15 of the biggest sporting moments from 2020 so far. (Picture: Tristan Evert)
15 of the biggest sporting moments from 2020 so far. (Picture: Tristan Evert)

TOP 15: Burnett’s biggest sporting moments of 2020 so far

IT HAS been a very unusual year for sport with a number of codes being cancelled or having to seek new ways to run a competition.

From cancelled grand finals to broken age old records, these are fifteen of the biggest sporting moments from 2020.

1. Weil brothers smash school records

Cooper and Harrison Weil
Cooper and Harrison Weil

 

One of the first school sporting events to come back post COVID was the Nanango State High School athletics carnival, where Harrison and Cooper Weil absolutely dominated their age groups.

Harrison (year 10) won every event except one, breaking the long jump record set in 1996, the triple jump record set in 1987 and the 400m record set in 1986.

Cooper (year 7) also came away with first place in every event except one, breaking records in discus, triple jump, shot put, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and equalled the long jump record previously set by his brother.

Cooper also competed in the All School cross country championships where he finished 12th in a field of south east Queensland's top runners.

He then represented South Burnett at the Wide Bay basketball trials where he was selected in the Wide Bay team to compete a the state trials held at Carrara in October.

2. Northern Stars claim inaugural Carl Rackemann Junior Challenge

Carl Rackemann Junior Challenge: Northern Stars vs Southern Bulls
Carl Rackemann Junior Challenge: Northern Stars vs Southern Bulls


After two washouts, play commenced on a new junior representative T20 series between the Northern Stars and Southern Bulls, made up of U17 players from across the South Burnett.

The first match on February 22 had the Northern Stars open the batting with Harry Sippel the standout hitting 62 runs off his first innings.

It was Chris Kerkow who was most impressive for the bowling side taking 2/1/0.5.

With a total of 9/126 off the 20 overs, the Bulls had a big job ahead of them.

The Southern Bulls all out for 60 runs the Northern Stars took the win by 66 runs.

In the second match on March 8 the Stars won the toss, elected to bat and made 108 runs off the 20 overs, losing five wickets.

In reply the Bulls hit 9/86 with Fletcher Brown and Matthew Early the top scorers.

3. South Burnett Saints make preliminary finals

Dalby Swans vs South Burnett Saints in Dalby on September 12. Picture: Sam Turner
Dalby Swans vs South Burnett Saints in Dalby on September 12. Picture: Sam Turner

 

Another competition that was drastically affected by COVID was the Darling Downs AFL, featuring a never before seen eight week competition, plus finals.

For the first time in the club's history both the men and women's teams progressed through to the preliminary finals.

The men finished the home and away season with 5 wins and three losses with the women's taking three wins and six losses.

The club also hosted it's first ever reserve grade match, breaking training attendance numbers in the lead-up.

4. The l aunch of South Burnett's first backyard ultra

38 runners from across South East QLD participated in the Dead Cow Gully training session on Sunday.
38 runners from across South East QLD participated in the Dead Cow Gully training session on Sunday.

On A property 11km outside of Nanango, a 6.7 kilometre course was developed to become the South Burnett's first backyard ultra-marathon circuit.

Organised by Nanango School Teacher Timothy Walsh, Dead Cow Gully Backyard Ultra has attracted attention from running communities across the country.

Walsh hosted three training sessions in the lead-up to the event attracting an elite list of runners.

The event is scheduled to take place on April 3, 2021.

5. South Burnett cricket grand final cancelled

Matthew Barbour and the Kumbia Rattlers will head into the South Burnett B Grade Cricket grand final against the Murgon District Cricket Club on Saturday March 21.
Matthew Barbour and the Kumbia Rattlers will head into the South Burnett B Grade Cricket grand final against the Murgon District Cricket Club on Saturday March 21.

 

After months of tightly contested competition, the final match of the season between Murgon and District Cricket Club and the Kumbia Rattlers was cancelled as a result of coronavirus.

A first for cricket in the region the grand final win was awarded to Murgon due to the fact they finished the season on top of the ladder.

The Rattlers upset the Kingaroy Devils in the semi-finals however, were denied the opportunity to play for top honours.

6. Wondai Running Festival

Day two of the Wondai Running Festival.
Day two of the Wondai Running Festival.


One of the first large scale events to bounce back after restrictions eased was the Wondai Running Festival and it was a record breaking turn out.

Taking place on 25-26 July, the event featured a Dash for Cash, All Abilities Race, Family Fun Run, McEuen Forest Run as well as a 10 kilometre rail trail run, 21.1 kilometre half marathon and a 42.2 kilometre marathon.

Local runners completed their first marathons, competitors showed mental strength to walk 8km to the finish and a world renowned runner labelled it as one of his favourite events ever.

7. Cherbourg boy gets signed to the Brisbane Broncos

Selwyn Cobbo in the QRL Under 18 Mal Meninga Cup game between Redcliffe Dolphins and Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Redcliffe, Saturday, February 29, 2020 (AAP Image/Richard Walker)
Selwyn Cobbo in the QRL Under 18 Mal Meninga Cup game between Redcliffe Dolphins and Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Redcliffe, Saturday, February 29, 2020 (AAP Image/Richard Walker)


After playing his junior footy for the Cherbourg Hornets, Selwyn Cobbo showed he has what it takes to make the NRL, putting pen to paper on a two year deal with the Brisbane Broncos.

The former Murgon State High student was the school's first Indigenous school captain and was named in the 2020 Queensland Under 18 Emerging Origin squad.

Selwyn played for the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Mal Meninga Cup last year and was selected for Wynnum-Manly's side this year.

8. Reddacliff brothers regional swimming medal ha ul

Brothers Alex and Matty Reddacliff have returned home from the Wide Bay regional swimming championships with six medals between them. (Picture: Tristan Evert)
Brothers Alex and Matty Reddacliff have returned home from the Wide Bay regional swimming championships with six medals between them. (Picture: Tristan Evert)


Eight members of the Kingaroy Redfins swim club travelled to the Wide Bay swimming championships on March 7-8 on the Sunshine Coast with Alex and Matty Reddacliff taking home six medal between them.

Alex finished with a second in the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 400m freestyle and a third in the 100 freestyle.

Matty took home a second in the breaststroke and a third in the 50m freestyle.

Matty has also been selected in the South Burnett U10's AFL team to travel to Gympie for a carnival.

The other six competitors all achieved new personal bests with Sarah Adcock swimming in seven races, setting seven new personal bests.

9. South Burnett sisters represent QLD at national titles

Mackenzie, Sophie and Olivia Grundy after flying home at the Nanango Park Run. (Picture: Tristan Evert.
Mackenzie, Sophie and Olivia Grundy after flying home at the Nanango Park Run. (Picture: Tristan Evert.


Olivia, Mackenzie and Sophie Grundy were all selected to represent Queensland at national titles with Olivia and Mackenzie for triathlon and Sophie for polo cross.

The Kingaroy High students follow a gruelling training schedule and dedicate majority of their spare time to training and competitions.

Olivia and Mackenzie swim four times a week, ride four times a week and run three times a week.

Sophie, who is the oldest of the three was part of the QLD athletics team in 2018 competing in javelin and is now preparing to head to Ballarat for the national polo cross championships.

10. Kingaroy athlete completes 100-mile ultra-marathon

Deon McLean with best mate Shaun Cavanough competing in the Tarawera Ultramarathon in New Zealand last weekend.
Deon McLean with best mate Shaun Cavanough competing in the Tarawera Ultramarathon in New Zealand last weekend.


Kingaroy runner Deon McLean competed at the Tarawera Ultra-marathon in New Zealand last weekend, where he finished 59th in the 100 Mile Endurance Run.

It took McLean 27 hours, 9 minutes and 28 seconds to navigate the course that bypassed rainforests, lakes, waterfalls and featured an elevation gain of more than 4000 meters.

McLean, who is no stranger to endurance running, trained and competed along side good mate Shaun Cavanough.

McLean has competed in several endurance events in the past including the 100km Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast and another 100km event in the Blue Mountains.

It was a significant step up from the 100km races according to McLean

11. Frank Fisher Cup

Frank Fisher Cup: Central QLD Barramundis vs South West Emus
Frank Fisher Cup: Central QLD Barramundis vs South West Emus


Named after legendary Cherbourg athlete Frank Fisher, the Frank Fisher Cup came to a close in Cherbourg on Sunday March 8 with the Central QLD Barramundis taking on the South West Emus in the plate final and the Wide Bay Stingrays playing the Sunshine Coast Bunyas in the cup final.

The four teams battled it out in a series of games with the Wide Bay Stingrays winning the cup final 18-10 and the Central Queensland Barramundis claiming the plat final 26-12.

12. Burnett Rugby League season cancelled for first time in history

South Burnett Eagles U18 prop Tyson Ellul carrying multiple defenders.
South Burnett Eagles U18 prop Tyson Ellul carrying multiple defenders.

It was news everyone knew was coming but no one wanted to here.

After a meeting on June 9, the SBRL Management Committee and Clubs decided to cancel the 2020 South Burnett rugby league season.

The decision came after discussions concluded that the 100 people maximum limit was impractical for the region's clubs.

It was also taken into account that some clubs were struggling to field teams in certain grades prior to COVID-19 and the adverse impact this will have on players returning.

13. Cherbourg Boxer one step closer to Olympic dream 

Pharrell Chapman was one step closer to becoming an Olympic boxer after being selected in the 2020 Boxing Australia Future Development squad.

Chapman was selected based on his results throughout 2019 in the National Golden Gloves, Australian and Queensland Championships and his performances at club level.

The Futures program will get boxers podium ready for the 2020 Youth World Titles as well as have them attend Australian Institute of Sport camps and work with national level coaches and other high-level athletes.

Chapman isn't the first boxer to follow this path out of Cherbourg with Chapman saying he wants to follow in the footsteps of legendary Cherbourg boxer, Jeffrey Dynevor.

14. Golfer hits hole in one after 30 years on the green

After 30 years of playing golf, Kingaroy's Chris Edmunds was thrilled to hit her first hole in one at the Kingaroy Golf Club open day earlier this year.

More than 60 competitors took to the South Burnett's only 18-hole course for the event, and Edmunds also took out the ladies competition.

She said the successful day was a career highlight.

15. Region's speedway racers claims Kings E-Royal

Speedway events across the country were stalled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and drivers were turning to virtual racing to get their fix of burning rubber.

iRacing is the world's premier motorsport racing simulation that puts members in the driving seat, giving them a realistic taste of competitive racing.

Speedway Sedans Australia created a virtual Kings Royal event, based on the Kingaroy Speedway circuit.

More than 300 competitors from across the country revved their virtual engines to take on the challenge, and South Burnett's Josh Harm emerged victorious, crossing the finish line first.