Ipswich team on high after ‘massive’ result

IPSWICH State High School have maintained their unbeaten rugby league record against super school, Palm Beach Currumbin.

The same school that has produced a host of current rugby league stars like Brisbane Broncos Darius Boyd and North Queensland Cowboys Ben Hannant was held to a 14-all draw by the Ipswich Langer Cup side.

Ipswich State High coach Lee Addison praised his open team for turning up against the competition heavyweights.

"They were great," he said.

"We haven't lost to Palm Beach yet. We had a win last year and now a draw which is something to be proud of.

"For a school like us in our second year in the competition to go there and come away with a result is massive."

The game was called off with 22 minutes still remaining when Ipswich prop Monson Lang Sui suffered a head knock and was treated by ambulance.

Since the game had entered the second half the result will stand.

"It was a great game up to that point," Addison said.

"In the last two years there's been a draw in the first round and the teams that have drawn have gone on to be the top teams in the comp. So it's not a bad omen to have really."

The run ahead doesn't get any easier for Ipswich State High School with Keebra their next challenge this afternoon.

Keebra finished the regular Langer Cup season unbeaten last year before getting knocked out of the semi-finals by Palm Beach.

Addison hopes the home ground advantage of playing at the Swifts RLFC at Purga will get his side over the line.

"We know they are going to be big and strong," he said. "We need to be up to the challenge.

"There are a few Ipswich boys in the Keebra team so there will be a lot riding on this game and the boys will have a point to prove."

In his third year at Ipswich State High, Addison said he still couldn't believe how far the school had come.

"I still pinch myself," he said.

"To be on the same field as these teams is fantastic.

"There's no pressure on the boys, we just want to give the best account that we can."

Michael Armstrong said his Gee Shield and De Vere Cup sides had benefited from starting the season at home.

"It's good to start at home and get a few games back to back," he said.

"The other end of the draw doesn't look nearly as encouraging though."

The Redbank Gee shield team produced a 40-18 win over Caloundra while the De Vere side held Nambour scoreless with a 50-0 win in their second game of the season.

Ipswich host Keebra Park in Langer Cup, Langer Reserve and Walters Cup at the Swifts RLFC grounds at Purga today with games starting from 3.30pm.

St Peter Claver play Harristown in De Vere Cup at Ipswich Brothers from 4pm with a bye for their Gee Shield side.

Redbank State High School will host Alex Hills in De Vere and Gee Shield grades from 4pm today.

State of play

Langer Cup: Ipswich State High School drew 14-14 with Palm Beach Currumbin at Currumbin Eagles.

Gee Shield: Mountain Creek 46 def St Peter Claver 12 at Maroochydore; Redbank Plains 40 def Caloundra 18 at Redbank Plains.

De Vere Cup: Mountain Creek 22 def St Peter Claver 14 at Maroochydore; Redbank Plains 50 def Nambour State High School 0 at Redbank Plains.

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