The Logan City Bears have begun recruiting for the new Ipswich Broncos Gridiron Colts team at North Ipswich.
The Logan City Bears have begun recruiting for the new Ipswich Broncos Gridiron Colts team at North Ipswich. Dave Noonan

Norths link with Logan to revive American game

LOGAN is helping to bring gridiron back to Ipswich.

Eight years after the Ipswich Cougars last played in the Queensland competition, a new club is setting up in North Ipswich.

The move is backed by the Logan City Gridiron Football Club with club president Peter Farrar hoping the sport can make a revival in the Ipswich region.

Gridiron has a reputation for being a high contact sport. However, the American sport has a variety of positions which Farrar believes will suit any type of player.

"With league or union the skills are a little different across the field but it's nothing compared to the difference in positions in gridiron,” Farrar said.

"The way it is played it's actually one of the most protected sports. Every position is different and you don't have big kids running at little kids.

"It doesn't matter what size or shape you are, everyone can have a go.”

Established in 1988, the Logan club is one of the largest American Football clubs in Australia.

After searching for a new base in Ipswich, Farrar said the club found an ally in the Norths Tigers rugby league club.

"We are always getting calls from people in Ipswich,” he said. "We thought about it for a while and decided to tip the towel in the water.

"We reached out to Norths as a possible location and they welcomed us with open arms.”

The Broncos will start with a combined Colts outfit, looking at a possible women's side.

"We didn't plan on doing a women's team but we've had a lot of women from different ages who have gotten in contact already,” Farrar said.

"Eight women from our club are currently in the Australian team so we definitely have a passion for women's sport. We are certainly open to the idea if we get the right numbers.”

The Broncos Colts have begun training at Norths from 7-9pm on Monday and Wednesday nights.



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