Local Queenslander, Alfie Carroll (38) has arrived at his interstate worksite today with a spring in his step.

Making no mention of his home state’s 38-6 loss to New South Wales last night in Game II of the 2019 State Of Origin, Alfie begins immediately talking about the sporting successes of Australians overseas.

Particularly Queenslanders overseas.

Namely, Ipswich girl and current tennis world champ, Ash Barty.

Overnight, Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the top of the world Tennis rankings since seven-times grand slam champion Goolagong Cawley in 1976.

The 23-year-old joined Goolagong Cawley, John Newcombe, Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt in the pantheon of Australians who have earned the number one spot in tennis.

However, while Barty’s rise to the top has been covered extensively by Australian media, she hasn’t once been brought up by Alfie in his non-stop sporting analysis over smoko.

“We haven’t had a world number one since Lleyton in 2003” says Alfie, the newfound Australian tennis superfan.

“It makes sense, because she’s a Queenslander. That’s why she’s so good”

“Also the refs were bias last night in Perth and the rain was putting Ponga off”

“Also, the new stadium doesn’t translate well to rugby league”

“Go Barty!”


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