The final pieces of the puzzle fell into place, during a thrilling day of action, in Round 9 of the 2020 Volunteers’ Cup, at Richardson Park in Goodna, which saw Ipswich sides emerge victorious in ALL THREE GAMES!
On home soil, the Eagles clinched the minor premiership, in emphatic style, demolishing the Gatton Hawks, 72-16. Not only was it Goodna’s biggest win of the season, it was also Gatton’s heaviest defeat – the heaviest defeat inflicted on any team in the competition thus far – and it was the highest scoring match of the season, surpassing the 46-40 thriller, between Goodna and Valleys, back in Round 6.
The big story of the day came in the opening match, when the West End Bulldogs put in their best performance of the season, scoring a major upset win over the Toowoomba Valleys Roosters, 44-12.
The Roosters suffering their third loss of the season paved the way for the Eagles to seal top spot in this round, rather than having to wait until next weekend.
In the ‘Tiger Derby’, Norths got the better of Souths, by 18 points to 12.
With West End scoring an unlikely win today – just their third of the season – the final four is now LOCKED AND LOADED. The Southern Suburbs Tigers and Gatton Hawks season will end next Saturday, when Cahill Park Sports Complex plays host to the last of the preliminary rounds in this competition.
All three Ipswich sides will play finals football, following a turnaround in form from the Bulldogs over the last two weeks.
The only detail not yet finalised, within the top four, is who will finish second, as Valleys and Norths are locked on 12 points apiece, but the Toowoomba side has the superior For/Against record, with one game to play.
Apart from bragging rights, it won’t really matter how that plays out next weekend, as the two teams are already locked in for a date in the 2nd Semi-Final.
In the first semi-final, Goodna will face West End.
Next weekend, we’re off to Gatton, for three matches that, as a result of what happened in this round, are essentially dead rubber affairs, but they’ll hardly be treated that way. Gatton and Souths will be hoping to end their disappointing campaigns on a high, while the rest will be looking to build some momentum, ahead of the Finals.
Our ‘Match of the Day’ is the all-Toowoomba showdown, between Gatton and Valleys, with coverage coming your way immediately after our LIVE & EXCLUSIVE coverage, of Day 2, of the 2020 Queensland Karting Championships, from the Ipswich Kart Club.
As usual, there’ll be a full review of this round, and a preview of the next, in the Week End Sports Swich, with Bomber, next Saturday, from 9-10am AEST, only on West Bremer Sport.