Silverware worthy reward for loyal mentor and City troops

Action from the QT Cup pre-season tournament game between the Ipswich City Bulls and Centenary. Coach. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Action from the QT Cup pre-season tournament game between the Ipswich City Bulls and Centenary. Coach. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

IT came down to the final game of this year's local derby carnival to decide a winner.

After an entertaining 2-2 draw, it was host club Ipswich City Bulls who secured this year's QT Football Cup title.

Men's coach Nev O'Sullivan was delighted to see the Bulls club secure the first silverware of the new season.

It was also a personal milestone for the long-serving mentor who has remained loyal to grassroots football.

"Tonight's win is my first winner's medal since I have been coaching," O'Sullivan said, having helped establish the QT Cup in 2004.

"All the promotions were either runners-up or playoff wins."

Going into Saturday night's men's clash between the Bulls and Knights, the Ipswich City club held a slender advantage over their opponents on for-and-against averages.

The gritty 2-2 draw ensured the Bulls club enjoyed some welcome glory.

"I was happy with the effort," O'Sullivan said.

"It was good to actually fall behind and come back again too.

"Sometimes they fall behind and put their heads down. This time they stuck it out and that's an improvement on what we've done."

The Bulls men earlier lost 4-1 to Centenary.

However, the club's Reserve grade men's side contributed strongly to the title success with two wins.

The Bulls women's side - made up of Division 2 and Division 6 players - beat Centenary 6-1 on Saturday afternoon to lift the club into a winning position.

Dedicated QT Cup co-ordinator Liz Ridley even strapped on the boots to help her team in between ensuring the tournament ran smoothly.

"I don't think the Bulls have won it before. The whole club pulled together," O'Sullivan said.

"Liz has done a hell of a job there and the committee to get it all together. It's a credit to them."

Another loyal Ipswich football supporter Michael Brown is coaching the Ipswich Knights Brisbane Premier League Reserve grade side this season.

The experienced campaigner hopes to fulfil a senior player/coach role for the first time, working with head coach Mark Dykman.

Brown said the QT Cup was worthwhile to get some miles in the legs of his players.

"I just want them playing games," he said. "We can only do so much at training.

"It's all about what we want to achieve as a club."

The Knights Reserves are planning a match against Western Spirit on Thursday night before a weekend clash with Western Pride.

Junior players from the Pride National Premier League club ran the line during the weekend tournament. - David Lems

Results review

Friday night: Reserve men - Bulls d Knights 5-3. Top grade men: Centenary d Knights 3-0. Women: Knights d Bulls 4-0.

Saturday: Reserve men: Bulls d Centenary 9-0. Women: Knights d Centenary 5-0. Top grade men: Centenary d Bulls 4-1. Reserve grade men: Knights d Centenary 3-0. Women: Bulls d Centenary 6-1. Top grade men: Bulls drew Knights 2-2.

Winning club: Ipswich City Bulls (+10 aggregate) from Ipswich Knights (+8) and Centenary (-16).

Awards: Golden Boot - Top grade: Fedja Mehinagie (Centenary). Reserves: Glen Stenzel (Bulls). Women: Janine Ikonomou (Bulls). Player of the Cup: Fedja Mehinagie (Centenary).

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