Gripping action from the Round 3 Rugby League Ipswich Volunteers Cup match between Goodna Eagles and West End Bulldogs at the North Ipswich Reserve. Picture: Bruce Clayton
Gripping action from the Round 3 Rugby League Ipswich Volunteers Cup match between Goodna Eagles and West End Bulldogs at the North Ipswich Reserve. Picture: Bruce Clayton

Check out this weekend’s Volunteers Cup match-ups

BOMBER'S BLAST

Anthony Breeze

THE game of the competition so far between Goodna and West End set a new standard in the Rugby League Ipswich Volunteers Cup series.

Round 4 promises more of the same exciting action.

Goodna remain undefeated, West End showed they are a threat and Norths had a week for some soul-searching as the Ipswich sides continue towards Cup glory.

Check out how the Round 4 clashes shape up on Saturday at the North Ipswich Reserve.

1.30pm: Goodna v Gatton

Goodna remained undefeated with a last second victory over West End.

Gatton recorded their first victory last weekend by defeating TRL opponents Souths.

Goodna have shown in the first three rounds that they are the competition favourites with three consecutive wins.

The Eagles had been in menacing form the previous two weeks but were made to grind out a tough last start win against the Bulldogs playing a man down for the last 35 minutes of the game.

Goodna rely on their forwards to set a platform and experienced duo Rez Phillips and Ramon Filipine have been doing exactly that.

This go-forward has let some of their youth backs score some great tries.

Against Gatton this weekend, they will be playing the same way as the last few games by controlling the ball and completing their sets.

Gatton had a poor start to the season but have shown stark improvement from the opening game. They can now compete with sides for longer periods.

Captain Shannon Hicks is their star in the forward pack and put in a tremendous effort last week to get his side over the line against Souths.

Te Hawks will be hoping for another inspirational effort this week.

The young Gatton side showed vast improvement last week and will give the bigger Eagles side a scare in this game.

For them to do this, they must stop the roll on that the Eagles are known for up the middle.

Action from the Round 3 Rugby League Ipswich Volunteers Cup match between Goodna Eagles and West End Bulldogs at the North Ipswich Reserve. Picture: Bruce Clayton
Action from the Round 3 Rugby League Ipswich Volunteers Cup match between Goodna Eagles and West End Bulldogs at the North Ipswich Reserve. Picture: Bruce Clayton

3.30pm West End v Valleys

This is the game of the round with West End only seconds away from defeating Goodna last week.

Valleys flexed their muscles with a huge win over Norths.

The Bulldogs, who are a completely new team from the one that played in 2019, have shown stark improvement each week.

As the combinations gel, they will be there when the whips are cracking.

Coach Jae Woodward looks to have settled more on starting positions with Jesse Zampech now in the halves and Shar Walden at fullback.

The Bulldogs have a big forward pack and will be hoping they can get the go-forward which will enable Israel Oti to guide them around.

Valleys started the season slow but have welcomed back several premiership players over the past few weeks. They have been in great form.

The Roosters have speed to burn and have been led by their sensational half in Gerome Burns who has put in two consecutive man-of the-match performances. He hasn't been the lone star with fullback Dylan Chown and winger Aaron Hooper also in great try scoring form.

Todd White has led the forward pack superbly and will need others to follow him if they are to win this game.

The winner of this clash might just be popping over a field goal at the death.

5.30pm Norths v Souths

Norths were comprehensively beaten by Valleys last week.

Souths were edged out by Gatton in a nailbiter.

This weekend, the Norths Tigers will be out to show that last week's effort was only a temporary lapse in concentration. They will be trying to get back to basics that worked so well for them in the opening rounds.

While they were torn apart last week by the rampaging Valleys outfit, forward Chris Scanlon must get the boys to follow his lead and work for the full 80 minutes.

Scanlon is one forward who can hold his head high as week-in, week-out he puts in. He needs other forwards to roll their sleeves up and get down and dirty.

Another leading light for coach Mick Newton has been fullback Luke Self who when he has the ball in his hand is a constant danger for opposing teams.

The Tigers will also welcome back hooker Dylan Martin from suspension. He will add a lot more direction to the Tigers.

Souths looked to have last week's game won but allowed a few soft tries to be scored and must pick up in this area if they want to taste victory.

Their completion rate was poor and must pick this up or they will find themselves on the bottom of the ladder.

Mitchell Tuite returns, which will instil some confidence in the team. But he alone cannot do it all.

The winner of this game will be the one that holds onto the ball and completes their sets.

Quick thoughts

POSITIVES: 1. The NBA playoffs started earlier this week and didn't we get some superb action. If the first week is anything to go by, we are in for a month of great basketball.

2. The NRL has increased the penalties for the crusher tackle. It is a tackle that can only cause neck pain so players please get it out of the game.

3. Great news for WNBA fans with Liz Cambage signing on for the 20/21 season. The Southside Flyers have shortened in betting.

NEGATIVES: 1. The keyboard warriors that circulated such disgusting accusations about Broncos coach Anthony Seibold. You are being tracked down and hopefully dealt with accordingly. Be warned anyone else who wants to defame someone on social media.

2. Lions player Mitch Robinson needs to concentrate on playing football and leave the comments about opposing players to others. Remember glass houses.

3. Another week, another sad loss for the once mighty Broncos. The second half effort was non-existent.

Sporting birthdays

1. 1926: Wilt Chamberlain - NBA Hall of Fame champion who was a 13 time All Star.

2. 1975: Simon Katich - left hand opening batsman who averaged 45.03.

3. 1986: Usain Bolt - Jamaican sprinter regarded by many as the greatest of all-time.

On this day

1. 1878: Edward Pooley sets a record by recording eight stumpings in a single match.

2. 1931: Babe Ruth hits his 600th home run in baseball.

3. 1986: Ian Botham takes a world record 356th Test wicket.

4. 2004: US superfish Michael Phelps wins his sixth gold medal at the Athens Olympics.

5. 2008: United States defeat Brazil 1-0 to win the women's soccer gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.



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