NRL players who failed to deliver what their teams expected
LEADING into the final round of the NRL season, I look back on the dud performers, starting with the bottom eight teams.
Knights: Trent Hodkinson was the star signing but failed to shine behind a poorly beaten pack.
Eels: The million dollar man Keiran Foran failed to justify his huge pay packet.
Roosters: For a player who was supposed to be a leader, Mitchell Pearce really let his side down.
Rabbitohs: He won them the premiership in 2014 but Sam Burgess couldn't produce anywhere near that form this year.
Sea Eagles: High profile signing Nate Myles didn't delivery on the hype.
Dragons: On his day, he is magical but Benji Marshall was a long way out of form for most of the year.
Warriors: Shaun Johnson was supposed to lead them into the finals but we only saw his brilliance spasmodically.
Tigers: Robbie Farah was the player with the experience but just couldn't click with the young halves.
IRL finals excitement
THE Ipswich Rugby League goes into the second week of the finals on a high after some great games were played in week one.
On Saturday, Goodna and Eastern Cobras fought out a very entertaining under-19 game with the Eagles finally coming out on top.
The Reserve grade Cobras team went a lot better than their younger counterparts with a dominant performance over Swifts.
In the main clash, the boys from the bush Fassifern let their speedsters off the leash with a commanding defeat of a gallant Swifts outfit.
On Sunday, Brothers defeated an undermanned Norths team in the early under-19 clash.
The Brethern won a heart-stopper Reserve Grade game in golden point in the game of the round.
Goodna and Brothers clashed in the A-grade game with the Eagles holding off a fast-finishing Brothers team to qualify for the grand final.
All Saturday's winners will meet the losers from Sunday clashes with an eye on moving into the main dance on September 10.
Thrilling indoor win
THE Major League Indoor Cricket season ended last weekend with a double success for the Ipswich Indoor Cricket Centre.
The Men's A team were in average form for most of the year and only just scrapped into finals in sixth position.
This team was talented but just could not put a good batting and bowling game together on a consistent basis.
Enter the final series where victories were achieved over Beenleigh, Toombul and Toowoomba before meeting a good Wynnum team in the final.
Led by man of the match Tony Ferstera, the side fought all the way to win a thriller 76-75.
The win proved that it doesn't matter where you finish on the ladder you are always a chance if your side can play as a team.
The other success for the Ipswich centre was the over 35s, who defeated Toombul 70-39 with some brilliant late bowling and fielding.
Veteran Glynn Knox used all his experience to come away with the man-of-the-match award.
The other final side representing Ipswich was the 0/40 combination, who couldn't get the job done. They lost to Wynnum 105-79.
BOMBER'S bouquet 1: Congratulations on a great indoor cricket career Rob Maddox. He was talented as a Colt and continued producing over the past 25 years.
Bomber's bouquet 2: While the Jets Intrust team narrowly missed the finals this year, the Mark Bishop coached BRL team is still active and ready to keep their back-to-back title hopes alive.
Bomber's beef 1: Did I hear the man that usually has the referees wrapped around his finger having a whinge about them. Cameron Smith surely has got his huge share of favours over the years. Mind games I am thinking.
Bomber's best: I tipped the Kiwis to defeat the Wallabies by at least 21 points but they could only manage to win by 20.
This week get on the Geelong Cats to defeat last year's premiers Hawthorn in their semi-final clash.
Who am I?
I was born in Ipswich on August 5, 1971.
In my chosen sport I batted right hand and threw right handed. I was 5'9" and weighed 165lb. I played in my sports inaugural season in 1989/90 but season 94/95 was my big year winning the Golden Glove Award and making the All Star team. I repeated this feat the following year. I also was selected to represent my country in this sport.
Last week's answer: Touch footballer Scott Notley.