Whitsunday Region Sporting News & Results

Whitsunday Raiders Report

Whitsunday Raiders Report

The Whitsunday Raiders held a night of rugby on Friday 2nd June, this saw the start of the 2nd round for the MRU senior men against Bowen, as well as a long-awaited game for the senior women’s team.

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Sea Eagles Winning Streak

Sea Eagles Winning Streak

Whitsunday Sea Eagles hosted the Mackay Magpies at home on Saturday for a great day of AFL.Sea Eagles Senior Men made it three on the trot defeating Mackay Magpies 79 – 49 in what was a high pressure and skilful game.

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

After a lot of narrow defeats this season, the Premier Men side delivered a much-needed gritty win getting up 2-1 against a very organised and competitive Wanderers side. Wanderers didn’t go away and equalised in the 45th minute.The second half saw Whitsundays dominate play creating chance after chance Ben Smith.

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Picklers Return From Townsville With Medals

Picklers Return From Townsville With Medals

Seven Whitsunday pickleball players joined 80 players in the Queensland Pickleball Tour (QPT) event in Townsville over the weekend. With most playing in a tournament situation for the first time, the Whitsunday team were ecstatic to win silver in the men’s doubles 30 and under, women’s over 60’s doubles event and over 60’s mixed doubles.

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Whitsunday Sailing Report

June 8, 2023

By the time the fleet headed out on the water for the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s twilight race on Pioneer Bay, the strong winds had abated and the 15 knot south easterly was ideal for racing.  

A fleet of 18 boats were complemented by a crew list of 116 sailors, which ensured that this is one of the most popular midweek sporting events in the Whitsundays.  

Added that there was a lady skippers race within the racing made it even more interesting.

The first start for the day was Divisions 1 & 2 combined, and while G’nome (David Chittlelborough) sprinted away, the best start went to Treasure VIII (Rob Davis).  

A misunderstanding on board Ullman Sails (Dale Mitchell) meant that they missed the start but had fun catching up before finally retiring from the race.  

At the front, QMS Ponyo held a slim lead over Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale), with Smooth Criminal (Karina Wood) and Reignition (Megan Wallis) close behind.

As the race progressed, Bobby’s Girl took control on the water, with QMS Ponyo dropping out of contention, while Houdini (Rob Meizer) and Twister (Tania Jarvis) made progress toward the mid fleet.

On water results were Bobby’s Girl one minute ahead of Smooth Criminal and Reignition.  After handicaps were applied, Treasure VIII came out on top with Twister and Smooth Criminal picking up the minor placings.

Division 3 start saw Rossgo (Laura Oates) and Lama (Caroline Dale) recalled after starting early, leaving Lighthorse (Kerry Aspland) leading the fleet away.  

As usual, Matchless (Lisa McCubbin) led the fleet, with Shiraz (Karen Cable) mixing the action with Riff Raff (Dan White) close behind.  Manteca (Frank Tennyson) sailed well, holding off Lighthorse, Lama and Norbert G (Phillippa Hall).  

Combining the results for the third heat of the lady skippers’ race saw Lighthorse take the honours over Shiraz and Twister, with little to separate second to seventh positions.  

It was great to see a strong representation of ladies participating.  

The next race of the Lady Skippers will be held on Sunday.

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

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm.

Great fun at the weekly Whitsunday Sailing Club Twilight Races

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Win Big And Support Local Netballers

June 8, 2023

Raising funds for their Boys and Girls Queensland Independent Secondary School Netball (QISSN) teams, St Catherine’s Catholic College are welcoming members of the community to a round of bingo.

With a $500 major cash prize, and other cash prizes and raffles worth more than $1,200, the afternoon is set to leave everyone a winner.

Event organiser Emma Hiscox said the St Catherine’s students were very grateful to have the opportunity to play in the QISSN competition.

“The QISSN competition provides our students with the opportunity to play and watch some of the best Netball players in the State,” she said.

“Coming from a regional area, students don’t get these opportunities often.”

The four teams, two girls and two boys teams, will travel to Brisbane in the June-July holidays to compete in the state wide competition.

Community members are able to book a table of six or eight, by ringing 4945 1414, however the door will be open from 1.30pm, with the bingo started from 2pm.

On the afternoon, there will be light refreshments available and a bar open for patrons.

There will also be book packs and bingo pens for sale for the bingo.

WHAT: St Catherine’s Catholic College, Bingo Fundraiser

WHERE: St Catherine’s Catholic College

WHEN: Sunday June 11, from 1.30pm

TICKETS: $5 Entry at door

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Whitsunday Touch Football-212

June 8, 2023

WTA’s Preliminary Finals have delivered the final four teams to contest the Grand Finals next Monday.

There were four exciting games last Monday night all but one decided by the slimmest of margins.  Two games required extra time to decide on a winner.

Preliminary Finals Results:

Mixed A

Trusty (5) defeated Raiders A (3)

Mixed B

G.E.T. Touch (4) defeated Slippery Salmons (3)

Mixed C

Stingers (4) defeated Flame Tree Flames (3)

Mixed C (Family)

Escapees Misfits (8) defeated Untouchables (7)

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

June 8, 2023

Can you believe that it's winter already, how fast this year has flown and this week we had our green fixed from all the holes in the bowls area of delivery.

The good news was that the repairers were fantastic and only took 2 days to complete their work, so Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls was hastily arranged.

Friday afternoon we had the 30 odd students from Christian College all trying out to see who will represent their school at the Queensland school competition, and it's really hotting up with many boys and girls really enjoying the game and improving dramatically.

We are down to 16 students fighting out the finish and the quarter finals next Friday. We are just so proud of their efforts.

Saturday morning saw the 8s being played which is, one game of mixed fours and two games of pairs not mixed.

Tony Whitehorn's team were comfortable winners with Betty Whitehorn, Alan Pershouse. Tony Whitehorn, Col Morris, Elaine Kippen, Helen Ward all playing outstanding roles in their team’s victory.

The losing team had outstanding performances by Di Jackson, Maureen Barnard, Tina Schubert, and Juanita Matterson was so consistent.

Sunday morning saw the postponed game to see who the number one team of Division 5 and West Tigers would be, whose players have played together each week proved too strong for our hastily arranged team and go on to Division 4 next year.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

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Bowen Bowls Report

June 8, 2023

Results of Competition Games:

Singles: Gus Munro defeated Tiarna Rogers.

Triples: Herb Dalton, Gus Munro, and Shane Spann defeated Ron Gould,Doc Fordham, and Peter Bruce.

Rinks: Herb Dalton, Brett Lampard, Gus Munro, and Shane Spann defeated Joan Edwards, Eddie Neylon, Aileen Fordham, and Helen Jacobsen.

Wednesday Social: Kerry, Eddie Neylon,Peter Bruce defeated Ron Gould, Paula Welsted, and Gavin Charles.

Lorraine McArther, Helen Jacobsen, Marion Turner, and Lee Welsted defeated David Moodie, Peter Wilson, Jane Albert, and John White.

Allan Williams, Jan Randell, and Steve Roome defeated MaryEllen Pratten, Ray Muir, and Lloyd White.

Winning Team for the afternoon were Peter Thomson, Peter Nisbett, and Gary Turner who defeated Ross Scanlon’s team.

Sunday Social: Andrew Peebles, and Mark Rogers defeated David Moodie, and Peter Thomson.

Paula Welsted, and Jane Gilbert defeated Ross Scanlon, and Lee Welsted.

Bowlers, please hand in cards at end of play, we were a few short today.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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A Feast Of Bowls

June 8, 2023

With Pennants complete and the Australian Open on the horizon, there was a huge push this weekend to play lots of our competition bowls and there were some great bowls played over the weekend.

In Club Championship Singles Michael Kinnear defeated Gavin Noonan 26- 7 on Friday afternoon.  

Saturday morning Andrew Bell defeated Gavin Milne 25 - 16.  

Sunday morning the Semi Finals were played Wayne Handley defeated Andrew Bell 25 – 15.

Michael Kinnear defeated Scott Hamilton 25 - 20.  

The Final was played on Sunday afternoon Michael Kinnear defeated Wayne Handley 26 - 16.

In B Grade Singles Toby Craig defeated Ken Watts 26 - 8 then played his next game defeating Kendall Watts 25 - 13.

In Club Championship Pairs Gavin Noonan and Brett Saroglia defeated Scott Kinnear and Shane Kinnear 21 -16.

Isaac Elliott and Andrew Bell defeated Barry Saroglia and Gavin Milne 21 - 15.

On Wednesday in Social Bowls we had visitors Mike and Judy Hensen from Bribie Island join us for the afternoon.  

John Anderson and Mike Jensen defeated Mike Harrison and Barry Zillmann 20 – 17.

Judy Hensen and Heather Brown defeated Arthur Griffith and Sandy Daffara 24 - 15.

On Sunday afternoon Alen Sanderson and Heather Brown defeated Margie Burnett and Jim Quod 25 – 11.

John Anderson, Bruce Uhe and Sandy Daffara defeated John Burnett, Arthur Griffith and Mike Harrison 29 - 17.

Wishing all our bowlers who are playing in the Australian Open safe travels, wonderful bowls and a great time competing with people from outside of our usual field of opponents.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

Winner of Club Championship Singles, Michael Kinnear

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Wangaratta Bowls Report

June 8, 2023

Fantastic News, last week our Ladies Pennant Teams - Wangaratta/Noorla played like champions as they are and won the Blue Pennant in Townsville.

What an achievement, with 7 Match wins out of 9, they defeated the Townsville teams of Suburban (Runners Up), South Townsville and Thuringowa Clubs.

To add icing to the cake Penny Warren’s team which included Denise Wallace, Linda Scells and Linda Smith took out the Wilma Berryman Trophy for the best performing team with 7 out 9 wins.

You can’t take the smile off the ladies’ faces.

Last week I mentioned some visitors were arriving.

Well within the week, we are now playing Fun Friday and on Monday our self-selected triples will commence.

Winners for Tuesday afternoon were Gwenda Lydom, Lorraine Knight, Peter Howie defeated Pam R, Denis M, and Peter Nisbett.

The jackpot didn’t go off.

A great crowd cam to play on Sunday with 8 rinks in play.

Congratulations to Penny Warren and her partner Ando in reaching the semi-final of the State District Mixed Pairs in Townsville on the weekend.

They were narrowly defeated by 1 shot. Better luck next year.  

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

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Darts Report

June 8, 2023

There were only 4 matches to report on this weekend, one of which was a top 4 match between last year’s finalists Dom Friend and Jamie Maher.

Jamie came flying out of the blocks in the 1st leg, averaging in the 80’s thanks to back-to-back 140’s, and finding the triple 20 on regular visits.

He fumbled a little bit with the finish but managed to wrap the leg up in the end with a double 5 checkout.

That leg was quickly followed by a 2nd and a 3rd for Jamie to take a 3-nil lead, before Dom registered his 1st leg of the match to bring himself into the game.

The 5th leg had the feel of a match decider though with what would essentially be a 2-leg swing, either Dom was going to put the pressure on Jamie at 4/2, or Jamie was going to break the match wide open at 5/1, and that’s precisely what he did, and in style too, with an eye watering 145 checkout.

Dom dusted himself off after that impressive checkout, and won his second leg of the match, but the writing was on the wall by then, as Jamie managed to avenge his grand final defeat by winning the match 7 legs to 2.

Dom got straight back on the horse following that disappointing loss, with a 7/3 win over Arthur McMinn. Arthur himself had to follow that defeat up, unfortunately for him though with another defeat, this time 7/2 at the hands of Joe Wilson, that win for Joe keeps him in 2nd place, level on points with the league leader, although having played a game more.

The round was closed out with a 7/1 win for Gary Robbie over Hawkeye Rick, that win leapfrogs Gary into 7th place over Seumas Rose, Hawkeye still looking for his 1st points of the season.

The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Airlie, Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach, and Master Butchers Whitsundays, thank you for your support.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

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Bowen Golf Report

June 8, 2023

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

Ladies’ winner was Gayle Bynes 36pts, runner up Bev Lowcock 35pts.  

Men’s winner on a countback Bruce Moriarty 37pts, runner up John Courtney 37pts.  

Our local competition was followed by the Professionals shootout in the lead up to the Pro-Am on Thursday.  

Winner was Blake Proverbs, 2nd Finlay Bellingham, 3rd Brad Hallam.  

The shootout was kindly sponsored by Gilmour Space.  

Thank you for being a part of the Pro-am for 2023.  

We appreciate your support.  

Thank you to the Onsite rental group for providing lights to complete the shootout.

On Thursday, the golf club hosted the Abbot Point /Onsite Rental Group Pro-am, where we saw 43 Professionals play alongside the amateurs.  

We extend our thanks to Abbot Point for again coming on board to be our main sponsor and to the Onsite Rental group for providing co-sponsorship.  

Our amateurs played a single stableford with Lorraine McArthur winning the ladies and Jeremy Chrzanowski taking out the mens.  

Runners up were Joy Hose and Peter May.  

The professionals played a stroke event with Luke Higgins shooting 6 under par to win the competition, followed closely by Sam Brazel 5 under par.  

We look forward to hosting the professionals in 2024 with the support of our sponsors.

Saturday's competition was a single stroke event for the Mens June Monthly medal.  

Winner was Ben Bon 66 nett, runner up Brenden Wells 67 nett.  

Ladies June Monthly medal was held on Sunday.  

Winner was Pauline Martin 68 nett, runner up Judi Morris 69 nett.  

Both competitions were sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply & Bowen Golf club

This weekend's competition is an 18-hole 2 ball Ambrose Medley sponsored by Tropix Refrigeration.  

Joker is worth $3100.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

June Monthly Medal Winners

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Proserpine Golf Report

June 8, 2023

The Foursomes Club Championships were held on Sunday with a field of 86 players.

Ryan Wilkes and Jon Miller shot one over par for the 27 holes to win the men's event, ahead of Andrew Colborne and Danny York in 2nd place.

Peter and Matthew Faust combined well to win the best nett and Adam Hooley and Brad Fleet were the nett runner up winners.

The Ladies Foursomes was a close competition with Mel Patullo and Trish McNeill winning only 3 strokes ahead of Lyn Muller and Tina Badenhorst.

Anna Winterbourn and Heather Luvis also combined very well to win the best nett and the team of Elspeth Scotford and Paula McQuat won the nett runner up prize.

NTP winners were: Levi Holmes, Brad Fleet, Scott Dwyer and Michael Cragg and for the ladies: Mandy Patterson and Tiina Randmae, Peta Thomas and Toni Clauss, Jordyn Albergo and Faye Elder, Elspeth Scotford and Paula McQuat.

In other golf news, Pam Harrison was in form to score 39pts on Wednesday, edging out Trish McNeill on 38 pts, and Lyn Muller in 3rd place with 35 pts.

NTP winners: Mel Patullo, Pam Harrison, Di Chard, and Ann Gardel.

The Venue Smart Monthly Medal was hotly contested, George Meharry winning Division 1 on a countback from Geoff Harrison both on 69 nett, Aaron Prosser close behind in 3rd place with 70 nett.

Division 2 was another close result, with Jim Cochrane winning over John Roser, both also on 69 nett. Barry Shawalow in 3rd place with 70 nett.

NTP winners: Scott Mason, Aaron Prosser x 2 and Ross Meade.

33 players teed up for the Metropole 9 Hole comp on Friday, Tom O'Brien a clear winner on 23 pts, followed by Nick Watson on 21 pts, and Ryan Kenny on 20 pts.

Sam Deicke and Billy O'Connor were the NTP winners.

105 players turned out for the RGH Monthly Medal, Tina Badenhorst in great form to win the Ladies with 69 nett, Tiina Randmae 2nd with 72 nett and Di Chard 3rd also with 72 nett. NTP winners were Trish McNeill and Di Chard.

Shane Van Poelgeest shaved 5 strokes off his handicap winning the overall RGH Monthly Medal as well as C Grade with 63 nett.

Jon Miller won A Grade with 69 nett, followed by Sam Deicke and Dave O'Conor on 70 nett. Phil Batty won B Grade with 67 nett, followed by Brendan Spanna nd Brian ALlen on 68 and 69 nett respectively.

Andrew Mau was 2nd in C Grade with 65 nett and Adam Hagy in 3rd also on 65 nett.  

NTP winners: Jason Whitney, Rob Stanley and Phil Batty x 2

Contributed with thanks to The Pro Shop Team.

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Veteran Golf Report

June 8, 2023

What a huge crowd we had for the second round of the Croker Shield 2023, 45 PGC Vets and 20 PV Vets who graced our course with their humour and fun attitude to golf.

We also welcome new member, Ross Tong who joined PGC Vets and played his first game with us.

It was a pretty coolish day with a strong wind which made putting on the more exposed greens tricky and carried a few drives off course.

PGC Vets won the day taking out the first 11 places, with an aggregate score (top 8 scorers) of 300, PV with 252, which took the cumulative totals to: PGC 574, PV 520.  

The top 8 players for PGC Vets were Peter Lindsay, Rehab Hull, Anna Winterbourn, Lyn Muller, Peter Lewis, Laurie Dakin, John Roser and Harry Milne.

The top 8 for PV were Sally (Mora) McDonald, Terence Duffy, Herman van Uitert, Paul Tilse, Ken Wolfenden, Richard Treloar, Joe Wilkinson, and Don Bloxsidge.

Next Tuesday we will be hosting the Whitsunday Vets.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat.

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Sea Eagles Celebrate Indigenous Round

June 4, 2023

Whitsunday Sea Eagles hosted the second of the Indigenous Rounds at home on Saturday where Acknowledgement of Country and respect of traditional owners was shown and celebrated prior to Senior games beginning. Thanks to the Hawks, Sea Eagles and Tigers for their participation and respect shown for this important part of Indigenous Round celebrations.

A scrappy first half of football in Senior Mens game between Sea Eagles and Hawks saw both teams goalless at the first break, with the second term leading Hawks to a 3 point lead at half time.

Sea Eagles came out determined to hit the scoreboard in the third converting opportunities and winning the quarter 6 goals to 1. Sea Eagles dominated the final term with their trademark run and carry piling on 6 unanswered goals to take out the win 96 – 49.

Sea Eagles Senior Women were in for a tough game against the experienced opposition of Mackay City Hawks. An even hit out in the first quarter saw Sea Eagles run through the midfield to keep within striking distance of the Hawks.

The arm wrestle took a turn for the worse in the second term losing a couple of Sea Eagles to injury and Hawks pulling away. Hawks skill was a class above seeing Sea Eagles Women run out the game with a loss 9 – 71.

Sea Eagles Under 17s ran out convincing winners 74 – 14 (adj) against Bakers Creek with the spread of goal kickers and conversion rate a highlight after struggling the last few weeks to convert good work into a solid score. All players did their part for what amounted to a training run for Sea Eagles Under 17s at full time.

Sea Eagles Under 14s took on a depleted Hawks side who were assisted by many Sea Eagles Under 12s filling in to make a highly competitive game. Hawks hit the lead and ran away with the game in the final quarter with Sea Eagles going down 21 - 43.

This Saturday 3rd June sees Whitsunday Sea Eagles play again at home against the Magpies. Come down and be part of the fun with Sea Eagles Juniors from 10:40am and Seniors from 1:50pm.

Contributed by: Whitsunday Sea Eagles

Photo Credit: Cody Fowler

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Mixed Results In Mackay

June 1, 2023

The Premier ladies continued their winning ways with a 9-0 victory over Dolphins. After a slow start, our ladies soon settled allowing the goals to flow. The central midfielders, Lena and Laura, directed much of the play once again, with strong supporting runs by Akema and Willow. Superb corners by Violet and Dani also created many goal scoring opportunities. The final list of scorers was: Lena with a hat-trick, doubles to Willow and Akema, and one each to Bre and Laura.

The Whitsunday premier Men played against Townsville side MA Olympic in the first round of the Champions League in Mackay. With the Townsville side unbeaten last year and winning 10 or 12 this year, they were clear favourites and expected to easily dispatch the Whitsunday side.

Our men came out firing and despite low numbers, not only managed to match the Townsville side, they bettered them and went into half time buoyant with a 1-0 lead that could have been more. The second half continued to bring chances with Harry Hodgen hitting the cross bar and Jimmy being denied only by a miracle save. Unfortunately, some rough play saw 3 red cards and Townsville ran out victors 3-1. An effort the Whitsunday lads can be super proud of.

Friday night saw the division 1 and 2 men come away with two losses against Wanderers in Mackay.

Under 13 Division 1 team had a cracker game on Saturday winning 5-0 against Dolphins. In a full field team effort the goals came from Lockie, Harley and Oli, Tyson who worked hard in the mid with Players of the day awards going to Harley and Sam.

The Under 13 prems took the lead against Dolphins through Cohen Springbett's goal. However the team were a few players short and despite the stand in keepers, Luke Sunter and Zac Allison, making a number of important saves, the team were unable to hold onto their lead eventually going down 3-1.

The U15 Premier Team faced a hardworking and committed Dolphins side. A great defensive from captain Reece Matthews was a stand out for the team but the final result was 3 nil to the Dolphins.

It was a tough game for our Ressie women who came up against a very young and energetic dolphins team. The ladies worked hard to keep them at bay but unfortunately the final score was 3-0 to Dolphins.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic.

Whitsunday Premier Women continue to dominate and are closing on Number 1 spot on the ladder. Photo contributed

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Whitsunday Raiders Report

June 1, 2023

The Mackay City Redmen travelled to Airlie Beach on Saturday to finish off the first round of the MRU competition and play the Raiders for the first time this season.

It was listed as the game of the round due to the top three teams, Whitsunday, Moranbah, and Cities all having 20 competition points.

The Raiders had a game plan to counteract the physicality of the Cities forwards who were coming off a strong showing against Moranbah last week.

The Raiders had a bye last week and needed a strong hit out to improve their match fitness.

Both Connor and Aden Spence were running on for their 50th and 52nd caps respectfully for the Raiders and were keen to go hard.

Throughout the game the Raiders stuck to the game plan and by half time, had a lead of 41 points. Cities were always competing for the ball and their forwards running hard and straight.

By full time Connor Spence had run in three tries, Darragh Lynch and Rhys Ward had picked up doubles, Thomas Humphries had his first Raiders “meat pie” and Jack Briskey, Waikato Nepia-Katipa, Aden Spence and Tristian Sainsbury had each picked up a 5 pointer as well.

The Raiders finished with a 76 nil win and cemented the top spot at the end of round 1.

The hard yards are just around the corner as the 2nd and final round starts with another home game Friday night, 2nd June, against the Bowen Mudcrabs, which is also the second round of the Eclipse Financial Services Cup between these two teams.

Come on down and support the boys, kick off 7.30pm. Best on field for the Raiders Brodie Stallman 1pt, Rhys Ward 2pts and Joel Hoffmann 3 pts.

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

Niall Clancy stopping the big fella

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Cannons Prepare for Carnival

June 1, 2023

Despite the cooler weather the past couple of weeks, the coaches were very impressed with swimmers’ attendance at training.

Congratulations to Nelson Malady who swam 1km last Saturday at the Townsville Open Water Strand swim. Nelson swam a terrific time of 21 minutes 36 seconds and was came 1st in his M10-11 age group.  

On Wednesday, the coaches ran a swim session for 7 female swimmers who had attended swim training regularly since Easter. Celeste Orenshaw, Roxy Groom, Millie Groom, Evie Doherty, Tora Delac, Mae Carter-Attwood, and Andie Reynolds were invited to a special swim session on pacing.  Coaches, Mark Erickson, and Ken Crittenden were very impressed with the girls and their efforts.  

On Friday afternoon, there was a “Duel in the Pool”, Team Kenny vs Team Raylene. Kenny’s relay teams won 3 out of the 4 relays, but Raylene’s water polo teams were too strong in both shallow and deep water.  

Well done to all the swimmers who participated – Tora Delac, Harris Delac, Charlie Doherty, Evelyn Doherty, Addie Sanders, Levi Smith, Indi Smith, Declan Dichieria, Maeve Dichieria, Connor Lee, Stevie Lee, Alessa Penglase-Fortunato, Millie Groom, Celeste Orenshaw, Andie Reynolds and Katarna Bunk.  

Surprisingly, on Sunday morning there were 16 adults in the pool training. It was great to see Lesley and Dan Condon (and their family) back in the Whitsundays for a holiday. Coach Mark was delighted to see parents of swimmers and ex swimmers coming down and enjoying a swim.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cold winter days do not deter the Cannons

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Whitsunday Touch Football Results

June 1, 2023

Semi Final Results

Mixed A

One  v  Two

In the Crear (7) defeated Trusty (6)

Three  v  Four

Raiders A (10) defeated  Vipers (6)

Mixed B

One  v  Two

Slippery Salmons (4) defeated Ray White (2) (Forfeit Slippery Salmons)

Three  v  Four

G.E.T. Touch (9) defeated Touch It (4)

Mixed C

One  v  Two

Fumble This (5) defeated Flametree Flames (0)

Three v Four

Stingers (13) defeated Whitsunday Warriors (7)

Mixed C (Family)

One v Two

Mainlanders (2) defeated Untouchables (1)

Three v Four

Escapees Misfits (11) defeated Raiders Family (5)

Winners of One v Two progress straight through to Grand Final on June 12.

Loser of One v Two progress to Preliminary Finals next week.

Winners of Three v Four progress to Preliminary Finals next week.

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Airlie Bowls Club News

June 1, 2023

Tuesday Ladies Bowls saw Ladda Purdie at skipper with Rick Galea at second and Nik Fernbach at lead with an overwhelming victory.

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls saw Maureen Barnard with skipper Tony Whitehorn tie for the spoils with Keith Bates at lead with Ladies A Grade champion Betty Nicole, great bowling by both teams.

The final rounds of Men’s Pennants was concluded with outstanding results.

Firstly Division One Round 9 v Northern Beaches outstanding victory by Manny Isgro’s team and Warren Mills’s team with outstanding performances by John Trembath and Bob McMahon.

Shane Spann’s team lost but they earned 5 points and on Sunday v North Mackay wins to Shane Spann and Manny Isgro winning but overall score was a draw with Warren Mills team losing but they performed outstandingly.

In their second year of top competition Division 4 were outstanding and ended up as Champions and will be playing in Division 3 next season. Congratulations must go to Tony Whitehorn, Nik Fernbach, Neil Moore, Peter Barrett and Stephen Lawrie all playing as a team of champions.

Team 5 have also finished on top but because of bad weather they must play West Tigers Mackay next Saturday morning with the winner to progress to Division 4.

Division 6 were gallant in defeat.

Sunday afternoon bowls saw a great win to Margo Stanley, with lead Robin Brown and at second was Elaine Kippen.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Manny Isgro whose vision was for the club to play competitive bowls in the district pennants. Photo supplied

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Bowen Bowls Report

June 1, 2023

The Men’s Red Pennants were held at Bowen and Wangaratta Bowls Club on the weekend.

Winning the Cat Shield were Rod Haywood, Lindsay Coves, Jack Haywood, and Kerry Martin from Townsville Thuringowa Bowls Club A Team.

Winners of the Red Pennants 2023 were Thuringowa Bowls Clubs, including Rod Haywood, Glen Shimeld, Peter Day, Graeme Drabsch, Kerry Martin, Justin Foley, Jack Haywood, Lindsay Coves, Ken McLean,Matt Grundy, and Graeme Robinson Col Paine.

Congratulations Thuringowa Bowls Club.

Social Bowls at Club this Sunday.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

Townsville Thuringowa Bowls Club A Team winning the Cat Shield this past weekend

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Pennants Complete For 2023

June 1, 2023

It has been fabulous to see the quality of bowls being played on the green this week in Pennants, Competition and Social play.  

Pennants season has finished for 2023 with Division 1 having two away games winning 60 -56 against Sarina on Saturday earning 3 Match points and 1 rink win; a small loss 61 - 66 against Northern Beaches on Sunday winning 0 Match points and 1 Rink win.  

Souths Suburban were the clear winners of Division 1 with Northern Beaches, Airlie Beach and Proserpine taking the next 3 places with very close results.  

Division 5 finished off the season with two home games. On Saturday the team rallied to come from behind to win 45 - 39 taking 3 match points plus 1 Rink Win against North Mackay.  

On Sunday the team were defeated by Souths Suburban 32 - 37 winning no Match points but scoring a draw on one rink to give the team 0.5 Rink Wins. This weekend's efforts moved us up into 5th position and saved us from relegation.

On Wednesday in Club Championship Singles Heather Brown defeated Pat Bownds 26 - 15. Thank you Mary Hedgelong for coming in to mark the game.

In Social bowls on Wednesday John Anderson and Mike Harrison defeated Alen Sanderson and Jim Quod 33 - 15; Arthur Griffith, Bruce Uhe and Sandy Daffara defeated Jim Bownds, Barry Zillmann and Philip Brown 20 - 18.

On Sunday afternoon Social bowls John Burnett, Arthur Griffith and Jim Quod defeated Margy Burnett, John Anderson and Kendall Watts 23 - 16; Alen Sanderson, Ken Watts and Mike Harrison defeated Lee King, Ken Watts and Heather Brown 19 - 14.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Bowls Report

June 1, 2023

Our visitors are gradually arriving, so it was great to see some playing on Tuesday.

Winners for the afternoon were Tracey Roach, Merle Elphinstone, and Kevin Jewell who defeated B Huppatz, Sue Shearing, and Bob Hyde.

The jackpot didn’t go off.

Men’s Red Pennant was held in Bowen over the weekend.

Clubs travelled from Thuringowa, South Townsville, Magnetic Island, Brandon, and Macknade as well as the local clubs Wangaratta and Bowen Bowls Club.

With a lot of stiff competition Thuringowa A were the victors.

Thanks to all the ladies who held the fort at the club and produced some great meals, as well as the ladies umpiring and keeping the bar open.

Best of luck and good bowling to our Ladies’ Blue Pennant teams who are playing in Townsville this week.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Rolfe

Wangaratta Men’s Red Pennants Tea

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Bowen Golf Report

June 1, 2023

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies’ winner on a countback was Elona Lynch 35 points, runner up Leanne Swan 35 points. Men’s winner Wesley Smith 40 points, runner up on a countback John Brown 39 points.

Saturday's competition was a single stableford sponsored by Bowen Sportspower. Thank you for your continued support of our club. Ladies’ winner on a countback was Trish Sellen 36 points, runner up Denise Bianco 36 points. Men's winner with a cracker score of 46 points was Vince Hargraves, runner up Gregg Aplin 42 points.

This weekend will be a split round for the June Monthly medals. Men play on Saturday and ladies on Sunday. Both competitions are sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply and Bowen Golf Club. Don't forget to check the club's Facebook page for this week’s dinner specials.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

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Proserpine Golf Club Results

June 1, 2023

Scott Mason was a clear winner in the Club's Tuesday Stableford, with 42 points, followed by Louis Neethling on 38 and Allen Roberts on 34 points. NTP's went to Trish McNeill and Allen Roberts.

Wednesday was a small field for the Ladies, Trish McNeill the winner on 38 points and Ann Gardel runner up on 29 points. Trish also won the NTP. Jalen Jarvis was the winner of the Men's Wednesday Stableford with 35 points ahead of Nathan Holohan and Michael Jarvis, both on 34 points.

There was a large field on Thursday, with Rehab Hull winnng the Ladies division on 34 points, with Pauline Redpath and Trish McNeill only a point away on 33, NTP's were won by Trish McNeill and Di Chard.

Dave O'Connor is showing great form and won the Men's Division 1 on 37 points ahead of the ever-consistent Allen Roberts on 35 points, Owen Clarke won 3rd place with 35 points.

Division 2 was taken out by Tim Langford on 37 points ahead of Barry Mortimer and Trevor Paroz, both on 35 points. NTP's were won by Sean Gower Trevor Nosworthy and Benn Ryan.

The Met's 9 Hole Run was won by Troy Smith on 17 points, closely followed by Brian Allen on 16 points and Chris Pirlo rounding out the podium with 15 points. Tom Petersby and Brian Allen took home the vouchers for the NTP's.

95 players turned out on Saturday for the MBW Stableford, Lew Tuck submitting a 40 point round to win the Men's Division 1 ahead of Fraser Simpson and Paul Gray on 38 points.

Division 2 was won by Billy O'Connor with a very nice 41 points ahead of Jim Sherrington and Benn Ryan on 39 and 37 points respectively. NTP winners: Fraser Simpson, Michael Cragg, Ross Tong and Scott Grigg.

Tiina Randmae's recent flurry of golf playing paid off to win the Ladies MBW Stableford carding a very tidy 38 points, 4 shots ahead of second place getter Jill Farinelli on 34, Di Chard in 3rd place with 33 points. Anna Winterbourn and Elspeth Scotford were the most accurate winning the NTP's.

Our new member Bailey Neumann was ahead of the field on Sunday with a handicap reducing 43 points! Ryan Wilkes shot a 5 under par round of 65 to win 2nd place with 41 points - very impressive golf Ryan!

Brendan Spann won 3rd place with 40 points. NTP winners: Brendan Spann x 2, Sam Deicke, Ryan Wilkes and Tessa Aitken.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Club Pro Shop.

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Whitsunday Golf Club Results

June 1, 2023

Whitsunday Golf Club fielded 28 players on a very nippy Sunday morning to play a 2 ball Ambrose.  

A very cool morning and heavy dew made the first few holes harder than WGC are currently used to, but sunshine warmed the day as golfers changed from long sleeves and jumpers to short sleeves and no jumpers to enjoy the balmy winter day so typical of our “winter”.  

Winners: Pam Casey and Lew Tuck with a nett 59.25  

Runners-up: Darren Reynolds and Scott Vlismas with 65.75

3rd: Jason Bourke and Clay Coles with 66.5

NTP : were won by Darren Reynolds and Scott Vlismas on the 2nd, Mark McDougal and Brendon Meharry on the 13th and Anna Winterbourn and Ron Jamieson on the 16th

Longest Drives: went to Ritchie Atkins and Scott Vlismas, Tiina Randmae and Elise Hodgson

NAGAs: The NAGA drinks were won by Scotty Wardroper and Dean Kercher, but in their absence, a drink sponsored by Aaron and Tracy Watts went to Sally Little instead, as next up the list.

There is no WGC competition next week as PGC are holding the Men’s and Ladies’ Foursomes Championships.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

L-R: Sally Little, Darren Reynolds, Pam Casey. Photo supplied

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Proserpine Veterans Golf Report

June 1, 2023

No golf at Prossie this week as a contingent of 30 travelled to Gladstone to compete in the Gladstone Veterans Open.

Prossie was well represented in the results.

Andrew Albergo, Neil Cawthorne, Geoff Harrison, Lyn and Larry Muller and Vic Feldman all placed in a field of 112.

The winners for our own competition were Robyn Whitham,37, Kathryn Borer 36 and Lyn Muller 34.

The men: Neil Cawthorne 38, Larry Muller 37 on a countback from Andrew Albergo. Tuesday still at Gladstone, the results were ladies Lyn Muller 37 on a countback from Tessa Aitken, Robyn Whitham 35 and Helen Deighton 34.

The men: Peter Fox 39, from Mick Wright (our driver) 37 and John Strelec 35. Thursday, we played with the Calliope Vets.  

The ladies winner was Jenny Hounsell 33 from Tiina Randmae 31.

The men: Geoff Harrison 35 and Gerald Lovell 33.

Next Tuesday we are hosting the next round of the Croker Shield.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

30 Veteran golfers travelled to Gladstone for Veterans Open

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Masters Round

June 1, 2023

We had a huge day of darts at the Airlie Bowls Club on Sunday morning, with the Masters Round taking place. Jamie Woods, as the defending champion, was looking to take home his third trophy of the year, along with the Genesis Cup and the Celtic Cup already in his possession.

Round 1 as always is a Premier League round, with valuable league points up for grabs.

The top two went head-to-head in the first match of the day, with Jamie Woods putting a stop to Joe Wilson’s fine run of form, defeating him by 7 legs to 2, and taking top spot in the league for himself in the process.

Seumas Rose dispatched Gary Robbie in fine fashion by a 7/1 scoreline. Kameron Reason didn’t drop a leg in his 7/0 win over Hawkeye Rick, and Jamie Maher defeated Jayden Lloyd by 7 legs to 2.

In the Semi’s, Jamie Woods defeated Seumas Rose 4/1, and Arthur McMinn defeated Kameron Reason by the same 4/1 scoreline.

In the preliminary final’s, Jamie Woods defeated Art McMinn 4/1, and Jamie Maher defeated Kameron Reason 4/2 who qualified as best loser in the previous round.

The final was a repeat of the Genesis Cup final between Jamie Woods and Jamie Maher, where Woodsy won on that day by a 4/1 scoreline.

Jamie Maher scored well to begin this encounter and lead the way in both of the first two legs by getting to a finish before his opponent. Unfortunately for him though, he didn’t finish off his work, missing his doubles, giving Woodsy the opportunities that he so often puts away, and did again here, punishing his opponent by winning the first 2 legs, arguably against the run of play.

At 2 nil down though, Jamie fought hard and deserved to level the match at 2 all, giving himself a chance of lifting his first trophy at the club, but unfortunately for him, the doubles were hurting him, and where Jamie was slack, Woodsy was clinical, checking out in the 5th leg, and stretching his lead to 3/2, just one away from victory.

It was neck and neck in the 6th leg, with both players down to a finish, both finding themselves in the mad house, desperately looking for a double 1 checkout, Jamie to square it, and Woodsy to finish it, and after what seemed like an eternity, Woodsy finally pinched it, winning the Masters title for a second time in two years, by 4 legs to 2.

Congratulations to Jamie Woods, it was a great battle to the end, with many more like it to come.

Thank you as always to our sponsors Mika Airlie, Whitsunday Tattooing and Master Butchers Whitsundays.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

Image: Jamie Woods adding yet another trophy to the cabinet at the Airlie Bowls Club.

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Round The Molles Yacht Race

June 1, 2023

The Abell Point Yacht Club in Airlie Beach in conjunction with the Whitsunday Sailing Club is hosting a brand-new yacht race on Sunday 18 June 2023.  

With only a couple of weeks left to enter, this race will see participants racing around the four Molle Islands of West Molle (Day Dream Island), South Molle, Middle Molle and North Molle.

There will be three divisions - Multihulls, Monohulls with Spinnakers and Monohulls without Spinnakers.  

The race will be altered depending on the weather of the day.

For entry forms, notice of race and sailing instructions go to abellpointyc.com.au and click on Round the Molles Race in the events page or follow the Abell Point Yacht Club on their Face Book page.

Presentations will be held after the race from 5.30pm onwards at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

So come on, get your entries in now and be a part of this exciting new race around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

Contributed with thanks to Abell Point Yacht Club.

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Sea Eagles Fire Up For Indigenous Round

May 25, 2023

Whitsunday Sea Eagles hosted the first of two Indigenous Rounds on Saturday where Ngaro elders spent time with Junior teams.

All Sea Eagles teams took on Eastern Swans decked out in Indigenous guernseys created in conjunction with Ngaro people.

Thanks to Leo and Mark for their Welcome to Country and for taking time to celebrate our unique Australian culture with the Sea Eagles.

In a fiery clash against the ladder leaders the Sea Eagles Senior Men matched the physicality of the Swans throughout their match with scores even at first break.

Sea Eagles came out hard in the second with missed opportunities keeping Swans in the match. Swans hit the ground running in the third lifting their pressure around the ground leaving Sea Eagles trailing by 5 points headed into the last term.

Sea Eagles wanted it more and started taking control of play around the ground with the home crowd bringing them in winners 60 – 54 in a close entertaining match.

Sea Eagles Senior Women showed great commitment to each other against a full side of Swans who were able to keep up to Sea Eagles for the first half.

Sea Eagles rallied in the second half to put on a solid lead coming into the final term and after a gutsy effort without a break Sea Eagles won the day 42 – 30.

Under 17s took on the Swarks putting them through their paces and coming away with a 50-point win 69 – 19 remaining undefeated so far this season.

Sea Eagles fielded a full team of Under 14s enabling them to link well together for their best game this season winning 66 – 6 (adj).

Under 12s Sea Eagles were valiant against the undefeated competition frontrunning Swans going down 27 – 36 in a close game.

This Saturday May 27 Indigenous Round 2 sees further celebrations at Whitsunday Sea Eagles home ground Whitsunday Sportspark at 1.30pm prior to the Senior Womens and Mens matches against the Hawks.

Come down and be part of the fun with Sea Eagles Juniors from 10:40am and Seniors from 1:50pm.

Contributed by Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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Whitsunday Girls Celebrate Female Football Week In Style!

May 25, 2023

The Whitsunday Premier Women’s side put on another dominating performance with a 9-1 win over City Brothers in front of a home crowd.

The midfield once again directed the play with Lena and Laura instrumental in the centre, and Eva and Akema creating numerous chances through their runs down the sides.

In the forwards, Willow and Steph were a constant worry for the City defence with their attacking runs and shots.

Goal scorers were Willow with a hat-trick, two to Lena and one each to Eva, Bre, Steph and Akema.

The Premier Reserves came out strong against Brothers, however a defensive error saw the visitors score the first goal.

Shortly afterwards, a corner kick from Dani was finished with a beautiful header from Steph to equalise the score.

A penalty taken by Robyn in the second half gave us a 2-1 lead but relentless pressure from Brothers saw them score another goal in the 80th minute the final score being a draw 2-2.

The ladies would like to thank all of the supporters who came down last night to cheer them on.

Happy female football week!

The Div1 Men also put on a spectacular win in front of a boisterous home crowd.

The home side started well, controlling the majority of the game, and hit the front at the 30-minute mark with a brilliant first-time finish by Riley O'Grady.

A defensive error early in the second half allowed Magpies back in the game but it was one way traffic as their lack of substitutes told.

Two goals followed from Ian Wilson and Aaron Morgan before a quick-fire hat trick from Tate Butler sealed a comfortable 6-1 win.

The youth sides struggled against Lions.

The U13 Prems put up a good fight against their unbeaten opponents, however, after a close first half, Lions ran away with the game 8-0.

U15 Div1 were unlucky after another brave and solid performance.

The U15 Prems also went down to Lions after a tough game.

The home team continued to battle but eventually went down 3 goals to 1 in a much-improved performance in front of their home fans.

Jack Robertson once again was solid in goals, whilst Luka Miller and Finlay Farrell worked tirelessly.

The 2023 Whitsunday Women’s Squad with a big win. Photo supplied

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Futsal stars represent Australia on UK Tour

May 25, 2023

Rising stars and Whitsunday residents Max O’Keefe, Reef Peel, Freddie Hazleton, and Corey Stroud recently represented Australia on behalf of the Australian Futsal Association on a two-week tour of the UK, returning just last week.

The boys were selected to represent their country in an action-packed tour of the UK on the back of their performance for Northern Queensland at the Australian Futsal Association (AFA) National Schools Futsal Championships in Brisbane last year.

Representing Australia U14 Boys the Whitsunday’s youngsters had the experience of a lifetime as they played competitive Futsal games in Scotland, England, and Wales.

The tour highlights included – competing in the Scossie Cup in Edinburgh, where Australian black team (featured) made it to the semi-finals, playing games against very strong sports academy teams in Peterborough and winning the Roy Miller Cup in Wrexham (Wales).

As well as all the tournaments and games the boys also experienced a range of training sessions with different overseas coaches, they watched live professional Football games (Scottish Premier League and English Championship League), they toured the home grounds of Manchester United and Liverpool FC and visited the sights of London.

The boys will once again take to the court with their school team from St Catherine’s Catholic College when they represent Northern Queensland in the AFA National Schools Championships 2023 at the Nissan Arena in Brisbane.

Contributed with thanks to Joscelyn O’Keefe

Corey Stroud with the Australian Yellow

Max O’Keefe, Reef Peel and Freddie Hazleton with Australia Black. Photos supplied

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

May 25, 2023

As the mornings and evenings get colder and the days are still warm, we are just so lucky to live in this beautiful place in the world and our little bowling club just seems to get better and achieve more goals every week.

On Tuesday Ladies Day attracted 17 bowlers and Joan McGrat, Tina Schubert, Lynne Skeen, Dawn Dowell, Tony Whitehorn, Lane Telford, Pam Collins, and Di Dobbins with Di Jackson whose improvement is notable by all her peers, everyone bowled well.

Wednesdays Jackpot Bowls saw Tony Kelly’s team win everything with Graham Cowling and John Brown at lead and to cap off a huge day John also won the prestigious Health Hub award.

Tuesday also saw Betty Nicole and Carol Crosbie beat Karen Jensen and Vicki Spann in a nail-biting game to progress to the finals.

The second last weekend of the men’s Pennant Teams saw our Division One team win all three games on Saturday at home against Serena but lost to the very strong South Suburban team 2 games to one on Sunday and they will finish near the top of the ladder.

Division 4 won on both days against Mackay and Serena on Sunday and could easily win their division as can Division 5 with a win on Saturday and winning the points on Sunday as well with Rick Brunnell showing he still has all the skills.

Division 6 went down to Mackay on Saturday and also won on Sunday at home to RSL Mackay and unearthing a new talent in 14-year-old James Hou whom has only been learning for a month but bowled brilliantly on both days, as did David Meiklejohn with his hours of practice paying off.

The Ladies Pennants will begin next week, and the school’s competition is getting stronger each week with St Catherine’s school and the Christian College, all challenging whom will represent their school in the finals in Brisbane later on this year.

We have an abundance of talented students competing.

Lastly our Bar Manager Fiona Greener works tirelessly and makes the most delicious sandwiches for all to enjoy.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

John Askew who broke Rick Brunnell’s record of officiating at the club’s championships of singles, doubles triples and fours.

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Bowen Bowls Report

May 25, 2023

Mixed Pairs: Jeff Tierney, Steve Roome, Mark Rogers, and Tiarna Rogers.

Club Pairs: Gavin Charles, Brett Lampard, Peter Bruce, and Daryl Tuttle.

Sunday Social Bowls: Lloyd White, Jeff Tierney, and David Moodie were the winning team.

Wednesday Social: MaryEllen Pratten, Gavin Charles, Steve Roome, Ron Gould, Robyn Stitt, and Jeff Tierney.

Joan Edwards, Mark Rogers, Ian Best, Bev Smith, Peter, and Tiarna Rogers.

Peter Wilson, Jane Gilbert, Eddy Neylon, Lorraine McCarthur, Tracy Roach, and Peter Bruce. Peter, Sue, Daryl, Daryl, Helen, and Ross.

Winning team was Jan Randell, Dennis Roberts, and Carol.

Next weekend the club is hosting the mens Red Pennants.

Good bowling to them all.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

The Sunday Social Bowls winning team

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Games Tightly Contested

May 26, 2023

We are on the final straights for this year's Pennants Competitions with only next weekend's matches still to be played.

In Division 1 teams played two really fabulous matches this last weekend.  

On Saturday they took on the powerhouse that is Souths Suburban on their home green.  

Proserpine won two rinks but went down on the overall score 56 - 58.  

On Sunday Proserpine played North Mackay at Proserpine.

Proserpine got a really good start, but North Mackay came back firing for what ended up a real tussle of wills.

Once again Proserpine won two rinks but went down on the overall score by just one shot being defeated 65-66.

Division 5 has a win on Saturday playing St Helens at Proserpine.  

Winning one of the two rinks and the total score 45 - 33.  

Sunday the team travelled to Wests Tigers and were given an exhibition of the Wests Tigers experience on their green losing 21 - 60.

This coming weekend Division 1 has a double header away playing at Sarina on Saturday and Northern Beaches on Sunday.  

Division 5 have a double header at home playing against North Mackay on Saturday and Souths Suburban on Sunday.  

Teams will be announced when available.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

Arthur Griffith showing plenty of style and determination in his game on Sunday afternoon.

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Wangaratta Bowls Report-26

May 25, 2023

Tuesday’s results: Winners for the afternoon were Greg Pembroke and Penny Warren, defeating Marie Nesbitt Geoff Danvers.

Others Gwenda Lydom, Irene Laird, and Linda Smith defeated Bron Tolcher, and Hans Peter Nesbitt.

Deb Retchless, Sue Shearing, and Allan Rolfe defeated Tracey Stanford, Merle Elphinstone, and Greg Colquhoun.

Mandy Anderson, Robyn Stitt, and Steve Roome defeated Ivan Smith, Lorraine Knight, and Lyn Danvers.

The jackpot didn’t go off.

Ladies Competition: Crooked Kitty Teresa Willshire defeated Deb Retchless.

Winners for Sunday: Toni Bowen, Isobel Wheeler, and Jason Wright defeated Bron Tolcher, Maureen Hyde, and Mark Drummond.

Laurie Land, and Fely Duncan defeated Linda Scells, and Ron Hyde.

Merle Elphinstone, Penny Warren, and Kevin Jewell defeated Deb Retchless, Lorraine Knight, and Graeme Read.

Marie Nesbitt, Sue Shearing, and Geoff Danvers defeated John Hayson, Greg Pembroke, and Allan Rolfe.

Robyn Stitt, Lyn Danvers, and Greg Colquhoun defeated Kennedy Whitton, Peter Nesbitt, and Gwenda Lydom.

The jackpot didn’t go off.

Men’s Red Pennant will be held in Bowen at both Wangaratta and BBC starting Friday.

Best of luck to our men playing. Therefore, there will be no social play next weekend.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Winners on Tuesday: Greg Pembroke Penny Warren with Vice President Irene Laird

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Premier League Darts-26

May 26, 2023

Round 9 of Premier League darts began this week with a tasty encounter between last year’s champion Dom Friend, and Joe Wilson who is currently sitting in 2nd place going into today, but with a chance to go joint top with a win here.

Dom started the match in brutal fashion, averaging just shy of 90 to take a 1 nil lead over his opponent.

Joe could have wilted after such a savage start to the match, but to his credit, he came right back into it, taking the next 3 legs to love.

Surprisingly, it was Dom who was looking a little shaky of the two players after such an impressive opening leg, and Joe took full advantage by stretching his lead out to 5/1.

It looked all but over, but Dom, as all good champions do, showed a lot of fight, winning the next 3 legs to make it 5/4, but unfortunately for him, that was as good as it was going to get, as he left himself with just a little too much to do in the end.

Joe deservedly winning the match 7/4, to go joint top of the league.

There were 4 other matches on Sunday at the Airlie Bowls Club.

Andy Peel got his second win of the year over bottom placed Hawkeye Rick by 7/0, Jamie Maher and Arthur McMinn joined Dom Friend in 3rd place on the ladder with 11 points after they recorded 7/1 and 7/3 wins over Seumas Rose and Kameron Reason respectively.

And Dom Friend defeated Seumas Rose by 7 legs to 2 in a round 5 catch up match to round out all the day’s action.

Thank you to our sponsors Mika Airlie, Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach, and Master Butchers Whitsundays.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

Joe Wilson in action at the Bowls Club on Sunday morning

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Bowen Golf Report

May 25, 2023

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford event for the men and an eclectic for the ladies sponsored by Bowen Golf Club.

Ladies’ winner on a countback was Kim Bennion 31 nett, Runner up Janice Bates 31 nett.  

Mens winner Lee Tiller 40pts, runner up Neil Steicke 39pts.

Saturday was a 4 ball aggregate medley stableford sponsored by LiveLife Pharmacy.  

Thank you for your continued support of our club.

Winners with a great score of 75pts were Elona Lynch and Morag Parker, 2nd place on a countback Ben Bon and Brett Richards 70pts, 3rd place Kaleb Brunker and Joshua Fraser 70pts.

LiveLife Pharmacy also had prizes for individual winners with Elona Lynch winning the individual ladies event with a great score of 45pts and Lee Tiller winning the Mens's with 39pts.  

Pin shots to Greg Carlyon, Geoff Fellows, Dwayne Bartlett, John Brown, Pauline Martin, Jacquie Miller, Debbie Breeze.  K

evin Cross and Craig Newell both had an OBP and Gordon Haslberger had an Eagle.

This weekend's competition is a single stableford sponsored by Bowen Sportspower.  

Don't forget to check the club's Facebook page for this week’s dinner specials.

Joker is worth $3000.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

LiveLife Pharmacy winners - Elona Lynch & Morag Parker

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Proserpine Golf Report

May 25, 2023

24 players in the Tuesday Stableford, with Laurie Dakin in form to wins the Men’s competition, with Gary Scotford a close 2nd and Trish McNeill winning the Ladies.

Tiina Randmae secured 2nd place. Elspeth Scotford cleaned up on the NTP’s.

Jenny Hounsell was the winner of Marlene Gray’s Wednesday Stableford with 43 pts, Trish McNeill in 2nd place on 37 pts, Anna Winterbourn claimed 3rd place with 34 pts.

Noelene Spurway, Robyn Whitham and Di Chard were the NTP winners.

Thursday Men’s Competition Division 1 winner with an excellent 66 nett was Ross Tong, followed by Troy Smith on 68 nett and Ritchie Atkins in 3rd place on 69 nett.

Division 2 winner was Chris Pham on 66 nett also, followed by Ken Lovett and Barry Shuwalow both on 71 nett.

The Ladies Competition was won by Janelle Ernst of Tropics Golf Club followed by Lyn Muller.

NTP winners: Phil Luckett, Chris Brett, Brian Smith, Allen Roberts, and Trish McNeill.

The Met 9 Hole Run on Friday was won by Brent Franke with 21 pts, Karlene Lloyd played well for 19 pts beating Ross Tong on a countback for 2nd place.

Cameron Mutch and Ryan Kenny were the NTP winners.

Ross Tong continued his good form to win the Division 1 men’s competition with 67 nett, beating Brent Franke on a countback.

Andrew Colborne won 3rd place with 69 nett. Division 2 was won by Vic Feldman on 65 nett, with Ned Davies on 71 nett and Barry Mortimer on 72 nett.

Tina Badenhorst played well to win the Ladies with 69 nett, closely followed by Trish McNeill on 70 nett and 3rd place went to Pauline Redpath on 74 nett.

NTP winners were: Tiina Randmae, Di Chard, Rob Stanley, Scott Milne, Andrew Colborne, and Vic Feldman.

Sunday’s competition was won by Lenny Booroff with a very nice 40 pts, followed by Renae Maxwell on 38 pts and in 3rd place was Peta Thomas on 36 pts.

No one managed to hit the greens to win a pin shot.

Contributed with thanks to the Pro Shop Team at the Proserpine Golf Club

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Proserpine Veterans Golf Report

May 25, 2023

37 players took to the course last Tuesday.  

Good to see a great turnout on a such a beautiful day.

There were some terrific scores, Trevor Paroz taking out the men's with 39, followed by Laurie Dakin on 38 and Gary Scotford on 36.  

Mandy Patterson was the ladies winner with 36, Tiina Randmae on 32 and Leanne Alexander on 31.  

Pin shots went to Barry Mortimer and 3 B graders who had it in the hole - Barry Shuwalow, Wilf Herweg and Harry Milne on the 2nd.

Vic Feldman (also in the hole) and Laurie Dakin on the 13th, and Geoff Harrison and Barry Shuwalow on the 16th.

The ladies, Lyn Muller and Tiina Randmae on the 2nd, Elspeth Scotford and Paula McQuat, both in the hole for a birdie, on the 13th.  

Mandy Patterson and Tiina Randmae on the 16th.

There will be no Vets competition next Tuesday.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Trevor Paroz and Mandy Patterson

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Whitsunday Green Golf Report-26

May 25, 2023

This week’s 9-hole stableford competition was won by Terry Kimpton on 23 pts, second was Glenn Rees with 22 pts and third place going to Dee Norman with 20 pts.

A terrific job by all.

On Friday our 9-hole stableford prawn run was our newest member Donovan Pettiford taking the win with 23 pts, second Tim Walton on 20 pts and third Glenn Rees with 19 pts.

Our Sunday skins 18 holes competition Jake Day taking the win on 39 pts, second was Deeray Fo’ou on a 36 c/b and third Donovan Pettiford with 36 pts.

Nearest the pin was Adam Singleton and Perri Simpson.

This Sunday 28th May will be our 18 hole (Stroke) Monthly Medal tee off at 10:00am, hope to see you all there.

Contributed with thanks to the Whitsunday Green Club

Jake Day wining the Sunday Skins competition. Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Golf Report

May 25, 2023

Sunday 21st of May saw the Whitsunday Golf Club playing their Club 4some Trophy Event.

It was a chilly 10 degrees but quickly warmed up to a beautiful 25, unfortunately it was a very depleted field due to many members away.

Congratulations to Ron Jamison and Mark McDougal for their win in the Mens Competition and Karen Rix and Pauline Redpath for the Ladies competition.

Runner up for the Mens were Scott Vlismas and Darren Renoylds and Linda Wardroper and Anna Winterbourn for the Ladies.

Contributed with thanks to Pauline Redpath

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Airlie Beach Parkrun

May 25, 2023

This week, in stunning conditions, 74 people ran, jogged, and walked the 5km waterfront course. 22 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests.

Several milestones were achieved; Claire completed her 25th parkrun, Josiah completed his 50th, Josh his 100th, Andrew his 200th and Tim his 250th.

Tim is the first 'local' parkrunner to complete 250 parkruns.

The event was made possible thanks to RD Maree and her team of fabulous volunteers: Nick, Kara, Maverick, Bossie, Craig, Susanne, Shane, Debbie, Wendy, Laura, Louise, Jarrod, Lynne, Joanne, Chris, Alicia, Chris, and Rachael.

Airlie Beach parkrun started on 5th December 2015.

Since then, 4,885 participants have completed 25,017 parkruns covering a total distance of 125,085 km, including 2,901 new Personal Bests.

A total of 404 individuals have volunteered 3,691 times.

This Saturday Airlie Beach parkrun will use course 'B', which will meet at 6:50am for a briefing near the Garden Bar and Bohemian Raw, Coral Sea Marina. Parking is free in the lowest carpark till 9:30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard. Post parkrun coffee and chat is held at My Rainbow Bakery & Cafe.

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

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

Everyone is welcome.

Contributed with thanks to Parkrun Airlie Beach

Andrew finishing his 200th park run, and Tim with his 250th

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Whitsunday Outrigger Report-22

May 25, 2023

Just the best weather for our social paddling afternoon!

Such a great outlet from our jam-packed weeks for everyone-experienced paddlers or brand new to our fantastic sport.

Favourable winds allowed us to make our leisurely way over to Town Beach where a little further paddling technique was given-and time for a photo of this week’s team.

Outrigger Whitsunday have 5 OC6 that are paddled Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The clubs’ social team take advantage of an OC6 that only weighs 65kgs- with its highly advanced design and strong yet light hull, it requires much less effort for paddlers to accelerate and to catch any bumps out on the bay.

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

Left-Kerrie, Robyn, Bolinda, Joanne, and Andrew in Outrigger Whitsunday’s lightweight OC6

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Cannons Enjoy Pioneer Swim Carnival

May 25, 2023

22 Cannonvale Cannons braved the cool conditions to compete at the Pioneer Short Course Transition Meet held in Mackay on Sunday.  

Coaches, Mark Erickson and Ken Crittenden were very proud of all the young swimmers and would like to thank all the wonderful parents who assisted with officiating and managing the team.  Highlights include:  

8 Years and Under:  Eloise Chegwidden swam PBs in all her races.  

She was very pleased with her 2 silver medals and gold medal.  

Zane Clayworth swam a super 25m Butterfly in 30.04sec (3.22sec PB) to earn 3rd place.

One of Evelyn Doherty’s best swims was her 50m Backstroke (with a 1.88sec PB) which earnt her 2nd place.  

Indigo Harland aged 6 years smashed her 25m Butterfly time swimming a 14.35sec PB.  

Indigo’s sister, Koa swam an impressive 50m Breaststroke in a time of 1.00.65 (a 1.45sec PB) which earnt her 2nd place.  

Lucas Korosec had a very successful carnival, coming home with three gold medals and 1 bronze medal.  

8 – 10 Year Olds:  Ruby Harland, Harris Delac, Indianna Smith, Celeste Orenshaw, Adelaide Sanders, and Matilda Nicholes swam extremely well, swimming 5 or 6 PBs and all swam an excellent time in their 100m IM.  

Isaac Pisaniello also swam a super 100m IM and won his 50m Freestyle.

Jax Clayworth had an awesome carnival, swimming PBs in just about all his events and winning four of his events.

Don Algie came home with gold medals for his 50m Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Backstroke.  Jasper Korosec enjoyed all his races.  

11 Years and Over:  Tora Delac, Isabella Pisaniello and Charlie Doherty swam extremely, achieving PBs in most of their events.  

Tora did a massive 20.66sec PB in her 200m IM (2nd) and Charlie swam a 39.48sec PB in his 200m Backstroke (3rd place).  

Isabella’s best swims include her 50m Breaststroke (3rd) and 50m Butterfly (3rd).  

One of Dylan Reynolds best swims was her 100m IM which she swam a 11.14sec PB.  

Congratulations to all the Cannons!  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Cannonvale Canons taking out big wins at swimming competition

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Whitsunday Touch Football

May 25, 2023

WTA was happy to welcome NQTA Referees Director Joe Lo Grande to our last round of Touch on Monday.  

Joe was able to assess three of our referees and we are proud to announce that Tim, Callan and Claudia are our new Level 2 Referees.  

Congratulations, your untiring efforts have been rewarded.

Next Monday WTA’s Finals Series begins:

First Week

1 v 2 Winner goes straight to Grand Final

3 v 4 Loser eliminated  

Second Week

Loser of 1v 2 plays winner of 3 v 4  

Winner goes to Grand Final

Third Week

Grand Final

Round Twelve Results

Mixed A

Trusty (12) defeated Concrete Feet (2)

Vipers (8) defeated In the Crear (6)

Mixed B

Ray White (7) defeated Slippery Salmons (5)

Touch It defeated Guinea Fowls – on forfeit

Whitmonday Eagles (4 ) defeated Full Boar (1 )

Mixed C

Fumble This (8) defeated On Time (2)

Whitsunday Warriors (9) defeated Stingers (6)

Flametree Flames defeated Raiders C

Mixed C (Family)

Untouchables (5) drew Mainlanders (5)

Escapees /Misfits (11) defeated Raiders Family (5)

Ladder Results

A Grade

1st Trusty

2nd In The Crear

3rd Vipers

4th Raiders A

5th Concrete Feet

B Grade

1st Ray White Mudcrabs

2nd Slippery Salmons

3rd Touch it

4th G.E.T. Touch

5th Whitmonday Eagles

6th Full Boar

7th The Guinea Fowls

C Grade

Fumble This

Flametree Flames

Whitsunday Warriors



Raiders C

Family Grade  



Escapees Misfits

Raiders Family

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Raiders Take On Brothers

May 18, 2023

Saturday saw the Mackay Brothers travel to the Whitsunday Sportspark to take on the PWRU Raiders at 3.30pm.

Prior to the big game there were a couple of games for the local girls and women’s teams as well, these were between a combined Mackay Whitsunday group and visiting Emerald and Rockhampton teams.

The girls kicked off with some U14 seven a side games leading up to U16 ten a side games then a combined girls/women’s fifteen a side game of modified rules took to the field.

It was great to see the girls/ladies back on the paddock for a run around.

Afterwards the senior men take to the field. As they always do, Brothers came to play and even though they were short on numbers they played hard and were not going to give territory away lightly.

Due to the strength in numbers this year with the raiders, a couple of up and coming young players were assigned to Brothers team for parts of the game.

The Raiders started to combine together and perform the plays that have had numerous hours of practice this season and at the end of the eighty minutes were 81 points in front.

This score does not do the players from Brothers justice, as their commitment to the game did not waiver and we wish them a better round 2 to the season.

Best on field for the Raiders were Niall Clancy 1 point, Shakane Costello 2 points and Joel Hoffmann 3 points.

The Raiders have a bye next weekend which will then lead into the end of Round 1 against a strong Mackay Cities redmen at home, kicking off at 3.30pm at Whitsunday Sportspark Saturday, May 27.

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence.

Raiders came out on top over the weekend. Photo supplied

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Cannons’ Awards Night

May 18, 2023

On Saturday night, the Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club hosted its annual Awards Night at Mirage’s Whisper Restaurant. The Cannons would like to commend its hardworking committee for organising a very successful season of swimming and the coaching team lead by Mark Erickson and Ken Crittenden.  

Coach Mark Erickson thanked all the coaching team – Ken Crittenden, Jarrod Keys, Shay Wilmot, Giselle Burton, Kate Thomson, Giselle Burton, Rylee Erickson, Sofia Penglase-Fortunato, Sharanne Maclean, Raylene Rasmussen and Haylee Eaves.  

Outstanding Achievements:  

Swimmer of the Year Award was presented to Jy Parkinson for swimming in the finals at the Australian Age Swimming Championships.  Jy was also named Senior Male Trainer of the season.  

Sportsperson of the Year was presented to Holly Perrin. Holly was also named the Female Senior Trainer of the season.  

Junior Trainers of the Year were presented to Harris Delac and Andie Reynolds.

Level 3 Trophies were presented to Jacob Bell and Jy Parkinson.  

Mudie Family 70s Club: Ehsan Helou and Jasmine Gerlforsma (swimming 100m Freestyle in under 70s).  

Level 2 Trophies: Eloise Chegwidden, Don Algie, Ruby Harland, Jax Clayworth, Celeste Orenshaw, Declan Dichiera, Holly Perrin, Thomas Ganter, Isabella Pisaniello, Nelson Malady, Tora Delac, Isaac Pisaniello, Andie Reynolds, and Matilda Nicholes.  

Level 1 Trophies:  Tiana Bell, Sophie Fletcher, Harris Delac, Remy Hedges, Charlie Doherty, Anisa Helou, Zach Trefz, Indi Smith, Ehsan Helou and Jasmine Gerlsforma.  

Club Medals: Maeve Dichiera, Liam Filewood, Evelyn Doherty, Alessa Penglase-Fortunato, Alex Trefz, Jack Ganter, Levi Smith, Lukas Trevaskis, Lucas Korosec, Lochlan Jamieson, Murphy Jamieson, Jasper Korosec, Millie Groom, Miller Eaves, Abi Maher, Stevie Lee, Billie Jamieson, and Koa Harland.  

The Cannons would like to commend all the swimmers who participated throughout the season and congratulate all the swimmers who achieved top times in the Cannonvale pool to win these special trophies and awards.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Club Medal awardees

Level 2 Trophy winners

Trainer Awards for 2023. Photos supplied

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Find Your Inner Fighter

May 18, 2023

In the build-up to the ninth annual Airlie Beach Fight Night, Whitsunday Martial Arts (WMA) have released their three-month Experience Program.

Designed to train contestants like a fighter, the commitment to the course is huge but the rewards are great.

“It’s made for people who have never done combat sports or martial arts before,” said Dan Zealand from WMA.

“It’s a great way to kick-start a change in your lifestyle.”

Participants are expected to commit to a minimum of eight training sessions per week.

They will also receive mentoring and nutrition advice and receive the benefits of challenging themselves as part of the broader WMA community.

“This is one of the toughest and greatest challenges,” said Dan.

“You will eat, train and prepare like a fighter and you will even have the opportunity to step into the ring like a fighter at the end of the 12 weeks if you choose.”

Local fighter, Chris Smith, began competing this way – he entered the training program and lost 50kg before fighting professionally for WMA.

Airlie Beach Fight Night will be the culmination of the 12 weeks Experience Program and takes place at the Whitsunday PCYC on September 23.

The event is set to be another huge success with over 15 fighters already signed-up.

The large grandstand will take centre stage and there will be ring side seating and special VIP tables available.

The venue is also fully licenced, and it is set to be an exciting night for all involved.

The two WMA coaches, Anton Zafir and Dan Zealand, with a local fighter. Photo supplied

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

May 18, 2023

Another busy week starting on Tuesday with Carol Crosbie at lead with Tina Schubert second and the brilliant Ladda Purdie our Thai princess winning comfortably from the rest of the field.

This was the situation with Wednesday afternoon’s Jackpot Bowls, run by Merve Stewart with Ladda Purdie again showing her red-hot form with a huge win with Nik Fernbach at lead and Helen Ward at second from 22 players with Mark Mawson on Tuesday and Tony Kelly on Wednesday winners of the prestigious Health Hub award.

The new format of Scroungers was a huge success at Business House Bowls with Ian Whittaker bowling beautifully.

The Mens Pennants continued with Division 1 too strong for North Mackay, collecting maximum points but were sadly unable to beat Proserpine on Sunday on their very heavy rink.

Division 4 lost by 3 points on Saturday but returned to best form on Sunday with Tony Whitehorn’s team bowling outstanding bowl’s winning 32-7 for a victory.

Division 5 had a team victory over North Mackay on Saturday with John Matterson’s team winning 32-10 ensuring a team victory and on Sunday Steve Lawrie’s team ensuring a team win getting maximum points with a 31-10 victory over Proserpine who were gallant in defeat and finally Division 6 on Saturday had a team win although John Askew’s team went down by 3 Merve Stewart’s team won by 11 to ensure a team victory.

Our victorious Penants team with members of the Division 4 and 5 teams happy with their efforts

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

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Bowen Bowls Report

May 18, 2023

Wednesday Social:

Winning Skips were Peter Bruce, Dot Slater, and Gavin Charles.

Wednesday overall winning team were Dot Slater, Ross Scanlon and Mary-Ellen Pratten (absent).

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

Bowen Bowls winners PeterBruce, Dot Slater, and Gavin Charles. Photo supplied

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Great Bowls Played

May 22, 2023

On Wednesday for Social Bowls, we welcomed Russell Jackson, Alan Pershouse, and Andrew Butler from Airlie Beach who were taking the opportunity to have a game in preparation for this weekend's pennants.

Jim Bownds, Bruce Uhe, and Sandy Daffara defeated John Anderson, Pat Bownds, and Russell Jackson 27 - 15; Arthur Griffith, Alan Pershouse, and Heather Brown defeated Alen Sanderson, Philip Brown, and Andrew Butler 24 - 17.

Sunday's Social bowls numbers were down due to the number of players playing in pennants.

Heather Brown played double third.

Margy Burnett, John Burnett, Heather Brown, and John Anderson defeated Lee King, Alen Sanderson, Heather Brown, and Arthur Griffith 20 - 16.

Division 1 Pennants had a great weekend defeating Northern Beaches on Saturday 63 - 45 having wins on all 3 rinks so taking 6 points plus a margin of 28.

On Sunday the teams were firing again defeating Airlie Beach 68 - 36 earning 6 points plus a margin of 32.

This should put Division 1 into 2nd place.

Division 5 didn't have quite as happy a weekend having two away games on fast synthetic greens and player unavailability due to Mother's Day.

They had a loss to Souths Suburban on Saturday and a loss to Airlie Beach on Sunday.

They will be looking forward to the comfort of grass next Saturday.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

Close town rivalry with Proserpine playing Airlie Beach in Pennants. Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Touch Football-2000

May 18, 2023

WTA’s Footy for Fun Program for Juniors finished last Monday and a new season will kick-off in August. Some fifteen Juniors participated in the program having fun learning and practicing some of the important skills of Touch Football.

The Juniors showed they made real progress over the course of the six weeks with running in heaps of tries in their final game.

Round Ten Results

Mixed A

Concrete Feet defeated Vipers (on Forfeit)

In The Crear (11) defeated Raider A (3)

Mixed B

Slippery Salmons (10) defeated The Guinea Fowls (5)

Ray White defeated GET Touch (on Forfeit)

Touch It defeated Full Boar (on Forfeit)

Mixed C

Whitsunday Warriors (10) defeated Raiders C (3)

Stingers (10) defeated On Time (7)

Flametree Flames (5) defeated Fumble This (2)

Mixed C (Family)

Escapees/Misfits (11) defeated Raiders Family (3)

Mainlanders (6) drew against Untouchables (6)

Contributed with thanks to Alita DeBrincat.

Caption: The first Footy for Fun program was a great success. Photo supplied

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Bowen Golf News

May 18, 2023

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies’ winner was Janice Bates 32 points, runner up on a countback Grace Nott 31 points. Men’s winner on a countback Brendan Nott 36 points, runner up Hayden Williams 36 points.

Saturday was the men’s B & C grade open. B grade gross winner Craig Newell, gross runner up Bradley Low, nett winner Donald Williams, nett runner up Gregg Aplin.  

C Grade Gross winner John Storrie, gross runner up Andrew Need. Nett winner Ken Todd, Nett runner up Ian Rhodes. Pin shots to Robert Byles and Adam Hagy. Longest drive to Adam Eathorne.

Sunday was the men's A & A1 open. A Grade winner Joshua Reid, gross runner up Michael Neaton, Nett winner Chris Goulevitch, Nett runner up Craig O'Keefe.  

A1 Grade winner after a 5 hole playoff was Greg Fairs, gross runner up Daniel Windridge. A1 nett winner Kurt Gaudry, nett runner up Graham Seaborne. Pin shots to Marsh Bott and Matt Allen. Longest drive to David Zillfleisch

This weekend's competition is a 4 ball aggregate medley stableford sponsored by LiveLife Pharmacy.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

A and A1 Grade winners. Photo supplied

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Proserpine Golf Club Report

May 22, 2023

Junior golfer, Jack Hayes-Williams has been selected in the North Queensland 10-12 year school team and will compete at the Sunshine Coast this week. Jack is heading to the competition in good form after winning the Club's Sunday Stableford with an impressive 42 points, great round and best of luck in the School State Titles! Karen Rix was the runner up with 35 points.

It was another big week of competitions at the Club, with Steve Mitchell victorious in the Tuesday Stableford and Michael Cragg in 2nd place.

The Ladies competed for the Airllywood Voucher on Wednesday with Tiina Randmae on 38 points the lucky winner, Pam Casey had another solid round to take 2nd place.

60 players were out on Thursday in tough damp and windy conditions, Adam Maggs came first in Division 1 with 35 points on a countback from Ryan Wilkes, and Peter Lindsay also on 35 points won Division 2, with Paul Nicol in 2nd place on 34 points.

Brent Franke edged out Rob Webb on a countback with 19 points to win the Metropole Friday 9 hole competition and Saturday saw Lyn Muller win the ladies Allenbuild Stableford, again in very tough conditions, Elspeth Scotford claimed 2nd place with 31 points.

Our new member Tracey Cousemaker scored an amazing eagle on 11, holing out in 2 shots, and Ann Gardel was our only NTP winner.

Shaun Tyrrell put together a great round 0f 39 points to win the Men’s Division 1 in the Allenbuild Stableford, with Dave O’Connor claiming 2nd place only one point behind.

Jim Sherrington also found the conditions favourable, carding 39 points to win Division 2, and Jesse Street close behind too, on 38 points.

Contributed with thanks to the Proserpine Golf Club Pro Shop.

Junior golfer Jack Hayes-Williams. Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Social Golf Report

May 18, 2023

The Sunday Stableford saw only 13 players in the running. The weather again looked dubious on the drive in to the course, but players were lucky with only a couple of very light drops of rain. However, the wind kicked in again, as the scores indicate, and the more exposed greens caused a few wayward putts.  

Ladies A Grade:  

Winner: Anna Winterbourn with 31 points

Runner up: Tiina Randmae with 25 points

Ladies B Grade:

Winner: Karen Rix with 35 points

Runner up: Robyn Whitham with 27 points

Men’s A Grade:

Winner: Geoff Harrison with 27 points

Runner-up: Gerald Lovell with 24 points

Men’s B Grade:  

Winner: Don Cameron with 33 points

Runner up: Ron Jamieson with 27 points

NTPs Ladies’: Karen Rix (9th) and Anna Winterbourn (13th)

Men: Don Cameron (9th) and Geoff Harrison (13th)

Longest Drives: Tiina Randmae and Linda Wardroper for the ladies, Gerald Lovell and Leigh Jones for the men

NAGAs: Sponsored by Aaron and Tracy Watts were Linda Wardroper and Mark McDougal, who will enjoy their free drinks.

Sunday 21/5 is the Ladies’ and Men’s foursomes Championships - trophy event.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

Placegetters: L to R: Karen Rix (Ladies’ B winner), Don Cameron (Men’s B winner), Anna Winterbourn (Ladies’ A winner), Geoff Harrison (Men’s A winner). Photo supplied

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 18, 2023

This week’s 9-hole stableford competition was won by Glenn Rees with a 23 point win, second place on 21 points was Tyson Flavel and third Peter Henderson with 18 points.

On our 9-hole Friday stableford competition we had Glenn Rees taking first place again with a 21 c/b, second place with 21 points Tyson Flavel and third on an 18 c/b Andrew Gomez.

On Sunday we had our 18-hole stableford with Donny Pettiford taking the win on 39 points, second place on 38 points Tyson Flavel and third Dean Barnard on 37 points.

Nearest the pin was Glenn Rees and Dean Barnard. A very good week for Glenn Rees and Tyson Flavel, great job gentlemen.

This Sunday will be 18-hole skins tee off at 10.00am.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green Golf Club

The 9-hole stableford competition winner Glenn Rees. Photo supplied

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Local Sport Star An Olympic Likely

May 18, 2023

Volleyball runs in the veins of Proserpine State High School sport star, Lillian Kelly.

Lillian has recently qualified for the Under 16s Australian Women’s team, competing at the Asian Championships, and will head to China in the next school holidays, while also qualifying for the Queensland School Sport (QSS) team and will be travelling to Canberra in June.

Lillian began playing volleyball in Year 7, following in her mum’s sporting footsteps, and the teachers at Proserpine State High School urged her on.

“I guess the teachers at this school, they get you into it, because they like it too,” Lillian said.

“If there was no volleyball at this school, I would not be where I am today.”

Lillian will head to Canberra to stay at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to have some team training before travelling to China with the team.

She is one of eight Queenslanders, two from Victoria, one from South Australia, and one from New South Wales.

“Queensland’s pretty dominant in the sport.”

“Honestly, I was so stoked [to get this opportunity] - it’s crazy!

“I’m playing for Australia. And they said a while ago that my group is targeted for the Brisbane Olympics, which they’ve already started scouting for.”

“That’s good because I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics. And it never even started off as volleyball, I was going to play a different sport.”

If Lillian’s team were to win the Asia Championships, they will be invited to the compete in the World Championships in 2023.

Lillian Kelly never intended to become so prolific in competitive volleyball. Photo credit: Bronte Hodge

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Local Athletics Stars Break Records

May 18, 2023

It has been a mammoth start to the season for Whitsunday Athletics Club, as they come off the back of a successful Mackay Track and Field Carnival.

Whitsunday Athletics Club took seven athletes to the carnival on the May long weekend, with amazing results.

Just 12 years old, Oliver Dibben scored gold in four of his events, the 400 metre, 800 metre, 1500 metre and 3000 metre, breaking the previous records.

“He broke the previous records by between five and 20 seconds,” said club president Tracey Croucher.

“He trains in the off season and his dedication and determination shows.”

Lilli Carcus came 3rd in her 1500 metre race-walk event, and Korbin Dibben placed 2nd in discuss, with Seth Carcus placing 2nd in discuss, the 100 metre and 200 metre track events.

“All our athletes placed on the podium,” said Tracey.

“But we compete to work on our personal bests and our sportsmanship.”

The Whitsunday Athletics Club trains out of Proserpine State High School and is open to anyone in the community.

“At the moment, we have 65 members, which has grown significantly in the past few years.”

The club is also always looking for volunteer coaches and trainers.

The next competition on the calendar is Townsville’s Festival of Athletics in June, with the “massive carnival” in Bowen coming up in August.

“We’re likely to take 20-odd athletes to Bowen, because the carnival is so large,” Tracey said.

If you wish to become a member or volunteer your coaching skills, you can reach them on their Facebook, Whitsunday Athletics Club Inc.

Back row left to right. Annette Wilson, Oliver Dibben, Korbin Dibben. Front row left to right. Lilli Carus, Seth Carus, Penelope Shields and River Shields

Seven athletes, aged seven to 60, competed at the Mackay Track and Field Carnival. Photos supplied

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Parkrun On Saturday

May 18, 2023

This week 85 people ran, jogged and walked the 5km waterfront course, of whom 16 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible thanks to RD Dan and his wonderful team of 15 volunteers: Nick, Kara, Megan, Wade, Susanne, Ashley, Ken, Jarrod, Lynne, Dennis, Joanne, Anne, Justin and Chris R.

Every Saturday Airlie Beach parkrun meets at 6:50am for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina (adjacent to the top carpark).

Parking is free in the lowest carpark till 9:30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard. Post parkrun coffee and chat is held at My Rainbow Bakery & Cafe.

You can walk or run the 5k course (pushing a pram or with one dog on a short lead if you want to!), lend a helping hand as a volunteer in a wide range of super-easy roles, or simply spectate and socialise on the sidelines.

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun

Everyone is welcome at parkrun. Photos supplied

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Twilight Sailing Report

May 18, 2023

Even though the offshore winds were high, the 15 knot south easterly breeze on Pioneer Bay was perfect for the Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight race on Wednesday.  

A fleet of 16 boats and a combined crew list of over 100 participants made a spectacular sight from the Airlie Beach shoreline.

A change in wind direction just before the start threw a few challenges for the skippers, with Reignition (Charles Wallis) jumping the gun and having to return to restart.  

This left Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) in the box seat to take the Doyle Sails sponsored best start prize.  

Even though Reignition was last away, by the first rounding mark they were back in contention, catching and passing Smooth Criminal (Iyas Shaheen) and hunting down QMS Ponyo (John Galloway) for dead heat for second place on the water.  

After an uneventful race, Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) won on handicap corrected time, with Reignition second and Wide Load (Shannan Hart) third.

A combined start between the multihulls and Division 3 saw more chaos, as Matchless (Terrance Stevens) was squeezed out on the line, then having to avoid Shiraz (John Cable).  

This allowed Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli) an opportunity to break away from the fleet from the start, heading the race from start to finish.  

Both Matchless and Shiraz made up sufficient ground to cross the finish line in second and third places, albeit almost 3 minutes adrift.  

A strong performance by Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) saw them finishing in fourth place, sufficient to take the handicap win over Lighthorse (Dianne Forster) and The Point (Kyle Rose).

Back at the club, the vibe was high as results were announced, while Wobbly Boot took the weekly special prize awarded by Soft Rigging Solutions.

Races continue every Wednesday from 4:30pm.

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm

The crew of Wobbly Boot. Photo supplied

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Sea Eagles take On Saints

May 11, 2023

Whitsunday Sea Eagles hosted their first full round at home with all teams playing North Mackay Saints with mixed results.

After a fast start by the Sea Eagles Senior Men in the first quarter the reigning premiers North Mackay Saints were able to reel them back in the second term to run out winners 45 – 82 at the final siren. The effort was there all day for Sea Eagles but in the end, Saints had a bit too much polish. Mitch Healey continued his great form and was supported well by Ryan Lee, Alex Rodgers and Michael Pettiford.

Sea Eagles Senior Women had a tough day on field losing 2 – 55 when all was said and done.

Sea Eagles Under 17s had a cracking day out coming home winners against the organised Saints outfit 57 – 46. Sea Eagles Under 17s are eager to show their skills and go one better this season and had their eyes on the prize against the Saints.

Under 14s Saints were a strong team across the field and proved to be a tough challenge for the Sea Eagles who lost 33 – 51 after drawing within 6 points in the final term battle.

The youngest Under 12s Sea Eagles opened the day at home chalking a win up against the Saints 32 – 18. The hard work at training is coming together for this mixed experience Sea Eagles team starting out this season.

This weekend sees City vs Country Senior competition in Mackay meaning Sea Eagles will host their next game at Whitsunday Sportspark May 20 against the Swans from 9:15am Juniors and 1:50pm Seniors.

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Premier League Darts

May 11, 2023

There was a little bit happening at the top end of the league this weekend with both Joe Wilson and Dom Friend in action.

While their rival at the top of the league Jamie Woods had the week off, it was an opportunity for both players to close the gap slightly on the current league leader.

We start with 2nd placed Joe Wilson and his match against Jayden Lloyd. Jayden currently sitting in 8th spot, was looking for his 3rd win of the year, which would leapfrog him over Kameron Reason into 7th on the ladder.

Joe, who suffered only his first loss of the year to Kameron last week, was looking to bounce back here with a win against Jayden.

The contest started out even enough with Joe winning the first 2 legs to nil. Jayden replied by winning the third leg to make it 2/1, but that was as close as he would get to Joe, who put the boot down and ran away with it, winning the match 7/1. Jayden would remain in 8th for now, and Joe closes the gap to Jamie Woods to 2 points.

Gary Robbie sealed his 3rd win of the year by defeating Hawkeye Rick 7/4. That win puts Gary into 6th place on the league table, Gary starting to show some good form. Rick too has shown signs of improvement in his first year at the club, with his first win, I’m sure, only around the corner.

The remaining results of the day saw Jamie Maher defeat Gary Robbie by 7/3 which keeps him within touching distance of the top 4, and Dom Friend beat Jayden Lloyd by 7/1, which keeps him to within 3 points of 2nd place Joe, both those matches were rescheduled matches from earlier in the season.

Thanks to our sponsors Mika Airlie, Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach, and Master Butchers Whitsundays.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

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Success Continues For Whitsunday United At Home

May 11, 2023

Another huge home round provided plenty of Joy for Whitsunday fans.

U13 Div1 couldn’t quite hit their straps and despite trying really hard they went down 5-0 to Lions. It was a different story for U13 Prems who were on fire with two matches this weekend. On Saturday they dispatch Wanderers 3-0. After a tight and scoreless first half, Whitsunday came out strong in the second half with committed play in the mid-field leading to 3 goals – two for Matt Logan and one fir Kiarna Paterson.

On Sunday the U13 Prems faced City Brothers who beat them by 3 goals in round 1. An early blitz by Whitsunday shocked City with two early goals by Noah Hayman putting Whitsunday in front. City came out firing in the second half scoring a goal and a late penalty to them had everyone on edge. Goal Keeper Will Logan saved the day with a great save giving his team 2 from 2 on the weekend.

U15 Div1 did everything they could and generally had the better of play against Dolphins but just could convert the many opportunities they created, going down 2-0 at the finish. A disappointing result for a huge effort.

The Women continued their winning form with a hard-fought win against Magpies in Reserves. A well-deserved win and huge credit to the entire team.

The Premier Women demolished an understrength Magpies side 8-1 with a dominant performance that cemented second place on the ladder.

Division 1 and 2 Men had a great afternoon, securing their first wins of the season. Div2 men came out first and ran out 3-0 winners over County in a composed display.  

Div1 Men came out next and were again facing Country, another strong start saw Kai Savy score two and Aaron Morgan score one in the first half. The second half saw Country work back into the game with a stronger midfield display and they managed to get one back, before the WUFC boys finished the game off with a nicely chipped goal by Josh Lowe to win 4-1

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic.

U13 Prems playing better each week and securing two wins on the weekend

A very happy Women’s Reserve team after a strong and well-deserved win. Photos supplied

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Successful Outrigger Weekend

May 11, 2023

Outrigger Whitsunday had a very successful three days of competition at CapRoc 2023 hosted by Capricorn Coast and Rocky Outrigger Canoe Clubs over the May Day long weekend held at Emu Park.

The clubs’ very experienced crew paddled strong in Saturdays’ 11.5km short course event to finish 1st in the master mixed division, 3rd over the line.

Sunday morning turned on some incredible weather for the start of the 45km change over event around Great Keppel Island. This water change race sees those paddlers leaving the canoe jump out of the canoe on the right side while the crews steerer manoeuvres to pick up the replacement paddlers.  The 10-person crew were joined by seasoned paddlers from Port Douglas. The team placed 2nd in the Open Mixed category.

Monday’s 18km OC1 down winder from Emu Park to Farnborough Beach saw Maree Mullett place 2nd, Stephen Lynes 2nd and Kim and Tim Dodds 1st place OC2 in their respective divisions.

Contributed with thanks to Michelle Lynes

Outrigger Whitsunday 45km water changeover team

Stephen, Tim and Kim

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Airlie Beach Parkrun Report-200

May 11, 2023

This week, 92 dedicated people ran, jogged, and walked the 5km waterfront course, of whom 22 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests.

Alihra reached the milestone of 10 parkruns as a junior.

The event was made possible thanks to RD Chris M and his team of 15 generous volunteers: Nick, Kara, Wade, Craig, Susanne, Shane, Jess, Lilliana, Rose, Jarrod, Lynne, Joanne, Tina, Annie, and Margaret.

Airlie Beach parkrun started on 5th December 2015. Since then, 4,847 participants have completed 24,858 parkruns covering a total distance of 124,290 km, including 2,875 new Personal Bests.

A total of 398 individuals have volunteered 3,656 times.

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

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

Contributed with thanks to Parkrun Airlie Beach

The Airlie Beach Parkrun volunteers joining the fun

Alihra has completed 10 parkruns. Photos supplied

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Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club-22

May 11, 2023

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club have received exciting news that their Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant application was successful.

The Cannons grant of $34,879 will enable the club to purchase new starting blocks, Backstroke start ledges, a BBQ, tents, timer watches, lane ropes and flood lights.

These items will benefit swimmers and the club running events such as club nights and carnivals.  The Cannonvale Cannons would like to thank Tracy Edwards-Bland for all her work she put into writing and submitting the grant applications.  

This week, the blankets went on the pool so the water could stay nice and warm for swimmers.  Coaches, Mark Erickson, and Ken Crittenden were pleasantly surprised at early morning training on Tuesday with 18 swimmers in attendance.

The coaches would like to commend the following swimmers who have recently met the criteria to upgrade into the next squad level: Eloise Chegwidden, Maeve Dichieria and Lucas Korosec.

“Trainers of the Week” were Tora Delac, Zach Trefz, Celeste Orenshaw, Andie Reynolds, and Eric Mulliss. Nelson Malady is keen to participate in a Townsville Strand 1km Ocean Swim in May, so he has decided to do a little bit of training in the open water each week. On Sunday morning, Nelson swam close to 2km in Airlie Beach’s New Beach.  

On Friday afternoon, senior swimmers completed an hour of skill work and then played water polo.  The seniors playing water polo at the deep end of the pool had a very close game. They all played extremely well.  Special mention to Charlie Doherty who was the “stand out” player.

Addie Sanders, Indi Smith, Maeve Dichieria, Zane Clayworth, Harris Delac, Alex Trefz, Eloise Chegwidden, and Evie Doherty thoroughly enjoyed modified water polo down the shallow end of the pool.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannonvale Cannons training for next competitions. Photos Supplied

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Whitsunday Raiders Back At It

May 11, 2023

The May Day long weekend saw all teams have a bye in the Mackay Rugby competition.

The reason was so that teams could travel to Rockhampton to trial for the Central Queensland Bushrangers representative teams.

Players from Bowen, Whitsunday, and Mackay were selected in the Mackay Stingers teams in Senior Mens, Under 19 Mens and Open Women divisions.

A total of 25 senior men, 16 under 19 men and 16 Open women all travelled to Rockhampton to play against teams from Rockhampton Brahmans, Central highlands, and Wide Bay for positions in the CQ bushrangers rep teams that will compete in the Queensland Country Championships later in the year.

The Whitsunday raiders were well represented in all teams with 11 senior men, 4 Under 19 men and 8 Open women players representing the mighty Raiders.

The senior men’s team had a big weekend with a game each day.

Of these, the Stingers won 2 and lost the final game by 1 point, which gave them the CQ Championship again, for the 2nd year in a row.

Well done to the players and coach Andre Houston for their dedication and time.

The under 19’s unfortunately didn’t win a game but showed great improvement over the 2 games and showed great skill in playing together for the first time and improving all the time.

The open women were in a similar position to the U19’s, minimal training with small numbers, but again showed improvement in their two games.

We wish all players that have been selected in the CQ Bushranger teams, at time of printing these are U19 mens, Manaia Hauiti, Tristian Sainsbury, Josh Groenewald and Jack Briskey.

For the Open Women Bella Cain, Shakaya Costello and Deakoda Costello made the shadow players list. Congratulations to these PWRUC players

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

Under 19s playing their best

Whitsunday Open Women’s showed massive improvements

Senior Mens winning 2 of 3 games

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Airlie Bowls News

May 11, 2023

Huge week again this week for our little club, starting on Tuesday afternoon with an overwhelming victory for Ladda Purdie with lead Marjorie Hughes and Mark Mawson at second.

Also played was the Ladies B Grade finals between Bev Taylor and Maureen Barnard in an excellent game with Bev running away with an awesome performance and from next season she will be in A Grade.

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls brilliantly organised by Merve Stewart saw a tie between Bob Spees with John Brown and Tony Whitehorn with Eric Barnard and Ted Cullen both teams finished plus 17 and the prize money was halved.

Saturday morning Scroungers last round saw Rick Galea the overall winner and the final was played with the final three in a great tussle with Andy McDougall in fantastic form winning with the last bowl over Warren Mills and Russell Jackson a gallant third, the next season will begin in June after Men’s Pennants has concluded.

Thursday saw 30 students from Whitsunday Christian College begin their competition which will conclude in about five weeks.

Sunday afternoon the Buddy Holmes day was played with 30 bowlers and we welcomed Patsy Black, Joan Frank, Olwyn Taylor, Ruth Healy and Melda Richardson from South Suburban and also Helen Ward returned.

A great day was had by all with Warren Mills’ team receiving the Cup.

Tickets for Luke Kinnear’s raffle will be on sale this week and details will be available next week.

The new Business House Bowls format will be advised in next week’s report.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Bev Taylor with Maureen Barnard after her victory in the Ladies B Grade Final. Photo supplied

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Bowen Bowls Report

May 11, 2023

Results of Wednesday Social: Peter Wilson, Bev Smith and Allen Williams defeated Ross Scanlon, Peter Thompson and Ron Gould.

Competition Games:

Mixed Pairs: Eddy Neylon and Doc Fordham defeated Lou Fordham and Wayne Crowhurst.

Sunday Social Winners: Eddy Neylon, Jane Gilbert and Lou Fordham defeated J. Allen, R.Muir and Daryl Tuttle. Jan Randell and Ron Gould defeated J.Benjamin and Lloyd White.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

Winners Jane Gilbert, Eddy Neylon, Lou Fordham, Jan Randell and Ron Gould. Photo supplied

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Proserpine Bowls Club Report

May 11, 2023

It was a huge week of bowls this past week. Martin Corr as Manager of the District Sides, Wayne Handley and Grahame Kinnear as members of the Mackay team came home from a strong week of District Sides play with the Win in Division 3. Congratulations to all involved.

In Club Championship Singles Gavin Milne defeated Luchie Gardel 25 - 17; Michael Kinnear defeated Brett Saroglia 28 - 21; Andrew Bell defeated Jonathan Bye 25 - 23

In Club Championship Pairs Gavin Noonan and Brett Saroglia defeated Todd Leys and Ross Reville 26 - 14; Toby Craig and Marcus Craig defeated Sandy Daffara and Bruce Uhe 27 - 6; Scott Kinnear and Shane Kinnear defeated Harry Craig and Scott Hamilton 22 - 19.

In Club Championship Fours Kendall Watts, Bruce Uhe (sub for Ken Watts); Gavin Noonan and Brett Saroglia defeated Jim Quod, Barry Zillmann (sub for Dale Haack), Ross Reville and Andrew Bell 30- 17.

We've also had some wonderful bowls played during Social play this week on Wednesday Alen Sanderson, Mike Harrison and Heather Brown defeated Jim Bownds, Bruce Uhe and Andrew Bell 20 - 17;  John Anderson and Barry Zillmann defeated Pat Bownds and Philip Brown 19 - 16.  

On Sunday John Anderson, Jim Quod and Philip Brown drew 23 all with Alen Sanderson, Isaac Elliott and Mike Harrison. Margy Burnett and Heather Brown defeated John Burnett and Nathan Lee 27 - 16.

The top 10 leader board in the Social Participation Competition is Heather Brown 60; Bruce Uhe 48; Alen Sanderson and Philip Brown 44;  Mike Harrison 41;  John Anderson 37;  Sandy Daffara 24, Warren Wilson 23; Mary Hedgelong and Jim Quod 22.  

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

The Club Championship Pairs game between Toby Craig and Sandy Daffara. Photo suppled

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Wangaratta Bowls News

May 11, 2023

Tuesday’s results: Winners for the afternoon: Bron Tolcher, Sue Shearing and Geoff Danvers defeated Gwenda Lydom, Isobel Wheeler and Steve Roome. Merle Elphinstone, W Coonan and Greg Colquhoun defeated Irene Laird, Tracy Stanford and Kevin Jewell. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Ladies Competition: The Final of the B singles was played on Saturday. Congratulations to Teresa Willshire who defeated Pat Tracey in a very close game. Then on Sunday, Teresa defeated Jocelyn Defranciscis in the Consistency Final.

Sundays results: Winners for the afternoon were Bron Tolcher, Toni Bowen, Linda Scells and Linda Smith who defeated Jocelyn Defranciscis, Deb Beel, Merle Elphinstone and Pat Tracey. Bill Myers and Doug Messence defeated Irene Laird, Kevin Baxter. Kerry Messence and Fely Duncan defeated Deb Retchless and Robyn Stitt. The jackpot did not go off.

Congratulations to our men gaining runners up in the Country Pennant held at Brandon on Sunday. Ayr came in winners followed by Wangaratta, Brandon and BBC.

Denise and Penny played well in the North Qld Ladies District Sides competition last week at the Sunshine Coast. North Qld was placed 6th out of 20 districts in the first three days to be relegated to Division 2 in the play offs on Saturday.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Waren.

North Qld Ladies District Side at Maroochydore.

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Bowen Golf News

May 11, 2023

Wednesday’s competition was a single stroke event for the May midweek monthly medals, sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies’ winner was Bev Lowcock 68 nett, runner up on a countback 70 nett. Men’s winner with a great score of 67 nett was Jeremy Chrzanowski, runner up Peter Swan 68 nett.

Saturday’s competition was the men's Monthly Medal. Winner was Brian Martin 68 nett, runner up on a countback Dave Lydom 71 nett. Sunday was the ladies Monthly Medal. Winner was Judy Atkins 65 nett, runner up Penny Stewart 67 nett. Pin shots to Penny Stewart, Bev Lowcock, Donna Wright, and Judy Atkins. Both competitions are sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply and Bowen Golf club.

Congratulations to Tanya Gaudry winning Gross runner up in B1 grade at the Home Hill ladies open on Saturday. She also picked up a pin shot. Congratulations to two of our juniors on picking up prizes in the Home Hill Men’s open on Sunday - Marcus Yasso was Nett winner in A grade and Ryley Malone winning Nett runner up in A1 grade.


This weekend, the Bowen Golf club is hosting the A, A1, B & C grades Men’s opens sponsored by Green Energy. Good luck to all those competing over the weekend. 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 $2800.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Bowen Golf Club’s May monthly medal winner, Judy Atkins

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Proserpine Golf Report

May 11, 2023


It was John Roser's excellent play that helped him win the Tuesday Monthly Medal with 71 nett, narrowly defeating playing partner Michael Cragg on a countback, Allen Roberts won 3rd place with 72 nett. NTP winners were Gohn Grosskreutz and Tina Badenhorst.


Pauline Redpath was the winner of the PD Law Monthly Medal on Wednesday winning on a countback from Di Chard and Lyn Muller, all on 73 nett. NTP winners were Trish McNeill x 2, Jacqui Wall and Ann Gardel.


The Venue Smart Monthly Medal was hotly contested on Thursday, Allen Roberts was too good in Division 1, with 69 nett, closely followed by Sean Fogerty and Trevor Nosworthy both on 70 nett. Division 2 was also close, with Trevor Paroz beating Chris Brett by one shot on 70 nett and Chris on 71 nett. Jim Cochrane was in 3rd place with 72 nett.

NTP winners: Sean Fogerty, John Roser, Dave O’Connor, and Leigh Jones


Adam Hagy's new clubs did the trick in the Met 9 Hole Run on Friday, coming in with an unbeaten 23 points. Karlene Lloyd was closest to the winning score with 21 points and Fraser Simpson edged out 4 others on a count back with 19 points. Sean Gower and Ryan Wilkes were the NTP winners.


The RGH Monthly Medal was contested by 89 players on Saturday. Ash Law led the way to win overall with an outstanding 65 nett, Ash was also the winner of the B Grade RGH Medal. Rod Wecker and Blake Lovelock came in 2nd & 3rd in B Grade with 71 and 72 respectively.

A Grade winner was Dave O’Connor with a 69 nett beating Jon Miller on a count back. Levi Holmes claimed 3rd position on 70 nett.

More great scores in C Grade with Bailey Hayward winning with 69 nett, Mark McDougal and Vic Feldman both on 70 nett.

NTP winners: Gavin Kerwand, Bailey Hayward and Dave O'Connor.

The ladies’ winner, Peta Thomas also posted an excellent score on Saturday to win the RGH Monthly Medal, on 67 nett, 2nd place was Ann Gardel also with an outstanding score on 69 nett and Jill Farinelli in 3rd place with 74 nett.

NTP winners: Lyn Muller and Peta Thomas x 2


Karen Rix claimed 1st place in the Ladies Monthly Medal on Sunday with a very nice 71 nett, followed by the inform Peta Thomas on 74 nett. Jason Bourke had a scorching 66 nett to win the Men's Monthly Medal, closely followed by Ryan Wilkes with a sub-par 67 nett, and Mark McDougal also on 67 nett winning 3rd place.

NTP winners: Jason Bourke, Ryan Wilkes, Clay Coles, Levi Holmes, Peta Thomas and Penny Wardroper.

Contributed with thanks to the Proserpine Golf Club Pro Shop Team

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Whitsunday Social Golf

May 11, 2023

A beautiful day out on Sunday, with some suffering from Coronation sleep deprivation, the scores tell the full story. Whitsunday golfers fielded 18 players on a course in much improved condition that is finally drying out after seven nights without rain. Some players didn’t do the course justice, but it’s about all the fun on the day. Numbers are still down with some players overseas enjoying the UK spring weather, the rest of us revelling in the first cool days of the Whitsundays “winter”.



WINNER :  Tiina Randmae with nett 79 on a countback from

R/UP : Penny Wardroper


WINNER : Karen Rix with nett 71  

R/UP : Pam Casey with 76

BEST GROSS : Tina Cook

MEN :  


WINNER : Jason Bourke with nett 66

R/UP : Darren Reynolds with 70

BEST GROSS : Jason Whitney  


WINNER : Mark McDougal with net 67

R/UP : Paul Nicol with 73

BEST GROSS : Don Cameron

NTPs :  

Ladies : Karen Rix  (12th), Tiina Randmae (16th) and Penny Wardroper (18th)  

Men : Ritchie Atkins (4th), Don Cameron (9th) and Clay Coles (13th).

Longest Drives :

Men : Darren Reynolds and Don Cameron for the men, Ladies A did not make the fairway, unlike Karen Rix who did it for Ladies B.

Least Putts : Tiina Randmae with 31 and Geoff Harrison with 30.

NAGAs : Tina Cook and Wilf Herweg , drinks kindly sponsored by Aaron and Tracy Watts.

The Guzzler’s Cup was won by Ladies A winner, so Tiina has a month of drinks, courtesy of the lady players.

Next week is a Stableford game, log in early - with social player numbers increasing and match plays in progress, let’s try to stay together as a group. So, fill in at least the 7 - 7.30am slots first and then move into the 7.30+ if required.

See you out there.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae

PHOTO DETAILS, L to R : Pam Casey (R/up Ladies B), Mark McDougal (Winner Men’s B), Karen Rix (Winner Ladies B) , Paul Nicol (R/up Men’s B), Tiina Randmae (Winner Ladies A). Absent : Jason Bourke, Darren Reynolds, Penny Wardroper

NAGAs : Tina Cook and Wilf Herweg

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Veterans Golf Report

May 11, 2023

34 players competed for our May Monthly Medal.  12 women and 22 men.

The course was still proving to be a challenge for some.

Hopefully no more rain.  

Trevor Paroz was the men's Monthly Medal winner with 69 followed by John Roser 71 on a countback from our newest member Michael Cragg.

Jenny Hounsell was the ladies’ winner with 73, Lyn Muller 76 and Paula McQuat 77.  

Pin shots went to Trevor Paroz and Wilf Herweg on 2, Vic Feldman and Wilf on 9.  

Tina Badenhorst and Beryl Nosworthy on 2, Tina again and Paula McQuat on 9 and Paula on 13.  

Next Tuesday we are off to Collinsville.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Trevor Paroz, the men’s Monthly Medal winner

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 11, 2023

This week’s stableford 9-hole weekly competition was won by Michael Bond on 18 points, second place went to Glenn Rees with 17 points and third Dennis Moss on 15 c/b.

Our Friday 9-hole stableford prawn run was a great turnout with Glenn Rees taking first place with a 23-point win, second place was Jay Angel on 22 c/b and third we had Scott Morrissey on 22 points.

On Sunday we held the 18-hole Alternate shot foursome with a 50 net coming in first place was Glenn Rees & Robert Lodders, second on a 55 net Tyson Flavel and Rhys Bartholomew and third place Ben Doer & James Kontis on a 61 net.

Nearest the pin was Tyson Flavel and Rhys Bartholomew.

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

Contributed with thanks to the Whitsunday Green Golf Club

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

May 4, 2023

Sunday afternoon the Ladies A Grade Final was played between two of the best bowlers in the district. The lead fluctuated many times between Ladda Purdie and Betty Nicole.

With the end nearing and Ladda holding a 23 to 17 lead, Betty Nicole refused to give in and miraculously won 25-23 in a dramatic last end brilliant display.

A huge crowd was on hand and bowls was the winner of the day.

Saturday morning Scroungers resumed with a huge gathering ably organised by John Askew. It saw first round winners Betty Whitehorn, Tony Kelly, Mark Mawson, Neil Moore and John Matterson play.

Once again a high standard of bowls was on display and the final was played between Tony Kelly and John Matterson with Tony Kelly continuing his brilliant form and winning the prizes and accolades.

The Grand Final is to be played next Saturday morning with brilliant skills for all to see and all are welcome to view this exciting sporting game of skill.

Sunday afternoon social bowls was also an evenly matched contest with Neil Moore with Dawn Dowell at lead and in form Tony Kelly at second easily winning the prize money and the very popular John Brown winning the prestigious Health Hub award.

Luke Kinnear’s raffle is almost ready for ticket sales and the school’s competition is also nearly finalised and will begin soon.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Betty Nicole and Ladda Purdie after the final of the Ladies A Grade singles. Photo supplied

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Bowen Bowls Club News

May 4, 2023

Wednesday Social: Jan Randall, Robyn Stitt and Steve Roome defeated Eddy Neylon, Gavin Charles and Jeff Tierney.

Lorraine McCarthur, G Barber and Allen Williams defeated MaryEllen Pratten, Jane Gilbert and Peter Bruce.

Jill Brabon and Ian Best defeated L. Barber and Ron Gould.

Sunday Social: Peter Thomson, Gavin Charles and Lloyd White defeated Joan Edwards, Joseph and Jeff Tierney.

Lee Welsted, Colin Stereos, Jane Gilbert and Jason Wright defeated Wayne  Crowhurst, Eddy Neylon, Peter Bruce and Ron Gould.

Winning Team: Jan Randall, Tracey Roach/ Tiarna Rogers and Steve Roome defeated Andy Peebles, Jill Brabon and Brett Lampard.

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New Experiences At Proserpine Bowls Club

May 4, 2023

No bowls were played on Wednesday to allow time for some maintenance works on the greens to be most effective. Thank you to those who gave up their time to assist with this work on the Tuesday, it seems to have already been taking effect on that problem weed.

On Sunday, thirteen players enjoyed an afternoon of Social bowls. We welcomed John and Margy Burnett who are taking up the sport socially, Lee King who came to test out the sport, Nathan Lee who will be returning to the sport after a break and all of our regular bowlers.

John Burnett, John Anderson and Heather Brown had a close battle with Alen Sanderson, Bruce Uhe and Nathan Lee with Heather's team winning this contest 22 - 17.  

On the other rink Barry Zillmann accepted the challenge of playing second for both teams. Margy Burnett, Barry Zillmann, Philip Brown and Sandy Daffara drew 18 all with Lee King, Barry Zillmann, Jim Quod and Mike Harrison.

Over this long weekend, some of our members played in events at clubs within our District. Wayne Handley in a team with Cooper Whitestyle, Jason McMullen and Clinton Vassie were the winners of the Mackay Prestige 4s.

We are all very proud of our members Grahame Kinnear, Wayne Handley and Martin Corr who will all be involved with District Sides this week in their player and team manager roles.  

We wish you all the best of luck, good bowls and a wonderful experience.  We are all looking forward to cheering along and experiencing this event along with you all.

Winners of Mackay Prestige 4s Jason McMullen, Clinton Vassie, Wayne Handley and Cooper Whitestyles. Photo supplied

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Wangaratta Bowls Club Report

May 4, 2023

Tuesday’s results: Winners for the afternoon: Gwenda Lydom, Sue Shearing, Mark Drummond defeated Stumpy Adams, Roger Mundy, Lyn Danvers. Robyn Stitt, Isobel Wheeler, Laurie Land defeated Nadine Merle, Elphinstone, Greg Colquhoun. Deb Retchless and Geoff Danvers defeated Irene Laird and Pat Tracey. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Sunday’s results: Winners for the afternoon in a very close game were Bill Myers, Laurie Land and Allan Rolfe who defeated Terry Blair, Denise Wallace and Pat Tracey.  Others were Gwenda Lydom, Isobel Wheeler and Kevin Jewell who defeated Deb Retchless, Merle Elphinstone and Greg Colquhoun. Bron Tolcher, Sue Shearing and Geoff Danvers defeated Jocelyn Defranciscis, Irene Laird and Kent Moriarty. Robyn Stitt and Penny Warren defeated Linda Scells and Lyn Danvers. The jackpot did not go off.

Congratulations to Denise Wallace Penny Warren and Fely Duncan who gained second place out of 32 teams in the North Mackay Gooseponds Ladies Triples sponsored by Gardian Group and Minestaff last week.

Good luck and good bowling to our Men who are playing in the Burdekin Pennant this weekend.                                                                                                                        

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Sunday Winners: Bill Myers, Allan Rolfe and Laurie Land. Photo supplied

2nd Place Goosepond's Ladies Triples Mackay. L to R - Denise Wallace, Penny Warren and Fely Duncan. Photo supplied

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Weekly Darts Report

May 4, 2023

A relatively quiet round of darts this weekend with only four matches on the cards. We begin with a bit of a surprising result, but an impressive one nonetheless, between Kameron Reason and Joe Wilson.

With Joe 2nd from top and Kam 3rd from bottom, you would be forgiven for thinking that this was a forgone conclusion, but Kameron had other ideas.

Going out to an early 4/1 lead, Kameron was playing very well, scoring and checking out consistently. After a small technical issue and a little delay, Joe came out firing, winning 3 legs on the trot, levelling the match at 4 all.

However, Kameron was not to be denied on the day, claiming only his 2nd win of the season, winning the match 7/4, propelling him up the ladder into 7th place.

With little or no time to enjoy the victory, Kameron was straight back into the thick of it, this time he had the daunting task of taking on league leader Jamie Woods.

Kam’s confidence was high, and rightly so, however in truth, Jamie as he so often does, made light work of it, bringing Kameron straight back down to earth with a 7/1 victory.

Woodsy followed that up with an equally impressive display against Seumas Rose, defeating Seumas without dropping a single leg, 7/0.

That compounded a bad day at the office for Seumas, who suffered another heavy loss in his second game of the day, this time at the hands of Arthur McMinn, by 7 legs to 1.

Seumas clearly struggling for wins this season with only 1 so far to his name, which is well below his par, and he’ll be desperate to start putting that right sooner rather than later.

That win for Arthur puts him in a great spot on the league ladder, now sitting in 3rd thanks to that win, currently 2 points above Dom Friend, but with Dom having 3 matches in hand over Art.

Congrats to Joe Wilson on winning the $260 members draw.

Thanks to our Premier League sponsors, Mika Airlie, Whitsunday Tattooing Airlie Beach and Master Butchers Whitsundays.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

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Bowen Golf News

May 4, 2023

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Golf Club. Ladies’ winner was Margaret Tilbrook 39 points, runner up on a countback Elona Lynch 36 points. Men's winner Kaleb Brunker 43 points, runner up Toss Eisemann 38 points.

On Friday, we hosted 82 ladies at the Ladies Bowen open. Congratulations to our own Claire Garrod who had a gross score of 75 to be our 2023 Open champion, 2 shots clear of runner up Sheree Hasson of Nudgee Golf club.  

Other winners included Lynelle Riley A grade Nett winner, Julie Laslett A grade Nett runner up, Meg Garrod - B Grade gross winner, Toni Clauss B Grade gross runner up. Bev Lowcock B grade Nett winner, Janice Bates B grade Nett runner up, Donna Reid C Grade stableford winner 36 points, runner up on a countback Pamela Malone 34 points, Rhonda Martin 3rd with 34 points, Judi Morris 4th with 33 points. Pin shots to Joy Hose, Ann Gardel, Vicky Heath. Accuracy drives to Rhiannon Nott, Lee Rawlinson, Cheryl White.

Saturday’s competition was a 4BBB Aggregate Medley stableford event sponsored by Jeff Day Plumbing. Thank you for your continued support of the Bowen Golf club. Winners were Kaleb Bruner and Hayden Menzies 73, runners up Gary Marks and Andrew Glossop 72.

This weekend's competition is a split round for the May Monthly Medals, sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply and Bowen Golf Club. Men play on Saturday and ladies on Sunday.  

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 $2700. Good luck to all our members playing in the Homehill opens on the weekend.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

Ladies open Gross winners

Ladies open Nett winners

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Proserpine Golf Club Report

May 4, 2023

A total of 68 players teed up for the Annual Anzac Day Stableford, Jim Cochrane and Jon Miller teamed up to be winners on the day. Matt Camm and Patrick Camm claimed 2nd place.

John Grosskreutz and Allen Roberts teamed up on Thursday to win the 4BBB Stableford with 42 points, followed by Brent Daniels and Jesse Street on 40 points, Gary Scotford and Steve Mitchell were in 3rd place with 39 points.

NTP winners: Adam Maggs, Fraser Simpson, Michael Cragg x 2.

Pauline Redpath took home the MBW voucher on Saturday, with 34 points, followed by Tiina Randmae and Heather Luvis on 30 points. Tiina and Di Chard were the NTP winners.

Kelvin Stephens won the Men’s MBW Division 1 Stableford on 39 points, followed by John Clark on 38 points, Patrick Conen took out 1st place in Division 2 with 38 points followed by Ray Johannesen on 36 points. Mata Brown was in 3rd place overall with 34 points.

NTP winners: Yoko Fitton, Larry Muller, Darren Draper, Matthew Faust.

The Sunday Ladies Competition was won by the ever consistent Tiina Randmae on 36 points, followed by Elise Hodgson on 32 and Penny Wardroper on 28 points. Jason Bourke was just ahead of Scott Vlismas on 39 and 36 respectively, and Mark McDougal was in 3rd position with 33 points.

NTP winners: Don Cameron and Pauline Redpath.

84 players were out and about on the course for the May Day 2 Ball Ambrose, the mixed division was won by Trish McNeill and Noelene Spurway on 63.75nett, followed by Renae Maxwell and Jason Bourke on 65.75.

Ryan Wilkes and Jon Miller were too good for the men’s field, coming in with 63 nett. They were closely followed by Larry Muller and Jackson Gray on 63.25 nett.

NTP winners: Trish McNeill, Jordie de Marmiel, John Bissell, Nick Shepherd, Brett Bauer

Contributed with thanks to the Pro Shop Team.

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Whitsunday Social Golf Report

May 4, 2023

Even with several players still away, Whitsunday Golf Club fielded 20 players on Sunday for a single Stableford competition.

Ladies’ A Grade

Winner: Tiina Randmae with 36 points

Runner-up: Penny Wardroper with 28 points

Ladies’ B Grade

Winner: Elise Hodgson with 32 points

Runner-up: Karen Rix with 26 points

Men’s A Grade:

Winner: Jason Bourke with 39 points

Runner-up: Clay Coles with 32 points

Men’s B Grade:  

Winner: Scott Vlismas with 36 points

Runner-up: Mark McDougal with 33 points


Ladies: Pauline Redpath on the 2nd (all in), Penny Wardroper on the 9th and Elise Hodgson on the 16th.

Men: Ritchie Atkins on the 9th, Jason Bourke on the 13th (all in) and Leigh Jones on the 16th.

Longest Drives: Pauline Redpath and Karen Rix, Chris Bartlett and Mark McDougal.

NAGAs: Pam Casey and Wilf Herweg, sponsored by Aaron and Tracy Watts.

The next competition will be the May Monthly Medal, very kindly sponsored by Airlie Panel & Paint and Master Butchers Whitsunday.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

L to R: Tiina Randmae (Winner Ladies A), Mark McDougall (r/up Men’s B), Karen Rix (r/up Ladies B), Elise Hodgson (Winner Ladies B). Absent : Jason Bourke, Clay Coles, Scott Vlismas. Photo supplied

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 4, 2023

Our weekly Friday stableford 9-hole comp was won by Jay Angel with 21 points, second place on 19 points was Andrew Gomez and third place went to Kendal Nash on 18 c/b. Great effort by all.

Sunday was our Monthly Medal for April. Taking the win was Billy O’Connor with an amazing 50 net, second place went to Marc Belke on 46 net and third on 52 net c/b was Glenn Rees.

Nearest the pin was Tyson Flavel and Dean Barnard. A great end to the month for all.

This Sunday, May 7 will be our 18 holes alternate shot foursome tee off at 10.00am.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green Club.

A very happy monthly medal winner Billy O’Connor. Photo supplied

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Huge Home Round For Whitsunday United

May 4, 2023

With six matches played at Whitsunday Sports Park there was plenty of Action.

The divisional Men travelled to Mackay on Friday night to play Lions U17 Squad and Sarina. Although a close tussle, the younger legs of the Mackay Squad proved telling with the end result 4-1 to Lions. In the Div1 game, the Whitsunday boys made Sarina work all the way to the end, losing 2-1 but with many players on their second game, it may have been a different outcome with some fresh legs on the bench.

Saturday at the Sportspark started with a great performance by the U13 Div1 team at their first home game. In hot conditions, their strong defence shut down many attacks from the Country United side earning a hard-won draw 0-0. This was a huge improvement from last round with goal keeper Jai outstanding in goals and Roy Milliken giving 100 per cent as always.

It was a different story for the U15 Premier squad against a rampant City Brothers side. Although holding them to a tight result last week, the Whitsunday side never hit their stride conceding 6 goals to 1 in a game that they will be disappointed in.

The Women continued their winning form in front of a big crowd. Unfortunately, Sarina travelled up to play with only 14 players between two squads. In a competitive Reserves game, Whitsunday proved too strong across the park, scoring a 5-0 win based on solid defence. The Sarina ladies ran out of legs and with all of them playing a second game, were no match for the Whitsunday Premier Women who ran away with the game. A brave effort by the visitors just to face the onslaught.

Our Premier Men’s Squads also returned to form, winning both games against the visiting Rangers Squads. Whitsunday Reserves started their game dominating the ball and looking to play from out the back. Whitsundays made the breakthrough with a fantastic long-range goal by Luke Swift. Rangers equalised minutes later. The second half was a similar story with Whitsundays having the majority of the ball scoring twice midway through the second half to come away with a 3-1 victory. Special mention to Jarrod Clarke whose energy and determination when coming on contributed massively to the team’s performance

The Premier Men got a very important win against Mackay Rangers to jump into the top 4 for the first time this season. It proved to be a topsy turvy game with both teams having positive spells in the game. Sam Reynolds made his first appearance for the season at centre back and put in a man of the match performance, which greatly helped the team going forward and defensively. Goals came from Tommy Torzsok, Harry Hodgen, Sam Blake and Axel Da Silva in a 4-3 win.

Another massive home round next week. Can’t wait!

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic.

U13 Div1 - great effort at their first home game. Photo supplied

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Twilight Racing

May 4, 2023

The wild weather last week has been and gone, but for the Whitsunday Sailing Club sailors, it was a very reduced fleet who ventured on the water on Wednesday afternoon for the club’s twilight race.  

Only eight boats accepted the challenge to compete in conditions which included violent rainstorms, minimal visibility and wind gusts in excess of 30 knots.

With only four boats on the starting line for the Division 2 start, there was plenty of space, with Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) leading the fleet away, maintaining that lead throughout the race.

At the windward mark, Bobby’s Girl held a comfortable lead over Reignition (Charles Wallis), with Smooth Criminal (Iyas Shaheen) and Wide Load (Shannan Hart) behind. The gybe mark got interesting when the fleet arrived with zero visibility and a strong squall.  

The first boats all chose to forego the gybe in favour of a granny turn, a new experience for many of the crew. Somehow the fleet managed to find the rounding marks and the finishing line, with Bobby’s Girl crossing the finish line almost six minutes ahead of Reignition, with Smooth Criminal a further two minutes back.  

On corrected time this lead was reduced to two minutes over Reignition, with Wide Load a further 20 seconds back.

Division 3 also saw four boats on the starting line, with Rossgo (Greg Hammon) leading the fleet away, despite a halyard failure shortly before the start.

After a slow start, Matchless (Terry Stevens) took the lead on the water, gradually pulling away from Shiraz (John Cable) and Rossgo.

After surviving the first lap, Lighthorse (Di Forster) called time and headed ashore, leaving the others to battle the elements.  

Matchless completed the course in 47 minutes, leading Shiraz home by five minutes with Rossgo a further two minutes back. On corrected time, Shiraz took the honours by 30 seconds over Matchless with Rossgo one minute off the pace.

The monthly prizes went to Bobby’s Girl and Matchless.

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

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm.

Bobby’s Girl looming out of the rain. Photo supplied

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Cannons Compete At QLD Water Polo Championships

May 4, 2023

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club would like to commend Holly Perrin, Jacob Dewis, Jacob Bell and Jy Parkinson for being selected for the Northern Region Schools 13 – 19 years Water Polo teams.  

Jy had to pull out of the team due to injury, however, Holly and the two Jacobs travelled down to Brisbane last week to compete in the Queensland Schools’ Championships.  

All three said that the games were tough over four days, but thoroughly enjoyed championships.  

The NQ male team achieved 2nd place in the Plate (B) division and the NQ girls team achieved 3rd place in the Plate (B) division. Congratulations, Cannons! Apparently, they all played extremely well and improved so much over the four days.  

Meanwhile, back in Cannonvale, swimmers continue to train for a couple of winter carnivals and for the start of the triathlon and open water season. The Cannonvale Cannons will be hosting a Winter carnival this year in mid-June.

The Cannonvale Cannons are also looking forward to the Annual Presentation Night which will be held on May 13.  

This month, the coaches congratulated Tora Delac, Addie Sanders, and Roxy Groom for their excellent logbooks.  

Congratulations to the following swimmers who have successfully met the criteria to upgrade in training: Evie Doherty, Eloise Chegwidden, Billy Harris, and Maeve Dichieria.  

Miller Eaves and Lucas Zhang will be trialing training in the Bullets’ squad.

The top swim trainers last week were Harris Delac, Coren Farquhar, Bodhi Farquhar, Declan Dichiera, Andie Reynolds, Zach Trefz and Jax Clayworth. Well done, swimmers!

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Jacob Dewis, Holly Perrin and Jacob Bell at the Qld  School Water Polo Championships. Photo supplied

The Northern Region Water Polo Team. Photo supplied

It’s all action at QLD Water Polo Chamos. Photo supplied

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$25,000 Grant For Bowen Rugby Union Club Grandstands

April 27, 2023

The Bowen Rugby Union Club have brand-new grandstands for their spectators, courtesy of Queensland Country Bank’s Good for Good Community Grants program.

The new $25,000 grandstands, which were installed last week, have been a welcome addition for the club, which previously struggled to provide enough seating for those attending games.

Bowen Rugby Union Club Coach Tom Andison said the grandstands are a “game-changer” for the club, enabling them to attract bigger crowds and ensure there is safe and adequate seating available.

“As the club grows in strength, our supporter base has grown, meaning we need more accessible and comfortable seating options,” said Mr Andison.

“The grant helps us create a more welcoming environment for the community and also gives us confidence to host more events and carnivals.”

Queensland Country Bank Regional Manager Darrell Burgess said he was thrilled to be able to give back to the Bowen community through the Good for Good Community Grants.

“As a member-owned bank, we take great pride in being able to give back to the communities who support us,” said Mr Burgess.

“The fields of the Bowen Rugby Club provide a central meeting place for the broader community to come together and enjoy a range of sporting activities.”

Queensland Country Bank Area Manager Darrell Burgess, Bowen Rugby Union Club Coach Tom Andison, and Queensland Country Bank Executive Manager Retail Banking Andrew McArdle with the $25,000 grant for the club’s new grandstands

Image: Supplied, Queensland Country Bank Area Manager

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United Women Continue Good Form In Mackay

April 27, 2023

Whitsunday United’s Division Two Men had a frustrating result going down 4-2 away to Lions on Friday night, despite having most of the possession.

Player of the match for Whitsundays was Caleb Vanderdrift, who was tireless on the right-hand side in both attack and defense, and Cynan Hughes scored his first senior goal.

The Division One Men came out of the box and were immediately on top of Lions, getting multiple chances, but Lions snatched a goal against the run of play.

Stefan Tarne pegged one back, but in the second half, Lions come out with renewed vigour and the game ended 3-1.

U13 Prems came out strong against Dolphins, grabbing an early goal and a second in the second half. A late Dolphins reply led to a nervous finale but the team held out to win 2-1.

U13 Div One had an early 2-0 lead against a determined Dolphins team and added another to make it comfortable. Player of the match Tyrell.

U15 Prems played top of the ladder City Brothers in a tight affair. Jack Robertson was outstanding in goals throughout, but City Brothers came out firing after the break, scoring to take a one nil lead to win.

U15 Div One against top of the table Lions conceded three quick goals. Whitsundays ground their way back into the game.

Div One Women put in a solid performance against Wanderers, with Alex scoring the first goal early in the match. Goalkeeper Dani came out for a run in the second half, scoring twice for a final score of 3-0.

Premier Women had a strong 3-0 win against Wanderers. Tireless work from the forwards and midfield.

Premier Men played an Australia Cup fixture at home on Sunday evening. The first half was a dominant display by the home side but Lions hung on and to their credit capitalised to win the match  3-0.

Next weekend is a huge home round for the Club with nearly all teams taking the field at home.

The Whitsunday United’s women reserve side are in strong form this season

The club’s U13 Prems happy with a good win

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Success At ANZAC Weekend Of Rugby

April 27, 2023

The Whitsunday Sports Park and Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders hosted four games of rugby union last Saturday for the ANZAC round of the Mackay Rugby Union competition.

The ANZAC Round featured two Moranbah Bulls’ teams, with the Kuttabul Camel Boks, Mackay City Redmen, and the Bowen Mudcrabs, and Mackay Brothers bringing a team each.

For the first time in some time, the Raiders were able to field two teams as well – it was a serious weekend of football.

The day started with a Welcome to Country ceremony by local elder Uncle Harold before the Bulls second XV took on the Raiders second XV.

A cracker game ensued with Raiders coming away with a 25-10 victory, and the shadow players each getting a great hit out.

The next match was between Brothers and last year’s premiers, Bowen Mudcrabs. The Muddies come away with their second win of the season, after a forfeit from Kuttabul last week, and the 52-21 score does not indicate the games true nature.

Bowen had the first half ascendancy but Brothers fought back in the second half to score their 21 points.

Airlie Beach RSL subbranch treasurer John Schweitzer then took the microphone to deliver The Ode for all fallen ANZAC men and women. Young Ethan Smith from Proserpine State high then performed the Last Post and Revelle.

At the completion of the anthems, the game of the day kicked off between the Bulls and the Raiders.

The top of the table clash lived up to the hype with the Bulls leading 12-10 at the break and coming away eventual winners 26-20.

Finally, the Kuttabul boys took on the hot favourites, Mackay Cities, and found themselves ahead at half time 14-10.

The halftime break saw them find another gear and they ran away 50-10 winners of the final game for the day.

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

The Whitsunday Sportspark hosted an enormous round of Rugby Union last weekend

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Whitsunday Touch Football

April 27, 2023

The wet weather disrupted Whitsunday Touch Football on Monday, with only a handful of completed games before the conditions became unmanageable.

Meanwhile, Touch for Fun has kept several youngsters busy as they learn some of the skills of Touch Football.  

This 6-week program is coming to an end with the last session Monday 8 May.

The Club said no games will be played next Monday, May 1, due to the public holiday.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Touch

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

April 27, 2023

Airlie Beach Bowls Club has had one of the biggest days in its nearly 40-year history with a series of Men’s Pennants wins last weekend.

The Mens Pennants team led by Warren Mills in Division One were in spectacular form and the Club’s other Men’s Pennant sides – skippered by Peter Barrett and Shane Spann, respectively – won all their games.

Andy McDougall and Club chairman Ash Warland playing exceptionally, backed by Harry Quod.

Division 4 and Division 5 winners also played well-oiled bowls against the St Helen’s team, who could not match the brilliance of Rick Galea, John Matterson, Ted Cullen, and Duncan Smith.

Stacey Hadlow and Stevie Tattam played well, too, and should get a special mention alongside Tony Whitehorn and Bob Spees, who ensured the win in Division Four

There’s a few weeks break before Mens Pennants resumes, and Tuesday and Wednesday Sunday Social bowls, Wednesday night Business House Bowls, Scroungers on Saturday morning, and the school bowls will return.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

The Men’s Pennant Players from Airlie Beach Bowls Club: Craig Coleman, Neil Moore, Stacey Hadlow, Rick Galea, Alan Pershouse, John Matterson, Tony Whitehorn, and Nik Fernbach. Seated: John Trembath, Noel Crosbie, and Stephen Lawrie

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Bowen Bowls

April 27, 2023

This week’s results from the Bowen Bowls Club Competition Games in the mixed pairs saw Lou Fordham and Wayne Crowhurst defeat Bev Smith and Mitch Wright.

Sue Fox and Steve Roome defeated Tiarna Rogers and Jason Wright in the second match of mixed pairs for the week.

The club’s Sunday scroungers winners were Lorraine McArthur, Ray Muir, Peter Bruce, Lee Welsted, and Ron Gould.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards

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Proserpine Bowls News

April 27, 2023

Eight players enjoyed social bowls at Proserpine Bowls Club on Wednesday, with Bruce Uhe, Heather Brown, Sandy Daffara, and Carol Crosbie defeating Alen Sanderson, Mike Harrison, Philip Brown, and Warren Wilson, 18-14.  

Alen and Heather only played four ends as Alen was scheduled for a competition game to be played at 3pm.

In B Grade Singles played on Wednesday afternoon, Harry Craig defeated Alen Sanderson 27-7.

Division 1 Pennants played an away game on Saturday against North Mackay. Proserpine won the match 63-53.

Proserpine earnt three Match points, two rink wins plus a margin of 10. Sunday's match was a home game against Sarina where Proserpine won the match 63-45, giving the Club a further three match points and one rink win, plus 18.

Division Five Pennants played at home on Saturday defeating Wests Tigers 43-39, earning Proserpine three Match points, one rink win plus four.

Sunday's match was an away game against North Mackay being defeated 28-57 taking away no match points and a minus 29.

On Sunday afternoon, Mike Harrison played double lead with Barry Saroglia. Mike, Mary Hedgelong, and Philip Brown defeated Mike Harrison/Barry Saroglia, Alen Sanderson, and Heather Brown 19-9.  

On Sunday afternoon, two games of Club Championship Singles were played. Wayne Handley defeated Shane Kinnear 25-11; Andrew Bell defeated Scott Kinnear, 25-21.

The Club extended thanks to Isaac and Marcus who marked the games. Social bowls as usual on Sunday.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

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Wangaratta Bowls

April 27, 2023

The Club Competition at Wangaratta Bowls Club was fierce this week, with first winner in Men’s A Singles Steve Roome, who defeated Graeme Read.

The Ladies’ B Singles game was won by Teresa Willshire, who defeated Jocelyn Defranciscis. The final of the B Singles between Pat Tracey and Teresa Willshire will be held this Saturday afternoon.

Sundays social results: Winners were Gwenda Lydom, Denise Wallace, and Allan Rolfe against Toni Bowen, Roger Mumby ,and Graeme Read.

Other games: Merle Elphinstone, Deb Retchless, and Fely Duncan defeated Bill Myers, Isobel Wheeler, and Pat Tracey. Kevin Baxter and Kennedy Whitton defeated Laurie Land and Mark Drummond, while Jocelyn Defranciscis, Robyn Stitt, and Kevin Jewell defeated Deb Beel, Penny Warren, and Barry Beel.

The Club wishes its District Players - Denise Wallace and Penny Warren - good bowling in the State District Side Competition to be held next week at the Sunshine Coast, May 3-6.

Whitsunday Regional Councillor Michelle Wright presented the players with ‘Go Whitsunday’ biros to distribute to scoring players (seconds) throughout the tournament.

In the first three days, North Queensland will play six games at Club Maroochy and three at Club Kawana.

The final day, three more games will run in a playoff for whichever Division they reach over the previous days. The games will be livestreamed by Bowls Queensland.

Winter Bingo commences at the club on Friday, May 5. Be at the club by 9am for a 9.30am start with a free morning tea at half time.  

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

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Bowen Golf News

April 27, 2023

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

Ladies’ winner on a countback was Grace Nott, with 37 points, followed by runner up Leanne Swan, 37 points. Men's winner Vince Hargraves, 39 points, runner up on a countback was Colin Pett, 38.

Pin shots to Lynelle Riley, Carol O'Connell, and Donna Wright, with Kim Bennion claiming an OBP.

Saturday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Margaret Whyte, with Ladies’ winner Joy Hose, 36 points, second Grace Nott, 35, and third on a countback Claire Garrod, 34.

Pin shots to Grace Nott, Meg Garrod, Julie Mawson, and Robyn Slade.

Men’s winner was Glenn Wright, 43 points, second to Jeff Day, 41, and third to Nathan Donaldson, 40. Pin shots to Chris Matheson, John Storrie, and Rodney Wells.

Peter Swan won the Car wash voucher with an OBP and the Club congratulated Pauline Martin on her hole in one on number seven during Saturday's competition.

This weekend's competition is a 4BBB Aggregate Medley stableford event sponsored by Jeff Day Plumbing.  

Representatives from the Club will play in the Ladies’ Bowen open today, Friday, April 28, for which the Club wishes them good luck.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Pauline Martin with her first ever hole in one this week at Bowen Golf Club

Wednesday ladies’ winners Grace Nott, third place Annie Mason

Marg Whyte trophy winners: ladies’ winner Joy Hose, Mens third place-getter Nathan Donaldson, Sponsor Marg Whyte, ladies second place getter Grace Nott, and third place getter Claire Garrod

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Proserpine Veteran’s Golf

April 27, 2023

Proserpine Veteran Golfers cancelled their trip to Home Hill this week after last minute heavy rainfall left the course unplayable – but not to be deterred, 25 players entered a Proserpine Comp.  

The early players did well but the tail enders copped a drowning as the weather crept down the coast from the north.

Captain Ken Granger won for the men with 70 on a countback from Steve Mitchell, with Peter Fox third with 71.

Helen Deighton took out the ladies with 72, Heather Luvis, 75, and Elspeth Scotford, 78. Pin shots went to Colin and Jenny Hounsell on two, Jenny again on nine, Peter Fox on 13 and Heather Luvis on 16.

Next Tuesday is ANZAC Day and thus no Veteran’s Competition. But there will be PGC two ball Ambrose, shotgun start at 11.00am.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

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On The Whitsunday Green

April 27, 2023

This week’s Nine-hole stableford at Whitsunday Green Golf Club was won by Josh Tripcony on 24 points, with second place on 20 Jimmy Millar, and third place to Cameron Mutch, 19.

The Club’s Friday 9-hole stableford was an incredible effort by all competitors, with first place to Andrew Gomez with 21 points, second with 20 on the countback to Glenn Rees, and third place to Michael Bond, 20.

Sunday’s 18-hole stableford first place getter was Glenn Rees, second place Alan Clinch, and third Tyson Flavel. Nearest the pin was Tyson Flavel and Glenn Rees.

This Sunday will be the Club’s Monthly medal tee off at 10.00am

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Green Golf Club

Whitsunday Green golfers AJ Shoesmith, and Jim, North, and Beau Hodges

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Whitsunday Social Golf

April 27, 2023

The format of this week’s Whitsunday Golf Club's Sunday Stableford competition was changed from a 4BBB to single Stableford

Blustery conditions complicated the game particularly on the more exposed greens.


Winner: Tiina Randmae with 34 points

R/Up: Elise Hodgson with 32 points

Third: Pam Casey with 25 points


Winner: Jason Bourke

R/Up: Jason Whitney


Winner: Don Cameron

R/Up: Paul Nicol

NTPs: Tiina Randmae and Jason Bourke on the second, ElisE Hodgson on the ninth and 16th, and Ritchie Atkins on the 13th.

Longest Drives: Ritchie Atkins and Don Cameron for the men, Tiina Randmae and Elise Hodgson for the ladies.

To top off their day, David Hoy and Tina Cook enjoyed the free drink that came with the NAGA, courtesy of Aaron and Tracey Watts.

Next Sunday will be a single Stableford with some of our travellers returning which should brin our numbers closer to normal. Happy golfing.

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae

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Whitsunday Sailing Club Report

April 27, 2023

After a week of hot weather and northernly winds ahead of Whitsunday Sailing Club’s Twilight Race, relief was in sight and the fleet headed out for last week’s Wednesday twilight race.

With 10 knots from the southeast, together with flat seas and a colourful sunset, it was a perfect way to celebrate the middle of the working week.

First out of the blocks was Treasure VIII (Rob Davis), leading the Division 2 fleet away, taking the Doyle Sails sponsored best start prize along the way.  

Some aggressive moves on the starting line saw some of the line honours favourites pushed out, allowing Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) to create an early lead, with QMS Ponyo (John Galloway) and Wide Load (Shannan Hart) in pursuit.

Reignition (Charles Wallis), having started well behind the fleet, managed to work through to fourth place at the finish, just behind Treasure VIII, keeping Smooth Criminal (Iyas Shaheen) and Wide Load behind.  

On corrected time, Treasure VIII took the honours over Bobby’s Girl by just 2 seconds, with Wide Load a further 30 seconds back.

In Division Three, newcomer The Point (Kyle Rose) got off to a great start, leading the fleet away before being overtaken by Matchless (Terry Stevens), who in turn was fending off challenges from Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli) and Shiraz (John Cable).  

A mid fleet battle ensued, with Rossgo (Greg Hammon), The Point and Lighthorse, with Rossgo doing best in the conditions to finish fourth on elapsed time.

After handicaps were applied, Shiraz came out on top with Rossgo second and The Point third. A dead heat for fourth place between Matchless and Wobbly Boot gave the competitors something to talk about after results were announced back at the club house.

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

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm

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Raiders Rise To The Occasion

April 20, 2023

Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders hosted the Slade Point Rugby club at home on Saturday in front of a good home crowd.

It was a first half battle for both teams, neither giving an inch in attack nor defence, with Slade Point repelling four attempts by the Raiders to cross the line and coming close themselves on a number of occasions.

Half time saw the scoreboard reading nil all with 40 mins to go and it wasn’t until the 49th when Raiders left wing Rhys Ward got a pass from the base of a ruck in our own 22.

Ward put the foot down to get past his opposite number, side stepping the cover defence and flying down the sideline before a little kick chase to get around the fullback and came away with the first try.

A great individual display of his skills, converted by Niall Clancy and the raiders led seven-nil until the 57th.

Slade Point crossed the line and made the score 7 all and the game was again in the balance until Raiders’ fullback Jack Briskey crossed the line in the 65th, taking it to 14 -7.

The 74th minute saw the Slade boys cross the line again for a 14-12 scoreline.

It took the Raiders until the last five minutes of the game to show some ascendancy and put another two on the board to end the game as a 26-12 hard fought win.

Raiders sit top of the MRU competition table and head into the game against Moranbah Bulls at the Sportspark this coming Saturday.

And next weekend, the Sportspark will hold the Anzac triple-header, an expanded competition on Saturday, April 22.

Featuring six clubs – Moranbah Bulls, Kuttabul Boks, Whitsunday Raiders, Mackay Cities, Brothers Mackay and Bowen Mudcrabs - there will be plenty to look forward to over the three games, in what is no doubt one of the biggest game days of the season.

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

The Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders had a tough-fought win against Slade Point last weekend

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