Top honours for Moreton Bay clubs at state excellence awards

Published 12:00pm 23 March 2023

Top honours for Moreton Bay clubs at state excellence awards
Words by Ashleigh Howarth
Above: The team from Norths Leagues and Services Club celebrate their win. 

Four Moreton Bay community clubs have taken home honours at the annual Keno and Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence awards night.

The event was held at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre on March 21, with clubs from all over the state attending.

Among the winners were the Caboolture Sports Club, Norths Leagues and Services Club, Club Pine Rivers and Bribie Island Bowls Club.

Clubs Queensland CEO Craig Harley said the region’s clubs continued to work closely with their communities, engaging with their members and with organisations to improve the lives of others.

“Community clubs have a proud history of fostering local spirit and delivering top-shelf facilities. Our annual awards night recognises some of the clubs who have gone above and beyond to engage with their communities,” Craig said.

“We’ve seen a lot of change in our lives in these last few years but our clubs continue to provide invaluable service and social support for their members and for local communities.

“Each of these clubs is well-supported by their members, who are passionate about reaching out to others.”

Top honours for Moreton Bay clubs at state excellence awards
Above: Robyn Stephensen, Sporting Clubs Development Officer Robyn Stephensen (middle) and Chris Pain, Chairman Board of Directors, CSC Group (left) with the person who presented them with the award. 

Caboolture Sports Club

The Caboolture Sports Club won the Best Sports Club award on the evening.

The recognition is indicative of the club’s ongoing commitment to excellence as a community sporting club.

This week’s victory extends the club’s win streak after claiming victories in Best Multi-Sports Club, Support of Sport and Club Director of the Year at last year’s awards.

Sporting Clubs Development Officer Robyn Stephensen said the club was proud to be recognised.

“Caboolture Sports Club are very proud to have won this year’s Best Sports Club award. It’s great recognition of everything we do via our six foundation sporting clubs and the impact our clubs have in the local community,” Robyn said.

“In addition to our foundation clubs, we are also happy to be able to provide support to a range of other sporting and community clubs in both the Caboolture and North Lakes area - as well as funding support to individual athletes and officials via our Rising Stars grants program.

“The whole team at CSC Group are instrumental in us being able to provide this support and the power of sport facilitate opportunities in the community is unrivalled.

“We are also proud that both Caboolture Sports Club and North Lakes Sports Clubs (both part of the CSC Group) were in the final three for Club of the Year (Large), this is great recognition of across the entire group.

“I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate all award nominees and winners – the awards evening really drives home how important the great work being done by all clubs across the state.”

Top honours for Moreton Bay clubs at state excellence awards
Above: Staff from North Leagues and Services Club were all smiles after their big win. 

Norths Leagues and Services Club

The Precinct at Norths Leagues and Services Club won Best Dining (large) while the club itself won Best Gaming Venue (large).

The win showcases the club’s excellence when providing a superior dining experience to its patrons and follows their recognition for Best Dining 200 plus last year.

Norths Leagues and Services Club General Manager Troy Young said he was proud to take home a top gong.

“I am extremely proud of the amazing service our team delivers to our members each and every day, and to win these awards is a testament to their hard work,” Troy said.

“I would also like to thank our loyal members for their ongoing and continued support.”

Top honours for Moreton Bay clubs at state excellence awards
Above: The award Club Pine Rivers received on the night. 

Club Pine Rivers

The club once again secured its place as the top bowls club in the region, winning Best Bowls Club for the second year in a row.

Club Pine Rivers CEO Steve Ratcliffe said the win was a team effort.

“I’d just like to say a big thank you to our team and our board. We are so lucky to have such an amazing group of people here at Club Pine Rivers who all love this club and that really shows,” Steve said.

“We are also very lucky to have an great board who allows us to do what we need to make our club the best it can be.”

Top honours for Moreton Bay clubs at state excellence awards
Above: Bribie Island Bowls Club Community Coordinator Kerry Muller with Matthew Bradford - Partner at Mullins Lawyers.

Bribie Island Bowls Club

The Bribie Island Bowls Club took home the prized Heart of the Community award for their work in support of B.I.K.E.S (Bribie Island Kids Educational Support), a charity that supports local children by providing education essentials and opportunities to end the cycle of poverty.

The club's Community Coordinator, Kerry Muller, expressed pride in the club's commitment to providing equal access to education for at-risk youth on the island, helping develop the future generation.

“We see the kids of our community as being the future leaders,” Kerry said.

“We want to see them on an equal footing with the other children who go to the schools around Bribie.”

Bribie Island Bowls Club General Manager Kevin Bertwistle said the B.I.K.E.S program had a profound impact on the community.

“It’s really important that we give kids the best start in life,” Kevin said.

“If we can do that through our program supporting B.I.K.E.S, we think that’s really worthwhile. We want to help all the children that we can on the island.”

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