Flyers motivated to see end of damaging byes
ONE more week and the Ipswich Flyers' Mount Franklin Challenge season returns to something like normal.
The competition has included three byes in five weeks, which has had an affect on the defending champions' ability to remain motivated.
The Flyers survived a Logan City challenge to win 42-39 last week.
They have another bye this week before competition resumes next week.
The Flyers then take on the second-bottom team Queensland Catholics, a match they will expect to win comfortably.
Mind you, the ladder position indicted they should beat Logan City more comfortably.
The Flyers' opponents from last year's grand final are sitting third from bottom this season.
"I think we went into it maybe a little bit complacent because they're near the bottom of the ladder," Flyers co-captain Emilie McInally said.
"I never felt like we were going to lose but we were a bit sloppy."
McInally is surprised Logan City is sitting as low as it is on the ladder.
"They didn't look completely different to who we played in the grand final," she said.
"They're a very physical team."
Ipswich trailed at half-time before a change in attitude and a positional switch gave it the edge.
While the team slackened off in the final quarter it had done enough to remain third on the ladder.
"I think we just started to play a bit better," McInally said of her team's second half.
"But everyone had to take a deep breath and nobody stopped trying.
"Sarah Jackson got thrown in at goal attack in the second half, which is not easy going from centre.
"We put her with Liz (goal shooter Liz Hales) to speed it up a bit more.
"Tahlia (Vandenberg) was penalised for everything (at goal keeper) and did really well to keep going."
The Flyers have attended a sports psychology seminar this year, in part to help them get over their struggle at times.
The challenge has been exacerbated this season with the regularity of byes.
"It is something we will need to address and talk over in training," McInally said.
"We've got to make sure we have good training as well."