Iain Hunter (from left), Robbie O’Donnell, Trey Barker and Bat White will be doing their bit to raise money tonight.
Iain Hunter (from left), Robbie O’Donnell, Trey Barker and Bat White will be doing their bit to raise money tonight. Alistair Brightman

Tradies glove fight night

TWENTY-four members of the Hervey Bay building community will down tools tomorrow night.

They are not going on strike either.

Hammers, shovels and paint brushes will be swapped for boxing gloves, headgear and mouthguards during the third Tradies Fight Night at the Hervey Bay PCYC in O’Rourke Street.

The tradies will give it their all in 12 bouts to help raise money for the PCYC to purchase gymnastics and boxing equipment.

Officials are hoping the night, which will feature tradies with fighting names such as Billy the Bull, Captain Cletus, and The Mentor, will again be as successful as the one held in March this year.

A crowd of 500 helped raise around $10,000 to go towards the building of a new multi-purpose activity centre at the PCYC, the centre which will house the new equipment.

The fighters will stand toe-to-toe over three one and a half minute rounds, providing they last the distance of course.

Sergeant Patrick Fleming, the branch manager of the Hervey Bay Police-Citizens Youth Club, said the building industry had once again come up trumps with its support for the event.

“You name it, we’ve got someone representing almost every part of the building community gloving up to have a crack at helping us,” he said.

“We’ve got brickies, painters, labourers, carpenters and concreters all stepping into the ring to give it a go – the support has just been outstanding.”

But Sgt Fleming said that support might not be extended between the boxers.

“I reckon there will be no shortage of rivalry,” he laughed.

“There is a lot of pride and bragging rights on the line.”

Sgt Fleming said at least 15 of the boxers will be making their debut in the ring.

“You could say that they are an unknown quantity,” he said.

“They have all been hitting the bags hard in training for over a month or so now but it will be interesting to see how they go against someone hitting back rather than punching a bag.”

Sgt Fleming said it wouldn’t only be the fighting that will entertain the crowd on the night though.

Former Queensland State of Origin representative, Trevor Gillmeister, and Australian cricket legends Doug Walters and Rodney Hogg, are going to talk during the half-time break from the boxing.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and the action starts at 6pm.



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