Team chemistry to lift Ipswich: Sutton
RORY Sutton was sidelined with an Achilles injury when Ipswich Force last played - and lost to - Rockhampton.
It was early in the season and the new-look Ipswich Force team was still finding its proverbial feet.
With another shot at Rockhampton in a more important match tonight, the Force vice-captain is hoping his team's chemistry and depth proves the difference.
"I've been a bit slowed down by injuries and so forth but with our team this year, it hasn't hurt us at all," Sutton said preparing for his first QBL semi-final.
"We are really deep and we have a great bunch of guys.
"We're all mates away from basketball. We all hang out. We watch movies.
"We're a closeknit bunch of guys. That makes it easy as well."
Sutton, 24, is vice-captain of the Force men's side having joined the Ipswich program last year coming from NSW.
He has formed a leadership partnership with captain Zarryon Fereti, hoping to capitalise on last weekend's encouraging quarter-final victory over Bundaberg.
"I think we've done quite well and we go up there this week and hopefully more to come," Sutton said.
Sutton is happy to be one of the workers in the team, supporting dangerous scorers like Fereti, James Legan and Kyle Harvey.
"My role is more of a rebounder, defence," he said, having trained with the Sydney Kings in the National Basketball League off-season.
"With the scorers we've got and the weapons, it's my job just to do the little things and I enjoy doing those things.
"With our team, we have 20 points here and there. If we get another eight to 10 points from someone unexpected, it makes a huge difference."
The Ipswich Force men were due to fly to Rockhampton this morning with the women's side who are also playing a semi-final tonight.
"We've got the whole day there, have a good team meal, put our legs up and be ready for the game around eight o'clock," he said.
Sutton said one match on the road was better than the usual double-header.
"We can go up there for one reason - totally focus on that," he said.
"At the moment, I'm enjoying it here, just focused on playing for Ipswich."