Speedway solos finally returning to Rockhampton

RED HOT ACTION: Solos are back at their spiritual home, the Rockhampton Showgrounds. INSET: Zane Kelleher.

Declared the biggest event of its kind in Australia

Rocky hot-shots taking on the state's best

L-R Junior tennis players Aidan Massingham, Isabella Cooper, Lachlan Vickery and Lacey Robertson have been selected to represent Central Queensland in an upcoming tournament.

Rocky four ready to ace the states

Reputation's riding on Shigzag

HEADING NORTH: Owners Neil Vagg and Elspeth Vagg with Aspiran, whose son Shigzag will start in the Townsville Guineas today.

Neil and Elspeth Vagg are hoping her son can run the proverbial mile

Special bond that 'reins supreme'

STAR PAIRING: Gracemere's Montana O'Toole and Fugly on their way to winning the APRA junior national barrel racing title at Emerald.

Montana O'Toole and Fugly impress on rodeo circuit

Riders revved up for Reef to Beef

Rockhampton's Mitchell Dark will compete in the Reef to Beef series this weekend.

Riders ready for Reef to Beef

Qld's best to impart their skills

Queensland under-20 player Jack Hughes (left) discusses the State of Origin Super Clinic plans withQueensland open players Jayden Benbow and Daniel Withers.

Queensland men's touch team to conduct coaching clinic in Rocky

Park Ave come back from the brink

Park Avenue player Kylee Ash was a rock in defence for her side at Kalka Shades.

What Park Avenue Brothers women lack in polish, they make up in grit

Frenchville home by one in close contest

Frenchville’s Michael Cay scored two in the CQ Premier League match.

Frenchville takes down Cap Coast

Odd jobs on hold for sports feast

WELL it's almost that time again, when we sit google-eyed in front of the TV, soaking up as many hours as is humanly possible, absorbing the events in Rio.

Miller weighs up future after 'shock' Olympics omission

TOUGH PLAYER: Billy Miller in action at the Kawana Aquatic Centre.

Billy Miller weighs up his future in water polo.

Brothers keen to make a mark in judo competition

YOUNG GUN: Australian judo athlete Joshua Katz speaks to the media.

Joshua Katz will set age record.

Kookaburras must reach potential to win gold, says Dwyer

EXCITING TIMES: Jamie Dwyer will become Australia's oldest ever hockey Olympian at Rio.

Aussies seeking second gold in men's hockey.

Rio-bound trio farewelled in style

OFF TO RIO: Liam Schluter, Michael Sage and Chelsea Gubecka at Kawana Aquatic Centre just before departing to Rio De Janiero for the Olympic Games 2016.

Kawana trio farewelled at function.

Swimmers say sanctions won't make medals easier

STILL DIFFICULT: Matt Abood says the banning of top Russian sprinter won't make Australia's job in the pool any easier.

Aussie head coach keen to focus on job at hand.

Putin says Russian bans devalue Games

HITTING BACK: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'No concrete, evidence-based accusations' made, says leader.

No place like home for Lions' Hammelmann

Matt Hammelmann is one of a growing list of Lions who don't have to worry about battling homesickness.

Billy's hoping to have a long stretch with the Demons

SON OF A GUN: Billy Stretch does what he does best ... run.

Wingman following in dad's footsteps.

No truth to talk of Burgess fire sale at Souths

WRECKING BALL: Tom Burgess on the charge for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

England international signed until the end of 2018.

Green protects Thurston from himself

HAMSTRING TWEAK: Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys may not play in the blockbuster against the Storm.

Star playmaker suffering hamstring problem.

NRL class of '16 shows game is in good hands

SCARY TALENT: Manly's Tom Trbojevic is a future superstar of the game.

Which NRL rookies are headed for superstardom?

Port won't throw in the towel

RUCK THREAT: Jackson Trengove of Port Adelaide evades North Melbourne defenders.

Port keen to keep season alive against Lions.

Day keeps his cool to remain in the hunt

STRIKING DISTANCE: Jason Day, of Australia, is three off the lead at the US PGA Championship.

World No.1 tied with fellow Aussies three shots off the lead.

Cadel still king of the road

CROWNING GLORY: Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, cycles down the Champs-Elysees during the victory parade after winning the Tour de France cycling race in 2011.

Aussie's Tour triumph among country's finest moments.

Aussies pooling resources for Rio success

OLYMPIC HOPE: Mitch Larkin of Australia smiles after his men's 50m backstroke heat at last year’s world championships in Kazan.

Larkin wants Australian swimming to return to its glory days.

Fire and ice drive Rio dream

BURNING AMBITION: Sharni Williams will lead the Australian women’s rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics.

Rugby sevens skipper on quest for gold.

Jess to hit the ground running

TALENTED FAMILY: Jess Trengove claims bronze in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brother inspires Olympic marathon runner.

Rose bloomed in Romania

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Central Coast Mariners star Josh Rose makes a tackle on Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha earlier this year.

How Romania shaped the career of soccer star

In tune for retirement

CHAMPION: Shane Stefanutto.

Shane Stefanutto in tune for retirement.

Big Mal is the man to quell any disharmony

EXPERIENCED CAMPAIGNER: Former Queensland State of Origin coach and player Mal Meninga answers a question after being announced as the new Kangaroos coach in December.

Talk of division in Kangaroos team pure bunkum.

Players might have to start using their heads

SAFETY CONCERNS: Lachie Henderson of the Cats is stretchered from the ground during the round 17 AFL match between Fremantle and Geelong at Domain Stadium.

Coaches and players have role to play to prevent concussion.

Blues got rub of the green from whistleblowers

UNDER PRESSURE: Matt Scott of the Maroons offloads the ball as he is tackled by Michael Jennings and Tyson Frizell during State of Origin game three.

NSW coach changed tune from games one to three.

Have to admit it ... Blues skipper deserves respect

LAST GAME: NSW  Origin captain Paul Gallen   during the captain's run at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Tony Durkin shares his views on retiring NSW skipper.

Battling Lions have right to feel aggrieved

CONFIDENCE DOWN: Lions players are dejected as the leave the field following the Round 16 AFL match against the Gold Coast Suns.

Dark clouds hovering over club.

Dog sets a cat among the pigeons

CAVORTING WITH ENEMY: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs runs with the ball.

Player's tour of rival facilities sets tongues wagging.

Top eight and minor title in the balance

IN DOUBT: Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston could miss his side's clash with the Storm.

Weekend's clashes could shake up NRL ladder.

Plenty of doors opening for Hayne

FUTURE UNDECIDED: Former NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne speaks to the media.

Manager says he's had talks with franchises in several codes.

Warriors finally bring back Lolohea

DANGER MAN: Tuimoala Lolohea of the Warriors will start at full back this weekend.

Panthers preparing to travel to face New Zealand.

Broncos must soon start their charge to the finals

FALLING FLAT: Josh McGuire of the Brisbane Broncos is suspended for tonight's clash with the Roosters.

Team three points adrift of a vital top-four berth.

Durko’s Dissections for round 21

GONE MISSING: Anthony Milford of the Brisbane Broncos has been out of sorts in recent weeks.

Tony Durkin takes a look at this weekend's NRL match-ups.

Ennis 'one of the best I've coached': Bennett

CROWD FAVOURITE: Michael Ennis is greeted by Sharks fans last weekend.

Shark to retire at end of the season.

Hardwick sorry about criticism of Martin

BROWNLOW CHANCE: Dustin Martin of the Tigers in action.

Coach scorned star's Brownlow chances.

Pavlich's 350th just what the Dockers ordered

GREAT SERVANT: Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers will play his 350th game this weekend.

Swans wary of 16th-placed Fremantle.

Returning Cats give coach a selection headache

BACK ON DECK: Zac Smith of the Cats should be available for selection for the clash with the Bulldogs.

Embarrassment of riches for Geelong.

Our Jacque off to assess refs in Rio

LEADING ROLE: Rockhampton Jacque Leleu is on her way to Rio to assess football referees at the Olympic Games.

Rockhampton's Jacque Leleu is off to Rio to assess Olympic refs

Southside sneaks home with one-goal win over Bluebirds

SUPER SAVE: Southside United’s goalkeeper Brent Giles saves a penalty shot from Bluebirds in the first half of their CQ Premier League clash.

Southside United scores 1-nil win over Bluebirds

Cap Coast buzzing along nicely

ASSIST KING: Cap Coast winger Jack Frahm is one player who has been putting the ball on a plate for striker Ben Cummins to profit from. Frahm is seen here against Frenchville earlier in the year. INSET: Cummins in pre-season action.

Cap Coast buzzing along nicely

Cahill reportedly considering $4m Melbourne City move

IN DEMAND: Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring a goal against Jordan in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in March.

FFA boss has met with Socceroos striker's management.

Starc back and keen to boost Test record

DANGER MAN: Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket.

Left-arm quick to get another chance to impress in the Test arena.

Warner expected to be fit to face Sri Lanka

FAMOUS FACE: Australian cricketer David Warner faces a delivery by former Sri Lankan spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan during a practice session in Colombo.

Australia to face Sri Lanka starting on Tuesday.

Lyon not concerned by lack of wickets in Test warm-up

BARREN SPELL: Australian bowler Nathan Lyon took just two wickets in two innings against a Sri Lankan Board XI.

Spinner approaching opening Test against Sri Lanka with confidence.

O’Keefe puts his hand up for Test selection

GOOD FORM: Stephen O’Keefe took five wickets in the first innings of Australia’s tour match in Sri Lanka.

Tourists could take a twin-spin attack in the first Test.

Cricketers ready to jet off to Sri Lanka

HOWZAT: Bradley Norris, Justin Stewart, James Gibbs and Glen Evans are about to embark on a cricket tour of Sri Lanka where they will watch and play, as well as donating sports gear to schools.

Rockhampton Hospital and Queensland Ambulance Service staff jet off.

Murali, Law give Aussies an inside edge over Sri Lanka

SPIN MAESTRO: Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan appeals for a wicket in a 2010 ODI clash against Australia.

Duo gives insight ahead of Australia's tour of island nation.

Game promises to be a clash of the titans

CLASH of titans match turned into one-sided story.

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.

Brothers’ teams clash in netball fixtures tonight

Angels player Pip Stockall - netball game at CQ University. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Results will have a huge bearing on the make-up of the top four.

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

Bletchingly a springboard for big races

The final Group race of the season, tomorrow's Bletchingly Stakes, is often considered a good pointer for the upcoming spring racing carnival.

Fastnet Flyer doing just that for Glenda

L-R Glenda Bell and strapper Bayley McFarlane with Halfblood Prince which will be running in the Bluff Newmarket race on Saturday. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

It is often said that “when one door closes another opens”.

Poetic justice for 'Henry' Lawson's 100 to 1 chance

BREAKING THROUGH: Wayne Lawsone-trained Nautile ridden by Alan Chau makes his move from the rails to claim back to back Maclean Cups by a neck over a fast finishing Con Karkatsanis-trained Bells of War on the 2016 Maclean Cup Day.

MACLEAN CUP: "This might be my last winner."

Leading Jockey to miss race thanks to suspension

MRC certain to put on a show on annual day

Kilkivan rider second in 80km endurance championship

ENDURING ENTHUSIASM: Fiona Fenech from Lower Wonga, in the Kilkivan district, placed second in the 80km event of the endurance championships.
Photo: contributed

Long-term Kilkivan district horse rider takes silver over the 80km.

Day intent on winning, not defending

World No.1 Jason Day has been careful not to utter the words "back to back”, but is feeling confident ahead of his US PGA Championship defence.

Wilson shoots to win in Rocky

Lindsay Wilson celebrates his win in the Rockhampton Pro Am.

Wilson shoots to victory at Rockhampton Pro Am

Day upbeat about defending US PGA title

CONFIDENCE BOOST: Jason Day, of Australia, watches a tee shot at the Canadian Open golf tournament in Oakville, Ontario.

World No.1 desperate to secure a second major.