Anzac Cup gives Eagles added motivation
SOME fine Anzac Day traditions will be running through the veins of Ipswich Eagles footballers when they play a special game under lights this weekend.
With an important involvement of RAAF, army and other servicemen in the club over the years, the Eagles will have extra motivation playing for the Anzac Cup tomorrow.
The Ipswich Senior and Reserve Grade sides will tackle Griffith Moorooka in their first home games of the season. The main match will kick off at 5pm, played under lights at Mark Marsh Oval.
"Take finals out of the equation and this is probably classed as our biggest game of the year - the Anzac clash,'' Eagles head coach and club stalwart Kym Mansell said.
"It's a game where they can show their true spirit.''
Apart from playing for the annual Anzac Cup, the best Aussie rules players from each team will receive medals after the game.
The national anthem and playing of the Last Post will pay tribute to those who have served Australia in past military conflicts.
The Eagles have been training on the Bill Paterson athletics oval and at Tivoli Sporting Complex due to light issues at Mark Marsh Oval.
Ipswich City Council is working on the problem.
While that has provided an untimely disruption for the Ipswich players, Mansell is confident his side will respond in a match with added meaning.
Being the club's Old Boys Day, Mansell expects plenty of support for his side.
He's also planning to make some positional changes after Ipswich's opening round 97-89 loss to Redcliffe.
"We're bringing players in to free up other players,'' Mansell said, looking for more spark in attack.
Tomorrow's matches will also feature two club milestones. Senior player Keith Brick and Reserve grader Ryan Soper will line up for the 50th time in Eagles' colours.
Meanwhile, a lower grade local derby is being played tonight at Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve.
Collingwood Park Power will host the Ipswich Cats in the QFA Division 5 encounter from 7.30pm.
Friday (7.30pm): QFA Division 5 - Collingwood Park v Ipswich Cats at Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve.
Saturday: QFA Division 3 - Ipswich Eagles v Griffith Moorooka at Mark Marsh Oval, Limestone Park. Main game at 5pm after the Reserves clash at 2.45pm.