Ipswich netballers rebound for semi shot
NETBALL: A win tonight over a team featuring some former Ipswich players should secure the Flyers second spot for the South East Queensland Cup semi-finals.
After rebounding strongly from a recent "terrible'' defeat, coach Tricia McInally is backing her side to get the job done against Downey Park tonight.
The Flyers moved back into second spot after beating top three rivals Caboolture 54-44 at the State Netball Centre last Thursday night.
That important win came a week after Ipswich's disappointing second loss of the season against Western Districts.
"That was a terrible loss against Wests,'' McInally said.
"We didn't put it together. Anything that we normally do right we didn't . . . we were just very flat.''
However, all that changed against last year's grand final runners-up Caboolture.
McInally was far happier with Ipswich's latest performance, much needed with tonight's game being the Flyers' last before the semi-finals start on August 30.
"Selena Hirsh is shooting the lights out,'' McInally said.
"Everybody is coming into their own.''
However, the Flyers will have to be alert tonight. The fourth-placed Downey Park side includes ex-Flyers regulars Tara Bramwell and Tahlia Vandenberg, who have inside knowledge of Ipswich's style of play.
The Flyers will also have a reshuffled court line-up with Bridget Cumming away on holidays.
That aside, McInally said the Flyers have been pretty settled approaching the SEQ Cup finals.
"They are a wonderful team, very closeknit,'' she said.
Defending champions Goodna Sapphires continue to set the standard after beating MDNA 63-42 last week.
With two games left, Sapphires are the only unbeaten team on 10 wins.
The Sapphires play Pine Rivers tonight before facing Western Districts in their last pre-finals encounter on August 23.
But while the Sapphires remain title favourites, McInally is already working on keeping a step ahead of Caboolture if the Flyers meet them in the first semi-final.
"We have got a wonderful fellow that videos every one of our games so we can look back at it,'' she said. "So we'll be very prepared when we come up against Caboolture (in the semis).''
The Flyers coach has also organised some games to cover the bye week in preparation for the finals.
QPL SEQ Cup Rd 12 tonight: 6.30pm - Ipswich Flyers v Downey Park; Goodna Sapphires v Pine Rivers.
Rd 11: Ipswich Flyers def Caboolture 54-44, Goodna Sapphires def MDNA 63-42.