ON TOP: Springfield have won back-to-back local derby matches against Ipswich and Goodna.
ON TOP: Springfield have won back-to-back local derby matches against Ipswich and Goodna. Rob Williams

Springfield pull ahead in battle for club supremacy

SPRINGFIELD are closing in on a top-two finish in both Barber Cup and Pegg Cup competitions.

After holding the Ipswich Rangers scoreless in both grades last weekend, the Hawks produced back-to-back wins over fellow rivals Goodna.

Springfield Pegg Cup coach Tony Kiri described his side's 17-5 victory as a physical contest against the brawn of Goodna.

"We didn't score too many points because of how physical the game was," Kiri said.

"They play very direct football and it was a little frustrating seeing us fall into their game plan. But we still came away with the win at the end of the day which was good being our last home game of the season."

With finals football looming, Kiri said the chance to play such a physically imposing Gladiators outfit would help their preparations.

"I think it was something we needed moving into the finals," he said.

"It prepared us mentally for what's ahead and it was a good test of character for a lot of the boys.

"We had a few injuries so there were a lot of guys playing roles they don't normally do. But to their credit and the guys off the bench, they filled those roles well."

With a final test against the in-form Caboolture on their home turf, Kiri said he was sticking to the next game approach.

"We can't get ahead of ourselves," he said. "My message to the guys is to keep focused on what's in front of us and just take each game as it comes.

"Everyone knows that this week against Caboolture will be a real test for our team ahead of the finals."

 

In the final round, the Ipswich Rangers will take on Everton Park, while Goodna return home to host Wynnum.

State of play

Barber Cup:

Springfield Hawks 34 def Goodna Gladiators 6 at Springfield RFC.

Ipswich Rangers def Redcliffe Sea Snakes by forfeit.

Pegg Cup:

Springfield Hawks 17 def Goodna Gladiators 5 at Springfield RFC.

Ipswich Rangers bye.