SNAPSHOT: Sports news from around the South Burnett
SOUTH Burnett sportsmen and women have excelled in a wide range of sports during this year's winter sport season.
While many sports wrap up their seasons by staging grand finals in the upcoming weeks, South Burnett Regional Council sports and recreation portfolio holder, Councillor Roz Frohloff, reflected on the busy season we've had.
- Kingaroy's beach volleyball champion Taliqua Clancy and her partner Mariafe Artacho del Solar celebrated winning bronze at the World Championships in Germany. Cr Frohloff said this was the first medal Australians had won in the competition for 16 years.
- More than 200 people packed the Kingaroy Town Hall for the South Burnett Speedway Club's 50th anniversary celebrations and annual awards night.
- Ian 'Bunny' Pearce was recently honoured with a fitting display at the Roy Emerson Museum. Bunny grew up in Blackbutt and played for the Redcliffe Dolphins and captained the Queensland team for their clash against the Blues in 1975.
- Kingaroy will be hosting 350 cyclists in early September as the South Burnett takes part in the Queensland State Road Race and Time Trial Championships. The event will be organised by the Brisbane Cycling Club in conjunction with Cycling Queensland and the South Burnett Regional Council.
- Queensland Duathlon has shown interest in hosting the state championships in the South Burnett region from next year. Discussions are continuing to investigate this opportunity.
- The Moore to Blackbutt section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail has been used by large groups of mountain bikers from Ipswich, Toowoomba, Brisbane as well as the Mt Cootha Hill Climbers. Some of these bikers have continued through to the South Burnett Rail Trail section of the Kingaroy to Kilkivan rail trail.
Rugby league news
There have been many highlights from the rugby league season this year.
- More than 1000 people attended the QRL Intrust Super Cup Country Round clash between the Sunshine Coast Falcons and North Devils, which was hosted by the Nanango Stags.
- Murgon hosted the 'Old Boys' Wondai v Murgon competition, and the South Burnett senior and junior rugby league competitions are almost wrapped up, with grand finals approaching.
- Nanango State High School won the open grand final of the Wide Bay Southern Broncos Challenge after overpowering Murgon State High School.
Aussie rules news:
Kingaroy AFL hosted their first ladies pink day event with guests including former Melbourne bulldogs players Chris Hunt and Heath Kassulke.
The council representatives also met with Hunt to discuss funding opportunities for the Kingaroy AFL Association to look at club house and change rooms at the Lyle Vidler Oval.
If funding is secured to undertake this project, it would enable the South Burnett to host larger competitions and offer higher-level competitions.
Junior and senior football seasons are both getting to the serious end of competition.
Both teams had their chances to win the preliminary finals last weekend as players slogged it out in the sun.
Football grand finals will be played at the Nanango Football Club on Saturday, August 31.
The ladies will play at 4pm, before the men's game kicks off at 6pm.