All the sporting events for next year

Bundaberg's biggest horse race meet will be back in July, which sees the best horses in the region and around other areas compete to be the best. Picture: SHANE JONES

By Shane Jones

Next year promises to be a big year as the borders and Australia seems to open up.

Sport in Bundaberg is expected to be big as well as some sports prepare to host major events.

So what is happening?

Here is a list, not everything, but the main events of what is happening in sport in 2022.

Bulls Masters

Bundaberg will welcome back some of the best former and current Queensland Bulls when the Bulls Masters visit the region.

The trip is now one of the key pillars of the sporting calendar.

The team visits schools and also runs clinics for juniors during the visit as well as play a Bundaberg select XI.

The trip will be held at the end of February.

NRL game

Bundaberg will play host to the Canterbury Bulldogs and North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL on 7 August next year.

It will be the first time ever that the region has hosted a game for premiership points and a game live on television.

Bundaberg will also, hopefully, have a local player involved with Coen Hess playing for the Cowboys.

The game starts at 2pm.

Bundaberg Cup

One of Queensland’s biggest touch events will be back early next year.

Starting in 2015, the Bundaberg Cup see dozens of touch football teams come to the region, to compete for up to $20,000 in prize money.

Bundaberg teams will also compete with the locals looking to show they can match it with the best in the state.

The event will be on 5 and 6 of February.

Bundaberg Cup

Bundaberg’s biggest horse race meet will be back in July, which sees the best horses in the region and around other areas compete to be the best.

Last year the race was one by Wrecking Ball, which is trained by Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner.

The cup will be held on 23 July.

Burnett Cup

The Bundaberg Golf Club will host Bundaberg’s oldest golf tournament in January, which will see players from around Wide Bay form in pairs to try to take out the competition.

Both men and women compete to be the best in it.

Bundaberg Rugby League grand final

The top teams in A-grade, reserves, and under-18 will battle to be the best in September.

Last year Brothers in A-grade won their third title in five years and head into the season as the back-to-back champions.

Can anyone stop them?

Bundaberg Cycling Spectacular

The event returned in 2021 to the region and it is expected to be back again in 2022.

The cycling event at Kevin Brogden Velodrome sees the best juniors and seniors from around the state compete in races including the keirin, team sprint, sprint, handicap races and scratch races.

With borders opening, expect some riders from interstate and maybe even overseas come to the region to compete.

The event is likely to held in November.

Queensland School Sports state titles

Bundaberg will host the Queensland School Sports 13-15 boys cricket event in November and December next year.

The best cricketers from around the state, connected to their school, will compete for bragging rights and to be selected by Queensland.

Bundaberg players will be involved, playing for Wide Bay at the event.

Queensland Boys and Girls Amateur titles

The best golfers in the state will come to Bargara next year to claim the crown as being the best junior in the state.

Bargara is hosting the event after hosting it this year following a two year hiatus.

The event, which will be held over four days, goes from 28 June to 1 July.

Cane2Coral

One of Bundaberg’s premier running events looks likely to come back in 2022 after organisers confirmed plans are in place for it to return.

The event, which was meant to be held, was forced to be cancelled in 2021 due to covid restrictions hampering the event.

The running events sees runners or teams run or walk over a 21km, 10km or other distance.

The event is held around Bargara.

Full dates for the event have yet to be announced.

Bulls Masters Challenge

Bundaberg is likely to play host to the cricket tournament at the start of October, which sees the best Queensland Country cricketers compete against each other.

Wide Bay, featuring Bundy players, compete against seven other regions for a chance to head to the GABBA to play the final later in the season.

It is a T20 competition.