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Sports wrap: Bundaberg Region shines

Toby Lamond century
Toby Lamond, who was recently chosen in the Queensland Indoor Cricket Under-18 Boys team, continued his great form in the outdoor form of the game with a superb 107 for Bundaberg against South Burnett in the Wide Bay Under-16 Championships at Salter Oval on Sunday.

Toby Lamond continued his stellar season by scoring a superb 107 to spearhead Bundaberg to a 144-run demolition of South Burnett in their Wide Bay Cricket Under-16 Championships last-round clash at Salter Oval on Sunday.

The 16-year-old sporting all-rounder dominated in the Rum City’s total of 9-289, before they bowled the visitors out for 145 in reply.

Toby was chosen in the Queensland Cricket Indoor Under-18 Boys Team in January for the 2023 National Championships at Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre from 24th June-1st July.

In field cricket, he scored his maiden cricket century for his club Brothers on 10th December before starring for Wide Bay Flames at the Bulls Masters Youth Cup in Cairns the following week .

Toby will play for the Youth Invitational side against the Masters Invitational side which includes his father Scott at Salter Oval at 1pm tomorrow in the curtain-raiser to the Bulls Masters v Bundaberg Invitational T20 clash at 6.30pm.

The star-studded Bulls Masters team includes former Bulls and Australian greats Jimmy Maher, Michael Kasprowicz, Ian Healy, Adam Dale and Carl Rackemann, and the Big Bash’s all-time leading run scorer Chris Lynn, with Jayden Santacaterina and Oliver Boge the two Young Guns chosen from the Aussi Bundy Big Bash to be also part of the side.

In between those two games, there will also be a Free Kids Super Clinic conducted by the Bulls Masters at Salter Oval from 4.30-5.45pm.

Towering seamer Jayden played an integral role as Headlands Pies completed back-to-back Aussi Bundy Big Bash titles with an upset eight-run victory over the previously unbeaten Betta Heat in an epic final last Friday night.

Headlands Pies
Headlands Pies celebrate back-to-back Aussi Bundy Big Bash titles after their Final victory over Betta Heat last Friday night.

The Pies amassed 6-162, before restricting Heat to 8-154, with Jayden removing danger man Ryan Norton in his 3-32 from four overs, while fellow paceman Damian Turner also snared three scalps.

Last season’s Big Bash Player of the Season Hayden Pope was probably however the match winner with a game-high 59 for the Pies.

Jayden also grabbed two key wickets as Brothers successfully defended their modest total of 8-170 against minor premiers Waves in their Rum City Foods Division 1 Premiership penultimate round top of the table showdown on Saturday, but it was another in-form quick Sam Pearson who was the destroyer with 5-34 as the hot shots were bundled out 24 runs shy in their run chase.

Veteran Eric Petersen was also a hero for East Bundy Magpies, bagging 5-8 as they routed reigning champions Norths for a paltry 82, but Damian Turner took the new ball for the North-siders, grabbing 4-29, before the Magpies scraped home with three wickets in hand to shore up third place and stake their claim to a semi-final berth with one round remaining.

Norths now trail East by 7.31 points and to advance to the finals, they will have to beat Brothers in the last round next Saturday and also grab at least 1.31 more incentive points (accumulated at 0.01 per run and 0.25 per wicket) than the Magpies, who will play Waves.

Toby Lamond is also one of three locals chosen in Southern Queensland teams to contest the Queensland Under-16 Male State Championships at Caboolture from 3rd-5th April.

Toby and Sam Stuchbery are members of the SQ Teal team, with Lachlan Heycox in the SQ Green side.

Lachlan McClure, of the Redlands CC, who is also a member of the SQ Green 12, also has strong local connections as his father Adam is a former Bundaberg Junior cricketer, and his grandfather Trevor McClure is a retired well known former Bundaberg school principal who is still very active within the community.

It was also a bad day for the powerful Bundaberg side in the Wide Bay Open Goodchild Shield Final in Murgon on Sunday, being decimated for a mere 62 runs after bowling South Burnett out for what appeared a very gettable 210.

Opener Jeremy Haaksma gave Bundaberg a dream start, sending the hosts plummeting to 2-0, but No. 4 Jared Sippel backed up his match winning double of 42 and 3-15 against the Rum City in a low scoring last round clash on 29th January, to turn the tide with six fours and five sixes in a superb 95 from just 97 balls, with his father Ashley also contributing an invaluable 38 at No. 6.

Sixth change bowler and paceman Trent Seeds came on and claimed 4-17 from his four overs to prevent an even bigger total.

But Burnett pace spearhead Michael Wostear removed form opener Luke Owen on the third ball of the innings, before having first drop and captain Mitchell Parsons and No. 4 Chris Napper both caught by Zac Dann, each also for ducks.

He continued on, also firing out opener Luke Solano and Jayden Larsen in successive balls to have Bundaberg on their knees at 5-29 to finish with 5-17 from his five overs.

Jared Sippel chipped in with the big wicket of Ryan Norton, before first change Tyler Heness completed the Bundaberg horror show with 4-28 from his 5.4 overs, with a further three batsmen failing to score.

It was sweet revenge for South Burnett after suffering a six-wicket loss to a Bundaberg side which contained just five members of Sunday’s team, in last year’s decider in Kingaroy.

Bundaberg however defeated South Burnett in their under-14 and 12 last-round clashes at Salter Oval on Sunday, winning by 97 runs in the former, with half-centuries to their first three batsmen, Corin Driver, Samson Juster and Archie Webster, and three wicket hauls to opening bowlers Travis Kapernick and Charlie Steele.

Bundaberg blitzed Burnett by 297 runs in U12 with Tyson Melein and Adrian Cunninham leading the batting charge with 79 and 54 respectively, and Charles Higgins running amok with 4-2.


Fresh from his shared victory in the 2023 Associate Pro-Am hosted by the Bundaberg Golf Club on Monday, their Associate Professional Ryan Paul will team up with Storme Martin in the Final of prestigious 53rd annual Burnett Cup tomorrow.

Ryan Paul
Ryan Paul (right) with Kai Oide and Zach Ion after they shared in a three-way tie in the 2023 Associate Pro-Am at Bundaberg Golf Club on Monday.

A total, of 51 Professionals from Rockhampton to Gold Coast and 38 Amateur players from Bundaberg participated in the Pro-Am, with Ryan finishing in a three-way tie with Kai Oide, of Southport, and Zach Ion (Wynnum) at the top of the leader board, each with scores of 71.

Mitch Hart won the Amateur Stableford event with 38 points, from Paul Easton (37) and Mitch Goodwin (36).

Tomorrow, Ryan, who is a former dual Bundaberg Cricket Division 1 Premiership winner, will team up with Storme against Ken Brown and Peter Cocking, while his father Mike will partner Trevor Collins against Tat Whaleboatd and Kevin Klowss in the consolation Peter Hitchcock Memorial Plate Final.

Meanwhile, in the Ladies Burnett Cup Final, defending champions Sally Hancock and Sandra Dawson will compete against Jill Marrinan and Alex Donovan, whom they accounted for in last year’s semi-finals, in the Finals of the 2023 Ladies Burnett Cup.

Judy Gibbs and Chris Herrmann will battle it out with Sandi Clayton and Kaye Rosengreen in the consolation Penny Teiniker Memorial Plate.

Rugby League

South African International and new recruit barnstorming second rower Josh Hill was Player of the Final as Waves Tigers gave promise of bigger and better things to come, claiming the $4,000 prizemoney and Trophy at the annual North Coast Foods West Panthers Nines Carnival at Jubilee Park with a come-from-behind 8-6 Final victory over Emu Park on Saturday.

In a pulsating end-to-end duel, the Capricorn Coast side led 6-4 at half-time, but the Tigers repelled a number of dangerous attacking raids with resolute defence, before hitting the front with a try to livewire five-eighth Brad Clarke midway through the second stanza, then jealously guarding their lead.

Waves Tigers
Waves Tigers were ready to party after winning the 2023 North Coast Foods West Panthers Nines Carnival at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

Waves won all of their five games for the day, downing Easts Magpies Black, two times defending champions Hervey Bay Seagulls, and Wests Panthers Red respectively in their Pool games, before white-washing Bundaberg Brothers 24-0 in the semi-finals, while Emu Park were also triumphant in their Pool matches against Easts Magpies White, Bundaberg Brothers and Wests Panthers Black, before edging out Wests Panthers Red 10-8 in their semi.

Tigers coach Antonio Kaufusi said Josh Hill had “trained the house down”, but he was “real impressed” with him in his club debut.

Antonio said captain and lock Reece Maughan led from the front, as always, and that Brad Clarke, halfback Brendan Grills and winger Kale Johnson were other stand-outs in a slick team performance over the course of the day.

Easts Black were victorious in the Plate Final.

Beach volleyball

Bundaberg born and bred Queensland Volleyball and Beach Volleyball icon Shanon Zunker won the Elliott Heads Premier Men's Round of the 2022-23 Queensland Beach Volleyball Tour for the third year in a row on the weekend, this time combining with Connor Spence to claim the title with a 21-17, 21-17 victory over Ruben Gale and Declan Burns in the Gold Medal match.

He had partnered Joel Berry to the crown the previous two years.

The dynamic duo swept all before them, defeating Kane Bailey and Jamie Fouche 21-12, 21-11, Fynn Williamson and Benoit Gay 21-8, 21-11, and Peter Morgan and Conor Doyle 21-9, 21-19 in the rounds, Aedan Gladsby and James Annells 21-13, 21-8 in the Quart6er-finals, and Sam Williamson and Louie Hadfield 21-15, 21-18 in the semis, before outgunning Ruben and Declan.

Shanon also did a brilliant job as Tour Director/Promoter.

The hometown also had plenty to cheer about with James Mackey and Bailey Jenkins defeating Brenden Banks and Scott Macpherson 15-21, 21-18, 15-8 for Gold in an all-Bundaberg Challenger Men's decider.

Genevieve Rochon and Ocean Kabikwa were the Premier Women's Gold Medallists, with Vicky Andrews and Panida Milne grabbing the Challenger Women's spoils.

All up, 48 teams, competed across the two days, including eight from the Bundaberg Region.

Bundaberg’s Nic Lindsay and Chris Baker also contested the tough Premier Men’s division, but they were beaten in each of their three round games.

Locals Ricky Gough and Jaegar Marris won two of their three Challenger Men’s round games, before bowing out in the Quarter-finals at the hands of Ethan Grocott and Tom Bergemann 22-20, 9-21, 17-15.

Bailey jenkins and James Mackey
Bailey Jenkins and James Mackey with the spoils after winning the Challenger Men’s division of the Elliott Heads Premier Round of the 2022-23 Queensland Beach Volleyball Tour.


After losing just one match all season, minor premiers Waves Tsunamis will be white-hot favourites when they meet three-times defending champions and arch-rivals Brothers United Firesticks in the Coral Coast Softball A Grades Ladies Major Semi-final in Hervey Bay tomorrow.

Both teams did not play last Saturday as Terrors forfeited to both of them.

Western Suburbs Panthers placed third but Terrors will have the home diamond advantage against them in the minor semi-final.

Titanic duels are also expected in the A Grade Men’s Major Semi-final between Minor Premiers Terrors and Waves Schooners, and Minor Semi shoot-out between Brothers United Heat and Bargara Bombers.


Across The Waves powered on in the nation-wide Australia Cup with a 5-2 third round victory over hosts Doon Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

Waves had four debutants and an average squad age of 17.5, and they now await details of their next match in the competition which will be an inter-regional clash.


Racing returned to Thabeban Park for the first time in seven months on Monday following the $1.4 Million upgrades to the track and facilities, and high successful Takura trainer David Plummer was the biggest winner, claiming a treble.

He got the money with litter brothers and twin $2.20 favourites Smart and Classy in the Cambla Electrical Maiden, and recent Albion Park Maiden victor Classy Nebo (Terry Signs Novice Non-Penalty), and Durham ($3.20), which replicated her triumph from the previous Bundaberg meeting in the Ace Fabrications 5th Grade.

It was also a good afternoon for popular Bundaberg trainer Lorraine Isles, who picked up a winning double with Wild Oates ($3.50) in the Greyhounds Make Great Pets Novice Non-Penalty, and favourite Step Up ($2.20) in the Global Turf 5th Grade.

One other District trainer was also among the winners, Thomas Lowe, of Howard, with Evil Evee ($3) in the Darryl Raines Memorial Maiden.

While it was a non-TAB meeting, this Monday will be a TAB meeting, with another bumper 10 races.

Here are all the scores from the weekend:



Final: Headlands Pies 6/162(cc) (H Pope 59, M Parsons 36,  B Davey 2/29) def Betta Heat 8/154(cc) (J Richardson 41, R Norton 37, A Pozzebon 30,  J Santacaterina 3/32, D Turner 3/38).   


East Bundy Magpies 7/84 (D Turner 4/29) def Norths 82 (E Petersen 5/8, R Heath 2/14). 

Brothers 8/170(cc) (L Solano 44, M Parsons 26,  C Duff 3/24, M Pozzebon 2/38) def Waves 146 (C Neubecker 36*, C Duff 29,  S Pearson 5/34, J Santacaterina 2/13, C Carroll 2/31).


East Bundy Magpies 5/147 (R Jensen 38, F Rogers 36*, P Mudalige 25,  J Howard 2/19) def Norths 9/145(cc) (O Wendt 26,  B Woodward 2/30, R Jensen 2/37).          

Waves 172 (D Unwin 69, Sean Stuchbery 27,  N Clarke 4/40, H Johnson 3/27) def Brothers 8/166(cc) (J Rehbein 50, A Weeks 37*, H Gardiner 32,  Sean Stuchbery 2/10, J Munro 2/29, R Maclean 2/35). 


Brothers 108 (N Trebbin 41, C Mathiesen 28*, S Singh 5/7, C Singh 2/16, D Somirathne 2/22) def East Bundy Magpies 91 (J Singh 29,  J Haack 4/23, S White 2/8).          

Waves 2/168 (J DePapi 98*, B Catasti 27) def Isis 9/166(cc) (S Rehbein 47, R Challacombe 42, S Willing 38,  D McAullay 3/30, C Medwin 2/30).


Brothers Mustangs def Hervey Bay Colts on forfeit.

YMCA/Isis 8/177(cc) (L Heycox 46, R Santacaterina 34, R Felstead 26,  L Nitschinsk 2/12, N Scanes 2/23) def Maryborough 7/153(cc) (G Collins 48,  L Heycox 5/25).

Waves7/153(cc) (S Stuchbery 43, L Hamilton 39, T Coates 29*,  H Single 2/28) def Norths 9/112(cc)  (B Grey 3/15, W Fletcher 2/8).


Hervey Bay Colts 8/167(cc) (R Folker 69, F Quigley 30*, A Ricciardi 3/10, I Law 2/10) def                Brothers Raptors 80 (A Lamond 35*,  L Fitzpatrick 3/6, R Folker 2/7, C Barr 2/7). 

Waves 142 (N Delacy 61,  F Hill 3/18, C Holznagel 3/36, R Wingfield 2/30) def YMCA/Isis 4/125(cc) (A Webster 31*).

Norths Bundy Bears 5/184(cc) (T Elphinstone 56*, L McDonald 54*) def Norths Bundy Power 10/96 (C Driver 34*,  L McDonald 2/10, H Kirchner 2/14).


Norths SEI Strikers 6/155(cc) def Isis 55 (N Job 4/2).         

Norths Avengers 5/150(cc) (J Juster 36*, L Rogers 36*, R Balaam 27*) def Brothers Pumas 25 (J Juster 3/8, R Balaam 2/1, L Rogers 2/2).            

Brothers Broncos 7/176(cc) (C Kelly 49, N Campbell 39*, B Campbell 2/20) def YMCA/Easts 169 (A Felstead 51, E Campbell 30*,  S Elder 2/19).



Final: South Burnett 210 (J Sippel 95, A Sippel 38, T Riddell 31, T Seeds 4/17, J Haaksma 2/24, L Owen 2/43) def             Bundaberg 62 (M Wostear 5/17, T Heness 4/28).


Bundaberg 9/289(cc) (T Lamond 107, O Wendt 44, C Rehbein 40, R Gibbs 26,  T Town 3/46, L Cullen 2/26, J Kerkow 2/58) def South Burnett 145 (L Black 42, L Burrows 32, J Fearby 29,  R Collin 3/22, S Stuchbury 3/34, B Grey 2/15).


Bundaberg 3/245 (C Driver 65, A Webster 50, S Juster 50) def South Burnett 148 (B Kratzmann 41, J Williams 32*,  C Steele 3/13, T Kapernick 3/14).


Bundaberg 340 (11 wickets) (T Melein 79, A Cunningham 54, T Dwyer 33*, T Nieuwoudt 32, N Campbell 26,  E Black 3/27) def South Burnett 43 (C Higgins 4/2, N Campbell 2/5).         



WAVES TSUNAMIS d TERRORS ON FORFEIT; BROTHERS UNITED FIRESTICKS d TERRORS ON FORFEIT. Points: Waves Tsunamis 45, United Firesticks 34, Western Suburbs Panthers 25, Terrors 22.


BARGARA BANDITS 9 d BROTHERS UNITED CROSSFIRE 2; WAVES TIDAL WAVES 10 d MISFITS 1; TERRORS BLUE 15 d WESTERN SUBURBS COUGARS 0; BARGARA LEOPARDS 10 d WESTERN SUBURBS PUMAS 4; WAVES BREAKERS d TERRORS YELLOW ON FORFEIT; BROTHERS UNITED INFERNO 14 d WAVES SEASHELLS 6. Points: Leopards 43, Bandits 43, Tidal Waves 41, Breakers 38, Terrors Blue 35, Pumas 30, Inferno 29, Seashells 28, Misfits 27, Cougars 22, Terrors Yellow 21, Crossfire 19.


WAVES SCHOONERS 7 d TERRORS 0. Points: Terrors 38, Schooners 34, Brothers United Heat 26, Bargara Bombers 22.






WAVES RIPTIDES 8 d WAVES TORPEDOES 5; BARGARA BANDICOOTS 15 d WESTERN SUBURBS TIGERS 5. Points: Brothers United Blaze 43, Terrors 41, Bandicoots 31, Riptides 30, Torpedoes 26, Tigers 20.


TERRORS 10 d WESTERN SUBURBS JAGUARS 6. Points: Waves Mariners 40, United Sparks 34, Jaguars 24, Terrors 21.