Ipswich schools set for rugby league duels
THE RIVALRY between three of Ipswich's biggest rugby league schools is set to reach new heights this year.
St Peter Claver College, Ipswich State High School and Redbank Plains State High School will compete in a new inter-school competition.
The QT School's Cup will feature three trial matches next month.
The three schools have a long history of producing rugby league talent. The talent will be showcased by their next batch of stars in under 15 and open teams.
Coordinated by Todd Riggs (SPCC), Michael Armstrong (RPSHS) and Lee Addison (ISHS), the competition will provide the perfect lead-up to the Brisbane Broncos Challenge which begins in April.
ISHS will return for their second season as part of the South Queensland 'Super 6' Langer Trophy against Keebra, Palm Beach, Wavell, Marsden and Coombabah.
St Peter Claver College and Redbank will battle it out in the second tier Andrew Gee Shield.
Head of the ISHS rugby league program and coach Lee Addison said the new concept reflected the growing interest in rugby league in Ipswich.
"To me it is a no-brainer that there will be an NRL side in the area sometime soon," Addison said.
"Rugby league in Ipswich is on a high with the Jets and we need to celebrate it and give the kids every chance to enjoy it."
Addison said the three trial matches would provide welcome entertainment for the students.
"A lot of these kids play together in teams outside of school so it will be mate against mate," he said.
"It should provide some good quality tests for them."
The first of three rounds will begin with a local derby match between rivals Redbank and SPC on Wednesday at the Redbank Bears Rugby League Football Club.
The first match will be between the under 15s at 4pm, followed by the opens at 5pm.