All-rounders in Ipswich indoor sporting focus

SOME of Ipswich's finest all-rounders were recognised as the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre celebrated its annual Superleague indoor cricket and netball presentation night.

Award winners were:

  • Indoor cricket - Men's A: Tim Wichura. Men's B: Rob Maddox. Men's C: Brad Bowman. Men's D: Andrew Gill. 0/30 Men: Craig Window. Masters B: Luke McQueen. 0/40: Barry Sandford.
  • Indoor netball: Men's A - Mason Charrington. Men's B: Alex Geeling. Ladies A: Brooke Dixon. Ladies B: Meleah Nguyen. Ladies C: Jess Firth. U/18: Tanisha Mitchell-Gibson. U21: Katrina Smidt. Mixed A: Ben Upcroft. Mixed B: Chloe Lindsay. Mixed C: Dan Heather. 0/30 Mixed: Leisa Cave. 0/30 Ladies: Simone Robertson.

Representative players of the year were Dulane Carson (cricket) and Robyn Walsh (netball).

Andrew Sweet won the prestigious clubman of the year award.


Federer the greatest

ALL hail the "King of Tennis" in Roger Federer who is still showing the young guns why he will be remembered as the greatest player.

At 33, Federer is playing the best tennis of his life, showing this by winning the Shanghai Masters.

Federer still has a strong mindset and will to win, none more evident then in his round one game against Leonardo Mayer, where he saved five match points.

The longer the tournament went, the better the Swiss maestro played with a strong semi-final win over world No.1 Novak Djokovic before accounting for Gillies Simon in the final.

While on tennis, how refreshing was it to see our own golden girl in Samantha Stosur win her sixth WTA title.

Stosur claimed the Japan Open, a title she has won twice before by beating Zarina Diyas. We all hope another major is not that far away.


New Bathurst hero

THE Great Race took place at Bathurst last Sunday and anyone who did not enjoy watching this fantastic motor racing contest does not like the sport.

The race had everything from crashes, car malfunctions, several safety cars, lap records and at one stage the road cracking up.

Throughout the day, there were many different leaders who looked like they would take the race out until another turn would present itself and they would be replaced.

Nearing the end, the favourite was Shane Van Gisbergen who was near faultless until he pitted for fuel and stalled the car, ending his chance for Bathurst glory.

Up stepped Jamie Whincup, who had started from the back of the grid. He was setting a cracking pace drawing away from his opponents until disaster struck in the form of lack of fuel.

This allowed 22 year-old Chaz Mostert to guide his Ford to victory.

Mostert was superbly helped by co-driver Paul Morris, who has been a mentor to the young driver.

The win was also a miraculous effort by the duo as Car 6 also started from the back of the grid.

A new hero has announced himself on the motorsport stage.


Bomber's best

ONE win, one loss last week in my football tips with the Victory getting up and the Roar going down.

Tomorrow is the Caulifield Cup so my tip is Lucia Valentina.

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