New captain motivated to play well in lead-up to carnival
IPSWICH captain Clare Gillett has added incentives to lead her side to a solid performance in Boonah today.
The newly-appointed Senior 1 team leader is returning to a familiar Coronation Park ground where she's played many games.
"It will be my first time back there since I left Fassie,'' Gillett said, having switched to the Ipswich competition in 2011.
"There's a great relationship between Ipswich and Fassifern.
"We love beating each other but when we come off we're all mates, which is great.''
With the Queensland championships being held at the same venue in January, Gillett is also keen to use today's representative season opener as a valuable warm-up.
"From our point of view, it will be good to perform well this weekend to take that into the state titles,'' she said.
"It will be interesting to get back to the old ground and old pitch again.''
As a new captain, Gillett is eager to blend the team's experienced core with some exciting young players coming up the ranks.
The TC United captain is continuing her partnership with club teammate Kate Johnstone, who is vice captain today.
"We've worked together before, which is always a benefit,'' Gillett (pictured) said.
"Hopefully we can do all right at rep level as well.''
Other senior players include former captains Deanne Lawrie and Rachel Savage, as well as Jodie Spall and Kerryn Graham.
Younger talents include Yasmin Leeder, Kirsten Ihle and Danielle Silvester.
The Senior 1 team is one of five representative sides from the city playing in annual inter-city games.
Ipswich's Senior 2, Veterans, Under 18, and 13 and under combinations will also face Boonah on their home ground today.
Ipswich teams for today's encounters at Boonah
- Senior 1: Clare Gillett (captain), Kate Johnstone (vice captain), Andrea Kruger (wicketkeeper), Jodie Spall, Deanne Lawrie, Karissa Aburn, Rachel Savage, Kirsten Ihle, Kerryn Graham, Shannon Brackin, Yasmin Leeder, Danielle Silvester.
- Senior 2: Karen Lawrie (captain), Melinda Park (vice captain), Erin Haines, Emily Haines, Chantel Collie, Sarsha Thorogood, Bronwyn Brown, Amanda Wraight, Brenda Ungerer, Deb Manietta, Jess Fox. Reserve: Tania Whyatt.
- Under 18: Zoe Fox (captain), Jasmin Graham (vice captain), Shannon Verrall (wicketkeeper), Zoe Hislop, Trisdan Mullins, Gaby Weller, Georgia Mullins, Danielle Harrison, Reannon Mullins, Emma Buchanan, Sarah Teasdale, Ryleigh Doyle. Coach: Rachel Savage. Manageress: Kate Johnstone.
- Veterans: Simone Harding (captain), Tracey Harrington (vice captain), Heather Brooker (wicketkeeper), Naomi Schaper, Alisa Martin, Lee Scudds, Lynne Barnes, Leann Panzram, Megan Daley, Michelle Scott, Rebecca Foley. Reserve: Rebecca DeGraff.
- 13 & Under: Zoe Graham (captain), Ashlee Verrall, Brianna Doyle (wicketkeeper), Piper Adams- Jones, Cassidy Hammond, Molly Whyatt, Hayley Whyatt, Tyra Sivlepa, Maddison Hoffman, Mikaela Verrall, Jynahirah Mullins, Mickayla Mullins. Coach: Kerryn Graham. Manageress: Rebecca Foley.
Ipswich v Fassifern matches at Coronation Park.
- 9.30am-noon: 13 and under, under 18, Senior 2.
- 1pm-3.30pm: Senior 1, Veterans.