Defending state champions make positive start
IPSWICH'S senior representative team gained a confidence boost for their state title defence, beating Fassifern in their annual pennants vigoro clash.
With the Queensland senior carnival fast approaching, Saturday's first innings win gave Ipswich a welcome hit-out.
Ipswich captain Clare Gillett was pleased was her team's all-round effort, against a Fassifern team that regularly provides quality opposition.
"All the girls gelled really well,'' Gillett said.
"The whole team contributed in a really positive way and showed great promise for January that's for sure.''
Ipswich's number one side won last year's state title at Boonah. It was the third time in four years Ipswich were victorious at the annual three-day championships.
With about three-quarters of last year's triumphant side back, Gillett was heartened to see an encouraging performance against Fassifern, who are also off to Townsville for the 2017 state titles.
"As a team, we're already halfway there with the way the team has come together,'' she said.
On Saturday, the skipper and opening partner Karen Devin provided a terrific foundation putting on 44 as Ipswich made a competitive 103.
Gillett also chipped in at first change with a 4/14 haul, supporting opening bowlers Rachel Savage (5/31) and vice captain Kate Johnston who joined forces to dismiss Fassifern for 61.
"The whole team really got up to speed and fielded well,'' Gillett said.
Number four Alyce Jeffries also batted well during the game, which finished before the Saturday afternoon storm swept across the East Ipswich vigoro grounds.
Batting a second time, Ipswich made 79.
Fassifern's leading bowler was Rachel Broom with 5/27.
"I've got a lot of respect for the Fassifern girls,'' Gillett said. "They played really well to their credit and we were just a bit stronger on the day.
"It's a good atmosphere and a good game. There's usually a lot of quality vigoro played.''
Being the only match before the state titles, Ipswich will continue to train until heading to Townsville.
The state senior carnival is from January 13-15, with the juniors playing from January 9-11.
Honours were shared in Saturday's only pennants round this season.
Apart from winning the Senior 1 match, Ipswich was also victorious in the Veterans encounter.
Fassifern won both 13 and under games, as well as the under 18 match.
The Senior 2 match was abandoned due to the late storm.
State of play
Senior 1: Ipswich 103 & 79 def Fassifern 61 by 42 runs on first innings.
13 & Under: Game 1 - Fassifern 5/75 def Ipswich 34 by 41 runs. Game 2: Fassifern 8/64 def Ipswich 39 by 25 runs.
Under 18s: Fassifern 54 & 22 defeated Ipswich 28 & 29 outright by 24 runs.
Veterans: Ipswich 69 & 0/11 def Fassifern 26 & 51 outright by 11 wickets and three runs.