Norths still waiting on captain's call
GOOD news for the Ipswich Musketeers is bad news for Norths Tigers.
On Sunday, the Ipswich baseball team defeated Carina to set up a second consecutive grand final showdown with rivals Windsor.
With the best-of-three final to be played this weekend, that's one more week the Tigers will be without experienced half Josh Roberts.
"It'd be good to have him back,” Norths coach Anthony O'Brien said.
"But good luck to him and hopefully we'll have him at training soon.”
Even without the veteran play-maker, Norths came up winners when they hosted Eastern Cobras in their first home game of the season.
Young fill-in five-eighth Lewis Smith stood up in the absence of Roberts, impressing O'Brien with his efforts in A Grade.
"Lewis has really held his head up and the guys are confident playing alongside him,” he said.
"He plays straight and is a very good five-eighth.
"He's got the ability, it's just the experience that'll he get as he plays more games.
"If he gets some confidence I think he could hold that position for many years.
With Roberts still to return for the Tigers, O'Brien believes the experience will help Smith excel for the Tigers Reserve Grade outfit.
"I haven't thought too far ahead (about where Lewis will play),” he said.
"The way things went with injuries last year if you thought too far ahead you might trip yourself up.
"Lewis will keep plying his trade in senior football and it's good to have that depth there to call on.”
After rain postponed the weekend's matches, O'Brien said his team had fluked the perfect draw for tomorrow's mid-week catch up game.
"The good thing is we get the bye this weekend so we don't have to back up after Wednesday,” he said. "Other clubs will have to deal with that but we'll just treat it as a short week and get ready for the next round.”
With tomorrow night's game against West End to be played at Cribb Park, O'Brien said a second straight victory at home would set a strong precedent for the season ahead.
"Every side has got to win at home and away,” he said.
"But you want sides to be nervous when they come to your home ground.”
A Grade from 7pm tomorrow night:
Eastern Cobras v Brothers Ipswich at Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve.
Norths Tigers v West End at Cribb Park.
Goodna Eagles v Swifts Bluebirds at Woogaroo Field.