Northsiders' homecoming too hot for some, it seems

WELCOME BACK: Northsiders returned to their home ground last week after two long years away.
WELCOME BACK: Northsiders returned to their home ground last week after two long years away. Rob Williams

IT SEEMS cricket Australia's rotation policy has filtered down to the Ipswich Premier League.

After bowling four overs in the heat on Saturday, Northsiders fast bowler Kev Cumming decided to rotate himself out of the Northsiders team that played it's one-day semi-final on Sunday.

His fatigue wasn't too great to prevent him showing up to the clubhouse and cheering his team on from the comfort of the air-conditioning as they lost miserably, missing out on a spot in the one-day final.

Cumming's fast bowling teammate Rob Hillier, who bowled 12 overs on Saturday, backed up on Sunday with no complaints.


Divided loyalties

WHICH former Ipswich Rugby League premiership-winning captain was spotted training at two different IRL clubs this week?


Foot in mouth

THE Ipswich Rugby League delegates meeting turned up much of the usual fare on Monday night.

That was until an official got up and, as is his want, shot his mouth off without asking his brain for permission.

Andrews tried to stir up trouble over a non-issue, then had the temerity to say he'd got the information from a Queensland Times journalist.

The claim was false, as the QT journos have learnt long ago to avoid Andrews at all costs.

On Monday night, all he did was provide further evidence of how little his word is worth.


Shifting goalposts

WESTERN Pride goalkeepers could be forgiven for having nightmares about going to training recently.

The players have been training without some of the most important equipment - goal posts.

The Australian Premier League club has been using rugby league goal posts with their Briggs Rd headquarters still awaiting the arrival of a set of soccer goals.

The Pride expects the vital pieces of equipment to turn up in coming weeks, with the league set to start in March.


Physical graffiti

WHILE she left disappointed after Queensland lost the WNCL final to NSW last Sunday, Ipswich product Mel Bulow was still able to appreciate playing on the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"It's always great to play there," Bulow said.

"I've been lucky enough to play there a couple of times.

"It's great to walk into the grounds, and the dressing room, where they have all the names of everybody who has scored 100.

"And the history that comes with playing at a ground like that.

"It's one of the little memories you take away."

While the home dressing room has a plaque to commemorate the milestones, the visitors were ignored.

Until Jason Gillespie got sick of the inequity in 2001-02 during a Sheffield Shield match.

Since then the away dressing room (which Queensland used on Sunday) attendant Rocky Harris has recorded all the centuries and five-wicket hauls in texta on an old cupboard in the room.

The name includes the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ipswich product Shane Watson.


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