CLUB SUPPORT: Paige van Nek is proof Ipswich Rangers look after the female fraternity, with women being acknowledged at Woodend tomorrow.
CLUB SUPPORT: Paige van Nek is proof Ipswich Rangers look after the female fraternity, with women being acknowledged at Woodend tomorrow. Inga Williams

Rangers mount up to cut down Hawks

IPSWICH Rangers' last home game of the season doubles as Ladies Day at Woodend tomorrow.

With their own finals prospects dashed, Rangers hope to use it to end the finals aspirations of the Springfield Hawks.

The Hawks need to win their final two games with bonus points to stand any chance of reaching the playoffs.

Rangers are out of the running but will be determined to end their season at home on a positive note.

Meanwhile, third-placed Goodna have the bye in the final round but can almost secure a semi-final spot with an away win over second placed Redlands tomorrow.

A loss would leave them vulnerable to missing out should either fifth-placed Everton park of sixth-placed Springfield win their final two games.

For one Ipswich Rangers talent, it is also approaching the end of her rugby playing career.

As the only girl playing for the club, 12-year-old Paige Van Nek will not be able to play next season, as girls can only play in boys teams until under-12s.

And Paige can't stand playing amongst other girls.

"Because they're so girly," the Raceview State School Green House captain said. "Every time something happens to their hands, they're like 'oh no, I broke a nail'."

But having to give the game away has not got her down because Paige, with the help of Rangers, has developed a new love that is set to surpass her joy of playing the game - refereeing.

Ipswich Rangers, sympathetic to her plight, have funded her to get her coaching qualifications.

"I'm quite glad I get to stay in the rugby community," Paige said.

She now referees under eights and nines, including her little brother Braydin.

"I love refereeing because, A - I get to annoy him," she said.

"And B - it's just fun.

"It's great to be there."

Paige's personal goal is to become the first female international referee.

However far she progresses, she will always be grateful to the support she has received from Rangers, both as a player and a referee.

A Ladies High Tea is from 1.30pm, coinciding with kick-off in the Reserve grade match tomorrow.

It is the chance for Rangers players to thank all the women in their lives and those involved with the club.

Money raised from the day will go towards the McGrath Foundation.

All Rangers teams, junior and senior, will wear pink socks for the round to mark the occasion.

For tickets, call Rob Sadler on 0435 095 851.

Barber Cup ladder

Wynnum 51, Redlands 50, Goodna 48, Caboolture 47, Everton Park 44, Springfield 38, Ipswich 26, Pine Rivers 25, Brisbane Irish 8.



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