Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

2010 a Big Year in Sport

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

2010 a Big Year in Sport

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A highlight in the year in sport on the Southern Downs was the silver medal win by Allora goalkeeper Laura Geitz at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The highlight for me was the defensive performance by Laura in the semi-final victory against England.

While Australia and New Zealand were the favourites to make the gold medal play-offs, England showed it has the ability to beat the top two.

In swimming, Max Ackermann was a gold medallist in the Youth Olympics in Hong Kong.

He is training hard in Brisbane and is not too far away from making finals in national open events. It was good to see Max invite Commonwealth Games medallist Christian Sprenger to Warwick for a look at the rodeo. What I noticed about Christian was his height; he wouldn't be a halfback in rugby league.

Lilian Burrill was ninth in a field of 55 in B middle distance at the World Junior Orienteering Championships in Denmark.

A high point of the year was the selection of Cameron Shepherd in the Australian team for the 2011 Polocrosse World Cup. Ross Shepherd, also of Warwick, is coach.

After having Sally McGrath in the inaugural cup team in 2003, we didn't have a player in the team in 2007, but Warwick will again have a player on the side next year.

Cowboys grand final

WHILE many of the Warwick teams in Toowoomba/Darling Downs competitions made it through to the finals, only two made it to the grand finals.

The Warwick Cowboys C-grade side went down in the Toowoomba Rugby League grand final, a disappointing result, particularly as coach Mark Fowler and club official Paul Hallman both said before the game it would be their last.

For the third season in succession, Warwick was eliminated from the A-grade competition during the finals series by two or four points.

In AFL, the Redbacks missed the semis on percentage but beat both grand finalists in the last round of the competition.

The reality is one more win during the season and the Redbacks wouldn't have needed to get there on percentage.

The club is already training for next season. My understanding is the Redbacks are the only footy club on the Southern Downs to start training before Christmas. …

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