Semi-finals will bring out the best in Flyers
THE Ipswich Flyers enter the Mount Franklin Challenge semi-finals ready to produce their best.
That's the belief of goal attack Liz Hales, though she admits it wasn't always on display in her team's last match.
The Flyers rounded off their finals preparation with a 48-44 win over Logan City.
But Hales knows it will take a lot more to get past Northern Gold Coast in the elimination semi at the State Netball Centre tonight.
"It shouldn't have been that close," Hales said.
"We switched off a little bit, but we know what we did wrong.
"We had a great first half.
"We just took our foot off the pedal in the second half and threw some balls away."
It was perhaps understandable given the match had nothing hinging on it and Hales is not concerned.
"We're all pretty pumped," she said.
"It's going to be a good match.
"We're ready to get stuck into Northern Gold Coast."
Hales knows her teammates - the defending champions from the past two seasons - are at their best with their backs to the wall.
"We never seem to have an easy run through finals," she said.
"We have to work our backsides off, but it makes us better come the grand final because we know we can rely on each other."
Hales shared goal attack with co-captain Emilie McInally last week.
McInally has spent much of the season at wing attack but looks set to play a role as a shooter in the finals.
Hales is happy to have her to share the load with.
"She offers more speed than me," Hales said.
"Whereas Brooke (goal shooter Brooke Dixon) and I swing the ball around a lot."
It gives the Flyers different options for different scenarios which Hales believes can only help the team.
In further good news for the Flyers, utility player Tara Bramwell appears set to play, having overcome injury.