SPRINGFIELD Lakes proved they are here for the long haul, defeating Ipswich Rangers 19-18 at Springfield Lakes on Friday night.
Rangers coach Mike McLean admitted his team were caught off guard by the new club's approach.
"They played a typically expansive game, chucking the ball about a bit," he said.
"We just didn't react well to that.
"We turned over a lot of possession and got a bit undisciplined."
Rangers led 18-12 in the final minutes but conceded a late penalty try for repeated infringements while defending their own line.
"We didn't react very well to some of the referee's decisions and discipline cost us."
McLean was full of praise for Springfield Lakes, declaring the newcomers a premiership threat.
"They're going to be there and bouts," he said.
"They've got some really talented footballers and big solid forwards."
Meanwhile, Goodna posted its first win of the Barber Cup season with a 17-16 win over premiers Pine Rivers at Evan Marginson Oval on Saturday.
It indicates there will be little between Goodna, Ipswich, Springfield Lakes and Pine Rivers this season.
"I think the competition is going to be really close," McLean said.
"It should be a great season."
In the Pegg Cup Rangers beat the Pine Rivers Pumas 15-14 and Goodna beat Pine Rivers Boars 32-8.
In the Scotney Cup GPS beat Rangers 36- while Rangers colts went down 38-0 to Redcliffe.