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Derby rivals turn pink for cause


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                                                                                                                                                                         ■ AFTER reading David Lems’
                                                                                                                                                                         ideas for a single governing body
                                                                                                                                                                         (QT, September 2) are we
                                                                                                                                                                         inventing the wheel again? We did
                                                                                                                                                                         have such a body but because
                                                                                                                                                                         certain groups could not get their
                                                                                                                                                                         own way they left the governing
                                                                                                                                                                         body. The association was so large
                                                                                                                                                                         that it was deemed it should split
                                                                                                                                                                         into seniors and juniors – a good
                                                                                                                                                                         outcome for both groups to
                                                                                                                                                                         promote tennis to all but a lack of
                                                                                                                                                                         support from TQ and council and
                                                                                                                                                                         detractors placed that group
                                                                                                                                                                         where things are now. I feel
                                                                                                                                                                         history will repeat itself and again
                                                                                                                                                                         tennis will be the loser. I hope I am
TRACK TARGET: National titleholder David Sera expects fierce competition at this weekend’s championships at Willowbank.                                Photo: Ash Budd   wrong but we must be rid of back

Reigning champ sets
                                                                                                                                                                         door deals as it seemed happened.
                                                                                                                                                                         Good luck.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 KM, Ipswich

                                                                                                                                                                         ■ TO all the jealous people out
                                                                                                                                                                         there, instead of criticising
                                                                                                                                                                         Fassifern about the multi-cultural

sights on double prize
                                                                                                                                                                         players have a look at most of the
                                                                                                                                                                         other teams!
                                                                                                                                                                             Passionate Fassifern supporter

                                                                                                                                                                         ■ WONDERING what happened to
                                                                                                                                                                         Springfield’s under 18s who had 14
                                                                                                                                                                         on the field against Brothers last
KARTING                              target on my back,’’ Sera said.                                                              rewards the brave, it’s very                                     Footy fan
                                     “Everyone is aiming to beat me.’’                                                            challenging,” Sera said.
WHEN the Sparco Rotax                   Should he be victorious at this                                                              “The local guys from                ■ CONGRATULATIONS to the
Nationals were last hosted by the    weekend’s event, Sera will move                                                              Queensland know the track well         mighty Redback oz tag team –
Ipswich Kart Club it was             clear of current V8 Supercar star                                                            and it is the local knowledge that     back-to-back Ipswich oz tag grand
Melbourne karter David Sera who      Mark Winterbottom and Victoria                                                               seems to come to the fore at           final winners.The dynasty
claimed a convincing win – a trend   Matthew Wall into third place                                                                events like this.                      continues. Go the backs.
he is hoping to continue this        outright on the national                                                                        “Local driver Scott Auld won the                  From One of the Boys
weekend.                             championship honour role.                                                                    event here in 2004 and with him
  Such is the form 22-year-old          The trio are currently equal on                                                           making a comeback this weekend
Sera has shown since winning the
2007 Rotax Light national crown at
                                     10 championships a piece – five
                                     behind Australian karting legend
                                                                                                                                  I think he’ll be tough to beat.
                                                                                                                                     “I’ve also had some close battles   Mustangs sign-on
Ipswich, he has only been defeated   John Pizarro and two behind Peter                                                            with Toowoomba driver Tyler            WITH a new committee in place,
on two occasions over the past       Ward.                                                                                        Greenbury and young Ben                the Marburg Cricket Club is set to
three years.                            “No matter who you are in                 POPULAR RACER: David Sera with                  Jurczak was undefeated in Junior       return to on-field matters.
  “I’ve probably raced Rotax Light   karting, whether you are 15 or 50,           a race-day fan.                                 Max. He’ll be fast this weekend.         The Mustangs are having a
more than 35 times over the last     you’ve heard about John Pizarro                                                                 “I’ve also got a teammate from      sign-on day for the club’s juniors
three years and only been beaten     and how successful he was in a               it would be something that I’d be               Estonia, Mario Vendla, for the         tomorrow from 11am at the
twice – so it’s a pretty good        kart,” Sera said.                            pretty proud of, especially when                weekend who may throw a                clubhouse at the Marburg
average,” Sera said.                    “He is really the Jack Nicklaus           you consider some of the top                    spanner in the works. He finished      Showgrounds.
  With such an impeccable record     of our sport and there is always an          drivers that have come through                  runner-up in the world grand             Senior sign-on is the following
Sera could be forgiven for           aura around someone who has                  the sport over the years and I’m                finals last year and has great         Saturday, September 11, with a
beginning to rest on his laurels.    been so successful.                          still only 22 years of age.”                    knowledge of the Rotax engine.”        pre-season training run for both
However, the 10-time national           “Mark Winterbottom was also                  Sera is one of 43 competitors                   Practice for this weekend’s         the juniors and seniors.
champion is as focused and           very much like John Pizarro with             who are vying for the Rotax Light               event began yesterday and will           With the start of the season only
determined as ever at Willowbank     enormous success in karting, but             crown this weekend. He believes                 continue today ahead of qualifying     a month away the club is eager for
this weekend.                        he, of course, was in a different            the Queensland contingent will be               and heat races tomorrow.               new and past signings.
  “I’m fully aware as that every     era of the sport.                            the ones to beat.                                  The championship finals are on        Club inquiries with Sue on
time I hit the track I’ve got a         “If I could move to third outright           “Ipswich is a track that really              Sunday.                                0407 651 941.

                                                                                              Derby rivals turn pink for cause
                                                                                              FOOTBALL                                Goodna venue.                        chairman Mark Hancock
                                                                                                                                        All money raised will be           thanked Knights coach Billy
                                                                                              SUNDAY’S Division 1 football            donated to the National Breast       Livingstone, his support staff
                                                                                              clash at Kippen Park between            Cancer Foundation, who help          and the players for their
                                                                                              Western Spirit and Ipswich              women and men affected with          contribution.
                                                                                              Knights will be one of the most         the disease.                           Players from both clubs have
                                                                                              important games of the season             Western Spirit and the             agreed to wear pink socks to
                                                                                              for both teams.                         Knights have kickstarted the         mark the special occasion.
                                                                                                Third-placed Western Spirit           fundraiser in fine style.              The Reserve grade game
                                                                                              are in promotion range and the            Spirit have donated $900 up        commences at 2.45pm with the
                                                                                              Ipswich Knights are trying to           front, from player donations         A-grade game kicking off at
                                                                                              hold a top four finals spot after       matched by Western Spirit            5pm.
                                                                                              two untimely losses.                    coaches and managers Troy              Hancock said Western Spirit

                                                                                                To coincide with the crucial          Wickstein, Nev O’Sullivan, Mark      Football Club was expecting a
                                                                                              clash, a fundraiser will be held        Hancock and Kym Wickstein.           huge crowd on Sunday,
                                                                                              for the National Breast Cancer            All Ipswich Knights players,       hopefully passing the 400 who

                             1300 811 799
                                                                                              Foundation.                             coaches and managers will also       turned up for an earlier local
                                                                                                Donations will be collected on        be donating their match              derby clash.
                                                                                              entry into Kippen Park and              payments for the game.                 Match preview in tomorrow’s
                                                                             RL008/QT         throughout both games at the              Western Spirit senior              QT.

38. Friday, September 3, 2010                                                                                                                                                      The Queensland Times

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