Ipswich Knights player Dale Robinson.
Ipswich Knights player Dale Robinson. Rob Williams

Knights keen to strike back after wake-up call

IPSWICH Knights captain Dale Robinson welcomes a new team challenge at Bundamba in an important early home match of the Football Queensland Premier League season.

After a first-up 3-1 victory over Southside Eagles before a disappointing 5-1 loss to Holland Park last weekend, the Knights tackle Wide Bay Buccaneers in tomorrow afternoon's clash at Eric Evans Oval.

"I don't know too much about them, which is probably a good thing,'' Robinson said of the FQPL newcomers.

"Our mentality shouldn't change towards who we are playing. We should go out there and try to give our best performance that we can.''

In his sixth season at the Knights, Robinson was pleased to see his team open the restructured competition with victory.

"The first win was absolutely fantastic,'' the former Ipswich Grammar School student said.

However, being outclassed last Saturday night in their first away encounter provided an early reality check.

"Last week was definitely a dragging a lot of us back down to earth,'' the skipper said.

"Being such a young squad that hasn't had a lot of experience at this level, we learnt that every single week we're going to have to work harder and harder to get the result that we want.''

Robinson said the four-goal defeat was a lesson for the core of senior players remaining from last year as much as the younger brigade.

"It's the whole squad, even the guys that have been there for a few years,'' the centre back said.

"It's all a wake-up call to the whole team just to let them know that every game we are going to have to work extremely hard.

"We might not have the talent that the other clubs may have but we can outplay that with our work ethic and things like that.''

Robinson, 26, said new coach Danny Mchenery was introducing ideas the team can embrace in developing a winning culture.

"Danny is a great operator,'' the captain said.

"Everything seems to be working well and forward in what he wants to achieve.''

He said getting consistency in the squad was a major goal after a disjointed pre-season due to the Football Queensland competition restructure.

Robinson continues to play in the Knights back formation, surrounded by another senior campaigner Devon Munn and rising talent Daniel Kleinhans.

While welcoming the new generation of Knights players, Robinson remains a part of the top team's heart and soul.

Robinson, Devon Munn, Eliott White and goalkeeper Declan Murphy are among the core back from last season.

Former Lions and Western Spirit footballer Robinson has also played with former Western Pride teammates Lincoln Rule and Ipswich journeyman Jay Kitching.

The captain praised Murphy for his early efforts guarding the net, following his impressive 2017 season.

"Declan's a great goalkeeper. He really is,'' Robinson said.

"He's just getting better every season.

"Especially down the back, it's a reassurance for me.''

Game day

FQPL: Sunday (3pm) - Ipswich Knights v Wide Bay at Eric Evans Oval.