HAPPIER TIMES: Wests A-grade coach Steve Rogers and his wife Dynelle before she suffered a nasty injury.
HAPPIER TIMES: Wests A-grade coach Steve Rogers and his wife Dynelle before she suffered a nasty injury. David Nielsen

Injury no hurdle for plucky mum

IPSWICH is blessed to have one of the top hockey umpires in the land in Steve Rogers.

However, his wife Dynelle is starting to take some of the spotlight away from him - for a different reason.

Dynelle, a capable player in her own right, can't take a trick on the injury front.

After having a break bringing up her family, she returned to hockey in Ipswich four years ago to continue a passion she has had all her life. The past two years she has been with the mighty Wests Magpies.

Last week, she realised that her reflexes were not as good as they once were.

A ball cannoned into her head above her left eye, causing a nasty cut.

The tough-as-teak veteran posted a photo showing her cut which required plastic surgery and nine outside stitches.

The injury comes on top of last season's major knee surgery that most people thought may have ended her career.

However, Dynelle's resolve and toughness is a characteristic she hopes will rub off on her children Hudson and MacKenzie as they follow in their parents' footsteps.


Exciting NRL battle

THE NRL competition is so close that 12 teams are capable of making the top eight for the finals.

While the Sea Eagles sit on top of the perch, the Rabbits, Panthers, Cowboys, Roosters and Warriors are breathing down their necks.

One slip-up from any team could see them miss the finals altogether.

The darkhorse of the competition - last year's woodenspooners the Parramatta Eels - are sitting just outside the eight.

With the number one player in the game Jarryd Hayne (awarded the accolade in last week's Rugby League Week) in scintillating form, they are daring to dream that a final appearance is on the cards.

Five teams that have looked good at stages of the season but are now on the slippery dip are the Bulldogs, Broncos, Dragons, Tigers and the Titans.

The dubious honour of collecting the wooden spoon is a battle between the Raiders and the Sharks.


Spectacular try

FRONT rowers in rugby league are often tarred with the brush that they have no brains or skill and are in the team to do the hard work up the middle of the ruck.

While the middle of the ruck statement stands true, the no brains or skill statement took a battering in a Reserve grade game at Fassifern last weekend.

Fassifern No.10 Ray Baira will be thrown out of the front rowers union after his spectacular try.

Baira received the ball about 50 metres out from the tryline and proceeded to chip over the top and regather then chip over the top again and regather and sprint away for one of the best tries of the year.

The skill he showed with that effort was also matched by his goal-kicking ability.


Bomber's best

I WAS on fire last weekend with my trifecta of tips all winning. That will continue this week with the Sea Eagles downing the Titans and the Storm sweeping over the Sharks.

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