Elise Vaughan again led the charge for the Bundaberg Cycling Club at the recent Balmoral Junior Tour, claiming first overall in the Under-13 Girls division on day two after winning the Criterium and placing second in the Hill Climb and third in the Handicap.
On day one of the event, she also won the Time Trial and Road Race.
Nathan and Emilyn Lawley and Milan Klein each also excelled, placing second overall in the Under-11 Boys, Under-9 Girls, and Under-9 Boys respectively.
Nathan was runner-up in the Hill Climb and third in the Criterium after also grabbing second in the Road Race and third in the Time Trial on Day One, while Emilyn was victorious in the Handicap and picked up Silver in the Criterium, Time Trial and Road Race, and Milan led the field home in the Handicap, and snared seconds in the Hill Climb, Criterium, and Road Race, and third in the Time Trial.
Another Bundaberg representative, Ralph Mullins, was also among the medals with Silver in the Under-11 Boys Handicap.
Elise, Nathan and Emilyn were also stars at the Gold Coast Junior Tour, with Elise and Emilyn both clinching first overall after winning every one of their events, while Nathan was second overall after beating all comers in the Triangular Criterium and chalking up seconds in the Road Race, and both Criteriums.
Club veteran Wayne Godfrey has also enjoyed top-level success this year, powering to Silver in the Masters 7 Points Race and Bronze in the 40-Lap Scratch Race at his first nationals at the 2023 Australian Masters Track Championships at Anna Meares Velodrome in March after only taking up the sport in 2018.
The 60-year-old also chalked up two Gold and four Silvers at the State titles.
Congratulations to Past Brothers on winning the Rugby League Bundaberg Broadcasters Minor Premierships in all three divisions, A Grade, Reserve Grade, and Under-18, after last-round home games wins over West Panthers 24-10, 20-16, and 42-12 respectively at Brothers Sports Club on Saturday.
In A Grade, five-eighth Mitchell Taylor bagged a double for Brothers but in was their uncompromising defence that got them home in the face of a fierce Wests attack until the Panthers walked off with 18 minutes to go.
Waves Tigers finished second after they defeated Wallaroos 32-18 with a double to centre Timaco Naco at Eskdale Park, while deposed champions Hervey Bay Seagulls tried hard but finished the season without a competition point, going down to Easts 36-32 despite both teams scoring six tries, with three of their 2022 premiership players twins William and Scott Walthall, and Ben Hudson all among the tries for the Magpies, with William notching a double.
There are no matches this weekend due to the Bulldogs v Dolphins NRL game at Salter Oval on Sunday, with the finals to start next Saturday.
In Juniors, Under-16s and 15s have one round to go on Sunday week, and Waves have the Under-16 Minor Premiership secure, while Wests laid claim to the U15 minor title with a hat-trick of tries to Lael Lampton, and doubles to Darius Freeman, Kyjuan Tanna and Nait Gough a in a 56-6 demolition of Hervey Bay on Sunday.
Magpies are Bundaberg’s highest placed U14 team after securing third place with a 52-6 last-round drubbing of Bundaberg Brothers on the weekend with Xavier Blair running in four tries.
In U13, the two Bundaberg Brothers sides White and Blue finished first and second respectively after the former beat the latter 16-10 in the last round on Sunday with a double to Patrick Doyle, whose elder brothers Liam and Joseph are also integral parts of the Brothers’ Reserve Grade and U18 outfits, and father Robert was a former Bundaberg soccer star, and uncle Simon Doyle was a former international middle distance star and Commonwealth Games 1500m fourth placegetter.
Four of his uncles are also former premiership players for the club, Jamie, the late Karl, Chris, and Matthew Emerick – Jamie and Matthew in A Grade, the latter as a captain, Karl in Under-19, and Chris in Juniors.
SATURDAY’S A GRADE
PAST BROTHERS 24 (Mitchell Taylor 2, Tyrell Priestley, Quintin Olive tries; Matthew Craven 4 goals) d WESTS PANTHERS 10 (Joshua Tanner try; Chris Robinson 3 goals).
WAVES TIGERS 32 (Timaco Naco 2, Tom Morcom, Brad Clarke, Reece Maughan, Tom Akers tries; Lachlan Dullaway 4 goals) d WALLAROOS 18 (Felix Brown 2, Maurice Blair tries; Jorden Kemble 3 goals).
EASTS MAGPIES 36 (William Walthall 2, Ben Hudson, Scott Walthall, Ethan Ballard, Robert Wondrock tries; Jayden Smith 6 goals) d HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 32 (David Woodbridge, Rodney Seeto, Michael O'Shea, Ethan West, Nalwarri Gabirri Collins-Yunupingu 2 tries; David Woodbridge 4 goals).
Points tables – A Grade: Brothers 23, Waves Tigers 22, Wests 20, East Magpies 15, Wallaroos 10, Hervey Bay Seagulls 0. Reserve Grade: Brothers 24, Waves 22, East 20, West 18, Wallaroos 6, Hervey Bay 0. Under-18: Brothers 22, Hervey Bay 20, South Burnett 19, West 9, Waves 6.
In the Northern Districts Men’s Premiership, minor premiers Isis Devils suffered a surprise last-round loss to Avondale Tigers 24-18 at Gin Gin on Saturday afternoon, with both sides chalking up four tries but Tigers veteran Brendon McKeown kicking four conversions to the Devils’ one.
Fourth placed Gin Gin Hawks warmed up for the finals with a 50-8 triumph over 2022 premiers Miriam Vale Magpies, who finished the season with a win after three tries to flashy Interchange player Maka Taliauli, a double to centre Tyren Hoyle, a 16-point haul to five-eighth and 2022 NDRL Player of the Year Rowan Sutton with one try and six conversions, and single tries to winger Kody Dale, fullback Tom Stehbens, and club champion second rower Connor Boon.
In the Women’s League Tag, Gin Gin turned the tables on Agnes Water Marlins after suffering their first loss in over two years to them when they previously met, whitewashing them 32-0, with Jessica Galea bagging four tries to again be the Leading Try Scorer with an amazing 26, and Ruby Tobin adding another six points with a try and two goals to be the Leading Points Getter with 118, 12 more than Jessica.
Isis were also clinical in a 52-4 thrashing of the winless Avondale, with a three-try haul to Teagan Hass, and two each to Ella Branch and M Williams.
Avondale will host the major and minor semi-finals at Tegege next Sunday.
WOMEN’S LEAGUE TAG
Isis 52 (L Bauer, K Campbell, E Branch 2, T Hass 3, J Freshwater, T Sadler, M Williams 2 tries; A Kehl 4 goals) d Avondale 4 (B Purkis try).
Gin Gin 32 (R Tobin, G Galea, S Lavender–Horlyck, J Galea 4 tries; R Tobin 2 goals) d Agnes Water 0
Avondale 24 (I Tuvere, S Dauvosa, M Tuinuku, J Brown tries; B McKeown 4 goals) d Isis 18 (J Thompson, K Oscar, R Blair, C Andrew tries; B Hass goal).
Gin Gin 50 (T Hoyle 2, R Sutton, M Taliauli 3, K Dale, T Stehbens, C Boon tries; R Sutton 6, B Laybutt goals) d Miriam Vale 8 (L Hazell, J Castle tries).
Last year’s Lindsay Australia Ltd Bundaberg Gold Cup beaten favourite Dare to Share, which ran a brave second to Svindal, will be out to go one better in the 2023 Cup at Thabeban Park tomorrow.
One year older and stronger, the striking brown stallion, which is prepared at Deagon by one of Queensland’s best trainers over many years, Pat Duff, is a last-start Gympie winner and boasts an impressive record of 11 wins, seven seconds and three thirds from 40 starts.
With a 3kg claiming for apprentice Corey Sutherland, he will carry only 58.5kg over the tough 1380m course, a rise of just 1.5kg in the event last year, with his main dangers appearing to be Toowoomba raider Waitakere, which is a last-start Roma winner and won the open handicap over this distance at the last local meeting on 13th May, and former Sydney winner Kobe Rocks, which won at his second start on his new home track on 23rd June after being acquired by top Rockhampton trainer Jared Wehlow.
Biggie, which is trained on the Sunshine Coast by Emma Hargrave, also has claims after recording wins at Gatton and Gympie last-start, a third at Beaudesert and a fourth at Gatton at his four starts for her.
The quality field also includes veteran Moranbah country champion ironhorse Fab’s Cowboy, which will turn 12 on Tuesday but is still racing well and has a remarkable record of 49 wins, 29 seconds and 10 thirds from 139 starts so far for prizemoney of $397,300, and champion Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner’s nine-year-old Wrecking Ball, which won the race in 2021 and ran a distance third in it last year.
In Bundaberg’s premier sprint, the Haifa Lightning Handicap, last year’s winner Dynamic Verse, which hails from the Chinchilla stables of Len Mawn, is engaged again, but Fab’s Cowboy’s trainer Bevan Johnson’s Han Dynasty, which is unbeaten in two starts on the track and has a superb record of 13 wins, four seconds and three thirds from 24 starts, appeals with just 59.5kg on his back after the 4kg allowance for new apprentice Mitch Goring.
Pat Duff and Corey look set to also get the money with Claudius in the previous event, the Higgins Coatings Class, while Corey also has excellent prospects in the Corteva/Rivulis Benchmark 50 with Beeokay, which won well at his only previous appearance here on 13th May.
Len however has a great chance in the Integrated Packaging Group QTIS Maiden with Marty Awha, while Regalo D’Oro, for Bundaberg trainer Laura Cronan stands out in the Nufarm/Visy Class B.
Eoin Nagle kicked two goals as Brothers Bulldogs bagged 3.1 to 0.2 in the last quarter to snatch a 5.7 (37) to 5.6 (36) victory from the jaws of defeat against hosts Bay Power in their AFL Wide Bay Senior Men’s Premiership Round 13 on Saturday.
By the win, they also sealed third place and a finals berth at the expense of Power.
Meanwhile, hosts and flag holders Hervey Bay Bombers continued to sweep all before them, outgunning second placed Waves Eagles 11.18 (84) to 2.1 (13).
In the Takalvans Senior Women’s Premiership, first placed reigning premiers Eagles suffered their second straight loss, with Bombers shooting them down 3.3 (21) to 1.4 (10), while Bulldogs surrendered their finals hopes, forfeiting to the Power.
There are no Senior fixtures this weekend, with two rounds remaining before the finals.
Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) Wide Bay players enjoyed the experience, but A League side Brisbane Roar again showed their class in a 10-0 whitewash of them in their pre-season clash at Fraser Coast Sports Precinct on Sunday.
One game was also played in the McDonald’s FQPL WB Men’s division on Wednesday night with Fraser Flames outclassing KSS Jets 5-0.
There is also one game tonight with Across The Waves (ATW) hosting United Park Eagles (UPE) in a top-of-the-table blockbuster at 8.30pm, while this Sunday, all at 4pm, Bingera hosts the Jets, Flames fire up against Sunbury Blues, and SC Corinthians are away to Doon Villa.
The unbeaten Flames’ Women also disposed of Tinana by the same scoreline as their Men on Tuesday.
Last Friday, the Jets’ Women accounted for Tinana 4-1, while tonight, Flames will rage against Tinana, and this Wednesday, UPE and ATW will battle it out at Martens Oval at 6.30pm.
Both Brothers sides Hurricanes and Cyclones went down in their Warren Family Homes Division 1 Premiership clashes at the Superpark on Saturday, beaten by Natives Magpies 42-33 and Alloway Blue 48-36 respectively.
Gold defeated Blue in the all-Waves affair.
Allow Blue and Natives Magpies cross swords at 5pm tomorrow, when Cyclones try to unleash their fury against Waves Blue, then at 6.30pm, it will be a top of the table showdown between the unbeaten three times defending premiers Gold and Hurricanes.
A Lachlan McLennan double led Waves Cities to a 2-0 victory over Arrows/Athletics in their Bundaberg Division 1 Men’s clash at Hinkler Park on Saturday, but Arrows were on target in their Women’s clash, with Hayley Kleidon also striking twice as they shut out the Blues 4-0.
Arrows’ Men however claimed some silverware in the Leon Kersnovske Memorial Fly Cup on Sunday, blitzing Maryborough Brothers 7-3, while the two clubs’ Women’s sides battled out a 3-all draw.
Honours were split in the other Division 1 matches on Saturday, with Raiders/Rovers’ Women accounting for All Blacks 3-0, but the Men in Black getting home 2-1, courtesy of a double to Queensland Junior representative star Isaac Wales.
Tomorrow, Cities face off against Raiders/Rovers, with the Men at 3.20pm and Women at 6pm, and Arrows aim up against All Blacks with the Women taking to the field at 4.40pm, and Men at 7.20pm.
Raiders Rovers 7 (Levi Kendall 1, Flynn Bock 1, Will Baldry 2, Eli Crow 3) defeated All Blacks 2 (Brayden Sinnamon 1, Joseph Chanoff 1)
Arrows Athletics 3 (Jessica Stehbens 1, Amity Hannay 2) defeated Waves Cities 2 (Indi Kronk 1, Samuel Wark 1)
Raiders Rovers 10 (Levi Kendall 1, Stella Dwyer 1, Ameilia Law 1, Molly Crow 2, Silvana Powell 2, Courtney Kendall 3) defeated All Blacks 0
Arrows Athletics 2 (Jessica Stehbens 1, Charlie Hammond 1) defeated Waves Cities 1 (Cooper Pashley 1)
All Blacks 1 (Tim Wales 1) defeated Raiders Rovers 0
Arrows Athletics 1 (Bridie Stehbens 1) drew with Waves Cities 1 (Indianah Fidock 1)
Division 2 Women
Raiders Rovers 6 (Emma Law 1, Amanda Wightman 1, Emma Kendall 1, Hailey Kendall 1, Chantal Baldry 2) defeated All Blacks 0
Waves Cities 1 (Gabrielle Aitkenhead 1) defeated Arrows Athletics 0
Division 2 Men
Raiders Rovers 2 (Matthew Darr 1, Alastair Mullett 1) defeated Waves Cities 0
Division 1 Women
Raiders Rovers 3 (Abby Heffernan 1, Minka Elliott 1, Courtney Kendall 1) defeated All Blacks 0
Arrows Athletics 4 (Ava McCaig 1, Bridget Stehbens 1, Hayley Kleidon 2) defeated Waves Cities 0
Division 1 Men
All Blacks 2 (Isaac Wales 2) defeated Raiders Rovers 1 (Ryan Lee 1)
Waves Cities 2 (Lachlan McLennan 2) defeated Arrows Athletics 0
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