Burdekin Region Sporting News & Results

Catches Of The Month

Catches Of The Month

William wasn’t short of any white meat for Good Friday after he caught this 115cm barra. Photo supplied: William Smith Caption 2: Ted’s barra. Photo supplied: Ted Shields Caption 3: Trout and parrot fish were among Kyle’s haul after a weekend at Cape Gloucester. Photo supplied: Kyle Stuart Mclennan Caption 4: Laurinda’s biggest flathead of the day at 63cm caught off the beach at Alva. Photo supplied: Laurinda George Caption 5: A 100cm plus queen fish. Photo supplied: Kristopher Stockham Caption

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Eugene Pagotto Memorial Canefield Ashes Celebrates 20 Years in 2024

Eugene Pagotto Memorial Canefield Ashes Celebrates 20 Years in 2024

Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 14 Home Hill Cricket Association Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2024, the Eugene Pagotto Memorial Canefield Ashes cricket carnival in Home Hill has become a beloved annual event, drawing participants and spectators from far and wide. Originally conceived in 2005 by Doug McCubben who was inspired by the similar concept of Bowen’s Watts Shield, the tournament has evolved into a vibrant celebration of camaraderie, cricket, and community spirit. What began wi

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20 Years Of Canefield Ashes A Legacy of Cricket, Camaraderie, and Community Spirit

20 Years Of Canefield Ashes A Legacy of Cricket, Camaraderie, and Community Spirit

Volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth running of the tournament, from maintaining the grounds to organising sponsorship and hospitality—a true testament to the community's collective effort and dedication. “If we didn’t have the backing of the Home Hill Cricket Association and their volunteers, it would never happen,” Doug said. “The club has done a good job of running it over the years, so I think people enjoy coming because they feel welcome, and they want to come back,” added

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Canefield Ashes  2024 Draw

Canefield Ashes 2024 Draw

FRIDAY APRIL 12 3:00pm FIXTURE FIELD Shouldawornabox v Average Joes 4 SATURDAY APRIL 13 SESSION 1 (7:45AM – 10:15AM) FIXTURE FIELD Bumbo's XI v Sugar Daddies 1 Bowen Bears v Wackers 2 Thirsty Rhinos v Bowen Chargers 3 WWW v Nomads 4 Honeycombes J.D. v Malpass Mongrels 5 Ball Burners v Cane Blisters 6 Shouldawornabox v Dirty Diggers 7 Home Hill Bandits v Average Joes 8 Castlemaine Kings v Clout and Out 9 Lager Louts v Buldgers XI 10 SESSION 2 (10:15AM – 12:45PM) FIXTURE FIELD Bendovers v The

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Past Winners

April 11, 2024


Horny Bulls
Honeycombes Auto
Honeycombes Auto
Horny Bulls
High Voltage

Sibby's Slashers
Castlemain Kings

A Fish called Wanda
High Voltage

A Fish called Wanda
Shaggers 11
War Machine

A Fish called Wanda
Home Hill Rhinos
Honeycombes J.D.

A Fish called Wanda
Sibby's Slashers
Castlemain Kings
Malpass Mongrels

Horny Bulls
Malpass Mongrels
What Women Want

Horny Bulls
Bloody Huge
Honeycombes J.D.
Thirsty Rhinos

Horny Bulls
Home Hill Rhinos
Clout and Out
What Women Want

Bumbo's XI
Sugar Daddies
Scared Shotless
Massey Ferguson

Bumbo's XI
Sons of Pitches
Cane Blisters

Norths Cricket Club
Victorious Secret
Norths Fathers & Sons
Canefield Slashers
Bats on Fire

Norths Cricket Club
Castlemain Kings
Middle Stumpers


Bowen Bears
Desert Wackers
Moore's Marauders
The Boys
Sugar Daddies
Thristy Rhinos

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Shane Muspratt Cup Celebrates 10th Anniversary

April 11, 2024

The annual U12s Junior Rugby League Carnival, the Shane Muspratt Cup, returned to Rugby Park in Ayr on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6.
Hosted by Burdekin Roosters Junior Rugby League Club, the carnival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2024, bringing together over 500 players across 28 teams to play over the two days.
Teams from as far as Cairns, Atherton, Townsville, Mackay and Charters Towers travelled to the Burdekin for the tournament, attracting hundreds of families to the region for a two day festival of junior footy.

The Burdekin Roosters U12 players with North Queensland Cowboys Robert Derby (left) and Ray Thompson (right). Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

Shane Muspratt Cup

Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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Home Hill Golf Open Results

April 11, 2024

The Home Hill Golf Club hosted its annual NQIB Home Hill Open on Sunday, April 7 with a field of 80 players participating in the Men’s Open and 78 in the Women’s.
The winner of the Men’s Open was Elio Di Bella while Townsville Golf Club’s Chloe Armstrong took out the Women’s title.

Men’s Results
A Grade Gross winner Elio Di Bella. R/up Josh Searle.
A Grade Nett winner Brendan Walsh. R/up Marcus Yasso
A1 Gross winner Dave Harding. R/up Greg Fuller
A1 Nett winner Tim Branch. R/up Murray Cannavan
B Grade Gross winner Grahame Jones. R/up Doug McCubben
B Grade Nett winner Carlo Manno. R/up Leny Heron
C Grade Gross winner Kieren Dawes. R/up Kiel Hearn
C Grade Nett winner Zachary Bourke. R/up Gary Spelta

Women’s Results
A Grade Gross winner Chloe Armstrong. R/up Hayley Jenkins.
A Grade Nett winner Sue Allsop. R/up Renata Armstrong
B1 Gross winner Cassandra Mathews. R/up Jenny Wilson
B1 Nett winner Carol Rosenberg. R/up Theresa Spence
B2 Gross winner Evelyn Alderman. R/up Geraldine Cockburn.
B2 Nett winner Angie Baxter. R/up Jane Flynn.
C Grade Stableford. 1st Judy Hughes, 2nd Christine Chapman, 3rd Katrina Hearn, 4th Julie Devery.

NQIB Home Hill Open Women’s winners
Men’s winner Elio Di Bella (left)
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Brandon Bowls

April 11, 2024

Wednesday April 24 was a mixed bowls day with 12 bowlers attending with the winners being Bev Garioch, Vanda Ballao and Darelle Pearce and Bev Garioch, Colleen Olsen and Alan Garioch.
Ladies Sunday bowls is mixed day for you all to join in.
Friday April 5 saw the last night final of B grade pairs played out between Peter Lejarraga and Lloyd Shepherd v Glen Woodford and Tony Battaglia. Peter and Lloyd held lead from start to finish however on the start of last end scores were almost even, but the combination of Shepherd and Lejarraga was too strong in the finish.
Social Bowls April 5 had 18 players playing in very humid conditions with the green in tip top condition. The winners on the night were James Thomason, Norm Storrie and Gary Pearce.
Jackpot didn’t go off.
Sunday April 7 Championship events:
A Grade Singles: Doug Robins def Rob Garner; Tony Bayliss def Doug Kiehne; Glen Woodford def Kev Collins.
B Grade Singles: Lloyd Shepherd def Gary Nosworthy; Peter Lejarraga def Damien Morello
Thanks to all the markers who helped out during the morning and afternoon. For those players playing championship events, please communicate with Kev Collins with your intentions.
Jackpot was won by Glen Woodford.
No results given for Social however we had good roll up of 16 players all struggling in the hot conditions.
On Friday April 12, it’s on again with Trophy night proudly sponsored by North Queensland Green Solutions. $12 per player inclusive of sausage sizzle beforehand and smoko at the end of the evening. Get your names in with Gary Pearce ASAP.
Thursday April 25 Anzac RLA Finance Mixed Triples - get your names in ASAP or on the day by 12:30 for 1:30pm start.
Bowls approved attire required and affiliated members only.
Members please bring plate for smoko afterwards please.

Contributed by Lloyd Shepherd

Tony Bayliss, Peter Lejarraga, Glen Woodford, Lloyd Shepherd and Doug Robins

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Football Matters with Cyclops

April 11, 2024


Senior and Youth fixtures recommence this weekend. On Friday, Burdekin Panthers Division 1 team is away to Estates at 6:30. On Saturday, Youth Home Games will take place at Honeycombes Park field 1 and International Park field 2. The Under 14/15 vs Warriors at 9:30am and the Under 13s vs Saints at 10:00am.

On Sunday at International Park, the Panthers have three games against Saints Eagles Souths, starting with the Under 23s at 2:00 pm followed by the Women at 4:00 and finally the Premiers at 6:00pm.

Save the Date! The Clash of Clubs returns this year on October 5 and 6, and the Panthers Ladies Day Date and theme will be announced shortly. Burdekin FC are celebrating Female Football Week, between May 6 and 11. And Sponsors Day will take place on August 3. Finally, the one you have all been waiting for, Night Soccer will kick off on Tuesday September 3.

Last Saturday, Burdekin Panthers played Brothers in the fourth round of the Kappa Cup in Townsville. Against probably the top Townsville team the Panthers played well but lost 1-2.

Burdekin started the game well with Jay Leckenby contentiously being denied a penalty in the first 10 minutes. Both teams were playing a possession-based style of football, with neither team wanting to press too hard. After a lengthy period of sustained possession Brothers scored after a goal mouth scramble to make it 1-0 at half time. The Panthers came out for the second looking to be the better side and Matthew Kolb equalised from an Elliott Dal Santo through ball.  However, Brothers soon regained the lead and although Burdekin pushed forward until the end, creating a few chances to equalise, they couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. Panthers’ goalkeeper Jarrod Camer had a very good game.

Training at International Park is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm for men and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm for women. New to town? Come down to training and have a run.


Monday Night Masters had a good turn out and featured a ManU and Liverpool duel. ManU ran out winners 4-2 after leading 2-1 at half time. Player of the Match was Fengil Kanjoothara.  Old and New players welcome, usual time, usual place, 6:30pm at International Park. Treat it as an escape…

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Home Hill Bowls Report

April 11, 2024

Thursday afternoon saw 26 players turn up for the weekly social game.
The teams are drawn at random from the hat.
RINK 2: Yogi, Stephen and Bones were too strong for Clinton,  Dino/Bob and Henry winning 22 to 9.
RINK 3: Terry, Des and Mick P won quite easily over Ray, David and Wayne 26 to 11.
RINK 6: Jeff, Lloyd and Mick M in a close game over Karl/Jimmy, Paul and Gary 19 to 18.
RINK 7: Rino, Mick O and Hugh outlasted Judy, John and Trevor 15 to 13.
Tuesday Trimmers is still going well as is Wednesday morning Kraft group and Wednesday night barefoot bowls and Thursday morning BINGO still getting a good crowd.
Thursday afternoon bowls with the cooler weather seems to be getting a good turn up and with the travelling season arriving shortly we should see good numbers.  
Good bowling till next week.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

Thursday afternoon bowls winners were Stephen Doig, Warren (Yogi) Bunn and Glen (Bones) Berriman. Photo supplied

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Lower Burdekin Table Bowls Results

April 11, 2024

Lower Burdekin Table Bowls held a great day thanks to sponsors Dowson Family and the Ayr Hotel.  Grand Final was played between Mick Parison and Darren Oats v Jesse Williams and Ryan Cranitch with Mick and Darren winning the final.
Round 1 week 1:
Nat 11 v Nat 1  7-3, Falcons v Ants 8-2,  Crushers v Cougars 8-2 and Bombers bye
Round 1 week 2:
Nat I v Falcons 7-3, Ants v Bombers 10-0, Nat II v Cougars 8-2 and Crushers bye
Round 1 week 3:
Falcons v Cougars 6-4, Crushers v Ants 9-1, Nat II v Bombers 8-2 and Nat I bye
Crushers - 27, Nat II - 23, Nat I - 20, Falcons - 17, Ants - 13, Bombers - 12 and Cougars – 8
This week games: Nat I v Bombers at Queens, Cougars v Ants at Anzac, Falcons v Crushers at Ayr Hotel and Nat II have the bye.
Contributed by Kerry Davison

Tisti Tavasci pot luck doubles were held at the Ayr Hotel with 34 players

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Football Matters with Cyclops

April 4, 2024


With it being Easter and the school holidays, nothing much has happened on the local football scene. Back in the day, the seniors would be involved in the Greaves-Munroe Cup, a knockout competition played over the Easter weekend. Ah, yes.

Apparently, there are no fixtures next weekend either. However, the following week all teams are back on the park. On Friday 12th April the Panthers Division 1 side are away to Estates and on the Sunday, the Premiers, Under 23s and Ladies are all at home to Saints Eagles Souths.

Training, at International Park is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30 pm for men and Wednesdays at 6.00 pm for women. New to town? Come down to training and have a run.


Nothing is happening this week as it is the school holidays.


Monday Night Masters has been in hibernation but will be on again next Monday. Old and New players welcome, usual time, usual place, 6.30 at International Park. Treat it as an escape…

National and International

The Matildas kick off in the Paris Olympics with a game against Germany on 26th July. Prior to that they have a series of “friendlies”. On 10th April they travel to Mexico and following that they have two matches against China. The first is at home on 31 May in Adelaide and the second, in Sydney on 3rd June.
The Socceroos having beaten Lebanon twice in the AFC Asian Qualifiers now have two more games left in their Group. They are away to Bangladesh on 6th June and then play Palestine, at home, on 11 June.
In the A League, only three of the top five teams won. Wellington beat Brisbane to go six points clear of Central Coast who lost to Sydney FC. However, the Coast has a game in hand. Victory stays in third place after winning against Perth. Macarthur, three points behind Victory stay in fourth place, one point clear of Sydney despite losing to Western Sydney Wanderers. Brisbane remains in eighth place and Western Utd stay bottom of the league.
In the A League Women, in the final round, Melbourne City beat Perth and with Sydney losing at home to Melbourne Victory, City are champions by two points from Sydney with Western Utd in third place. Victory finish fourth place and Central Coast fifth. Brisbane lost to Central Coast and finish in eighth place. The Finals series starts this weekend with Western Utd v Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory hosting Central Coast.

In the EPL with nine Rounds left it is still very tight at the top of the table with Liverpool two points ahead of Arsenal with Manchester City a further point behind. Liverpool beat Brighton 2-1 and Arsenal drew 0-0 at Manchester City. Aston Villa stay fourth and Spurs fifth. At the foot of the table, it is not looking good for Sheffield Utd and Burnley with either Luton, Notts Forest or Everton likely to join them.

In Germany, with Bayern losing and Leverkusen winning it looks to be all over with seven rounds left to play. Leverkusen is now thirteen points ahead of Bayern who now only lead Stuttgart by three points. Dortmund stays in fourth place with Leipzig safely in fifth spot. In the bottom half of the league, only Wolfsburg won, and Darmstadt, Mainz and Cologne look due for the drop.

In Italy’s Serie A, with eight rounds left to play, the city of Milan has it all sewn up. Inter leads AC Milan by fourteen points and AC are six points clear of third placed Juventus. Who, after losing again, is only two points ahead of Bologna with Roma in fifth place. At the foot of the table, it is goodnight to Salernitana and any two of the seven clubs above them.

In Spain’s, La Liga all four of the leading teams won. With eight rounds left Real Madrid leads Barcelona by eight points and Girona by eight. Atletico stays in fourth place seven points away and Atletico drops to fifth spot. At the foot of the table Almeria has won a game at last, but along with Granada looks doomed to the drop.

Finally, in Ligue1 in France, all four top teams won, and PSG stays twelve points clear of Brest. Third placed Monaco is a further point behind, and Lille stays in fourth place. At the foot of the table all four bottom teams lost and Clermont and possibly Metz look doomed.

The 1st Leg of the Europe Champions League Quarter finals starts next week, with Arsenal at home to Bayern, and Real Madrid hosting Manchester City. Barcelona is away to PSG and Dortmund travels to Atletico.

This week’s quote is from star Notts Forest and England star "I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel."

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Home Hill Golf Club Results

April 4, 2024

A small field of 12 players took to the green on Monday, April 1 for a club trophy.
Today's winner was Ross Wilkie with 38, handicapper is going to catch you.
Second went to Carol Betteridge with 37. Close behind was Peter Dale on 35.
Friday arvo club played on Thursday because of Good Friday. 21 players. NTP.
A Grade: Gysie. C Grade: John Ross Dale. Ladies: Carol. Least putts: Ross Wilkie. The day’s winner: Johnno. Lucky Number: Pete Mackaway.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

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Roosters Ready To Kick Off The Season

April 4, 2024

The RLTD season gets under way this weekend with games played in Ingham, Charters Towers and Townsville.
The Roosters will have an away game on Sunday with Western Lions in Townsville.
Roosters A grade coach Steve Lansley says he is waiting on allocations from both the Cowboys and Blackhawks before naming his team.
“We have two allocated from the Cowboys and two from the Blackhawks but so far in Trials we have seen only Jeremiah Matuatu from the Cowboys and Christan Gale from the Blackhawks,” the coach said.
“I believe the other two, Henry Tautau from the Cowboys and Ratu Rotavisora from the Blackhawks, could also be on our list this week.”
Reserves coach Chris Perry said he will have a big forward pack with the return of Mitchell Guy, Stevie and Antonio with Mark Cervoni, Zac Campbell and Beau Cowdey at hooker.
Perry added Mitch and John Zaro at half would co-captain the team which would also have Masi Mills, Caleb Noah and the flying Dom Arrate on the wing.
The Monday sisters Martina and Steph with Blackawks Logan Roncato, Talitha Bulgarelli and former Brisbane Natives player Kazzia Lammon could feature for the Hens but they and new coach Anita Hagarty have a real tough game first up with the Lions who have won the past three premierships.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

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Novices Take Aim At Burdekin Clay Target Club Team Shoot

April 4, 2024

A fantastic day was had by all at Burdekin Clay Target Club’s Team/Novice Shoot on Saturday March 23.
You couldn’t have asked for any better conditions; the sun was shining and the breeze was just perfect.
Thank you to the sponsors for the day, Queensland Clay Target Association and Joe Caruso Construction.
Thank you to Cameron Cislowski for donating the prizes for Best Dressed Team and Lui Populin for donating the Raffle Prize.

Kinno’s Mongrels, the team of Aiden Heffernan, Blake Heffernan, John Kinnomonth, Andre Rapisarda and Peter Lejarraga, came first in the team shoot. Photo supplied

Burdekin Clay Target Club
Team And Novice Shoot Results

Novice Individual
1st Blake Heffernan 45/50
2nd Robert Rea 45/52
3rd Brendan Egan 44/52

Members Individual
1st Michael Zabala 48/50

Novice Junior Individual
1st Cooper Elliott 30/50
2nd Reid Delle Biate 12/50

Novice Ladies Individual

Katie Lowe 21/50


1st Kinno’s Mongrels- score 237
Blake Heffernan, Aiden Heffernan, John Kinnomonth, Andre Rapisarda, Peter Lejarraga

2nd Below Average- score 233
Josh Elliott, Blake Schulz, Parl James Noah, Keon Noah, Hugh Russell

3rd Lui’s No 1- score 232
Wayne Cislowski, Alan Lord, Michael Zabala, Mark Biffanti, Chris LeBlowitz

Contributed by Sylvia Rossato

Caption 1: 2nd placed team Josh Elliott, Blake Schulz, Parl James Noah and Keon Noah. Absent: Hugh Russell
Caption 2: 3rd placed team Back Row: Sponsor Joe Caruso, Chris LeBlowitz, Mark Biffanti and Michael Zabala. Front Row: Wayne Cislowski, Lui Populin and Alan Lord
Caption 3: Back Row: Sponsor Joe Caruso, Member Individual Michael Zabala. Front Row: Junior 1st Cooper Elliot, Novice Ladies Katie Lowe, Junior 2nd Reid Delle Baite
Caption 4: Back Row: Sponsor Joe Caruso, Novice Individual 4th Aiden Heffernan, 5th Andre Rapisarda and 6th Peter Lejarraga. Front Row: 2nd Robert Rea, 1st Blake Heffernan and 3rd  Brendan Edan  
Photos supplied

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Tennis Coaching Is Back In Home Hill

April 4, 2024

Home Hill Tennis is excited to announce that coaching for juniors and adults will recommence in Term 2 on April 19. This initiative is being supported by the State Government. The club was recently successful in gaining a Sport and Recreation grant to enable Queenslanders to participate in Sport and Recreation activities.
Lessons will recommence on Friday afternoons with a free come and try for all onwards from 3.30pm. Interested participants should check the Home Hill Tennis Association Facebook page. All lessons will then run for a 7 week block at bargain rate of $84. When juniors sign up, they can get a free Hot Shots shirt and be in the running to get a new junior racquet. In addition to this there will be free match play immediately after their lesson.
One of the program initiatives is to get more Girls and Women active. Adults’ cardio is on at 6pm where players can pay for themselves and bring along a friend, mother or daughter for free for all 7 weeks.
Kayla Accornero returns as coach and is excited to be back. Kayla loved coaching down here last year and has a good connection with her clients.
Home Hill Tennis is looking forward to getting coaching back in Term 2 and 3 this year and are thankful to the State Government for their support, because without it this opportunity would not have been available for our community. To register now contact kalyndachasetennis@outlook.com or phone Tim on 0457 041074.

Supplied by Home Hill Tennis Association

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Ayr Bowls News

March 27, 2024

Social Ladies Bowls on Tuesday March 19 winners were Deslie Olsen, Betty Schultz and Heather Jorgensen defeating Ruth Moore, Isabel Cislowski and Dot Cutting. Merle Nixon, Joy Comollatti and Pam Power defeated Katharina Stuckler, Karen Page and Irene Wilson.
Competition Results Thursday March 21 rinks Deslie Olsen, Trish Achille, Beryl Cornford and Pam Power defeated Katharina Stuckler, Elaine Young, Heather Jorgensen and Mary Poli. Singles Irene Wilson defeated Sandra Stidston.
Wednesday night March 20: Evelyn Wiltshere, David Burt and Joe Grabbi won their triples game.   In the other triples game, it was an 8 all draw between Katharina Stuckler, Margaret McLaughlin, Ross McLaughlin, and Bertilla Piazetta, Rob Jorgensen and Heather Jorgensen
Come on down for a game of lawn bowls on Wednesday nights. Phone the bowls club on 47831336 between 6:00pm and 6:30pm to put your name down. We have bowls you can borrow and you will be shown the basics of the game.
Results of competition games - Championship Singles - M. Milan def A. Bull.  Championship Four's - J. Pirrone/V. Beitia/C. Pearce/G. Pearce def. J. Grabbi/G. Papale/S. Caltabiano/L. Stidston.
Competition games Sunday 31/3 @ 8.30am - Championship Singles - G. Pearce vs J. Hall (m) V. Beitia.  L. Stidston vs M. Power (m) A. Bull.  W. Coonan vs M. Milan (m) TBA.  C. Pearce vs R. Soper (m) P. Power.
Competition games Sunday 7/4 @ 8.30am - Championship Singles - (w) G. Pearce/J. Hall vs (w) C. Pearce/R. Soper.  V. Beitia vs S. Caltabiano.  Championship Pairs - R. Young/C. Essex vs R. Garner/W. Coonan.

Contributed by Michael Parravicini

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Brandon Bowls

March 27, 2024

Wednesday March 20
11 Ladies ventured out onto the green with winners of the day Bernice Kugatoff, Lyn Storrie and Joy Woods.
Next contact Joy Woods with names in by 1:00pm for 1:30 start.
Sunday March 24
Club Championship events – A Grade single was played between Doug Robins and Brett Wilshere and early on in the game Brett was giving Doug a run for his money however the veteran from Giru was the eventual winner.
Thanks to Lenny Feeney for marking yet again.
B Grade Pairs Semi Final - the in-form Tony Battaglia had to carry his partner Glen Woodford to take the chocolates against Con Sexton and Ross McLaughlin.
In the other semi-final it was Peter Lejarraga and Lloyd Shepherd playing against Doug Kiehne and Trevor Elton. The game was in the balance for most of the way but in the end the combination of Shepherd and Lejarraga were too strong in a close contest.
Social Bowls Men’s Sunday March 24
Two games of Triples and one pairs with the following winners: Garry Nosworthy, Norm Storrie, Peter Jorgenson defeated Kenneth Ferguson, Hugh Montgomery and Leo Penny.
Norm Higgy, Vince Beitia and Peter Henderson defeated Mick Murison, Ray Panecassio and Gary Pearce.
And the final game was Pairs played between Helen Collins and Jamie Woods drew with Neville Dickinson and Richi Mau.
Coming up next month will be event held on Anzac Day so more information will be out shortly.

Tony Battaglia, Glen Woodford, Lloyd Shepherd and Peter Lejarraga

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Home Hill Bowls Report

March 27, 2024

18 players rolled up for barefoot bowls on Wednesday March 20.
Three games of triples were played. Mark, Margaret and Torrie proved too strong for Kate, Greg and Lloyd winning 23 to 10.
Carol, Meryl and Mick prevailed against Phoebe, Yogi and Sam 12 to 6.
The final game saw Conner, John and Alex put the cleaners through Brenda, Laurence and Joe 16 to 4.
Thursday March 21’s winners by mystery draw were Bones, Bob and Dino.

Rink 4 saw triples match Dino, Bob and Bones out lasted Karl/Terry, Alex and Henry 12 to 10 and 9 ends each.
Rink 5: Jimmy, John and Wayne cleaned up against Tony, Clinton  and Mick McClosky with a big win 30 to 13 and 14 ends to 6.
Rink 6: Mick Olsen and Joe held on to defeat Rino, Mick Murison and Hugh 18 to 15 and 10 ends each.
Rink 7: Ray Menkens and Trevor Elton scrapped home against Warren Bunn and Stephen Doig 20 to 18 and 11 ends to 10.  

Contributed by Stephen Doig

Thursday March 21’s winners by mystery draw were Bones, Bob and Dino. Photo credit: Stephen Doig

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Home Hill Golf Club Report

March 27, 2024

27 players turned up on Friday, March 15 to do battle on a course that looked amazing after all the rain.
The day’s winner was Pat Toohey who also drew his own ticket out of the bucket.
Least amount of putts went to Gary Pappalardo with 12.
Pin shots on 9.
The ladies winner was Beth Prescott.
Gary Pappalardo won the C grade.
Sadly no one from A/B hit the green.
The fifth hole was the most difficult putting hole with scores of 5, 4, 3 and multiples of them there were only two one putts.
Friday club starts a 3pm $12 comp fees and also a $2 putting competition weekly.
There was a good roll up on Sunday, March 24 with 38 players for the Drummond Day 4BBB.
The pin shots were won by Stringy, Kieran and Mary (in the hole) on 4/13 with Sibo, Kieran and Mac for 9/18.
The winners were Stacey and Amy Smail on 44 on a countback from Jason Farry and Tim Branch.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

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Local Surf Club Takes On Best In The State

March 27, 2024

Six Juniors from the Ayr Surf Club spent four days on the Gold Coast battling it out with the best of the best for the Queensland Youth State Championships. With over 1,500 competitors from across the state converging on North Kirra, a relocation from its original location at Burleigh due to conditions, it was a sight to see.
It was a weekend with big surf, tough conditions and inclement weather where all competitors gave it their all for the entire weekend. The Ayr kids travelled down as part of the North Barrier Branch Youth State Team allowing them to take part in team events, and the NBB Team ended up coming in 7th overall for the State.
All members had a fantastic weekend away and found the challenging experience great for honing their skills and making new friends.

Zachary Dale in U13 Board Race. Photo supplied

Ayr Surf Club At Youth State Championships

A few juniors from the Ayr Surf Club brought home some bling winning medals in some Team events after competing at the Queensland Youth State Championships on the Gold Coast on the weekend.
Congratulations to Zachary Dale who won Bronze in the 2x1km Beach Relay with Nathaniel from Eimeo, Milla Chapman who won a silver medal in both U12 Mixed Beach Relay & U12 Female Beach Relay, and Emma Jones also won a silver medal in the U12 Female Beach Relay.

Contributed by Kellie Lawry

L-R: Ryley Sartori, Isla Chapman, Emma Jones, Milla Chapman and Mia Wicks. Front: Zachary Dale
Milla Chapman competes in the U12 Flags. Photo supplied
Ivy Ryan (Arcadian) & Ayr girls Emma Jones & Milla Chapman (with board)
Isla Chapman (far right) with her U14 Female team mates
Mia Wicks (far right) with U11 Female team mates
Zachary Dale & Nathenial (Eimeo) 3rd in U13 Male 2x1km Beach Relay
Photos supplied

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Super JDS Series Showcases Regional Talent in Home Hill

March 27, 2024

The best of the region’s talent came together at the first ever Super JDS Series event to be hald at Home Hill Tennis Association. Rallying 48 players and 8 coaches together, the event featured interactive workshops, a full-day player camp and a thrilling team competition.

The Super JDS series aims to bring key stakeholders within each region together, whilst hosting a fun event that focuses on positive values and future collaboration opportunities.

By supporting the aspiring players through a combination of coaching, competition, physical testing, and player camaraderie, it provides a pathway for talent identification as well as an opportunity to develop their skills in a fun and supporting environment.

Player Training Camp and fitness testing commenced on day one, Saturday, March 16, which was held by the Tennis Australia National Coach Development Team.

Players had the opportunity to sharpen their skills on their serve and return through a variety of activities throughout the day.

As the daylight faded, everyone gathered for Pop Tennis and a BBQ, where players, parents, and coaches mingled as they shared their passion for the game.

Day two was the highlight of the event, featuring a level-based team competition.

The day was fun-filled with timed singles and doubles matches, keeping players and spectators on the edge of their seats.

Parents and coaches also had the chance to participate in workshops and play alongside their children in a friendly match of Pop Tennis.

What set this event apart is the Fast 4 format, coupled with bonus points awarded for team spirit, sportsmanship and tactical expertise execution.

This unique scoring system heightened the competition and encouraged players to give their all on the court.

Head of Coach and Players Pathways, Sheridan Adams said, “It’s fantastic to see so many players, coaches, and parents here over the weekend in Home Hill. Working together and having fun to improve their game and tennis in the region.

“Thank you to Home Hill Tennis Association for their amazing hospitality and home cooked meals.”

Home Hills first ever Super JDS Series deemed to be a success!

Photos supplied: Tennis Queensland

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Junior Cricket Recap

March 27, 2024

Our Tuesday Rookie Blaster Group joined the Challengers and Junior Hardball Cricket players at the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cricket Complex last Friday for the final games of the 23/24 Junior Cricket season. Although no stats were recorded for these games there is one thing that should be mentioned: everyone was very excited when Michael Finn hit his first ever six when the ball sailed over the boundary at ‘Cow Corner’ late in the Junior Hardball game.  
After the games were completed, everyone enjoyed a free slushie and sausage sizzle, kindly donated by Woolworths. With full bellies and the sugar from the slushies kicking in, the Presentations of Awards and Trophies for the 23/24 season commenced. All Rookies and Challengers received a Certificate, Blaster Ball and an Easter Egg. The Junior players didn’t miss out either with all getting a Certificate, Medal and Easter Egg (or two). Some special award winners for this group were then presented with trophies. William Chandler received an ‘Encouragement Award’ and Xavier Cross was the ‘Most Improved’ for the season. Marshall Parker took out the ‘Allrounder Player of the Season’ trophy.
Some of our ‘TCI Under 17 Andrew Symonds Cup’ players were there to celebrate the end of the season as well. The trophies for most runs scored in the season was awarded to Salvatore Cardillo and best bowling to Corey Heidke. The recipient of the ‘Andrew Loizou Memorial Trophy’ for the ‘Junior Cricket Player of the Year’ was Thomas Cardillo.
A huge thank you must go to Woolworths, Antony Stewart (Queensland Cricket) and everyone that helped out during the season to give the kids of the Burdekin the opportunity to play cricket.

Contributed by Scott Heidke

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Football Matters with Cyclops Jnr Local

March 27, 2024

The first grade game against Estates started positively when Matthew Kolb found Jack Gimson's well-timed run with an even better through ball. After being taken down in the box, we were awarded a penalty, which Matthew Kolb calmly slotted to make it 1-0. This kicked Estates into gear, and they started to dominate the proceedings. Estates had a free kick that they crossed in nicely and it dropped to an unmarked player who put it in the back of the net to make it 1-1. This continued and after a looping high ball was not cleared properly, with the ball falling to an Estate’s player, they made it 2-1. Soon after, they made it 3-1 after another miscue on defense. Oliver Gabiola forced a great save from the keeper and hit the post right before half time. We were the dominant team early on, with Elliott Dal Santo hitting the post with the rebound going straight to a prone goalkeeper. Straight away, down the other end an Estates player put his foot through a ball that careened off the post and into the goal to make it 4-1. We continued to push until the very end with Jay Leckenby getting a late consolation goal to finish the game 4-2. We have a 2 week break to help us get back to winning ways.
Burdekin FC Reserves travelled to Estates with a changed lineup due to new injuries and some returning from injury. Expectations were for a good result, but the match became one to regret and forget. It was a poor start by conceding an opening goal inside the first 5 minutes. The entire team put in full effort, but ball control and pass execution let us down. Without sustained possession the team was always under pressure, and this led to another goal just before half time.
After the break, the Burdekin boys came out with better energy and Tarryn Smith scored the goal they deserved for their effort. From the 60-minute mark it all unraveled. Individual mistakes were being made right across the pitch and in a 12-minute period, Estates pounced on these errors and scored 4 goals to put the result out of doubt.
The pleasing aspect of the team's performance was the continued effort and support of each other. If that effort is maintained and we improve our execution of control and passing, we will reverse the result as the season progresses.
The Austral Masonry Funkies travelled to Townsville on Friday night to play Riverway JCU in 1st Division. The Burdekin team was made up of a number of 1st and 2nd Division players from last year. Burdekin started with several people in new positions, and it showed early on with Riverway taking the lead after only 6 minutes. Further goals followed in the 9th and 18th minute. After the early goals Burdekin started to get into the game more but couldn’t hold the ball long enough to threaten the Riverway goal. Two further late goals took the half-time score to 5-0 to Riverway. A change in defensive structure from Burdekin in the second half allowed them to stem the flow of goals somewhat. Riverway added another two goals in the second half, but Burdekin managed to control the ball better towards the end of the game and this resulted in Mick Taylor getting two late consolation goals to bring the final score to 7-2. A tough night for the Burdekin team who for sure will now enjoy a week off due to the Easter holidays.
The last round before the Easter and School Holiday's break was played on Saturday.  The vibe at the grounds is amazing with so many kids playing and people watching.  For the under 8's and up who play two games, it is great seeing them interact with their teammates and also others in between games.  Hope you all have a great Easter break and are excited for when things recommence after the school holidays!

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Ayr Junior Golf

March 27, 2024

Following on from a successful Home Hill Junior Open on Saturday, Ayr Juniors saw another great field of juniors playing the wonderful Ayr course. 3, 6, 9 and 18 hole competitions were run for both boys and girls, with some great scores and fun had by all. Players and their families travelled from as far as Mackay, Charters Towers, Bowen, Proserpine and Townsville, along with a great local turn our of Ayr juniors, a field of 52 players took to the course.
A huge thank you to Oar and Horan Dentist for sponsoring our Ayr Junior Open.
We now look forward to four days of junior golf hosted in Townsville over the Easter holidays.

Contributed by Laura Mahoney

A total of 52 players took to the course for the Ayr Junior Open. Photo supplied

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Roosters Go Down In Inaugural Trophy Match

March 27, 2024

“Ill-discipline cost us that game, a game we should have won,” Roosters reserve coach Chris Perry said after his team were defeated by the Bowen Seagulls at Rugby Park last Friday night 18-16.
The teams were playing for the inaugural Lona Kaifoto Challenge Shield.
Lona Kaifoto from Bowen was an integral member of the Burdekin Roosters ten years ago, helping the club to win the TDRL A grade premiership in 2015 defeating Herbert River in the final.
He then spent a couple of years with the HostPlus Blackhawks before preparing to play again for the Roosters.
A serious car accident that left Lona fighting for his life in the Townsville Hospital was followed by months of rehabilitation and although he has made a great recovery, he was told his rugby league playing days were over.
Since then, he has maintained a keen interest in the resurgence of rugby league in Bowen by first being their coach and now their manager for the team coached by his brother-in-law Tyson Stocker.
Lona has always kept a keen interest in the Roosters and if he could, he would have the tri colours on again.
A side stepping try by centre Riley Horan opened the account for the Roosters before Horan again had a hand in the second try putting the flying Dom Arrate over in the corner.
It was converted by five eight and captain John Zaro and the Roosters were looking good leading 10 nil.
That is when the ill-discipline started with Bowen receiving too many penalties for bad play.
With the glut of possession, the Seagulls attacked with a converted try coming right on the half time bell for the locals to go in leading 10-6.
A stern talking to at the break by Perry had the desired effect for a while with the Roosters showing more in attack and defending well.
They were rewarded when Caleb Noah scored a good try which Zaro again converted, and they lead 16-6.
Instead of playing on as they started the half, individual play set in with again poor discipline in defence.
Bowen took advantage and narrowed the score to 16-10 with a converted try.
The Roosters were disallowed a try after an infringement with Bowen working up field resulting in a try near the posts.
Former Roosters half Flynn O’Brien added the extras, he kicked three from three, to lead the match 18-16.
In the closing stages, the locals tried desperately to close the gap but failed with the Lona Kaifoto Trophy going south.
Perry said that the game was there to win but his team had thrown it away.
“Hopefully it will be a good lesson,” the coach said.
The coach named Riley Horan as his standout player backed up by Zac Campbell in the forwards.
The club will have no games this weekend but will start the season proper on Sunday April 7 in Townsville against Western Lions.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

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From Cane Fields To Clay Targets Home Hill Farmer Takes Aim For Australia

March 27, 2024

A Home Hill cane farmer has achieved his lifelong dream of qualifying to represent Australia in clay target shooting.
Joseph Rossato, a member of Bowen’s Port Denison Gun Club, returned from Wagga Wagga earlier this month where he represented Queensland in the 2024 National Trap Championships.
Joseph has qualified for the state team six times and competed for Queensland twice, finishing his most recent outing on equal first in the top 25 in Australia, known as the Mackintosh team.
Shooters then shot another 100 targets point score, where he made the top five to qualify to represent Australia at the World DTL Championship in Bywell, England in July.
“Ever since I knew I could shoot competitively, I wanted to shoot for Australia and wear the green and gold,” Joseph said.
“My dream’s come true, and it feels amazing.”
Growing up on a cane farm, guns have always been a part of Joseph’s life.
He started clay target shooting in 1992 aged 16 and competed at a local gun club where he won an under 18 young fellows shooting event.
“Ever since then, I was hooked,” he said.
Early in his shooting career, Joseph would shoot every weekend, working his way around the Charters Towers, Burdekin, Townsville and Bowen circuits.
He gradually developed his skillset and climbed the ranks, advancing to participate in state shoots.
“You just have to be seasoned, competitive and match fit,” he said.
“You have to shoot consistently and shoot well and not let any internal demons get into your head, which is easier said than done.
“This sport is 90% mental and 10% ability.
“It’s a mental game and if you’ve got that under control, you will do well.”
Joseph will represent Australia in the Open Men’s team in July.
He is one of three Queenslanders travelling to England to represent the country alongside Jessica Rob shooting in the women’s and Jack Brandt shooting in the juniors.
“I couldn’t have done it without my family’s support,” he said.
“Friends and family are my inspiration, they keep me going, and the love of the sport drives me.
“When I zip up the green and gold, I think that’s when it’s going to hit me, that will be a huge moment.”

Joseph Rossato medalled at the 2024 National Trap Championships to qualify to represent Australia in England in July

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Brandon Bowls

March 21, 2024

Friday March 15 saw the 2nd round of Trophy Bowls sponsored by Mio Farming with another great turnout of 56 bowlers.

Once again thanks goes to the ladies in the kitchen preparing another good smoko. Thanks also goes to our master chef Len Fenney for cooking the sausage sizzle.

Winners of the evening were L Yanis, Ray Panecassio and Tony Battaglia.

2nd Place to Raymond Tortorica, Jayson Farry,  Lloyd Shepherd and Brett Wilshere.

Winners of the losers were Peter Lejarraga, M Previtera and R James.

Next round of Trophy Bowls will be out shortly.

On Sunday March 17, the club welcomed Alligator Sports Club for a social game of bowls.

Two games of Rinks were played with Tony Bayliss, Jamie Woods, Leo Kenny and Norm Storrie the winners.

In the other game Ross McLaughlin, Joe Ypinazar, Peter Jorgensen and Doug Robbins had a narrow loss.

Two Championship Games were also being played out on the green on Sunday.

Game 1 A Grade Pairs winners were Chris and Gary Pearce over Vince Beitia and Allan Gairoch.

Game 2 was the B Grade single with Mick McClusky eventual winner over Kevin Ferguson.

Caption 1: Ray Panecassio, L Yanis, Tony Battaglia and a Mio Farming Representative

Captain 2: Gary Pearce, Chris Pearce and Mick McCluskey

Photos supplied

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Home Hill Bowls Report

March 21, 2024

Wednesday night Barefoot bowls at Home Hill saw Paul and Judy defeat Nev and Ron 13 to 8 on Rink 4.

Rink 5: Yogi, Lol and Sam defeated Tony, Merle and Joe 15 to 10.

Rink 6: Betty, Margaret and Torrie defeated Tasha, Carol and Trevor 17 to 9.

Rink 7: Conner, Gladys and Alex defeated Conner, Mark and Mick 17 to 8.

On Thursday, 20 players turned up at Rummeny Green on a very warm day.

The days winners were Jimmy Murray, Joe Linton and Wayne Newton.

Rinks 3 to 6 east to west were used again due to the clubhouse giving the most shade at the western side.

Rink 3: Jimmy Murray, Joe Linton and Wayne Newton proved too strong for Warren (Yogi) Bunn, Dave Ingold and Des Chapman 26 to 16.

Rink 4: Dino Poli, Judy Elton and Trevor Elton won comfortably over John Hall, Mick Murison and Henry Hazel 24 to 11.

Rink 5 saw the first of the pairs matches with Ray Menkens and Glen (Bones) Berryman winning on the 22nd end vs Paul Vass and Mick McClosky 20 to 19.

Rink 6: Jeff Taylor (Giru) and Hugh Montgomery held on to defeat Con Sexton (Giru) and Stephen Doig 20 points to 13.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

Caption 1: Thursday winners Jimmy Murray, Joe Linton and Wayne Newton

Caption 2: Wednesday winners Yogi, Sam and Lol

Photos supplied

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Guardian Pharmacy Take Out Cricket Grand Final

March 21, 2024

A close season of competitive cricket came down to Saturday afternoon as Home Hill Cricket Association hosted its grand final between Guardian Pharmacy and Peto’s Marine.

Ladder leaders Guardian, who defeated Crowned Mongrels the previous week to secure their spot in the final, won the toss and elected to bowl while second placed Peto’s were coming off a bye.

The early wicket of Peto’s opener Brad Parravicini to Thomas Cardillo got the bowling side off to a great start before fellow opener Simon Vickers and number three Daniel Olditch dug in.

Back Cover Caption: Back Row L-R: JD Wilkins, Kent Batchelor, Matthew Gardner, Damien Ricketts, Thomas Cardillo, Sam Gillespie and Salvatore Cardillo. Front Row L-R: Andrew Cardillo, Lee Watts, Mark Coventry and Jamie Grabs. Photo credit: Tiffany Olditch

Senior Cricket At Home Hill

An undefeated half century from Daniel Olditch led the way for Peto’s Marine to set the respectable total of 7/166 from 25 overs in their grand final showdown against Guardian Pharmacy.

Olditch made 50 runs not out from 46 balls and built partnerships with Darcy Walters (37 from 37) and Simon Vickers (25 from 27) to set up the innings.

Damien Ricketts led with the ball for Guardian taking 2/19 from three overs while Lee Watts took 1/4 from two overs, Thomas Cardillo took 1/7 from two overs, JD Wilkins took 1/18 from three overs and a runout, and Matthew Gardner took 1/22 from two overs.

Chasing a target of 167, Guardian openers Mark Coventry and Lee Watts got the run chase off to an excellent start, scoring 44 runs from 50 balls and 50 runs not out from 38 balls respectively.

Peto’s took a few quick middle order wickets to stay in the game before a partnership between JD Wilkins (18 not out from 15) and Andrew Cardillo (12 not out from 14) got the batting side over the line with two overs to spare, with Guardian finishing on 4/168 from 23 overs to claim victory.

Andrew Ballin claimed two of those wickets for Peto’s, finishing with figures of 2/10 from two overs while Brad Parravicini took 1/7 from two overs and Christopher Penna took 1/16 from two overs.

Home Hill Cricket Association President Alex Stillhard presented Guardian Pharmacy captain JD Wilkins with the shield at a presentation after the game, also recognising the following players for their efforts throughout the season:

   • Highest score - Mark Coventry (65 not out)

   • Most runs - Simon Vickers (248)

   • Best batting average - Hugh Smith (70.5)

   • Most wickets - Jay Leckenby / Simon Vickers / Matt Gardner (8)

   • Best bowling average - JD Wilkins (4.71)

   • Most Catches - Dan Olditch (9)

   • Player of the Season - Simon Vickers

Caption 1: Daniel Olditch scored 50 runs not out from 46 balls for Peto’s Marina

Caption 2: Lee Watts scored 50 runs not out from 38 balls for Guardian Pharmacy

Photo credit: Tiffany Olditch

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Junior Cricket Recap

March 21, 2024

There were blue skies finally last Friday at the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cricket Complex which allowed the Challenger Blasters and Junior Hardball cricket games to go ahead. The Challengers began with the whole group participating in some fun drills of running between wickets set up on the grass, then bowling the correct line and length in the nets. They were then split into two groups to play games of ‘Pairs Cricket’ on the fields.

The Junior Hardball game had a mixture of low scores in the batting, tight bowling from some and also far too many wides from some others. It is something we need to work on at training to get more consistency in the line and length of the bowling. Top scorer this game was Oscar Mahoney who scored 16 runs not out, which included the only four in the game. The next best was Tyler Schultz on 10 and was also unbeaten.

As previously mentioned, it was a mixed bag in the bowling. Tyler was also one of the best here, taking 2 wickets for 7 runs. Others to take 2 wickets were Xavier Cross, 2 for 14 and Harrison Smyth, 2 for 16.  William Chandler, Oliver Calligaro, Oscar Mahoney and Logan Pickup all took one each. The ‘Players of the Week’ award winners were Logan Pickup and Jacques Gardner who both played very well. We are now looking forward to this Friday for our last week of Junior Cricket for this season, our presentations will follow.

Contributed by Scott Heidke

Caption: Logan Pickup and Jacques Gardner. Photo supplied

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SLSQ Youth State Championships

March 21, 2024

The glory days of surf sport will return at the Surf Life Saving Queensland Youth State Championships being held at Burleigh from March 21-24. This event will be action-packed with thousands of the next generation of surf sport superstars battling each other on the surf and sand in their quest for state glory.

More than 1,600 surf lifesaving youth sports competitors from all across Queensland, including six from the Ayr Surf Club, will compete in beach sprints, flags, board rescue, surf rescue, ironman and ironwoman events.

The Ayr competitors heading south are Mia Wicks, Milla Chapman, Emma Jones, Zachary Dale, Isla Chapman and Ryley Sartori and they're looking forward to being a part of the largest and most prestigious event for U11-U15 age categories, which has the finest talent in surf sports from across Queensland go head-to-head.

The event will be livestreamed on Surf Life Saving Queensland Facebook page for anyone wanting to catch some of the action. Good luck to our competitors!

Contributed by Kellie Lawry

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Roosters Win A Close One In Airlie Beach Trial

March 21, 2024

Burdekin Roosters coach Steve Lansley was impressed after his team beat Townsville Brothers in an A Grade trial at Airlie Beach last Saturday night.

“Brothers sent down a pretty strong side with only a couple of players missing and were confident of taking the match,” Lansley said.

In the end, the Roosters came away with a two-point victory 28-26 after conceding a try late in the match when one man down with Dom Augostis in the bin.

The Roosters crossed for five tries with Dylan Doak converting four of them and hitting the upright with his first attempt.

Lansley said Doak and Joel Mason combined very well again in the halves until he changed his team around putting Doak at fullback with Jones Munro moving to the wing replacing Terry Connors who went onto the halves.

The coach added that combination was also successful.

“I thought Cowboy Jeremiah Matuatu and Blackhawk Christian Gale dominated up front with both making plenty of ground given good ball by hooker Nemia Nawave,” Lansley said.

Nemia has been playing  on the wing  but has played plenty of games as hooker in Fiji.

In this match besides setting up his big forwards Nemia also defended well whilst bamboozling the defence to score two tries.

“I liked the way Nemia combined with lock Kali Nauque and together they are lethal,” Lansley said.

The coach added he was very impressed with the defence from Hayden Lammon who never took a backward step backed up by Tate Brombal who made many metres in attack.

Ethan Hagarty played in the centres and even though he had a good one he much prefers the forwards.

Terry Connors, Ethan Hagarty and Tate Brombal scored a try each with Nemia Nawave scoring two and Dylan Doak kicking four goals.

The club will have their first fixture match in the RLTD on Sunday April 7 when they meet Western Lions in Townsville.

Reserve Grade To Compete For Lona Kaifoto Brown Trophy

The Burdekin Roosters reserve grade team will have a hit out this Friday, March 22 at Rugby Park when they take on the Bowen Seagulls with the winner to receive the Lona Kaifoto Brown trophy.

Lona was a prominent player for the Roosters starring in the 2015 premiership team where the Roosters beat Herbert River in the A grade final.

From there, he went on to play several games for the Townsville Blackhawks before deciding to play for the local Roosters again.

Unfortunately, Lona was involved in a serious road accident which left him fighting for his life in the Townsville Hospital.

He recovered but was told playing football was definitely out of the question, that decision ruling him out of again playing for the Roosters.

Being as tough as he was, Lona helped coach the Bowen Seagulls reserve grade team which had been admitted into the TDRL.

For the past two years he has had that role as well as helping his brother in law Tyson Stocker coach the team.

This Friday night at 7:30 the Roosters will host the Bowen team for the inaugural trophy.

Entry will be by way of a gold coin with doubles on sale, the bar open and the canteen with spaghetti and sausages for sale.

Roosters coach Chris Perry will be giving a number of boys a run with the team captained by John Zaro and Zac Campbell.

Perry said Rhett Williams missed last week’s trial with a bucks party while Riley McCloskey and  Riley Horan are back from injury.

He said Jared Thorley is ready after work commitments and he would like to see Dominic Arrate put on the after burners as he did at touch last week scoring five tries.

New player from Sarina Masi Ketchell Mills stood out against Magpies as did Caleb Noah and he wants to see them fire as with Dom Augostis, Beau Crowdey, Sem Tom and Tala Pepa.

Brodie Horan has trained well and Mark Cervoni will be a big help to the younger players.

Steven and Antonio are two of the Fijians who have not gone home and they can be dangerous around the rucks.

Perry said the boys would not only like to take home the first trophy but also cement a spot in the team for the first club match with Western Lions on their ground  on Sunday April seven.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

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Burdekin Clay Target Club Results

March 21, 2024

Burdekin Clay Target Club had a very successful 2 Day Shoot on Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10. 73 shooters attended, travelling from Atherton, Silkwood, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay, Sarina and Charter Towers to compete over the weekend. The weather wasn’t looking the best leading up to the weekend but at least the heavy rain held off for us, with only scattered showers at times. The cloud cover and wind made conditions very challenging with visibility tough while the targets danced a jig but that didn’t stop the fantastic results in all grades. Thanks goes out to our sponsors for their continued support- B & M Drilling, QMN, John & Gina Calligaro, CVS Mechanical, Russo & Vella, AGnVET, Lui & Inez Populin, NQ Hardfacing & Kirknie Station. Also a huge thank you to all the club members and volunteers that helped make the weekend such a success. Our next shoot will be our Come & Try day on Saturday March 23 – come along for something different to try. For more details, visit our Facebook page.

Event 1-25 Target Pointscore 15m

AA Grade 1st Christopher Santarossa 73/75, 2nd Lindsay Groat & Ray Collinson 72/75,

A Grade 1st  Joe (Snr) Sebastiani 74/75, 2nd Peter Threlfall 72/75, 3rd Jason Sapuppo, Colin Ferguson & Ben Beazley 71/75

B Grade 1st Michelle Russell 71/75, 2nd Stephen Jones 68/75, 3rd Santo Greco 67/75

C Grade 1st Richard Stanhope 72/75, 2nd Kellie Rea 71/75, 3rd Jason Yarrow 69/75

Event 2-30 Target Medley 15m Sponsored by B & M Drilling

OPEN 1st Christopher Santarossa 50/50

AA Grade 1st Lindsay Groat 49/50, 2nd Bruce Murphy 48/50

A Grade 1st Wayne Cislowski 73/75, 2nd Colin Ferguson 71/75

B Grade 1st Santo Greco 48/50, 2nd John Kinnomonth 67/75

C Grade 1st Tim Ewnes 43/50, 2nd Peter Neubecker 66/75

Event 3-25 Target Single Barrel 15m Sponsored by QMN & John & Gina Calligaro

OPEN 1ST Joe (jnr) Sebastiani 25/25

AA Grade 1st Bruce Murphy 28/29, 2nd Joe Caruso 27/29

A Grade 1st Brad Farry 23/25, 2nd Ben Beazley 44/48

B Grade 1st Mick Populin 25/28, 2nd Sylvia Rossato24/28

C Grade 1st Brian Bonanno 29/33, 2nd Karl Perna 28/33

Event 4-30 Target Double Barrel 15m Sponsored by CVS Mechanical

OPEN 1ST Brad Farry 100/100

AA Grade 1st Max Nicolaides 99/100, 2nd Wayne Benson 76/77

A Grade 1st Joe (Snr) Sebastiani 40/41, 2nd Col Edgerton 31/32

B Brade 1st Santo Greco 99/100, 2nd Andrew Bergin 32/33

C Grade 1st Brian Bonanno 28/30, 2nd Alf Gangemi 35/39

Event 5-30 Target Double Barrel Continental 15m Sponsored by Russo & Vella & AGnVET

OPEN 1ST Christopher Santarossa 73/73

AA Grade 1st Ron Gough 72/73, 2nd Ray Collinson 40/41

A Grade 1st Brad Farry 39/40, 2nd Benji Micallef 36/37

B Grade 1st Mark Fiamingo 41/42, 2nd Rob Draper 30/31

C Grade 1st Karl Perna 29/30, 2nd Peter Scott 27/31

Event 6-30 Target Pointscore 15m Sponsored by Lui & Inez Populin

OPEN 1ST Rob Draper 95/96

AA Grade 1st Greg Maltby 97/99, 2nd Wayne Benson 94/99

A Grade 1st Wayne Cislowski 94/96, 2nd Col Edgerton 92/96

B Grade 1st Sylvia Rossato 83/90, 2nd Andrew Bergin 82/90

C Grade 1st Peter Delle Baite 86/93, 2nd Kellie Rea 83/93

Event 7-25 Target Double Barrel Handicap Sponsored By NQ Hardfacing

OPEN 1ST Mick Populin 25/25

2nd Karl Perna 51/52

3rd Benji Micallef 50/52

4th Santo Greco 37/39

5th Ron Gough 34/36

HIGHGUN WINNERS-Sponsored by Kirknie Station

OPEN 1ST Ray Collinson 309/325

AA Grade 1st Ron Gough 320/325

A Grade 1st Benji Micallef 304/325

B Grade 1st Santo Greco 294/325

C Grade 1st Kellie Rea 282/325

LADIES 1ST Annette Vassalini 288/325

VETERAN 1ST Lindsay Groat 307/325

JUNIOR 1ST Jarrod Coleman

Contributed by Sylvia Rossato

Caption 1: Back Row L-R: Wayne Cislowski, Christopher Santarossa, Lindsay Groat, Santo Greco, Tim Ewens. Front Row L-R: Bruce Murphy, Collin Ferguson, John Kinnomonth, Peter Neubecker

Caption 2: Back Row L-R: Joe (Jnr) Sebastiani, Bruce Murphy, Brad Farry, Mick Populin, Brian Bonanno. Front Row L-R: John Calligaro, Joe Caruso, Ben Beazley, Sylvia Rossato, Karl Perna

Caption 3: Back Row L-R: Brad Farry, Joe (Snr) Sebastiani, Santo Greco, Brian Bonanno. Front Row L-R: Wayne Benson, Col Edgerton, Andrew Bergin, Alf Gangemi

Caption 4: Back Row L-R: Christopher Santarossa, Ron Gough, Brad Farry, Mark Fiamigo, Karl Perna. Front Row L-R: Ray Collinson, Benji Micallef, Rob Draper, Peter Scott

Caption 5: Back Row L-R: Wayne Benson, Greg Maltby, Wayne Cislowski, Sylvia Rossato, Peter Delle Baite. Front Row L-R: Col Edgerton, Lui Populin, Rob Draper, Andrew Bergin, Kellie Rea

Caption 6: L-R Karl Perna, Benji Micallef, Mick Populin, Santo Greco, Ron Gough

Caption 7: Back Row L-R: Ron Gough, Glen Rea Jarrod Colman. Front Row L-R: Benji Micallef, Santo Greco, Ray Collinson, Kellie Rea, Annette Vassalini, Lindsay Groat

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Ayr Bowls News

March 14, 2024

Social Tuesday March 5: Katarina Stuckler, Karen Page and Mary Poli defeated Raylene Hervey, Beryl Cornford and Pam Power. Isabel Cislowski and Irene Wilson defeated Heather Jorgensen and Sandra Stidston.

Competition Results Thursday March 7 Open Rinks: Ruth Moore, Isabel Cislowski, Joy Comollatti and Irene Wilson defeated Katarina Stuckler, Elaine Young, Heather Jorgensen and Mary Poli.

Competition for Thursday March 14 Open Rinks: Team 1 Sandra Stidston plays Team 3 Mary Poli. Team 2 Pam Power plays Team 4 Irene Wilson.

The Ayr Ladies President Day is being held on Tuesday April 9. All Ladies bowlers are welcome.

Wednesday March 6: Winners were Joe Papale and Col Essex who defeated Alan Jones and Chris Berkery.

Saturday March 9 sponsored by Mahjong Ladies: Winners were Desley Olsen, George Nixon and Ron Soper who defeated John Pirrone, Beryl Cornford and Thelma Klopper.

Runners up were Paul Vass, Alan Jones and Mick Olsen who defeated Katharina Stuckler, Barry Hewson and Henry Hazle.

Contributed by Michael Parravicini

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Brandon Bowls

March 14, 2024

On Wednesday March 5, eight ladies played rinks with a very interesting and competitive game.

Margaret Chapman, Darelle Pearce, Ann Newton and Bernice Kugatiff defeated Helen Collins Colleen Olsen and Joy Woods.

Don’t forget names into Joy Woods by 1:00pm for 1:30pm start.

Friday March 8 evening, 13 bowlers played a mixture of triples and rinks.

Winning teams were Lloyd Shepherd, Norm Storrie, Joy Woods and Jamie Woods and in the other game David Bycroct, Ross McLaughlin and Ray Panecassio.

Sunday March 10 Competition A/B grade pairs: Trevor Elton and Hugh Montgomery defeated Doug Kiehne and Leo Kenny in very tight game.

18 bowlers played triples in social bowls and the winners in the 3 games were: Norm Storrie, Henry Hazel and Allan Garioch; Judy Elton, Neville Dickinson and Michael Paravacini; Higgy, Lyn Storrie and Peter Jorgensen

Trophy Night is coming up on Friday March 15, proudly sponsored by Meo Farming.

If you haven’t got your teams in, please do so to Gary Pearce ASAP.

Contributed by Lloyd Shepherd

Caption: Trevor Elton won Competition A/B grade pairs alongside Hugh Montgomery (absent). Photo supplied

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Home Hill Bowls Report

March 14, 2024

Thursday March 7 saw 23 players front up to do battle on Rummeny Green.

Four rinks were used on the east to west side.

Rink 5: Jimmy and Glen prevailed over Judy and Des 23 to 21 and 11 ends to 10.

Rink 6: Mick M, Dino and Stephen had a big win over John, Dave and Hugh 19 to 8 and 14 ends to 4 ends and were the day’s winners.

Rink 7: Mick O, Bob and Joe were too strong for Yogi, Alex and Wayne to the tune of 22 to 13 and 13 ends to 7.

Rink 8: Paul, Jeff and Henry were also convincing winners over Karl/Terry, Con and Trevor 18 to 14 and 12 ends to 6.

The weather has been perfect so hope to see you all next week.  

Don't forget Tuesday Trimmers, Wednesday Kraft group, Wednesday night barefoot bowls, Thursday arvos for bowls and Thursday morning it's bingo.

Come along and join your club.

Supplied by Steve Doig

Caption: Thursday afternoon winners were Stephen, Dino and Mick M

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Torpedoes Take On Mackay

March 14, 2024

The North Queensland Swimming Championships were held in Mackay on March 2 and 3 at the Mackay Aquatic Centre. The Burdekin Torpedoes took a total of five swimmers, with coaches Kim and Mick McConnachie there to guide them once again through the meet. The Championships were opened with a themed march pass around the pool of all the Clubs participating in the meet. The Burdekin Torpedoes looked very relaxed in their 'Cruisin' Torpedoes' outfits and demonstrated their pride in the Burdekin with some loud chants. When the racing begun there were some outstanding swims with many of our swimmers achieving personal best times yet again and medalling in their age group.


Millie Lyne (13yo Women) - 1st 100m Breaststroke, 2nd 50m Breaststroke, 2nd 50m Butterfly, 2nd 100m Freestyle, 3rd 50m Backstroke, 3rd 100m Backstroke

Gabriella Mottin (12yo Women) - 2nd 50m Butterfly, 3rd 100m Freestyle, 3rd 50m Freestyle

Maddison Searle (9yo Women) - 2nd 50mFreestyle, 3rd 100m Freestyle.

On the weekend, Millie Lyne and her coaches, Kim and Mick McConnachie yet again travelled, but to Townsville this time to compete in the Townsville Lightning Swim Club meet. Millie put in some fantastic swims to PB in two of her swims, the 50m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke.

Her results for the meet: 1st 50m Freestyle, 1st 50m Breaststroke, 2nd 100m Breaststroke, 2nd 50m Butterfly, 2nd 50m Backstroke.

Millie and her coaches will now travel to the Gold Coast to compete in the National Age Championships and represent the Burdekin Torpedoes in the 50m Breaststroke (14yo Women) on Wednesday April 10.

Go the Torpedoes.

Contributed by Kate Lyne

Caption 1: Millie Lyne 1st 100m Breaststroke North QLD championship 

Caption 2: Cruisin Torpedoes- Kim McConnachie, Gabriella Mottin, Arabella Sangiuliano, Brielle Sangiuliano, Millie Lyne, Mick McConnachie, Ellanah Searle, Maddison Searle.

Caption 3: Arabella Sangiuliano and Gabriella Mottin

Caption 4: Kim, Ellanah, Maddison, Gabriella, Arabella, Mick and Millie

Caption 5: Kim, Millie and Mick in Townsville

Photos supplied

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Juniors Take The Court At Ayr Tennis Association

March 14, 2024

Junior players from Ingham to Mackay travelled to Ayr from March 2 to kick off the first Junior Development Series tournament of 2024.

An amazing weekend was had by all with lots of tennis, lots of food and lots of slushies.

Day 1 started off early with the opening ceremony and a ground warm up on court which the players all loved.

Lots of tennis was played Saturday and final matches wrapped up early in the evening.

Day 2 started off early as well with last matches finishing about 2:15pm.

“As a club we are super proud and happy with the weekend,” said coach Patrea Bojack.

“Last year we had about 40 juniors play and this year we had 75 juniors play over the weekend!”

Ayr Tennis had 12 players representing the club from Delta Tennis with two player taking home trophies in the Orange ball division.

“We would like to thank Home Hill Tennis Association for hosting our division 5 players yesterday,” Ms Bojack said.

“Also, a massive thank you to the Pioneer Tennis players and Charters Towers players for coming all the way to Ayr to play, as well as all other players who travelled from near and far, and also Lefty for running the tournament.

“Finally, a massive thank you to all our committee members and volunteers over the weekend!

“We couldn’t have done this without you.”

Ayr Tennis Association has its AGM on Thursday March 14 at 6pm – all welcome to attend.  

Caption: Junior tennis players from across north Queensland took part in Ayr Tennis Association’s recent Junior Development Series tournament. Photos supplied

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A Splash Of Green To Support Young Referees

March 14, 2024

Green socks will run out onto rugby league fields all across the state this year as the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) increases its support for young match officials.

The new QRL campaign carries a key message to fans attending QRL fixtures in 2024: “If their socks are green, they are under 18”.

The campaign aims to create a more positive environment for young referees, attracting more to the role and boosting retention.

QRL State Match Officials Manager Clayton Sharpe said the initiative would complement the QRL’s existing Positive Environment Program (PEP).

“While wearing green socks may seem like a small change, it represents a powerful message for the rugby league community,” Mr Sharpe said.

“Primarily, it is about treating young referees with respect, refraining from abuse, and understanding that our emerging match officials are still learning, just like the players.

“We’re putting all of our resources into this to foster a supportive atmosphere and enhance the experience for young referees who make an immense contribution to our sport every year.”

A former Hostplus Cup referee and NRL touch judge, Mr Sharpe is familiar with the challenges that many young referees face in the community and QRL statewide competition matches.

“Rugby league is a highly competitive sport, played and supported by passionate people,” he said.

“But that doesn’t excuse poor behaviour or negative comments directed at our referees.

“This campaign will be built on respect, encouragement, patience and enjoyment – they’re just some of the guiding messages that will form part of what we hope will be a very successful initiative.”

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Home Hill Golf Club Results

March 14, 2024

Home Hill Golf Club finally held their Summer Cup final, seeing a close event in very windy conditions.

Winner on the day was Tim Branch on 35 points followed by Stephen Doig 35 points, Jaylen Mcubben 34 points, Eric Barbagallo 34 points, and Kieren Dawes 34 points.

Pins 4/13 Tim Branch and Kieren Dawes, 7/16 Tim Branch and Scott Sheahan, 9/18 Eric Barbagallo and Stephen Doig and least putts Stephen Doig on 24.

Summer cup runaway winner for the season was Kieren Dawes 28 points; 2nd Kevan Chatfield on 19 points; 3rd Tim Branch on 18 points; 4th Luke Carrett on 17 points; 5th Guysie LeBlowitz on 17 points; 6th Ross Wilkie on 17 points; 7th Tony Carrett on 16 points; 8th John Power on 15 points; 9th Tarra Cesconnetto on 15 points; 10th Eric Barbagallo on 14 points.

Caption: Ladies winner Amy Smail, Men’s A Grade winner Jonathan McKeough and B Grade winner Keiran Dawes. Photo supplied

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Ayr Junior Golfers Compete For First Monthly Medal

March 14, 2024

On Saturday morning, Ayr junior golfers held their February monthly medal competition. The Nett winner from each group wins the monthly medal. Just a light shower or rain didn’t stop the juniors from completing their holes, with a great number of 6 holes players competing this week.

The 3 hole monthly medal winner was Hudson Suficiencia, 6 hole monthly medal winner was Lyla Land, and the 9 hole monthly medal winner was Oscar Mahoney. Congratulations all.

The club would also like to welcome Riley Dobe, who joined us for the first time this week, playing 9 holes.

This Saturday coaching is planned, more details will be on the Junior Golf Ayr Facebook page.

Contributed by Laura Mahoney

Caption: Ayr Junior Golf Monthly Medal winners

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Burdekin Legends Take On Former League Greats

March 14, 2024

The former greats of the Rugby League Townsville & Districts (RLTD) gave the visiting NRL Legends team something to think about when both teams played out a 26 all draw in Townsville at the Sports Reserve last Saturday night.

Burdekin Roosters reserve grade coach Chris Perry was asked by the Townsville coach Kev Marty to be his assistant as well as manager.

Perry did so and said the game was played in the right spirit with the Legends team showing that even though the legs are slower and the bellies are bigger, it is still there in the head.

The Burdekin Coach said that the Townsville team never gave in, and the Legends knew they had been playing.

Perry estimated close to 1,000 people were at the game and he thought that had the match been in Ayr, there would have been a much bigger turnout.

“Matty Bowen could still be playing today, he is so fit and still quick turning on a coin,” Perry said.

Former Dragons, Cowboys and Burdekin Roosters star Noel Goldthorpe looked like he could still play today.

The will of the wisp half back is remembered for his exploits for the Dragons, kicking a field goal from near halfway for the Blues to win the deciding Super League Origin and leading the Burdekin Roosters to a RLTD premiership.

On speaking to Goldie on Monday, he said he still plays competitive Oz Tag on the Sunshine Coast where he lives.

The Burdekin had four ex-players in the Townsville team: hooker Lee Mclean, front rower Damien Lynch, second rower Jeff Linton and utility back Brad Parravicini.

Kurt Olsen was to play but a work accident ruled him out.

Perry said the Old Roosters were four of the better players out there with Parra looking like he could still go round.

"I think the promotion would go well in the Burdekin with spectators flocking to see old faces like Sam Thaiday, John Hopoate, Kevin Campion, Ben Hannant, Matty Bowen and Antonio Winterstein,” Perry said.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

Caption: Four former Burdekin players took on the NRL Legends side in Townsville on the weekend. Photo supplied: International Legends of League

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Senior Cricket In Home Hill

March 14, 2024

The stage has been set for the Home Hill Cricket Association senior grand final following a Guardian Pharmacy victory on the weekend.

Guardian faced Crowned Mongrels on the astro wicket, with Mongrels winning the toss and electing to bat.

Some tight bowling led to a conservative start for the batting side and an early wicket before Andrew Wallwork dug in for 57 runs from 44 balls assisted by Scott Hazard with 26 from 31, Casper Licciardello with 12 from 13 and Travis Butler with 11 from 17.

Simon Vickers, Matthew Gardner and Gill Singh took two wickets each for Guardian while Jamie Grabs and Sam Gillespie took one each and another Clay Brush assisted with the final runout to have Mongrels all out for 137 from 23.5 overs.

An opening stand of 35 runs between Clay Brush and Lee Watts got the Guardian run chase off to an ideal start, with Brush making 30 from 39 and Watts 14 from 29.

The runs kept coming down the order with Salvatore Cardillo making 23 from 19 and the partnership of Jd Wilkins (29 from 26) and Thomas Cardillo (39 from 33) getting Guardian the victory in the final over.

Wickets came to Andrew Wallwork, Jay Leckenby and Joel Hanson for Mongrels with Andrew Wallwork and Jay Leckenby both getting runouts to see the batting side finish on 5/144 from 25 overs.

Guardian Pharmacy will now face Peto’s Marine in the grand final at Barry Richards Field this Saturday, March 16.

Caption 1: Andrew Wallwork scored 57 runs off 44 balls

Caption 2: A partnership between JD (29* runs) and Thomas (39* runs) guided Guardian to victory in the final over

Photos supplied

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Footy’s Back New Coach Impressed After First Roosters Trial

March 14, 2024

The Burdekin Roosters had two successful trial matches with the visiting Mackay Magpies on Saturday night at Rugby Park winning the A grade and drawing the Reserve Grade.

New A grade coach Steve Lansley said it was great to get a win with his team first up.

“The defence was terrific by the boys who never gave up in the tough physical encounter,” Lansley said.

The former Ignatius Park First grade coach said the team had good contact in defence, slowing the opposition down consistently.

“Magpies were a bigger side but the speed of our team in defence stopped them from getting any momentum,” the coach added.

Caption: Roosters A grade and Reserves squads took on Mackay Magpies in pre-season trials on the weekend. Photo supplied

Tries Galore In First Trials Of The Season

Burdekin Roosters A grade coach Steve Lansley said the defensive pattern employed by the locals worked well for most of the game.

He thought lock forward Kali Nauque was particularly strong, with Dylan Carew having a good one off the bench.

Big forwards Blackhawk English front rower Christan Gale, Cowboy forward Jeremiah Matuate and Tate Brombal led the way, especially in attack, given good service from hooker Rhett Williams who led his team around well whilst being very safe and reliable up the middle.

Hayden Lammon was a handy input off the bench and could be in for a good year.

Lachlan Shepherd and Ethan Hagarty went well in the back row with Shep deserving of his try.

Lansley added he was impressed with his halves Joel Mason and Dylan Doak who kept the opposition guessing along with Terry Connors who came off the bench.

Connors showed how dangerous he can be by cutting the defence in scoring a neat try.

Mason was strong in defence and Doak capped off his game with a timely intercept which won the game from the resulting try.

New winger Aiden Stevens was dangerous as was the other flanker Nemia Nawave with fullback Jones Munro diffusing several skyscrapers.

“It was a good result and a good hit out but we won't get carried away,” the coach added.

Tries were scored by Isnel Makamali, Dylan Doak, Lachlan Shepherd, Terry Connors, Jeremiah Matuate, with Joel Mason converting two goals.

Both teams scored four tries each and kicked two goals with the Roosters and Magpies drawing the reserve grade 20 all.

The Roosters skipped away to lead 12 nil at quarter time and 16 - 6 at the main break.

Superior ball possession by the visitors then had the Roosters defending well whilst scrambling for points.

In that period the Magpies scored three tries to one by Masi Mills, a new player to the Roosters showing plenty of talent.

Mills had earlier converted two tries, good efforts in the strong wind at the time.

Forward Mitchell Guy was the stand out in the match with his hard running backed up by Zac Campbell, John Zaro, Caleb Noah, Masi Mills, Dominic Augostis, Beau Crowdey and the dangerous Terry Connors.

Tries were scored by Masi Mills, Caleb Noah, Beau Crowdey and Antonio Tagicaki with Masi Mills converting two goals.

This Saturday, the A grade Roosters will have a trial match with Townsville Brothers, the game played in Airlie Beach.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

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Ayr Bowls News

March 7, 2024

Social Tuesday February 27 Winners were Katharina Stuckler, Beryl Cornford and Irene Wilson defeating Isabel Cislowski, Joy Comollatti & Mary Poli.

Desley Olsen, Heather Jorgensen and Pam Power defeated Donna Soper, Karen Page and Sandra Stidston.

Competition on Thursday's 1:30pm in March  Championship Rinks starting.

Ayr lady bowlers, see the bowls club noticeboard or contact your skips - good bowling.

Men's Championship Four's 8:30am Sunday March 17.

1. G. Papale, J Grabbi, S. Caltabiano, L. Stidston vs A. Bull, C. Essex, M. Power, R. Soper.  

2. H. Horan, J. Hall, W. Coonan, M. Parravicini vs D. Poli, M. Olsen, R. Young, M. Milan.

Contributed by Michael Parravicini

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Home Hill Bowls Report

March 7, 2024

18 players fronted up for Wednesday night barefoot bowls.

Rink 2: Wayne, Carol and Nev were too good for Jocelyn, Merle and Mark winning 14 to 12.

Rink 3: Kate, Paul and Joe put the cleaners through Maisie, Betty and Ron 17 to 5.

Rink 4: Kita, Sam and Stephen were way too strong for Yogi, Gladys and Judy winning 20 to 8.

22 Players fronted on it seems the first dry Thursday afternoon bowls in weeks.        

Rink 3 Triples: Karl/Mick O, Mick and Glen won the day in a close one over Ray, Terry and Henry 15 to 13.  

Rink 4 Pairs: Alex and Trevor were much too strong for Paul and Bob to the tune of 33 to 22.

Rink 5: After Norm had to pull out for health reasons Stephen skipped for two teams. Jim and Stephen just lasted to defeat Dino and Stephen to the tune of 15 to 13.

Rink 6: John and Joe won a nail-biting contest over Tony and Hugh 25 to 24.

And finally on rink 7, Judy and Wayne were convincing winners over Yogi and Des 28 to 18.

Thanks again to sponsor Rocky Ponds produce.

Supplied by Stephen Doig

Caption 1: Wednesday night’s barefoot bowls winners were Nev, Carol and Wayne

Caption 2: The winners of Thursday were Alex and Trevor

Photos supplied: Stephen Doig

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Junior Cricket Recap

March 7, 2024

The blue skies late last week dried out the grounds and pitches enough at the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cricket Complex for the Junior Cricket and Challenger Blasters’ games to go ahead. The slow outfield in the Junior Cricket “Hardball” game meant only one four was scored in the whole match. Xavier Cross was quite proud of this shot as it was his first ever four scored in a game. Marshall Parker was top scorer with 17 runs followed by Mark Wilkie on 12. The weeks of net sessions and batting drills are starting to show in the nice shots that some of the batters are now playing. It is good to know that the coaching is working and that they are putting what they are being shown into practice in the games to score runs.

If it was hard to score runs, then it was even harder to take wickets as only five fell for the entire game over both innings.  William Chandler came out on top with the ball getting 2 for 15. Oliver Calligaro and Jacques Gardner snared one each, and Marshall Parker combined with Oscar Mahoney to affect a run out. ‘Players of the Week Award’ winners for this game were Harrison Smyth and Spyridonas Spyrou. No stats were available for the Challenger Blaster game, but Kyle Wilkie was the top scorer, and the award winners were Levi Trail and Morgan Burrell.

Caption 1: Harrison Smyth and Spyridonas Spyrou

Caption 2: Levi Trail and Morgan Burrell

Photos supplied

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Ayr Junior Golf

March 7, 2024

After two weeks of rain and cancelled coaching sessions, the sun finally came out to let our Juniors out on the golf course this Saturday morning. Many thanks to Darryl for coming down to coach our young golfers, with everyone’s swing being recorded for analysis and future work. Darryl will be down again in a forthright and then monthly, working on different aspects of the game each time.

This Saturday we will be holding the February Monthly Medal, with a 3, 6 and 9 hole competition being held, with the Nett winner in each group receiving a monthly medal. Please follow the Junior Golf Ayr Facebook page for more details.

Contributed by Laura Mahoney

Caption: Ayr Junior Golf returned on Saturday morning. Photo supplied

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Roosters Prepare For Pre Season Trial

March 7, 2024

The Burdekin Roosters will have their first hit out of the season when they host the Mackay Magpies at Rugby Park this Saturday.

Two grades will be played: A grade and Reserve grade with the reserves scheduled to start at 3:30pm.

The two clubs play a trial match each year on a rotating basis.

The Roosters will be out to silence the birds from Mackay after they were the victors last year.

Rooster coach Daniel Beazley said his team could be a little underdone after recent rain had severely curtailed training.

“I expect they would be in the same boat as well,” Beazley said.

The coach said he wanted to have a look at a couple of players in different positions and that is what trials are all about.

It is not expected the two players each allocated from the Cowboys and Blackhawks will be playing.

“We have a keen bunch of boys and I expect them to give a good account of themselves,” Beazley said.

The coach added he particularly wanted to see three players in action.

“Adam Stephens appears to be a very good player, very professional and athletic and as he is only new, I want to see him on the field while Rhett Williams will play at hooker and I expect him to add a touch of class out there,” he said.

Beazley went on to say that he was glad to see Nemia Nawave at training and going hard.

He added, “Nemia will start on the wing where he is very quick but I have been told he played at hooker in Fiji so I will give him a go there to see what he offers in the middle.”

“Tate Brombal has been putting in the hard yards at training and is welcome back home after a year away playing in the Toowoomba League.

“Riley Horan is another I want to see after having a year off with former Queensland schoolboy representative Terry Connors who could be the X Factor as he appears quick.”

Reserves coach Chris Perry has named a squad with plenty of youth on one hand plus experience on another.

Former Marlins representative Mitchell Guy says he has finished playing A Grade but still wants to put the boots on and help out Chris and his reggies.

His experience will be invaluable to the coach who will have a number of last years under 19 players making the step up.

The canteen will be open with the bar and doubles sold on the gate.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

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Boars And Barras Take Over Clare

March 7, 2024

Last weekend saw the successful return of the Burdekin Boars & Barras Competition, hosted by the Clare State School P&C, with hundreds of people showing up for the weigh in on Sunday, March 3.

There was something for everyone at the event including facepainting, kids’ corner run by Lillies Cubby House, a bar, delicious food, and live music by Tammy Moxon.  

The Crab races and auction kept everyone entertained with a total of $1100 prize money up for grabs for the winner, while the Yeti toss proved to be very popular with lots of kids lining up for their chance to win a Yeti Water bottle.

“A massive thank you to all of the event sponsors,” said Emma Bethel of the Clare State School P&C.

“Without their generous support this event would not have been possible.

“The Clare State School P&C are very grateful to everyone who supported this event.”

Caption: Heaviest Junior Barra Winner Josh Patterson (left) and Heaviest Boar Winner Shane Cavanagh (right). Photos supplied




HEAVIEST BOAR- 118 Kg Shane Cavanagh

HEAVIEST SOW - 62.55 Kg Mat Corradi

HEAVIEST CRAB - 1.47 Kg Mathew Lynch-Harlow


BARRA - 8.38Kg - Josh Patterson

MANGROVE JACK - 1.26Kg - Jace Klaka

CATFISH - 5.32Kg - Joshua Brett

FLATHEAD - 0.94 kg - Keatan Jarvis

SECRET BARRA WEIGHT – 3.14Kg - Alex Wright


BARRA - 8.56 Kg - Joel Bethel

MANGROVE JACK - 1.76Kg - Jack Malas

CATFISH - 3.56Kg - Tiffany Jones

FLATHEAD - 1.72Kg - Mathew Lynch-Harlow

SECRET BARRA WEIGHT – 8.46Kg - Mark Zunker



Caption 1: Heaviest junior flathead winner Keatan Jarvis with Clare State School Principal Troy Patti

Caption 2: Heaviest junior catfish winner Joshua Brett with Troy Patti

Caption 3: Heaviest mangrove jack winner Jack Malas with Troy Patti

Caption 4: Heaviest senior catfish winner Tiffany Jones with Troy Patti

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Ayr Bowls News

February 29, 2024

Social Bowls were played Tuesday February 20 where the winners were Ruth Moore, Elaine Young, Beryl Cornford and Pam Power defeating Desley Olsen, Donna Soper, Sandra Stidston and Irene Wilson.

Isabel Cislowski, Heather Jorgensen and Mary Poli defeated Katharina Stuckler, Joy Comollatti amd Dot Cutting.

Eighteen bowlers enjoyed playing lawn bowls under the stars at Wednesday Night Bowls on February 21.

Coming in first place were Katharina Stuckler, Anthony Bull and Robyn McAllister.

In second place were Carolyn Jones, Rob Jorgensen and Heather Jorgensen.

Men's Championship Fours 8:30am Sunday March 10 - 1. G. Papale, J. Grabbe, S. Caltabiano, L. Stidston vs D. Poli, M. Olsen, ? , M. Milan.  2. H. Horan, J. Hall, W. Coonan, M. Parravicini vs A. Bull, C. Essex, M. Power, R. Soper.

Nominations for championship pairs and triples close March 3.

Wednesday February 21 winners were Bob Young and Col Essex who defeated Vince Beitia and Chris Berkery.

Other results were John Hall, Barry Hewson and Maurie Power defeated John Pirrone, Sandra Darwen and Wayne Coonan.

Mick Olsen, Joe Papale and Lew Stidston defeated Jim Murray, Dino Poli and Ron Soper.

Contributed by Michael Parravicini

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Brandon Bowls

February 29, 2024

Wednesday February 20

Ladies results: only four ladies turned up and conditions still not favourable however those who turned up certainly had a good time.

Kaye Garner and Lyn Storrie beat Ann Newton and Vanda Ballao.

Ladies, please have your names in by 1:00pm for 1:30pm start.

Sunday February 25

A grade singles: Gary Pearce defeated Henry Hazel.

And the other A grade singles game went down to the wire with Doug Koehne defeating Jamie Woods.

A Pairs: Vince Beitia and Allan Garioch defeated Joe Ypinazar and Peter Jorgensen.

Social Bowls

Triples game: Norm Storrie, Rob Garner and Peter Henderson defeated Kaye Garner, Bob Jorgensen and Ray Panacassio.

And final game of was Rinks with Neville Dickinson, Helen Collins, Lloyd Shepherd and Doug Robins defeating Glen Woodward, Ken Ferguson, Lyn Storrie and Leo Kenny.

Sunday March 3 Jackpot will be drawn until we get a winner.

Names in by 1.00pm for 1.30pm start.

Contributed by Lloyd Shepherd

Caption: Winners of Sunday’s Championship events. Photo supplied

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Grant Win Leads To Women’s Changeroom Upgrades

February 29, 2024

Burdekin FC will work towards upgrading its women’s changerooms and facilities at International Park after winning a grant from the 2024 Ergon-Energex Community Fund.

The $10,000 grant will enable renovation of the women’s changerooms to provide a safer, more inclusive, and accessible space for players to feel comfortable and confident in their environment and increase participation.

Burdekin FC Senior Secretary Sian Reardon said the women’s facilities currently has two toilets, one of which often malfunctions, a women-only shower that is used as storage and a communal shower that is shared with the men’s facilities and doesn’t have a lock on the door.

The club plans to upgrade all facilities including a third toilet, new shower area and new basin and mirror.

“At the moment, it’s just not a nice place to be in,” Ms Reardon said.

“The facilities are our foundation.

“If we don’t foster a positive, clean environment, it’s not a welcoming environment for those girls to come into.

“If they see that we take pride and responsibility and put that money in to make the facilities clean and welcoming, we get more people through the door.”

Ms Reardon, who also plays for the senior women’s team and coaches junior teams, said the investment proves the growth of the women’s game in the Burdekin.

She said the club currently has enough junior girls for two teams in U9s, U10/11s and U12/13s age groups this year.

“The numbers have grown incredibly this year,” she said.

“We’ve seen more girls interested in coming down to our women’s training as well.

“We’ve got a few 15-year-olds floating around who are really eager and want to get involved, which is awesome.”

The club has also recently purchased new goal posts using a previous grant which are due for installation soon.

“We would not be able to function without grants and community support,” Ms Reardon said.

“Whenever Louise (Nicholas, Grants Officer) sees a grant that could towards the club, the entire club comes together to discuss what’s most important.”

Caption: Burdekin FC Senior Secretary Sian Reardon is excited to see upgrades to the women’s changerooms after securing a grant. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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Home Hill Bowls Report

February 29, 2024

18 players arrived to do battle in the barefoot bowls night onWednesday, February 21.

3 games oftriples were played.

Rinks 5,6 and 7were used running east/west.

Rink 5: Gladys,Meryl and Joe were much too strong for Betty, Judy and John winning14 to 5.

Rink 6: Ashley,Tony and Amy had a good win over Lyn, Nev and Ron to the tune of 12points to 3.  

Rink 7: Conner,Margaret and Stephen won on the final end after being all squareafter 11 ends over Wayne, Mark and Torrie 11 to 7.

Trevor's morningtea is weekly on Monday morning, Tuesday Trimmers on Tuesday, Wednesday Kraft group and barefoot bowls at 6pm on Wednesday.

Thursday morning bingo and bowls in the arvo, names in between 12 and 1pm.

There was no bowls on Thursday.

Good bowling.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

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A Night On The Lanes

February 29, 2024

We weather put a dampener on preseason training for Burdekin FC’s youth teams, with the U13 and U14/15 teams instead taking things indoors for a night of “non- competitive” ten pin bowling.

Captions: Burdekin FC’s U13 and U14/15 teams spent a night at Burdekin Bowl after preseason training was rained out. Photos supplied: Burdekin FC Inc

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Roosters Coach To Depart Ahead Of 2024 Season

February 29, 2024

The Burdekin Roosters received a setback last week with the announcement 2024 appointed senior coach Daniel Beazley would be leaving the club.

Beazley told the players at training on Thursday he had received an offer from a family member to join a business on the Gold Coast.

Beazley said he knew his cousin was beginning a new business and he wanted his input but he thought that would not be till towards the end of the year.

“For my cousin the business has gone really well, and I have been offered a partnership in something I have been looking at for a long time,” Beazley said.

The coach said he was sad to be leaving the club as he had enjoyed the people he has been associated with and he felt the club was getting back on the right track.

He said training before Christmas was a little slow, but it had really picked up in the New Year and he believes the players had been enjoying it as much as he had.

The former Blackhawk captain said he thought the club had the players to go all the way this year and with a few more coming in they are going to be hard to beat.

“If I didn't think that I wouldn't have suggested a trial match with Brothers who are always strong,” Beazley said.

He said he would not be leaving for a couple of weeks and would help prepare the boys for the trial with Mackay Magpies in a fortnight and then Brothers.

Roosters President Mick Brombal said he would be sad to see ‘Beaz’ go but people must think of their future, and this appears too good for him to refuse.

“Beaz is a good bloke, and he will help us find a replacement as well as coach the boys for the next couple of weeks,” Brombal said.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

Caption: Departing Roosters Coach Daniel Beazley

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Burdekin Teams To Contest Annual Bowen Tens Carnival

February 29, 2024

The much-anticipated Rugby League carnival, the Annual Bowen Tens, will be played at Denison Park in Bowen on Saturday.

Sponsored mainly by Whitsunday Civil, the day brings much needed funds to the Bowen Seagulls Junior League with various charities also benefitting.

A number of Bowen charities have been the recipients of money from the Bowen Tens.

This year, the main recipient will be Kids Connecting Parents.

Burdekin teams have supported the day since it was first introduced in 2012 with the Charity that year Cancer Research.

The Burdekin Old Boys made themselves a popular team by donating half the prize money they received for winning that year to the charity and it continued on with several other Burdekin teams doing the same thing.

This year, 14 men’s teams and six women’s team will contest the games for the cash and trophies donated by Kincove for the men and Abbot Point for the women.

The Burdekin will again be represented by Runamuck in the women, a group of ladies mainly from the Burdekin Hens led by the Monday sisters whose style of play will suit this format.

They will be joined by Bowen teams Boonti Busters and Bowen Bush Chooks.

Carlton from Mackay will again be playing with Townsville team Norths Devils.

The sixth team is an unknown group called Darlz Warriors but they are expected to be strong.

Three men’s teams will represent the Burdkein: Runamuck, Runamuck 10 and Fiji Time.

Fiji Time are the defending champions and they alone will bring spectators just to see their exciting brand of football.

Matches are played over two ten-minute halves on two fields at Denison Park with a two-minute half time and thirty seconds between games.

Timing is done from a central time piece.

The first games get under way at 8am with the final of the men expected about 8pm, giving some 12 hours of non-stop footy

Food and drink will be sold on the grounds and there are some big raffles taking place all for a $5 entry fee.

The player scoring a try then attempts to convert with a drop kick before the player’s team restarts.

It all makes for speed and excitement.

Teams of no more than 20 players with ten on the field at any one time come from several centres around the north as it is not only a good bonding weekend, it is also very good for pre-season fitness.

A four-person relay is also held between teams with the referees at times having a team and they have been successful in the past.

Bowen is well represented with at least 8 teams while the Moranbah Miners and Carlton Devils play in the Mackay League.

Some Townsville teams have supported the Carnival in the past with this year the Norths Devils women making the trip.

This will be the first time the Cardwell Axemen will try their luck although Herbert River have been there before.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

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Home Hill Tennis Club News

February 29, 2024

Both night tennis on Monday and pickleball on Tuesday have been fortunate to dodge rain over the recent weeks, with good numbers of players at 7:00pm. At pickleball, everyone has been enjoying the challenge of learning a new game as well as the social aspect. Friday Social tennis starts up in early March.

The upcoming AGM on the March 11 is a great opportunity for everyone to come along to Home Hill Tennis to hear about all the club’s activities in 2023. It is also time to recognise and thank those who have contributed to the club whether it is through grants, sponsors, playing and the very valuable work of club volunteers. Without these, our club would not exist.

The Burdekin hosts two junior tournaments over the next couple of weeks. Ayr has the first event and Opening Day this Saturday March 2 at 8:00am. There will be guest speakers at the opening for the parents and players. Home Hill hosts the Super JDS on March 16-17 where there will be coaching clinics and teams’ events. All visitors are welcome to the clubs on these weekends.

Contributed by Home Hill Tennis Association

Caption: Home Hill Tennis Association hosts tennis on Tuesday s from 7:00pm. Photo supplied

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Junior Cricket Rookies

February 29, 2024

Our North Queensland wet season again prevented any Junior Cricket to be played late last week at the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cricket Complex, and Charters Towers where our Under 17s were meant to play Wests.

Clear skies on Tuesday allowed the Rookies to go ahead though, with Antony Stewart from Queensland Cricket coming down from Townsville to run the session.

Antony was helped out by one of our older junior Thomas Cardillo at the East Ayr School Grounds.

This session included fun drills and games for our youngest cricket stars of the future.

Back Cover Caption: Queensland Cricket’s Antony Stewart (back left) and junior cricketer Thomas Cardillo (back right) led the junior cricket rookies session last week. Photo supplied

Junior Cricket Recap

The Friday afternoon Challenger’s session was moved to the East Ayr State School Hall due to the weather with modified indoor skills and drills organised by our Co-Ordinator Shaun Goldsworthy.  

The 14 eager children were very appreciative of Shaun’s efforts in getting this going for a second week in a row.

There was catching practice, some bowling drills, then a fun game of indoor cricket to finish up the session.

After a very disrupted start to the second half of the season we have our fingers crossed we can play some cricket in the sunshine on Friday this week.  

Contributed by Scott Heidke

Caption 1-4: Clear skies on Tuesday allowed the Rookies to go ahead

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Ayr Bowls News

February 22, 2024

Championship Rinks and Championship Singles are now open, names wanted to be drawn February 27.

Ladies Social Bowls played on February 13. Winners were R Soper, D Soper and P Power defeating R Hervey, K Page and D Cutting. Runner up on count back Merle Nixon, Joy Comollatti and S Stidston defeating K Stuckler, H Jorgensen and I Wilson.

Wednesday Feb 14

Winners were Jim Murray, Dino Poli and Henry Hazle who defeated John Hall, Anthony Bull and Ron Soper

Saturday Feb 17

Winners were John Hall, Mick Olsen and Sandra Stidston who defeated Mick Murison, Anthony Bull and Thelma Klopper.

Second place went to Merle Nixon, George Nixon and Henry Hazle who defeated John Pirrone, Chris Pearce and Maurie Power.

Wednesday night Feb 14

It was enjoyable playing lawn bowls in the cool of the evening. The winners on the night were, Lorraine Wolffe and Gary Pearce, and Marlene Lorger, Rob Jorgensen and Sam Caltabiano.

Contributed by Michael Parravicini

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Brandon Bowls

February 22, 2024

Thanks to all the members who turned up for Saturday morning’s working bee putting the shade sails back up. Chief in command Richi Maui had everyone working hard and thanks also to Sharon Penny for smoko which was enjoyed by all.

24 members attended social bowls on Monday, February 19 in favourable conditions.

Norm Storrie, Ray Panacassio and Jamie Woods played against Bernice Kugatoff, Leo Kenny, and Len Feeney. In the early stages in that game, it looked all over with Len Feeney letting everyone know how easy this game is only to be given an absolute flogging.

Championship games played on Sunday were both close games and in the single B grade round was Ross McLaughlin playing against Neville Dickinson with Ross the eventual winner.

In the A grade pairs event it was a very close game with father and son combination of Gary and Chris Pearce winning against Kevin Collins and Doug Robins.

Contributed by Lloyd Shepherd

Caption: Brandon Bowls Club held a working bee on Saturday to put up shade sails

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Home Hill Bowls Report

February 22, 2024

Thursday bowls went ahead even though the green was under water at 1pm after a couple of inches of rain in about an hour.  

Surprisingly, the new green drains very quickly so the games could go ahead at around 2:15pm.

RINK 2: Mick/Hugh, Dino and Stephen were to strong defeating Judy, Dave and Wayne 17 to 11 and 8 ends to 4.

RINK 3: Bob, Joe and Trevor pipped Jim, Des and Henry 10 to 9 with 6 ends to each side.

RINK 4: In a pairs game Paul and Mick steamrolled Yogi and John to the tune of 12 to 4 and 8 ends to 4 ends.

Our esteemed president Trevor has been holding a morning tea each Monday at around 10am if anyone is interested.  

Barefoot bowls will be on Wednesday night again after a sausage sizzle.

Bingo is still going strong on Thursday morning.

Kraft group is also going well on Wednesday morning and the Tuesday Trimmers on Tuesday mornings.

Good bowling till next week.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

Caption: Thursday’s winning team of Paul and Mick

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Coaching Clinic Delivers Six Newly Accredited Coaches To Home Hill Cricket Association

February 22, 2024

Rain fell throughout the district which again disrupted the Junior Cricket season last week. There were still clouds above the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cricket Complex on Sunday when six Home Hill Cricket Association members undertook a coaching course. This was run by QLD Cricket’s Coaching and Talent Specialist Lachlan Ford, and these members are now Level 1 Community Cricket Coaches.  They join the 14 other accredited coaches at the club so all of our Junior players from the smallest Rookies through to our Under 17s are coached by nationally accredited coaches.

Following the Level 1 course Lachlan then ran two “Masterclass Sessions” for these and some of our existing coaches, aimed at upskilling them in the techniques of batting and pace bowling. With the help of some of our Juniors he instructed the attendees on specific technical drills and activities designed to allow the players to score more runs when batting and take more wickets safely without injury when bowling. This course and Masterclass sessions have enabled our club to grow and upskill our coaching ranks and thanks go to QLD Cricket, Lachlan Ford and our Juniors who helped out.  

Contributed by Scott Heidke

Caption: Six coaches undertook a coaching clinic and masterclass last weekend. Photos supplied

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Football Matters with Cyclops

February 22, 2024

The 2024 football season was due to start last Saturday but the very wet weather caused all football activity in the Burdekin to be postponed. The Panthers were due to play JCU Riverway in the 3rd round of the Cup. The match has been re-scheduled for this Saturday night, February 24, at International Park at 7.00pm.

Training at International Park is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm for men and Wednesdays at 6.00pm for women.

The Week 1 pre-season matches for Juniors were unfortunately called off due to the wet weather. Week 1 will now be held this Saturday at East Ayr School (both junior and senior grounds are unavailable). Age groups and times have been posted on Burdekin FC Facebook page and emailed out.  

We are still looking for coaches for some age groups. A big thanks to the Under 7 parents who have put their hands up for this large age group, we have filled all coaches there! We still are looking for 3 x Under 5, 2 x Under 6, 2 x Under 11, 1 x Under 12 and there is a possibility of a second girls 12/13 team so will also need a coach there.

There will be a Working Bee on Sunday February 25 at the junior grounds commencing 8.30am to mark out the fields. Many hands make light work!

The busy weekend continues as, also on Sunday Feb 25, there is a Mini-Roos coaching course at the Junior grounds from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. All 2024 coaches have been advised of this course. Anyone else who is interested please contact the Club for how to register. Let’s hope we kick things off this Saturday!

Burdekin FC needs members and supporters to vote on the Ergon grant for the club to hopefully win. www.ergon.com.au/peopleschoice2024 - Vote for Burdekin FC!

Monday Night Masters was also cancelled but assuming there is not too much more rain, it will be on again next Monday. So, it’s usual time, usual place, 6.30 at International Park. New and old players are all welcome. In fact, it doesn’t really matter if you can’t play. Treat it as an escape.

Read Football Matters with Cyclops every week on the Burdekin FC Facebook page.

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Burdekin Roosters Draw Revealed

February 22, 2024

The draw from Rugby League Townsville & Districts (RLTD) has been released showing the Burdekin Roosters will have eight home games during the regular season, which gets under way for the Burdekin teams on Sunday April 7 when they travel to meet the Western Lions in Townsville.

The first home game will be a big one when they host powerhouse Brothers on Saturday April 20 at Rugby Park.

Other home games will be Sunday April 28 against Souths in A grade and Bowen, Saturday May 25 against Centrals, Saturday June 1 against Norths, Saturday June 15 against Lions, Saturday June 22 against Souths, Saturday July 20 against Ch Towers and Saturday Aug 17 against Herbert River.

It is shown that the Roosters will play Centrals, Brothers, Norths, Charters Towers and Herbert River twice during the season on a home and away basis.

The club will play both Western Lions and Souths three times each with twice away to the Lions and twice at home to Souths.

The reserves and under 20 are also to play Bowen in home and away games.

Grades to be played this season are A, Reserve, Under 20 and Ladies.

At this stage the club is struggling to form the under 20 team and may reluctantly have to withdraw from that competition.

All coaches are at present readying their squads to play trials with Mackay Magpies at Rugby Park on Saturday March 9.

It is expected that three grades will be played against the Mackay Club: A, Reserve and Under 20.

Magpies will not be bringing a ladies team but the club is hoping to arrange a match with a visiting Charters Towers ladies squad.

A grade coach Daniel Beazley will take a squad to Airlie Beach on Saturday March 16 to play a trial with Townsville Brothers.

Several players both male and female will take part in the Bowen Tens Carnival on Saturday March 2, won last year by a team called Fiji Time made up mainly of the Roosters Fijian players.

The club is also planning an Official Opening of the season at the Ayr Anzac Club on Friday March 22.

Work is expected to commence shortly on the million-dollar improvements to Rugby Park but they will pose no interruption to playing or training days.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

Caption: Burdekin Roosters have been training ahead of their season opener on Sunday, April 7. Photo supplied

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Burdekin Clay Target Club Results

February 22, 2024

Burdekin Clay Target Club held their 100 Target Double Barrel event on Sunday February 11.

44 shooters attended, including travelling shooters from various clubs, which is always wonderful to see.

Our Major sponsor for the day was Honeycombes Sales & Service, thank you for your ongoing support.

The weather was hot in the sun with a slight breeze now and then.

Wayne Cislowski was top dog for the day shooting a clean sweep with 100/100; he was on fire, not even looking like he was going to miss a target.

Followed by an intense shoot off between Joe Caruso and Ron Gough to decide 1st and 2nd in AA Grade.

Unfortunately, after shooting a further 100 targets, Joe Caruso dropped a target, which meant Ron Gough placing 1st in AA Grade and Joe Caruso 2nd.

In A Grade Joe Scalia and Joe (Jnr) Sebastiani shot 99/100 which is an awesome achievement and then had to shoot off to find a winner – Joe Scalia won.

Two Burdekin members John Cerqui and Geoff Dalton shot off for B Grade and John took out the win.

C Grade shoot off was won by Townsville Member Peter Scott – congratulations to all.

If you’re looking at starting a new sport or just want to try something different, why not come to our come & try day, held on Saturday February 24.

For further details, check out Burdekin Clay Target Club on Facebook.

Contributed by Sylvia Rossato


Event 1-15 Target Pointscore 15m

AA Grade 1st Joe Caruso 45/45, 2nd Ray Collinson 44/45

A Grade 1st Benji Micallef 44/45, 2nd Colin Ferguson, Joe Scalia & David Stitt 42/45

B Grade 1st Sylvia Rossato 44/45, 2nd Mark Simpson 42/45

C Grade 1st Brian Bonanno 43/45, 2nd Pedro Le Blowitz 42/45

Event 2-100 Target Double Barrel 15m sponsored by Honeycombes Sales & Service

OPEN 1st Wayne Cislowski 100/100

AA Grade 1st Ron Gough 199/201, 2nd Joe Caruso 198/201

A Grade 1st Joe Scalia 107/108, 2nd Joe ( Jnr) Sebastiani 106/108

B Grade 1st John Cerqui 98/101, 2nd Geoff Dalton 97/101

C Grade 1st Peter Scott 90/103, 2nd Richard Stanhope 89/103

Caption 1: Back Row L-R Honeycombes Sales & Service Bud Taylor, Ron Gough, Joe Scalia, John Cerqui, Peter Scott. Front Row L-R Joe Caruso, Joe (Jnr) Sebastiani, Wayne Cislowski, Geoff Dalton, Richard Stanhope

Caption 2: Sponsor Honeycombes Sales & Service Bud Taylor and Wayne Cislowski

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Millie Qualifies For Nationals After State Sprint Championships PB

February 22, 2024

On the weekend of the February 10-11, Millie Lyne and her coaches, Kim and Mick McConnachie, travelled to Brisbane to compete in the QLD State Sprint (50m events) Championships held at Chandler Swimming Pool. Millie represented the Burdekin Torpedoes in five events and one final, which included the open 50m Breaststroke where she secured her qualifying time for the National Age Swimming Championships held on the Gold Coast in April with a time of 36.24s, smashing her personal best time by 1.08s. A great achievement for all the hard work she and her coaches have put in over the past year.

She then backed it up in the 13yo girls 50m Breaststroke and qualified for the final where she placed 9th in the State for her age. Millie is hoping to secure more times for the National Age Championships in the next month at upcoming Swimming meets in North QLD.

Contributed by Kate Lyne

Caption 1: Burdekin Swimmer Millie Lyne qualified for the National Age Swimming Championships after a personal best swim at Chandler recently

Caption 2: Millie with her coaches Kim (left) and Mick (right) McConnachie

Photos supplied

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Plantation Parkrun Turns 6!

February 22, 2024

For six years, locals and visitors alike have been starting their weekends with a social run through Ayr’s Plantation Park.

Plantation parkrun marked its sixth anniversary on Saturday, February 17, with 25 runners joining the celebrations.

Co-Event Director Stephen Crouther attended the first Plantation parkrun on February 18, 2018 where 90 people attended.

“Since then, we’ve run with 20-30 people each week,” he said.

“It’s good to see people turn up and volunteers turn up to make it happen.”

Caption: 25 runners took part in Plantation parkrun’s 6th birthday run. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

A Social Run For All To Enjoy

Since the first Plantation parkrun on February 17, 2018, 926 participants have completed 4,861 parkruns covering a total distance of 24,305-kilometres and a total of 169 individuals have volunteered 1,480 times.

In the 160 events Plantation parkrun Co-Event Director Stephen Crouther has participated in, he said he hasn’t run once, shaving his time from what was once an hour to 53 minutes to complete the 5-kilometre course.

“It’s a run, not a race, so it’s up to people as to whether they walk it or run it,” Mr Crouther said.

“Just get out and be active.”

Plantation parkrun happens every Saturday at Plantation Park where people gather to run or walk a 5-kilometre course through the park and the Juru Walk.

The event is free and open to all ages and abilities.

“It’s a good social get together encouraging people to get out and move,” Mr Crouther said.

Entirely dependent on volunteers, Mr Crouther is proud to claim the Plantation parkrun has never cancelled due to a lack of volunteers in its six-year history.

“To run each week, we really need a run director, timekeeper, someone scanning barcodes, someone handing out barcodes, and a tail walker,” he said.

“We’ve got a good team of run directors which makes this job so much simpler.

“I just want to thank everyone who has supported us over the six years.

“There have been people who have come and gone for various reasons, but I just want to thank everyone who has helped us over the years, there’s been a large number of volunteers and people who support us.

“I particularly want to thank the Council for the support they have given us too; just the fact that we can use this park, it’s a beautiful place, Council keeps it nice and tidy, and we thank them for that.”

To find out more and to register as a participant or volunteer, visit www.parkrun.com.au/plantation.

Caption 2: Nathan Barrett

Caption 3: Drew Bursey

Caption 6: Cathy Friend

Caption 9: Nick and William Wiseman

Caption 11: Holly Giarrusso

Caption 12: Henrietta Cherry and Holly Alford

Caption 18: Ian Condon and his son

Caption 21: Rowan and Courtney Anderson

Caption 22: Stephen Crouther

Caption 23: Eddie Jones and Matilda Wiseman

Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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Football Matters with Cyclops

February 15, 2024

The 2024 football season started last Saturday for Burdekin FC. The Panthers were away to Estates in the Kappa Cup. It was a good start to the season with the Panthers winning 2-1 at Victoria Park in Townsville.

The boys were keen to get into their first fixture of the year. The Panthers always seem to do well in the Cup and wanted to continue that. Burdekin started well with Matthew Kolb hitting the post with a well drilled left foot shot. With lots of short, sharp passing, the Panthers were able to find pockets of space, and eventually got the breakthrough they deserved after Jay Leckenby in the box, laid a nice pass to Ryan Scodellaro who from just outside the penalty area calmly placed his left foot shot in the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Estates fought back, growing into the game and with the Panthers fitness levels lacking, Burdekin were on the back foot for the last twenty minutes of the first half, and under pressure. Estates got their reward just before half time to go into the break all square at 1-1. Burdekin came out in the second half trying to play like they had in the first twenty minutes and the game was far more evenly poised. The Panthers went ahead with fifteen minutes to go when Elliot Dal Santo, unmarked at the back post, calmly headed in a cross. 

Congratulations to Jarrod Dal Santo who made his first team starting debut and to Oscar Licciardello who was named on the bench for the first time, a step up in his football career. The Panthers now play JCU Riverway in the next round of the Cup. The match is at International Park this Saturday night at 7.00.

Training at International Park is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30 pm for men and Wednesdays at 6.00 pm for women.

Junior Registration for the 2024 season closed on Sunday. There are nearly 200 juniors nominated for the season, great numbers!  Coaches will be getting together during the week to pick teams for each age group. The first pre-season game will be this Saturday, at times to be determined. 

Keep an eye out on your emails and Facebook for any information this week leading up to the first pre-season game. The MiniRoos Coaching Clinic will be held on 25th February from 4:30pm- 6:30pm, This is a Free Coaching Clinic.

Read Football Matters with Cyclops on the Burdekin FC Facebook page.

Contributed by Richard Samwell

Elliot Dal Santo. Photo supplied

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Golf On The Beach

February 15, 2024

Hordes of people descended on the Ayr Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday February 10 for their annual Beach Golf Day.

The day kicked off with the drawing event of their Top 100 Club, where the masses mingled over lunch and drinks until the big wheel revealed the lucky winners. First prize went to Ena Daniels, whilst Carol Rossato was the winner of second prize.

20 teams took to the unique beach golf course to make their way around the 6 holes, enjoying an afternoon of sunshine, sand and laughs.

The Ayr Surf Club would like to thank their sponsors for the day, The Kalamia Hotel and Padman Water Solutions for their generous donation of prizes, and all those who attended to support their club.

Best dressed team for the day were The Drunken Bus Drivers - Ben Nielson, Danny Horan, Jimmy Hayllor and Greeny.

Overall Winners were 4 Over Par - Ben Pontifex, Dave and Kathryn Sartori, Jarrod Rossato and Sarah Pontifex.

Their next event is a Family Fun Day being held on Saturday March 2 which will be a great family day out with lots of activities for young and old.

Contributed by Kellie Lawry

‘4 Over Par’ were overall winners on the day

‘The Drunken Bus Drivers’ were awarded Best Dressed

Photos supplied: Kellie Lawry

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Volunteers Recognised By Burdekin Race Club

February 15, 2024

The services of some of its most dedicated members and volunteers were recognised by Burdekin Race Club at a presentation late last year.

At a race meeting on December 9 2023, four volunteers were presented with Life Memberships while a further four were honoured for their volunteer service.

“It’s all about recognising those many years of volunteering,” said Burdekin Race Club President Rick Gudge.

“Everything that’s done here is done by volunteers and, without them, there’s no club.”

Life Memberships were presented to Doug Chappell, Robyn Hewson, Torrie Davies and Jan Davies.

Jim and Fay Olsen and Mitchell and Margaret Gudge were also highlighted for their contributions to the club.

Mr Chappell has worked in numerous stewarding roles since he first became involved in racing as a teenager and was honoured after around 60 years of service to the club.

“I was real thrilled,” Mr Chappell told Racing Queensland.

“I got the shock of my life when I was told.

“It has been a big journey.”

Fellow Life Member Ms Hewson was a member of Burdekin Delta Turf Club before joining Burdekin Race Club in the early 1990s.

“She’s been a strong member of our club for many years,” said Mr Gudge.

Mr Davies is a former Burdekin Race Club President and Vice President while Ms Davies aids in the publicity of the Burdekin Grower Race Day.

“Both were a main part in the setting up of Burdekin Grower Race Day in 1999; Torrie’s a judge and Jan looks after all of our correspondence,” said Mr Gudge.

Mr Gudge said the Burdekin Race Club is looking for new members, particularly younger members.

“It’s about getting satisfaction out of what you do and supplying a product for other people,” he said.

“When we get together, it’s good camaraderie, we all get along well, and it’s good to be a part of a club.”

Contact Mr Gudge on 0407 022 719 if you’re interested in getting involved in the club.

Burdekin Race Club will hold its next meet this Saturday, February 17 while tickets for the iconic Burdekin Growers Race Day, set to be held on Saturday, May 18, will go on sale in April.

Life membership presentation L-R Burdekin Race Club Vice President Ron Scott, Robyn Hewson, Doug Chappell, Jan and Torrie Davies and Club President Ricky Gudge. Photo credit: David Jackson

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Tate Brombal Back In The Burdekin

February 15, 2024

A year away from home playing in southern Queensland has given forward Tate Brombal extra incentive to be a part of the Burdekin Roosters A grade side this season.

After being in and out of the top grade in 2022, Tate decided to test himself in another League.

Last year took him south to Warwick where he signed with the Warwick Cowboys under coach Col Speed, a man highly regarded in the coaching ranks in the state.

Speed last year coached Toowoomba in the 47th Batallion Trophy which is played between leagues like Bundaberg, Gympie and Maryborough.

The Cowboys play in the 12 team Toowoomba League with both country and Toowoomba city teams.

Tate said they played against country teams like Goondiwindi, Pittsworth, Dalby, Oakey and Wattles and city teams Valleys, Brothers, Highfield, Souths and Newtown.

“The football is very hard in that competition with a number of young and older players coming from Sydney and Brisbane to join the clubs,” the player said.

He added that there were also a lot of Pacific Islanders working in the area and they played it hard.

The support for Rugby League in that area is huge with big crowds turning out to watch the local games.

“Places like Roma, Dalby and Goondiwindi usually have packed grounds and they support their teams full on,” Tate said.

The forward, who has bulked up to over 110kg, says he is looking forward to one thing especially ... “a Burdekin winter .... it is absolutely freezing at times down there.”

“At times it is so cold and foggy it gets hard to see the other end of the field.”

When asked about the comparison between the Townsville and Toowoomba styles of play, he thought Townsville would be quicker, but Toowoomba would be a lot harder.

The returning Rooster said he hopes to play anywhere in the forwards in A Grade for the Roosters but just to be out there would suit him.

He thought training was coming along well under new coach Daniel Beazley and players should learn a lot from his experience.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

Forward Tate Brombal has returned to the Burdekin after a season in southeast Queensland. Photo supplied

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Torpedoes Take On Townsville

February 15, 2024

The weekend of February 3-4 saw the Burdekin Torpedoes take on the might of North Queensland swimming in Townsville, at the Townsville Tourists meet which boasted a whooping 282 swimmers from across the region. The Torpedoes had 15 swimmers representing our district with the youngest Brielle Sangiuliano having her first swim meet at just age 5. The heat was on and with some fast swims on both days, the Burdekin Torpedoes had some great results, with plenty of personal best times being achieved. Coaches Kim and Mick McConnachie again travelled with the team and were proud of the results of all swimmers, putting in some great effort in scorching heat.

Contributed by Kate Lyne

Lewis Bonato dominated the pool when the Burdekin Torpedoes took on the might of North Queensland swimming at the recent Townsville Tourists meet. Photo credit: Kate Lyne

Burdekin Torpedoes At Townsville Tourists Meet


Lewis Bonato (9yo Boys) - 1st 50m Breaststroke, 1st 100m Backstroke, 3rd 50m Freestyle, 1st 100m Breaststroke, 2nd 50m Butterfly, 2nd 50m Backstroke.

Parker Bonato (12yo Boys) - 2nd 50m Breaststroke, 2nd 50m Freestyle, 2nd 100m Breaststroke, 2nd 50m Backstroke, 3rd 100m Freestyle.

Isla Chapman (14yo Girls) - 3rd 50m Breaststroke

Milla Chapman (12yo Girls) - 3rd 50m Breaststroke

Taylor Chapman (9yo Girls) - 2nd 50m Breaststroke, 2nd 100m Breaststroke.

Jedd Giddy (14yo Boys) - 1st 50m Breaststroke, 2nd 100m Backstroke, 1st 50m Freestyle, 1st 100m Breaststroke.

Nate Giddy (11yo Boys) - 2nd 50m Freestyle

Millie Lyne (13yo Girls) - 1st 50m Breaststroke, 1st 100m Backstroke, 2nd 50m Freestyle, 1st 100m Breaststroke, 2nd 50m Butterfly, 2nd 50m Backstroke, 1st 100m Freestyle.

John McKaig (Open Men) - 3rd 50m Freestyle, 1st 100m Butterfly, 2nd 50m Butterfly, 2nd 100m Freestyle.

Ellanah Searle (8yo Girls) - 3rd 50m Backstroke

Maddison Searle (9yo Girls) - 2nd 50m Freestyle, 2nd 50m Backstroke, 3rd 100m Freestyle.

Arabella Sangiuliano (11yo Girls) - 2nd 400m Freestyle

Maddison and Ellanah Searle

Koa and Brax Wright

Millie Lyne

Arabella and Brielle Sangiuliano

Parker Bonato, John McKaig and Lewis Bonato

Photos supplied

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Ayr Bowls News

February 15, 2024

Tuesday February 6 Winners of the Amcal sponsored day were Katharina Stuckler and Heather Jorgensen, defeating Raylene Hervey and Isabel Cislowski. Meryl Nixon, Sandra Stidston and Pam Power defeated Lynette Storrie, Elaine Young and Irene Wilson.

A donation was presented to our local SES John and Rosemarie Winn by Ayr Ladies Bowls President Sandra Stidston.

Results for Wednesday Feb 7:

Winners were John Pirrone, Joe Papale and Chris Olditch who defeated Happy Horan,Anthony Bull and Ray Wall.

Results for Saturday Feb 10 sponsored by Mahjong Ladies:

Winners were Paul Vass, Mick Olsen and Lew Stidston who defeated Mick Murison, George Nixon and Joe Papale.

2nd Place went toMerle Nixon, Margaret Chapman and Maurie Power who defeated Lorraine Wolffe, Donna Soper and Ron Soper.

What a great night of bowls we had on Wednesday, February 7. A cooling breeze was blowing and there were some good bowls played. The winners on the night were Joe Grabbi, Heather Jorgensen and Tricia Achille and RobynMcAllister.

Contributed by Michael Parravicini

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Brandon Bowls

February 15, 2024

Friday night’s highlight was the singles match between Pancho and Gary Pearce.

Pancho set the pace early on in the game only to lose to Gary in later stages of game.

Gary Pearce joined three other energetic bowlers in Chris Pearce, Peter Lejarraga and Lloyd Shepherd. Bowen Invitational Fours has been going for many years and along with 15 other teams the competition was very strong. Teams came from Townsville in the North to Mackay in the South.

Three rounds on Saturday and the team walked away with one win and two losses. On Sunday, they had one win and one loss.

Wednesday Ladies Bowls starts for 2024 with names in by 1.00pm for 1.30pm start.

Friday night we start with first Corporate Bowls night proudly sponsored by Ray Peterson at Peto’s Marine Home Hill.

Members attending don’t forget plate for smoko at end of evening.

Don’t forget championship games to be played as soon as possible.

Good Bowling.

Contributed by Lloyd Shepherd

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Home Hill Bowls Report

February 15, 2024

Wednesday night’s barefoot bowls saw 18 players take to the green on February 7.

The winners for the night were Joclyn, Aaron and Meryl.

Thursday February 8 also saw 18 bowlers do battle on Rummeny Green.  

Thanks again to the sponsor Rocky Ponds Produce.

The winners on the day were Paul, Judy and Glen.

Barefoot bowls again on Wednesday night with a pre-game snag Sanger as well as Wednesday morning craft group, Tuesday Trimmers, Thursday morning bingo and Thursday arvos for social bowls.

The Tuesday Trimmers club recently donated $100 to Home Hill Community Sports Club.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

Barefoot bowls winners Joclyn, Aaron and Meryl

Thursday bowls winners Paul, Judy and Glen

Home Hill Community Sports Club President Trevor Elton receiving a cheque from Bev Woods

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Junior Cricket Recap

February 15, 2024

It was all looking good for Friday Junior Cricket to kick off after it was called off the previous week due to wet fields. That was until around 2:30pm when the rain came down at the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cricket Complex which dashed our hopes for play. It also put in jeopardy our home game against Wanderers in the Under 17 Townsville competition the next morning. The start time for this game was put back to 12 noon in the hope that pitch would dry out enough. Thanks to our groundsmen for their hard work in getting the job done preparing the pitch and mowing the field. The later start meant that we were going to be without one player for half the game and another would have to leave later in the second innings due to both having work commitments.

We won the toss and chose to bowl first, hoping that more players in the field would outweigh the loss of a batter in our lineup. The first ball of the innings was sent down by Leo Olditch which resulted in their opener top edging a catch to Salvatore Cardillo at cover, they were 1 for 0. Their batters then dug in and slowly added runs, only losing five more wickets to end their innings on 177. In the hot and humid conditions our bowlers and fielders performed well with Thomas Cardillo getting two wickets, Leo Olditch, Salvatore Cardillo, Rian Berryman and John Southwell getting one each. Joey Southwell took two catches, Jacob Machin and Salvatore one each, Corey Heidke contributed with a stumping.

The decision at the toss put us out in the field in the hottest part of the day which really sapped the energy of our players, and it showed in our batting. Our opener was also caught on the first ball of the innings but the similarities with Wanderers’ batting ended there. Most of our batters didn’t bat with any patience, not waiting for the bad balls to put away. Two runouts of batters that were looking comfortable and a bottom edge from a short ball onto the stumps didn’t help our situation at all. We were all out in the 14th over with Corey Heidke our top scorer this game.

Time now to regroup and train for our next game which is against Brothers who we beat last time we met.  

Contributed by Scott Heidke

Wanderers defeated Home Hill in the first home game of the year on Saturday. Photo supplied

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Junior Golf Returns

February 15, 2024

Ayr Junior Golf held its first game for the year last Saturday, February 10.

The weather was hot, but a nice group of players came ready to get back into it. Many regular members returned along with two new players, Celine and Heath.

A mini 3 hole, 6 hole and 9 hole competition was played. Heath was the gross winner for 3 holes, Opie was the Nett winner. For 6 holes, some close scores, with Logan the gross winner, and Kyle the Nett winner. In 9 holes, Amaya was the gross winner, and Oscar the Nett winner. Well done to all for coming along, and also to Dave for helping the juniors for the morning.

This weekend on Saturday the club will host coaching for the morning. New members always welcome, times will be confirmed. Please follow Junior Golf Ayr for more information.

Contributed by Laura Mahoney

Players new and old attended Ayr Junior Golf’s first game of the year last weekend. Photo supplied

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Senior Cricket In Home Hill

February 15, 2024

Coming off a defeat in round 10 last week, Peto’s Marine have bounced back in a big way with a trouncing of Crowned Mongrels in their first fixture of the year.

Peto's Marine won the toss and elected to bat, with opener Simon Vickers getting to work immediately with 33 runs from 17 balls.

First drop Josiah Ballin top scored agonisingly short of his half century with 48 from 53, while Daniel Olditch also contributed with 37 from 36.

Jaidyn Lambie-Fabbro shone with the ball for Crowned Mongrels, taking 3/26 from three overs while Nicholas Pengelly, Andrew Wallwork, Alex Stillhard and Casper Licciardello all took one wicket each.

Alexander Romeo also took a run out for the fielding side, seeing Peto's Marine finish their 25 overs on 8/191.

With a handy total to defend, Peto's Marine made short work of Crowned Mongrels’ batting lineup, starting with a caught and bowled on the second ball of the innings from Leon Franklin.

Crowned Mongrels struggled to establish their presence in the middle, with not one batsman making double figures and top scores going to Alexander Romeo with eight runs and Jay Leckenby with six.

Franklin went on to take two more wickets, finishing the innings with 3/7 from three overs, while Josiah Ballin, Darren O’Keeffe, Ben Walters, Darren Fabbro and Mark Nosworthy took one wicket each and Josiah Ballin took a run out.

Down one player, Crowned Mongrels lost all nine wickets for 42 runs after 10.5 overs.

Crowned Mongrels will take on ladder leaders Guardian Pharmacy this Saturday.

Leon Franklin took 3/7 for Peto's Marine

Jaidyn Lambie-Fabbro took 3/26 for Crowned Mongrels

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Ayr Lawn Bowls

February 8, 2024

Wednesday January 31: winners were Richard Aplin, Vince Beitia & Lew Stidston who defeated John Hall, Happy Horan & Kaos.

Saturday February 3: Despite very hot conditions, we had a good turnout for our belated Australia Day Celebration sponsored by Phelan’s Pies.

1st Prize went to Barry Hewson, Sam Caltabiano and Thelma Klopper who defeated Jim Murray/Mick Olsen, George Nixon and Henry Hazle.

2nd Prize went to Happy Horan, Joe Grabbi and Lew Stidston who defeated Katharina Stuckler, Rob Garner and Pam Power.

3rd Prize went to Paul Vass, Chris Berkery and Wayne Coonan who defeated Lorraine Wolffe, Anthony Bull and Chris Olditch.

A big thank you to Phelan’s Pies for their continued support.

Mens Club Championship rinks and singles open Wednesday February 14 and close on Sunday February 25. Competition commences Sunday March 10 at 8:30am for Championship rinks.

Come along for a game of bowls on Wednesday nights at the Ayr Bowls Club. If you have never played bowls, no worries, we have bowls you can use, and you will be shown how to play bowls.  Phone the bowls club on 47831336 between 6.00pm and 6.30pm to put your name in. Play begins at 7.00pm.

Winners last Wednesday night were Robyn McAllister, Ross McLaughlin, Evelyn Wiltshere and Heather Jorgensen.

Contributed by Michael Parravicini

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Brandon Bowls

February 8, 2024

12 Bowlers attended for social bowls on Friday with eventual winners Marg McLaughlin, Lloyd Shepherd and Norm Storrie winning on countback.

Championship B grade pairs started with Lloyd Shepherd and Peter Lejarraga defeating Gary Norsworthy and Kevin Ferguson 24 /18.

Chris Pearce and Simon Griggs were selected for NQ District side trials at Northern Beaches Bowls Club, Mackay over the weekend. More trial matches still to come.

Thanks to all those who turned up for the working bee on the weekend. All went well for those in attendance with lots of jobs completed.

Corporate bowls starts up February 16 sponsored by Peto’s Marine Home Hill.

Bookings via Gary Pearce on 0488 214 222.

A club meeting will be held on Sunday, February 18 at 12:15pm at the clubhouse followed by social bowls.

Contributed by Lloyd Shepherd

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Bull Riding Braydon An Australian Champion

February 8, 2024

A Giru cowboy has returned from Tamworth an open bull riding champion after the Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association National Finals Rodeo was held in the ‘country music capital’ from January 25-27.

Braydon Wellby went into the event placed third in the standings in the YETI Open Bull Ride, qualifying as one of 15 finalists after stellar results throughout 2023.

With three opportunities to accumulate points, there were no qualified rides in the first go-round and the second was looking much the same until Braydon was one of only two riders to get to the buzzer in round two.

“I bumped off my first bull, rode my second bull for 84.5 points on Back Handed Panda and then my third bull was Cliff Hanger and rode it for 81 points to seal the deal,” Braydon said.

Giru cowboy Braydon Wellby is an open bull riding champion after competing in Tamworth. Photo credit: Stephen Mowbray

“It’s Been On My Bucket List For A While”

Australian Bull Riding Champion’s Tamworth Success

Giru bull rider Braydon Wellby said it felt “pretty good” to be crowned an open bull ride champion at the recent Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association National Finals Rodeo in Tamworth.

“It’s been on my bucket list for a while, to become an Australian champion,” Braydon said.

“It took a little bit to sink in, but it was good.”

Growing up between Townsville and Georgetown, Braydon was raised surrounded by rodeo.

“Both of my parents rodeoed so I’ve always been around it and always done it,” he said.

“I love doing it, I love versing the animal.

“I do other events in rodeo, too, but bull riding’s probably my favourite event.”

Braydon now lives in Giru where his work also involves cattle, working in contract mustering and fencing.

“It’s good being around the cattle all the time, it’s what I enjoy doing,” he said.

While he’s travelled all over Australia and the world to compete, including to America and Canada, Braydon said nothing beats a local rodeo.

“These days, I’d much rather go to these local Queensland events, go to rodeos and compete around here,” he said.

“They’re a bit more relaxed and cruisy.”

Braydon hasn’t yet finalised his calendar for the rest of 2024, but looks forward to these local rodeos the most.

“I’ll do all the shows up in north Queensland here, but I haven’t picked which events I want to travel away for yet around Australia,” he said.

Braydon Wellby won the championship with two big rides in Tamworth. Photo supplied: Lorraine Wellby

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Football Matters with Cyclops

February 8, 2024

Burdekin FC is now getting ready for the 2024 season. Pre-season training has already started, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30 pm for men and Wednesdays at 6.00 pm for women. The Panthers first match of the season will be away to Estates in the Kappa Qld Cup this Saturday night in Townsville. Leighton Gallagher will be coaching the Premiers again this season.

The Juniors have an exciting year of football coming up, with regular matches plus games against out of town opponents. Registrations for Under 5 to Under 12 are now open! Go onto the Burdekin FC Facebook page for more information or email the club at burdekinfc@hotmail.com.  Registrations are due on Saturday the 10th of February, and players will be organised into teams.

A great new addition this year is a training shirt for every fully registered and paid up player! Compulsory pre-season games will be Saturday the 17th and 24th of February, with the season kicking off on the 2nd of March. We can't wait for the 2024 season to begin.

The Masters kicked off the 2024 season on Monday night. Usual time, usual place, 6.30 at International Park. New and old players all welcome. In fact, it doesn’t really matter if you can’t play. Treat it as an escape.

The Socceroos are out of the Asian Cup after losing 1-2 to South Korea in extra time. They had reached the quarter finals by beating Indonesia 4-0 in the Round of 16. In the Group matches Oz beat India 2-0, Syria 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Uzbekistan. The Asian Cup is now at the semi-final stage with Jordan playing South Korea and Qatar up against Iran. It looks like a South Korea v Iran final.

The Matildas have not played since losing twice to Canada in early December. Their next matches are Olympic qualifiers against Uzbekistan, home and away, in late February. In the FIFA World Rankings, Australia are currently ranked12th place with Uzbekistan at 47th.

In the A League, leaders Wellington could only draw away to Brisbane but stay two points clear of Central Coast and Melbourne Victory, who both won. Macarthur stay in fourth spot and Brisbane stays in ninth place.

In the A League Women competition, after 15 rounds Melbourne City is three points clear of Western Utd with Sydney FC in third place and Melbourne Victory fourth. Brisbane, who won at the weekend stay in tenth place.

The African Cup of Nations is now at the semi-final stage with Nigeria playing South Africa and Ivory Coast playing DR Congo. Both matches are on Thursday with the final to be played next Monday.

Read Football Matters with Cyclops on the Burdekin FC Facebook page.

Contributed by Richard Samwell

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Home Hill Bowls Report

February 8, 2024

Winners for the day on Thursday, February 1 on countback was the team of Ray, Gary and Glen pictured with sponsor Des Chapman from Rocky Ponds Produce.

18 players turned up to play so three rinks of triples were contested.

Rink 5: Ray, Gary and Glen outlasted Paul, John and Stephen 16 to 11.

Rink 6: Bob, Alec and Wayne proved too strong for Phil, Joe and Mike 21 to 15.  

Rink 7: Warren, Des and Trevor narrowly defeated Judy, Jocelyn and Henry 21 to 18.

Thanks again to sponsor Rocky Ponds Produce.

Wednesday night barefoot bowls is on again at 6:00pm, come along for a snag sanger.

Thursday morning bingo is still all the go.

Wednesday mornings have craft group.

Come along and support your club.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

Winners for the day Ray, Gary and Glen pictured with sponsor Des Chapman from Rocky Ponds Produce. Photo supplied

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Roosters Ready For 2024

February 8, 2024

Pre-season training has started for the three men’s team for the Roosters with the Hens to start this week under new coach Anita Hagarty.

Newly appointed A Grade coach Daniel Beazley has been in charge of the pre-season work assisted by Reserve Grade Coach Chris Perry and under 20 leaders Paul and  Peter Horan.

Former Junior Roosters star Terry Connors has returned home after six years away playing in Townsville.

Whilst in Townsville, Connors attended Kirwan High where he reached a position in that school's top team.

In club football, the half five eight played five years for Brothers in Townsville representing that city in all grades.

He also represented Queensland in both under 12 and under 13 teams.

Last season Connors decided to switch clubs with a number of his mates and played with Souths in under 19.

2023 was also a big year for the talented utility inside back with him being selected as half for the Murri Queensland under 18 team who played a Samoan representative team in Brisbane.

“That was an experience,” Connors said.

“Some of them are big boys.”

Connors said he has moved back home to be with family and catch up with old mates.

“Since I was a youngster growing up, I have always wanted to be a Rooster,” Connors added.

Coach Daniel Beazley said the half would be a welcome addition to his squad which is coming together nicely.

Contributed by Brian Carnes

Former Junior Roosters star Terry Connors. Photo supplied

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Senior Cricket In Home Hill

February 8, 2024

Senior cricket returned to Barry Richards Field for the first time in 2024 last weekend, with Peto’s Marine taking on Guardian Pharmacy on Saturday, February 3.

Guardian Pharmacy won the toss and elected to bat, with contributions from Hugh Smith (41 runs from 39 balls), Thomas Cardillo (23 from 27) and Jay Leckenby (21 from 13) setting a total of 7/183 runs from 25 overs.

The bowling effort for Peto’s Marine was evenly spread, with Leo Olditch, Jack Oborne, Simon Vickers, Ben Walters, and Shaun Goldsworthy each taking a wicket while Brad Parravicini finished the innings with a wicket and a runout.

Peto's Marine were unable to convert a few starts into big scores, with Leon Franklin (13 from 18 not out), Darcy Walters (12 from 22) and Simon Vickers (11 from 8) top scoring in the run chase.

The batting side was ultimately bowled out for 79 runs in 16.4 overs with three of those wickets coming from Jay Leckenby, two from both Damien Ricketts and Matthew Gardner and one each from Thomas Cardillo, Salvatore Cardillo and Jd Wilkins.

Peto’s Marine will look to rebuild when they take on Crowned Mongrels this weekend.

Jay Leckenby took 3 wickets for 2 runs off 2 overs

Dan Olditch took four catches. Photo credit: Tiffany Olditch

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Ayr Lawn Bowls

February 1, 2024

Wednesday January 24 Afternoon Social Bowls – On a very hot and humid day those who braved the conditions struggled, but managed to get a game in. Winners were Sandra Darwen and Maurice Power who defeated Anthony Bull and Chris Berkery.

Saturday January 27 Social Afternoon – Winners were Jim Murray/Mick Olsen, Paul Vass and Pam Power who defeated Lorraine Wolffe, Anthony Bull and Chris Berkery.

New date for our postponed Australia Day Bowls sponsored by Phelan’s Pies will be Saturday February 3. All welcome and wear your best Aussie gear. 1:00pm start, names in by 12:30pm.

Amcal Pharmacy is sponsoring the first day back for Ayr Ladies Bowls playing on Tuesday February 6.

Ladies’ names in by 12.30 to 1:00pm, please call 4783 1336.

Green fees paid by 1:00, for a 1:30pm start.

Here's to a great year of bowls and friendship.

Contributed by Michael Parravicini

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Get Your Racquet Prepped Tennis Season Begins

February 1, 2024

Get your racquet out, the Ayr Tennis Association is hitting up your calendar with some of the best tennis action in the region.

On the cards is the beginning of the Ayr Tennis Social and Competitive Competitions, from this evening, Thursday February 1, at 7pm.

Described as ‘extremely social’, Ayr Tennis’ social competition is a great opportunity to get to the court, smash around the ball, enjoy some laughs and share some post-drinks. Taking place every Thursday, everyone is welcome to bat the ball and practice their tennis swing.

Next on the cards, the rescheduled Open Day, postponed due to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily, has been announced for Saturday February 3, perfect for those interested in joining the club to get a taste for the sport and meet with key club officials.

And finally, the Junior Development Series kicks off March 2 and 3, which is set to aid in the technical growth and development of skills in youth tennis players.

To learn more about the Ayr Tennis Association, and to inquire, contact us the Club President, Robert Slatcher, on president.ayrtennis@gmail.com or ayrtennisasssociation@outlook.com

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Are You Moving It, Burdekin?

February 1, 2024

The Burdekin Shire Council and Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre have partnered to bring residents over the age of 55 into a free initiative to encourage movement and exercise.

Beginning last week, the ‘Move It Burdekin’ initiative is a 15-week program that offers low impact training, exercises, yoga and chair activities, to suit a range of different fitness levels and improve the physical and mental wellbeing on Burdekin’s residents.

The first post-cyclone session was held at Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre on Monday, January 29, wherethe vibe was “pumping”.

“Huge shout out to facilitator, Andrea Piotto, for bringing her expertise and energy to the program!” Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre posted on social media.

“Going by the laughter, smiles and energy in the room - everyone enjoyed 'moving it'”

The social aspect is also highly encouraged, with participants welcome to share some refreshment, a coffee, and a chat after each session.

Also supported by Move It NQ and North Queensland PHN, Burdekin residents are encouraged to get involved, and get moving!

For more information and to download a registration form, visit https://bit.ly/MoveItBurdekin or phone Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre on (07) 4783 3744. 

Participants enjoying the first ‘Move It Burdekin’ session last week. Photos supplied: Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre

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Home Hill Bowls Report

February 1, 2024

An excellent turn up for Wednesday night bowls on January 24 with 18 players turning up and the nights winners were Sheila and Lloyd. Four games of pairs and Lynn and Judy played a game of singles – it may have been just for bragging rights.

Rinks 4: to 7 East/West were used.

RINK 4: Amie and Stephen were a bit too strong for Paul and Mick winning 14 to 8.  

RINK 5: Sheila and Lloyd outlasted Tony and Margaret 13 to 8. Sheila and Lloyd also drew the lucky rink so they got the drinks.

RINK 6: An extremely good game this one it came down to the last end. Lol and Merle came out on top vs Yogi and Ron 10 to 9.

RINK 7: saw young Conner pair with Mark to defeat Carol and Joe to the tune of 16 to 10.

Sadly, there was no bowls on Thursday as it was getting a bit windy. Back to normality this week. Wednesday night is barefoot bowls again, possibly a sausage sizzle for starters. Thursday afternoon social bowls as per normal.  Thursday morning BINGO seems to be a big hit. So come along and support your club. See you all there.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

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February 1, 2024

More Queensland families will have access to swimming lessons for their young children with a $5 million boost to the Queensland Government’s SwimStart program.

SwimStart is designed to improve water safety for children up to the age of four, while helping to ease cost-of-living pressures for eligible families by delivering vouchers valued up to $150 per child for swimming lessons.

Swimming Lessons For More Families

Thanks To SwimStart Funding Boosts

Continued from the back cover.

Here in the Burdekin, SwimStart vouchers can be redeemed with Burdekin Swim School.

“SwimStart is a great opportunity for families luckily enough to qualify,” said Burdekin Swim School Instructor Lisa Furnell.

“For successful applicants, it's an opportunity for some families to do lessons that may have otherwise not been able to afford it.

“It's one of the most essential and important life skills that a child will ever learn.”

Families need to apply with Burdekin Swim School and must hold a healthcare card or a concession card.

There is a limit of 1 voucher per child per financial year.

The additional $5 million more than doubles funding to the SwimStart program up to June 2025.

“Every parent in Queensland knows just how important it is for our kids to know what to do around water from an early age,” said Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

“My kids have grown up around pools and Queensland beaches and it was so important to Kim and I that they felt confident in the water.

“We know households are feeling cost-of-living pressures, which is why we’re doubling the amount of SwimStart vouchers available to families with young children.”

“Every child should have the chance to learn this important skill to improve safety in, on and around water,” added Olympic Gold Medallist Brooke Hanson.

“As a mum, it was incredible to see my kids learning when they were six months old, being able to get to the side of the pool.

“They weren’t able to crawl at that stage, but they were learning to swim, which is such a valuable skill they will take through life.

“The SwimStart program provides many families with that same opportunity and it’s fantastic to see even more funding allocated to help Queensland kids in the water.”

For more information on SwimStart visit www.qld.gov.au/swimstart

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Burdekin BMX Club Reflect On 2023 At Break Up

January 24, 2024

Burdekin BMX Club recently held its break up, awarding outstanding performance and appreciating participants on volunteers throughout 2023.

2023 was a fabulous year revamping our track with a bitumen berm and a successful glueing prosses giving us more track time and less repairs.

Our November carnival was a huge success with 200 riders competing over 2 days and all looking forward to our 2024 November carnival.

Our club committee brought in our new club constitution.

Whole families have enjoyed a wonderful year of training, racing, Sunday fun and good ole exercise, keeping those bodies moving!

A wonderful break up was had where Keatan Jarvis took out the Rodney Richard's Memorial Trophy, Liandri and Dylan were awarded Most Improved Sprockets, Caley and Jamie Most Improved Juniors and Holly and Boden Most Improved Seniors.

Thank you to all who have volunteered their time to make our club what it is today.

So much fun is had week in week out!

Tiny tots from 2 to mums and dads, everyone is so happy!

Let’s have a wonderful 2024!

Contributed by Burdekin BMX Club

Keatan Jarvis (centre) was awarded the Rodney Richard's Memorial Trophy

Most Improved Awardees

Sprocket girls

Junior girls

Years 8-10

Years 11-13

Years 14+

Senior girls

Mums senior cruisers

Dads senior cruisers

Photos supplied

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Neville’s Nomads Goldfield Ashes 2024

January 24, 2024

Neville’s Nomads traveled to Charters Towers last Friday to play in their 26th Goldfield Ashes. In very hot and steamy conditions the Nomads won all three of their games. Charters Towers was extremely hot and by Monday after a lot of rain was almost pleasant.

On Friday morning the Nomads played Mt Garnet Eagles out at the airport with the Eagles batting first and making 151 after being 2/88. In reply the Nomads scored 202 with Chris Mann retiring on 50 and the Hot Stubby Award for the lowest total was to Blake Lowis and Robbie Mitchell. Hot Spot of the Day was Robbie Mitchell’s “Bonzo Over,” three wides, two wickets and one run.

On Saturday afternoon the Nomads were out at Six Pack Downs against Farmers XI. Losing the toss, the Nomads fielded first and dropped a lot of catches as the Farmers accumulated 9/211 with Josh Searle taking three wickets and Charlie Papale taking three catches. In the run chase Jaylen McCubben retired on 55 but the Nomads were struggling, and it took an eighth wicket partnership between Marty Pearce 46 and Bary Cross 33 to get the Nomads over the line scoring 8/221. Reece McCubben took out the Hot Stubby Award.

Heartened by these results the Nomads were confident going into Monday’s morning match, a T20 against Butler Park Bandits, at the Airport Quarry. Losing the toss again, the Nomads batted first and after a good start managed to get to 7/181 with Kurt Haller, 37 and Richard Papale, 36 not out. In reply, the Bandits could only manage 6/151 with Nathan Papale taking two wickets in a much improved fielding performance. Brock Gorey and Reece McCubben took out the Hot Stubby Award.

Another successful Goldfield Ashes for the Nomads who finished in 17th place out of the 124 teams in B2 Grade. Top performers from the Burdekin were Canefield Slashers who finished in third place. Contributed by Richard Samwell

Neville’s Nomads Squad. Photo credit: Alex Papale

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Beach Golf Day

January 24, 2024

The Ayr Surf Life Saving Club's Annual Beach Golf Day is gearing up to be a cracker of an event. Being held on Saturday February 10, with tee-off from 1pm, teams of four will enjoy a fun filled day out with their clubs. Teams are invited to come in their best team themed outfits, to help add to the energetic atmosphere of the day.

Unfortunately, the Club's Australia Day Celebrations have been cancelled, however this has allowed their Top 100 Club event to be aligned with Golf Day. The special event of the draw will take place between 12pm-1.30pm on Saturday 10, with a ticket purchased gaining entry for two people for drinks and lunch and the chance to win $3,000 or $1,000. There are still some numbers available, so if you're interested, please head to the Ayr Surf Club's Facebook page, or contact Kellie Lawry.  

The club has organised buses to and from Alva Beach to assist with transportation for the event. The bus will be leaving The Kalamia Hotel in town at 11.30am and 12.30pm and heading back in from the beach at both 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

This is sure to be a great day out for all ages, so get your teams together and come and join in the fun.

Contributed by Kellie Lawry

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Burdekin Clay Target Club Monthly Shoot

January 25, 2024

The Burdekin Clay Target Club held their monthly shoot on Sunday January 14 with 39 competitors.

It was cloudy throughout the day with a consistent breeze which made it very comfortable for this time of the year.

Burdekin Clay Target Club would like to thank our sponsor for event 3 Nicolaides Contracting.

Also thank you to Lui Populin for donating the meat tray which was raffled off and won by Alan Lord.

The next shoot is our 100 Target Double Barrel on Sunday February 11.


Event 1 15 Target Medley 15m

AA Grade 1st Lindsey Groat, Ray Collinson, Glen Rea and Joe Caruso  25/25

A Grade 1st Wine Cislowski, 25/25 2nd Annette Vassalini, Bruce McBow and Benji Micallef 24/25

B Grade 1st Aidan Sebastiani, Sylvia Rossato and John Cerqui 25/25

C Grade 1st Tim Ewens 24/25 2nd Ian Kriesel

Event 2 20 Target Pointscore 15m

AA 1st Ray Collinson 117/117 A Grade 1st Annette Vassalini 59/60 B Grade John Cerqui 58/60 C Grade Ian Kriesel 53/60

Event 3 30 Target Burdekin Single Barrel Championship 15m

Sponsored by Nicolaides Contracting

Open Joe Sebastiani (Jnr) 29/30

AA Grade 1st Joe Caruso 32/35

A Grade 1st Joe Sebastiani (Jnr) 29/30

B Grade 1st Aidan Sebastiani 26/30

C Grade 1st Chantelle Morelli 24/30

Event 4 25 Target Double Barrel Handicap

1st Tim Ewan 25/25

2nd Aidan Sebastiani 28/30

3rd Benji Micallef 27/30

Event 5 15 Pair Double Rise

AA Grade 1st Aaron Lemphers and Ron Gough 27/30

A Grade 1st Benji Micallef 26/30, 2nd Bruce Murphy 24/30

B Grade 1st Glenn McHenry, 27/30, 2nd Annette Vassalini and Joe Sebastiani (Snr) 22/30

C Grade 1st Brian Bonanno 24/30, 2nd Mark Simpson, 23/30, 3rd Ian Kriesel 22/30

Contributed by Sylvia Rossato

Event 2 winners Ray Collinson, Ian Kriesel, John Cerqui and Annette Vassalini

Event 3 winners Joe Sebastiani (Jnr), Joe Caruso, Aiden Sebastiani and Chantelle Moreli

Event 4 winners Benji Micallef, Aiden Sebastiani and Tim Ewens

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Burdekin Teams Take On Watts Shield

January 17, 2024

Inclement weather brought a premature end to the Watts Shield intertown cricket competition in Bowen over the weekend where two teams featuring players from the Burdekin were vying for the 2024 B Grade title.

Teams from the Burdekin, Bowen, Proserpine and further afield competed in the two-day tournament, which was scheduled to take place from Saturday, January 13 to Sunday, January 14.

Horny Bulls A got their weekend off to a flying start in their first game, scoring 4/231 thanks to unbeaten half centuries from Dan Olditch (53) and Aaron Elphinstone (50), before bowling out opponents Raiders Old Boys for 117.

In the team’s second game, an unbeaten 51 from Ross Wilkie and 46 from Alex Scalia helped the team to 5/246, bowling out opponents Wet n Wobbly for just 89 to secure their second win of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Horny Bulls Z made a total of 190 in their first game, ultimately going down against Wet n Wobbly.

They made 131 in their second game, with contributions from George McLees (50 not out), Joey Southwell (31) and Scott Richards (20), falling short of opponents On the Pull who were bowled out for 201.

Both teams were scheduled to play their third and final games before finals on Sunday morning, with the heavens opening up 12 overs into the morning games.

With two wins, Horny Bulls A found themselves in contention for a finals berth, however all remaining games for the weekend were washed out after heavy rain.

Horny Bulls A

Horny Bulls Z batting against On the Pull

Photo credit: Tiffany Olditch

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Cricket Gets Wet And Wild

January 17, 2024

Queensland Cricket hosted the Burdekin's first Girls-Only Wet'n'Wild Cricket School Holiday Program last Friday, January 12, providing girls aged five to 12 with the perfect opportunity to learn about cricket in a fun environment.

Held at Burdekin Aquatic Centre, the program invited 16 participants to take part in activities and games including classic catches in the pool, hitting water balloons with cricket bats and red light, green light.

“This encourages girls to come down and play because we’ve got water balloons, we’ve got a pool and the water park, so it encourages girls to play cricket and hopefully they fall in love with it,” said Casual Cricket Coach Taylah Rix.

“The game’s growing, more girls are getting into cricket and as you see on the TV, the WBBL and women’s international teams have come so far, so it’s all about getting girls involved in cricket and building the game even bigger.

“When I was growing up, I didn’t have anything like this.

“I started when I was in grade 6, just playing the game, but with these events, you get to come down and get a little taste of what it’s like to play cricket which is really good.”

Ms Rix and Participation Officer Antony Stewart also held a Girls-Only Wet'n'Wild Cricket session in Charters Towers on Monday.

16 local girls took part in Queensland Cricket’s Girls-Only Wet'n'Wild Cricket School Holiday Program last Friday. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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Burdekin Welcomes North Queensland Swimmers

January 17, 2024

The ML Partners Burdekin Sprint meet was hosted at the Burdekin Aquatic Centre on Saturday January 13 and saw 167 swimmers from 15 clubs across North Queensland participating in the event, including teams from as far as Mackay and Charters Towers.

The event was well supported by local sponsors who made it possible to put on a seamless showing and showcased some amazing swimmers and some very exciting Dash for Cash swims at the end of the evening.

The Burdekin Torpedoes had a team of 17 swimmers ageing from 8-54 years, with some enjoying their first official swim meet and learning from the more experienced swimmers including John McKaig who brought along his Masters World Championship Swimming medals he won last year in Japan.

Led by coaches Kim and Mick McConnachie, the Burdekin Torpedoes had a great meet with the younger brigade putting up some great personal best times.

Back Row L-R: Brax Wright, Blake Jorgensen, Maddison Searle, Arabella Sangiuliano, John McKaig, Makayla Pirrone, Mick McConnachie (Coach) and Kim McConnachie (Coach). Front row L-R: Kryssa Mial, Ellanah Searle, Maddie Populin, Evie Totorica, Miley Totorica, Koa Wright, Millie Lyne, Parker Bonato and Lewis Bonato. Absent: Nash Christie. Photo credit: Rina Totorica

Burdekin Sprint 2024

Results From Local Swimmers

Lewis Bonato (9yo Men) - 2nd 50m Freestyle, 1st 50m Backstroke, 2nd 50m Breaststroke, 3rd 50m Butterfly

Parker Bonato (12yo Men) - 3rd 50m Freestyle, 2nd 50m Backstroke, 2nd 50m Breaststroke

Millie Lyne (13yo Women) - 3rd 50m Freestyle, 3rd 50m Backstroke, 1st 50m Breaststroke, 3rd 50m Butterfly

John McKaig (open Men) - 2nd 50m Freestyle, 2nd 50m Breaststroke, 1st 50m Butterfly

Makayla Pirrone (14yo Women) - 1st 50m Freestyle, 1st 50m Backstroke, 1st 50m Breaststroke, 1st 50m Butterfly

Arabella Sangiuliano (11yo Women) - 2nd 50m Freestyle

Ellanah Searle (8yo Women) - 1st 50m Freestyle, 1st 50m Backstroke, 2nd 50m Breaststroke, 2nd 50m Butterfly

Maddison Searle (9yo Women) - 1st 50m Freestyle, 1st 50m Backstroke, 2nd 50m Breaststroke, 1st 50m Butterfly

Evie Totorica (8yo Women) - 3rd 50m Freestyle, 2nd 50m Backstroke, 3rd 50m Breaststroke, 1st 50m Butterfly

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At the ML Partners Burdekin Sprint, Burdekin Torpedoes President Ned Bonato thanked all attending clubs who travelled near and far and gave a huge thank you to our amazing sponsors who made it possible to put on such a wonderful event.

Ned also thanked the work of the Club members and their families who worked tirelessly all afternoon to ensure the attending clubs, swimmers and officials were well fed and had smiles on their faces all afternoon.

The Torpedoes will be back in the pool for their first Club night on Wednesday January 24.

Contributed by Kate Lyne

The Burdekin Torpedoes competed at the ML Partners Burdekin Sprint meet, hosted at the Burdekin Aquatic Centre on Saturday. Photos supplied

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Burdekin Blokes And Boats Latest Catches

January 11, 2024

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Home Hill Bowls Report

January 11, 2024

There were only 12 players who fronted on a very hot Thursday afternoon for the first game of 2024.

Two games of triples were contested.

The first game John, Joe and Mick were just too strong defeating Keith, Des and Gary 21 to 9.

In game two, the combination of Judy, Jim and Paul, who are normally all lead bowlers, combined very well to defeat Ray, Bob and Henry 21 to 11.

See you all on Thursday – names in by 1:00pm for 1:30 start. Good bowling.

Contributed by Stephen Doig

Winners of the day Mick, Joe and John. Photo credit: Trevor Elton

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Gold For North Queensland Javelin Thrower

January 11, 2024

Representing Australia at the Sol2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands, North Queensland javelin champion Nash Lowis clinched gold in the men’s javelin throw in November 2023.

The grandson of Home Hill residents Bill and Trish Lowis, the 24-year-old emerged victorious with his final throw of 74.40 metres.

Sitting on a distance of 64.28m after four rounds, Nash started to find his feet in the fifth round with a 69.45m effort to sit in third, before improving again on his last attempt to be crowned the 2023 Pacific Games champion and open Australia’s medal account in athletics for the tournament.

“I started off a bit rocky in the beginning but managed to pull out something reasonable, well enough to win gold,” Nash said after the event.

"My coach at the end of my fifth throw told me to stop thinking about it and just go out there and throw.

“On the sixth one I was able to pluck it out when it counted.”

Nash grew up in Charters Towers and has since developed his javelin career in Townsville.

The former under 20 world champion said he was proud to represent his country and is looking towards his next challenge.

“I was very pleased I was able to chuck on the green and gold,” he said.

“I am trying to qualify for Paris (2024 Olympic Games), but I am working full-time at the moment so am trying to juggle this and that.”

North Queensland javelin thrower Nash Lowis (left) clinched gold at the Sol2023 Pacific Games last year. Photo supplied: Athletics Australia

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A Week At The Brisbane International

January 11, 2024

With the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament back on the calendar, thousands of tennis fans poured into Pat Rafter Arena with the hope of catching a match with Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray or Naomi Osaka. The early rounds did not disappoint with many of the matches going deep into the third set. Despite the rain, there were many sell out sessions. In addition to the international event, Tennis Queensland also ran sessions for clubs, coaches and government agencies. The 2023 Queensland Champions were honoured with a lap around Pat Rafter Arena and photo with Rafael Nadal. Some of those honoured included Lily Shepherd from Mackay, Rohan Hazratwala from Townsville, the Queensland School Sport Tennis Team and World Champion Athlete with an Intellectual Impairment Archie Graham. Primary School Teams also had the chance to compete in the Red, Orange and Green Ball Competitions.

I was fortunate enough to attend a Women Leaders in Tennis Breakfast where Olympic Swimmer and Medalist Brooke Hansen was the guest speaker. She was very inspirational telling us about her road to Gold and the barriers that defined who she is as a person and how she never gave up until she reached her goal. She put this message out to everyone, whether you a champion of your chosen sport or a club volunteer. The message was simple DO IT, DON’T QUIT.

Recently appointed CEO of Tennis Queensland Kim Kachel took the opportunity to present the Advantage Queensland Action Plan update and to talk about how Tennis Queensland is embracing complementary racquet sports of Padel, Pickleball, POP and Beach Tennis.

Brisbane International, you were a ripper! I’ll be back.

Contributed by Kate Casswell

Home Hill Tennis Association

Tennis Queensland CEO Kim Kachel and Home Hill Tennis Association’s Kate Casswell. Photo supplied

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Milestone For Burdekin Shim Jang

January 11, 2024

Shim Jang Taekwondo has been running strongly in the Burdekin for nearly 15 years, hitting a milestone last year with it being the fifth year operating a second centre in Home Hill.

At the end of training each year, students and instructors celebrate the year that was and award the students who performed exceptionally throughout the year.

“All our students put in an amazing effort last year and we look forward to growing our art in the Burdekin this year,” said Branch Instructor Cliff Mann.

End Of Year Awards

With Shim Jang Taekwondo

At the end of training each year, Shim Jang Taekwondo’s students and instructors celebrate the year that was and award the students who performed exceptionally throughout the year.

2023’s Students of the Year for each centre worked tirelessly throughout the year to achieve their well earned reward.

It was also the year we saw two members become the first ladies in the Burdekin to achieve their 1st Dan Black Belts in the art of Shim Jang Taekwondo since its humble beginnings.

They’re a shining example of our core tenets of loyalty, integrity and respect.

If you’ve ever thought that you’d like to improve your fitness or build up your confidence by learning some powerful self-defense that we tailor to all ages, then check out the website www.shimjang.com and book a free trial as we start back to training on the January 15 and 16 in Ayr and Home Hill respectively.

Contributed by Cliff Mann

Shim Jang Taekwondo has been running in the Burdekin for nearly 15 years. Photo supplied

2024 Students of the Year receiving their trophies and certificates from Master Instructor Ian Holmes and Branch Instructor Cliff Mann

Two local women achieved 1st Dan Black Belts in the art of Shim Jang Taekwondo last year

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