Young player, will­ing ref sets out­stand­ing ex­am­ple

The Queensland Times - - Sport / Racing - AN­THONY BREEZE

A YOUNG rugby league player in Ip­swich is go­ing from strength to strength.

Not only be­cause of his on­field abil­ity but also for his offfield feats. His name is Hay­den Molken­tien.

Hay­den has just re­cently been se­lected in the South East Queens­land un­der-14 team af­ter some great per­for­mances for the Ip­swich Dig­gers.

His story goes fur­ther as he took up ref­er­ee­ing last year.

The Ref­er­ees As­so­ci­a­tion speaks highly of Hay­den as a per­son who is will­ing to lis­ten to un­der­stand the rules of the game from the ref­eree’s per­spec­tive.

By hav­ing a greater knowl­edge of the rules, Hay­den has adapted bet­ter to his game and it is start­ing to im­prove his on­field per­for­mances.

Let’s hope a lot more play­ers move into the ref­er­ee­ing ranks to get a big ed­u­ca­tion of the rules.

Great job Hay­den.

Brazil the tip

THE big­gest sport­ing event in the world has started and what a big month in store.

It’s the 21st FIFA World Cup, start­ing with 32 na­tions and cul­mi­nat­ing on July 15 with the two best teams.

Who might the fi­nal­ists be? Will it be a Ney­mar-led Brazil, a Messi-led Ar­gentina, Griez­mann-led France, Werner-led Ger­many or Lukaku-led Bel­gium?

Aus­tralia play their first match on Satur­day morn­ing against France where a vic­tory would be a huge up­set.

The Australian team is val­ued at 78 mil­lion while the France team is val­ued at 1.7 bil­lion. I think Brazil will be lift­ing the tro­phy.

Run­ning back­wards

JIMMY Tar­pot (Mur­rum­gunerrimin) was se­lected in the First Eleven, an Abo­rig­i­nal team which toured Eng­land in the 1860’s.

Jimmy was not only a class crick­eter but had ex­cep­tional speed.

In 1866, he ran the 100 yards in 14 sec­onds. This is quite a quick time. How­ever, Tar­pot ran this time back­wards.

Jimmy was such a leg­end that the an­nual Jimmy Tar­pot 100 Yard dash is run every year in Ap­s­ley, Vic­to­ria.

Quick thoughts

HERO of the week: While Roger Federer is the great­est ten­nis player ever, Rafael Nadal will go down as the great­est clay courter af­ter win­ning his 11th French Open.

Vil­lain of the week: The Gold Coast Suns must start per­form­ing af­ter an­other be­low par per­for­mance. The slide is get­ting slip­pery.

Bomber’s best: Af­ter some re­cent good per­for­mances, the Bris­bane Lions went back to their old ways los­ing to the Bombers.

This week­end is the Ip­swich Cup and the win­ner will be num­ber three Em­pha­sis.

Photo: Tim Ire­land

Aussie foot­ball great Tim Cahill could make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion for the Soc­ceroos at the World Cup.

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