Ipswich Force basketballer Meg Essex was a welcome addition to the team in today's state league match against Townsville.
Ipswich Force basketballer Meg Essex was a welcome addition to the team in today's state league match against Townsville. Cordell Richardson

From the US back to help out Ipswich

JETSETTING regional basketballer Meg Essex has missed her mum's home cooking the most during her United States College stint.

However, it only took a few minutes back on the court for Ipswich for Essex to rediscover what she'd missed in Queensland.

Her first game back in Force colours was against a powerhouse Townsville combination at Llewellyn Stadium today.

While Essex displayed patches of her immense promise, she had to share in Ipswich's disappointing 98-82 loss - Force's first of the Queensland Basketball League season.

"They were really quick and they press. It was hard to get started,'' she said.

"We just have to get our confidence back up.''

Essex, 21, has only been back at her family's Marburg home a couple of weeks after spending three years studying primary school teaching at, and playing with, Newberry College in South Carolina.

She's scheduled to return in mid-August.

Despite Force's hiccup this afternoon, the former West Moreton Anglican College student hopes to help her long-time Ipswich team as much as she can before returning to the US.

"I want to be here for the playoffs . . . get some game time while I'm home,'' she said.

Essex developed her skills in the Ipswich program, making Queensland and Australian under 19 teams before securing her US college opportunity.

"It's going really well. I've had some good seasons there,'' she said, enjoying her time overseas.

"I'm on my break right now so I've come home.''

Head coach Brad George was happy to have Essex back having worked with her for a number of years.

"She had a couple of sessions and wanted to play and help out,'' he said.

Against Townsville, she got heavily involved at stages, linking for the first time with Force imports Amanda Johnson and Gintare Maziontye.

Essex had only previously played with Force regulars like captain Bree Farley.

George said Essex did well in her first game back. He said she will get better after she reacquaints herself with Ipswich's plays.

"It's always good to have locals come back,'' he said.



'My yard's a river': Smashed water main floods street

premium_icon 'My yard's a river': Smashed water main floods street

Residents report massive water loss after pipe hit on work site

Indigenous group calls for own unity in 'fight to the end'

premium_icon Indigenous group calls for own unity in 'fight to the end'

Protesters gathered outside the Ipswich courthouse today

Sitting just as bad as smoking for your heart health

premium_icon Sitting just as bad as smoking for your heart health

Many cited inactivity as a contributor to their health issues.