In this week’s Sports Talk we look at football, hockey, AFL, Rugby League, Little Athletics, greyhound racing and the upcoming duathlon.
Football sports talk
Across The Waves slipped from equal-first to third on the Wide Bay Premier League table when they suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday night, going down to Brothers-Aston Villa 2-0.
Bingera are now outright leaders on 16 points after Joel Haack was a match winner with a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over an improved Bargara.
Villa moved into second position on 15 points, with Waves remaining on 13, while United Park Eagles (UPE) snapped a two-game losing streak with an 11-0 white-wash of cellar dwellers Diggers with Jacob Fripp leading the charge with a three-goal haul, taking them to equal-fourth on nine points with KSS Jets.
Sunbury and Bargara are next on six points apiece.
Tomorrow at 6pm, Bingera hosts Diggers, UPE are up against Granville at Martens Oval, and the Jets host Sunbury, while at 6.30pm, Villa hosts Bargara at Brothers Sports Club.
In Ladies League action at Martens Oval tonight, at 6pm, it is Diggers v Bargara, UPE v SC Corinthians Lionesses, and UPE Black v ATW, followed at 7.45pm by Bingera Cutters v Bingera and ATW Saints v ATW United.
In the Men’s League last Friday, it was a special night for the Barlow family with club stalwart and Life Member Paul playing together with his two elder sons Josh and Nick in Diggers’ 6-2 triumph over SC Corinthians and Josh having a ball with four goals.
Matthew Grima, of ATW Saints, also struck four times in a 9-0 shut-out of SC Corinthians in under-13 last Friday.
Midweek Results – Monday – Under-13: ATW SAINTS 2 (N Briggs, M Grima) d UPE WHITE 0; BINGERA 8 (E McKeown 3, C Manski 2, J Cooper, L Giles, K Owttrim) d GIN GIN 0; UPE BLACK 9 (M Walker 2, M Joyce 2, X Ulbl, C Palmer, M Cooper, I Brewer, S Miller) d DIGGERS 1 (P Parker).
Tuesday – Ladies League: ATW 1 (L Thatcher) d ATW UNITED 0; DIGGERS 7 (T Bray 3, C White, G Halpin, C Wells, C Watson) d BINGERA CUTTERS 0; UPE BLACK 3 (T Bradley 2, J Haster) d BARGARA 2 (I Killen 2); ATW SAINTS 3 (K Sobczak 2, N Lowe) d SC CORINTHIANS LIONESSES 0; UPE 5 (T Gollshewsky 2, L Haster, S Bretag) d BINGERA 0.
Wednesday – Wide Bay Premier League: BAV 2 (Michael Stayte, James Stromquist) d ATW 0; UPE 11 (Jacob Fripp 3, Brendan Davis 2, Jake Davis 2, Roger Hunter 2, Luke Coates) d DIGGERS 0; BINGERA 5 (Joel Haack 3, Joshua Watson, own goal) d BARGARA 2 (Gerardo Balart, Michael Doyle); KSS JETS 2 d GRANVILLE 0.
Hockey sports talk
At the half-way point in the shortened Bundaberg season, Waves Cities were victorious in all five divisions in the fourth round last Saturday.
In under-13, Tim Wales bagged a hat-trick for All Blacks, but it was not enough as they were edged out by Cities 6-5.
Freya Cook also snared three goals for Arrows/Athletics in under-11 to be a hero in their 5-2 win at the expense of All Blacks.
Tomorrow in the senior divisions, it is Raiders/Rovers taking on Cities with the women at 2pm and men at 6.30pm, and All Blacks squaring off against Arrows with the men at 3.30pm and women at 5pm.
It has been confirmed that the second and third placed teams in all divisions will battle it out in the semi-finals on September 5 with the winners to advance to the grand finals one week later.
AFL sports talk
Across The Waves Eagles were wayward in front of goal by still proved too good for cross-town rivals Brothers Bulldogs in their Wide Bay Seniors clash at “The Kennel” last Saturday, running out winners 9.14 (68) to 2.6 (18), while in the Hervey Bay local derby, reigning premiers Power trailed Bombers at every change but got up 4.9 (33) to 4.6 (30) after the Bombers could not manage a solitary point in the final term.
Tomorrow, the Eagles will be favoured at home against the Bombers, while it is mission improbable for the Bulldogs when they travel to suit up against the Power.
Rugby League sports talk
Another player with strong Bundaberg connections, Lachlan Lam, shone in his NRL starting debut in the Sydney Roosters’ 24-16 victory over the Dragons on Thursday night.
The 22-year-old son of former Papua New Guinea international and Queensland State of Origin star Adrian Lam has already also played Test football for PNG but had been playing off the interchange bench for the star-studded two-times-defending champions, before being rewarded with a place in the first 13.
Lachlan’s mother Anita (nee Vincent) was a champion across many sports growing up in Bundaberg and a number of her siblings and other family members still live here, and one of his cousins, Luke Vincent scored a goal for ATW in their Football Wide Bay Premier League victory over KSS Jets last Saturday.
Locally, Wests Panthers are looking good for the Bundaberg under-18 crown after back-to-back big wins to start their season, but they are expecting a tough battle when they cross swords with the winless Waves Tigers at Salter Oval at 2.40pm this Sunday.
Among the lower age groups, two players racked up four tries each last Sunday, Panthers cub Ryan Bugeja in a 60-6 plucking of Easts Magpies in under-15, and baby Magpie Bentley Rizzo in a 20-all draw with Wests in under-13.
Kalki Moon Duathlon
Bargara Triathlon Club will hold its first competition event of the new season with the Kalki Moon Duathlon at Mary Kinross Park Bargara from 6am on Sunday August 30.
Duathlon incorporates a run/cycle/run and there are three categories, Turtles (7-12 years) (500m/2km/500m), Give It A Try (13 years-plus) (2.5km/9km/2.5km) and Sprint (14 years-plus) (5km/20km/5km).
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, numbers are strictly limited, so if you want to be part of this great event, go to their Facebook page, get full details, and get yourself registered ASAP. You can enter as an individual or a team.
The club has a new president in Troy Austin, who is super keen to drive another big season, and there will be a Race After Party at Bargara Lakes Tavern from 11am.
Bundaberg Athletic Club and West Bundaberg Little Athletics will hold Come and Try Nights for their new season at their Enid Ethel Drive Complex from 5.30-7.30pm on Fridays August 14 and 21.
For more information, go to their Facebook page or phone (07) 4157 9558.
Greenmont trainer Justin Bowe claimed a double at this week’s Bundaberg meeting with Winlock Power (Valda Halter Memorial Fifth Grade) and It’s a Glance (Fifth Grade Heat), while his uncle Gerard, who is based at Clifton, got the money with It’s a Rush, a litter brother to It’s a Glance.
Childers trainer Narelle Mulcahy picked up the quinella in the Masters Fifth Grade with litter sisters Next Time Gadget and Naveed, while Sunshine Coast trainer Eric Conroy achieved the same feat in the maiden with Roy Revere and Blood Red Moon.
District trainers Stephen Bland (Bundaberg), Allen Kelly (Howard) and Ricky Hassall (Torbanlea) were also among the winners on the program with Cambla Gem (Novice), Courtois (Fifth Grade Heat) and Elegant Eleanor (Mixed Third/Fourth Grade) respectively.
- Last week’s Sports Talk