Tropical sport excitement
Truck Pull kicks off as the North explodes into Cowboy NRL footy fever
THIRTEEN teams entered the fourth annual Truck Pull at the Bohle Hotel Grounds in North Queensland and more than $3000 was raised for the local hospital.
Held on September 3 and organised by the Lillywhite Group of Hotels, it was sponsored by Volvo and attracted several hundred spectators.
Five men’s, five women’s and three teams in the Fat Boys Challenge categories battled it out.
“All times were better than last year by up to two seconds quicker and the truck was 3.5 tonne heavier weighing in at 13.5 tonnes,” Dave Levick-Ollier from the Bohle Barn, who was one of the organisers, said.
First place in the men’s class was Dodgefit (20.84s) with Da Boys (21.53s) the runner-up.
In the women’s final, Buns ‘n’ Guns (26.24s) was first placed followed by Last Man Standing (26.65s), and Genesis (26.70).
One of the highlights was the Fat Boy Cup Challenge contested by Lillywhite Group pubs the Stuart Hotel, Bohle Barn and Riverview Tavern Tuggers.
Riverview came in first (26.96s) from Bohle Barn (27.46s), while the Stuart Hotel team was disqualified for a hand being placed over the green tape.
Coach of the Brown and Hurley sponsored Riverview Tavern Tuggers was big Bob Jeffers who was expected to be the strongman of the team.
But Bob pulled a hamstring in the lead up to the event.
“There is a lot of friendly rivalry between teams and we had a series of secret training sessions at the Riverview Tavern and were very confident of success. It was a great team effort and the girls went well. The trophy sits proudly in the Riverview public bar,” Bob told Big Rigs.
A lot of truckies park near the Bohle Barn when in the region and many also stay at the Stuart Hotel on the western side of Townsville.
Numerous also patronise the Riverview Tavern beside the fresh water reaches of Ross River when off-duty.
Dave said the women’s teams were so close all day as their times indicated.
“The men’s teams were a bit further apart but the times were two seconds quicker than last year,” the organiser said.
And with the sweat not yet dry on the Townsville truck tuggers, as this issue of Big Rigs goes to print North Queensland has exploded in sporting excitement with the North Queensland Cowboys leapfrogging from eighth place to win a start in the NRL Grand Final.
Excitement is not the word for it. It’s a mob fever with a move to change the name of Magnetic Island to Cowboy Island – yeah that’s right!
Even puts the feverish religiosity of AFL fans in Victoria into the shade.
Townsville’s Mayor Jenny Hill somewhat proudly announced the renaming of Maggie Island and various well known geographic attributes have been named after Cowboys players including a resort that has been renamed Jason Taumalolo Paradise.
Cr Hill said the name change is only for a week but does not rule out permanence if the Cowboys bring home the grand final gold.
So it’s wild excitement in the North as the climatic temperatures also head north into the build up.
But the bottom line is that the truck pull was another example of members of the road transport and associated industries doing something beneficial and positive for the community of North Queensland.
GO, GO, GO: The Riverview Tavern Tuggers team pull the Mack.
From left are the Riverview Tavern Tuggers team which won the Fat Boys Cup. From left (back): Brodie, Paul, coach Bob, Scotty and Mark (front) Casey and Jasmine.