Force Files: Ipswich's fighting spirit denied by the buzzer
WHAT a dramatic weekend for the Ipswich Force women in their state league double.
After a slow start to the game and going into halftime one point down against Logan, we kicked into gear and came out firing in the third quarter to lead by nine going into the fourth quarter.
In what was a physical game, we fought it out and finished strong to walk away with a 21 point win.
Less than 24 hours later, our tired and bruised bodies took to the court again to face off against a solid Gladstone side in what was to be another very physical game.
Down by 10 at half time, we again came out firing in the third, battled hard and evened the score.
With the lead changing multiple times we continued to fight it out down to the wire. Unfortunately a couple of things didn't go our way and we went down by two on the buzzer.
What's disappointing about the loss is that we put ourselves in a position to win after being down by 15 at one stage and we just didn't finish the job.
But the flipside of that is also the positive to take from the game and that is we fought back.
We chased a 15 point deficit against an international line-up and that game could have been ours.
The Ipswich Force men's and women's teams play Townsville and Cairns away this weekend.
Townsville has fielded one of their best sides in recent years with a string of experienced WNBL and QBL players.
We haven't beaten Cairns on their home court as long as I can remember and they too have American imports and seasoned QBL players.
This weekend will be a big test for us as a team. But it's one we are ready to face.
We know we are good enough to mix it with the northern teams; we just have to deliver on court.
It will also be a test for myself and husband Brad, who coaches the side. It's our first road trip with both of us being away from our son Ryder at the same time.
I know he is in good hands though on his little holiday away from mum and dad, which will make it easier for us to concentrate on the games at hand.
I can even go out with the girls Saturday night for the first time in a while and hopefully it is to celebrate.
If we can produce two wins this weekend it will make it all just that little bit more worthwhile.