Ipswich Force coach Brad George expects his team to remain focused for a game that could lock up second spot for the finals.
Ipswich Force coach Brad George expects his team to remain focused for a game that could lock up second spot for the finals. Cordell Richardson

Unbeaten state league record keeps Ipswich women motivated

HAVING already enjoyed Ipswich's best regular season finish in the state league, coach Brad George is confident his team can finish the job tonight.

However, the experienced mentor has rejected any temptation to take it easy in Ipswich's final Queensland Basketball League preliminary game against the Gold Coast.

The second-placed Ipswich Force women are keen to seal that position by preserving their unbeaten record in away matches this season.

"I would rest someone if we had second locked up,'' George said preparing for tonight's clash at the Gold Coast.

"But if we lose and South West beat Mackay and Rocky then we'll drop to third.

"I definitely want to win, want to keep that undefeated road record intact and build towards the finals.''

Victory tonight would complete a terrific preliminary season with Ipswich preparing to host its first QBL final, possibly against Mackay at Llewellyn Stadium next weekend.

George was also mindful of taking it easy despite Force outclassing Gold Coast 90-48 in last month's clash in Ipswich.

"Gold Coast beat South West last week so they are going to be full of confidence,'' he said.

"We can't have any complacency or shoot ourselves in the foot.

"We're looking to control the game.''

The Force women head into tonight's match having won both games in last weekend's series against Mackay (88-63) and Rockhampton (79-73).

That was Ipswich's 14th and 15th wins of the season, to have them well positioned in second place on percentages behind Townsville.

"They just kept turning up for each other and working really hard,'' George said.

"It's a tough road trip.

"Rocky and Mackay have been probably the two powerhouses in the program for a long time . . . and in a hostile environment.''

The Force women trained last night after a team dinner on Tuesday night to help the players refresh for tonight's final surge.



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