Anthony 'Bomber' Breeze.
Anthony 'Bomber' Breeze. Rob Williams

Goodna deserved to be crowned champions

THE Ipswich Rugby League season came to a close on Saturday night with a great game between two evenly matched teams.

Goodna had the upper hand on Brothers if you went on results during the year and that's exactly how it ended on this occasion with Goodna crowned 2016 premiers.

Brothers had the better of the first half going into the break and led by 10 points with 24 minutes remaining.

In previous years this would have been enough so see Goodna pack it in.

However, the 2016 side is a team that raised the bar in the discipline and fitness stakes.

The side chipped away at the lead and levelled the scores before a magical offload enabled them to take a six-point lead.

Goodna at this stage had controlled the game well starving Brothers of possession who had to throw caution to the wind.

Unfortunately this didn't pay off with a short drop out giving Max Seumanatafa an easy run to the line and put the game to bed.

For the victors I saw none better then fullback and man of the match Joel Bennett.

Congratulations Goodna.

You were the best team all year and got the job done on the big day.

Next Swiss great

THE US Open tennis finished this week and it was won by a Swiss superstar.

When you mention these words you naturally think of the greatest of them all in Roger Federer. However you would be wrong.

Another star tennis player comes from Switzerland - Stan Wawrinka.

Wawrinka went into the final as an underdog against the current world number one in Novak Djokovic and after set one it looked like the hill was going to be too tall for him to climb.

Stan dug deep into his energy reserves, winning the next three sets and take his record in majors to 3-0.

Quick thoughts

BOMBER'S bouquet 1: To the mighty Ipswich Jets BRL team who will be playing on Saturday to become back-to-back premiers.

Bomber's bouquet 2: Our Paralympics team who have performed above and beyond their personal bests and won a staggering amount of medals.

Bomber's bouquet 3: Congratulations to Netball Australia on the announcement of the huge cash injection into the game. The game is getting stronger and stronger.

Bomber's beef 1: Poor coach Ricky Stuart doesn't like the way Michael Ennis mocked the Raiders fans calling it disrespectful. The Eels fans feel the same way about you and the circumstances in your exit.

RIP: The sporting world lost two of the best in star commentator Norman May and 1991 Melbourne Cup winner Let's Elope. Both were champions in their own right and lived very full lives.

Bomber's best: I hope you all collected on the Cats beating the Hawks.

This week I can see the Hawks getting back in the winner's circle with victory over the Bulldogs and the Cowboys too strong for the Broncos.

Who am I?

I was born on February 27, 1963 and was educated at Ipswich Grammar School. I reached the top of my sport representing Australia at the 1984 Olympics. I also won a gold and silver at the Commonwealth Games and captained my team. I now have a school in Toowoomba coaching juniors.

Last week's answer: Weightlifter Deborah Acason (Lovely).



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