Wins for Ipswich High, Redbank Plains and SPC at new comp
THE new Combined Ipswich Secondary Schools Sporting Association rugby league competition got off to a great start last weekend.
In the open division, the Tornadoes Cup, there was some high quality rugby league, if no major upsets.
Ipswich State High's firsts recorded a 50-10 win over the school's seconds team.
Redbank Plains got its campaign off to a winning start, beating Laidley 22-10 while St Peter Claver College downed Rosewood 36-20.
For Rosewood it was both an encouraging and disappointing start to the campaign.
Encouraging because it was achieved with only 11 players.
Disappointing because they could not field a full side and wins will be at a premium.
The Rosewood team, which has a squad of 17 when all are available, was struck by illness and players having to work part time jobs.
"They've all given me their word they will all be available this week," coach Paul Raynor said.
"We did pretty well (with 11).
"I was really impressed with the performance."
Leading the way was halfback Jye Semple, who crossed for two tries.
"He was always running around, organising things," Raynor said.
Forward Kayne Maslen was another to impress, doing the work of two men in a five-man forward pack.
"He kept running the ball up," the coach said.
"Along with Mitchell Dixon they kept producing big hits and runs that kept everyone going."
The focus has since turned to today's game against country rivals Laidley High.
"I'm looking forward to them getting out there and doing a really good job," Raynor said.
"The thing that let them down last week was our outside defence wasn't up to it.
"We've got the skill and ability to do it.
"It's a matter of making tackles and working together as a unit."
Rosewood takes on Laidley at 3pm, followed by Bundamba versus Ipswich and Redbank Plains versus St Peter Claver at 4pm.
All matches at Blue Gum Reserve, Karalee.