Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Valuable Derby Duel; Ripley Advance after Spirited Battle with Springfield

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Valuable Derby Duel; Ripley Advance after Spirited Battle with Springfield

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

State of play

CL1: Samford def Ipswich City 3-1, St George def Western Spirit 2-1.

CL3: Ripley Valley 2 (Rhys Jackson, Luka Kljajic) def Springfield 0.

BWPL: Ipswich City Bulls def Virginia United 5-0.

FOOTBALL: Ripley Valley strengthened their bid for promotion after a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Springfield in the latest local derby.

While enjoying the opportunity to play Capital League 3 neighbours Springfield, Ripley Valley coach Nick Paterson hopes that won't be the case next season.

With Ripley Valley in clear second and tackling CL3 leaders Logan Metro next weekend, the competition newcomers have a chance to challenge for top spot.

"I love the derbies,'' Paterson said, having played and coached in many over the years for Ipswich City, Ipswich Knights and Western Spirit.

"Derby games are always great for the league. I just hope we're not in Cap 3 and playing them again next year.''

Ripley Valley's goal is to move up into CL2 next season. Ripley are just three points behind Logan Metro with a game in hand.

But before Ripley's focus moves to that huge clash against Logan next Sunday, Paterson appreciated having Springfield as opponents for Friday night's historic occasion.

Apart from celebrating NAIDOC contributions to football, the new fields at South Ripley were tested in a fitting local derby.

"The game was played in a really good spirit,'' Paterson said.

"It was a good little atmosphere and it was great to host them in our first game at the new facility.''

Despite being disappointed with the loss, Springfield coach Michael Keating agreed.

"The fields were excellent to play on and I'm sure it was a great game for the locals to watch,'' Keating said.

"We would like to thank Ripley for their hospitality.''

While happy with the efforts of his players at stages, Keating conceded the home team won the tactical battle. …

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