Twelve Ipswich sports venues that need extra care

CHECK out these Ipswich sporting venues and why they are important.

1. Limestone Park - the jewel in the crown of Ipswich sport when it comes to multi-use with everything from athletics and netball to cricket and cross country held there regularly. The Ipswich PCYC is nearby, below where the Jim Gardiner Pool was once a popular meeting place. That's not bad for an old dump site.

2. The North Ipswich Reserve - home of the mighty Ipswich Jets and used for a range of activities including New Year's Eve celebrations. Adding a corporate centre available for all sport was a wise decision. It even houses a special area marking the achievements of Ipswich sportspeople.

3. The Briggs Road Sporting Complex - Once an eyesore, the revamped facility is now home to Western Pride Football Club and is a valuable asset for junior sport. Check out the buzz around the complex of afternoons when kids roll up to train.

4. Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve - Another multi-use facility used for a range of sports on a regular basis. Will be back in tip-top shape after some major works going on this year.

5. The Ipswich Motorsport Precinct - the internationally recognised site at Willowbank is a mecca for drag racing, V8 Supercars and any number of related motoring passions. This is one place where you need ear muffs when the high-powered action blasts off.

6. Woodend Park - Many a classic rugby battle has been staged at the home of Ipswich Rangers. It's best to visit for local derbies and reunions.

7. Ipswich Showgrounds - While much talk has centred on its long-term use, it remains an important, centralised site for greyhounds and indoor sports like cricket and netball.

8. Brothers Rugby League Club fields - from regular local footy matches to major carnivals, the Raceview complex is an exceptional sporting hub.

9. Knights Soccer Club grounds - Ipswich has a fine footballing history and the new clubhouse at Bundamba was a long awaited project the sport deserved.

10. Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex - the home of Ipswich regional cricket and junior Aussie rules. Although a bit out of the way, the fields can cater for a range of carnivals. The new clubhouse is a handy addition.

11. The Ipswich Basketball Stadium - about to host the Australian under 20 and Ivor Burge championships, the Booval courts have served the city well for many years. Some extra dollars to spruce up the place would be most welcome.

12. The Ipswich Hockey Complex - a hive of activity at weekends during the winter season and a vital venue at Raceview where many terrific local matches and carnivals have been held.

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