Ipswich Knights on the march

BORED, frustrated, sick of trial games and bad weather, the Ipswich Knights simply want to play a fair dinkum game of football.

They will certainly get that today when they take on premiership favourites the Queensland Lions in Brisbane in their first game of the Division 1 season.

The Knights’ game last week was cancelled due to bad weather and coach Ian Carson said his team was extremely disappointed at the cancellation.

“I just hope there’s not a tropical cyclone or earthquake or something else because we are desperate to kick a ball in anger,” Carson said.

“The guys are just so sick of not being able to play.

“The season was postponed and then our first game got cancelled.

“I’m just really excited to get the season underway.

“Our first game is against the team most people think will win the competition and its on a beautiful field so it should be a good game.”

Carson said he expected Knights’ former fullback Ben Hunt to shine for his team this season.

Hunt has been moved to right midfield in an attempt to get the best use out of him.

“He’s a very good player and we want him more involved because he is an excellent distributor,” Carson said.

“The way he’s been training, I can’t wait to see him play.

“Peter Hinks will be back on the bench for us which is a great bonus after he was initially ruled out. Peter’s such an experienced player but he’s been dogged by injuries for a long time now.

“We told him to just go away for a while and get his body in order instead of trying to play through it. So he’s come back to full fitness for the first time in a long time.”

Carson will use a four-four-two formation.

The Ipswich City Bulls match against Rocklea has been postponed because of the condition of the field. The game will now be played on April 30. The Western Spirit face up against South Queensland Eagles tonight at Bulimba.

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