Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Three into One Doesn't Suit City's Higher Goal; Ideal Time to Develop United Team

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Three into One Doesn't Suit City's Higher Goal; Ideal Time to Develop United Team

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Editor David Lems

WITH Ipswich eager to be represented in next year's elite Football Brisbane competition, a hot talking point is how the region can continue to support three teams in one division.

C[pounds sterling]For Ipswich to get a side in the premier league, we can't have the other two teams in first division,'' said Western Spirit coach and former Premier League player Stewart Drinkeld.

C[pounds sterling]We haven't got the depth of talent within the area and unfortunately someone will have to miss out if someone wants to go up.''

The Knights are favoured to have their top-class submission accepted as Western Spirit officials also proceed with a strong development program.

The Ipswich City Bulls are out of the equation for 2013, doing it tough in Division 1 after being demoted last season only to receive a late reprieve.

With the Knights and Spirit best placed for higher level football, the solution is for a united Ipswich representative team in next year's restructured competition.

Having a playing combination similar to the Ipswich Invitational teams that tackled Brisbane Roar the last two years would be an ideal starting point. However, with club priorities as they are, that remains unlikely in the short term.

The Knights have many of the region's best players with Spirit fielding exciting up and comers and a few seasoned campaigners who could easily play at a higher level.

Imagine Peter Drager, Alex Jimmink, Ben Hunt, Nick Parfitt and goalkeeper Zayne Freiberg (Knights) playing each week with Spirit's Luke Haydon, Dan Liddy and Lucas Wilson, backed by future talents Lincoln Rule, Dale Robinson and Matt Flick.

While the powers-that-be prepare their club cases for entry into a higher league, Drinkeld and Ipswich Knights head coach Ashley Hempstead seem to share a common goal. …

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