Players shoot for indoor glory
SUPERLEAGUE indoor soccer has kicked off around Brisbane and four teams are flying the flag for Ipswich.
It is the first time in five years the summer competition has been held.
The format was re-born following the runaway success of recent Superleague netball and cricket competitions.
Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre part-owner Kevin Ala-Outinen was one of the architects of the revamped competition.
He said the early signs were promising and it looked like the competition would be a success.
"I'm very happy that we've been able to get together three men's squads," he said.
"Most of our players come from outdoor football.
"We have Spirit players, Knights players, Bulls and church players so they come from a variety of backgrounds."
Ipswich is fielding three men's teams and one women's team in the six-round competition timed to finish before the beginning of the outdoor soccer season.
Round one at Toombul provided mixed results for Ipswich with the men's A grade team failing to register a win from two starts but the lower grades performing well.
The women's side recorded a loss and a draw from their two games but Knights player Angie Sullivan said she expected better results would follow.
"I think we'll do pretty well, all but one of the girls team plays outdoor football and the other is an experienced indoor player.
"The girls' competition at the sports centre is new so it's good for us to have another level to try.
"This is definitely something you can use to improve your skills.
"When you play locally, you always play the same players but this gives us a chance to play other people and learn for the experience."
Ala-Outinen said the competition gave players the opportunity to experience another style and level of football to their regular outdoor commitments.
"I think a lot of the players like playing this form of the game and it gives them an avenue to get a taste of representative soccer," he said.
The Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre will host round three of the competition on December 3.