Bomber's Blast: Hornets wave flag for Ipswich with fine win

THE under-11 Hornets rugby league team have shown their quality by becoming champions at the Gold Coast carnival.

The two-day carnival brings together teams from Gold Coast, Roma, Toowoomba, Beenleigh, Pittsworth and Ipswich.

It was held at Helensvale.

On day one, the boys kept a perfect record intact with victories over Beenleigh 28-0, Roma 36-0, Pittsworth 30-0 and Gold Coast 22-12.

On day two, the side continued on its winning way by accounting for Redcliffe 26-0 before stumbling slightly losing to Toowoomba 18-14.

The team regrouped and came out with all guns blazing in the final, defeating Gold Coast 24-0.

The team (in jersey order) was: 1 Regan Payne, 2 Jed Lacey, 3 Kyle Coburn, 4 Rickson Aliva, 5 Teancum Tuua, 6 Jake Self, 7 Zane Kaatz, 8 Harrison Tafilipepe, 9 Thomas Luhrmann, 10 Lachlan Togia, 11 Wil Sullivan, 12 William Murphy, 13 Isaiah Armstrong- Ravula, 14 Jalen Afamasaga and 15 PJ Poutasi.

The side was coached by Dave Raine and Brett Kaatz.


Another champion

WHILE I am not a West Coast or Blues fan, I was saddened by the news during the week that AFL champion Chris Judd had announced his retirement.

He debuted in 2002 and played 276 games for his beloved Eagles (where he is regarded as the greatest of all time) before joining the Blues.

Judd did it all in the game - he won a flag in 2006, became one of only four players to win the Norm Smith Medal on a losing side, won the Brownlow Medal and was named an All Australian six times.

He had freakish talents and was regarded as one of the modern greats of the game.

Judd will leave a big hole in the game but I am sure another rookie will step up and take the next step to stardom.

It's Judd's turn to devote his time to his family after providing so many highlights.


Goalkeeping challenges

SOCCER goalkeeping at the best of time is a thankless job, especially when your team loses and you let in a goal that costs you victory.

On the other hand, you can have praise heaped upon you if you save your team in a penalty shoot out.

Imagine being the last line of defence in a major game when the other side has three major attacking weapons.

Spare a thought for brilliant Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who faced this predicament recently in the Champions League final.

The team he was facing was Barcelona, who are arguably the best team in the world and have firepower upfront in the names of Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

While he tried in vain to keep this trio at bay it turned out to be a task too big for any one man. He conceded three goals.

He did however manage to save several attempts from the best player in the world in Messi.


Bomber's best

I WAS half right last week with Serena Williams saluting in the French Open women's final before Novak Djokovic was defeated by Stanislas Wawrinka.

This weekend, I see the Warriors and the 60 minute Eels accounting for the Roosters and Storm respectively.


Ipswich Cup tips: Noisy Ocean and Shotover River.

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