Mt Perry SES brings home cov­eted shield

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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