Bombers set to challenge Brothers at home fortress
IT TAKES on extra significance as the only A grade game on in Ipswich this weekend.
But Fassifern's clash with Brothers at Harrisville was already serious enough business for the two teams.
Brothers are looking for their second win of the season after breaking their duck against West End last week.
Fassifern are the only winless team so far and will see this as a chance at home to get on the board.
But new Fassifern recruit, former Ipswich Jets back Scott Ireland believes the Bombers are not far away and could easily have knocked off both Goodna and Norths in recent weeks.
The 28-year-old joined the Bombers largely because of his friendship with five-eighth Mitch Range.
But he is enjoying the role of senior statesman, passing on his years of Queensland Cup experience with his younger teammates.
"We're improving each week," Ireland said.
"There's certainly no panic stations.
"For 77 minutes we were by far the better side against Goodna.
"If we had completed our sets a bit better against Norths we could have defeated the defending premiers."
Fassifern are not scraping together numbers as they were in the opening rounds and, with new players expected to arrive shortly, Ireland can see the whole club is on the up.
"A few locals have come out of the woodwork," he said.
"So it doesn't look like we have to have blokes play in multiple matches.
"Last week was a big turn around with a big win in Reserve grade showing we have some depth."
Ireland is playing fullback for the Bombers, where he is in the perfect position to direct traffic and assist his teammates.
"I'm trying to be the wise head," he said.
"It's nice to get tries but I'm really enjoying my role as a senior player.
"It's such a young side.
"They're very enthusiastic and keen to learn."
- Fassifern: 1 Scott Ireland, 2 Brent Fields, 3 Jack Mounsey, 4 Harold Mosby, 5 Joe Radrodro, 6 Mitch Range, 7 Billy Ryan, 8 Daniel Roos, 9 Josh Ryan, 10 Ethan Glen, 11 Liam West, 12 Dale Ward, 13 Zac Marshall, 14 Ryan Leslie, 15 Ty Parker, 16 Tomas Williams, 17 TBA.
- Brothers: 1 Josh Leisemann, 2 Josh Kuss, 3 Tasi Graff, 4 Caine Kaleopa, 5 Joel Dennis, 6 William Oloitoa, 7 Cameron Picker, 8 Matt Bell, 9 Nat Creedy, 10 Jack Boettcher, 11 Troy Sharpe, 12 Denman Ah-You, 13 Sam Krueger, 14 Troy Duce, 15 Rhys Bennett, 16 Elijah Umu, 17 Jake Redman.
State of Play
THE big wet has disrupted Ipswich Rugby League games across the region this weekend.
The only scheduled fixtures to go ahead this weekend are those at Hayes Oval, Harrisville tomorrow, where Fassifern meets Brothers in A grade and Fassifern takes on Eastern Cobras in Colts (under 19s) and Reserve grade.
Goodna's A grade clash with West End, scheduled for tomorrow, and Norths' scheduled clash with Swifts tonight have been put back to Friday, June 12 at the North Ipswich Reserve.
The Colts and Reserve grade clashes between Goodna and West End and Norths and Swifts have been moved to Saturday, May 16, at Keith Sternberg Oval.
The Colts and Reserve grade clashes between Valleys and Brothers have been rescheduled on Saturday, May 16, at Laidley Recreation Reserve.
All Open Division clashes scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled.