Ipswich Flyers netball Bridget Cumming.
Ipswich Flyers netball Bridget Cumming. Rob Williams

Ipswich's premier effort against netball leaders

HOLDING the unbeaten competition leaders to a draw was the Ipswich Flyers best netball performance of the season.

Next is the exciting local derby against Goodna Sapphires.

However, before that game on July 13, all the Queensland Premier League South East Queensland Cup teams have Thursday night off due to this week's State Age carnival.

"It will be nice to have a little bit of a break,'' Flyers senior player and goal attack Emilie McInally said.

The Flyers will have a team dinner tomorrow night before refocusing on the derby against the Sapphires.

McInally was heartened by her team's 51-51 draw with Metropolitan Districts last Thursday night. The Flyers were the first team this season to take a point off the competition pacesetters.

"It was a really tough game and a really good game too,'' McInally said.

"Both teams challenged each other.

"We do play a little bit better when we are challenged.''

After the Flyers were two goals ahead at the first change, the match seesawed with the Ipswich team having a late chance to go ahead. However, McInally praised her teammates for a solid performance.

"I'm very proud of our girls,'' she said.

"We just kept at it, which is one of the things that we did quite well. We never dropped our heads.''

The Flyers have one loss this season.

With the derby looming, Goodna remained unbeaten after defeating Redcliffe 72-31 in their round 7 match.

Captain Robyn Walsh said her team also welcomed a little break before the derby among three tough matches ahead.

State of play

Round 7: Ipswich Flyers drew Metropolitan Districts 51-51, Goodna Sapphires def Redcliffe 72-31.

Round 8: July 13 - 6.30pm: Ipswich Flyers v Goodna Sapphires at State Netball Centre.