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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



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