Ipswich Knights head coach Mark Dykman left the club.
Ipswich Knights head coach Mark Dykman left the club. Claudia Baxter

Knights in last-ditch bid to avoid relegation after coach sacked

THE Ipswich Knights are looking for a late surge in commitment to avoid relegation after head coach Mark Dykman left the club.

Club president Troy Beahan confirmed Dykman has coached his final Brisbane Premier League game after the Knights lost 6-2 to Peninsula Power last Sunday.

Knights technical director Mitch Cattermole will run the BPL side this weekend, assisted by Russell Mapri and Reserve grade mentor Chris Brown.

Mapri has played an active role in recent weeks with Brown focusing on helping the Reserve grade side chase vital wins.

"We finished Mark up on Monday, effective immediately,'' Beahan said.

Under the complicated promotion-relegation system, points are awarded across four grades from BPL to under 16s.

With only a handful of games left, the Bundamba-based club is in a precarious situation.

The Knights BPL top side has its final game against Capalaba, away on Saturday night.

The Knights Reserves have to play the curtainraiser on Saturday before a catch-up match the following Saturday (1pm) at home.

The club's under-16 and under 18 teams also have catch-up matches to try and secure the points needed to keep the club in the BPL.

Beahan concedes it's been a tough time for the Knights, especially due to the controversial new format.

"We decided this was our best opportunity to get maximum points,'' Beahan said of the revised coaching structure.

"It will be tight. We'll be going out for all four games at the weekend and see what happens from there.''

Beahan said next year's Knights coaching positions would be advertised after the club's BPL future is finalised.



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