Flyers snap at heels of pacesetters

THE Ipswich Flyers have maintained the pressure on the Mount Franklin Challenge leaders with a big win over Redlands.

The Flyers won 55-32 to remain third on the ladder, two wins behind leaders MacGregor and one behind Warwick.

Ipswich takes on Hinterland and Districts, who sit one place below Redlands in seventh, at the State Netball Centre tonight.

But they are likely to be without defender Tara Bramwell after she strained an Achilles ligament playing Ipswich club netball for ladder leaders Rebels on Saturday.

She is hoping it is nothing major and she can be back on court within a few weeks.

Against Redlands, Bramwell had swapped between goal defence in the first half and wing defence in the second.

"In goal defence I like to float a bit more, but I don't know if Trish (coach Tricia McInally) likes it," she said.

"At wing defence you've got to stick a bit more."

Bramwell rated Redlands an improved outfit from the last time the defending premiers met them.

She admitted Ipswich let its guard slip in the second and final quarters, but still did enough to win comfortably.

"It was good," Bramwell said.

"They've improved a lot since last time. Against lower teams we have a habit of dropping down to their level.

"It's just a mental thing.

"There are things we can work on, but there were more positives than negatives."

One of the positives was the improved passing game, which has been something of an Achilles heel of the team this season.

"Our passing has been a big focus," she said.

"We've been working on that.

"Putting the ball out in space and not passing to the body, which makes the flow down the court easier."

Unfortunately Bramwell's focus now is getting her leg right rather than helping the Flyers prepare for Hinterland.

"I don't feel much pain," she said. Normally I just suck it up.

"But I couldn't even run the other night."



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