Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Clocking Up Two Decades

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Clocking Up Two Decades

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THIS week, I clock up 20 years at the Daily News and there have been plenty of memories from a sports perspective.

I started my Sports View column in January, 1991, and have only missed two in the past 20 years.

One thing is for sure, the number of sports on the Southern Downs has dramatically increased.

The highlight has to be Warwick hosting the first two world cups in polocrosse.

The first one in 2003 was even more exciting as Warwick player Sally McGrath was in the Australian team.

Ross Shepherd, of Warwick, coached the Aussies to success at the first two cups and has a record few national coaches could match; 18 wins from 18 matches.

Every community has its national sports stars and in the past 20 years Dean Butler, Lee Bodimeade, Alison Mosely and Laura Geitz have won medals in Olympics, Paralympics or Commonwealth Games and Carlee Beattie has competed in the Paralympics.

Swimmer Max Ackermann won gold last year in the inaugural Youth Olympics.

And who can forget Allora prop Greg Holmes running more than half the length of the field to score a try for the Wallabies in Perth?

There have been many exciting moments in the past 20 years. One is definitely Matthew Hagenbach scoring a goal two seconds from the end of extra time as the Warwick Wizards team won its first Toowoomba A1 men's hockey premiership in the late 1990s.

I won't forget the outstanding keeping of Bianca Warrener as the Warwick Wolves won the Toowoomba premier ladies' football premiership.

While they didn't win, it was exciting for Warwick State High School to advance in the schoolboys' competition to play rugby league at Suncorp Stadium a few years ago.

There have also been a few disappointments. In the past three seasons, the Warwick Cowboys A-grade side has been eliminated from the finals by two and four-point margins to finish third twice and fourth last year. It was also disappointing for the Redbacks AFL side to beat both grand finalists in the final rounds last season only to miss out on the top four on percentage. …

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