Balancing act for Eagles before finals

IPSWICH Eagles coach Mick Rush concedes today's QAFA (A) match against Griffith-Moorooka is a catch-22 situation.

Resting some key players, Rush knows a desperate home side will be fired up chasing top spot for the finals starting a week later.

That could leave Ipswich at risk of a big loss if they don't turn up ready to play.

However, Rush is also aware he needs senior players like captain Luke Konstanciak, hard-working midfielders Chris Devlin and Billy North, and Justin Cummings in peak condition for the finals.

Konstanciak tweaked his hamstring, Devlin has work commitments and North is nursing a sore hamstring.

The Eagles will tackle University of Queensland at St Lucia in the knockout final next Saturday.

Rush is confident the return of players like utility Aaron Fortescue and number one rover Mick Lyons will ensure the team balance is right today.

Fortescue will slot into the ruck after three weeks off, eager to regain some fitness for the finals.

Lyons is returning from a rib injury.

"We've got some good ins but we're being careful," Rush said. "We want to make sure that when we get to the finals, that the guys are ready to go.

"We could cause an upset. We're good enough."

Today's 2pm main game is at Alexander Park, Moorooka.

Griffith-Moorooka led the competition until recent losses against Redcliffe and Pine Rivers saw them slip to second.

The Eagles are in fifth and can't finish any higher.

The Eagles Reserves have also qualified for next weekend's finals heading to Moorooka for today's earlier game.



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