Diggers cut out for semi-final

THE Ipswich Diggers' representative season is over following Brisbane Second Division's win over Gold Coast Vikings on Saturday night.

Brisbane backed up their victory over the Diggers by proving too strong for the Vikings in the 26-16 win.

The win secures Brisbane the South East Chairman's Challenge crown and a home XXXX Challenge semi-final against Toowoomba.

Diggers coach Paul Lowe admitted he was disappointed to be bundled out of the competition after beating Gold Coast for the first time in many years, but a second half fadeout against Brisbane sealed their fate. "It's disappointing not to go through because I feel we probably could have been the best side of the three but we were unfortunate at crucial times in the game against Brisbane," Lowe said.

"I don't want to make excuses though, they won the comp and deserve to progress through."

Despite his team's early exit, Lowe said the Diggers' program was trending upwards.

"From where we were a few years ago, we've certainly progressed," he said.

"I was really happy with our performance in the first game against the Gold Coast.

"We had a substantial change in the playing ranks again this year.

"A lot of new guys got a taste of it and the more of them we can retain next year, the better."

After two years at the helm of the Diggers, Lowe said he was keen to continue in 2013 if possible.

"If scheduling allows, I'd certainly be interested in going around again," he said. "It felt unfinished from last year after Gold Coast beat us by two points.

"Now that Brisbane got us this year, it certainly feels like there is unfinished business for me."

In the under-20 division, Gold Coast progress through to the semi-finals after beating both Ipswich and Brisbane in their two games.

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