Depleted Flyers display Ipswich tenacity

WITH only six senior players available, the Ipswich Flyers can count their latest netball victory one of their best in some time.

It wasn't pretty but the player-depleted Flyers held on 55-49 against Southport in the Open division 1 women's SEQ Challenge match.

Coach Tricia McInally was pleased how the reshuffled side handled the pressure missing co-captain Liz Hales, Tayla Rosin, Nicole Grant and Larissa Hughes.

Holidays and illness left the Ipswich side short of their normal skilful line-up.

However, under-16 player Darcie Smith stepped up to play a full game, with another junior Macy McColm on the bench.

A night later, McColm backed up for Ipswich's under-16 Division 2 side to level the scores.

A week after their first win of the new season, the Ipswich girls drew 48-48 with Redlands.

McInally was pleased to see the next generation of Flyers players also battling hard and never giving in.

But it the Ipswich women's team which did it most tough.

"I'm really thrilled to win that game,'' she said.

Beating Southport was the Ipswich open team's third win from four games.

McInally expects a full-strength side to gain even more momentum in the second half of the season.

No SEQ Challenge games are scheduled tonight or tomorrow night due to state open championships at the Gold Coast.

However, McInally is hoping to have a full-strength side on board for Ipswich's next Thursday night encounter with Western Districts at the State Netball Centre.

Game day

Ipswich Flyers next matches in SEQ Challenge: Open division 1 women - v Western Districts on July 14.

Under-16 Division 2: v Pine Rivers, July 15.

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