IT’S NOT unfair to say that of all women’s sports played in Queensland Vigoro may be one of those with the fewest participants.
Just three associations exist Cairns, Fassifern, and Ipswich,
For a number of years now, a group of Beaudesert girls have been keeping the game alive by travelling to Boonah each Saturday to play in the Fassifern Ladies Vigoro Association’s Junior Competition.
It takes dedicated volunteers to keep a sport active and Maryanne Watterson can take a bow locally for her drive over many years.
Now a well-respected coach, Maryann first became involved in Vigoro at the age of 14 when she, along with other Beaudesert girls, began playing in Boonah.
They were introduced to the game by their Beaudesert High PE teacher at the time, Jan Dover.
Fast forward 30 years and Maryann now coaches the ‘Rebels’, a junior team made up of almost all Beaudesert girls, including her daughters.
A group of 12 players from the ‘Rebels’ team recently gained selection in the Under 14’s and Under 18’s teams that travelled to Cairns to represent Fassifern in the Junior State Titles.
The carnival was held in Gordonvale, home to the Cairns Vigoro Association.
The Under 14’s competition ended up in a three-way tie, but was won by Cairns on a countback, due to the amount of runs they made.
The Fassifern Under 18’s came away with second place.
Local Beaudesert girl, Carmel Ryan took out the trophy for most catches in the carnival for the Under 14’s.
Queensland honorary teams were selected at the carnival based on individual performances. Beaudesert girls, Mia Love and Evie Kerger were selected in the Qld Under 18’s team, with Audrey Watterson and Carmel Ryan making the Under 14’s team.
After the completion of the Junior Carnival, a Senior Club Championship was held where eight teams competed.
Fassifern’s Aussie Terrors won this competition, proving that vigoro is still strong in the district.