Sport

Brothers adopt fresh approach to IRL bid

BROTHERS' first step towards making amends for last season's Ipswich Rugby League grand final loss begins Saturday.

Ipswich Brothers host Logan Brothers at Brother Seery Park in A grade (7.30pm), Reserve grade (5pm) and under 20s (4pm).

A-grade skipper and hooker Blake O'Loan is not playing, despite having recovered from knee and ankle injuries sustained late last season.

Instead he will help run an eye over his prospective teammates from the bench.

"We're looking pretty good," O'Loan said.

"There's a lot of fresh faces. Most are new to town I think.

"We've got a couple from Logan Brothers."

Brothers players proved their fitness in a session with the Gold Coast Titans at Tallebudgera last weekend.

One familiar face to return to the club this season is dynamic back Shane Gibson.

He will provide extra spark to what O'Loan describes as well balanced squad with good depth.

The skipper is also curious to seeing how 2012 fringe first grade prop Rhys Bennett fares this season.

"He's a young fella who's been putting in at pre-season," O'Loan said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how he goes."

O'Loan admits last year's A- grade grand final loss to Fassifern means a sense of unfinished business has pervaded pre-season training.

"It's been brought up a bit," O'Loan said. "That we fell a bit short last year.

"It's about putting in at training and doing the one percenters that make a difference.

"We don't want to feel like that again."

Rugby league also returns to the North Ipswich Reserve tomorrow.

The Ipswich Jets Colts take on Toowoomba at 12pm.

Later, Ipswich under 16 (4.15pm) and under 18 (5.30pm) representative teams will play the Gold Coast.

Toowoomba will also play Gold Coast teams at the trials in both under 16s (1.30pm) and 18s (2.45pm).

The full structure of the 2013 Ipswich Rugby League season will be decided at the next delegates meeting on March 4.

Swifts A grade (8pm) and Reserve grade (6.30pm) squads play trials against Souths Logan tonight at Llewellyn Motors Field, Purga.

On Sunday the Goodna Eagles take A grade and Reserve grade squads to Toowoomba to take on Highfields.

Topics:  brothers, rugby league




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Remains match missing man Darrell Simon

Darrell Simon

The 44-year-old was reported missing on November 16, 2014

Teen driver injured in crash with pole

Police car. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Car blocking road after crashing into pole

Uni Games to give Eden a fun break

Ipswich representative hockey and indoor hockey player Eden Jackat.

Medical student to enjoy new challenge

Latest deals and offers

Vivid timelapse

Screenshot from timelapse of Sydney's Vivid Festival

This timelapse shows Sydney's Vivid Festival

Mayor Paul Pisasale on the federal election

Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale on the federal election

2016 Rosewood Show

Thousands of people passed through the gates to enjoy all the fun and entertainment...

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%