Robson's fitness vital to Ipswich City's playoff plight
ONE is desperate to play. The other is adopting a cautious approach.
How it pans out tonight could determine if the Ipswich City Bulls make the Capital League 2 finals.
Classy midfielder Ben Robson was testing his sore knee in the hope of playing today's away game against Narangba.
Hovering two points outside the top four, the Bulls must win today and next weekend to have any chance of making the playoffs.
"I'd like to play again," Robson said of his injured right knee. "It's feeling pretty good right now."
Robson aggravated the same knee he had surgery on last December. He re-injured it during a tackle playing against Holland Park a couple of weeks ago.
"Up until then (the latest knock), I'd had a pretty good run actually," Robson said.
"I haven't given up on the season, definitely not."
But while Robson is keen to return, Bulls coach Nev O'Sullivan was pondering whether to rest him another week, even if he feels ready to play.
"I don't know whether it's right to risk him this weekend," O'Sullivan said.
"If we do get through, he'd be handy to have in two weeks time.
"I might put him on the bench and see if I need him."
With Narangba in 12th place with just three wins, the sixth-placed Bulls are expected to notch their 11th win of the season.
"Even to make the finals, we've got to win this," O'Sullivan said. "And if we don't win this game, we don't deserve to make the finals. It's as simple as that."
Robson, 23, has enjoyed his time at the Bulls, having moved down from the Sunshine Coast and switched from Western Spirit mid-season.
"They are a good bunch of lads, I've been enjoying myself," he said, having linked with the Bulls through good mate Liam Mercer.
Robson has scored 10 goals from 11 matches.
"I normally don't score that many goals so it's been good," he said.
Robson, who works in air movements at the Amberley airbase, believes the Bulls can still make the finals.
"We've got a great chance to win the last two games," he said.
"Hopefully the results go our way.
"When we play well, we can beat anybody but we've got to play our best a bit more regularly."
As for the praise he's received from O'Sullivan, Robson takes it in his stride.
"It's probably good to get a wrap from the coach," he said.
"You feel like you're doing a good job out there. A team win is the main thing."
- National Premier League: Tomorrow (3pm) - Western Pride (8th) v Palm Beach (9th) at Kippen Park, Goodna.
- Brisbane Premier League: Tonight (7pm) - Ipswich Knights (8th) v Easts (5th) at Heath Park. Reserves at 4.45pm.
- Capital League 1: Tonight (6pm) - Western Spirit (12th) v Mt Gravatt (3rd) at Kippen Park. Reserves at 4pm.
- Capital League 2: Tonight (5pm) - Ipswich City (6th) v Narangba (12th) at Narangba. Reserves at 3pm.