Cricket (January 2011)
Ashley Noffke became an inspiration to Sunshine Coast cricketers, rising through the ranks to the highest level while still on the Sunshine Coast. The Nambour-born fast bowler played for Maroochydore and then the Sunshine Coast scorchers before earning a call-up for the Queensland Bulls. He became a permanent fixture for the Bulls from 1998-2009, which was highlighted by three Pura Cup victories.
He is one of only 3 cricketers in Australian history to take 50 wickets and score 500 runs in an Australian summer (2007-08). Ashley represented Australia in the ODI and Twenty20 arenas and was also selected in the Australian Test squad for an ashes tour of England and two tours of the West Indies, though he never played in the Baggy Green. He finished his playing career with Western Australian before returning to Queensland to coach.