Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Persistent Greyhound Fanatics Back Winner PHANTOM CALL

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Persistent Greyhound Fanatics Back Winner PHANTOM CALL

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IPSWICH Greyhound Racing Club president Merv Page and his team are a hardy bunch of people at the best of times.

However, preparing for last Sunday's 24th annual auction provided an unwelcome hazard Co the nasty weather.

The greyhound fanatics were justifiably nervous with all the rain around. The anxiety levels rose when Saturday's wind storm blew in.

"We had all the tents up on Friday and they've blown down and the poles were out," Page said. "We were out all day keeping it going."

But Sunday turned on near-perfect conditions. That led to an excellent auction, proving that persistence pays off.

Social hockey

THE Ipswich summer hockey competition at Raceview was always going to be a social affair.

Word is the family-friendly mixed series on Friday nights is meeting early expectations.

The first night was great, except for the rain. But it showed how keen the participants were to play. Only one team thought it too wet to have a run.

Twenty-two senior teams and five junior sides signed up.

The best part of opening night, according to an astute hockey watcher, was "hearing the laughs and giggles constantly coming from the fields".

Among the 47 new registrations were parents, husbands and wives who usually don't play in the winter competition. They are enjoying the summer series for fun and exercise.

The senior teams are mixed and the rules require alternate scoring (i.e. if a male scores, the next goal has to be scored by a female and vice-versa) so the guys can't dominate.

No direct shots are allowed at goal Co the ball must be passed at least once in the circle.

Playing across the regular hockey field, there is no Cyout' on the sidelines. Players bounce the ball off the side boards.

It sounds like fun, if nothing else.

Pink fright

STILL on the social hockey competition and Phantom has been told Hancocks member Peter Conway looks hot in a pink shirt.

Being in a team with Susan Woodford, Conway got coaxed into wearing the colours.

Conway also provided a lighter moment when he spotted two teams playing and asked tentatively: "We don't have to play them do we?''

One team featured some of the winter competition's best players Co like Daniel and Beth Mantell, Kiah Ahern, Peter Mitchell and Dean Pavitt. The other team had regular A-graders like Peta Brooks and Dane Rew.

But just as Conway was about to faint with fear, he was reassured his team was in the less competitive second pool. The fast teams he was watching were in a separate competition.

While scores aren't kept, teams have to fill out a game card so there is an official record of who played.

When Bellbowrie-based team "Odd Sox" returned their card, they had marked 264 to 138 in the goals for and against section.

The score had everyone amused for a game just 25 minutes each way. …

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