Sport

Sippel urges Laidley unit to maintain rage in title hunt

QUICK RETURN: Laidley run-scoring machine Mick Sippel makes his ground during last weekend’s Premier League match against Centrals. Sippel remained 117 not out.
QUICK RETURN: Laidley run-scoring machine Mick Sippel makes his ground during last weekend’s Premier League match against Centrals. Sippel remained 117 not out. Claudia Baxter

WITH one round of Premier League matches before the Christmas break, Laidley is on target for another minor premiership.

However, respected all-rounder Mick Sippel gave his competition-leading side plenty to ponder in the new year.

As Laidley prepares to play Swifts at Ivor Marsden today, Sippel warned his team to maintain the attitude it showed in last weekend's hard-fought win over title threats Centrals.

"We've hit our straps this year. We're in a really good position," Sippel said.

"We've probably got our best team on the paddock we've had for a couple of years.

"We've been hurting the last couple of years. We probably haven't had the right attitude to win a premiership.

"But that's a long way off. We're certainly no means going to win this one.

"The comp is pretty tight."

Fresh from his third century of the season, Sippel said recent results showed how competitive this season's Premier League is.

"We got a thumping by Northsiders (last month) and Centrals are certainly going to be in the mix," he said.

"We had Brothers the other day and they weren't at their best. They were missing a couple of key players so we were lucky that day.

"Any team in the top four can win because on their day, every team has probably got two or three good players, better than the average.

"If two of those, or one or two of them have a day out, they can beat any team."

Sippel said players like Northsiders' bowling spearhead Kev Cumming and Centrals' allrounder Ben O'Connell could single-handly turn a game.

"You've only got to scrape into the four to make the semis," Sippel said, reflecting on the 2013 finals format.

"In past years, it was top three and then the top team would go straight in and the two and three play off.

"This year, it's top four so you effectively can win the minor premiership, play the team coming fourth and lose."

Although happy with Laidley's progress, Sippel said the Blue Dogs players didn't set any pre-Christmas targets.

"We never really spoke about where we wanted to be at Christmas time," he said.

"It was more about just putting some good performances together.

"You'd like to finish top two. I think where we are at now, we're pushing for the minor premiership but there's still a lot of cricket to be played yet."

Topics:  laidley blue dogs mick sippel swifts bluebirds



New food precinct pitch for Yamanto

NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE: An artist's impression of a new centre at Yamanto submitted to the council this month along with development plans.

A new business centre has been proposed for Yamanto.

iPhone and iPad owners need to do this right now

It could stop a hacker controlling your iPhone or iPad

Stuntman's death: Police focus on use of blanks

Superfit Johann Ofner demonstrates his extreme routines.

The stuntman was hit in the chest after the gun was fired at close range

Local Partners

Gatton family claims game show success

A GATTON family walked away with more than $11,000 after an exciting three-night run on game show Family Feud.


Toowoomba comedian becomes big hit on The Project

BIG NAME: Toowoomba comedian Damien Power will perform his new show Utopia at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in March.

The Toowoomba comedian is preparing for his most hilarious show yet

10 things to do this Australia Day

Thirsty Merc will perform live at the Racehorse Hotel on Australia Day.

Competitions for the best mullet, cane toad races, zorbing and more.

Chopper's Republic of Ipswich

HELLO: Chopper will perform his new show Anzakistan at the Racehorse Hotel next month.

Popular character returns

Toowoomba comedian becomes big hit on The Project

BIG NAME: Toowoomba comedian Damien Power will perform his new show Utopia at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in March.

The Toowoomba comedian is preparing for his most hilarious show yet

'Allo 'Allo! star Gorden Kaye has died

Gorden Kaye, pictured in Brisbane in 2007, found fame as a cafe owner Rene Artois in the iconic British television series ‘Allo ‘Allo!

ACTOR Gorden Kaye, from BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died.

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

New food precinct pitch for Yamanto

NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE: An artist's impression of a new centre at Yamanto submitted to the council this month along with development plans.

A new business centre has been proposed for Yamanto.

Accusers become accused in tenants from hell story

SPEAKING OUT: Scott Marsen says he doesn't want people to feel sorry for the couple who trashed his home.

Couple whose house was trashed accused of doing the same

$6 million upgrade for busy intersection

AVID Property Group invested $6 million in connecting its residential estate to Ipswich and Springfield.

Project includes dedicated bus bay, traffic lights and added lanes

Design tenders called for blue chip Rosewood Library

NEXT STAGE: Design tenders have been called for the new Rosewood Library.

Massive $6.5 million investment bearing fruit

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!