Bluebirds forwards ready to swoop
THREE points are all that separate the bottom three teams in the Ipswich Rugby League A-grade competition.
West End, Swifts and Norths find themselves in a three-way battle for a spot in the finals with just five games remaining.
Back at home at Daniel’s Park tonight, the West End Bulldogs have a chance to return to the winner’s circle when they host the Swifts Bluebirds.
With teams granted one point for a loss this season, the Bulldogs could move to within one point of the Bluebirds with a victory this weekend.
However with forward leader Zeb Nuuola back in the ranks, Swifts coach Steven O’Connell believes his side can lift against the home team.
“They are a different team with Zeb back in the side,” O’Connell said.
“Both Zeb and Andrew Tully have been fantastic all season and with a few young guys around them they really lead the way.”
After coming within two points of Goodna only to fall away in the second half last week, O’Connell said the biggest challenge his side faced was putting in a full performance.
“The biggest thing is for us to play a full 80 minutes,” he said.
“They’ve been good in bits and pieces but apart from one game against Norths we haven’t put in a full game this season.
“We gave Goodna a good lead and had to chase it down. We’ve got to give ourselves a chance to win the game. If we can get a good start against West End I’ll feel a lot more confident.”
With a handful of games to go before the final cut-off, Swifts are in jeopardy of falling behind Norths and West End in the race for fourth.
“I think that once we get one win under the belt it could easily turn into two or three,” O’Connell said.
“With a few wins going into the finals I think the competition has shown anyone can beat anyone else. We beat West End before and they have beaten Goodna so it’s anyone’s guess.”
WITH another home game in hand, Brothers face the competition leading Goodna Eagles after defeating the second-placed Fassifern last week.
Now only one point behind the Bombers, the home side have hit their straps in recent weeks and will be hopeful of ruining the Eagles dominance at the top of the table.
With both sides in fine form this could be a glimpse at what’s to come in the IRL final series.