Noosa sport: Latest news and results

The second half was dominated by Pirates, led by halfback Corey Herdegen.

By Ron Lane


Following a very successful season Mick Hooper, Head Coach and Life Member of  Noosa Athletics, tells us that the club is back in the training paddock.

After a well-deserved break from their summer season, the Noosa Athletics squad is back in full training mode for the winter school season. The  sessions are Wednesday and Friday 4pm Girraween Sports Complex.

“New athletes 10 years of age and up are welcome to come along and improve on their athletics skills. Last month Noosa’s’ Little Athletics held its annual awards day and lots of fun was had by all with plenty of outdoor activities for our young athletes to blow off some steam: and our Major Centre Award Winners for the season were presented on the day. The dedication and performance of our young athletes was so noted. Taya Clayton Champion Athlete, Eli Malins Out of Stadium, Most Improved and Centre Age Achiever, Linden Hermus Coaches Award, Ky Edwards Encouragement Shield, Annabelle Elliot Senior Captains Trophy, Macie Rankin, Junior Captain Trophy, Zeger Family, Spirit Award, Nick Tudor Volunteer of the Year, and Lisa Bougadakis Age Manager of the Year.”

However, the clubs most prestigious award, Life Member was this year presented to Michelle Moore for Outstanding Services Rendered.

From all at Noosa Today we extend our congratulations. To all award winners, well done and above all to the administration team, coaching panel plus family supporters, it has indeed been a year to remember. 

The participation of our youth in sport has never been more important than now. The ever-increasing acts of street violence, is of great concern and therefore the involvement of our youth in sport, despite the fact that it may appear to be of small consequence, is more important than ever. 

Membership of a good well-run club will introduce our young to discipline, teamwork, mateship and pride: but above all helps to keep them off the streets. And this – is where it all begins.

Amateur Boxing

At the recent prestigious South Australian Club Boxing Championships our local club, Team Impact, who under the control of Owner/ Head Coach Mark Evans, sent a team of six, returned home with a total of six medals: 4 gold and 2 silver.

This has been an outstanding result and yet again proves that Team Impact (based in Cooroy) must now be rated amongst Australia’s finest. It was also very encouraging for the sport to see that from Queensland the contingent consisted of 32 athletes, who travelled together for the event.

The tournament, which enjoys a reputation for high standard of boxing, was conducted over three days with two rings in operation, from 11am to 9pm each day. This event attracts boxers from all over Australia and represents the various clubs. As stated, the performance of the Impact squad was exceptional. These results were of the utmost importance: next month they will contest the Australian titles in Perth.

The fighters and their medals were as followers.

Gold Medals: Thero Rivera, Ataaria-Mai Taha, Slade Gray and Ciara Storch.

Silver Medals: Skye Wienert and Cohen Robinson. A top medal tally for Team Impact.

“Cohen Robinson had an especially notable performance, fighting three times over three days,” coach Mark Evans said.

“He won both his  quarter and semi-final bouts, ultimately losing a close contested final by a split decision. Congratulations to Team Impact for an impressive showing.”

The use of the two rings was a good opportunity for Impact coach to see the system in use, as it is this that he is intending to use in next year’s annual Cooroy tournament.

This weekend 12 members will travel to Hervey Bay to fight in the local clubs annual tournament. Good luck to all. For coach Mark Evans this will be his 10th year as President of Boxing Queensland. His achievements and devotion to the sport have been outstanding and we wish him well in the times ahead.


The South Queensland Zone of the Australian Outriggers Canoe Racing Association held their National Marathon Championships at Mooloolaba on the weekend. On Friday there was racing for the OC 1S and  2S, with 77 paddlers racing. Well done to Des Mabbott who again took out the Men’s Platinum division (over 70 years).

In the OC 6 short course women’s, we had our Novice Women come first in their division and second overall. Our Golden Masters Women took out second in their group. In the OC 6 Short Course our Platinum Masters Men had two teams competing and they came second and third: and our Novice Men came third. Our Masters Men, led by Nodo Lenitschek came first in their division and second overall.

In the OC 6 women’s open long course our teams came third in the Golden Masters Women’s and first in the Senior Masters Women. The OC 6 Men’s Long Course saw our Senior Masters and Platinum Masters Men win their division. Some great results for the club as these were a National Titles Competition against some great racing teams.

Surf Lifesaving

Speaking on behalf of the Surf Sports fraternity of the Noosa Heads SLSC, Surf Sports Manager Craig Law, has passed on their congratulations and acknowledgement to the Noosa Clubbie Crew for their efforts across the Noosa Ocean Swim Series this past weekend.

There are reports that there were a number of amazing performances over the weekend from our elite swimmer to the Nipper crew. Special mention to both Kilian Carrel on a massive weekend of competition and achieving podiums across all events, also Finella Gibbs- Beal for her two gold medals in the  Elite Women’s categories.

Swim results to hand are as followers. Elite Male 5km Killan Carrel 2nd, Nolan Carrel 3rd. Elite Female 3km Finella Gibbs -Beal 1st, Elite Male Kilian Darrel 2nd, Elite Female 2km Finella Gibbs Beal 1st, Elite Male Kilian Carrel 1st, Elite Male 1km Kilian Carrel 1st and 10-15 yrs., Mia Caple 2nd.

In the Little Giants Division; 8-11 Male Barnaby Moore- Barton3rd, 8-11 Female Sophie McClellan 1st Stella Carlson 3rd. I feel that Surf Sports Manager Craig Law speaks for us all when he said, “Well done one and all, some cracking results and great form as we shortly move into the upcoming season.”

Rugby League

For Pirates Rugby League Club Sunday afternoon at Pirates Park, definitely sounded the warning bells for the oppression to take note. In three grades the results would have to be a Head Coaches dream. In Third grade, under coach Tony McIIroy Pirates defeated Palmwoods, 38-8, Reserve Grade Pirates coached by Danny Riddle defeated Nambour 44-0. Then in A grade Pirates defeated Nambour 36-14.

In the 3rd grade coached by Tony Mcllroy,  halfback Lachie Gladman showed strong leadership and was well supported by front rower Blair Ryan and Sam Wright. Big improvement in defence kept Palmwoods out when attacking on the line. The win sees Pirates placed in third place on the ladder. A win against Kilcoy next week will see Pirates second. 

For the Reserve grade coached by Danny Riddle they dominated from the start. A first half double by Aiden Stafford-Johns plus tries to Will Cousens and Dan Murr saw Pirates in the sheds well in control. Jake Bullen and Thomas Scott were strong up the middle and the two Zanes (Embleton and Keen) had the backs firing. After the break the game pattern was similar, with Lockie Delbridge and Glen Jarrett prominent. Another four tries and good solid  defence, resulted in a massive 44-0 Pirates.

The A grade, coached by Head Coach Michael Duff, saw Pirates take to the field against the Nambour pack, rated the biggest in the comp. ‘’Nambour got away to an early start leading 8-0. However, we hit back with better tight play and field position, scoring twice and converting both from Patrick McGinn’s boot,” he said.

“This gave us a 12-8 lead at the break. Unfortunately, a bad season ending injury to forward Brody Baker just before half time forced changes to our rotation plans.

“Second half was dominated by us, led by halfback Corey Herdegen  and player of the match, lock forward Harry Dwyer. Our middles got through a lot of work to overcome the massive Nambour pack. Centre Rohan Messer and Jay Ballinger were outstanding as was Patrick McGinn, kicking 6 from 6. Final score 36-14.”