TOUGH GOING: An Ipswich & Districts under-12 rugby league player does well to get his pass away in muddy conditions at Raceview yesterday.
TOUGH GOING: An Ipswich & Districts under-12 rugby league player does well to get his pass away in muddy conditions at Raceview yesterday. Claudia Baxter

Pink turns to black as Ipswich impress 44-0 in the mud

FORGET testing conditions slowing you down, this young Ipswich side can play.

That's been the case at the 51st annual Zone 4 carnival where Ipswich's talent-rich under-12 rugby league team have won their first two matches.

After beating Pittsworth 22-12 on Sunday, the Ipswich team overran Charleville 44-0 in yesterday's match at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

Ipswich's try fest came despite the soggy and mud-laden field. The fact only two goals were kicked in the wet conditions underlined the try-scoring skill of the young Ipswich footballers.

"They're getting better every game,'' manager Bevan Baker said.

"It was a bit of a slow start.''

Ipswich only led 16-0 at halftime yesterday after being deadlocked 6-6 with Pittsworth in that game.

But given their powerful second half finishes, the team is showing plenty of quality.

They'll need more of that promise when Ipswich tackles Gold Coast on Friday. Gold Coast are also unbeaten after two games.

Ipswich tackles Jandowae in today's 6pm game at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

Bevan and coach Alex Busuttil also guided the boys in last year's Zone 4 carnival, which is considered the longest running tournament of its kind in Australia.

The players come from the Ipswich and Districts Primary School Rugby League program.

They are wearing pink and white jerseys this year supporting the Kim Walters Foundation.

The Zone 4 carnival continues until Friday.

The Ipswich team has been supported by Attune Hearing, M&P Floorcoverings, ADB Painting and Decorating, the Ipswich Parents and Old Boys and Stockland.

State of Play

Zone 4 carnival at Briggs Road Sporting Complex, Raceview.

Yesterday: Ipswich 44 (Joel Brett 3; Eric Afaese 2; Allan Cooper, Billy Soderquist, Broden Ingram, Dominic Afele, Jack Martin tries; Allan Cooper, Waylan Fiaii goals) d Charleville 0.

Sunday: Ipswich 22 (Tuia Gregory 2, Dominic Afele, Ian Hargreaves tries; Allan Cooper, Joel Brett, Jai Garrigal goals) d Pittsworth 12.



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