Swifts Colts cap a superb season with grand final triumph

A SUPERB achievement by the Swifts colts kicked off a terrific afternoon of Ipswich Rugby League grand finals.

Swifts completed an undefeated season in winning their under-19 game over Goodna.

The colts team kept their commitment and discipline in check for the entire season.

Shayne Berrell, coach of this great side, should be applauded.

The Reserve grade clash was always going to be a close affair and that's how it panned out with Goodna defeating Brothers.

The A grade encounter was billed as a grudge match between old rivals Norths and Brothers.

However, only one team clicked on the day with Norths winning their first premiership in 19 years.

The Rugby League Week rates every player each week and if they were present on Sunday, one player would have scored a perfect 10.

Norths captain Josh Roberts was head and shoulders above everyone else in a stunning man-of-the-match performance.


Jets defy critics

THE Ipswich Jets bowed out of the Intrust Super season with a loss to Wynnum in their semi-final.

The Jets were written off at the start of the year after a wealth of talent left the club. However, coaches Ben and Shane Walker moulded the team into a tight unit which showed a lot of other sides that you don't need star players to win games.

The brothers worked out great game plans which centred around the forwards doing the tough stuff then unleashing the flyers like Wes Conlon and Marmin Barba. The season, however, ended on a sad note with the retirement of the popular Brendan Marshall.

He will not be lost to rugby league with a rumour already connecting him to the IRL premiers Norths.


Outer-space prize

GOLF tournaments overseas always have great prizes for hole-in-one efforts with cars, motorbikes and huge cash prizes on offer.

The recently-completed KLM Open had a strange prize for this feat if anyone could ace the 15th.

A hole-in-one is rare but 28-year-old Englishmen Andy Sullivan was the man to achieve this feat.

The prize was a trip to space in a Lynx Mark I aircraft worth $100,000.

Sullivan has a fear of flying and is scared of heights, so he is not sure whether he will take up the offer or give it to his caddie.


More AFL surprises?

THE AFL season is down to the final four after North Melbourne caused an upset in defeating Geelong and Port Adelaide did the same to Fremantle.

This sets up two thrilling games this weekend with the two winners progressing to the grand final on September 27.

The Kangaroos will tackle minor premiers Sydney and the Dockers face the Hawthorn Hawks.

If both games go to the teams that have dominated the season, we can prepare to watch a Swans/Hawks grand final.


Bomber's best

MY NRL semi-finals tipping did not go to plan last week so I'm backing the Ipswich Flyers to win their grand final tonight.

Look out for star shooter Brooke Dixon to be best on court.