Ipswich outfits chase state glory

STATE titles and hopefully a bit of dry ground and sunshine beckon the Ipswich open and veteran vigoro teams at Townsville from today.

The open team is hoping to defend the state title it won in Ipswich last year while the veterans want to go one better than last year's runner-up finish behind Fassifern.

The Ipswich open team plays Townsville, Cairns and Fassifern tomorrow and Townsville Saints and Mackay on Saturday. The Ipswich veterans play Sunshine Coast and Townsville tomorrow and Cairns and Fassifern on Saturday. Finals are on Sunday.

Ipswich open team vice-captain Deanne Lawrie is confident her outfit will put on a good show, though Townsville on their home turf are a formidable presence. It is a similar team to last year's champion line-up but is without spinner Melinda Park, who inspired Ipswich to victory in the final over Townsville with seven wickets.

However, Lawrie has faith newcomers like Wildcats' Kylie Henrich and Occasionals young fast bowler Katie Range can fill the breach. “I think we've got enough variation to overcome (Park's absence),” Lawrie said.

While there were no Division One fixtures in Ipswich last weekend due to rain, Lawrie does not think her team will go in underdone.

“Overall we're a pretty fit side, which should hold us in good stead because I think it will be pretty hot up there,” she said. “We've had a few training sessions and everyone seems to get on well. We've worked on a few areas that needed work, mainly fielding and batting. Sometimes you are better off practising than playing because during games you sometimes don't get the chance to work on your weaknesses.”

Not surprisingly, Lawrie tips the home team as the one to beat.

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