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.

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