Unbeaten Ipswich fight hard to win final
IPSWICH Veterans captain Heather Brooker has proven she is a fast learner.
In her first year playing Veterans at the state titles last year Ipswich was overwhelmed in the final by Fassifern.
On Sunday the Ipswich women had their revenge, comfortably winning the final to cap an undefeated state titles at East Ipswich.
"It was just our consistency I think," Brooker said of the key to her team's success.
"Throughout the whole weekend.
"Our batting really set it up for us.
"The top order worked really well."
Up until the final that is, when Ipswich found themselves in a bit of bother after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.
Fortunately the team spirit shone through and Ipswich was able to reach 123.
"Those lower down the order stepped up," Brooker said.
"The middle order hung around a bit and built some partnerships.
"That's a good score but in a final you never know."
Naomi Schaper led the way with 43 to give Ipswich a score to defend and it was Schaper and her committed teammates' effort in the field that ensured revenge for last year's final defeat.
Fassifern made just 65 in reply.
"Schaper (6-34) bowled well," Brooker said.
"Her and Kelly Verrall (2-27).
"Our fielders really stepped up as well.
"That's really a team thing."
Victory in the final capped an undefeated three days for the home team.
"It was a good weekend," Brooker said.
"Being unbeaten puts a bit of pressure on you in the final.
"Fassifern have been our main stumbling block. Last year they gave us a lesson."
It was one obviously well learned, while the familiar surrounds didn't hurt either, according to the skipper.
"Having the home field is always nice," she said.
"You're comfortable and have got support from the crowd."