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2013 wish-list for Ipswich's regional sport

AS another hectic year is remembered over festive drinks, it's timely to unveil my 2013 wish-list for Ipswich regional sport.

In no particular order, here's what would give me most satisfaction as I venture around our sports fields over the next 12 months.

For more sporting partnerships to be created and be successful like recent achievements by Ipswich Tennis, Football Ipswich and the Queens Park User Group.

Similarly, for the landmark deal between the Ipswich Jets, Ipswich Rugby League, Ipswich Junior Rugby League and Brisbane Broncos to be mutually beneficial.

For the newly-formed Western Pride football franchise to represent the region with distinction from junior level to our top senior men's side.

FRAMED FOR SUCCESS: Ipswich and Australian hockey player Jordyn Holzberger.
FRAMED FOR SUCCESS: Ipswich and Australian hockey player Jordyn Holzberger. Sarah Harvey

It would be tremendous for exciting prospects Jordyn Holzberger (hockey), Leah Neale (swimming) and Larissa Chambers (athletics) to have more international success and improve their claims for 2014 Commonwealth Games selection.

For Ipswich cricket all-rounder Shane Watson to captain our Australian Test side in at least one match after coming so close yesterday. But don't get too hurt Clarkey, we need your run-scoring prowess.

That the Ipswich cycling community receive a long-overdue multi-use facility to take ownership of after several failed attempts.

Likewise, that the Ipswich Eagles Aussie rules team find a suitable home field without a cricket pitch in the middle of their playing arena.

How good would it be for sporting stalwarts Murray Rogers (hockey) and James Buchanan (football) to catch a prize fish they've been dreaming about for years. I need photographic evidence guys.

For the Ipswich Jets and Ipswich Force teams to make grand finals in their respective Q-Cup and Queensland Basketball League competitions.

It would be satisfying to see another young cricketer follow in the footsteps of tireless run machine Mick Sippel and make his mark in the Ipswich Premier League competition.

And how good would it be if IPL clubs provided their scoreboards on time each Sunday?

Let's hope the Ipswich Cup retains its reputation as Queensland's most popular horse race meeting by attracting more people than most of Australia's metropolitan meetings.

For Nev O'Sullivan to be officially named the region's most loyal senior football coach. And the Bulls to again rise to higher ranks.

Still on football and we need to find another golden boot like Peter Drager to help the Ipswich Knights match the best in next year's Brisbane Premier League.

RAPID RISER: Ashleigh Barty.
RAPID RISER: Ashleigh Barty. David Nielsen

It would make me proud to see Ash Barty continue her rise up the world tennis rankings by winning more open tournaments and advancing to the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Another thrilling Ipswich Rugby League season is needed where the weekly scores are like those produced by Brothers and Fassifern in A grade, rather than boring blowouts.

For the Ipswich hockey and basketball associations to go from strength to strength after winning state awards and bolstering their junior ranks.

It would be a vote of confidence in Ipswich for the Brisbane Lions to set up their new AFL base at Springfield.

That reliable QT columnists Brett Kitching, Paul Dolan and Denis Smith be admitted into the Queensland Racing Hall of Fame for their valuable contributions.

To see the newly-finished Tivoli Sporting Complex filled with teams and people using the multi-use facility as it was intended.

For Ipswich Rangers to win another premiership after being deservedly named club of the year at the recent Ipswich Sports Awards.

That the QT's popular Phantom and Tom A Hawk columns continue to generate plenty of hot discussion, along with the QT's SMS service, Facebook page and online polls.

Finally, I wish that all the region's dedicated volunteers and officials receive the accolades they deserve for providing the sport we all love to play and watch.



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