Ipswich City Bulls player Justin ‘Joey’ Gordon (number 4) flies through the air after a tackle during the Division 1 Reserves clash against Queensland Lions at Sutton Park. The Bulls and Lions drew 1-1. Photo: Rob Williams
Ipswich City Bulls player Justin ‘Joey’ Gordon (number 4) flies through the air after a tackle during the Division 1 Reserves clash against Queensland Lions at Sutton Park. The Bulls and Lions drew 1-1. Photo: Rob Williams

Bulls show promise

IPSWICH City Bulls coach Trent Abel was heartened by his team's opening performance despite losing 2-0 to Queensland Lions on Saturday night.

With nine players still to return to the two squads, Abel said his side benefited from a first-up run against one of the teams favoured to feature prominently in this year's Division 1 competition.

“They didn't really break us down too much,'' Abel said after the game at Brassall.

“We probably didn't create a lot but I don't think we were outplayed by that much.

“We stuck with them and they'll probably be the benchmark for the year.''

The fast Queensland Lions side scored a goal in each half, including a brilliant strike from a free kick after the break.

With the Ipswich Knights match against Southside Eagles postponed due to the weather, several Knights players ventured to Sutton Park to check out the Bulls and Lions, ahead of future games against those sides.

Last night, Western Spirit rose above an early injury scare to beat Toowoomba 3-0 in Toowoomba.

Spirit lost leading goalscorer Phil Randal 10 minutes into the game with a leg injury.

However, replacement Michael Looms responded with a vital goal to get Spirit going.

Leading 2-0 at the break and with Toowoomba a man down after a send-off, Spirit finished the job.

Coach Nev O'Sullivan was also pleased to see Reserve grade player Scott Royal net six goals in his team's 7-1 victory.

“It's not easy to get points up there so we're happy,'' O'Sullivan said. “It's all looking good at the moment.''

For Abel, Saturday night's top grade game was a handy hit-out after the Bulls Reserves drew 1-1 thanks to a goal by Peter “Killer'' McKendrick.

The Bulls still have experienced players like Zygan Condie, Scott Dymock and Rob Palmer to return.

“We've had probably three or four weeks working without them,'' he said.

However, Abel was happy with defensive midfielder Lucas Wilson, Aaron Willmann up front and stalwart Chris Denman.

Abel was also pleased to see his team display some second half passion.

“It would have been nice if they did it the first 20, not the last 20,'' Abel said. “The boys just have to learn to take that controlled aggression.''

Before Saturday night's game, a ceremony was held to name the clubhouse in honour of recently deceased life member Brendan Madden.



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