Burnett’s 2021 sports highlights

CHERBOURG HORNETS VICTORY: The entire community rallied behind the Hornets as they took home the South Burnett Rugby League 2021 Premiership. Picture: Neesha Sinnya. 250579_01

By Burnett Today team

Looking back on 2021 it was a mammoth year for sport in the Burnett. From victorious grand finals to Olympic medals and the bright futures of young athletes, we have collated our stand-out sporting moments from the year that was.

Clancy claims Olympic silver

Kingaroy-born athlete Taliqua Clancy had the Burnett on the edge of their seats watching her 2021 Tokyo Olympic games. The 29-year-old woman and her beach volleyball team mate Mariafe Artacho del Solar broke the medal drought for beach volleyball, taking home a silver medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after their grand final loss to USA.

Cherbourg Hornets secure champion status

The roars of the crowd when the Cherbourg Hornets rugby league team scored their winning try was almost deafening. The A Grade Premiership game was a nail-biting spectacle of football but with a strong lead in the second half, the Hornets defeated the Mustangs 40 to 24, on 11 September this year. For the close-knit community of Cherbourg, the win was not only for the team but for the entire community – this was clear by the volume of people celebrating on the field after the win.

Broncos debut for Cobbo

Broncos young gun and Cherbourg-raised man Selwyn Cobbo showed Australia his strength as a winger and in defence during his first games with the Brisbane team this year. Catching a pass on the wing he managed to sprint and launch himself over the line scoring his first try in the National Rugby League during round 14 of the NRL on 12 June.

Fisher claims maroon dream

Not many teenage girls get to juggle their Year 12 studies with training for the Maroons rugby league team. 17-year-old Traevonnah Fisher played for the Harvey Norman Queensland Under 19s team in their interstate clash with New South Wales ahead of the men’s State of Origin battle. Fisher started her journey with the Cherbourg Hornets, then spread her wings to play with the South Burnett Eagles, before holding her ground with the Wide Bay Bulls.

Mustangs DV champions

Murgon Mustangs Rugby League Club are using footy as a vehicle to get the message about domestic violence awareness out there. Their innovative commitment to improving their local community has earned the club the inaugural 2021 Auswide Bank Community Program of the Year honour. What started as a day to spread the word about domestic violence has become one of the leading club-led programs in the state to tackle one of the country’s most prevalent issues, according to Mustangs president Scott Prendergast.

Argent cuts his way to top

Blackbutt woodchopper Mitch Argent axed the competition to claim the 2021 Stihl Timbersports Australian Trophy on 8 May. He battled it out against 13 of Australia’s best athletes in the extreme sport, chopping and sawing through four blocks of wood in a time of just 1:24.57. He beat out Victorian and reigning world champion Brayden Meyer by 8.57 seconds in a thrilling grand final of the knock-out competition.

Gayndah trio make state bowls squad

Three North Burnett boys represented their home town of Gayndah in the U18 state bowls squad in 2021 after making the cut for the prestigious line-up. Teenagers Wyatt Martin, Jackson and Harrison Kemp were accepted into the eight-strong Queensland roster following a week-long competition in Toowoomba in January, where they proved their skill and sportsmanship in a variety of game formats.

Dead Cow Gully

The clang of the cow bell was heard on the hour – for a gruelling 44 hours – as runners took to the infamous Dead Cow Gully course to see who would be the ‘last man standing’ in the South Burnett’s new backyard ultra event at Nanango. Runner Ryan Crawford pushed on for a total of 44 loops, amounting to a whopping 295.064 kilometres, claiming the title of the very first Dead Cow Gully champion on 4 May.

Alex dives deep

With an impressive list of achievements in the pool, 15-year-old Alex Reddacliff is preparing to smash more goals at the upcoming national championship. At a competition in Bundaberg the swimmer soared, achieving personal bests in all of his races, even beating Olympian Isaac Cooper in the butterfly stroke. The swimmer already has his sights set on more races for the Adelaide Nationals competition in April 2022.