B Gees stay alive to take out top po­si­tion

Crash N Burn miss out by four points

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Murree

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.

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