Amazing finals: Upbeat Ipswich club eyes grand final double
RUGBY: Talk about two contrasting final victories - one by 73 points and the other in a fightback extra-time thriller.
However for Ipswich Rangers, the end result was the same.
The club is one win away from having two teams in this year's Brisbane suburban competition grand finals.
Rangers' Pegg Cup side booked its grand final spot at Ballymore after outlasting Goodna 23-20 at Caboolture on Saturday.
Captain Jarred Lacey converted Terence McLeod's try to force extra-time before the skipper booted his team to victory with a penalty goal during 10 minutes of extra play.
That gripping win came a night after Rangers' Wyatt Cup side thrashed Brothers 76-3 at Woodend Park.
Stephen Andrews led the way with four tries in a game where eight Rangers players crossed the line.
Left centre Stewart Banks booted eight conversions at Rangers' home ground, on the recently named Reg Hardie Field.
That result secured Rangers a place in Friday night's preliminary final against Brisbane Irish. The winner of that game will progress to the grand final.
"I'm pretty confident the boys can do the job down there and we should get two teams on grand final day,'' Lacey said, thrilled with the effort of both Ipswich sides.
In the Pegg Cup, Goodna led by seven points with five minutes left before loose head prop McLeod crashed over. Playing left centre, Lacey sent the major semi-final into extra time.
The minor premiers then showed their determination to hold out Goodna, who face Caboolture in next Saturday's preliminary final.
"We had to scrap hard,'' Lacey said.
"They came out pretty hard at us and took it to the boys. We got away with it at the end.''
Lacey said having a week off was a blessing in disguise for his team after the terrific battle with Goodna.
"We'll recover this week,'' he said. "We've got a few niggles and a few battered bodies at the moment.''
Fourth-placed Caboolture set up a showdown with second-placed Goodna after beating Wynnum 27-20 in the other Pegg Cup semi-final.
In the Wyatt Cup competition, minor premiers Med XV qualified for the grand final after beating Brisbane Irish 22-8 in their major semi-final.
The Rangers teams are chasing a grand final double in a year the proud Ipswich club is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Pegg Cup major semi-final: Ipswich Rangers 23 (Terence McLeod, Matthew Hobbs, Harland Donnelly tries; Jarred Lacey conversion, 2 penalties) def Goodna 20 (Walter Seupule, Kamiano Tuitea tries; Pili Fuimaono 2 conversions, 2 penalties) at Caboolture. Rangers advance directly to the grand final at Ballymore on August 25.
Wyatt Cup minor semi-final: Ipswich Rangers 76 (Stephen Andrews 4, Jakob Tierney-Williams 2, Joel Dennis, Callum Waldrum, Samuel Tierney-Williams, Jarryd Verrenkamp, Shane Milham, Bryce Litzow tries; Stewart Banks 8 conversions) def Brothers 3 (Patrick Moore penalty) at Woodend Park. Rangers advance to the preliminary final against Brisbane Irish at Norths (Brisbane) on Friday night.