After scoring a rare "full moon'' goal to seal victory, Norths captain Terry Wode typified the tremendous camaraderie being developed in the R2 competition.
THE best way to win an extra-time thriller is scoring in the first minute of additional play.
The regular A-Grader was initially surprised after his mishit during a goal mouth scramble secured Wests' a 3-2 extra-time Reserve Grade victory over Easts.
For Wests Hockey Club, it was the perfect way to put the icing on their 50 year celebrations.
It arrived at the Ipswich Hockey Complex on Saturday night in a drama-charged and at times fiery clash with minor premiers Hancocks.
With two grand final combatants capable of scoring in the blink of an eye, lessons from past clashes are crucial.
Defender Blake Douglas needed surgery to remove his appendix after winning the latest Barry Dancer Excellence Award.
ONE of Ipswich's most successful coaches in any sport is chasing four women's grand final wins and three men's major title-deciding victories in a row.
Hancocks A-Grade women's coach Mark Eleison was celebrating a psychological win before his team even started their grand final warm-up.
WITH so much going on in their lives, under-18 footballers have extra challenges qualifying for a grand final.
David Lems has been sports editor at the QT for many years, having started at the paper in 1984. He was won many awards focusing on the achievements and issues of sportspeople in the Ipswich region.