Walters go waltzing to finals
IKONIC Construction Walters coach Mark Leisemann admits it can be tough to get a combined team of Brisbane, Toowoomba and Ipswich players to perform at their best on short notice.
But with two wins from four outings to start the Ipswich Super 8's competition, including a narrow two-score defeat to the competition yardstick, Leisemann is happy with his team's efforts to this point.
"We're going pretty good,” he said.
"Getting a team mixed with Brisbane, Toowoomba and Ipswich players and getting them to gel quickly is a challenge, but they've come together pretty well.”
Walters sit third out of eight teams after four rounds of play.
The coach labelled Toucans as the team to beat this year, and a quick look at the leaderboard would seem to back up his assessment.
The SWQ representative side are one of two undefeated sides to this point in the competition, and boast a 20-3 touchdown ratio.
"The Toucans and (Cobras) are probably the two teams to beat,” Leisemann said, including the second-placed Brisbane T-League side in the conversation.
"They're preparing for the National Touch League, and have all trained together in preparation.
"We lost (to Toucans) the other night, they'll likely be the top team so for us to lose by (two) I think we went pretty well.”
Leisemann's side take on two local teams in Switch and Natives on Friday night.
Win both of those, and a finals berth becomes a real possibility.
"That's what we're aiming for, a top four finish to get into the semis and then hopefully the final,” the coach said.
"They're improving all the time, so I think we're a good show.”
Playing alongside the likes of Australian representative Kimberley Sue See, Leisemann said the Super 8's competition doubled as a fantastic opportunity for Ipswich players to test themselves against and alongside some of the best touch football talent in the country.
"This is a lead-in for a lot of teams before the National Touch League, so we're seeing quite a few of the bst players coming to play including Australian representatives,” Leisemann said.
"I was talking to some of the Ipswich girls the other night about making the most of the unique opportunity to play with these representative players.
"For our local players, being able to play with those better players is a great experience for them.
"The competition here is of such a high level.”