Bundaberg Bears coach Corey Tanner was proud of the performances of his new-look youthful team at the Queensland Rugby League Central Region 47th Battalion Men’s Carnival in Emerald last weekend despite winning just one of their three matches.
The Bears hit the ground running with a 30-10 romp against Central Highlands on Saturday afternoon, but while they were no match for Rockhampton Rustlers later in the day, outgunned 36-6, they were beaten but not bowed against Sunshine Coast Falcons 24-22 on Sunday morning.
Corey said second rower Lachlan Patterson, young halfback Laish Salam, captain and front rower Reece Maughan, goal kicking winger Chris Robinson and lock Ethan Ballard were their best.
Bundaberg Broadcasters A Grade Premiership fixtures will resume tomorrow, and the lead on the ladder will be up for grabs in the top of the table Round 5 showdown between the unbeaten Past Brothers and Waves Tigers at Salter Oval at 4.15pm.
Third place will also be on the line in the clash between Wests Panthers and Easts Magpies at 6 pm, while fallen reigning premiers Hervey Bay Seagulls will be hoping to ignite their season after a horror start when they host Wallaroos in a Fraser Coast Local Derby at Stafford Park at 5 pm.
Northern Districts fixtures will also resume tomorrow, and Miriam Vales Magpies will be hungry to post their first win of the season and fire up their title defence in their combat with the lethal South Kolan Sharks at 3.30 pm, after Avondale Tigers and Gin Gin Hawks each chase their second wins of the season at 2 pm.
Earlier in the Women’s League Tag, two-time premiers Gin Gin Hawkettes could savage Avondale Tigeress at noon, and Agnes Water Marlins will cross swords with Isis Devils at 1 pm.
AFL: Pocket dynamo Joel Saunders kicked a goal in his 100th game and was among their best as Brothers Bulldogs broke through for their first win of the AFL Wide Bay Senior Men’s season with an 18.11 (119) to 3.5 (23) home demolition of Bay Power on Saturday.
In a robust team performance, Jaykob Gooder kicked four goals, with three each to Jefferson Baulch and Cody Woodrow, and doubles to Tristan Taylor, Michael Lovett, and Andrew Grogan.
But Waves Eagles crashed to their first loss of the season, blown away by their high flying hosts and two-times defending champions Hervey Bay Bombers 23.14 (152) to 1.2 (8).
Both of tomorrow’s games are at the Bay, with the Bulldogs up against the might of the Bombers, and the Eagles aiming to bounce back and repeat their first round home victory over the Power.
The Eagles however powered on in their Takalvans Senior Women’s title defence with Hayley Gash bagging three majors in a 9.4 (58) to 3.5 (23) dispatch of the Bombers, while the Bulldogs were beaten by Power by a solitary point 4.5 (29) to 4.4 (28).
The Eagles and Bulldogs Women are both also away to the Bay sides tomorrow.
BASKETBALL: It was a red-letter night for Bundaberg in the Basketball Queensland State League 2 with both the Autobarn Bulls Men and Bears Women’s side having home victories over Logan Thunder 103-92 and 69-46 respectively at Autobarn Arena last Saturday night.
The Bulls made it back-to-back wins with Aiden Potter leading the scoring for the second week in a row with 21 points, but there were four other players in double-figures, Jesse Lomax 19, Jarrod Sheppard 18, Manny Ostrofski 12 and Malachi Frisby 10.
The Bears notched their first victory in their comeback season with Leah Gleich standing tall with 28 points and Georgia Herbener and Charlie Stenberg chipping in with 12 and 10 respectively.
Bundaberg is away to Port City Power tomorrow with the Gladstone Men coming off an 83-68 triumph over Thunder after having gone down 121-85 in the season-opener to Moreton Bay Suns Fire, who backed up the next day to buck the Bulls 84-72.
The Port City Women have won both their games so far and will take a power of beating.
FOOTBALL: Young gun Preston Cox was a hat-trick hero as top of the table Across the Waves accounted for Sunbury Blues 4-2 at home in their Football Queensland Premier League Wide Bay Men’s match last Saturday night.
Fellow teenage talent Will Bath also struck three times as United Park Eagles (UPE) consolidated second place with a 5-2 result against KSS Jets, while Bingera also had a good win against Doon Villa 4-1, but SC Corinthians were white-washed by Fraser Flames 15-0.
At 6 pm tomorrow, the sky could be the limit for Waves when they come up against Corinthians at Martens Oval, while Bingera will host UPE in what shapes as a battle royale, and in Fraser Coast local derbies, the Blues and Doon Villa will duel tonight, and the Jets and Flames will square off tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Jets maintained their perfect record in the FQPLWB Women’s division, edging out UPE 1-0 last weekend, while Waves moved into third place with a 5-1 drubbing of Tinana, and Bingera were blown away by Doon Villa 6-1.
Tonight, Bingera will host UPE at 6.30 pm, Jets will fire up against the Flames, and Doon Villa will aim up against Tinana.
HOCKEY: There will be two Premier League Women’s last-round matches at Hinkler Park tomorrow with the unbeaten but second placed Arrows/Athletics eyeing All Blacks at 4.4 0pm, before leaders Raiders/Rovers and Waves Cities cut loose.
Cities are in fourth position and must win to book a place in the finals, with UniRoos, who are just two points behind them, taking on Magpies, who are out of finals contention.
There are no Division 1 Men’s games this weekend.
NETBALL: Waves Gold will start their quest for four straight Warren Family Homes Division 1 Premiership titles with an intra-club duel with their Blue team at 3.30 pm tomorrow when the Bundaberg Netball season finally gets under way at the Super Park.
At 5 pm, beaten grand finalists of the past two seasons, Brothers Hurricanes will take on Natives Magpies, and a second Brothers team in top grade, Cyclones, will unleash against Alloway Blue.
HORSE RACING: Champion Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner returned to the winners’ circle with Oh So Rewarding taking out the Benchmark 65 Handicap at Thangool on Tuesday.
The favourite, paying $3, was ridden by apprentice Savannah McCann, with the six-year-old, which won four races in Victoria, including at Moonee Valley in January 2021, before being purchased by Darryl late last year, making it back-to-back wins on the track.
Fellow Bundaberg trainer Gary Clem had also been successful with Jamesatelli in the Burnett to the Beach Benchmark 55 at Wondai on Anzac Day.
GREYHOUNDS: Bundaberg owned champion Springview Magic, which is trained at Belli Park by Eric Conroy, added to his Bundaberg and Easter Cup victories by snaring another $5,005 prizemoney with a signature power packed victory in the 460 m Open dash at Thabeban Park on Monday.
The brindle flyer was a $2.15 favourite and notched his 19th career win.
Goodwood owner/trainer Louise Cameron clinched the quinella in the Novice Non-Penalty with Cambla Crown and Cambla Sensei, while just one other District trainer was also successful on the day, Stephen Bland with Mount Cambla in the Carve Industries 5th Grade.
Here are all the results from weekend:
AFL WIDE BAY
HERVEY BAY BOMBERS 5.3, 10.7, 15.10, 23.14 (152) d WAVES EAGLES 1.2 (8)
Eagles – Goals: Corey Taylor; Best: William Bingham, Karl Williams, Michael Blair, Connor Stone, Trent Burchard, Klint Wagstaff
BROTHERS BULLDOGS 5.3, 8.6, 12.7, 18.11 (119) d BAY POWER 2.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5 (23).
Bulldogs: Goals: Jaykob Gooder 4, Jefferson Baulch 3, Cody Woodrow 3, Tristan Taylor 2, Michael Lovett 2, Andrew Grogan 2, Harrison Hodgson, Joel Saunders, Matthew McArdle; Best: Dylan Keam, Cody Woodrow, Michael Lovett, Joel Saunders, Harrison Hodgson, Jaykob Gooder.
TAKALVANS SENIOR WOMEN
WAVES EAGLES 1.0, 4.0, 5.2, 9.4 (58) d HERVEY BAY BOMBERS 1.1, 2.3, 3.3, 3.5 (23).
Eagles – Goals: Hayley Gash 3, Kelly Blair 2, Amber Whicker, Sage Roussety, Scout Strong, Georgia Ellis; Best: Scout Strong, Taylor Jardine, Rhani Dodd, Jasmine Fagg, Hayley Gash, Kelly Blair.
BAY POWER 2.2, 3.3, 4.3, 4.5 (29) d BROTHERS BULLDOGS 1.0, 1.1, 3.3, 4.4 (28).
Bulldogs – Best: Mel Vanzetta, Sinead Sheehan, Elsie Kerwin, Bo Tankey, Emily Kerwin, Jayla Tancredi
HERVEY BAY BOMBERS 18.14 (122) d WAVES EAGLES 1.0 (6).
BAY POWER 6.5 (41) d BROTHERS BULLDOGS 2.7 (19).
HERVEY BAY BOMBERS 12.5 (71) d WAVES EAGLES 1.5 (11).
BROTHERS BULLDOGS 8.8 (56) d BAY POWER 4.3 (27).
BAY POWER 8.10 (58) d BROTHERS BULLDOGS 2.3 (15).
HERVEY BAY BOMBERS RED 23.16 (63) d WAVES EAGLES 0.3 (3).
HERVEY BAY BOMBERS 12.8 (60) d WAVES EAGLES 0.0 (0).
BROTHERS BULLDOGS WHITE 10.0 (60) d BAY POWER 0.0 (0).
BASKETBALL QSL 2
BUNDABERG AUTOBARN BULLS 103 (Aiden Potter 21, Jesse Lomax 19, Jarrod Sheppard 18, Manny Ostrofski 12, Malachi Frisby 10, Luke Iacobucci 7, Ryan Wells 7, Bailey Jenkins 5, Lachlan Storey 4) d LOGAN THUNDER 92.
BUNDABERG BEARS 69 (Leah Gleich 28, Georgia Herbener 12, Charlie Stenberg 10, Lucy Wells 7, Delanni Loprese 3, Stefanie Rehbein 2) d LOGAN THUNDER 46
FOOTBALL QUEENSLAND PREMIER LEAGUE
WIDE BAY MEN
ATW 4 (Preston Cox 3, Callum Hillier) d SUNBURY BLUES 2 (K Birt 2)
FRASER FLAMES 15 (Shaun Mitchell 5, K Rye-Jensen 4, H Rayner 3, B Mitchell, B Catarro) d SC CORINTHIANS 0.
UPE 5 (Will Bath 3, W Harris, H Nasso) d KSS JETS 2 (J Lynch 2).
BINGERA 4 d DOON VILLA 1.
WIDE BAY WOMEN
ATW 5 (D Giovannoni 2, A Fulton 2, L Thatcher) d TINANA 1.
KSS JETS 1 d UPE 0.
DOON VILLA 6 d BINGERA 1.
BINGERA 1 (J Lorrie) d DOON VILLA 0
ATW 3 (Mitchell Aslett 2, Aden Russo) d SUNBURY BLUES 2
FRASER FLAMES 6 d SC CORINTHIANS 3
KSS JETS 3 d UPE 1.
ATW 3 (X Ulbl 2, C Simpson) d UPE 1 (G McKillop).
KSS JETS 2 d ATW 1
FRASER FLAMES 1 d BAYSIDE TORNADOS 0
WIDE BAY NORTH DIV 1 WOMEN
BARGARA 4 d ATW 2
UPE 2 drew SC CORINTHIANS 2
BINGERA 1 d DIGGERS 0.
WIDE BAY NORTH DIV 2 MEN
ATW 4 (J D’Addario 2, L Brillante, R Fulton) d BARGARA 0
UPE GREEN 10 (Nick Maas 5, Ethan Maas 2, D Bird, J Hendricks, L Shaw) d DIGGERS GREEN 5 (Luke Ballantyne 2, Sam Simpson)
SC CORINTHIANS 1 (M Engstrom) d DIGGERS GOLD 0
BAV 2 (W Brosnan, C Tierney) d GIN GIN 1 (L Mennis)
UPE RED 0 drew BINGERA 0.
WIDE BAY NORTH U16 DIV 1
BARGARA STINGRAYS 4 d BAV VILLAINS 1
BINGERA CUTTERS 5 d DIGGERS 3
BINGERA FIRE 2 d UPE 0
ATE 4 d BARGARA RED 2.
WIDE BAY NORTH U13 DIV 1A
GIN GIN 3 d BAV VILLAINS 2
SC CORINTHIANS GLADIATORS 1 d DIGGERS 0
RUGBY LEAGUE BUNDABERG JUNIOR
WAVES TIGERS 30 d WALLAROOS 0
BUNDABERG BROTHERS 22 d HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 18
WAVES TIGERS 40 d WALLAROOS 10
HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 24 d BUNDABERG BROTHERS 10
HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 20 d BUNDABERG BROTHERS 0
WALLAROOS 16 d EASTS MAGPIES 10
WESTS PANTHERS 24 d AGNES WATER MARLINS 18
MARYBOROUGH BROTHERS 32 d WAVES TIGERS 12
WESTS PANTHERS 14 d MARYBOROUGH BROTHERS64
BUNDABERG BROTHERS BLUE 38 d BUNDABERG BROTHERS WHITE 24
HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 44 d CHILDERS 0
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