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Greater Midlands Championships
Persistent rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of CFA brigades that participated in the annual Greater Midlands Fire Brigades Competition held at Bendigo over the weekend.
Midland Championships Association President Greg Murphy, from Kerang, said despite the rain on Sunday it was a great turnout from the teams who came from as far away as Mildura and Corio.
“The Committee was very pleased with the commitment of all the brigades that attended. It was a brilliant roll-up on the Sunday despite the rain,” Greg said.
The championship was held at the RF Turner Fire Brigade Complex at Lake Waroona.
CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone opened the Championships. He said CFA championships are a great event to hone skills and improve fitness in a competitive team environment.
Collectively, 58 junior and senior teams participated in the championships. Participating teams came from as far away as Geelong and Mildura while other brigades attended from the north-west, north-east and central Victoria.
Due to the rain, the discipline review and march-past had to be cancelled in order not to damage the oval.
On Sunday, the seniors managed to complete the Hydrant Race for One event, "but we only got about half way through the Marshal for One event before we had to cease the events in order to ensure safety of the competitors,” Greg added.
The Tatura team won the juniors competition, and Kangaroo Flat team won the seniors competition.
An objective of the Championships Association is to get more teams together to build into the future with a combination of volunteers and career staff. “It’s a great way to keep fit and build teamwork,” Greg said.
The Championships started 15 years ago following the amalgamation of the Northern District, Great Northern Association and Northern Zone.