Last week was a case of going through the motions, in the Rugby League Ipswich Volunteers’ Cup competition, as the teams progressing to the finals had already been determined.
The only thing that remained undecided, going into the last of the preliminary rounds, being played at the Cahill Park Sports Complex in Gatton, was who would walk away with the dreaded wooden spoon.
In the opening match of the day, Goodna were too good for the Southern Suburbs Tigers, walking away with a 20-point victory, in what was a nice hit out, ahead of finals football this weekend.
In the second match, West End continued their resurgence, defeating Norths, 24-16 – not the result Norths would’ve been hoping for, ahead of their clash against the Roosters this weekend.
On the Subject of the Roosters, they finished the season strongly, accounting for Gatton, in a closer game than you might’ve expected – the Roosters walked away with a 7-point win.
Had Gatton won that game, Souths would’ve inherited the wooden spoon, but given Gatton have been residing at the bottom of the ladder for much of the season, no one was overly surprised to see them wrap that up.
Also worth noting, the Roosters kicked the first field goal of the season last weekend… a tactic that may serve them well at some stage over the next two weeks!
What’s interesting here, the Bulldogs have defeated both the Toowoomba Valleys Roosters, and the North Ipswich Tigers, in their last two games. This weekend, they face Goodna in the first semi-final, in their third match against a top-three side in as many weeks.
There’s no doubt that the Bulldogs are hitting their straps at the right end of the season, and an upset win over the Eagles would see them earn a spot in the Grand Final, which seemed well out of reach, only a few weeks ago.
Tomorrow, the North Ipswich Reserve is the venue… the 2nd Semi-Final will see the Roosters against the Tigers – two teams that have been fairly evenly matched all season. Don’t rule out a bit of overtime tomorrow afternoon, as they fight for the first spot in the decider.
The first semi-final, Goodna against West End, will follow immediately, and while Goodna have been the form side all season, and should qualify for the Grand Final, they’ll be weary of a Bulldogs squad looking to provide a sting in the tail.
Full coverage on West Bremer Radio, from 3pm AEDST tomorrow, and don’t forget, we’ll review the season thus far, and preview a semi-final Super Saturday, in the Week End Sports Swich, streaming LIVE on the website and the app, from 10am AEDST (9am QLD).