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SPRINTS: Warwick driver Matt Clift in action in the B sprints at Morgan Park Raceway at the weekend.
SPRINTS: Warwick driver Matt Clift in action in the B sprints at Morgan Park Raceway at the weekend. Trapnell Creations

TUESDAY TANTRUM with Gerard Walsh

THEY keep talking about it at Morgan Park Raceway, the benefit of motor racing to the Warwick community.

Two weekends ago it was state championship racing, last weekend the B series sprints, this weekend the Motorcycle Sportsmen and then we have the Porsche drivers in town as well as the short circuit drivers.

I was pleased to meet Darryl O'Donnell at Morgan Park on Sunday, one of five volunteers who are there between one and six days a week. Volunteers make things happen in sport and that certainly is the case at Morgan Park Raceway. It could be said Darryl "retired” to Morgan Park as he personally is there from one to six days a week and during many of the events.

Geoff Noble hails from Brisbane and was fastest yet again in the B sprints. What struck me when I was shooting a video was that the meeting might only be dubbed sprints but they really came hard around the corner at the top of the straight on the short circuit.

The speed is the same in sprints as in head-to-head racing with less chance of panel damage.

Girl wins steer ride

Steer riding is not just for the boys it seems. Eliza Johnstone from Scots PGC College won the steer ride with a score of 125 over two head at the Warwick Junior Rodeo on Saturday. She won from The Southport School student Joe Wagner who scored 123.

Kobe Miller (Assumption) won the team roping heeler event from Blake Weier (Warwick High). Miller capped off a successful two hours of action with a second placing in breakaway roping behind winner Willem Boyce (Assumption).

Tenterfield cowgirl Emily Rhodes won the barrel race from Cambooya rider Caitlyn Everingham and Warwick High student Nikki Burraston.

Taroom rider Maddix Lovett was first in dummy roping but there were no scores in the poddy ride. The Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals will be on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon on October 26-29.

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