Rangers teams in dynamic form as big celebration looms
WITH Ipswich Rangers officials, players and supporters gearing up for their major 50th anniversary celebrations, excitement is building around the tradition-rich club.
The major weekend of events are from July 20-22.
But while club officials step up preparations to honour their fine history, two Rangers are also delivering the goods on the field.
Ipswich's Division 2 Scotney Cup and Division 3 Wyatt Cup teams are holding top four spots after their latest Suburban Rugby Union victories on Saturday.
Rangers top side beat the Brisbane Hustlers 25-5 at Bottomley Park, after Ipswich's Wyatt Cup combination accounted for Beaudesert 38-10 on Friday night at Beaudesert.
Having dropped from the Barber and Pegg Cup competitions, the Scotney Cup players are progressing well this season.
The Rangers team has five wins and one draw from their first nine games to be on 25 points behind Redlands (43), Riverside (35) and Everton Park (29).
With a bye for the Ipswich Cup weekend, the club is organising a special Friday night function at Woodend Park for senior and junior players.
Some Queensland Reds players invited to come along on June 15.
Ipswich's third-placed Wyatt Cup team plays Brisbane Irish at the Woodend ground that night.
Rangers have three wins from their six matches this season, chasing leaders Med XV and second-placed Irish.
Rangers club president Jason Dutton was encouraged by the performance of this year's teams with a massive series of celebrations coming up, including a golf day and gala dinner.
"Both teams seem to be positioned very well at the moment,'' he said.
"It's unfortunate we didn't have the two Saturday teams but the introduction of the Friday night team has brought a different dynamic back to the club.
"That's something we haven't had for a long time.''
A Rangers over 35 Relics team is also playing this season.
Scotney Cup: Ipswich Rangers 25 (Matthew Hobbs 2, Nic Hall, Kruze Barcello tries; Jarred Lacey conversion, penalty) def Brisbane Hustlers 5 at Bottomley Park.
Wyatt Cup: Ipswich Rangers def Beaudesert 38-10 at Beaudesert.