Swifts the venue for exciting day of IRL Nines speed

THE Swifts sporting fields at Purga is the place to be on Saturday to catch the first glimpses of local rugby league talent this year.

It's where the Ipswich Rugby League Nines tournament will be held.

Clubs from around Ipswich will take part with 16 teams nominated. They include three from Brothers; two from Swifts, Goodna, Cobras and Valleys; and sides from Redbank Plains, Norths, Fassifern, Lowood and Rosewood.

With the Nines format doesn't really suit the big forwards, most clubs will be fielding some of their younger and quickest players.

First games kick off at 1pm, with semi-finals set down for 5pm and 5.40pm.

The grand final is at 6.40pm.


Most popular clubs

NRL clubs rely on fans joining as members to help boost their club financially.

Some interesting results can be seen with the current figures from all clubs.

Sitting at the top still is 2014 grand final winners Souths, who have led all clubs the past few years.

The Broncos, with a stranglehold in our state capital, come second. They will be working hard to reach number one.

In third place is my mighty Eels, who after some lean years, prove that our great club has a loyal bunch of fans.

But which teams have made the bottom four?

Tigers fans are in wooden spoon position, followed by the Titans and Canberra Raiders.

A big surprise is glamour club, the Roosters, who sit in 13th.


Quick thoughts

BOMBER'S bouquet 1: Credit is due with the performance of Nick Kyrgios in winning the Marseille Open. It goes to show that if you keep your emotions in check, you have some fantastic sporting talent. Defeating Gasquet, Berdych and Cilic in straight sets shows this.

Bomber's bouquet 2: To all the sporting champions that have donated items for the Princess Fiona Charity Dinner on Saturday, I salute you for the generosity shown.

Bomber's beef: The umpire and third umpire both got it right so I have no idea why Steve Smith and more importantly Josh Hazlewood had any right arguing the decision.


Who am I?

I AM 49 this year and played local rugby league with the Brothers club. However I moved onto another sport where I am best remembered.

I was the number one ranked person in my discipline in Australia. I am now a coach and keep players strong and conditioned having obtained a Masters degree in Human Movements. I have worked with the Queensland Reds, Munster rugby union, Queensland Bulls and the Australian cricket Team. I am a fan of the might Parramatta Eels and love fishing.

Last week's answer: Lawn bowler Dot Lergesner.


Bomber's Best: My horse tip ran a creditable third last week so I am staying with the horses. This week my tip is Caulfield race 2, horse 6 Mogador.

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