Derbies with plenty to play for
LOCAL derbies in Ipswich this evening will keep football and rugby union fans in Ipswich happy.
It shapes as a different type of derby in Capital League 2 football tonight with Western Spirit progressing well this season and Ipswich City having lost a number of their senior players.
Spirit are well in finals contention sitting in fourth on 25 points with eight wins, a draw and four losses.
City are at the opposite end of the Capital League 2 table in 11th, with three wins and nine losses.
However, Spirit head coach Nick Paterson is taking nothing for granted knowing how the annual local derbies often play out.
"It always seems to be their grand final when they play us,'' Paterson said of the Bulls.
"They definitely step up for it.
"With a bit of luck, we can get on top of them early and kill the game off.''
Preparing for tonight's 8.30pm main game at Kippen Park, Spirit are close to full strength.
The Bulls are without captain Shaun Kitching and injured senior duo Zygan Condie and Norbert Duga from the side that lost the first derby 1-0.
In rugby union meanwhile, Ipswich Rangers host the Springfield Hawks in Barber Cup (1st grade) and Pegg Cup (Reserve grade) fixtures at Woodend.
Geography is the only thing that suggests the two clubs are close in the Barber Cup, with Springfield riding in second spot and Rangers coming last on the ladder.
Rangers have lost star fullback Tom Dwyer to a suspected hernia.
It was sustained either playing for Queensland Subdistricts last weekend or the following day while Dwyer was doing home renovations.
His loss is offset by the return of inside back Callum Waldrum, but it may take more than that to upset the Hawks.
"Hopefully it's not too hard to get them up for it," Rangers captain and halfback Isaac Creedy said.
"When we played them last time, at half-time we were only behind by a try or two."
Unfortunately by full-time they had lost 65-5.
FOOTBALL: Capital League 2 tonight, Western Spirit v Ipswich City at Kippen Park, Goodna at 8.30pm (Reserves at 6.30pm)
RUGBY: Brisbane Subdistricts tonight, Ipswich Rangers v Springfield Hawks at Woodend Park at 7.40pm (Reserve grade 6.15pm)