Force Files column with Marney George.
Force Files column with Marney George. Sarah Harvey

Force Files: Force adopts motto 'whatever it takes'

WHATEVER it takes.

That is the 2015 Ipswich Force motto and it was displayed enthusiastically by both teams last weekend in their season-opening games.

Both Force teams kicked off their 2015 Queensland Basketball League campaigns with dominant wins over the Gold Coast.

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MVP for the women's game, Brandi Brown, proved she was back in force with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Chelsie Schweers was equally as potent with 28 points, including six three-pointers and five assists.

New recruit Bree Farley showed her capabilities with her 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

It was also good to see our Force rookies get some court time.

Despite them looking absolutely terrified, Cambridge McCormack, Kate Head, Brooklyn Betham and Talita Taufua did a fantastic job.

Kate's comment to me in the warm-up was: "you were my coach, now I get to play in the same team as you."

What a way to make me feel old Kate.

But as a rookie 13 years ago, I too got to play with my first two coaches, Missy and Sam so I understood what she saying.

With his dominant display on the court, including a massive 46 points and six rebounds, James Legan was awarded the first Basketball Queensland Player of the Week award. He was also the Force MVP of the game.

Legan was well assisted by Zarryon Fereti with 29 points and Jason Ralph (19 points and an awesome 13 assists.)

It was great to see such a large supportive crowd for our first home game.

A special welcome back to Jazzy Gym who always do a great job in entertaining the crowd.

Brutus was also on fire on the weekend, geeing up supporters, sponsors and players alike.

 

Top rivalry

On Saturday night, the Force square up against pool rivals, the Toowoomba Mountaineers.

The Force men will be bolstered with the return of Kyle Harvey and the Force women welcome new recruit Morgan Pink who will be suiting up for her first game back after an ankle reconstruction.

Ipswich will be out to prove they mean business in the south pool so expect entertaining matches.

Want to see our Eagles of Old take flight on the court once more?

Our Legends of the League game is this weekend.

Come and watch former Ipswich Eagles face off against legends of the Toowoomba Mountaineers.

The victory song the boys sing after a win typifies our motto and the determination and pride that is the Ipswich Force.

The song is an adaptation of the Richmond Tigers club song with a little rewording to suit the Force.

"In any season you will see us digging in, risking head and skin. If we're behind then never mind we'll fight with Pride to win''.

Whatever it takes …



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