RISING HOPES: An Ipswich under-12 player is finally stopped during his team’s 44-0 win over Charleville at this week’s Zone 4 carnival at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
RISING HOPES: An Ipswich under-12 player is finally stopped during his team’s 44-0 win over Charleville at this week’s Zone 4 carnival at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex. Claudia Baxter

Airbase visit to help Hornets reach new heights at carnival

IT WAS fitting that the Ipswich Hornets enjoyed a morning tour of the Amberley Base yesterday.

Seeing Australia's strike aircraft might be just what the Ipswich and Districts under-12 rugby league players needed to motivate them today and tomorrow.

It's not that the young footballers are playing poorly in the annual Zone 4 carnival at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

It's just that the unbeaten side only scored six points in the second half of their Wednesday night victory over Jandowae.

After beating Pittsworth 22-12 and Charleville 44-0, Ipswich was tested by Jandowae in its 26-0 success heading into yesterday's rest day.

While happy with how his young team is progressing, manager Bevan Baker said the Ipswich boys faced tough games to finish the historic carnival.

After tackling Roma at 1pm today, Ipswich meets another unbeaten side, the Gold Coast, on the final day tomorrow.

"They're still capable of better," Bevan said reviewing Ipswich's latest win.

"Jandowae defended extremely well last night."

Fullback Allan Cooper had his best game of the week.

Bevan said the rest day was beneficial for the team having played three games in boggy conditions.

Yesterday's activities also included a tour of the Railway Workshops at North Ipswich.

A family trivia night was planned last night for players, families and officials, enhancing the value of the 51st Zone 4 carnival.

State of Play

Ipswich tackles Roma at 1pm today after beating Jandowae 26-0 on Wednesday night.

Ipswich trycorers: Allan Cooper (two), Broden Ingram, Eric Afaese and Jack Martin. Cooper, Tuia Gregory and Rory Dillon kicked goals.



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