Champions streak ends in first round of Ipswich A Grade

The Rugby League Ipswich A Grade Competition got underway last weekend, with Goodna Eagles ending the 17-game winning streak of the defending champion Fassifern Bombers.

The Bombers had not suffered defeat since Round 3 last season en route to a big win in the 2018 grand final, but it was the Eagles who made the biggest statement of the opening round with a 48-12 win.

Raymond Harrison and Sione Piutau both scored doubles in the dominant nine tries to two victory that sees the Eagles take the early competition lead.

Elsewhere in Round 1 action, Brothers Ipswich ran out 28-10 winners over West End Bulldogs and the Swifts Bluebirds defeated Redbank Plains Bears 40-22 with Harold Mosby crossing for a hat-trick. Northern Suburbs Ipswich Tigers had the bye.

Round 2 will feature Brothers Ipswich against the Tigers, Redbank Plains Bears against West End Bulldogs and Goodna Eagles against the Bluebirds with the Bombers having the bye.

Round 1 results

Brothers Ipswich 28 def West End Bulldogs 10

Swifts Bluebirds 40 def Redbank Plains Bears 22

Goodna & Districts Eagles 48 def Fassifern Bombers 12

Northern Suburbs Ipswich Tigers – Bye

Ladder

  Team +/- Points
1 Goodna & Districts Eagles +26 3
2 Brothers Ipswich +18 3
3 Swifts Bluebirds +18 3
4 Northern Suburbs Ipswich Tigers 0 3
5 Redbank Plains Bears -18 1
6 West End Bulldogs -18 1
7 Fassifern Bombers -26 1

Round 2 fixtures

Brothers Ipswich vs Northern Suburbs Ipswich Tigers - Saturday March 16 at Blue Ribbon Motors Field, 6pm

Redbank Plains Bears vs West End Bulldogs - Saturday March 16 at Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve, 6pm

Goodna & Districts Eagles vs Swifts Bluebirds - Sunday March 17 at Woogaroo Field, 3pm

Fassifern Bombers, bye

Main Photo: Bruce Clayton Photography