Ipswich footy teams in clean sweep
IPSWICH are off to a flying start in the Brisbane Broncos Schoolboys Challenge.
Redbank Plains State High and St Peter Claver opened their rugby league accounts with two wins each.
Ipswich State High thumped heavyweights Keebra Park 46-8.
Victory in both Under 15 and Open games against Beenleigh gave St Peter Claver coach Todd Riggs confidence in a competitive season ahead.
"It was good to get off to a winning start,” Riggs said.
"Our Under 15s beat Beenleigh 16-6 and our First Grade won 16-10.
"Hopefully we can finish higher up the table this year.”
It was the same reaction on the other side of Collingwood Park as Redbank Plains coach Michael Armstrong celebrated his own team's success.
"Woodridge won the Opens last year so we knew it was going to be a tough first week,” Armstrong said.
"The Open boys played well and the Year 10s have been in a bit of a struggle but got the win as well.
"We're pretty happy with our results from the first round.”
Despite one representative player leaving the school over the Christmas break, Redbank Plains have kept their young squad from last year together for the Open team.
Now in year 12, the returning players will bring the experience of last year's competition to the field.
"We have earmarked this year as one we think we can do well in,” Armstrong said.
"We've got some talented boys coming through and a lot of the guys who played in our Opens last year are back.
"We were a bit disappointed with our last trial with Ipswich State High but they are a good group and hopefully they can keep on winning.”
With their own season still weeks away, the Ipswich State High School Open team impressed with their trial match win over Keebra Park.
"It was the first time in a while that we have hosted a Langer Cup school here,” Ipswich State High School coach Lee Addison said.
"We've had the field upgraded so it's all good to go now.
"It was a good win for the Opens and our Under 15s went down four tries to two.”
Wednesday was the first round of the Open Gee and Under 15s De Vere competitions.
The competition will resume after the Easter holiday break.
Schoolboys Challenge results:
De Vere (Under 15s):
Redbank Plains SHS 26 def Woodridge 0.
St Peter Claver 16 def Beenleigh 6.
Gee Shield (Opens):
Redbank Plains SHS 32 def Woodridge 24.
St Peter Claver 16 def Beenleigh 10.
Langer Cup trial:
Ipswich SHS 46 def Keebra Park SHS 8.