Stolberg name in the spotlight

IF your dad was a former Brisbane Bullet and Ipswich Force basketball star and your mum was a champion athlete and Australian indoor netballer, you have every chance of excelling at sport.

That's the case with the offspring of popular Ipswich couple Ryan and Theresa Stolberg.

Ryan and Theresa could not be more proud of their three children.

Recently their eldest daughter Tyla was awarded the MVP for her Ipswich under-14 representative netball team.

That followed her brother Liam's MVP efforts playing for the under-12 Ipswich Force basketball side.

However, the best may be yet to come with Ryan and Theresa's eight-old daughter Toby excelling at netball and basketball.

I am sure we'll be hearing more of the Stolberg name in coming years.


Golden moments

THE last week of the Commonwealth Games concluded with Australia collecting 49 gold, 42 silver and 46 bronze medals, placing them in second position behind England.

Golden team performances were put in by both hockey teams as well as our champion netball team.

Discus thrower Dani Samuels and 18-year-old high jumper Eleanor Patterson put in superb efforts to win gold in their respective events.

However, the greatest performance of the week goes to champion hurdler Sally Pearson who put all the controversy behind her to perform at her top.


Horrible jerseys

IT was easy to be confused who was playing when the Brisbane Broncos tackled Manly Sea Eagles last Friday night.

The two NRL teams played in superhero jerseys where the Broncos looked like the Sea Eagles and the Sea Eagles looked like the Parramatta Eels.

Surely the marketing department got this horribly wrong. The fans vented their anger on social media.

While on jerseys, I recently found an article showing the top five selling jerseys from the NRL, AFL, A-League, Super 15 and Cricket Big Bash.

They are:

  • NRL - 1. Warriors, 2. Rabbitohs, 3. Roosters, 4. Broncos, 5. Dragons.
  • AFL: 1. Magpies, 2. Cats, 3. Hawks, 4. Blues, 5. Bombers.
  • A League: 1. Wanderers, 2. Sydney FC, 3. Brisbane Roar, 4. Melbourne Victory, 5. Perth Glory.
  • Super 15: 1. Qld Reds, 2. NSW Waratahs, 3. Western Force, 4. ACT Brumbies, 5. Melbourne Rebels.
  • Cricket Big Bash: 1. Perth, 2. Brisbane, 3. Sydney Sixers, 4. Melbourne Stars, 5. Melbourne Renegades.


Best TV voice

WHEN you have sport on TV, you must have commentators.

Some of these you love and some you find irritating.

Sitting at the top of the tree in cricket is the golden voice of the great Ritchie Benaud.

In the most annoying category are Bill Lawry and Ian Healy.

The AFL has the brilliant Dennis Cometti leading the way with a host of ex-players doing a fantastic job behind the microphone.

In NRL, you can only talk about one man and that's the voice of the game in Ray "Rabs" Warren.

A recent article rated the Channel Nine and Fox Sports commentators of the game and came up with Matty Johns and Gorden Tallis as the next best.

They were followed by Beau Ryan, Brett Finch and Ray Hadley, Peter Sterling, Warren Smith, Andy Raymond and Ben Ikin.

At the bottom is a man that Queenslanders love to hate in Phil Gould.

Female commentators were not overlooked with Erin Molan, Yvonne Sampson and Lara Pitt all getting rave reviews.


Bomber's best

AFTER crashing back to earth with the toothless Bulldogs, this week I have a trio of teams that will be winning.

They are the Warriors over the Sharks, Cowboys against the Tigers and Roosters over the Titans.

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