Clubs favoured to hoist Ipswich flag
TOMORROW presents a great opportunity for Springfield Lakes and Goodna to reaffirm the Ipswich region's rugby credentials.
Second-placed Ipswich Rangers have the bye but wins for the others - against the bottom two placed teams - will help give the competition an Ipswich-heavy feel.
Goodna host last-placed Brisbane Irish in confident form following their upset win away from home over Pine Rivers last weekend.
If the Gladiators get the points at Evan Marginson Oval, Springfield will need to beat second-from-bottom Redcliffe at Springfield Lakes.
"We're looking pretty fit this week," Goodna captain and five-eighth David Pamatatau said.
The Gladiators were boosted by two new players to the club, brothers Junior (inside-centre) and Lance (wing).
"They lifted our team," Pamatatau said.
"I think they've solved the problem in our backline. They brought some flair to the team and good skills."
Goodna, whose traditional strength has been its aggressive forward pack, should see further benefits this week as combinations improve.
"They've been solid," Pamatatau said of the Goodna pack.
"Their fitness is picking up.
"Our (the backs') combination with the forwards is getting better each week."
With exciting options out wide, the Gladiators can again be a force in the competition they won in 2008 but were forced to withdraw from last season, due to the floods.
The win over Pine Rivers showed the Gladiators can beat anyone.
But the captain knows one upset win doesn't mean much if it isn't backed up consistently.
"This game will show where we are," Pamatatau said of tomorrow's clash.
"Irish will still be tough.
"They're tough every year so we won't be taking them lightly.
"We'll be going in hard."
Both games kick off at 3pm.
In the Pegg Cup, Rangers host Sunnybank at Woodend and Springfield welcomes Redcliffe to Springfield Lakes.
Both games kick off 1.30pm.
In the Wyatt Cup tonight, Rangers travel to play GPS.