Return of big guns to step up challenge

THE end of the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga competitions will only make the road that much tougher as Ipswich State High School progress in their GIO Shield campaign.

Ipswich State High School rugby league head coach Lee Addison said today's clash with Coombabah will require an extra effort from his young side.

"It's a big game for us because we want to keep the pressure on the teams in the top half of the ladder," Addison said.

"Coombabah are one of those teams who can beat anyone, particularly at home at Runaway Bay.

"They will have all their CC and MM reps back on the field and I think they will see this game as one they can target."

Last weekend, some of the Ipswich High students watched on as Addison's Ipswich Diggers representative side won their first Chairman's Challenge at Brothers Ipswich.

Addison said he hoped his junior players had seen what could happen when a team stuck to his game plan.

"I am looking for my players to show they have learned the lessons from the start to the season," he said.

"I am also hoping a bit of luck starts to swing our way because we have lacked a little bit of Lady Luck so far. But I'm hoping she's got her Ipswich shirt on this Wednesday."

Redbank Plains State High School take on Redcliffe today in the Gee Shield competition.

Head coach Michael Armstrong said the open side would be hoping to forget a disappointing loss to St Mary's Toowoomba last week.

"We've just got to put it behind us and keep going," Armstrong said.

"We knew Toowoomba would be difficult. They have a number of Darling Downs representatives in their side.

"Wednesday is just about giving it a go and seeing what happens."

St Peter Claver College head to the Caloundra Sharks RLFC today to take on Caloundra State High School.

Game day

Ipswich SHS v Coombabah SHS at Runaway Bay

Redbank Plains SHS v Redcliffe at Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe.

St Peter Claver College v Caloundra at Caloundra Sharks RLFC.

Grade 10's kick-off from 4pm today, followed by Open games from 5pm.