Force Files with QT basketball columnist Marney George.
Force Files with QT basketball columnist Marney George. Sarah Harvey

Don't forget the nappies for this road trip

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AFTER a successful QBL double, the Ipswich Force men's and women's teams have a testing road trip this weekend.

The Force women head to Gladstone and Bundaberg with a 10-win, two-loss record, to be in third place.

The third quarter was the difference last weekend with Ipswich outscoring Bundaberg 29-15.

Sigourney Thompson (pictured) stepped up and knocked down 14 points to be player of the match.

The Ipswich men completed a memorable night at home, after withstanding a late comeback from Bundaberg.

The five-point win extended Ipswich's run to six straight wins and lifted them to fifth overall.

Kyle Harvey was named player of the match with 26 points.

However, this weekend presents new ball games.

For the women, this will be their toughest challenge yet. After defeating Gladstone in a huge semi-final upset last season, the home team will be out for blood.

Although both teams have changed, Gladstone still has an array of Women's National Basketball League talent.

However, Force proved anything was possible last season with self belief and determination.

Expect a fiery rematch in Gladstone on Saturday night.

Come Sunday, we have to do it all over again when we take on Bundaberg for the second time in two weeks - this time in front of their home crowd.

While the Force men sit above both Gladstone and Bundaberg on the ladder, they won't be taking their games lightly.

With the chance to host a quarter-final on the line, the men will be keen to notch up another two wins to secure their bid.

On a personal note, this will be my first road trip this season.

Although I have been on plenty of basketball road trips in the past, this one will be a little different.

Normally on a bus trip to Gladstone, I would curl up on the chair and sleep for the majority of the drive.

That won't be happening this time around.

For starters, son Ryder and I will be travelling separately from the bus.

With only one rest stop scheduled for the bus, my car will be stopping numerous times for feeding, nappy changing and a chance for Ryder to get out of the car seat.

While the bus will be packed with sports bags, basketballs and uniforms, my car will carry Ryder's bag, pram, nappy bag, babysitters, breast pump, numerous nappies, spare dummies, travel cot and anything else needed for a road trip with a baby.

And I nearly forgot, my sports bag and basketball shoes.



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