Ipswich softball teams in top form
IPSWICH Softball Association president Steve Muller believes the men's program in the city continues to attract top players after another strong state championship effort.
Ipswich's open men's team finished a pleasing second at last weekend's Queensland championships in Rockhampton.
That strong finish came after Ipswich had won the state title in 2008 and was runner-up in 2009.
"It was a great result," Muller said of the latest Ipswich performance, which followed the city's under-19 team coming third recently at its state championship.
"I'm very happy with them (Ipswich teams).
"They were very strong.
"All the development and that is all coming along nicely."
Although the Ipswich men's team was boosted by some outside international players, it included 16-year-old talents like outfielder Aaron Campbell.
Ipswich had three players picked in the Queensland Patriots team preparing for the national championship in Sydney in the new year.
Corey Matakatea is a registered Ipswich player, with Brisbane-based Josh Davison and Jacob Rooke from Caboolture representing Ipswich at last weekend's Queensland Cup.
Ipswich lost the grand final to Redlands Green 8-0 after beating Toowoomba 4-3 in the preliminary final and Redlands Red 9-3 in the semi-final.
"It was a very easy side to coach," Ipswich mentor Matt Denkel said. "You've got three guys in there (Zenon Winters, Davison and ACT import Jeff Goolagong) who are international players."
Denkel said Ipswich's most pleasing victory was its tiebreak preliminary final win, after the scores were locked at 3-3.
After denying Toowoomba a scoring opportunity, Ipswich secured victory after Matakatea (on second base) was scored by a double from Winters.