Ipswich Force basketball players Zarryon Fereti, Corey Easley and Ryan Jeffries.
Ipswich Force basketball players Zarryon Fereti, Corey Easley and Ryan Jeffries. Claudia Baxter

Force on target to make a mark

REDEMPTION begins tonight for the Ipswich Force men’s basketball team.

The side is desperate to live up to its title and become a power- house in this year’s Queensland Basketball League competition.

After winning just five matches in the past two seasons, Force coach Chris Clarkson has set a new goal for the club, one many might think is impossible considering their previous form.

“The goal for us is to have a winning season, which means we will need to win 10 games of basketball,” Clarkson said.

“I know the past two seasons the team has performed poorly but hopefully that changes.

“I think we have the squad to be very competitive.

“If we win more than we lose then we should make the finals.

“If we don’t make the finals it’s not the end of the world, as long as we win games.”

The Force had a good pre-season, winning most matches.

“We met our defensive targets in most of the games except for one of the trials which was poor,” Clarkson said.

“It takes time to build team work but the guys as individuals are going well so I’m happy with the side so far.”

The Force face the Toowoomba Mountaineers tonight but do not know a lot about their opposition.

“They’re an aggressive team but small on size,” Clarkson said.

“From what I hear, they will be running the floor, playing an up- tempo style because they apparently struggle inside.”

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Queensland Basketball League.

An Ipswich team was in the QBL’s inaugural season in 1986, but the side was then called the Ipswich Eagles.

That year the Eagles and the Townsville Suns won seven matches in a row to start the year, until they met in July and the Suns prevailed.

Hopefully, the Force can replicate the Eagles’ initial success.

The Ipswich Force play the Toowoomba Mountaineers at Ipswich Basketball Stadium, tonight 7.30.

The starting side for the Force is: Ryan Stolberg, Corey Easley, Luke Cann, Ryan Jeffries, Zarryon Fereti.



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