Whitsunday Times : 2018-12-13

SPORT : 53 : 53


SPORT 53 Thursday, December 13, 2018 whitsundaytimes.com.au Brand new era ahead for Whitsunday Gregor Mactaggart [email protected] whitsundaytimes.com.au Whitsunday Brahmans have appointed the well-travelled Tye Ingebrigtsen as A-grade coach for the 2019 season. The Brahmans are looking to return to the top of the Mackay District Rugby League mountain after being bounced out of this year’s finals series in straight sets and are delighted with the capture of the well-travelled Ingebrigtsen. The 29-year-old boasts an outstanding pedigree as a player and coach. Having played Queensland Cup with the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles, Ingebrigtsen wasted no time following his passion for coaching. His first role at the Hervey Bay Seagulls was highlighted by the 2016 Bundaberg A-grade premiership and he then lifted perennial Cairns District Rugby League strugglers Mareeba Gladiators from the cellar to third place in 2017. That performance attracted the attention of Northern Pride, with RUGBY LEAGUE: coaching staff with club officials speaking about developing a “fresh, new era” and did not rule out a return as a playing coach . Matthew Court is coaching the reserve grade, with Trevor Nosworthy and Shane Knight sharing the duties as the U19 co-coaches. I can remember coming up here when it was a wet, cold night and they gave it to us. “The Brahmans are traditionally a tough team to play against and I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ve got to work with.” Ingebrigtsen headlines a new-look Whitsunday 2012, but the Brahmans swooped, finding their replacement for Sam Key, who has returned home to Glen Innes. “I’m excited to be here,” Ingebrigtsen said. “I know from playing against them that the Brahmans are a proud club, Ingebrigtsen an assistant coach to Ty Williams in 2018, while also coaching the club’s Mal Meninga Cup (U18) squad. With his partner moving to Mackay to work, Ingebrigtsen had been eyeing off a return to Souths where he played in 2011 and Magpies steadfast in their commitment to NPL club put about $2.2 million into the Mackay community, and the money we put into Magpies Crusaders generated its money (in return).” Following the meeting, three directors, including vice chairman Jason Egan, resigned, while Paul O’Brien stood down from his position as chairman. O’Brien remains a director and will take on the role of vice chairman, while secretary and director Ray Golding has ascended to the role of chairman. Regardless of the long-term, Skerman said Magpies was steadfast in its commitment to making Magpies Crusaders continue to grow and thrive. With the associated costs of financially running the football venture, Skerman said those who raised the motion had decided that MCU was “too expensive” for Magpies. But with average crowds upwards of 800 people, turnover and fitting in with Magpies’ other ventures in rugby league, cricket and Aussie rules, he said the club was well placed. “If you look at the money it takes to run an NPL club, it sounds like a big number, but when you’re talking about a club like Magpies Crusaders, it might generate $850,000 a year in costs, but it generates income,” Skerman said. “Last year we (Magpies) there’s no weight behind it. Unfortunately it was somewhat entertained,” Skerman said. “There has been no decision made by the board to exit the NPL. Unfortunately, this has generated a nightmare, and as soon as it was discussed and not shut down properly by the board, it was ‘how are we going to handle this?’. “There’s potential damage those comments can cause... we put it out (support) amongst (players), spoke to the coach, and rang Football Queensland to say ‘please ignore it’. “Basically, it would have served to shut that down at the meeting, but unfortunately it wasn’t.” Magpies Sporting Club remains steadfast in its commitment to Magpies Crusaders despite a “nightmare” in the wake of a failed motion at the club’s annual general meeting. Just one year into a five-year National Premier League Queensland licence, Magpies general manager Lee Skerman was emphatic about the club’s support of its football operations and the motion from the floor was quickly doused. Skerman said the club was quick to get on the front foot to allay any fears around its commitment to MCU. “Having a motion coming from the floor from a group who don’t have an understanding of NPL, SOCCER: Boxer Maddern tastes national title glory proud of his son and his achievement. “The doctor said he probably wouldn’t be able to fight at an Australian Title level,” he said. “But he walked out and said he would fight and put the hard work in and he did. So he’s worked very hard and I give him full credit.” Cooper has already set his sights on the 2019 Australian Titles, which will be held in Sydney. advantage was too much for Ugov, cruising to an impressive three-round victory. “In the second round I had a good feeling I was ahead, but I had to ramp up the pressure a bit more just to make sure,” he said. Cooper’s father Rick Maddern voiced support from his corner while his brother Riley and mother Kylie cheered from the stands. Rick said he was very The teenager made short work of fellow Queenslander Taj Lloyd before squaring off in the final against New South Welshman Luke Ugov. “He was a heavy-set sort of bloke, but I was taller than him. I just tried to keep the pressure on him and throwing punches and working his body,” he said. Ugov’s strength and powerful right hand proved tough to overcome early in the fight. ago. After laying claim to the North Queensland Golden Gloves and the State Titles earlier this year, Cooper said his most recent triumph was the biggest of his young life. “It felt pretty good,” he said. “It’s the biggest win I can achieve at my level.” Cooper was the last man standing in his division, which consisted of five fighters from across the country. Kyle Evans ❝pretty It felt good. It’s the biggest win I can achieve at my level. Bowen export Cooper Maddern has put the finishing touches on an outstanding 2018 by taking out the 63.5kg division at the Australian Boxing Championships. A broken wrist a month out from the event wasn’t enough to stop the dynamic 15-year-old from clean sweeping the tournament held in Tasmania a fortnight BOXING: — Cooper Maddern But Cooper’s aggression and a superior height

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