THE stage was alive with song, dance and even a little comedy last Saturday, as Bombala’s Annual Talent Quest again provided hours of entertainment in the RSL Club Auditorium.
Talented performers from all age groups took part, with competitors coming from across NSW and Victoria to get behind the microphone.
With over 80 entries being made, the happy crowd was entertained right through the day and part of the night, with radio presenter, Bill Beerens travelling from Sydney to compere the quest.
Amongst the many highlights of the event were the presentation of the very first Ralph Sims Memorial Trophy, and the donation of a recording session at the Charlesworth Music Studios in Cooma as the prize for the winning singer/songwriter.
The Bombala and District Country Music Association was extremely pleased with the event overall, and offers sincere thanks to all of those involved, especially the performers who took part.
Special mention goes to the hardworking backing band, made up of Alan of Milingandi, Vicky from Young and Ando’s own and Michael Green, as well brilliant sound mixer, Carlos.
The Association also appreciates the support of the Bombala RSL Club in allowing the use of the auditorium.
Bombala and District Country Music Association
20th Annual Talent Quest results
Veterans - lst Danny Bowden (Bombala); 2nd Mary Beerens (Sydney), 3rd Lyn Donchi (Bairnsdale).
Open Australian (Barry Hampshire Memorial Trophy) - 1st Tina Podger (Cooma); 2nd Mitchell Murdock (Sydney); 3rd Brad Marks.
Sub Juniors (Ralph Sims Memorial Trophy) - lst Meg Grange (Keiraville); 2nd Cloe Topez (Sydney); 3rd Taylor Minnick (Young).
Open Instrumental - lst Mitchell Murdock (Sydney); 2nd Richard Llambias (Sydney); 3rd Beth Grange (Keiraville).
Junior Vocal - lst Brianna Weir (Orbost); 2nd Dakota Lee (Young); 3rd Sophie Rumph (Ando).
Senior Gospel - lst Mitchell Murdock (Sydney); 2nd Brad Marks; 3rd Michelle Farren (Bendoc).
Open Costume Comedy Skit - lst Mitchell Murdock (Sydney); 2nd Farren Family (Bendoc); 3rd Stefan Dzwonnik (Mt Darragh).
Open Junior Gospel - lst Dakota Lee (Young); 2nd Meg Grange (Keiraville);
3rd Faith Cocker (Bendoc).
Senior Vocal - 1st Mitchell Murdock (Sydney); 2nd Brad Marks; 3rd Brett Hodak (Bombala).
Open Singer Songwriter – 1st Sophie Rumph (Ando); 2nd Mitchell Murdock (Sydney); 3rd Lyn Donchi (Bairnsdale).
Open Duo/Group – 1st Dakota Lee and Brad Marks; 2nd Brianna Weir and Shron Robinson; 3rd Grange Family.
Open Country Rock – 1st Tina Podger (Cooma); 2nd Dakota Lee (Young); 3rd Brad Marks.
Junior Overall Winner – Dakota Lee (Young).
Senior Overall Winner – Tina Podger (Cooma).
Star of the Future Award – Brad Marks.
Senior Encouragement Award – Brett Hodak (Bombala).
Junior Encouragement Award – Faith Cocker (Bendoc).
Winners of special event, Neil Hennessy, Steven Foley and Simone Hillyer.
For more photographs, please see Page 17.