Topics:  ipswich city bulls, qt cup, soccer

Bulls charge into QT Cup carnival full of optimism

IPSWICH City Bulls mentor Nev O'Sullivan is thrilled his club has continued its association with the annual QT Cup.

Having helped establish the pre-season football concept in 2004, O'Sullivan sees tremendous value in local teams playing each other before their premiership campaigns.

The Bulls will enter their Capital League Division 2 top side and Reserve grade line-up in this weekend's carnival.

Matches are being played on Friday night and Saturday from 11am at the Sutton Park fields at Brassall.

"It should be good, getting the guys going,'' O'Sullivan said.

"People can have a short drive to watch some good footy.''

The Bulls are also fielding a composite women's team this weekend, along with sides from the Knights and Centenary.

O'Sullivan welcomes games against both clubs as he finalises his side for Ipswich City's premiership opener against Annerley on March 2.

"It's going to be full strength,'' he said of his plans for the Bulls in the 30 minute-halves this weekend.

"I'm just trying to work out combinations at the moment. As usual, we've got about 10 midfielders and defenders.''

The Bulls look to have retained most of last year's squad, including 2012 Player of the Year Ronan Geoghegan, the team's most consistent performer in goalkeeper Dean Stenzel, stalwart Shaun Kitching and exciting talent Joel Munn.

Skilful utility Lucas Wilson is also back from Western Spirit, boosting the top team's hopes.

"I think we're going to have a pretty good year this year as long as the guys are willing to do the work,'' O'Sullivan said.

Steve Newbigging will guide the Bulls Reserve grade side this weekend and during the 2013 season.

The Bulls are training on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Brassall. - David Lems



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