Coburn jnr shines
TYLER Coburn is proving to be a chip off the old block, in rugby league talent at least.
The St Peter Claver College halfback is the son of Ipswich Jets legend Danny Coburn and was man of the match in the under-14s' 28-4 level one final win over Laidley High.
Playing in the Combined Independent and State Secondary Schools Association district final, Coburn was on fire.
Father Danny was a tough forward in his day who gave his heart and soul to the Jets.
CISSSA convenor Todd Riggs, a former teammate of Danny's, says Coburn jnr has inherited his father's best traits.
"Tyler has all of his dad's characteristics - not the body characteristics, but he is tough, very coachable and a very nice kid," Riggs said. "He tackles hard and he runs very hard.
"He played halfback and controlled the game. He can play anywhere in the backline."
St Peter Claver College had sides in under-14s, 16s and opens.
Bremer High won the under-16s final 20-10, while Ipswich High seconds prevailed 28-4 in the Tornados Cup open age group.
"Our under-14s controlled the game very well and did what they had to do to run out pretty good winners," Riggs said.
"In the under-16s they came up against a pretty good Bremer side.
"That Bremer side is virtually a complete Year 10 side, so they were playing against older boys. It is Bremer's best group coming through and that was probably the best contest on the night.
"The opens game was a bit one-sided. The Ipswich second side was too classy."
In the 14s there were eight teams and four in each of the 16s and opens.
The three winning sides go to the metropolitan finals starting on August 20.