Force call to get more physical
IF only the Ipswich Force men could replicate their training intensity in matches.
They'd have four wins and two losses instead of the reverse record heading into this weekend's doubleheader state league challenge.
That's the opinion of head coach Mick Conlon, who said his team was doing what they needed to in the lead-up to matches before failing to maintain that in games.
"They've got to step up,'' he said, disappointed with recent performances against Mackay and Brisbane.
"We're bashing each other at training and when it gets to the game, we're being nice guys on the court. And nice guys finish last unfortunately.''
Preparing to play Logan away tonight and Gladstone tomorrow afternoon at home, Conlon is demanding more from his promising combination.
"We had a pretty good team meeting last night at training and trained exceptionally hard this week,'' he said.
"The guys want it. It's not lip service.
"They are putting in the work.
"When it all winds up and it works, we're really going to be impressive.
"It just hasn't happened yet.''
With the Ipswich Force women having lost only one of their first six matches, the men know they have to lift their game.
Conlon expects nothing less than two wins from doubleheaders the next two weekends.
"I've been coaching in this league over the last 10 years and I know the talent is there,'' he said.
"It's just application and dedication.
"I think we are starting to turn the corner.
"If we play like we practice, we'll win every game.
"It's just transferring that into games.''
Even with some younger players developing at state league level, Conlon said Force's defence had to improve.
"They need to be more physical and put their body on the line,'' he said.
Force will be without one of their exciting teenagers Marty Leahy for the next weeks.
The second-placed Ipswich women are hoping to continue their steady progress with the same doubleheader schedule this weekend, culminating in a shot at competition heavyweights Gladstone at Ipswich stadium tomorrow.
Coach Brad George was happy with his settled team's progress coming into two testing weekends.
"They should have got some confidence out of last week's game (beating Mackay 93-91),'' George said.
Sarah Davis was expected to play after recovering from collarbone soreness.
George expects Gladstone to be powerful tomorrow but has highlighted the need to treat Logan with equal respect tonight.
"It's a good time to tackle two tough games,'' he said.
- QBL: Tonight - Ipswich Force v Logan at Cornubia Park Sports Complex. Women's match at 5pm with the men's game at 7pm.
- Tomorrow: Ipswich Force v Gladstone at Ipswich stadium, Booval. Women play at noon with men's clash at 2pm.
The Ipswich women are in second place with the Force men in 10th.