WATCH THE REPLAY: Ipswich SHS vs Keebra Park
Ipswich SHS are facing Keebra Park.
SUFFERING some early losses isn't always a bad situation for young players.
It can actually highlight what is required to develop further, especially when wonderful bonds of mateship are forming.
That's the case with Ipswich State High's Year 10 students lining up in this afternoon's latest rugby league match being livestreamed on the QT website.
"With our Walters Cup boys, we are in a position where we've had quite a new bunch of players come through,'' coach Shane Harris said.
And with the COVID shutdown for four months, Harris said "we haven't quite made the progress we would have liked compared to if it was a normal year''.
"So it has taken a little bit more longer than expected for them to click.''
However, with coaching experience at Ipswich State High since 2014 and with the Ipswich Jets Mal Meninga side, Harris is upbeat about what the boys can achieve in future.
"We're pretty happy that week by week we are progressing and reflecting and getting better,'' he said.
Harris was also pleased to see how his young players from a range of Ipswich clubs were working with each other "in a unique position''.
"It's fantastic for the region to showcase all those boys together,'' he said.
"It's also a great opportunity for them to play together because of a Friday night when they are playing, they are out there playing against each other.
"What they are is a quite a close group of boys. They are quite good mates.
"It's a massive positive and they do have brotherhood there.''
Make sure you tune into the QT's livestreaming service to watch Ipswich State High's Year 10 students play in the Walters Cup at 3pm, before the Langer Cup clash at 4pm.
Both matches are against Keebra Park.
Harris expected a stronger performance from his young side, having the opportunity to play at the North Ipswich Reserve.
The side is being captained by forwards Seth Tanielu and Malachi Faletolu.
"Between the two of them, they will probably be fair on themselves and be honest and say they probably didn't have the best first two rounds,'' he said.
"But they can be are two brutal frontrowers that can really set a tone for the entire match and really lift the entire team with their offensive and defensive efforts.
"They are two just natural leaders that talk quite well and just do a lot of talking with their actions.''