Ipswich sport year in review
THE Ipswich Jets finished fifth in 2012, which was disappointing as they had shown the potential to push for the title.
However, inconsistent form and injuries at crucial times saw their season end with defeat to Brisbane Norths in the opening round of semi-finals.
Tough New Zealand-bred forward Nat Neale was named best and fairest for the season.
Donald Malone was the sole Ipswich representative in the Queensland Residents side.
He did his club and state proud, setting up a try in Queensland's 20-14 win, but broke his hand in the process.
In the Ipswich Rugby League it was the year of the Bomber as Fassifern avenged its grand final defeat at the hands of Brothers in 2011 to defeat the Brethren in the 2012 decider and claim their first A-grade title.
The Bombers were led by former Kangaroo representative Andrew Walker and player-coach Daniel Roos, who have been handed the keys to Harrisville.
In women's league Ipswich's Ali Brigginshaw stamped herself as the dominant player in the women's game, captaining South East Queensland to the state title, leading Souths Logan to the Brisbane premiership and helping Queensland continue its dominance over NSW.
IT WAS a big year for cricket in Ipswich, marking the entry of the Ipswich Logan Hornets into the Brisbane premier competition.
On the home front Northsiders claimed the Ipswich and West Moreton Division One title following an inspired display, with both bat and ball, by fast bowler Kev Cumming in the grand final against reigning premiers Eastern Taipans.
In the current season, now named the Ipswich Logan Premier League, following the admission of Alberton, Laidley leads the overall competition (one-day and two-day competitions), Northsiders lead the one-day and inaugural Twenty20 competition.
It was a big year in representative cricket for Central Districts all-rounder Ben O'Connell. O'Connell captain Queensland Country to third place at the national titles in January. It was a team that featured fellow Ipswich players Kev Cumming and Mark Lehmann. In November O'Connell captained the Country Inferno to a title win in the KFC T20 Challenge.
IPSWICH Rangers brought the Barber Cup back to Ipswich last year, claiming the Brisbane Sub-districts title by defeating Wynnum in the grand final at Ballymore.
In the second grade (Pegg Cup) grand final Springfield Lakes Hawks claimed the grand final, beating Beenleigh in just their third season in existence.
While there were no premierships for the Goodna Gladiators 2012 was significant because they were able to field a senior team, having folded following the 2011 floods.
IN football last year, the big news was the formation of the Western Pride franchise to field senior and junior teams in next year's inaugural Australian Premier League state competition.
Western Pride was created by the region's major local clubs uniting for the first time.
The appointment of former international midfielder Kasey Wehrman as player/coach was a coup for the new club.
At senior club level, it was a largely disappointing season with only the Ipswich Knights making the Division 1 finals after finishing in the top five.
Western Spirit and Ipswich City were also in Division 1, setting up some exciting local derbies. However, Spirit and City were unable to turn their promise into finals success.
In individual feats, Knights striker won consecutive Division 1 Golden Boot awards after scoring 23 goals from 23 matches.
Knights skipper Stephen Hughes was his club's Player of the Year.
TEARS flowed around the Ipswich Hockey Complex as Hancock Brothers ended 33 years of frustration in the women's A-grade grand final.
Hancocks finally buried their bridesmaid tag by beating Swifts 2-1 at Raceview. It was Hancocks first title since 1979 and players from that previous winning side shared in the raw emotion.
The men's A-grade grand final was one of the best matches seen in Ipswich for years as Norths upstaged defending premiers Easts 4-3 in an extra-time thriller.
The Ipswich men's representative team earlier in the year secured a return to next year's Premier League competition by beating Gympie 4-1 in the Division 2 final at the state championships.
Ipswich Hockey was named association of the year at Hockey Queensland's annual awards.
In a year of milestones, another highlight was Wests A-grade veteran Greg Walker playing his 500th game for the club.
Ipswich product Jordyn Holzberger continued her progression. After narrowly missing Olympic selection Holzberger represented the victorious Australians at the Champions Challenge tournament in Dublin.
AFTER claiming the junior Wimbledon title in 2011, Springfield product Ashleigh Barty continued her climb in 2012, rising from 669 to 175 in the world.
She is now the sixth ranked Australian woman in the game and made her Hopman Cup debut for Australia last week.
RISING sprinter Larissa Chambers and "ironman'' Darrin Norwood were the two regional stars in another season of fine achievements.
Chambers won a number of medals against older competitors, including an outstanding performance at the Oceania Games in Cairns.
At that event, the 16-year-old won the open women's 200m, was second in the open women's 100m and anchored the Australian 4x100m relay team that won gold.
Norwood was named Masters Sportsperson of the Year in the QT-City of Ipswich Sports Awards for his incredible endurance at two national titles.
After three days of intense competition at the Australian Masters championships in Melbourne, Norwood finished with five gold, five silver and one bronze medal.
Vic Pascoe was named Ipswich regional sport's coach of the year for his ongoing efforts working with promising athletes. Pascoe was also chosen as a national coach for the first time, attending the Oceania Games in June.
AS EVER Ipswich Cup Day dominated the racing calendar like no other. The Cup was taken by Victoria-based, Michael Moroney trained gelding Shenzou Steeds.
It was a memorable day for Brisbane-based trainer Kelso Wood, whose win with Belltone in the Eyeliner Stakes followed earlier success with Grey Assignment in the BM 90 Handicap.
LAST summer saw the merger between City Slickers and Tangaloomas and the new club made an immediate impression in the top grade.
TC United reached the 2012 Division One grand final but lost the decider to Wildcats, runners up for the previous two years, with Cats stars Kelly Verrall and Rachel Savage leading the way.
At the state titles at Boonah in January Ipswich reached the final in both the senior and veteran tournaments but finished runners-up, behind Townsville in the senior women and Fassifern in the veteran's competition.
Ipswich senior women's captain Deanne Lawrie was named the tournament's most valuable player while Rachael Savage, Melinda Park and Alyce Jefferies were named in the Queensland senior squad.
THE Shane Heal-led Ipswich Force men's side threatened to make this year's state league basketball grand final after some giant-killing efforts throughout the season.
However, Force's dreams were shattered during an 88-75 loss to Mackay in the semi-finals.
Heal proved a popular coach, guiding the Force side into the playoffs.
The Ipswich Force women also made the playoffs and Ipswich Basketball won the state's top award, being named association of the year.
Ipswich Force's under-16 Premier League side was named team of the year in the prestigious QT-City of Ipswich Sports Awards.
THE Ipswich Flyers regained the Queensland Tier Three title this season, beating Macgregor in the grand final.
In the Ipswich competition the recent dominant duopoly of Aztecs and Rebels was broken when Brothers beat Rebels in the Division One grand final.
IT HAS not been a happy one for the Ipswich Musketeers, who have fallen from the lofty heights they once consistently inhabited near the top of the Brisbane Major League ladder.
However two of the city's finest, Josh Roberts and Andrew Campbell, established themselves as mainstays of the Brisbane Bandits team in the Australian Baseball League.
Roberts was picked in the Australian All Stars team which played the Sydney Blue Sox before the start of this summer's ABL.
FOLLOWERS of Ipswich swimming will not be surprised to hear the likes of Megan Gianotti, Leah Neale and Kayla Clarke were again our leading lights in 2012.
Clarke represented Australia with distinction at the Paralympic Games in London, just missing a medal with two fourth placed finishes.
Gianotti, from the Waterworx club of Springfield, won four state age (16-years) gold medals and a state open bronze medal.
They followed two butterfly gold medals at the national age championships earlier in the year.
CYMS St Edmunds freestyler Neale, 17 picked up two medals at the junior Pan-Pacific titles in Hawaii, which followed four medals, including two gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games at the Isle of Man.
Fellow CYMS St Edmunds freestyler Hayden Rea also represented Australia in 2012, at the Trans Tasman junior series, after claiming two silver medals at the national age (15-years) swimming championships.