New league clubs on horizon
DON'T be surprised if there are two new A-grade rugby league clubs in Ipswich in the not-too-distant future.
Talks are back on the table between Rosewood, Lowood and Laidley rugby league clubs about joining of forces to create a single country club for seniors.
The Ipswich Rugby League is also trying to persuade Redbank Plains and Springfield to do something similar in the city's eastern suburbs.
At least one club is not happy however, believing it could stand alone if the IRL and Ipswich City Council would help it, rather than push the merger agenda.
Stay tuned for more.
ASH Walsh recently received the news that could help catapult his career into the big time.
The dedicated Ipswich driver has become part of the Dick Johnson Racing Team to contest the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 races this season.
Sandown will mark the V8 Supercars debut of Walsh, who currently leads the V8 Development Series.
He will be accompanied in the car by the man who is currently second behind him on the V8 Development Series standings, Dale Wood.
Joining them on the DJR enduro team is Walsh's former teammate and old Formula Ford sparring partner Chaz Mostert.
Walsh is pleased to be surrounded by familiar faces with proven driving credentials on the new team.
But that's not the only reason he's pleased to have them on board with him.
It seems size matters too.
"We'll only have to move the pedals a bit and use a bit of foam here and there," the diminutive Walsh said of having to accommodate different sized drivers in the same car.
SHARP-eyed Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching made a fascinating observation in Monday's terrific front page photo from the Ipswich Cup.
Award-winning QT photographer Claudia Baxter took the shot using a remote infield camera.
Kitching said there was conjecture for centuries over whether horses had a hoof on the ground at all times and that it was not confirmed until the advent of still photography.
Eadweard Muybridge proved during a series of photographic experiments in 1878 that a horse does lift all its hooves off the ground.
Until this time people had only guessed and nobody could prove the conjecture.
Claudia's latest photo of Ipswich Cup winner Anagold re-confirms the theory.
Kitching also noted that New Zealand jockey Leith Innes (pictured on the outside) was the same hoop on Ipswich Cup winner Sculptor in 2007.
A similar photo was taken for the QT in that year.
STILL on the Cup and can you guess the international Ipswich sportsman sprung trying to bring his beer into the grandstand?
An ever-alert security guard quickly asked him to retreat inside until his drink was consumed.
No dramas followed but it was amusing seeing the player eager to watch the next race with his trusty ale in hand.
THE strength of Ipswich's distance running ranks was apparent last weekend when Glen Yarham took out the City2SOuth 14km run in Brisbane.
Yarham beat three other Ipswich runners in the top five.
They were Daryl Crook, Jay Twist and Alastair Stevenson.
Yarham was not surprised at such a high Ipswich representation at the pointy end of the main race.
"Something in the water makes our runners very tough," Yarham said.
"Ipswich has got a strong running history.
"There's the Reeves brothers, Alistair Stevenson and Clay Dawson, the fun-run king."
Early morning workout
WHAT do you do when you can't sleep at night?
Grab an extra blanket, have a warm Milo, listen to some relaxing music?
If you are fitness fanatic Darrin Norwood, the answer is simple. You go training, even if it's 1am in the morning.
"It was body weight stuff. Push ups, sit ups and burpees," Norwood said.
That probably explains why Norwood achieves so much in athletics and his new passion CrossFit.
Les Kinnane Memorial
THE second annual race day honouring Ipswich sporting icon Les Kinnane is fast approaching.
The race day helps the Ipswich-Logan Hornets Cricket Club and development of regional cricket.
The memorial event is planned for the Ipswich Turf Club on Friday, August 9, from noon to 5pm.
The day will feature lunch, reserved seating adjacent the mounting yard and beer, wine and soft drinks for the afternoon.
Some celebrity tips and guests will help make the day more enjoyable.
Sponsorship packages, or sponsoring a race on the day, are available. Contact Ray Leschke for more information.
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