Emilie McInally
Emilie McInally KATE CZERNY

Firebirds spirit inspires Flyers

WITH six wins and three losses, the Ipswich Flyers are on target to contest another finals series in the competitive SEQ Challenge.

However, after three wins in a row and coming off a bye, the Flyers have added motivation to beat Queensland Catholic in tonight's 9.30pm clash at the State Netball Centre.

Captain Emilie McInally said the championship success of the Queensland Firebirds would inspire her team at the right time of the season.

"It was exciting, unbelievable really,'' McInally said of Queensland's last-gap 57-56 victory over the NSW Swifts.

"It is really good to see them doing so well and all the girls do enjoy watching them win games.

"It all helps, especially now that we're half of the season and heading towards finals.

"It's all about that winning feeling.''

A group of Flyers players attended the game with others watching on TV the valuable lesson the Firebirds gave to get back on top when under pressure.

"They never stopped,'' McInally said. "They never put their heads down or anything like that.''

The Flyers can gain heart after nine games knowing they are in fourth place (12 points) behind leaders Downey Park (18), SE Men's and Mixed (16) and Metropolitan (14).

With a bye last Thursday night, the team held one of its regular game sessions at the Ipswich Girls' Grammar School.

"We still did a bit of match fitness,'' she said of the game to simulate match conditions.

With a game in hand, the Flyers are hoping to match or better their 52-42 win over Queensland Catholic the first time the sides met this season.

"I do recall it was quite physical,'' the experienced skipper said.

"I don't think their defence was particularly tall but they were very push and shove.''

McInally said the Ipswich representative team was also buoyed seeing regular player Tara Bramwell back doing light training after suffering injury.

The captain will be glad to get through tonight's testing 9.30pm clash - the third this season at the difficult time slot.

"It is always a bit of a shock to the system,'' she said of the late encounters.

"We've won the last three games so hopefully we can keep that going.''

Game Day

SEQ Challenge tonight (9.30pm): Ipswich Flyers v Queensland Catholic at State Netball Centre.


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