TIGHT TUSSLE: An Ipswich player duels with a Tweed Border opponent during yesterday’s 1-1 Division 1 draw at the state under-15 championships at Raceview.
TIGHT TUSSLE: An Ipswich player duels with a Tweed Border opponent during yesterday’s 1-1 Division 1 draw at the state under-15 championships at Raceview. Claudia Baxter

Trust gives Ipswich U15 girls fine start in state titles bid

IPSWICH coach Brendan Eleison rates trust one of the best qualities of his under-15 girls team at the state titles.

After two encouraging performances at the Ipswich Hockey Complex, he's hoping that belief in each other continues to flourish.

After working hard to draw 1-1 with Tweed Border yesterday, the Ipswich girls shone under lights last night to upstage Brisbane's number one side 3-1.

Eleison was clearly excited about what his team achieved against the competition heavyweights in Pool B.

"The draw this morning was gutsy but we had to get the cobwebs out,'' Eleison said.

"It took us a whole half to actually to get our game together.

"Tonight, we knew this was going to be the toughest.''

Eleison praised Ipswich's defensive cordon featuring goalkeeper Emily Witheyman-Crump, Kelly McNamara and Lauren Hess for repelling Brisbane's attack.

Zoe Fox, Emma Reeve and Layla Eleison impressed up front.

However, he knows those two pleasing Division 1 results will mean little if Ipswich doesn't beat Mackay (8am) and Brisbane 2 (1pm) at Raceview today.

"Brisbane 2 were the team that knocked us out of it last year and actually went on to make the final,'' he said.

"We'll be wary of them because they're always the bridesmaids when it comes to their competition.''

Eleison is looking for his team to show the benefits of being together for a few years.

His leadership group is Brooke Pavitt, Hannah Casey, Layla Eleison and Fox.

"The core of them know each other's games,'' he said.

"They've got that trust and that's half the battle.''

Ipswich's number two girls team drew 1-1 with Tweed Border (2) before losing 1-0 to Cairns in their first games in Division 2 yesterday.

Keep reading your QT for story and photo coverage of the state titles this week.

 

State of Play

Queensland under-15 girls championships in Ipswich.

Division 1: Ipswich 1 (Zoe Fox) drew Tweed Border 1; Ipswich 3 (Brooke Pavitt, Zoe Fox, Layla Eleison) d Brisbane (1) 1.

Division 2: Ipswich 1 (Olivia Norris) drew Tweed Border (2) 1; Cairns (2) d Ipswich (2) 1-0.



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