2020: A year in review from the sidelines

Daniel Clacy was proud to represent his club for his 100th game this year. PICTURE: Laura Blackmore

By Kate McCormack

When it came to the sporting arena, 2020 definitely didn’t deliver a star performance on or off the playing field but that hasn’t stopped the Burnett’s sporting men and women achieving impressive feats in their chosen disciplines.

Back in March the Richards family from Goomeri practically white washed the state school’s sports records board with all four siblings – Landon (7), Eli (10), Connor (13) and Maddison Richards (15) – all breaking discus records at their athletics carnival.

The birth of the Burnett Today newspaper fell in line perfectly with the third annual Wondai Running Festival in July, making for the perfect first front page photo shoot.

The tenacious little boxers down at the Eidsvold Boxing Club also graced the front page of the paper in July with Eidsvold State School Principal, Preston Parter urging more young boxers to improve their discipline and self confidence inside the ring.

The Kingaroy Saints achieved a club first with both the men’s and women’s teams taking home a victory against Dalby and Goondiwindi respectively with founding member and president, Daniel Clacy also marking his 100th game with the Saints on the same day.

In September several South Burnett netball players represented Wide Bay at the Queensland Championships.

Limited spectators, regular sanitising of the ball and elbow bumps instead of high-fives were just some of the changes Chelsea Whye, Tahlia Hoschinike, Tiarna Hurt, Charlotte Hams and Taylah Kidman had to adjust to at this year’s Queensland Championships.

Who could forget locally-grown talent Liam Wilsons’ incredible year full of victorious defeats in the ring?

First he knocks out Jesus Cuadro with brutal left hook in the National Boxing Series in March, then he goes on to destroy Jackson Woods in Townsville with the referee stopping the fight at the 2:42 mark and just recently Wilson completed his trifecta of wins in Sydney with an incredible third round TKO against Rodynie Rafol.

In October Johnathan Thurston visited Murgon and Cherbourg to give talks to kids about mental health, resilience, and the importance of seeking help when going through tough times and Nanango jockey, Hannah Richardson won big at the annual Gayndah Races taking home first place in four of the day’s five starts.

Despite both the North and South footy season wrapping up before it even began, spectators flocked to the home of the Nanango Rugby League Football Club in October for a special one-off match with the Nanango Stags Under 30s side played off against the Nanango Stags Over 30s squad in an exciting battle of young dogs versus old boys.

While several clubs were unable to continue with their season due to Covid-safe regulations a handful of sporting organisations were fortunate enough to remain on their toes, and for this the Burnett Today applauds everyone involved.

Kingaroy Basketball and Netball Associations somehow managed to pull of grand-final games this year and several Burnett dance schools such as Kingaroy Dance Academy were able to pull together an incredible concert in amidst all the Covid-19 chaos.

And how could you forget the epic year it’s been for our local cricketers, with Josie Black, Emma Cullen and Charlie Steinhardt play for the South Burnett under-12 girl’s representative team and Oscar Dioth, Lachlan Burrows, Brayden Scott and Lachlan Cullen playing for the Wide Bay team just to name a few of our proud cricket reps.

It certainly hasn’t been an easy year for sport, but like everything precious and near and dear to people’s hearts, local sport certainly flourished under a bit of pressure.

The Burnett Today team are looking forward to following more of our athletes across the North and South Burnett in 2021 and reporting on all of our local sporting moments, big or small, win or lose.

We want to be there to cover all the action.

If you have a sporting event or sport-related piece of news you want covered in 2021 don’t hesitate to reach out the the editorial team with information. Email newsdesk@burnetttoday.com.au or call 4182 0450.