Laura and Wattles are two 2015 high points

WHAT a year in sport. From a Southern Downs perspective, two of the high points must relate to Allora.

Goalkeeper Laura Geitz led the Australian Diamonds to a World Cup victory on top of securing a netball title with the Firebirds.

At a local level, there were some proud Allora boys part of the Wattles Warriors team which made it back-to-back premierships in the TRL A-grade competition.

Aaron Scheid, Brenden Wilson and Glen McMillan were three of the Allora players part of a premiership victory who hung up their boots after outstanding seasons.

It was a good season for many league clubs with Warwick winning the TRL club championship, Stanthorpe winning BRL A-grade for the first time since 2009 and Collegians winning two junior premierships. And on the national front, Wayne Bennett and Peter Nolan were involved in a Broncos team which was less than a minute from an NRL premiership win.

Cricket success

WE all love watching people we know star on the little screen in the lounge room and that is the case currently with paceman Mark Steketee in the Big Bash League.

I haven't seen him in action yet this season but he already has the wicket of big hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle on top of having a strong start to the Sheffield Shield season.

One good thing about the BBL is the Brisbane Heat team still has a lot of Queensland players. I know reality is players will move around but the more we can relate to the players as locals the better.

And Steketee is sure a local; I usually call him the Warwick paceman but could call him the fast bowler from Swan Creek or the tearaway paceman from Freestone.

Perhaps we can start a battle between Swan Creek and Freestone for naming rights, just joking, but I know his family are on the boundary between the two districts.

He played all his Warwick club cricket for Maryvale so he could be the bowler from Maryvale as well.

Now we have a second excuse to watch cricket, Delissa Kimmince is Heat women's captain and some of their games are also televised.

World Cup news

IT wasn't the biggest news of the year but good to see Warwick has won the rights to host the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup.

I say it wasn't the biggest news simply because reality suggests Warwick was odds on to be the venue when the cup was allocated to Australia.

Warwick has the best facilities and a strong administrative base. This year, Cunningham hosted super state championships.

Matt goes well

IF I was giving awards out for 2015, there is no doubt young motor racing driver Matt Campbell would win the Courage Award after coming back so brilliantly to win the final two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup.

It was a tough start to his cup career when his grandfather and mentor Bill Campbell died early in the year.

Bill was a tower of strength to the Warwick District Sporting Car Club and the development of a motor racing facility which brings millions of dollars into Warwick each year.

Club members have carried on Bill's good work and now daughter TC is the new president with support from vice-president John Wishart and a hard-working committee.

Coast Games

I AM already excited about the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast on April 4-15 and have even thought about booking accommodation at Beaudesert or Canungra. I suspect it would be almost as quick from Canungra to the stadium at Carrera as from Surfers Paradise or Southport. The time is right to book accommodation.

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