B Gees stay alive to take out top position
Crash N Burn miss out by four points
KERRY Hetherington had his fingers crossed his darts team B Gees would be the top team for the season.
His prayers were answered with captain Janelle Hill, Jade Hicks, Jim McNaught, Harold Dwyer and Leo Taticek and Hetherington named the top squad in the Biggenden Social Darts competition after finishing four points ahead of Crash N Burn.
Hetherington is the longest playing member of the club and has trophies in his cabinet dating back to 1989.
He said back in those days he played for both hotel teams and Lyn Jensen was his first captain.
“But before a club was formed at Biggenden a group of us would travel across to Childers or Gayndah for many years,” he said.
“There were some pretty rugged nights when we didn’t get home until two and three in the morning.
“Brian Day and wife Kalala set the Biggenden club up, put ideas in place and we continue to play by those rules today.”
Grand Hotel’s Ivan Groves thanked the players for their support for the past nine and a half years.
“Our lease runs out in February and we’ll be moving on,” he said.
Getting the most improved team was a surprise for Brett Brooks after winning the wooden spoon for three years in a row.
Coral Sengstock, presented with her 15 years badge, said when she first started playing she was a reserve in Chook’s (Hetherington) team, but then the golfers asked her to play with them.
“The team is now known as All Sorts as there are no golfers playing now,” she said.
It’s a family affair for the Church-wards with Phil, Anita and daughter Tarin playing darts. Now in their second season they travel down from Gayndah each week.
Phil said, “it’s a lot of fun”.
“We have met lots of new people and make new friends.”
A bonus on the night was they all took trophies home, including Anita’s singles championship trophy.
Spirit award recipient Justin Vicary thought his award was for keeping his team motivated and happy.
Best club supporter and spirit award winner Lynette Lundy hadn’t thrown a dart before she moved to the town back in 2005.
“I love my Thursday night darts plus it gets Drew (son) out of the house and out of his shell,” she said.
“I’m thrilled to win both awards.
“I enjoy donating things to the club – but that’s just me.”
President Geoff Duncan said members, as well as playing Thursday nights, enjoyed weekend social games at home as well as away.
“Next year’s program is already planned and we are looking at five to six games away, including going to Kingaroy,” he said.
“Members fundraise to finance the bus hire and motel accommodation.
“Raffles were the main fundraiser, but the club was asked to assist at the Frogs Hollow Bike Show at Apple Tree Creek selling mince rolls and hot dogs.
“It was amazing we made $700 profit and now have a permanent spot there.”
Mr Duncan said following the annual meeting the committee remained the same with the exception of secretary which is now Beth Stralow.
“Next year we have a definite seven teams, but not sure about the eighth,” he said.
1. Lynette Lundy and Justin Vicary. 2. Dwyer, Kerry Hetherington, Leo Taticek, Janelle Hill and Shanelle Clark. 3. Anita Churchward and Jonathon Vicary. 4. The Crash N Burns. 5. Geoff Duncan, Carol Porter and Leanne Duncan. 6. The A Team. 7. Coral Sengstock. 8. Samantha Wain and Jason Brookes. 9. Cameron Nichols, Brett Brooks, Cris Brooks and (front) Sean McGeough and Peter Jenner.
Terriers, comprising Anita and Phil Churchward and Tony Wall, were third in the year's competition.