Review of the sporting year May-June | The Northwest Star


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The 46th annual Gregory River Canoe Marathon was a huge success the weekend of May 1 with 172 paddlers participating. This year there was a large contingent of paddlers from as far away as Tweed Heads and Echuca. The diversity of age and craft was amazing, with paddlers on the long course as young as 17 and as old as 77 and craft ranging from stand up paddle boards, short seats on top plastics and elegant K1 and K2. The race was won by John Lakeland from the Sunshine Coast in 3.26.29. Cloncurry was buzzing in May after hosting the Arthur Beetson Foundation’s Outback Junior Carnival for the first time since 2017. It was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19 and it was the 10th anniversary of the carnival, with the inaugural event held in Winton in 2011. Participating age groups were boys under 14 and 16 and girls under 14 and 17, bringing together over 150 players and their team officials. team. For the second time in three seasons, the International Legends of League have packed Mount Isa and also for the second time the honors have been shared on the pitch. In an entertaining match at the Alec Inch Oval in front of more than 5,000 fans on Saturday night, the Legends of League All Stars tied the Mount Isa All Stars team 34-34. Unfortunately, it’s too late to claim a prize, but a local man caught a tagged 12-year-old barramundi at Lake Moondarra. Carla Cerizza sent a photo of her husband Bruno saying he ‘seems to have caught an ol barra comp barra today’, a 120cm beauty weighing 22.8kg who was still tagged. “We found out the barra was tagged and released in 2009.” It wasn’t the favorite to win, but Loud Enough, with Dan Ballard on board, had enough class to win his second Mount Isa Cup. 2019 winner, this time ridden by Tim Brumell, was third prize ($3.60) with pre-race bookies behind Spanish Hurricane ($2.80) and Dukes County ($2.90). But Ballard, who has won three races that day, rode a superb 1450m race for trainer Steven Royes takes the lead down the straight and storms to victory by three lengths The Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft announced an additional event On the program this year in memory of one of the great pillars of the event, the “Ron Wall Memorial Derby Challenge” commemorating the great North Queensland rider, Ron Wall, who died last year. , Cheyne Williams, said it was an easy decision considering you nu of Ron’s time up north. Mr Williams said: “Not only has he competed at Cloncurry more than any other competitor, he has won the ge challenge in 1997 and 1999 as well as numerous rankings over the years”.




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