Fitting honour for bold units
IT SEEMS fitting that Redbank Plains and Springfield had their moment as the lead acts last Friday night at Ipswich Rugby League headquarters.
The same day it was confirmed the two clubs would combine to form a new premier senior club to compete in the Ipswich Rugby League in 2014.
It is a glimpse into the future and the two clubs ensured their last acts would remain etched in history.
On Friday night, Redbank Plains took out the Open Division 2 grand final, beating Norths 22-12.
It was followed by Springfield's 38-28 win over Rosewood in the Division 1 decider.
Unbeaten in 2013, Springfield received a shock when Rosewood blitzed them to lead 28-4 at halftime.
Springfield's shortcomings were preyed on by a fired-up Roosters outfit.
"We didn't go forward," Springfield player-coach Corey Kirk said.
"Everyone knows you have to go forward before you go wide. But we were trying to do the opposite.
"Rosewood came to play.
"They stuck it to us."
For rookie coach Corey Kirk, the challenge of turning things around was the greatest in his short coaching career.
"We probably went in a bit complacent and thought we just had to turn up to win," he said.
"Then they probably thought after half-time that was all they had to do.
"I'm very proud of the way we came back.
"I had faith, but all through the year we had dominated teams.
"It was never enough for me as a coach.
"I always wanted to improve.
"So at half-time I never said anything negative.
"We just had to have some belief and if we pull it off, we pull it off.
"If we don't, it doesn't matter."
The plan worked but only after Kirk's prayers were answered with two tries early in the second half.
Kirk gave big wraps to young outside backs Anthony Noa (centre) and man-of-the-match Nathan Bani (fullback).
"Anthony should be playing Q Cup," Kirk said. "He's only 21 or 22 and is going to do the pre-season with the (Ipswich) Jets.
"Nathan has been inspirational for us all year.
"I'll definitely encourage him to go to the Jets."