'Ipswich mongrel' driving Bulls women
IPSWICH City Bulls winger Nikki Cox believes "the Ipswich mongrel” is helping her side prove the doubters wrong in their first season in the Brisbane Premier League.
Some pundits raised their eyebrows when the Bulls were included in the Brisbane top flight competition, and before the season started coach Ian Carson admitted the team entered 2018 not knowing how they would fair.
But ahead of tomorrow night's highly anticipated meeting with perennial powerhouse Peninsula Power, Cox said the team has embraced the hate and used it as motivation to improve.
The Bulls currently sit second with a game in hand on leaders Annerley. They are undefeated after five rounds.
"We kinda copped it left, right and centre with people saying: 'Who are you, why are you even here?',” the striker-turned-winger said.
"I think we're doing quite well. We came in being the underdogs, but I think we've picked that up and run with it.
"We've let it fuel us a little bit. Every week we're trying to prove people wrong, and it's nice to turn around and stick it to everyone else.
"We've just given our best every week and it's paying off.”
The Bulls welcomed some new faces to the squad in the off-season, in preparation for their BPL tilt.
That included Carson, who Cox said has helped to develop a "family” culture within the playing group.
"He's amazing, we're just having so much fun,” she said.
"He's a good combination of strict, but also able to have a laugh. We have a really good rapport with him, and that's a massive help.
"We've all bonded so quickly, and we don't stop playing for each other.
"It feels more like a family than a team. We've got that tenacity that maybe some other teams don't have - that Ipswich mongrel.”
Despite their ladder position, Cox expects fifth-placed Peninsula to prove a stern test of the Bulls' early-season finals credentials.
"They'll definitely be tough, they were expected to be in the top two,” Cox said.
"They've been in NPL, and in the BPL for a long time. But we've got home ground advantage. I think as long as we play the way we've been playing, we'll stick it to them as well.
"We're the underdogs again, but we'll give it everything.”
Women's Premier League Rd 7: Tomorrow (6pm) - Ipswich City Bulls v Peninsula Power at Sutton Park.