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Bulldogs v Bombers in Anzac round blockbuster

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Brothers Bulldogs’ Joel Saunders prepares to kick in their AFL Wide Bay Marquis Macadamias Senior Men’s Premiership first round victory over Bay Power.

The AFL Wide Bay Marquis Macadamias Senior Men’s Premiership Anzac Round 4 top of the table blockbuster between unbeaten duo Brothers Bulldogs and reigning champions Hervey Bay Bombers at Brothers Sports Club at 3.30pm tomorrow will top off a monster 6-game program

Action will get under way at 8am with the Bulldogs up against Bombers Black in Under-12 Mixed, followed by Bulldogs v Bombers in U14 Mixed at 9.30am, Bulldogs v Bombers in U17 boys at 11am, Bulldogs v Maryborough Bears in Reserves at 12.30pm, and Bulldogs v Bears in the Takalvans Senior Women’s Premiership at 2pm, leading into the main event.

After two horror seasons, the Dogs’ Senior Men’s Team has rebuilt nicely under comeback coach Brad Grogan in this their 50th Anniversary year, starring with big wins over Bay Power and Across The Waves Eagles respectively, but this will be their ultimate test against the might of the Bombers.

Meanwhile, perennial heavyweights Waves Eagles will be desperate to open their Senior Men’s account when they venture to Keith Dunne Oval to try and defuse the Power, but their all-conquering Senior Women will attempt to maintain their perfect season record in a ninth and penultimate round showdown with Power.

RUGBY LEAGUE

Queensland Maroons legends Sam Thaiday and Meg Ward will be special guests at the QRL Auswide Bank Regional Roadshow Fundraising Dinner at Brothers Sports Club at 6.30pm on Tuesday 3rd May, helping to raise funds for Bundaberg Junior Rugby League.

Tickets are $125.00 each and are available from https://www.maroonsshop.com/hospitality/auswide-bank-regional-roadshow-fundraising-dinner-bundaberg-

The legends will also conduct a free Junior Coaching Clinic for 6-to-12-year-olds earlier in the day from 4-5.30pm. Limited spots are available, so anyone wanting to attend should register now at the link on the Bundaberg Junior Rugby League Facebook.

In the Bundaberg Broadcasters A Grade Premiership tomorrow, leaders Hervey Bay Seagulls will host the first of three straight home games, taking on the winless Wests at 5pm, with the Panthers to be greatly bolstered by the season debuts of long serving club champions and brothers Josh and Dan Tanner and hungry to open their accounts.

At Salter Oval, Waves Tigers, who are fresh from a breakthrough victory over Wests, will take on Wallaroos at 4.30pm, with Roos coming off a 48-16 mauling by two-times defending champions Brothers.

At 6.30pm, Brothers will meet bitter arch-rivals Easts for the first time since their shock victory over them in an epic 2021 grand final, with the Magpies certain to be still smarting after blowing a 26-12 lead over the Seagulls to lose 42-38 despite both sides scoring seven tries at their last start a fortnight ago.

In the Northern Districts Rugby League Men’s Premiership Round 2 at Tegege this Sunday, premiers South Kolan Sharks will lock horns with Gin Gin Hawks at 1.30pm for their first clash since last year’s grand final.

The Sharks kicked off 2022 with a spirited 24-22 victory over Miriam Vale Magpies, while the Hawks started with a bare 13 men against Avondale Tigers and finished with 11, in the end losing 46-30.

At 3.15pm, Avondale Tigers will be determined to roar at home against the Magpies.

There is no Women’s League Tag game scheduled.        

FOOTBALL

Across The Waves will be favoured when they meet fellow unbeaten side Fraser Flames in the Football Queensland Premier League Wide Bay Men’s League at 7pm tomorrow at Waves Sports Complex.

Title holders Waves have won their first two matches in the competition, while the Flames have played three matches, against Doonvilla, Granville and Sunbury Blues respectively, but this is an infinitely tougher assignment.

There are also two games at Martens Oval at 6pm, with SC Corinthians to meet fellow battlers Granville, and Bingera needing a good win over Sunbury Blues, while top of the table United Park Eagles should continue to their winning ways against Doon Villa in the Heritage City.

In the Wide Bay Women’s League tonight, Bingera will suit up against the Blues at Martens Oval at 6.30pm, Tinana will host UPE at Federation Park at 8.30am, and Waves will have home ground advantage against the Flames at 8.30pm, before tomorrow at Martens Oval at 3pm, Diggers are opposed United Warriors.

HOCKEY

After losing to arch-rivals All Blacks in both the Bundaberg Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Premierships first round, Waves Cities will try to reassert their superiority when they clash again at Hinkler Park at 4.40pm and 6pm respectively tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Arrows/Athletics will aim up against Raiders/Rovers in the other Division 1 Women’s fixture to complete the program at 7.20pm.

NETBALL

After being very competitive in a last-start 55-47 loss to the star-studded two-time defending champions Waves Gold, Natives Aim Hearing Magpies will be aiming to go one better when they bib up against Alloway Blue in the Bundaberg Warren Family Homes Division 1 Premiership at the Superpark at 7.30pm tomorrow.

Earlier, it will be in intra-club duel between Waves Gold and their emerging Blue side at 6pm.

GREYHOUNDS

Yandina Creek part-owner/trainer Travis Elson continued his run of success at this week’s Bundaberg meeting at Thabeban Park, taking out a winning double after snaring a treble seven days earlier.

He was victorious with veteran litter sisters, favourite All Aces ($2.90) at her 89th start in the Masters 5th Grade, and Summer’s Queen,  which was a joint-favourite in the rich feature, the Easter Cup Final, paying $2.40 and collecting a cool winner’s cheque of $3,055, with another litter brother Summer’s Flyer, (also $2.40) which finished last of eight.

At the 11th April meeting, Travis also got the money with Summer’s Queen in the Easter Cup heats, and her younger litter half-brothers Boom One Down in the Novice Non-Penalty, and Hope’s Golden in the Bargara Bakery 5th Grade.

This week, Glasshouse Mountains owner/trainer Robert Ayres also pocketed $3,055 prizemoney for his triumph in the other feature event, the Bundaberg Maiden Final with Canya Bellatrix ($1.90) which gave her rivals a running lesson, crossing the line 6 lengths clear of Thunder Dome after having been runner-up to him to on debut in the Heats.

All Genres was successful for her Elliott owner/trainer Wayne Watts in the Mixed 3rd/4th Grade, while Burnett Heads trainer Keven Read was also among the winners with Next Stop in the Terry Signs 5th Grade, and Garry Cluse, of New Moonta, saluted the judge with Mister Key in the Sky Racing 5th Grade.

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