Rising and accomplished athletes do Allora proud...
DARLING Downs athletes Samantha Brodie and Georgina Garnsey represented Allora P-10 State School at the recent Darling Downs secondary trials in Toowoomba.
Both girls competed well in their respective events.
At the primary Darling Downs Track and Field trials held in Toowoomba on Tuesday, Jack Hill placed 9th in his 800m event; Kira Holmes placed 5th in shot put and 6th in discus and Jackson Pitstock placed 8th in long jump and 5th in both the 200m and 80m finals.
Congratulations to these students on their excellent behaviour and great sportsmanship.
Central Downs Athletics Records: A tremendous effort by Allora P-10 State School students who broke records at the recent Central Downs Track and Field Carnival held on the Allora State School grounds.
Hamish Gartery broke the 8Yrs Boys 80m record with a new time of 12.35 seconds (12.4s, Matthew McCarthy - Emu Creek SS, 1996); Jackson Pitstock broke the 9Yrs Boys 200m record with a new time of 32.24 seconds (33.0s, D Deacon - Clifton, 1990 and S Hamblin - Nobby SS, 2003) and he also broke the 9Yrs Boys Long Jump record with a new distance of 3.54m (3.39m, Evan Lack - Ryeford SS, 2006).
Congratulations also to Sophie Otten from St Patrick's School who broke the 13 Years Girls Discus with a new distance of 22.35m (20.85, J Pauli - Back Plains SS, 2002).
Spring Fair Time
THE big news this week is undoubtedly our Parents and Citizens Association Spring Fair, which is scheduled for this Sunday, starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm.
Class and parent groups is busy this week organising items for stalls and activities.
Donations are still being taken for the cake and bottle stalls. Please drop your donations at the front administration office.
I wish our Parents and Citizens Association the best of luck for a successful Spring Fair.
Proceeds raised will contribute to a new eating area for our students in Years 7-10. I hope to see you at our Spring Fair this Sunday.
The famous Bonza Bike Giveaway, kindly donated by Redback Cycles will be drawn at 1pm. Make sure you are there for this wonderful prize.
Entertainment program for the Allora State School Spring Fair:
10.30am Karate in the hall
11am Cake cutting. The school choir will be singing. School tour for those wishing to take part.
11.10am Clifton dance in the hall.
11.30am School band will be playing in the hall. Judging of the bike decorating competition.
12.10pm Inverness dancers in the hall.
12.30pm Molly Harm dancing solo.
12.30pm Bag pipers from Scot's College.
1pm The famous bike draw
2pm cent sale draw
The day will be filled with many activities and things to see and do.
Market stalls - plants, hair accessories, baby clothes, soaps, handmade jewellery, craft, knitting, vintage, Nutrimetics, cake and produce stall, bottle stall, jumping castle, old style games, footy pass, putt putt golf, face painting, crazy hair, Devonshire Tea, photography display, chocolate toss, showbags.
Grand final memories
WATTLES Rugby League Club's tremendous Toowoomba Rugby League grand final win last Sunday is far from fading in the minds of Allora, Clifton and Central Downs residents, the club's third A Grade premiership achieved in its 49th year.
Given the hype still circulating about the convincing 36 - 12 victory, it was interesting to hear from some other Wattles successful grand finalists.
Wattles former International back-rower Greg Platz recalled the basics of memories from the 'Warriors' 1970, 20 - 17 win over a very highly rated Valleys line-up.
"While it's all a touch foggy now, we played, we won and we celebrated," Greg said.
While match memories from 45 years ago are a little shady, Greg recalls the celebrations in both Clifton and Allora on the following Monday.
"I recall passing a football down the main street of Allora," he says with smile.
"The feeling in the Wattles camp was satisfaction and achievement. We defeated our old nemesis - Valleys - to win the premiership ..... that was an achievement in itself."
Having been in attendance at all of Wattles grand final successes, Greg considers Wattles performance on Sunday was the best win of the three.
Former Wattles and Toowoomba 'Clydesdales' front-rower Brad Eyre recalls the 1997 Wattles premiership winning line-up being a very close knit team, very determined to 'go all the way'.
"We had a great line-up," recalls Brad, "from coach John McLuskey down".
"We were very confident that if we played our best football we would make it very tough for the opposition, the Newtown 'Lions'.
Brad and his team mates did make it tough, overwhelming the Lions 42 - 8, "It was very satisfying as it had been a long time between drinks since the Warriors previous premiership 27 years earlier.
A special memory for Brad was arriving with team mates back at Wattles Platz Oval Clubhouse and seeing the team's gallant army of supporters who cheered the team into the clubhouse, "there would have been a lot of 'sickies' on Monday".
Sunday's grand final win meant the world to club president and team member Aaron Scheid, "without a doubt the highlight of my career".
"In preparation for the game it felt that all of my previous games meant nothing, and the grand final the only game that mattered".
Aaron speaks through a beaming smile to say "the feeling after the game is the second best feeling of my life, after marrying my beautiful wife Holly".
"It was great to have our supporters on the field with us, a very emotional feeling, a feeling I will never forget," he said.
"There were three match moments that were special to me that was nothing short of inspirational.
"Matt Duggan's pass to put Ryan Duggan through a hole for a try, the Xavier Manley and Pat Manley hit on an opponent that saw the ball spill off a tap 15 metres away from try line and Joel Koina's 'in and away' on Steve Fransiscus, after Joel had dislocated his shoulder on more than one occasion."
Wattles will celebrate their club's 2014 achievements this tomorrow evening with their Annual Banquet and Presentation Function at the Allora Community Hall from 6pm.
For further information contact Alana Frizzell on 0402 069 967 or Jaimie McMillan 0410 574 839.
THE referee's whistle may still be a touch warm, and perhaps damp after the Wattles 'Warriors' A Grade teams sensational Toowoomba Grand Final win over Gatton last Sunday, but it could well happen all over again at Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League Club's St Mark's Sports Ground field tomorrow.
The Wattles Junior Rugby League Club's Under 11 team will take the field at tomorrow against in their bid to bring further premiership glory to Allora and Clifton and surrounds.