Silver Fox predictions premature

IPSWICH City Bulls coach Trent Abel has never been one to listen to the critics.

Given his team has often defied early-season predictions, Abel is again ignoring the assessment of Football Brisbane columnist “The Silver Fox”.

According to Fox, the Bulls “will struggle this year and may find the going a bit tough in Division 1”.

“They are hot favourite to return to Division 2,” the Fox declares.

But Abel was hardly concerned preparing for tonight’s first game against Queensland Lions at Sutton Park, Brassall.

“They say that each year. You don’t take too much notice of that,” Abel said, encouraged by some off-season strengthening of his team.

“The year we finished top (of Division 2) and got promoted, they said we were going to finish dead last.

“The boys are jumping out of their skin ready to go.

“The tempo has lifted and everyone just wants to play.”

Although senior players like Zygan Condie are unavailable through injury, Abel is happy to have secured players like national futsal representative Scott Fenn, classy midfielder Shaun Kitching and former Knights player Aaron Willmann.

Abel is keen to use tonight’s 7pm clash to test the waters, especially with an Old Boys function planned and the naming of the Sutton Park clubhouse in honour of recently passed stalwart Brendan Madden.

“We just want to see where we are at,” the coach said, aware the Lions can be unpredictable opponents.

“Lions will probably be pretty high on the table this year so you’d think you can gauge where you are at in this first game.”

The Bulls Reserves kick off at 4.45pm.

 Ipswich City squad for tonight’s 7pm clash at Sutton Park, Brassall: Brenton Wilson (goalkeeper), Mark Fancourt, Chris Denman, Scott Niemi, Norbert Duga, Lucas Wilson, Aaron Willmann, Scott Fenn, Shaun Kitching, Brad McKendrick, Chris Kickbusch, Adam O’Sullivan, two to be added.

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