Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Force on Scouting Mission to Fine-Tune for Finals

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Force on Scouting Mission to Fine-Tune for Finals

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GAME DAY

QBL Round 13 tonight: Ipswich Force v Bundaberg at WIN Stadium. Tip-off: Women 6pm, men 8pm.

Tomorrow: Ipswich Force v Gladstone at Kev Broome Stadium. Tip-off: Women noon, men 2pm.

SHANE Heal said the Ipswich Force will play C[pounds sterling]meat and potatoesC[yen] basketball during their double header road trip to Bundaberg and Gladstone this weekend.

Heal hopes the simple game plan will give him valuable information about likely finals opponent Bundaberg while offering little to their Central Queensland rivals.

The Force welcome back guard Ryan Jeffries, who has missed a month with a calf injury, but Shaun Gleeson will again miss the road trip as he prepares for a serious assault on the finals.

Heal said it was a conservative approach in line with his team's plan for a bigger prize.

C[pounds sterling]If this was a grand final series, he (Gleeson) would play but we are certainly not going to take any risks with him,C[yen] Heal said.

C[pounds sterling]But we'll get CyJeffers' back.

C[pounds sterling]He's had two individual sessions with James Harvey (former Gold Coast Blaze player) and two team training sessions so he'll be ready to play good minutes.C[yen]

It's the first time the Force will play Bundaberg this season and Heal is keen to gather as much information about the opposition as possible.

Assistant coach Ben Thompson has spent the past few weeks scouting the Bulls and Heal hopes Saturday night's contest will provide even more information.

C[pounds sterling]We want to beat Bundaberg because they look like a team we will play in the finals,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]At the same time we certainly won't be showing them anything.

C[pounds sterling]They have two Americans we haven't really seen so I'm keen to find about a bit about them. …

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