A New Barnes Cup to Debut in 2022

Barnes Cup 100 Year Celebration

Last Thursday was the gala day for the Barnes Cup primary school sporting day, celebrating 100 years in the Herbert River District. Thirteen schools from around the Herbert River Valley district came out in force, with 840 students participating in what ended up being a close event, with two schools running head-to-head to the finish. 

Ingham State Primary School came out on top, winning the Barnes Shield with 142.5, and Our Lady of Lourdes was a close second on 139.  Ingham State Primary School also celebrated a win for the Barnes Cup on 0.4425, with Our Lady of Lourdes coming in close second again on 0.4225.  

Over the last 20 years, The Barnes Cup has become the event where the best of the best from the individual schools can battle it out for the top spot to see who the representative team for the district will be. 

This year, all the students from the participating thirteen schools enjoyed the special gala event.

“We are retiring the Barnes Cup after 100 years,” said Chief organiser Michael Blake, Principal of Mutarnee State School (near Frosty Mango). “The Barnes family has agreed to donate a new cup for us.” 

The Barnes Cup Trophy was donated in 1920 by brothers Alfred, Harry, Frank, and John Barnes who immigrated to Australia from England in 1909.  

A hearty thanks to Hinchinbrook Rotary, Hinchinbrook Lions, and Our Lady of Lourdes Tuckshop who provided food and refreshments for the day.

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