Swifts player Angaruzeb
Swifts player Angaruzeb "Zeb'' Nuuola shows his strength in the tackle during last weekend's A-Grade match against Norths. David Nielsen

Early lessons as new footy season kicks on

ROUND 1 of the Rugby League Ipswich competition is done and dusted so what have we learnt?

We have learnt that it is going to take a good side to defeat Goodna for the title.

We also have learnt that Brothers coach Jason Connors has got his team firing early and if he can keep them going this way then they will play a big part in this year's premiership.

Swifts coach Damien "Ducky” O'Donohue would have had his heart pumping overtime after 10 minutes with his side down 8-0 and his players committing some basic errors.

He need not have worried as they steadied themselves and worked into the game to grind out a great win.

For the three losing sides, we learnt that the Cobras looked a long way off the pace early and must readdress this quickly.

Fassifern, minus a host of their grand final side, looked a shadow of last year's team but will improve dramatically when some more troops.

The Tigers missed their champion scrumbase duo but must learn to play without them as both are likely to be missing for a while with Steven West unsigned and Josh Roberts still injured.

The unknown side is the Bulldogs who will get their first run on the park this weekend.

Tough run for Suns

WHILE most people will be cheering on the Aussies at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, spare a thought for supporters of the Suns who will not get to watch their side play at Metricon until round 11 on June 2.

For the first nine rounds, the Suns will travel to Western Australia twice, Melbourne twice, Brisbane twice, Cairns once and the long trip to China to play Port Adelaide.

Quick thoughts

HERO of the week 1: Ex-basketball legend Kobe Bryant was a superb player on the court but now is an Oscar winner with his Short Animated Film Entitled "Dear Basketball”.

Hero of the week 2: One is a horse and one is a greyhound. Winx and Fanta Bale both had fantastic victories last weekend and both sit atop as the highest money earners in their respective sports.

Villain of the week: The Wanderers fans for again tarnishing their club's image by letting off flares in their last game. They then had the nerve to blame the FFA.

RIP: Sir Roger Bannister. Roger was a superb English athlete in his own right and would become the first man to run a sub four-minute mile. For his dedication to athletics and his great career he was awarded a Knighthood.

Bomber's best: Two games, two winners with both NBL teams taking out their respective semi-finals.

With the opening round of the NRL having started, I can see the mighty Eels getting off on the right foot with victory over the Panthers.

Did you know?

Norm Provan has won the most grand finals in a career, a record 10. Brad Clyde is the only man to win the Clive Churchill Medal twice.

Clarification: Last week I said that Adam Gilchrist held the record for most successive Tests after debut. He holds the Australian record but he is not the best. The record is held by Brendan McCullum with 101.

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