Stephen stems state of Flux
IPSWICH Open men's coach Stephen Flux hopes his side does not bring the wet weather north with them when the team leaves for the state championships in Rockhampton tomorrow.
"I checked the weather yesterday and it looks pretty much like it is here at the moment. Hopefully it holds off and we can get some good softball in,” he said.
The Ipswich side leaves for Central Queensland tomorrow boasting multiple Queensland and Australian representative players, and the coach is confident a strong showing will send a few more to the under-23 and senior Queensland Patriots squads to be announced on Sunday.
"I'm quite happy with the team we've got,” he said. "We should be pretty competitive in our pool and hopefully come away with a win.
"There's a couple of key players: Jordan Hollands, who was an under-23's Queensland and Patriots (player) last year. Hopefully he brings some solid fielding and batting to the team.
"Josh Harding is one of our main pitchers. Hopefully he can do a good job on the mound . . . but he's got a busted finger at the moment.”
Flux steps into his first senior coaching role on rather short notice, after two previously-appointed coaches were both ruled unavailable due to work commitments.
However despite his relative inexperience within the senior coach ranks, Flux has the unique benefit of being familiar with the side even before stepping into his new role.
He will also be playing first base in Rockhampton.
"Solely coaching is a lot easier than playing and coaching,” Flux said of the challenges he has faced in his new job.
"When you're purely coaching you have the opportunity to stand back and see it all unfold, but when you're playing it's tricky - you get caught in your own plays.
"It does add a different element.”
Flux has coached at under-15, 17 and 19s representative level over the past 12 months.
He said juggling playing and coaching commitments was a way to "give back” after the years of quality coaching he received rising through the junior ranks.
"I had six or seven different coaches over three years who all gave me great input. I wanted to give the younger ones the same opportunities using my knowledge,” Flux said.