Flyers in running for consecutive awards following title

The 2012 Queensland Times-City of Ipswich Sports Awards will recognise the best regional talent at a gala function on November 3. Team of the year is one of the most coveted awards. QT sportswriter Paul Smeaton today previews the three finalists.

BACK-to-back titles for the Ipswich Flyers might lead to consecutive Ipswich Team of the Year Awards after the netball champions were nominated again as finalists in the Ipswich Sports Awards.

The Flyers beat Logan City 40-38 last month at the State Netball Centre to claim their third Queensland tier three title in four years. Only a point separated the teams at each change.

Captain Emilie McInally said the win was a testament to the closeness of the team, many of whom have played together since junior netball days.

"We talked a lot during the season about doing it for our teammates as well as ourselves," McInally said.

"That's something that I think pushed us over the line when things got tough."

The Flyers didn't have it all their own way this year.

After dropping only one game last year on their way to glory and the Ipswich sports award, the players had to battle some fierce competition this season.

"It was a much tougher year this year, so the win meant just as much, if not a little bit more, this season," McInally said.

"It was a bit of a strange year really, with the knockout finals series.

"Northern Gold Coast was way out in front at the end of the season but played fourth-placed Logan in the final and lost.

"It's the first time we've been able to back up and win the title two years in a row, so it's a great testament to the work the girls have done this year."

At the recent Ipswich Netball Association Awards, Brooke Dixon was named Players' Player of the Year and Tara Bramwell collected the Most Valuable Player honour.



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