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

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The 46th Annual Gregory River Canoe Marathon was a huge success on Mayday weekend with 172 paddlers participating. This year there was a large contingent of paddlers from as far away as Tweed Heads and Echuca. The diversity in age and craft was amazing, with long course paddlers as young as 17 and as old as 77 and boats ranging from stand-up paddleboards, short plastics sit on top and K1 and K2 elegant. The race was won by John Lakeland of the Sunshine Coast in a time of 3.26.29. Cloncurry was in turmoil in May after hosting the Arthur Beetson Foundation’s Junior Outback 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. The participating age groups were boys under 14 and 16 and girls under 14 and 17, bringing together over 150 players and their team officials. For the second time in three seasons, the International Legends of League have filled Mount Isa and also for the second time the honors have been shared on the field. In an entertaining match at Alec Inch Oval in front of more than 5,000 fans on Saturday night, the Legends of League All Stars drew with Mount Isa All Stars 34-34. Sadly, it’s a few years too late to claim a prize, but a local man caught a 12-year-old scarred barramundi at Lake Moondarra. Carla Cerizza sent a photo of her husband Bruno saying he “appears to have caught an ol barra comp barra today”, a 120cm beauty weighing 22.8kg who was still tagged. “” We found out that 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 their second Mount Isa Cup. 2019 winner, this time ridden by Tim Brumell, was third place ($ 3.60) with the pre-race bookies behind Spanish Hurricane ($ 2.80) and Dukes County ($ 2.90). Steven Royes takes the lead into the straight and take the victory by three lengths. The Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft has announced an additional event on this year’s program in memory of one of the great pillars of the event. The “Ron Wall Memorial Derby Challenge ‘will commemorate the great horseman of North Queensland, Ron Wall, who died last year. Stockmans chairman Cheyne Williams said it was an easy decision given Ron’s time in the north. Mr Williams said: not only has he competed at Cloncurry more than any other competitor, he has won the challenge in 1997 and 1999 as well as numerous rankings over the years.

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