Brahmans seem set for finals run

BIG TIME: Kai O’Donnell made his Brahmans A-grade debut with captain Dane Vardanega.

With another win, the Brahmans seem set for a strong finish.

Raiders set sail for season finish

OPTIONS: Whitsunday Raider Petelo Kelemeti sets off with the ball.

The Whitsunday Raiders have set themselves up for a strong finish.

Struggling Sea Eagles fall

ON THE MARK: Sea Eagles’ Jared Campbell kicked three goals on the weekend. Photo: Justin Van Heerdan

Struggling Sea Eagles fall short again.

Fun, skills take centre stage at netball carnival

SCORE: Sasha Taha shoots for goal against Bowen Cyclones.

Fun, skills take centre stage at Whitsunday netball carnival.

Premier Men tame Lions

GOAL: The Whitsunday FC Premier Men celebrate another goal at the Whitsunday Sportspark last night. 
Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian

The Whitsunday FC Premier Men put paid to Lions at home last night.

Raiders set eyes on finals

FINAL GLORY: Ron Croker gets the ball away just in time. Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian

The Whitsunday Raiders could reach their spot in the finals

Cannons make splash at meet

RISING STARS: Cannonvale Cannons (back) Hannah Crittenden, Ken Crittenden, Chloe Robertson, (middle) Jy Parkinson, Alannis Rusk, Evie Herlihy, (front) and Zoe Herlihy. Photo contributed.

Cannonvale Cannons travel to Townsville

Fight Night 5 rain-affected but an 'amazing experence'

Ben Kelleher with Anton Zafir on his right, following his victory.

Rain hammers Airlie Beach Fight Night 6 but local fighters do well.

Record turn out for Airlie Beach Running Festival

The start of the 10km race. Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times

More than 650 runners turn out for Airlie Beach Festival of Running

Stroke of luck for Aussie rowers after Russians banned

Russia's pain was Australia's gain late on Monday night when a place in the women's eight competition at the Rio Olympics suddenly became available.

Women outnumber men in Olympic team for first time

TEAM BOSS: Olympic Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller is proud of the number of women representing Australia in Rio.

Team numbers 212 women and 207 men.

Women's Eight in Olympic rowing after Russian ban

The boats of the Netherlands, Romania, Germany, China and Australia (at top), start for the Women's Eight race at the Rowing Olympic Qualification on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland, Sunday, May 22, 2016.

There are now more women than men in the Australian Olympic Team

International Olympic Committee takes easy way out

'IOC has let down athletes by decision not to ban Russia'

Swimmers fine-tuning for Rio relays

MEDAL MASTERMIND: Swimming coach Michael Bohl knows the importance of good relay changeovers.

US camp aiming to build team spirit.

'Cops who kidnapped my boyfriend are downstairs'

Kiwi athlete and journalist partner live-tweeting kidnapping attempt

Daley missed Blues’ match-winning moment

LAST GASP: The Blues celebrate their match-winning try by Michael Jennings during State of Origin game three, just as Aaron Woods hits the deck.

NSW coach was in the ANZ Stadium tunnel when side scored winner.

Retiring Gallen urges Blues fans to keep faith in Daley

BLUES HERO: Paul Gallen of the Blues is carried off the field by Andrew Fifita (left) and James Tamou for his final State of Origin game.

Skipper urges fans to stick with a rebuilding team next year.

State of Origin 2016: Refs best on ground for NSW

Facebook lights up with memes blasting 12-3 penalty count

Origin III: Queensland player ratings

DEBUT TRY: Gavin Cooper of the Maroons scores despite the efforts of Joshua Jackson and James Maloney of the Blues.

Who stood out for the visitors?

Origin III: NSW player ratings

TOUGH STUFF: Josh Dugan of the Blues is tackled by Gavin Cooper of the Maroons.

Who excelled for the Blues?

Brisbane pins hopes on inexperienced bench

BIG TALENT: Tevita Pangai jnr of the Broncos will start from the bench against the Roosters.

Gillett scratching adds to Broncos' woes.

Stroke of luck for Aussie rowers after Russians banned

GRATEFUL EIGHT: The Australian women's eight rowing team in action at the 2012 London Olympics.

FISA move applauded by Rowing Australia.

Women outnumber men in Olympic team for first time

TEAM BOSS: Olympic Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller is proud of the number of women representing Australia in Rio.

Team numbers 212 women and 207 men.

Women's Eight in Olympic rowing after Russian ban

The boats of the Netherlands, Romania, Germany, China and Australia (at top), start for the Women's Eight race at the Rowing Olympic Qualification on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland, Sunday, May 22, 2016.

There are now more women than men in the Australian Olympic Team

No Rugby Union landing for Hayne plane

Jarryd Hayne.

Waratahs rule out signing Jarryd Hayne

Gillett back to boost struggling Broncos

TIMELY RETURN: Matt Gillett of the Broncos will be back on deck to play the Roosters.

Broncos desperate to get back to winning ways.

Aussies pooling resources for Rio success

OLYMPIC HOPE: Mitch Larkin of Australia smiles after his men's 50m backstroke heat at last year’s world championships in Kazan.

Larkin wants Australian swimming to return to its glory days.

Fire and ice drive Rio dream

BURNING AMBITION: Sharni Williams will lead the Australian women’s rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics.

Rugby sevens skipper on quest for gold.

Jess to hit the ground running

TALENTED FAMILY: Jess Trengove claims bronze in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brother inspires Olympic marathon runner.

Rose bloomed in Romania

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Central Coast Mariners star Josh Rose makes a tackle on Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha earlier this year.

How Romania shaped the career of soccer star

In tune for retirement

CHAMPION: Shane Stefanutto.

Shane Stefanutto in tune for retirement.

Rod Davies rocketing to stardom

Former Queensland Reds speedster Rod Davies in flight.

A LOOK back on "Rockhampton Rocket" Rod Davies' remarkable journey.

Players might have to start using their heads

SAFETY CONCERNS: Lachie Henderson of the Cats is stretchered from the ground during the round 17 AFL match between Fremantle and Geelong at Domain Stadium.

Coaches and players have role to play to prevent concussion.

Have to admit it ... Blues skipper deserves respect

LAST GAME: NSW  Origin captain Paul Gallen   during the captain's run at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Tony Durkin shares his views on retiring NSW skipper.

Battling Lions have right to feel aggrieved

CONFIDENCE DOWN: Lions players are dejected as the leave the field following the Round 16 AFL match against the Gold Coast Suns.

Dark clouds hovering over club.

Dog sets a cat among the pigeons

CAVORTING WITH ENEMY: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs runs with the ball.

Player's tour of rival facilities sets tongues wagging.

D-Day approaching for Maroon changes

2020 VISION: Darius Boyd (left) and Corey Oates may be the leaders of the Queensland team in 2020.

Queensland team not getting any younger.

Bellamy’s blues traced back to his own success

Craig Bellamy during his brief stint at New South Wales coach in 2010.

Why did Bellamy fail as Blues coach?

Ennis to pull the pin at season’s end

LAST HURRAH: Michael Ennis of the Sharks will call it quits at the end of the 2016 season.

Shark hoping to retire with a premiership.

Petelo makes Queensland debut

WINNERS: The Queensland Rangers beat the NSW Ron Massey Cup with Whitsunday Brahman Ivan Petelo (front row, sitting down on the right) making his Queensland representative debut. PHOTOS: QRL MEDIA/SCOTT DAVIS

Ivan Petelo debuted in a winning Queensland side.

Dragons duo in hot water over alleged drunken brawl

INFRINGEMENT NOTICE: Tim Lafai in action for the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Latest piece of bad news for the club.

Promising Cowboy’s future is clear as Chud

RISING STAR: Josh Chudleigh of the Cowboys runs the ball during the round 18 NRL match against the Canberra Raiders.

Promising hooker off-contract at the end of the year.

Eagles, Rabbitohs play for their season

SORELY MISSED: NSW Origin halfback Adam Reynolds could be back to boost the Rabbitohs tonight.

Key players likely to return for both teams.

Don’t cry for Farah, the footy millionaire

FAN FAVOURITE: Robbie Farah (centre) is swamped by fans after playing for Wests Tigers in their NSW Cup match against the Newtown Jets at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.

Hooker still being paid about $40,000 a game.

Harvey settles spat with Carey ahead of record game

TIRELESS VETERAN: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos will play his 427th AFL match this weekend, breaking the record of Michael Tuck.

Kangaroos veteran to play his 427th match.

Unimpressive Eagles look for Naitanui spark

MISSING SPARK: Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles is a chance to return next week.

Eagles clash with Collingwood at the MCG next Saturday.

FC smash seven goals to cement second spot

SHOT: The goals kept coming for Whitsunday on Saturday against Country United.

Whitsunday FC smashed Country United on Saturday

Portugal overcomes loss of Ronaldo to claim Euro crown

ON TARGET: Eder celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Portugal in the Euro 2016 final against France at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Country claims first European Championship.

Portugal win Euro Cup despite Ronaldo heartbreak

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, bottom, celebrates with team mates winning the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016.

So the one-man team become European champions

VIDEO: Iceland's stunning welcome for national heroes

Football team celebrates with fans.

TO vikings, this was a time to honour victory, not to mourn defeat.

Griezmann double confirms status as new French hero

FRENCH HERO: France's Antoine Griezmann applauds fans at the end of the Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany in Marseille.

France downs Germany to book spot in final.

Man Utd set to sign Pogba for record $176m

IN DEMAND: Paul Pogba of France in action during the Euro 2016 quarter-final match against Iceland.

French international will earn more than $500,000 a week.

Starc back and keen to boost Test record

DANGER MAN: Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket.

Left-arm quick to get another chance to impress in the Test arena.

Warner expected to be fit to face Sri Lanka

FAMOUS FACE: Australian cricketer David Warner faces a delivery by former Sri Lankan spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan during a practice session in Colombo.

Australia to face Sri Lanka starting on Tuesday.

Lyon not concerned by lack of wickets in Test warm-up

BARREN SPELL: Australian bowler Nathan Lyon took just two wickets in two innings against a Sri Lankan Board XI.

Spinner approaching opening Test against Sri Lanka with confidence.

O’Keefe puts his hand up for Test selection

GOOD FORM: Stephen O’Keefe took five wickets in the first innings of Australia’s tour match in Sri Lanka.

Tourists could take a twin-spin attack in the first Test.

Murali, Law give Aussies an inside edge over Sri Lanka

SPIN MAESTRO: Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan appeals for a wicket in a 2010 ODI clash against Australia.

Duo gives insight ahead of Australia's tour of island nation.

Heat secure world No.1 Badree for BBL

KEY SIGNING: West Indian Samuel Badree has recommitted to the Brisbane Heat.

West Indian joins McCullum as international signings.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

‘White-line fever’ gives Aiken the edge

HARD TO HANDLE: Queensland Firebirds goal-shooter Romelda Aiken lines up a shot.

Firebirds shooting for another grand final.

Firebird standing tall among illustrious teammates

TOUGH DEFENCE: Queensland Firebirds player Gabi Simpson (right) and Melbourne Vixens player Madi Robinson in action during the 2014 grand final.

Queensland side to face Steel in semi.

Tippett faces her Origin in Firebirds final

MY BALL! Gretel Tippett of the Firebirds and Sharni Layton fight for the ball.

Firebirds tackle Swifts in fierce conference final in Brisbane

Swifts down Vixens to earn Firebirds final

EYE FOR GOAL: Susan Pettitt of the Swifts shoots as Leana De Bruin of the Magic defends.

Reigning champions await Sydneysiders.

Firebirds chasing right to host final

Firebirds captain Laura Geitz takes a rebound against the NSW Swiftrs in last year’s frand Final between the Queensland Firebirds and NSW Swifts in Brisbane, Sunday, June 21, 2015. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Queenslanders have a game to go before the finals.

Poetic justice for 'Henry' Lawson's 100 to 1 chance

MACLEAN CUP: Wayne Lawson trained gelding Nautile snuck through to win the final feature race of the July Racing Carnival for the second time in a row.

Kilkivan rider second in 80km endurance championship

ENDURING ENTHUSIASM: Fiona Fenech from Lower Wonga, in the Kilkivan district, placed second in the 80km event of the endurance championships.
Photo: contributed

Long-term Kilkivan district horse rider takes silver over the 80km.

New Racing Queensland board announced

Three new appointments have been made to the Racing Queensland board

Our riders recognised

APPRECIATION: Kendall Davies, Sammy Warren and president of Airlie Beach Whitsunday RSL Terry Brown, at the presentation of awards acknowledging the Equestrian Society for their participation in Anzac Day. Photo contributed.

Our riders recognised

Melbourne Cup tour to visit region

VISIT: Prince of Penzance part-owner Joe Dalton brought the 2015 Melbourne Cup to the region in May.

The 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will stop in the Whitsundays.

Riders gallop to the top for biggest Pony Club event

President of the Townsville Dressage Club, Tony Pickersgill riding his horse around the paddock on Sunday morning. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times.

The Whitsunday Equestrian Group Supreme comp was held last weekend

Pony club pays tribute to Billie

YOUNG STAR: 12-year-old Billie Kinder. 
Photo contributed.

Former Whitsunday local 12-year-old Billie Kinder has died.