WINNING GRIN: Ipswich State High fullback Dion Tavita Mativale celebrates on the run as he scores a try in the Open Reserve grade’s 20-16 win over Wavell. More photos in today’s Junior Sport section.
WINNING GRIN: Ipswich State High fullback Dion Tavita Mativale celebrates on the run as he scores a try in the Open Reserve grade’s 20-16 win over Wavell. More photos in today’s Junior Sport section. Inga Williams

Ipswich storms into Super Six final race

IPSWICH State High School defeated rugby league nursery school Wavell State High to cement a top three finish in the Brisbane Broncos Super Six Schoolboys competition.

In just their second year in the top tier competition, the Ipswich Opens produced a stunning 30-10 win over the same school which has produced the likes of Queensland Origin star Greg Inglis and Brisbane Broncos hard-man Adam Blair.

Ipswich State High School rugby league coach Lee Addison said the victory meant Ipswich SHS could not finish any lower than third with one game left in hand before the finals.

"We are knocking on the door of the big dogs," Addison said.

"We have played Wavell three times previously and the games have always been at Wavell. So to get the victory for our first game at home was very satisfying.

"After that win we can't finish lower than third in the competition and if we beat Marsden this week we could finish second."

Despite the Wavell Open team featuring five Queensland representative players, and led by the Queensland under 18 coach Josh Hannay, Ipswich held Wavell scoreless in the second half to overturn a 10-8 halftime deficit.

"Our defence was sensational," Addison said.

"We were down 13-5 on the penalty count and as a result our completion rate in that game was right down to about 58 percent.

"We played like we are capable of and we are a point scoring team as long as we get roughly equal possession."

Addison was reluctant to praise any individual players for the the school's strong season, instead pointing to the team's cohesion as the recipe for success.

"They are the biggest band of brothers you could hope for," he said.

"The pleasing thing for me is that we have built another strong playing group through the rugby league program we have here and the sky is the limit for these boys.

"Many of them will have another year here and with the potential they have they could be anywhere because they are so young."

The Ipswich State High Reserve grade side also recorded a win over Wavell last week with a 20-16 victory. The Under 15's fell to a narrow 20-12 loss.

Today, Ipswich State High Under 15, Opens and Open Reserves will take on Marsden at Waterford RLFC with the first game to kick off from 4pm.

Addison encouraged any fans of quality rugby league to see for themselves the future of Ipswich.

"We like to play good football and anyone should come watch us do it," he said.

"We play like the Ipswich Diggers do, we move the ball around a lot and we've been improving every week.

"We've proven we should be there at the top table and we're doing it again this year. There's no such thing as an easy game in this competition but I am confident we can come away with a win over Marsden."

Last year Ipswich State High missed out on a second place finish to their first Super Six season when their final game against Keebra Park was washed out.

A win over Marsden tonight would put Ipswich level with Palm Beach Currumbin in second place behind Keebra Park State High School.

Local derby

WHILE Ipswich State High hit the road, two of Ipswich's premier rugby league schools will go toe-to-toe at Brothers Ipswich tonight.

St Peter Claver College and Redbank Plains State High School will face off in a cross-town derby in both Under 15 and Open grades.

The Redbank Plains Opens team drew 22-22 with Mountain Creek in the second-tier Gee Shield last week while their Under 15's fell to a 34-14 defeat.

St Peter Claver College lost to Redcliffe 48-0 in the Gee Shield.

SPCC's Under 15's outfit will be looking to back up a 30-4 win over Redcliffe when they come face-to-face with Redbank Plains in the Devere Cup today.

 

Game day

St Peter Claver College v Redbank Plains State High School from 3pm (Under 15) and 4pm (Opens) today at Brothers Ipswich RLFC.

Ipswich State High School v Marsden State High School from 4pm (Under 15), 5pm (Open reserves) and 6pm (Opens) today at Waterford RLFC.