TRAVELLING WELL: Ipswich Force guard Sigourney Thompson is proving a valuable acquisition as the team prepares for the QBL finals.
TRAVELLING WELL: Ipswich Force guard Sigourney Thompson is proving a valuable acquisition as the team prepares for the QBL finals. Claudia Baxter

Globetrotter shoots for QBL glory

BEING called a quiet achiever in the team suits Ipswich Force shooting guard Sigourney Thompson "just fine".

She regularly comes off the bench and makes a valuable contribution.

In her second Queensland Basketball League season with Force, she did that exceptionally well in last Saturday night's 80-70 win over Northside.

The player nicknamed "Sig" stepped up to score 16 handy points when her team was trailing in the final quarter.

Athletic Thompson plays a similar role to teammate Peta Eddington.

"Both Peta and myself like to add a nice spark and provide a bit of energy to the team, and hopefully provide some scoring options as well," Thompson said.

"I actually enjoy coming off the bench because you sort of get time to see a game and watch what is going on.

"When you go out, you bring some energy. It's a good role."

Thompson's willingness to be active on the court at crucial times is mirrored in her goals away from basketball.

Thompson, from Brisbane, is completing her physical education and English teaching studies at QUT in the hope of building a career in those areas.

She enjoys travelling, having spent two years playing in America after graduating from school. She had 12-month college stints in Anchorage (Alaska) and Montana.

"It's another level of training over there," said Thompson, 23.

"I can certainly see why they lead the way in the sport."

Her overseas experience was also helpful as the self-confessed adventurer looks to the future.

"I obviously love sport, teaching phys ed, and the other thing I love to do is travel," she said. "So it was kind of the best of both worlds."

Preparing for tomorrow's final QBL fixture of the year, the Force women are in third spot.

They are hoping to make back-to-back grand finals, having secured a quarter-final playoff.

However, after a sluggish effort last weekend against possible quarter-final opponents Northside, Force need to lift the intensity against the Gold Coast Rollers.

"It's the last game so we want to finish strong going into finals next week," she said.

Thompson joined Force last season, having previously worked with coach Brad George at Met West level. She attended St Peters Lutheran College at Indooroopilly.

She was made welcome a few years later joining Force.

"There's a lot of big personalities and we all have a lot of fun at training and outside training as well," Thompson said.

"It's a pretty closeknit team and just a nice laidback sort of atmosphere."

Ipswich faces a big challenge reaching another grand final with big guns like Gladstone and Mackay to contend with.

However, it could be players like team-minded Thompson who make the difference.

Game day

QBL tomorrow: Ipswich Force v Gold Coast Rollers at The Southport School.

Women play at 1pm with the men's clash at 3pm.



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