Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Cup Restructure Behind New Look; QSRU Boss Confident in Suburban Future

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Cup Restructure Behind New Look; QSRU Boss Confident in Suburban Future

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BEN

WILMOTT

ben.wilmott@qt.com.au

Springfield target for growth

ONE of the growth areas identified by the QSRU is Springfield, which already has a huge junior base of players.

Barber Cup premiers in 2015, the Hawks will be a big loss to the competition but Noel Rafter is confident Springfield will return in the near future.

"Springfield do have some issues that they need to sort out," Rafter admitted. "Historically they are a junior-based club but they need to have a senior structure in place so they don't have players disappear to other areas.

"It is a shame to see but hopefully they will re-emerge. (The Ipswich Rangers) had their own problems a few years ago even though they are one of the historic clubs who were around in the 1970's when I was still playing.

"They went from having a great amount of strength to experiencing exactly what some clubs are going through now. To their credit they have started to build their numbers again now."

With the Rangers and Goodna two of the five teams in this year's Barber and Pegg Cup competitions, Rafter said the QSRU were eager to host future Rugby Tens tournaments in Ipswich after its success earlier this year.

RUGBY: The Ipswich Rangers and Goodna Gladiators will embark on a smaller scale Barber and Pegg Cup campaign when the two sides meet at Woodend Park today.

The Springfield Hawks are among a host of clubs absent from this year's First Grade competition which has left just five clubs fighting for a place in the finals in August.

Despite the slim competition this season, Queensland Suburban Rugby Union president Noel Rafter said the decision to play in the second tier Scotney Cup this year would continue the strength of the overall competition.

"The Barber and Pegg Cup are a two team club competition," Rafter said.

"If your numbers do wax and wane, like they tend to do, it can make it difficult to host proper home and away fixtures. …

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