Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FLYING HIGH; Ipswich Flyers Maintain Composure to Win Crown

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FLYING HIGH; Ipswich Flyers Maintain Composure to Win Crown

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Byline: JAY BUCHAN

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The Ipswich Flyers have won three of the past four Queensland tier three netball championships.

The Flyers won in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and were runners up in 2010.

After finishing third in the minor premiership this season Ipswich defeated MacGregor in the semi-final, before beating Logan City 40-38 in the grand final.

BACK-to-back titles meant the Ipswich Flyers were in a mood to celebrate on Friday night.

The Flyers beat Logan City 40-38 at the state netball centre to claim their third Queensland tier three title in four years.

But it wasn't easy with no more than one point separating the teams at each change.

With orange bows in their hair, the Flyers were laughing during their high-precision warm-up.

The smiles were still there throughout the game, indicating the confidence of the defending champions, despite the much larger Logan team getting on top early.

Confidently passing into space, Logan City's attack flowed better than Ipswich's and they got out by three goals.

The Flyers were hesitant with the ball, enabling the towering Logan girls to dominate.

C[pounds sterling]They had a zone defence, which is a bit more high pressure,C[yen] Flyers vice-captain and goal shooter Brooke Dixon said after the game.

C[pounds sterling]We had to feel our way through.C[yen]

Flyers captain Emilie McInally (wing attack) set the tone, forcing rather than feeling her way through the Logan City defence to get Ipswich level 10-all at quarter time.

C[pounds sterling]McInally's feeding into the centre is unbelievable,C[yen] Ipswich Netball Association (INA) representative secretary Nicole Spark said with admiration from the grandstand.

The apparent telepathy between McInally and Dixon served the Flyers well when things weren't clicking as smoothly as they would have liked. …

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