First polocrosse World Cup rates top of the past 29 years
Weekly SportsView Column with Gerard Walsh
THIS will be my last SportsView column after nearly 29 years.
It is hard to move on after such a long time but it was nice to surprise people with my decision.
Thank you to readers, sports participants, volunteers, work colleagues and friends, it has been one hell of a journey.
I will finish with some memorable moments but hard to write just 22. There are more than 50 sports in the area.
1. Warwick hosting the first World Cup in polocrosse in 2003 and international qualifiers in eventing.
Australia won all three World Cups at Morgan Park and South Africa won the two held overseas.
2. Dean Butler playing in the Australian men's team which won Olympic men's hockey gold for the first time in 2004 at Athens. Lee Bodimeade scored the first goal on the way to silver at Barcelona. Both played Australian Hockey League level games in Warwick.
3. The run of 10 straight wins and a playoff win as the Warwick Cowboys made the 1999 TRL A-grade grand final under coach Peter Nolan. Wattles club has enjoyed TRL premiership success in A grade.
4. Warwick Wizards winning Toowoomba A1 hockey in the 1990s when Matthew Hagenbach scored the winner with two seconds of extra time to go.
5. Cricketers Mark Steketee and Delissa Kimmince playing in the Big Bash for Brisbane Heat.
6. A Warwick Wolves women's premier football grand final win in Toowoomba. Wolves goalie B.J. Warrener stopped some of the opposition's shots and netted one for Warwick to win on penalties.
7. Allora athlete Laura Geitz leading Australia to a World Cup win in netball. She won the Liz Ellis Diamond in 2011 and won gold in two World Cups and one Commonwealth Games.
8. Shooter Greg Newey won World Cup gold with Olympic gold medallists Michael Diamond and Russell Mark.
9. Shane Webcke from the Wattles Warriors playing in a premiership winning Broncos NRL team with a broken arm.
10. An international women's tennis tournament in Warwick, a pro am golf tournament and many bowls carnivals.
11. Two wins in the Warwick Gold Cup campdrafting by Ben Tapp who lived in the area at the time.
12. The amazing swimming career of Warwick athlete Tegan Warrener who is the most prolific winner of Warwick Credit Union/Daily News Junior Sports Star of the Year awards in 26 years.
13. Upgrading of Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick Dragway, motocross track and Sandy Creek Raceway to four of the best regional facilities in Australia. From a horse power perspective, the Allman Park sand track was rebuilt after the floods.
14. The rise of Matt Campbell to be one of the best young drivers in world motorsport.
15. Two saddle bronc wins at the Warwick Rodeo by Lucas Wilson and three at Mt Isa by Michael Maher.
16. Matthew Denny for achieving an Olympic qualifier of 65m to make it to Rio in 2016.
17. Multiple international medallists Carlee Beattie, Alison Mosely and Emily Tapp in paralympic sport.
18. Classic grand final in 2006 Warwick A-grade netball when Doorslammers beat Legends by one goal after two lots of extra time. Linda Bunch (Doorslammers) and Evon Hagan (Legends) were two of the team organisers.
19: The Tannymorel Sports are in their 85th year, an outstanding effort by the many committees down the years, including sports patron Lance Clarson. Tanny is also famous for its campdrafts.
20. Major upgradings of facilities at Warwick Gymnastic Club and Warwick Boxing Club which make both clubs perfect for team camps before major events. This area has become a road cycling hub.
21. The Warwick Redbacks have dominated the Holman Medal for fairest and best in the Darling Downs Aussie Rules competition. In the past decade, Brendan Iles, Kurt Millard and Tyhe Clarkson have been judged the best in the league, Warwick has five wins in a decade. Warwick Water Rats won two under-19 rugby union premierships.
22: The Goodwin siblings, Robert and David, Bradfield siblings, Amy and Emily, Bondfield sisters, Claire and Tammy, have all won sports star awards in equestrian along with James Bondfield in shooting.