Ipswich High within reach of footy glory
IT ALL comes down to one final game for Ipswich State High School's rugby league team.
Within reach of a maiden Langer Cup trophy, rugby league coach Lee Addison said the school Opens team needs one more win to lift the Brisbane Broncos Schoolboys trophy.
"Keebra Park beat Marsden in their final game so that means we need to win by three points or more against Wavell," Addison said.
"Our primary focus is finishing in the top two but to win the trophy would be an amazing achievement for the school.
"It's probably best the boys don't think about it too much and just look at it as another game."
With today's match against Wavell rained out, Ipswich will have to wait until next term to play the final round.
The move means promising young gun Treymain Spry will be available for the important clash. However the long wait presents its own problems.
"Because he was picked in the Queensland Under 18 Origin team, we would have lost Treymain," Addison said. "Now we will have him back for our game against Wavell which is a bonus. The challenge it now poses is that we have school holidays.
"We'll have a week off over the holidays before the boys go into camp to prepare.
"Two weeks later we have the South East Queensland final so every game from here out is like a grand final."
Although the regular season usually finishes before the end of Term 2, the mid-year break has been a problem in the past.
Coming back from holidays, it can be a slow process returning to form.
"We have suffered in the past having that big gap," Addison admitted.
"Sometimes it can take us a couple of games to click into gear because you aren't playing every week.
"Having that game against Wavell we'll be better for the experience. There's enough history between the two schools that we aren't going there expecting anything less than a monumental challenge."
Ironically it was a loss to Keebra Park in round 2 that has helped shape Ipswich's success in the Langer Cup competition.
Within reach of a top two finish this season, Addison said the early loss refocused his young team.
"We could have won that game," he said. "It was a tight loss but the boys came back stronger and cemented our place in the competition.
"The pleasing thing for us is that we've been doing this for three years now and we've finished in the top end every year."