Redbank to up ante at QT Schools Cup
AFTER the first round of the QT Schools Cup, Redbank Plains are still chasing their first win of the rugby league competition.
The competition features a 15s and an opens team from Redbank Plains State High School, Ipswich State High School and St Peter Claver College.
The trials provide a platform for the schools to test their stock ahead of their Broncos Cup campaigns later this year.
After the first round of the QT Schools Cup was called off due to bad weather, St Peter Claver will host the Redbank Plains 15s in a catch-up game from 4pm today. Last week Redbank suffered three straight losses at the hands of Ipswich and St Peter Claver despite their senior side showing plenty of potential against Ipswich.
The school's rugby league co-ordinator, Michael Armstrong said his 15s were ready to put their training to the test against Claver.
"They've come a long way from where they were," Armstrong said.
"We had three guys from that age group selected in the Met West side so that's all positive."
Armstrong said the side's performance against Ipswich last week had been better than expected.
"They are moving in the right direction," he said.
"At the moment we are trying to get that level of discipline into their game.
"Hopefully they can come out this week with a bit more polish and come out on the right end of the scoreboard."
St Peter Claver College rugby league co-ordinator Todd Riggs said 15s coach Chris Ash would be using the trail to identify any changes that needed to be made at training.
"They'll be looking to compete and really rip in," he said.
"It's a good chance to see where we are and what fine tuning can be done before we get stuck in to the Broncos Cup."
Riggs was proud of the performance from his opens side against Redbank in front of a large crowd at Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve last Wednesday.
"The feedback I received from that game was that we competed really well," Riggs said.
"It's a great opportunity to see what some of these young blokes can do."
The St Peter Claver under 15s will take on Beenleigh State High in the first round of the De Vere Cup.
Riggs said he wouldn't know what to expect from Beenleigh until they met on the field.
"We don't really know what we are going to come up against," he said.
"Beenleigh are a beginning school in the comp, they've only recently joined.
"But we certainly won't be taking it easy against them."
Ipswich State High School rugby league head coach Lee Addison joined Armstrong and Riggs at the rugby league regional trials for the naming of the Met West side for 2016.
Armstrong said the trio's involvement in junior sport gave the three rugby league coordinators an insight into the separate programs for each school.
"We have a bit of a link through Met West," he said.
"We sort of see what each other do and we all talk, that's just rugby league.
"It makes sense to play each other, the three of us work well together and we all fill different niches in the market."
The year 10 sides will compete in the De Vere Cup while the senior sides for Redbank Plains and St Peter Claver enter into the second tier Gee Shield.
Ipswich State High School opens will commence their second season in the Super 6 Langer Trophy.
St Peter Claver College 15s will host Redbank Plains State School 15s from 4pm today at St Peter Claver College.