Ipswich High captains celebrate their double success in the inaugural QT Schools Cup competition.
Ipswich High captains celebrate their double success in the inaugural QT Schools Cup competition. Inga Williams

Ipswich High showcases its class in QT Cup finale

IPSWICH State High School have claimed final honours in the third round of the QT Schools Cup.

Played over three rounds, the trial matches were between under 15s and open rugby league teams from St Peter Claver College, Redbank Plains State High School and Ipswich SHS.

Ipswich SHS had a slight lead in both age groups going into the final round against St Peter Claver on Wednesday night.

The U15s were the first to run out onto the Swifts RLFC fields at Purga followed by the opens.

Ipswich produced a comprehensive victory in both age groups to claim a QT Schools Cup trophy double.

Ipswich State High School rugby league coach Lee Addison was understandably proud of his students for securing the victory.

"I put a lot of emphasis on our performance during week," he said.

"We just played what was in front of us and our completion rate was about 75 percent in both halves.

"I couldn't really ask any more than that from them."

Despite being ahead on the scoreboard at half time, Ipswich refused to take the foot off the accelerator.

Through strong running and the ability to shift the ball quickly Ipswich showed they had the ability to score from almost anywhere on the field.

"That pleases me because in Super 6 the opposition can come back at us," Addison said.

"We won two Super 6 games by one try last year.

"All I can do is ask my boys to play to their ability and that's what they did."

Ipswich SHS showed last year that they will be a dominant force in the premier south Queensland rugby league competition.

Last year they reached the South Queensland semi-final in just their first year in the GIO Shield competition.

SPCC had an equally successful year, winning the Gee Shield, a title held by Ipswich SHS the year before.

As St Peter Claver College look to defend their title this year, rugby league coach Todd Riggs praised his students composure on the field.

"I'm very proud of them," Riggs said.

"The boys really dug in. It's the Claver way."

Riggs said the scoreline was never the focus for St Peter Claver against such a quality side.

"It was about the boys getting together and getting ready for our own competition," he said.

"That's a level 3 school and that was a level 3 team.

"We are just looking forward to taking on Beenleigh in a couple of weeks after the Easter break."

Addison echoed the praise for the St Peter Claver players.

"They are a good proud school with a proud history and a proud tradition," Addison said.

"They build their school on spirit. They will never give up."