Force Files with QT basketball columnist Marney George.
Force Files with QT basketball columnist Marney George. Sarah Harvey

Setback provides incentive to drive forward

GUTTED, embarrassed, disappointed, numb - these were some of the emotions I was dealing with over the weekend after losing in Toowoomba.

That's the thing about sports. They ignite emotions whether you play, coach or watch.

One week, you could be on cloud nine, the next you are slammed back to earth with full force. And that is what I call a "wake-up call".

We may have lost in our latest state league match, but it's how we - as a team - handle that loss that counts.

We could crawl into a dark hole, get stuck in a rut and play out the season as a mediocre team, or we could choose to learn from it, reassess our goals and use it as our motivation to succeed.

After Monday's training, the latter is the choice for our team.

Asked what we needed to do, be, or have to reach our goals, words such as "effort," "persistence" and "pride" were mentioned.

Gone were the negative emotions from the weekend, replaced by raw determination and pure belief to reach our goals and succeed as a team.

We will step up to the challenge, we will play with heart.

Gold Coast is the Force's next opposition on Saturday night at the Cotton On Foundation - Ipswich's basketball stadium at Booval.

The women tip off at 5pm, with the men playing at 7pm.

Gold Coast are in Ipswich's state league pool, making these games highly important.

Gold Coast are known for their aggressive style of play. However, the Ipswich women will come ready to play, determined to prove a point.

 

Springfield Brumbies and Brothers Gypsies played off in the bronze medal game in the girls division, with Springfield securing the win.
Springfield Brumbies and Brothers Gypsies played off in the bronze medal game in the girls division, with Springfield securing the win.

Bronze success

THREE teams represented two Ipswich clubs at last weekend's under-11 club championships.

Springfield Brumbies and Brothers Gypsies played off in the bronze medal game in the girls division, with Springfield securing the win.

Brothers Heat also participated in the tournament finishing eight overall.

Congratulations to the two players who featured in the top scorers for their respective divisions. Liam Stolberg finished second and Selma Togia came fourth.

 

Junior basketball

JUNIOR club fixtures started back this week. It's not too late to join a club if you are still keen to play basketball.

The Aussie Hoops and Small Ball programs will begin next week. Contact the stadium on 3282 4328 if you are interested in playing or learning about basketball.

 

Quote of the week

LOSING does not make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder. - Paul "Bear" Bryant



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