Stalwart punts retirement plan
AFTER sharing in Ipswich's stunning Division 1 state masters title success, sporting allrounder Kerri Michel hinted it could be time to retire from hockey.
However, after savouring the sweet victory in Toowoomba, she's wisely decided to wait until the end of the year to make a decision.
Having been in Ipswich's number one team for nine years, the former Australian sprinter reckons she's earnt a break.
However, the 44-year-old survived a testing long weekend of masters competition in better shape than some teammates.
Ipswich suffered two blown hamstrings that were taped up so both women could play a full game in the finals.
One stalwart had blisters so bad she could hardly walk.
Another courageous moment at the state titles involved Ipswich's number one goalkeeper Jodie Zumbansen.
Shootouts to win a final are stressful on the goalkeeper, especially when an attacker is coming at them with only eight seconds to fire a ball.
However, Phantom has been told Zumbansen held strong. She saved two to deny Brisbane (2) victory in the final.
What was most impressive about Zumbansen was the way she approached the challenge.
Every time she walked up to the box for her turn, she would face the crowd to get her focus. Every time there was this little girl who would say "come on Ipswich goalkeeper".
Zumbansen reckons the little girl helped inspire her.
THE presidents shootout staged at Kippen Park last weekend highlighted how some football skills are never lost.
It also reinforced how important it is to offer some fun entertainment at games.
Ipswich Basketball has a similar project during their state league matches at Booval.
Someone in the raffle receives a chance to shoot for cash from different parts of the basketball court during halftime of the main game.
The shoot-off is a crowd pleaser.
It was football's turn during the halftime break of last Saturday night's National Premier League game between Western Pride and QAS.
No cash was on the line, purely prestige.
Presidents of the region's five major clubs were involved, with the exception of the Knights' Troy Beahan.
Each participant had to take a shot each from different spots in and outside the penalty box.
Ipswich City's Liz Ridley was more interested in showing off her sexy legs than scoring goals.
Springfield United's Pye Augustine can blame her tracksuit for her stray shooting.
Colleges Crossing president Adrian Wellington produced a gallant effort in his bright yellow shirt.
Fresh from a player of the final effort representing the Queensland over-40s in indoor cricket, Western Pride general manager Pat Boyle was the standout performer.
The sporting allrounder knocked in penalty after penalty in a terrific duel with Western Spirit's Adrian "AJ" Varkevisser.
AJ also showed plenty of ability with the final two deciding the title with shots outside the penalty box.
AJ was awarded the inaugural trophy as host of the night.
The goalkeeper was Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll who made some great saves. He even deflected a few over the top before Boyle and AJ had the last laugh.
Boyle sportingly handed the trophy to AJ as they walked off Kippen Park.
"Kym Wickstein (Pride president) wanted to keep it because he said that could be our first bit of silverware," Boyle joked.
IPSWICH Rangers forward Dan Egan earned the honour of captaining Queensland in the annual Barraclough Shield rugby clash for NSW last weekend.
Adding to he occasion was the match was the curtain-raiser to the Reds versus British Lions clash at Suncorp Stadium.
For subdistricts rugby players, the Barraclough Shield is the pinnacle of state pride - their chance to wear the Queensland maroon jersey and put it on the line for their state.
The only problem is Egan is a proud New South Welshman who was cheering the Blues along in State of Origin 1.
Phantom knows Egan, however, and has no doubt about his commitment to the Queensland cause, despite the 45-0 win to NSW Subbies last weekend.
Still got it
ANDREW Walker's best endeavours were not enough to get his Fassifern Bombers over the line against Goodna last weekend.
Walker laid on several tries through pinpoint passing and kicking in general play, as well as his 100 percent conversion rate.
That was despite four conversions from the sideline.
During one, taken from just in front of the Goodna can bar, Walker was receiving some good-natured advice from the crowd and responded in kind.
Even after he'd marked up his run up, Walker turned to have a few more words to the supporters, before kicking another two points for his team.
Walker is off to Canberra for an ACT Brumbies reunion of sorts when they play the British Lions shortly.
Twelve years ago he played a key role for the Wallabies against the Lions, scoring tries and kicking goals as Australia beat the Lions in a series for the first time in history.
Time to go fishing
WITH so many Ipswich Knights footballers injured, Phantom has heard a new weekend sporting group may be formed.
It's the Ipswich Knights Fishing Club.
Led by keen anglers Andrew Korner and Trent Griffiths, the Ipswich mates are busy devising a set of rules to weigh in their future catches.
They often organise boating and island trips so it should be fascinating what size and bag limits they come up with.
Word is comeback king Peter Hinks is applying for fishing club membership, having sadly broken down again.
Classy footballer Brodie Kenyon is an honorary member even though he left the Knights to join Lions.
Other regulars in the fishing club include Brown brothers Michael and Chris. The Knights Reserve grade coaches often disappear for days at a time fishing.
Rhys Jackson could soon become a member of the exclusive club now he has a new boat.
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