Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Derby Has Community Value; Club Neighbours Playing for Promotion, NAIDOC Culture

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Derby Has Community Value; Club Neighbours Playing for Promotion, NAIDOC Culture

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FOOTBALL: It's a local derby duel that could determine which Ipswich team ultimately secures promotion this season.

However, tonight's crucial Capital League 3 encounter between Ripley Valley and Springfield means so much more.

The senior games at the South Ripley Sports Complex are the first being played at the new venue, coinciding with the NAIDOC round.

Ripley Valley FC head coach Nick Paterson said it was important to honour past traditions as two rapidly developing clubs enjoy their latest challenge.

"For the traditional land owners, it's quite fitting that it's our first game out there too,'' Paterson said.

"Everything that NAIDOC stands for, we as a club want to appreciate culture and communities and everything along those sort of lines.''

Ripley Valley and Springfield will respect Indigenous heritage, with the home team donning special jerseys to mark the occasion.

The Ripley Valley strip has been designed by Ipswich artist and former Bulls premiership-winning captain Corey Eggmolesse, who has also recently created symbolic strips for his football club, the Ipswich Knights and Ipswich Jets.

Like many loyal Ipswich footballers, Paterson has a long association with Eggmolesse and admires the terrific work he does.

"He's done really well. We appreciate that,'' Paterson said.

"It's good to put the jerseys out to show a bit of recognition.''

Tonight's match pits second placed Springfield (32 points) against third-placed Ripley (31). However Ripley has two games in hand chasing competition leaders Logan Metro (34 points).

"Both clubs have got one goal in mind and that's promotion,'' Paterson said of the clash between footballing neighbours Ripley Valley and Springfield.

"A win will go a long way to help secure that.''

Springfield coach Michael Keating shared Paterson's sentiments, looking for "a good, fair game of football and three points'' after losing 4-1 to Rip-ley in the first round clash at Woodcrest College in May. …

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