Goodna set sights on President's Cup title
IF THERE was silverware on offer, the Goodna Gladiators would have come away with the spoils on Saturday.
Against crosstown rivals the Ipswich Rangers, the Gladiators followed up on a 58-3 win in the Reserve Grade Pegg Cup competition with a 38-5 win in the Barber Cup.
Taking on a player/coach role with the Gladiators this season, Walter Seupule countered his Rangers opposite Tino Anae's game plan with a sneaky positional change of his own.
"Tino knows I have a dodgy shoulder and can't tackle,” Walter said. "So I moved to halfback so that I could keep myself away from the defence.
"They ran right through me to get their only try but by that stage we were already 30 points ahead.
"The boys were having a good laugh at me for that.”
High in spirits after the opening six rounds, Goodna have only suffered the one loss so far this season.
With local pride on the line, Saturday's game was played in front of a large crowd of supporters from both Ipswich clubs.
"Of all the games we've played, Saturday was the best crowd we've played in front of this season,” Seupule said.
"There were a lot of Rangers supporters there as well so the crowd was pretty vocal.
"We've got some of the old players starting to turn up and support the club and that's only going to improve.
"Some of the players are starting to turn up early to help set up and staying after the game.
"I'm big on culture. I believe no matter how good a team you are, if you don't have a good culture you don't win anything.”
Goodna retire for a bye round this weekend, with Ipswich preparing to welcome Wynnum to Woodend Park on Saturday.
When they return from the bye, the Gladiators have one more game against the last-placed Caboolture, before hosting Pine Rivers for the Presidents Cup.
Played between the top two teams after the first round of the season, the Presidents Cup would be a huge confidence boost for the Goodna players.
With a full starting Barber Cup squad of 15 players, and 30 more vying for selection in Reserve Grade, Seupule believes his players are up to the challenge against the competition leaders.
"The boys are all still improving but the still don't know how good they are,” he said. "At the moment I just have to make them believe in what they have and try to unlock that talent.
"We are slowly getting there and out of the starting 15 I can see eight or nine guys who are starting to change the way they play.
"We've got things to work on over the bye.
"We'll practice our moves against Caboolture and then build towards Pine Rivers in three weeks time.”
Barber Cup: Goodna Gladiators 38 def Ipswich Rangers 5.
Pegg Cup: Goodna Gladiators 58 def Ipswich Rangers 3.