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Thursday 26th of March 2020
#69 :   Covid-19: Competitions & Meetings
Author  Meade Murphy

Based on the current situation in regards to the Covid19 Virus, all SQAFCA competitions and meetings are suspended until further notice.

The following aspects need to be considered.

Travel for non-essential purposes.
The Federal Government has banned Social sporting-based activities.
Social distancing measures.
Our duty of care to our fellow members.
QAFCA have rescheduled the AAA’s to 2021.
Blue Fin have already suspended all scheduled club fishing, including SQAFCA competitions.
Redcliffe City have indicated they will be suspending their competition.
Virginia Nundah have indicated the same.
I have been advised that the Micat have suspended passenger trips to Moreton Island.

In addition, all State Parks are closed effective immediately until 30th April 2020 or advised otherwise

Please inform your members accordingly.

All clubs need to give careful consideration to their own operations going forward.
In the meantime stay safe and let’s hope for an early return to normality.
Best Regards
Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 5th of March 2020
#67 :   ARB Sponsor for the 1st Round Surf Title
Author  Meade Murphy

Great news!

Australian leading 4WD accessories supplier A.R.B. is sponsoring the 1st round of the S.Q.A.F.C.A. Surf Titles now called the Open Beach 2020 Titles. A.R.B. has been supplying all the “bells and whistles” for not only S.Q.A.F.C.A’s large fleet of 4WDs, but for all our tenants that rent our 5 club houses on Moreton Island. Now, if you want a 4WD accessory, just click on the link and go straight to the A.R.B. website.( https://www.arb.com.au/ ) .

This weekend is the 3rd round of the S.Q.A.F.C.A Light Gear Titles on Moreton Island. There are 89 members and 11 visitors competing this weekend. Assembly and briefing will be approximately midday Saturday at the R.C.A.A. clubhouse. With 38 4WD members on the Saturday morning barge, you will be better off parking on the beach in front of the R.C.A.A. and V.N.F.C.A clubhouses and walk up to the briefing. There will be nomination prizes and raffles to be drawn at the briefing and a sausage sizzle after the weigh-in Sunday morning. And luck is with us......we have managed to get our hands on 24 rolls of toilet paper – so you are all on rations !!!

I wish everyone the best of luck.

Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 13th of February 2020
#66 :   Christmas 2019 Break Up
Author  Meade Murphy

South Queensland Amateur Fishing Club’s Association
(S.Q.A.F.C.A) Inc.
ABN: 92 547 184 431
Meade Murphy – Publicity Officer
meade@sqafca.com.au
0411-244-774

February 2020

Christmas 2019 Break Up


Better late than never as the old saying goes!

Redcliffe City Amateur Anglers finally held their Christmas break up trip last weekend, 7th February 2020. This trip was to be held 2 months ago, but due to Moreton Island erupting into a firestorm, due to lack of rain, the trip was cancelled. This time the trip was held in the greatest rain event on Moreton Island since 2015! Some of the 80 members believe if we weren’t a tonne lighter of beer, prawns, food etc. we would have struggled to cross the creeks at low tide Sunday morning 4 hours before the barge was due.

Australia is definitely the land of drought and flooding rains – when it rains, it pours!

This trip was also a special one for the R.C.A.A. to say thank you to the Bulwer Volunteer Fire Fighters. They not only saved our clubhouse, but also the townships of Cowan and Bulwer. These blokes deserve a bravery medal for what they did and as we couldn’t give them that we passed the hat around and raised $1580.00 in a week long raffle amongst ourselves. From the funds raised they purchased a high quality, durable marquee for future sausage sizzles on the island. A big thank you to Bunnings, Rothwell, who also jumped into the community spirit and donated two gas bbq’s. So if you see the volunteer fire fighters out the front of Bulwer, pull up your 4WD and have a snag.

All S.Q.A.F.C.A. clubs would also like to welcome the local Aborigines and thank them for taking back the management of our great island, Moreton. They have told the “old boys” in our club that they will never have to save the townships again as they will perform cold back-burns in winter and reopen the fire access tracks that were shut down to be revegetated by the environmentalists. Better late than never !

Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 23rd of January 2020
#65 :   Happy New Year and Australia Day
Author  Meade Murphy

SQAFCA WEBSITE NEWS

Happy New Year and Australia Day !

Wow, what a full on Christmas & New Year it has been for some of the S.Q.A.F.C.A. clubs who have clubhouses on Moreton Island.

At the end of November fire broke out as a result of a lightning strike out the back of Cowan – over the next week it slowly travelled north to the township of Bulwer. With 5 club houses to defend on The Strand we took a watch and act stance to see if the wind would change and the fire burn back into itself. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and the Bulwer Volunteer Fire Fighters had an incredible fight on their hands to save Bulwer ....and they did! As a show of thanks, both R.C.A.A. and V.N.A.F.C ran a raffle over a week and raised $1580.00. The volunteers have used this money to buy 2 x bbqs and a pop up marquee for fund raising. This Sunday, Australia Day, they will host their first beach sausage sizzle on the beach in front of Bulwer. We all hope they do well and that it turns into a regular event.

Also, Alvey Reels is holding a competition to win a new Nissan 4WD. When you buy a reel – enter the number on the box online to go into the competition.

See link to enter the competition: alvey.com.au/nissan

Mr Bruce Alvey is not only a life member of S.Q.A.F.C.A. but also the patron of S.Q.A.F.C.A. and sponsor of the Len Thompson. Please support Bruce, buy a reel and enter the competition.

The next S.Q.A.F.C.A. competition is the Moreton Island Light Gear round on March 7th 2020. See you all there !

Meade Murphy

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Thursday 3rd of October 2019
#64 :   2019 State Titles Report
Author  Dave Reberger

2019 State Titles Report at Agnes Water/1770

The competition started for our Sth Qld contingent on Friday evening with a welcome BBQ at the house of the RCAA boys and the hand out of the new SQAFCA shirts. This was a great get together of all the competitors with the exception of the 2 City Hall boys that did not arrive until Saturday morning.

The registration and old friends afternoon and all weigh ins were conducted at the Agnes Water Sport and Rec Club Agnes Water which was about a 10 minute drive from the main town.

The first competition was the Light Gear event and we had members that fished both the Round Hill and Middle Creek areas, best catches came from both areas but only a few spots produced the fish.

Light Gear Highlights

Overall Ladies
1ST Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Zoe Hague Central Qld
2nd Les Clark Sth Qld 2nd Jane Clark Tweed Coast
3rd Aaron Bell Central Qld 3rd Toni Richards Tweed Coast
Veterans Juniors
1ST Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Jackson Dudman Sth Qld
2nd Mick Horan Sth Qld 2nd Ezekiel Bullard Bundaberg
3rd Barry Counter Central Qld 3rd Blade Payne Sth Qld
Males
1st Les Clark Sth Qld
2nd Aaron Bell Central Qld
3rd Mike Black Sth Qld
Divisional Teams Club Teams
1st Central Qld 100% 1ST Keppel 100%
2nd Mackay 81.17% 2nd Blue Fin 75.15%
3rd Sth Qld 76.06% 3rd Pottsville 70.66

Veteran Light Gear Champion Mick Horan

Boat Estuary Highlights

This event was conducted in Bustard Bay and the 3 creeks entering the bay, the day was hard with all the run out tide and the fish were hard to find, most competitors fished the Round Hill Creek area.

OverallLadies
1st Glenn Neill Central Qld 1st Mellisa Newton Central Qld
2nd Ian Roberts Mackay 2nd Jane Clark Tweed Coast
3rd Michael Roberts Mackay 3rd Catherine Crone Ipswich
Veterans Juniors
1st Neil Reberger Sth Qld 1st Brooke Teague Bundaberg
2nd Barry Counter Central Qld 2nd Ezekiel Bullard Bundaberg
3RD Damian Maudsley Sth Qld 3rd Blade Payne Sth Qld
Males
1st Glenn Neill Central Qld
2nd Ian Roberts Mackay
3rd Michael Roberts Mackay
Divisional Teams Club Teams
1st Sth Qld 100% 1st Redcliffe City 100%
2nd Mackay 59.29% 2nd Post Office 83.04%
3rd Central Qld 47.81% 3rd Blue Fin 74.36%

Casting Highlights

Overall Ladies
1st Andrew Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Rachel Bunker Sth Qld
2nd Todd Payne Sth Qld 2nd Jane Clark Tweed Coast
3rd Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 3rd Brenda – Lee Shelly Tweed Coast
Veterans Juniors
1st Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Blade Payne
2nd Rob Crepin Ipswich 2nd Ezekiel Bullard
3rd Bob Henderson Ipswich 3rd Jackson Dudman
Males
1st Andrew Curtis Tweed Coast
2nd Todd Payne Sth Qld
3rd Geoff Richards Tweed Coast
Divisional Teams Club Teams
1st Tweed Coast 100% 1st Pottsville 100%
2nd Sth Qld 84.18% 2nd Blue Fin 86.01%
3rd Ipswich 43.19% 3rd Redcliffe City 65.95%

Rock & Beach Highlights

This event was conducted from Round Hill Headland to Rules beach to the south the rocks and northern beaches were hard with only a few fish caught in the early morning. The area to the south at Rules Beach produced the goods with Whiting and a few Dart.

Overall Ladies
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld 1st Jane Clark Tweed Coast
2nd John Russo Sth Qld 2nd Toni Richards Tweed Coast
3rd Andrew Curtis Tweed Coast 3RD Brenda – Lee Shelly Tweed Coast
Veterans Juniors
1st Neil Reberger Sth Qld 1st Eiizekiel Bullard Bundaberg
2nd Barry Counter Central Qld 2nd Blade Payne Sth Qld
3rd Barry Weimar Sth Qld 3rd Brooke Teague Bundaberg
Males
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld
2nd John Russo Sth Qld
3rd Andrew Curtis Tweed Coast
Divisional Teams Club Teams
1st Tweed Coast 100% 1st City Hall 100%
2nd Sth Qld 92.72% 2nd Pottsville 72.24%
3rd Bundaberg 61.73% 3rd The Waves 40.45%


Rock and Beach Champion Neil Reberger


Rock and Beach Runner Up Team Dave Reberger,Les Clark, Damian Maudsley, Todd Payne, Barry Weimar and Steve Hunter


Rock and Beach Champion Club Team City Hall

Offshore Highlights

This event was conducted to the east of 1770 and the weather did not calm down as the predicted forecast, some boats ventured to the Islands but it restricted the fishing time to 3 hours maximum, not a good choice for a 6 hour competition. The competitors that stayed within an hour of the headland produced the best results and Trevally was the target species.

Overall Ladies
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld 1st Jane Clark Tweed Coast
2nd Gavin Sheppard Cairns 2nd Catherine Crone Ipswich
3rd Todd Payne Sth Qld 3rd Rachel Bunker Sth Qld
Veterans Divisional Teams
1st Wayne Ivers Central Qld 1st Sth Qld 100%
2nd Noel Roberts Central Qld 2nd Cairns 47.16%
3rd Dan Murphu Mackay 3rd Central Qld 37.41%
Males Club Teams
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld 1st City Hall 100%
2nd Gavin Sheppard Cairns 2nd Postelle
3rd Todd Payne Sth Qld 3rd Keppell


Offshore Champion Steve Hunter


Offshore Champion Divisional Team Steve Hunter, John Russo, Dave Reberger, Neil Reberger, Les Clark and Matt Reberger ( absent )


Offshore Champion Club Team John Russo and Steve Hunter. Bruce Alvey from Alvey Reels Australia handing out all trophies

Overall Champions

Champion of Champions
1ST Steve Hunter Sth Qld
Veterans Ladies
1st Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Jane Clark Tweed Coast
2nd Mick Horan Sth Qld 2nd Zoe Hague Central Qld
3RD Neil Reberger Sth Qld 3rd Rachel Bunker Sth Qld
Males Juniors
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld 1st Blade Payne Sth Qld
2nd Geoff Richards Tweed Coast 2nd Ezekiel Bullard Bundaberg
3rd John Russo Sth Qld 3rd Brooke Teague Bundaberg
In closing I would like to thank our association the opportunity to lead this team and congratulations to all the trophy and team winners and a special mention to Steve Hunter and John Russo for their efforts. Also thanks to all that took the time from our busy lives to attend the competition it was a hard slog but we all kept going to try and achieve the best results possible.

Also a thank you for the organizing committee and all that helped to run the event.


The SQAFCA team with the prize pool won on the event

Dave Reberger
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