Knights finish rollercoaster season with upset
IF ONLY the Ipswich Knights played like that all season. They would have been preparing for finals football in their return to the Brisbane Premier League.
However, they at least finished the season on a high.
Knights coach Mark Dykman is looking positively towards next year after his eighth-placed side upset second-placed Wolves 1-0 at Bundamba yesterday.
"It was unbelievable," Dykman said completing his first term in charge of the Knights top side.
"It was a fitting end because had we got beaten four or five nil, it would have had a bit of a salty taste.
"But this Wolves team look like winning the premiership. They have quality in them."
Substitute Tambwe Sadick scored his second goal for the Knights in his 10th top grade game for the club.
Having used a number of senior players and blooded some exciting talent, Dykman believes the Knights are well placed for next year's campaign.
A top four goal is realistic given the Knights matched all the top sides at different stages this season.
"We had one bad month, in July," he said. "That was the defining moment of the season.
"I've just got to bring in three or more other players."
However, he's excited about promising players like James MacArthur and back Jordan McCulloch.
"They haven't played much in the first team, about a third of the season, but those guys are rising stars," he said.
Dykman also praised captain Igor Sao Jose for his leadership, guiding a new-look side.
"He's just so solid and he helps the kids and leads by example," Dykman said.
"The highlight from today was his leadership."
Dykman said he'd have a couple of weeks off before starting his preparations for next season.
"This is my life," he said. "It's what I love doing. I'll take a break and recharge up."
State of Play
Brisbane Premier League: Ipswich Knights 1 (Tambwe Sadick) d Wolves 0. The Knights finished in eighth place. Reserves: Wolves d Ipswich Knights 3-0.
Capital League 1: Taringa d Western Spirit 5-0. Spirit finished last with one win and two draws. Reserves: Western Spirit drew with Taringa 0-0. Spirit finished 11th with three wins and two draws.
Capital League 2: Ipswich City 7 (Chris Denman 2, Ben Robson 2, Shaun Kitching, Zygan Condie, Jamie Beahan) d Toowoomba 0. Bulls advance to semi-finals in two weeks. Reserves: Ipswich City 3 (Harry Hanson, Michael Loomes, Scott Niemi) d Toowoomba 1. Bulls finished fifth to miss finals.