Open Barrel Race winners, at back from left, Tarni Boyce, Montana Harth and Brittany Stapleton along with Warwick Rodeo Queen Ashleigh Grant and other rodeo quest entrants.
Open Barrel Race winners, at back from left, Tarni Boyce, Montana Harth and Brittany Stapleton along with Warwick Rodeo Queen Ashleigh Grant and other rodeo quest entrants. John Skinner

48 Hours in sport during the New Year's Weekend

MARK Steketee started a weekend of cricket for Southern Downs sports fans with 2-29 for the Brisbane Heat in a T20 cricket win against Hobart Hurricanes.

He dismissed both openers, including former Australian keeper Tim Paine, an outstanding batsman from the Apple Isle.

Mark has six wickets for 79 runs in three games at an economy rate of around six and a half runs an over, much less than the average runs conceded by Heat bowlers this season.

On Saturday night, it was the New Year's Eve Rodeo at the Warwick Showgrounds.

The only multiple event winner was Brittney Stapleton who won the open and junior barrel races.

The girls who went in the ladies steer ride got a tough ride and landing in the sand at the Warwick Showgrounds. The heifers from Clintonvale producer Kevin Ryan bucked well.

Warwick rider Tyler Aspinall was the winner following up success in the past year.

Her parents and brother also competed.

I didn't recognise the names of many winners which means there were plenty of outsiders at the rodeo, outside money coming into town.

One only had to drive past the Warwick Golf Club over the holiday period to see that the golfers are there every day. There were social competitions and plenty of social play.



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