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

Essex epitomises spirit needed to force win

WITH her heart pounding and her eyes as wide as those of a deer in headlights, she strides onto the court.

With her first touch of the ball, she makes it look easy as she scores her first two points of the night. And so began Meg Essex's game-changing cameo performance in Friday night's QBL clash against the Brisbane Capitals.

With three of our "bigs" out due to Opals commitment (Emma Langford) or injury (Stacey Howard and Lauren O'Sullivan), Ipswich knew it was going to be a mighty challenge to beat the third-placed Capitals.

Brisbane were feeling confident due to our diminishing numbers and had even been tipped by the basketball circles to beat us.

Despite being down by 11 at one stage, the Force women showed their character by stepping up to the huge challenge.

Within minutes of taking the court, Essex had six points and numerous rebounds to her name.

It was the spark we needed to inspire a turnaround.

With Natasha Hasse's smothering defence, Essex dominating the boards, Nadeen Payne sinking buckets and effective contributions from the entire team, Ipswich was able to streak home in the final quarter to secure victory.

The Capitals were left shocked as the Force women showed a lot of heart and some great teamwork to get the job done.

This weekend, the Ipswich men and women's teams venture to the Hibiscus Sports Centre to face off against South West for the second time this season.

While both South West teams currently sitting below both Ipswich teams on the ladder, Force will need to be "ready" to play in order to secure the wins.

For the Force Men, a win would boost their confidence. The game is especially important as it's a pool match where all games are must-wins if they are a chance to secure a quarter final berth.


Popular camp

PARTICIPANTS at the Ipswich Force holiday camp could be heard cheering, laughing and having a great time.

While six hours of basketball might not be everyone's cup of tea, to the camp participants it was their ideal way to spend the first three days of holidays. They shot hoops, completed drills, and played games all in the company of their friends and coaches Nadeen Payne, Jerel Chavis and Martin Iti.


Charity match

MARK Saturday, July 27 on your calendar for the annual Ipswich Force QBL Charity Match.

Being held on the last home game of the regular season, Force teams will be raising money and awareness for two worthwhile charitable organisations - MS Australia and Camp Quality.

With a multi-draw raffle, silent auction of big ticket items as well as auctioning the player's uniforms, halftime entertainment and two awesome games of basketball, the charity match event will be an action-packed night for a fantastic cause.


Quote of the week

SPORTS do not build character. They reveal it. - John Wooden

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