EXTRA CELEBRATION: Norths Tiger and Rugby League Ipswich Player of the Year Steven West.
EXTRA CELEBRATION: Norths Tiger and Rugby League Ipswich Player of the Year Steven West. Rob Williams

Socceroos chance to shine after rising to challenge

WE came we saw we conquered. I am talking about the great win by the Socceroos over Honduras.

The 3-1 victory has cleared the path to the World Cup in Russia next year.

The trek started 884 days ago with a first-up victory.

The Socceroos have now qualified for their fourth straight Cup.

The Socceroos are the 31st team to win their way to Russia.

Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 yesterday to secure the final spot.

The World Cup qualification process started with 209 countries battling to make their way to Russia.

Powerhouse nations like Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain all qualified.

Iceland and Panama will join them for the first time at a World Cup in June.

The two big questions for the Socceroos are: Who will be coaching our team with Ange Postecoglou still undecided on what road he will be taking, and who will we will be drawn against in our pool.

The Ange question might take a while but our opponents will be decided on December 1 when the draw will be conducted.

Wrong decision

THE NRL Match Review Committee copped a lot of flak this year for the inconsistency of the charges handed down.

The World Cup panel also got it very wrong last weekend with the non- charging of Aussie pair David Klemmer and Aaron Woods.

Klemmer was put on report for a shoulder charge.

Woods was reported for a dangerous throw that had Tim Mannah from Lebanon perpendicular to the ground.

The tackles were completely different but were reportable offences.

Both players deserved a game or two on the sidelines.

The Woods tackle in particular was not a good look for the game.

His tackle was worthy of action to make sure it doesn't happen in the future.

Congrats Tigers duo

THE Norths Tigers had a double celebration last week with a wedding and a baby arrival making it a very happy place to be.

Champion Tigers five-eight Josh Roberts and partner Chloe welcomed their first child to the den.

Healthy baby girl Stella Maree arrived last Thursday.

Two days later, it was Rugby League Ipswich Player of the Year and Norths star half Steven West sharing a memorable moment. West married his long-term partner Sheena.

Congratulations to both players and their partners.

Quick thoughts

HERO of the week: I couldn't go past the sensational effort by Southern Stars cricketer Ellyse Perry who blasted a brilliant 213 not out against the Poms.

Villains of the week: The Tongan fans who played up after their victory over New Zealand. It was a great win but you must celebrate the right way.

Bomber's best: My Cup tip didn't run up to his latest form finishing midfield.

For this week, try backing Fiji with the 14.5 start over New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup.

Which club am I?

I was formed in 1998. My club is the combination of two local clubs. We play in the Brisbane League and finished ninth in 2017.

Last week's answer: Michael Dawes.