Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Racing & Sport


Great Wheelbarrow Race returns in style

One of the Far North’s popular events returned on the weekend as the Great Wheelbarrow Race was run and won. Now in its 19th year, the three-day race was proposed to inject cash and visitors into small towns like Almaden, Dimbulah, Chillagoe and Mutchilba.


Women’s Footy Day visits Kerang

Kendall Jennings. The inaugural ‘Girls Footy Festival’ made its stop at Kerang on Sunday, May 15. Three games of Under 14s girls football kicked off the action in the morning, supported by a match from the Bendigo Junior Football League Under 18 girls scheduled to play at Woorinen, which was moved to Kerang, followed by a Central Victorian Women's League match in the afternoon.


Teenager eyes 5000k club by conquering major trail

Fewer than 50 people have made it all the way from Cooktown to Healesville since the Bicentennial National Trail opened in 1988. Rob Wylie managed to make it from Cooktown to Tamworth when he attempted it 25 years ago, but daughter Libby is aiming to make it all the way to Victoria – likely sometime next year.


Atlantis Beach set for a seven-day back up

Gingin trainer Cliff Green has Atlantis Beach on a seven-day back up after his win in the Crown Perth Handicap (1600m) on Roma Cup day ... while carrying 58kg, 18hh Atlantis Beach finished one and three-quarter lengths clear of his closest opposition to nail the second win of his career.


Blind and vision impaired Aboriginal kids in Tennant find a love for football

Thanks to the John Moriarty Football (JMF) and Australian Blind Football (ABF) partnership blind and vision impaired (BVI) Aboriginal children will be able to participate in JMF’s transformational program through the use of audible balls ... JMF Co-Founder and Co-Chair and the first Indigenous footballer to be selected to play for Australia, Yanyuwa man John Moriarty said the partnership is game changing.


Renee Kiley making her mark on world stage

Narrandera-born Renee Kiley was the sole Australian competitor in the women’s professional race in the St George Utah (USA) Ironman event at the weekend when the Brisbane-based former Narrandera athlete finished a creditable fourteenth in the world.

Cycle of determination

Emma Pritchard. It is one of the toughest sporting events in Australia. A challenging 228km journey which physically and mentally tests the endurance, courage and mindset of every participating athlete.


And they’re racing! Robert Onfray

“We’re off to the Landor Races” ... “Where is Landor?” ... “About a 12-hour drive away. The nearest town is Meekatharra, some 270 kilometres away from Landor” ... “So what’s at Landor?” ... “Nothing, just the racetrack.”


Jack’s formula for success

Joan De Bondt. Young Jack Thomas from Koondrook has landed a dream job in England as a performance engineer with the Aston Martin F1 team based in Silverstone, around a hundred kilometers from London. Jack has been in his new job for three months. He is a graduate performance engineer, motivated to learn, contribute and win in fast-paced, team environments.


Brewer and Field go back-to-back in Goodline Weipa Open

Warren Brewer and Michelle Field have made it back-to-back wins in the Goodline Weipa Open after triumphing in the men’s and women’s divisions on the weekend.


Tennant Creek’s Doreen Hansen’s star continues to rise

Tennant Creek’s very own Doreen Hansen has been selected to play for the All Stars in the NAB AFL Women’s Academy vs Under-23 All-Stars game this Sunday in Melbourne ... Doreen’s talent was evident when she attended Tennant Creek High School.

Ocean swim

Rough conditions swell for SOCM winner

Max Coten rode the breakers into shore to record 24 minutes and 17 seconds, the fastest time at Sunday’s Southern Ocean Classic Mile ... The Denmark Surf Life Saving Club-hosted event attracted a big field of 135 swimmers, 27 of whom were locals.


Excelleration steals the cluBarham Kerang Cup

Kendall Jennings. The annual Kerang Turf Club Easter Races was once again a drawcard for Kerang with its seven-race afternoon on Saturday, April 16. In superb weather, punters were treated to fashions on the field, Easter Bunny and spectacular racing on the iconic flood irrigated circuit.


Kerang tops tennis

Kendall Jennings. Over 340 players hit the Kerang Lawn Tennis courts for the year's major fundraising event. The 2022 Kerang Easter Carnival was held from Friday, April 15 to Monday, April 18. The numbers this year were slightly down from last year, with 2021 breaking all participation records due to COVID-19 restrictions easing.


Ash Morgan dominates Port racing on Sunday

A riding treble by Ash Morgan propelled the popular jockey towards a season milestone of one hundred victories and highlighted racing action at the Port Macquarie meeting on Sunday.


‘We lost everything’: Woodburn Boxing Club fights back after floods

Gavin Begbie has put his “heart and soul” into the Woodburn Amateur Boxing Club. He has been involved in the club for 12 years and has been club president for five. On March 1, floodwaters went over the roof of the club on Redwood Lane.


Throws master does it again

Geoff Helisma. The joy of training is Tom Hancock’s secret when it came to taking on all-comers at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships held in Brisbane from April 1 to 4. The 85-year-old won every event he contested in ‘throws’ events for 85 to 90-year-olds.


Mason is on track

Kye Mason of Cohuna represented Victoria at the 2022 Australian Track & Field Championships in Sydney last week. Competitors from across Australia and New Zealand converged on Sydney for the championships which were held from March 26 to April 3.

Surf Life Saving

Pixie Hanson wins at NSW Surf Life Saving Championships

Luke & Dani. For those of you who remember Pixie Hanson running laps of the airstrip before school (with Elsie, Millie, Ruby and Gale), or charging down Intermediate Hill, or blitzing the LHICS cross country race, you may have wondered why she was always moving faster than the rest of us.


Bowling clubs come together to assist South Lismore BC

With borrowed shoes, uniforms and bowls, the South Lismore team put the trauma of losing their homes and beloved Bowling Club behind them to show the true grit this little club really has. They didn’t win the bowls but just being there could surely be seen as victory enough.


Lions roar

Jeff Hanson. In only their second year in the competition, the Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong (GGGM) Lions have won the AFL Riverina SNSW women’s football premiership. After going through the 2022 season undefeated, the Lions met the North Wagga Saints in the grand final at Apex Park on Friday night and came away 8.6 (54) to 2.5 (17) winners.

Coming up

Para dressage

SA riders set for National Para-dressage competition

As part of a partnership with Equine Pathways Australia, Racing SA is supporting three South Australian riders competing at the Australian National Para-dressage competition at Boneo Park in Victoria ... the event is a qualifier for the World Equestrian Games to be held in Denmark later in 2022.



Grafton to host $75000 greyhound race

Emma Pritchard. The Grafton Greyhound Racing Club will host several races in a new feature series worth more than $200000 following a stunning announcement by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW). Set to become the world’s richest race over a short distance course, The Thunderbolt series will include qualifying heats held at eight regional venues, a semi-final and final.


Masters games are set and ready to go

Chris Oldfield. The 2022 Tatiara SA Masters Games are set and ready to go in “The Good Country” – featuring 24 mature age sports, social gatherings and a lot of fun. With sport being the heartbeat of rural communities, the event over four days (April 7-11) is expected to attract more than a thousand athletes, spectators and volunteers combined.


Police active with Ampilatwatja students

Pam Dillon. Students from Ampilatwatja school have been fine tuning their tee-ball and softball skills with Barkly Region Sports Coordinator recently ... The Arlpara Police visited and were keen to be involved in playing softball and are looking forward to returning every week to participate in physical activity with the school students.

Extreme sport

Surfing serves top snowboarder well

Serena Kirby. Extreme snowboarder Henry Edmondson has surprised everyone with his recent results on the international junior Freeride circuit. Henry, 16, is ranked among the top 40 junior freeriders in the world after competing in several events in France in January.


Luscinia flies at Port on Friday

The Kris Lees stable has enjoyed a great run of success in recent times and another rising star of the team was produced when Luscinia kept his unblemished record intact by saluting in the Kennards Hire Handicap at Port Macquarie on Friday.


Active farmers

Active farmers games hailed as a success

Active Farmers founder and chief executive officer Ginny Stevens has hailed the Active Farmers Games at Coleambally as a success. The Games were created to raise awareness of the importance of physical and mental health in rural communities and to encourage more men to become more active. About 30 teams of three people competed in events which were designed to "mimic real-life challenges".


Tatt and Spitty 2022 Golfanza Champions

Again, a successful northern Victorian Triple Golfanza held at Cohuna on Saturday, Barham on Sunday and Kerang on Monday, over the Labour Day long weekend. This was the 49th edition of the Triple Golfanza with plans for a big 50th anniversary next year. All the courses were in great shape and near capacity fields at each venue with 133 at Cohuna, 160 at Barham and 130 at Kerang.


Legacy bowls tournament comes to an end after 55 years

Joan de Bondt. When the Legacy Bowls Tournament was initiated in Barham 55 years ago in 1967, it attracted four greens of bowlers, drawn from surrounding areas as far away as Bendigo. The event was established as a fundraiser to assist war widows and their families.


Weipa runner full of praise for IMP

Lauren McIntosh. The success of the Indigenous Marathon Project has received high praise from a number of former representatives, including Weipa product Bianca Graham ... Founded in 2010, IMP – now a part of the broader health promotion charity the Indigenous Marathon Foundation – supports and trains a select squad of Indigenous people to run a marathon in just six months.


Couple thrive on equestrian love bug

Patricia Gill. Denmark equestrian Andy Forbes has his eyes on the 2024 paralympics in France with the palace of Louis XIV at Versailles the dramatic backdrop to the event. The para equestrian recently won Dressage WA leader board and is classified as a Federation Equestrian International Grade 5 para dressage rider.


Tottenham Picnic Races round-up

On Saturday the 5th of March 2022 we held the Tottenham Picnic Races with one of our biggest crowds ever with over 1300 people attending. With the whether looking stormy the races were pushed through quicker than normal.  With 18 trainers and 10 jockeys being a large number for their fields.


The Maldon Classic – a cycling success story

Michael McCartney. This year’s Maldon Classic was a great success for the town. The two-day event, prior to the long weekend, ran as a fundraiser for the Maldon Hospital. Visitors travelled from all parts of Victoria and interstate.


Oarsome sight as Grafton hosts CHS Championships

Emma Pritchard. Local rowers made a splash on the Clarence River last week when the Grafton Rowing Club hosted the 2022 Combined High Schools (CHS) Rowing Championships. Blessed with a mixture of sunshine and light showers during the two-day event, 162 athletes took to the waters of the Clarence River.


Massive Murray Paddle

Alesha Millard. In its 52nd year, one of the world’s longest paddling races, the Massive Murray Paddle, was held last week ... The paddle commenced in Yarrawonga on February 21 and headed to Tocumwal for the first night – a 93km paddle. Paddlers also passed through Picnic Point, Moama, Torrumbarry and Murrabit, before finishing in Swan Hill on the 25th. The five-day event saw paddlers completing a 404km set course.


Koondrook Barham Fishing Competition success

Joan de Bondt. Over the weekend, anglers descended upon Barham to participate in the annual fishing competition, which has been running for 13 years. The number of entries is capped at 300 for adults, and there is no limit on the number of children ... The financial and tourist benefit to the town is considerable.