Bomber's Blast: Stage set for Origin classic at Suncorp

ALL roads lead to Suncorp Stadium for State of Origin 3 after the Blues levelled the series with an emphatic victory at the MCG.

The first half was an even affair with both states going try for try, until NSW finished the stronger in the second half.

Of course when one state wins the other state finds all the controversial incidents and blames the referees. This time fans of Queensland started blowing up deluxe on social media following full time.

The major talking point was the Greg Inglis no try.

Did Michael Morgan knock it on when he stripped the ball? Did Nate Myles knock the ball forward or was Inglis offside after the ball came off Matt Gillett's foot?

NSW were superbly led by skipper Paul Gallen, who with massive help from the rest of the forwards, added some terrific go-forward.

Michael Jennings was the official man of the match but Aaron Woods or Ryan Hoffman both staked a claim.

Queensland will need to regroup after looking a little disjointed with Daly Cherry-Evans at half.

The Maroons will be sweating on the fitness of Cooper Cronk.

If you haven't got a ticket to the decider, I suggest you ring Ticketek and grab one as game 3 promises to be the best of the series.



Ron the great

NOT only the athletics world but the Australian sporting fraternity is in mourning with the passing of Ron Clarke.

Ron was regarded as one of the greatest middle distance runners Australia has produced.

His potential was spotted early by athletics officials and he was rewarded as a 19-year-old by being selected to light the Olympic flame at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.

Ron went on to win a bronze medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and four silver medals at three different Commonwealth Games.

He also set an incredible 17 world records where 12 of these were achieved in a period of running (44 days in Europe) that will never be seen again.

He also was the first man to run three miles in under 13 minutes and 10,000m in under 28 minutes.

He received many honours like his induction to the Athletics Hall of Fame but none were more glowing than by the great Czech runner Emil Zatopek. He gave Clarke one of his Olympic gold medals.

"Not out of friendship but you deserve it,'' he said.


Terrific series

HOW good have both final series been in the NBA and NHL?

In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors - led by league MVP Stephen Curry - accounted for the Cleveland Cavaliers in game six, winning the series 4-2.

This victory enabled Aussie Andrew Bogut to become the fifth Australian to collect an NBA title.

The Cavaliers also had an Aussie playing in Matthew Dellavedova, who showed signs that he will be a major player next season.

The NHL series also ended in a 4-2 win to the Chicago Blackhawks, who accounted for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

All six games were close affairs with five of the games being won by one goal.

This was the sixth Stanley Cup victory to the Blackhawks in the past six seasons and continued Chicago's great end of year form.

The Blackhawks seem to know when the knockout stages are here and they put on their best show.


Bomber's best

Another week where I tipped one winner from my two selections. It was my beloved Eels who saluted.

This week I see the in-form Queensland Firebirds easily defeating the NSW Swifts in the ANZ Championship grand final on Sunday.

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