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Anguish turns to joy for Olympic outsiders

WHO can remember the movie Cool Runnings?

The movie that portrayed the incredible journey of the Jamaican men's bobsled team as they qualified for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.

A similar story is on the horizon as three women from Nigeria have qualified to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

These women are the first ever athletes to compete at a Winter Olympics from an African nation. It has taken a tremendous amount of blood, sweat and tears but the anguish turned to joy when qualification was finally achieved.

Competing at the Olympics was the first part of the puzzle. Getting the financial backing to achieve their dream is the second.

VISA has stepped in and agreed to sponsor the team on their road to South Korea.

Can we dare to dream of a medal for the trio?

Cup crunch time

WE are down to four countries in the Rugby League World Cup with Australia still raging hot favourites after another comprehensive victory.

Friday night opponents Fiji are also on a tremendous run and last week caused a huge boilover defeating New Zealand.

The other semi pits England against Tonga, a team that has taken all before them in this tournament.

I can see Australia accounting for Fiji easily and England stopping the rampaging Tongans, meaning we will face the Poms in the final at Suncorp Stadium on December 2.

Punters left ducking

PUNTERS are hard to please at the best of times but this story had to be seen to be believed.

A greyhound race in Adelaide recently was going to plan with all dogs chasing the lure hard.

Just before heading into the straight greyhound "Loceryl” came to the outside and was about to challenge the leader until disaster struck.

No, he didn't pull up. No, he didn't run off the track. He ran headfirst in a duck. Yes a duck.

This collision caused the greyhound to fall and ended any hope of victory.

It was a hard way to lose your money as stewards declared it a race.

I am happy to report that both the greyhound and duck didn't suffer any injury.

Quick thoughts

HERO of the week 1: He might not have a job now but Ange Postecoglou has done himself and Australia proud by qualifying us for the World Cup. It's a tough gig but he got it done admirably.

Hero of the week 2: Sam Kerr take a bow. You are the best striker in the country. Another two awesome goals for the Matildas.

Villain of the week: The Australian selectors for picking Shaun Marsh. Surely we have somebody else in form and can look further ahead. How many chances does a person need?

Bomber's best: I said take Fiji with the start but maybe I should have said just back them as they caused a huge upset. This week England will end the run of Tonga in the World Cup semi.

Who am I?

I played for Queensland Country from 1986-89. I played for a city club for several years before returning to the bush. I played 84 matches scoring 4037 runs at an average of 42.49. I scored seven hundreds and 25 fifties with a highest score of 171. I also took 22 wickets.

Last week's answer: Ipswich Knights.

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