Harrisville a little school with strong sporting spirit
WHAT do you do if you want to enter a team into the Queensland Primary touch schools carnival but you can't get enough boys or girls to field a team?
Harrisville State School were in this dilemma and decided to combine the boys and girls as a mixed team.
Day 1 was a mixed day for the team with two narrow losses and a win, placing the school in the Cup Division (2nd) for the final series the following day.
Another loss and they would be out. In game one, Harrisville defeated Upper Mt Gravatt 4-3, followed by a win over Glenvale 6-4.
Game 3 put them against the stronger Arundel side where Harrisville won 5-4 to progress into the grand final. Unfortunately the long weekend of games and an injury to a key player took its toll on the side. They lost to Yeronga State School.
Although they didn't win the final, the little school of only 90 kids proved that with camaraderie and a fighting spirit nearly anything is possible.
THOSE who backed winner Rekindled collected a tidy sum in this week's Melbourne Cup.
The those that didn't get on the winner hopefully you backed Ocean Embers ($15.50), in race 9 which has a heavy Ipswich connection.
The horse is part-owned by former teacher and sports fan Murray Rogers and St Edmund's Old Boys Lawrence Ellison and Lachlan Brown.
The horse was coming off a disappointing previous run but showed all the dash and fight that the trio knows she is capable off.
The win was the sixth for Ocean Embers, taking her prize money total to over $400,000. She has come a long way from her maiden win in Bendigo.
Boxer to honour
AUSTRALIA has produced many great boxers like Johnny Famechon, Les Darcy, Jimmy Carruthers and Lionel Rose from the early days, along with Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu and current champion Jeff Horn.
However, one person who doesn't get the true recognition is Tony Madigan.
Madigan recently passed away aged 87 and with him went a record that many people don't give him the full credit for.
He won a bronze medal at the Helsinki Olympics losing his semi-final bout to Cass- ius Clay. His career also featured two gold medals and a silver from three Commonwealth Games. This man fought the greatest boxer of all time in Muham- mad Ali and only lost on points both times.
HERO of the week: Ben Simmons has kept his superb start to his debut NBA season going with great performances in his past three games. If he keeps this form up, an All Star position is possible.
Villain of the week: Adelaide coach Joey Wright is renowned as one of the best coaches in basketball but he let himself down by getting double tech fouled in their latest loss.
Bomber's best: My Cup tip finished well down the track but I will bounce back this week. I am tipping the Brisbane Bullets to break their losing streak against Cairns.
Who am I?
I represented Queensland Colts, Queensland Country Colts, Queensland Secondary Schools and also the Australian under 21 side in 1980/81. I scored 2746 runs at 24.09 hitting 13 50s and 2 100s. I also took 10 wickets. I also represented Queensland and Australia in indoor cricket.
Last week's answer: Grant Stallard.