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AFL women’s grand final to play on despite rain

AFL women's grand final
Across The Waves Eagles battle it out with Hervey Bay Bombers in the AFL Wide Bay Takalvans Senior Women’s Premiership. The unbeaten Eagles will take on Bay Power in the grand final in Hervey Bay tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting

The heavy rain over the past few days has wreaked havoc with all Bundaberg outdoor winter sports fixtures this weekend either cancelled or postponed.

The only game that is going ahead at this stage is the AFL Wide Bay Takalvans Women’s Premiership grand final between Across The Waves Eagles and Bay Power at Keith Dunne Oval Hervey Bay at 4.30pm tomorrow.

But if there are road closures because of flooding, the grand final will be rescheduled.

Waves have won all their 10 games so far this season, including against Power 8.3 (51) to 1.0 (6) on 12th March and 3.7 (25) to 3.1 (19) in the penultimate round on 23rd April, and they returned to their best to skin Gympie Cats 8.5 (53) to 1.0 (6) in last week’s semi-finals, and they will be determined not to repeat their shock-loss to Hervey Bay Bombers 3.4 (22) to 3.2 (20) in last year’s decider after similarly being unbeaten going into the match.

Bay Power have peaked at the right time, and they are coming off a 3.8 (26) to 0.7 (7) semi-final elimination of four times defending champions Bombers.

All other Marquis Macadamias Senior Men’s Premiership, Reserve Grade, Under-17, Under-14, and Under-12 games, as well as the Footy4Fun event scheduled for this weekend have been postponed to a date to be confirmed.

CANCELLATIONS: The full Bundaberg Rugby League Round has been postponed to next weekend, while the Northern Districts Rugby League and Women’s League Tag round scheduled for Gin Gin on Sunday has been postponed, and Bundaberg Junior Rugby League round cancelled.

Unfortunately, the annual Bundaberg Netball Carnival, which had attracted 66 teams across seven divisions, has been cancelled, along with the Bundaberg Hockey round.

In football, Across The Waves’ home clash with Frenchville, of Rockhampton, in round five of the Football Federation of Australia Cup has been rescheduled to Saturday 28thMay, while all Football Queensland Wide Bay and Wide Bay North matches have been washed out.

Tomorrow’s Bundaberg Race Club meeting at Thabeban Park is another casualty of the big wet, with their next meeting now to be Bundaberg Cup Day on 23rd July.

CRICKET: The Rockhampton Tigers Old Boys team, which included seven Bundaberg players, captain Lachlan Donovan, former Bundaberg Cricket Tallon Medal winner for Division 1 Best and Fairest Sean Stuchbery, Dale Steele, Brett Woodward, Laurie McCloskey, Lex Webster, Evan McLean, and Greg Rehbein, took out the 21st Bundaberg Veterans Cricket Carnival over May Day weekend.

AFL women's grand final
Sean Stuchbery hits out in his rapid-fire unbeaten 35 for Tigers Old Boys in their Bundaberg Veterans Carnival grand final victory over Waterford

Twelve teams competed over the two days, mostly from throughout Central and South Queensland, but the Tigers roared, restricting defending champions Waterford of Brisbane to 8-123 from their 14 overs in the grand final, with Lachlan weaving his spin magic, claiming 3-19 from his two overs, and Dale, Sean, Brett, and Lex snaring one wicket each.

Tigers Old Boys then cruised to victory, passing their target with three wickets down with two overs to spare, with Sean smashing three sixes in an unbeaten 35 from 16 balls, Dale and Laurie dismissed for rapid-fire 22 and 21 respectively, and Lex finishing unbeaten on 28 from a mere nine balls.

Other awards presented included Shane Riley (Most Runs 185), Stewy Bennett (Quickest 35 runs – 9 balls), Chris O’Shea (Most Sixes 13), and Arron Jackson (Most Wickets 9).

GREYHOUNDS: Bouldercombe trainer Darren Taylor picked up a winning double at this week’s Bundaberg meeting at Thabeban Park, getting the money with Scriven in the Terry Signs 5th Grade, and veteran My Bro Beach, which recorded just his ninth victory in 78 starts in the Masters 5th Grade.

Champion Fogelberg, a white-hot favourite paying $1.10, snapped a rare three-race losing streak in the Open event for Takura trainer David Plummer, taking his impressive record to 27 wins, eight seconds and five thirds from 52 starts.

Three Local trainers were also among the winners, with Narelle Mulcahy taking out the Novice Non-Penalty with Judy Moo Moo, John Kuhn with Queen Norma, which snapped a nine-race losing streak in the Bargara Bakery 5th Grade, and Paul Burgess with Why Harmony in the Mixed 4th/5th Grade.

Bundaberg Netball Warren Family Homes Premiership results from last Saturday:

Div 1: Waves Gold 47 Def Alloway Blue 32, Brothers Hurricanes 49 Def Natives Aim Hearing Magpies 43.

Div 2: Natives Eagles 56 Def Fusion Solomons 25, Waves Silver 62 Def Waves Red 23, Brothers Thunder 55 Def Natives Kookaburras 20, Brothers Cyclones 67 Def Waves Royals 19.

Masters: Alloway Green 56 Def Natives Swans 35, Brothers Tsunami 29 Def Natives Macaws 20.

Div 3: Natives Rosellas 45 Def Alloway Yellow 15, Brothers Monsoons 42 Def Brothers Lightning 27.

Div 4/5: Alloway Aqua 66 Def Natives Parrots 29, Brothers Tornadoes 43 Def Waves Pink 15, Fusion Magic Sultans 29 Def Alloway Maroon 27, Natives Firebirds 33 Def Brothers Twisters 18.

Div 6: Waves Emeralds 53 Def Natives Peacocks 6, Brothers Storm 49 Def Fusion Brendon O’Donnell 15.

Div 7: Natives Kingfishers 30 Def Alloway Emeralds 16, Brothers Typhoons 44 Def Waves Maroons 4, Brothers Wildfires 35 Def Fusion Wessel Petroleum 28.

Div 8: Fusion Sandhills 34 Def Brothers Volcanoes 9, Brothers Whirlwinds 24 Def Waves Teal 15.

Div 9/10: Natives Hawks 28 Def Waves Jade 5, Alloway Gold 30 Def Alloway Lavender 21, Fusion Shift Auto 29 Def Brothers Avalanches 13.

Div 11: Waves Fuchsia 33 Def Fusion Precision 16, Alloway Orange 32 Def Brothers Blizzards 1, Brothers Heat 7 Def Natives Toucans 2.

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