Sport

Fresh Force outfit eyes home play-off

STANDING TALL: Ipswich Force strongman Martin Iti tries to outmanoeuvre a Toowoomba player during their recent QBL match.
STANDING TALL: Ipswich Force strongman Martin Iti tries to outmanoeuvre a Toowoomba player during their recent QBL match. Nev Madsenthe Toowoomba Chronicle

ONE win from their final two games will be enough for the Ipswich Force men to top their pool in the QBL, ensuring a home play-off.

But if you're only as good as your last game, the seventh-placed Force will have to work hard at Booval tonight against fifth-placed Northside.

After losing five of their first six games, the Force won seven straight before their last-start 90-89 loss to Bundaberg, followed by the bye last weekend.

But coach Andrew Summerville wasn't unhappy to see his team's winning run broken.

"The winning streak always had to come to an end at some stage," Summerville said. "It's good we got it off our backs before play-offs."

Having the loss followed by a weekend off wasn't ideal, with players keen to make amends as soon as possible. But there were plenty of positive benefits.

"It was nice and refreshing coming off the bye," Summerville said.

"It's a little bit of a strange feeling. It seems like forever since we played.

"The boys are raring to go."

Older players and those with niggles got to rest their bodies while all were freshened mentally by the break.

Some went away for the weekend but not Summerville and his coaching staff, who instead watched tonight's opponents go down in double over-time to South West Metro (118-116).

"Northside have the ability to hit some big shots down the stretch," Summerville said.

"They have learnt how to play in close games.

"They were dead and buried for a while."

A weekend without a game also gave Summerville the chance to reiterate some messages at training that might have been diluted through the season.

"It was a chance to freshen up on some of the things we've been working on and keep guys aware of the little details you can lose sight of," he said.

The plan for the Force tonight will be to get the ball to their big men on the inside and shut down at least one of the Northside leading scorers.

"We'll try and use our inside presence," the coach said.

"Northside aren't overly big.

"So we need to get inside, attack the rim and get any easy points we can."

To that end, Summerville would like nothing more than to see power forward Kyle Harvey impose himself on the match.

"He's been good for us of late," Summerville said.

"But I'm still not sure he's reached his potential yet.

"I'm sure he's got a big game in him."

Game day

  • Tonight: 5pm - QBL women: Ipswich Force (4th) v Northside Wizards (5th).
  • 7pm: QBL men - Ipswich Force (7th) v Northside (5th).
  • Games at Ipswich stadium in Ross Llewellyn Drive, Booval.

Topics:  ipswich force (basketball), queensland basketball league




PHOTO GALLERY: Race fans enjoy high octane fun at Supercars

Tyler Day, Deegan McNamara, Joshua Day and Michael McNamara at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

Large crowds converge on Queensland Raceway

Eagles soar to minor title win

SPREAD EAGLE: Goodna forward Liva Toelupe attempts to glide through the Bombers defence as the home side defeat Fassifern 44-24 at Woogaroo Field yesterday.

Dominant win over Fassifern secures Goodna minor premiership

Latest deals and offers

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Recycling your childhood faves

GHOST GIRL: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in a scene from Ghostbusters.

Everything that's old is new again

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles