NOT wanting to go the "early crow," but this cricket season has been one of the best in recent years because there has been very little interruption by rain.
The standings on the points ladders have been earned by merit.
In the run home to the semi-finals on March 9-10, it is worth looking at the standings in the senior grades and what lies ahead as they battle for a top four position.
- Stumps Premier League: Laidley 134.45; Brothers 85.17; Northsiders 79.08; Central Districts 66.94; Eastern Taipans 50.06; Swifts 36.26; Alberton 6.74.
- First Division: Northsiders 86.04; Swifts 75.05; Laidley 63.70; Brothers 55.04; Taipans 55.00; Thunder 44.41; Centrals 17.66.
- Second Division: Centrals 109.10; Northsiders 93.72; Fassifern 85.55; Taipans 76.79; Thunder 68.52; Swifts 38.29.
- Third Division: Swifts Blue 119.08; Thunder 90.70; Taipans 62.25; Swifts Red 56.73; Brothers 31.08.
- Stumps T20 Monday Night Competition: Laidley 7; Centrals 6; Northsiders 6; Alberton 5; Swifts 5; Taipans 3; Brothers 2.
YOU had to be there to experience the vibes when the PNG side took on Ipswich in the Webb Shield game last Sunday.
From the moment they arrived at their dressing room and throughout the day, the air was filled with the sounds of Calypso music.
I had to look twice because at first glance it looked like Viv Richards and the boys had arrived from the Caribbean. And the boys certainly knew their cricket.
The match went down to the wire, with the visitors scraping home with one wicket in hand. All agreed it was a most enjoyable game, played in the right spirit.
In the other game, it was a great result for the young Hornets and now they play the final against Toowoomba.
This team has a lot of talented cricketers and they will be the senior Hornets in the coming years.
Much credit must go to Aaron Moore for the way he has worked with the players and helped them realise their obvious talent.
Best of luck to the team in the final on Sunday, February 3, in Toowoomba.
AFTER all the junior carnivals over the holidays, the junior cricket focus is now on the local competitions.
In the under-16s, there are two more fixture games to be played before the finals on February 10 and 17. Four teams are in the race for a top two position, with Thunder on 69.30 points, Blue Dogs 54.63, Tigers 54.08 and Kookaburras 42.61.
This weekend the Bushrangers take on the Taipans, the Tigers play the Thunder, the Blue Dogs are up against Brothers and the Kookaburras have the bye.
THE under-14s points ladder has been determined and the two-day semi-finals start today.
The top four teams on the ladder were Centrals White 76.26, Blue Dogs 75.96, Blue Dogs White on 68.74, Centrals Kookaburras 63.60.
Just out of the top four was Thunder on 61.93.
The final will be played on February 10 and 17 (1pm start).
Semi-finals will be played today in the under-12s (8.30am start).
Pool A: Blue Dogs v Central Maroons, Central Roos v Thunder Blue.
Pool B: Eastern Taipans v Thunder Green, Bushrangers v Brothers.
The winners of the semis in each pool will play off in the finals at the IGGS Hockey Fields on Saturday, February 2.
CONGRATULATIONS to Peter Leschke and Rose Baxter on receiving Australia Day awards for their service to cricket in Ipswich.
Rose was rewarded for her untiring commitment to Northsiders juniors while Peter earned recognition for his leadership in promoting Ipswich Logan into Brisbane grade cricket.