CLUB CULTURE: Former president Barney Dwyer, captain Tom Dwyer and Barber Cup coach Mark Hamling look forward to having the Ranger’s juniors play at halftime.
CLUB CULTURE: Former president Barney Dwyer, captain Tom Dwyer and Barber Cup coach Mark Hamling look forward to having the Ranger’s juniors play at halftime. Inga Williams

On for young and old as Rangers host the Hawks

WITH an important cross-town derby against the Springfield Hawks, the Ipswich Rangers have enlisted the help of some of the club's former greats and future stars for inspiration.

With both Barber Cup and Pegg Cup outfits preparing to host the red-hot Hawks, the Rangers will be celebrating their Old Boys Day at Woodend Park.

Barber Cup captain Tom Dwyer will run out under a honour guard of the club's Old Boys which includes his father Barney Dwyer.

A life member and former president, it was his father's passion for the Rangers which paved the way for the top grade fullback.

"When he was involved I was always down there at the club as a kid," Dwyer said.

"I was always watching the blokes run around and that fired my ambition to play first grade. To be here now and to have the 'C' next to my name is pretty special."

Proud of his son's 12 years in first grade, Barney said Tom would stay part of the club when he decides to join older brother James on the sidelines.

"It's always special to come down on an Old Boys day," Barney said.

"It's been part of our family for years and both Tom and James have young kids so there's more to come yet. There's green and white blood in our veins."

Finals football might be out of reach for Ipswich but that won't stop Rangers from trying to upset the competition leaders.

"You always want to get up for those games especially against the newer club," Dwyer said. "We'll have to be pretty good defensively because Springfield have good strong ball runners across the park.

"We've shown we can score points when we hold onto the ball but we need to defend well first."

With under 9's from both clubs taking the field at halftime as well as the Rangers Old Boys watching on, Dwyer said there was plenty to play for against the Hawks.

"It's usually the biggest crowd of the year," he said. "It's definitely good motivation to try and put on a good performance to make them proud.

"It's always been a good thing about the club to have them come back down and keep around the club. It's good to have that culture of great mates having fun."

After the action wraps up on the field, the Rangers will hold a charity auction of the player's jerseys.

Ipswich Rangers president Jason Dutton said the club owed its  success to the ongoing support of mayor Paul Pisasale and Division 7 councillor Andrew Antoniolli who have been invited to attend tomorrow's event.

"Both Paul and Andrew have been big supporters of the club and have been a huge help in helping the club continue to grow," Dutton said. "Every year we use the money raised from the jersey auction to give money back to the community. While we haven't selected a charity as yet, in the past donations have gone to breast cancer and Beyond Blue."

 

Game day

Barber Cup (3pm):

Beenleigh Bears v Goodna Gladiators at Windaroo Oval, Beenleigh.

Ipswich Rangers v Springfield Hawks at Woodend Park.

Pegg Cup (1.30pm):

Brisbane Hustlers v Goodna Gladiators at CP Bottomley Park, Easts RFC.

Ipswich Rangers v Springfield Hawks at Woodend Park.