Anthony "Bomber'' Breeze Inga Williams

Chloe's remarkable state netball honour

EVERYBODY knows what a great sportsman Josh Roberts is through his baseball and rugby league heroics over the years,

However, something has now changed at home with his wife Chloe having the bragging rights with recent selection in the Queensland over 30 women's team.

This is Chloe's first state honour after taking up netball over 15 years ago.

Even more remarkable is that she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Stella last November.

While Josh is still sidelined after his horrific leg injury last year, he still finds some time to watch Chloe play and give his expert opinion on her game.

Chloe will not be alone in the Queensland team with fellow Ipswich teammate Meleah Nyugen also being selected.

Well done greyhound team

THE Ipswich Greyhound Racing club team should be commended on the staging of 17 straight days of racing recently, due to the resurfacing of Albion Park.

Club stalwart Merv Page and all of his committee and loyal workers deserve a lot of credit to get the track and surrounds in great order.

All the club needs now is some land to build a new complex.

NRL Round 26. West's Tigers host Cronulla Sharks at Leichhardt Oval today. First female touch judge Belinda Sleeman pictured.
Rising referee Belinda Sleeman. Sam Ruttyn

Good luck Belinda

RUGBY league has always been a male dominated sport but things are changing and changing fast.

Most football shows now have a female flavour with the likes of Yvonne Sampson, Erin Molan, Hannah Hollis, Lara Pitt, Jessica Yates and Emma Freedman either hosting or sitting as panel members.

On the field, the action has been telecast on a bigger basis through the great efforts of our mighty Jillaroos with Ipswich's Ali Brigginshaw featuring heavily.

The NRL Commission even has female presences with Megan Davis being a commissioner, while three females hold positions on the senior management team.

The refereeing ranks have always had females who have adjudicated on touchlines and Intrust Super Cup games but recent reports suggest that 2018 is the year where one will break new ground and referee an NRL from the middle.

The two leading candidates are Kasey Badger and former Ipswich referee Belinda Sleeman.

Whoever gets the nod will do the female fraternity proud and give hope to all upcoming women's referees and give them something to strive towards.

Let's hope Belinda gets the gong.

Quick thoughts

Hero of the week 1: The Western Pride proved that their grand final win last year was no fluke with a crushing win over their opponents Moreton Bay United in the rematch last weekend. Is another title coming to Ipswich?

Hero of the week 2: The Brisbane Lions women's team performed superbly last year making it all the way to the grand final. This year the girls were written off with most southerners saying they had no chance of matching that effort. They have made the grand final again. Let's hope they can go one better this weekend.

Villain of the week: Racism has no part in the great game of rugby league and anyone caught should be given a strict ban.

Bomber's best: The Waratahs got the job done for me so I will strive to keep the run going.

It's Golden Slipper day on Saturday and I see the winner coming from the trio of Written By, Seabrook or Estijaab.

Did you know?

While the great St George sides of the 1950's and 1960's won 11 premierships in a row, it's South Sydney who has won the most premierships overall with 21.