Mt Perry SES brings home coveted shield
THE unfancied Mount Perry SES team has taken home the North Burnett SES Shield for 2016
Last Saturday, SES members from the North Burnett groups met at Mundubbera to participate in the annual North Burnett SES shield competition.
All six teams had high expectations of taking home the shield with them this year.
Originally derived from an idea by North Burnett SES local controller Brian Lowe, the competition is aimed at maintaining the knowledge and skills of all the volunteer members in a fun way.
Mr Lowe said the competition consisted of a 50-question paper and a skills test.
“It’s looked forward to by the groups every year,” he said
Arriving full of confidence, last year’s victorious team and the favourites again this year, the Gayndah SES group said they were looking forward to being the first team to achieve back-to-back wins.
Mr Lowe said at the halfway mark there were four teams within four points of each other.
“Favourites Gayndah found themselves in second place,” he said.
“Last year’s runner’s up, Eidsvold, were languishing back in fourth place, seven points behind the leaders. “The pressure was on. “It was all down to the skills test that was worth a further 50 points.”
Both the Eidsvold and Mundubbera SES teams gained the maximum 50 points in the skills test but it was not enough to win the shield.
Although unfancied by the tipsters at the start of the contest, the Mount Perry SES team stormed down from the mountains and held on to victory by two points over the fast-finishing Eidsvold SES team.
Mr Lowe said the only all-female team, the Biggenden SES, finished in third place, just four points behind the victorious Mount Perry.
“Gayndah had a shocker and finished 11 points behind the winners in fifth place.”
Mr Lowe said all teams enjoyed the challenge and participated with great spirit.
ANNUAL SHIELD: North Burnett SES local controller Brian Lowe presents the annual North Burnett shield to Krystal Geddes, a member of the victorious Mount Perry SES team.