OPINION: Ipswich's sporting Pride lifts city's spirits
AFTER a tough week of job losses affecting local families, Ipswich needed a boost.
It came in the form of Western Pride's young and skilful footballers who created another chapter in the city's fine sporting history.
The victorious State League champions became the Pride of Ipswich after completing an incredible season at their Briggs Road Sporting Complex headquarters.
Having covered Ipswich regional sport for nearly 32 years, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the euphoric scenes on Saturday night.
Thousands of football fans united as one to celebrate a momentous achievement.
But most pleasing was the way accolades were exchanged during the hugs and huddles of sheer joy.
Ipswich was the winner and all the hard work to get there was duly recognised.
The carnival atmosphere with horns being blown, spirited singing and patriotic chanting set the mood for one of the most enjoyable sporting nights the city has seen.
For a few hours at least, Ipswich didn't have a worry in the world.
Congratulations to all involved.
You displayed the true meaning of civic and sporting pride.