Force Files: State league teams in tough doubleheaders
FRESH from a weekend break, Ipswich Force's state league teams are ready to step up and build momentum for the finals.
That quest starts this weekend in round 14, when the Force sides come head-to-head with the Northside Wizards away on Saturday.
Northside are a solid team despite sitting seventh on the Queensland Basketball League ladder.
The Wizards are also still fighting for playoff spots in their pool so will be desperate to knock Ipswich off.
Two friends and former Force stars - Nadeen Payne and Emma Langford - feature in their line-up so this team will be no easybeats.
While the Force women have secured a playoff spot and currently sit third on the QBL ladder, we have identified more reason to win. That is the possibility of finishing higher on the ladder.
With so many different scenarios for how teams will place at the end of the regular season, it highlights how strong and close the QBL women's competition is this season.
For Force, the focus is winning the last four games of the regular season and let everyone else decide their outcomes.
Finals are anyone's game.
Meanwhile, the ninth placed Force men will battle it out against a sixth placed Wizards outfit on Saturday.
While the men have cemented a quarterfinal appearance, they will be eager to notch a couple of good wins under their belt in the lead-up to the beginning of the finals.
The Force men's and women's teams also play Gold Coast away on Sunday.
WHILE Force's QBL teams were off resting for their bye week, Ipswich's Southern Basketball League (SBL) sides were sweating it out on court in a tough doubleheader weekend.
The Force girls secured two big wins defeating the Suncoast Clippers 74-62 before backing up the next day and overpowering Redlands PCYC by 20 points.
QBL fringe player Kate Head led from the front with 18 points, closely followed by Brooklyn Betham with 15.
Cambridge McCormick, with 16 points, and Cassie Poulain (14 points) also impressed.
The Force SBL men had mixed results over the weekend.
In the first game, they beat the Clippers by two points in a tight encounter. Dylan Howe led the way with 26 points, being well support- ed by Anthony Bishop (23 points).
The boys succumbed to a powerful Redlands team the following day, going down by 46 points.
The Southern Basketball League provides an avenue for high-level competition for young players as well as players who have stepped down from elite competition.
It is a strong and competitive league in its own right and serves as a key launch pad for young players looking to move into the QBL competition.
WITH the start of the Basketball Queensland Junior Basketball Competition (BQJBC) looming, junior Ipswich Force representative trials have been well underway.
Teams are being finalised and will be released in coming weeks.