Stalwarts Ken Brown and Peter Cocking combined perfectly to be crowned champions in Bundaberg Golf Club’s 53rd annual Burnett Cup, defeating newly crowned Associate Pro-Am joint-victor Ryan Paul and Storme Martin 3/2 in the final of the prestigious event last Saturday.
Ryan’s father Mike was also beaten in the Consolation trophy, the Peter Hitchcock Memorial Plate, teaming with Trevor Collins to give it their best shot but going down to sporting all-rounders Tat Whaleboat and Kevin Klowss, who prevailed 1-up.
Meanwhile, Sandra Dawson and Sally Hancock made it back-to-back Ladies Burnett Cup titles, edging out Jill Marrinan and Alex Donovan 6/5.
For Sandra, it was her third Ladies Burnett Cup triumph.
The Ladies Consolation event, the Penny Teiniker Memorial Plate, was also keenly contested and in the end, won by Kaye Rosengreen and Sandi Clayton, pipping Judy Gibbs and Chris Herrmann 2/1 in the final.
A total of 473 competitors from as far away as Bribie Island will battle it out when Wide Bay Regional Swimming Association, in conjunction with McDonald’s, presents the 2023 Wide Bay Long Course Championships at Norville Park Pool this weekend.
Three Sunshine Coast clubs have the biggest contingents with SC Grammar topping the list with 49, just in front of Pelican Waters Caloundra 46, and Flinders 43, while hosts Bundaberg Swim Team has a 20-strong line-up.
There are eight distance events from 6pm tonight, some with up to four heats, while action will resume at 8am tomorrow with 26 events in Session 2, followed by 14 finals in Session 3 from 3-5pm.
Then in Session 4 on Sunday, starting at 8am, there are another 28 events, with the biggest heats number being 19, before the final Session 5 will feature 17 Finals from 3-5pm.
Spectators are welcome.
Bundaberg Swim Team: Indi Bland, Freddie Collins, Atlanta Day, Harper Fossey, Archie Gatley, Ethan Giles, Amelie Ing, Koby Irvine, Florence Lewis, Tomas Mason, Hamish O’Brien, Lewis O’Brien, Lara Parker, Charli Pollock, Giorgi Pollock, Min Joon Sussens, Libby Venner, Isabella Warmington, Olivia Warmington, Drew Woods.
Bundaberg again produced a very competitive performance against the Bulls Masters in their T20 clash at Salter Oval on Saturday night, going down by just 11 runs.
Spinner Ben Davey claimed 3-20 from his four overs in a Bulls Masters total of 5-161, grabbing three scalps before conceding a run after paceman Mitchell Waters had removed dangermen Nathan Reardon and Chris Lynn in his opening spell of 2-20.
Bundaberg openers Luke Owen and Jaden Bond struck 38 and 26 respectively, before the innings fell away, but Luke Solano hit out at the end for a blazing unbeaten 43 from 23 balls to get them to 6-150 in reply after former Australian T20 spinner Cameron Boyce had wreaked havoc with 4-23.
The last round of the Rum City Foods Division 1 Premiership will be played out at Salter Oval tomorrow, with reigning champions Norths having to beat Brothers in their clash starting at 11am, rely on third placed East Bundy Magpies defeating minor premiers Waves in their 2pm showdown, and also having to earn more than 1.30 incentive points than East (allocated at .01 per run scored and .25 per wicket taken).
Division 2 semi-finals berths are also up for grabs, between Brothers 54 (-.1099), East 48 (-.0421) and Norths 48 (-.7438), with Brothers to eye-ball Norths, and East up against minor premiers Waves.
Two five-wicket hauls were achieved in losing sides in the last round of the Junior Cricket 3-16’s last Saturday, with Norths’ Ethan Hamel bagging 5-14 against YMCA/Isis, and Brothers Mustangs’ Simon Millett snaring 5-23 against Waves.
In Junior Cricket 3-16’s sudden-death semi-finals at Kendall’s Flat tomorrow, minor premiers YMCA/Isis do battle with Maryborough, and Waves will again suit up against Brothers Mustangs.
In Junior Cricket 3-14’s, top of the table Norths Bundy Bears will duel with Waves at Kendall’s, but the third placed Norths Bundy Power are away to second seeds Hervey Bay Colts.
Norths teams Avengers and SEI Strikers filled the top two positions in Junior Cricket 2, and they will face Isis and YMCA/Easts respectively, both at Kendall’s.
After breaking the track record at this week’s meeting at Thabeban Park, Belli Park trainer Eric Conroy has set his sights on adding the rich 2023 Bundaberg Cup to Springview Magic’s resume.
The official return to TAB meeting racing in the Rum City commenced with a bang on Monday with Springview Magic bettering the fastest time ever over the grass track in a 460m contest in the Sky Racing Mixed 4th/5th Grade for win number 16 in 46 starts.
The brindle dog bolted in by almost nine lengths in a sizzling 25.82 seconds.
The previous record was 25.94 seconds, which was jointly shared by Shakey Diesel and Craig’s Regret.
Two trainers notched doubles on the day, George Clegg, of Mudgeeraba, with litter siblings Bomber Bar Cool (Kalki Moon Maiden) and Honey Bar Cool (Global Turf Maiden), and Howard’s Thomas Lowe, also with litter siblings Leo Gibbs (Terry Signs Novice Non-Penalty) and Doctor Rossi (McBrides Sands 5th Grade).
Two other District trainers were also among the winners, Ricky Hassall, of Torbanlea, with Baronga Breeze in the rich TAB Restricted Win event, and Bundaberg’s Lorraine Isles, who got the money with Make Noise, which romped home by 7.5 lengths in the Greyhounds Make Great Pets 5th Grade.
Due to heavy rain received in Hervey Bay last Thursday night and the forecast of more squally rain during Friday, all Coral Coast Softball Semi Final games were postponed.
There are no games tomorrow, with Semi-finals now next Saturday, before Preliminary Finals on 18th March and Grand Finals on 25th March.
Here are all the scores from the weekend:
RUM CITY FOODS JUNIOR CRICKET 3-16S
Hervey Bay Colts drew Maryborough.
Waves 101 (L Hamilton 41, Simon Millett 5/23) def Brothers Mustangs 93 (B Grey 2/9, P Dow 2/9, T Staines 2/16).
YMCA/Isis 141 (L Heycox 58, C Rehbein 28, E Hamel 5/14, H Single 2/17) def Norths 86 (J Mather 26, C Rehbein 3/3, R Santacaterina 2/6, R Felstead 2/27).
Points: YMCA/Isis 120.92, Waves 104.64, Brothers Mustangs 102.92, Maryborough 73.92, Norths 63.82, Hervey Bay Colts 28.71.
RUM CITY FOODS JUNIOR CRICKET 3-14S
Norths Bundy Bears 7/150(cc) (M Crawford 44*, J Cronin 2/15, Z Honor 2/22) def Brothers Raptors 48 (T Andrews 2/7, A Algie 2/7).
Waves 2/198(cc) (N Delacy 55*, T Delacy 41*, A Stuchbery 36*) def Norths Bundy Power 78 (A Stuchbery 2/6, H Clegg 2/6, X Childs 2/14).
Maryborough 6/139(cc) (I Yeomans 33) def YMCA/Isis 7/106(cc) (C Steele 28).
Points: Norths Bundy Bears 110.44, Hervey Bay Colts 07.36, Norths Bundy Power 85.77, Waves 78.44, Maryborough 74.93, Brothers Raptors 46.66, YMCA/Isis 39.61.
RUM CITY FOODS JUNIOR CRICKET 2
Isis 8/102 (C Higgins 50*, D Hawken 2/4, A Amanna 2/17) drew YMCA/Easts 7/102(cc) (N Biju Alex 30*).
Brothers Broncos 192 (A Cunningham 91*) def Brothers Pumas 6/103(cc) (A Cunningham 3/11).
Norths SEI Strikers 7/139(cc) (T Nieuwoudt 48*, H Banks 2/17, L Rogers 2/23) def Norths Avengers 82 (O Abell 33*, J Atkinson 2/7, L Donnison 2/12).
Points: Norths Avengers 119.86, Norths SEI Strikers 111.32, YMCA/Easts 75.62, Isis 68.63, Brothers Broncos 51.84, Brothers Pumas 37.01.
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