Marney Lee is the new regional service manager for Ipswich Basketball. Photo: Sarah Harvey/ The Queensland Times IPS270611MARN27A
Marney Lee is the new regional service manager for Ipswich Basketball. Photo: Sarah Harvey/ The Queensland Times IPS270611MARN27A Sarah Harvey

Grudge match as Ipswich finetune for QBL playoffs

THE final round of the regular QBL season is upon us and Ipswich Force teams will travel down the highway to the Gold Coast.

However, this won't be an ordinary, leisurely drive to the Coast for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

The Force teams will, for the second time this season, square up against the Rollers in what will be a tough battle in both games.

For the Force men, this will be a grudge match after the Rollers took away the win in a shock round five defeat.

The men are a more formidable Force since that two-point loss.

While I'm sure that game has been put behind them, the feelings that come with such a close loss would still be lurking in the shadows of their minds.

The Force will be determined to prove a point, exact revenge and win back their pride in what will be a blistering game.

When the Force met the Gold Coast earlier in the season, our girls left the victors, but only by five points.

The women will again have a challenge on their hands this week in a test of the team's resilience and determination.

With key players sitting out due to other commitments, it's again a chance for the bench to step up and make significant contributions.

The Rollers are a much improved side since our round five triumph, having added experienced forward, Bianca Abbot to their roster.

Their guards have also stepped up in previous weeks and if the Force are to walk away the victors here we will need to bring our "A" game.

If our training session was any indication, the women have the desire to win.

Final thanks

A BIG thank you to our home crowd last Saturday night for supporting our community project with their generous donations of blankets for the Salvation Army.



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