Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich's Bond Key to Victory; Playing for Each Other Essential Tocarry Force Further in QBL Playoffs

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich's Bond Key to Victory; Playing for Each Other Essential Tocarry Force Further in QBL Playoffs

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

Game day

QBL women's quarter-final: Tonight (6pm) -- Ipswich Force v Mackay Meteorettes at Llewellyn Stadium.

Other quarter-finals: Southern Districts v Sunshine Coast Phoenix, Townsville v North Gold Coast, South West Metro v Rockhampton.

BASKETBALL: Having just completed her most successful state league preliminary season, Ipswich Force captain Bree Farley was delighted what her team accomplished.

"It's four from four (finals), which I'm really happy about,'' she said, reflecting on Ipswich's latest 16 win record this year, the same as competition leaders Townsville.

"It's definitely the best season that I've been a part of with Ipswich.

"Not to drop any away games is pretty amazing. And to only have two losses throughout the whole season, especially when the competition has been so competitive, we're pretty proud of the season that we've had.''

However, heading into tonight's do-or-die quarter-final at Llewellyn Stadium at Booval, second-placed Force face their biggest test.

With only six regular state league players available, Farley said the Ipswich team has a tough assignment against seventh-placed Mackay (nine wins and nine losses).

"We've known that (a player shortage) was going to happen,'' she said, preparing for more court time along with Amanda Johnson, Gintare Mazionyte, Georgia Williams, Rachel Mate and Meg Essex.

"It's one of those challenges that you come up against.

"I'm trying not to think about it too much because you just play your game like any other time . . . because you don't want to have to rely of other people anyway.

"We just have to look forward now and be ready to play.

"We are very comfortable playing together and we know that we have each other's back and show up for each other.''

It's that closeknit bond this year's Force senior players have built that has lifted them to their best Queensland Basketball League pre-finals finish. …

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