Golden voice a highlight in memorable era
WHAT a weekend of NRL rugby league as they celebrated Retro Round.
Most celebrations were focused on the 80s, which as an era was simply sensational. It was great to see old footage of the Canterbury Bulldogs and the mighty Parramatta Eels who dominated during this period, as well as game be played at the iconic SCG.
But for me, it was hearing the golden voice of one of the best commentators in Graeme Hughes.
HORSE racing is filled with hundreds of stories of short priced favourites getting beaten.
However, a race at the Albion Park trots on Tuesday is up with them all.
It was a two-horse race with the favourite at the prohibitive odds of 1.01 and the other starter at $10.20.
The outsider won the race defeating the 100 to 1 on favourite.
The old saying never back odds on came to the fore.
One of the best
AUSTRALIAN sport lost one of its greatest champions with the recent passing of Betty Cuthbert.
Betty was one of our golden girls on the track when Australia was a force in athletics.
She won four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and the 4x100m relay while competing at the 1956 and 1964 Olympics.
Betty was given many honours after retiring from the track like being named an Australian National Treasure, inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Athletics Australia Hall of Fame.
However, one of her major honours was a bronze statue outside the MCG.
THE inaugural Tournament of Champions was played recently, with the Australian women hoping to compete strongly with the other three nations in Japan, Brazil and host country the USA.
The Matildas started the tournament on fire with a 1-0 victory over the No 1 ranked team in the world in the USA.
Japan were the next team in the firing line and the great form from game one continued with a 4-2 victory.
The girls could now dare to dream of winning this tournament but had to defeat the soccer mad Brazil outfit.
They didn't just defeat them they smashed them, winning 6-1.
This was a mighty effort from the whole side but none were more dynamic than goal-scoring sensation Sam Kerr, who was undoubtedly the player of the tournament.
GOODNA v West End: The Eagles were sluggish early against a committed Bulldogs outfit. However the longer the game went the better Goodna got with a powerful finish to the game.
Brothers v Norths: These two teams matched each other until Brothers had a player sent off. Norths won the game but it wasn't a polished victory and now have lost their top Tiger in Josh Roberts to injury.
Fassifern v Cobras: On paper this was a one horse race but someone forgot to tell the Cobras who really took it up to the high flying Bombers. Fassifern were well below their best but had enough in the tank to pull away late in the game.
HERO of the week: He might be despised here in Queensland but for any player to play 300 games in one of the toughest sports in the world deserves to be applauded. Congratulations Paul Gallen.
Villain of the week: The NRL for not having a more stringent policy after a player gets knock out. Fa'amanu Brown was severely knocked out but returned to play the following week on the back of Billy Slater only missing one game after his high tackle.
Bomber's best: Another week another win. The streak will continue this week with the English Premier League starting so put a multi on with the top six teams in Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool all to win.
Who am I?
I scored three tries as a rookie halfback in the first half of the 2009 IRL grand final. In the second half, I calmly potted a field goal leading my team to a 35-22 victory.
Last week's answer: Shaun Hill.