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RUGBY league great Petero Civoniceva was a popular visitor when more than 150 children from seven schools converged on Jim Finimore Oval for the inaugural Ipswich Falcons Touch Football Challenge.

The event was a joint initiative between the Australian Governments Active after School Communities program and the Ipswich Touch Football Association.

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Emily Coyne Earns State Selection

IT IS during the hard times that sports people learn the most about themselves.

For a touch player, there could be nothing tougher than being down to three players in the final of the state championships, having played seven games in two days.

That is what Eastern Heights 14-year-old Emily Coyne endured before her South West Queensland under 14 team lost to South Queensland at Rockhampton last month.

Fortunately for Emily, the disappointment of defeat was partly eased by selection in the Queensland under-14 girls touch team.

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Ross Pedley receives award.

THREE of Ipswich's latest Lifetime Achievement Award winners felt uncomfortable standing in the spotlight at the 2013 QT-City of Ipswich Sports Awards function.

It was clear they would rather be out helping their respective sports than being on stage at the Ipswich Civic Centre. That's the dedicated group they are.

Janet Savage, Ross Pedley and Margaret Daniell were worthy recipients of the city honour, along with Jeff McLean, who was recognised posthumously.

Savage, Pedley and Daniell humbly received their awards, capping a memorable celebration of the city's outstanding talent.

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