'Rusty' Muskets look promising
THE last time Ipswich and Windsor faced off it was in last season's grand final of the Greater Brisbane League competition.
On that occasion it was the Windsor Royals who finished on top in a thriller.
If the weekend's results are anything to go by, the Ipswich Musketeers have another tight season ahead after finishing their grand final rematch with a win apiece.
After falling 8-4 down on Friday night, stand-in coach Brad Dutton said he was pleased to see the home side fight back for a 3-2 win on the second day of play.
"We had the lead going into the ninth and then I gave up for,” Dutton admitted. "We threw a couple on in-fielders in and they got the better of us that night but it was good to come back today and get a win. I guess (you could say there is a rivalry) after they got us in the final so it's good.”
Regular player/coach Josh Roberts and two American imports are yet to join the Musketeers ranks.
With a number of young faces looking to mark their own mark this season, Dutton said the first few weeks would be dusting the cobwebs off after a long off-season.
With only a few sessions to get back into shape, the drawn result against the defending premiers was a pleasing start at the Tivoli home ground.
"It's only early in the season so we are a bit rusty,” he said. "We've only trained three of four times before the season so it's the first time I've seen live pitching in six months. So it was good to get a split result today.
"It was the most fun season last year and it's just good being back around the boys again.”
Keen to test the strength of their opposition this season, Dutton said having the added experience amongst the playing group this year would give the next generation of Musketeers to look up to.
"Our younger kids are getting older too,” he said. "We have three Americans and we also brought in James Linger so they are all old heads.
"We're not the youngest team going around but hopefully we can get the younger guys looking up to us and seeing the way we play the game and they can go ahead and do it.”
Windsor Royals 8 def Ipswich Musketeers 4 on Friday, October 7.
Ipswich Musketeers 3 def Windsor Royals 2 on Sunday, October 9.