Force women play it cool ahead of QBL semi-final

A TEAM lunch, a shoot around and leisurely afternoon walk before refocusing on the big game.

That's how the Ipswich Force women are preparing for tonight's Queensland Basketball League semi-final in Mackay.

After the entire squad flies north this morning, coach Brad George said his main role was keeping the players relaxed before switching on for the 8.30pm showdown with Gladstone.

"We got further than we did last year already," George said, having guided the team for three seasons.

"We've got nothing to lose.

"Under the playoff structure, you get one crack at it.

"If you come out and do everything on the night, you can upset someone."

However, the Bremer State High School teacher knows his team have to learn from last weekend's quarter-final against Northside.

The Force were down 22-7 in the first quarter before clicking on to build a comfortable lead.

"I was not concerned. We knew we just had to turn it on," George said. "We've just got to start really well.

"You know we're going to score enough points. We have to really focus on slowing them down and making them work really hard for their shots."

The Force had a light session last night before turning their attention to the job ahead.

"It's pretty much the same," the coach said of this week's lead-up, juggling work, training and thinking about the game.

"They are all excited and pretty relaxed. There's no pressure on us."

If George's stress-free attitude is any guide, the Force women will have clear minds for their semi-final shot.

"I'm fine. It's just another game," George said.

"It's where we want to be. We can just give it our best shot."

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