ON HIGH: BRL captain Chris Ash.
ON HIGH: BRL captain Chris Ash. Contributed

Good news keeps coming for captain Ash

IF LAST year was the year of the Ipswich Jets, then 2016 is almost certainly the year of Chris Ash.

A born and bred Ipswich boy, Ash has spent the last six years rising through the Ipswich Jets Colts, BRL and now Intrust Super Cup rugby league grades.

Now the red-headed halfback is being richly rewarded for his hard work and persistence.

Captain of the defending premier Jets BRL side, Ash was called upon to captain the Ipswich Diggers to their first ever Chairman’s Challenge victory.

Then selected in the SEQ representative side, Ash was forced to miss QRL State Division Carnival when he was called up to Jets Intrust Super Cup squad by co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker.

His absence at the carnival didn’t stop coach Craig Grauf from selecting Ash in the Queensland Rangers side to take on NSW next month.

“I had no idea I would be picked,” Ash said.

“I didn’t think I could have played so many Intrust games this year and I was happy to just wait for my shot in BRL.

“I had to ring the coach straight away to let them know I couldn’t play and I knew it would have been good to play but Cup has to be your main goal.

“To get picked without playing in the carnival just on my form, I was stoked.”

Despite playing in a losing SEQ side, fellow Jets BRL teammates Lachlan Roe and Ono So'Oialo will join their captain when the Rangers run out onto Pizzey Park for the representative clash.

Ipswich currently dominate the top try scoring list of the BRL with speedster Michael Purcell leading the way with his amazing ten tries in two games feat propelling him into second highest for the season.

Fellow BRL teammates Mikaere Beattie (7), Josh Damen (6) and Ono So'Oialo (6) have added their names to the list, with Beattie’s 29 goals and 86 individual points also leaving him in respective second and third place for goals and overall points.

After playing for Souths Logan in the Intrust Super Cup, So'Oialo spent a season as fullback for Logan Brothers before moving to the Ipswich Jets.

He scored a try for the SEQ side in their 20-18 win over Norths, and again in their 36-12 loss to Central.

Second rower Lachlan Roe was a stand out for the Ipswich Diggers and has rightfully been rewarded with his selection for the Rangers.

The Queensland Rangers will take on NSW on July 24 at Pizzey Park.

Ben Wilmott

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