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The Grafton Rowing Club Regatta

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The Grafton Rowing Club Regatta

Clarence River Memorial Park, 11th December 2022

Entries for this regatta are now closed

A fully stocked canteen will be operating throughout the regatta

Of particular note to the Grafton Club is that this regatta recognizes 140 years since the first Grafton Rowing Club Regatta, a significant milestone.

Clubs competing are Centenary from Queensland, Grafton, Grafton High School, Lower Clarence, Manning River, Murwillumbah, South Grafton High School, and Tweed.

In all 56 athletes are involved covering 113 entries, 47 events and 173 seats. The Grafton course accommodates 9 lanes. Races are over 1000M and 2000M.

The most popular events are the Men’s Masters Handicap Single Scull with 8 entries. These rowers will be competing for the Greg Thompson Memorial Trophy which goes to the rower with the fastest time. The event is over 1000M.

The Men’s Handicap Single Scull has drawn 12 entries while the corresponding Women’s event has attracted 10 entries, each over 1000M.

Six races will be conducted over 2000M. Three of them involve Under 17 Women and Men’s single scull events and one Women’s double scull event. Open events involve a Women’s and a Men’s single scull event, and one Men’s double scull event.

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GOLD COAST AIRPORTS ONGOING SUPPORT FOR FEMALE RUGBY LEAUGE

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Gold Coast Airport and Tweed Seagulls

GOLD COAST AIRPORTS ONGOING SUPPORT FOR FEMALE RUGBY LEAUGE

 

The collaboration between the Tweed Seagulls Women’s team and Gold Coast Airport has been a cornerstone of the team’s identity since its inception in 2019. Gold Coast Airport has proudly held the front-of-jersey naming rights sponsorship for the team since they joined the QRL statewide competition, and this partnership has evolved into a mutually beneficial alliance.

In anticipation of the 2024 BMD Premiership season, Gold Coast Airport and the Tweed Seagulls Women’s Team have announced the extension of their valuable partnership. Gold Coast Airport (GCA) played a pivotal role as the founding sponsor, igniting the Tweed Seagulls’ mission to promote female rugby league in our region. Six years on, their commitment to this cause remains steadfast, contributing to the sport’s rapid growth in female participation.

Built upon shared values and a vision to empower local female athletes, the partnership provides a platform for them to excel both on and off the field.

Brendon Lindsay, CEO of Tweed Seagulls, eagerly welcomed the return of Gold Coast Airport as the team’s major sponsor for the 2024 BMD season, expressing gratitude for their unwavering support over the past six years. Lindsay looks forward to nurturing this enduring partnership in the years to come.

Gold Coast Airport and Tweed Seagulls

left to right: Jasmin Morrissey – BMD Cup player: Brian McGuckin – Chief Property & Planning Officer Queensland Airports: Brendon Lindsay – CEO Tweed Seagulls: Tarryn Aiken – BMD Cup player and Australian Jillaroo

Brian McGuckin, Chief Property and Planning Officer of Queensland Airports Limited, echoed this sentiment, expressing GCA’s delight in renewing this significant partnership with Tweed Seagulls. He emphasised GCA’s longstanding commitment to supporting women in sports, a cause they have championed for years.

The participation of Australian Jillaroo legend Tarryn Aiken and Australian PM XIII star Jasmin Morrissey, both part of the Tweed Seagulls lineup for the 2024 BMD Cup, created excitement at the season’s kickoff.

Beyond business ties, the partnership between Tweed Seagulls and GCA extends into the community, advocating for inclusion and diversity. Both organisations are dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for individuals from all backgrounds and promoting equal opportunities.

A portion of Gold Coast Airport’s sponsorship is allocated to the Tom Searle Scholarship, supporting young athletes in their academic or professional endeavours. By endorsing this scholarship, GCA reaffirms its commitment to nurturing local talent and enhancing the community’s well-being. The recipients of the Tom Searle Scholarship will be announced at the 2024 Ladies Leaders in League Breakfast, scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th.

 

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Harwood tighten grip on minor premiership

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Aiden Tredinnick doesn't mind launching the ball to and over the boundary and has a licence to thrill when he resumes batting on 14no on Saturday.

Harwood tighten grip on minor premiership

 

By Tim Howard

Harwood looks to be in a prime position to snare the minor premiership in its first year back in the Clarence River first grade cricket competition.

After rolling Tucabia Copmanhurst for just 109, Harwood replied to be 1/60 at the end of day one at Harwood Oval.

In contrast its closest rival, Lawrence, has a contest on its hands against reigning premiers GDSC Easts, which racked up 6/196 from just 50 overs.

Tucabia’s modest 109 could have been worse except for innings of 37no from veteran Matt Pigg and 24 from Travis Anderson.

Dean Carroll, who smote 260no before Christmas for Harwood’s Lower Clarence first grade team, showed his talent with the ball opening the bowling and snaring 3/30.

He made two early breakthroughs and returned later to pick up the dangerous Matt Dougherty for 11.

Brothers Ben and Jacob McMahon picked up a pair of wickets as did the other opening bowler Troy Turner.

At 1/60 and with a wealth of batting in the sheds Harwood need only to snare first innings points to take the minor premiership.

Opener Maison Simmons is unbeaten on 29 and Coby Tabor is with him on 15no when play resumes on Saturday.

Lawrence, the only team to keep pace with the front runners this season, seem certain to take second spot.

They are in a battle with Easts at Lower Fisher Turf, Grafton.

Aiden Tredinnick doesn't mind launching the ball to and over the boundary and has a licence to thrill when he resumes batting on 14no on Saturday.

Aiden Tredinnick doesn’t mind launching the ball to and over the boundary and has a licence to thrill when he resumes batting on 14no on Saturday.

After a lean couple of games with the bat Easts all rounder Shannon Connor found form on Saturday with 70 from 92 balls.

His innings with five fours and a six was relatively sedate compared to his usual fireworks and has put his team in a highly competitive position going into day two.

Sean Walters with 36, Tom Gerrard, 24 and Matt Lobsey, with 20, all helped get the total competitive before players were forced to leave the field due to lightning and rain delays.

Big hitting Aiden Tredinnick is at the crease on 14no with Ted Lobsey, also on 14no.

They will be looking to get their score well past 200 and give their bowlers a formidable target to defend.

At Ellem Oval Souths Westlawn and Coutts Crossing also had to contend with the storm that hit Grafton on Saturday, with Coutts racking up 6/143 on the back of a stylish 72 from Lewis Chevalley.

Souths Westlawn legspinning all-rounder Brenden Cotton was the best of the bowlers with four wickets for 29 runs.

Chevalley and opening bat Tim Tilse 26, combined for an 88-run first wicket partnership that ended when Cotten bowled Tilse.

Four more wickets tumbled for the addition of 30 runs.

Coutts will have 11 overs to build on their total, although South Westlawn’s indifferent form with the bat in recent games might suggest they are in a comfortable position.

 

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REDMEN TO AXEMEN – Powell sets sights on Country Championships

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Redmen assistant coach Mitch Walton has joined the club from Coffs Snappers this year.

REDMEN TO AXEMEN – Powell sets sights on Country Championships

 

By Gary Nichols

GRAFTON Redmen first grade rugby coach Gary Powell had one goal in 2023: to see the Redmen once again be a major force in the Mid North Coast Rugby competition.

Not only did they achieve what some rugby pundits’ thought was a “pie in the sky”, Powell’s desire, raw emotion and passion saw the club feature in the final’s series with first grade one-step away from a grand final berth.

There’s no doubting Powell’s coaching ability, and it has not gone unnoticed by the Mid North Coast Zone committee.

Powell has been appointed as coach of the Mid North Coast Axeman this year as they set their sights on the NSW Country Championships in Tamworth over the June long-weekend.

“They (Mid North Coast) gave me a call and asked if I was interested,” Powell said during the week.

“They discussed the matter previously with our president Bart (Bart McGrath) who told them I was thinking about coaching the zone if the opportunity was there.”

The Grafton Redmen first grade coach Gary Powell wants to build on the gains the club made in 2023.

The Grafton Redmen first grade coach Gary Powell wants to build on the gains the club made in 2023.
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The last time Powell coached a representative side was back in the 2000s when rugby was vastly different.

The pace of the game was slower and yellow cards were not handed out like parking tickets on a busy suburban street.

“I coached a Mid North Coast under-19 side a long time ago but never at senior level,” Powell said.

“It will be a challenge, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

One major obstacle confronting Powell and the coaching staff will be selecting the right team and combinations as the zone is split between Upper and Lower Mid North coast.

Redmen assistant coach Mitch Walton has joined the club from Coffs Snappers this year.

Redmen assistant coach Mitch Walton has joined the club from Coffs Snappers this year.

“There is a new plan this year leading up to the championships. We have decided to have a possible-probable’s game which will help with selections,” Powell said.

“Also, Lower Mid North Coast start before Upper Mid North Coast so it could be an opportunity to watch a few games.

“Mitch Walton from Coffs Snappers will be helping out as assistant coach which will be fantastic as he knows a fair bit about players vying for selection.”

The Axeman made the final of the Richardson Shield last year, but came up against an inform Hunter Rugby side eventually going down 45-26.

One of Powell’s strengths as a coach is his ability to man-manage, and his effect on players…they want to play for him.

“I haven’t been to Country Week for about 30 years, but I know there are plenty of quality players in the zone,” he said.

“For me it is all about managing the players and having players committed to the cause, which is being successful.”

 

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