall

For the men: Jason Bourke, Leigh Jones, and Clay Coles

NAGAs: the honours went to Ron Jamieson and Elise Hodgson, Elise couldn’t make the presentation so it went to Pam Casey, a drink courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts.

NEXT WEEK: will be the Dec MM/least putts in conjunction with the 2023 Medal of Medals, get your names in early for the last competition of the 2023, so we can play in a block between 7 and 8 am.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

Chris Bartlett, Pam Casey, Wilf Herweg and Jacqui Wall. Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Runners Recognised In Townsville

November 30, 2023

The Whitsunday Running Club had an amazing season this year!

Local runners were able to test their skills against competitors from all over Australia and overseas in the three major events that the club organised, namely: the North Queensland Cross Championship in March, North Queensland Marathon Championship in July, and the Whitsunday Trail Festival in September.

Members of the club travelled extensively throughout Australia and the World to showcase their colours and market the Whitsundays. Six of the members took part in the Medoc Marathon in France, one in the half marathon in Lisbon, Portugal, one in the Mont-Blanc Ultra Trail through France, Italy and Switzerland and two in the Maybank Bali marathon. Several members also ran in parkruns in Wales, Scotland, and England.

In Australia they competed in the ‘last one standing’ Dead Cow Gully near Brisbane and the Coast to Mount Kosciusko, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and many more.

The highlight of the year was the Athletics North Queensland Awards night where the achievements of the club were recognised by Athletics North Queensland (Queensland Athletics representatives in the north).

Mark McConkey was given a ‘Merit Award’ in recognition of his outstanding services to the sport of athletics in North Queensland. Mark is a founding member of the Whitsunday Running Club and has continuously served on the committee and coached athletes over the past eleven years.

The Whitsunday Running Club (Club of the year), Aimee Sulzberger (Recreational Runner of the Year) and Liv Compton (Recreational Runner of the Year) were all finalists in their categories.

Aimee won the Recreational Runner of the Year trophy in recognition of her wins in the 10km and 6km North Queensland Cross Country Championships, gold in the Airlie Beach Marathon Festival 10km, gold in the Whitsunday Trail Festival 10.5km and gold in the Townsville Marathon Festival.

Tim McQuoid-Mason, President of the Whitsunday Running Club said: “The running talent in the Whitsundays has developed over the past few years into a formidable pool of runners capable of competing against the best in Queensland, Australia and the World, they are all fantastic ambassadors for the Whitsundays!”

Whitsunday Running Club President Tim McQuoid-Mason, Aimee, Mark, Karen Maddock, Liv, Rebecca Hadley, Michael Hadley and Ella Maddock at the Athletics NQ Awards

Aimee, Tim and Mark at the Athletics NQ Awards

Aimee Award at the Athletics NQ Awards

Mark Award at the Athletics NQ Awards. Photos supplied

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Season Celebrations With Whitsunday Touch

November 23, 2023

Whitsunday Touch has rounded off the 2023 season, with a massive celebration earlier this week.

The overall winning teams are:

A Grade - GET Touch

B Grade - Whitmonday Eagles

C Grade - Flametree Flames

Family Grade - Untouchables

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Putter Up! With Whitsunday Green

November 23, 2023

The weekly 9-hole stableford saw Scott Morrissey in first place with 24 pts, second with 22 pts Jane Muller and third David Wallace on 21 pts. We also had a couple of holes in one this week Jane Muller on hole 5 and Glenn Rees on hole 8.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Tim Walton take the win with 23 pts, second place with 19 pts Alan Clinch and third place with 18 pt c/b Gary Goddard.

Sundays 4 ball better ball was a great turn out, a top effort for our winners Glenn Rees and Rob Lodders with a 48.75 NETT, second place saw Edwina Pettiford and Troy Pettiford with 48.75 NETT and third place with a 50.5 NETT was Alan Clinch and David Wallace.

Nearest the pin was Troy Pettiford and Dom Lipski.

This Sunday 26th Nov will be our monthly medal and second match play qualifier, tee off 8am – 10am. Hope to see you all there.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green.

Gary Goddard. Photo supplied

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In Great Form Social Whitsunday

November 23, 2023

Thirty Whitsunday players competed in a stroke competition which was also Round 2 of the Club championships for those who were eligible. It was warm and steamy out there as the course did not get the coastal sea breezes - they’re a hardy lot who know how to stay fresh on the course. Scoring indicated the state of the course with lots of run on the fairways and some very accurate (and some very lucky) putts on the greens.

Championship winners will be revealed at the presentation evening to be held at the Reef Gateway on 9th December.


Winner: Anna Winterbourn with nett 69

Runner-up: Tiina Randmae with 71

Longest Drive: Robyn Whitham


Winner: Tina Cook with nett 77 on a countback from

Runner-up: Joanne Moynihan

Longest Drive: Joanne Moynihan

Well done, Tina, that will keep you keen, keep on keeping on.


Winner: Darren Reynolds with an excellent nett 67

Runner-up: Jason Whitney, a win on any other day with 69

Longest Drive: Jason Whitney


Winner: Ron Jamieson with nett 67 - another excellent score

Runner-up: Peter Fox with 69, same comment, a winning score on any other day

Longest Drive: Paul Nicol


For the ladies: Penny Wardroper, Pam Casey. and Karen Rix

For the men: Darren Reynolds, Mark McDougal, and Wayne Temby

Best dressed: The dress code for the day was men in pink, ladies in blue - the winners were Joanne Moynihan and George Meharry in their unplanned matching gear of “toucan” shirts, featuring both blue and pink - hard to beat.

NAGAs: The honours went to Karen Rix and Wilf Herweg, who received a drink courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts. Obviously, you have to be there to enjoy the drink, so Jalen and Elise missed out this time.

RAFFLE: Tiina Randmae was the lucky winner of the raffle prize, a Harry Brown gift card, that’ll be a lovely bottle of gin.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

Peter Fox, Joanne Moynihan, Tina Cook, Anna Winterbourn, Ron Jamieson and Tiina Randmae. Photo supplied

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A Hole In One

November 23, 2023

Playing with a handicap of 8, Jayden Lloyd had a sensational 4-under par to blitz Saturday's Hayman Electrical stroke event with a 58 nett.

Chris Pham was second in the A division with 67.

Wayne Fitzgerald with 68 won the B division from Jackson Gray on 68.

Pins went to Jalen Jarvis, Rob Stanley, Mick Hamilton, and Jayden Lloyd.

The ladies section winner was Lyn Muller on 72 from Penny Wardroper on 73 with the pins going to Pauline Redpath and Penny Wardroper.

Tuesday's monthly medal saw Jake Murray with 67 beat Ned Davies by a shot while Leanne Alexander on 70 beat Paula McQuat by two. Pins went to Kev Cooper, Elspeth Scotford, John Grosskreutz and Aaron Prosser.

Diane Chard won Wednesday's Airllywood stableford with 41 from Anna Winterbourn on 38 with the pins going to Tiina Randmae, Diane Chard, Marlene Gray and Paula McQuat.

Matthew Muller edged Steve Stewart to win the A division of Thursday's stableford with Peter Elms on 37 beating Laurie Dakin by three for the B division. Pins went to Gary Scotford, Jesse Leveque, Ryan Wilkes, and Chris Pham.

The Friday Met run saw Karlene Lloyd with 20 points beat Sam Deicke by two while Sam Deicke and Kevin Gosney won the pin shots.

With a net 61, Jack Paroz won Sunday's competition from Tom O'Brien on 67 while Anna Winterbourn with 67 beat Tiina Randmae by two. Pins went to Luke Paroz, Ben Smith, Scott Morrissey, Wayne Temby, and Karen Rix with two pins.

Jon Miller is the 2023 A grade match play champion. Shane Whitney is the B grade champion and Louis Neethling is the C grade match play champion.

Contributed with thanks to Rod Wecker.

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Tough Competition In Bowen

November 23, 2023

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

Ladies’ winner with a great score of 44pts was Tanya Gaudry, runner up Leanne Swan 40pts.  

Men’s winner also with a great score of 43pts was Joshua Fraser, runner up Reg Goldup 40pts.

On Saturday, we played a single stableford sponsored by Roger Vandenberg from Proserpine Pro Shop.  

Ladies’ winner on a countback was Robyn Slade 36pts, 2nd place Helen Russell 36pts, 3rd place Lorraine McArthur 36pts.  

Men’s winner was John Martin 41pts, 2nd on a countback Douglas Power 40pts, 3rd Mark Russell 40pts.  

Pin Shots to Lisa Raisbeck, Robyn Slade, Tanya Gaudry, Lorrene Bell-Chambers, Mark Tilbrook, Peter Randle, Collin Pett, Kurt Gaudry, Jonnie Smith.

This weekend is a single stableford event for the Frank and Gloria Bidgood Memorial.  There will be NO joker draw this Friday as it is the member’s presentation night.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

John Martin, Robyn Slade, sponsor Roger Vandenberg and Helen Russell. Photo supplied

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Tee Up With Wangaratta

November 23, 2023

On Tuesday, winners were Deb Retchless, Merle Elphinstone, and Allan Rolfe who defeated Bron Tolcher, Irene Laird, and Geoff Danvers. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Competitions results: On Saturday our Club Mixed Fours was played out. Laurie Land, Denise Wallace, Penny Warren, and Allan Rolfe defeated Robyn Stitt, Merle Elphinstone, Isobel Wheeler, and Mark Drummond.

Tracey Roach, Crowie Kennedy, and Whitton Lloyd White defeated Lyn Danvers, Sue Shearing, Peter Hinschen, and Geoff Danvers.

The final was played in the afternoon with a very close finish the last bowl deciding the game. The winners were Tracey Roach, Crowie Kennedy, Whitton Lloyd White defeating Laurie Land, Denise Wallace, Penny Warren, and Allan Rolfe.  

On Sunday Mixed Pairs was played with Penny Warren and Alan Rolfe defeated Lyn Danvers and Goeff Danvers.

On Sunday Steve and Garth from Hervey Bay joined our members in a social game. Winners for afternoon were Robyn Stitt, Penny Warren, and Pat Tracey defeated Lyndi Suann, Irene Laird, and Alby.

Jim and Kennedy defeated Kevin and Steve. Garth’s team defeated Laurie’s team. The jackpot didn’t go off  

Don’t forget our Bowls Section AGM’s are on Sunday Morning at 9am followed by lunch at 12noon and if you are up to it social bowls in the afternoon.

Contributed with thanks from Penny Warren,

Linda Scells and Bron Tolcher enjoying Social Bowls Sunday. Photo supplied

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Summertime Hours Are In Place

November 23, 2023

On Wednesday we had twelve players enjoying bowls at the new Summertime opening hours of names in by 2.30pm and bowls from 3pm.  

Jim Bownds, Bruce Uhe and Philip Brown defeated John Anderson, Pat Bownds and Mike Harrison 22 – 17.

Lee King, Barry Zillmann, and Heather Brown defeated Arthur Griffith, Mary Hedgelong and Sandy Daffara 28 - 16.

On Friday night the club was opened for an evening of Barefoot Bowls and Proserpine really responded well with 52 bowlers enjoying an evening of bowls and a sausage sizzle.  

Thank you to our club members who made this possible by organising the event, the BBQ, the bowls, and the bar.  

For those who are interested, keep your eye open for the next Friday night event.

On Sunday we had 9 bowlers enjoying an afternoon of bowls.  

Alan Pershouse and Philip Brown defeated Bruce Uhe and Arthur Griffith 35 -9.

Lee King, Sandy Daffara and Heather Brown defeated Mary Hedgelong, Sandy Daffara and Mike Harrison 25 – 22.

In this game the score was 22 all at the end of the 20th end.

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Sizzling On The Lawn

November 23, 2023

Well summer is almost here and it couldn't come sooner as the quality of bowls at our little club is sizzling.

No bowls again on Tuesday due to no water, however Wednesday afternoon Jackpot Bowls run by Rick Galea, and marvellous Merve Stewart saw new bowler Arthur McManus showing all how much his practice has paid off whom with Shane Spann runaway winners on the day, and it was the Men's Singles champion Alan Pershouse who went home with the prestigious Health Hub award.

Saturday morning Scroungers capably organised by John Askew saw first round winners Margo Stanley, Shaz Harper again showing her skills and Mark Mawson play in the final, but no one could get close to our club coach Margo Stanley with an emphatic victory, whilst Andy McDougall won the B Grade prize.

Sunday afternoon Social Bowls ably organised by Lyn Graham saw skipper Stephen Lawrie, with lead Paul Osborne back to his best and Tony Kelly too good for the rest of the field however it must be stated that the team of Rick Galea at skipper with Robin Brown at Lead and Lyn Graham at second played some extraordinary bowls and all three players could easily have lit the BBQ without using a match because they were on fire too.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Our team that came fourth at North Mackay against all clubs Manny Isgro, Shane Spann, Ash Warland, and Betty Nicole. Photo supplied

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Ladies Come And Try

November 23, 2023

AFL Sessions

The Whitsunday Sea Eagles are looking for their next female super stars!

All ladies, aged 16 years old and above, are welcome to attend a series of ‘Come and Try AFL’ afternoons throughout the end of November and early December.

Designed for any women who are wishing to sign up for the 2024 season or wish to try out a new sport, these afternoons are perfect for seasoned players and newcomers.

All fitness levels are welcome and are at no cost to participants.

Contact Chris Morrison 0428 874 409, or message the club on their Facebook page at Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFL Club.

WHAT: Come and Try Women’s AFL


November 30, at 5.30pm

December 7, at 5.30pm

December 14, at 5.30pm


Whitsunday Sportspark

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Cannons Highly Ranked at GBR

November 23, 2023

The Cannonvale Cannons thoroughly enjoyed racing in the GBR meet held in Mackay over the weekend. The coaches, Mark Erickson and Ken Crittenden were impressed with all the swimmers.  

14 years and older swimmers: Remy Hedges and Ehsan Helou won most of their individual events.  Tiana Bell swam PBs in all her events and won medals for her Breaststroke races. Jack Ganter swam a brilliant 200m Backstroke in 2.56.30, 14.7sec PB to earn 1st place. Holly Perrin, Noah Maltby, Jacob Bell, and Anisa Helou medaled in most of their events.  

11 – 13 years:  Charlie Doherty and Thomas Ganter swam PBs and won medals in most of their events.  Zach Trefz, Nelson Malady, Tora Delac, Matilda Nicholes, Isabella Pisaniello, and Andie Reynolds swam PBs and were very happy with their medal awards. Isaac Pisaniello swam 200m Breaststroke with a massive 67sec PB. Dylan Reynolds swam PBs in her 50m Fly and 100m Breaststroke.  

10 and 11 years: Don Algie swam 6PBs and medaled in all his events. Jax Clayworth left one of his best swims until the end, he swam an excellent 100m Freestyle I 2.48.85 and took out 1st place. Declan Dichiera swam 5PBs and swam huge 22.11sec PB in the 200m Freestyle to earn an excellent time of 3.16.36. Jasper Korosec achieved 4 PBs and 3rd place in 50m Breaststroke. Celeste Orenshaw swam 5PBs and won 4 medals. Addie Sanders swam a super 100m Breaststroke. Indi Smith swam extremely well to achieve 5PBs.

9 years and under: Eloise Chegwidden, Alex Trefz, Harris Delac and Lucas Korosec had a successful weekend winning medals in all their events. Harry Chegwidden swam 2PBs and was excited with his 3rd place in 25m Breaststroke. Zane Clayworth achieved 2nd place for his 50m Free, 3rd for his 50m Fly and took over 2 sec off his Breaststroke.  Maeve Dichiera swam very well in Freestyle and Breaststroke. Evelyn Doherty swam 2PB and her best events were 100m and 50m Breaststroke. Eric Mulliss swam 2 PBs and came 3rd in his 50m Backstroke.

Congratulations Cannons!  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannons at GBR Nov 2023. Photo supplied

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Weekly Wrap-Up From Airlie Beach Bowls Club

November 16, 2023

Wednesday saw Jackpot Bowls with Russell Jackson at skipper, Marjorie Hughes at lead and Tony Kelly at second winning over the rest of the field with John Brown winning the prestigious Health Hub award.

Saturday morning Scroungers saw a small field of good bowlers competing and it was Andy McDougall, Alan Pershouse, and Shaz Harper first round winners with Alan Pershouse taking out the Round 6 prize whilst Merve Stewart showed his guile in taking home the B Division prize.

Simultaneously, the Proserpine 4s was being played against 14 teams and it was the Airlie Beach team who took home the chocolates with Manny Isgro as skipper with Ladda Purdie playing lead, Ash Warland at second and Harry Quod at third.

Sunday afternoon Social bowls saw the compulsive winner Tony Whitehorn as skipper with Mark Mawson at lead huge winners of the day, whilst Dawn Dowel a most improved bowler took home the prestigious Health Hub award.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Mixed pairs champions Shane and Vicki Spann. Photo supplied

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Bowen Bowls Weekly Results

November 16, 2023

Wednesday Social Bowls: Ray Muir and Daryl Tuttle defeated Peter Wilson and Gavin Charles. Joan Edwards/Bev Smith, Sue Fox and Helen Jacobsen defeated Eddy Neylon, Ron Gould and Peter Bruce. Lorraine McCarthur, Steve Roome had a drawn game with MaryEllen Pratten and Jeff Tierney.

Sunday Social: Winners for the afternoon were Sue Fox, Wendy Coles, Steve Roome, Lee Welsted, Ray Muir.

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A Winning Team From Proserpine Bowls

November 16, 2023

Congratulations to Wayne Handley and Andrew Bell who were part of the winning team at an Open Mixed Triples Carnival at Moranbah last weekend.

In Social bowls on Wednesday the draw was done by a blind draw. Barry Zillmann and Arthur Griffith defeated Peter Lawton and Mike Harrison 22 - 20; Bruce Uhe, John Anderson and Philip Brown defeated Lee King, John Anderson and Sandy Daffara 33 - 13.

Welcome to our new club member Lesleyrose King. Lee has been coming along for a number of weeks and decided that she would like to join the club as a full member.  

On Saturday we hosted the annual Memorial Day Carnival. It started with a little bit of a hiccup when one of the nominated teams didn't turn up.  Many thanks to Michael Kinnear, Scott Kinnear, Geoff Hunter and Dale Haack who put a team together to enable the day to progress without having to put in a bye.

Winners of the day were Ladda Purdie, Ash Warland, Harry Quod and Manny Isgro from Airlie Beach with 3  wins plus 39;  second were Amy Hart, Harry Craig, Gavin Milne and Barry Saroglia a combined Proserpine / Airlie Beach team with 3 wins plus 34; third were Philip Brown, Heather Brown, Shane Kinnear and Wayne Handley from Proserpine with 3 wins plus 21 and fourth this year was David Peet, Dealia Walsh, Grahame Kinnear and Peter Blackburn, a combined Souths Suburban / Proserpine team with 2 Wins plus 21.

Friday night, November 17 there will be a Barefoot Bowls event held at the club (37 Jupp Street Proserpine). Registration by 5.30pm for bowls from 6pm until 9pm. $15 per head includes green fees, use of club bowls and a sausage sizzle. Bar will be open for refreshments. Premises are licenced, no BYO. Purchases are cash as the club does not have Eftpos facilities.  All enquiries Gavin Noonan 0405 302 702.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

Winners of 2023 Memorial Day Carnival Harry Quod, Ash Warland, Ladda Purdie and Manny Isgro with Proserpine Bowls Club Chairman, Wayne Handley. Photo supplied

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Weekly Update From Wangaratta Bowls

November 16, 2023

On Tuesday, winners were J Jones and Kennedy Whitton defeated Deb Retchless and Mark Drummond, Lindy Suann and Robyn Stitt defeated A Jones and Robyn Stitt. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Sunday winners were Bill Myers, Merle Elphinstone and Allan Rolfe defeated Fely Duncan, Lyn Danvers and Alby Vigar. Robyn Stritt, Jim Quod and Mark Drummond defeated Lindy Suann, Penny warren and Pat Tracey, Isobel Wheeler and Sugar Brunker defeated Laurie Land and Kennedy Whiton, Sue Shearing and Geoff Danvers defeated Deb Retchless and Greg Colquhoun. The jackpot didn’t go off.  

Congratulations to our Ladies Pennant Side representing Zone 8 in the State Pennant finals at Tweed Heads last weekend. The ladies put up a sterling effort on Saturday with one match win against Hervey Bay and one loss against Northern Suburbs. Sunday’s play was to be the decider to which zone made the final. Unfortunately, a massive rain cell washed out Sunday morning’s play resulting in Tweed Heads and Northern Suburbs with the highest scores from Saturday playing the final indoors. Well done ladies.    

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Manager Pat Tracey receiving Group 8 Winner Division 1 State Pennant flag

Wangaratta Noorla Division 1 Pennant Side at Tweed Heads. Photos supplied

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A Putting Good Time With Bowen Golf

November 16, 2023

On Wednesday, men and ladies played a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies’ winner was Jane Seaborne 39 points, runner up Michelle Campbell 36 points. Men’s winner Ray Sellen 36 points, runner up on a countback Graeme Baker 35 points.

On Saturday we played a single stableford sponsored by QB Motor Hotel & Bowen Vets. Ladies’ winner with a great score of 42 points was Leanne Swan, runner up Grace Nott 40 points. Men’s winner, also with a great score Paul Burgis 43 points, runner up on a countback Ray Sellen 41 points

This weekend is a single stableford event sponsored by Roger Vandenberg. Don't forget to check the club's Facebook page for this week’s dinner specials. Takeaways still available. Please call the club if you wish to book a table or place a takeaway order. Joker is worth $5500.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

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Proserpine Golf Club News

November 16, 2023

Tuesday's Stableford saw Brad Fleet shoot two under par to win by three shots from Paul Gray on 38. Leanne Alexander and Lyn Muller were the leading ladies with 36. Pins went to Adam Brewster, Lyn Muller, Paul Gray and Brian Smith.

Brenda Cowan with 36 edged out Pauline Redpath for the ladies Wednesday Stableford where two pins went to Diane Chard, with Karlene Lloyd and Robyn Whitham taking the others.

Thursday's stableford's clear winner was Ray Johannesen with 44 points from Laurie Dakin on 38 in the B division; with Rees May on 38 edging Chris Brett in the A division. Pins went to Brett Norris, David O'Connor, Barry Mortimer and Ron Jamieson.

Karlene Lloyd won the Friday Met run with 25 points from Mata Browne on 22 with the pins going to Russell Lakey and Brad Vloedmans.

Mata Browne with 42 points took out the Allenbuild Saturday Stableford and the B division by a shot from Tim Walton. David O'Connor won the A division with 40 points from Jason Bourke on 38 while the pins went to Mick Kavanagh, Chatz Norna, Steve Westley, and Larry Muller. Helen Deighton with 38 beat Rehab Hull by three shots and they also won the ladies pins.

Kristian Mulholland won the Sunday stroke event on a count back from Jared Leaman on 67, with the ladies’ winner Nicole Cooper on 71 beating Tiina Randmae by one. Pins went to Clay Coles, Tiina Randmae, Karl Carton, Joanne Moynihan, Mark McDougal, and Jason Whitney.

Contributed by Rod Wecker.

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On The Whitsunday Green

November 16, 2023

Our weekly 9-hole stableford saw Travis Clinch take first place with 21 points, second with 20 points c/b was Tyson Flavel and third place with 20 points c/b was Dom Lipski.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Tim Walton in first place with 21 points, second place on 19 points c/b was Jimmy Millar and third with 19 points c/b Billy O’Connor.

Sundays 18-hole stroke competition saw Kerrin Taylor take the win with a 45 NETT, second place with 49 NETT c/b was Asher Ventham and third place with a 49 NETT was Deeray Fo’ou. Nearest the pin was Billy O’Connor.

This Sunday 19th November will be 4 ball better ball tee off at 9 – 10am.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green Golf Club.

Pictured: Deeray Fo’ou

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Seagulls Turn Cowboys

November 16, 2023

Five Youth Selected For Academy

Five of the electric Bowen Seagulls have been selected for the prestigious North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Greenhorns Academy.

The academy promotes elite athletes aged between 15 and 16 years old, with a structured program for success, to support their development and their transition from promising youth rugby league players to professional athletes.

The boys from the Bowen Seagulls have performed spectacularly in the most recent season, with their success well rewarded.

The boys are Gideon Prior, Mathew Belyea, Manua Dau, Gausa Dau, and Byron Piggott, who are excited for the new experience to train from some of the best people in the industry.

Each boy is hardworking, on the field and off, with tenacity and fantastic teamwork.

They are to be congratulated on this massive achievement, to progress in a sporting profession that they are passionate about, in a program that rewards hard work and dedication.

Within the Greenhorns Academy, the boys will have a clear pathway to build a career in the sport, as well as have great access to highly qualified and skilled coaches, player welfare outlets, and strength and conditioning staff, as well as train and play as if a professional in the sport.

Watch out for these boys on the field, we’re seeing the next top players for Queensland.

The five Bowen boys selected for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Greenhorns Academy. Photo supplied

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Commodores Come Here!

November 16, 2023

NQ Cruising Yacht Club Presentation Night

The annal North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club Commodore’s Dinner and Presentation Night is coming back, and be prepared for a night of fun, laughter, and unforgettable company!

A massive event on the club’s calendar, the annual dinner and presentation night celebrate the year that has been, all the close calls and the sweeping wins by member and competitors far and wide.

And the theme?

Come dressed as something that begins with the same first letter of your name. If you’re Brenda, then come as Barbie!

If Ethan, then come as Elvis, and let the fun begin!

WHAT: NQCYC Commodore’s Dinner and Presentation Night

WHERE: North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, 1 Starboard Drive, Bowen

WHEN: Saturday, November 25, from 5.30pm

TICKETS: $60 each and purchased through the NQCYC bar

The 2021 Club Champions, Ruthless. Photo supplied

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November 16, 2023

Have you ever had a hankering to learn to fly, join the RAAF or fly an airliner?

The Whitsunday Aero Club Inc (WAC Inc) may soon be able to assist.  The club has been in contact with a flying school, Wrighton Aviation from Mackay that has expressed interest in establishing a satellite flying school, based in the Whitsundays, using the facilities of the WAC Inc club house. A representative from Wrighton Aviation, which is based in Mackay, will be visiting the Whitsundays on Sunday, 19 November, to inspect the facilities, and to ascertain the amount of interest locally. If there is sufficient interest, Wrighton Aviation will begin the process of applying to relevant authorities for permission to conduct flight training.

Anyone interested in finding out more details about the training being offered, is invited to meet the Wrighton Aviation /flying instructor and WAC Inc members on Sunday morning, 19 November 2023, at the WAC Inc building, Lascelles Avenue (look for the building with the green roof).

A free sausage sizzle will be provided between 11.30am and 1.30pm. to anyone booking and taking a Trial Instructional Flight or an Instruction period.

Trial Instructional Flights (TIFs) allow you the opportunity to fly the aircraft with the instructor.

For further information and BOOKINGS contact:

Wrighton Aviation  www.wrightonaviation.au 4864 8550 or 0459588810

Alan Midgley (WAC Inc):  0428 746 716

WHAT: Flight Training

WHERE: Whitsunday Aero Club

WHEN: Sunday, 19 November – 11.30am – 1.30pm

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Come And Try: Recruitment Drive Success

November 16, 2023

Since introducing Friday social paddling in April, Club Outrigger Whitsunday has welcomed 52 people to our sport. While some have been visiting Airlie Beach, the majority of these new paddlers have been local and continue to attend these fun, no pressure sessions.

Using these Friday social sessions as a base for a major recruitment drive, another nine locals joined in after reading the clubs’ Facebook post-this “Come and Try” was fully booked after just six days.  

The clubs’ members were on hand demonstrating their paddling skills and keen to show just how much they love the sport. Followed by a BBQ and beers, the clubs’ President, Rob O’Connor, and Vice President, Glen Bray gave paddlers the lowdown on outrigging in North Qld and what’s on the clubs’ calendar in the 2024 season.

If you would like to give outrigger paddling a go, just contact the club on its Facebook page or Michelle Lynes 0421 159 852

Contributed with thanks to Michelle Lynes, Head Coach

The Come and Try session was fully booked

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High Achievers At Cannonvale Cannons

November 16, 2023

On Saturday, 15 Cannons were selected for the SNQ Achievers’ Development squad activity which was held in Mackay. Congratulations to the Cannons who participated in the coaching clinic: Isaac and Isabella Pisaniello, Jack and Thomas Ganter, Alex and Zach Trefz, Ehsan and Anisa Helou, Andie Reynolds, Addie Sanders, Don Algie, Koa and Ruby Harland, Jax Clayworth and Declan Dichiera.  

Swimmers participated in Breaststroke, Butterfly and Athletic Development sessions lead by Queensland Coach Barry Prime. A big thank you to coaches, Ken Crittenden, Mark Erickson, and Rylee Erickson for assisting with the coaching on Saturday.  

One Cannon, Nelson Malady travelled to Richmond on the weekend to participate at the Richmond Transition Meet. Nelson had a very successful weekend winning 4 individual events, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m IM. Nelson thoroughly enjoyed the Freestyle and Mystery IM stroke Skins events. Well done, Nelson!  

This week at Club Night, Matilda Nicholes and River Shields were presented with Upgrade Certificates. Congratulations to Eric Mulliss and Liam Filewood for winning the Chocolate Awards for the best PBs.

The Cannons would like to commend all the swimmers who participated at Club Night on Wednesday night. A big thank you to all the wonderful parents who help with officiating at Club Night. The Cannons are looking forward to competing in the GBR Carnival in Mackay next weekend.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

River Shields received an Upgrade Award

Matilda Nicholes with her Upgrade Award. Photos supplied

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The Ballerz of Bowen Taking On Melbourne

November 10, 2023

The boys of Bowen Ballerz have been busy prepping themselves for the trip of a lifetime.

Taking the time to perfect their skills, tighten their friendships and hone their sportsmanship, the boys of the Under 12s Bowen State School Basketball Team will be heading to Melbourne in January 2024, to be a part of the Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament.

The inception of the team started earlier this year, with Leigh Dunn, Bowen State School teacher and now basketball coach realising that students wanted to play basketball, but the school didn’t have a team.

“We just wanted to give them the opportunity to trial and do something special from the start,” Leigh explained.

“I have a friend in Melbourne who suggested we go to Melbourne and play in the Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament. It’s one of the biggest tournaments in Australia and it’s a great opportunity for the kids.”

For most of the boys on the team, basketball is their summer sport, playing rugby league in the cooler months.

For Declan Gaffney, a bit of a natural born player, he is “very excited” to participate in the tournament.

“I started playing and just got better and better,” he said.

Levi Nicol is “10 out of 10 excited” for the tournament, but he’s more excited to go surfing in Melbourne.

Bayley Bates just wanted to get involved and is looking forward to playing against other youth teams from across Australia.

“We will travel as a team to Melbourne. This will be the first time some of the boys have been on a plane so it’s very exciting,” Leigh explained.

The boys will also have two days outside of the tournament to experience Melbourne, visit key sites and watch an NBL game. Leigh has established a modest Go Fund Me page, to aid in the financial cost of this trip.

Scan the QR Code to donate to the boys’ trip.

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Cannons Shine in Townsville

November 10, 2023

Over the weekend, 18 Cannons travelled to Townsville to compete in Gardens Open LC Preparation Meet. Coaches, Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson were very proud of all the swimmers and their achievements.  

The highlights include medals in the relay swims and swimmers achieving PBs, state or national qualifying times. The Cannons’ 8 – 11 year Male 200m Freestyle team came 3rd, the Male 11 year and over 200m Freestyle team came 2nd  and the Mixed 11 year and over Medley team came 2nd.  

Other highlights include: Jacob Bell swimming a cracking time in his 200m Butterfly, taking 14.81s off his previous best and earning a silver medal. Eloise Chegwidden won all her events and achieve A grade times. Ehsan Helou swam PBs in all his events.  

Ehsan and teammates, Noah Maltby and Remy Hedges all swam impressive 50m and 200m Breaststroke times. Ehsan’s sister, Anisa medaled in three individual events. Ehsan, Anisa and Remy have achieved state qualifying times. Ehsan has also achieved national qualifying times.    

Don Algie had a very successful Sunday, swimming 5PBs and taking out a gold medal for his 100m Breaststroke. Matilda Nicholes and Isaac Pisaniello swam PBs and won medals for the Backstroke events. Jax Clayworth, Harris Delac and Tora Delac swam PBs and won medals for most of their events.  

Mae Carter-Attwood, Zane Clayworth, Isabella Pisaniello also performed extremely well and swam personal best times. Isabella won a bronze medal for her 100m Butterfly which she swam in a time of 1.26.84. Eric Mulliss swam an excellent 50m Freestyle in 45.39sec. Addie Sander was super excited with her state qualifying time of 50.32sec in the 50m Breaststroke (a 4.52sec PB). Holly Perrin thoroughly enjoyed all events especially the 200m Medley Relay.  

Congratulations to all the swimmers!  A big thank you to all the wonderful parents for assisting with officiating and managing the team.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

200m 8 - 11 year Freestyle Relay team – Harris, Eric, Jax and Don

Cannons team photo

Mixed Medley Relay team with silver medals – Noah, Jacob, Holly and Anisa

Silver medal relay team 200m Freestyle male team – Isaac, Noah, Ehsan and Jacob

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Triples Thrive At Weekly Bowls

November 10, 2023

On Tuesday afternoon Col Moms as skipper with Michael Jacometti at second and Tess Walker at lead made a nail biting one point victory over the rest of the field and it was Tess Walker who took home the prestigious Health Hub award as well.

On Wednesday afternoon Jackpot Bowls saw the team of skipper John Askew, ably assisted by John Brown going through a purple patch with great bowling and Eric Barnard at lead beat all comers with a fantastic team performance whilst Merve Stewart took home the prestigious Health Hub award.

Whilst this was happening the mixed triples final was being held. Graham Cowling as skipper ably assisted by lead Keith Bates and Lyn Graham took a well-deserved victory.

Saturday morning Scroungers also saw a small field of very talented players arrive with first round winners Andy McDougall, Col Morris and Warren Mills fight out the final with Andy McDougall in superb form taking out the win again with John Askew tipping out Mark Mawson to win the Group B match.

Sunday afternoon Social bowls also saw some fantastic performances with Graham Cowling his team of lead Paul Osborne and John Brown at second with a comfortable win over the rest of the field, whilst Karen Jenson took home the prestigious Health Hub award.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Mixed triples champions Keith Bates, Lyn Graham, and Graham Cowling. Photo supplied

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Prossie Bowls Heats Up

November 10, 2023

The weather is heating up as we come towards the end of the year's play.

On Wednesday in Social bowls Lee King, Philip Brown and Heather Brown defeated John Anderson, Philip Brown and Mike Harrison 23 - 16; Arthur Griffith, Bruce Uhe and Peter Lawton defeated Jim Bownds, Pat Bownds and Sandy Daffara 20 - 17.

On Sunday in social bowls John Anderson and Bruce Uhe defeated Lee King and Heather Brown 25 - 24; Philip Brown, Barry Zillmann and Sandy Daffara defeated Arthur Griffith, Barry Zillmann and Mike Harrison 21 - 17.

We have our Memorial Day Carnival coming up on Saturday, November 11. This is always a great day of fabulous competition where we honour those who have contributed to the character of the club through their past membership. Wilmar Sugar are once again our major sponsor and we thank them for their continued support of this event.

The time for introducing summertime hours is approaching. From Wednesday November 15, Social Bowls will begin with a 2.30pm start. We will have afternoon tea before going out on the green and then will play straight through. Names in by 2.15pm please. These summertime hours will apply to both Wednesday and Sunday Social bowls.

Reminder that Membership Affiliation Fees are due at the end of this month.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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It’s Tee-rific!

November 10, 2023

On Wednesday, men, and ladies played a single stroke event for the November midweek monthly medals sponsored by Bowen Golf Club.  

Ladies’ winner was Janice Bates 66 nett, runner up on a countback Elona Lynch 67nett.  

Men’s winner on a countback Robert Byles 64 nett, runner up Kevin Clark 64 nett.

On Saturday we played a single stroke event for the November Monthly medals sponsored by QB Motor Hotel and Bowen Golf club.

Ladies’ winner was Jo Kukura 69 nett, 2nd on a countback Ruth Dunn 70 nett, 3rd Tracey Cousemacker 70 nett.  

Men’s winner was Jeff Day 68 nett, 2nd on a countback Marcus Yasso 69 nett, 3rd Allan Cooper 69 nett.  

Pin shots to Lester Keller, Paul Burgis, Paul Martin, Wayne Sheahan, Brad Fleet, Lisa Raisbeck, Robyn Slade, Bonnie Kohlhase, Wendy Tracey.


This weekend is a single stableford for most and Medal of Medals for those that qualified throughout the year.  

Joker is worth $5400.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

November Monthly medal winners – Jo Kukura and Jeff Day. Photo supplied

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Monthly Medal Sees 93 Players Compete

November 10, 2023

Tuesday's stableford saw Jalen Jarvis with a very tidy 44 pts win by four shots from Peter Lindsay with Leanne Alexander on 38 pts and Tiina Randmae on 37 pts the leading ladies.

NTP’s were won by: Brian Smith, Tiina Randmae and Brad Fleet

The PD Law Monthly Medal on Wednesday saw Brenda Cowan with a sensational 58 beat Robyn Whitham on 67. NTP’s were won by Toni Clauss, Brenda Cowan, Trish McNeill and Rehab Hull.

Thursday's Venue Smart Monthly Medal saw Rob Stanley shoot 2 under par to take out the A grade division with 63 nett from Warren Deighton on 67nett. Chris Pham had a great score of 62 to win the B division from Jim Sherrington with 63. Pin shots went to Warren Deighton, Adam Davies, Rob Stanley and Jacob Nightingale.

A large group of Golf Club sponsors treated their colleagues to food, beverages and golf on Friday afternoon with Ron Jamieson's group being declared the winners.

The Met competition was won by Ross Tong on 21 from Shane Van Poelgeest with Chris Pirlo winning the pin shot.

Saturday 93 players enjoyed the green fairways in the RGH Monthly Medal that saw Tony Chapple streets ahead in the men's field with a nett 61 and thereby win the C grade nett and gross, with John Dodds runner up on 67nett.

Scott Clarke with 68 won the A grade nett by one shot from David O'Connor with Ryan Wilkes shooting 3 under par for the gross prize. With 65nett, Andrew Mau won the B grade by three shots from Rod Wecker who also won the gross prize. Pins went to Rob Stanley, Scott Dwyer, David O’Connor, and Ryan Wilkes.

Marlene Gray with 66 nett won the ladies' division by 7 shots from Tiina Randmae. Brenda and Jill Farinelli won the pin shots.

Sunday's KJC Diesel Monthly Medal male winners were David Hoy from Ben Doer on 67nett, while Peta Thomas with 68 nett beat Pamela Casey by one shot. Pins went to Ryan Wilkes x 3, Anna Winterbourn, Tiina Randmae and Ben Doer.

Contributed with thanks to the Proserpine Golf Pro Shop.

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21 Golfers Compete In Monthly Medals

November 10, 2023

It was a very warm day on Prossie golf course last Sunday when 21 Whitsunday Golf Club players contested the November Monthly Medals and least putts, the last chance to qualify for the Medal of Medals for 2023. We will welcome our returning members who have been overseas to contest the WGC championships, to be played over the next two Sundays.

So the winners for the Nov MM were :


Winner: Penny Wardroper with a very nice 70 nett

Runner-up: Pauline Redpath with 71

Longest Drive: Robyn Whitham


Winner: Pam Casey with an even nicer 69 nett

Runner-up: Linda Wardroper with 70

Longest Drive: Joanne Moynihan


Winner: Darren Reynolds with 70 nett

Runner-up: Clay Coles with 74

Longest Drive: Jason Bourke


Winner: David Hoy with an outstanding 67 nett

Runner-up: Leigh Jones with 69 - a winning score on any other day

Longest Drive: David Hoy


For the ladies: Penny Wardroper, Pam Casey and Linda Wardroper

For the men: Clay Coles, Ron Jamieson and Darren Reynolds

LEAST PUTTS: Well done to Linda Wardroper and Wilf Herweg.

NAGAs: The honours went to Robyn Whitham and George Meharry, each will enjoy a drink, courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts.

NEXT WEEK: 12/11 will be Round 1 of the WGC Club Championships, Round 2 will be the following week 19/11, to be followed by Medal of Medals 2023 on the 26/11.

Regardless of what grade you were in when you won your MM, you will be playing in the grade relevant to your handicap on the day of MOM.

Pauline will be sending out the list of eligible players for the 2023 MOM, the rest of the players will compete in the stroke competition as normal.

The December MM/Putts will be played on 5/12 which will carry forward to the MOM for 2024.    

So, get your names in early to play between 7 and 8 am so we can play as a block.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

L> R :  Pam Casey (B grade ladies’ winner), Darren Reynolds (A grade men’s winner), Penny Wardroper ( A grade ladies’ winner) and David Hoy ( B grade men’s winner).

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On The Whitsunday Green

November 10, 2023

This week 9-hole stableford saw Jack Hayes-Williams in first place on 26 pts, second place with 23 pts c/b Jake Cremor and third place with a 23 pt c/b Rob Lodders.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw David Wallace take first place with 23 pts, second with 21 pts c/b Scott Hayes -Williams and third place with 21 pt c/b Kev Franke.

Sundays 18-hole stableford was a great turn out and even better for our first-place winner, who not only won by 48 pts but scored a hole in one on the 3rd hole, great job Alan Clinch. Second place with 43 pts c/b David Wallace and third place with 43 pts c/b Dean Barnard. Nearest the pin was Dean Barnard.

This Sunday will be skins 18-hole tee off 9 am – 10am.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

Pictured: Alan Clinch

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November 10, 2023

It was a very warm day on Prossie golf course last Sunday when 21 Whitsunday Golf Club players contested the November Monthly Medals and least putts, the last chance to qualify for the Medal of Medals for 2023. We will welcome our returning members who have been overseas to contest the WGC championships, to be played over the next 2 Sundays.

So the winners for the Nov MM were :


Winner : Penny Wardroper with a very nice 70 nett

Runner-up : Pauline Redpath with 71

Longest Drive : Robyn Whitham


Winner : Pam Casey with an even nicer 69 nett

Runner-up : Linda Wardroper with 70

Longest Drive : Joanne Moynihan


Winner : Darren Reynolds with 70 nett

Runner-up : Clay Coles with 74

Longest Drive : Jason Bourke


Winner : David Hoy with an outstanding 67 nett

Runner-up : Leigh Jones with 69 - a winning score on any other day

Longest Drive : David Hoy

NTPs :

For the ladies : Penny Wardroper, Pam Casey and Linda Wardroper

For the men : Clay Coles, Ron Jamieson and Darren Reynolds

LEAST PUTTS : well done to Linda Wardroper and Wilf Herweg.

NAGAs : the honours went to Robyn Whitham and George Meharry, each will enjoy a drink, courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts.

RAFFLE : Pam Casey won the meat tray raffle, a winning day for Pam.

NEXT WEEK : 12/11 will be Round 1 of the WGC Club Championships, Round 2 will be the following week 19/11, to be followed by Medal of Medals 2023 on the 26/11.

Regardless of what grade you were in when you won your MM, you will be playing in the grade relevant to your handicap on the day of MOM.

Pauline will be sending out the list of eligible players for the 2023 MOM, the rest of the players will compete in the stroke competition as normal.

The December MM/Putts will be played on 5/12 which will carry forward to the MOM for 2024.    

So, get your names in early to play between 7 and 8 am so we can play as a block.

L> R :  Pam Casey (B grade ladies’ winner), Darren Reynolds (A grade men’s winner), Penny Wardroper ( A grade ladies’ winner) and David Hoy ( B grade men’s winner).

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Junior Referees Funded For Local Touch Footy Club

November 10, 2023

Whitsunday Touch is one of only 22 touch football clubs from across Australia to be granted a portion of $100,000 grant pool, gifted from meal delivery service, DoorDash, as part of their community minded Footy Dash program.

A partnership between DoorDash and Touch Football Australia, Footy Cash is an annual grant-based program to help fund community touch footy clubs across Australia.

Whitsunday Touch put forward an application for funding months ago, and recently were informed of the club’s success.

“The application process was simple,” President of Whitsunday Touch, Alita DeBrincat explained.

“We’ve been working hard to build our referees and our juniors to take up referee positions.”

Whitsunday Touch was awarded $3,566, which was been allocated for a new 6x3 metre branded marquee, 12 referee uniforms and nine Level 1 referee courses.

“Our juniors have been quick to take up referee training. This funding allows us to keep promoting the junior referee training, build our club, and share that footy is fun. It’s just awesome.”

Currently, Whitsunday Touch has 220 enrolled players, with the youngest being 8 years old in the family grade competitions, all the way to A Grade competition.

“Our senior competition starts at 13 years old, so bringing in the family grade allows players from years 8 to play with their parents,” Alita explained.

“We’re trying to promote that touch is one of the only sports you can play with your entire family.”

The club has also been busy promoting their female junior players, encouraging female youth to get involved in the sport.

Whitsunday Touch has been granted a portion of funding to promote Junior Referees. Photo supplied

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Soccer Dreams Realised

November 2, 2023

With Local Competing In International Comp

For Kiarna Paterson, her natural talent for soccer wasn’t realised until her and her family relocated to Proserpine a little over three years ago.

And now, she has been selected for the prestigious IBERCUP, after securing a place in the Football Queensland Academy and training with the Barca Academy.

“I first started playing soccer when I was in grade six, when we first moved up here,” Kiarna explained.

Having not played before, her natural ability surprised her family, who have now worked to ensure every opportunity to develop her skills.

She recently completed a week of training with the Barca Academy, a feeder academy of FC Barcelona, for elite youth athletes to hone their skills to pursue professional opportunities.

“At the academy, we did multiple drills every day, working different skills, and we toured the stadium, and we watched professional games, but there were also scouts watching us.”

From this opportunity, Kiarna was selected to represent Australia in the IBERCUP.

This worldwide competition is one of the biggest international youth soccer tournaments, and Kiarna is one of lucky few to be selected into the Australian youth team.

“It’s one of the largest tournaments,” Kahla, Kiarna’s mother, explained.

“It’s held in Spain, and all different countries come together to compete, and the players are given the professional player experience. They have strict routines, and it shows the players the reality of the profession, of what they should expect.”

Kiarna is welcoming the new experience, the chance to sink her teeth into her dream profession.

“Only a few girls were selected for the IBERCUP, and I am looking forward to growing my skills and learning from the coaches and other players,” Kiarna said.

Her dedication is present through everything she does, and her success is profound in her fantastic techniques and ever improving skills.

“However, financing the costs of training, travel, and equipment, the expenses of this once in a lifetime opportunity are substantial,” Kiarna explained.

Having opened a Go Fund Me to assist with costs of Kiarna’s IBERCUP journey, Kiarna is eager to start her professional soccer career.

For those wishing to help Kiarna’s soccer career, follow the QR code to her Go Fund Me page.

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A Hole Lot Of Fun

November 2, 2023

Wednesday’s competition was a Stableford sponsored by the golf club.

Viv Clark won the ladies’ event with Penny Stewart coming runner up.

In the men’s Scott Raisbeck won and Peter Theodossio was runner up.

The weekend saw the Little Masters graded competition returning to the calender. The men played on Saturday and the ladies played Sunday. A big thankyou to Bowen Mazda for sponsoring these events. Zoom Zoom.

The Joker Jackpot is now sitting at a mighty $5300. It all happens at the golf club on Friday night from 5:30pm. Everybody welcome, but if you wish to dine in, please book your table by phoning 47 851206.

Contributed with thanks to Linda Scells.

Claire Garrod A Gross Winner, sponsor Gary Brenchley, Viv Clark C Gross Winner.

Deb Breeze C Gross Runner up, Bev Lowcock B Nett Winner, sponsor Gary Brenchley, Amanda Parter B Nett Runner up, Robyn Slade A Nett Runner up, Pauline Martin A Nett Winner.

Doug Power A Gross Winner, sponsor Gary Brenchley Bowen Mazda, Mark Tilbrook C Nett Winner. Photos supplied

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Winners Are Grinners

November 2, 2023

Tuesday's overall winners were Michael Miller with 42 pts followed by Dylan Holland and Ryan Wilkes on 39, Adam Maggs on 38 and Simon Della Santa on 37.

Nearest to Pins were Michael Ward and Brian Smith.

Wednesday's Airllywood Stableford competition was won by Jan Shuwalow with 41.

Second was Toni Clauss with 40 followed by Beryl Nosworthy with 38, Ann Gardel with 35 and Elspeth Scotford with 34. Nearest to Pins were Rehab Hull, Beryl Nosworthy, Toni Clauss and Ann Gardel.

On Thursday, Ben Doer won the A division with 40 followed Bodie Kitchingman and Jon Miller on 38.

B division was won by Perri Simpson with 42, and Kerr Claxton and Ron Jamieson had 37.

Pin shots went to Zachary Esden, Barry Mortimer, Ritchie Atkins, and Chris Pham

Terry Handford with 20 pts beat Jackson Gray for the Friday Met Run with the pins won by Nick Watson and Terry Handford.

Saturday's Haymans Electrical Competition’s A division was won by Aaron Prosser with 37 pts followed by Brian Allen also on 37 and Steve Hickey on 36.

The B division was blitzed by Mick Hamilton on 41 ahead of Dean Kercher on 38 and Philip Luckett on 37.

Pin shots went to Mick Kavanagh, Jackson Gray, Rod Wecker, and Phil Luckett.

The ladies were led by Penny Wardroper with 41, Tessa Aitken on 38, Ann Gardel with 36, and Sherri Meade and Paula McQuat on 35. Trish McNeill, and Lyn Muller won the pin shots.

Sunday's stableford was won by Nicole Cooper on 42 pts with Ray Johanneson on 41 from Ryland Hensel and Peta Thomas.

Two pin shots were won by Pauline Redpath, and one each by Nathan Holohan, Ryland Hensel, and Brian Allen.

Upcoming events include competitions on Tuesday and Friday plus the Wednesday PD Law Monthly Medal, the Thursday VenueSmart Monthly Medal, the RGH Saturday Monthly Medal and the KJC Diesel Repairs Sunday Monthly Medal.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club Pro Shop.

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Don’t Putt Out

November 2, 2023

While numbers may have been down with people away (some overseas) and many partying on after a major birthday do on Saturday evening, but 15 players still made it for a keen competition.

Blustery winds continued to make things difficult for some players, especially the big hitters, but WGC players never give up, and Stableford is very forgiving on that bad hole when you don’t have to putt out.


Winner: Pauline Redpath, a lovely game, earning 36 points

Runner-up: Tiina Randmae with 30 points

Longest Drive: Tiina Randmae


Winner: Karen Rix with 34 points

Runner-up: Pam Casey with 30 points

Longest Drive: Pam Casey


Winner: Jason Bourke with 32 points

Runner-up: Clay Coles with 28 points

Longest Drive: Nathan Holohan


Winner: Don Cameron with 32 points

Runner-up: David Hoy with 30 points

Longest Drive: Don Cameron


For the ladies: Tiina Randmae, Pam Casey and Pauline Redpath.

For the men: Gerald Lovell and Jason Bourke.

NAGAs: the honours went to Leigh Jones, a drink courtesy of sponsors Aaron and Tracy Watts.

NEXT WEEK: will be the November MM and least putts, last chance for contenders to make it for the Medal of Medals 2023, get your names in as early as possible so we can play in a block.

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Tough Competition At Whitsunday Green

November 2, 2023

This week 9-hole stableford competition saw Donna Henderson take first place with a 22 pt c/b, second place with 22 pts Riley Mercieca and third place with 21 pts c/b was Dean Barnard.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Paula Wronski on 21 pts in first place, second place with 19 pts Sean Cain and third with 18 c/b was Glenn Rees.

Sundays 18-hole Monthly medal was a great turn out. Brad Low took first place with a 42 NETT, second place with a 43 NETT Ireneusz Gruszcynski and third place with 47 NETT Jake Day. Nearest the pin was Shane Bradley and Danny York. Great effort by all.

This Sunday will be 18-hole stableford tee off anytime.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green.

Tim and Sacha Walton. Photo supplied

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Cannons Successful In Charters Towers

November 2, 2023

Over the weekend, 8 swimmers competed at the Charters Towers LC Transition Meet.  

Eloise Chegwidden aged 8 years won all her individual events.  

Eloise’s brother, Harry swam 3 PBs and achieved top placings in all his events.

Remy Hedges, aged 15 years, had a very successful carnival.  

One of Remy’s best swims includes her 1st place in the 400m Freestyle.  

Team Harland had a super weekend.  

Indigo Harland swam personal best times in all her events.  

She took 26.08sec off her previous best time in 25m Butterfly.  

Despite being sick the week leading into the carnival, Ruby Harland won 6 of her events and achieved 5 PBs.  

Two of Ruby’s best swims include her 200m Breaststroke which she swam in 3.57.12 (a 15.69sec PB) and her 1st place in the 100m Butterfly with 1.73sec PB.  

Brothers, Zach and Alex Trefz swam top times in the majority of their races.    

Alex achieved 1st and 2nd places in his events.  

Zach swam massive PBs of over 20sec in his 100m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle.  

His best swims include 1st place in 50m Butterfly in a time of 35.36s and his 1st place swim 50m Breaststroke with a 2.54sec PB.  

Congratulations to all the swimmers!  

A big thank you to Darren Hedges for assisting with coaching and to all the wonderful parents.

On Wednesday, 2 new Club Records were presented Lucas Korosec and Ehsan Helou!  

Upgrade Certificates were presented to Zach Trefz, Miller Eaves and Eric Mulliss.  

Swim of the Night Awards were presented to Millie Groom for 25m Breaststroke and Tora Delac for 50m Backstroke.  

Congratulations swimmers!  

Top performers at Club Night for the most PBs were Millie Groom, Ehsan Helou, Noah Maltby, Owen Schepisi, Eric Mulliss and Zach Trefz.  

Well done, swimmers!  

A big thank you to all the parents and volunteers who assisted with officiating on Wednesday night!  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannons Team at Charters Towers Oct 2023

Millie Groom with Swim of the Night Award. Photos supplied

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Inspiring Ironwoman Conquers Kona

November 2, 2023

Rowena Sinclair-Smith is one dedicated and determined woman. Mother of three, granny to one, swim school owner and lnstructor in ACT, astute business woman and a passionate competing Triathlete.

Rowena recently purchased a house in the Whitsundays and now commutes between Canberra and Airlie Beach.

She is a committed member of our Whitsunday Triathlon Club spending her time training in the sugarcane fields with other club members.

For a longtime Rowena has had the ambition to race for team Australia in the

half and full lronman World Championship Events.

In 2010 she competed in her first Triathlon. Her performances to date include 13 Full lronman and up to 2O latt lronman which have taken her from Port Macquarie, Busselton, Cairns, Los Cabos Mexico, Wisconsin, Mont Tremblant, Harvey Bay and elsewhere throughout Australia.

This year her dream came true after finishing on the Podium in first place in her age group category 50-54 at Port Macquarie and gaining automatic qualification to go to the World Half lronman Championships in Lahti, Finland on 26th August 2023.

This course is held in beautiful green pristine surroundings at the Northern most destination for any lronman event.

Rowena was amazed when she also qualified for a spot to go to Kona, Hawaii to compete in the Full lronman event earlier this month.

Kona is the pinnacle of All Triathlon Sport. Professionals and Age Group triathletes from around the globe dream of racing on this, the lronman Main Stage.

lt is one of the most incredible races on this planet. The best of the best embark on a 3.8km Ocean swim, 180km cycle, finishing with a 42km run all through the barren lava fields of Hawaii.

For most it is the Ultimate test of strength, mind, spirit and endurance.

To represent your country and do a Double is no mean feat, but for this Triathlon champion nothing is impossible. Rowena competed in Finland then backed it up with completing Kona.

The Whitsunday Triathlon Club is privileged to have this enthusiastic woman as part of our club. A magnificent achievement and a very welcome addition to our training members.

Watch her future success closely.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Triathlon Club.

Rowena Sinclair-Smith competed in the Iron Man World Championships earlier this month. Photos supplied

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Big Hits And Bittersweet Wins

November 2, 2023

A life of dedication and commitment to a sport that he loves is what motivates Shane Allan, who recently represented Whitsundays PCYC at the Sarina Fight Night.

In the heavyweight category, Shane had some big competition, at least 20 kilo heavier competition, as far as his wife Kristy Allan was concerned.

Sharing blows, the competition was hard.

“Shane’s opponent was a huge fellow,” Kristy described.

“Shane isn’t a small man, but his competitor made him look tiny!”

Amazingly, despite the size difference, Shane came home with a win on the night.

But for Shane, the Sarina Fight Night was meaningful for another reason, with him donning his former coach’s cape.

“Tyrel Cameron was a great friend, and a great coach to Shane,” Kristy said.

“Tyrel was a big part of Shane’s life and losing Tyrel was hard.”

Tyrel was Shane’s boxing coach, who unfortunately died by suicide some years ago.

“Wearing Tyrel’s cape and dedicating the match to Tyrel was very important and taking home the win really just made the event.”

Shane has dedicated much of his life to boxing, since he was 18 years old.

“He’s a bit of a machine,” Kristy said.

Having taken on a match at the Airlie Fight Night, and coming home with a loss and some bruises, this win is a lot sweeter.

“Airlie Fight Night had a good atmosphere, with Shane having a great fight. Both him and his opponent fought damn hard, but Shane only came home with a black eye and a few scuffs.”

But now, with a win under his belt, Shane is ready to get back to training, readying himself for the 2024 Fight Nights.

“He trains five to six times a week. He often trains with a police officer, who volunteers his time to train boxers, who has been a big help.”

And also, Kristy says that when he does finally hang up his boxing belt, he won’t leave the sport entirely.

“Boxing will always be a part of his life. When he does call it, he’ll train youth and kids, but he’s got some go in him.”

Shane Allan was over 20 kilos lighter than his opponent, but still managed to pull off the win. Photo supplied

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Big Wins For Airlie Beach Bowlers

November 2, 2023

Can you believe that we are almost into the last month of Spring the year is almost over here in Paradise, but our bowls is only getting bigger.

Tuesday afternoon bowls saw skipper Tony Whitehorn with lead Maureen Barnard take home the prize money and to make it a family affair Betty Whitehorn won the prestigious Health Hub award.

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot Bowls was a fantastic afternoon with the lovable Bobby Spees as skipper with Betty Whitehorn, and Eric Barnard at lead prove far too strong and run out comfortable winners and Tony Whitehorn also kept the Health Hub award in the family with a lucky win.

Saturday morning Scroungers saw first round winners Rick Galea and Andy McDougall first round winners with Rick Galea back to his very best form with a great performance and comfortable victory whilst Mark Mawson was the B Division winner of the day.

Sunday afternoon Social Bowls saw Col Morris as skipper with a great performance ably assisted by Paul Osborne at lead and the lovely Betty Whitehorn at second with visitor from Mulgrave Country Club in Victoria took home the prestigious Health Hub award.

Sunday afternoon mixed pairs saw Vicki Spann with her husband Shane win for the second time in 3 years with a commanding victory.

Whilst all this was happening Manny Isgro with Harry Quod were in the finals of the state titles and just missed out on a podium finish to come in as the 4th best team in our state of Queensland, what a fantastic performance for our little club and we are just so proud of them.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

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Tough Competition In Local Games

November 2, 2023

Triples Competition Final: Ron Muir, Herb Dalton, and Shane Spann defeated Lee Welsted, Jeff Tierney, and Steve Roome.

Wednesday Social: Anna, Ross Scanlon, Peter Bruce defeated Eddy Neylon, Keith Kirk, and Steve Roome.

B.Barker and Gavin Charles defeated R.Muir and Peter Bruce.

Allen Williams, Lou Fordham, and Steve Roome had a drawn game with Mary Ellen Pratten, Ron Gould, and Doc Fordham.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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Champion Of Champions For Proserpine

November 2, 2023

The last of the Champion of Champion events for the Mackay District were held this weekend.  

Our 2 Bowl Triples team of Shane Kinnear, Scott Hamilton and Wayne Handley travelled to Pioneer Valley to compete, and compete strongly they did.  

They won their first game against Sarina 32 - 21 and were taken out of the contest by Souths Suburban going down 27 - 25 in the second game.  

North Mackay were this year's winners of the event.

On Wednesday in Social Bowls Arthur Griffith, Barry Zillmann and Heather Brown defeated Mary Hedgelong, Philip Brown, and Mike Harrison 27 - 18 in a game of triples.

In a game of Consistency Singles Bruce Uhe 113 defeated John Anderson 47 then Bruce Uhe 87 defeated Sandy Daffara 73.

On Sunday Arthur Griffith, Pat Bownds and David Ling defeated Jim Bownds, Philip Brown, and Mike Harrison 24 - 13; John Anderson, Bruce Uhe, and Sandy Daffara defeated John Anderson, John Burnett and Heather Brown 19 - 15.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Local Ladies At State Finals

November 2, 2023

On Tuesday, winners we had 2 games of 3 bowl pairs.

Winners were Hans Baas, and Kennedy Whitton defeated Bron Tolcher and Robyn Stitt.

Gwenda Lydom and Penny Warren defeated Deb Retchless and Linda Smith. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Sunday winners were Denise Wallace, Dot Staler and Pat Tracey defeated Merle Elphinstone, Sue Shearing, and Greg Colquhoun.

Lyn Danvers, Jim Quod, and Mark Drummond defeated Robyn Stitt, Penny Warren, and Sugar Brunker. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Club Competition results: Mixed Triples Tracey Roach, Lloyd White, and Jason Wright defeated Robyn Stitt, Isobel Wheeler, and Mark Drummond, Single Sets Mitch Wright defeated Bron Tolcher.

We would like to wish our Ladies Pennant Side representing Zone 8 good luck and good bowling as they represent Zone 8 playing in the State Pennant finals at Tweed Heads this weekend 4 and 5 November.

Bowls Queensland do livestream games so keep a lookout we may be there.

Progress results of other games are also usually posted on the screen. What an experience!

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Blue Pennant Winners 2023. Photo supplied

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Swimming Extravaganza With Whitsunday Swimming Club

October 26, 2023

The regions Swimming clubs have met for the Whitsunday Swimming Club LC Carnival.

Jampacked with heats, fantastic swims, beaten personal bests, and a great community effort and dedication, the final carnival served as a great reminder of the community that gathers for such standout events.

Joined with Pioneer Swimming Club, Mirani Swimming Club, Lightning Swimming Club, and so many more, the day was only aided by clear weather and perfect temperatures.

Photos Supplied

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Ampions Of Champions Proserpine Bowls Report

October 26, 2023

This weekend, the Mackay District Men's Champion of Champion B Pairs was played at Proserpine.  

The speed of the green surprised a few of the competitors.  

Many thanks to those who put so many hours and so much effort into its preparation.

Our representatives - Gavin Noonan and Todd Leys were defeated in the second round by the Northern Beaches team who were runners up in the event.  

Winner of this year's event were Bede Roebuck and Ron Horsfall from Souths Suburban.

Also many thanks to those who contributed to the functioning of the event at our club.  

All commented on the hospitality of our club and the services that we provided to make the event such a success.

On Wednesday Sandy Daffara, Philip Brown and John Burnett defeated Arthur Griffith, Peter Lawton, and Mike Harrison 24 - 18 in Social Bowls and on Sunday Bruce Uhe, Philip Brown and Mike Harrison defeated Sandy Daffara, Margie Burnett and John Burnett 24 - 12.

Best wishes for good games to our 2 Bowl Triples Representatives Shane Kinnear, Scott Hamilton and Wayne Handley who will be competing in Champion of Champions at Pioneer Valley next weekend.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

Sunday Social Bowls Seated left to right Bruce Uhe and Margie Burnett, Standing Philip Brown. Photo supplied

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Wangaratta Bowls Report

October 26, 2023

On Tuesday, winners were Bron Tolcher, Merle Elphinstone, and Robyn Stitt defeated Stumpy Adams, Isobel Wheeler, and Deb Retchless.

The jackpot didn’t go off.

Last week we had our Come and Try afternoon.

How great it was to see 18 learners take to the green.

Members gave them a brief demonstration and then they were out on the green.

Within half an hour they were showing their style getting close to jack.

Then they played a game to test out their skills.

Thanks to those that came and members who helped.

We hope you enjoyed the afternoon and you are welcome back any time.

Club Competition is slowly progressing. We have competitions called on the board for mixed and Singles Sets.

It is only a month before presentation day so we hope they all finished before the big day. Our Monster Raffle to help send our Pennant Sides to Tweed Heads is still selling. If we could have tickets in by next Sunday.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Come and Try Day 2023

Winners Sunday 22 October 23. Photos supplied

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Proserpine Golf Report

October 26, 2023

Tuesday consisted of a Mens and Ladies Stableford. Winners were Chris Pham – 37 Points and Rehab Hull with 35 Points. NTP’s Paul Gray, Aaron Prosser, and Kev Cooper.

Wednesday Competition was sponsored by Lyn and Viv. 17 Ladies came to play and some great scores were recorded by Pauline Redpath with a nett 66 and Tina Badenhorst with a 70 Nett. Pin Shots with to Karlene Lloyd, Elspeth Scotford and Pauline Redpath.

More Great scores were recorded in the Thursday Stableford. A grade was won by Paul Gray with 41 Points, followed by Steve Lucas 38 and Ryan Wilkes 37. B Grade was won by Dylan Holland on 43 Points, Russell Reardon taking second place with 41 and Phil Luckett 39. Pin Shots went to John Oates, Karl Kirkwood, Dylan Holland, and Ron Jamieson.

Friday Metropole Stableford 9 Hole Competition was won by Brendan Spann with 22 points followed by Andrew Volpato with 21. Pin Shots to Brendan Spann and Jack Pirlo.

Saturday competition continued with some great scores; Brendan Span continued his great form by winning A Grade with a 66 Nett from Scott Clarke on 67. Ross Hammond won B Grade with a 65 Nett on count back from Chris Pham. Peta Thomas won the Ladies with a 69 Nett followed by Helen Deighton on 70. Pin Shots went to Helen Deighton, Ann Gardel, Jason Bourke, Kelvin Stephens, Rob Stanley and Michael Ward.

Great Scores did not finish there. Brad Vloedmans won the Sunday Stroke competition with a 65 Nett from Darren Reynolds on 67. Ladies winner was Pamela Casey on 69 Nett on countback from Anna Winterbourn.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Course Pro Shop.

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Whitsunday Social Golf Report

October 26, 2023


Numbers may have been down slightly for the Whitsunday Golf Club stroke competition last Sunday, but the scoring was hot to trot. Sixteen players contested the single stroke competition with some very close scoring in perfect conditions, just enough breeze to keep the players cool without interfering with the flight of the ball. Darren Reynolds was the star of the day with an outstanding 79 off the stick.


Winner: Anna Winterbourn with nett 69

Runner-up: Tiina Randmae with 70

Longest Drive Elise Hodgson


Winner: Pam Casey with nett 69

Runner-up: Joanne Moynihan with 77

Longest Drive: Joanne Moynihan


Winner: Darren Reynolds with an excellent nett 67

Runner-up: George Meharry with a close to winning 68

Longest Drive: Darren Reynolds


Winner: Mark McDougal with nett 69

Runner-up: Brendon Meharry with 71

Longest Drive: David Hoy


LADIES: Penny Wardroper (Ladies A and All In)

MEN: Darren Reynolds (A grade), Ron Jamieson (B grade)

NEXT WEEK: is a Single Stableford. A reminder to log into the time sheet as early as possibly so that we are able to play as a block. Our time of play is between 7 and 8 am.

Remember: Save these dates:

November 12th and 19th for the WGC Club Championships

December 9th for the WGC Christmas Party at the RGH.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green.

Mark McDougal (B grade winner Men), Anna Winterbourn (A grade winner Ladies) Pam Casey (B grade winner Ladies), Darren Reynolds (A grade winner Men). Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Golf Report

October 26, 2023

This week’s 9-hole stableford saw Fred Tammist come first with 22 pts, second place with 21 pts Donovan Pettiford and third on 20 pts Michael Bond.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Mark Thompson take the win with 25 pts, second place with 22 pts Louie Archer and third place with 21 pts Andrew Gomez. Great job by all.

Sundays PAR svs 18-hole competition was a very warm yet great day on the green which saw Morgan Vanderwyk take first place with a +3.

This Sunday 29th Oct with be our Monthly Medal tee off at 9am – 10am. Hope to see you all there.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green.

Pictured: Michael Bond. Photo supplied

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Cannons In Force

October 26, 2023

The Cannonvale Cannons had a fantastic week of swimming with 30 swimmers participating at Club Night and 40 swimmers competing at the Whitsunday Family Meet on Saturday.  

On Saturday in Proserpine, the Cannons were in full force supported by coaches, Ken Crittenden, Rylee Erickson, Jarrod Keys and Shay Wilmot and a team of wonderful parents.  

The coaches were super impressed with all the swimmers and their outstanding achievements.  

Top performers who achieved PBs for the majority of their events:  Liam Filewood, Millie Groom, Ehsan Helou, Jasper Korosec, Gracie Laguna, Pippa Laguna, Nelson Malady, Noah Maltby, Eric Mulliss, Celeste Orenshaw, Dylan Reynolds, Addie Sanders, Alex Trefz and Zach Trefz.

Congratulations to Eloise Chegwidden, Jacob Bell, Jax Clayworth and Lucas Korosec who won the majority of their events.

The coaches would like to commend Don Algie, Harry Chegwidden, Zane Clayworth, Harris Delac, Tora Delac, Maeve Dichieria, Charlie Doherty, Miller Eaves, Thomas Ganter, Ehsan Helou, Remy Hedges, Holly Perrin, Isabella Pisaniello and Andie Reynolds for their top age group placings.  

The coaches would like commend the following on their awesome 200m IM swim: Tiana Bell, Declan Dichieria, Remy Hedges, Anisa Helou, Matilda Nicholes and Levi Smith. Declan swam a massive 33.46 sec PB in 200m IM to earn 1st place.  

Special mentions: Leo Mulliss swam a fantastic 25m Backstroke with a 8.62sec PB. saac Pisaniello swam a 1st class 50m Backstroke to achieve a 1.04sec PB.  Indi Smith’s best swim was her 100m Breaststroke which she swam a 5.58sec PB. Mae Carter-Attwood’s best swim was her 50m Breaststroke in a time of 40.99sec. Jack Ganter swam an excellent time of 5.14.38 in his 400m Freestyle to earn 2nd place.  

Congratulations to all the swimmers on their top efforts!  A big thank you to all the wonderful parents and officials for all their assistance and support!  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannons at Whitsunday Meet Oct 2023. Photo supplied

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Sailors Enjoy The Coral Coast Rally

October 19, 2023

The Abell Point Yacht Club’s 2023 Coral Coast Rally was a resounding success with 12 yachts and 35 people sailing through the start line off Sorrento’s Restaurant and heading off for the first night’s anchorage outside Cape Gloucester Beach Resort.

The next morning the fleet was up early and headed further north to Cape Upstart.  A huge rain shower towering over Gloucester Island saw the fleet sailing through one of the best rainbows seen in years.  

With a perfect following sea and around 15 knots of wind, the fleet surfed all the way to the Cape to anchor up.

After two days relaxation, the fleet set sail to Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island which was around a 10-hour day or 68 nautical miles.

By Thursday it was time to sail around to Nelly Bay marina and take up the last couple of days lazing about by the beautiful pools, or catch up on long-awaited hair washing or laundry.  

Friday was the last day of the rally and by 5pm it saw everyone running to the taxis for the short ride around to Arcadia and the Baked on Maggie Restaurant for our presentation evening.  

The winner of the 2023 Coral Coast Rally was Steve and Margie Larsson on Rhapsody, followed closely second by Bob and Shaz Colman on Red Knot then third Steve Allen on Bella Vita.  

John on Silverado very graciously accepted the Horse’s Arse trophy for not only losing his pink dinghy once, but twice during the course of the rally.

Steve on Bella Vita won the biggest fish catch, .

The Committee of the Abell Point Yacht Club would like to thank all the sponsors who donated to this year's Coral Coast Rally, those being Oceanic Marine Risks, our Gold Sponsors, Shirt Front Solutions, Cape Gloucester Beach Resort, Cumberland Charter Yachts, Magnetic Island Marina, Marlin Marine, Whitsunday Sailing Club and Airlie Sail and Shade Solutions.

Contributed with thanks to Abell Point Yacht Club.

The Coral Coast Rally participants at Upstart Beach. Photo supplied

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The Race That Stops The Whitsundays

October 19, 2023

On a perfect day for the races, the Bowen Turf Club welcomed over 3,500 people into the Bowen racecourse.

“It was a very successful day,” said Bowen Turf Club Secretary, Helen Daley.

“We had several buses come from Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Proserpine, and even had one bus from Mackay.”

Bowen Cup is one of the major fundraisers for the Bowen Turf Club, with the monies going towards ongoing maintenance works and upgrading the facility.

“There are always improvements we could make; however, we’re looking at constructing a designated machinery shed, upgrading the watering system for the track, and building a new shed using an existing slab,” explained Helen.

“Overall, the day was great, with perfect weather, and we look forward to hosting our next event.”

Race 1

Benchmark 60 Handicap 1000m


57.68 seconds

Race 2

QTIS Maiden Plate 1100m

Cody’s Boy

1m 04.66 seconds

Race 3

Benchmark 45 Handicap 1200m

Boom Ranga

1m 10.59 seconds

Race 4

Class 3 Plate 1280m

Always Written Off

1m 15.27 seconds

Race 5

Open Handicap 1470m

Such A Whit

1m 27.02 seconds

The Bowen Cup Race 6

Benchmark 65 Handicap 1810m

Higher Love

1m 50.09 seconds

Fashion On The Field Winners

Cruise Whitsundays Contemporary Lady

Bianca Merrit

Triton Xtreme Classic Lady

Mandy Gattera

Lehmann Print Solutions Distinguished Gentleman

Graham Walter

Mitsubishi Motors Outlandish Couple

Belinda Oglive and Brendan Dunkley

Filby’s Motors Fabulous Millinery

Emily Baretta

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October 19, 2023

Saturday saw over 250 players and families attend Whitsunday United’s presentation day. With the Junior event held at lunch and the senior event at night, it was a celebration of award winners and a reflection back on the most successful season ever. With 6 of 10 teams in the finals and the club securing both the Premier Men and Women grand final win, on top of the Men’s Premiership double, 2023 was a landmark season for the club.

Junior Award winners:

U13 Div 1: Player’s Player: Tyson Fenning, Coach’s Player: Angus Lean, MVP: Lauren Wark

U13 Prem: Player’s Player: Shannon Matthews, Coach’s Player: Sam Hazleton, MVP: Luke Sunter

U15 Div 1: Player’s player: Adam Rusin, Coach’s Player: Austen Tellegen, MVP: Logan Burke

U15 Prem: Player’s Player: Jack Robertson, Coach’s Player: Hayden Milliken, MVP’s: Finlay Farrell/ Saxon Angel

Senior Award Winners:

Men’s Division 2: Player’s player: Eddie Kamman, Coach’s player: Sam Watson, MVP: Caleb Vanderdrift

Men’s Division 1: Player’ Player: Aaron Morgan, Coach’s Player: Kai Savy, MVP: Tate Butler

Men’s Divisional Rookie of the Year: Mitchell Milostic

Women’s U23/Reserves: Player’s Player: Karli Elder, Coach’s player: Keely Salter/ Robyn Dean, MVP: Fiona McTavish

Women’s FQ Premier League: Player’s Player: Willow Gaffney, Coach’s Player: Laura Wilson, MVP: Matalena Johnson, Grand Final MVP: Eva Foran

Men’s U23/Reserves: Player’s Player: Lincoln Sokolski-Fricker, Coach’s Player: Jarrod Clarke, MVP: Lincoln Sokolski-Fricker

Men’s FQ Premier League: Player’s Player: Tommy Torzsok, Coach’s Player: Ross Benfield, MVP: Harry Cooper

Men’s Premier Rookie of the Year: Lincoln Sokolski-Fricker

The Jade Taylor award for club MVP: Fiona McTavish

What an incredible year as the club goes from strength to strength! The Seam Survey’s Summer Sixes competition has also started and with nearly 300 players registered, it promises to be an great social event for the club with families playing together and mingling with club players. Fun and Fitness to finish off the year

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Bigs Plays For Local Boys

October 19, 2023

The most recent school holidays were a busy time for these St Catherine’s Catholic College boys, Logan Burke, Reef Peel, Adam Rusin, Noah Farrow, Feddie Hazelton, and Maxwell O’Keefe, heading to the National School Futsal Championships in the U14 Boys division.

While the boys narrowly missed a win in their first five games, they drew matched on day 3 of the competition, they dedicatedly played their hardest, demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship and compassion.

“All our games were pretty close,” explained Logan Burke.

“It felt pretty good to make the championships and play against other schools,” said Adam Rusin.

St Catherine’s Catholic College Principal Luke Thomson celebrated the boy’s achievements.

"We are very proud of the boy’s achievements working together as a team,” he said.

“Futsal has certainly grown as a sport in our region.”

While at the championships, three of the boys were scouted for the National Team, to compete in Fiji early next year.

These boys are Reef Peel, Logan Burke, and Freddie Hazelton, who have been playing together for two years now.

“We were picked from every team that played at the championships,” explained Logan.

“So out of 200 people there,” confirmed Freddie.

“But I only just started playing last year, so this has all been a surprise,” Freddie said.

Logan is now a seasoned pro at competing with the National Team, having competed in Europe last year.

“It was great, and I’m looking forward to competing again next year!” Logan said.

Noah Farrow, Logan Burke, Freddie Hazelton, Maxwell O'Keefe, Adam Rusin, and Reef Peel. Photo credit: Bronte Hodge

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Cannons Swim 111km In Lapathon

October 19, 2023

On Sunday, 41 people participated in the Cannonvale Cannons annual Lapathon.  

The group swam a total of 4, 440 laps which totaled 111km. All money raised will go to the Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club to help with club activities/functions. The following squad swimmers participated:  Levi Smith, Calvin Murphy, Harry Chegwidden, Maeve Dichiera, Don Algie, Isaac Pisaniello, Isabella Pisaniello, Abi Maher, Andie Reynolds, Nelson Malady, Connor Lee, Declan Dichiera, Lucas Korosec, Harris Delac, Jasper Korosec, Matilda Nicholes, Celeste Orenshaw, Tiana Bell, Tora Delac, Lily Maher, Millie Groom, Addie Sanders, Stevie Lee, Indi Smith, and Eloise Chegwidden.  Well done, swimmers!  

A big thank you to all the parents who helped with tallying the laps, supporting swimmers, and participating in the Lapathon.

Congratulations to Millie Groom who swam the most laps, 150 laps and to Isabella Pisaniello who swam 148 laps! Congratulations to Kate Thomson, one of the adult swimmers who swam 136 laps, 3.5km in the hour and Jane Delac who swam 120 laps, 3.1km.  

On Wednesday, the Cannons hosted a super quick Club Night with only 12m and 25m events on offer.  Congratulations, Eric Mullis for receiving the Swim of the Night award. Club Records were awarded to Lucas Korosec and Jacob Bell. Lucas, 7 years set a new 100m Freestyle record and Jacob set a new 16-year male 1500m Freestyle record. Upgrade certificates were presented to Jax Clayworth and Matilda Nicholes.  Chocolate awards were presented to Celeste Orenshaw, Matilda Nicholes and Bonnie Crichton for the best PBs. Congratulations swimmers!  

Top performers at Club Night based on PBs include  Millie Groom, Anisa Helou, Gracie Laguna, Pippa Laguna, Eric Mulliss, Matilda Nicholes, Isaac Pisaniello, Addie Sanders, Indi Smith, Levi Smith, Harry Chegwidden, Jax Clayworth, Zane Clayworth, Harris Delac, Charlie Doherty, Miller Eaves, Jack Ganter and Thomas Ganter.  

A big thank you to all the parents and volunteers who assist with Club Nights and the Lapathon!

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Lapathon Finish 2023

Eric Mulliss Swim of the Night award. Photos supplied

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

October 19, 2023

Can you believe that we are halfway into spring already and as the weather gets warmer so does the action on our greens because the bowls just gets better, and our little club gets stronger with great competition.

Starting on Tuesday only a few people turned up to bowls with 9 of our talented ladies went to Northern Beaches in Mackay and all players performed well.

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls which is brilliantly run by Mervyn Stewart saw a brilliant bowling performance under the guile of skipper Andrew Butler, whom with 2nd Mervyn Stewart himself and a brilliant lead performance by Eric Barnard beat all comers by 17 points with the very popular Rob Turner taking home the prestigious Health Hub Award.

Saturday morning Scroungers is in its second round, and it was just like watching Ground Hog Day because exactly the same result as week one, with Russell the Muscle Jackson proving too strong for everyone and is now -5 after round one and now Minus 10 for next week, what a fantastic performance.

Sunday afternoon Social Bowls also saw some wonderful bowls displayed with the Mens A division 2023 champion Alan Pershouse continuing his red-hot form with Marjorie Hughes at lead and the most improved Regina Aqualina at second won by 10 points with Janet Jacometti won the prestigious Health Hub Award.

Another excellent week of top-quality bowls and thanks to Fiona Greener for her brilliant bar managing


Caption: Champion Bowler Russell Jackson after an amazing performance at Scroungers. Photo supplied


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Proserpine Bowls Report

October 19, 2023

On Wednesday Social Bowls Alen Sanderson, Heather Brown and Philip Brown defeated Arthur Griffith, Heather Brown, and Sandy Daffara 27 - 13; Mary Hedgelong, Bruce Uhe and Mike Harrison defeated John Burnett, Barry Zillmann and Peter Lawton 24 - 10.  

In Sunday Social Bowls Philip Brown defeated Sandy Daffara in a game of Consistency Singles 106 - 104 with Mike Harrison marking that game. Then Mike Harrison defeated Philip Brown 102 - 98 with Philip to lose another 10 points deduction as a penalty for moving the jack more than one metre.  The other game was a game of pairs played in the 2 - 4 - 2 format.  Arthur Griffith and Heather Brown defeated John Burnett and Mary Hedgelong 23 - 11.

This coming weekend, Proserpine will be hosting the Mackay District Men's B Grade Pairs Champion of Champions.  Should be some great bowls played throughout the weekend.  Social bowls will also be available on Sunday afternoon.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Bowls

October 19, 2023

Come and Try Day was held on Saturday. We had 18 new bowlers attend who had a great time. They started a bit slow but within an hour they were putting them down quite well.

Sunday winners came out on Rink 4 They were M Elphinstone, L Danvers K and Whitton defeated L Suann, B Myers and G Colquhoun. Others were N Adams, I Wheeler and P Tracey who defeated B Tolcher, D Retchless and A Rolfe. Meanwhile, S Shearing and M Drummond defeated L Land and R Brunker. R Stitt and G Danvers defeated K Baxter K Jewell. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Rolfe.

Bowlers who attended Come and Try Day Saturday

Winners for Sunday Kennedy Whitton, and President Mark Drummond, absent Lyn Danvers, and Merle Elphinstone. Photos supplied

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Bowen Golf Report

October 19, 2023

On Wednesday, men and ladies played a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies’ winner on a countback was Lisa Raisbeck 37pts, runner up Penny Stewart 37pts. Men’s winner on a countback was Kevin Cross 40pts, runner up David Roberts 40pts.

On Saturday we played a single stableford event for a club trophy. Ladies’ winner was Penny Stewart 38pts, runner up Robyn Slade 36pts. Men’s winner Andrew Fitzgerald 39pts, runner up on a countback Peter Theodossio 38pts. Congratulations to Noel Schultz who had a hole in one on #12 during Saturday’s competition.


This Saturday is a single stableford event sponsored by Brent Stocker Electrical. Joker is worth $5100.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

Noel Schultz – Hole in one. Photo supplied

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Proserpine Golf Report

October 19, 2023

A close game in the ladies on Tuesday with amazing scores coming in! Elise Hodgson edged out Elspeth Scotford to win with a blistering 66 nett. Barry Shuwalow and Louis Neethling fought it out on Tuesday with Barry winning on a countback with 67nett.

NTP winners: Tiina Randmae x 2, Elspeth Scotford, Aaron Prosser, and Ken Granger.

More great scores in the Wednesday’s PD Law Monthly Medal, Leanne Alexander claiming the October win on a countback from Trish McNeill, both on 69 nett. NTP winners were Anna Winterbourn x 2, Heather Luvis and Paula McQuat. Least putts were won on a countback by Trish McNeill.

The low scores continued on Thursday with Scott Mason winning Division 1 with 66 nett ahead of Rob Stanley on 67 nett, Division 2 was won convincingly by Joe Taylor with 64 nett ahead of Louis Neethling on 67 nett. NTP winners: Aaron Prosser x 2, Alan Elsayed, Brad Freet.

Ray Johannesen also scored extremely well in the 9 Hole Met Run on Friday with 23pts, ahead of Scott Hayes Williams on 22 pts. NTP’s went to Karlene Lloyd and Chris Pirlo.

A small field of ladies competed for the Allenbuild trophy on Saturday, Noelene Spurway ahead of the field with a very nice 38 pts, with Tina Badenhorst in 2nd place. NTP winners were Noelene Spurway and Jill Farinelli. Division 1 Men’s Allenbuild Winner was Mick Kavanagh on 40 pts, with Tim Deffner close behind on 39 pts. Division 2 also hotly contested, Dean Kercher coming out the winner on 42 pts by 1 from Jack Hayes-Williams on 41pts. NTP winners: Steve Hickey, Phil Luckett, Shaun Tyrrell, Vincent Collins.

Sundays Stableford Competition saw Jacqui Wall win the ladies with 41pts ahead of Anna Winterbourn on 34 pts. Anna’s radar was working with 2 NTP’s to add to her prize pool of the day. Billy Ruddell also played some great golf to score 40 pts and Jon Miller, always consistent with 37pts in 2nd place. NTP winners: Josh de Hutton, Nick Watson, Ned Davies, and Danny York.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Pro Shop Team.

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Social Golf Report

October 19, 2023

Conditions were hot, and a bit sticky, but a nice change from windy, when 17 players competed in a WGC single Stableford last Sunday. The recently treated greens didn’t affect all the scores with the winners presenting very well.


Winner: Jacqui Wall with 41 points - hard to beat that

Runner-up: Anna Winterbourn with 34 points

Longest Drive: Jacqui Wall


Winner: Elise Hodgson with a very respectable 34 points

Runner-up: Karen Rix with 32 points

Longest Drive: not a Ladies B grade ball on the fairway!!


Winner: Gerald Lovell with 37 points

Runner-up: Wayne Temby with 35 points

Longest Drive: Jason Bourke


Winner: Wilf Herweg with 36 points

Runner-up: David Hoy with 35 points

Longest Drive: David Hoy


For the ladies: Anna Winterbourn (x2) and Elise Hodgson, for the men: Chris Bartlett, Wilf Herweg and Gerald Lovell.

NAGAs: the honours went to Pam Casey and Paul Nicol, a drink courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts.

NEXT WEEK: will be ambrose, we’ll have a few players away so get your names in early so we can play in a block.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green


Photo: Jacqui Wall (Ladies A winner), Wilf Herweg (Men’s B winner) Elise Hodgson (Ladies B winner). Absent: Gerald Lovell. Photo supplied

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Veterans Golf Report

October 19, 2023

Well, what fabulous scoring we saw today, with a lot less wind than we’ve been used to and a stunning day to play the Oct MM, least putts and chip ins. The star player on the day was Elspeth Scotford, who won the ladies comp, least putts, an NTP and had 2 chip ins to boot.


Winner: Barry Shuwalow with nett 67 on a countback from

R/Up: Louis Neethling


Winner: Elspeth Scotford with a stunning score of 66

R/Up: Jacqui Wall also with an amazing score of 67

Least Putts: Peter Fox with 29 and, you’ll never guess, Elspeth Scotford with 28.

Pin shots:

Men: John Roser and Barry Shuwalow on the 2nd, Barry Mortimer and Phil Luckett on the 13th and Steve Mitchell and Nic Appruzzese on the 17th.

Ladies: Elspeth Scotford and Paula Mc Quat on the 2nd, Jenny Hounsell and Rehab Hull on the 13th, and Jenny again with Jacqui Wall on the 17th.

Chip Ins: Billy Jesser, Barry Shuwalow and Wilf Herweg for the men, Elspeth (x 2), Heather Luvis and Jenny Hounsell.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat.

Jacqui Wall and Barry Shuwalow. Photo supplied

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On The Whitsunday Green

October 19, 2023

This week 9-hole stableford weekly competition saw Josh Barnard take the win with 22 pts, second with 21 pts was Glenn Rees and third with 19 pts c/b Donna Henderson.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Paul Foster in first place with 25 pts, second place was Chris Bartlett on 22 pts c/b and third place Perri Simpson with 22 pts.

Sundays 2-person ambrose saw Wayne and Adam Singleton take the win.

Thursday 19th Oct will be our ladies play / brunch to book in call our lovely team on 07 4946 1190.

This Sunday 22nd Oct will be PAR SVS 18-hole competition tee off 8.30am – 10.00am.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green.

Pictured: Josh Barnard. Photo supplied

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Youth Joins Olympic Athlete Program

October 12, 2023

Local skateboard star Freddie Hazelton has been selected for the YouFor2032 program, a youth feeder program for alite athletes aspiring to compete in the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics.

A Year 8 St Catherine’s Catholic College student, Freddie is a busy young man, having travelled Australia competing in skateboarding competitions, testing his skills and techniques against a wide variety of other skaters.

“I was scouted out at one of the competitions I was in a little while ago,” Freddie explained.

“Through the program, I am given coaching and, training and professional development, to promote for the 2032 Olympics.

“Every skate comp I go to, I have to keep going up in ranks, and I might even be picked for competitions overseas.”

A natural born talent, Freddie was skating almost as soon as he could walk.

Having travelled Australia, his all-time favourite skatepark is in Bondi Beach, overlooking the ocean.

And his favourite trick?

“I think it’d have to be the backside, where you go in the air and grab the board and then come back down.”

St Catherine’s Catholic College Principal Luke Thomson is confident in Freddie’s abilities and future accomplishments.

"I'm sure Freddie will make the most of this incredible opportunity to hone his skills in becoming an elite athlete,” he said.

“I have no doubt we will be cheering him on from the grandstands at the 2032 Brisbane Olympics."

Freddie Hazelton, the one to look out for in the upcoming 2023 Olympics. Photo credit: Bronte Hodge

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Mission Beach Regatta

October 12, 2023

The North Queensland Zone Mission Beach Regatta was conducted at South Mission Beach on the weekend of 16th and 17th of September.

The conditions were challenging with a persistent strong wind and choppy seas.

The Outrigger Whitsunday team performed extremely well.

In the Ocean Canoe One or OC1 races, Maree Mullett, Tim Dodds, Stephen Lynes, and Rob O’Connor won their respective divisions with Rob backing up his 4klms win with another in the 14klms race.

In the OC2 class Kim Dodds, Maree Mullett, Stephen Lynes, and Tim Dodds all received placings in their respective divisions.

In the OC6 class, the women’s team outperformed their male counterparts by taking out third place in the 9.5klm race and backed up this performance with a first in the 14klms race on Sunday.

Congratulations to the entire team and a special thanks to Michelle Lynes and Glen Bray who safely steered the OC6s in challenging conditions.

Our team included a mix of experienced and relatively new paddlers and all benefited from the experience.

Contributed with thanks to Paul Tobias.

The Men’s marathon team with the Women’s team. Photo supplied

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Cannons’ Distance Club Night

October 12, 2023

On Wednesday, the Cannons hosted the first Distance Club Night for the season.  

Swimmers had the opportunity to swim longer distances than normal.  

The coaches were pleased to see senior swimmers taking up the challenge of swimming 400m IM or 400m, 800m or 1500m Freestyle.  

Jacob Bell swam 1500m Freestyle in a time of 18.15.97.  

Millie Groom, Remy Hedges and Nelson Malady swam fantastic times in their 800m Freestyle.  Congratulations to Don Algie, Mae Carter-Attwood, and Noah Maltby swimming one of the toughest events of the night, 400m IM!  

Well done to Don Algie, Jax Clayworth, Jack Ganter, Thomas Ganter, Noah Maltby, and Matilda Nicholes for swimming super PBs in their 400m Freestyle.

Jack and Matilda took close to 60 sec off their previous best times.  

Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated at Club Night on Wednesday!  Well done to all the swimmers who achieved PBs including:  Eloise Chegwidden, Zane Clayworth, Bonnie Crichton, Miller Eaves, Liam Filewood, Thomas Ganter, Millie Groom, Lucas Korosec, Abi Maher, Owen Maher, Nelson Malady, Isaac Pisaniello, Trace Quick, Addie Sanders and Levi Smith.  

The Cannons commended Jack Ganter for taking out of the Swim of the Night award for his 100m Freestyle.  

Upgrade certificates were presented to Isaac Pisaniello, Mae Carter-Attwood, Noah Maltby and Harry Chegwidden.  Congratulations to Bonnie Crichton for winning the Chocolate Award for the biggest PB.  The Cannons also presented Jy Parkinson with 4 new Club Record Certificates (2 for 100m Freestyle, 1 x 200m Butterfly and 1 x 50m Butterfly).  

On Sunday, Cannonvale Cannons who were 9 years and older thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Swimnastics workshop facilitated by Kirsten Norden.  This was an awesome opportunity for local swimmers to participate in a swimming specific athletic development without having to travel to Brisbane.  A big thank you to Kirsten Norden, Swimnastics and Swimming Queensland!  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Swimnastics 8th Oct 2023

Jy Parkinson with 4 new club records Oct 2023

Jack Ganter Oct 2023. Photos supplied

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Aspiring Athletes Witness What It Takes To Be Aussie Legend

October 12, 2023

An exciting opportunity for the local sporting community, Base 51 played host to the Australian Kangaroos earlier this week ahead of their clash with Samoa in Townsville this weekend.

Joining them for Monday’s high intensity workout were a group of Under 17 Whitsunday Brahmans.

The special invitation was extended to boys, who had the chance to meet some of their idols and get tips and tricks on effective training and discipline.

Simon Lee, the owner and operator of Base 51, said he was honoured to host elite athletes at his gym.

“We just got the call one day, asking about the Kangaroos training here,” he explained.

“And who I am to turn that down!?”

A fully equipped gym with state-of-the-art facilities, it is no wonder that the Australian Rugby League Team chose Base 51 for their work out.

For Noah Connell, one of the boys on the U17 Brahmans, and who trains at Base 51, it was exciting to be able to watch his idols train on the same equipment he uses almost daily.

“These guys are my idols, so I’m going to get some pointers from them, he said.

Being able to see these sporting legends train was an amazing experience for these aspiring athletes.

Kaylem Douthwaite is also an U17 Brahman who was eager to learn from the best.

“It’s awesome that they came here, and that we can learn from them,” he said.

“My goal is to get some tips for training, improve my form, that sort of thing.”

For Murry Hinton, the experience was very exciting.

“Because not many big teams come through here, and we all watch them play.”

Photo credit: Norina Jane

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To Challenge Or Not To Challenge

October 12, 2023

To round out the year, many fitness facilities (including mine - F45 Airlie Beach) run 6, 8 or 12 Week Challenges. With so many to choose from, how do you decide which one is right?

Firstly, Challenges can actually be fun! Gone are the days where starving yourself for 6 or 8 weeks puts you as a "contender" to win a challenge. Most fitness facilities have grown up a lot of late, so they should generally be very well rounded and include everything you need to set you up for short- and long-term success.

Challenges can also be a fantastic time to join in on a gym or studio where it might feel awkward as to when to actually join or start. Because many fitness facilities see plenty of new faces joining for a Challenge, then it certainly can help those of you nervous to start, break down that initial barrier and take that first step, knowing you`ll be joining with heaps of new people.

As mentioned above, Challenges nowadays should be very well rounded. Customisable fitness routines, customisable meal planning, accurate recording of results, and recovery methods and education to keep you feeling energised, moving well, and heading towards your goals week after week.

Lastly, challenges can be whatever interpretation of a challenge means to you. It can simply be to start exercising and stay on track. It could mean removing or reducing your alcohol consumption. It could be simply making healthy and sustainable decisions to put your health and wellness first. And it could mean to break a "rut" you have found yourself in either mentally or physically.

I love challenges, and highly encourage anyone to try, whether you have done one before or you don't even have a current gym membership. With the best decision that works for you, I am sure you`ll be feeling fantastic come December, and ready to share your results with your new gym buddies, family and friends.

Sonny Ivanovic, owner of F45 Airlie Beach.

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High Speed Racing - Big Wins For Local Racer

October 5, 2023

Year 12 Bowen State High School student Henry Snell is making big movements in the world of high speed motorsport, taking to the track across Australia to compete.

Starting on the dirt tracks when he was seven, it wasn’t until Henry was 13 that the paved circuit caught his eye.

Taking on the Oceania Junior Competition then, Henry has never looked back, taking each and every track opportunity in his stride.

However, it wasn’t until recently that Henry moved up the gears and decided to give the sport a proper crack, giving it his all in hopes to make the big leagues.

Now, with the 2023 season close to finishing up, he has welcomed numerous podium finishes, and even a first place win at Philip Island a few weeks ago, securing a top five place in his category.

“That was a big competition,” Henry explained.

“I ended up winning the 300 class and came second in the 200. We did have a bit of unluckiness with one of the races because I had a malfunction on my bike, but I came back and won the last race of the day.”

Henry’s dad, Rodger, is Henry’s right-hand man on the track, always making sure Henry has the best supports and the best outcome.

“The finishes can be pretty tight, and exciting. Henry is one of the top five in Australia, with all the boys finishing at similar speeds, all within not even half a second of each other.”

Now on the cusp of completing Year 12, Henry is looking to compete professionally internationally, hoping to secure a place at an academy or program to learn the ropes.

Henry is backed by a team of sponsors, most of which are Bowen locals.

“I wish to thank all my sponsors, because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

Henry racing on the track, securing numerous podiumfinishes. Photos supplied

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Cannonvale Cannons Medal at Country Championships

October 5, 2023

The Cannonvale Cannons were host another big week of swimming.  

Two Cannons travelled to Darwin to compete in the 2023 Australian Country Swimming Championships.  

Tora Delac, aged 12 years swam extremely well made finals.  

On the first day of competition, she won a silver medal for 100m Breaststroke which she swam in an excellent time of 1.28.33.  

Her brother, Harris swam fantastic times and in the first couple days of competition, he achieved 3rd place for his 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke and 2nd place for his 200m Freestyle.  Congratulations, Tora and Harris.  

On Wednesday night, 30 swimmers participated at Club Night.  

Maeve Dichiera and Andie Reynolds won Swim of the Night awards for their 50m Backstroke.  Congratulations to Millie Groom and Charlie Doherty for winning the Chocolate Awards (for best PBs).

Congratulations to Celeste Orenshaw, Trace Quick, Ruby Harland, and Koa Harland for achieving Upgrades.

The coaches would like to commend the following swimmers who swam PBs on Wednesday night:  Bonnie Crichton, Gracie Crichton, Charlie Doherty, Jack Ganter, Thomas Ganter, Millier Groom, Roxy Groom, Indigo Harland, Ruby Harland, Eric Mulliss, Leo Mulliss, Matilda Nicholes, Isaac Pisaniello, Isabella Pisaniello, Trace Quick, Andie Reynolds and Addie Sanders.  Well done, swimmers!  

Over the weekend, 24 Cannons travelled to Mackay to compete at the Pioneer LC Transition Meet.  Coach Ken Crittenden was very impressed with all the swimmers!  

There were so many awesome swims it is difficult to choose the best ones.  

Congratulations to Jacob Bell and Charlie Doherty for winning gold medals for their 1500m Freestyle.  Congratulations to Andie Reynolds and Remy Hedges for swimming super times in their 400m IM.  The following swimmers swam extremely well achieving PBs and or top placings for the majority of their events:  Jacob Bell, Eloise Chegwidden, Harry Chegwidden, Jax Clayworth, Charlie Doherty, Evie Doherty, Jack Ganter, Thomas Ganter, Millie Groom, Remy Hedges, Noah Maltby, Eric Mulliss, Matilda Nicholes, Celeste Orenshaw, Isaac Pisaniello, Isabella Pisaniello, Andie Reynolds and Addie Sanders.  Well done to all the swimmers who competed!    

Contributed but thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannons Pioneer Team 2023

Harris Delac at the Country Championships 2023

Tora Delac at the Country Championships 2023. Photos supplied

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Prossie Bowls Weekly Report

October 5, 2023

On Saturday morning the Final of the B Pairs was played. Gavin Noonan and Todd Leys defeated Ken Watts and Kendall Watts 22 - 10 and will now be representing Proserpine in the Champion of Champion B Pairs set to be played on Saturday and Sunday October 21 and 22.

On Wednesday we did a blind draw to determine the teams for Social bowls. In a game of 2-4-2 pairs Mike Harrison and Peter Lawton defeated Heather Brown and Alen Sanderson 21 - 20.  In the game of Triples Philip Brown, Lee King and John Burnett defeated Bruce Uhe, Barry Zillmann and Mary Hedgelong 23 - 10.

On Sunday, John Burnett and Bruce Uhe defeated Alen Sanderson and Mike Harrison 35 - 13 in a game of 3 Bowl Triples. Lee King, Philip Brown and Heather Brown defeated Margie Burnett, Arthur Griffith and Sandy Daffara 31 - 14.

Reminder:  Proserpine Bowls Club have our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, October 7 at 10am. There will be a club supplied BBQ after the meeting and the opportunity to play a short game of Social Bowls.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

Finalists of B Pairs Ken Watts, Kendall Watts, Gavin Noonan and Todd Leys. Photo credit: Bruce Uhe

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2023 Classic Men’s Fours

October 5, 2023

Tuesday afternoon Social bowls saw a big turnout of 21 bowlers and at the end of the day the dice rolled out the lowest winning margin and it was Lyn Skeen as skipper with Robin Brown at double lead with Maureen Barnard taking home the prize money with a last end victory 14-13

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot Bowls saw Steve Cur and Russell Jackson take home the prize money with Health Hub award going to Janet Jacometti.

The 2023 Classic Men's Fours began on Saturday and concluded Sunday afternoon with three rounds per day.

16 teams from all around Queensland competed for the great prize money on offer.

Tournament organisers Terry Clarke, Bob McMahon and Tim Taylor can be very proud of their efforts.

The team of Manny Isgro, Tim Taylor, Bob Menzies and Paul Foot took home the prize money with a clear margin with Gavin Milne's team of Toby Craig, John Bye and Scott Hamilton all from Proserpine take home the second prize money .

Peter Blackburn from South Suburban with Dave Peet, Barry Jackson  and Jason Borg took home the third prize money cheque.

Thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

2023 Classic Men’s Fours winners. Photo supplied

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Wangaratta Bowls

October 5, 2023

On Tuesday, winners were Stumpy Adams, Jean Matfin, Kevin Jewel defeated Lindy Suann, Merle Elphinstone, Penny Warren. Ian Colenso, Alby Vigar, Robyn Stitt defeated Jude Vigar, Deb Retchless, Greg Matfin. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Our barefoot bowls on Friday Night were Wendy, Denise, Les defeated James, Dave and Hans. Helga, Wazza Ian defeated Lyn, Max and Max.

If you would like to try the game we are having our free Come and Try afternoon on Saturday 14 October 1.30 to 3.30pm. Be at the club by 1pm.

Sunday winners came out on Rink 6. They were Isobel Wheeler, Fely Duncan defeated Ian Colenso, Allan Rolfe. Deb Retchless, Robyn Stitt and D Pinkard defeated Linda Scells, Jude Vigar and Kevin Jewell. Keith Aykens, Penny Warren and Graeme Read defeated Bill Myers, Jean Matfin and Pat Tracey. Lindy Suann, Pearl Aykens and Mark Drummond defeated Gwenda Lydom, Alby Vigar  andGreg Matfin. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Club Competition: Mixed Triples Laurie Land, Penny Warren and Allan Rolfe defeated Lyn Danvers, Greg Colquhoun and Geoff Danvers. Ladies 2 bowls triples Debise Wallace, Linda Scells and Penny Warren defeated Merle Elphinstone, Isobel Wheeler and Pat Tracey. This Sunday 8 October the final of the Ladies Club Triples will be played commencing at 8.30am.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

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The Boxing Elvis In Bowen

October 5, 2023

A chance recommendation has changed the entire trajectory of Daniel Dowson’s life.

Better known as Elvis, Daniel was born with Down Syndrome and it was four years ago, when he was in his early thirties, that he was recommended to start boxing with Wes Bau Personal Training, in Bowen.

“He had no confidence when he first started,” Wes explained.

“It was hard to get a punch from him, and he had absolutely no enthusiasm in the ring.

“But his mum was consistent and encouraging him to keep going and to keep training.”

Elvis’s mum Joy was quick to see the results from the training.

“His confidence just grew,” Joy said.

“When he first started, Elvis had such low muscle tone. He couldn’t even stand on one leg.

“Now he can do that, no problem!”

Beginning with low muscle tone, balance and coordination, Elvis has continued to make strides in his fitness, seeing Wes twice a week to keep up with his training.

While having a form of consistent exercise was the main goal for Elvis and Joy, Wes’ training has culminated into one powerful mix.

“Over time, he just perked up, and all the hard work and training came together,” Wes said.

“And most importantly, his health has massively improved.”

However, Joy says that Elvis has improved in all aspects of his life.

“He is one happy boy. Wes has become a brother to him, and he has grown so much.”

Due to Wes’ training, Elvis’ health has improved leaps and bounds.

“His paediatrician and cardiologist were amazed at his health,” Wes said.

“His cardiovascular system has greatly improved, and all his doctors recommend he continue boxing.”

While continuing his training with Wes, Elvis is keeping busy, a regular face around Bowen and the wider Whitsundays.

“And don’t call him Daniel, he only goes by Elvis,” his mum explained.

“He’s currently taking cooking classes in Mackay, and his support staff have him out and about.

“He does his own thing, but its great to see his growth.”

Daniel ‘Elvis’ Dowson has been training with Wes Bau Personal Training for four years

With boxing, his health has improved so much, in all aspects

Elvis giving Wes his all. Photos supplied

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Vets Golf Results

October 5, 2023

A total of 15 Proserpine Vets travelled to Home Hill for the last interclub comp for 2023.

The best of our group was Tessa Aitken with 34, Leanne Alexander 33 and Jacqui Wall 32.  

Warren Deighton was the best for the men with 32 on a countback from Louis Neethling 32 and Peter Browning 31.  

There will be no Vet’s comp, next week as the course is closed for course renovations. The following week will be our October Monthly Medal.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat.

Tessa Aitken and Warren Deighton. Photo supplied

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On The Whitsunday Green

October 5, 2023

This week’s 9-hole stableford saw Edwina Pettiford take first place with 23 points, second place was Fred Tammist on 21 points and third place on 20 points was Sam Hickey.

Friday’s 9-hole stableford saw Shane Bradly with 20 points c/b, second place with again a 20 points c/b Clint Paull and third place Dom Lipski with 20 c/b.

Sunday’s monthly medal saw James Millar take first place with 48 points, second place with 48 points Scott Hayes Williams and third with a 52 NETT Shane Bradley.

Nearest to pin was Paula Wronski, Marc Belke and Jack Hayes Williams.

This Sunday will be 18 hole stableford tee off anytime.

Notice to our valued members and guests our greens will be undergoing renovations Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th Oct.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

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Massive Weekend Of Fantastic Plays

October 5, 2023

Over 200 keen rugby union players surged into the Whitsunday Sportspark last weekend, for the coveted Viking Cup.

The annual rugby union carnival saw hundreds of players, aged from 5 to 16, with their families, from all across the state, for a massive weekend of sport.

President of Whitsunday Junior Rugby Union, Tim Oberg, said “Our Committee made some small but significant changes to the Viking Cup this year such as reverting to the original 10s format, bringing it forward into the school holidays to encourage teams from outside our region to attend and moving our canteen into the stunning new Club House.

“All of these changes were validated with record attendances, much more efficient food and drink service and some absolutely wonderful Rugby being played by so many little legends.”

The U8 trophy was taken by the mixed Cap Coast Crocs from Yeppoon, and the U10 trophy by the mixed Nogoa Red Claws from Emerald.

U14 and U16 trophies were won by boys Nogoa Red Claws.

Head Coach of the Whitsundays Raiders Girls teams, Nathan Sainbury, said “It is fantastic to see the growth of the game for women and girls. “The Central Highlands Titans continue to produce excellent Rugby players and the development we have seen from Bowen in a short time is incredibly encouraging,” he said.

“The pathway to professional Rugby is growing for the girls and it is exciting to see former Raider, Seraphina Dufil, playing for the Queensland Country Orchids over the past week, as well as multiple girls from the Mackay District representing Central Queensland in 7s and the junior Orchids. 2024 is going to be another exciting year for girls Rugby Union in the Whitsundays!”

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Cannonvale Cannons Update

September 28, 2023

Over the weekend 3 Cannons travelled to Mackay to participate in the Duel in the Pool. Remy Hedges, Jacob Bell, Holly Perrin with Coach Mark Erickson were selected for the NQ team which competed against a CQ team. Even though NQ lost to CQ, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. A big thank you to SNQ (Theresa Manning) for organizing the event and a big thank you to Andrew Bell for officiating.  

The Cannons hosted another successful Club Night on Wednesday Night. Congratulations to Leo Mulliss and Tora Delac for winning the Chocolate Awards. Congratulations to Dylan Reynolds, Tora Delac, Isabella Pisaniello, and Charlie Doherty for achieving Upgrade times.  

The Cannons would like to welcome Bonnie and Gracie Crichton. They both swam extremely well at their first Club Night.  

Top performers of the night include Andie Reynolds who swam PBs in all four of her races. Charlie Doherty and Eric Mullis swam 3 PBs. Charlie swam huge PBs of over 9sec in his 200m Backstroke and 200m Breaststroke. Nelson Malady swam a fantastic time of 1.26.73 in his 100m Backstroke (which was a 9.18sec PB). Celeste Orenshaw swam an excellent 100m Freestyle in 1.27.47 (a 7.56sec PB). Abi Maher swam a super smooth 100m Breaststroke in under 2min, achieving a 7.22sec PB.  Roxy Groom, Millie Groom, Matilda Nicholes, Charlie Doherty, and Jack Ganter swam extremely well in their medleys. Trace Quick swam a brilliant 12m Freestyle in 13.7sec. Coaches were very impressed with Harry Chegwidden, Evie Doherty and Thomas Ganter’s Breaststroke and Backstroke times.  

Well done to all the swimmers who participated on Wednesday! A big thank you to all the parents, volunteers, and coaches for all their support! 26 Cannons will be travelling to Mackay next weekend to compete at the Pioneer carnival.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannons Duel in the Pool Team - Coach MarK, Jacob, Holly and Remy

Cannons Club Night Sept 2023. Photos supplied

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Port Denison Gun Club News

September 28, 2023

Sunday 24th September saw 28 shooters competing for the day.  

We had visitors from Silkwood, Burdekin, Mackay/Sarina, and Caboolture joining us for a great day of competition.

The day was extremely windy with a scattered shower in the afternoon.

The winners were:

Ev 1: 25T DB Sweepstakes AA: G Maltby, A Lemphers 25/25, T Coco 24/25

A: J Cerqui, R Zarb, D Stitt, B Gall, C Edgerton 23/25;

B: A Perna 24/25, N Kirkman, L Dalton, M Populin, A Aitchison 23/25;

C: M O'Reilly, P LeBlowitz 23/25, K Perna 22/25

Ev 2: 25T DB Handicap: 1st: A Perna, 2nd S Steele, 3rd N Kirkman

Ev 3: 25T SB Continental Port Denison Championship Sponsored by Bowen Home Hardware O/A & AA: T Coco 24/25

A: W Cislowski 24/28

B: A Thatcher 22/26

C: K Perna 20/25

Ev 4: 30T DB Continental Sweepstakes

AA: A Lemphers 30/30, A Zarb 29/30, G Maltby 28/30;

A: R Zarb 30/30, D Stitt, A Lord 28/30,

B: L Dalton 28/30, A Thatcher, A Aitchison 27/30;

C: K Perna 28/30, P LeBlowitz, S Jones 26/30

Thank you to our sponsor of the day, Bowen Home Hardware and to everyone who helped in any way over the weekend. Our next shoot will be held on Sunday 22 October commencing at 9.00am.

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A Slam Dunk For Local Basketball Star

September 28, 2023

From the early days of playing basketball by himself to making the U18 Division 1 Mackay Meteor team, Liam Steen has come a long way.

Recently competing in the State Performance Program (SPP) trials, Liam is one of five youths selected from Mackay, and one of 10 selected from the trials, where a total of 45 youths were vying for a prestigious spot in the squad.

Undertaking the professional development and training through SPP, Liam is looking forward to a shot in the North Queensland U18 team.

“To make the program feels good,” Liam explained.

“I didn’t think I played the best at the trials, so I didn’t think I’d make the program.”

Liam will continue playing and competing with the Mackay Meteors, heading in to the North Queensland Junior Basketball competition over the next few months.

Likely to secure a few wins, Liam and the Mackay Meteors will travel to the Gold Coast for the U18 Division 1 State Championships.

In January, he will find out if he has been selected for the North Queensland U18 state team, however, Liam is looking forward to all opportunities.

“At this stage, I’ll just see where the sport takes me,” he said.

In his downtime before the competitions gets started, Liam is keen to share his best tips for up-and-coming players.

“For any aspiring basketball players, here’s my tips.

“Act keen and always ready for the ball.

“Be consistent with training and practicing.

“Train and practice by yourself. It’ll show that you’re committed.

“And join a club team. It really helps with techniques.”

Liam Steen’s future in professional basketball is shining bright. Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Golf Report

September 28, 2023

This week’s 9-hole stableford saw Peter Bitz in first place with 24 pts and scoring a hole in one on hole 2, second place with a 21 c/b was Edwina Pettiford and third place with 21 pts Dennis Moss.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Scott Morrissey in first place with 21 pts, second Dee Norman with 20 pts and third place Dom Lipski with 19pts.

Sundays 4 ball better ball competition was a great turn out which saw Scott and Jack Williams-Hayes in first place with 50pts, second on 45 pts was David Wallace and Alan Clinch, third place with 44 pts was Billy Blacker and Dom Lipski. Great job by all.

Sunday also saw a few holes in one. Eric Gruszczynski on hole 11, Ryan Kenny hole 15 and David Thomas on hole 5. Great job gentlemen.

This Sunday 1st Oct 2023 will be our Monthly medal 18-hole stableford tee off at 10:00am.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green Club.

Eric Gruszczynski. Photo supplied

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Airlie Beach Veteran Golf Report

September 28, 2023

A few drops of rain frightened off a few this week.   It certainly wasn't as windy as it has been and fortunately the rain held off for most of the day.

Ladies were in short supply with only 1 A grade lady, Tiina Randmae a winner with 33 points while Helen Deighton took out B grade with 35 points on a countback from Paula McQuat, with Vickie Wallace in 3rd place with 29 points.

Men's A grade winner was Louis Neethling with a very commendable 40 points followed by Warren Deighton with 38 points. Third place went to Geoff Harrison with 35 points. Good scoring there.

Men's B grade winner was John Oates with 35 points, runner up was Peter Lewis with 33 points on a countback from Laurie Dakin.

Pin shots: for the ladies Helen Deighton got all 3 B grade pin shots while Tiina Randmae managed 2 for A grade.

Tiina had the only chip in.

For the men: pin shots went to John Oates. Gary Scotford, Wilf Herweg, Geoff Harrison, and Peter Lewis.

Next Tuesday we will be going to Home Hill for our last trip away for the year.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat.

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Proserpine Golf Report

September 28, 2023

Tim Deffner had a very nice round of 42pts to win the Tuesday Stableford, followed by Louis Neethling on 39pts and Ben Smith on 36 pts.

Rehab Hull was the generous sponsor for the Ladies 3 club and a putter day, Heather Luvis playing well with limited clubs to beat Tiina Randmae on a countback with 34pts and Trish McNeill in 3rd place with 33 pts.

Steve Stewart edged out Gavin Kerwand on Thursday by one point, winning Division 1 with 37 pts, Gavin in 2ndplace and Blake Lovelock in 3rd place with 35 pts. Division 2 winner was Ned Davies with 39 pts, on a countback from Ken Lovett, and Barry Shuwalow on 38pts.

The Met 9 hole competition on Friday was hotly contested with the top 3 all on 20 pts, Pat Camm beating Jack Hayes-Williams on a countback, and Paul Skelton won 3rd place. NTP winners: Paul Skelton and Pat Camm.

Heather Luvis was again playing well in the MBW Saturday Stableford to win the Ladies competition with 35 pts. Diane Chard in 2nd place and Anna Winterbourn 3rd.

Ross Meade scorched the men’s field with a blistering 43pts to win the MBW men’s Stableford, ahead of Jett Borghero on 36 pts and Karl Kirkwood on 35pts.

Peta Thomas also had a fantastic, handicap reducing round winning the Sunday Stableford with 42pts ahead of Gerald Lovell on 40 pts and Nicole Cooper on 38 pts. NTP’s were won by Karl Kirkwood, Mel Patullo and Gerald Lovell x 2.

Contributed with thanks to the Proserpine Golf Course Pro Shop Team.

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Bowen Golf Report

September 28, 2023

On Wednesday, men and ladies played a single stableford for a club trophy.  Ladies’ winner on a countback Ruth Dunn 42pts, runner up Amanda Parter 42pts.  Men’s winner Scott Pearce 40pts, runner up on a countback Brett Richards 39pts.

On Saturday we played a 2-ball 18-hole footy themed ambrose. Winners were Jeff Jackson and Tom Wikander 61.5, 2nd Robyn Slade and Ron Edkins 62.75, 3rd David and Peter Martin 63.25.  Best dressed went to Grace Nott and Toss Eisemann.  NSW won the shield this year.  Qld will have to try harder next year.  Thank you to the sponsors for a great day!

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

Footy themed ambrose winners with sponsors. Photo supplied

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Wangaratta Bowls

September 28, 2023

On Tuesday, winners were Merle Elphinstone, Jude Vigar, Deb Retchless, and Sugar and Ian B, Bill, Ron, and Denis Walker. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Our barefoot bowls on Friday Night is still been keenly contested by our new up and coming bowlers. Winners for the night were Wendy, Ian, and Les.

Sunday winners came out on Rink 5. They were Deb Retchless, Ron Boskma, and Kennedy Whitton, others Linda Scells, Jim Chadwick, and Fely Duncan. The jackpot didn’t go off.


Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Sunday’s winners. Photo supplied

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Proserpine Bowls Report

September 28, 2023

Club Competition Coming Into Final Stages

On Sunday morning the Final of the Club's 2 Bowl Triples was held.  Last year's winners Shane Kinnear, Scott Hamilton and Wayne Handley proved too strong for their opponents Todd Leys, Jonathan Bye and Gavin Milne with a 37 - 9 win.   The Champion of Champions for the 2Bowl Triples will be played at Pioneer Valley on October 28 and 29.

Also on Sunday morning the second Semi Final of the B Pairs was played.  This game was close throughout, with it being 18 all at the end of the 21 ends.  In that extra end 3 of the first 4 bowls by Ken and Kendall were touchas.  This had Harry and Toby having to play shots to attempt a head conversion.  Ken Watts and Kendall Watts defeated Harry Craig and Toby Craig 22 - 18.

Reminder to all that our AGM is Saturday, October 7 at 10am.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Airlie Beach Veteran Golf Report

September 28, 2023

As spring just about enters its second

month and warm week of

lawn bowls starting on Tuesday

afternoon with 3 great close games in play

and the highest winning score belonged

to Wendy Pomeroy whom combined with

Henny Tattam comfortably beat the rest of

the field,

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot Bowls capably

run by Merve Stewart saw the combination

of the knee Mens A Grade Champion

Alan Pershouse with the above-mentioned

Merve Stewart run away with the prize


We have Mixed Triples and Pairs in full

swim and results will be published soon.

Saturday morning saw a contingent of

supporters with Rick Brunnell and newly

elected selector Bobby Spee , with John

Askew, Eric Barnard and Mark Mawson

head to St Helens bowls club to cheer on

Graham Cowling in the Senior Singles

Champion of Champions

and he did admirably, going down in

the quarterfinals but did our club proud

with some great bowls.

Sunday afternoon Social bowls saw again

a big roll up, and saw Stacey Hadlow take

out the prestigious Health Hub award and

the winning team of Margo Stanley, who is

in sparkling form with Andy McDougall.

Also Andrew Butler with Elaine Kippen

beat our little pocket rocket Carol Crosbie

playing with her husband Noel just go

down in the Mixed Pairs

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

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Whitsunday Sea Eagles Celebrate

September 21, 2023

Saturday saw Whitsunday Sea Eagles hold their 2023 Season Club Presentations celebrating another brilliant year on field.

2023 saw Sea Eagles Under 17s and Under 12s play in Grand Finals doing a great job for the Club against strong opposition.

Senior Men played in Preliminary Finals coming third for the season, whilst Senior Women and Under 14s celebrated their growing skill development with multiple wins on the board.

Sea Eagles players polled well across the AFLQ Mackay League Best and Fairest along with multiple players honoured in Teams of the Year.

Dean Armitage took out the 2023 Junior Coach of the Year recognising a great season for Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 17s.

Senior Men’s Best and Fairest went to Billy Galpin as reward for a dominant first year at the Club along with the leading goalkicker bagging 27 goals for the season.

Runner Up B&F Ryan Lee had another consistent year with a shift into the backline showing his talent around the ground.

Senior Women Best and Fairest was taken out by the ever skilful and athletic Cleo Dickie for the second year running.

Runner Up B&F Lana Rademeyer showed her talent through the season whilst Mia Trinder took out leading goalkicker with 14 goals.

Under 17s Best and Fairest Foxx LaMonica had a stunning year with Runner Up B&F Blake Tissington also outstanding.

Leading goalkicker with 21 goals went to Jordan Daniels.

Under 14s Best and Fairest was Max Baker who dominated on the field with Runner Up B&F Phoenix LaMonica putting in a great season and doubling up to take out leading goalkicker for 19 goals.

Under 14s Female Player of the Year went to Chloe Bennett showing her skills.

Under 12s Best and Fairest Tyson Fowler took the award home for the second year in a row whilst not far behind was Runner Up B&F Ryker Boers putting in a great season.

Leading goalkicker for the second year Sterling Rogan-Hamilton managed 21 for the season and improving on 2022.

The perpetual Cody Gibbs Memorial Trophy was awarded to Phoenix LaMonica showing himself to be Resilient, Courageous, Selfless and Respectful.

2023 Sea Eagles Volunteer of the Year was tied between Jake Turner and Cody Love after many worthy nominations were received.

Sea Eagles would like to thank 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 after preseason training next year.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles.

Phoenix LaMonica wins Cody Gibbs Perpetual award

Senior Men Award Winners

Senior Women Award Winners

U12s Award Winners

U14 Award Winners

U17 Award Winners. Photo Credit: Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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A Great Weekend Of Junior Rugby League

September 21, 2023

Over 5000 people flocked to the Proserpine Junior Sporting Complex last weekend, for the mammoth Paul Bowman Challenge.

This two-day rugby league carnival saw over 80 junior rugby league teams, from all across Queensland, come together for a weekend of social sport, perfecting techniques, and practicing moves, with each of the 1180 players keen to take to the field.

In honour of Paul Bowman, a North Queensland Toyota Cowboy, who was the first Proserpine/Whitsunday Brahman to play for Queensland in the State of Origin, the challenge is big on the Junior Rugby League calendar and promotes good sportsmanship, comradery, participation, and encouragement.

“It was a really great weekend of great sportsmanship and participation,” said Justin Follett, the Proserpine/Whitsunday Junior Rugby League President.

“Although the games are unscored, the Brahams played brilliantly, and they’ve improved throughout the season. It was a great weekend of junior footy.”

The Paul Bowman Challenge marked the end of the rugby league season, with players giving their all on the field.

The Proserpine/Whitsunday Brahams played brilliantly at the Paul Bowman challenge. Photo credit: Bronte Hodge

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New Look For PCYC Gymnastics

September 21, 2023

Big changes are coming to PCYC Whitsundays, with a massive refurbishment of the gymnastics area.

Aligned to take place in the September school holidays, by October 3, all new gymnastics equipment will greet children and youth as they partake in PCYC’s gymnastics programs.

“Our gymnastic programs started roughly two years ago, and now we have close to 250 kids enrolled or involved in the program,” explained Sergeant Billy Li, Youth Club Manager.

The incoming equipment includes a tumble trampoline, brand new parallel bars, uneven bars, and balance beams.

“A lot of kids that have been involved in our program have always dreamed of having a tumble trampoline, and now the kids have finally got that, and the coaches are super excited,” he said.

The PCYC will also unveil two new programs for kids to participate in.

“We’re in the position where we’re able to kick off a few more classes for boys,” explained Jess Ferguson, Member Services Team Leader for PCYC Whitsundays.

“This term, we’re going to do an all-boys bronze gymnastics.

“We are also introducing some more of our of Free G classes, which is more freestyle gymnastics, less pointy toes, more ninja styles,” she said.

Sgt Billy said the new equipment will be a community asset, for everyone to access.

“This equipment will help our high-level gymnasts in terms of tumbling, and we’re going to be able strengthen the skills of our gymnasts will all aspects of gymnastics,” he explained.

“Eventually, down the line, we hope we’ll be able to offer specialised classes, but at the moment, we are focussing on expanding and making the programs better than what we’re already offering.”

Along with the new equipment and mats, the gym will have a revised layout and new lighting.

Sergeant Billy Li and Jess Ferguson are excited to see a massive refurbishment to the PCYC Whitsundays gymnastics area. Photo credit: Bronte Hodge

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

September 21, 2023

As the days get warmer and longer, our bowlers from our little club are getting stronger and we have now got a strong identity in the district with quality bowlers.

Tuesday afternoon, Social Bowls saw a very strong win to skipper Noel Crosbie, whose guile with his stick would have recently departed Nik Fernbach have a huge smile up in heaven.

Noel, with the assistance of Pam Collins at lead and the lovely Maureen Barnard at second, completely demoralised the rest of our bowlers on the day with Shane Spann's team also playing consistently with Robin Brown at lead and Michael Jacometti at second providing valuable assistance.

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls capably run by Rick Galea and Mervyn Stewart saw again the guile of Tony Whitehorn with his new red bowls and his strong team of Keith Bates and Graham Cowling too superior for the rest of the field.

Whilst the men's secretary Alan Pershouse was chuffed to take home the prestigious Health Hub award.

Saturday and Sunday saw all the Mens B Grade Champions from every club in our district come to play in the Champion of Champions Singles and after 4 gruelling matches against quality opponents, it was our own John Fielding prevailing over his fierce rivals in what was described as quality and creative bowls to overcome the opposition.

Whilst this was happening, we were also represented at Seaforth with the Fives competition where pairs, triples, singles and fours matches were played with 16 teams from all over Queensland and although they never took home the prize money on offer Ted Cullen, the very competent Warren Mills, consistent Stephen Lawrie, the very gallant John Matterson playing under extreme pain, with Mark Mawson all leaving with great performances and doing our little club proud.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Champion of Champions John Fielding who said goodbye to B Grade in grand style. Photo supplied

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Proserpine Bowls Report

September 21, 2023

Another Busy Week

Senior Singles Club Competition is now complete.  

On Wednesday Dale Haack defeated Ken Watts 26 - 7; Sandy Daffara withdrew due to prior commitments.

In the first of the Semi Finals, Mike Harrison defeated Luchie Gardel 26 - 16.  

The second Semi Final was played on Sunday afternoon.  

Dale Haack defeated Philip Brown 25 - 7.  

The Final was also played on Sunday afternoon.  

Dale Haack defeated Mike Harrison 25 - 19.  

Unfortunately, Dale won't be able to compete in the Champion of Champions being played at St Helens this coming weekend.

In Social play, on Wednesday Arthur Griffith, Philip Brown, and Alen Sanderson defeated Steve Griffith, Peter Lawton, and Bruce Uhe 21 - 17;  Pat Bownds and Sandy Daffara defeated Jim Bownds and John Anderson 21 - 19.

In Social play on Sunday Bruce Uhe, Margie Burnett, and Mike Harrison/Philip Brown defeated Alen Sanderson, John Burnett, and Peter Lawton 28 - 17.

Nominations have now closed for positions on the Board for the upcoming AGM.  

Please put Saturday, October 7 into your calendars and come to elect the ongoing board and representatives for 2024.  

Meeting starts at 10am.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Bowls

September 21, 2023

On Tuesday winners were M Elphinstone, N Adams, and I Laird defeated L Suann, D Retchless, and R Stitt Others were J Vigar, D Walker, and M Drummond defeated I Colenso, B Myers, and A Vigar.

Sunday winners came out on Rink 3.

They were L Nightingall, I Colenso, and R Brunker defeated L Suann, D Walker, and M Drummond, others were K Aykens, P Aykens, and K Whitton defeated J Chadwick, D Retchless, and K Moriarty.

In the Men’s Triples Competition: G Colquhoun, P Hinschen, and G Danvers defeated L Land, K Daniels, and B Beel.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Rolfe.

Mark Drummond President Lee Nightingall Ian Colenso and absent Sugar Brunker. Photo supplied

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