Force loses mojo on way to disappointing defeats

IPSWICH Force teams left their trademark work ethic at the foot of the Toowoomba range.

At least, that's what Force women's coach Brad George thought of his side after an uncharacteristic poor showing in Saturday night's state league game.

Ipswich lost 79-65 in the women's game before the Toowoomba men triumphed 109-72.

"It was ordinary,'' a disappointed George said.

"It was embarrassing and disgusting for us.

"For probably the first time this year, we didn't show any effort or fight at all.''

Even without Australia's World University Games representative Emma Langford, George expected his team to match Toowoomba as they did the previous week against South West Metro.

But something happened on the trip up the mountain. The Force women never led at any stage in the game and their usually high defensive standard slipped.

"It was like a completely different side considering we worked so hard without Emma to get where we are,'' George said.

"Toowoomba wanted it. They worked hard but we allowed them to score anything they like.

"It was a bit of a wake-up call for us.''

Forward Nadeen Payne produced another gutsy 40 minute effort in scoring 20 points. But she couldn't secure victory on her own.

Courtney Taylor was the only other player to make a scoring contribution with 15.

"She took a while to get going,'' George said.

"Once she got some confidence, she started to attack and that was a positive sign for us.''

The loss left the Force women slipping to fourth place on the ladder.

The ninth-placed Force men were also hoping for a better performance after an encouraging win the week before.

However, 34 points from James Legan and 27 from classy American Willie Farley ended any hopes of back-to-back Force wins.

Ipswich's top scorer was Alex Desroches with 15. Rory Sutton and Jerel Chavis contributed 12.

The Force teams return home to play the Gold Coast Rollers on Saturday night.

State of Play

QBL men: Toowoomba 109 (James Legan 34, Willie Farley 27) d Ipswich Force 72 (Alex Desroches 15, Rory Sutton 12, Jerel Chavis 12).

QBL women: Toowoomba 79 (Chelsea Schwweers 35) d Ipswich Force 65 (Nadeen Payne 20, Courtney Taylor 15).

Next matches: Saturday - Ipswich Force v Gold Coast Rollers at Ipswich stadium, Booval.



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