Champs re­tain sea swim tro­phies

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RO­HAN O’NEIL

CHAR­TERS Tow­ers Bulls coach Len Knuth took plenty of pos­i­tives out of his team’s 38- 19 loss to Bur­dekin over the week­end.

The Bulls made their re­turn to the Townsville and Dis­trict Rugby Union ( TDRU) A grade com­pe­ti­tion this year and while wins have been hard to come by they con­tinue to give a great ac­count of them­selves.

Scores were locked at 12- 12 at Bill Thomas Oval in Char­ters Tow­ers on Fri­day night be­fore last year’s beaten grand fi­nal­ists edged away from their hosts in the sec­ond half.

Knuth paid trib­ute to the at­tack­ing and ex­pan­sive game played by Bur­dekin in their con­test but also praised his side’s com­mit­ment across the re­serve and A grade games.

“We went down in the re­serve grade as well but both of the games were very en­ter­tain­ing for the crowd and I was happy with the phys­i­cal­ity,” he said,

“The Bur­dekin run re­ally good lines in at­tack, and fair play to them, they took some chances in at­tack in the sec­ond half that paid off.”

Work com­mit­ments and in­juries have tested the depth of the Bulls in 2017 and while the re­sults haven’t al­ways been there, Knuth said he couldn’t fault the ef­fort of his play­ers in their re­turn to the top di­vi­sion.

“Over­all it’s been great to be back in A grade and it re­ally in­spires our ju­niors and gives them a path­way,” he said.

“Coun­try rugby is about work­ing hard for your team­mates on the field and hav­ing a beer off the field af­ter­wards and we’ve taken some great steps this year.”

North Ward were put to the sword by com­pe­ti­tion heavy­weights Brothers 78- 12 at Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park.

Ross River for­feited to twotime de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Teach­ers West. TOWNSVILLE open wa­ter swim­mers Kylee de Rooy and Matthew Pegg have again con­quered their di­vi­sions at the Stand Fit­ness Mag­netic Is­land to Townsville Swim.

The an­nual event is the high­light of the Townsville Open Wa­ter Swim­ming As­so­ci­a­tion’s ( TOWSA) sea­son, with 113 swim­mers in to­tal in­volved in the 8km race.

In the beau­ti­ful waters off Mag­netic Is­land there were 53 solo com­peti­tors mak­ing the most of the ideal con­di­tions yes­ter­day.

De­fend­ing men’s cham­pion Pegg was too good for the rest of the field and he made it back- to- back ti­tles af­ter com­plet­ing the gru­elling race in 1 hour, 45 min­utes and 45 sec­onds.

Women’s cham­pion de Rooy wasn’t far be­hind him in a great time of 1.48.45, with her win yes­ter­day the fifth time she has won the women’s solo di­vi­sion from as many at­tempts.

De Rooy had stepped away from solo rac­ing in re­cent years to com­pete in duos or four­somes with her daugh­ter and other young swim­mers and she ad­mit­ted to hav­ing some nerves in her re­turn to the top di­vi­sion.

“This was the first time I had done the solo swim since 2011 and I knew I had to show my com­peti­tors re­spect,” she said.

“You never know what will hap­pen or who will show up on the day and it’s im­por­tant to just go out there and swim your own race.”

The duo com­pe­ti­tion was won by Emily de Rooy, 16 and Made­line Prize­man, 15.

Lo­cal teens Lin­coln Hardy, Bay­den Hardy, Tom Harte and Ben Tumelty banded to­gether to con­quer the field as a team of four.

Num­bers were up by around 25 swim­mers from last year and de Rooy thanked ev­ery­one who had been in­volved in and sup­ported the swim this year.

The iconic swim was the fourth event in TOWSA’s 2017 open wa­ter se­ries, with the fi­nal event to take place on Au­gust 13.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

SPOT OT O ON: Mag­netic Is­land to Townsville Swim male cham­pion Matthew Pegg ( main) leaves the wa­ter in Townsville and fe­male win­ner Kylee de Rooy ( in­set) crosses the fin­ish line.

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