VICTORIOUS: The Gympie Devils defeated the Maroochydore Swans in the semi-final.
VICTORIOUS: The Gympie Devils defeated the Maroochydore Swans in the semi-final. Philippe Coquerand

We celebrate the best sportsmen and women in Gympie region

HAPPY Thursday everyone!

It's Ashes time baby. The thrilling finish to the World Cup and we have a second stanza of the battle between Australia and England.

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I still can't believe Starcy's (Mitchell Starc) controversial axing and opting for Victorian paceman James Pattinson instead. Lets hope the selectors have got that right.

Australia's Mitchell Starc appeals successfully for the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Australia's Mitchell Starc appeals successfully for the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) Aijaz Rahi

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Do you know a local sporting talent?

The Gympie Times want to celebrate our local athletes from all sports and walks of life. Email us at sport@gympietimes.com with the name and contact details of someone you think we need to be writing about.

Gympie Muster 2018 Josh Preston.
Gympie Muster 2018 Josh Preston. Renee Albrecht

Josh Preston has interviewed one of the nominees, have a look at the great video and read about which athletes have been selected as our Player of the Week.

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The biggest dilemma for me tonight is going to be trying to watch both the Ashes and the North Queensland Cowboys taking on the Wests Tigers. Both games start within 10 minutes of each other.

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: Coen Hess of the Cowboys is tackled during the round five NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: Coen Hess of the Cowboys is tackled during the round five NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images) Ian Hitchcock

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As I get my vocal cords up for tonight, there is also plenty to cheer about locally in Gympie.

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What a great game it was.
What a great game it was. Philippe Coquerand

The Devils women have secured a place in the Maudsley Excavations Women's Cup grand final.

You might have seen my colleague Phil Coquerand on the sideline at Jack Stokes on Sunday snapping photos of the game.

Gympie Times Staff Philippe Coquerand.
Gympie Times Staff Philippe Coquerand. Renee Albrecht

Just in case you missed it there is a great gallery of shots on our website HERE.

Like usual Gympie is punching above its weight in many sports.

Piece of advice Gympie league star will always remember

Gympie Hammers - Hammers women's halfback Georgia Zemanek and Colts fullback Brae McAllister, 17.
Gympie Hammers - Hammers women's halfback Georgia Zemanek and Colts fullback Brae McAllister, 17. Bec Singh

The Hammers Colts and women head to Noosa this Sunday for their semi-finals.

Have a read of the Hammers 'big issue' as union finals get underway.

With games played typically on a Saturday, the Sunday roster was a bit of a surprise.

The talent pool for the Gympie Hammers is growing.

Hammers flyhalf takes step towards professional career.
Hammers flyhalf takes step towards professional career. Bec Singh

Read about the Hammers flyhalf a step closer to her achieving her dream here.

Happy reading to you all and have a great weekend.

Bec Singh is ready for the NRL to kick off .
Bec Singh is ready for the NRL to kick off . Renee Albrecht

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Cheers everyone!