OPINION: Stars shine bright for Ipswich in rep round
EVERYWHERE you looked over the weekend, there were rugby league representatives from Ipswich.
On Sunday, the Ipswich Jets leading forward Nat Neale helped Queensland Residents to a win over NSW.
Four players from Brothers Ipswich were in the victorious Australian Jillaroos squad that defeated New Zealand and reclaimed the ANZAC Test honours.
Ipswich's wonder-kid, Anthony Milford, took on his own coach as Samoa took on Wayne Bennett's English powerhouse.
Brothers Ipswich and former Ipswich Jet forward Joe Ofahengaue again pulled on jersey number 13 for Tonga and defeated island rivals Fiji.
To cap off the weekend, the always-smiling Jets winger Richard Pandia followed in his big brother Seb's footsteps to pull on his first PNG Kumuls colours.
Rugby league (and all sports) are not only about the "heroes”, but for so many people the goal of being able to represent one's country is huge a motivator.
Fun and a love of the game should be the ultimate goal, but it's fantastic to recognise when anyone reaches such recognition of their efforts and ability.
The Open season
GREAT to see the success and huge support growing behind the annual Ipswich Criterium.
Clearly a winner for both competitors and visitors to Ipswich over the weekend.
Another top local event continues this weekend with the second (and final) round of the Ipswich Open at the George Alder Tennis Centre.