RICH REWARDS: Ipswich State High School open's rugby league side have earned a break from training after finishing in second place in the Langer Trophy schoolboy’s competition.
RICH REWARDS: Ipswich State High School open's rugby league side have earned a break from training after finishing in second place in the Langer Trophy schoolboy’s competition. David Nielsen

School soars to final finish line

IPSWICH State High School have continued their gradual rise in the world of junior rugby league with a fantastic finish to the Brisbane Broncos schoolboys competition.

In the five game series of the top tier Langer Trophy competition the Ipswich Open’s side recorded wins Wavell, Marsden and Coombabah to finish second overall.

Ipswich State High School rugby league coach Lee Addison was delighted with the 34-18 win against Marsden which relegated the school to last place overall.

“They are a good side despite losing all but one game this season,” he said. “They went to Wavell and won which shows they could beat anyone.

“Sometimes a team loses because they aren’t good enough but on this occasion I think they have just been unlucky with tight games and player injuries.”

The top two teams from the second-tier Gee Shield competition, Mountain Creek and Woodridge will now join the six Langer Trophy teams for the finals.

Ipswich will have to wait until week five of term three before the finals kick off.

“We’ll be doing it like a pre-season all over again,” Addison said. “Because it is such a big break between now and the finals, the boys can switch off for a bit over the holidays.

“The mental break will be good for the students because there is no way to keep them all on point for eight weeks. We’ll do an opposed session against Brothers Ipswich A Grade and a camp in preparation.”

Ipswich will face Coombabah in the first rounds of the finals, a team they beat 34-18 in week three of the competition.

Addison said despite their last result, he wouldn’t be underestimating any side coached by

“They are a young side getting better all the time,” he said. “With a smart coach behind them I’m sure they will have a surprise or two prepared for semi-finals football.”

With the competition’s second best attack and defensive records, Ipswich’s only loss came against competition leaders, Keebra.

Their impressive 70 point point differential helped ISHS remain in second place despite finishing on equal competition points with third-placed Palm Beach Currumbin.

In only their second year in the Langer Trophy, Addison was proud of school’s reserve side for also finishing in second place.

“It’s a great achievement for the school going into the semis,” he said.

“We are only new boys to the comp and to have been in the top two for both years is fantastic.

“We’ve also had a great run with our reserve grade and our third string side has only lost one game in two years as well which shows the program is helping develop quality young players.”

In the second tier Gee Shield competition, Redbank Plains State High School finished fifth, while St Peter Claver College finished seventh.

State of play

Ipswich State High School finished second in the Langer Trophy (Opens), second in the Langer Trophy (Reserve Grade), fourth in Hancock Cup (Under 14) and eighth in Renouf Shield (Under 13).

St Peter Claver College finished seventh in Gee Shield (Opens) and seventh in Devere Cup (Year 10).

Redbank Plains State High School finished fifth in Gee Shield (Opens), fourth in Devere Cup (Year 10) and seventh in Renouf Shield (Under 13).