Musketeers chase a home ground advantage for finals
WITH just two rounds remaining in the Brisbane Major League, the Ipswich Musketeers are in full swing.
On top of the Major A competition with 18 wins and seven losses, the Musketeers host the fifth-placed Gold Coast Surfers tomorrow night and on Sunday.
Musketeers player Gregg Ellis said his teammates will be prepared for a Surfers side eager to break into the top four and make the finals.
"They will have a fair bit to play for,'' Ellis said.
"A few of their players will be back after playing for the Brisbane Bandits so we should face some strong pitching.
"If they can win a few games they are a chance of sneaking into the finals."
Ellis said the aim for the Musketeers would be locking down a home ground advantage in the finals.
"If we win one more game we will get a home semi-final and then if we win the semi that would mean a home grand final," he said. "That's definitely the motivation for us, to win for those home finals."
A veteran of seven seasons with the Musketeers, Ellis said a showdown with the second-placed Redlands Rays is almost a certainty.
"They way things have shaped up we can't really get knocked off first place," he said.
"The same goes for Redlands who have locked up second place.
"We've played them four times this season and won three so we know what to expect from them."
A win in the semi final would gift the Ipswich side a week break before the first of three grand final games played on March 18, 20 and 23.
Ellis said the Musketeers were already focused on the finals.
Musketeers play Surfers tomorrow night at 7pm and on Sunday at 1.30pm.
The club is holding a get-together at Tivoli on Sunday, where founding member Keith Suthers Snr will be remembered.