Ipswich aiming for success on three fronts, with Basketball team and Blues, following the lead of title-winning rugby club

Ipswich Rugby Club's Carlton Littlechild

Ipswich Rugby Club's Carlton Littlechild - Credit: Archant

It’s not just the play-off-chasing Blues who are doing Ipswich proud and making waves on the national and regional sporting scene.

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Ipswich Town v Birmingham City - Portman Road, Ipswich - 1 Mar 2014
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Sky Bet Championship Ipswich Town v Birmingham City - Portman Road, Ipswich - 1 Mar 2014 Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy (no. 9) celebrates his goal with Frank Nouble - Credit: Ashley Pickering

Mick McCarthy’s men may harbour hopes of making the end-of-season lottery but Ipswich Basketball Club have already got there, reaching the final of the EBL Division Two play-offs against Derby Trailblazers, on Sunday, April 27.

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Ipswich (blue) v Worcester Wolves EBL Division 2 play-off game.

Basketball Ipswich (blue) v Worcester Wolves EBL Division 2 play-off game.

Then there is the town’s rugby club, Johnny Breedt’s men clinching promotion to London 1 North on Saturday, despite being made to wait to discover their fate.

Ipswich were 39-19 winners at Holt but were left sweating, with Breedt sceptical when news from Chelmsford filtered through that the Essex side had upset leaders Saffron Walden, in their final game, handing the title to the Humber Doucy Lane outfit.

Ipswich now have to play one more game, away at South Woodham Ferrers on April 26, and the pressure will be off, says skipper Chris Blom.


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“We are going to enjoy the game,” he said. “There will be no pressure on us and hopefully we will be able to lift the trophy there.

“After finishing second last season, we knew we had to work harder this season, and we have done.

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“Saturday was surreal and the body is sore, as was the head!

As for Nick Drane’s basketball side, they crushed Huddersfield Heat 94-67 away on Saturday – the team that had swept Ipswich aside in the Patrons Cup Final earlier this year – and, having finished third in the regular season, now face Derby in a duel for the national title.

Drane said: “Third in the league, the Patrons Cup Final and now the Play-Off Final.

“What a season!”

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