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SPORTS of all sorts have always been popular in Ipswich, so today we look back over the years and highlight some of the historic events and people who helped create them.

Aboriginal cricketer Eddie Gilbert when playing a club match in Ipswich was reported as bowling so fast, the batsman didn't even see the ball.

This "fastest bowler" of his day was credited with getting Don Bradman out twice in Sheffield Shield matches; in Brisbane it was a duck caught behind. In that same match it was claimed Gilbert removed Bradman's cap with a bouncer that so unbalanced Bradman he stumbled and fell.

  • THE North Ipswich Bowls Club originally held a meeting in April 1951 to form a bowling club but it was then known as Ipswich Railway Institute Bowls Club. The inaugural meeting of that club was on February 2, 1951 and later, on March 15, 1955 an application for affiliation with Queensland Bowls Association, the change of name to North Ipswich Bowls Club was submitted.
  • THE contract for the construction of the Booval Bowling Club's green in Camerons Park, Booval was signed on March 1938 and the tenderer was Mr C Bradhurst. Excavation of the site was commenced and scoops drawn by horses were used in the first stages of levelling the ground.
  • AT the turn of the 20th century women's basketball was introduced to Australia by English teachers and religious staff. Netball was commenced in Ipswich in the early 1920's but was called nine-a-side basketball. Among the early teams were the Blue Birds Raceview; Excelsior Bundamba; Bush Rats Dinmore; Australs Saddlers Crossing; Waratah North Ipswich and Hibernias Ipswich. Each club had its own grounds and fixtures were alternated. Doris Howes from Ipswich became an accredited Queensland Womens Basketball Umpire ("A" badge) in the early 1930s.
  • THE formation meeting of the Ipswich Ladies Hockey Association (I.L.H.A.) was held at the Soldiers Memorial Hall on March 3, 1931 and it played its first fixture matches at the Ipswich Showgrounds on May 23 that year. Doreen Buckley was an Association Pioneer who had followed the association's development from day one. By 1931, a City A team was formed.
  • JIM Gardiner termed "Father of Ipswich Swimming" died on August 6, 1990. He had been an accomplished local swimmer who also had strong links with Ipswich Rugby League in earlier days. He became the first Ipswich- born paid player coach when he took up an appointment at Cunnamulla in 1929. Mr Gardiner was secretary of Vikings Swimming Club for 40 years and was granted Life Membership of that club, the Qld Swimming Assoc., the Ipswich District Regional Swimming Assoc and the South East Qld Regional Swimming Assoc. In 1974 he was named Ipswich Citizen of the Year and in 1979 Queen Elizabeth honoured him with the British Empire Medal.

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