Bombers eye perfect 10 to finish their season with the title

LEAD FROM THE FRONT: Hervey Bay Bomber James Hickey finished the regular season as the AFL Wide Bay's top goal-kicker with 53 majors.

Bombers have won eight-straight game on their way to the finals.

Bay's decade-long drought busted and eye is on the prize

VETERAN: Tim Krohn is one of the only Bay Power players who experienced the decade-long AFL Wide Bay finals drought. First bounce is scheduled for 2.30pm.

Bay Power will feature in their first finals game since 2006.

Tinana's under-13s on the verge of two phenomenal years

BRIEFING: Tinana coach Robert Denman (red shirt) addresses his team at half-time. Fraser Coast League, Under-13: Tinana v KSS Jets Raptors at Federation Park Field, Maryborough.

Tinana's under-13s enjoy two epic seasons.

1770 Dragons unbeatable in Wide Bay regatta

Dragon boat racing at 1770. Warrick Wintle from Dragonfly UAV captured the action with his drone.

Paddlers from Cooloola, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Burnett River clubs

Young sport stars win $500 to cover training costs

Jets extension program - a quick jog around the oval.

The Local Sporting Champions program supports young sporting people

Bombers outmuscle Power in the fourth quarter

SHOT: The Bomberss Isaac Collihole shapes to kick as Bay Power's Ben Driscoll (left) closes in during Saturday's game.

Bombers beat Power again in dress rehearsal.

Granville Tigers tame West to reach FCL grand final

CHALLENGE: Granville's (from top) George Brown, Jayden Bulmer and Matthew Plate and West's Blake Spoor compete for the ball.

Granville beat West 2-1 to progress to the FCL decider.

Mariners sign off from the 2016 season in style

STEP: Mariner Jaxon Orovec during their game against Gympie Hammers at Urangan earlier this season.

Fraser Coast Mariners ended their season with a win.

Aldridge duo leads state into national volleyball competition

LEADERS: Aldridge State High School students Hannah Karrasch and Anniston Chappell will co-captain Queensland's school sport team.

Hannah Karrasch and Anniston Chappell are Qld's co-captains.

Nic Beveridge embraces 'second life'

Nic Beveridge has turned adversity into a great adventure that will take him to Rio.

No grand exit for Lyon at Brookvale Oval

IN ACTION: Sea Eagles' Jamie Lyon.

No grand exit for Manly favourite Jamie Lyon.

Luke could be back for Warriors after surgery

QUICK RECOVERY: Warriors hooker Issac Luke.

Issac Luke looks set for return from injury.

Gallen says Sharks can turn around poor form

DEFENCE IMPROVING: Sharks captain Paul Gallen (centre) says his team can reverse its poor recent form after a strong showing against Souths.

Sharks captain confident of form reversal.

US Open fun for 'awesome' Serena

Serena Williams is going for her 23rd grand slam title.

Serena just wants to have fun in New York.

Smith spell gives Warner experience

RESTING: Australian captain Steve Smith.

David Warner to benefit from Smith's spell.

Cheika hits back at Rathbone over comments

WHAT NOW?:The Wallabies look lost during last week's thrashing by the All Blacks in Sydney.

Australia coach Michael Cheika has taken a swipe at former player.

Former gymnast dives in at the deep end

MAKING A SPLASH: Domonic Bedggood is making his Olympic debut in Rio.

Bedggood lining up in the 10m platform.

Mary Hanna set to Boogie at fifth Olympic Games

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Mary Hanna with Boogie Woogie 6 and Umbro, which are both qualified to compete at Rio. Hanna, 61, will be competing in her fifth Olympics and is Australia's oldest competitor at the Games.

Hanna is already planning to compete at the Tokyo 2020

Worth aiming high in archery competition

ALL FOCUS: Australia's Taylor Worth at the 2012 Games.

Selection bitter-sweet after great mate missed out.

Denny takes the long road to Rio

WINDING UP: Queenslander Matthew Denny competes in the men's discus throw during the Australian Athletics Championships in April.

Queenslander claimed national title in April.

Rayner fighting fit for Rio

POWER-PACKED: Chloe Rayner in action during competition at the national titles.

Teen tore hamstring tendon off her pelvic bone in lead-up.

'Old man' takes up challenge of his fifth Olympics

AGE SHALL NOT WEARY HIM: Martin Marinov (left) will partner Ferenc Szekszardi in the C2 1000m in Rio, as well as taking on the C1 1000m.

Aussie the oldest canoeing athlete to compete at an Olympics.

An open letter to Mr Sam Thaiday

Sam Thaiday will play his 250th game.

HEY Sam, I want to set the record straight.

Sam jokes his way to major landmark

Tony Durkin and Sam Thaiday at the 2006 NRL grand final.

Endearing trait was that he never took himself seriously.

Half as many reasons for Gus to be excited

Nathan Cleary in action for the Panthers.

Gould suggests the NRL establish an academy for emerging halfbacks

Contenders suddenly have big holes to fill

Nic Naitanui limbs from Domain Stadium in Perth.

Jack Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Giles come on down.

Players and fans left to bemoan NRL judiciary

NASTY INCIDENT: Blood pours from Brisbane Broncos player Corey Parker's mouth during their round 24 NRL game against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday admits he is totally confused.

Morris puts club before cash in rare selfless act

CLUB FIRST: Brett Morris will leave a decision on his participation in the Four Nations up to his Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

Decision on Four Nations availability to be left to coach.

Warriors deny Gillett offer

Matt Gillett is in demand.

Andrew McFadden denies Broncos Matt Gillett is on radar.

Raiders no one-man team, says coach Stuart

Blake Austin of the Raiders.

Blake Austin has suffered a hand injury.

Broncos plan for risky business against Storm

SMART PLAYER: Cooper Cronk in control for the Storm during the last clash with the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

WAYNE Bennett has won hundreds of NRL games.

Sam jokes his way to major landmark

Tony Durkin and Sam Thaiday at the 2006 NRL grand final.

Endearing trait was that he never took himself seriously.

Gillett may be open to Warriors move

Matt Gillett in action for the Broncos.

New Zealand outfit emerging as a real threat

Roberts cops punishment from Broncos

James Roberts looks on during the Brisbane Broncos training session at Red Hill in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. The Broncos play the Canberra Raiders in their round 14 match in Brisbane tomorrow night. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING

Roberts will not be suspended

Maverick approach works wonders with Saints

Maverick Weller has thrived during his time at St Kilda.

Maverick Weller enjoying life at St Kilda.

Jaeger drops bomb of own on shattered Suns

GONE: Jaeger O'Meara is all smiles during a Suns training session at Metricon Stadium.

Harsh nature of AFL football has been there for all to see this week

Rude awakening as North prepares to cut veterans loose

Brent Harvey attends training at Arden St today.

As far as kangaroo culls go this was as brutal as it gets

Cahill ready to link with Bruno at Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC new signing Tim Cahill is seen at the club's training facility at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING

Star to fit in wherever coach John van't Schip wants him

RIO 2016: Neymar sends Brazil into raptures

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Neymar is swamped by media and fans after receiving his gold medal at the Maracana Stadium.

Neymar leads Brazil to gold medal.

Gunners out to shoot down premiers

LEICESTER TRIP: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger says facing Leicester City will be no different to last year.

RIO 2016: Brazil with shot at redemption against Germans

STAR POWER: Brazil's Neymar will line up in the gold medal game against Germany.

Football giants to clash in the Olympics football final.

Socceroo great just here to help

BIG COUP: Melbourne City FC's new signing Tim Cahill trains at the club's facility.

Tim Cahill doesn't want a "circus” around him at Melbourne City.

Zlatan still has what it takes, says United boss

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, and Bournemouth's Harry Arter challenge for the ball.

Manchester United gets first-up win over Bournemouth.

ODIs a chance for Aussies to save face

WORK TO DO: Australian cricket captain Steven Smith and coach Darren Lehmann chat during a practice session in Colombo.

Five-match series set to get under way.

Burns or Khawaja faces chop for Test

NET GAIN: Shaun Marsh (left) and Steve Smith look on during an Australian cricket team training session.

Marsh in line to play in third Test.

Brisbane Heat duo to visit Maryborough Cricket Grounds

JUNIOR CRICKET: Grace Harris and Ebony Rose-Morris at the Brisbane Heat coaching clinic at the North Bundaberg State Primary School.

Brisbane Heat duo will visit Maryborough schools today.

Aussies in spin after Herath takes hat-trick

SPIN KING: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath.

Australia on the ropes in second Test.

Holland set to replace injured O'Keefe

TEST CALL-UP: Jon Holland celebrates a wicket with his Victorian teammates in the Sheffield Shield.

Tourists look to fight back after losing the first Test.

Johnson set for a debut in Big Bash at long last

STILL FIRING: Former Australian Test quick Mitchell Johnson will play for the Scorchers in the Big Bash.

Former Aussie bowler signs with Scorchers.

Queensland Fusion coach Byrne to coach our juniors

About 62 registered athletes from Bullets, Cosmos, Breakaways and St James will attend, as well as a number of Maryborough players, will attend.

Birds pull win over Swifts out of the fire

CHAMPIONS AGAIN: The Firebirds celebrate their extra-time grand final win over the Swifts yesterday.

There's no win quite like an extra-time win

Geitz focused on grand final, not what future may hold

STRONG DEFENCE: Laura Geitz will hope to lead her Firebirds to a second-straight ANZ Championship title.

Firebirds and Swifts to play in decider for second year in a row.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

SUPER INTENSE: The pressure got to the Firebirds Romelda Aiken, but she recovered to get the Queenslanders into next week’s final.

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

‘White-line fever’ gives Aiken the edge

HARD TO HANDLE: Queensland Firebirds goal-shooter Romelda Aiken lines up a shot.

Firebirds shooting for another grand final.

Firebird standing tall among illustrious teammates

TOUGH DEFENCE: Queensland Firebirds player Gabi Simpson (right) and Melbourne Vixens player Madi Robinson in action during the 2014 grand final.

Queensland side to face Steel in semi.

Tippett faces her Origin in Firebirds final

MY BALL! Gretel Tippett of the Firebirds and Sharni Layton fight for the ball.

Firebirds tackle Swifts in fierce conference final in Brisbane

Can Winx make it 10 straight in the Warwick Stakes?

There is no doubt that Winx is the star attraction at Royal Randwick and she will start the Warwick Stakes as a very short-priced favourite.

First-up horses have edge in PB Lawrence Stakes

The PB Lawrence Stakes is set to be an extremely intriguing affair.

Payne loses ride on Prince of Penzance

Prince of Penzance, ridden by Michelle Payne, after winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse.

Concerns over the jockey's fitness have prompted the move

RIO 2016: Aussie riders take bronze medal

Shane Rose, Stuart Tinney, Sam Griffiths and Christopher Burton of Australia celebrate winning a bronze in Rio.

Aussies win bronze in the Rio Olympics team eventing.

History suggests Capitalist might struggle

Capitalist set to start Missile Stakes as short-priced favourite.

Bletchingly a springboard for big races

Bletchingly Stakes considered a good pointer for spring carnival.

Men's winner vows to return next year

Brisbane golfer Trevor Box has shot to victory in this week's Frenchville Sports Club Tropic of Capricorn Veterans Golf Carnival.

RIO 2016: Aussie pair starts well in golf

Australia's Su Oh carded a level par opening round in Rio.

Aussies off to a steady start.

Roberts blitzes field in Single Stroke: golf

The B Grade Mug went to Ian Gott with 67 nett

Robert Allenby cops late-night arrest outside US casino

Robert Allenby, pictured here on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, walking past Clive Palmer's dinosaur at the Palmer Coolum Resort.

In early 2015, Allenby was caught up in a bizarre kidnapping saga