Whitsunday Region Sporting News & Results

Airlie Beach Parkrun

Airlie Beach Parkrun

This week 80 motivated people ran, jogged and walked the 5km waterfront course, of whom 22 were first timers to Airlie Beach parkrun and 6 recorded new personal best times - well done to Darren, Jay, Isabella, Bronwyn, Susanne and Kathryn. In addition, Nathalie celebrated 25 weeks as a volunteer. Bob celebrated his 100th parkrun and Janice and Keegan completed their 100th parkrun at different locations, they came to Airlie Beach to celebrate these milestones.

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Close Finish For Friday Night Under Lights Basketball

Close Finish For Friday Night Under Lights Basketball

In a thrilling conclusion to the inaugural Friday Nights Under Lights junior basketball competition, the Proserpine Pirates have clinched the title overcoming a late challenge from the Cannonvale Crocodiles.

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Airlie Beach Darts

Airlie Beach Darts

A six-match week for the Airlie Beach Darts Club on return from mid-season break, starting with a midweek match played between Ross Gallichan and Jamie Woods.

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

Airlie Beach Bowls News

For Airlie Beach Bowls Club members living here in paradise, the mornings may be cold this winter, but the bowls are sizzling.

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Proserpine Bowls News

June 30, 2022

On Wednesday there were two games of Social Bowls played, with Arthur Griffith and Philip Brown defeated Bob Ross and Garry Alexander.

Final score was 31-3, while Mike Harrison and Warren Wilson defeated Tom Jessop and Peter Lawton, 28-14.

Many thanks to all who assisted on Thursday morning with the working bee.

On Sunday afternoon John Anderson, Mary Hedgelong, and Garry Alexander defeated Heather Brown, Mike Harrison, and Jim Quod 24-22.

Tom Jessop, Philip Brown and Arthur Griffith came back from a deficit to defeat Alen Sanderson, John Lahney, and Peter Lawton 30-20.

Saturday, July 2: upcoming Club Championship Fours will start at 8.30am.

Peter Lawton, Garry Alexander, Dale Haack, and David Ling vs Gavin Noonan, Luchie Gardel, Andrew Bell, and Barry Saroglia; Shane Kinnear, Brett Saroglia, Michael Kinnear, and Grahame Kinnear vs Todd Leys, Nathan Dodds, Scott Hamilton, and Gavin Milne

Semi Finals Club Championship Fours on Saturday, July 2 begins at 11.30am. Winner of Ling/Saroglia game v Harry Craig, Duwaine Hiscox, Toby Craig and Marcus Craig; Winner of Kinnear/Milne game vs Martin Corr, Warren Wilson, Jonathan Bye and Wayne Handley

Final Club Championship Fours begins Saturday, July 2 at 2.30pm between winners of Semi Final vs Winners of Semi Final.

Sunday, July 3, 9am start for the B Pairs Alen Sanderson and Harry Craig vs Arthur Griffith and Bruce Uhe, Peter Lawton will be subbing for Bruce Uhe; Club Championship Pairs Marty Flowers and Vince Olsen v Jonathan Bye and Wayne Handley

Please note, all games will be play/sub or forfeit.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

Enjoying the sunshine and perfect weather for bowls, Mike Harrison and Tom Jessop

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Wangaratta Bowls

June 30, 2022

Monday last week saw a full green of self-selected triples, the winners for the afternoon were J Breakwell, B Bowring, and J Stamp defeat P Sullivan, M Hyde, and R Hyde.

Tuesday’s big winners for the afternoon were S Pearson, J Hayson, and S Farrell defeating J Painting, B Bellingham, and R Stitt.

Fun Friday winners for the afternoon was Robyn Ron, who defeated Mandy Chris.

Sunday winners for the afternoon were Brian and Steve Franz defeating Deb Kaye and David Denis.

Ladies Competition final of the Ladies’ was A Singles won by Penny Warren who defeated Denise Wallace.

Men’s Competition: A Singles M Wright d M Drummond. The final was played on Sunday with Geoff Danvers defeating Mitch Wright.

Don’t forget we are hosting our Monster Cent Sale at the club on Saturday afternoon starting 1.30pm sharp.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

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Bowen Golf Report

June 30, 2022

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford event at Bowen Golf Club, with  men’s winner Greg Fairs 40 points, and runner up Rob Byles 39 points.  

Ladies’ winner on the day was Marg Need, 39 points, while runner up was Wendy Tracey, 36 points on the countback.

Saturday was a Stableford competition sponsored by Tim Warren Auto Airconditioning and Electrical.

Ladies’ winner Freddy Lynch, 38 points on countback, while runner up was Pauline Martin with38 points, too.

Men’s winner Marcus Yasso finished with 40 points on countback, and runner up was Ryley Malone, also on 40 points.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

: Tim Warren winners Freddy Lynch, with runner up Pauline Martin, and runner up Ryley Malone

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Veteran’s Golf

June 30, 2022

Mid-June saw the end of the FISHi Veteran's Opens for another year, with 35 players out on the green for the final day, seven of whom were out of towners.

The weather was fine, although a bit windy, and the course was in good condition. Women's Champion was Tina Randmae with a great score (39), second Vickie Wallace (37), and third Leanne Alexander (38).  

The Men's Champion was Vic Feldman with the top score of 40, second Trevor Paroz (35) and third Barry Mortimer (34).

Nearest the pins for the Women went to Marieta Smith (2nd), Elspeth (9th in the hole and 16th) and Robyn Whitham (13th).

The Men's nearest the pins went to Trevor (2nd), Vic (9th and 13th), and Nick Apruzzese (16th).  

Winners for closest to the snake up the 18th were Ken Granger and Debbie McCowan, while the lucky winners of the FISHi seafood tray were Jan and Barry Shuwalow.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Jan and Barry Shuwalow, winners of the FISHi seafood tray

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On The Whitsunday Green

June 30, 2022

The weekly competition winner this week was Terry Kimpton with 20 points, Ron Thynne came in second with 20 points and new player Brayden Davies was third on 19 points.

The Prawn Run was won by Wayne Singleton who took first place on a count back win 21 points. Second was Glenn Scott also with 20 points and third Brayden Davies with 20 points.

Sunday was the first Monthly medal for the new year’s cycle, won by Adam Singleton with a nett 48 followed by Wayne Singleton with 52 taking the count back placing over David Thomas also on 52.

Best off the stick was Justyn Durbin.

Nearest the Pin was Glen Scott and Elise Hodgson. This Sunday will be the Club Championships for a 27 hole round win, with great prizes on offer.

Registrations are being taking this week and must be in by Friday.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

Scott Hayes

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Sea Eagles Celebrate Comeback Win

June 30, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles teams tackled Mackay Magpies in a fantastic day of footy at Whitsunday Sports Park.

After hard games against Saints the week before, all teams were looking to turn it around and come home with wins.

In the senior matchup, Magpies were first to the scoreboard against a struggling Sea Eagles team, winning out the first quarter two goals to zip.

Whilst Sea Eagles had their fair share of the footy in the second, inaccurate kicking meant Magpies were able to pile on another five goals. The home side saw a half time deficit of seven goals, however the game turned upside down in the second half with Sea Eagles lifting their level of play to take back the match.

Backline was led by Jake Turner and Alex Rodgers, midfielders Jake Smith and Brent Downie stepped up, and Sam Keating and Eden Wishart worked together to hit the scoreboard.

The vocal home crowd played their part, building with excitement as Sea Eagles managed eight goals to Magpies zero in the second half to take out the win.

Sea Eagles Senior Women had a fantastic 89–0 win against Mackay Magpies managing to kick their highest ever score.

Deakoda Costello snagged four up front, whilst Mia Trinder played her usual high standard of footy. Georgie Carland held the defence together and Sheridan Callcott showed her ever improving skills around the ground.

Penny Turner bagged four goals in her first ever AFL game and the younger squad of Under 18s had outstanding games with Makayla Rataj and Jade Healey both scoring goals.

Sea Eagles Under 17s had another win under their belt against a struggling Magpies side and were able to expand their ever improving skills to come away comfortable winners 94 – 34.

Under 14s Sea Eagles also had a comfortable win 72 – 12 with the team able to work well together to provide the forward line multiple opportunities to hit the scoreboard.

Get down to Mackay this weekend to support the Sea Eagles Senior Men taking on Eastern Swans at Rogers Oval from 1.20pm.

Contributed with thanks to Kaz Morrison

It was a hard-fought win for the senior Sea Eagles men on the weekend

Photography: Cody Fowler

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A Mostly Wonderful United Weekend

June 30, 2022

Whitsunday United saw most teams record a win or a draw at worst, starting off with the U14's, who led the way with both teams still undefeated two thirds through the season.

The top-of-the-table Premier side overcame a fast-starting Lions on the weekend to eventually roll over them, winning 4-1.

Man of the Match Reef Peel put in a huge attacking effort, scoring two goals.

The U14 Div1 side had a 5-1 win over Magpies, with Jacob Godden the outstanding performer with three goals and involvement in every play.

The U16's frustrating run continues, despite matching the top of the table and undefeated Lions side across the park.

The home side went down 2-0 as Lions capitalised on a defensive mix up, which led to a converted penalty in the last minute.

The side relied on seven U14 players backing up to fill the bench.

The Whitsunday Women played at home with the Div1 side storming to a strong 2-0 win against Dolphins. Goals to Lucia Bates and Mabel Gudes sealed the win.

Belle Howard took out player of the Match for her strong attacking runs from defence and composure on the ball. The side is now within striking distance of the top four with several games in hand.

The Premier Women had a frustrating game drawing 2-2 against a Rangers side that fought hard the whole game.

The Men’s reserves faced a determined onslaught from the Crusaders which took the visitors to a 4-1 lead, but the local lads rallied and came back to even the score at 4-4.

Nicholas Hansen starred, scoring two, whilst Josh Lowe and Philip Mcallister adding the extras. The draw keeps the side third on the ladder.

The Premier Men continued their winning form, taking a comfortable and impressive 3-0 win against the third placed Crusaders.

In a fast-paced match, the home side was never troubled and treated the crowd to some great football. Jimmy McEvoy-Bowe, an own goal, and Ben Smith the scorers, putting the side in second place with games in hand.

The school holidays don’t mean no football for the kids. Whitsunday's United FC has partnered up with Sargent Sport and Seven Football to run a three-day clinic during the school holidays – July 6 - 8, 8am from 11am.

The clinic will be run at Whitsunday Sports Park by WUFC Premier players and experienced coaches - Scott Ferries and Scott Boldy. Go to www.whitsundayunitedfc.com/events to book

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic

Men Reserves Kiel Crocker charges forward in attack

U16 Prem Alex Grossi with a nice touch forward

Photography: Penny Grossi

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Dick Todd Charity Bowls Returns

June 30, 2022

After a four-year hiatus, a long-running charity bowls event commemorating the life of a much-loved Proserpine local returned to raise $1990 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Sixty-four bowlers were out in force at the Airlie Beach Bowls Club on Saturday morning for the Richard ‘Dick’ Todd Memorial Bowls.

The annual event – which took a break during the Covid pandemic – has raised funds for charities across the Whitsundays since its inception in 2011.

Named for local Dick Todd, the event commemorates the Proserpinian’s life – which was tragically cut short after a lung cancer diagnosis.

Started by his brother Ken Todd, the event is an encapsulation of Dick’s enjoyment of both the sport of bowling and his ability to bring the community together – while having a bit of a drink and a laugh.

Ken Todd said the event has previously raised funds for the Proserpine hospital, as well as money for a young, local girl who was fighting cancer.

“We always know where it’s going, and it’s always for a good cause. This year, we’ve put it to Leukaemia Foundation because we had someone from our group whose wife passed away from it this year,” Mr Todd said.

“The idea is, come in as colourful clothes as you can. Dicky would have loved it.”

His daughter, Debbie Todd, said the same: “He was a big bowler and he loved to be happy, to sing and dance. Especially with the drinking on the side!”

“It’s a good way to remember and celebrate his life, as well as raise money for causes.”

The event had multiple sponsors contributing to its raffle and auction, which were the main fundraising portions of the day.

Dick Todd’s family (pictured here) have been running a charity bowls event in his honour for almost ten years

Sixty-four bowlers were out in force on the day, enjoying the sun, fun, and drinks, as well as raising funds for Leukaemia Foundation

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Raiders Combat Camelboks

June 30, 2022

Mama Africa Raiders travelled down the Bruce to take on Kuttabul Camelboks at Lions Park, on Saturday in a first versus second match-up.

Historically, games between the two have been close, physical and entertaining encounters, and Saturday’s match was no different.

The game was summed up by its last five minutes, where Raiders defended their try line, combating much bigger opposition with a never die attitude.

Coach Andrè Houston said a large percentage of the squad have played more rugby over the past two months than professionals do.

“Their Rugby commitment, representing Mackay Stingers, U19s, and Men’s Central Queensland weekend training camps, travelling for these and our own Club duties, is an indicator to why our boys started flatter today,” he said.

“We lead the whole game, but they had to dig deep to prevent Kuttabul from scoring in the last five. I applaud their determination and character”.

It was a back and forth, end to end affair, with Raiders showing flair with ball in hand to make line breaks.

The travelling side didn’t hit their natural flow and rhythm, with Kuttabul disrupting Raiders with accurate tackling, strong running, and strong set pieces.

The boot of Niall Clancy kept the Raiders ticking over, scoring 12 points for the day. Individual brilliance by Cayden Yuskan saw him score two tries. Brother duo Joel and Dylan Hoffmann combined to score, too.

The team’s standout was their attitude in their own 22-metres for that last five minutes, preventing Kuttabul from scoring to even the match up.

“Defence builds character,” Houston said.

“They could have easily given up, but the bond between these young men is amazing; they never want to let each other down.”

Cayden Yuskan’s stand out performance bagged him three players points. Matarae Tauroa picked up two for high work rate, and Dylan Hoffmann, for his ever presence in the back line, gained one point.

This weekend Mama Africa Raiders will be hosting the Moranbah Bulls at home to close out Round two.

The Club will also hold their annual Old Boys Day, inviting any ex-players, near or far, to come enjoy the day. Kick-off at 3.30pm.

The night will feature after match live entertainment, intermingling with past and present players, and the Wallabies vs England test match shown live on TV.

The Club wished its nine players the best of luck at the QLD Representative Carnival, representing both U19s and Men’s Central Queensland in Toowoomba this weekend.

Raiders will host their Old Boys matchday this weekend, welcoming past and present players to Whitsunday Sportspark

Raiders remain top of the table having conquered the Camelboks

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Adult Swimmers Conquer the BEAST

June 30, 2022

Every few years, coach Mark Erickson designs a new Beast swim set, with this year the return. It featured three variations: an eight-, four-, or two-kilometre Beast.  

Mark was surprised and impressed by the swimmers’ efforts on the morning, which featured swimmers like Jane Delac, who smashed the eight-kilometre set in three hours.

Jane swam one-kilometre Free, 2 x 500-metre Pull, 4 x 250-metre Kick, 3 x 400-metre IM, 800-metre Kick, 5 x200-metre Free, 20 x 50-metre Not Free, and 10 x 100-metre Choice.

Congratulations to the four-kilometre Beast swimmers: Lola Fisher, Cheryl West, Kay Corskie, Robin Arndale, Sharanne Maclean, Lisa Maher, Kate Thomson, Sonya Khatiwala, Sally Archibald, Nicole Murphy, and Julie Mitchell.  

The swimmers completed 800-metre Free, 2 x 400-metre Pull, 4 x 200-metre Kick, 8 x 100-metre IM, and 2 x 400-metre Back or Breast.  

The four-kilometre group thought the biggest challenge was the butterfly in the medleys and were pleased when that part ended.  

Congratulations to Mick Pisaniello and Sofia Fortunato for completing the two-kilometre Beast.

Mick and Sofia swam 400-metre Free, 400-metre Pull, 400-metre Kick, 400-metre Back, and 400-metre Choice.  

Both Mick and Sofia agreed the 400-metre Back was the biggest challenge.  

Well done to all the swimmers who conquered the beast!

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Julie, Kay and Lola after the four-kilometre swim

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High-Velocity Horsepower Day Tomorrow

June 30, 2022

Car enthusiasts from across the region will unite in their shared passion for motorsports at the return of Whitsunday Horsepower Day tomorrow on the Airlie Beach Sailing Club lawns.

Featuring the “genuine heroes of horsepower” – both drivers and their cars – the event is hosting upwards of a 75-vehicle display, an appearance by Supercar Driver Cameron Waters along with his Monster Energy V8, and vehicles from various racing categories.

The local community have been invited to the free entry event where rev-heads of the region will have a chance to revel in their passion.

Tevent will again contribute to local charities by raising funds and awareness for mental health groups including Whitsunday Suicide Prevention Network, Real Mates Talk, and Kick On.

Appointed Chair of Whitsunday Horsepower Heroes Inc. Colin Thomspson, said they’ll have plenty of racing teams alongside their Formula 3s, 2s, and burnout cars to name a few of the displays.

“The target for us, and what we’re working towards, is making the day a prelude event to the Townsville 500,” Mr Thompson.

“We’ve really gone all out this year: we’ll have jumping castles, a riding bull, two choppers for joy flights - an R66 and an ex-Army Huey - and loads of raffles throughout the course of the day.

“There’ll be door prizes, food all day from Sailing Club and racing celebrities like Cameron Waters; so, come out, have a family fun day, see things that you can’t normally see, especially the race cars.”

WHAT: Whitsunday Horsepower Day 2022

WHEN: July 2, 9.00am to 5.00pm

WHERE: Whitsunday Sailing Club

The Whitsundays will celebrate another engine infused Horsepower Heroes Day tomorrow with locals invited to join in on the fun

Image: R Jean Photography

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Brahmans Mixed Bag At Les Stagg

June 23, 2022

Three games at home for the round five catch-up matchup between Whitsunday Brahmans and Mackay Brothers, an old rivalry that always proves physical.

The makeup match for a washout saw the U20s continue their steady incline right to the peak, hitting fine form at the right time of the year.

The young side started off the day with a winning tune, continuing to impress as they beat the Brethren 28-4.

They’re going from strength to strength, slowly climbing the ladder with their win against Brothers – a generally strong side in the U20s.

Reserve Grade Men weren’t able to keep the momentum going, losing out 32-36 against Brothers Reserves side.

The Reserves had a strong side, but Brothers have shown their strength in Reserve grade of the past few years, so it was always going to be a tough ask for Brahmans.

The home side fought admirably in what was a try-fest, but for most of the match, Brothers were firmly in the lead.

The Whitsunday side tightened the margin towards the end of the second half and almost came away with a win, though.

A Grade was again another loss, ending 10-24 against Brothers A Grade Men.

The team were near full strength but still missing one or two key players – a tough ask against Brothers who are equal first in the competition.

In the latter stages of the game, Brahmans clocked off, made a few poor decisions at times and it cost them.

Brothers were too strong in the end and took their chances when they were given to them.

It’s a tight competition in the A grade this year, with the ladder leaving most teams with a chance to make top five for a finals finish; three teams sit equal on 10 points in second, with Carlton on top with 12.

20’s coach Trevor Nosworthy said his were very strong defensively again this week against an undermanned but top of the table Brothers team.

“The boys played with intent and composure in the second half, leading to a comfortable win,” Nosworthy said.

“They continue to build each week with the online defence the cornerstone of the teams successes so far.”

The team will send all three grades to Sarina next Sunday.

The Whitsunday Brahmans had a troubled set of fixtures against Brothers at Les Stagg Oval

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Drama Aplenty With United At Home

June 23, 2022

An exciting round of football at the sports park had it all – close games, great performances, stunning goals, and some very physical clashes.

The U14 Div1 started the show with a steady run against a much improved Dolphins side. The Whitsunday kids hit the lead early with a goal to Reef Hansen in the first few minutes. He went on to score another shortly after and the side played good football to win 4-0 with Kai Draper and Charlie Fendley adding the extras.

The U14 Premier side had the upper hand against Crusaders but conceded a late goal to end up with a 2-2 draw.

U16 Prems suffered a rare loss against the run of play. They had the upper hand over the Crusaders from the start, leading by a goal for most of the game.  Jazz Knezevic scored a hat trick of spectacular goals with Tyler Jankowski chiming in too.

Alex Grossi's touch was sublime, setting up goals from corners and free kicks. Crusaders never went away and their GK kept them in the hunt – eventually beating the home side 5-4.

The Men's Div1 team celebrated their first win of the season. Josh Lowe starred with two goals and the side ran out winners over Magpies 3-1.

Men's Reserves had a strong game against the normally dominant Magpies Reserve side. Phil McAllister scored a spectacular goal to keep the game at a 1-1 draw.

The Premier Women had a drama filled game with the visiting Magpies team on the back foot and a a three-goal lead. A clash between United player Sari Goodall and the Magpies Goalkeeper saw the game cut short after 60 minutes, when both girls ended up in hospital. Thankfully, bothescaped major injury.

The Premier Men closed out the night with a dominant win over last years' Grand Finalists Magpies.

Despite an early sending off leaving the side with 10 men for most of the game, the Whitsunday side showed their grit and determination to take the win 3-1 after being behind by a goal.

Tommy Torzsok slotted two amazing goals to steer the side to the win with Kristian Mulholland adding the extra.

The win takes the side to second place on the table.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic

Division 1 Ash Smith helping his side to their first win

Men’s Reserves Jake Flaherty having a great season - in fine form

U16 Prem Rale Mudford fought hard all day

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Airlie Beach Parkrun

June 23, 2022

This week 75 people ran, jogged and walked the 5km waterfront course. 20 were new to Airlie Beach parkrun and eight recorded new personal bests.

They were Simon, Lachlan, Banjo, Kahlina, Poppy, Braxton, Natalie and Barbara – well done!

The event was made possible by 13 fantastic volunteers: Joanne Ahern (photographer), Nick Beecroft, Nathalie Blomme, Daniel Braddock (run director), Megan Drennan, Mick Drennan, Chris Hands, Caitlin James, Ronald McCall, Dennis Mundle, Laura Oates, Kara Olver, Aimee Sulzberger. Parkrun doesn’t happen without volunteers, so their efforts are appreciated.

Next week is the last Saturday of the month, so participants are encouraged to wear their milestone shirts. Several volunteers are needed on Saturday, please contact Airlie Beach parkrun on messenger or airliebeach@parkrun.com if you can help out.

Airlie Beach parkrun started on 5th December 2015. Since then 3,873 participants have completed 20,972 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,860 km, including 2,478 new Personal Bests. A total of 336 individuals have volunteered 2,879 times.

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

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

Contributed with thanks to Airlie parkrun

Most of the team of fantastic volunteers

A great way to start a Saturday

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Raiders Keep Clean Against Mudcrabs

June 23, 2022

Friday night saw the Bowen Mudcrabs travel down to Whitsunday Sportspark for a Mackay Rugby Union Round Two replay, and a top of the table clash against the Mama Africa Raiders.

The occasion was also the second round of the new Eclipse Financial Services Cup – a newly contested cup between the two geographically close rivals.

As is always the case in Bowen against Whitsundays, both teams were going to be in for an arm wrestle.

The first points were dictated by a penalty given to Raiders after 12 minutes, before – seven minutes later - the Whitsunday side breached the Bowen defences with a try out wide by Kainoa Close-Houston, with an unsuccessful conversion.

Bowen fought back with a converted try in the 26th, bringing it to 8–7.

Raiders were again dominating tackles after, putting in solid, consistent defence of their territory.

Big Nate Williams was again busting through the opposition line with strong carries, crossing in the 35th minute for a converted try and a half time score of 15-7.

Raiders came out of half time ready to show the big crowd, as well as the opposition, why they’re top of the table.

They kept the muddies from penetrating the defensive 22 and played the game in Bowens half of the field, running out a classy win, 41-7.

Stand outs on the day were Cameron Meurant, again leading from the front, Niall Clancy, a man possessed who took on the big boys without a blink of an eye.

Hone Casey-Bloomer had one of his best games to date, with some brilliant aerial skills and strong busting runs, as well as Nate Williams, who always drags in two or three defenders when he runs.

Tries on the night went to Kianoa, Nate, Jack, Hone, Bill Crossley, and Kumya.

Players of the night were Cameron Meurant, three points, Hone Casey-Bloomer, two points, and Niall Clancy, one point.

Mama Africa Raiders travel to Lions Park Mackay next week to take on the Kuttabul Camelboks at 3.30pm, who are now in second.

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

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Cannons’ First Winter Carnival

June 23, 2022

On Saturday, the Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club hosted its first winter swimming carnival – an extremely successful day with over 120 competitors taking part.  

Coaches Ken Crittenden and Mark Erickson were thrilled with the 34 Cannons who accumulated 91 personal bests.  

Jasper Korosec and James Davies were amongst the representing Cannons and swam extremely well in their first club carnival.  

The youngest competitor, four-year-old Harry Chegwidden swam a 10 second personal best in his 25-metre Freestyle.  

Harry’s sister, Eloise swam excellent times in her Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke, winning each event.

Charlie Doherty, Koa Harland, and Isabella Pisaniello put in a mighty effort to achieve personal best times in all their races.

Don Algie, aged nine, won eight out of his nine events and swam five personal bests, while Jax Clayworth, aged eight, won all five of his events and swam four personal bests.  

Jax’s brother, six-year-old Zane was very excited with his blue ribbon swims, 25-metre Breaststroke and 25 Freestyle.  

One of Matilda Nicholes’ best swims was her 200-metre IM.  Matilda swam a massive 22sec personal best.  

Celeste Orenshaw and Isaac Pisaniello had a very successful carnival, swimming three personal bests and getting top placings in all their events.

One of Harris Delac’s best swims was his 100-metre IM in a time of 2.20.36 which earnt him a second-place finish.

Declan Dichiera swam a super 100-metre Backstroke in 1.47.38 which was close to a seven second personal best and earnt him a second-place finish too.

Maeve Dichiera and Addie Sanders swam awesome backstroke, while Evie Doherty, aged seven, swam a very smooth 25-metre Breaststroke in 30.34s.

Indi Smith swam a seven second personal best in her 50-metre Butterfly.  Indi’s brother, Levi won his 25-metre Backstroke in a time of 34.29s.  

Well done to all the swimmers and a big thank you to all the parents and volunteers who assisted.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Cannonvale Cannons winter carnival Juniors team

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Bowen Golf News

June 23, 2022

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford event for the men and Canadian foursomes for the ladies.

Ladies’ winners Robyn Slade and Claire Garrod 73.625 nett, runners-up Janice Bates and Jo Goldup 73.875 nett.  Men’s Winner Allan Cooper 38 points, runner up Gregory Fairs 37 points.

Saturday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by P&O Meehan Menswear for the men and Commonwealth Bank for the ladies.  

Ladies’ winner Bonnie Kohlhase 38 points, second place Robyn Slade 37 points, third place Elona Lynch 36 points.  

Pin shots to Robyn Slade, Morag Parker, and Lorrene Bell-Chamber, while Kim Bennion claimed the Car wash voucher.  

Men’s winner with a great score of 40 points was Craig VanVeen, second Kevin Cross 39 points, third Rodney Wells 38 points.

Pin shots to Allan Cooper with and OBP, Craig VanVeen, Andrew Menzies, and Michael Heinrich.  

This weekend’s event is a single stableford for Tim Warren Auto Air-Con and Electrical.  

Don’t forget to check the clubs Facebook page for this week’s dinner menu.  Takeaways still available.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

Your June 18 winners at Bowen Golf Club

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On The Whitsunday Green

June 23, 2022

Whitsunday Green’s weekly 9-hole competition was won this week by Nathan Nikolic on 23 points, followed by Deeray on 21 and Rob Lodders also on 21.

The club’s Friday 9-hole was won by Scott Hayes Williams on 23 points, second was Wayne Singleton on 22 and third Tyson Flavel on 21 points.

The Skins on Sunday saw Wayne Singleton impress, taking 10 Skins. Adam Singleton was Nearest the Pin. This week's 'Hole in One' goes to Kendal Nash on the 12th!

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

Kendal Nash Hole in One

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Wangaratta Bowls

June 23, 2022

Monday, June 13: Self Selected Triples was won by B Brownnell, J Stamp, and J Beakwell.

K Wallace and C Frew defeated P Sullivan and M Hyde. R Hyde, D Richards, S Roome, and R Agg defeated D Bonora, L S/Collins and K S/Collins, R Payton.

Friday, 17 June: Winners for the afternoon were C Robinson, J Paynting, and B Dykstra defeated B Bellingham, G Howie, and C Bellingham.

Sunday, 19 June: Winners for the afternoon were J Detrex, M Hyde, D Leeson, and K Whitton. Runners Up were J Matfin, C Robinson, P Warren, and S Farrell.

Men’s Triples winners were K Baxter, P Hinschen, and G Danvers.

Congratulations to the Ladies Red Pennant Side of Denise Wallace, Irene Laird, Linda Smith, Penny Warren, Robyn Stitt, Lyn Danvers, Margaret Wilson, and Fely Duncan who won the District Red Pennant flag last week.

They had a convincing victory after claiming five match wins and 10 rinks wins. They defeated other district clubs from Macknade (Ingham), Ayr, and Jubilee (Townsville). Ayr were runners up in the event.  

The Marie Venn Trophy for the overall best team was presented to Robyn Stitt, Lyn Danvers, Margaret Wilson, and Fely Duncan. This team were undefeated, winning six straight games.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Marie Venn Trophy Winners Red Pennant 2022

NQ District Red Pennant Winners 2022 Wangaratta

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Proserpine Bowls News

June 23, 2022

On Wednesday Social bowls, Alen Sanderson, Bruce Uhe, and Philip Brown defeated Jim Bownds, Mike Harrison, and Barry Zillmann 24–16, while John Anderson, Pat Bownds, and Sandy Daffara defeated Tom Jessop, John Lahney, and Peter Lawton 20–13.

Heather Brown also defeated Garry Alexander 25-21.

Saturday morning Semi Finals of the Club Championship Singles saw  Jonathan Bye defeat Garry Alexander and Gavin Milne defeat Scott Hamilton.

The second Semi Final of the B Singles had Brett Saroglia defeat Nathaniel Watts 25-20.

Saturday afternoon Final of the Club Championship Singles saw Jonathan Bye and Gavin battled it out before Jonathan finally won 25 - 21.  

Final of the B Singles saw Brett Saroglia defeat Bruce Uhe 25-13.

Champion of Champions are coming up with the Championship Singles being held at Souths Suburban on Saturday and Sunday August 20 and 21.  

Champion of Champion "B" Singles on Saturday and Sunday September 17 and 18 at Mackay City.

On Sunday Peter Lawton and Jim Quod defeated Philip Brown and Garry Alexander 31 - 15;  Alen Sanderson played double lead.  Alen, John Lahney and Barry Zillmann defeated Alen, Bruce Uhe and Heather Brown 19 - 18.

There is a working bee being held on Thursday June 23 at the club, starting at 9.30am.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

Club Championship Singles winner Jonathan Bye (right) and Runner Up Gavin Milne (left)

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

June 23, 2022

Tuesday afternoon, 24 bowlers competed for the prizes on offer with an outstanding win coming from Nik Fernbach, Pam Collins, and Paul Tobias.

Wednesday afternoon bowls saw another 24 bowlers competing for the prizes and the outstanding winners of the day was the team of Russell Jackson, Lu Rogan at lead, and Glenys Pepyat at second.

Wednesday night’s Business House Bowls played its penultimate game with Hadlow Racing and PRD leading on 18 points, and Kitties and Whitsunday Gold Coffee A team on 16 points and last season’s winners on 15.

Saturday morning saw the return of John Askew’s Scroungers with the first-round winners Eric Barnard, Andy McDougall, Rick Galea, Margo Stanley, and Ladda Purdie and the final between Rick Galea and Ladda Purdie, who claimed a last end win.

The school’s competition is coming to an end with 12 players left from the three high schools involved.

Sunday after we had our boys travel again to Mackay city to compete in the district B grade fours with two teams skippered by Ray Edwards and Neil Moore representing the club.

Sunday afternoon saw 20 bowlers competing for the prize, won by skipper Steve Lawrie with Elaine Kippen at lead, and Paul Tobias.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

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Dan The Ironman Still On The Rise

June 23, 2022

An Airlie Beach local and Hamilton Island fireman is making a name for himself as a serial podium finisher, claiming the second overall spot at the Ironman Cairns 70.3 earlier this month.

Ironman Dan McDonnell finished the gruelling 1.9km swim, 90km bike and a 21.1km run in 4:07:33, just 90 seconds behind winner and ex-professional Ironman Jamie Huggett

The 2022 Ironman was McDonnell’s second outing on the Cairns course, where just a year ago he competed in the sport for the first time, placing third in his age group of Male 18-24.

Coming off the back of another third-place finish for his age group at the 2021 Sunshine Coast 70.3 Ironman, McDonnell finally claimed a top spot finish with his performance in Cairns on June 9 – one he was “ecstatic to have achieved”.

“It feels like home turf because I grew up in Cairns, especially with all the family and friends there to support me,” McDonnell said.

“I think that was the major difference. I was so calm going into it – I spent the night before with family. It was that and another year of training, I think.”

McDonnell - who usually smashes through the running section of the ironman - spent the last year training up his swimming and biking.

As a youngster, he was a state-level cross country runner and revelled in the half-marathon distance presented by ironman.

“That was what the focus of the year of training was, and all three disciplines I did better: I swam better, I rode better and they set each other up,” McDonnell said.

“I stayed with the forward pack the entire time and when I got to the run, I got to work.”

McDonnell will move up into the 25 to 29 age group next year and hopes to attain a professional contract within the next six months.

Ironman athletes hit their prime in their late 20’s to early 30’s.

He’s now looking ahead to the Sunshine Coast 70.3 and a trip to the United States to compete in the Utah Ironman.

If he performs well, the chances are high the young Whitsunday star could make the grade.

He’ll be competing at the upcoming Airlie Beach Marathon as well, where he holds the first-place crown for the Half Marathon distance.

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Proserpine’s Pedigree Of Volleyball

June 23, 2022

There’s something in the water in Proserpine turning local high school students into exceptional volleyballers.

Two ex-Proserpine State High School students have this month made the grade to represent at state level: Cooper Goodwin in the U23 men, and Kasey Hogan in the U23 women.

Two current students have claimed a spot in the Queensland U19 men and women teams in the last week, respectively: Connor Turner and Breeana Mackay.

And the talented 20-year-old and ex-student Sam Flowerday has headed off to compete in Brazil at the Volleyball Nations League, representing the country as a Volleyroo.

Proserpine High School teacher and volleyball head coach Ben Smith laughingly calls the volleyball contingent the “Proserpine Cult”.

“They love it. I think that’s what it is – they play every single day and that’s just it,” Mr Smith said.

“We see an athletic kid at school and we push them: ‘Hey, come and try volleyball.’ If they’re good, they train, and they’re committed, they always turn good.”

The past Proserpine alumni Goodwin, 20, currently plays Brisbane Premier League volleyball, and Hogan is training as part of the Australian Institute of Sport.

Turner, a grade twelve student, will travel to Sydney in July to compete in nationals, while Mackay has been selected as a shadow for the female squad.

In the month Turner heads to the U19 level state competition, the school is expecting to have a number of students announced as making the U14 to U18 Queensland sides, too.

But all those players have an idol to look up to in Sam Flowerday.

Now a Thompson Rivers University volleyballer in Canada, having signed up as part of the college team known as ‘WolfPack’ where he faces top-tier, young American talent – some of the very best in the world - Flowerday has again been given the opportunity to pull on the green and gold Volleyroos kit and play for Australia.

But he’s no stranger to representing his country; Flowerday played at the Australian Volleyball Academy for two years, represented in both indoor and beach volleyball at the youth levels for Australia, and this Volleyball Nations League in Brazil will be his second.

He was part of the extended roster for last year’s summer iteration of the tournament, but unfortunately didn’t make an appearance.

At 20, the 6’4 Proserpine product and outside hitter played his first volleyball game in grade 9 and has been on an astronomical rise.

In this Volleyball Nations League – which began in early June - he’s played against Brazil, Slovenia, Iran, Netherlands, Canada, and Bulgaria so far, with his next fixture against Poland on June 25 tomorrow.

It’s an opportunity for the young starlet to continue to perfect his craft against the upper crust - Brazil chief among them; a team that finished fourth in the Tokyo Olympics. He’ll also have the opportunity to play Germany, Japan, France, and Argentina.

"I’m extremely grateful and honoured to be wearing the green and gold again and representing my country," said Flowerday.

"I am looking forward to learning and growing even more, not only as a player but also as a person."

Proserpine, a small country-town of roughly 3,000, has a big, volleyball-shaped heart – and it’s beating strong.

Written by Declan Durrant

Sam Flowerday is the upper echelon of Proserpine State High School’s volleyball alumni, pictured here spiking for his Canadian college team

The young prodigy is becoming the northern star of the school’s volleyball “cult”, making his Australian debut

Flowerday (third from the left), is staking his claim for the outside hitter position in the Volleyball Nations League

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The Great Whitehaven Beach Run

June 23, 2022

Bright blue skies and a strong headwind greeted competitors at the annual Whitehaven Beach Run as they disembarked the Cruise Whitsundays ferry and stepped onto the silica sands of Whitehaven Beach last Sunday.

A total of 281 athletes participated in the challenge, competing in a variety of events – the five- and 10-kilometre races, a half marathon and a junior run.

With the youngest just four years old and the oldest 71, the race was open to everyone and saw people from as far afield as Victoria, NSW, South Australia, West Australia and the ACT compete.

Part of the Hamilton Island Endurance Series, the next event will be the Hilly Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday, April 30, 2023.

Roland Henderson Wins Half Marathon

A Jubilee Pocket local took home a win for the Whitsundays, coming first in the half marathon, an achievement he says took him by surprise.

“I was really quite chuffed – couldn’t believe it!” said Roland.

“It was wonderful to run on the beach in the beautiful Whitsundays – where would you rather be!”

Roland completed the 21 kilometres stretch (which is two laps of Whitehaven Beach) in one hour 26 minutes and 55 seconds.

Originally from Canberra and a self-confessed ‘athletics kid’, Roland moved to the Whitsundays 12 years ago.

A member of the Whitsunday Running Club, he has enjoyed competing in half marathons up and down the coast from Mackay to Townsville but says this is his first big win.

Rolland had his partner Allison with him to cheer him on.

Riana Wronski Wins The 5k

Coming first for the women in the five-kilometre beach run, Riana completed the course in just 22 minutes and 53 seconds.

Practicing regularly at the weekly Airlie Beach parkrun, Riana can often be seen wheeling her double buggy containing her children; three-year-old Harry and eight-month-old Grace.

Keen to get back into running after having her littlest child, Riana said she was excited to start off with the five kilometres and is looking forward to training more so she can compete in longer distances in the future.

“I led the ladies’ race the whole way which was incredible,” said Riana.

“I was waiting to be overtaken at the turnaround but we headed right into the southerly wind and I made it all the way in the lead.”

Making a day of it, Riana brought her family along to cheer her on and said that the whole day was incredibly well organised.

She also wanted to mention the achievement of local Aimee Sulzeerger who came second for the women in the half marathon and is currently in training for an Ultra Marathon.

1 and 1b – 281 athletes compete in the annual Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Rolland Henderson crosses the finishing line2b – Rolland accepting his award

Riana Wronski wins the 5km

Riana with her two children after the race

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A “Master Class” on the Wonders of the Reef

June 16, 2022

The Coral Sea Academy invites you to come on a journey as we dive beneath the waves to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Stretching more than 2,300km and home to a multitude of marine life, the world heritage Great Barrier Reef is one of the planet’s 7 natural wonders and the Coral Sea Academy is on a mission to share the reasons why through an immersive story-telling experience for the Whitsundays community and general public to enjoy.

On Saturday 25th June, from 10am – 12.30pm, this free event, “Exploring Our Natural Wonder”, will take place at The Lookout Lounge, Coral Sea Marina.

Locals and visitors will discover more about what lies beneath the surface and receive their very own Master Class from many of the Whitsunday’s very own Master Reef Guides.

“Guests can expect to be educated, entertained and inspired by this living treasure’s most ardent ambassadors, Master Reef Guides,” explains Crystal Lacey, local Master Reef Guide and “Little Fish Tourism” Director.

“With over 5 Master Reef Guides expected at the event, you can expect to learn more of the magic below including the master builders of the sea, Mega Fauna, and some unique characters who all call the reef home”.

Guests will benefit from the passion and knowledge of these reef ambassadors, as they impart up-to-date scientific and management information about the reef and explain what people can do to make a difference themselves.

In 2019, Coral Sea Marina launched Coral Sea Academy, an initiative designed to educate people on the natural environment, sustainable boating practices and preserving the Great Barrier Reef. It has also become the perfect platform in which to encourage guests and visitors to join the mission to affect positive change.

Discover more at coralseaacademy.com

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Local Club’s Weightlifting Golden Age

June 16, 2022

Local weightlifters have been smashing their own personal goals as well as national ones, with a young superstar claiming top spot in the country for his age group in Olympic Weightlifting.

Whitsunday Weightlifting clubs Under 15 superstar, Tyson Williams Allen claimed the Best Overall lifter in Australia for his age in the early June National Titles in Townsville, topping his weight class to boot.

The talented fourteen-year-old has been weightlifting for just over a year and a half.

In his final year in the U15 division before he heads to the U17 Youth category, Tyson competed in the weightlifting championships two manoeuvres: the snatch and the clean and jerk.

In his snatch, Tyson achieved a 71kg personal best, following it up with a clean and jerk of 90kg – another personal best.

Whitsunday Weightlifting coach Leanne Knox said Tyson had a fire in his belly to claim the best lifter win after coming close in state titles back in April.

“He was so excited to win it with this being his last year in that division,” Ms Knox said.

“The past months had been hard training for him with all of that in mind and he really proved to himself what hard work can achieve.”

Tyson’s win is the first junior best overall.

The Whitsunday Weightlifting club are keeping the momentum going with five club members heading to the National Powerlifting Titles on the Gold Coast this weekend.

Rod Wecker, Ellen Brown, Leanne Knox, Ruby Carwardine, and Adam Warnock will be vying for wins at the Australian level competition and even world records.

Rod Wecker will compete in the 65- to 69-year-olds category – a division he already holds the national record in – and one in which he hopes to claim a world record. He sits five kilos shy in both the deadlift and squat records.

Ellen Brown – 70-74-year-old division- needs to deadlift 103-kilograms for her world record. Her personal best is 97.5

20-year-old Ruby Carwardine is in the junior women’s and open women’s sections, where she currently holds the national deadlift record at 185kg. She aims to achieve the 200kg junior women’s world record, where her PB is 190.

Leanne has the potential to break the world record in her 45-49 Master’s Women’s Masters Division.

The squat record is currently 135 kilograms, while her personal best is 160.

The powerlifters are hoping to travel to the World Championships on the Gold Coast in October, if results go their way this weekend.

Weightlifting Best Overall lifter Tyson Williams Allen and Whitsunday Weightlifting coach Leanne Knox

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On the Water

June 16, 2022

Twilight Race: Another lovely afternoon on the water saw 17 boats and over 100 crew sailing on Pioneer Bay in last week’s Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight race.

It was great to see two new boats in the fleet, Matchless (Terry Stevens) and Fordplay (Grant Ford).

First away was the faster boats in Division 2, with Reignition (Charles Wallis) leading the fleet away.  However, Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) led by the time they reached the first mark and never looked back, finishing almost 2 minutes ahead of the rest.  

In the battle behind, Reignition briefly held off QMS Ponyo (John Galloway) with a slow starting Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez / Iyas Shaheen) joining the battle.  Houdini (Robert Meizer) finished just seconds ahead of Wide Load (Shannan Hart) at the end.  On corrected time, Twister (Kevin Fogarty) took the honours.

Division 3 saw Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) lead the fleet away before being overtaken by Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli), Matchless and Shiraz (John Cable).  On the longer legs Aquatarius also got into the action, the light winds not helping the larger yacht.  Ultimately Wobbly Boot and Matchless broke ahead of the fleet, with just 11 seconds separating them at the finish. On corrected time, Wobbly Boot took the honours.

Races start from 4:30pm each Wednesday afternoon, so those wishing to participate as crew need to be at the club by 3:00pm.

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm

Houdini with crew on Trapeze

Wobbly Boot just holding off Matchless

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Cannons’ Awards Night

June 16, 2022

The Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club hosted its annual Awards Night on Saturday night with over 120 people present.

Jy Parkinson had an outstanding season and took out many of the top awards including The Sportsperson Award, Swim of the Year Award, and The 55 and 60 Club Awards for 100-metre Freestyle.

Coaches, Mark Erickson and Ken Crittenden thanked the Committee and parents for all their support throughout the season.  

The coaches were astounded by the number of swimmers who achieved trophies this season.  

Level 1 Trophies: Tiana Bell, Matilda Dennison, Ella Harland, Lilli Bond, Anisa Helou, Lochlan Jamieson, Daniel Saunders, Taj Murray, Ehsan Helou and Jai Dennison.  

Level 2 Trophies: Tora Delac, Scarlett Gascoyne, Remy Hedges, Holly Perrin, Sophie Fletcher, Don Algie, Jax Clayworth, Jacob Dewis, Oli Bond, Thomas Ganter, Austin Edwards-Bland, Charlie Doherty and Nelson Malady.  

Level 3 Trophies: Jacob Bell and Jy Parkinson.  

Top Senior and Junior Trainers: Nelson Malady, Tora Delac, Jy Parkinson and Holly Perrin.  

The Mudie Family 70’s Club Awards (for swimming 100-metre under 70s):  Anisa Helou, Lochlan Jamieson, Remy Hedges, Oli Bond, Mitchell Milostic, and Jacob Bell.  

The Club Medal was awarded to:  Eloise Chegwidden, Ruby Harland, Matilda Nicholes, Declan Dichiera, Rohan Gascoyne, Isabelle Pisaniello, Isaac Pisaniello, Nathan Saunders, Indi Smith, Abi Maher, Liam Filewood, Jack Ganter, and Lukas Trevaskis.  

SNQ President, Theresa Manning presented Don Algie with a SNQ Record for his 25m Butterfly as 8-year-old in a time of 18.74sec.

Congratulations to all the swimmers and a big thank you to all the parents and volunteers.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

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Airlie Beach Bowls News

June 16, 2022

Another full week started with the Ladies’ Divisions 1 and 4 travelling to North Mackay.

Only winners on the day were Div 4 team ably led by Elaine Kippen, with Robin Brown, Maureen Barnard, and Bev Taylor playing fantastic bowls winning on the last end by one.

It was a different result on Wednesday in Marian with Division 1 winning in three rinks for maximum points.

Men’s team playing Division 1 for the first year ended their season by finishing second.

Wednesday afternoon social bowls saw John Askew’s team winning easily with Paul Tobias and Russell Jackson.

Bright Victoria, Michael and Janet Jacometti from Mornington Peninsula, Phil Hancox from

Woonona NSW , Mick Foord from Bendigo Bowls Club all had a wonderful afternoon.

Saturday and Sunday saw seven rounds of the club’s June carnival with 16 teams playing from all parts of Queensland.

Victorious on the day was Rodney Howard’s undefeated team with John Brown playing out of his skin, the ever-reliable Russell Jackson, and Andrew Butler.

The annual carnival could not have gone ahead without Jill Spencer, John Askew, Linda Leycham, and Carol Crosbie.

Thanks to chefs Lyn Graham, Bev Taylor, Ladda Purdie, and Carol Crosbie for the delicious, home cooked meals.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Winners Rodney Howard, John Brown, Russell Jackson, and Andrew Butler being presented their prize money by Airlie Beach Bowls Chairman Ash Warland

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Wangaratta Bowls Report

June 16, 2022

Self-Selected Triples on Mondays are now well underway, with winners from Monday, June 6 R Hayton, Keith Armstrong, and Bob Dykstra, who defeated K Wallace, Sandra Snow, and Chris Frew.

Runners Up John Hayson and Allan Rolfe defeated Isobel Wheeler and Mark Drummond/

Others Pam Breakwell, Jack Stamp, and J Breakwell defeated Eileen Dunn, Peter Nesbitt, and G Coleman. Robyn Stitt, Marg Wilson, and Fely Duncan defeated Denis Donovan, Louise S/Collins, and Keith S/Collins.

Sugar Greg Colquhoun and Kennedy Whitton defeated T Mackall, Huie Nation, and Ian Best. Marcia Arthur, Kevin Daniels, and Geoff were other big winners, as well as R Gould, Gavin, and G Monroe.

Tuesday 7 June: Winners for the afternoon Denis Baxter Simon Fitzgerald Denis Madeley defeated Deb Beel Leon Fox Graham Brownell, G Detrey Marie Nesbit Bob Dykstra defeated Deb Retchless Heidi Reif Al Defrey, Robyn Stitt Mark Drummond Marg Wilson John Hayson Anne Penny Warren.

Fun Friday afternoons have begun, now running each week from 1pm, with first winner’s Robyn Stitt, Marie Nesbitt, and Mark Drummond.

Sunday: winners for the afternoon were Bill Parker, Ken Coad, Heidi Reif, and Ron Hyde.

Runners Up were Bill Myers, Carol Bellingham, Peter Nesbitt, and Al Defrey, with other winners Bob Russo, Vic Parmer, and Barry Beel.

June Walsh and Sugar Greg Colquhoun defeated J Defrey, Chris Robinson, and Kennedy Whitton, with Eileen Dunn, John Hayson, and Donna Leeson winners on the day, too.

Laurie Land, Mureen Hyde, and Graeme Read defeated John Breakwell, Peter Howie, and Steve Farrell to round out the week.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Ron Hyde, Heidi Reif, and Ken Coad

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Bowen Golf News

June 16, 2022

Wednesday’s competition at Bowen Golf Club was a single stableford event, with ladies’ winner Maree Uren 39 points, runner up Jane Seaborne 36 points.  

Men’s winner on a countback was Jumbo Miller 39 points, runner up Brett Richards 39 points.

Saturday’s competition was a single stableford event sponsored by Rekenen Accountants, where Ladies’ winner Julie Martin finished with 36 points, followed closely by second place on a countback Penny Stewart 33 points, and third place Ruth Dunn 33.  

Pin shots to Claire Garrod, Joy Hose, Paulette Barrett.  

Lisa Raisbeck also had an IBP and won the Car wash voucher with her pin shot.


Men’s winner with a great score of 40 points was Graham Seaborne, followed on a countback by Alan Detrey 37, and Rodney Wells 37.

Pin shots to Rod Wells, Ross Peterson, Michael Heinrich, Marcus Yasso.  

This weekend’s event is a single stableford event sponsored by P&O Meehan Menswear for the men and Commonwealth Bank for the ladies.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

L-R ladies’ winner Julie Martin, Rekenen’s Julie Mawson, and Men’s winner Graham Seaborne

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Veteran’s Golf

June 16, 2022

Last Tuesday, fourteen Proserpine’s Veteran golfers took their first trip away for the year to Home Hill.

The players had a very early start to meet the bus before the trip north where the condition of the course was in doubt.

Unfortunate overnight rain left the fourteen players nervous for the course quality, but the travelling band were lucky enough to have a clear day.

The course proved tricky for some, though, but Nick Apruzzese managed a great score of 38, with Vic Feldman 31 and Barry Mortimer 30 on a countback from Ken Granger 30.

Leanne Alexander continued her consistent performance with 35, Elsbeth Scotford 34 with Mandy Patterson 31.  

Our only pin shot went to Elspeth on 4 and 13.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Men’s winner on the day Nick Apruzzese

Ladies’ winner on the day Leanne Alexander

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On The Whitsunday Green

June 16, 2022

Whitsunday Green’s weekly stableford was won by Jacob Nightingale on 24 points, followed by Ron Thynne on 21, and Glenn Scott on 20 points.

Fridays 9-hole was won by Mark Winter on 22 followed by Brad Low and Glenn Scott with 19 points however Brad won the countback.

Sunday was a huge, yet fun day of golf on the greens as 30 teams took part in the Lions group fundraiser (check out our page 18).

The winning team on the day was FLICK, a team made up of Justyn Durbin, James Millar, Scott Hayes Williams, and Scott Morrissey. James Millar even managed his first hole in one.

Second place was a team from Emerald known as the Broncos and third the Tassal Prawn Heads.

Gross off the stick winning team was the Pro Shop Bar made up of Andrew Farrow, Scott Smith, Ryan Wilkes, and Brooks.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

James with his medal for the only hole in one at the Lions group fundraiser hosted by Whitsunday Green

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Hard grind for Whitsunday United FC in Mackay!

June 16, 2022

Another great weekend for Whitsunday United with all Premier sides undefeated.

The U14 Premier side notched up another win, beating City Brothers 5-2 in what was an even game in the first half, although once the Whitsunday team got momentum, it was all over. Star of the game was Raf Gomez who scored two goals and was solid in defence. Jacob Logan scored two and Finlay Farrell added the extra.

U16 Prems faced City Brothers as well – they only team to have beaten them this year. The team contained an early onslaught from City with the game becoming an arm wrestle through the first half. Tyler Jankowski created some magic with a stunning free kick from long range finding the back of the net. Whitsunday kept the 1-0 lead until City equalised with 15 minutes to go.

They poured on the pressure but Mitchell Milostic was outstanding in goal making some miracle saves to keep his side in the game. Tate Butler was unstoppable and Rale Mudford had a cracker in defence.

The women had a mixed bag with Div1 going down to a very Strong Dolphins side. The local girls just couldn’t get any momentum. Conversely, the Premier girls had a great game looking unbeatable from the start. Sari Goodall was on fire, blowing the Country United side apart with her speed and power up front and scoring all four goals. Coach Peter Farrell was happy. "The build and support play from every single player was terrific" he said.

Men's Div1 scramble a team together at the last minute and took on Dolphins. Although going down 5-1, the score was not indicative of how close the two sides were. Shane Savy score the goal with a great header.

The Reserve Men put on a great show in front of the home crowd, surprising the Wanderers side that beat them last week.

The local lads played with speed and aggression and looked comfortable in front, although the visitors stayed in touch keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats. Jake Flaherty, Ben Seago (penalty), and James Vodicka all contributed to the 3-2 score line.

The Premier Men put on a goal scoring exhibition in front of a big home crowd. The boys played dazzling football and despite Wanderers making them work hard, the goals flowed freely.

Harry Hodgen was a stand-out with his pace, aggression and accuracy earning him another 3 goals. Jimmy McEvoy-Bowe, Jose Puentes and Ben Farrell added the extras. A highly entertaining game for the home side supporters, with more and more junior players coming to support the seniors

We have another massive home round next weekend at the Whitsunday Sports Park with the action starting from 11:30 with U14 Div 1 and on into the evening.

High Speed tussle between Kurt Ashley and a Wanderers player

Ben Seago slots away a penalty in the reserves

Images: Penny Grossi

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Sea Eagles Men Smash Preseason Premiers

June 16, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles enjoyed footy back in paradise on Saturday with all five teams at home in Airlie Beach against Bakers Creek Tigers.

Coming off a bye, the Sea Eagles Senior Men were a little flat and struggled to match the Tigers’ intensity for the first quarter, being outscored three to zip.

Sea Eagles started the second on a mission to match the travelling side, and successfully managed three goals whilst holding Bakers Creek to a single point.

The home side kicked up a gear in the second half, shutting Bakers Creek down completely whilst working well with the ball and putting a further five goals on the board to come away 67–21 winners.

Sea Eagles Senior Women had a tough day against the ladder leaders who simply outplayed them. Sea Eagles managed to show improvement from last time they met, though, eventually seeing a 1–101 loss.

Sea Eagles Under 17s once again won comfortably. Keeping Bakers Creek scoreless in the first quarter whilst piling on six goals.

The U17s proceeded to shower the sticks throughout, with goals and points in even numbers ending with an 80–20 win.

After a fairly slow start the Sea Eagles Under 14s came out in the second half with purpose to win convincingly against Bakers Creek, 50–15.

Sea Eagles Under 12s soared at the nest this weekend, coming away more than comfortable winners against a scoreless Bakers Creek Tigers team 60–0.

Support Sea Eagles Under 14, Under 17 and Senior sides playing North Mackay Saints in Mackay this Saturday June 18, with Juniors from 10:15am and Seniors from 1:15pm at Zeolla Park.

U17s cruised to victory against Bakers Creek at the Whitsunday Sportspark last weekend

The home side managed an impressive 80-20 win

They made up one of three wins against Bakers Creek on the early-June fixtures

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What’s Playing

June 16, 2022


Rugby Union: Raiders Senior Men v Bowen Mudcrabs

Whitsunday Sportspark

7.00pm Introduction of the perpetual Eclipse Cup

Golf: BC Constructions 3 Ball Ambrose

Proserpine Golf Course

From 10.00am

Basketball: Friday Night Under Lights Whitsunday Basketball

Cannonvale State School

From 4.30pm


Football: Whitsunday United Football Club v Mackay Magpies

Whitsunday Sportspark.

U14 11.30am; U16, Division 1 Men at 3pm; Reserve Grade Men at 5pm; Premier Women 6pm; and Premier Men 7pm.

Golf: Ladies’ North QLD Golf Championship

Proserpine Golf Course

From 8.30am

Bowls: Proserpine Bowls B Singles Semi-Finals and Final Club Championship Singles

Proserpine Bowls

From 10.00am at 1.00pm.

Airlie Beach Parkrun

Coral Sea Marina



Rugby League: Whitsunday Brahmans v Mackay Brothers

Les Stag Oval, Proserpine

U20’s at 11.30am; Reserve Grade at 1pm; and A Grade at 3pm.

Golf: Ladies’ North QLD Golf Championship

Proserpine Golf Course

From 8.30am


Touch Football: Whitsunday Touch Grand Final

Whitsunday Sportspark

From 6pm


Whitsunday Netball Juniors


Whitsunday Netball Seniors

Twilight Sailing

Whitsunday Sailing Club


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Raiders Run Riot Against Brothers

June 16, 2022

It has been an interesting last three weeks for the Mama Africa Raiders since their win in Bowen, starting with the Whitsunday side travelling to Cathy Freeman oval on May 28.

Raiders fought it out in a tough draw with Slade Point - 24 all - with the game brought back from the brink of defeat by the mentally tough group of Raiders, including debutant to both the side and the sport of Rugby union, Riccie Arriola.

Best on field for that day was Andre Houston, Kainoa Close-Houston, and Rhys Ward.

The first June fixture on June 4 was due to be a home game against Mackay City Redmen but was forfeited at the last minute due to Cities being unable to field a team.

It was a letdown for Raiders who had been pumped up to play their archrivals for the first time in the season but gave an opportunity to rest a few niggly injuries.

June 11 saw Raiders Mackay, this time to play Brothers.

The game had been moved to Quarry Hill and the player bus decided it needed to have a rest on Friday night, which meant a mad rush to organise car pooling to travel.

It didn’t affect the result however, with Raiders winning 51-3.

The whole team played as one, with strong defence across the field and great tackling, all spurned on by the sides determined work on and off the ball for some timely turnovers.

The pressure was always on the Brothers attack to force errors, and The Raiders set pieces improved as the game progressed with the scrum again being a solid platform to work off.

Attack was scintillating with the eight tries for the day a sign of that, even though the wingers scored most of them, Ethan Hoffmann (1), Rhys Ward (2) and Jack Briskey (4).

The majority of these were finishing touches on hard-fought line breaks by forwards, as well as the centres.

Niall Clancy put away four conversions and a penalty goal in a stiff breeze that was blowing the length of the field all game.

Best on field was a tough choice -Jack Briskey with 4 tries, Kumya Gabey and Nate Williams making line breaks with every carry, Hone Casey-Bloomer putting in some big hits, fantastic aerial manoeuvres as well as big carries and work rate across the field.

Grant Restieaux had a fantastic first game of the year, and the bench players certainly made their presence none.

Hone Casey-Bloomer came away with the three points in the end, Nate Williams two points, and Kumya Gabey one point.

Big tackles were the order of the day when Raiders met Brothers at Quarry Hill

The home side were water-tight in their 51-3 win after time away from the field

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“A Whitsunday Wunderkind”: Young Footballer Makes The Grade

June 16, 2022

It’s been at least half a decade since the Whitsundays has had a footballing prodigy, but young local soccer player Kai Draper is looking the part with his selection in the schoolboys North Queensland side.

The 12-year-old Whitsunday United Football Club player is the first from the region to be selected for the team in five years or more.

At Whitsunday trials played in Ayr in late May, the Proserpine born and bred youngster impressed selectors enough to nab his spot after five games against teams from Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers, and Herbert River.

He was one of 90 boys at the trials.

A midfielder by trade, Kai has played the sport “since he could walk” and has always had a love for the world game.

He played at Airlie Beach Football Club in his formative years before graduating to Whitsunday United, and also trains with the Magpies Crusaders United Academy Under 12 team twice a week.

The St. Catherine’s Catholic College student will pull on the North Queensland kit when he heads to Brisbane in July for the State Championships.

“My friends were really supportive when I made the team – but maybe they were a bit jealous,” Kai laughed.

“I was so excited to get through this year and for me the goal is to make the Queensland team by performing well in Brisbane.”

Kai’s family has a pedigree in the footballing world: mum is an avid women’s footballer at Whitsunday United, Dad played at the club in yesteryears, and his grandad made an appearance for England Under 17s.

Whitsunday United Football Club President Peter Farrell said it was excellent that the club has helped produce a North Queensland representative footballer for the first time in years.

“We’re very proud and it really highlights our club’s growing ability to coach potential young superstars,” Mr Farrell said.

“What I really want to say to all young players is: make sure you have the right attitude. That will take you very far in both football and life.

“Well done, Kai.”

Kai Draper is the first Whitsunday soccer player to make the North Queensland side in recent memory

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Caught Ya!

June 10, 2022

Congratulations to 11-year-old Jett Howard who caught this impressive 85cm Giant Trevally out at Double Cone last weekend.

Have you landed a big catch lately? Send us your pics for a chance to get published. Simply include your name and age, the size and type of fish and where you caught it. If you want to share more from your story, feel free to tell us the full fishy tail!

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Pickleball Whitsunday

June 10, 2022

On Thursday afternoon, fantastic numbers turned up for plenty of rallies in this week’s instalments of pickleball.

Lorraine and Yoko took on Kate and Bob, with other players whacking the paddle like Gerry, Gay, Sheridan, and Demi.

Saturday morning saw two courts of action packed pickleball, with the return of Sandy, Kaz and Megumi and Lorraine in a stunning set of ladies’ doubles.

This Thursday night after pickleball there will be a Sorrentos get together at 6pm for Murray and Gay, who are heading back to their home on the Gold Coast.

A thought to consider: sports depend on rules. Rules create an environment for fair play in competition, be it social or professional. This is the case in Pickleball as the sport continues to grow and evolve.

Come on don’t be shy, come on down and give Pickleball a good old Aussie go, 4pm Thursday Afternoon and 8am Saturday Morning.

Till next week Paddles Up!

Contributed with thanks to Jenny Kirkman

Frank and Rob playing Robyn and Murray

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On the Water

June 10, 2022

Twilight Race: light winds were the order of the day last Wednesday for the Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight race on Pioneer Bay.  With a fleet of 15 boats competing in 3 divisions, all was set for a pleasant afternoon on the water.

The first start saw Bobby’s Girl (Mark Beale) leading the fleet away, with QMS Ponyo (John Galloway) and Twister (Kevin Fogarty) close behind.  By the time they reached the first rounding mark, Reignition (Charles Wallis) and Smooth Criminal (Leo Rodriguez / Iyas Shaheen) had joined the race at the front.  As Bobby’s Girl increased her lead, QMS Ponyo and Smooth Criminal jostled for position, with Smooth Criminal just in front by the time they reached the finish.  On corrected time, Bobby’s Girl took the honours from Smooth Criminal and Twister.

Division 3 saw the fleet well-spaced after the start, with Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli) and Shiraz (John Cable) battling it out at the front. Further back, it was great to see Lighthorse (Dianne Forster) under spinnaker, a first for them in a race.  While Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) had a lonely race in third place, not so for Rossgo and Lighthorse, who kept each other honest throughout.

Ultimately Wobbly Boot took the honours on the water from Shiraz, while the results were reversed on corrected time, with Shiraz taking the win over Wobbly boot and Masquerade.

Races start from 4:30pm each Wednesday afternoon, so those wishing to participate as crew need to be at the club by 3:00pm.

Off Beach racing: another Sunday afternoon, another day on the water for the Whitsunday Sailing Club off beach fleet.  With 3 races scheduled, it was light going with an easterly breeze of less than 8 knots, providing challenging conditions for the fleet.

Joshua King made it a clean sweep in his Laser 4.7, beating Jesse Frisch in a Laser radial in all 3 races.  In the multihulls, it was close racing throughout, with honours equal on the water, but on corrected time, Michael Van Der Zwaard, sailing a Taipan, held the honours in two of the three races.

Off beach racing is held each Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm, with all classes welcome. The club has a range of boats available for those who do not have a boat.

Contributed with thanks to Ross Chisholm

Bobby’s Girl leading Smooth Criminal and QMS Ponyo

Lighthorse under Spinnaker

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Big Weekend For Cannons

June 10, 2022

The Cannonvale Cannons sent 12 swimmers to Pioneer Short Course Carnival in Mackay, as well as four swimmers competing at the Cooktown Development Carnival and two swimmers participating in an ocean swim in Townsville.

Pioneer results:  Don Algie swam 4 personal bests and achieved fantastic results in his 50-metre events.

Eloise Chegwidden and Jax Clayworth won their Breaststroke, Freestyle and Backstroke events, while Zane Clayworth and Evie Doherty swam extremely well, achieving personal bests and earning three 3rd place finishes.  

One of Harris Delac’s best swim was his 50-metre Butterfly which he swam in 1.22.87 (3rd place). Tora Delac swam super times in her 100-metre IM and 100-metre Freestyle and was very pleased to have qualified for Qld SC.  

Charlie Doherty, Celeste Orenshaw and Isaac Pisaniello swam three personal bests and were very excited with their medals.

Isabella Pisaniello, 11, was not phased that she was in the most competitive age group of the carnival.  She swam four personal bests with her fastest the 100-metre IM, a 1.52.44 and 9.84sec personal best.

Lukas Trevaskis, 12, had a very successful carnival, swimming five personal bests and earning four medals, with his best the 50-metre and 1000-metre Breaststrokes.  

Cooktown results:  Congratulations to Taj Murray, Lani Ogilvie, Daniel and Nate Saunders on their outstanding swims.

TOWSA Club to Club Swim in Townsville:  Jacob and Tiana Bell swam extremely well in the 2-kilometre Strand Swim and were placed in the top three for their 14–16 age group.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Cannons at Pioneer June 2022

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Tennis Whitsunday

June 10, 2022

This week Tennis Whitsunday celebrated French Open Tennis Whitsunday Style with tournaments across their squads.

Tuesday Early Evening Squad winners Karl and William, with Wednesday 4pm Squad winners Jaxson and Jacob. Thursday Junior Tournament Squad was won by Lucas and Hayden and a close second Lacey, and Wednesday 5pm Squad winners Jack and Josh.

All winners received a prize direct from Roland Garros.

In other news Fit, Fun tennis the upbeat cardio workout on a tennis court was a blinder, Kirsty and Lucy were a hard act to follow. Well done girls!!

A special mention of the youngsters who took part in the Proserpine JDS: Karl and Lacey were winners of their divisions while Hayden, Lucas, Lachlan and Sophie had extremely close matches.

Tuesday and Thursday night social tennis and Saturday morning and afternoon social tennis hosted some players to keep an eye on: David, Val, Tan and Sienna in the evening, Yoko and Robin Saturday morning and Norm and Lynton Saturday afternoon.

Contributed with thanks to Jenny Kirkman

Winners Karl and William with Tuesday Squad

Jaxson and Jacob with the Wednesday

Lucas and Hayden with the Thursday Squad

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Whitsunday Basketball

June 10, 2022

For the second week in a row the Proserpine Pirates were the only undefeated team on the night in round four of the all-new Friday Nights Under Lights basketball competition.

In the first match of the evening, the Airlie Beach Ballers went up against the Cannonvale Crocs. With each passing week it is becoming evident just how much these players are improving and this was clearly on shown in this game.

Scores were very close until half time however the Crocs ran away with it, 27-16 in the second half.

The next match saw the Crocs back up to face the in-form Pirates. This was a good old-fashioned thriller, with both teams taking turns to lead. Ultimately the Pirates had a little too much heave ho, taking the win 24-21.

The final match for round four pitted the Pirates up against the Ballers. One might enquire what they are putting in the water in Proserpine as these Pirates just seem to be getting better every week. This match ended in a resounding victory for the Proserpineans, 26-10

Amazingly, after 4 rounds of Friday Nights Under Lights, all three teams are sitting on four wins and four losses.

The Pirates lead the table on for and against, followed by the Crocs and the Ballers. With two weeks to go it’s all to play for with the winning team taking home the Friday Nights Under Lights shield, generously manufactured by Bomitali Woodcraft.

“Our community needs more activities for children and families to enjoy and Friday Nights Under Lights certainly ticks these boxes!” Shane Bomitali from Bomitali Woodcraft said.

This is the inaugural term of the Friday Nights Under Lights concept, brought to the community by Whitsunday Basketball.

Games are held at Cannonvale State School on Friday evenings from 5pm and are for children aged 8 to 16 years.

Contributed with thanks to Tim Oberg

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Airlie Beach Darts Report

June 10, 2022

Round 10 is just past the halfway mark of this year’s Premier League season, and with a three week break on the horizon, all players would love nothing more than to with a victory on Sunday at Mika.

The first matches were all 7/1 victories for Dom Friend, Joe Wilson, and Jamie Woods, over Nathan O’Hara, Garry Robbie and Alan Green respectfully.

In the second set of matches, Joe Wilson defeated Lorraine Woods 7/2, Kameron Reason and Gary Robbie played out a 6 all draw, and Dom Friend secured his 2nd win of the day with a 7/0 victory over Ross Gallichan.

The last group of games saw Jamie Maher lose his 100 per cent record, going down 7/4 to Andy Peel.

Andy came from three nil down in that game with an impressive comeback. Jamie Woods continues to impress with a 7/1 win over Nathan O’Hara. And Dom Friend made it 3 from 3 on the day by beating Gary Robbie by 7 legs to 1.

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

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

Kameron Reason playing out a draw on Sunday at Mika

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

June 10, 2022

Airlie Bowl’s week started with Ladies Pennants teams Division 1 travelling to Sarina, skippered by Betty Nicole, Ladda Purdie, and Margo Stanley.

The triple of teams won 71-51.

Division 4 ladies’ teams played at West Tigers in Mackay in a 40 all draw.

Tuesday afternoon social bowls welcomed Jess and Thomas Rimene and Natalie Corlette and Benny Daniel.

Steve Cunningham’s team of John Brown, Bill Gordon and Col Morris pipped them at the post for the prize money.

Wednesday afternoon Social bowls saw 26 bowlers compete for the first prize, with Merve Stewart guiding his team to a great win.

Wednesday night’s Business House Bowls saw Gold A beat Tuk Tuks, and PRD beat Woolies Allsorts team by one point.

Aaron DeBrincatt’s team of Kitties giving Hadlow Racing’s team their first defeat, whilst the team of Health Hub won their first game 9-6.

The weekend was the last two games for our Division 1, 4, 5, and 6 teams with Division 6 going down to Sarina 50-40.

Steve Lawrie led his team to a 25-23 win assisted by Dave Micklejohn, Bob Fenney, and Merve Stewart.

Division 5 played Seaforth at home with Noel Crosbie’s team of club favourite Andy McDougall, Graham Cowling, and Ted Cullen winning 32-9 and 47-32 overall.

Sunday, they traveled to Mackay club and Tony Whitehorn’s team won 17-14 but lost overall 41-33.

They May still win their division with one postponed game to be played by Mackay teams.

Division 4 in a closely contested team effort just going down 41-37 with a 1 point rink result .

Division 1 travelled to Southern Suburbs who lead the competition by a large margin. Airlie left with one rink winning and two narrowly losing, which showed the squad next season have the capability to reverse sweep the competition.

Sunday the Proserpine team faced Manny Isgro’s side in a nail biting 64-61 victory, who now possibly finish in second place.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

John Fielding, Warren Mills, Peter Barratt, Andrew Butler Mark Mawson, Russell Jackson, Manny Isgro, Rod Tucker, Harry Quod, Shane Spann, Bob McMahon, and Luke Kinnear

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Wangaratta Bowls

June 10, 2022

Sunday: E Dunn, George, W Reddec played B Beel, I Wheeler, P Warren. D Retchless, C Reddit, K Armstrong played P Breakwell, K Coad, L Knight.

T Blair, J Haysony, B Beel, played S Shearing, R Stitt, F Duncan. T Bowen, P Nesbett played B Myers, D Medelry.

Double lead B Russo, M Nesbit, M Wilson played J Breakwell, K Russo, J Stamp.

Monday: B Sims, P McAlpine, D Madeleine played R Payton, K Armstrong, B Dykstra.

S Brunker, G Colquhoun, K Whitton played P Breakwell, J Breakwell, J Stamp. L Warner, G Wills, I Warner played L Danvers, L Knight, G Danvers. K Wallace, S Snow, C Frew played E Dunn, J Hearly, C Hearly. H Delaree, F Richards, P Richards played P Warren, I Wheeler, B Beel.

R Stitt, M Wilson, H Nation played J Haysom, M Drummond, A Rolfe. Double lead L White, T Roach, played Peter Wayne.

Tuesday: B Sims, J Hayston, M Wilson played M Coad, I Laird, M Drummond. R McAlpine, C Rettick, N Reddick, played D Retchless, H Reah, B Dykstra.

M Nesbett, P Warren played M Dridson, P Nesbitt. Double lead D Beel, B Parkey played D Madde.

P Robinson, J Haysom, R Brunker played B Russo, H Reid, L Smith.

Contributed with thanks to Pat Tracey

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Bowen Golf News

June 10, 2022

Wednesday’s competition was a single stroke event for the June midweek monthly medals.

Ladies’ winner Judi Morris 67 nett, runner up Janice Bates 68 nett, while men’s winner on a countback Gregg Aplin 68 nett, runner up Peter Coad 68 nett.

Saturday’s competition was the ladies June Monthly medal.  

Winner Grace Nott 69 nett, runner up Leanne Swan 70 nett, with pin shots to Claire Garrod, Ruth Dunn, Viv Clark, and Paulette Barrett.  

Sunday was the men’s Monthly medal.

Winner on a countback Perry Layton 64 nett, runner up Brendan Wells 64 nett.

This weekend’s event is a single stableford event sponsored by Rekenen Accountants.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

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Veteran’s Golf Report

June 10, 2022

Proserpine Vets really turned on the weather to host Pioneer Valley Veterans for the first round of the Croker Shield for 2022.

A good field of 52 players competed, with the men's winner on the day Captain Ken Granger on 37 followed by PV's Dale Hoffman 36, with John Oates 34, Richard Treloar 32,  and John Roser 31.

The ladies’ winner was our own Lyn Muller 36 from Jenny Hounsell 35, Jacqui Wall 35, Tessa Aitken 32.

Nearest the pins went to Ken Granger on 2, Phil Luckett on 13 and Jim Bartolo on 16, Rehab Hull in the hole on 2 and Lyn Muller on 16 and 13.  

The overall points for the day went to Proserpine 272 and Pioneer Valley 238.  

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Lyn Muller and Ken Granger

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Brahmans Dig Deep Against Miners

June 10, 2022

Whitsunday Brahman’s were at home last weekend, facing off against the Moranbah Miners at Les Stagg Oval.

The Townsville Pirates kicked off the afternoon of rugby, having travelled from down the coast to take on the Whitsunday Brahmans Old Bulls.

The Over 35s master’s game was played in great spirits as excellent entertainment with player’s turning back the clock to show some skills from yesteryear, and men trying to do things they haven’t done in many years.

Reserve Grade were the first competitive fixture, and had a very strong side bolstered, believe it or not, by a heavy presence of the Brahman’s U20s team.

Halves pair of Ben Nosworthy and Lachie Wake steered the team around the park.

Brahmans found their groove and were in control after 12 minutes for the rest of the game.

Reserve Grade Coach Matt Court was happy with the whole team and especially to come away with the first win of the year.

“All we needed was a win to get the confidence up and we got that,” Court said.

“We finally played as a team for the full game and looked like a football side; we finally realised we can win and play football, so a big thanks to the 20s which stood up and made the win possible.

Reserve Grade Men’s win 38-18 against Miners.

The A Grade Brahmans took to the field for the final game, again with a few absentees from their full-strength side.

It was a bit of an ill-disciplined thirty minutes in the middle of the fixture that cost the Brahmans though.

A sin bin for Brahmans saw Miners capitalise, scoring a couple of tries either side of half time and giving them a six-point lead going into the final ten.

The home side managed to score a great try in the corner with a few minutes remaining, with a conversion nailed from the sideline to even it up.

But it wasn’t to be as Brahmans turned the ball over at kick-off and a few poor decisions led to Miners kicking a field goal after the buzzer.

A grade coach Ricky Bourke said there were a lot of positives to come out of the game.

“A lot of hard lessons learnt about winning tight games though. With only two games between us and first there is still plenty to play for this year in such a tight comp,” Bourke said.

A Grade game finished 26-27.

Brenton Waterhouse in the reserves up against the Miners

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Make New Friends At F45

June 10, 2022

Welcome to a fitness community with heart and soul located at a venue where you can reach your health goals at your own pace while training with others in a team environment.

Welcome to the new F45 Training Centre in Airlie Beach.

Owner Sonny Ivanovic said that making friends is easy at F45 because the foundation of this unique fitness club is centred around bringing people together.

“It’s all about the team – you start together, and you finish together – it’s as simple as that,” he said.

“No-one can fall behind and no-one gets rewarded if they lift more than the other person – it’s impossible to beat someone or be better than anyone else at F45.”

Members leave their mobile phones and headphones at the door so that they can be completely present and focus on the workout.

There are no mirrors, so everyone participates without concern for what they look like.

These two factors alone breed a new form of fitness which is all about community yet, behind the scenes, F45 is still completely backed by science.

Members can attend any one of seven 45-minute week-day sessions, or one of three on a Saturday, and experience a different work out each day.

A maximum of 36 people will take the class which is supervised by multiple trainers and supported by a pre-programmed screen-based work out to the backdrop of pumping music.

Each session has been specifically designed and programmed by the F45’s central athletics department to be fully balanced for the body, including building core strength.

The trainers then work with participants to ensure they move correctly and maximise the potential of every work out.

“Nowadays there is such a lack of accomplishment for people,” said Sonny.

“With F45 it is impossible to not feel proud of yourself – if you can get those little wins in your week then that’s a real positive for you – I just don’t think there’s enough of that”

Sonny has operated several F45 training studios and says he is looking forward to creating a new community in Airlie Beach having seen the benefits this type of fitness club can bring to a town.

“You have your home, you have your work - we want to be that third comfortable place in your life,” he said.

“I want people to feel at home, we know them, they know us – yes we do exercise but the ‘why’ is so much more than that.”

F45 Training Airlie Beach is hosting a soft launch this week to members, if you sign-up today you are welcome to join this exclusive event.

The official launch party with DJ and giveaways will take place on Saturday, June 25 and everyone is welcome to attend.

No-one can fall behind and no-one gets rewarded if they lift more than the other person at F45

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Airlie Beach Parkrun

June 10, 2022

On a stunning Saturday morning, 80 people ran, jogged and walked the 5km oceanfront course. 17 were first timers in Airlie Beach and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to Kadon, Carly, Jodie, Aaron, Laura, Dean, Susanne, Libby, Braxton and Barbara. Byviana travelled from Sydney to complete her 25th parkrun in Airlie Beach.

After parkrun a large group caught up at Shingley Beach for a picnic to celebrate our community. Chris Harvey arranged a sausage sizzle and Ron McCall brought along delish baking.

The event was made possible by 17 wonderful volunteers: Nick Beecroft, Kara Olver (run director), Sylvie Martin, Margaret Coote, Aimee Sulzberger, Guy Thrupp, Greg Olver, Nathalie Blomme, Kirsty Daniels, Christopher Harvey, Calvin Murphy, Ronald McCall, Ashley Gerrard, Laura Oates, Ken Johnson, Lynne Oates, Amber (photographer).

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

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

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun

Dogs are welcome on a short lead

The team of wonderful volunteers

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Hard grind for United in Mackay!

June 10, 2022

Whitsunday United travelled to Mackay on Saturday to face tough opposition across all age groups.

With an early start, the U14 Div 1 side struggled to get into gear against Country United, with passes going astray and uncharacteristic mistakes making it hard to build momentum.

Goalkeeper Noah Farrow was a standout on the day reading the play well, coming off his line and making some crucial saves. The team remains undefeated with a nil all draw the result.

The U14 Premier side continued their steamrolling of the opposition with a hard fought 4-1 win against Wanderers at Wanderers Park. The home side wasn’t giving anything away but once the scoring opened, the Whitsunday side took control and ensured a comfortable victory – Jacob Logan and Byron Goodin playing exceptional games.

The U16 Premier side faced a big, strong Wanderers side determined to exert their dominance as top of the table contenders. It nail biting tussle with Whitsunday on top for most of the game leading 1-0, however. Mid way through the second half Wanderers took advantage of a mix up in defence to equalise. An inspirational effort from Tate Butler although every player put in a massive effort to take a draw.

The Women Div team played Country at Mackay Football Park with the young Whitsunday team full of enthusiasm. In a tough tussle, Country snuck away with a 1-0 win, although coach Peter Farrell was pleased with the effort and improvement week to week.

The Reserve Men were understrength and relying on youth players to make up numbers, so always faced a tough task.

They put on a great performance on the field making the Wanderers side work for everything. Final result of a 5-0 loss.

They will get a second chance at Wanderers next weekend at home.

The Premier Men ran riot once they got their nose in front on the scoreboard, dominating a physical match up against Wanderers. Harry Hodgen was in fine goal scoring form, with an assist and scoring 4 goals in the 5-2 victory.

Next round is at Whitsunday Sports Park with the action starting from 11:30 with U14 Div 1 then continuing all afternoon and into the evening.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic

Men’s Reserves Carlos Barrera in a tussle for the ball

Men’s Reserves Whitsunday defend a set piece

U16 Prem Jimmy Patullo

Penny Grossic

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Bowen Golf News

June 3, 2022

Wednesday’s competition was a single stableford at Bowen Golf Course, with Ladies’ winner Leanne Swan 40 points, runner up on a countback Julie May 35.  

Men’s winner Hayden Williams 43 points, Daniel Windridge 41.

Saturday’s competition was a 4BBB Medley stableford with winners Mitchell Greenbank and Gary Hulett 46 points, runners-up Don Williams and Gregg Aplin 44, with third place Matthew Yasso and Brenden Wells 43.  

Pin shots to Garrett Skinner, Ray Campbell, Nick Riley, Tim Miller, Sarnie Eisemann, Kim Bennion, Paulette Barrett, Julie Martin. Penny Stewart and John Martin had OBP’s.

On Sunday, the Golf club hosted the Abbot Point Operations Pro-am where 25 professional golfers and 73 amateurs took to the course.  

In the professional ranks, Anthony Choat, Tim Hart and Brett Rankin all had 5 under par 65, to claim first place.  

Congratulations to Brett Rankin who was also the winner of the 2022 Hidden Valley Whitsundays Nth Qld series.  

Brett totalled 34 under par in the four events that featured in the series – Mackay, Pioneer Valley, Sarina and lastly Bowen.  

Congratulations to Shae Wools-Cobb for winning the shoot-out competition.

In the amateur ranks, Men’s winner Barny Robinson 41 points, runner up Mitchell Greenbank 38.  

Pin shots to Barny Robinson, Matthew Yasso, Gregg Aplin, while Mitchell Greenbank and Paul Burgis had an OBP.  

Ladies’ winner Chris Heinrich 35 points, runner up on a countback Meg Garrod 34.  Pin shots to Jo Kukura, Meg Garrod, June Kirk and Carol O’Connell who also had an OBP.

This weekend is another split round with the June Monthly Medals sponsored by Bowen Meat Supply and Bowen Golf Club.  Ladies play on Saturday and Men on Sunday.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

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Whitsunday Social Golf Report

June 3, 2022

After a wet few months, the weather turned it on yesterday for 24 players of Whitsunday Social Golf to challenge their golf skills for the May Monthly Medal.

Men’s A grade winner was Dean Barnard with runner up Wayne Temby, while Men’s B Grade winner was Paul Nicol followed by Mark McDougal runner up on a countback.

Ladies’ A Grade winner this month was Tiina Randmae and runner up went to Anna Winterbourn, with Ladies’ B grade medal winner Pam Casey and runner up Joanne Moynihan.

Nearest the pins went to Don Cameron, Penny Wardroper, Clay Coles and Paul Nicol.

Longest drives were claimed by Aaron Watts, Brendon Meharry, Penny Wardroper and Karen Rix.

Contributed with thanks to Joanne Moynihan

Pam Casey, Paul Nicol, and Tiina Randmae

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Veteran’s Golf Report

June 3, 2022

Golf veterans were out in force last week for the May Monthly Medal, even after all the bad weather.

The men's winner on the day was Gary Scotford on 75 on a countback from Larry Muller with Colin Hounsell third.  

The ladies’ winner was Leanne Alexander on 78 on a countback from Lyn Muller and Mandy Patterson.

Nearest the Pins went to A Grade Larry Muller 2, Chris Brett 9, B Grade Neil Cawthorne 9.

A Grade Mandy Patterson 2, B Grade Tiina Randmae 2 (in the hole) and Beryl Nosworthy 9.  Chip Ins. Larry Muller 6, Jenny Hounselll 6 and Warren Deighton 7 and 14.  

Next week we will be hosting Pioneer Valley for the Croker Shield.  

Monthly Medal winners: Leanne Alexander and Gary Scotford

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat

Gary Scotford and Leanne Alexander

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On The Whitsunday Green

June 3, 2022

The weekly 9-hole stableford was won this week by Terry Kimpton with 21 points, while Glenn Rees was a close second with 19 points, and Tyson Flavel in third with 17 points.

On Friday it was Bob Nikolich with 20 points followed by Lorri Thynne and Kendal Nash both on 19 with Lorri taking the count back win.

Sunday was a fantastic day to be on the Greens, the weather was perfect for the members to compete for the final Monthly Medal prior to the Medal of Medallist on June 3.

The Winner on the day taking both gross and the nett win was Club Captain Glenn Rees, as an existing medal holder the Monthly Medal went to second place recipient young Adam Singleton with a great 55 nett score.

His dad, Wayne Singleton, came in third with 57 nett.

Glenn and Adam also took the nearest the pin prizes for the day.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

Tyson Flavel and Glenn Rees

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Whitsunday Basketball

June 3, 2022

A resurgent Proserpine Pirates were the only undefeated team on the night in round 3 of the all-new Friday Nights Under Lights basketball competition.

In the first match of the evening, the previously undefeated Airlie Beach Ballers faced off against the Pirates.

The Pirates team had been boosted by several new recruits and they were too strong for the Ballers prevailing 25-12.

The Ballers then took on the Cannonvale Crocs for the second match of the evening.

This was quite a tight game however the Crocs were too good in the end, inflicting the second defeat of the evening on the Ballers, 22-14.

The final game of the evening saw the Pirates really assert their dominance with a 42-20 victory over the Crocs. This has been a real turnaround in form for the Pirates who didn’t win game in round 1.

“It’s been a thrill to watch these kids improve over the last 3 weeks,” Team Manager of the Proserpine Pirates, Natasha Daniels, said

“Even when we weren’t winning, they kept their chins up and never stopped trying. I’m so happy that they had two good wins tonight!"

This is the inaugural term of the Friday Nights Under Lights concept, brought to the community by Whitsunday Basketball. Games are held at Cannonvale State School on Friday evenings from 5pm and are for children aged 8 to 16 years.

The goal is to create a basketball competition for children in the Whitsundays which doesn't require parents to have to take them to Mackay every second weekend.

It is hoped that the Bowen Breakers will join the competition in the coming weeks.

Contributed with thanks to Tim Oberg

Friday night lights basketball is proving extremely popular each week

The young players are enjoying back and forth, free scoring games in the first season

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Cannonvale Swimmer Prepping for Open Water

June 3, 2022

Cannonvale Cannons have been keeping up their swim training despite the cooler weather and the end of the club season.  

Some swimmers have amped up their training in preparation for the Pioneer carnival this coming weekend.  

One swimmer, Jacob Bell is keen to compete in the Townsville Open Water events.  Jacob had a very successful swim season in 2020-21, achieving State and National qualifying times and raced at his first Australian Age Championships.  

He found it challenging heading into a new season after having such a successful 2021.  

This year he made some Queensland qualifying times, but he couldn’t crack the national qualifying times. But this hasn’t stopped him from wanting to test his skills in the open water.    

He is keen to complete in the Magnetic Island to Townsville 8km swim.  Jacob swam a terrific time last year of 1 hour and 48 minutes and this year he is keen to improve.

This is not an easy feat as Jacob may need to battle the wind, current, water temperature and sea lice.  

To prepare for the event, Jacob is training in the pool for five sessions a week and then swimming in the ocean for 1 session.  

Each session, he completes about 4 to 6 kilometres.  

This weekend, Jacob will be competing in the Townsville Open Water ‘Club to Club’ 2km swim with his coaches and fellow teammates wishing him all the best.  

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Jacob Bell is looking to take on the open water in Townsville soon

Jacob Bell training with coach Mark Erickson

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Tennis Whitsunday

June 3, 2022

Tuesday and Thursday night social tennis were a buzz with visitors to the region joining in for a game.

A big thank you to Louise and John, word has it they might be back this week for another game.

Congratulations to Juniors who played in the Proserpine JDS; Lacey, Lucas, Lachlan, and Sophie especially, as it was their first time playing a tournament.  

Congratulations to Hayden Bradley who played this weekend and who was champion in his division at the Bowen JDS last weekend.

A special footwork tip: keep your feet moving and adjusting until your spacing is perfect to swing at the ball - footwork is key.

Contributed with thanks to Jenny Kirkman

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Whitsunday United FC Premier Teams Dominate Home Round

June 3, 2022

Another perfect weekend for football as the Whitsunday United Premier team’s turned up the heat on the opposition.

The U14 Premier side started the day in usual fashion, looking solid and untroubled against the visiting Dolphins side. Notching up another win by 4 goals keeps Whitsunday boys in a solid second place – equal on points but down on goal difference to the current leaders.

The U16 were similarly strong even after an early goal was disallowed. They continued to improve during the course of the game and although Dolphin's stayed in touch on the scoreboard, a late flurry of goals had the Whitsunday side ahead by 5-2 at full time – another double for striker Jazz Knezevic, who added to his tally, whilst Tate Butler and Beau Bonnyman worked tirelessly all game.

The Women's sides are starting to build real momentum with both recording wins this week. The Women's Div1 side continues to impress as the younger girls improve under the leadership of more established players. This week they recording their third win from four matches, claiming a 3-1 victory against Country with Maribel Gude, Karli Elder, and Abi Worby scoring goals.

The Prem women are also going from strength to strength with a dominant display against arch rivals Magpies. Sari Goodall was on fire scoring three goals, and Stephanie Mills contributed her share to the 4-3 win. Kiki Taylor was outstanding, but it was the team work that impressed Coach Peter Farrell the most.

The Division 1 Men put on a much better performance against Rangers. Although not reflected on the scoreboard, they match the opposition on the field with several junior players stepping up after their U16 game to aid the senior team. Huge Improvement.

Same can be said for the reserves. After some lacklustre performances due to players missing, last Saturday saw them give second placed Magpies a genuine run for their money. Finishing with 1-3 loss showed the potential the side has who are starting to look like finals contenders in 2022.

The Whitsunday Premier Men saved the best for last. Although missing their entire regular starting back four, the midfield of Scott Ferries and Tommy Torzsok dominated an understrength Magpies with the home side running in a 6-1 demolition in front of their home crowd.

A huge performance against last year's premiers and further proof that this year's Whitsunday Prems are the real deal. Highlights included Josh Healey scoring his first goal in the senior premier competition, Harry Hodgen slotting a couple away, whilst newcomer Jose Puentes added some Argentinian magic to score his first goal in his first game for Whitsunday.

Exciting times ahead.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Millostic

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Sea Eagles Indigenous Round A Success

June 3, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles headed to Harrup Park this week in to play in the second Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round against the Mackay City Hawks and combined Swarks. The Sea Eagles and Hawks battled it out all day in what has become tradition for Indigenous Round.

Sea Eagles Senior Women worked hard to see their first win for the year against one of the top teams. Sea Eagles took the field with 16 players against the Hawks eager to get back to playing AFL with the assistance from a few alternate Club players. After a great first quarter with Sea Eagles kicking the first two goals the game tightened up with only a single point separating the teams at half time. A strong performance in the third saw Sea Eagles up by nine points at the break leading into a tight and thrilling final quarter resulting in a two point win to the Sea Eagles 40 – 38. Cleo Dickie had a superb game with support from Mia Trinder who dominated on the wing. Deakoda Costello had success up forward kicking 3 goals whilst Georgie Carland held the backline together and Danielle Kay worked hard tackling all game. Sea Eagles out ran, out tackled and out pressured the Hawks who found out too late the Sea Eagles had come to play.

Senior Men were out played in a twilight game losing 49 – 80 against Mackay City Hawks.

Under 17s Won comfortably 61 – 1 against the Mackay City/Eastern Swarks side in a display of dominance.

Under 14s went right to the end in a nail biter against the Swarks eventually seeing the game end behind 27 – 34.

Under 12s finished a tough match with a loss 20 – 51 against the Swarks showing great improvement from last time they met.

Support Sea Eagles Under 14, Under 17 and Senior Women playing in Airlie Beach this Saturday 4th June with Juniors from 10:15am and Senior Women 1:15pm when the bar will be open.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

Deakoda Costello

Mia Trinder

Senior Women

Images: Cody Fowler

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Airlie Beach Parkrun

May 27, 2022

This week, in cool conditions, 61 motivated people ran, jogged and walked the 5km oceanfront course, of whom 9 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests.

Well done to Ryker, Aaron, Jodie, Michael, Toni, Jane, Wendy and Shane, and Laura was recognised for reaching the 25 weeks as a volunteer milestone.

Airlie Beach parkrun started on 5th December 2015. Since then 3,819 participants have completed 20,747 parkruns covering a total distance of 103,735 km, including 2,451 new Personal Bests. A total of 334 individuals have volunteered 2,848 times.

On the 28th of May Airlie Beach parkrun is cancelled as the Cruisin Whitsunday Show and Shine 2022 will be setting up vehicles on the grass area of Coral Sea Marina.

Parkrunners are encouraged to go to Bowen parkrun, Hamilton Island parkrun or Mackay parkrun instead.

On the 4th of June Airlie Beach parkrun invite the community to join them for parkrun and then a post parkrun picnic at Shingley Beach.

Food can be brought from home or purchase counter food from My Rainbow Bakery. To make it a picnic event to remember, participants are encouraged to wear their favourite event T-Shirt.

Every Saturday Airlie Beach parkrun meets at 6:50am for a briefing at area D, Coral Sea Marina (adjacent to the top carpark). Parking is free in the lower carpark till 9:30am if a parkrun barcode is placed on the dashboard.

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun

Laura has volunteered for 25 weeks

Running through scenic Shingley Beach

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Airlie Bowls News

May 27, 2022

The weeks roll on at Airlie Beach Bowls Club, with Tuesday seeing 18 bowlers going hammer and tong.

Ladies A and B Grade singles contested through Stacey Hadlow’s winning team with Juanita Matterson at lead and Lyn Graham collecting the prize money.

Ladies B Grade semi-final will now be played between Bev Taylor and Jill Mazlin-Peterson.

The Ladies A Grade singles semi-final score was 23 all on the penultimate end between Betty Nicole and Ladda Purdie.

Ladda claimed the win 25-23.

In the Grand Final she faced Henny Tattam, who won comfortably in the end.

Wednesday afternoon welcomed the Little Rock Bowls Club’s Ian Boulter and 22 players contesting the prize.

Shane Spann, Col Morris, and Elaine Kippen claimed victory on the day.

Wednesday night saw Business House Bowls in full swing, with PRD beating Whitsunday Gold Coffee’s B team 11-6.

Hadlow Racing beat out Woolies Allsorts team 10-5, while Whitsunday Coffee’s Gold A team won 13-9.

Saturday Men’s Pennants teams Divisions 4, 5, and 6 all played at home. Division 4 lost to North Mackay team 4-1.

Division 5 played Mackay Northern Beaches team had games like the 55-17 win, leading them to claim the overall prize.

Division 6 played a very strong Southern Suburbs team, with the overall score favouring the suburbs teams 4 points to 1.

Sunday, three teams travelled to Mackay with Divisions 4 and 6 playing RSL.

Division 4 salvaged a draw but overall score was 4.5 to 5, and Division 6 played well in patches but ultimately lost 5 points to nil.

Division 5 played against Mackay City in two games which finished 40 all, and came home even on 2.5 points.

Division 1 had an outstanding win against Proserpine with 5.5 points to .5 win.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Hanny Tattam, winner of the A Grade Singles

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Proserpine Bowls News

May 27, 2022

Last Wednesday, there was a game of Club Championship Pairs played between Bryan Davy and Luchie Gardel defeating Martin Corr and David Ling to start off the week.

The day also hosted three games of social bowls with four bowlers from Airlie Beach getting in some practice on the grass.

Jim Bownds, Arthur Griffith, and Andrew Butler defeated Heather McKinnon, Bruce Uhe and John Fielding 22-21.

Ken Watts, John Lahney, and Peter Lawton defeated John Anderson, Pat Bownds, and Bryce McKinnon 23 – 15.

Russell Jackson and Sandy Daffara defeated Allan Pershouse and Garry Alexander 35 - 16.

Pennants was played on the weekend.

Division 1 had two home games, narrowly losing to Airlie Beach 51-57 and scoring 0.5 points for a draw on one rink.

On Sunday the team backed up for the game against Northern Beaches winning 70 - 57.

On Sunday afternoon Social bowls, John Anderson played double lead.  

John, Alen Sanderson, Kendall Watts and Sandy Daffara drew with John, Ken Watts, John Lahney and Arthur Griffith 21 all.

During the week, Scott Kinnear has been playing in the Vision Impaired competition in Brisbane and currently leads in both singles and pairs with a few more games still to be played.

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

Division 1 game on Sunday with Toby Craig taking instruction from skip Gavin Milne

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Wangaratta Bowls Report

May 27, 2022

Last Tuesday saw winners for the afternoon Hugh Sutton and Penny Warren defeat John Hayson and Rose Wright, as well as Robyn Stitt, Isobel Wheeler, and Kev Baxter defeat Deb Retchless, Marg Wilson, and Mark Drummond.

Tuesday was a huge day as Chris Reddick, Irene Laird, and Wayne Reddick rounded out the day with a win over Deb Beel, Merle Elphinstone, and Larry Wright.

Sunday winners for the afternoon were George Tartaglea, Isobel Wheeler, and Chris Healey defeating Eileen Dunn, Sue Shearing, and Denis Madeley.

Others Toni Bowen, Chris Frew, and Hugh Sutton defeated Deb Beel, John Hayson, and Bob Dykstra, with Marcia Arthur, Merle Elphinstone, and Pat Tracey defeating Deb Retchless, Lorraine Knight, and Margaret Wilson.

Irene Laird, Penny Warren, and Keith Armstrong defeated Chris Reddick, Ken Coad, and Robyn Stitt, while Denise Wallace, Lyn Danvers, and Larry Wright defeated Rose Wright, Jen Healey, and Wayne Reddick.

Congratulations to the Wangaratta Men who won the Country Cup at Brandon on Sunday.

Club Competition Final of Ladies Fours was played on Saturday morning.

A close game resulted in Robyn Stitt, Tracey Roach, Margaret Wilson, and Fely Duncan defeating Denise Wallace, Sue Shearing, Val Hadley, and Penny Warren.

Good luck to the Men representing Wangaratta playing in the Red Pennant in the Burdekin at the end of this week.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren

Winners Club 4's 2022

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Bowen Golf News

May 27, 2022

Wednesday’s competition was an eclectic one for the ladies’ and a single stableford for the men.  

Ladies’ winner Grace Nott, 34 1/8, runner up Michelle Campbell, 34 3/8.  

Pin shots to Raewyn Glover, Lisa Raisbeck, Marg Need and Gayle Bynes, and Men’s winner Doug Power 37 points, runner up Noel Schultz 36 points.

Saturday’s competition was a single stableford sponsored by Tropix Refrigeration.

Men’s winner Malcolm Martin 40 points, runner up Toss Eisemann 39 points, with pin shots to Tim Miller, Ernie Parker, Michael Strickett, Kurt Bidgood.  

Ladies’ winner Paulette Barrett 42 points, runner up Julie Martin 39 points. Pin shots to Julie Martin, Robyn Slade, Judi Morris, Lorraine McArthur.  

Accuracy drives to Julie May and Perry Layton. Greg Fairs won the carwash voucher

This weekend begins with a single stableford on Saturday sponsored by LiveLife Pharmacy.  

On Sunday, the Bowen Golf club welcomed back professionals for the annual Pro-Am sponsored by Abbot Point Operations.  

There will be a shoot-out after the competition on Sunday, with spectators welcome all day.  

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 27, 2022

Place scores for the weekly 9-hole stableford were Tyson Flavel on 22, Rob Lodders on 20 and Mick Bond on 19 points.  

Friday's 9-hole stableford was won this week by David Wallace on 19 points. Lorri Thynne and Tyson Flavel both came in with 18 points however it was Lorri that won the count back to take second.

Sundays 4 ball better ball was won by Wayne and Adam Singleton on 41 nett, followed by Dave Wallace and Alan Clinch on 44.5.

Nearest to pins were Rhys Bartholomew and Adam Singleton.

Cory Belke is the first to complete his Kids coaching clinic with Glenn Rees and the interest from ladies commencing the clinics is growing.

The final Monthly Medal for the year will be held this Sunday with the Medal of Medallist scheduled for 5 June.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

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Pickleball Whitsunday

May 27, 2022

Sunshine and pickleball paddles made for rainbows and smiles on Thursday afternoon.

There were four courts featuring games like ladies doubles featuring Amity and Demelza against Robyn and Gay.

Lorraine and Yoko played against Gerry and Murray, as well as Michael and Kate pitting themselves against Stu and Frank.

First time players Bob and Lyn joined in for a wonderful afternoon.

On Saturday the sun let the rain take over and no Pickleball played.

Paddles Up till next week! 4pm Thursday Afternoon and 7am Saturday Morning

Contributed with thanks to Jenny Kirkman

Bob and Lyn

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Tennis Whitsunday

May 27, 2022

Saturday morning pupils arrived in wet weather and chilly conditions but this inspired brilliant footwork from the Saturday Morning Squad.

Coach Sienna brought out the ladder and it was Sophie who set the pace for the rest of the Squad to follow.

Saturday morning had a special visit from Lily, who took the opportunity to do a private lesson, then followed this up by coaching young William

Unfortunately due to the ratty conditions Saturday morning Social tennis did not make it on court, however Saturday arvo social tennis played the odds, and Marlene and Norm kept everyone on their toes.

Earlier in the week Fit, fun tennis the original and best cardio workout on a tennis court made it back, and the girls were elated to be exercising while having fun.

All squads were busily involved working on their singles play. Well done to Sienna, Karl, Tan, Lacey, Lucas and Jack.

Contributed with thanks to Jenny Kirkman

The agility ladder was the big feature in the rainy week at Whitsunday Tennis

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Festival of Football for Whitsunday United

May 27, 2022

After rain cancellations the previous weekend the weather gods were kind and a festival of football began at the Whitsunday Sports Park.

All eight Whitsunday United teams took to the field in the same location for the first time this year.

The day started with a rampant U14 Premiers continuing their great form and literally tearing apart the visiting Magpies 8-0.

Jacob Logan bagged a couple of goals, but six other players contributed to the score line showing the quality of this side. The win cements them top of the ladder.

The U16 Premiers were slow out the blocks, looking lethargic and disjointed against a much improved Magpies unit.

They came in at half time tied 4-4.

An animated half time chat from coach Luke Swift did the trick and the team fired up in the second half running in 5 unanswered goals.

Jazz Knezevic, Kobi Miller, and Tyler Jankowski all ran in two goals, with Rale Mudford and Zane Hill contributing a couple as well. The side now sits in second place on the ladder.

The U14 Div1 team also continued its winning form against Sarina with a 7-0 victory on the back of some great teamwork and spectacular football. Jacob Godden scored a hat trick with Kai Draper backing him up with 2 goals. The win will put them in a clear second place on the ladder.

The Women had a great round with the Div 1 side recording a strong win against Sarina 2-0. Highlights included Francesca Norbury Trueman and Mabel Gudes scoring their first goals of their careers.

The Premier Women's Squad faced off against top of the table and title favourites Mackay Lions in a game that flowed from one end to the other.

Coach Peter Farrell was impressed with the speed and quality of the game and felt that his side was unlucky not to at least come away with a draw.

The Whitsunday Men faced an uphill battle in the lower divisions with upwards of 10 regular players missing. Div 1 put up a strong fight against the Mackay Lions going down 5-1.

Reserves were defeated with many Div 1 players having to back up for a second game.

The Premier men played a nail biter against the strong Mackay Lions. After missing an early penalty, the home side worked hard playing into the wind to Keep Lions to 1-0 at half time, with the midfielders Scott Ferries and James McEvoy-Bowe working hard to create opportunities for Ben Seago and Harry Hodgen up front.

The second half was all Whitsunday – dominating possession and field position but despite hitting the goal posts three times, they were unable to score and against the run of play, Lions scored a second goal – winning 2-0.

A very encouraging display against the top team in the competition considering three of our top players were unavailable.

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Raiders Remain Undefeated

May 27, 2022

The Mama Africa Raiders travelled to Bowen on Saturday to take on the old rivals Bowen Mudcrabs at their home grounds.

The coaching staff were prepared for the traditional hard slog and close scoring that has played out between the sides for decades.

Raiders had to travel with a few less reserves than normal, but this has never been an excuse not to perform at their best.

With a stiff breeze behind them Bowen brought it rom the start. The first 35 minutes was a tussle between both forwards and backs and was played between the 22mtr lines of both sides. Until Bowens forwards went over the line through a strong pick and drive play.

Half time came around and the raiders were behind 5 nil.

With the penalty count climbing for the home side, Raiders crept ahead through the boot of Hone Casey-Bloomer and Connor Spence to see them lead at the 65th minute mark 12 -5.

The game wasn’t over by any means, with a large and vocal group of local supporters, Bowen was never out of it.

All until young gun Jack Briskey scooted through the defensive line, again, and scored Raiders only try of the game at the 77th minute mark, leading now 17 – 5.

Bowen managed to turn the ball over after the kick off and a couple of phases later had a 20-metre line break, only to be shut down by the hard-working Raiders defence.

The Raiders boys then advanced up field for a few more phases until the final whistle went.

Raiders win 17-5.

With the whistle blown and the crowd cheering both teams, the mighty Raiders managed to complete round one of three undefeated and currently holding the number one spot on the ladder.

This does not mean the remaining rounds are going to be easy, in fact the direct opposite; they expect tough games from all the MRU clubs.

This game was not only the completion of round 1, but it was also the first of a three-game series to see who can win the inaugural Eclipse Financial Service Cup.

This series has been proudly started by ex-Muddies player and Eclipse Financial Services managing director Justin Butler and will be played out on the Raiders home game, June 18 and finally at Bowen on the August 6.

Mama Africa Raiders players of the day went to our #10 Dylan Hoffmann 1 pt, lock and big brother Joel Hoffmann 2pts and to young gun winger Jack Briskey 3 pts.

Contributed with thanks to Craig Spence

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Sea Eagles Juniors Winning Form

May 27, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Juniors hit the road to Mackay and Sarina on Saturday in less-than-ideal conditions, with Seniors having the bye and a postponed round for the Women against the Swans due to ground suitability and safety.

Sea Eagles Under 17s took on Bakers Creek to consolidate after an amazing win against Moranbah last week in a comfortable 73 – 13 win.

Bailey Wishart and Jack Jeffries continued to excel through the middle with Wishart’s mark play of the day.

Sea Eagles forward line saw Cody Love, Huntah Miall and Max Baker working under the guidance of Jacob Dewis and Brodan Cornwall to make an impact on the scoreboard. The ever reliable midfield Aidan Allen-Fancke, Kain Zacher, Foxx LaMonica, Jordan Daniels and Jacob Dewis continue to improve and deliver the ball with precision to the forward line.

In what was always set to be an even contest Sea Eagles Under 14s faced Bakers Creek. The first half saw both teams work hard to finish with only one goal apart at half time.

Special efforts from Cody Love and Molly Bennett in the third saw Sea Eagles stretch the lead out to 9 points with Sea Eagles using the breeze in the final term to finish up 46 – 23.

Sea Eagles Under 12s had a wet match down at Brewers Park against Sarina Demons improving their now experienced wet weather skills.

Maintaining possession in the Sea Eagles forward line for the almost the entire game saw Sea Eagles take it out 46 – 0.

All Sea Eagles teams play in Mackay this coming Saturday May 28 for the final Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous round at Harrup Park against the Mackay City Hawks and Swarks.

Juniors start from 9:35am, Senior Women 3:30pm and Senior Men at 5:00pm.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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A Day On The Dam

May 20, 2022

Ray has fished me for a long time, but it had been a while since we’d last had the chance to fish together. Hailing from the waters of Tinaroo Dam it’s a big call to come to Peter Faust to fish, but Ray is very familiar with impoundment barra fishing and lives for it.

The fishing had been good in the leadup and the weather forecast for the day was fantastic. So all factors were aligned for a good day, but we didn’t anticipate just how good it was going to be!

The first spot we pulled up on produced a metre plus fish almost right away and Ray got dusted by another in the timber. Then things went a little bit quiet, so I decided to look at a different part of the dam.

Sounding around some likely areas, we started to find fish in good numbers. The sounder screen came alive with a big school so we pulled up and it was on! Double headers were frequent with the fish all quality models over 90 centimetres and the action never really let up.

We bounced around fishing spots in the general proximity for an action-packed afternoon on the water. We released well over 40 barramundi between us.

The recent rain has not had much effect on the water level at the dam with it only rising very slightly but it’s been good to see a return of blue skies and epic sunrises over the last few days.

While the water temperature has dropped slightly, the fishing remains constant and with the warm autumn days it should continue.

Last month the stocking society released close to 6000 sooty grunters in the dam so we’re looking forward to those fellas growing up and adding more variety into a day on the dam.

Contributed with thanks to:

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

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Sunset on the dam over the weekend

Ray with a nice barra

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What does that navigation mark mean?

May 20, 2022

A system of buoys, piles and lights, known as IALA Buoyage System ‘A’, is used to assist safe navi-gation. These are the equivalent of road signs on highways. Each type of mark has a unique combi-nation of colour, shape, topmark and light. You must be able to recognise these and pass them safely on the correct side. Some of the more common ones are listed below.

When going upstream (away from the sea) keep red (port-hand marks) on the left hand side (to port), and keep green (starboard-hand marks) on the right-hand side (to starboard).

When going downstream (towards the sea) keep red (port-hand marks) on your right-hand side (to starboard) and keep green (starboard-hand marks) on your left-hand side (to port).

Lateral marks

Port and starboard marks are referred to as lateral marks. They indicate the port-hand and star-board-hand sides of navigable waters (channels). When both a port and starboard mark are placed near to each other, travel directly between them. On a pile beacon, look for the shape and colour of the top mark.

Often lateral marks are not placed in pairs. The safe side to pass a lateral mark is generally deter-mined by the direction of travel to or from the sea, or a predetermined local direction of buoyage.

Cardinal marks

A cardinal mark indicates where the deepest and safest water can be found. It may also indicate the safe side on which to pass a danger and to draw attention to a feature in the channel such as a bend or junction.

NORTH Safe water to the north of the cardinal. Topmarks point ‘up’ toward the north for safest water. At night the frequency of the flashes are an uninterrupted quick flash.

SOUTH Safe water to the south of the cardinal. Topmarks both point ‘down’ towards the south for safe water. The frequency of flashes is 6 quick flashes in a group followed by a long flash.

EAST Safe water to the east of the cardinal. Topmarks are in the shape of an egg, so remember the e of egg is for safe water to the east. The frequency of the flashes is 3 quick flashes in a group.

WEST Safe water to the west of the cardinal. Topmarks make the shape of a wine glass so remem-ber the w of wine glass is for safe water to the west. The frequency of the flashes is 9 quick flashes in a group.

Low Rock Reef off Shute Harbour is one of just 2 places in Australia where all cardinal marks are together.

VMRW membership is cheap insurance at just $80., you can join at https://vmrwhitsundays.com.au/join/

Contributed with thanks to Mal Priday from Whitsunday VMR.

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Airlie Beach Darts

May 20, 2022

This week was round 7 of the 19-round Airlie Beach Premier League Darts season, and there were only four matches that took place on Sunday at Mika on Airlie Esplanade.

First up was Andy Peel taking on Seumas Rose.

Before a dart was thrown, both players were neck and neck on the league table, Andy with a slight one-point advantage over Seumas in the current standings.

Andy led the match from the front, winning it 7/1 which leapfrogged him into 3rd place on the ladder sitting nicely on 10pts.

Next up was Aaron Paull against Gary Robbie.

Much like the previous match, Aaron had full control of this game from the get-go, defeating Gary by the same score line 7/1. Aaron is now up into 6th place currently on 6pts.

Nathan O’Hara continued his fine winning streak with another victory over Lorraine Woods by a 7/3 score line. Nathan is now into the top 8 for the first time, and Lorraine is still searching for that first point of the season.

Up last was Joe Wilson against Kameron Reason.

Joe kept his 100 per cent win record intact; one of only three players this season to still have an undefeated record.

Joe dominated the proceedings with a 7/0 win over Kameron.

He hit a 180 in that win which takes him to 4th on the ladder with 8pts. Kameron sits just outside the top 8 currently occupying 10th place on the ladder with 4pts.

The Premier League is sponsored by Mika Bar and BBQ, and Whitsunday Tattooing.

Thanks for supporting the darts.

Contributed with thanks to Jamie Maher

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Ballers Unbeaten After Basketball’s Second Night

May 20, 2022

The Airlie Beach Ballers have continued their unbeaten run-in round 2 of the all-new Friday Nights Under Lights basketball competition.

In the first match of the evening, The Cannonvale Crocs faced off against the Proserpine Pirates.

The Pirates team had been boosted by several new recruits however it wasn’t enough to get them home, with the Crocs prevailing 31-21.

The Pirates took on the Ballers for the second match of the evening. In a high scoring affair, the Ballers got their night off to a winning start with the final score of 40-25 not doing justice to what was a tight tussle for much of the match.

Coming into the final game of the evening, all the talk was around whether the Ballers could keep their unbeaten streak going against the Crocs.

This match was an absolute thriller with scores tied leading into the final minute. A clutch free throw in the closing seconds was all that separated the two teams, with the Ballers getting up 26-25. What a game!

"I'm so proud of the way all of the kids are playing,” Team Manager of the Airlie Beach Ballers, Kara Nahas said.

“They are really giving it there all but are not losing sight of the fact that this is all just for fun. The sportsmanship has been first class and of course I'm thrilled that the Ballers are 4 wins from 4 starts!"

This is the inaugural term of the Friday Nights Under Lights concept, brought to the community by Whitsunday Basketball.

Games are held at Cannonvale State School on Friday evenings from 5pm and are for children aged 8 to 16 years.

The goal is to create a basketball competition for children in the Whitsundays which doesn't require parents to have to take them to Mackay every second weekend.

It is hoped that the Bowen Breakers will join the competition in the coming weeks.

Contributed with thanks to Tim Oberg

The Airlie Beach Ballers are staking their claim as the top dogs in the new competition

Shooting for three

The entire set of teams at the Friday Nights Under Lights basketball competition

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Airlie Beach Bowls Report

May 20, 2022

The cost of living in paradise is the occasional wet weather in May, but Airlie Beach Bowls Club still saw its contingent of bowlers huddle together under a big umbrella on Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon and night.

The wet weather kept the official bowls matches away in the week, but practice was possible and very popular on Friday before the weekend action.

The weekend of bowls started with Men’s pennants resuming.

Round 3 saw Divisions 4, 5, and 6 playing at home on Saturday morning with outstanding results.

The Division 4 side, under the leadership of Tim Taylor and Ray Edwards, defeated Proserpine 50-29.

Division 5 skippers Tony Whitehorn and Neil Moore defeated Northern Beaches 51-23. Division 6 -with the guile of skippers Nik Fernbach and little Stephen Lawrie - showed teamwork in defeating West Tigers 45-33. O

On Sunday the teams travelled, and Division 4 continued their superb form in a huge win over Mackay City 39-28.

Division 5 travelled to Seaforth and were gallant in defeat, one team going down by 1 point and the other going down 43-35 but still remain on top of the table after 4 rounds.

Division 6 travelled to Sarina and went down narrowly with Nik Fernbach’s team winning one game but losing by a close total margin.

Last season’s winner of Division 2 was promoted to Division 1 this season, playing against the best bowlers in the district. On Sunday the new Airlie Beach Division 1 team led by Manny Isgro travelled away to Sarina, and just losing out.

Sunday afternoon Social bowls was played and the club welcomed its newest member, Keith Bates.

Winners of the day were Ladda Purdie’s team of Karen Jensen and Jill Mazlin- Peterson.

The schools competition is in full swing with St Catherine’s school and the Christian College students all fighting it out to see who will represent North Queensland in Brisbane later in the year.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson

Sunday social winners Ladda Purdie, Karen Jensen, and Jill Mazlin- Peterson alongside their competition: Margo Stanley, Marjory Hughes, and Lu Rogan

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Proserpine Bowls News

May 20, 2022

There were no social bowls played on Wednesday with wet weather having its say.

Friday's clearing weather was greatly appreciated, and Saturday morning was all go, with the first game of Club Championship Pairs played.

Jonathan Bye and Wayne Handley defeated Marcus Craig and Andrew Bell 23-10.

Next was B Pairs with Duwaine Hiscox and Toby Craig defeating Stephen Summers and Vince Olsen 37-9.

Division 1 Pennants picked up 5 of the 6 points on offer on Saturday with their game against Mackay at home, winning 82-53.  

On Sunday, they played Sarina at Sarina picking up 1 point and losing 48 - 61.

Division 4 played Airlie Beach at Airlie on Saturday losing 29-40. On Sunday Proserpine played North Mackay at Proserpine gaining 4 points of the 5 on offer, winning 41-34.

Secretary of Proserpine Bowl’s Club, Heather Brown, said many thanks were to be handed out for a good weekend.

“I have to say thank you to Bruce, who spent the weekend doing the bar and catering duties during Pennants and for all who provided scores from the games that were held at other greens,” Ms Brown said.

Sunday afternoon social involved a spirited game of Triples. Alen Sanderson, Bruce Uhe, and Heather Brown took on Arthur Griffith, John Anderson, and Sandy Daffara.  

Kendall Watts came to the rescue when Heather needed to call it a day after 7 ends, Bruce going into skip and Kendall taking Bruce's spot.  Sandy's team won 33-10.

Clubman Scott Kinnear will this week be playing in the Vision Impaired Bowls down in Brisbane, and the club wishes him the best of luck.

Pennants this weekend for Division 1 will host two home games playing Airlie Beach on Saturday and Northern Beaches Sunday.  

Division 4 will have two away games playing Souths Suburban on Saturday and Mackay City on Sunday.  

Contributed with thanks to Heather Brown

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Wangaratta Bowls

May 20, 2022

With rain expected last Tuesday, Wangaratta Bowls got off to a slow start for the week, with no social bowls played.

Sunday was a different story, and club stalwart Penny Warren said, “it was good to see everyone out on the green.”

“We just managed to get the game in before a heavy shower came down,” Ms Warren said.

Winners for the rainy afternoon were Marcia Arthur, Sue Shearing, and Kennedy Whitton who defeated Toni Bowen, Merle Elphinstone, and Graeme Read.

Other wins went to Laurie Land and Geoff Danvers over Robyn Stitt and Fely Duncan. Deb Beel, Lyn Danvers, and Penny Warren also defeated Irene Dunne, George Tataglia, and Pat Tracey.

Debbie Retchless, Kevin Daniels, and Keith Armstrong drew with Bill Myers, Isobel Wheeler, and Kent Moriarty.

In the Club Competition Men’s B Grade Singles, Kent Moriarty defeated Graeme Read.

“Good luck to the Men representing Wangaratta playing in the Country Cup in Brandon on the weekend,” Ms Warren said.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

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Airlie Beach Parkrun

May 20, 2022

On Saturday, 75 motivated people ran, jogged, and walked the 5km oceanfront course, of whom 14 were first timers. It was another great week for personal bests, with 15 in total. Well done to Liam, Jayden, Dave, Zane, Shay, Lydia, Jackie, Lily, Bridget, Emily, Peter, Wendy, Shane, Barbara, and Sandi.

All participants celebrating milestones had travelled to Airlie Beach to celebrate them. Graeme Eldridge and Peter Close completed their 50th parkrun and Liam Jones celebrated his 100th parkrun.

The event was made possible by 15 generous volunteers: Nick Beecroft, Stuart Bishop, Kara Olver, Mick Drennan, Megan Drennan, Joshua (co-run director), Riana Wronski, Darlene Reid (photographer), Christopher Harvey (co-run director), Craig Boxer, Laura Oates, Jasmine, Lynne Oates, Dennis Mundle, and Caitlin James.

This coming Saturday is the next Whitsunday Running Club pacer event. Pacers will be jogging at a variety of speeds. Combined with cooler weather, it is expected there will be many new personal best times set on the day. The volunteer roster is already full for the event.

On June 4, Airlie Beach parkrun invites the community to come along to parkrun and then join them for a post parkrun picnic at Shingley Beach.

An Airlie Beach parkrun spokesperson said to bring along food from home or buy some counter food from My Rainbow Bakery.

“To make it a picnic event to remember everyone is encouraged to wear their favourite event T-shirt,” the spokesperson said.

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

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

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

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun

A sprint for the finish line

Liam and crew celebrating his 100th parkrun

The team of fantastic volunteers

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The River Rodeo Return

May 20, 2022

The River Rodeo Return

One of the region’s longest running and more unique annual events is fast approaching for its return after a two-year hiatus: the annual Bowen River Rodeo, Campdraft and Bush Sports on June 10 to 12.

A tradition going back over 135 years, the event is once again set to bring people from across Australia to Collinsville with an expected turnout of over four thousand people.

Beginning on the Friday morning, the River Rodeo will go through the entire weekend, ending on Sunday afternoon.

The Rodeo Secretary, Kim Whalan, said the committee had made a slew of upgrades for the return, as well as additional shows.

“This year, we will have Xtreme Broncs attending on Friday and Xtreme Breakaway as well which will be the big feature,” she said.

“We haven’t had a night show for over 20 years.”

The night show is an entirely new one: Rope on the River, a breakaway roping showcase featuring some of Australia’s elite talent.

In breakaway roping, the essential ingredients are that a calf is followed by a mounted horse rider, with the calf given a head start coming out of a chute. The rider chases, attempting to lasso the neck of the calf as fast as possible.

There are an expected 50 plus competitors facing off for the potential to become the winner and claim the title of first Wrangler Xtreme Breakaway Roping Event Champion.

The regular rodeo portion of the event runs Saturday and Sunday, with the Bowen River Bush Sports for kids held on the same days.

There’ll be all the favourites of the rodeo and more: campdrafting, hot food and drinks and non-stop action.

The arena is at the Bowen River Rodeo Campdraft grounds on Mt Wyatt Road in Collinsville.

“This year, we will have Xtreme Broncs attending on Friday and Xtreme Breakaway as well which will be the big feature,”

The Bowen River Rodeo, Campdraft and Bush Sports are back in the region next month

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 20, 2022

Whitsunday Green’s weekly competition was not scored this week due to low entry numbers.

The weather was not a golfer's friend unfortunately! By Friday, the sun finally showed itself and a solid 23 players entered the 9-hole competition for the club.

The winner was Nathan Nikolich with 22 points, followed by Glenn Rees and Bob Nikolich both on 20, the count back revealed Glenn in second and Bob in third.

Sunday was SKINS and the winner with 13 skins was Elise Hodgeson followed by Wayne Singleton with 8 skins and Alan Clinch with 6 skins.

Both nearest the pins went to Glenn Rees.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

Cory Belke following through

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Sea Eagles Family Day Success

May 20, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles celebrated all AFL families with their annual Family Day as part of their first full fixture at home on Saturday.

Families had fun with a bounce castle, face painting and give-aways throughout the morning.

Sea Eagles Under 17s was match of the day against reigning Premiers Moranbah Bulldogs in a brilliant test for the talented young Sea Eagles team who won 68–47.

The strength of the midfield showed with Sea Eagles hitting the scoreboard first and taking it to Moranbah.

Daniels and Dewis fought hard in ruck being outsized all day, however with Allen-Fancke, Zacher and LaMonica working together through the centre, Sea Eagles were able to gain the upper hand.

The home sides depth was shown with nine individual goal scorers from a full team effort.

The Senior Men faced an undermanned Eastern Swans team to take a comfortable win 87–31 after evening up opposition numbers.

After a sluggish start the Sea Eagles were able to pull together to see seven goals on the board by half time.

Sea Eagles came out firing in the second half to play their style of footy with midfielders Max Mackay, Jacob Healey, and Brent Downie consistently winning contests.

Sea Eagles defence once again held strong all day led by Captain Alex Rodgers.

Sea Eagles Senior Women had a close contest against Moranbah Bulldogs showing improvement with their game skills from last year in a 22–35 loss.

Sea Eagles Under 14s faced off against Moranbah in a game set to be the biggest challenge so far for the season eventually losing out 7–67.

Sea Eagles Under 12s took on the front runners of the competition Moranbah Bulldogs taking a 12–39 loss and seeing the closest contest to Moranbah for the 2022 Season.

Sea Eagles hit the road again Saturday May 21 with Under 12s at Sarina, Under 14s and Under 17s at Bakers Creek and Senior Women at Eastern Swans.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles

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Kids Having A Ball!

May 13, 2022

A new era for basketball in the Whitsundays kicked off last week with the launch of Friday Nights Under Lights.

The three-team competition for children aged 8 to 16 consists of the Proserpine Pirates, Cannonvale Crocs and Airlie Beach Ballers.

Part of the steadily growing Whitsunday Basketball, the competition is the brainchild of the sporting club’s Tim Oberg.

“Our goal is to create a basketball competition for children in the Whitsundays which doesn't require parents to have to take them to Mackay every second weekend,” Tim said.

“I know how frustrating and challenging this can be for families, so we're trying to create something truly local that everyone in the community can enjoy.”

Tim said that those with a love for basketball are more than welcome to come spectate on Friday nights at Cannonvale State School, regardless of if they have kids or not.

“It's shaping up to be a great social occasion, Tim said.

The debut games of the evening pitted the Ballers up against the Crocs in a seesawing game with the lead changing on multiple occasions.

In the end it was the Ballers who got up by just three points.

The second game saw the Crocs take on the Pirates in a bit of a more one-sided affair, with a comfortable victory for the Crocs.

The final debut games of the evening saw the Ballers take on the Pirates in another tight fixture with the points ultimately going to the Ballers who ended the night undefeated.

Feedback from both parents and players was overwhelmingly positive and everyone is looking forward to round two this Friday night from 5:00pm at Cannonvale State School.  

The club are hoping to get a food truck down this Friday night.

Any interested food truck venders please reach out to info@whitsundaybasketball.com

Contributed with thanks to Tim ObergThanks to the dedication of Whitsunday Basketball, kids have finally got their chance to play a Whitsunday based competition

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Elite Athlete Represents Region In Brisbane

May 13, 2022

Council extended their congratulations to a swimming stalwart earlier this month, presenting him with a memento for his achievements in representing the region.

The young Bowen athlete, Kayden Muir, was financially supported by council under their Junior Elite Athletes initiative.

The promising swimmer was presented with a watch by Acting Mayor Mike Brunker and Division 4 Councillor Michelle Wright during the April 29 ordinary Council meeting in Bowen.

The Bowen athlete had been selected to represent North Queensland in swimming at the Under 18 State Championships that were held in Brisbane earlier this year before seeking financial assistance from council.

In his trip down to the River City, Kayden competed in a string of events, representing the region in each.

His first competitive outing was in the 50 metre butterfly before heading into the 50 metre freestyle, 200 metre medley relay and 200 metre freestyle relay.

Kayden’s best form came when he swam personal best times in both relay events.

He said the highlight of the championships was getting to compete against people his own age from across Queensland and getting valuable big meet experience.

In previous year’s, Kayden – a Bowen State High School student - has claimed wins at the local Bowen Swimming Club like Club Champion winner.

He was joined by a fellow state high school classmate Remi Hedges.

Council’s Financial Support for Junior Elite Athletes is available for all residents who are 18 years or younger at the time of competition, and who have been residing within the Whitsunday Regional Council Local Government Area for at least 12 months or more.

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Gymnastics Spring Boarding To The Very Top In The Whitsundays

May 13, 2022

The Whitsunday PCYC has worked its way up from zero gymnasts after the devastation of Cyclone Debbie all the way up to 180 this year as it continues to expand.

Starting out with just a single coach, the local branch now has four dedicated staff members taking the lead across the diverse gymnastics’ curriculum.

“We’re building towards even greater variety of classes at the moment, even bringing back our adult classes in the next few weeks,” Branch Manager and Police Sergeant Billy Li said.

Tara Brady, Dominic Di Benedeto, Amelie Marshall, and Jessica Ferguson are the gymnastics coaches at the PCYC.

Tara has a background in gymnastics as a competitor, as well as Amelie, while Dominic began his gymnastics at the local PCYC in years past as a student.

Jessica on the other hand started her own gymnastics journey alongside her daughter.

“I had done no gymnastics before my daughter started it – she was three and a half at the time and started here and I always found myself here,” Jessica said.

“It just progressed from there and I absolutely love it.”

The group each take individual classes – with at least one class every day of the week - which includes variations like Under 5s KinderGym, BabyPlay, Ninja and regular gymnastics.

The club is growing exponentially in terms of numbers but also with the capability of their coaches who are now able to train at higher levels, going from gym three up to gym six.

“That means we’re growing with our gymnasts, giving us the ability to coach at a higher level,” Jessica said.

One of the favourites for kids at the moment is Ninja, which sees its participants take part in obstacle courses set up by Dominic, who leads the class.

“He’s extremely talented on the gym floor and has been such a boon for us,” Jessica said.

“The kids in particular really look up to him; the young ones aspire to do the things he can do and I think that’s so important for our region.”

On a competitive level, the local PCYC branch is hoping to send some of its gymnasts to events and allow them to grow as young athletes.

“We’re excited to be able to give them the opportunities and that comes from the local community supporting us and helping us expand this gymnastics program,” Sergeant Li said.

Representatives from the gymnastics team

The excellent facilities make gymnastic easy at Whitsunday PCYC

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Undefeated United Weekend

May 13, 2022

What a weekend for the Whitsunday United Football club with success against top level opponents across all age groups.

The juniors started the ball rolling with the U14 Div playing Rangers at home. A little rusty after six weeks without a game, they were still dominant against Rangers with Reef Hansen-Harden and Billy Hinton scoring great goals to give the team a 2-1 victory and keeping them undefeated and tied top of the table.

U14 Premiers were on fire – tearing apart the Lions team who are also one of the top three in the comp. From the opening exchanges, the Whitsunday team looked sharp and hungry and after a tight first half, dominated the second to win 6-3, only conceding a couple of late goals through concentration lapses. Jacob Logan was the star of the show with a hat trick of goals to his credit.

The U16 Premier side faced a huge task against the undefeated and in form Lions U16's – especially fielding a patched together team due to injury and illness. They brought their A game and despite conceding a goal in the first half looked the equal of Lions. In what is becoming a bit of a trademark, the Whitsunday youth through sheer determination and grit wore down the Lions and were dominant in the second half, narrowly missing a few opportunities. Tyler Jankowski brought the house down scoring a lofted long distance goal to equalise in the final 30 seconds.

The senior teams travelled to Mackay to take on City Brothers with equally solid results. The Premier Women were lucky to put together a side with many of the girls attending representative comps, however the players available were keen to keep the side in the top three and took an early lead with a cracker from Keely Salter. From there it was a tussle with the Whitsunday side on top, however a late equaliser from City Brothers snatched the win from their grasp to end it 1-1.

The Men's teams were dominant against the City Brother's sides with the U23/Reserve side running in a solid 3-2 win. Stefan Tarne scoring a double, the team now sits mid table.

The Men's Premier side dispatched their opponents with a flurry of goals form Harry Hodgen. Hodgen scored a hat trick in a dominant display from the wing, turning his marker inside and out. 4-0 was the final score, but doesn’t paint the full picture in a possession filled game for the travelling team. It could have likely been more, having previously beaten Brothers 10-2 at home.

The defensive pairing of Declan Durrant and Sam Blake was a sight for sore eyes, with this the first time the starting centre backs have been able to combine. Martyn Goody put in one of his standard excellent performances, although the backline wasn’t particularly tested on the weekend. The quartet – which included Kurt Ashley – was able to keep Brothers to no shots on target.

The win takes the Whitsunday team to third on the ladder but with a few games in hand.

Luca Miller menacing the defence for the U14 Prems. Photo Penny Grossi

The Premier Women finished their game up 1-1 in a fantastic effort

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Sea Eagles Show Skills in the Wet

May 13, 2022

Whitsunday Sea Eagles headed to Mackay Magpies Sporting Club on Saturday with some great games being played and Sea Eagles talent on show.

Senior Men were keen to keep the winning momentum going against Mackay Magpies starting well in the first quarter.

Midfielders Ryan Lee and Mitchell Healey took control of the game in the second, seeing Sea Eagles lead at half time. Knowing Magpies would come out hard in the second half, Sea Eagles absorbed the extra pressure and outscored Magpies in both terms.

The backline of Alex Rodgers, Jake Turner and Tyne Chick worked hard all day shutting down opportunities for the Magpies and providing a comfortable 82 – 44 win for the Sea Eagles with eight different goal scorers on the board.

Unfortunately, Mackay Magpies forfeited Senior Women so Sea Eagles Women will be eager to take the field this week at home.

Sea Eagles Under 17s saw a hard-fought game early until Sea Eagles combined through the centre to crack the game open to a 116 – 34 win.

A solid Prosser defence throughout the game saw Sea Eagles take a strong lead with Allen-Fancke, Zacher, Daniels and Mansfield feeding the ball into the forward line. Cornwall and Singleton were dynamic up forward taking 11 goals between them.

Set to be anyone’s game Sea Eagles Under 14s combined to get a good start in the wet and continued this trend throughout the game. A heavy clash in the last quarter saw a premature end to the game with Sea Eagles coming out 46 – 7 winners.

Sea Eagles Under 12s have learnt from their first two games in wet conditions to take a convincing win 116 – 0 against the Magpies. Under 12s are commended for sportsmanship with 7 of them taking the field for the Magpies to make a game.

Sea Eagles have all grades at home this coming Saturday 14th May celebrating Family Day at Whitsunday Sportspark from 9am including bounce castle and face painting activities.

Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Sea Eagles.

Sea Eagles scrapping it out as Magpies scramble for the ball in the Men’s division

It was a wet and wild day all around for the Sea Eagles

Contested footy is the best kind

Cody Fowler

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Airlie Bowls Report

May 13, 2022

A jammed packed week for Airlie Beach Bowls Club starting on Tuesday afternoon with a fantastic win from Margo Stanley’s team of lead Robin Brown and second Stacey Hadlow.

Ladies’ B Grade pairs final between Bev Taylor and Jill Mazlin-Peterson against Di Dobbins and Lane Telford, 21-20.

Wednesday afternoon, over 20 bowlers played for the winners cheque and the jackpot prize.

Neil Moore, Col Morris and Russell Jackson won both prizes on offer with Betty Whitehorn winning the Health Hub award.

Wednesday night’s Business House Bowls had four great games with Woolies Allsorts team of Cathy Russell as skipper alongside Maureen Barnard, and Amy Hart with Eric Barnard also putting in a solid performance in their win over the Health Hub team.

Both teams won 5 ends each in the 19-6 win.

PRD defeated Tuk Tuks 9-8 with seven year old Mayson McDowall starring. While Kitties defeating Whitsunday Gold Coffee B team 11 to 6 and Hadlow Racing Team and Whitsunday Gold Coffee A team drew .

Thursday afternoon the St Catherine’s boys trained, and Friday, 16 children arrived for school sport with the best two bowlers set to represent North Queensland in Brisbane later this year.

Mother’s Day equal winners were Andrew Butler’s team of lead Lu Rogan, and Margo Stanley’s talented team.

A special mention to vice chairperson Karen Jensen, and Elaine Kippen. Both are wonder women for the club and are greatly appreciated by all members

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

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Wangaratta Bowls

May 13, 2022

Tuesday, May 3, Deb Retchless, Sue Shearing, Greg Colquhoun, and Mark Drummond defeated Irene Laird, Lyn Danvers, Kevin Baxter, and Geoff Danvers to start the week off.

Mother’s Day saw some visitors arrive at the club to play, with thanks to Pat who organised a chrysanthemum corsage for the ladies and potted plants for the winners of the afternoon.

Winners were Irene Laird, Sue Shearing, and Linda Smith who won more ends in their drew with Keith Armstrong, Greg Colquhoun, and Alan Rolfe.

Other wins went to Robyn Stitt, Mark Drummond, and Alan Almond who defeated Bill Myers, Kennedy Whitton, and Pat Tracey.

Laurie Land, Lyn Danvers, and Geoff Danvers dispatched the team of Kate Almond, Isobel Wheeler, and Jeff Tierney.

The Club Competition Ladies Open Pairs saw senior bowlers Merle Elphinstone and Isobel Wheeler play exceptionally on Tuesday morning to defeat Robyn Stitt and Fely Duncan in the quarter final.

Men’s results are in with Open Pairs Greg Colquhoun and Geoff Danvers defeating Ted Evans and Peter Hinschen.

Open Singles Sunday morning was played between brothers Mitch Wright and Jason Wright, with the match finishing 25 to 24.

In another singles result Geoff Danvers defeated Steve Roome.  

Congratulations to the North Qld Ladies District who were Runners Up in Division 2 of the State District Championships with 20 Districts playing last week at the Gold Coast, only losing first place on aggregate to Bundaberg. Denise Wallace, Penny Warren, and Margaret Wilson played well for four days in their respective teams to help secure the placing.

Contributed with thanks to Penny Warren.

Sunday Mother's Day Winner Sue Shearing with President Mark Drummond

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Airlie Beach Parkrun

May 13, 2022

The rain didn’t stop the 65 people who ran, jogged, and walked the 5km oceanfront course, of whom seven were first timers.

The cooler weather helped 17 participants to record new personal bests: Simon, Trent, Nyrie, Kadon, Kerrin, Nick, Carly, Gus, Dean, Emily, Kirsty, Sally, Josiah, Shane, Kathryn, Kylie and Joanne.

Nathalie Bloom also had a special weekend, celebrating her 100th parkrun.

The event was made possible by 15 drenched and devoted volunteers: Nick Beecroft, Kara Olver (Run Director) Kirsty Daniels, Alison Scoles, Madison (Photographer), Laura Oates, Christopher Harvey, Louise Cox, Annette Turner, Lynne Oates, Caitlin James, Joanne Ahern, Brad Sabott, Jack and Thomas Lee.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Airlie Beach parkrun Results Page.

Two volunteer marshals are needed for this Saturday, anyone available is encouraged to contact airliebeach@parkrun.com

The next Whitsunday Running Club pacer event is on the 19th of May. Pacers will be jogging at a variety of speeds, combined with cooler weather, it is expected there will be many new personal best times set on the day.

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

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

Contributed with thanks to Airlie Beach parkrun.

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Pickleball Whitsunday

May 13, 2022

The Thursday afternoon Picklers were bursting at the seams with excitement when they made it back on court after three wet Thursdays in a row.

Murray and Gay Speden from the Gold Coast joined in with the cheerful band.

There were some tremendous matches: one between husband and wife teams, Murray and Gay, and Stuart and Kate.

Other Picklers delighted to be on court were Sheridan, Yoko, Robyn, Amity and Michael.

Unfortunately, drizzly weather made Saturday morning a washout.

Lookout for Kids' Pickleball hitting off on Monday afternoon, May 16 at 3pm to 4pm.

Pickleball Terms of the week:

Grip: the way you hold the paddle OR the material that is wrapped around the paddle handle to protect it and provide cushioning.

Midcourt: the middle area on the pickleball court between the non-volley zone (kitchen) and the baseline.

OPA: sometimes shouted out after the third shot has been hit when open volleying has begun.

Till next week: Paddles Up.

Bats at the ready for Pickleball Whitsunday sessions if the rain stays away next week

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Tennis Whitsunday

May 13, 2022

This week’s focus is on Wednesday afternoon with the first up on court Lacey, who was honing her serving skills.

On the adjoining court, Cannonvale primary school captain Jasper and brother Asher were practicing rallying.

It was then time for Jai, who gave it his all.

At 4pm, squads with Coach Jenny and Jett, and Kaine with Coach Jamie, joined at 4.30pm by Sophie.

5pm squads took to the two front courts, working on match play.

On the back court, Lachlan worked to take part in the school tennis trials and - fantastic news - made the team. A shoutout to Karl who also made the school team.

Good news: social tennis made it out on court on Tuesday and Thursday night and welcomed Wayne, a new member of the community.

Saturday afternoon social tennis kept an eye on the heavens, the rain held off and they were able to have a great afternoon on court.

Please note Saturday morning social tennis is commencing at 7am and Saturday afternoon social tennis at 2pm.

Contributed with thanks to Jenny Kirkman.

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Bowen Golf News

May 13, 2022

Bowen Golf’s Wednesday competition was a single stroke event for the May midweek monthly medals.  

Men’s winner Benny Bon 64 nett, runner up Perry Davis 65 nett.  

Ladies’ winner on a countback Carol O’Connell 69 nett, runner up Claire Garrod 69 nett.

Over the weekend, the Bowen Golf club hosted the Men’s A, A1, B, and C grade opens: Saturday was B and C grades.  

B Grade Gross winner Craig Newell, Gross runner up Brenden Wells, Nett winner Liam Hillery, Nett runner up Leny Heron.  

C Grade Gross winner Colin Shaw, Gross runner up John Courtney, Nett winner Peter Dale, Nett runner up Don Williams.  

Longest drives to Aaron Watts and Len Phillips.  Nearest the Pins to Brenden Wells and John Courtney.

Sunday saw the A and A1 grades take to the course, with A Grade Gross winner Kyle Dowde, Gross Runner up Martin Evans, Nett winner Joshua Scullie, Nett runner up Isaac Fellows.

A1 Gross winner Marcus Yasso, Gross runner up Mitchell Greenbank, Nett winner Tim Miller, Nett runner up Ian Dunn.  

Longest drives to Chris Dunn and Adam Shaw, with Nearest the pins to Doug Power and Jeff Day.

This weekend is a single stableford event sponsored by Bowen Sportspower.

Contributed with thanks to Grace Nott.

A and A1 Gross winners Kyle Dowde, Martin Evans, Marcus Yasso, Mitchell Greenbank

A and A1 Nett runners up Isaac Fellows and Ian Dunn

B and C Gross winner Craig Newell and runner up Brenden Wells

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Veterans Golf Report

May 13, 2022

The course was finally opened last week for our competition and surprisingly 25 players braved the heavy conditions. It was very tough going out there.

The men’s winner on the day was Peter Fox again, having a good run with 40 followed by Nick Apruzzese with 37 and Ken Granger 34.  

The ladies’ winner was our new member Moya Bradley on 30 (well done to her) followed by Leanne Alexander on 29 on a countback from Tiina Randmae on 29.

Nearest the pins went to Ken Granger, Nick Apruzzese and Larry Muller.

John Roser and Colin Hounsell both in the hole.

The ladies went to Leanne Alexander, Beryl Nosworthy with an Eagle on 2, Lyn Muller, Rehab Hull, Leanne again and Tiina Randmae.

Chip ins went to Phillip Luckett, Peter Fox, Barry Mortimer, Leanne Alexander and Tiina Randmae.

Next week is Monthly Medal.

Contributed with thanks to Paula McQuat.

Tuesday winners

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On The Whitsunday Green

May 13, 2022

This week at Whitsunday Green, Glenn Rees commenced his first ladies’ clinic with Robyn, Beth, and Carolyn while Dee and Jane continued their private lessons. Talk about having fun in training 'what a hoot'.

The weekly 9-hole-stableford was won by Dean Barnard with 21 points, followed by Mick Bond on 20 and Glenn Rees on 19 points.

Friday's winner this week was James Millar with 23 points, followed by Mark Winter on 22 and Wayne Singleton on 21 points.

On Sunday it was the 18-hole comp, this week won by Glenn Rees on 39, followed by David Wallace on 33 and Wayne Singleton on 32.

Terry Kimpton and Glenn Rees also took the 'nearest the pins' on the day.

Contributed with thanks to Kate Cross

Deanna Norman and Jane Muller

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Raiders Claim Victory Over Kuttabul

May 13, 2022

Last Saturday saw the Mama Africa Raiders Rugby Union team welcome the visiting Kuttabul Camel Boks to the Whitsunday Sportspark.

It was the first time the two teams had met since last year’s grand final and happened to be the top of the table clash for this season, and on paper, the game to watch this round.

With the weather conditions overcast and the grounds damp, everyone was looking forward to a great tussle across the paddock.

Kuttabul’s big forward pack and their strong backline were always going to be formidable to beat, but the Raiders were prepared for a physical fight.

With great preparation during the week but a couple of players carrying injuries, coach Andre Houston fielded probably the youngest average age team the club has ever seen.

Most of the home side had come back from the CQ championships in Rockhampton, held over the May Day long weekend, having played three games in three days, and Kuttabul also had a couple of players in the championship.

From the kick off, both teams showed they were up for a contest, and against the run of play and defending near their line, the Raiders won a turnover with young debutant Rhys Ward opening up the Kuttabul defensive line and running away for an 80 metre try under the posts, deftly converted by Niall Clancy.

The set piece tussle at scrums and line outs was an even affair with both teams gaining and losing the advantage across the field. In the end the Raiders came away with the bigger advantage.

Kuttabul hit back during the first half to be just behind at the break, 17 -10 to the Raiders, two tries a piece but the conversions and a penalty goal being the difference.

The second half started off well for the men in green, and again it was the young gun Rhys Ward who darted the ball across the line in the corner to put the Raiders in front 22-10.

Kuttabul weren’t giving up and with another unconverted try leaving them trailing by just 7 points going into the last quarter of the game.

Both sides were putting in the big hits, creating turn over ball and counter attacks right across the paddock, and a few of the older Raider players stepped up from the bench to make impacts.

Ryan Edkins, Trent Elson, William Pratt, and Andre Houston showed that age is just a number; which in turn sparked up the young guns. Raiders were able to convert two more penalties to lead the game 28-15 at the 73rd minute as well as keep the Camel Boks contained for the rest of the game.

Full time score 28-15 to the Mama Africa’s Raiders men in green, try scorers Rhys Ward (2), Connor Spence, and kicking duties Niall Clancy 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals

Player Points, 3 Rhys Ward, 2 Jye Hawkins, 1 Trent Elson

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Whitsunday Badminton Players Represent At NQ Games

May 6, 2022

Six Whitsunday locals took to the Queensland Games last weekend to compete in the A and B grade singles and B grade doubles in badminton, claiming two bronze medals and a silver.

The North Queensland Games were held in Townsville across the Labour Day Weekend, where local Dylan Wu took home the bronze win in the Men’s B Grade Badminton Singles for the Whitsundays, while Frederick Yau won silver in the same division.

The pair also linked up in the Men’s B Grade Doubles to win the bronze medal as a partnership.

An extremely technical sport requiring excellent motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements, badminton as a spectator sport is not to be missed.

Police Sergeant Billy Li was another of the Whitsunday competitors who took to the court on the weekend at the North Queensland Games.

Sergeant Li said that the Whitsunday side represented themselves excellently on the day.

“We all played some really great badminton, especially Frederick and Dylan who did well to come away with bronze and silver,” he said

Sergeant Li also said that the local PCYC hosts badminton training sessions each Tuesday where the sounds of fierce shuttlecock rallies thwack out across the hall.

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