TOP PLAYER: Norths’ premiership-winning skipper, Josh Roberts, guides his team to victory in the recent IRL grand final at the North Ipswich Reserve.
TOP PLAYER: Norths’ premiership-winning skipper, Josh Roberts, guides his team to victory in the recent IRL grand final at the North Ipswich Reserve. Kate Czerny

Clubs pay tribute to their best

SOME of Ipswich's best sporting achievers were recognised at recent presentation nights for rugby league and football.

Ipswich Rugby League premiers Norths anointed the standout player in the competition this year, Josh Roberts, as their best.

Runners-up Brothers crowned Jake O'Doherty.

Fassifern's best was Huskie Teutai.

Goodna's best was Soloman Foley.

Swifts announced Andrew Taylor as their number one and the West End Bulldogs' best was Brook Alofipo.

Football clubs, the Knights and Bulls, also had their awards nights (full stories and photos appeared in the QT earlier this week).

The Knights crowned Chris Butler as male player of the year and April Albury as top female player.

The Ipswich City Bulls recognised Mark Fancourt as their premier performer.

 

Rabbits favoured

ONLY two remain standing and anything can happen in Sunday night's NRL grand final.

Which team will hold the Provan Summons Trophy aloft?

It's the South Sydney Rabbits, a team playing in their first grand final for 43 years, against the tough Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.

The Rabbits have been one of the form teams all year and go into the decider a hot favourite.

Can the Bulldogs repel the Rabbits who will be led by half Adam Reynolds and rookie Luke Keary?

 

Winning motivation

I HAVE never given a book review before, but after reading my latest book I am compelled to give it a five-star rating.

The book is called "The Day The Music Died'' and covers the unlikely victory of the Western Division team winning the 1974 Amco Cup.

This was a knockout competition that consisted of all the strong Sydney teams plus some lesser teams from North Coast, Riverina, Ryde-Eastwood, Auckland, Monaro, Southern Division, Northern Division and Western Division.

The Western Division team was a combination of players from different cities like Cobar, Gilgandra, Orange, Dubbo, Cowra and Parkes. This team was given no chance of winning any games, but surprised a strong Auckland team before beating Canterbury.

Their semi-final opponents were the strong Manly side, which was stacked with representative players. However, this meant nothing to the combined side who drew 12-all and advanced through a penalty countback.

The Amco Cup final was their next challenge and the side would have to beat another more fancied side in Penrith.

The rest is history as the side won in a tight struggle 6-2.

While the more fancied players had contracts with Sydney clubs, this team included a timber cutter, a slaughterman, a greyhound trainer, a policeman, a brickie, a schoolboy, miners and farmers.

This is a must-read for any rugby league fan who enjoys an underdog winning.

 

Shock result

A TIGHT AFL grand final contest between The Swans and Hawks did not materialise as one team came to play and the other produced their worst game of the year.

The red-hot Swans were supposed to be holding the Cup aloft at game's end. However, they ran into a more committed Hawks who produced near faultless football to smash the Swans.

Hawthorn had many superb performers on the day like Lewis, Langford, Roughead and Mitchell, but none more inspiring then their leader in Luke Hodges.

He was rightfully named the Norm Smith Medallist as best on ground.

 

Bomber's best

I'M tipping the South Sydney Rabbits to win Sunday's NRL grand final. I favour Sam Burgess or Greg Inglis to be the Clive Churchill Medallist (best player).



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