Ipswich High's toughest test
WIN, lose or draw today, the Ipswich State High opens rugby league team has been a winner this season.
ISHS plays Morayfield High in the Brisbane Schools Metro Cup grand final at Wynnum.
ISHS beat Woodridge SHS 28-8 in its semi-final last week to qualify, though the Ipswich SHS year 8 and 9 teams were knocked out.
Ipswich SHS coach Lee Addison anticipates the toughest challenge yet for his group of rising stars.
"They played in the GIO Cup (national schoolboys competition) so they're a Gee Shield standard team," Addison said of Morayfield.
"So it's a step up again. They've got a great front row, great back three and great five-eighth (Alex Albert) and they're very tenacious and mobile.
"They've got a mix of Redcliffe and Sunshine Coast players who did well in Mal Meninga and Cyril Connell cups."
Against the big Woodridge team Ipswich threw the ball around.
But Addison will instruct them to follow a much simpler game plan against the reigning title holders.
"It's a grand final and tensions are high so we need to worry about our own things a little bit more," he said. "Like the collisions and ball control."
It is the first time and ISHS team has contested a Metro Cup grand final.
"We've not lost a game in a competitive fixture this season so I'm over the moon whatever happens," he said.
ISHS is not the only Ipswich school contesting a Metro Cup grand final.
Redbank Plains State High up against Victoria Point State High in the year 10 grand final.