Groom's party surprise at track

RACEDAY HONOUR: Groom Mark Fancourt (standing left of jockey Larry Cassidy) joins brother Richard (left) and the connections of winning horse Jacaranda Avenue at the Ipswich Turf Club last Friday. The race was named in honour of Mark’s wedding today.
RACEDAY HONOUR: Groom Mark Fancourt (standing left of jockey Larry Cassidy) joins brother Richard (left) and the connections of winning horse Jacaranda Avenue at the Ipswich Turf Club last Friday. The race was named in honour of Mark’s wedding today. Contributed

GETTING married was ample reason for Ipswich City Bulls footballer Mark Fancourt to enjoy his buck's party at the Ipswich Turf Club.

However, he gained an added surprise when the last race was named in his honour.

The Mark Fancourts Married Class 1 Handicap was run over 1100m at the Bundamba track last Friday.

Mark's brother and best man Richard, who is also a tough defender for the Bulls, organised the outing before today's wedding.

Fittingly, the groom and Richard had a photo taken with the horse that won the Fancourt race.

It's amusing seeing how much Mark and Richard tower over winning jockey Larry Cassidy, who rode Jacaranda Avenue to victory.

Phantom was told that Mark had a memorable time at the races judging by him being last to leave.

However, word is he didn't secure any extra spending money for his honeymoon.

Mark and fiancée Emma met at the Redbank Plains Tavern seven years ago.

Phantom has been told Mark proposed to Emma on the first day they arrived in Europe a few years ago on a family holiday.

The proposal was on the Ponts des Arts love bridge.

Mark was down on bended knee and showed plenty of emotion.

Today's wedding venue is a mystery with only immediate family attending.

However, a reception is planned tonight after the Bulls play The Gap at Sutton Park.

 

FINE MEMORIES: Reflecting on old times at their 1967 team reunion are (back row) Wayne Heit, Roger Mills, Dr Thomas McEniery, Paul McNamara, Bruce Archer, Peter Jackson, Michael Fogarty, Ian Whiston; sitting: Brian “Jumbo” Sheraton, Lenny Chemello, coach Des Taege, Heather Duce, team manager Garry Cuthbert, Gary “Horse’’ Hallett and Ashley Kitching. Peter McAndrew, Paul Campbell, John Plant, Leigh Cole and Phillip Brownlow were also members of the team who were unable to attend.
FINE MEMORIES: Reflecting on old times at their 1967 team reunion are (back row) Wayne Heit, Roger Mills, Dr Thomas McEniery, Paul McNamara, Bruce Archer, Peter Jackson, Michael Fogarty, Ian Whiston; sitting: Brian “Jumbo” Sheraton, Lenny Chemello, coach Des Taege, Heather Duce, team manager Garry Cuthbert, Gary “Horse’’ Hallett and Ashley Kitching. Peter McAndrew, Paul Campbell, John Plant, Leigh Cole and Phillip Brownlow were also members of the team who were unable to attend. CONTRIBUTED

Top team remembered

SOME fascinating facts were revealed when the 1967 Ipswich & West Moreton Schoolboys Rugby League team held their reunion at the North Ipswich Reserve last Saturday night.

Most attendees had not crossed paths for 46 years so there was plenty of catching up to do.

Twelve players attended plus coach Des Taege and team manager Garry Cuthbert.

Heather Duce came along as she was heavily involved with the team.

Heather's son Barry, tragically killed in 1971, was team captain and represented Queensland during the same year.

Garry and Des recalled how the team was undefeated during their five games at the Zone 4 carnival at Pittsworth, scoring 95 points with only nine against.

During their Sydney tour, they played seven Sydney teams, amassing 100 points with eight against. Not a single try, worth three points in those days, was scored against them.

Word spread to the Sydney hierarchy about the crack Ipswich side who played a brand of football unseen south of the border.

The Sydney sides couldn't match their speed and the defensive pattern could not be dented.

Interested spectators included Ken Arthurson and Kevin Humphries who had to come and see this brand of footy.

 

Forty-year centre

AS Jarrod McInally prepared to play his 50th game for the Jets last week he reflected on how he got to that stage in his career.

When he joined the Jets from Brothers he was a centre, but found his path blocked in the top grade by long-term combination Donald Malone and Brendon Marshall.

Hence, his move to the wing.

"I haven't really got the option (of playing centre)," he said.

"Maybe one day. Maybe back in the local league when I'm 40.''

 

Where's Jack?

LITTLE Jack's been pinched and big Jack is not happy.

Little Jack is the Aboriginal statue that lived in the garden outside the Ipswich Rugby League headquarters at the North Ipswich Reserve.

Big Jack is IRL chairman Jack Rhea and he hopes that whoever took little Jack will have the heart to return him.

"There will be no charges or ramifications if he is returned in one piece," Rhea said.

 

Motivational posts

THE Ipswich Knights Facebook page is one of the more lively and colourful football forums around the place with lots of superhero graphics, attractive photos and slogans.

One of those was "we're going ok'', posted after the Knights recent 6-0 thrashing in the Brisbane Premier League.

Until that game against Peninsula, the Knights had matched all the top sides.

However, Facebook co-ordinator Kevin Alderdice offered a timely comparison to help keep the side motivated heading into last Sunday's game.

He showed that in 2013, the Knights had won five of their 14 games to be in seventh place.

That compared to the last time the Knights were in Premier League in 2007. For the whole season, the Knights only had three wins from 22 matches to finish in last and be relegated.

The motivation may have helped.

The Ipswich Knights produced a gutsy display on a heavy field to beat North Star 2-1 last Sunday.

Despite a mounting injury tally, the Knights remain top five prospects.

 

Eventful morning

CAN you guess which Ipswich City footballer found himself in a spot of bother during the twilight hours last Saturday morning?

Phantom has learned he had a run-in with a garden bed, a nasty fall resulting in smashed teeth, a dip in the creek, cut and bruised shins, some temporary missing cash, a towed car, brand new shoes lost on the walk home and some serious explaining to do.

 

Rugby backpack

IT didn't take long. Just hours after that classic tackle by Lions player George North in last Saturday's Second Test in Melbourne, a witty new item was circulating on Facebook.

It asked if anyone is in the market for a new back pack.

Under the heading "new'' and with a photo of North lifting Wallaby back Israel Folau, the fun ad continued: "Israel Folau backpack. As worn by George North. Easy to pick up, lightweight, just throw it over your shoulder. Pick one up today!''

What will they think of next?

 

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