Allora product Greg Holmes part of the Queensland Reds side named last night as team of the year in Queensland.
Allora product Greg Holmes part of the Queensland Reds side named last night as team of the year in Queensland. Getty Images

Holmes part of top team

THE sporting star of the best little town on the Darling Downs continues to shine brightly, with Greg Holmes part of the Queensland Reds side which won the Queensland Sport Team of the Year Award in front of a crowd of 850 in Brisbane last night.

Holmes, of Allora, was part of the Reds team which won the Super Rugby title with a nail-biting grand final win against Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium.

The Bank of Queensland-sponsored team of the year award was presented at the 17th annual Queensland Sport Awards presentations at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

To cap a top night for the Reds, Queensland Rugby Union CEO Jim Carmichael was judged the Clubs Queensland-sponsored Queensland Sport Administrator of the Year.

United States Open singles champion Samantha Stosur was the Senior Sport Star of the Year in a field of 11 finalists, including world female track and field athlete of the year Sally Pearson and Allora netballer Laura Geitz.

It was an exciting three days for Geitz who won the highest award in Australian netball, the Liz Ellis Diamond, on Saturday night.

She was at last night's dinner with her Queensland Firebirds teammates, one of whom is former Warwick West student Clare McMeniman.

The Firebirds were finalists for the Team of the Year after an unbeaten season and ANZ Championship victory.

Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke and Reds coach Ewan McKenzie were two of five finalists for Coach of the Year, an award won by Ange Postecoglou from the victorious Brisbane Roar football team.

The Queensland Junior Sport Team of the Year award was won by young Olympic yachting hopefuls Josh Franklin and Lewis Brake. Warwick player Carly Cooper was part of the Queensland under-15 girls' cricket team which was a finalist.

Tennis legends Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, who have both played in Warwick, joined world golfing legend Greg Norman for last night's installation as members of the 1st XI Legends of Queensland Sport in the state's Sport Hall of Fame, alongside motorcycling's Mick Doohan, rugby union's John Eales, athletics' Catherine Freeman, rugby league's Wally Lewis and swimming's Susie O'Neill and Kieren Perkins.

Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border (in South Africa) and legendary jockey, the late George Moore, were not present for the elevation by Premier Anna Bligh of 11 of Queensland, Australian and world sport's greatest performers.

Top awards

Senior team - Queensland Reds, rugby union

Junior team - Josh Franklin and Lewis Blake, yachting

Senior sports star - Samantha Stosur, US Open tennis champion.

Junior sports star - Ashleigh Barty, Wimbledon tennis champion


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