Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Family Sport Celebrates 80yrs PHANTOM CALL; Three Generations Helpmake Special Occasion

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Family Sport Celebrates 80yrs PHANTOM CALL; Three Generations Helpmake Special Occasion

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A RARE moment occurred in Ipswich regional sport last weekend when three generations of life members reunited at a grand final function.

Mary Davis, her daughter Janet Savage and Mary's granddaughter Rachel Savage cut the cake as part of the Ipswich Vigoro Association's grand final and trophy celebration last Saturday night.

Being IVA's 80th anniversary added to the historic importance at East Ipswich.

C[pounds sterling]I don't think we often get three generations of one family as life members in one association,'' Janet said.

C[pounds sterling]Everyone thought it was lovely.

C[pounds sterling]I felt very proud.

C[pounds sterling]It was a special moment, especially for mum.

C[pounds sterling]Vigoro is a family sport.''

Mary, now 87, and Janet started their careers with Tangaloomas, often playing in the same team.

Janet later played for Sports and Black Knights before the Wildcats club was formed 34 years ago.

Janet still plays after a 50-year association with Ipswich vigoro.

Rachel played all her vigoro since age five with the one club, except a year when Wildcats were unable to field a top division side.

Rachel captained the Wildcats first division side which lost to Occasionals in last Saturday's grand final.

The trio have all received life memberships with the Ipswich Vigoro Association.

Mary also gained a life membership with the Ipswich umpires.

Janet is the 2010 Ipswich Citizen of the Year for her decades of loyalty and hard work.

Drug test surprise

WHILE Ipswich Cycling Club star Michael Hepburn is training with the AIS in Spain, having just won a gold and bronze medal at the recent world track championships in the Netherlands, little brother James is spending the season riding for the German under-23 team.

Culture shock was no concern for the younger of the amazing brothers as he studied German at Kenmore State High, as did Michael before him. It came in very handy during contract negotiations.

Michael's mum Jill revealed her son didn't get to enjoy his bronze medal in the 4km individual pursuit. He had to get up early to ride in the team pursuit event. …

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