Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Knights Stalwarts to Bow out; Two of Ipswich's Best to Hang Up Boots

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Knights Stalwarts to Bow out; Two of Ipswich's Best to Hang Up Boots

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

Game day

Tonight: Brisbane Premier League (7pm) -- Ipswich Knights v Rochedale Rovers at Eric Evans Oval, Bundamba. BPL Reserves play at 4.45pm after under 18s at 2.45pm and under 16s at 12.45pm.

Capital League 2 (main games at 6pm): Western Spirit v Pine Hills at Kippen Park, Goodna; Ipswich City v Souths United at Sutton Park, Brassall.

Tomorrow: National Premier Leagues (5pm) -- Western Pride v Olympic at Goodwin Park.

RETIRING Ipswich Knights footballer Nick Parfitt rates Trent Griffiths "probably the best player I've ever played with''.

"He was probably the one that I thought would go on to play in the national league, A-League, but he didn't quite make it,'' Parfitt said.

About to retire as well, Griffiths has similar respect for his long-time teammate.

"He's just one of those reliable guys that gets the job done,'' Griffiths said. "He's been probably Ipswich's premier defender over the years.''

Together, Parfitt and Griffiths have been two of Ipswich's most skilful and resilient footballers.

Despite suffering just about every football injury possible between them, the loyal duo have soldiered on season after season.

"The last couple of years with injuries haven't helped but I can't complain,'' Coalstars junior Griffiths said.

After battling hamstring and back problems and the dreaded osteitis pubis, Griffiths managed to complete 16 games this season.

"We've always had a good group of guys. It's just made it enjoyable, and that made me push on a bit longer as well,'' he said.

"It's a really good culture down there (Bundamba) at the moment.''

The popular Raceview footballer knew it was time, especially being a dad. "There's no regrets,'' Griffiths, 33, said.

Although Parfitt has mainly been a fearless defender and Griffiths became a regular goalscorer up front, they have formed a terrific partnership.

Apart from a season or two at other clubs like Taringa and Western Spirit, they have shared their careers together. …

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