Bulls footballers bracing for shot at silverware
FOOTBALL: With one game before another finals charge, Ipswich City Bulls coach Jamie Beahan is feeling confident.
Preparing to tackle Toowong in City's Capital League 1 Reserve Grade away clash on Saturday, Beahan is relaxed knowing his team can finish no lower than third.
However, after a productive season with 11 wins and five draws, the experienced footballer wants more.
"I'm confident we can win it now that I've got everyone back,'' Beahan said.
Throughout this year's Reserve Grade competition, he has called upon 30 players to meet the demands of covering injury, work commitments and unavailability.
However, after the Bulls were unbeaten in the first eight rounds before losing some players, Beahan knows he has the personnel to match any team in the finals.
"I think it's having the extra depth,'' he said.
"The squad has changed a fair bit but they've done well.''
The Bulls Reserves have been co-captained this season by utility player Chris Speranza and Will French.
Another valuable player returning at the right time of the season is solid centre back Adam Thompson.
"Everyone is back on board except for one player now,'' Beahan said.
While Saturday night's duel with second-placed Toowong has no bearing on the final standings, Beahan is mindful of keeping his players motivated.
The Bulls led 3-0 against the same side late in last year's semi-final before suffering a dramatic loss.
"We'll go close to winning it,'' Beahan said.
"We just have to make sure we don't make the same mistake we made last year.''
The Bulls Reserve Grade men are among a group of Ipswich sides preparing for finals.
The club's City League 5 and 7 sides open their final campaigns on Friday night before the Bulls City League 3 combination play their semi-final on Sunday.
Beahan said the City League 3 side were genuine title contenders having finished the season in second. They play Bayside United away for a chance to advance to the grand final.
"They've got a gun team,'' Beahan said. "You need a good team that will stop them from winning it.''
Ipswich's City League 5 team finished third. Their semi-final is against Annerley at Sutton Park on Friday night.
The Bulls' City League 7 team play Logan City in their Friday night semi-final having finished the regular season in fourth.
Men City League 3 Silver semi-final 2 (Sunday, 5pm): Ipswich City Bulls v Bayside United at Don Randall Oval.
Men City League 5 Gold semi-final 1 (Friday, 7pm): Ipswich City Bulls v Annerley at Sutton Park.
Men City League 7 Silver semi-final 1 (Friday, 7pm): Ipswich City Bulls v Logan City at Mark Mappas Oval.