Bulls celebrate chance to finish season with glory
CHEERED on by their best crowd of the season, the Ipswich City Bulls secured a finals spot at Brassall on Saturday night.
Needing to beat Toowoomba to have any chance of making the semi-finals, the Bulls won 7-0 to sneak into fourth.
"It's a different ball game now," Bulls coach Nev O'Sullivan said, sharing his team's excitement about playing finals football in a fortnight.
"It's a good season ending.
"We're just right for it and ready to go."
The Bulls will tackle Annerley at their home ground in a knockout semi-final. That game is in two weeks due to the Canale Cup final being played this weekend.
The extra week's rest will help the Bulls, especially key players Lucas Wilson (quad strain) and Ben Robson (knee).
However, the Bulls had to beat Toowoomba first, doing so with the help of the club's spirited Old Boys willing them on.
The players and fans enjoyed a post-game celebration at Sutton Park before pondering what they can achieve in this year's Capital League 2 competition.
"Everything was really good," O'Sullivan said.
"The result came our way and everyone was in a jubilant mood.
"The guys were so happy and really enjoyed it.
"We partied on until about midnight."
The Bulls will train on Tuesday night, have Thursday and the weekend off before refocusing on their finals campaign.
The Bulls Reserves just missed the finals despite winning their final game 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Newmarket's 4-1 win over The Gap spoiled City's late bid to join the top side in the finals.