MARYBOROUGH was the sporting capital of the world as far as plenty of seasoned competitors were concerned at the weekend.

The 2011 annual Maryborough Masters Games kicked-off and there was no shortage of action in the first two sports on the menu.

Fourteen teams, some 180 players, tackled playing soccer for three days at Granville’s Federation Park.

Granville Tigers won the nine-team men’s division after beating the Deadly Daddies from Gladstone 1-0 in the final.

Andrew Souvlis scored the solitary goal.

Maryborough also tasted success in the women’s division after beating Gladstone 2-0.

Melinda Kroning scored twice for Maryborough.

Over the other side of the river, four women’s softball teams were aiming to be big hits over two-days of competition at Fairfield Park in Searle St.

The Bundaberg Bruisers won the competition after beating the Maryborough Masters 15-5 in the final.

Jodie Parker, Sheree Lehr, Barb Hard and Linda Johnston took catches for Maryborough.

The Noosa Wildcats finished third while the Hervey Bay All Sorts finished fourth.

The eight remaining sports in the event this year, bowls, athletics, swimming, basketball, eight ball, croquet and shooting (rim fire and pistol) will be held this weekend.

Masters Games president Owen Maughan reckons almost 600 athletes aged from 20 to over 80 and from throughout Australia will take part this year.

The record for competitors was set in 1994 when 1600 used the event as preparation for the World Masters Games in Brisbane.


Appeared in the Fraser Coast Chronicle – 26th Sep 2011