Whitsunday Region Sporting News & Results

180 Dirt Riders Heading To Prossie This Weekend

180 Dirt Riders Heading To Prossie This Weekend

Whitsunday Dirt Riders are once again excited to be hosting Round 2 of JR's Tropical North QLD MX series this coming weekend 25th & 26th May. With over of 180 riders expected from Rockhampton all the way to Cairns and out to Charter Towers participating, we are set to enjoy some spectacular racing from the best Motocross riders in the north. Gates open to spectators Saturday and Sunday from 8am. Gate entry $10 per car. WHAT: Tropical QLD MX Series WHERE: Drays Park in Gunyarra WHEN: 25-26

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Local Runners Shine At Cross Country

Local Runners Shine At Cross Country

Young athletes from the Next Stars Sports Academy have experienced outstanding success at recent cross country races held in our region. At the North Queensland Cross Country Championships held in Cannonvale on 28 April, Penelope Shields secured an impressive 2nd place finish in the 2km girls U11 race, followed closely in 3rd by Willow Kenny. Also finishing 3rd was River Shields in the 1km boys U9-10 race. The U7-8 races were full of Next Stars with Archie Oberg (1st), Nate Millard (3rd) a

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Two Locals Win Places  In Ironman World Championships

Two Locals Win Places In Ironman World Championships

Two inspiring local athletes have just returned from competing oversees triumphant, having both finished in first place in their respective categories, which enables them to now progress to the Ironman World Championship Events later in the year. President of the Whitsunday Triathlon Club Michael Kimpton competed in his 4th full Ironman in Port Elizabeth, South Africa last month and prior to his departure he said: "I hope to swim faster than the sharks, cycle faster than the tigers and outrun

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Sea Eagles Showcase  In AFL Indigenous Round

Sea Eagles Showcase In AFL Indigenous Round

The first of two AFL Sir Doug Nicholls Rounds were played on Saturday which celebrates, recognises and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, peoples and their cultures. Whitsunday Sea Eagles travelled to Harrup Park and Sarina this round to put on a mighty display against Mackay City Hawks in Seniors and Under 17s whilst Under 12s romped it home against Sarina Demons. In one of the most special rounds of the year Sea Eagles Senior Men scraped it home 48– 37 in a tight match

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Big Weekend Of Pennants At Proserpine Bowls Club

May 23, 2024

The days are starting to cool which is producing some fabulous bowls both in the pennant competition and in social bowls.

On Wednesday Social Bowls Arthur Griffith, Dale Haack and Mike Harrison defeated Bruce Uhe, Dale Haack and Barry Zillmann 27 – 10. Alen Sanderson and Peter Lawton defeated John Anderson and Philip Brown 22 - 19.  In Sunday Social Bowls Alen Sanderson, Mary Hedgelong and Heather Brown defeated Arthur Griffith, John Anderson and Philip Brown 23 - 19.

On Saturday both divisions had away games.  In Pennants Division 1 Kendall Watts, Grahame Kinnear, Scott Hamilton and Gavin Milne won 18-15. Michael Kinnear, Bryan Davy, Barry Saroglia and Nathan Harriott drew 19 all. Shane Kinnear, David Ling, Andrew Bell and Wayne Handley won 18-12.  Proserpine 55 - Northern Beaches 46....Winning 5.5 points plus 9 margin. Also on Saturday, Division 5 had a win against Mackay club at Mackay.

On Sunday both divisions had home games.  In Division 1 Gavin Milne's team won 24 – 20. Wayne Handley's team won 25-11 and Nathan Harriott's team went down 12 - 18.  Proserpine won the match 61 - 49 against Sarina winning 5 points plus a Margin of 12.  

In Division 5 Mike Harrison, Bruce Uhe, Todd Leys and John Matterson were defeated 22- 17. Gavin Noonan, Ken Watts, Peter Lawton and Dale Haack were defeated 7 - 18.  Proserpine went down 29-45 to RSL Memorial earning 0 Match points and a Margin of negative 16.

Proserpine Golf Club thank all who went and gave assistance at the club to make this possible. Thanks to Pat Bownds and Lee King who represented the club with Heather at North Mackay's PAH on Wednesday.


Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Bowls

May 23, 2024

Tuesday social bowls winners were Lyn Danvers, Ron Hyde, Mark Drummond and Geoff Danvers who defeated Sue Shearing, Greg, Keith Armstrong and Greg Colquhoun. Merle Elphinstone, Isobel Wheeler, Marg Wilson and Penny Warren defeated Robyn Stitt, Deb Retchless, Lorraine Knight and Maureen Hyde. The jackpot didn’t go off.

The Crooked Kitty final was won by Penny Warren who defeated Robyn Stitt. A Singles semifinal Fely Duncan defeated Denise Wallace. The final of the A singles was played Sunday morning in a very close match. Both players were on 23 with Penny Warren scoring the next two shots to defeat Fely Duncan. Men’s A Pairs Mark Drummond and Allan Rolfe defeated Alby Vigar and Ron Hyde.

On Sunday the Wangaratta Men played Country Pennant in Brandon. Social bowls carried on at the club with some great matches. Winners for the afternoon Robyn Stitt, Terrie Crozier and Penny Warren defeated Merle Elphinstone, Lorraine Knight and Keith Armstrong. Runners Up Toni Bowen, Michael Loughhead and Maureen Hyde defeated Jim Quad, Isobel Wheeler and Pat Tracey. Bill Myer, John Hayston, Sue Shearing and Denis Madeley defeated Alby Vigar, Lyn Danvers and Jim Steele. The jackpot didn’t go off.


Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Winner A Singles final Penny Warren
Sunday Winners Penny Warren, Terrie Crozier, Robyn Stitt and Lyn Danvers
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Hole In One!!! At Bowen Golf Club

May 23, 2024

On Saturday a single stableford competition was played and was sponsored by Sportspower Bowen, thanks to Marg and Andrew for their support. 

Ladies' Winner was Linda Scells 40 points, Runner up on a countback was Pauline Martin 39 points, and 3rd Place was Linda Vincent with 39 points.  

Men's winner on a countback was Jack McEniery 39 points, Runner up Danny Borgh had 39 points, and 3rd Place Mike Strickett 38 points. Shoutout to John Lawson who had a Hole in One on Number 7.  

Pin shots to Denise Bianco, Robyn Slade, Marg Need, Judy Atkins, John Lawson, Ross Lineham, Reg Goldup and Vince Hargraves who also won the Car Wash voucher. 

Choccy Chip-ins to Robyn Slade x 2, Jo Goldup, Kim Bennion, Morag Parker.  
 
This Saturday is a single stableford event sponsored by LiveLife Pharmacy.
 
The Joker draw is $2600 this Friday night.  If you are dining in, please ensure you call the club to book your table, so you don’t miss out - 47851206.  Everyone is welcome to attend the Joker draw. 


Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

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Weekly Golf Results At Proserpine Club

May 23, 2024

Aaron Prosser edged out Brendan Spann with a nett 70 in Tuesday's competition, with Tina Badenhorst on nett 71 and Rehab Hull on 74 leading the ladies. Pins went to Aaron Prosser, Brendan Spann and John Bissell.

Wednesday's PDLAW monthly medal went to Lyn Muller on 73 nett ahead of Tiina Randmae on 77 nett. Two pins went to Tina Badenhorst and the other to Pauline Redpath.

Chris Brett won Thursday's stableford competition with 38 points; one more than Jason Bourke in the A division, while Tom O'Brien had 36 points to beat Kev Gosney by a shot in the B division. Aaron Watts won two pin shots and Tom O'Brien and James Devery one each.

Friday's Met run winner was Rob Smith with 20 points ahead of Tom O'Brien on 19. The pin shot was won by Shane Van Poelgeest.

Mick Kavanagh had a 66 nett to win Saturday's Hayman Electrical stroke competition by a shot from Chris Brett. The B division top two were David Telford and Kristian Mulholland 68 and 69 nett. Penny Wardroper had a nett 71 to beat Elspeth Scotford by a shot in the ladies' division. Pins went to Scott Dwyer, James Kean, Allen Roberts, Vincent Collins, Penny Wardroper and Tiina Randmae.

Sunday's competition was won by Aaron Watts on 42 points with Brent Franke three shots adrift. Pins went to Leigh Jones, Ryan Wilkes and Ryan Kenny.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Pro Shop

Local Proserpine golfing ladies. Photo supplied

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 23, 2024

This week’s 9-hole stableford saw Michael Bond in first place with 21 points, second place with 20 points c/b was James Mathews and third place with 20 points was Justyn Durbin.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Peter Bitz take the win with 23 points, second with 20 points was Glenn Rees and third place with 19 points c/b was Gary Goddard. 

This Sunday 26th May will be the monthly medal tee off at 8.30am -9.30am.
 

Michael Bond, Photo supplied

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

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Final Series Coming Soon!

May 23, 2024

Excitement Builds as Finals are about to start!

The twelve rounds of WTA’s Season have been completed and final positions decided in all 4 Divisions.

Teams positioned 1, 2, 3 and 4 will contest the Final Series.

Next week 1 v 2 will see the winner go straight to the Grand Final Friday 7 June.

Round Twelve Results:

Mixed A
In the Crear 6 d Vipers 3
Raiders A 7 d G.E.T. Touch 3

Mixed B
Flametree Flames 7 d Raiders B 6
Ray White d Full Boar (forfeit)
Whitmonday Eagles 12 d Stingers 3

Mixed C
ShedNHomes 8 d Bulls 1
Untouchables 9 drew Mighty Mustangs 9

Mixed Juniors
Hammorent 10 d Raiders Green 7
Raiders Blue 9 d Raiders Purple 0

Contributed with thanks to Alita De Brincat.

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Trailable Yachts and Sports Boats Set To Ignite New Class Airlie Beach Race Week

May 23, 2024

Entries for Whitsunday Sailing Club’s (WSC) Ocean Dynamics and Mount Gay Airlie Beach Race Week 2024 continue to flow in and competition is set to ignite in the Trailable Yachts and Sports Boat class, while new support sponsors sign up for the popular Queensland regatta. 
 
Akin to the other classes taking part in the 36th running of Airlie Beach Race Week, numbers are growing in the Trailable and Sports Boats, which has attracted new blood. 
 
Expresso Martini is making her ABRW debut, but her co-owner, Judi Marshall, is not. She explains: “We bought Expresso Martini a couple of years ago from the Gold Coast, but excluding the last two years, I’ve done the last six or seven Race Weeks as crew on other people’s yachts.” 
 
Marshall says of the Ross 780e she owns with husband, Steve Brierley, “We’re working directly with Greg Hammon at the Club (WSC) to get a group 780s to make a separate division. That’s the hope.”
 
Marshall and Brierley are representing Tasmania and Queensland. “I’m a FIFO (fly in fly out) who spends time in both places, but the boat is based at Townsville Sailing Club and at least one of our crew is from Townsville,” she says of Helena May’s co-owner/skipper Lyndy Sawbridge, a regular on the podium at SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.
 
“We have a highly skilled crew. My husband Steve is sailing master on Mayfair, a Sydney Hobart competitor and we have a sailmaker and others. Our only problem is we have four skippers and only one foredeckie! 
 
“We love Airlie Beach,” Marshall continued, “as you have a lot of options of things to do compared to other northern races and regattas. There’s a variety of places to go and a lot of different people to mix with and it’s not just all the top end boats. 
  
Other serious contenders in the class include Thompson 7 and 8 designs. In the ‘8’s are the likes of Andrew Jones’ Cutting Edge (Tas) and Dave Eickmeyer’s Rush (Vic). Hard to beat too, will be Andrew York’s Reo 8.5, Like Oxygen (NSW). 
 
Jan and Peter Claxton’s approach to the event is different to the competitors. Their company, Ocean Rafting, is a new support sponsor of ABRW. 
 
“We’ve been here (Airlie Beach) 23 years and have three generations of family involved now. So many of our team have done their training at Whitsunday Sailing Club; 50 percent joined us as crew and then went to the Club to obtain Coxswain and Skipper’s certification, so we’ve enjoyed grass roots involvement with the Club over the years,” Jan Claxton says.  
 
“Our involvement with Airlie Beach Race Week is supporting Whitsunday Sailing Club because of our involvement with them. It’s also because we have the maritime connection in common and it’s about supporting local events,” she said. 
   
To enter ABRW and for all information, visit the new official website at: www.abrw.com.au
 
For all information on Mobile Power Trailers, visit: https://mobilepowertrailers.com.au/
 
Contributed with thanks to Di Pearson.

Expresso Martini and crew are ready to face their foes. Photo credit: Judi Marshall

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30 Picklers Head To Townsville

May 23, 2024

Hard-fought matches under perfect skies resulted in medals for some of the 30 Whitsunday picklers who competed in the Qld Pickleball Tour series of events in Townsville last weekend.

This relatively new sport in Australia, which is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis, has grown so quickly in the past few years.

It now has 4,000 registered players in Queensland alone and many more social players.

Bowen, Cannonvale and Mackay all contributed strong teams that didn’t exist a few years ago.

Kudos go out to the PAQ for developing the QPT series of competitive events played in the regional Qld towns of Townsville, Yeppoon, Hervey Bay and Redcliffe.

With over 100 competitors it was a great way of catching up with picklers from around the state and challenging one’s pickleball skills.

Contributed with thanks to Lorraine Christiansen.

Photos contributed

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Twilight Racing

May 23, 2024

Sailing conditions on Pioneer Bay are now at their premium, as seen at last Wednesday’s twilight race conducted by Whitsunday Sailing Club. A fleet of 18 boat carrying a total of 133 crew sailed in a 12 – 15 knot south easterly breeze as they competed for bragging rights at the aprez-sail event back at the club.
In the first race of the day, Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez) timed the run to the starting line to perfection, initially leading the fleet away, but Black Jack (Blair Mitchell) soon took the lead and were never headed.  
While Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) held on for a while, they were unable to keep up and settled instead for second place, finishing 3 minutes after the leader. There was a similar gap back to Smooth Criminal, Reignition (Charles Wallis) and QMS Ponyo (John Galloway), while it was a lonely race for Wide Load (Shannan Hart), followed by Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli), Twister (Kevin Fogarty) and Matchless (Terry Stevens). On corrected time, Black Jack held on to the win, with Wide Load second and Bobby’s Girl third.
In the Division 3 fleet, Rossgo (Greg Hammon) felt that he had won the Doyle Sails sponsored best start prize, but a fast-starting Good Vibes (Robert Holm) took the honours, before sailing away to a start to finish lead. Rossgo managed to sit comfortably in second place on the water, with a clear gap back to the trio of Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic), Lighthorse (Di Forster) and Shiraz (Nicholas Lee), and a similar gap to another trio of Riff Raff (Dan White), Lama (Maz Weatherburn) and Symbiosis (Anne Ross).  After handicaps were applied to each boat, Rossgo came out on top, with Lighthorse and Lama filling the minor placings.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight series continues every Wednesday with racing commencing at 4:30. Limited crewing positions may be available. Those wishing to participate as crew need to be at the club by 2:3 pm (limited spots available).

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm.

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Cannons Cool in the Pool

May 23, 2024

On Sunday, 25 swimmers travelled to Mackay to compete at the Pioneer Swim Carnival while two Cannons competed in the first Townsville open water swim for the season. The Cannons swam very well on Sunday despite the very chilly conditions in Mackay. The pool water was warmer than the air temperature. The Cannonvale Cannons would like to thank Coach Ken Crittenden and his Apprentice Coach, Tiana Bell.  A big thank you to Kristin Pisaniello and Theresa Manning for officiating.  
7 years and Under: Harry Chegwidden, Miranda Palmero and Jax Eaves achieved top placings for all their swims. Indigo Harland’s best swim was her 25m Breaststroke which she did a 3.53 seconds PB and came 2nd.  Leo Mulliss’s best swim was his 25m Backstroke which he swam in 29.73 seconds ( 0.4 second  PB).  
Top performers: Miller Eaves, Zach Trefz and Celeste Orenshaw all swam extremely well, achieving PBs for most of their swims. Miller swam a massive 26.88 second PB in his 100m Backstroke. Celeste Orenshaw came 1st in her 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle. Zach achieved top placings for the majority of his swims and achieved 5PBs.
Don Algie and Alex Trefz loved the 50m events. They came 1st in all their 50m swims. Eloise Chegwidden and Maeve Dichiera swam super times in their 100m Freestyle achieving PBs. Charlie Doherty, Jack Ganter, and Thomas Ganter swam top placings in many of their events. Evie Doherty’s best swims include her silver medals in 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle. Koa Harland’s best swims included her 50m Breaststroke (2nd) and 50m Butterfly(3rd).  Ruby Harland, Isaac Pisaniello, Andie Reynolds swam fantastic times in their 100m IM and 100m Freestyle. Eric Mulliss swam his best times in 50m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle.  Sophie Palmero, Isabella Pisaniello, and Millie Groom all swam impressive Breaststroke.  
Meanwhile in Townsville, Jacob Bell came 2nd in the 2km TOWSA swim in a time of 29.44 and Nelson Malady completed the 1km ocean swim in a time of 26.12 and came third in his age group.  
Congratulations to all the swimmers and a big thank you to all the wonderful parents for their support.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannonvale Cannons at Pioneer Carnival May 2024
Evie and Eloise rugged up in Mackay
Isaac, Zach and Thomas on the podium at the Pioneer Carnival

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

May 16, 2024

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls saw a good roll up with some great games being played with Tony Whitehorn’s team leading Lu Rogan and second Rick Galea run away winners from the rest of the field, however the Jackpot never went off . 

Friday Morning the Endeavour Foundation disabled group came for their bowls lesson and showed that with practice they could represent our area in the disability games October 2025.

Saturday morning Scroungers saw Russell Jackson, Eric Barnard and Arthur McManus first round winners, with Eric Barnard in hot form and the big winner of the day.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

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Bowen Bowls Report

May 16, 2024

Sunday Social: Ray, Ross and Kirky defeated Marion, Rob and Jane. Sue, Andy and Gavin defeated Allen, Dave and Steve. Jack, Wendy and Lloyd drew with Ron, Daryl and Jeff. Team Gus defeated Team Lloyd.

Wednesday Social: Eddy, Gordo and Jeff defeated Brit, Sue and Jason. I.Thatcher, R.Muir and K.Jewell drew with M.Tuttle, J.Gilbert and M.Wright. Dave and Gus defeated Ron and Steve.

Ladies B Singles: Tiarna Winter defeated Tracey Roach.

Ladies A Singles: Lou Fordham defeated Helen Jacobsen.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

Helen J. Tracey, Jo, Wendy, Jane, Gloria, Merlene, Margaret, Marion, Bev, Joan, Eddy. Seated are Helen.O, Sue, Fay.

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Wangaratta Weekly Bowls

May 16, 2024

Competition results: Fely Duncan defeated Teresa Willshire. In Men’s A Singles Kevin Jewell defeated Herb Dalton.

Mother’s Day winners Kevin Daniel, Marg Wilson and Greg Colquhoun defeated Toni Bowen, Graeme Read and Kennedy Whitton.

Teresa Willshire, Maureen Hyde and Keith Armstrong defeated Bill Myers, Alby Vigar and D Maddingley.

Robyn Stitt, Laurie Land and Allan Rolfe defeated Deb Retchless, Sue Shearing and Mark Drummond.

Alf, Kevin Jewell and Pat Tracey defeated Bron, Ron Hyde and Barry Beel. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Congratulations to Penny Warren and Denise Wallace who as team members of the North Qld Ladies District Side won the Division 5 Pennant at Paradise Point on Saturday.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

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Bowen Open Results

May 16, 2024

On Wednesday, Ladies winner was Elona Lynch with 37 points, runner up was Anne McGowan with 33 points. Men’s winner was Alix Webb with 41 points, runner up Ross Petersen on 37 points.
 
On Friday, the ladies hosted the Bowen ladies open with 82 players taking to the course. Congratulations to Sheree Hasson from Nudgee who was the winner on the day with 71 gross score.
 
Saturday was the Men’s B & C grade open. Frank Bidgood was the B Grade gross winner after a 3-hole playoff, Gross runner up Carlo Manno, Nett winner Tate McGrath, Nett runner up Greg Carlyon. 

Sunday was the Men’s A & A1 Grade open. A Grade winner Scott Sibson with a great score of 4 under for 27 holes. Gross runner up Adam McGrath, Nett winner Jason Scott, Nett runner up Brendan Nott. A1 grade winner Bradley Fleet, Gross runner up Ryley Malone, Nett winner Colin Carvolth, Nett runner up Justyn Durbin.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

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Proserpine Golf News

May 16, 2024

The drizzle stayed away long enough on the Labour Day Monday to allow Ryan Wilkes to notch up three bogeys, one eagle and seven birdies for a fantastic forty stableford points after his plus two handicap was applied. Two adrift was Levi Holmes. Pins went to Toni Clauss, Brent Franke, and Ryan Wilkes got the other two.

Nathan Holohan won Thursday's competition in very damp conditions with a creditable 39 points: two ahead of Ash Morley-Hart.

On Sunday Brett Bauer edgede out Patrick Conen on 35 points with the pins going to Nathan Holohan and Ash Law with two.

Congratulations to Junior Members, Levi Holmes and Jack Hayes-Williams for being selected on the Queensland Representative School Team to play Golf State Championships (10-19 years) 12-15 May 2024 at Oxley Golf Club, Oxley.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Gold Pro Shop

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 16, 2024

The weekly 9-hole stableford saw Alan Clinch take the win with 23 points, second with 22 points was Paula Wronski.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Jayden Parata in first place with 22 points, second place with 21 points was Rhys Bartholomew.

Sundays 2 ball ambrose competition saw Brock Brindle and Troy Pettiford in first place with 43.75, second place with 45.5 was Michael Bond and Tyson Flavel.

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

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

Deeray Fo’ou lining up his shot. Photo supplied

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Sea Eagles Back on the Winners List

May 9, 2024

Whitsunday Sea Eagles hit the road to Bakers Creek on Saturday to take on the Tigers in Seniors and Under 17s while Under 12s and 14s had a bye.

Senior Men Won 45 – 37
Sea Eagles Senior Men were back on the winners list this week with a hard fought win over Bakers Creek Tigers. The high pressure contest ended with Sea Eagles surviving a late challenge to hold on for their second win of the year. Jake Smith, Alex Rodgers and Ryan Mansfield were rock solid in defence whilst Xander Hall was strong in the ruck. Billy Galpin and Billy Gardner worked hard in the midfield to get the ball forward throughout the game. Brent Downie took an absolute screamer which will no doubt win mark of the year.

Best Players: Jake Smith, Alex Rodgers, Billy Galpin, Ryan Mansfield, Xander Hall, Billy Gardner
Goals: Jake Turner, Adam McKelvie, Billy Galpin, Jared Jones, Jacob Dewis, Ryan Mansfield, Ryan McMillan

Senior Women Lost 6 – 95
Best Players: Kylie Thompson, Kirra Sheppard, Lana Rademeyer, Georgia Whitton, Cleo Dickie, Chloe Bennett
Goal: Molly Bennett

Under 17s Won 60 – 0
Best Players: Foxx LaMonica, Brodan Cornwall, Nate Nicholls, Reeve Marshall, Liam Fuller
Goals: Brodan Cornwall (5), Cody Love (2), Zack Mitchell (2), Liam Fuller, Bon Withyman, Kohan Mau, Callum Edmondson, Zavier Goswell,

This week Whitsunday Sea Eagles Seniors and Under 17s are representing in the Mackay City vs Country sides with games being played in Mackay.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

Photo Credit: Submitted by Whitsunday Sea Eagles
Photo Credit: Kylie Allen

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Bridge Results

May 10, 2024

11 bridge players from the Bowen Bridge Club and two from Airlie Beach Bridge Club competed over four days in Mackay in one of the premier congresses in Queensland, Barrier Reef Congress.

Two new Bowen players  were winners in the Novice section under 50 points, congratulations to Bev Lowcock and her partner Jill Brabon. 

Linda Priday from Airlie Beach Club and her partner Joy Brunette from the Mackay Bridge Club took 3rd place in the Novice section. 

Contributed with thanks to Lydie Martin.


Bev Lowcock and Jill Brabon


Linda Priday and Joy Brunette

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Proserpine Golf

May 10, 2024

Another rainy week saw Tuesday's stableford competition won by Jonny Brooks with 36 points, one ahead of Adam Maggs. Jonny Brooks, Adam Maggs and Matthew Muller won the pin shots.

Ned Davies had 36 points to win Thursday's competition by four shots from Bailey Neumann. Pascal Neunreuther won the pin shot.

Friday's Met run saw Brendan Spann score 21 points to beat Mark Thompson by two shots; and Ryan Wilkes won the pin shot.

Bailey Hayward took out Saturday's RGH monthly medal with a nett 68 and beat his C grade colleague Vic Feldman by a shot. Matthew Goldman edged out Clay Coles on 69 nett for the B grade medal. Jason Bourke had 71 nett to beat Nick Watson by a shot in the A division, and Tina Badenhorst edged out Jacqueline Wall with 77 nett in the ladies' division. Jason Bourke, Matthew Goldman and Bailey Hayward had the best gross scores in each grade. Pins went to Vic Feldman, Bailey Hayward, Jason Bourke, Brian Allen, Tina Badenhorst and Robyn Whitham.

Sunday's monthly medal winner was Brent Franke a fine 66 nett in beating Finbar O'Flynn by four shots. Robyn Whitham edged out Tiina Randmae with 77 nett for the ladies' medal. Pins went to Paul Gray, Scott Lee, Pamela Casey, Diane Chard, Penny Wardroper and Tom O'Brien.


Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Pro Shop


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Whitsunday Golf Club Weekly Report

May 9, 2024

Whitsunday golfers bit the bullet, took on the PGC course, it was still quite wet after recent rain, to play the May MM and least putts. The weather stayed dry for the morning and the sun broke through towards the end of the game for the 16 competitors.


LADIES A GRADE : 
Winner : Tiina Randmae with 75 nett 
Runner-up : Anna Winterbourn with 79 
Longest Drive : Anna Winterbourn 
 
LADIES B GRADE : 
Winner : Robyn Whitham with 75 nett 
Runner-up : Pam Casey with 87 
Longest Drive : Robyn Whitham 
 
MEN’S A GRADE : 

Winner : Mata Browne with 73 nett 
Runner-up : Wayne Temby with 75 
Longest Drive : Mata Browne 
 
MEN’S B GRADE  
Winner :
Dean Kercher with 74 nett 
Runner-up : David Hoy with 80 
Longest Drive : David Hoy 
 
NTPs : 
For the ladies : 
Tiina Randmae (on the 2nd) and Jo Moynihan (on the 6th) 
 
For the men : Leigh Jones (on the 5th) and Mata Browne (on the 9th) 
 
LEAST PUTTS : Anna Winterbourn and Aaron Watts 
  
NAGAs : The honours went to Jo Moynihan and Leigh Jones, a drink courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts, proprietors of RADS Whitsunday who provide respite accommodation and disability support services. 
 
NEXT WEEK : Will be a single Stableford competition, get your names in early so we can play in a block.  

Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 9, 2024

The 9-hole weekly competition saw James Mathews in first place with 22 points, second with 21 points was Dennis Moss and third place with a 20 point c/b was Edwina Pettiford.

Fridays 9-hole stableford competition saw Tony Spurway in first place with 23 points, second place with 22 points was Melinda Macleod and third place with 21 points was Travis Clinch.

Sundays PAR svs 18-hole competition saw Dean Barnard first place with +4 c/b, second place with a +4 was Tyson Flavel and third place with a +3 Jimmy Millar. Nearest the pin was Glenn Rees. A big congratulations to Alan Clinch who got a hole in one this week on hole 4.
 
This Sunday 12th May will be 4 ball better ball, tee off at 8.30am-9.30am.
 

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

Dean Barnard, Photo supplied

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Cannons Last Club Night for Season

May 9, 2024

The Cannonvale Cannons hosted their last Club Night for the 2023-2024 season.

The Cannons would like to commend the 5 swimmers who have set new Club Records over the past month.  Congratulations to Jax Clayworth (10 yrs) for setting 25 metre Butterfly record, Ehsan Helou (15yrs) for setting 50 metre & 100 metre Breaststroke records, Jacob Bell (17yrs) for setting 200 metre IM & 800 metre Freestyle records and Jy Parkinson (18 yrs) for 50 metre Butterfly record.

Amanda Camm MP visited the Cannons on Wednesday night and presented club awards.  Amanda presented Matilda Nicholes, Celeste Orenshaw, Sophie Palmero, Abi Maher, Tiana Bell, Don Algie, and Zach Trefz with Upgrade Certificates.  Amanda also presented the Chocolate awards to Zach Trefz and Jack Ganter for their awesome PBs.  Amanda also presented Stella Mulliss (5 yrs) with the Coaches Award for her 12 metre Backstroke.  

During the week, four Cannonvale swimmers were named in the NQ School team for water polo. The Cannons would like to wish Holly Perrin, Jacob Bell, Tiana Bell and Tane Dennison the best of luck at the Queensland Championships.  

Over the weekend, Don Algie travelled to Cairns to compete at the NQ Games. Don’s best swims include:  silver medal in the 50 metre Breaststroke in a time of 44.22 seconds (a 1.52 second PB) and bronze medal swims in 50 metre Butterfly (with 3.10 second PB) and 200 metre Freestyle (3.78 second PB).  Congratulations, Don!

Cannonvale swimmers continue to keep up their swimming for their fitness, while others have their sights on a Pioneer carnival or the open water/triathlon season.  The Cannonvale Cannons are looking forward to the annual Presentation Night which will be held on 1st June.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

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Airlie Bowls News

May 9, 2024

Tuesday afternoon Bowls saw a great performance by Di Jackson to prove anything is possible if you really want it, with a great win against Rhonda Lloyd 25-20. Tuesday afternoon also saw skipper Tony Whitehorn with lead Mark Mawson comfortable winners on the day.

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls saw Merve Stewart with bar manager Fiona Greener and Rick Galea sitting under an umbrella thinking about the arrival of the hard cover as no bowls was played and Business House Bowls was also cancelled. 

Friday morning saw the disability group arrive for their first attempt at lawn bowls and Michael showed having no legs is not a disability and sprang out of his wheelchair onto the carpet and really bowled well with Cathy and John also showing that they both could become decent bowlers.

Friday afternoon saw 23 children from Christian College come for Round Two with Tommy , Shaneah , Amelia , and Ashmeen showing great skills to name a few.

Saturday morning Scroungers saw a fantastic win in a gripping final by Maureen Barnard with Carol Crosbie winning the B Division.

Sunday afternoon Social Bowls saw some wonderful team performances with special mention to Billy Gordon who’s return to bowling after losing his leg and taking up the stick was super impressive; however it was Tony Kelly’s team of lead Dawn Dowell and second John Brown run away winners from the rest of the field.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

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Bowen Bowls Competition Games

May 9, 2024

Club Pairs : Lou Fordham and Helen Jacobsen defeated Ross Scanlon and Gavin Charles.

Sunday Social: Keith Kirk, Marion Tuttle and Ray Muir defeated A.Delic, Daryl Tuttle and Wendy Coles.

There was one game of Scroungers: Jane Gilbert defeated Lloyd White and Britt.
Winners for the afternoon were Jeff Tierney, R.Rodda and Ron Gould defeated A.Williams, Helen Jacobsen and Ross Scanlon.

Wednesday Social: Marion Tuttle, Jane Gilbert and Jeff Tierney defeated Mary Ellen Pratten and Steve Roome. Tony’s team defeated Dave’s team. Winners for the afternoon were Maureen Hyde, Gus Munro and Ron Gould.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

May Day Raffle Winners 1st prize Wayne Crowhurst, 2nd prize Herb Dalton (absent) and 3rd prize Sue Fox. Photo supplied

Wednesday Winners Maureen Hyde, Gus Munro and Ron Gould.

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Prossie Bowls

May 9, 2024

The weather has been a bit of a handbrake on games progressing but with perseverance, progress is being made.

Wednesday afternoon's social bowls was cancelled.

On Saturday, Dale Haack defeated Ken Watts 26 - 3 and Sandy Daffara defeated Bruce Uhe 26 - 13 in Senior Singles. Gavin Noonan defeated Nathaniel Watts 26 – 4, Harry Craig defeated Todd Leys 25 - 19 in "B" Singles. Nathaniel Watts and Gavin Noonan defeated Alen Sanderson and Harry Craig 30 - 14 in "B" Pairs. Vince Olsen, Barry Saroglia (sub for Luchie Gardel) and Bryan Davy defeated Bruce Uhe, Barry Zillmann and Philip Brown 31 - 22 in 2 Bowl Triples.

Sunday afternoon the weather was perfect for a couple of games of Social Bowls. Stanley Lawton, Heather Brown and Peter Lawton defeated Simone Griffith, Heather Brown and Philip Brown 27 – 14. Arthur Griffith, Joan Atkinson (visitor from Innisfail) and Sandy Daffara defeated John Anderson, Mary Hedgelong and Mike Harrison 19 - 12.

Best wishes to all the players involved in the District teams for Mackay at next week's BQ State District Sides.

Pennants season is approaching quickly now with the first games being Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19.  Both teams will be on away games on the Saturday and home games for the Sunday.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Bowls

May 9, 2024

On Tuesday, Robyn Stitt and Margaret Wilson defeated Irene Laird and Ron Hyde. Merle Elphinstone and Geoff Danvers defeated Sue Shearing and Maureen Hyde.. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Competition continued with Linda Scells, Denise Wallace and Penny Warren defeating Robyn Stitt, Tiarna Winter and Fely Duncan in the final of the Club Triples. Tiarna Winter defeated Jocelyn Defranciscis in the B Grade Singles final. In the men’s events Wayne Crowhurst defeated Ron Hyde in B grade singles and Alby Vigar and Ron Hyde defeated Lloyd White and Steve Roome in A Grade Pairs.

On Friday Bingo started with a keen crowd enjoying the morning. Friday night we welcomed barefoot bowlers learning the skills of bowling and enjoying a fun night.

Saturday afternoon, the OES ladies conducted their annual Cent Sale with plenty of prizes on offer.

Sunday afternoon social bowls winners were Laurie Land and Allan Rolfe who defeated Sue Shearing and Pat Tracey. Denise Wallace and Kennedy Whitton defeated Robyn Stitt and Geoff Danvers, Bill Myers, Isobel Wheeler and Mark Drummond defeated Toni Bowen, Maureen Hyde and Ron Hyde. Merle Elphinstone, Lyn Danvers and Barry Beel drew with Deb Retchless, Jocelyn Defranciscis and Penny Warren.. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Good luck to Denise Wallace and Penny Warren as they represent North Queensland in the State District competition this week at the Gold Coast. Twenty Districts will be represented Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with final pennant divisions decided Saturday.  

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Winners of club Triples: Penny Warren, Linda Scells & Denise Wallace.
B Grade Singles winner: Tiarna Winter

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Darts Report

May 9, 2024

This week in the Premier League, it was a great opportunity for two players, Dom Friend and Jamie Maher to make a charge on those at the top end of the league table.

Both men had two matches on the day, one of which was a head-to-head battle, but we’ll start with Jamie’s first match against Naomi Mitchell. 

Naomi had defeated Jamie in the group stages of the Anzac Plate last week, and here again she made him work hard in the early stages of this one. 

At 2/1 up, Jamie was looking every bit as uncomfortable as his darts were suggesting due to Naomi’s scoring pressure, and it could quite easily have been 2 apiece only for a cagey double 3 by Jamie to make it 3/1. From there on out though there was no mistaking the result as Jamie put the boot down, claiming a 7/1 win.

Dom had it much tougher in his first match of the day against Kam Reason who played very well in the contest, racking up 12 x 100’s and a 140, to really put the pressure on Dom.

Dom however was hitting big scores of his own, clocking up 9 x 100’s and 2 x 180’s. But neither player was able to capitalise fully in the match, and both would have to settle for a 6 all draw in the end.

Arthur McMinn was unplayable in his round 6 match against Josh Fraser, Josh was unable to lay a glove on Arthur, who’s doubling was quite simply flawless on the day. That win keeps Arthur in joint 2nd on the table on 9 points. A bit of work to do for Josh to find his early form again, but signs are encouraging for Arthur. 

Dom Friend started off slowly in the last game of the day against Jamie Maher, with Jamie out scoring Dom to jump out to a 3/1 lead. 

At 5/4 Jamie missed a specky attempt at a double double on the 20’s to tie the game, and Dom made him pay yet again, by hitting a 32 checkout to leave him one away from the match. Jamie fought hard to the end, but Dom won out eventually 7/4 in a thoroughly enjoyable match.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

Jamie Maher in action hitting a 180 on Sunday at the Airlie Bowls Club.

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Annual Regatta For Outrigger Whitsunday

May 2, 2024

On Saturday May 4th and Sunday 5th Airlie Beach will host one of the largest outrigger regattas in the North Queensland Zone. Some 300 competitors will be in town to race across a two day program.
Saturday will commence with the VA-A Moana Shute Harbour to Airlie Beach Marathon, an 18km OC6 event sponsored by Tassal Seafood.
This event is likely to challenge the fitness of all competitors. The first of the crews will leave Shute Harbour at 11am and are expected at the Lagoon Beach from 1.30pm onwards.
Sunday will be an action packed program, conducted from the Lagoon Beach, commencing at 6.45am and running all day.
A significant highlight of the day will be the junior events commencing at 8.15am, with races including sprints and longer distances.
Junior presentations will take place on the beach at approximately 2.15pm. Spectators are encouraged to come along and enjoy the fun.
Food will be available on site and the racing is always exciting and entertaining.
Senior presentations will take place at Banjo’s Bar and Bistro commencing at 7pm and will include music and entertainment.

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Twilight Racing

May 2, 2024

A strong fleet of 21 yachts participated in last Wednesday’s Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight race, conducted in an 18 knot south easterly breeze. Although the breeze was shifting in direction, the course selected by the race committee suited the majority of boats.
 
First away were Division 2, and while the fleet was jostling for position, a gap appeared that allowed Wide Load (Shannan Hart) to charge through to take the Doyle Sails sponsored best start prize.  Once clear of the starting line, Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) held a slender lead over Black Jack (Michel Van Der Zwaard) and QMS Ponyo (John Galloway), with Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez) also in the picture.  By lap 2, Black Jack had hit the lead, while Smooth Criminal moved into 3rd place.  Behind them, Reignition (Charles Wallis) and Houdini (Robert Meizer) swapped places several times before Reignition finally took control.  After 3 laps, the positions had settled, with Black Jack winning comfortably by 2 minutes over Bobby’s Girl.  On corrected time, Wide Load took the honours by 3 seconds over QMS Ponyo, with Black Jack a further 15 seconds back.
 
Division 3 saw Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) lead the fleet away before being overtaken by Good Vibes (Robert Holm).  As the leader sprinted away, a three-way battle ensued between Masquerade, Rossgo (Greg Hammon) and Symbiosis (Anne Ross), with little to separate these three throughout the two lap race.  Behind them, there was a steady gap back to Shiraz (John Cable), Riff Raff (Dan White) and Lighthorse (Di Forster).  On corrected time, Symbiosis took the honours over Masquerade and Good Vibes.
 
Division 1 saw three trimarans competing, with G’nome (David Chittleborough) leading throughout.  Frankie (Joanne Norbury) was second throughout the race, while It’s All Good (Ric Burnup) completed the trio.  The results were unchanged after handicaps were applied.

The Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight series continues every Wednesday with racing commencing at 4:30pm. Limited crewing positions may be available. Those wishing to participate as crew need to be at the club by 2:30pm (limited spots available). Full results are available at https://app.sailsys.com.au/club/85/profile?tab=results.

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm.

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Perfect Conditions For Warri Cup

May 2, 2024

The annual Warri Cup race, also known as the Chris Taylor Memorial race, was sailed in near perfect conditions on Sunday 14 April, with a strong fleet of 21 boats competing.  The race course involved a 30 nautical mile race from Pioneer Bay around Langford Reef, which is located just to the south of Hayman Island.  With the wind from the south-east, this allowed for a competitive but enjoyable race for all types of yachts.
 
The fleet was split into 3 divisions, with the non-spinnaker division first away.  10 boats competed in this division, ranging from a 47-foot cruiser, Mon Jouet, through to a 20-foot trailable yacht, Norbert G, with the majority of the fleet around 40 feet in length.  The race out and back was largely uneventful, with the breeze hovering around 18 – 20 knots, which encouraged many in the fleet to reduce sail by reefing.  First home was Mon Jouet (Michael Butler), with Twister (Kevin Fogarty) and Riff Raff (Dan White) not far behind.  It was great to see Symbiosis (Anne Ross) mixing it mid fleet as they got to learn about competing in their first boat. Although the first boats home completed the course in three and a half hours, it took the last boats over 5 hours to complete the course.  On corrected time, Riff Raff took the honours, with Norbert G (Ghigo Gasalini) second and Mon Jouet just 1 second back in third.
 
The spinnaker division started 5 minutes later with 5 regular WSC boats competing for bragging rights.  While the wind was perfect for a fast spinnaker run, the direction made it unsuitable to fly a spinnaker, although Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) did have a brief attempt before abandoning the idea.  This meant that the boats were all on equal terms, with Smooth Criminal (Iyas Shaheen) first home, with Bobby’s Girl two minutes after.  The corrected time results were the same as the line honours results, with Smooth Criminal first, Bobby’s Girl second and Reignition (Charles Wallis) third.
 
The multi hull division saw 5 boats on the starting line, however Endless Summer (Tony Mahood) retired soon after with equipment damage.  The fastest boat around the course was G’nome (Terry Archer), with Incognito (Brent Ireland) second and It’s All Good (Rick Burnup) third.  The smallest boat in the fleet, Malfunction (Mal Ward), completed the course with a few equipment issues, but managed to take the corrected time win by just 1 second over G’nome after almost 4 hours of racing.
 
Full results are available at https://app.sailsys.com.au/club/85/profile?tab=results.
 
Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm.

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Cannonvale Cannons Annual Swim Carnival

May 2, 2024

Over the weekend, 130 swimmers participated at the Cannonvale Cannons SC Transition Meet.  The 50 Cannons who competed had a very successful and fun weekend.  All the coaching team – Mark Erickson, Ken Crittenden, Rylee Erickson, Jarrod Keys, Kate Thomson, and Shay Wilmot enjoyed watching all the Cannons race and were very impressed with the swimmers and their achievements.  

The highlight of the carnival was the SKINS events.  Swimmers were very excited to be selected for the SKINS and the chance to win cash prizes.  

On Sunday morning, the Cannons celebrated the birthdays of Indi Smith, Addie Sanders, and Eloise Chegwidden with a very delicious cake.  

There were so many fantastic achievements – swimmers who swam PBs, achieved A grade times, won ribbons/ribbons or swimmers in the SKINS events.  

Highlights:  Don Algie (11 years) won 11 events and achieved a massive 61 second PB in his 400m IM.  Jacob Bell (17 years) won 9 events and swam 11PBs.  Eloise Chegwidden, Anisa Helou, Ehsan Helou, Tora Delac, Zach Trefz and Jax Clayworth won most of their events and swam PBs throughout the meet.  Harry Chegwidden (6 yrs), Miranda Palmero (7yrs), Holly Perrin (16yrs), Isabella Pisaniello (13yrs) and Jax Eaves (7 yrs) achieved top placings in all their events. Isabella swam the biggest PB which was 99.83 second in her 200m Backstroke. Declan Dichiera’s best swim was his 200m Freestyle which he swam in a time of 2.50.19 which was a 26.09 secomd PB.  Charlie Doherty, Addie Sanders, Levi Smith, and Miller Eaves smashed all their events, swimming PBs in every event.  One of Charlie’s best swims was his 200m Breaststroke which he won in a time of 3.30.32, a 17.44 second PB.  Thomas Ganter swam massive PBs in his 200m Breaststroke(1st), 200m Backstroke (1st) , 400m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle (1st).  Millie Groom (14 yrs) swam a brilliant 400m Freestyle in a time of 5.44.57 to earn 2nd place and a huge 33.49 second PB.  

Congratulations to all the Cannons for a successful weekend of swimming!  A big thank you to all the wonderful parents and volunteers.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

May 2, 2024

An almost perfect round for Whitsunday United FC with 9 or 10 teams winning on the weekend.
The Divisional men’s run of good form continues with Div 1 running out comfortable winners against Sarina. Goals to Cy Taylor, Aaron and an own goal gave them a 3-0 win but with the chances created it could have been more. Div 2 won a tight game as both teams battled it out. Two goals from James and one from Tim secured the 3 points.

The U13 Div1 played Magpies in Mackay. Charlie scored 4 goals and Eli G outstanding in defense, leading to a score of 4-2.

The Under-13 WUFC Prem won against the Dolphins 2-1. The entire team, demonstrated remarkable teamwork, and a special mention to Eli G who played 2 full matches!

U15 Div 1 came up against Lions Green side in an exciting game played in a fantastic spirit.
The first half was very even with Cody and Sarah scoring goals for WUFC. The Lions also scored two goals to send the teams in at 2-2 at half time. The second half was a physical affair with Lions Dominant in possession and scoring 3 unanswered goals to finish the game with a 2-5 loss.

A well-deserved win for our u15 prem this week against Country United. They attacked confidently from the start and played with determination and heart throughout. A much-needed goal from Luka Miller in the second half found us the momentum we needed. Solid performances from Logan Burke and Byron Goodin in defence kept the final score to 2-1.

The Women’s U23 side cemented their place at the summit of the table with a hard fought 2-0 win over Country with goals from Mabel and Lauren backed by solid defence from Lahni. The side is now 2 points clear on the table with a game in hand!.
Premier ladies also came out on top against Country this weekend. The ladies were in control for much of the game however goals were elusive. Eventually Steph opened the scoring, finishing a cross put in by Alice. The ladies went into the second half 1-0 up and determined to get ahead by a few more. Finals score was 3-0 win to Whitsunday ladies.

Our Men's Premiers and Reserve travelled to Wanderers in what proved to be a crazy two games.
Our premiers ended up winning 8-4 after going 2-0 early in the first half showing great determination not only to come from behind but to slot a massive 8 goals. Our Men's Reserves started the game very slowly but an opening goal from Zac Kelley sparked the game into life with Wanderers scoring twice to lead 2-1. The team rallied and the quality began to shine with Zac completing a hat trick and Sam Blake slotting from the penalty spot to bring home 3 points.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic

U15 Prems happy with a well deserved win.

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Strong Start To The Season Junior Rugby League

May 2, 2024

Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League has started the season strong, showcasing remarkable skill and determination amongst their players. The club has already reached 300 registrations this year with a focus on creating a positive environment for everyone. The visiting team for the first home game, North Devils stated “the friendly people and welcoming environment left a positive impact; games played with good sportsmanship and in good spirit”.
The Under 6s played their first game for the season. With 25 kids registered this is a huge task for Coach, Zach Hoffman, and Manager, Ashlyn Valmadre. Luckily they were supported by plenty of willing volunteers to assist. All players travelled to Mackay for their second game; smiles were beaming, laughs were heard and spectators have the beginning of their rugby league journey etched in their memories.
Whilst the Under 14 girls had a bye last weekend, they did have a great first win against Brothers. They were relentless in their attacking prowess, dominating possession and pressuring their opponents. The girls team will play their 2nd home game this Saturday May 4th.
International grades have emerged with some victories amongst them through precise passing, defence and asserting their authority. Other games unfolded leaving disappointment on the field, yet determination to improve and learn in training and games. The season has just begun!!

Contributed with thanks Wendy Henshaw.

Under 6 Brahmans team
Under 14 girls at first home game. Photos supplied

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Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders Rugby ANZAC Round

May 2, 2024

Saturday witnessed Proserpine Whitsunday Rugby Men and Women converging in Moranbah for the MRU ANZAC Round, a day dedicated to honouring the ANZAC spirit. A testament to the unity within the rugby community as all MRU Clubs paid tribute together to the valiant soldiers who served their nations.

A challenge to head so far logistically, with a big thank you to sponsors Whitsunday Transit who transported all teams safely over the hill and back.

Raiders Women set the tone as the 1st game of the day facing Bowen Jennies in an intense encounter that culminated in a hard-fought draw at 17 all. Captain Maddy Spruce commended her team's camaraderie and determination, emphasizing the growth of new players and their contributions to the squad's cohesion.

Bree Mackay's debuted as a Raiders Senior, marked by a stellar try in their subsequent match against Slade Point. Raiders Women showcased but fell short by a narrow margin 10-15. Despite the defeat, Coach Nathan Sainsbury noted the team's steady progress, particularly in defensive strategies and communication and connection on field.

Tries across the 2 games by Maddy Spruce, Deakoda Costello, Lily Sainsbury, Adeline Poid and Bree Mackay, conversion by Shirley Luke. Player Points = 3 Shirley Luke, 2 Jasmin Costello, 1 Lily Sainsbury.

Meanwhile, Raiders Men took on CityBok Barbarians in a spirited clash marked by outstanding displays of sportsmanship as fellow MRU Clubs and players assisted the Barbarians on field. Leading 19-5 at halftime, the Raiders maintained momentum to clinch a convincing 32-10 triumph.

Notable performances included Joel Hoffmann's commanding presence at number 8, playing strong and making great decisions on field, Waikato Nepia-Katipa's influential leadership continuing to play big minutes upfront, and Rhys Ward's defensive prowess in the mid-field. Making their mark in the team were debuts by Harry Moore and Simi Namaralevu.

Joel Hoffmann, Waikato Nepia-Katipa and Rhys Ward crossed in the first half, 2 tries converted by Landy Bezombes. Second half tries by Luke Rae-Howard and Nepia-Katipa bagging his 2nd in the 78th minute. Player Points = 3 Rhys Ward, 2 Simi Namaralevu, 1 Luke Rae-Howard.

Reflecting on the match, Coach Rota acknowledged the challenges faced by some players due to limited training during the week which showed in the game but expressed satisfaction with the team's collective effort in securing the win.

Raiders Men and Women enjoy a well-deserved rest this weekend, as attention shifts to the Mackay Stingers Representative Teams, where numerous Raiders were selected for higher honours in the CQ Championships held at Quarry Hill, Mackay Sat 4 - Mon 7 May.

Looking ahead, the Raiders will resume their campaign facing Mackay Brothers at Leprechaun Park, Mackay on May 11, kick-off 3:30pm.

Contributed with thanks to Karla Houston.

Hanny Spence Photography - Raiders Women
Hanny Spence Photography - Joel Hoffman

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Whitsunday Cup (160 Days To Go!)

May 2, 2024

The Whitsunday Cup is an exciting opportunity for our local Association to welcome Touch Teams from far and wide to join us and “Play Touch In Paradise”.
 
Teams may nominate for five divisions and the Club is pleased with the early responses from throughout the state.
 
Nominations so far:
 
Mixed Open   – seven teams First Prize $2000.00
Aged Mixed   - three teams First Prize $2000
U12 Mixed     - three teams
U14 Mixed     - four teams
U17 Mixed     - five teams
 
Keep up to date at whitsundaytouch.com.au, search “EVENTS”.
 
Round Ten Results
 
Mixed A
In the Crear 5  d  G.E.T. 2
Vipers TBC  d  Raiders A TBC
 
Mixed B
Raiders B 8  d  Stingers 5
Whitmonday Eagles 9  d  Ray White 8
Flame Tree Flames 13  d  Full Boar 2
 
Mixed C
Mighty Mustangs  8 d  Shed N Homes 7
Untouchables 9  d  Bulls 5
 
Mixed Juniors
Hamo Rent  5 d  Raiders Purple  3
Raiders Blue 10  d  Raiders Green 3

Contributed with thanks to Alita De Brincat.

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Wangaratta Bowls

May 2, 2024

Results for social play on Tuesday. The jackpot was won in the game between Merle Elphinstone Isobel Wheeler Denise Wallace Linda Smith who defeated Irene Laird Maureen Hyde Albert Bison Penny Warren. Other games Deb Retchless Gail Bison Lyn Danvers Greg Colquhoun drew with Stumpy Adams Sue Shearing Ron Hyde Geoff Danvers.

Competition results: Ladies Triples Robyn Stitt Tiarna Winter Fely Duncan defeated Merle Elphinstone Isobel Wheeler Linda Smith. The final will be played on Saturday 4 May. A Pairs Denise Wallace Penny Warren defeated  Merle Elphinstone Isobel Wheeler with the final being played on Sunday morning resulting in Denise Wallace Penny Warren defeating Robyn Stitt Fely Duncan.

Sunday afternoon winners were Toni Bowen Deb Retchless Ron Hyde defeated Bill Myers Maureen Hyde Alby Vigar, Robyn Stitt Trevor Elton Pat Tracey defeated Judy Elton Merle Elphinstone Penny Warren and Jim Quod Kennedy Whitton defeated Irene Laird Kevin Jewel. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Our Winter Bingo is starting this Friday 3 May at the club at 9.30am sharp and Barefoot bowls is on again on Friday night.   Hope to see you there.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Caption: Ladies A Pairs winners: Penny Warren and Denise Wallace. Photo supplied

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Airlie Bowls News

May 2, 2024

A week of April showers didn’t prevent some exciting bowls being played. 
Starting on Tuesday with Ladda Purdie’s team of Dawn Dowel and Rhonda Lloyd the biggest winners of the day.

Wednesday Jackpot Bowls arranged by Rick Galea and Merve Stewart saw Shane Spann’s team of Billy Gordon picking up his stick like a seasoned performer after losing a leg and terrible injuries but showed just what a champion man he is and with Ladda Purdie they were the biggest winners of the day.

Wednesday night Business House Bowls continued and Friday afternoon 30 Christian College students to see whom will represent their school for the Queensland school championships and have a month of games to decide.

Saturday and Sunday saw the three bowls Men’s triples being played with Manny Isgro’s team of Peter Barrett and Andrew Butler far too superior for the rest of the teams with Manny showing all and sundry why he’s one of the very best bowlers in Queensland with an effortless and awesome display never missing with a fantastic performance for all comers to see.

Sunday afternoon social bowls had a great roll up with Jill Spencer welcoming Chris and Peter Lawson from Broadbeach with new bowlers Greg and Mel Fennell as well as Rob Turner visiting and Josh Sinclair all having an excellent day.


Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Peter Barrett , Manny Isgro and Andrew Butler winning the Men’s 3 bowl triples. Photo supplied

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Bowen Bowls News

May 2, 2024

A singles: Tracey Roach defeated Mary Ellen Pratten.

B singles: Wendy Coles defeated Mary Ellen Pratten.

Fours: Andrew Peebles, Gavin Charles, Tiarna Winters and Steve Roome defeated Robyn Stitt, Daryl Tuttle, Kevin Jewell and Faely Duncan. Gordo, Mark, Crowy and Kev defeated Lee, Andy, Mitch and Jason. 

Sunday Social: R.Rodda and Tracey Roach defeated Keith Kirk and Jane Gilbert. Marion Tuttle, Ron Gould and Gus Munro defeated A.Higgins, Wendy Coles and Lloyd White.  

There was one game of Scroungers: Ray Muir defeated Tracey Roach and Paula Welsted.

Wednesday Social: Ian Thatcher, Daryl Tuttle and Steve Roome defeated B.Neil, Jane Gilbert and D. McDonald. Joan Edwards/ Eddy Neylon, Helen Jacobsen and Gus Munro defeated Gail Bison, Ray Muir and Gavin Charles. P.Bison, Bev Smith/ Lloyd White and Ron Gould defeated Marion Tuttle, Gordo and A. Higgins.


Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

Photo supplied

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Prossie Bowls Scores

May 2, 2024

On Wednesday we had 13 players enjoy games of bowls.  Jim Bownds and Heather Brown defeated John Anderson and Mike Harrison 31 -17 in a game of 3 Bowl Pairs.

Alen Sanderson and Peter Lawton defeated Pat Bownds and Sandy Daffaran 30 - 15  in a game of 2-4-2 Pairs.

Arthur Griffith, Barry Zillmann and Bruce Uhe defeated Mary Hedgelong, Barry Zillmann and Philip Brown 28 - 19 in a game of Triples.

On Saturday Morning there was a game of 2 Bowl Triples played.

Sunday's Social bowls was cancelled due to intermittent showers.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

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Cutters Home Game At Whitsundays Sportspark

May 2, 2024

Over 2000 sports-lovers are expected to gather at the Whitsunday Sportspark next weekend when the Mackay Cutters play a home game against the Burleigh Bears.

Gates are set to open at 4.00pm and the game will kick-off at 6pm, bar closing at 9pm.

There will be General Admission tickets available for those wishing to find a spot on the grass, or for those looking to maximise their viewing experience, they can purchase a limited amount of VIP tickets.  These will provide exclusive access to the airconditioned club, terrace and grandstand along with a starter pack for food and drinks and numbers are limited.  

Full bar and food service is available throughout the event with everyone welcome to come in and enjoy the exciting sporting atmosphere.

A treat for the whole family, there will also be bouncy castles and face-painting for the children, plus food trucks.

Tickets and further info available from www.mackaycutters.com.au or the Mackay Cutters or Whitsunday Sportspark Facebook pages.

WHAT: Mackay Cutters Vs Burleigh Bears
WHERE: Whitsunday Sportspark
WHEN: Saturday 11th May from 4.00pm

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Highest Match Average This Season For Airlie Beach Darts Player

May 2, 2024

We start off this week’s Premier League action with the match between Kameron Reason and Naomi Mitchell. 

Although the 7-1 score line in favour of Kam would suggest total dominance in the tie, there were encouraging signs for Naomi who smashed her highest match average this season by almost 10 points, encouraging signs for the remainder of the year.

That win for Kameron, in which he also scored his highest match average of the season, takes him in to second place on the premier league table.

It was a good day for Dom Friend who had back to back wins, a 7-2 over Art McMinn, which dropped Art down a place to third, and a 7-4 over win over Josh Fraser, which leapfrogged Dom a place above Josh on the table in alphabetical order only, both men’s stats are identical.

Arthur McMinn had the highest checkout of the day with a 94 peg, and that was closely followed by Joe Wilson’s 92 checkout in his 7 nil demolition of Hawkeye Rick. That loss leaving Rick firmly rooted at the foot of the table, but the win keeping Joe aloft at the top.

Last of all Jamie Maher defeated Jayden Lloyd by 7 legs to nil. That win is Jamie’s 3rd in a row now, which sees him steady the ship after a rocky start to the year which seen him lose his first 3 matches. 

Jayden has work to do to pick up his first win of the year, and the assignments are not getting any easier with Joe Wilson coming to town next.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

2024 Premier League players, L/R, J Fraser, J Lloyd, J Maher, J Wilson, D Friend, A McMinn, K Reason, N Mitchell and H Rick.

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Proserpine Golf

May 2, 2024

Craig McLean had 40 points to win Tuesday's stableford competition by four shots from Ryan Wilkes with a sub-par round. Elspeth Scotford had 35 points to beat Jacqueline Wall by a shot in the ladies' division. Jacqueline Wall won one pin shot and Ryan Wilkes won two.

Wednesday's ladies' stableford went to Heather Luvis with 33 points; one ahead of Vickie Wallace.

Anzac Day's ambrose event saw Jon Miller and Ryan Wilkes combine to shoot 11 under par for a 59.5 nett to win by half a shot from Fraser Simpson and Lachlan Howard. Over one hundred players competed.


Brad Fleet had 18 points to win Friday's Met run by a shot from Jason Whitney while Brendan Spann won both pin shots.

Luke Nightingale had 41 points to win Saturday's MBW stableford by two shots from his B division runner up Kristian Mulholland and the leading two A division players in Brad Fleet and Rod Wecker. The leading ladies were Tiina Randmae with 35 points and Paula McQuat with 33.

Ryan Wilkes, off a handicap of plus one, shot two under par to cap off a great week of golf and win Sunday's stroke event by a shot from Aaron Prosser with a nett 70. Elise Hodgson had a nett 74 to beat Anna Winterbourn by three shots.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Pro Shop

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 2, 2024

This week’s 9-hole stableford saw Cory Belke take first place with 22 points, second with 20 points c/b was Scott Macleod and third place with 20 points was Melinda Macleod. 

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Tony Spurway first place with 20 c/b, second place with 20 points was Justyn Durbin and third place with 19 points was Glenn Rees. 

Sunday’s 18-hole monthly medal was a great turn out which saw Wayne Singleton take first place with a 47 nett, second place with a 40 nett was Dean Barnard and third place was Brock Brindle with a 49 nett. 

Nearest the pin was Wayne Singleton and Jayden Parata.

This Sunday 5th May with be Par Svs 18-hole competition, tee off at 8.30am – 9.30am.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

Wayne Singleton. Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Golf Club Report

May 2, 2024

The whole course was very wet, obviously, particularly, the back 9, and made for a wide variety of scores. 
 
The number of competitors was disappointing but the weather discouraged many of the regular competitors and the intermittent showers didn’t lessen during the day.

However it did make for some spectacularly bright rainbows to please the players and the April MM was completed. 
 
LADIES A GRADE : 

Winner : Elise Hodgson with 74 nett 
Runner-up : Anna Winterbourn with 77 
Longest Drive : Anna Winterbourn 
 
LADIES B GRADE : 

Winner : Joanne Moynihan 
Longest Drive : Joanne Moynihan 
 
MEN’S A GRADE : 

Winner : Andrew Albergo with 76 nett 
Runner-up : Wayne Temby with 77 
Longest Drive : Andrew Albergo  
 
MEN’S B GRADE  

Winner : Ron Jamieson with 76 nett 
Runner-up : Leigh Jones with 83 
Longest Drive : Paul Nicol 
 
NTPs : 

For the ladies : Elise Hodgson, Joanne Moynihan and Anna Winterbourn 
For the men : Nobody got near the pins in the required number of strokes 
 
LEAST PUTTS : 
Anna Winterbourn for the ladies with 33 putts, a draw for the men with Ron Jamieson and Wayne Temby both having 29 putts. 
  
NAGAs : 
The honours went to Tiina Randmae and Paul Nicol, a drink courtesy of Aaron and Tracy Watts, proprietors of RADS Whitsunday who provide respite accommodation and disability support services. 
 
NEXT WEEK : 
The May MM and least putts. Although this will mean 3 consecutive stroke competitions, it will bring WGC back in line with the PGC Sunday fixtures.  
 
Don’t forget to get your names on the timesheet promptly so we can play in a block. 
 
Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

Elsie Hodgson, Ron Jamieson, Joanne Moynihan, Anna Winterbourn and Wayne Temby. Photo supplied

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Whitsunday Brahmans First Home Game Matches

April 24, 2024

The Whitsunday Brahmans hosted their first home game for the 2024 Season against Wests Tigers. A game which doubled as the Annual Sponsors Day which gave the community the chance to thank the clubs sponsors for their generosity and support.


Unders 20's

After a nervous and rough start in their Round 1 game against South's, the 20's were ready to turn the tables and put on a performance in front of a home crowd for their first home game of the season.

Starting the game a little nervous again, giving away early penalties, their defence from the get-go set the tone all game that they were not going to give up without a fight!

With an early opportunity and some slick ball work through the hands put veteran Luke Handley over for the first try of the day. But with some errors gave Wests an opportunity to put points on as well.

The second half showed errors again on both sides but the "never give in" attitude and their steel in defence, saw them hold Wests scoreless in the second half.

With young debutant, Darcy Milne and his goal kicking ability, on a such a pressure moment in a home crowd, he never let it get to him and slotted from out wide to put Brahmans in front 16-12.

The match ended 16-12 to the Brahmans.


Reserve Grade

With the help of some old players, reserve grade got a team on the paddock this week.

The boys started well with some great defence by all, going into the break 4-4.

They knew what they had to do to control the game.

The second half started with a lot of poor ball security which let Wests get a bit of wind in their sails. The Brahmans still showed some great defence, but the lack of training showed, and the boys lungs blew up.

We definitely have a competitive side and with a bit of fitness we’ll turn the scores around. 

The match ended Whitsunday 4 Wests 34.

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Touch Skills Sessions On Now

April 24, 2024

Exciting news for new players and those wanting to refine their skills.

Skills Sessions started this Monday and will continue for another three weeks under the direction of Bernard Woods.

These sessions will highlight the important skills that will suit C Graders, Family Graders and those new to Touch.

Juniors start at 4.45pm, Seniors – 5.15pm at the Sports Park.

And it is FREE.


Round Nine Results - Monday April 22


Mixed A
Raiders A 3  d  G.E.T. Touch 2
Vipers won on forfeit In The Crear

Mixed B
Ray White 7  d  Stingers  3
Raiders B 12  d  Full Boar  2
Flame Tree Flames 6  drew  Whitmonday Eagles  6

Mixed C
Mighty Mustangs 9 d Untouchables 8
Shed N Homes 3 d Bulls  2

Mixed Juniors
Hamo Rent 7 d Raiders Green 5
Raiders Purple TBC Raiders Blue

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

April 24, 2024

Tuesday afternoon saw the annual Alison Holmes Day, which was a huge success .

Third place went to Wendy Pomeroy’s team of Lyn Graham and Bev Taylor, second place went to Joan McGrath with Maureen Barnard and Elaine Kippen .

The winners of the day went to Margo Stanley’s team of Lane Telford and Alison Holmes, whilst Dawn Dowel took home the lucky door prize. 

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls saw Andrew Butler’s team of Lu Rogan and Christine Lawson win.

Wednesday night Corporate Bowls competition commenced with big winners Rock Plumbing beating K Build 17-4.

Other winners were PRD, Battery Warehouse, Hadlow Racing and the Burrows Girls.

Saturday and Sunday saw the men’s B Pairs being played with the final between Noel Crosbie and Andy MCDougall against Mark Mawson with Arthur MCManus. Mark and Arthur were the winners 20-16 in a close game.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

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Bowen Bowls Competition Games

April 24, 2024

In the Club Pairs Gus and Ray defeated Kevin and Gordo.

During the Sunday Social: A. Delic, R. Gould, G. Charles defeated B. Neal, J. Gilbert, J. Wright.

K. Kirk, W. Coles, L. White defeated A. Williams, H. Jacobsen, M. Wright.

R. Scanlon, Glen. R, A. Peebles had a drawn game with I. Thatcher, Gordo, L. Welsted.

At the Wednesday Social: D. Tuttle, R. Stitt, G. Charles defeated ME. Pratten, R. Scanlon, K. Jewell.

E. Neylon, H. Jacobsen, S. Roome had a drawn game with P. Wilson, W. Coles, J. Gilbert.


Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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A Busy Weekend For Prossie Bowls

April 24, 2024

On Saturday morning two Club Championship Singles games were played. Andrew Bell defeated Bryan Davy 25 - 14 and Scott Hamilton defeated Wayne Handley 25 - 22. 

On Saturday afternoon two short games of Social Bowls were played. Patricia Bownds and Andrew Bell defeated Alen Sanderson and Heather Brown 11 - 9; Jim Bownds, Philip Brown and Gavin Milne defeated Arthur Griffith, Barry Zillmann and Gavin Noonan 11 - 7.

On Sunday afternoon Alen Sanderson, Bruce Uhe and Sandy Daffara defeated John Anderson, Bruce Uhe and Mike Harrison 19 - 18; Stanley Lawton, Peter Lawton and Heather Brown defeated Lee King, Arthur Griffith and Philip Brown 21 - 9.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

Scott Hamilton and Wayne Handley following their very close Club Championship Singles game. Photo supplied

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Wangaratta Weekly Bowls

April 24, 2024

Results for social play on Tuesday: Deb Retchless, Sue Shearing, Geoff Danvers defeated Merle Elphinstone, Irene laird, Greg Colquhoun and Bron Tolcher, Gavin Charles, Lyn Danvers defeated Stumpy Adams, Robyn Stitt, Penny Warren.

Barefoot bowls: We had a few new players and also a visit from the Capricornia Tourers who were visiting Bowen for the week and took time out to visit and play at the club.  

Sunday afternoon, winners were Denise Wallace, Merle Elphinstone, Penny Warren defeated Jim Quod, Maureen Hyde, Graeme Read. Teresa Willshire, Kennedy Whitton defeated Alby Vigar, Marg Wilson. Bill Myers, Deb Retchless, Pat Tracey defeated Stumpy Adams, Laurie Land, Ron Hyde.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

The Capricornia Tourers at Barefoot Bowls on Friday Night. Photo supplied

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Premier League Darts Report

April 24, 2024

We start of this week’s Premier League action with the match between Kameron Reason and Naomi Mitchell. 

Although the 7-1 score line in favour of Kam would suggest total dominance in the tie, there were encouraging signs for Naomi who smashed her highest match average this season by almost 10 points.

That win for Kameron, in which he also scored his highest match average of the season, takes him in to second place on the premier league table.

It was a good day for Dom Friend who had back-to-back wins, a 7-2 over Art McMinn, which dropped Art down a place to third, and a 7-4 over win over Josh Fraser, which leapfrogged Dom a place above Josh on the table in alphabetical order only, both men’s stats are identical.

Arthur McMinn had the highest checkout of the day with a 94 peg, and that was closely followed by Joe Wilson’s 92 checkout in his 7 nil demolition of Hawkeye Rick. That loss leaving Rick firmly rooted at the foot of the table, but the win keeping Joe aloft at the top.

Last of all Jamie Maher defeated Jayden Lloyd by 7 legs to nil. That win is Jamie’s 3rd in a row now. 

Jayden has work to do to pick up his first win of the year.

The Anzac Plate is coming up on Sunday. We still have plenty of spots left and we’d love to see you there, contact the club via Facebook or text 0405411865 to enter.

J Wilson 10pts, 2. K Reason 7pts, 3. A McMinn 7pts, 4. J Maher 6pts, 5. D Friend 6pts, 6. J Fraser 6pts, 7. N Mitchell 2pts, 8. J Lloyd 0pts, 9. H Rick 0pts.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

2024 Premier League players, L/R, J Fraser, J Lloyd, J Maher, J Wilson, D Friend, A McMinn, K Reason, N Mitchell and H Rick. Photo supplied

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Bowen Golf Report

April 24, 2024

On Wednesday, we played a single stableford for a club trophy. Ladies’ winner Grace Nott 38 points, runner up on a countback Carol O’Connell 35 points. Men’s winner on a countback Brendan Nott 40 points, runner up Mark Russell 40 points.
 
Saturday Results, sponsored by Glenn Merrick Constructions. Men's Winner Craig O'Meara 42 points, runner up Dylan Nott 39 points, 3rd Place on a countback Brendan Nott 38 points.  

Ladies' Winner Nell Riley 41 points, runner up Tracey Cousemacker 36 points, 3rd Place on a countback Pauline Martin 33 points.

Pin Shots to Nell Riley, Leanne Swan, Tracey Cousemacker, Julie Mawson, Nick Riley, Paul Burgis, Mark Russell, Benny Bon.

Marcus Yasso claimed the Car Wash voucher. Chocolate Chip-ins for Nell Riley and Meg Garrod. Eagle shots for Jonnie Smith, Kailan Batchelor, Ezra Miller, James Lockwood.
 
This weekend is a 2-ball aggregate Medley stableford sponsored by Jeff Day Plumbing.
 
Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

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Proserpine Gold Club Weekly Report

April 24, 2024

In Tuesday's stroke competition, Gary Scotford had a 66 nett to chase down Ryan Wilkes who had a one under par round for a 68 nett. Robyn Whitham edged out Heather Luvis, both with 68 nett. Pins went to Aaron Prosser, Gary Scotford, and two to Leanne Alexander.

Ann Gardel took out Wednesday's PDLAW monthly medal with a 77 nett, ahead of Tina Badenhorst on 78. Pins went to Tina Badenhorst and Heather Luvis.

Thursday's stableford A division winner was Scott Mason with 41 points, two ahead of Greg Walker. Ross Hammond edged out Warren Deighton for the B division; both with 39 points. Pins went to Sean Fogarty, Robert Webb, Jacob Nightingale and Ryan Wilkes.

Sam Blake edged out Mason Johnson on 23 points in Friday's Met run, with the pins going to Ben Smith and Kevin Gosney.

Saturday's Hayman Electrical stableford saw Martyn Goodey's 45 points easily beat the big field and be seven shots ahead of his men's B division runner up in Barry Mortimer.

Jacob Nightingale had 41 points to beat Ben Smith by a shot in the men's A division. Elspeth Scotford also had 41 points to win the ladies' division by three from Tiina Randmae. Pins went to Sean Fogarty, Steve Hickey, Ben Smith, Penny Wardroper, Tina Badenhorst and Elspeth Scotford.

Martyn Goodey made it two in a weekend with a great 63 nett in Sunday's stroke competition.

Contributed with thanks to Proserpine Golf Pro Shop.

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March Monthly Medal

April 24, 2024

Twenty players competed in the postponed March MM last Sunday. Peter Fox had an outstanding game with a nett 66 and most players scored better than of recent times with the course still drying out. The cored greens on the back 9 made putting a little more erratic for some. 

LADIES A GRADE: 
Winner: Anna Winterbourn with nett 73 
Runner-up: Tiina Randmae with 77 
Longest Drive: Tiina Randmae 
 
LADIES B GRADE  
Winner: Robyn Whitham on a count back from 
Runner-up: Pam Casey 
Longest Drive: Pam Casey  
 
MEN’S A GRADE: 
Winner: Wayne Temby with nett 71 
Runner-up: Ritchie Atkins with 74 
Longest Drive: Aaron Watts 
 
MEN’S B GRADE  
Winner: Peter Fox with nett 66 - outstanding 
Runner-up: Wilf Herweg with nett 73 
Longest Drive: Don Cameron 
 
NTPs: 
For the ladies: Anna Winterbourn, Tiina Randmae and Pam Casey 
For the me : Don Cameron and Aaron Watts 
 
NAGAs: the honours went to Karen Rix and Leigh Jones
  
NEXT WEEK: 28/4/24 will be the April MM and least Putts
 
 
Contributed with thanks to Tiina Randmae.

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On The Whitsunday Green

April 24, 2024

The weekly 9-hole stableford saw Donna Henderson take first place with 27 points, second place with 22 points c/b was Josh Frederiksen and third place with 22 points was Matt Burke. 

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw Brad Low take out first place with 23 points c/b, second with 23 points was Eric Gruszczynski and third place was Craig Kennedy with 21 points.

This Sunday 28th April will be our 18-hole Monthly Medal, hope to see you all there.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.
 

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Local Leader Plays Well

April 24, 2024

Cannonvale resident and Head Coach at the Next Stars Sports Academy, Tim Oberg, has been joined by a four-time Paralympian, the Head of AFL Queensland and the President of the Royal Life Saving Society in signing onto help Australians Play Well as part of the nation’s first co-designed Sport Participation Strategy.

They are part of a 14-person group of experts announced as the Play Well Leadership Group that will oversee the implementation of the strategy and deliver on its vision that ‘everyone has a place in sport’.

Members met in Canberra at the AIS Campus for their first meeting earlier this month.

Mr Oberg, who also founded parkrun Australia, knows better than most the power of sport and community involvement.

When parkrun Australia started in 2011, it began as one event on the Gold Coast and grew to over 450 locations and more than one million participants across the Asia Pacific region.

“I believe that all children have the right to grow up in a healthy environment that allows them to play, have fun and achieve their full potential,” Oberg said.

Similar to the Project Steering Group that led the development of the strategy, the Play Well Leadership Group is made up of members that bring knowledge, expertise and insights from within and beyond the sport sector.

The group will work closely with State/Territory partners, sporting organisations and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to bring the strategy to life.

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Cannons Prepare For Carnival

April 24, 2024

The Cannonvale Cannons are preparing to host their own swimming carnival this weekend.  The annual carnival is normally run in January, but this year the carnival was postponed due to the threat of a cyclone. The highlight of the swimming carnival is the Skins events where swimmers have an opportunity to win cash prizes.  
On Wednesday, 30 swimmers participated in the second last Club Night for the swim season.  Congratulations to Leo Mulliss, Matilda Nicholes and Pippa Laguna for achieving Club Upgrades. The Chocolate Awards were presented to Jack Ganter, Alex Trefz and Addie Sanders for their awesome PBs.  
Highlights from Club Night include Ehsan Helou swam extremely well, swimming PBs in all his events.  Ehsan’s sister, Anisa swam PBs in her 25m Freestyle and 25m Breaststroke.
The Breaststrokers were on fire on Wednesday night.  Zach Trefz smashed out an excellent 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.37.42 which was a 16.08 second PB. Zach also swam a fantastic 100m Freestyle in 1.09.14 which was a 4.28 second PB. Don Algie swam 100m Breaststroke in a brilliant time of 1.36.58, a 4.26 second PB. Connor Lee, Leo Mulliss, Thomas Ganter and Sophie Palmero all swam very smooth Breaststroke to swim personal best times.  
Top Butterflyers who the coaches would like to commend include, Stella Mulliss, aged 5 years, for swimming 12m Butterfly in 32.57 seconds. Indi Smith swam an excellent time in her 100m Butterfly to achieve a 6.07 second PB. Jack Ganter, Pippa Laguna, Stevie Lee, Lily Maher, and Matilda Nicholes swam super Butterfly on Wednesday night.  
Congratulations to all the other swimmers who achieved PBs: Zane Clayworth, Maeve Dichiera, Eric Mulliss, Miranda Palmero, Andie Reynolds, Addie Sanders, and Levi Smith. The coaches would like to commend all the swimmers who participated at Club Night. The Cannons would like to thank all the wonderful parents who volunteer to officiate, set up and pack up Club Night.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Pippa Laguna received an Upgrade Certificate. Photo supplied
Leo Mulliss received an Upgrade Certificate. Photo supplied

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Airlie Bowls Report

April 18, 2024

Tuesday afternoon was Ladies Day where Tony Kelly and Dawn Dowel were far too strong for the rest of the field. 

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls saw another strong field with a win by Andrew Butler as skipper, David Meiklejohn at lead and Mark Mawson at second.

The weekend saw the Men’s A Pairs Competition with Manny Isgro and Tim Taylor win 25-16 over Russell Jackson and John Fielding.

Sunday afternoon Social Bowls saw Henny Tattam, Lu Rogan and Robin Brown go home with the money as lowest score winners.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

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Bowen Bowls Comp Results

April 18, 2024

Club Singles: Gus Munro defeated Steve Roome.
Sunday Social: Ian Thatcher, Glen R, Lloyd White defeated Keith Kirk, Jane Gilbert, Steve Roome. Ross Scanlon, Wendy Coles, Gavin Charles defeated Daryl Tuttle, L. Kruger, Ron Gould.

Wednesday Social:  Ray Muir, Jane Gilbert, Steve Roome defeated Ian Thatcher, Gordo, Doc Fordham. Glen R., Kevin Daniels defeated MaryEllen Pratten, Daryl Tuttle. Ron Gould, Lou Fordham, Kevin defeated Tracey Roach, Gavin Charles, Lloyd White .

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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Prossie Bowling News

April 18, 2024

On Wednesday we had 11 players for Social Bowls. Lee King, Philip Brown and Heather Brown defeated Alen Sanderson, Barry Zillmann and Peter Lawton 19 - 18.  Mary Hedgelong, Arthur Griffith and Sandy Daffara defeated John Anderson, Arthur Griffith and Bruce Uhe 25 - 14.

On Sunday we finished just before a sprinkling of rain. John Anderson, Arthur Griffith, Philip Brown and Sandy Daffara defeated John Anderson, Alen Sanderson, Bruce Uhe and Heather Brown 26 - 12.

Saturday, April 20 will be Presentation Day with a BBQ Lunch and Social Bowls in the afternoon.  For catering purposes, it would be appreciated if those intending to attend could send a message. 

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Bowls

April 18, 2024

Results of the Ladies club competition: B singles Jocelyn Defranciscis defeated Pat Tracey, A singles Jocelyn Defranciscis defeated Gwenda Lydom, Fely Duncan defeated Teresa Willshire, Denise Wallace defeated Robyn Stitt.

Winners for Sunday afternoon social bowls were Denise Wallace, Greg Colquhoun defeated Robyn Stitt, Pat Tracey. Jim Quod, Mark Drummond defeated Laurie Land Graeme Read, Teresa Willshire, Merle Elphinstone  Deb Retchless, A Vigar defeated Bill Myers, Isobel Wheeler, Allan Rolfe.

Barefoot Bowls are on this Friday night.
WRC Come and Try event is on Sunday morning at 10am at Bowen Foreshore.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Report

April 18, 2024

U13 Division 1 were keen to get their season underway, taking on Wanderers Rubies. The WUFC shifted it up a gear at the end to win 6-4.

A hat-trick of goals for Tyson, two for Charley and one for Alex rounded out the scoring.

A fantastic team effort, showing great commitment to the final whistle.


Buoyed by their round 1 result, the U13 Prem team were quietly confident of a positive result against Rangers, but the visitors had other ideas.

WUFC found themselves 2 - 0 down early and had to dig deep to stay in the game.

Goals from Nick M and Shannon got WUFC back into the game by early in the second half, only to concede again. With WUFC pushing hard and creating chances, Bayden popped up to draw level again.

With the full-time whistle approaching, the game seemed destined for a draw, but Rangers rode their luck to score a winner against the run of play. A highly entertaining and tense affair, 4-3 to Rangers.


U15 Div 1 side came up against Dolphins Blue in the first home fixture of the season. The local side had many debutantes, and it was quickly apparent that the opposition was a lot more experienced, Dolphins scored 11 goals to take the win 11-1.

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The Whitsunday Ladies clashed with Mackay Lions in what is traditionally a tough match up.

The U23 Ladies was a tight affair with both teams determined to assert their dominance.

The first half saw Whitsunday controlling possession and creating several scoring opportunities with Nicole finding the back of the net, putting Whitsunday ahead 1-0 as they headed into halftime with a well-deserved lead.

The second half Whitsunday increase their lead to 2-0.

The Lions fought back to narrow the gap. A brilliant goal by Ellyse from outside the 18 yard box sealed the game for the home side 3-2.


The Whitsunday Premier ladies took on Lions who were last years Premiership winners and the team Whitsunday defeated in the grand final.

In a game full of passion and determination with neither side willing to back down, saw a 0-0 draw at half time.

Throughout the match the defence stood strong making it difficult for either team to make a break through.

Though the second half saw Lions finding the back of the net after several remarkable saves from GK Chloe Baker. The match ended 3-0.


The Men U23s had a tough contest with several cards being handed to both sides. Jack Robertson had a brilliant performance in goals thwarting many attempts to keep Whitsunday in the game.

Zac Kelley successfully scored from a penalty kick to level scores at 1 all, the match ended 1-1.


The Premier boys went in full of confidence against second place Lions. Whitsunday dominated possession for most of the first half and created several half chances but couldn't convert.
The score ended up 3-0 to the visitors.

Considering the number of regular premier players that were missing, it showed the depth the club is beginning to have in Seniors with many younger players starting to show their form.


Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic

Photos supplied

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110 Players At Single Stableford

April 18, 2024

On Wednesday at Bowen Golf Club, we played a single stableford for a club trophy. Ladies’ winner on a countback was Morag Parker 37pts, runner up Julie May 37pts. Men’s winner on a countback Greg Carlyon 38pts, runner up John Martin 38pts.
 
On Saturday we played a single stableford and 110 players took to the course for this popular event. 

Ladies’ winner Kim Bennion 42pts, 2nd Linda Vincent 36pts, 3rd Elona Lynch. Men’s winner on a countback Isaac Fellows 38pts, 2nd Paul Burgis 38pts, 3rd Paul Martin 37pts. Pinshots to Elona Lynch, Di Fox, Kim Bennion, Leanne Swan, Vince Hargraves, Matthe Ruff, Geoff Fellows, Greg Fairs, James Miller won the car wash with an OBP. Jeremy had an Eagle on #8. 
 
This weekend is a single stableford.
 
Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

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On The Whitsunday Green

April 18, 2024

Levi Holmes had 40 points to beat Corey Stroud by a shot in Tuesday's stableford event. Penny Wardroper had 35 points to beat Ann Gardel by a shot in the ladies' division. Pins went to Scott Mason, Aaron Prosser, Heather Luvis and Ann Gardel.

Wednesday's four-shot winner over Lyn Muller was Diane Chard with a fine 37. Pins went to Lyn Muller, Paula McQuat, Melanie Patullo and Robyn Whitham.

Aaron Prosser had 42 points to win Thursday's A division by 3 shots from Steve Westley, while Ken Lovett had 34 points to win the B division by a shot from Vic Feldman. Pins went to Steve Westley, Adam Maggs, George Steen and Jason Bourke.

The Friday Met run winner in Nathan Sothman had a two-under-par 20 points to beat Nathan Boys by a shot. Pins went to Adam Maggs and Ryan Wilkes.

Saturday's Allenbuild stableford one-shot winner Corey Stroud, found his new clubs working well for his 40 points as he nudged out Joshua Norris. Heather Luvis Luvis had 39 points to beat Kathryn Borer by two shots in the ladies' division. Two pins went to Simon Della Santa and one each to Sam Deicke, Lyn Muller, Melanie Patullo and Heather Luvis.

Nick Watson edged out Cory O'Shea with 40 points to win Sunday's competition while the pins went to Ryan Wilkes, Pauline Redpath, Cory O'Shea and Clay Coles.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.

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2 from 2 For Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders

April 18, 2024

In a rematch of the 2023 Grand Final, the Raiders emerged victorious over the Moranbah Bulls in Round 2 of the 2024 Limitless MRU Competition, with a final score of 20-14.

As a birthday present to himself, the first Raiders try came from Connor Spence in the 15th minute, built off phases in the oppositions 22, solid teamwork around the rucks and precise passing.

The halftime score line painted a tense picture, with the Raiders trailing behind the Bulls at 5-7.

Raiders quickly turned the tide in the 2nd half with 2 quick tries as Captain Waikato Nepia-Katipa capitalised on a set-piece lineout play, receiving quick ball from Brody Elson to score out wide. This was followed by a brilliant solo effort from Luke Rae-Howard in the 45th minute, seizing loose ball to sprint down the sideline and score under the posts, converted by Landry Bezombes, who sealed the victory for the Raiders with a penalty goal in the 60th minute.

Individual performances recognised, with Brody Elson earning 3 points, Simione Nasavuilagi receiving 2 points, and Shakane Costello securing 1 point. Another solid game by Loris De Carlo. Coach Rota praised the team's defensive efforts, emphasising that their solid defence ultimately secured the win.

"We are a young new team that is still growing together as a coach and squad," said Rota. He expressed gratitude to the local crowd and supporters for their unwavering encouragement throughout the match.
 
Contributed: Karla Houston

Luke Rae-Howard scoring
Image: Hanny Spence Photography


NEXT GAME:
Slade Point, April 20

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Whitsunday Brahmans Kickstart Season

April 18, 2024

Round 1 fixtures for Whitsunday Brahmans against Souths Sharks in Mackay Saturday afternoon.

Not a great result overall but plenty to build on. Unfortunately, the reserve grade side were unable to field a team for the round 1 clash but are looking to put a strong side in for Round 2.

First grade should be near full strength in this weekend when they host their first home game of the year against Wests Tigers.

This also coincides with the club’s annual sponsors day where sponsors are thanked for their contribution to the club.
 
First game of the season saw U20's come in with a lot of fresh faces and old, as the team debut 9 players in their first taste of senior football.

Full time score for the U20’s was 24-6 to Souths, but as the coach, did not have a lot of time, he couldn't fault the effort and maturity that came from the experienced senior players and debutants.

In first grade errors and lack of discipline saw a saw a strong South outfit take the lead early and never look back. A 30 - 0 half time score line ended in a 54 - 4 final result.

Plenty will be taken away from the game by the young Brahmans for sure. There is enough talent in the side to turn things around quickly this week against Wests.

Contributed with thanks to Bryce Fraser

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JUNIOR CUP Held In Townsville

April 18, 2024

Whitsunday Touch Football is committed to giving our Junior Touch Members the opportunity to compete at representative levels.

Whilst we are building our own rep teams, we have supported players who have had the opportunity to join rep teams from other clubs.

At the recent Junior State Cup North held in Townsville a record number of our players were able to participate.

Lanie joined Townsville Saints U14, Charlee, Emily and Leshara played with Moranbah U14, along with Jai Townsville U16, Xavier and Tane Townsville U18.

Lanie’s team had a wonderful carnival progressing to the Grand Final. Their opponent in the final was Thuringowa who were undefeated through the rounds and Semi Final.

However, the tables were turned in the Final with Lanie’s Saints Team coming out on top.  

Round Eight Results

Mixed A
In the Crear 11 d Raiders A  6
Vipers 16 d  G.E.T. Touch  5

Mixed B
Stingers 7 d Full Boar 5
Flame Tree Flames 5 drew Ray White 5
Raiders B 8 d Whitmonday Eagles 7

Mixed C
Sheds N Homes 11 d Untouchables 9
Mighty Mustangs 8 d Bulls 4

Mixed Juniors
Raiders Green 4 d  Raiders Purple  2
Hamo Rent 6 d  Raiders Blue  4

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Premier League Darts

April 18, 2024

After a couple of week’s break, the players returned to Premier League action on Sunday morning at the Airlie Bowls Club.

Kameron Reason made it 2 wins from 2 after dispatching Jayden Lloyd in fine fashion by a 7/1 scoreline. That win places Kam nicely in 4th spot on the league table.

On the other end of the spectrum Jayden is still searching for his 1st win of the year, with tough matches against Jamie Maher and Joe Wilson next to come.

The ladder made for better reading for Jamie Maher after his two matches on Sunday morning, recording back-to-back victories over Hawkeye Rick 7/4 and Arthur McMinn 7/1. 

Those wins gave Jamie his first points of the year, leaving him in 5th place on 4 points. He also slotted home a beautiful 171 in that match against Hawkeye, who is the only other player besides Jayden yet to score league points.

Arthur McMinn bounced back from that defeat to Jamie, with a win of his own, a fine 7/4 victory over Naomi Mitchell. That win leaves Arthur beautifully positioned in 2nd place on the league table, just a point behind Joe Wilson who has played a game less than Arthur. 

The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Airlie, Whitsunday Tattooing and Master Butchers Whitsundays. 

Don’t forget to enter our Anzac Plate competition. We are now taking entries. To enter, simply find us on Facebook or message Jamie on 0405411865.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

Arthur McMinn with his best start to a league campaign at the Airlie Bowls Club. Photo supplied

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Calling Girls And Ladies! Come And Play Lawn Bowls

April 11, 2024

C’mon Try Lawn Bowls is currently being run at the Airlie Beach Bowls Club and is an initiative supported by the Queensland Department of Sport and Recreation.

The first clinic commenced on the 2nd of April and the sessions will run until the 7th of May.

Taking place from 10am – 12pm, every Tuesday, the workshop times allow women with family commitments to fit in a bit of leisure time into their busy days.

The C’mon Try program is specifically for women and girls.

It is never too late to join in and everyone is encouraged to give it a go.

Lawn Bowls is fun, it is social and it can be very competitive.

Once the basic skills are learned players can improve at their own pace and level of interest.

On the first day of this clinic, six ladies were coached on the basic skills of bowling and by the end of their first session each had learned new skills and were ready for their cuppa and an after-training chat.

The Airlie Beach Bowls Club has bowls of various weights and sizes, including soft rubber bowls for children not yet big enough to manage a proper bowl.

There are no green fees charged for this program, but a gold coin donation is asked to help pay towards the morning tea.

The Airlie Beach Bowls Club is an open gender all-inclusive club. Lawn Bowls is adaptable for all ages and abilities, including those with disabilities.

WHAT: C’mon Try Lawn Bowls
WHEN: Every Tuesday, 10am-12pm (noon)
WHERE: Airlie Beach Bowls Club
 

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GENESIS CUP Darts

April 11, 2024

13 competitors entered the 2024 The Genesis Cup on Sunday morning Plenty of regular faces, and one or two new ones too, which was great to see.

We had two groups of round robin darts. Group A, which was dubbed the group of death, had Mike Talley, Sean O’Bryan, Jack Todd, Joe Wilson, Dom Friend, Reef Peel, and Michael Kilkelly.

All the days 180’s came from this group, Mike Talley, Dom Friend, Jack Todd and Sean O’Bryan all getting in on the action with a 180 each. The highest checkout went to Reef Peel for an impressive 99 hit.

Sean O’Bryan topped group A by winning all 6 of his matches to go into the semi-finals. He would play and defeat the Australian Day champion Jack Todd by 5 legs to 3, after Jack dispatched of Joe Wilson, the Celtic Cup champion, in the playoff by 3 legs to 1.

Group B had Art McMinn, Hawkeye, Jamie Maher, Kam Reason, Andy Peel, and Naomi Mitchell. 

Kam Reason topped group B to reach the other semi-final, but he was thwarted there by Jamie Maher by 5 legs to 3, after Jamie had narrowly defeated Andy Peel in the playoff match by 3 legs to 2. 

The final was an enjoyable game, with both finalists contesting each leg to a high standard. Both players getting down to a single dart checkout in each and every leg until the end, which ultimately went the way of Sean O’Bryan. 

Sean played outstanding darts throughout the day and thoroughly deserved his 6/3 victory over Jamie, who’s long wait for a trophy continues. 

The next one day comp is the Anzac Plate, on Sunday April 28th, numbers are limited so get in fast. To get involved, find us on facebook or message Jamie on 0405411865.


Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher.

Sean O’Bryan winning The Genesis Cup. Photo supplied

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On The Green Bowen Golf

April 11, 2024

On Wednesday, we played a single stroke event for the April midweek monthly medals.  

Men's Winner Tom Button 64 nett, runner up Ray Sellen 66 nett.   

Ladies' Winner on a countback Jo Kukura 68 nett, runner up on a countback Julie May 68 nett. 

Pin Shots to Gregg Aplin, Graeme Baker, Kevin Clark, Isaac Fellows, Bev Lowcock, Joy Hose, Tanya Gaudry, Judy Atkins. 

Allan Cooper claimed the Suntan Snack Bar voucher. Chocolate gobblers to Joy Hose, Carol O, Jo Goldup.
 
On Saturday, Men played a stroke event for the April Monthly medal. Winner Ross Peterson 62 nett, runner up Cliff Querro 66 nett. 

Pin shots to Michael Morgan, Craig Newell and Rob Riggall won the Car Wash voucher.

On Sunday ladies played a stroke event for their April Monthly medal. Winner Margie Tilbrook 70 nett, runner up Janice Bates 72 nett.

Pin Shots to Penny Stewart, Grace Nott, Margie Tilbrook, Lorraine McArthur.
 
This weekend’s competition is a single stableford event sponsored by Margaret Whyte.  Please show your support by wearing shades of purple. 
 
 
Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott 

 
 Mens monthly medal winner – Ross Peterson
Ladies monthly medal winner – Margie Tilbrook and 3rd place Kim Bennion
 
Photos supplied

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On The Whitsunday Green

April 11, 2024

The weekly 9-hole stableford competition saw David Stevens in first place with 24 points, second with 23 points was Josh Frederikson and third place with 22 points was Billy O’Connor.

Fridays 9-hole stableford saw David Stevens take first place with 21 points, second with 20 points countback was Matarae Tauroa and third place with 20 points was Fred Tammist. 

Sundays 18-hole PAR SVS competition saw Edwina Pettiford takeout the win with a +9, second with a +6 was Brad Low and with a +4 countback was Troy Pettiford.

Great job by all.

Sunday 14th April will be 4 ball better ball, tee off at 8.30am – 9.30am. Hope to see you all there. 

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross.
 

Edwina Pettiford. Photo supplied

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Twilight Racing With Whitsunday Sailing Club

April 11, 2024

Blue skies and a 10-knot breeze greeted the 17 yachts and the 117 crew who participated in the Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight race on Wednesday afternoon.  

When the gun went for the first start, Black Jack (Richard Anthony) was already at full speed and ahead of their competitors, giving them the Doyle Sails sponsored best start prize. 

Behind them, Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) and QMS Ponyo (John Galloway) were never far away, while Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez) had a race long battle against Reignition (Charles Wallis). 

The final pairing was between Twister (Kevin Fogarty) and Matchless (Terry Stevens).  With boats paired up and pushing each other to perform, the handicap results were close with QMS Ponyo taking the honours by 24 seconds from Black Jack, with Bobby’s Girl a further minute behind.

Division 3 saw a new boat into the fleet with Symbiosis (Anne Ross) entering for the first time. 

At the start, Lama (Jim Hayes) was well positioned at the pin end of the starting line, briefly leading the fleet before Lighthorse (Di Forster) and Shiraz (John Cable) took the lead.  These two boats swapped the lead a few times before Shiraz finally took control, crossing the finishing line 21 seconds ahead, while Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) settled for third place, a further 30 seconds back. 

On corrected time, Lama came out on top with Lighthorse second and Shiraz third.

Division 1 saw two trimarans paired up, with G’nome (David Chittleborough) taking the lead at the start and was never headed.  Frankie (Bill Trueman) managed to keep them honest but was unable to match the speed around the 6 mile course.

The SML prize, sponsored by Whitsunday Industrial Services, went to Symbiosis, while the Soft Rigging Solutions special Prize went to Lighthorse.

The Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight series continues every Wednesday with racing commencing at 4:30. Limited crewing positions may be available. Those wishing to participate as crew need to be at the club by 2:30 pm (limited spots available). Full results are available at https://app.sailsys.com.au/club/85/profile?tab=results.
 
Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm.

Photo supplied

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Cannonvale Cannons Off To Nationals

April 11, 2024

The Cannons would like to commend Noah Maltby, Tora Delac and Jy Parkinson for qualifying and nominating to compete at the Australian Age Swimming Championships. Noah, Tora, Jy and Coach Mark Erickson travelled to the Gold Coast this week and will compete with the best swimmers in the country.  

The Cannons hosted a Club Night on Wednesday even though it was the school holidays, and it was exciting to see 30 swimmers participate. Congratulations to Noah Maltby and Celeste Orenshaw for winning the Chocolate Awards for the best PBs. Giselle Burton presented Upgrade Certificates to Penelope Shields and Celeste Orenshaw.  

Top performers on Wednesday night, River Shields and Alex Trefz swam extremely well achieving 3 personal best times.  Addie Sanders swam an impressive time in her 100m Backstroke, under 2 minute and achieved a massive 18.8 second PB.  Addie also swam a great time in her 100m Freestyle with a 4.82 second PB.

Stevie Lee swam a super 100m Breaststroke in 1.53.70 which was a 6.82 second PB.  Abiageal Maher swam an excellent 100m Freestyle in 1.25.27, a 4.83 second PB.  Matilda Nicholes swam a brilliant 200m Freestyle in 2.55.45 which was a 4.96 second PB.  Leo Mulliss swam a very smooth 25m Freestyle in 24.03sec and achieved a 3.43 second PB.  Don Algie’s best swims were his 200m IM in 2.54.30 and his 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.40.84.  

The Cannons would like to commend Tiana Bell, Liam Filewood, Thomas Ganter, Millie Groom, Jasper Korosec, Eric Mulliss, Celeste Orenshaw and Penelope Shields for achieving personal best times. The next Club Night will be on 17th April, 2024.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Celeste Orensahw with Chocolate award
National Team
Photos supplied

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IS your radio working? Consider VHF OR AIS

April 11, 2024

Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday (VMRW) is well known for its Marine Rescues and assists on the water, but in the background, VMRW also provide vital Marine Communications facilities for VHF radio, as well as vessel tracking facilities via AIS to Marine Traffic on the internet.

Every boatie should already be aware of the functionality of VHF radios as a safer and more reliable means of communication than a mobile phone while they are out on the water, but they may not be as familiar with AIS.

AIS is a system that you can fit on your boat that identifies your position and past track on the internet and to other AIS-equipped vessels, and can greatly assist if rescue services need to locate you in an emergency.

The number of boats fitted with AIS units is expanding rapidly, and it is a great addition to the safety equipment on your vessel.

VMRW has 3 AIS receiving stations, at Shute Harbour, on Whitsunday Island, and on Hayman Island -   although the latter two are temporarily offline, and the VMRW are looking at how they can best address that at both sites, which are helicopter access only.

The units each cover an area of over 2,000 to 3,000 sq. kms and get coverage to the outer reef, and there are now very few AIS black spots within the Whitsundays.

AIS coverage from the Mt Robison site, at an altitude of 400 metres on Whitsunday Island, varies from 2500 sq. kms to over 3500 sq. kms, depending upon atmospherics at the time. The Hayman site is at an altitude of 250 metres, and covers around 2,000 sq. kms. Shute Harbour covers about the same.

More and more recreational vessels are fitting AIS, and it is well worth considering as an additional safety feature on almost anything bigger than a tinny.
 

A VMRW membership is cheap insurance at just $90. You can join online. at https://vmrwhitsundays.com.au/join/ and your membership helps to keep us going in case you need us.


VHF radio ; photo supplied

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Wangaratta Bowls

April 11, 2024

Results for social play results on Tuesday saw Irene Laird, Sue Shearing and Geoff Danvers defeat Deb Retchless, Isobel Wheeler and Graeme Read. Robyn Stitt, Denise Wallace and Penny Warren defeated Merle Elphinstone, Margaret Wilson and Lyn Danvers. The jackpot didn’t go off.

On Friday night the barefoot bowls and sausage sizzle was a success with plenty of smiles on and off the green. The next one is on the 19 April.

Winners for Sunday afternoon social bowls were Denise Wallace, Isobel Wheeler and Barry Beel who narrowly defeated Bron Tolcher, Penny Warren and Mark Drummond. Others, Irene Laird, Alby Vigar and Kevin Jewell defeated Robyn Stitt, Jim Quod and Pat Tracey. Bill Myers, Laurie Land and Kennedy Whitton defeated Toni Bowen, Graeme Read and Allan Rolfe. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Fridays barefoot bowls. Photos supplied

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Airlie Beach Bowls

April 11, 2024

Tuesday afternoon social bowls saw great games the winner on the day was Tony Whitehorn with Mark Mawson second was Henny Tattam and Lyn Graham whilst Rhonda Lloyd’s team of Lizzie Turner and Jill Spencer played well. 

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls saw a great team display by Shane Spann with John Trembath outstanding winners on the day whilst Rick Galea’s team took home the Jackpot.

No play was possible Friday afternoon and Saturday, however, the final of the Men’s Open Fours will be decided by Shane Spanns team of Rick Galea , John Trembath and John Fielding against Manny Isgro’s team of Tim Taylor , Bob McMahon and Russell Jackson 

Sunday afternoon had a great roll up with Henny Tattam’s team of lead Regina Aquilina and Robin Brown outstanding winners of the day.


Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Henny Tattam, Regina Aquilina, Robin Brown with Bar Manager Fiona Greener and Vicki Spann and Lu Rogan ready for a beverage Sunday afternoon. Image supplied

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Competition Games At Bowen Bowls

April 11, 2024

In the singles, Gus Munro defeated Gavin Charles.

In pairs, Rob Robba and Wendy Coles defeated Herb Dalton and Wayne Crowhurst. Daryl Tuttle and Fele Duncan defeated Zanders Peebles and Mitch Wright.

During Social Sunday, Ray Muir, Ross Scanlon and Jane Gilbert defeated Gordo, Helen Jacobsen and Glen R. Ian Thatcher and Gavin Charles, defeated B Neal and Steve Roome.  Sue Fox and Ron Gould defeated L Kruger and Gus Munro.

At the Wednesday Social, Ian Thatcher, Robyn Stitt and Doc Fordham defeated Eddy Neylon, G.Gordon and Steve Roome. Sue Fox and Rob Robba defeated Peter Wilson and Glen R. Maryellen Pratten, Denise Wallace and Jane Gilbert defeated A.Delic, Daryl Tuttle and Wendy Coles.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards. Photo supplied

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COMPETITION PLAYED BETWEEN RAIN SHOWERS Proserpine Bowls

April 11, 2024

Dale Haack came out victorious defeating Harry Craig 25 – 24. In B Grade Singles Peter Lawton defeated Mike Harrison 25 - 7.

On Saturday lots of games of Club Championship Singles were played.  Michael Kinnear defeated David Ling 26 – 14. Scott Hamilton defeated Brett Saroglia 25 – 17. Barry Saroglia defeated Peter Lawton 25 – 21. Toby Craig defeated Kendall Watts 25 – 21. Andrew Bell defeated Marcus Craig 25 - 4.

Also on Saturday morning B Grade Singles Harry Craig defeated Steve Summers 26 -1.
Saturday afternoon Club Championship Pairs Toby Craig and Marcus Craig defeated Vince Olsen and Todd Leys 26 – 7. Jonathan Bye and Wayne Handley defeated Geoff Hunter and Philip Brown 24 – 9.  Barry Saroglia and Gavin Milne defeated Harry Craig and Scott Hamilton 20 - 16.
  
On Sunday in the Club Championship Singles a game between Shane Kinnear and Toby Craig ended with Shane defeating Toby 25 - 18.

On Wednesday in Social Bowls Jim Bownds, Pat Bownds, Bruce Uhe and Sandy Daffara had a very close game defeating Alen Sanderson, Geoff Hunter, Arthur Griffith and Philip Brown 14 - 13.  In Sunday's Social bowls Mary Hedgelong, Sandy Daffara and Heather Brown defeated Arthur Griffith, Philip Brown and Mike Harrison 23 - 15.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown. Photo supplied

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Sunday Social Ambrose At Bowen Golf Course

April 4, 2024

Sunday was a Social Ambrose and everybody was welcome. It was a great turnout, with 92 people taking to the course. Logan and Winston were the winners of the day.

Wednesday's comp was a Single Bogie. John Storrie won the men's, Brad Fleet was runner up. Freddy Lynch won the ladies', and Leanne Swan was runner up.

Easter weekend hosted two events, both sponsored by Lion Nathan XXXX.

Saturday was a Single Stableford Event.

Ladies' Winner was Grace Nott and Leanne Swan was Runner up, 3rd Place to Pauline Martin.

Frank Broucek won the Men's, and James Lockwood was Runner up, 3rd Place to Murray Cannavan.

The Joker Draw and meals return to Friday nights, all welcome, to book your table for dining in please call 47851206.

Contributed with thanks to Linda Scells.

Sunday Ambrose Winners Winston and Logan with Bowen Golf Club President Mike Brunker. Photo supplied

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Proserpine Golf Club News

April 4, 2024

Scott Mason had 40 points to win Tuesday's stableford by a shot from Aaron Prosser, while Diane Chard had 34 points to win the ladies' division by a shot from Elspeth Scotford. Pins went to Scott Mason, Aaron Prosser, Leanne Alexander and Heather Luvis.

Wednesday's stableford winner was Diane Chard who had 35 points to beat Tiina Randmae by a shot. Two pins went to Diane Chard and one to Ann Gardel.

Brent Daniels had 38 points to win Thursday's competition by a shot from Brendan Spann. Pins went to Joe Taylor, John Roser, Nathan Holohan and Aaron Prosser.

The Easter Saturday stableford was taken out by John Wallace with 40 points.

His A Division runner up was Blake Lovelock on 36. Andrew Smart turned his form around to win the B division with 38 points; one ahead of Martyn Goodey. Noelene Spurway won the ladies' division with 34 points ahead of Tina Badenhorst on 31. Two pins went to Jon Miller, and one each to John Wallace, Ash Law, Jill Farinelli and Heather Luvis.

Levi Holmes had 35 points to edge out Jason Bourke for the main prize in the Sunday competition. Tiina Randmae had 32 points to beat Anna Winterbourn by a shot in the ladies' division. Pins went to Jason Bourke, Diane Chard, Peta Thomas and Anna Winterbourn.

Contributed with thanks to the Proserpine Golf Pro Shop.

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Premier League Round 

April 4, 2024

There were two important matches played over the past few weeks, and they were important for very different reasons.

The first was between Art McMinn and Jayden Lloyd, and the other saw Jamie Maher pitted against Joe Wilson for the second time already this season. 

Both Jayden and Jamie looking to kick start their campaigns by securing their first wins of the year, and the task was a tough one as both Art and Joe have been playing well.

Art started his match off against Jayden by jumping out to a 3-nil lead.

Jayden managed to nick back-to-back legs to narrow the lead to one, before Art took over again, hitting 3 x 140’s to secure 3rd place on the ladder with a 7/3 victory.

Jayden with some work to do.

Jamie had a massive task taking on the in-form player of the comp in Joe, but he didn’t let it phase him, jumping out to a 4/2 lead early with a very solid 70 average.

However, Joe showed why he’s going to be a strong contender for the title this year, as he backed himself and clawed the match back from Jamie, who was in control at the time, to level it up at 4 all.

At that stage, Jamie just couldn’t wrestle the momentum away from Joe, as he was just scoring too big at the right times, hitting 4 x 140’s in those last 3 legs, and ultimately running out a 7/4 winner with a solid 60 average. 

Top of the league for Joe. Jamie can be happy with his performance but will need some wins soon to resurrect his season.

The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Airlie, Whitsunday Tattooing and Master Butchers Whitsundays.

Don’t forget our Genesis Cup which is a one-day event open to all. To get involved simply message the club through our Facebook page.

Art McMinn securing 3rd place in the league on Sunday at the Bowls Club. Photo supplied

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Raiders Rugby 2024 Pre-season Hit Outs

April 4, 2024

The PWRUC Raiders Rugby Union Women and Men teams showcased their potential in the MRU 2024 pre-season shorter version hit outs in Mackay on 16 March 2024.
 
Raiders Women’s first game missed a little game day cohesion, which was expected “Our team showed resilience in their first game, with positive effort given the limited practice time due to recent weather”, coach Sainsbury said.
 
The second game saw improvements, especially in defence, with Captains Maddy Spruce and Lily Sainsbury leading by example.

The team welcomed new debutants Kendra Shields “who looked comfortable out there amongst it” and Summer Foreman who graduated from Juniors to the Seniors ranks.
 
Sainsbury highlighted, “as a squad we’re looking forward to women playing rugby in the MRU and what this 2024 season unveils.”
 
Raiders Men triumphed 14-12 in their first match against Bowen Mudcrabs, dominating the first half and spending most of the time in Bowen's playing half.

Jack Briskey and Landry Bezombes scored tries and converted them successfully. Coach Rota expressed satisfaction, "we played well and were happy to come away with the win."
 
Despite challenges in the second game against Moranbah Bulls, where they played with only 14 players due to injuries, the Raiders held their ground.

Captains Waikato Nepia–Katipa and Rhys Ward “showed good leadership both on and off the field throughout the day”.
 
Rota mentioned he’s “excited to see where the season takes us with such a young squad”.
 
Official MRU Rugby Union Season start Saturday 6 April, with both teams heading to Bowen for the 1st game of MRU Round 1.

Contributed with thanks to Karla Houston.

 

Get into Raiders Rugby - Trainings held at Whitsunday Sports Park
Men: 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Women: 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Wednesdays
Facebook/Messenger: Proserpine/Whitsunday Rugby Union Club

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Cannons Successful At Qld School Championships

April 4, 2024

Congratulations to Tora Delac, Jy Parkinson, Noah Malty and Ehsan Helou for qualifying and nominating to compete at the Australian Age Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast.  
On Wednesday night’s Club Night, swimmers and coach, Mark Erickson, were presented with their special Cannons shirts and the Cannons wished the team all the best.  
During the last week of school, 17 Cannonvale Cannons swimmers were selected for the NQ Team to compete at the Queensland School Swimming Championships held in Brisbane.  
Congratulations to Jacob Bell (NQ Team Captain), Holly Perrin, Remy Hedges, Anisa Helou, Ehsan Helou, Noah Maltby, Tora Delac, Don Algie, Jax Clayworth, Harris Delac, Ruby Harland, (NQ Team Captain), Nelson Malady, Isaac Pisaniello, Andie Reynolds, Indi Smith, Levi Smith, Alex Trefz and Kate Thomson (Manager).  
Special mentions: 13 – 19 years: Ehsan and Noah swam excellent Breaststroke times, swimming PBs and making the finals for the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke. Ehsan was presented with a bronze medal for 3rd place in the 50m Breaststroke final. Holly swam super Backstroke and made the finals for her 100m and 200m Backstroke. Jacob swam extremely well in his varied program. His best placings included: 4th place in 400m IM, 6th place in 400m Freestyle and 1500m Freestyle.  
Special mentions: 10 – 12 years: Don swam extremely well, achieving 5 PBs and swam 9th place in the final for 100m Breaststroke. Jax swam fantastic times in his 100m Freestyle, 200m IM and 100m Breaststroke achieving PBs over 3 sec. Jax made the finals for 100m Butterfly and achieved 9th place in Qld.  
The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club would like to commend all the swimmers who represented NQ and thank the wonderful parents who officiated – Andrew Bell, Kristin Pisaniello and Danny Delac.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

Cannons competing in the NQ School 10 - 12 year old’s competition
National Team 2024. Photos supplied

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Airlie Bowling News

April 4, 2024

Tuesday saw Tony Whitehorn and Arthur McManus beat the all-star field.

On Wednesday afternoon Warren Mills, Billy Gordon and Mervyn Stewart won the day while Rick Galea went home with the prestigious Health Hub award. 

Wednesday night Business House Bowls saw a great win to the Burrows Girls.

Saturday and Sunday saw Manny Isgro, with his team of Russell Jackson and John Fielding win the two bowl triples for the second year in a row.

Saturday morning saw Andy McDougall go up against Russell Jackson and Tony Whitehorn while Di Jackson was beaten by Ash Warland in the B Division final.

Sunday afternoon social bowls saw Rick Galea and Alan Pershouse with 18 points, beat Arthur McManus on 17 points with Ian Furner and on 16 points Billy Gordon, new member Tye Webber with skipper Tony Kelly in third place.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Triples Champions - Manny Isgro, John Fielding and Russell Jackson. Photo supplied

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Bowen Bowling

April 4, 2024

Sunday Social: I. Thatcher, Wendy Coles and Gus Munro defeated Keith Kirk, Daryl Tuttle and Steve Roome. Glen R, Ross Scanlon and Lloyd White had a drawn game with Gordo, Ray Muir and Jane Gilbert.

There was one game of Scroungers: Ron Gould won against Lee Welsted, Brit Neal.

Wednesday Social: Ron Gould, Robyn Stitt and Gavin Charles defeated Dave White, Rob Robba, Lloyd White. Allen Williams, Wendy Coles and Jane Gilbert defeated Ray Muir, Helen Jacobsen and Steve Roome. I. Thatcher and Gus Munro defeated MaryEllen Pratten.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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Dodging Easter Showers

April 4, 2024

There has been a combination of competition games and social bowls played this week as opportunities presented themselves.

In "B" Singles David Ling defeated Bruce Uhe 27 - 18; Gavin Noonan defeated Ken Watts 25 - 10.

On Wednesday Social Bowls John Anderson and Mike Harrison drew 22-all with Arthur Griffith and Peter Lawton; Alen Sanderson played double lead. Alen, Philip Brown and Heather Brown defeated Alen, Bruce Uhe and Sandy Daffara. 

On Sunday the weather was looking very iffy but held off enough for Social Bowls to take place.

Bruce Uhe and Heather Brown defeated Arthur Griffith and Peter Lawton 32-15;  Philip Brown and Mike Harrison defeated Mary Hedgelong and Sandy Daffara 25-16. 

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Wangaratta Weekly Bowls

April 4, 2024

Results for social play on Tuesday Bron Tolcher, Robyn Stitt and Penny Warren defeated Margaret Wilson, Mark Drummond and Sugar Brunker. Merle Elphinstone, Sue Shearing and Geoff Danvers defeated Irene Laird, G Charles and Greg Colquhoun.

Ladies Club Competition: B Singles Gwenda Lydom defeated Deb Retchless. Triples: Denise Wallace, Linda Scells and Penny Warren defeated Gwenda Lydom, Irene Laird and Lyn Danvers.

Men’s Competition: A Singles Allan Rolfe defeated Kevin Daniels, Mitch Wright defeated Steve Roome.
A Pairs: Kennedy Whitton and Herb Dalton defeated Jason Wright and Mitch Wright.  

Winners for Sunday afternoon social bowls were Toni Bowen, Graeme Read and Allan Rolfe defeated Deb Retchless, Albi Vigar and Pat Tracey. Jim Quod, Isobel Wheeler and Mark Drummond defeated Merle Elphinstone, Penny Warren and Kevin Daniels.

Don’t forget Barefoot Bowls this Friday night.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Sunday winners. Photo contributed

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Pre-Season Kick-Off For Junior Rugby League

March 28, 2024

Round 1 was tough and hot with plenty of sunburnt faces, but not dampened spirits. Under 11’s Coach, Scott Clarke, said his players were “a little rusty at the start but came home strong”. Both his teams showed “lots of heart and effort”.  
This year the club focuses on creating a positive team culture for all to be included and given a fair go. New coaches for the 2024 season, Levy Mika and Bruce McQuillan, stated “every single one of the kids gave it everything they had. There was a lot of positives to take away from week 1!”
A special mention to the under 13s with the first game of the season playing under the International Rules playing for points. They were led by their Captain, Cooper Liesch, who returned to the game after knee surgery last year.
10 months on and he came and showed Souths what he is capable of, running over his opponent in attack and defensively taking every hit up. Were there nerves for his first game back? - absolutely! Cooper’s mum, Manuela, explained “it has taken a lot of hard work, sweat, tears and determination” to get him back to doing what he loves. His teammates were thrilled to have their leader back.

Contributed with thanks to Lisa Jackson.

Under 11s Blue team with Coach, Scott Clarke, League Safes, Greg Kennedy and Pat Kelley 
Under 13s Captain, Cooper Liesch, running through a tackle from Souths opponent.
Cooper Leisch with teammates
Photos supplied

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Whitsunday United Home Games

March 28, 2024

With the season finally getting some momentum, most Whitsunday United teams played at home.
The U13 Division 1 team secured the 3 points via a forfeit, so a scratch match was organised with the Airlie Beach and Proserpine under 12’s. Players from both sides were extremely happy to finally get to play some football and it was quite a competitive match for a local friendly, with WUFC coming out on top at the full-time whistle 4-3. Some great link up play down the right wing saw Cohen Forman and Charlie Collins combine for two goals. Remy Smart and Tyson Lulham rounded out the scoring.

The U13 Prem team took on the highly fancied Magpies outfit in what was always going to be a hard-fought match, Whitsunday went into half time one nil down. Their coach asked for passion and commitment until the final whistle and that’s what they gave, which was rewarded 2 minutes before time with a bursting run down the right and a thunderous finish from captain Shannon Matthews. Both Shannon and Nicholas Moranino worked tirelessly in centre midfield against their opposing numbers. Whitsunday were kept in the game by goalkeeping heroics from Nicholas Philipson, who faced 33 shots, but only conceded one. A fantastic team effort that sets the tone for the season.

Premier ladies had a tight contest against Magpies this week. Knowing this week would be a tougher game the ladies made sure they put pressure on Magpies from the start. Jess, Keeley and Hazel were strong in the midfield ensuring Magpies were given no time on the ball to create chances and Claire held the defensive backline strong to shut down any breakthrough play. Neither team could get ahead until the second half when a perfectly placed free kick by Mathilde saw Whitsundays take the lead. Unfortunately, Magpies managed to get one back late in the second half off a corner ball which left both teams sharing the points on a 1-1 draw.


The Reserve men wanted to put pressure on City Brothers who were playing out from the back of defence. In sections they were good, but still lacked intensity in pressing as a group, going in at half time as a scoreless draw. With an improved attitude and intensity, we were much better in the second half, finishing the game 1 all.

Premier men fielded their strongest team to date, led by some experienced heads playing their first games for the year. Scott Boldy was dominant on the right wing creating chance after chance and goals to Alan O'donnel and Josh Bond had the scoreline 2 nil at half time. A red card to the opposition at the start of the second half compiled the pressure on Brothers, and the large amount of possession Whitsunday held, amounted to 2 more goals for Alan and the end result of 4 nil.

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Cannons Have A Ball in Bowen

March 28, 2024

Last weekend, 28 Cannonvale Cannons travelled to Bowen and had a fantastic time at the Bowen LC Family Meet. Congratulations to the following swimmers who earnt top placings in the majority of their events: Don Algie, Eloise Chegwidden, Harry Chegwidden, Tora Delac, Jack Ganter, Koa Harland, Mackenzie Bennett, Tyler Bennett, Harris Delac, Thomas Ganter, Jasper Korosec, Nelson Malady, Noah Maltby, Eric Mulliss, Matilda Nicholes, Celeste Orenshaw, Isaac Pisaniello, Isabella Pisaniello, Andie Reynolds, Dylan Reynolds, and Zachary Trefz. Congratulations to Millie Groom and Lucas Korosec who won all their events.  
The coaches, Mark Erickson, and Ken Crittenden were very impressed by the swimmers and their achievements. Swimmers swam super times in the medleys. Ruby Harland swam a massive 51.52 second in her 400 metre IM. Ruby’s sister, Koa also swam a massive PB in her medley. She swam a 22.89 second PB in her 200 metre IM. Isaac Pisaniello swam a whopping 41.10 secomd PB in his 200 metre IM. Harris Delac swam a terrific time of 3.30.87 in his 200 metre IM, a 19.18 secons PB.  Jasper Korosec swam a 9.47 second PB in her 200 metre IM.  
Other highlights include: Indigo Harland swam extremely well, swimming PBs in all her events. She swam a massive PB of 20.77 seconds in her 25 metre Breaststroke. Leo Mulliss, aged 7 years, swam an excellent 25 metre Backstroke in a time of 30.26 seconds, a 14.19 second PB.  Sisters, Sophie, and Miranda Palmero both swam super times in their Breaststroke events. The Trefz brothers both swam extremely well in the 200 metre Freestyle and 200 metre IM to earn 1st place. Zach Trefz swam his 200 metre Freestyle in 2.37.79, a 16.35 second PB.  

Congratulations to all the Cannons who competed in Bowen! A big thank you to all the wonderful parents who managed the team and officiated over the weekend.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen.

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Bernard Woods Selected For NQ Cyclones Touch Football

March 28, 2024

The National Touch League (NTL) is a major Touch Football Competition held at Coffs Harbour each year. The NTL attracts the best teams from around Australia.

Whitsunday Touch is proud that Bernard Woods was selected for the NQ Cyclones in the Over 55 Division of the NTL.

In Bernard’s Division there were teams from the ACT, Brisbane, Southern Qld, Sydney, Victoria, and the Hunter region.

The NQ Cyclones were undefeated in their Round Games and went into the Grand Final against the Sydney Scorpions who they had defeated 3 to 2 in the rounds.

Unfortunately, the score was reversed in the Grand Final.

Woodsy’s individual performances were impressive. He ended up equal third in tries scored (5) with 7 being the best, and in the Final he was voted Player’s Player by his team.

Hearty congratulations Bernard.

Round Six Results

Mixed A
Vipers 11 defeated Raiders A 4
G.E.T. Touch defeated In The Crear (forfeit)

Mixed B
Whitmonday Eagles 8 defeated Stingers 4
Raiders B 15 defeated Flame Tree Flames 5
Ray White 8 defeated Full Boar 6

Mixed C
Sheds N Homes 6 defeated Mighty Mustangs 3
Untouchables 10 defeated Bulls 6

Mixed Juniors
Raiders Blue 4 defeated Raiders Green 1
Hamo Rent 10 defeated Raiders Purple 3

Touch Footy star Bernard Woods. Photo supplied

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Wangaratta Weekly Bowls

March 28, 2024

Social play on Tuesday saw Deb Retchless, Lyn Danvers, Isobel Wheeler and Geoff Danvers defeat Irene Laird, Merle Elphinstone, Margaret Wilson and Linda Smith. Gwenda Lydom, Kevin Jewel and Greg Colquhoun defeated Sue Shearing, Penny Warren and Sugar Brunker. The jackpot didn’t go off.

Ladies Club Competition: Crooked Kitty Robyn Stitt defeated Deb Retchless. Final of the fours was played resulting in Robyn Stitt, Deb Retchless, Tiarna Winter and Fely Duncan defeating Irene Laird, Merle Elphinstone, Margaret Wilson and Linda Smith. B Singles Gwenda Lydom defeated Bron Tolcher. Ladies A Pairs have been called for Saturday 6 April at 8.30am and the final Sunday 28 April.

Men’s Competition: A Singles Jason Wright defeated Graeme Read, Herb Dalton defeated Lloyd White. The Brian Winspear Single sets 2023 competition was completed this week. On Thursday Penny Warren defeated Geoff Danvers. On Sunday Greg Colquhoun took out the trophy by defeating Penny Warren.  

Winners for Sunday afternoon social bowls were R Stitt and A Rolfe defeated Laurie Land, Mark Drummond, Deb Retchless and Denise Wallace defeated Bill Myers, Penny Warren and Sugar Brunker. Merle Elphinstone, Isobel Wheeler and Kennedy Whitton defeated Jim Quad, Albi Vigar. The jackpot didn’t go off.

                                                                                                                   
Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Ladies Club Fours Winners. Photo supplied

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Weekly Report From Airlie Bowls

March 28, 2024

Tuesday afternoon the Men’s President Peter Barrett led his team of Paul Osborne and Keith Bates to an overall victory with Rick Galea taking home the prestigious Health Hub award.

The same afternoon also saw a repeat performance in the final of the Ladies Fours Championship with skipper Joan McGrath for the second year running leading her team of lead Sandra Argo, second Jill Spencer and third Hendrieka Tattam win. 

Wednesday afternoon saw an awesome performance by Shane Spann whom with Eyvonne Wilson smashed the opposition with a phenomenal performance with Arthur McManus taking home the health hub award.

Sunday afternoon social bowls saw visitor Ian Turner return and led his team of Betty Whitehorn and Keith Bates to victory and to cap off a great day Keith also took home the wonderful Health Hub award.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Sandra Argo, Jill Spencer, Joan McGrath and Hendrieka Tattam. Photo supplied

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Bowen Bowls Weekly Results

March 28, 2024

Competition games: Club Singles: Steve Roome defeated Wendy Coles.
Club Pairs: Gus Munro and Ray Muir defeated Tiarna Winter and Robyn Stitt.

Sunday Social: I.Thatcher, Daryl Tuttle, Steve Roome defeated Anna Melic, Wendy Coles, Jane Gilbert. Ray Muir, Keith Kirk, G. Reddacliff defeated Ron Gould, Brett Lampard, Steve Roome.

Wednesday Social: Ron Gould, Gordo defeated MaryEllen Pratten, Ross Scanlon. I.Thatcher, Daryl Tuttle, Jane Gilbert. I.Thatcher, Daryl Tuttle, Jane Gilbert defeated A.Melic, Peter Bruce, Glen R.

Contributed with thanks to Joan Edwards.

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Proserpine Bowls News

March 28, 2024

In Club Champion Singles Bryan Davy defeated Ken Watts 26-11; Michael Kinnear defeated Gavin Milne 25-8; Wayne Handley defeated Todd Leys 25-10; David Ling Defeated Philip Brown 25 - 12.

In B Singles Mike Harrison defeated Vince Olsen 25 - 2; Bruce Uhe defeated Arthur Griffith 26 - 17; Todd Leys defeated Alen Sanderson 26 - 6.

In Club Championship Pairs David Ling and Andrew Bell defeated Bryan Davy and Luchie Gardel 27 - 11; Michael Kinnear and Grahame Kinnear defeated Peter Lawton and Dale Haack 21 - 14.

At Wednesday's Social Bowls Philip Brown, Arthur Griffith, Mike Harrison and Dale Haack defeated Alen Sanderson, John Anderson, Bruce Uhe and Peter Lawton 22 - 15. 

Sunday Social Bowls John Anderson, Phililp Brown and Bruce Uhe defeated Lee King, Philip Brown and Sandy Daffara 32 - 4; Barry Zillmann and Heather Brown defeated Arthur Griffith and Mike Harrison 29 - 10.

Save the date of Saturday, April 20 when the club will be holding a lunchtime BBQ, the 2023 Presentation and an afternoon of Social Bowls. 

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown.

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Bowen Sailors Ready for Easter Regatta

March 28, 2024

On water race training and boat preparations have been well underway among the sailing members and associate club members of Bowen’s Port Denison Sailing Club, with Sunday the 24th of March seeing the final off beach racing weekend for the term.
Four races were held in light to moderate breezes on the high tide waters between the PDSC Clubrooms and the Bowen Jetty arm. Green Fleeters climbed aboard the race starter boat to see first hand how races begin with the sequence of flags and whistles during the count downs.  
The three Jordan siblings from Mackay, Jesse, Charlie, and Julian, on their Sabots joined PDSC’s Rory and Reid Martin, and Darcy and Fletcher Kennedy, on their Optimists making a total of seven small dinghies, with five adults and youths on Windsurfers also taking the line. It was a mixed bag of results with everyone enjoying the close racing, evidenced by the smiles all round.  
As a special treat two of the windsurfers then took each of the Green Fleeters for an exhilarating ride back to shore after the racing, further whetting their appetites for sailing in all forms. PDSC recognises the wide range of off beach sailing classes and looks to provide varied opportunities to Club members to participate in the sport variation of their choice.  
PDSC wishes the best of luck to all its members racing in the upcoming Easter Regatta at Whitsunday Sailing Club. The Committee thanks all its volunteers for their assistance during Term 1 and wishes everyone a safe and happy Easter holiday break, with racing and lessons to resume from Term 2.  
The next term’s calendar for Little Pirates and Big Pirates lessons, Green Fleet training, and off beach racing days will be published shortly on the Port Denison Sailing Club Facebook page.  

Contributed with thanks to Johanna Winstanley. 

Bowen sail racing. Photo supplied

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WHAT TO DO BOATING ADVICE Capsizes and swamping

March 28, 2024

Boats capsize or swamp mostly because of poor stability or rough conditions. Poor stability is caused by excess weight on board, whether it is people or cargo, and where the weight is positioned. It is essential to position weight as low as possible and ensure the bow or stern is not lower than the other. If the boat appears to be slow to respond to a roll or pitch then the boat may be overloaded. In rough conditions the boat relies on the bow to provide lift into the prevailing sea condition, whether it is wind chop or ocean swell.

When a boat breaks down or is drifting, the wind will turn the bow away from the wave direction and the stern will face into the waves. This is a dangerous situation, as the stern or transom usually has the lowest freeboard and is subject to taking water. If you break down or are adrift in rough conditions, anchor immediately if practical, or deploy a drogue (a bucket on a rope can act as a drogue) to keep the bow into the sea. Never anchor your boat by the stern. Even the passing wake of a boat can come over the transom and cause a swamping.

Contributed with thanks to VMR Whitsundays

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AFL Back With Preseason Carnival!

March 21, 2024

Saturday saw cracking AFL matches return to Airlie Beach with 2024 AFLQ Mackay Senior Preseason Carnival hosted by Whitsunday Sea Eagles at home. AFL players from across Mackay, Townsville, Moranbah and Whitsundays put on a show in the competition for the Preseason Carnival Shields.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Senior Men took out the Men’s Preseason Carnival Shield in their first hit out of the year after some tight contests throughout the day saw them finish in the final.

Sea Eagles were looking forward to a tight contest with Mackay Magpies in the final however they took their bags home in a forfeit leaving Whitsunday Sea Eagles home crowd disappointed. Sea Eagles Senior Men hope to go all the way this year to take out the 2024 Premiership with history showing their Preseason Carnival success has odds in their favour.

Senior Women played out for the perpetual Barb Adamson Preseason Carnival Shield with Hermit Park Tigers going back-to-back taking out the 2024 Shield against Bakers Creek Tigers in a close and entertaining match up. Sea Eagles Senior Women had a challenging day slogging it out in wet conditions making it hard to get a run forward. Hitting the main stage for their final match they put on a show for the appreciative home crowd finishing with a win.

Sea Eagles first home game is 27th April at Whitsunday Sportspark. Whitsunday Sea Eagles train at the AFL oval in Jubilee Pocket Tuesday and Thursday nights with all welcome.

Contributed with thanks to Kaz Morrison ; photo supplied

Caption:

1: Hermit Park Senior Women 2024 Preseason Carnival Winners. Photo supplied

2: Sea Eagles Senior Men’s Coach Luke Sommerville with Preseason Carnival Shield

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What should my child eat before exercise?

March 21, 2024

This largely depends on the duration and intensity of the session, however there are some general guidelines to help. The longer your child is training and the higher the intensity, then the greater the energy requirement. If the session is longer than 75 minutes (again, depending on the individual child and the intensity of the session), intra-session fuelling may be necessary.

Before exercise, children should focus on fast-digesting carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit, low-fibre cereal with low-fat milk and fruit, a fruit smoothie, low-fibre bread with jam or honey, a bowl of pasta with a tomato-based sauce, crumpets or rice cakes with sliced banana and honey or raisin toast.

Limit high protein, high fat and high fibre foods that are slow digesting and are better off consumed 3 - 4 hours before exercise and post-exercise. A small snack should be encouraged if your child exercises early in the morning, approximately 30 - 60 minutes before training, followed by a full breakfast after training. High-fibre foods may cause stomach upset. Children should always practise their meal choices, timing, and exercise to ensure no stomach upset. Never introduce new foods on the day of a competition. Fuelling strategies should be practised as part of training. Furthermore, children should avoid energy drinks and prioritise water for hydration.


Contributed with thanks to Next Stars Sports Academy and EmpowerMe Nutrition & Fitness.

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