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Netball is a sport for life

This has never been more evident than at Burdekin Netball Association in 2022. Three sets of mothers/daughters occupy positions on the committee. Sheree McKaig, who began on the Committee as a Selector when she was 17 and has held most positions since then, is currently the Association’s Publicity Officer and Grants Officer. She is joined […]

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This has never been more evident than at Burdekin Netball Association in 2022. Three sets of mothers/daughters occupy positions on the committee.

Sheree McKaig, who began on the Committee as a Selector when she was 17 and has held most positions since then, is currently the Association’s Publicity Officer and Grants Officer. She is joined this year by her daughter Tayla who is fulfilling the new Media Officer role, looking after all things social media. Tayla was the 2021 Harvest Festival Queen entrant and has been involved at Burdekin Netball since she was very young.

Sheree was awarded Life Membership in 2014.

Another long-standing committee member is Alicia Butterworth. Alicia began playing at a young age and joined the committee after she returned to the Burdekin from Bowen, where she lived with her young family for a few years.    Alicia has held the position of Secretary for 15 years. Alicia’s daughter Sarah Butterworth has joined the ranks this year as a Selector. Sarah has played since she was young and now plays an important role in the team roster for the Burdekin Silverlinks. Sarah also coaches a junior Representative team and her sister Amy is the Manager. Alicia and Sarah are both National C badged Umpires.

Alicia was awarded Life Membership in 2021. She was awarded this alongside her Mother, Lucy, also a Life Member of the Association. They are the second mother/daughter team to become Life Members, with Joy Comollatti and her daughter Judy Spelta becoming Life Members in 1989 and 1999.

Kristen Linton has held positions on the Committee for several years and returns as a selector this year. Kristen is joined by her daughter Dayna who has just finished high school. Dayna is carrying out the role of Umpires Co-ordinator. Dayna is a National C badged umpire.

All three Mums welcomed their daughters to the committee with open arms, and the daughters are grateful for their guidance (and thankful that they got an invitation to the committee end of year bash!)

As the next generation of strong committee women is coming through, Burdekin Netball Association will be in great hands for many years to come.

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Home Hill Tennis welcomes first patroness

Home Hill Tennis is excited to announce the appointment of its first patroness, Jill Barbagallo. Jill has a long history with the club, first playing tennis as a junior with her family in Home Hill. Over the years, she played in numerous representative shield teams and was a winner at the Annual Sugar Bowl in...

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Home Hill Tennis is excited to announce the appointment of its first patroness, Jill Barbagallo. Jill has a long history with the club, first playing tennis as a junior with her family in Home Hill. Over the years, she played in numerous representative shield teams and was a winner at the Annual Sugar Bowl in…

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Playing in the big leagues

THE Burdekin Silverlink’s netball team will give Townsville teams a run for their money when they host Round 4 of the elite Townsville Premier Leagues Competition on Saturday. “Burdekin has always been an invitational team, but we’ve cemented our spot in the competition. This will be our 19th season competing,” said coach Cara Trindle. “We...

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THE Burdekin Silverlink’s netball team will give Townsville teams a run for their money when they host Round 4 of the elite Townsville Premier Leagues Competition on Saturday. “Burdekin has always been an invitational team, but we’ve cemented our spot in the competition. This will be our 19th season competing,” said coach Cara Trindle. “We…

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Jet pack roared into Alva

THE 2022 Yamaha Variety: The Children’s Charity Jet Trek took off from Mackay on Sunday 20 March headed for their final destination in Port Douglas. Over a hundred jet skiers made a pit stop at Alva beach on Tuesday to refuel and partake of a delicious luncheon catered by Ayr Surf Life Saving Club. Slightly […]

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THE 2022 Yamaha Variety: The Children’s Charity Jet Trek took off from Mackay on Sunday 20 March headed for their final destination in Port Douglas.

Over a hundred jet skiers made a pit stop at Alva beach on Tuesday to refuel and partake of a delicious luncheon catered by Ayr Surf Life Saving Club.

Slightly sunburnt and tired, the Trekkers were glad to alight from their vehicles, stretch and socialise with their waiting support crew for a few short hours.

After leaving Alva, the group’s next destination was Townsville where they enjoyed a dinner and awards presentation.

Burdekin Catholic High School Principal Craig Frattini took part in the event for the fifth year. He was motivated to join the fundraising initiative by seeing first-hand the impact the charity had on the lives of disadvantaged children.

Fundraising for Variety is not limited to special events and donations can be made year-round. To find out more about the event visit www.variety.org.au

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Matilda’s waltz into Townsville

Australia’s Matildas will play their first game in North Queensland when they take on the New Zealand Ferns on 8 April in a historic match at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium. This match marks the first time the Matilda’s have played in the North and the Queensland Country Bank Stadium. It will also be the...

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Australia’s Matildas will play their first game in North Queensland when they take on the New Zealand Ferns on 8 April in a historic match at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium. This match marks the first time the Matilda’s have played in the North and the Queensland Country Bank Stadium. It will also be the…

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Looking for a new sport? Pick up Pickleball

If you combine tennis, table tennis and a bit of badminton, you’ll have the recipe for the fastest growing sport in America. The game is played using a paddle similar to a table tennis bat and a perforated polymer ball. In Home Hill, the game is played on a tennis court with an area marked […]

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If you combine tennis, table tennis and a bit of badminton, you’ll have the recipe for the fastest growing sport in America. The game is played using a paddle similar to a table tennis bat and a perforated polymer ball. In Home Hill, the game is played on a tennis court with an area marked out to approximately the size of a badminton court.

This sport is as much about socialising as competing. It’s a great social game because players stand closer together than in tennis. There is also the chance for some funny shots, especially if it’s windy.

Pickleball is catching on in Queensland, with 70 venues hosting the sport and over 10,000 participating players. It has been played all year round at Home Hill since 2020.

Part of the sport’s appeal is that it is less taxing on the joints, making it a popular game with ex-tennis and squash players looking for a slower social game. It’s also fun for tricky table tennis or squash players who like to spin and slice the ball.

Pickleball will recommence with a free trial on Tuesday 1 March at Home Hill Tennis. Games are played every Tuesday night from 7 pm to 8.15 pm with a $10 entry fee. The fee includes the use of pickleball equipment and membership to Home Hill Tennis. Everyone is welcome to come and have a go.

For more information, message Home Hill Tennis Facebook page or phone Kate on 0447384441.

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Burdekin sweeps the field at race awards

Last weekend the crème de la crème of racing converged on Emerald Town Hall for the 2021 Ladbrokes Queensland Country Racing Awards. Eight Racing Regions throughout Queensland were represented this year, with a significant increase in nominees across 15 categories. In total, ten Burdekin Race Club committee and members travelled to enjoy the warm hospitality...

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Last weekend the crème de la crème of racing converged on Emerald Town Hall for the 2021 Ladbrokes Queensland Country Racing Awards. Eight Racing Regions throughout Queensland were represented this year, with a significant increase in nominees across 15 categories. In total, ten Burdekin Race Club committee and members travelled to enjoy the warm hospitality…

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Shooting for the stars

Burdekin basketball referee Emily Plaza has set her sights on reaching the top of the game. The Under 18’s referee dreams of one day umpiring the WNBL. She started her career as a basketball until her coach approached her in grade 9 about becoming a referee. “Our association needed ref’s and I thought why not...

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Burdekin basketball referee Emily Plaza has set her sights on reaching the top of the game. The Under 18’s referee dreams of one day umpiring the WNBL. She started her career as a basketball until her coach approached her in grade 9 about becoming a referee. “Our association needed ref’s and I thought why not…

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What team? Wildcats!

In a nail-biting finish to the season, the Burdekin Wildcats Under 18’s girl’s team finished fourth in the Basketball State Championships. Taking place on the 12th – 16th of January, the tournament was played on the Gold Coast with the girls, just missing out on taking home the bronze. The Wildcats were undefeated all season...

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In a nail-biting finish to the season, the Burdekin Wildcats Under 18’s girl’s team finished fourth in the Basketball State Championships. Taking place on the 12th – 16th of January, the tournament was played on the Gold Coast with the girls, just missing out on taking home the bronze. The Wildcats were undefeated all season…

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Canefield Ashes helps fund cancer centre garden

The Canefileld Ashes competition has developed into a great weekend of cricket, mateship and socialising. The two-day contest is held over a weekend and attracts teams from the Burdekin as well as Bowen, Proserpine and Charters Towers. Over the years HHCA have donated approximately $50,000 to the Cancer Council in Brisbane but HHCA president Alexander […]

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The Canefileld Ashes competition has developed into a great weekend of cricket, mateship and socialising. The two-day contest is held over a weekend and attracts teams from the Burdekin as well as Bowen, Proserpine and Charters Towers.

Over the years HHCA have donated approximately $50,000 to the Cancer Council in Brisbane but HHCA president Alexander Romeo said this year they decided to do something a little different.

“This year we had $8,400 to donate but it was decided to channel the funds to a charity where locals would be able to see what their money was going to,” Mr Romeo said.

The ICON Cancer Centre in Townsville was selected in remembrance of Eugene Pagoto who was treated at the oncology unity attached to Park Haven Hospital which later became the ICON Cancer Centre.

As Eugene’s mother Alfina Pagoto recalls “Eugene played cricket at the Home Hill Cricket club for many years. Eugene’s mates had been talking about running a competition similar to the Goldfield Ashes. When Eurgene passed away, his cricket mates came up with the Canefield Ashes and dedicated the weekend to him. They donated a percentage of the profits from the weekend to the Cancer Council in Brisbane.

“The donation would go to Brisbane and we would see nothing of it here so we talked it over with the cricket club and since Eugene had his treatment at the oncology unity attached to Park Haven Hospital, we felt that the Centre would be an appropriate choice.

“While donating to the Queensland Cancer Council is a worthy cause, we wanted something where we could see the outcome of our donation. There are a lot of people from the Burdekin who attend the Centre for treatment so they will be directly benefitting from our donation.

Georgina Whelan, Site Manager at ICC said the profit from the Canefield Ashes was not given in the form of a direct cash donation.

“The HHCA came to us and asked what we needed. We then consulted with our patients and decided that the Meerkat Garden could do with a facelift,” Ms Whelan said.

The Meerkat Garden began with a patient placing one little statue in the garden and it grew from there. It has become a thing where there are lots of little differently themed meerkats everywhere reflecting the personality of some of the patients. The patient’s treatment rooms overlook the small courtyard garden and it was looking in need of a bit of love.

“The cricket club contracted a landscape gardener to come in and do the work,” Ms Whelan said. “The club also organised an electronics company to come in an install a sound system which we are using at the moment to play Christmas Carols. It means we don’t have to rely on the radio which is sometime inappropriate for patients.”

Eugene’s parents Serge and Alfina Pagoto travelled to Townsville with HHCA President Alex Romeo to meet Georgina Whelan and one of Eugene’s nurses Anita Fowler, and to inspect the improvements.

Icon Cancer Centre Townsville delivers chemotherapy and specialised therapies for all solid and haematological malignancies, The centre provides a full range of treatments for people diagnosed with cancer or blood conditions. With a focus on regional and remote cancer care, Icon Townsville continues to treat many Burdekin locals who travel regularly to Townsville for treatment.