DESERVED DRINK:  David Nielsen
DESERVED DRINK: David Nielsen Sarah Harvey

Force Files: Massive week for Ipswich with awards and events

AMERICAN import Chelsie Schweers deserves praise for being named Queensland Basketball League player of the week.

The Ipswich Force player's dominant display against South West Metro featured a massive 51 point haul, including nine three-pointers and 12 from 12 from the free throw line.

This is the first time this season a player in either of the Ipswich Force men's or women's league has surpassed the half century.

It is also the second week in a row that a Force player has been awarded the POW.

Bree Farley received the honour last week for her fantastic stat line of 27 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in Ipswich's win against Rockhampton.

The Force teams have a bye this weekend after notching impressive wins last weekend.

Ipswich Force’s player of the week Chelsie Schweers (left).
Ipswich Force’s player of the week Chelsie Schweers (left). Inga Williams


Major event for city

THIS week, Ipswich Basketball received some exceptionally exciting news with the announcement that we have been successful in our tender to host the Australian U20s Nationals and Ivor Burge Championships in February.

The Ivor Burge Championship is a tournament for players with an intellectual disability - named after one of the founding fathers of basketball in Australia.

Burge was the inaugural Director of Physical Education at the University of Queensland in 1941. He went on to found the Queensland Amateur Basketball Association in 1946 and was the association's first president through until 1954.

The announcement of IBA as the host association comes after the extremely successful delivery of numerous state championships in the past several years, including two state titles in 2015. This is a testament to our hard-working volunteer base.


Domestic competitions

SEASON 2 is underway at Ipswich Basketball.

With new competition nights and the introduction of a Premier League competition, Ipswich is continuing to build and grow competitions.

This includes sponsors, prize money and highly qualified referees from around South East Queensland to officiate the games.

People interested in playing in Ipswich's senior domestic competition (men's and women's) on Tuesday night, or in junior competitions (Wednesday and Thursday nights and Saturday mornings), can contact the stadium on 3282 4328, or


Development fun

SMALL Ball is an introductory program tailored for the youngest players (under 5s). It is about having fun while providing motor-skill development, spatial awareness and social learning.

Aussie Hoops is a national program for 5-10 year olds, which provides an environment where children of all abilities can achieve on the court and reap the rewards of skill development, enhanced self-esteem, social co-operation and grassroots sports participation.

Both programs begin at 11am at Ipswich Basketball Stadium.

For more information, visit


Multi-purpose warehouse up for grabs in Ipswich

Premium Content Multi-purpose warehouse up for grabs in Ipswich

Hot property market lands warehouse up for sale or lease

Second Aussie case of blood clot linked to Astra jab

Premium Content Second Aussie case of blood clot linked to Astra jab

A second case involving an Aussie recipient of the AstraZeneca jab

$12m works aimed at  highway crash hotspot

Premium Content $12m works aimed at highway crash hotspot

The state government has committed $12 million towards improving safety at a crash...