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Flannelette flair of Kyogle a winner in dragon boat regatta

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The Kyogle Hillbillys in action in the Community team racing event.
The Kyogle Hillbillys in action in the Community team racing event.

The competition was intense among the sixteen sports teams during the recent Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club’s regatta at Ballina.

But no team surpassed the winning enthusiasm of the flannelette-wearing Kyogle Hillbillys.

This was the third year they had entered the regatta and the Hillbillys fly in from all over the country to race at the regatta, in what has become an annual Wilson/Crawter family re-union.

The regatta’s State of Origin race was again taken out by the Queenslanders in a dramatic ‘photo finish.’ The 1km Chase was won by Ballina Dragons and the 100 metre Round Robin sprint was won by Kempsey Macleay River Rats.

On Sunday, the competition was tough between the sport teams in the 200 metre sprints and the winners were spread between New South Wales and Queensland.

The Ballina Mayor, David Wright was on hand to present the trophies and congratulate all the teams in what was reported as ‘Great venue, perfect weather and a well organised regatta.’


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