Sport

Anzac Day puts obstruction rule in perspective

ON this 99th Anzac Day, we salute and remember all those who fought and died for the great country that we live in.

Lest we forget.

In rugby league, obstruction is the latest buzzword, and if you are an Eels or Cowboys fan, you will not be happy.

The interpretation of the obstruction rule cost both team victories in last weekend's games.

While Parra fans were unhappy on Easter Monday with the 'no try' ruling, it would be a understatement to say that the Cowboys were fuming.

While I think it was bad video ref rulings, Jonathan Thurston reignited the conspiracy theories.

Both teams must put these blunders behind them and move on with this weekend's game where they will met each other.

Boxing anticipation

ON Sunday morning at about 7am, we hopefully will be celebrating Australia's first world title heavyweight boxing champion in Alex "The Lionheart" Leapai.

Leapai is due to fight WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko in Germany.

Wladimir is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. It will take a super human effort for Leapai to beat the German giant and increase his record to 31 wins from 38 fights.

Farewell Hurricane

THE boxing world was saddened during the week with the passing of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the middleweight champion who fought for a world title and was wrongly convicted of murder.

Carter spent nearly 20 years in jail for a murder that he was convicted of in 1967.

The injustice that he faced was the catylist for him to publish his autobiography titled The Sixteenth Round, and for Bob Dylan to pen an award-winning song called Hurricane.

A film also was produced called The Hurricane where Rubin was played by Denzel Washington.

Victory songs

AFL and English Premier League sides celebrate winning games by playing their club songs.

The AFL has some great tunes in Richmond's We're from Tigerland, Collingwood's Good Old Collingwood Forever and Carlton's We Are The Navy Blues.

The EPL has some classics with the top of the tree being the Liverpool song You Will Never Walk Alone.

If you were one of the 95,446 fans who attended the Liverpool game at the MCG in 2013, you will agree with me.

A strange club song that I came across recently was the song that EPL side West Ham sing. It is entitled I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles. This song was written for a Pears soap commercial in the 1920s.

Greatest sportswomen

LAST week I posed a question about who was the greatest female sportswoman that Ipswich had produced.

While I suggested Tammy Cole, other readers put the names Deborah Acason (nee Lovely) and Theresa Stolberg forward.

Both these women represented Australia at national or Commonwealth Games level and were super all-rounders as well.

Bomber's Best

THE Sea Eagles to swoop on the Raiders.

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