Emotional time in sport arena
IF you love all sports like I do, you'd appreciate some wonderful highlights in recent days.
The British Open Golf was played, the NRL rose for a great cause, the AFL produced a mammoth shock, the Brumbies kept their Super 15 hopes alive, a trotter sat on the verge of greatness and the Queensland women's league team showed the men how it is done.
One of the most emotional weekends of rugby league was played with the "Rise for Alex'' round proving to be a great success.
The rugby league family responded to one of their own in a time of need, with more than $1.3 million raised to help Alex McKinnon in his recovery.
All teams played their part by honouring Alex in some way.
Some of the biggest stars of the game donned the number (16) that was worn by Alex when he suffered his horrific injury.
The moment of the weekend was at the Newcastle v Titans game where Alex was wheeled onto the field between the two teams and the commemorative song was played. If there was a time to shed a tear, this was it.
The NRL has a perfect opportunity to make this an annual event with money going to others injured playing the greatest game of all.
Bennett must resign
THE NRL coaching merry-go round is back in full swing with Wayne Bennett back coaching the Broncos next season.
Anthony Griffin deserved a lot better from the club that he has sitting in sixth position.
With Bennett's Newcastle side near the bottom of the ladder, he must surely resign his position or the Newcastle board may do the unthinkable and sack him.
Bennett said he has no more to offer the Knights so one wonders what he has to give the Broncos.
WHAT a superb performance by Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy in the British Open.
He claimed victory by two shots, winning his third major title.
A big supporter of McIlroy is his dad, who 10 years ago placed a bet with three friends that his son would win the British Open before he turned 26. Rory is 25.
Dad placed a bet of STG100 ($180) at the odds of 500/1 to win himself a small fortune. His son pocketed $1.83 million for his four-day effort.
The Guinness would have been flowing long and fast in Ireland.
THE trotting world has been crying out for a champion since the retirement of Blacks A Fake.
They have found one in the form of champion pacer Im Themightyquinn.
Im Themightyquinn produced an incredible finish last Saturday night to farewell Queensland by winning the G1 Blacks A Fake Classic. This win has taken the nine year-old champion to within $8000 of the Australian stakes record currently held by Blacks a Fake.
He will surely pass this record in the coming weeks.
Women lead way
THE Queensland women's rugby league team showed their male counterparts how it is done by winning its interstate match 26-10 against NSW at Leichhardt Oval.
This result meant Queensland has won the interstate challenge for the past 16 years.
This match also served as a selection trial for the Jillaroos, who will take part in a Four Nations tournament later in the year.
The only disappointing part of the challenge was that it was played at a ground where only a small crowd was in attendance due to no NRL game being played after it.
The women deserve a lot better than this.
THE Roosters produced a polished performance to win after my tip last week.
This week, the roll will continue with the Mighty Eels defeating the Titans.