Norths rugby league player Brendan Marshall (with ball) is taking on a new role at the club.
Norths rugby league player Brendan Marshall (with ball) is taking on a new role at the club. Inga Williams

Ex-Jet to help Norths women

WHAT do you do if you need to take your team to the next step?

You appoint one of the most experienced and respected footballers in town to coach your team.

The Norths Ladies Rugby League team have done just that by anointing former Jet in Brendan Marshall to guide the team.

Marshall will be out to pass on all the tricks of the trade he learnt during his glittering career.

I am not sure whether this means that he has finally hung up the boots after playing for the Tigers over the past two years.

Marshall's first mission was to find someone to help him instil some toughness into the team so he asked the best man in Jet and Scottish international Billy McConnachie, who jumped at the chance.

The Norths girls have been training hard before Christmas. I am sure with these two players guiding the team, they will take their game to the next level.

The side still requires more players so if you wish to be coached by Marshall and McConnachie, make sure you get down to Cribb Park and sign on.

Whip ban anger

THE whip is to be abolished in harness racing from September 2017.

This surprise decision has caught a lot of owners and trainers off guard.

The big talking point was no consultation with them before the huge decision was made. They are the livelihood of the sport and having no say in this decision has really angered a lot of them.

The rule has not only been outlawed in races but it is also banned from being used in training as well.

The animal liberalists I am sure will be rejoicing with this decision but a better way of coming to this ban could have been more researched.

Harness racing has done it - will the thoroughbreds be the next to follow suit?

Ponting on standby

OUR one-day team is in great form but if injury hits the side then a Ricky Ponting return would not go astray.

At the ripe age of 41, Ponting turned the clock back recently slaying the Perth Scorchers in a trial match. He showed the fans the trademark hooking and driving he was known for during his career.

Ponting blasted 53 from only 39 balls to show he still has got it.

Quick thoughts

BOMBER'S bouquet: Congratulations to whoever has been able to bring the two super powers of soccer to Australia.

Fans hopefully will be able to watch the mighty Brazil take on the mighty Argentina.

Who wouldn't want to watch Messi, Neymar, Coutinho, Luiz or Higuain in action live.

Bomber's beef: The NRL has finally disciplined Andrew Fifita but I am sure this breach action could have been handled a lot better and faster.

Bomber's best: The horse I picked out unfortunately was scratched so I have found another winner at the races tomorrow.

Check out Flemington race 2 horse 5: Lord Van Percy.

Who am I?

I was born on August 31, 1966.

I was educated at Murgon High School and went on to represent Ipswich at my chosen sport.

My partner is a legend in Ipswich and I was voted by Rugby League Week as the best new face in 1986. I currently work as a Community Engagement Officer.

Last week's answer: League star Denis Flannery.

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