LOOKING AHEAD: Ipswich Knights coach Chris Brown chats to manager Paul Milne during a recent match at Bundamba.
LOOKING AHEAD: Ipswich Knights coach Chris Brown chats to manager Paul Milne during a recent match at Bundamba. Sarah Harvey

Do-or-die time for Knights BPL future

PASSIONATE Ipswich football coach Chris Brown wants nothing more than the Knights to remain in the Brisbane Premier League next season.

So he's going to play his part uniting the club's top side and Reserve grade outfit in what is a crunch time for the Knights.

Having taken over as Reserve grade coach mid-season, Brown knows better than most people how important the Ipswich bond is.

And that famous fighting spirit is what the club needs to secure its future in the BPL.

"We'll be on the front foot," Brown said, preparing for a vital weekend of games.

"This week there is no excuses.

"We'll pick the best possible side for both teams then it's up to them. And we trust them.

"It's the biggest weekend that the club has seen."

Brown is confident the club can win today's away games against Capalaba and next Saturday's Reserve grade catch-up match against Peninsula Power at Bundamba.

From one of the region's most loyal football families, Brown is keen to work with caretaker coach Mitch Cattermole and former Reserve grade mentor Russell Mapri to get the job done.

Brown was coached by current club technical director Cattermole a few seasons ago when Ashley Hempstead was head coach.

"We always have the same ideas and Mitch and I speak all the time," Brown said.

"Mitch is someone that you trust.

"He brings a calm head. He just brings experience and everything he says makes sense."

After a shaky start with Mapri, Brown said major progress had been made between them.

"The more I speak to Russell, the better we get along," Brown said.

"We have agreed on everything so far so it's actually turned out really good."

Brown conceded the Reserve grade team had to rediscover its scoring form after a series of terrific results earlier in the season before disappointing efforts against Logan and Uni.

"We started off scoring heaps of goals and it's dried up," he said.

"While the results have started to slow down, at the start we won four from four.

"There's two games left for Reggies. If we can get a couple of results, job done."

Brown urged Knights players and supporters to get behind the club's under-16 side in their quest for some much-needed points.

"These young men put their hearts on their sleeve every week, knowing they're probably not going to win," Brown said.

"This is a great chance for them to pick up three points."

Brown is respected among the senior players and hopes they respond to the club's predicament.

"It's real unfortunate that it has got to this," Brown said.

"We'll play the strongest top team side and the strongest Reserve grade side . . . play people in the positions where they are supposed to be playing.

"We'll be having a decent crack."

Game day

  • National Premier League: Today (5pm) - Western Pride v Harimau Muda A at North Ipswich Reserve
  • Brisbane Premier League: Tonight (6pm) - Ipswich Knights v Capalaba at John Fredericks Park.. Reserve grade at 3.45pm
  • Capital League 2: Tonight (6pm) - Western Spirit v The Gap at Kippen Park. Reserves at 4pm. Tonight (7pm) - Ipswich City v Kangaroo Point at Sutton Park. Reserves at 5pm


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