PNG bring A game to Ipswich for Webb Shield

THE Ipswich Pioneers Webb Shield game on Sunday bears an international flavour when Ipswich takes on Papua New Guinea at Baxter Oval.

This is the first season that the PNG side has played in the SEQ Webb Shield competition and currently sits at the top of the ladder with Toowoomba.

Some of the PNG players were part of the East Asia Pacific team that played a "friendly" against an Ipswich Invitational side on New Years Day, and then went on to play at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Bundaberg.

Cricket in PNG has benefited from having coaches of the calibre of Andy Bichel spend time there, as well as some young players attending schools in Australia.

To have any chance of playing in the final, Ipswich would need to beat PNG and Tweed District needs to score a good win over Gold Coast.

The match starts at 9.30am and should be worth watching as the flair, passion and obvious enjoyment shown by the PNG players was apparent to all who saw the game on New Year's Day.

It is a double header for the Pioneers tomorrow as the Plunkett Cup game is on Marsden No.1 where Ipswich plays a team from Brisbane Sub Districts.

This is a must-win game for the Pioneers, as a win should see them play in the final against Toowoomba.

In previous years, the Sub Districts team comprised some players with Brisbane Grade experience and has been a difficult team to beat.

They are placed second behind Toowoomba but a win tomorrow by Ipswich would see the Pioneers leapfrog Sub Districts and move into second spot. This match also starts at 9.30am.


Junior feast

THERE has been a feast of junior cricket over the holiday period and Ipswich players have been to the fore.

At the Under-15 Development Carnival in Bundaberg earlier this month, Ipswich boys Toby Janke and Nathan Burge were selected in a T20 merit team to play the curtain-raiser to the Australian Country team's match against a Brisbane Heat Invitational XI.

Janke was a consistent all-rounder during the carnival with scores of 77 (from 49 balls) against Gold Coast and 66 (from 59 balls) against Darling Downs-South West, as well as a haul of four wickets in the same game. In another game, Callum Chandler took the bowling honours, capturing the first five wickets before finishing with the outstanding figures of 6-30 from 11 overs.

The other Ipswich boys, Nathan Burge, Luke Muggeridge and Cameron Morris, all helped the SEQ team secure third spot on the ladder, slipping from first place after a hard-fought loss to Gold Coast on the final day.

Congratulations to the young Pioneers Ian Healy Cup team for making it back-to-back wins in the two years they have played at this carnival.

After winning the first four games, the team went down narrowly to Metropolitan South West in the final match, but stayed on top of the points ladder.


It was a real team effort.

Among those to rate special mention were Tom Cupit, with scores of 50 not out and 44, Will Kraschnefski with 44, 34 and 48, and Riley Bichel, who bowled well with figures of 2-9, 2-27 and 3-8.

In each game there were different standout players, including Harry Berlin (36 and 2-13), Zeb Townsley (32 not out, 17 and 2-16), Brad Zampech (28 and 14), Angus Moody-Stone (2-19 and 3-16) and Nick Moyer (34 runs).

These are the players of the future that will keep Ipswich cricket strong and feed the Ipswich Logan Hornets.


Good impression

LONG HAUL: Griffin Long sends one down for Ipswich in the Les Kinnane Shield under 13 carnival.
LONG HAUL: Griffin Long sends one down for Ipswich in the Les Kinnane Shield under 13 carnival. Rob Williams

IN the past week, the inaugural Les Kinnane Under-13 Development Carnival was played at the Marsden Sports centre.

Four teams from Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Brisbane East played three 50-over games followed by three T20 games over the five days.

More details from this carnival will be available next week.

There have been many favourable comments from the visiting teams about the quality of the facility and the general organisation of the carnival.

It seems assured that this carnival will continue to grow in future years, and become a key fixture for junior cricket in south east Queensland.

On Monday night, Brothers play Eastern Taipans in the T20 game at Mark Marsh Oval.

Brothers will be hoping to improve on last week's result that saw them beaten by the Laidley Blue Dogs. The game starts at 6.30pm.

Topics:  baxter oval ipswich pioneers papua new guinea png webb shield

PM's cuts will leave local mums $12K worse off: MP

Pregnant women face massive cuts if changes get through Parliament

New place to get your burger fix...and a job

Burger Urge will open in Redbank Plains in 2017.

Popular restaurant announces new store in Ipswich

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Things to do this week

Dragon play Ipswich Civic Centre on Friday October 28

What's on in Ipswich

Ipswich unites in march for safe world for kids

The streets turn red in one of the previous Walk for Daniel events.

Bruce and Denise continue movement

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Festival blooms with Jacaranda trees

BLOOMING GOOD: Cr Paul Tully with the Goodna Jacarandas, in bloom ahead of the upcoming Jacaranda Festival.

This year's festival gets under way on Friday

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Things to do this week

Dragon play Ipswich Civic Centre on Friday October 28

What's on in Ipswich

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.