Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Racing & Sport


Spitfires take home 16th Barkly AFL Grand Final trophy

Purkiss Reserve was packed with regional footy fans, as the Sporties Spitfires and the Janapurlalki Eagles took the field to contest the 2021 Barkly AFL Grand Final to see who would take the trophy.

Rugby Union

Wallabies arrive in North Queensland ahead of first test in Townsville

Wallabies assistant coach Dan McKellar has spoken from Townsville. The side were given an official welcome to country upon arrival in Townsville this afternoon ahead of their eToro Rugby Championship Test against Argentina on Saturday night. McKellar grew up in North Queensland and went to school in Townsville.

Rugby League

Junior Cougars on the rise

Congratulations, Casino Cougars. The junior outfit has been named the NSW Rugby League Grassroots Club of the Year. The club has grown from 130 players in 2012 to 340 in 2021.


Ready by Design well suited in Port Cup prelude

With the benefit of a recent spell resumption in the Hopkins Livermore Cup at Taree under his belt, Ready by Design is poised for success in the $34,000 Stowe Australia Port Macquarie Cup Prelude at the circuit on Sunday 26 September.


Koondrook ride park opens: again!

Kendall Jennings. With recreation placed on hold due to New South Wales and Victorian restrictions, sport in the area has either been put on hold or cancelled. Local forest closures and watering have also hindered social riding of motorcycles, making the Koondrook Ride Park the place to be last weekend.


Sailing resumes at Big River Sailing Club

Wayne Culph. A warm Spring-day and a fresh sea breeze were the perfect backdrop for the first races of the new season at the Big River Sailing Club. Keen to take advantage of the recent easing of restrictions, a fleet of 22 boats assembled to contest Heats 1 and 2 of the Handicap Series.


Classic craft part of the show

Denmark's first Classic Boat Show will run alongside the Great Southern Classic Car Show with the boats on the Denmark River at Berridge Park on Sunday, September 26 from 10am-3pm. The classic boats on show will range from some built in the 1920s to retro boats built recently.

Sports precinct

Hundreds flock to WASP opening

Weipa Town Authority chairman Michael Rowland says he was blown away by the response to the town’s new sports facility at Saturday’s official opening. Hundreds flocked to the Weipa Aquatic Sports Precinct for the festivities, which saw tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley cut the ribbon with Rio Tinto Weipa boss Michelle Elvy.


Tell us about: parkrun

Kirstin Nicholson. Regardless of the weather, runners and walkers can be seen pounding the paths of Garden and Gilrule Parks in Cohuna every Saturday morning. They are part of a global organisation called parkrun. parkrun is a free, timed 5km event held every Saturday morning, not just in Cohuna, but all over the world, originating in England in 2004. Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are welcome and it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are.


Softball success for combined team

Pam Dillon. Four schools came together to battle it out on the soft-ball field in Tennant Creek for the Annual Barkly Region Central Softball Cup ... As all teams had won a game, a countback of runs for and against had to be done to decide who was going to play in the grand final.


Time to pad up for a new season

Claire Rankin. The Evans Head Hammerheads club’s Tracey Bodley said the club needed up to 10 cricketers to meet a shortfall caused by players moving away for work and other reasons ... The Casino RSM Redbacks Cricket Club is looking for cricketers of all ages and experience to play in the Casino and Lismore competition. Family combinations are encouraged, as well as those who have previously retired from the game but would like to play again.


Swell Sisters … locked down, but not out

Geoff Helisma. A small team of Lower Clarence women have found a great way to do charitable work while they exercise among the waves. ‘Swell Sisters’ – Clair Morton, Shannon Grainger, Emy Alexander and Georgie Smith – are on a mission to raise funds for SurfAid¸ which provides “a hand up, rather than a handout, to people in remote communities connected to us through surfing,” says Clair.


Evans surfer gets a good break

Claire Rankin. Evans Head surfers are stoked to back one of their own as he steps on to the world circuit. Halftide Boardriders club at Evans Head is trying to raise $25,000 to help club member Callum Robson compete overseas.


Action-packed night at the Speedway track

Karen Harlan. Picnic Day weekend was no picnic at Tennant Creek Speedway, it was fast-paced, action-packed racing. With two titles up for grabs competitors from Katherine and Darwin ventured into town to take on the local drivers. Tennant Creek was holding the Street Stock Annual 60-Lapper and their new title event of North vs South for the NT Sedans.

Coming up

Ewan Cup goes Sky high! 24-25 September 2021

Ewan Amateur Turf Club is celebrating country racing’s heritage on the weekend of 24th and 25th September at Stockyard Creek with their first TAB meeting to be televised nation-wide on Sky Racing.

Racing- Qld

The crowd was Wowed at Mareeba!

A great day of racing and associated events was held at the Mareeba Turf Club on Saturday 4th September 2021. The large crowd enjoyed the day which was made all the more pleasant by the fine weather and a five race programme which produced some very competitive racing.

Racing -WA

Mystical View heading to the Black Hart Bart Stakes

Gingin trainer Sue Olive says her plan is for Mystical View to go the Black Hart Bart Stakes in a fortnight after tackling the Seacorp Handicap (1200m) at Belmont Park on Saturday 11 September.

Life saving

New report offers beach safety warning ahead of lockdown restrictions easing

As the state prepares for the anticipated relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions over the coming months, the release today of the 2021 NSW Coastal Safety Report by Surf Life Saving NSW has highlighted the need for hyper-vigilance on our beaches, with a spike in coastal visitation expected following large-scale lockdowns.


Japanese equine elite touch down after COVID hiatus

This time of the year is very busy for equine biosecurity officers, as the world’s most valuable shuttle stallions touch down in Australia for the southern hemisphere breeding season ... “This year’s incoming equine elite are worth a combined $500 million, and hail from France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, USA, Japan and Canada,” PEQ spokesperson Lee Cale said.


Records broken as locals win big

The number 22 proved to be extremely lucky for dad Jamie Hutton, who celebrated Father’s Day in style when he won a new boat at the Weipa Fishing Classic on Saturday night. Jamie, who was born on the 22nd, purchased key ring 1722 and was the 22nd person to be drawn into the major prize pool.

Rugby League

Shallin steps up into Titans squad for ’22

Former local and NRL Burleigh Bears prospect Shallin Fuller is set to join the Gold Coast Titans next year. Shallin is from Muli Muli, attended Woodenbong Central School and played for the Turkeys.


Lockdown inspires Yamba golfers (sometimes)

David Miles. Playing under lockdown rules is seeing some excellent scores at Yamba Golf & Country Club. The Thursday Stableford saw 151 golfers compete and with many handicaps reduced in the great conditions.


Softball tournament a smash for Tennant Creek

There was nothing soft about this comp! After a successful albeit last minute round up, the reviews are in and there are calls for the AAI Softball Tournament to become an annual shin-dig.


Work commences on Murray Bridge training track

Racing SA is pleased to announce construction of the inner-turf training track at Murray Bridge Racing Club’s Gifford Hill facility has commenced. The inner-turf track, which will be 15 metres wide and 1654 metres in circumference once completed, is an important addition to the ongoing development of Murray Bridge Racing Club as a training centre for excellence.


Massive Murray Paddle – event postponed

The Massive Murray Paddle holds important significance within the paddling community, and for the charities and local causes the event supports. COVID-19 has taken a terrible toll on events and races over the past two years, and we felt it was very important not to cancel our event for the second time in its 52-year history ... The Massive Murray Paddle 2021 will now take place from 21-25 February, 2022 ... The event generates important funds for communities in the region. Between 2016 and 2019, the event has contributed $800,585 to local community causes ...

Race preview

Jasper Franklin to shine at Port on Monday

The new riding season has commenced in fine style for Jasper Franklin with the promising young apprentice poised for further success at the Wauchope Jockey Club meet at Port Macquarie on Monday 6 September.


Margaret River SHS claims a record 16th straight victory at the Sunsmart WA School Surfing Titles

The 2021 SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles concluded with a bang, as students from 24 different regional and metropolitan high schools converged on Trigg Beach for the finale to Surfing WA's biggest participation based event of the year.


A race well run at Muttaburra!

Emma Price. What a great day it was! The club and entire Muttaburra community couldn’t be prouder of Rodney and Maureen Little’s achievement, winning their first ever Muttaburra Cup with Boingo.

Greyhound racing

Phantom Bonnie wins for Free

Phantom Bonnie was ahead of the pack at Casino Greyhound Racing Club.


57 career wins for Logan McNeil

Kendall Jennings. Logan McNeil’s progress is something I look forward to researching. Logan has now notched 57 career race wins. The latest was on August 9 aboard ‘Super Quick Love’, a chestnut six-year-old mare, winning by a 1.8 length margin over 2000 metres at Mildura for the second time.

Port Macquarie

Enamour scores exciting victory in Camden Haven Cup at Port

In a thrilling conclusion to the feature event on the program, Enamour was able to grip on for victory in the Club North Haven Camden Haven Cup at Port Macquarie on Saturday 28 August.


“Doin’ it for Holly” round a big success

Angie Day. Grafton Hockey Association recently hosted a highly successful “Doin’ it for Holly” Round on Saturday August 14. The day is named in honour of Holly Butcher, a local Graftonian and hockey player who sadly passed away in 2018 at the age of 27 after a battle with Ewings Sarcoma. In her final days, Holly wrote a very moving letter titled “A bit of life advice from Hol” ... One of Holly’s final requests in her letter was to encourage people to become blood donors, so one of the big focuses of the “Doin’ it for Holly” day was the “100 lives Challenge”.


Cibilic’s fairy-tale rise to culminate in world title challenge

Morgan Cibilic grew up surfing at Angourie before moving to Merewether in Newcastle. In 2019, he seemingly came from nowhere to qualify for the World Surf League’s 2020 Men’s Championship Tour. Covid put the brakes on the 2020 season, however, the 2021 season’s world title qualifying competitions were completed in Mexico last week, where Cibilic finished equal ninth, and he had amassed 25,270 points and a fifth-place rating and a shot at the world title.


Covid spared rod in region

Claire Rankin. Fishing for essential reasons such as food and exercise was permitted during the covid lockdown ... Although fishing was allowed, not a tight line or a bent rod was to be seen on the north or south wall at Evans Head or along the main beach. A lone surfer was spotted, along with dog walkers, bicycle riders and toddler tamers.


Cycling event cancelled

Gabrielle Duykers. The tour of the Great South Coast bike race has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, originally set to begin travelling through the Limestone Coast and Victoria later this month ... Naracoorte Lucindale Council CEO Trevor Smart said the cancellation was unfortunate news for the town. “The danger of it being called off this year is that we may not see the race again – once it goes into recess, that’s two years in a row now so the event promoter may not continue that race.”


Cross country fever in Tennant Creek

Pam Dillon. Students from Tennant Creek Primary and High School took to the beautiful surroundings of Lake Mary Ann for their cross country races. The run took them along the water’s edge, up steep hills and along dusty paths.


Tennis SA State League All Stars set to hit the Eyre Peninsula

Tennis SA has announced the introduction of the Tennis SA State League All Stars, set to launch the 2021/22 Tennis SA State League season ... The state’s highest level competition will visit regional South Australia for the first time, with eight Tennis SA State League players to join six local tennis players to make two teams for the match.

Working dogs

Dogpro+ State Yard & Utility

Open winners: Ken Atherton – Ramulam Punch, Open Utility; Nigel Armstrong – Tumutvalley Roy, Open Yard.


Women’s Northern Challenge

Lesley Bates. As with many events last year, the Women’s Northern Challenge scheduled for Ingham was cancelled. Fortunately, the 2021 event of three days was contested in mid-July by four teams from the Tropical Far North Queensland, Mackay and North Queensland Districts in what was previously called the 5D Shield.