CURRENT Ipswich captain Clare Gillett is gearing up for another big representative season with pennants to be played before the state titles in January.
However, she's also been encouraged by her club side's commitment during a testing start to the new Ipswich first division vigoro season.
Although TC United have secured just one win, Gillett has praised her teammates putting in a big effort each week with some players unavailable.
"We don't really have that stable core just yet,'' Gillett said.
"But at the same time, we've had players from the Ipswich B comp filling in and they've been doing a wonderful job.''
TC United's latest loss was to Occasionals on Saturday as third-placed Sports continued their steady progress with victory over former competition leaders Wildcats.
Occasionals scored 84 and 18 with TC United making 29 and 69 at the East Ipswich fields.
Gillett was heartened by her team's improved second innings batting effort.
"The whole team has had to work together but in different scenarios every week,'' she said.
"I can't say that's been a negative.
"I'm not concerned at the moment.''
Looking beyond the Christmas break, she saw another positive in TC United being under less pressure.
"We just have to finish in that top three (to play in the semi-finals) and give ourselves a chance,'' she said.
"We've been minor premiers for five or six years and on top of the table. And in the last two years, we haven't been able to come through with that grand final (win).
"If we build our resilience and if we are able to get there at the end of the season, hopefully it will be very beneficial.''
Occasionals' latest win was set up by Heather Brooker (28) and Naomi Schaper (21 and 6/8).
Melinda Park chipped in with 3/19.
Gillett praised regulars Jodie Spall (19 and 3/14), Kate Johnstone (3/21) and Simone Harding (2/4) for toiling hard.
In the other first division match, Sports captain Lee Scudds led the way with 13 not out and 25 not out.
Janine Ikonomou (6/11) and Megan Packer (5/9) impressed with the ball.
Wildcats' top run getter was Rebecca Baartz (16 not out). Rachel Savage snared 5/10.
Ipswich's first pennants game for the 2017/18 season is against Fassifern at Boonah on November 25.
Ipswich is hosting the 2018 state titles in January.
State of play
First Division: Occasionals 84 and 18 def. T.C. United 29 and 69, Sports 37 and 54 def. Wildcats 28 and 44.