Super 8s giving Ipswich touch a major boost in popularity
THE Super 8s touch football competition has breathed a fresh breath of air into the sport in Ipswich.
This was evident by the number of spectators watching the second week games at Jim Finimore Oval, One Mile last Friday night.
"We haven't seen people vying for a car park, a full grandstand and the number of supporters viewing games from the sidelines for a number of years,'' said Ipswich Touch Association representative Dale O'Connell.
"We even ran out of beer.''
It's not surprising, though, with the quality level of touch football on display and teams eager to be crowned the inaugural Super 8s champions.
"When preparing for such an important tournament like the NTLs or the Elite 8s, there's no better means than to have regular hit-outs against sides of similar ability and that's what the Super 8s has provided for us," said seasoned NTL campaigner Melita Mackay.
The second week of games didn't disappoint. The intensity of competition raised another notch as players began to gain match fitness and fine-tune combinations.
In the men's division, the Saints and Cobras remained undefeated.
The Saints team from Toowoomba possess a core of players who have been together for six years. They hold a four-year mantle on the Toowoomba A-Grade competition.
The Saints' squad is bolstered by three players who will don the Queensland Chiefs jersey in the Elite 8s in Coffs Harbour in March.
Similarly, in the women's competition, the Swans and the Cobras haven't dropped any of their four matches and must be considered as contenders for the maiden title.
The Swans and the Cobras will compete in the Under 20 T-League at the NTLs in Coffs Harbour.
The Swans are benefitting from the guidance of a number of open women's Queensland representatives.
The Cobras, on the other hand, are reaping the rewards of being coached by the long-serving Australian player Kelly Woods, who debuted for national team in 2001 and whom played for the Cobras when they won the NTL tournament in 2012.
The Ipswich Touch Association will host the third week of fury tomorrow night.
Games commence at 6.30pm.
Round 3 men's results: Cobras 7 def Stingrays 5, Saints 13 def Brothers Sharks 2, Eddie's Wolf Pack 8 def. Zero to 100 7, Ikonic O'Doyle 12 def Rebel Force 7.
Men's Round 4: Saints 8 def. Zero To 100 3, Cobras 12 def. Brothers Sharks 0, Ikonic O'Doyle 6 def. Stingrays 3, Eddie's Wolf Pack 8 def. Rebel Force 5.
Women's Round 3: Terrors 6 def. Force 2, Swans 9 def. IGGS 0, Grommets 8 def. Meerkats 4, Cobras 3 def. Warriors 1.
Women's Round 4: Swans 7 def. Grommets 5, Terrors 6 def. IGGS 5, Warriors 2 def. Force 1, Cobras 6 def. Meerkats 1.