Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre owners Kevin and Leah Ala-Outinen.
Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre owners Kevin and Leah Ala-Outinen. Claudia Baxter

Coach Leah's fantastic year

2016 has been a year to remember for Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre owner Leah Ala-Outinen.

Ala-Outinen started the year as the Queensland under-18 netball coach, guiding the team to third place at the under-21 championships in both the six and seven-a-side format of the game.

She then took charge of the Queensland under-13 team at the recent national titles in Melbourne.

An undefeated run throughout the week culminated in them winning both formats.

To finish the year on this high would have ticked a lot of boxes for Ala-Outinen.

However, another honour was to come her way for the quietly spoken coach. She will prepare the Australian under-14 team for a tour of South Africa in 2017.

Leah will have the bragging rights in the Ala-Outinen household as her husband Kevin has coached state and Australian teams in indoor cricket.

Footy renegers

I AM starting to get fed up with the Australian rugby league players going to England to claim the big money on offer and then renege on deals leaving them in the lurch.

Recently we have seen two cases where players were happy to sign and then let their respective clubs down and a star player short for next season.

Firstly, we had Chris Sandow who came home for holidays and decides he doesn't want to go back.

Now we hear that James Segeyaro, who only signed an extension for two seasons in September, telling his club that he also is not coming back.

I applaud the stance taken by the Leeds Rhinos who have slapped a huge transfer fee on Segeyaro.

The word homesickness is always used so I suggest players in the future only sign one-year deals.

English clubs will tread more warily when signing Australian players.

Quick thoughts

BOMBER'S bouquet 1: Jeff Fenech and Kostya Tszyu have been inducted into the World Boxing Hall Of Fame previously but they now can welcome their trainer Johnny Lewis into this select club. Well overdue.

Bomber's bouquet 2: The Auckland Nines jerseys from the NRL teams were released earlier this week with some fantastic and some not fantastic designs being revealed. Supporters must remember it's a two-day carnival of colour and razzamatazz.

Bomber's beef 1: Nick Kyrgios has been his own worst enemy in the pass so I find it near laughable that the troubled Mark Philippoussis has offered his services to bring him around.

Bomber's best: I tipped Manchester United to defeat Everton but they could only manage a draw.

This week I have found a long-priced runner at Rosehill. It's race 6, number 11 Another Larga.

Who am I?

I was born on April 2, 1928 and played rugby league in Ipswich for Brothers Football Club.

I played for my state on 27 occasions and also represented my country 15 times.

In 2008, I was awarded a huge honour by being named in the Queensland's Team of the Century. I am Kangaroo No 279.

Last week's answer: Union player Mark Loane.



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