Ipswich leading charge to Super 8's finals
ON PAPER a 7-all draw against Cobras T-League might have come as something of a shock for the previously-unflappable ODoyle side.
The Ipswich Super 8's leaders were made to work for the result against the fourth-ranked Cobras. But context is important.
"Yes we drew, but we only had five players,” ODoyle player Jake Hooper explained.
"I had pulled my hamstring, but I had to jump on to make a sixth. I was limping everywhere, I wasn't much help.
"We drew that game, but it was better than a loss so we're happy with that.”
Work commitments were the catalyst for the near-upset, but by the second match of the night Hooper's team had managed to at least field a fully-fit starting six.
"We had three reserves, so we were missing two players but I think that made us work a bit harder,” Hooper said.
"The boys really helped each other out.”
That result, a 6-5 win over fellow Ipswich side and finals aspirants Swans kept ODoyle atop the standings heading into tonight's final two rounds.
"They're a strong team, so we were very happy to win that second game,” Hooper said.
Hooper's team, made up of half-Ipswich, half-Brisbane players, sits two points clear with two rounds remaining.
Below them, fellow Ipswich sides Fockers (15pts) and Swans (14pts) complete an all-local top three.
Hooper said it was a great endoresemt of the strength of touch football in Ipswich.
In the women's draw, Walters are leading the way for the Ipswich contingent with four wins and two losses through six rounds.
They sit in a three-way tie for second.
Rounds seven and eight get underway tomorrow night.