Mystery of the missing cup; have you seen the NewsMail Cup?
ONE of the oldest sporting trophies in Bundaberg, the NewsMail Cup, has been missing since 2013 and Football Bundaberg wants it returned.
Football Bundaberg president Michael McLachlan is hot on a mystery of Scooby Doo-like proportions to see the cup returned to its rightful place ahead of the NewsMail Cup final on June 8.
"Apparently it was dropped into Bundy Trophies and Gifts for engraving in 2013," McLachlan said.
"I spoke with the engraver and he said that "a blonde lady" had picked it up for Football Bundaberg," he said.
Former Football Bundaberg president Rod Rehbein said the organisation had retrieved the cup from 2013 winners Moore Park so it could add a base for more name inscriptions.
"It had become full," Rehbein said.
"It was in 2014 around May when I needed to pick up the trophy with the new base and everything and realised it was missing.
"We tried to work out who it was and where it could be, but had no luck."
Bundy Trophies and Gifts owner Tom Iles said he vaguely recalled the mystery woman coming to the store to pick up the trophy.
"This was about July 2013," he said.
"I assumed the person was going to take it straight back to Football Bundaberg.
"It had already been invoiced and the work had been completed with a new base and everything."
McLachlan said last year when he was Across The Waves president the club had to make do with a spare trophy for presentation's sake when it defeated Bingera in the 2014 NewsMail Cup final.
McLachlan said he had contacted all clubs for information with no success.
"Although this is extremely embarrassing for Football Bundaberg, it needs to be found or replaced," he said.
Anyone with information can contact the NewsMail or drop it into Bundy Trophies and Gifts anonymously at Shop 5/52 Enterprise St.